Blush -Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Powder Pink
bsanderson 4/8/2010 11:35:00 AM
A great product all in. The pigment looks heavy in the pot and with my oily skin I was worried that it was too sticky. But it goes on smoothly with fingers or a blush brush and leaves a natural flush on my medium, yellow-toned skin without clogging pores. The colour is natural and wearable. I find it suits both an everyday, go-to-work look and a more elaborate, evening style of makeup.The colour does need to be built up carefully because the pigment can't be used with a heavy hand but I find ultimately the finish is pretty. Set under some pressed powder I also find this has longer staying power than an easier-to-apply powder blush. It's expensive and the open pot looks like a bacteria trap, especially as I often apply with fingers. But only a small quantity is needed and after a year of heavy use I've barely used 10%! So cost per wear is low.I find it a useless lip product though. It's dry and too densely coloured on my lips, but comes off in a minute with lipbalm or lipgloss to counter these effects.
A totally average product. Not especially good and not especially bad. I'd buy it again because it's not offensive and has a great price. The packaging is a bit bulky for my taste and the chubby brush a bit clumsy to wield. I found I often smudged a bit along my top lashes and it was very difficult to use on the bottom lash line. I like the rich black colour and it does add volume to my eyelashes with a couple of coats but nothing of any note. I got the same effect with Maybelline Volum' Express and Full and Soft. It adds some length as well and doesn't clump. It also lasts well throughout the day without flaking or the pigment coming off with my oily skin. This works well as a cheap and functional every day product. It does add volume, length and definition without a lot of the clump that other volume mascaras are guilty of. But it's also nothing special - other drugstore mascaras will do the same job. I found Max Factor Masterpiece a better product with a better-designed brush, the same volume and more length.
Lipstick -Christian Dior - Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick
bsanderson 4/8/2010 11:09:00 AM
I love this lipstick! I have it #578 Charming Pink. The colour is fresh and while it is very pink in the tube, it goes on evenly to a light pop of pink that brightens my face. The texture is smooth and even and leaves a slight gloss. I like that it's not sticky like lipgloss - no risk of hair getting stuck in it. I also like that it's not sparkly. The shine is natural, like just licked lips. I always get compliments when this has just gone on. I sometimes even use it as a blush when I'm in a hurry - it leaves a light and natural flush. Very pretty. Sadly the colour does need re-application and whilst it's prettily packaged it's expensive. But I would still purchase again - I do enjoy that little bit of Dior luxury to brighten up my makeup case.
I found this an average to good product. I would buy it again because there are no significant cons but equally it's nothing to get excited about, so no loyalty here - I'll probably try something new when it's finished. I have it in 72 sable rose. The powder is finely milled and goes on evenly with either a brush or with the included puff. There is a faint scent but my skin didn't react to this and while it's strong it only smells on application and I find is quite lovely and old-fashioned. It sets my liquid foundation well on application and doesn't oxidise in either the dry winter climate in the UK or in sticky Singapore, unlike L'Oreal True Match which was unrealiable. It didn't make me break out at all. I've had it four months now and use it daily - I expect it will last another month so a good value product. However, it doesn't stay on and needs plenty of reapplication. Within an hour it's gone. It doesn't absorb the oil on my face at all and when reapplied during the day after blotting, it can look cakey rather than refreshing sitting on top of my tired skin. The packaging is functional with a big mirror. It's the right size to carry with you day and night. I didn't find it fragile at all.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
bsanderson 4/8/2010 10:44:00 AM
I have very oily skin and four hours after I've applied my eye makeup I find it has creased and come off. I had given up even wearing eye shadow as the effect never lasted and I had to reapply often. Even liquid eyeliners would start to leave a mark above my crease. I thought I'd try an eye primer and wanted Urban Decay's, but it was out of stock at my local makeup store and gave TFSI a try instead. A month later and I am so impressed! Even when I'm in hot, sticky equatorial countries my makeup goes on in the morning and is still there over twelve hours later whilst the rest of my face is covered in oil. A small dab with fingertips left to dry, a dusting of pressed powder and then my eye makeup. A lippie off because I have to wait for it to dry and makeup has to be layered on and blended well. The tube packaging is hygienic (unlike UD) but there's not much of it. To be fair though a little goes a long way and for this the price is reasonable. I'd definitely recommend this and buy again.