In one word - spectacular!!! I loved it way back when I was in my impressionable early teens and smelled it on a painfully stylish friend of my mother. Fifteen years later I impulsively caved on my own bottle in hopes of bringing up the memories of glamour, not to mention nostalgia. It still holds its own and does not feel dated or irrelevant today. It's beautifully composed. The salt and "slow" heat are there, which are the main attractions for me as it makes the fragrance rather unique. This is not a shy fragrance and the lasting power is excellent. I like wearing it during the summer with a light touch. It's comforting in the cold, yet never boring. I appreciate the thought behind the bottle design as well. For me it creates more of an atmosphere than a mere scent and for that alone it deserves the highest rating. Give it a chance.
A+++!!! Exceptional product. While snooping at my local Chanel counter I was hunted down by SA and tricked into trying on this blush. Very finely milled, not chalky and covers like a dream although it does require some build up. The best part = the colour!!! It's truly beautiful baby pink which shouldn't have worked on my warm-ish skin, but did. I find the silvery (?) highlighting effect that somehow shows up on my pale skin absolutely unique. Rose water scent is a big bonus for me, while the packaging is not something that I'm swooning over, crossed C's or not. The brush is embarrassing. That aside, I simply adore this.
Eye Makeup Remover -Clinique - Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
cherryglass 12/27/2008 1:23:00 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with negative reviews. I got 50ml sample bottle of this product as a gwp and there is no way I will be spending money on it even though it seems to be on a more affordable side of things. The problem: while leaving no oily residue it does not remove eyeliner. Major flaw. Also it wasn't terribly soothing. I felt like I was "washing" my eyelids with copious amounts of detergent just to get the makeup off. Useless thing! That being said I did manage to finish the bottle.
YES!!! A+! Too bad it's not easily available anymore. I'm reviewing Peche Passion which is the epitome of warm apricot loveliness! The pen is convenient and provides definition and long lasting colour with minimal dryness. (It's a stain, afterall.) Application is a breeze - precise and fast. I had it for well over a year and there is still some life left in it. While the tip does dry out, the slanted shape did allow for continuous use. I will most definitely purchase the remaining stock if I'll ever see it again.
This review for the lightest and supposedly most natural colour "BACI". I was excited about it at first as I am a fan of lip stains and accept that they're not meant to be moisturizing, hence no marks will be taken off for slightly drying effect. I wanted a 'natural, but better and more defined' look and this product is described as a "warm peachy brown". The swatch on the tip of the product is terribly inaccurate. I found the colour to be too bright and too red based to pass off as a natural colour. However, it does make a wicked base and liner for brick red lipstick when used liberally. That's the only application I might find it to be useful. The huge problem is with the packaging. The pen doesn't contain enough ink to justify the price and it is hard to manage. While I didn't have too much trouble during the application, it did dry out too fast and I had to switch tips after every application, stained fingers included. Messy! The point of a pen form product is to make the application fuss-free. It is not. Also, whatever you do to "resuscitate" the dried out tip DO NOT shake the pen facing downwards without its cap. I know it was silly and impulsive but I ended up with half of the contents on the floor. Bougeois makes a far better and far superior product.
Eye Makeup Remover -Avene - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
cherryglass 4/27/2008 9:07:00 PM
The best way to describe the product is awkward, on all accounts. It's not the cheapest thing on the market, but not going to break your bank either. The product is non-oily, gel-based medium-consistency cloudy liquid that is contained in a virtually impossible to squeeze bottle. Not a good idea considering you generally need to squeeze gel products. Strike one! The remover is not terribly gentle because I believe it stung my eyes a little, which may or may not be attributed to alcohol content. (Um, hello?!) I can't tell because it wasn't terribly irritating, but it was somewhat uncomfortable. Strike two! But the worst thing is that it doesn't remove makeup as effectively as oil-based removers. I have to repeatedly scrub my already abused dark-circled eye area. Soothing it's not, let me tell you. Strike three! For everyday "safe" eye looks, it's not too bad. But try removing mega-60's liquid liner and waterproof tightlining with this thing. Trust me, you'll see it in the morning. I went through a quarter of the bottle, 7 tries, and still ended up looking like a rabied racoon each and every time after rinsing. If you fancy wearing sunglasses indoors (or at least line your eyes everyday), I guess it wouldn't be a problem. I, however, do not.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - metallic creme eye colour - platinum
cherryglass 12/5/2007 2:27:00 PM
I have tried this shadow on bare lids at the counter. The product is very creamy (I dare to say, even oily) and much softer than MAC paints. The colour is a sheer wash, and although the champagne colour is beautiful I would have liked a bit more pigment. The problem with this product and such low rating is the performance. It didn't adhere to skin too well in the beginning of the application.It felt like I was just merely moving it around the lid. The effect was pretty, safe and pleasant, but not stunning. It has also creased within an hour. (Although, I did have a layer of Topaz e/s on top) Regardless, it's unacceptable. For me, creme shadows that require a primer are absolutely worthless. I have no use for this product and will not purchase a full size when there are better alternatives that control oil, last longer, don't crease and can be blended with other powder shadows.
Colour: Lovely milky warm toned peach with tiny, almost unnoticeable, shimmer particles. On lips it comes off super sheer. But don't mistake it for a clear gloss, it's a million times better. I like it on its own or with MAC Subculture l/l and it creates a fantastic wet-look. Consistency: It's perfect for my tastes. Super sticky and shiny. Wearability: For a gloss it lasts forever, stays in place and, doesn't leave disgusting white line arond the edge of the mouth, unlike some thicker glosses. The scent is faint and lovely and there is no detectable taste to this one. Packaging: I'd give it a 10 if I could. I can't think of a better packaging for a gloss. The brush is great. It's comforting to see other companies embracing brush applicators in place of doe-foot. Overall: I gotta say that I'm truly in love with this one. It's everything I want a l/g to be; namely, it's shiny, thick, doesn't run, has a brush and comes in a pen form. Yes, it's true love. What I don't like is the fact that Stila is ridiculously overpriced in Canada and the measely 2.4 ml that I receive for what I pay. Oh, and your hair will get stuck to it like a magnet to a fridge if it gets anywhere near the gloss. Have fun pealing it off. But, it happens to 99% of glosses. That being said I can't picture myself not purchasing this one again. The price is the only thing that stopped me from trying other shades in this family.
Product: In the tube it looks frightening. I only became interested after getting a make-over at Dior when MA used this. It's lightly scented and does have a bit of a taste, but nothing to be alarmed about. Colour: On lips it's a sheer tint of natural warm mauve with huge amount of silver glitter. The glitter make the sheer formulation of the product appear almost as a frost finish. It is great when you want to add a flash of neutral colour with a bit of a twist. Consistency: Non-drying but slightly gritty because of the glitter. Wearability: Despite the amount of glitter is comfortable to wear and fairly long lasting. After putting this on I usually forget it's even there, which never happens when I wear a gloss. Packaging: Typical sheer blue Addict l/s case. Overall: I really like the formula of Ultra-Shines so it was definitely a welcomed addition. (They are what I hoped Chanel HydraSoleil sheer lipcolour to be) Yet, had it not be for a MA who showed me this shade I doubt I would've paid any attention to this. I like it for it's rather unique properties. It makes me feel pretty and dressed up, but not fussy. I'm on a fense about repurchasing this one because of the high price tag, somewhat gritty texture and the fact that I have to fight the glitter when removing m/u at night.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - DiorKiss - 858 Pomme D'Amour (Caramel Apple)
cherryglass 10/29/2007 1:57:00 PM
Product: A very pretty shade of red gloss with rather pleasant (at first) scent. Colour: It's fantastic! True candy-apple red with tiny gold sparkles. Consistency: It's very shiny and sticky. Wearability: It looks very natural when used sparingly as a lip tint. It doesn't require a l/l, stayls in place making lips look flushed and natural. When layered over the lipstick it adds magic. However, when used to attain a water-reflective shine it tends to "feather" and settle into lines just a bit. One needs a good lip primer and liner to keep this thing from turning into a red river. Packaging: 18 ml tube with slanted tip. Overall: Better than Red Currant, but still not perfect. I'm not a fan of the plastic taste either. Seeing how red glosses are not the most practical of all items, I would probably search for a better product considering the price. (read on for pic)
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - DiorKiss - 778 - Groselle (Red Currant)
cherryglass 10/29/2007 1:32:00 PM
Product: Shiny and sparkly gloss that has one of the most delicious scents, which is pretty unique compared to standard vanillas and strawberries. Colour: To me the colour in the tube is not red, it's pink berry/ magenta. The colour is not very unique and gold and red glitter particles are distracting. On lips it is pretty if you enjoy a standard flush of berries, which I do not. Consistency: That's what turned me off. I like how sticky and shiny it is, but this gloss began to "feather" after a few hours to the point of making me feel self-conscious about my lip line. Never a good thing. Wearability: It's easy to apply. Can be worn sheer or more intensely. It does fade a bit, and needs to be checked upon constantly. Packaging: 18 ml tube with slanted tip. Overall: It's a high end product that should perform as such, but doesn't. I found glitter particles to be a little too obvious and the colour a bit off (too cool). I'd much rather have a ton of finely milled highly reflective shimmer particles than sparsely placed large gold "chunks" all over that featheres beyound the edge of my mouth. I can find better at the drugstore. (I think)
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - DiorKiss - 418 Hazelnut Lychee
cherryglass 10/29/2007 12:58:00 PM
Product: High quality neutral gloss with pleasant (to me) lychee scent Colour: Very sheer nude beige with sublte, yet noticeable pinky-peach irridescense. Consistency: DiorKiss glosses are very sticky, which I prefer. (Stila's Lip Glazes being another favourite). It stays in place, doesn't streak nor "feather". Wearability: It is fairly long lasting, but requires touch ups. When it comes to colour, it's definitely a lot less noticeable than other offerings in the same family packed with glitter, shimmer and pigment (in case of Caramel Apple). Packaging: 18 ml tube with slanted tip. Next to the "pen" format, tubes are my favourite l/g format. Not terribly glamorous, though. Overall: Gorgeous, plus it works for me. I use it on it's own if I concentrate on the eyes or with MAC Subculture l/l for a more pronounced lip. The rate at which I'm going through this tube is alarming considering its limited release. The price may be a bit too steep for something that is so subtle, but you're getting a lot of product. (For comparison: Chanel Glossimers contain 5.5 g, Stila's Lip Glazes - a whopping 2.4 ml) (read on for swatch)
Product: Sheer shiny lipstick with gold micro particles of shimmer Colour: Nude beige with warm pink undertones Consistency: creamy and non-drying Wearability: Medium shine, needs touch-ups like most glossy products. Packaging: Cute and cheeky with a bit of kitsch, but definitely fun to use. Overall: I wore this for years. True MLBB. Versatile and wearable on its own and fantastic with l/l. Great addition to smoky eye or "no makeup" look. Despite the glitter it's not gritty, nor irritating. The smell is unoffensive to me, but I'm used to Dior formulations. The price is steep, but will continue to repurchase because it never lets me down. Perfection.