Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
cltrecartin 7/30/2011 8:01:00 PM
This product is simply amazing! I bought it a few days ago, and began using it immediately. The felt tip is short and easy to control, making it simple to make fine lines or dramatic thick ones. A gentle flick of the wrist allows you to make a cat eye; the mark is as easy to control as a pen. The color is a true black. Very dark and vibrant, and as glossy as a patent leather shoe, simply brilliant. The packaging is very streamlined and clean, seals well, and looks much classier than its low price would suggest. A must have!
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
cltrecartin 7/18/2011 9:28:00 AM
I wish I could say I adore this product, because I really want to love it. It is pigmented, smooth, and absolutely vivid. Unfortunately, clumps of the kohl itself fall off, it makes my eyes incredibly stingy and red, and the thing is absolutely impossible to sharpen. The clumping issue, I believe, is because the formula is so soft, almost a creamy pencil, but somehow firmer. Little pieces of the tip fall off, sticking to my lids, especially along my upper lash line. My main issue with it is how much it burns. Oh my God, it's awful. It seems that the instant it touches my waterline, or the minute I try to remove it, it starts to turn my eyes red and inflamed, and the soreness can last for several minutes. The last problem is simply one of convenience- I can't sharpen the thing. I have tried several sharpeners, tried freezing it first, tried everything I can think of, but the kohl is so soft that it breaks. The outer plasticy layer is very tough, as well, so cheap sharpeners just won't do. In terms of staying power and pigment, it is amazing. However, this product is not for those with sensitive eyes or want to use the whole product with no waste.
I despise this product. I love mascaras, all mascaras, and have many kinds that I use for different things, and I cannot find a single reason to use this kind. The case is beautiful, so classy and bold. Then, you use it, and realize the product itself is cheap. The wand is a mess, it gets clotted up with huge amounts of excess, and even after blotting, it still seems to hold far too much. It does nothing to separate my lashes, it just clumps it all together in a wet mess that easily transfers into raccoon eyes. I will never buy this again. It saddens me that it makes such a mess, as my eyes are usually easy to work with- I have long, naturally dark and curled lashes. This was an utter disappointment.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - expertwear eyeshadow in night sky
cltrecartin 7/18/2011 9:12:00 AM
When I first tried this eyeshadow, I will admit complete disappointment. It was poorly pigmented, creased easily, and had major sparkle fallout. On a whim, I decided to apply it wet, and was surprised- the pigment is very strong when applied that way, coming out a vivid black with tons of sparkles. However, the earlier issues remained- creasing and sparkle fallout. The cheap packaging and poor quality means I will never buy this again. One merit is not enough to warrant this waste of money.
Pressed Powders -New York Color - Pressed Face Powder
cltrecartin 7/18/2011 9:08:00 AM
I have been using this product for a few years now, simply because it is inexpensive. It does not break me out, and it comes in a shade light enough to not give me an orange tint. It does have flaws, though- it can look cakey if applied with a heavy hand, and has poor lasting power. My biggest issue with it is that when applied too heavily, or applied on certain "clingy" foundations, it can form little clumps on the skin that feel like sand. They can be brushed off, and it is not visible, but it can be very irritating. Since powder is something that I find pretty much universal, and it is so inexpensive, I will buy it again. I am not a complete makeup-fiend, so I accept it for what it is- a budget product I can use every day, with occasional slight inconvenience.
I owned this foundation for the longest time, as it was inexpensive and I have an aversion to trying new products (due to severely sensitive, hive-prone skin). To be perfectly honest, it's not wonderful, nor is it awful. It goes on VERY damp and glowy, and can pick up a greasy feel quickly, and has very little staying power. It is very sheer, and goes on smoothly, so it almost has the feel of a tinted moisturizer. It tends to settle in my larger pores if it is on for too long, which is particularly noticeable in fluorescent light. The reason I originally purchased it is due to its shade- I bought it in 1 (or 405), and it was light enough to match my very pale skin tone. With a fine dusting of powder over top, I found it could look good for around 2 hours before it began to settle and look...well, I'll be honest- gross. But for short times, I found it to be perfectly acceptable. So if you are on a low budget, and aren't planning on not retouching for hours, this could work.
I adore this foundation! It covers very well, but does not look caked. My only complaints are that it doesn't quite match my VERY fair skin, and I would much prefer it to come with a pump. Being so thin, it comes out very fast, and I usually end up wasting some. It is very reasonably priced for its quality, and I would definitely buy again. I should add that I have sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin, so I bought the "dry" variety, and much to my surprise and joy, it did not cause me to break out. Most drug store brands cause me either acne or hives, especially around my mouth and eyes, so this was a wonderful change.