Eyeliner -MAC - Dual Edge Eye Pencil - Nighthawk / Front Row
dlant 8/13/2008 6:00:00 PM
This may be pointless, since this was a limited edition product, but after a few months with this pencil, I'm ready to review. :) The brown is a gorgeous colour, but the pencil is much too soft to get a nice line. I always end up having to use my liner brush to make it work (or I blend it with "tempting" and turn it into a smoky eye). The consistency makes it very smudgy, and it's almost always in the wrong place at the end of the day. The other side is a total waste. It doesn't leave any visible colour on my lids, just chunky sparkles. Good when you're 8, less so when you're 29. Somehow, a friend of mine manages to make this pencil work. On her, the colour is visible (and cute), and the sparkles are discreet. Weird. Add this to my long list of disappointments from MAC.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye Definer Felt-Tip Eye Marker
dlant 10/16/2007 5:20:00 PM
So I think I accidentally bought this twice, and hated it both times. The first time you use it, it works pretty nicely. But then oil/makeup/whatever quickly clogs the tip, and it stops working. I just don't have the patience to try to figure out how to fix it, so on day 2, it's garbage.
This is exactly the red I've been looking for. I wanted a gloss that worked almost like a stain, and which could be played up (red liner) or down (nude/spice liner, thinner application). It's perfection. My friend tried it on, and it looked even better on her. She'll be buying one too.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Transforming Potion
dlant 8/26/2007 7:43:00 PM
I've just started using this product, and my first impressions aren't great. I intended to buy a bottle of Liquif-Eye (too faced), which I love -but when I saw that UD made a similar product with the double-ended wand for the same price, I was hoping/expecting it would be as amazing as their eye primer. The wide brush didn't work too well on my first try, but I wasn't using a very bright shadow. I do worry that coating my shadows with this liquid is going to wreck them for future use with a normal brush. The thin brush is ok. It looks really thin, but when you get some shadow into the brush, it actually gets a little too diffuse for a nice, thin line. With a little practice, I think it'll be fine, but it absolutely doesn't compare to Liquif-eye's felt-tipped pen applicator.
Very few of these colours worked for me. The bright yellow, the glittery gold, the orange, that strange deep red colour.. not good. In general, most of these shadows were too glittery and didn't feel appropriate for work or daytime. The black and darkest brown shadows are good for liner, though!
This is definitely one to try before you purchase. On some people it gives a nice pink colour, and on others (like me) it totally disappears. So I suppose it serves the same purpose as a nude/clear liner, keeping lipstick in place, and adds some definition. It goes on nicely, but the effect is a little too subtle. For me, "spice" is definitely a better choice for a subtle (yet visible) shade.
This liner is definitely fuschia on me, which makes me sad. Not exactly the sophisticated look I was going for. My skintone is fair and cool - has anyone else had this fuschia problem? Any reds to recommend that might look better?
The packaging, so great in theory, really is the worst aspect of this product. I enjoyed the glosses themselves (especially the cranberry shade), but just never felt like using them because of the packaging. It makes a mess, the brush is awful, and it's wasteful, since each little pod has more than one application, but they don't close, so I often end up throwing them out. The individual pods are too small to carry around in your purse - they'll get lost.. and the entire package is much bigger than a normal tube of lipgloss. Ahhh.... it makes no sense.
For me, this shadow is all about application. The first time I used it, I brushed it over my lids and found it surprisingly (disturbingly) orange. I find it needs to go on really thick if you want it to look like it does in the packaging. Now I usually put a primer underneath, and dab the shadow on with my finger, and I'm much happier with the results.
This fairly expensive product ended up in the garbage, and pretty quickly. It was so thick that I wasn't able to apply it smoothly. I tried the sponge from the packaging, a brush, my fingers, nothing worked. And although the shade was supposedly the best match for my skin, it looked powdery-white. Having sensitive skin, I've finally learned to avoid MAC altogether.
Eyeliner -Too Faced - Liquif-Eye Shadow Collection
dlant 6/2/2007 12:58:00 PM
I've had a lot of fun with this palette, since it contains a few colours that I may otherwise never have experimented with. I agree that some of the shades are difficult to apply as shadows, but in most cases, I've been able to make it work. The "would repurchase"question is a little tricky. Like others, I will absolutely purchase another bottle of the Liquif-Eye product, but probably won't need another palette.
I was really impressed with the sample I got in a magazine, and went to a store to see what was up.. when I tried the spray on my wrist, it was a totally different scent (like I told the saleslady, it was making me a little sick). It mellowed after a few mintues, but that unpleasant first impression stuck with me. So I tried (and ended up buying) the gel version of the perfume, which is a new thing for me.. but I find that it smells the way it's supposed to from the time I put it on. possibly an option to consider for those who are similarly overwhelmed by the first few minutes after spraying this one.
Eye Shadow -Bourjois - Suivez mon Regard - Multi Shimmer Loose Eye Shadow
dlant 2/13/2005 9:31:00 PM
I think that the eyeshadow itself is of high quality (and I like that you can make it dramatic or light, depending on the amount used). My problem with it is that even though the packaging is really cute, the built-in brush isn't great. No matter how much I tap off excess powder, I still end up getting some under my eyes. it's very messy, especially when you want more on the brush for a darker look.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - City Lips Collagen Lip Plumping Treatment
dlant 2/13/2005 9:15:00 PM
Although I've never noticed any actual "plumping" after using this product, I will probably buy it again. I have the clear one, but I don't use it at night as a treatment - it's my regular lip gloss. As soon as I put it on, my lips get soft (no matter how dry they were), and they get a great little flush of colour (but definitely not bright red). I've never felt any tingling or irritation of any sort using this -and my skin is irritated by almost everything.
I bought this product to use on undereye circles - but it was too thin/wet to help in that area. I do use it pretty regularly though - for darkness around the inner & outer corners of my eyes, and mascara smudges below my eyes.. but it costs a bit much for that. I think Neutrogena has developed a similar, cheaper product - I'll probably try that one next time.