Whispering Rose lipstick was from the Fashion Fair Sam Fine Collection. It's a great neutral pink color, versatile and pretty during the day for work, etc. You can easily wear it with eye makeup. I wear it without a lip pencil and without any gloss. It's a shame that it's limited edition like the rest of that collection!
This is a great nude/brown. It's too bad this color and the rest from the Sam Fine Collection were all limited edition.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Jean-Charles Brosseau - Ombre Bleu
dundada 3/1/2013 12:20:00 PM
I recently hijacked my mother's older-than-dirt perfume miniatures that were in a box that included Ombre Rose, Ombre Bleue, Robert Piguet Fracas and Bandit and Niki de Saint Phalle. No, no, no, no to the now-vintage bottle of Ombre Bleue in this find/steal from my mother! LOL Although the Ombre Rose is one of the best of these miniatures. But the Ombre Bleue is just bleugh! Unsexy, unwomanly and just plain weird in a way you can't put your finger on! LOL This is a shame because 'Ombre Bleue' is a pretty name for a perfume. I think earlier reviewers here on MUA have already said that they get a hint of beeswax or something in it and I think that the 'beeswax' note is where the weird unpleasantness begins. This perfume smells like hair grease the Ultra Sheen one that came both in blue and in green or that Blue Magic one! Huh? This is NOT sexy, magical or something to put on one's pulse points this is something to keep your scalp from flaking! This perfume isn't alluring at all it just gives another meaning to 'love, peace and hair grease'. It's totally different from the Ombre Rose one though thank goodness. : )
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Jean-Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose
dundada 3/1/2013 11:31:00 AM
I recently hijacked my mother's older-than-dirt perfume miniatures that were in a box that included Ombre Rose, Ombre Bleue, Robert Piguet Fracas and Bandit and Niki de Saint Phalle. The Ombre Rose is one of the best of these miniatures. I don't like strong rose based scents especially if they smell very synthetic and strong because they come across like rose scented Airwick spray but Ombre Rose has a soft rose scent mixed with a bit of a baby powder scent mixed with other notes that I'm not sure of at the moment. I find Ombre Rose to be strangely wearable in that retro vintage outfit sort of way. Ladylike and vintage as far as this scent goes but not museum and 'ancient'-like. Ombre Rose is almost like a grown up, more complex and more sophisticated version of Love's Baby Soft or something. I think I like, this vintage Ombre Rose find/steal anyway, because it's still very different from the very young and clone-ish new perfumes that are sold everywhere nowadays and if you want very distinctive newer perfumes these days you have to pay a heck of a lot out!
Foundations -Fashion Fair - Perfect Finish- Souffle
dundada 11/12/2012 6:19:00 PM
Yay! I love FF's souffle makeup in Butterscotch and its full coverage finish and when I touch my face it doesn't feel sticky on my hands or anything. The sales associate at FF told me to use a damp foundation brush with it and not a sponge so that's what I do. Butterscotch is definitely my color in both this and the foundation stick which is great and uncomplicated because I've seen a few other ladies say online that they're one color in one line of FF's foundations, but a different color in another line of their foundations! It does get shiny after a while but that's the only thing that keeps the FF souffle makeup one step away from being HG! I'll have to get my pressed powder out sometimes then! :) UPDATE: I don't know why I thought I was so special when I bought the FF foundation stick in Butterscotch and thought that the FF Souffle Makeup in Butterscotch would look the same on me when other ladies on the internet say that they are one shade lighter in the FF Souffle Makeup than they are in their foundation sticks! LOL :) The Butterscotch souffle makeup is darker and much more orangey on me. People who complain that MAC is orangey, well this was no better it was the same thing! LOL But I at least bought the FF Souffle Makeup in Tan this time after a long time of hunting while everywhere waited for their shipments of new stock as usual and in Tan it looks great as it's more of a yellow brown. Of course the only issue is that it's lighter on my neck area so I apply way less of it there. So now I know I'm a Butterscotch in the FF foundation stick BUT a Tan in their souffle makeup. Even though I had to buy another one and rack up some debt at least I now know better! YAY :)
Oh my goodness! The newer lipsticks that FF makes now, as in from the ones from the Siren Call collection and the other newer lipsticks coming after that collection are so great in their formulation! Much better than the formulation of the older, classic line of FF lipsticks. I saw an FF sales associate, who wore FF foundation in Brown Sugar, wearing the Intrigue lipstick and I just had to buy it, even if I am a Butterscotch in skintone. Both the Siren and the Intrigue lipsticks look beautiful in the tubes but I decided not to try Siren because I'd recently bought one of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats lipsticks in Mat No. 204 Rouge Scandal and Siren reminded me so much of it anyway. The FF counter I visited appeared to be out of Forbidden, the brown-based red lipstick in the Siren Call collection also. Plus I just SO loved the look of the Intrigue lipstick on the sales associate, so I bought it! Because it's a newer FF lipstick, Intrigue has a different shape, a semi-matte look on the lips, a lightweight feel, and no candy scent of any kind to it at all! Yay! :) It's way better than the older FF lipsticks that sometimes feel waxy or look too sheer if you want a lot of opacity. I do like Tropic Pink lipstick though. I'm sorry I bought Cherry Wine and Radiant Red in the past because they both looked too sheer on me and soon pulled fuchsia on me instead of staying a true red. But Intrigue is a warm based red that never pulls pink at all! It's long wearing and wonderful so far and it's easy for me to blot it and make it a long-wearing matte lipstick on me. I think that FF should take off all the older FF lipsticks and not get rid of any of those older colors as they are very popular BUT just to change all of their formulations entirely to match the formulation of the Siren Call collection's lipsticks which are perfect! I like YSL's lipsticks alot also but the only reason I bought YSL lipsticks recently is because the FF Siren Call collection took a whole year after it's US debut to get to London! Sheesh! I love wearing the Intrigue lipstick with my MAC Auburn lip pencil and I'm sure Intrigue can easily go with my MAC Mahogany and Cork lip pencils also.
Crème -Fashion Fair - True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation
dundada 11/10/2012 10:02:00 PM
When I bought the FF souffle makeup in Butterscotch recently, I asked for a sample of the True Finish foundation in Gracious Golden and the sales associate gave me some. I have to say that the packaging for the True Finish foundation is gorgeous, minimal and it looks so huge in comparison to FF's original liquid foundation. The shimmery minerals look pretty in the bottle also! I tried the sample of the True Finish foundation on at home with a damp foundation brush and on first sight it looked great! My face looked all shiny and perfect in that beach-y 'been in the hot sun for three months' look. In fact it looked very summery but I wanted to put lots of powder on top to mattify it. At first it all looked OK but within a few hours I could tell that the True Finish was fading away fast. It also didn't seem to cover up any blemishes after a while at all. For one thing I have very oily skin that is sensitive and too prone to blemishing so that's why I think this foundation would look lovely on impenetrably perfect skin just like all the women on the FF ad for True Finish on YouTube! LOL It's supposed to be a light coverage foundation anyway so... Oh well c'est la vie! At least the stick foundation, souffle makeup and the cream to powder foundation in Butterscotch are still my friends I'm sure! :)
I bought this to wear with a new YSL lipstick I bought and Auburn looks beautiful with it and I'm sure Auburn will go hand in hand with my trusty MAC Chili lipstick perfectly well too! I'm an NC45 in MAC and a Butterscotch in Fashion Fair. I love wearing the MAC Mahogany lip pencil with red lipsticks too but Auburn is just as wonderful with them all!
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Mat No. 202 Rose Crazy
dundada 8/21/2012 11:47:00 PM
I tried on Mat No. 202 Rose Crazy in a department store in London and I fell in love with it because it looked very matte but felt lightweight and quite comfortable AND most of all because it is a dead-on match for the MAC Beet lip pencil which I love and always get compliments on when I wear that lip pencil. I'm an NC45 in MAC and a Butterscotch in Fashion Fair. I haven't bought Rose Crazy yet but I will because I love the MAC Beet lip pencil far too much! But I'm sure this lipstick can look good with the MAC Vino lip pencil also I should imagine. A while ago I bought Guerlain Rouge G in Gigi which also matches the MAC Beet lip pencil but that formulation is so shiny and that brand has no matte lipsticks at the moment sadly. But Rose Crazy is universally friendly lip color for a multitude of skintones I'm sure and it's bold in a good way, not a scary way. For people who like to lightly stain their lips with a matte lipstick only, well this lipstick would create a lovely raspberry colored stain I'm quite sure! PS: The YSL cosmetics sales assistant in that store said that all Rouge Pur and Rouge Pur Shine lipsticks will NOT be discontinued but instead they'll be all repackaged and brought back. But that's only what I heard in London for London I suppose, I don't know the info for other countries at all.
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Mat No. 204 Rouge Scandal
dundada 8/21/2012 11:34:00 PM
I'm so glad that YSL finally came out with new lipsticks that are matte because I only love and have the patience with matte lipsticks only these days. I'm an NC45 in MAC and a Butterscotch in Fashion Fair. No. 204 Rouge Scandal looks wonderful on me. In the tube it looks like a lipstick that's blue based with a slight brown base without being a dark red but on me it shows up as a total blue red without looking outlandish or weird. Rouge Scandal so far doesn't seem to pull pink or fuchsia on me just yet but I always wear red lipstick with lip liners anyway with the exception of MAC Chili lipstick. I bought a MAC Auburn lip pencil at the same time as I bought this lipstick and the two mesh very well together and sort of temper each other on me. The warm brick undertones of that lip pencil prevents any possible fuchsia-fication! But I did try on Rouge Scandal a week before I bought it without any lip liner on and it never seemed to pull fuchsia and it lasted a long time on too. The best news is that this new YSL matte formulation doesn't seem to dry out or chap my lips and it feel lightweight. I also don't notice any scent accompanying it when I wear it either. I love the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick I have called La Somptueuse and it feels great when I first apply it but even if my lips don't feel chapped and dry wearing that lipstick, at the end of the work day they certainly LOOK chapped and patchy, which is a shame for such a pretty autumnal red color. I bought the original Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Feu when they first came out and that is a beautiful color and comfortable but too shiny when I much prefer matte lipsticks. I tested Rouge Scandal today by eating thick hot chunky soup and to be honest it lasted through 10 bites even if it never held out through to the end! LOL I was wearing a bit of the MAC Auburn lip pencil with it though but only on the outline of my lips. I recommend it highly so far anyway and it's probably longer lasting because it's a matte lipstick.
Primer/ Corrector -Fashion Fair - Shine Elliminator
dundada 8/14/2012 6:22:00 PM
The FF Shine Eliminator is fine when the weather is mild rather than being hot and humid and it's better when applied sparingly on the face. If you apply too much of this product it will make your face look very shiny and it will just stay that way until you wash all your makeup off. For me it doesn't hold up with my oily skin during a hot day when it gets humid and will only stand the test of time when the weather is cold or mild even when I use the FF Oil Control Pressed Powder with it throughout the day.
Pressed Powders -Fashion Fair - Oil Control Pressed Powder
dundada 8/14/2012 6:11:00 PM
I bought the FF oil control pressed powder in Toffee and I also wear the FF foundation stick in Butterscotch. The color match of the powder is good with this foundation color and I prefer to set my foundation with this powder using a large powder brush before leaving my house. I use the two items with a small amount of the FF Shine Eliminator underneath and in mild to cold weather the powder and the Shine Eliminator together seem to work well but during the summer when it's hot and humid well....... UPDATE: Do NOT use FF oil control pressed powder in Toffee UNLESS you have medium brown skin with very strong red undertones, otherwise don't use it because it may make you look like a member of the Orange Man Group! I have light to medium brown skin with yellow undertones and this powder in Toffee looks horrible when I use a lot of it to combat the shiny oiliness later on in the day. I think I may take a look at the same pressed powder in Cashew. But now that the season is autumn/fall and will soon be winter I realise that this oil control pressed powder doesn't control my very oily face at all sadly. Even with many re-applications during the day this powder after a while only keeps me matte for less than an hour. That's sad really! I now use the Mattify! Ultra loose powder which lasts for quite a long time on my face but of course I never travel with that. I totally believe the hype about FF's newer foundation colors and formulations but they need to go back to the drawing board regarding their so-called oil control pressed powder! LOL I am a Butterscotch in Fashion Fair.
I love matte blushes without shimmer the most because of my all too common breakouts on my cheeks. That's why I love Warm Sand because it's matte and it's subtle enough to wear with strong and bright lipsticks like red lipstick for instance, as long as you apply Warm Sand with a light hand! Strong matte orange blushes are my favorite especially the one I bought from Sleek which is from a blush trio called Pumpkin but if I apply the orange blush too liberally then it can be too strong to accompany red lipstick with. It's great that FF's blushes have a mirror in the bases of them. I'm an NC45 in MAC and a Butterscotch in Fashion Fair.
Foundations -Fashion Fair - Fast Finish Foundation Stick
dundada 4/27/2012 10:44:00 PM
At the FF counter, the MUA matched me with the foundation stick in Butterscotch all over my face. It looked great throughout the day, stayed matte for most of the day, and barely transferred any colour to my hands or on to other things at all. Excellent. I've heard through the internet that FF has been reformulating their foundations and powders to get rid of that weird tangerine peel-colored cast in them, and for me at least it looks like they have! Great! I like that Sam Fine works for FF now too, as his Fine Beauty book was really nice. But I'm torn between buying an FF foundation stick and a cream to powder foundation from Flori Roberts though at the moment! UPDATE: I prefer the color of the FF foundation stick in Butterscotch on me than the cream to powder foundation from Flori Roberts I bought, so I got the FF foundation stick! LOL It's been great and long lasting and it never turns orange or red on me.
I bought my first FF lipstick yesterday which was Cherry Wine just based on the MUA's estimation at the Fashion Fair counter after I asked her which red lipstick would be the best for me in her opinion. On my hand under the store's dim lighting Cherry Wine looked like a red with a hint of brown but in the tube when it hasn't been used at all it looks a lot brighter and truer than that. I don't know what to make of it but I do love red lipstick and I always have. UPDATE: Tropic Pink is my fave out of the 3 FF lipstick that I own so far. I love red lipsticks the most but I bought Cherry Wine and Radiant Red but both of those colors pull too pink and start to fuchsia-fy on me. I think I should have bought Cinnamon Crush instead probably as that looks like a red lipstick with a warm base to its color. Chocolate Raspberry looks OK but I prefer Tropic Pink which is a pink of course and not so purplish but Chocolate Raspberry looks like it has dupes especially from Nars, Revlon, L'Oreal, and probably MAC as well. Tropic Pink seems slightly less dupe-able. But Tropic Pink does go with my MAC Beet lip pencil wonderfully well. Mocha Mink looked nice on the back of my hand also at the time too. Some people on here have already posted that FF lipsticks can be a bit smear-y and move around a bit. Some of the pre-'Sam Fine' FF lipticks are waxy and too sheer and not opaque enough but some are OK like Tropic Pink. But I can easily blot Tropic Pink and make it look matte and it stays on for quite a while. Tropic Pink is just lovely, thick, creamy, opaque and lush as a fuschia that's not really 'cool' or 'cold' with the teeniest bit of gold shimmer in it. But both are nice and wearable as it turns out. I hope Sam Fine can shake Fashion Fair up enough to come out with some great matte lipsticks in bright colors and jewel-toned colors, as well as some neutral/nude colors.