About me: I'm very fair-skinned (I would normally be lighter than NC15, and I'm 1.0 in Matchmaster). My skin is very normal, neither oily nor dry, and is not sensitive. I don't deal with skin conditions like rosacea or acne, so I can't comment on if this makeup would aggravate those conditions. Pros: - Semi-matte finish is very natural-looking. - Very easy to blend. - It looks and feels just like skin, not like makeup. - Evens skin tone exceptionally well. - Light to medium coverage makes it feel very lightweight, doesn't feel heavy or mask-like at all. - The shades are exceptionally forgiving with Matchmaster, which is a good thing, given the name. The shades are mostly forgiving in that it would be rare for you to get one that was too orange, too peach or too pink. They seem well-balanced and match a variety of skin tones. Also, the fair-skinned tones are much improved over former foundation shades that MAC has brought out. Cons: - A little pricey compared to some of the other MAC foundations. - While the coverage is buildable to an extent, you will never get more than medium coverage with this foundation, it's simply not formulated to be full coverage. It will not cover a particularly bad case of acne, or other skin imperfections. - Semi-matte finish can be too dewy for people who might have oily or combo skin. It is not the best foundation if you want oil control. This is my favourite foundation, and has been upgraded to my HG. I've been using it for a month or more, and I can't get enough of how this stuff looks, feels, and performs on me. It's by far the best I've ever used (and I've used two MAC foundations in the past - Studio Sculpt and Studio Fix Fluid, both of which were nice, but not as nice as this). MAC has finally made a shade that matches me perfectly - 1.0. I previously was wearing Studio Fix Fluid in NC15. While I could wear it and have it look okay, it gave a somewhat unpleasant orange tone to my skin, so I had to blend it out really well in order for it to work (and that stuff sets fast!). Studio Fix is really good for controlling oily patches, so if you have oily skin, you might prefer that one. It was my favourite until I tried this. Matchmaster is a beautiful foundation. I find that it applies best with a sponge, it allows for smooth and flawless blending. If you're having trouble finding your perfect match, especially if you're pale like me, you should give this one a go. I was amazed and incredibly happy with the results!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
emandemsinalamb 6/3/2012 6:32:00 PM
Pros: - Makes eyeshadow absolutely crease-proof - Enhances the vibrancy and appearance of eyeshadow colour - Wears very well over time - Extends the life of eyeshadows (before fading) for many hours - Applies smoothly and easily - New squeeze tube packaging is much better than the old genie bottle, allows you to get all of the product easily, control the amount better, and is also much more hygienic - Slightly tacky texture allows for it to last longer, and is also good at controlling oil Cons: - Pricey ($20 USD, $24 CAN for me) - Slightly tacky texture may not be desirable for people with dry eyelids, though it's great for oily/combo skin. - Colour is not completely "nude" as UD claims. It definitely has a slight pinkish cast, but it is mostly translucent, and doesn't give your eyeshadows a pink hue, so this one really depends on whether it's important to you that it be totally translucent. Like many makeup junkies, I love Primer Potion. It was the first eyeshadow primer I ever used, and the last. I never feel the need to try Too Faced or any other brand, simply because for me, UDPP is it. It works perfectly for me, every time. I've gone about 20 hours with my eyeshadow before and it has never creased on me, ever - not even once. It's a must-have for me, at all times! It is a little pricey, but for something this foolproof, I'm willing to keep buying. I much prefer the new packaging, as the genie bottle did make it rather difficult to get the most out of the product. Given all of this, it should be kept in mind that I have very normal skin, that is neither dry nor oily, and changes accordingly to the seasons (oilier in summer, drier in winter). I don't deal with acne or with skin conditions like rosacea, and my skin is not sensitive at all, so if you have any of the above, you might want to buy the travel size ($9) to see if it works for you before committing to the full-size (they even have little sets of the travel-size on the UD site, so you can try a couple of the different colours like Sin, Greed and Eden).