Wow, so soft. I got it during one of their rare 75% off promos (last summer) because how could you not want a Kabuki brush for only $1.25? It's soft and doesn't shed. Why shell out $40 for something higher-end brand? Honestly, I don't use it that much, but I'm just amazed that for the quality it is for only $1.25!
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Face and Eye Travel Tool Kit
flonkerton 4/28/2010 2:46:00 AM
Dude, way too expensive for what it is. This is what I bought when I first started out, and I still use them (because I use ALL my brushes even when I upgrade). But the handle length eventually started to bug the hell out of me. I don't mind as much with the eye brushes, but the blush brush's handle length bugs me. The liner brush is still my favorite of the liner brushes I have, despite its short handle. But liquid liner handles are even shorter, so it's fine. The CREASE brush. BAH. Garbage, that brush. I mean, it's not too bad, but I'd rather use it to blend out crease color than apply it. If you're looking for a better deal, I would go with Coastal Scents brushes. Their liner brush isn't too great though. Not stiff enough. But at least you get to pick and choose what brushes you buy from CS.
Makeup Brushes -Coastal Scents - Italian Badger Doe Foot Stippler
flonkerton 4/28/2010 2:43:00 AM
It's so cute. :) And it does a good job. I mostly use it for all-over shadow color. For more intense shadow looks, I use it to soften up the crease and blend everything together.
:/ I wouldn't repurchase. I like this product, but it does not come off as pigmented as a shadow of this price range should be. But UD's matte shadows in general are great! White shadows are a little trickier though. I'm more picky when it comes to whites, golds, and yellows.
I liked the original formula, but it couldn't hold a curl very well, and the waterproof formula is definitely an improvement in that sense. It smudges a but, but it so good at lengthening! I mean, yes a $24 mascara will lengthen a bit better and have posher packaging, but this is probably my favorite drugstore mascara. It doesn't make your lashes all brittle, about-to-snap-off feeling like other waterproof drugstore mascaras tend to. The brush is a little cheap-feeling because of its flexibility, but it's never given me any problems with application. Actually, I think it's the flexibility of the brush that it moves along with the shape of my eyes/contour of my lashes better, if that makes any sense. Mascara wands that are firm and sturdy and straight make it really easy for me to blob my mascara onto my lid when I'm not using a mascara guard. Infuriating. But I haven't done that with the Define-A-Lash. Compared to NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening mascara, it doesn't provide as much length, but it's almost as good at separating lashes. And one thing Define-A-Lash does better is volumize. It layers without getting clumpy. Takes me like 3 coats of NARS to get anywhere with volume. And it's freakin' $25! Define-A-Lash runs for $8? And I got it for 40% off. :)
Bleh. I wish I read the reviews before I bought this. My skin is normal, but this foundation makes me shine like no other. DEFINITELY not recommended for oily skin types. I personally don't like shimmer, but the real issue is how greasy the formula feels. The SA at ULTA told me she loved the illuminating foundation, so I bought it on a whim. Definitely not repurchasing. And the first one I got had a broken pump. The pump is made of really cheap plastic. The only thing I would consider good about this foundation is that it provides light coverage. (I don't like full coverage foundations.)
Blends very well, super pigmented. Excellent for under the eyes. I actually kind of regret repurchasing because my first tube has been lasting so long! (I bought more before running out because it was on sale.) BUT its staying power isn't impeccable. I mean, it's pretty good, but after about 7 hours or so, you can notice that it's worn off a bit. Maybe I'll try powdering more often?
Possibly the coolest eyeshadow ever. Check out the color in person. It's hard to describe. It looks phenomenal if you use it over kohl liner or a dark cream shadow too.
I can't say I'd purchase this again, but I guess I'm also not much of a plum blush fan. On me, it pretty much just looks red. I guess it'd be a good shade for winter. Dunno. Could easily be used as a sculpting blush. If you have a tendency to touch your face a lot, I would not recommend this. The staying power isn't so great. I should've just ordered it in Quickie. Serves me right for thinking having too many pinks and peaches might be a bad thing.
So worth the money. Drugstore curlers just don't understand the true shape of an eye. Sure, they're slightly concave toward the face, but they're horizontally flat. Who has upper lids that just go straight across? Anywho, holds curl well, doesn't crimp or tug. Excellent investment, but the huge thing that annoys the hell out of me is that there are no pad refills!! I hear that the CVS Essence of Beauty curler pads fit all right, so I'll try that next time and let you know. :)
Wow. I love this product. The MUFE rep at Sephora was helping me check out some MUFE products, and I ended up getting this instead of the Lancome Teint Idole. It's gel-based, so application doesn't get streaky because it's really easy to blend, even with just your fingers. In fact, I prefer using my fingers with this one. Faster and not very messy at all. Sad to buy a foundation right before summer hits, but you can always just use bronzer. I have this in 32 (light-medium Asian/golden skins), and it's a pretty good match. Admittedly, it doesn't have as great a range of color choices as the HD foundation, but the 32 actually matches me a lot better than the 120 in the HD foundation. And the HD foundation cakes like mad! It's seriously full full fulllll coverage, and I honestly don't need that. I typically use either tinted moisturizer, powder, or light coverage foundation. I would say that the Face & Body is medium coverage. I honestly think it's great for all skin types. Gel-based skin products are excellent for all skin types really. Dry, normal, oily. Won't cake and doesn't create shine unless you're really oily. Nothing a little powder won't fix. The only thing is that it doesn't come in a pump, but that wouldn't be very practical for a gel-based foundation, would it? I just get some out with a Q-tip. It is supposedly waterproof when you put it on. I haven't put it to the test yet, but will update when I do. Excellent for if you go to the beach. MUFE rep said it was originally designed for Bay Watch. And she wore it from head to toe on her wedding day, haha. Good idea, because I have some scars on my legs that I would like to cover up. There's gigantic scar on my knee from a fall I took to the concrete 4 years ago. :( Still pretty prominent. [sigh] Silly tomboys, right? And it's 1.69 oz, not 1.0 oz like most other foundations! :) I'll update how long it lasted me when I eventually run out. I don't wear foundation every day, and switch between foundations, so it'll last me a lonnnnnng time.
Gentle like it claims, but I'm never confident that my face is clean after washing it with the Cetaphil cleanser. :/
My favorite highlighter. The first thing that drew me to BeneFit. Beautifully natural glow, sheer pinky color. and NOT shimmery, like most highlighting powders. I got it in the Legally Bronze set, which is such an excellent value. Comes with Hoola, High Beam, Gilded, and Bad Gal Brown for $35! Might not be so great on oily skins, but do oily skinned people highlight anyway? I dunno. Only thing I don't like about this highlighter is the applicator brush. It's packaged like a nail polish bottle, which is cute. But I don't think it's sanitary to dab it onto your face and dip it back into the bottle, especially when it's a liquid. The brush also carries too much product. I just dab some onto a Q-tip and dab it onto my cheekbones.
I got it as a Sweet Steal for $10 with both Honey Bunny and Lana. I use Lana more just because of my skintone, but the creaseless cream shadows overall are excellent bases to prevent creasing. Honey Bunny is a pink skin-toned shadow.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
flonkerton 4/19/2010 2:47:00 AM
Seriously? Do I even need to review this? Just get it already. Nothing compares to this. I've tried high end, low end, middle of the price line products. Paint pots, BeneFit creaseless cream shadows, NYX jumbo pencils, ELF mineral eye primer. Nothing compares. Granted, the first two prevent creasing pretty well, but it doesn't make your shadows pop like UDPP. NYX and ELF are too runny and creasing happens after an hour or two.