Liquid -MAC - Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
friend_or_foe 7/18/2008 6:20:00 PM
I like this a lot-- this is my first ever MAC foundation, and I must say the colour is a perfect match for starters (NW20). When the girl applied it in the shop she went a little heavy with it, but I was willing to give it a go. I apply a very light layer over my primer, and it works quite well. It does get a little shiny-looking by lunch f I put it on first thing, but I tend just to blot or use a little powder and it freshens right up. I've never noticed any sparkle on my face, but it always seems to be on my hands, which is a little odd! I will say it does go a little cakey on my dry patches, but it's much better in that respect than every other foundation I've tried, so it's probably just my face that's the issue there. I really like this for every day, lightish coverage, and I'd definitely repurchase.
Love, love, love this pigment! It looks very indigo on me, almost more purple than blue, which is just what I wanted-- I can wear it dark for evenings or blend it with a lighter shade for daytimes. It really brings out the green in my eyes. I'd definitely buy this again!
Very nice green with a very slight gold shimmer. It does seem quite similar to Golden Olive to me, but it goes on a lot more subtlely (which is no bad thing in my book, as I find it very easy to go OTT with Golden Olive). More green and with a lot less gold. It's also slightly finer, and doesn't shift as much. If I hadn't already bought a full tub of Golden Olive I'd get this instead as it matches my needs more.
I'm slightly dissapointed by this pigment. From the colour in the pot I was expecting a very bright, rich purple, and this pigment failed to deliver that for me. No matter how heavily I applied it, I couldn't get the deep shade I was looking for. The end result is perfectly nice, but I've got a Boots eyeshadow that costs a fraction of the price that does the same trick. I'm glad I didn't spend my money on a full tub of this-- it's nice, but I won't be seeking it out again.
I really like this shade! I'm wearing it blended with Violet and Shimmertime, with slate grey liner on the upper lid, and it looks soooo pretty! I can see myself wearing this a lot...
This is a very, very vibrant green-- I'd really love a sweater in this shade! It looks a bit daunting in the pot, but used sparingly it can work, even in the daytime. I wore this as quite a light wash with Golders Green and Shimmertime, and it looked very pretty, not scary. I can't see myself wearing this often-- Golden Olive and Golders Green are more my style and easier to handle-- but if I fancy a change it's definitely an option.
After reading all of these great reviews, I decided to try Sophisto myself. When I saw it at the counter, I was concerned-- it looked far, far too dark for me! However, it's one of these shades that looks completely different on than it does in the tube (just as well, really). It goes on a lovely rosy plum shade, not as brown as I would have suspected. It works just as well for day wear as it does in the evening. I'd definitely consider buying this again!
Powerplum is a pretty, reddish-purple shade with a slightly metallic sheen to it. I know some people below have complaints about the formula and the ease of application: perhaps I just got lucky, but I've had no difficulty with it, although I do like my liner quite thick anyway. The real wonder of this product, though, is it's staying power. I'd heard it was good, but I wasn't prepared for the reality! First I tried makeup wipes, which took off all of my shadow and a fair hunk of the mascara, but left the liner pristine. Then I went for my normal eye-makeup remover, but again, nothing doing. Eventually I had to dig out my Ultrabland, which I usually only use when I've had stage makeup on, and even that was a bit of a fight. This stuff is hardcore-- what the Army would use if they were ever in need of eyeliner. I'll definitely be investing in Liquidlast again, but I'll probably test out the other shades rather than repurchasing Powerplum (as pretty as it is.)
If I could skip the first half hour after putting this on, I'd love it. When I first put it on it smells horrible, like nasty bitter almonds, but after a little while it mellows into a lovely floral fragrance.
I got this as an extra in a swap and when I opened it I thought "You've got to be kidding!" Maybe as an eyeshadow, but as a blush? But when I tested it, it went on rather nicely, not nearly as vivid as it looked in the pot. I don't usually wear blush as I am very, very rosy naturally, but if I'm looking a bit pasty I'll certainly pop this on.
Hmmm...not convinced about this product myself. Yes, it moisturised my hair quite nicely, and yes, it smells rather nice, but at no point in the experience did I look any blonder. As an intensive conditioner, it worked just fine, but it's far too expensive for what it actually did for me, and, as others have mentioned, I only got three treatments out of the pot (I have chin-length, thickish hair).
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
friend_or_foe 11/9/2007 8:44:00 AM
Well, I read this review yesterday, and decided to test out the coconut-oil-as-eye-makeup-remover theory for myself, as I happened to have a tub of it anyway. Well, it worked a treat-- all my eyeliner, shadow and even waterproof mascara came off in half the time it takes me with my normal product, and it left the skin around my eyes lovely and soft and moisturised-feeling. I'd be reluctant to use it elsewhere on my face, but as eye make-up remover, I'll certainly be using this again!
I think one of the other reviewers put it best: "removes make-up you never knew you put on!" I do find this a little oily for everyday use, and I struggle to get my face feeling properly clean afterwards (call me a philistine, but I like my skin to feel squeaky after I cleanse). However, if I've been wearing a lot of make-up, I always use Ultrabland-- it wipes the slate clean. My flatmate borrowed it to get her facepaints off after Halloween and it worked like a dream!
Loose Powders -Givenchy - Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation
friend_or_foe 11/6/2007 8:23:00 PM
I was talked into buying this by the lady at the counter, and I'm so glad I did! This powder sits really beautifully-- it doesn't cake like some, and it goes on very subtly, whilst still taking away any oilyness. The packaging is lovely and it lasts for asolutely ages: a great investment!