I bought this in No. 3 for my undereye shadows and found no difference after applying. Yes, it was emollient enough for the undereye area, but there was no coverage at all from this product. I wanted to try it because of all the good reviews it received, but I found the Secret Concealer to be unremarkable and expensive.
I received a sample of this in Caramel & Bronze at the Makeup Tradeshow and am reviewing the Caramel shade which is the darker of the two. My full-size sample came in a pump and the product had almost like a whipped consistency. My only gripe is that too much product comes out, so I always have to be careful not to squeeze too hard. It gives you a semi-matte finish, but it is not dry. As far as adapting to your skintone, it does what it says. I thought it matched my skin very well--we'll see if the Bronze shade will "adapt" as well. The coverage was medium and looked & felt totally natural--best for those who want even skintone but don't like the feeling of wearing foundation. To give you an idea as to what skintone I am, I'm a GGG w/olive undertone, and I wear PD Face Tint in Jet Set Glo, Becca TM in Gold, Becca loose powder in Mocha.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - On The Loose Shimmering Eye Powder in Tart
frputich 12/14/2003 4:45:00 PM
This is a beautiful shimmery light green shadow! It looks beautiful on hazel eyes. The quality of this loose shadow is excellent, yet it is inexpensive! It applies evenly and stays put, it doesn't fall where you don't want it to.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer
frputich 12/14/2003 4:37:00 PM
I personally have not seen the difference in using this primer. I've used it on several different people and have been told it feels good on the skin. It contains some natural ingredients that are good for the skin, but as far as being an effective primer, I just don't think this compares to Smashbox Photo Finish.
This stuff works fabulous on fine lines and filling in pores! Foundation goes on smoothly, and looks matte yet not dry after applying this primer. I think this works well for all skintypes, especially for mature and oily types w/large pores. I only use this for photoshoots, not for everyday since this product contains silicone, which may irritate the skin.
This product worked great to neutralize red areas such as rosacea on the cheeks & nose, and red blemishes. However, I do not recommend it as an all-over primer. I would say this only works well as a SPOT neutralizer. I think it works best when a thin layer is applied on the area(s)and, if necessary, apply another thin layer--to avoid cakiness. The texture is thin enough to even out the skintone yet can be drying if applied to0 much. I gave it 4 lippies because you have to "play" with this product before you perfect the application.
Loose Powders -Alison Raffaele - translucent loose powder
frputich 12/14/2003 1:18:00 PM
Yes, this product is white, and yes, it looks white on the skin the first moment you put it on, however, the whiteness instantly goes away and becomes transparent. I would know since I'm an olive-toned GGG and am very wary of products that would look ashy on my dark skin. I tried it out on myself before a big event and didn't have (nor did I have time) to touch up. It set my makeup, yet I didn't have that "powdery " matte look. I applied it on top of my Becca tinted moisturizer (gold) and I just looked like I had good skin. I ended it up using it on different models (with different ranges of skintones) for a photoshoot and had no problem! I've read that this powder has been used on celebrities such as Kate Hudson, J-Lo, & Lil' Kim, and it suited all of them. I can attest that this powder does what it claims to do for all skintones.
This is a wonderful highlighter! It blends well and mixes easily with moisturizer or foundation. It feels light, cool and refreshing on the skin, not sticky and uncomfortable. I use it on the temples and tops of cheeks, middle of forehead & chin for a glowing dewy look. This stuff is great!
This is a great highlighter! This shimmery white eyeshadow goes on sheer, not pasty, so it looks pretty anywhere--inside corner of eyes, browbone, cheeks & temples. It also looks great on all skintones.
This mascara smudges after a few hours. It does the job as far as lengthening, however I do not think it thickens as well as other inexpensive brands. I don't think I've ever had problems with smudging until I tried this mascara.
Liquid -L'Oreal - Translucide luminous foundation [DISCONTINUED]
frputich 5/1/2003 4:58:00 PM
I don't usually wear foundation, but from reading all the reviews on this foundation, I decided to test it out and see how this would look on my face (I wear LM TM in Almond or PD FT in Jet Set Glo). I ordered the Caramel Beige shade from Ulta.com, sight unseen, and lucked out that it matched my skintone. Loreal Translucide gave me a dewy & glowing look, so I'd recommend this foundation for normal to dry skin types. I only had to touch-up with a blotting paper once through out the day. I think it provided sheer to medium coverage and felt good on my skin. So for such a great product, I only spent less than ten bucks!
Liquid -Jane - Stay Calm Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
frputich 5/1/2003 4:55:00 PM
I don't usually wear foundation, but from reading all the reviews on this foundation, I decided to test it out and see how it would look on my face (I wear LM TM in Almond or PD FT in Jet Set Glo). I ordered the Dream Cream shade from Ulta.com, sight unseen, and lucked out that it matched my skintone. Jane's Stay Calm foundation gave me a natural yet matte look, so this would be great for normal to oily skintones. I think it provided sheer to medium coverage and felt good on my skin. The best part was that for such a great product, I only spent less than five bucks!
Just having the dvd enclosed w/her book just helped in understanding the importance of application, and that there's nothing wrong in trying different looks. She featured all women of color and used her own products. She was pleasant and did not preach at all! Major rave--now I just want to get everything in her line! This was everything that Bobbi Brown's Beauty was not!
This is the second Aveda product that I've ever used and I think this stuff is absolutely wonderful! I use this after I've cleansed and used Aveda's Exfoliant, before moisturizing & applying eye cream--what a difference it made the next morning! I'm dark so my face tends to be uneven. This morning, my face was more even-toned and smooth! It comes out oily but after I put it on my skin, the oiliness was totally gone! The only bad part about it is that I don't need to wear my tinted moisturizer as much--just regular moisturizer & powder is all I need. This stuff keeps you from using makeup!
She preaches way to much! I know she favors yellow-toned powder and brown-toned shadow, and that's not a bad thing. I just didn't care for her putting down using navy (or any other color) on the eyes, and trying different techniques like partially lining the eye. I also didn't expect to see too many pictures since I've read the other reviews on this book. However, I did expect pictures of her actually demonstrating certain precise techniques (i.e. using eyeliner) and found none. Most of the pictures that are featured show models/actresses that are already made up, they don't show how they got that way. For those who want specific visuals, pick up Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces. If you're still interested in this book, check it out from the library first!