This was my first Color Tattoo purchase. I was curious to see if they were similar to MAC Paint Pots, which I have tried in the past and liked. I was debating on whether to get this color, or the taupe shade, and decided on this based on the fact that I don't have many grey shadows. The consistency is nice, creamy, applies smooth, and doesn't crease. My problem with this is the color. It looks grey in the pot, but on me it looks like I am wearing blue eyeshadow. Additionally, it has huge chunks of glitter/sparkle in it that makes me look like I am trying to channel the '80's. It was only about $7, but I wish I could return this shade and get the taupe.
I have this product in Luminous 1, which is the pink shade out of the other two. At first I was skeptical of pink as I have yellow undertones, but I use this under my eyes and around my nose for redness, and it brightens up my skin well. I would not use this for pimples or scarring, but to brighten the eye area this product really performs. The staying power is good and it doesn't seem to cake even after I set it with powder.
I'm not a big fan of the bare minerals foundation- I find it looks mask-like on me, so when I tried this concealer I wasn't expecting much. I was really impressed with this product, yeah the powder packaging can get messy, but I find if I apply this with a small kabuki brush I get a really good natural coverage that is buildable without looking cakey like the foundations in this line. I have some redness and breakouts and use this around my nose and it really seems to even out my skintone. I wouldn't use this under my eyes, but I have repurchased this a few times and I've also used it for minor scar coverage too.
Out of all the products I own, I keep trying to finish the bottle of this, yet every time I use it I stop. The smell is REALLY strong, and it doesn't fade even after hours of using it. I'm not totally against fragrance, either. As for detangling, heat protection, and leave in conditioning, this seems to be a decent product, it's just the cloying smell I can't stand. For the price, I'd just as soon buy some more Moroccan Oil.
I seem to always have this in my foundation stash, so there have been times where I use something else, then come back to this every once in awhile. Then I get reminded of why I stop using it-it just doesn't look natural on me, and after using it for a few days I break out. My skin is oily, but I am dry around my eye area. It seems to accentuate fine lines, and at the same time makes me look greasy. It also is a very messy product, as the powder seems to get everywhere.
Conditioner -Alberto Vo5 - Blackberry Sage Tea Conditioner
girlingoldboots 10/2/2010 11:48:00 AM
I never used to buy "cheap" conditioners for my color treated hair, mainly because I expected less than stellar results. After considering CO washing and not really liking it, I had some left over products that were just going to waste. I decided to try this as a rinse out instead of using it to CO wash, and it made my hair so soft and shiny! I never got this kind of result with higher-end brands. I also used to overload my hair with proteins, and this has brought back the softness and made my hair less brittle. It say's it gives hair "volume and bounce", and "energizes limp locks" and it does exactly this. Will buy again.
Conditioner -Suave - Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner
girlingoldboots 9/28/2010 8:55:00 PM
I bought this with the intention of using it for CO washing, but I never really stuck with it. I just put the bottle under my sink. (It was okay for CO washing, but nothing amazing). So, after running low on my other conditioner, I tried this again and I am so happy. Definitely worked better for me as a rinse out. I never use Suave or drugstore hair conditioners, but this made my hair so soft, shiny, and outperformed the higher end products I was using! I will definitely be stocking up on this.
I found this mascara to be really hard to work with when I first used it, and the results made my lashes look clumpy and flaky. The formula was watery and thin, so I had to apply numerous coats to get the look I wanted. Even using a lash comb did not work because it applied uneven. (I originally wanted to try the Falsies mascara, but my Walgreen's did not have it, so I tried this instead). Fast forward about a month or so, and this seems to work better. I don't know if the formula thickened up a bit, but now I can wear it without it looking uneven, yet not spidery and obvious. If I use it on my lower lashes I blot the wand with a tissue because of the thickness of the formula. I haven't noticed any flakes or irritation with my contacts either, but having to wait a month for it to be easy to work with is not enough to make me want to repurchase.
I have long hair that is color treated, and when I blow dry or use hot rollers I always use a heat protectant. I bought this on a whim one day and I have to say it is not easy to work with. It's a really thick, clear, heavy gel, so when you spread it through your hair it's not evenly distributed. I also find that it makes my hair feel really heavy with lots of buildup. The only thing I can say is that it might be a good idea if you are putting your hair in an updo or something along those lines because your hair will not move after using this. I didn't notice any fragrance or smell.
Treatments (Eye) -Bare Escentuals - Eye Rev-er Upper
girlingoldboots 7/9/2010 10:24:00 AM
I bought this product thinking that it was more of a "treatment" eye cream, but I care to think of it as a primer or eye brightener. I get puffiness and fine lines, and I tried using this at night to replace my regular eye cream. Unfortunately, it didn't really have any effects other than lightening and slight shimmer. It does have cucumber extract, which helps to cool my skin, but it just seemed to be lacking moisture. I'm not going to say this is totally useless though, I put it in the refrigerator and when I apply it's nice and cold and helps prime the eye area for makeup. I don't think I would repurchase.
I do not have serious scalp issues other than the occasional itchy scalp from sweat or hair product overload, but I do have color treated hair. I decided to try this conditioner and I'm glad I did. We have really hard water and most of my other conditioners left my hair crunchy and a tangled mess. This on the other hand left my hair so soft and easy to style after getting out of the shower. I massage it in, let sit for a minute or two, and rinse. Great results! It smells good too, herbal but not too strong.
Liquid -Estee Lauder - Double Wear LIGHT Foundation SPF10
girlingoldboots 3/6/2010 1:18:00 PM
I bought the "Intensity 2" shade. Upon application, I can blend it in to match my skin tone well, but then I notice some streaking which was not there when I first applied the product. My skin is a combination of dry and oily and by the end of the day (especially in warmer weather or if I was working out) I notice this seemed to melt off my face. I was also not impressed by the finish, if it were more matte that would have been a plus. The one good thing about this is the packaging. I like the squeeze tube idea because you can travel with it and not worry about it breaking.
Wow, what a great product. I was searching for a skin cream that works as well as this for years. I am using Retin A Micro and my skin was peeling on my forehead and nose. I also had the problem of oily skin on my chin and sides of my nose, so I also get breakouts. I couldn't find a product that was able to make my skin less dry, but since using this my face is less irritated and more moisturized. I tried Cetaphil, which was greasy, I use this morning and night all over my face. The only issue I have that might be a problem is the tub packaging, which of course has the tendency to be unsanitary. Other than that, I love this product.
This is the epitome of bad mascara- the formula is thick, dry, hard to work with, and it flakes off at the end of the day. I don't get how L'Oreal can make some really good mascara's and then come out with this stuff.
Conditioner -Joico - K-Pak Reconstruct Daily Conditioner
girlingoldboots 1/7/2010 11:11:00 AM
I bought this conditioner along with the corresponding shampoo for this line, and overall I am pleased. I have long, dry, highlighted hair and I am always looking to to try a product that claims to make my hair more healthy. This isn't the most moisturizing conditioner out there, but I do feel like it helps my hair with breakage and adding more resiliency. I also do not use this every time I wash my hair due to the protein in it, only once a week or so. I will continue to buy this, and you can usually find it on sale at Ulta or Trade Secret too.