I enjoy this foundation when I have something to cover up because it is full coverage, matte finish...my only issue is the fact that it doesn't come with a pump (have to purchase it separately for around $6-7) and the color match is so off. NC25 is too light and NC30 is too yellow - all of MAC foundations are insanely yellow. The reason I gave this three stars is because it photographs terribly due to the SPF 15, the weird color match, and I don't think this is suitable for daily wear (it is rather heavy feeling). But if I'm going to just wear it when I go out, I would want it to be able to photograph nicely - see my dilemma here?
Eyeliner -Jordana - Fabu Liner Liquid Eyeliner Pen
helloroo 6/2/2013 11:30:00 AM
This eyeliner is really pigmented and affordable, as others have said, but it's lasting power leaves a lot to be desired. I purchased this for my "whatever" days and as an alternative to my Stila Stay All Day liner. I usually do my eye make up first to allow for my eyeliner to set and once I started putting on my foundation, this eyeliner was already smudging in the inner corner of my eye and around my wing. I reapplied and went on to finish the rest of my makeup and the eyeliner had smudged again. I simply can't put up with that kind of smudgey and weak lasting power. Also, the tip is a little thicker than I like and makes it more difficult to make a crisp and clean line.
Mascara -Jordana - Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
helloroo 6/2/2013 11:27:00 AM
Was drawn to this because of the rave reviews and the sleek packaging. Picked this up at Walgreens, which for now is the only place I have seen this sold. To keep it short, this did not work for me at all. I usually need waterproof mascara to hold a curl (short asian lashes) but I used this with my Shisedo nourishing mascara base primer, which is supposed to work for all mascaras whether they are waterproof or not, and my lashes were still weighed down. The formula just didn't work for me and did not volumize much. I would try this again if it came in waterproof though just because it is so inexpensive.
People on the make up board go nuts for this stuff and I always see it recommended. To be honest, it doesn't do enough for my straight asian lashes - it doesn't thicken or lengthen enough. For someone who already has nice lashes, this could be a great "pick me up" product but for someone who doesn't have lashes to begin with..this simply isn't dramatic enough to make it look like you have lashes. The non-waterproof kind doesn't hold a curl and the waterproof kind still smudges.
I am obsessed with this foundation! I am NC30 and I use Punjab which is spot on. The first few times I've used this foundation I hated it because it had terrible lasting power. But then I realized this was a water-based foundation so I had to use a water-based primer (Smashbox Photoready Light or a Korres one) instead of a silicone one. This immediately changed how the lasting power of the foundation. It offers buildable medium coverage and I know it is recommended to use fingers to apply but I use an angled flat top kabuki from Sedona Lace which is excellent for buffing the product in. No this product doesn't give a "glow" which I equate to "oily". It gives a skin like natural finish that is undetectable in real life. As others have mentioned, there is no pump and it has to be purchased separately which I recommend so you don't waste product. I tried to go without for so long but realized I needed to invest in it. I believe it is around $6 at Nordstrom or NARS. I don't believe Sephora carries it. Overall, I would repurchase this foundation despite its steep price tag (they raised the price to $44) because the color match is spot on, the lasting power is great, and it photographs really well.
Bought this because of the rave reviews but ended up being disappointed. Offered NO volume for my straight asian lashes, barely held a curl, and was kind of expensive for a drugstore (7-8$ at Target or Walmart). The packaging was pretty though - a gold tube. I was expecting a false lash look but ended up with wimpier looking lashes.
Liquid -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20
helloroo 5/8/2013 9:01:00 PM
Let me preference this review by saying this is NOT a dupe for Nars Sheer Glow in any way, shape, or form. I am NC30 or Nars Punjab and purchased this in #60. It was a decent color match. This foundation is pretty liquid-y and provides at most medium coverage. Nars sheer glow starts off with medium coverage and can be built up to full coverage. That's one difference. The first two hours I had this on..I loved it. Absolutely loved it. I thought this was going to be my HG! But literally just five hours after putting my make up on..this foundation had completely disappeared. GONE. I have acne scars to cover up and I need my foundation to be longwearing because I hate touching up. Note: I have normal/slightly combo skin. Not too oily...I never have to blot during the day. So I returned this immediately. I had used it with primer, setting powder, setting spray..everything. The staying power was just awful. This is kind of expensive for drugstore (12-13$) so I would recommend getting this when it's on sale. Nars sheer glow has waaay better lasting power, color match, and coverage. At the same time...it's wildly more expensive. However I would repurchase the Nars sheer glow just so I have the confidence that my acne scars won't be peaking through in a couple hours.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Expert Face Brush
helloroo 3/24/2013 7:49:00 PM
Not a huge fan of this brush. Got it because of the rave reviews but I'm just not impressed. It gives a fuller coverage but it oddly pushes my liquid foundation around more than anything and I find I have to wash this brush more than my usual once a week because it drinks up my foundation as others have mentioned. Also I store my brush in a mug and the handle on this foundation is so annoying and oddly shaped. Haven't found another use for this since I don't use cream blush and I use other brushes for highlighting and contouring. One pro is that it dries fairly quickly and does not shed.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
helloroo 2/18/2013 6:18:00 PM
Decent medium-full coverage drugstore foundation. Unfortunately, I could not find a color match. I'm around NC25-30 with beige (slightly more yellow) undertones. I tried Buff Beige, Medium Beige, and Warm Beige. Buff and medium were too light while warm was waay too orangey looking. It just wasn't mean to be. Disappointing. Another thing..this stuff gets gross quickly. As in cakey. Careful with application! I tried fingers, RT expert face brush, kabuki brush, flat top..I couldn't find a way to get this stuff to blend. I don't think this is better than MUFE Mat Velvet or MAC Pro Long Wear - things I have heard this product compared to. Mat Velvet is much more natural looking/full coverage/easy to blend and has better color selection by far. Pro Long Wear is easier to blend as well and gives a bit more coverage. It can easily be built up in coverage while 3 in 1 cannot. I found that the 3 in 1 accentuated every single pore or dry spot even with a good moisturizer underneath. I would honestly choose Revlon Colorstay over this. Sorry bout it.
NC30 bought this to contour. It looked unnatural and had a greyish/orangeish tint to it. Ended up just tossing it because I couldn't get it to work for me. Tip for those who want NYX and don't have an ULTA by them and don't mind ordering online: order from Ebay. They often have pick 2 or 3 shades and you save a little bit of money. This goes for eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, etc.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Walking on Eggshells
helloroo 2/2/2013 11:27:00 PM
I honestly thought I wouldn't like this when I got it but I decided to pick it up anyway because it was so raved about. I'm really glad I did. This is a staple in my makeup collection. The texture and pigmentation is better than a lot of eyeshadows out there and probably the best in the drugstore. The colors are great for every day wear. The only cons is of course the packaging (dropped it once and everything shattered but since it was so cheap and readily available I got another one) and sometimes the colors can be a little too shimmery for my taste. Overall I think everyone should have this in their collection. I especially love the brown as a crease shade with another matte brown. Adds depth!
As others have said, this is an extremely pigmented blush..almost too pigmented even with a stippling brush. Yet I think this is a universal color - pigmented enough for darker skin tones and if you could find a way to use this light enough it would be gorgeous on light and medium skin tones. I like that it is one of the few matte drugstore options out there.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news but I really don't like this foundation. This is expensive stuff for water and pigment! I got it because I have a weird reaction to MAC Face and Body. I know people say that the MUFE version offers more coverage but I beg to differ. This offers significantly less coverage than the MAC foundation. The MUFE version also has terrible staying power. I wore this to work one day 8-3pm and by lunch time, I checked my face and was horrified to see all of my make up literally coming off in patches. I sit in an air conditioned room all day so I'm not really sure what caused this. I use a primer, setting spray, setting powder..everything. Determined to make this work I tried this again the next day when I was just at home. Same thing. Gross. I returned this.
When I tried out this foundation last summer, I was around NC30-5 and it was difficult to find a color match. I was matched to C4 but it looked too dark. C3 was too light. And honestly, I'm not going to buy two foundations to mix. Other than the color match, I really liked how buildable this was and the finish was so natural. Unfortunately, this made my normal/combo skin look oilier than normal. But still, I was convinced to make it work. I got MAC Blot and all kinds of oil controlling powders but still...the lasting power of this foundation was not good and I was still looking oily at the end of the day. In addition to all this, something in this made my skin itch in a bad way. I've never had this problem before with any foundation. So back this went. I would recommend this for dry skinned girls but I don't think you need to have perfect skin for this. Spot concealing with this foundation is an ease and using your fingers is best for applicaiton.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
helloroo 2/2/2013 9:32:00 PM
To be blunt, this isn't the worst product but it isn't the best either. Oddly enough, this photographs decently - not great. I am NC30ish and was matched to #125 which I believe is for light-medium with beige and a little bit of yellow undertones. It was a good match. I can't figure out the application on this thing. I have tried fingers, kabuki brush, flat top brush, etc. It really just won't blend into my skin. Looks incredibly unnatural. As for the coverage, it's definitely medium at most which is disappointing since I like fuller coverage. Overall, get a sample before purchasing the full thing. $42-5 (with tax) is no joke for something you might like.