Cleansers -Clinique - Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser
heytherenicolex 7/11/2010 7:25:00 PM
I have pretty sensitive skin which always tends to be red, so I bought a tube of this in hopes that it would bring down the redness, or at least just be gentle on my skin. This is *very* gentle, but it does a great job in my opinion of taking off makeup (although I suggest you try to take as much off with makeup remover first). It leaves my skin feeling fairly comfortable, although my redness has not gone down. That could always just be because I'm not using the other redness solutions products with it, though. I don't like the packaging much, though. There's some weird opening in the packaging so you don't have to screw off the cap, just twist a bit and product comes out. This is nice, but I don't like that once I twist it closed, more product comes out. Just make sure you take a bit less than what you want so when the cleanser comes out at the end you're not wasting product.
Tinted Moisturizer -Jane - nearly foundation SPF 30
heytherenicolex 7/11/2010 7:20:00 PM
I tried this in Fair, since I've been wanting to break into tinted moisturizers lately. The color worked for me just fine, although I find that tinted moisturizers probably aren't for me as I need a bit more coverage. As soon as I put it on, I noticed a burning sensation, which lasted throughout the day. If you have fairly sensitive skin, you should stay away from this product.
Barry M Dazzle Dusts are *amazing*. I was in England for about 6 months, and every time I went to the drugstore I ended up swatching them. Finally I bought Pink/Gold and Aqua/Gold. They're £4.50 each, which is equivalent to about $6.75 US, which is a huge bargain. All the colors are really interesting, with a lot of ones that are super unique. They're easy to work with and especially beautiful when applied wet. I do wish it had a sifter though, but that's not a huge deal. Sadly the shipping costs are pretty high for these babies if you're from the US, but if you have any friends from the UK who can post it to you, or have any friends who are going on a trip there, that's quite a bit cheaper.
I got Asphyxia in UD's Wallpaper Palette, and its my favorite color in the palette. It's this gorgeous shimmering lavender, which a gorgeous bluish iridescence. I wish the color pay off was better, but I think if it was more pigmented, it wouldn't be as easy to wear for every day use, which is what I like to do once in a while to step up my normally neutral look. If you layer it on a little bit the color does get more vibrant. It has a definite shimmer, but I didn't notice any real glitter like a couple reviewers had mentioned.
Shroom is an amazing highlight color, one of the only highlights I use. This is a satin, so it does have a bit of a sheen, but there's no real shimmer to it. Its a very nice fair skin tone color.
Dusk is your basic shimmering black color, but for $1, the quality is excellent. This comes in just a pan, so you'll have to make sure you have a compact to put it in. If you don't, don't worry because e.l.f. also carries 4-pan compacts for $1 a piece too! Anyway, I was very impressed when I swatched Dusk, as its highly pigmented and very smooth. If you don't want a shimmering black, then I'd just skip this and go to MAC's Carbon or NYX's Black, but the shimmer is really nice.
Moondust is a very nice shimmering medium-brown color, and is my favorite everyday crease shadow. All the Custom products are only $1 a piece, so its a definite steal. The color is very pigmented and smooth, which is incredibly impressive for the price. The colors on the E.L.F. website are misleading, though, as the color is quite a bit darker in person. Anyway, Moondust is one of those colors that are pretty much staples in a makeup collection, so I highly recommend it.
Naked Lunch has become one of my favorite MAC eyeshadows. It's a nice light pinky champagne neutral color, which is good to put all over the lid. I've seen it used also as a highlight, although that probably wouldn't work with fair skin tones like mine. It's a frost, so it has a lot of really nice shimmer. It's definitely a must have if you're looking for some basic MAC shadows.
MUFE's Face and Body foundation is really really great. I was looking for a foundation which gave more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but not tons of coverage as I don't need it. This is the best one so far. It blends into my skin perfectly, and you only need a small amount of product for your whole face. I normally just apply it with my fingers, since it has a very thin consistency. I tend to have dry patches on my forehead and chin, but these did not exacerbate them at all, as many other foundations have. The coverage is very sheer, but is buildable. Still, don't expect the coverage of MUFE's HD foundation. The one thing I don't like about it is the packaging, as its just a simple glass bottle with no pump.
Wonderful! I bought 3 of these compacts, and they work really well. You can't beat $1 for a compact like this, as they fit not only e.l.f. products, but also MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows, and anything of that size (26mm). They each have a really large mirror which is quite handy. Instead of going to MAC or somewhere more expensive for your 4-pan compacts, I suggest e.l.f. first.
I bought this product last week and used it twice. The first time I used it, I was shocked at the fact that it actually kind of BURNED my skin. Not anything bad, but I could feel my skin burning. It also didn't provide much coverage at all; I had to use another powder over it to make it have more coverage. I did like that it didn't feel like I had anything on, but that's just about all I liked. If you're looking for such sheer coverage, I'd say just go for a tinted moisturizer, and if you're looking for more coverage, you can try Clinique's Superbalanced Makeup, which is so much better.