First I just want to declare that this product is my HG! I have stubborn straight lashes that point downward. All mascaras (except for WP ones) drag down the curls. I don't like wearing WP mascaras because they are difficult to remove and many tend to flake. With this base, I can definitely wear any mascara I like. It will help hold up the curls so easily and nicely. Also my lashes stay soft after mascara application. I only apply one coat. It dries fairly quickly. It doesn't clump my lashes and doesn't appear white at all (unlike MAC prep+prime lashes). It does lengthen my lashes. But I count on my mascara for length and volume. tl;dr For those who have "downcast" stubborn lashes that refuse to stay curled, this base will help eliminate that problem. Very HG-material if you're concerned with curling.
I really want to love this product. For once I actually like the smell in this foundation, it smells expensive and not offensive at all. Anyway, I just cannot bring myself to work with it. I have combination skin (my t-zone gets oily, especially my nose and chin area) pretty fast. This foundation is easy to apply, lightweight and personally color matches well (I'm NC15 and use B10), finish is not flat at all and coverage is actually very good considering how light it is (one layer - medium coverage, definitely buildable). However! It doesn't last very long (I used primer on my T-zone as that's the most problematic area for fdtn to stay on for me). It also transfers when I blotted. My t-zone got oily by hour 3 and I can feel the foundation coming off -> gross. Also, this foundation will cling on to dry patches! I've tried applying with my fingers, stippling method and with regular foundation brush. While stippling method gives the best result, it still clung to the dry patches that I thought I don't have because I always moisturize very well before putting on MU. I've also tried wetting my brush to see if that would work --> nope, albeit a little better, but still no. I'm going to try mixing the foundation with my moisturizer to see if it helps. And also exfoliate well before applying (which I HATE, and my skin hates it too, plus my derm said not to exfoliate often). I feel that dry skin ladies would have better luck with it staying on, but make sure you moisturize your skin SUPER well to avoid dry patches showing through.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
icloverbby 5/21/2012 8:18:00 PM
I simply love this! It's smooth, applies well, doesn't feather/bleed, sheer but buildable, and moisturizing. It's great for summer (or any time of the year IMO). For reference I'm NC15 and have pigmented lips (the kind with purple undertone). So to have TF directly applied on my lips really doesn't show its true color since it's so sheer (and not very flattering either). What I do is I use a nude liner (I use MAC's Naked Liner) to cancel out some of the pigmentation and then apply the l/b. Result? Fantastic! I never knew I could pull off orange/coral, but voila, here I am, rocking in it for a whole week now. I will definitely repurchase this when it runs out.
I got this from the point reward program, 100 points for this baby. Like the last reviewer said, it looks dangerously blue-pink in the tube so I was hesitant to put it on because I was afraid they would make my lips look like I just painted some neon paints all over. Anyway, it is a little sticky, but not very distracting. It has a sweet, delicious scent to it that makes me want to kiss it, lol. The gloss is sheer but does have a good pigmentation. I don't need to use a lot of it for the color to show up on my lips. No glitter, so that's some good news for you ladies who don't like them. Finishing effect = gorgeous! Definitely will buy it when I run out.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Colour Surge duo in Victorian Pink
icloverbby 2/15/2012 2:36:00 PM
I have mixed feelings about this palette. One lippie off for sheer pigmentation. I have a MAC C2 skin shade, so not too tan. Perhaps that's why the colors aren't showing up well? The good thing about this palette is that it's great for an everyday look, a look that you don't want people to notice you have a lot of makeup on. Finishing it with mascara (eye pencil can be done without). My only reason for my mixed feeling is its pigmentation. I do use primers but it's still very sheer and doesn't show up on my skin very well unless I apply about 3 layers. It does reflect light due to its pretty shimmers. But I don't know... I wish it's a little more opaque and doesn't need several layers for the color to show. The darker shade is very natural looking to me as well. Giving depth to my eyes when applied at the outer V, again, I wish this color has more pigmentation. It lasts pretty long even without primer (of course, pigmentation suffers greatly in this case). The texture is a-okay, not super creamy like UD and MAC ones, but not chalky either. I will recommend this to friends if they're new to makeup or don't want to look like they caked on a lot of high pigments.
Lipstick -Clinique - Different Lipstick - Spiced Apple
icloverbby 2/15/2012 2:21:00 PM
Now, I didn't actually buy this product because I was on my lunch break and didn't bring my wallet. Onto the actual product. I really liked it. Normally I don't go for this kind of red or red at all because I'm afraid that I can't pull the color off or I would end up looking like a clown or attracting too much attention. Yesterday being Valentine's, I suppose I slipped into the romantic mood for a nice shade of red to warm up my lips. My lips have a blue-pink undertone so most of the time Clinique lipsticks don't flatter me very much. However, when I tried this one on at the counter, inside my lips really warmed up from this color. A very pretty shade of brown red (more red than brown on my lips though). When I swatched on my skin (I'm a MAC C2, yellow undertone), it looked beigy red. Outside under natural lighting, my lip color really popped in a nice way. A soft, warm shade of red that has a very subtle shimmer. It really completes my everyday look (I like to do natural looking eyes, mostly beige to soft brown or mocha). It lasted pretty long too, more than 2 hours. Granted, I didn't drink, as the lady at the counter said Clinique doesn't make non-transfer lipsticks so eventually all lipsticks wear off (relatively fast) and have to reapply. In the afternoon, I topped my lips with Peach Glow (a pricey Laura Mercier l/g). Loved how it turned out - still retained that red color (softer now since it's been sometime since I applied Spiced Apple) with added coral pink shine. I plan on purchasing this lipstick next time I go shopping. Strongly recommend to girls who have pigmented and cold-color undertone to their lips.
This lipstick is small. For the price you're paying, you don't get a lot of product. The packaging is adorable. 1 lippie off for expensive price compared to the amount of product you're given. The coverage is sheer, much to its line's description. I like the sheerness. I like the fact that I can reapply it without a mirror and not have to worry about messing it up. The smell is delicious. The color suits my skin (I'm a MAC C2/NC15-20. Definitely looks great for an everyday look IMO. It lasts pretty long for me too considering the coverage you're dealing with here. It usually lasts more than 2 hours for me then I'd have to reapply. If you aren't drinking/eating, it would last longer. I tried this with and without lip pencils (by the way, MAC Dervish is great pairing with this lip stick). Second lippie off because it's slightly drying for me. For some reason, my lips are dry by themselves and this lipstick doesn't provide much moisture for me. I'm not too concerned with this because I like using chapstick underneath lip pencil/lip stick anyway. But still, it would be a lot better if it's more moisturizing. Overall the quality is pretty good sans the drying part. I wish it would be less expensive. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a soft, sheer pink color on their lips to wear everyday.
Eye Primer -Clinique - Touch Base For Eyes in Canvas
icloverbby 2/10/2012 8:15:00 PM
I think the quality of this base is inconsistent (hence the 1 lippie off). The first time I had this, the quality is superb: the base was creamy, easy to blend and apply and really binds onto the shadow for me. Unfortunately, it was not the case when I purchased a second one (after I used up the 1st one, that was how much I liked using it), this second one I bought was hard to get on my brush (hard bristle brush), using my finger I could not get enough unless I "dig" into it. But it is still easy to blend on my lids, it's just incredibly difficult to get the product onto my brush/finger - frustrating. I noticed some people I know complained about it drying up fast. I never had that problem. But then I always stick back that sticker/cover after I use it to help with sealing in moisture and I keep it away from hot/dry places and store it in a cool (and dry) place. I don't think I will get another one and I'm currently on the hunt for a better eyebase. (at least the packaging is cute - love the mirror too)