I'm currently close to an N5 in MAC matchmaster; I'm typically around NC40 but got a lot of sun in a recent vacay. This bronzer is awesome! The medium to dark shade is perfect! It has shimmer and since I've been a little on the dry side lately it looks great for me but I can see it being too heavy if you are oily. Fades a teensy bit about an hour after application but its also really easy to overapply, as the color is really saturated; in the end its evens out to a natural gorgeous glow and I can't believe it's available at the DS price point. Love!!!!
This is a godsend. I have combo oily skin, a lot of deep pores / oil activity around my nose, dry patches on my chin and the high points on my cheeks. This helps even out my whole complexion to one standard surface. I rub it gently around my nose and just a teensy bit on my dry flaky bits, and let it sit. Then after 15 - 20 minutes, I put on the activating serum, rub the same areas in a bit more, wait 5 minutes and towel it off with a damp wash cloth. I use it once every second weekend. I absolutely glow after using this. It looks like you slept all day and have baby skin; absolutely lovely. I used to need a seasonal facial mid-summer but I haven't had the urge since I've been using this. HG for me. I know it's pricey but I'm totally rebuying once I'm done the set.
This looks like a lavender in the bottle but translates as a brightening white on my nails. I'm a bit of a nail polish ho, and as a result, my nails have a bit of yellow tinge to them, concentrating at the ends. Nothing horrific however, just makes my nails look a wee bit grody. Anyway, with one coat of this, the little yellowing I have disappeared. It looked like I just had shiny healthy nails. I was baffled. I think lavender is a complementary color to pale greeny yellow so from a mixing perspective it makes sense. The downside is won't show as lavender on my nails at all. A brightening white, even with two coats. I like it for making me look well put together. It's great even in one coat, non-streaky, and even better with two coats. I'm taking off a lippie as well it looks nothing like the bottle.
Tinted Moisturizer -NARS - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
indoorkitty 4/23/2012 2:09:00 PM
I'm an NC 40 by Mac's system; realistically I might be a hair lighter, I wear MatchMaster in 3.0 fwiw. I have really clear yellow tones (of South Asian descent), and oily/combo skin with some dry patches. I went with St. Moritz; it sheers out to the right shade on me. The next shade up, Annapurna, looked too red on me, and the one up after that was too dark. I love this. Gives a nice sheer finish, covers up my acne pigmentation, doesn't feel like anything on, lasts ~ 12 hrs or more (with primer, I use either LM Illuminating or MAC P&P spf 50; I wrote 12 as I've not worn it for longer) and makes my Mom think I've been lounging in spas. My only gripe is that it takes a little bit of effort to remove. I have to bust out the oil-based cleanser and wash/tone that off too. Other than that, it's really really great. I highly recommend checking out samples before you commit to this, it doesn't quite wear or feel like any other TM I've tried.
Amazing shine. It's a pretty bright color for Chanel, looks marvelous against tanned hands/feet. Easily a 1 coater, I only did two coats my thumbs (didn't have enough polish on the brush to completely coat the thumb in one shot). It's really festive so I'm a little uncomfortable wearing it in spring at work; will probably fetch it out again in the summer.
This is absolutely lovely. A silvery-gray taupe, neutral to cool leaning in nature (at least on me). I am typically taupe challenged (in that I can make them work but it requires effort), and this one is beautiful on me. I've been using it as a transition / layering shade on my primed eyes. Good wear for oily-combo people with primer. I haven't checked without primer, but nothing lasts on me sans primer so I don't even try. This is a rather sheer-ish shade, but it's incredibly blendable and has a sweet sparkle; these qualities make it work well with many many other shades, essentially giving other Eotds an extra oomph. I've tried it on it's own and it looks okay. It's amazing when paired with MAC Bamboo, Patina and/or Hocus Pocus, or when used along other Nars duos (Brousse, either of the Brumes shades on their own); I even worked it well with the Khaki dior trio. It blends and looks good with grays, browns, nudes, khakis, brassy golds of any texture. It's incredible. I really like it.
Lipstick -Hourglass - Adorn Hydrating Lipstick in Fresco
indoorkitty 3/19/2012 12:07:00 PM
This is a really nice dusty pink on me. It actually matches some of the pink in my pigmented lips (which are pink to purple in gradation, oy!), so when I put it on, it really looks natural on me. It's pretty hydrating, I'm stoked I picked it up in the last bit of winter, I need all the lip love I can manage, the wind and cold have done a number on me this year. I'd buy again. I love having this at the bottom of my purse, it's a great shade to go from harried to suddenly put together.
I was looking for something a little bit more "pure" than the Nuxe oil, and though this might be it, it's definitely a lot heavier. It's lighter than straight up coconut oil. It has a nice powdery smell (doesn't put off the husband as some other oils have); it's okay as a shampoo pre-treatment; I didn't find it harder to wash off than coco oil (which drove me insane as it doesn't move), but I did find it better to concentrate this on the ends rather than at the scalp (where it'll stick for sure, as you can't lather that hard at the base of your head). I really like this as a water protectant; my hair gets completely trashed in sea water / pool water, and this lessens the damage. I'd actually give it a 3.5, and as I end up in situations where I need something between Nuxe oil and coco oil for my hair, I'm probably rebuying it when I finally finish it (which will take years as one needs only a few drops everytime).
Lotions/ Creams -Nuxe - Huile Prodigieuse (Multipurpose dry oil)
indoorkitty 3/18/2012 2:01:00 PM
This stuff is a god send for the winter. I have wavy hair that comes to just below my clavicle. My hair gets incredibly dry this time of year, and starts splitting at the ends. This year, I've been rubbing in Nuxe; not only does it shape my hair (i.e. instead of being an insane mess, it settles down into a nice defined spiral), it prevents the splits I get from the wind and cold dry air. I try not to put it near the roots though, otherwise I start getting super oily. I rub in a few drops right at the ends. Perfection. I use it to seal in lotion on my skin too. I'll definitely be buying again. I took off one star because I know it's not all oil, there's some other stuff in it, and it does build up if you use it day after day. I'd ideally like something that was pure oil and didn't have any other additives in it, but I'm still looking.
I love this quad! Totally agree with what the reviewer two posts below says. These aren't incredibly pigmented but what I really like about this quad is that the colors work really well together. It's easy to put together a few looks with this quad without requiring anything other than liner to finish them off. I typically put Wild By Nature all over the lid, then Style Predator over the centre third of eye, finish off the V with Notoriety and finally use Furiously Fabulous to either set the liner and/or deepen the V even more (especially if this is a night look). I can get more color out of this quad by layering (which is what I do at night), or by putting it over Rubenesque PP. This is my go-to quad while traveling, as I can dress it up or dress it down without much effort. Darn it's LE-ness! I'm a really yellow-based NC40 fwiw.
Gorgeous dusty sea foamy sort of green on me. One - two coats, great opacity. Works really well with my tanned NC 40-ish hands. Seems a little stark for winter but reminds me of green tea ice cream and spring. Love!
The only camo green I've come across that's the right depth and undertone for me. A one coater at that. LOVE!
I love it! I received it over the weekend and I've been supplementing my looks with it all week. As someone mentioned below, it's not a sparkle-disaster. Only one sparkly shade and if you tap the brush after loading it, you can minimize fall out to a degree. The left half of the palette is warm, warmer than the first Naked. The right half is cooler. I'm an NC 40, and I personally found Naked 1 too champagne / summery to wear in the fall/winter. This is a perfect replacement. I like the metal box better than the velvet one from before too. It feels more sturdy. I haven't tested the brush or the lip gloss yet. If you're on the fence and you haven't bought the first one, I think overall this is a better palette. I'm sure I'll transition off to the the other Naked over the summer, but I am totally totally loving this for the winter.
This is my winter HG. It's a teensy wrong shade wise but because it's sheer, it works out on me. Gives me a glow of sorts too, I really like it. AND it completely covered my hormonal business happening on my chin. I was ready to tackle the SA when I saw that bit of magic happen. I'm a combo oily NC 40, and remarkably I wear a 3 in this. I think I'm a bit washed out in the winter, which is probably why. I put it on with a stipple brush as I don't like reams of coverage; if I use a denser brush, the coverage goes up. Once it sets, I get no transfer; it fades a little bit after the 8 - 10 hour mark, which is par for my skin; the fading isn't obvious or patchy however. Two thumbs up. Possibly my best purchase this winter for skin stuff. I took off a lippie as I'd love to have my exact shade (the 4 was too red / dark on me), but I'm loving it otherwise.
Goodness I wish they hadn't discontinued this. Beige Massai is the quintessential spring / summer quint on me. The terra cotta tones and the matte / low shimmer texture is absolutely fabulous. Just add some easy brown liner over a look from this set and off you go. It's great on my NC 40 yellow-toned face but I can see cooler toned and lighter shaded ladies struggling with it. If you're a DDD and you come across this, I recommend a quick pounce-and-run. You totally won't regret it.