My sister recommended this to me, she said it really helped cover her scars but still looked natural. I absolutely love this foundation. For me it is a breeze to apply and it lasts all day. I like how it doesn't feel or look like I'm wearing foundation- but isn't that the point? This foundation give me a youthful looking glow, (which can be toned down by powder or MAC blot.) Apply with feather brush, then use a soft kabuki to blend. The packaging could be improved, as I hate not having a pump.
Patisserie= perfect nude lip. I'm PPP and have difficulty getting a natural looking nude lip. I can wear this day or night. I'm a sucker for MAC lippies and have fallen hard for this. Sheer, creamy neutral with a hint of pink on my lips. I rated this a 2 on Price because you can only get this from Europe and the dollar is worthless there. Will be getting a back-up.
Good coverage, decent staying power and it doesn't look like a mask. I prefer not to use concealer with this product. I'm trying different applications but I think the best is with a foundation brush. My Target was sold out of most shades so I did not get to see the color (albeit through the bottle) range. I will be buying this again for summer. I thought this foundation gave me a natural glow, no shine or oil slickeyness! (I think I made that word up, but other mineral foundation has given me this in the past) Just what I needed to beat the end of winter blahs.
I love everything about this toner. It is refreshing and really has helped shrink the size of my pores and is making a noticeable difference with the clogged pores on my nose in just about 2 weeks of using this 2x a day. I'm so happy that I tried this after all the raves on MUA. It even helped shorten a few breakouts that I experienced over the weekend.
I can truly say that I love this blush. I'm PPP NW20 and it is a beautiful tawny beige on my skin. I love NARS blushes for the "buildable" factor. I have had this blush for 2 months and didn't really use it much it in the beginning, so I would say that it looks better without a tan. I don't see any shimmer which is a nice change from my summer blush. I've been using this with both warm and cool eyeshadow and it looks great with either. I don't use this as a bronzer because I have Laguna, which is my HG. I will be getting this again, the only problem I have had, is that this blush is separating from the pan in the corner, so I took a lippie off for this. (This never has happened before and I do have other NARS)
Powder -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Avant Gold
jaminkel 8/31/2006 9:40:00 PM
I bought this on a whim because for some reason MAC decided to make a foundation LE, but I figured I'd try it. Of course I love it =/ I use the Medium with my BE Handi Kabuki or regular Kabuki brush. I make sure to use a moisturizer before applying. I like the light coverage, not too dry or cakey and it hasn't turned orangey on me yay! I would swap or buy this again any time. Dear MAC please make more of this and sell it everyday.
Well I don't know if I hate or love this stuff. I started using it and now I have break-out city! I do have to say that I started using 2 other makeup products, so for now I'm laying off this and one of the others to see which made my skin so ugly =/ As far as the smell it is great and I do like the way it squeezes my skin while drying. Will update in a month or so.
Treatments -Clean & Clear - Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
jaminkel 7/22/2006 9:31:00 AM
This is a total HG for me, after hearing about this on the boards I figured I would give it a try. For $5 it took away the redness, pain & swelling away overnight! Yay I wish I would have heard about this product sooner.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
jaminkel 6/19/2006 11:36:00 AM
After hearing about all the rave reviews I was finally able to get a hold of this in a swap. I have to say that the first time I used it I didn't use enough so it didn't really do anything, but after that I tried applying a bit more, although still not too much. My eyeshadow has never stayed on better! I even took a nap one day and it still looked great. So far I have used it with the following brands: Shu, MAC, Laura Mercier and Stila. I will update this if anything changes but I'm super happy with this product at the present time.
Overall this is a very nice palette. Perfect for PPP. At first glance the colors did not wow me at all, but when applied I would say that it is well worth the money. The shades/products are as follows: Gilded (golden apricot shimmer) and Matte Bronze Light Bronzing Powders (light matte bronze) I love using these together, the Matte Bronze as a blush and the Gilded as a highlighter. Golden Glow (soft gold sheen), Rose Glow (pinky-rose sheen) and Honey Glow (bronze sheen) Illuminators, these are really pretty and look great on, my favorite is using the Golden Glow as the crease color for eyeshadows. I dotted Honey Glow on the inside corners of my eyes and it made my boring brown eyes come alive. Dew (beige sheen) and Topaz (pink bronze taupe) Eye Colors, Topaz is a beautiful color that is perfect for my coloring PPP, I don't find it pink bronze at all, just a nice bronzey taupe. Dew is the perfect partner. Golden Gleam (bronze) and Baked Earth (burnt red) Lip Colors, I usually don't like dark colors but Baked Earth brightened up the whole look of my face, I added Golden Gleam just in the center for a pop.
IMO Dress Khaki has got to be the best color in this collection (a darkish olive brown). I love the shimmer and metallic look of this liner and I actually like the brush that comes with it. The liner goes on better for me after I have applied mascara for some reason. I will be getting this again and again, kudos for mac for not making this LE.
Bronzers -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish - So Ceylon [DISCONTINUED]
jaminkel 4/24/2006 8:06:00 PM
So far this has been my HG MSF, I love the color this gives my face. A medium bronzer color that is not too dark or glittery that gives a perfect sunwashed color. Here's hoping they bring this one back, and I'm trying to swap for a backup.
My DH was kind enough to get the travel collection that has 5 black mini's for $40, it comes with a cute little vinyl case that snaps shut. I have to say that I enjoy using this mascara, the smell is great! But the best part for me has to be long, beautifully full looking lashes, with no smudging! The huge wand does take some getting used to, but I think I have a HG =)
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Lucky
jaminkel 3/27/2006 4:56:00 PM
This is my HG pencil eyeliner. I have had no problems with smudging or smearing, in fact I feel asleep with this on and it still looked as good as it did the day before. (I don't recommend doing that) This color is a true copper on me and is fantastic alone or with different colors (Croc Palette, Gold Rush Quad) I love the pop it gives my dull brown eyes!
Truce, Mild Orange, Stimulated Copper, Studied Brown are the colors in this quad. I love the way these colors work. I was a bit put off by Mild Orange, but it goes on beautifully and isn't scary at all. Of course my favorite is Simualted Copper.