An excellent dupe. Great color that is very fresh, warm and youthful.
I bought the banana color for this powder and it sets your makeup and has a very smooth fine finish. Very reasonably priced, and gives you a healthy afterglow. Matches those with yellow undertones incredibly well.
Makeup Brushes -Louise Young - Large foundation brush
karenzeller8 4/25/2012 8:24:00 PM
I purchased the super foundation brush and their regular paddle-shaped foundation brush. Both are outstanding in quality, very lush, large and have a solid handle with very nice finish. The super foundation brush applies cream and liquid foundations incredibly well, and the paddle foundation is one of the nicest I've seen. It is much thicker than other brands and very soft. What Louise Young does not advertise, but you should know is that if you order a brush that is out of stock, they send you a free smaller brush as compensation for the delay. The super foundation was temporarily out of stock, and nonetheless they even sent me TWO bonus brushes (a lip brush, and small spot concealer brush.) Their customer service is simply outstanding in all other regards. Emails are responded to within 24 hours, even on weekends. Shipping was about 14 days (mainly due to Royal and US Post.) It is worth the wait.
Lip Treatments -Sleek - Pout Polish SPF15 in Pink Cadillac
karenzeller8 4/16/2012 7:51:00 PM
I generally like this for the price and the color, which looks good on my skin (fair/medium with yellow undertones.) It is not too frosty pink, rather a transparent pink. The main criticism I have of the product is that it has this vanilla scent (probably as reference to Mac's Tinted Lip Conditioner, which also has a vanilla scent.) Mac's product has a natural vanilla scent that you smell only when you put it on and then it fades quickly. Sleek has a chemical/man-made vanilla scent which quickly deteriorates into the strong chemical smell of Play Dough.
This may be great for someone with another skin tone, but when I got it, I found it was very, very orange. Pros: -Inexpensive -Moisturizes Cons: -Very, very orange, can be clumpy orange that feathers too. -Has a strange odor that lingers. All pout polishes from Sleek seem to be duping Mac's Tinted Lip Conditioner. Mac's product has a very light natural vanilla scent that fades out right after you apply. Sleek's has a very strong, chemical-based vanilla scent that decomposes quickly into something that smells like Playdough. Not joking here. You need to pat in on to help disperse the smell.
Foundations -Avon - Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Liquid Foundation
karenzeller8 4/16/2012 7:44:00 PM
So I purchased this and am quite happy with it. Here are my impressions: Pros: -Feels very light, blends smoothly, and has a very light pleasant fruity smell. -Good coverage (medium to full), buildable -Lasts at least 6 hours, especially if you set with powder -Very affordable -Packaging is nice (glass, rectangular bottle) which feels good in your hand and has some heft without being too heavy. -Dispenser is tight and gives you the right amount. Cons: -Might have to go through an Avon Rep to get the right color for you, and that might be a hassle (they don't know what they are doing, they don't have any samples or require that you meet in person, etc. etc.) I'm a C2 in Mac Face and Body, a C3 in Studio Fix, and wear Nude for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. For Ideal Flawless, I wear Nude and it works out well.
Crème -Unlisted Brand - Mehron Celebre HD Pro Cream Makeup
karenzeller8 4/16/2012 7:37:00 PM
I just ordered this and here are my impressions: Pros: -Texture is wonderful. Very light, smooth as butter, but not oily feeling. -Price is incredibly reasonable. For the amount of product it is more affordable than drugstore brands. -Coverage is quite good. You can apply thin, or really build it up. -Customer Service is excellent. You can email or call Mehron during their working hours and you will get someone in person immediately. They can send some sample swatches. In my case, I was too impatient to get them and I went ahead and ordered. Cons: -Colors/Tones: Biggest drawback. Very non-standard tones. And what you see is not necessarily what you get. Reviews say they either trend light or dark. I ordered Eurasia Fair, and am a C3 in Studio Fix, and use C2 for Mac Face and Body (plus Laura Mercier Nude.) and when I put this on my cheek or neck, you see a olivish/honey tone standing out. I need to mix this with Eurasia Ivory, or the equivalent to get to my real tone. Everyone has been linking to this epic swatch post: http://www.makeupbymissyraabe.com/2010/11/mehron-celebre-professional-hd.html Quite frankly the colors photographed in this blog are spot on for the ones I ordered. Definitely use this as your color guide and don't expect it to be any lighter than what you see in the photos. For Asian skin (Japanese, Chinese, and other folks with light-to-medium skin with a yellow undertone), they really need to offer some intermediate colors. Hope this helps.