I'm almost a 1/3 way into my second tube of this product and I have to say it is a really fantastic foundation primer!. The tube allows you to have alot of control as to how much product you use, and the product itself works brilliantly. This is a mattifying primer that fills in you're pores or "covers" them to make it look as though you have no black heads or enlarged pores. This product works really well with all my foundations, especially my revlon colorstay!. I have used this on it's own before, while is gives no coverage it takes away the oily shine on you're face so if you don't have time for foundation this could be a really good thing to use as you are running out the door. This product also has spf 20! another bonus. The only downside is the rrp in new zealand is about $45, which i think is ridiculous, so i have bought both my tubes from trademe for $17, or alternatively, you could also just wait until avon has them on sale, which does happen on occasion.
I had been eyeing this up for a while but i never had the intention of buying it because of the $76NZD price tag. One day however, i was in a different Napoleon counter to my usual and they had ONE left in my shade on sale for just over half price ($40NZD). It was on sale because it was the terrible old black compact, not the new gold one. My review for the compact might be very irrelevant because it's the old one but i will say that to open this one is almost mission impossible. It is not a "push" button where the lid pops open but some sort of other ridiculous contraption where u have the push a clip down and then it unlocks, the clip jams very often.... I think they have gotten rid of the old 'lock' on the compact though since i didn't have this problem with the newer compacts when i was previously eyeing them up. The powder itself gives a satiny sheen to you're skin that reflects light from a camera flash in photo's. Even without the flash, you still get a nice 'sheen' to you're skin that will reflect in any sort of lighting. So... the product works!!, i would buy it again, there is no detectable "shimmer" in this powder like in the revlon photo ready range. This powder does come with two downsides: oily skin girls will need to carry this large compact around with them, it doesn't last like a mattifying powder would and so oil will break through. The other downside is the price, $76nzd compared with about $37 for Revlon photo ready or a $56nzd Mac MSFN.
This looks very scary in the pan, especially for someone like me (I have very pale skin). I am sorry i cant give a mac reference for my skin tone but i use revlon's colorstay in Ivory and it is about a half a shade darker than my actual skin tone... and this blush is just as flattering on me as deepthroat. I compare this to Doucier, on pale skin this is a very natural flush of color. I think this blush suits those with red or auburn in their hair fantastically but one complaint i do have is that it is not "sheer" as it it labelled as by Nars, it is actually the softest and most pigmented powder blush i own! you have to be very careful to build you're way up with this blush as its so soft, it is very easy to get too much on you're brush. I would definately reccomend, it looks very different on the skin like than it does in the pan.
This color does not show up on my lid at all!. Don't be fooled by makeup artists or online swatches, eyeshadows actually swatch very differently to you're arm than on you're lid. It can also depend on the kind of brush you use, what primer you're using and how MANY layers you put on. If you spend this amount of money on an eyeshadow thats supposively PROFFESSIONAL quality, top of the line etc etc you should not have to put so much efford to get the color onto you're lid. This is what some makeup artists who work for specific brands (in my experience) have done with these kind of products, i have bought terrible eyeshadows before thinking they were good quality not realising how many layers that the MUA applied, or that they were using such and such a primer and wetting an expensive brush -.-
I bought this online without swatching it (I don't like going to counters to buy things). When i got this it was a pretty big dissapointment, i really have to layer it on to get the color to show up. I also wouldn't reccomend it for people with fair skin, it showed up more red than purple on me so it wasn't flattering at all. I would not reccomend this color, not very good quality (poor pigmentation). I've had purple eyeshadows from drugstore brands that show up much better than this!
Beautiful color, and true to its name!. This polish is very shiney on the nail. It does look as though i have already put on my top coat :P. This is polish is, HOWEVER, fairly streaky and for that it loses two stars :(.
I felt like i had to write this review to save this nail polish!!! this is beautiful, totally not a grandma shade!?!?!?!!?. Its a beautiful neutral pink, In New Zealand (where i am) its currently autumn and this is a new release, despite it being released for spring i think this is a very good autumn shade. I also found that this nail color matches alot of neutral/pink lip colors i have, It really is basically the shade of you're average nude pink lipgloss, i hope no one who thinks that a neutral pink is tacky? it never goes out of fashion. I think this nail polish is a winner, definately in my top five.
I love this stuff! so happy and its the best shatter opi has (the others don't seperate as well). I might actually go so far as to say that it is the only SHATTER they have, the others are more "crackles". I would buy the black shatter from opi again but any other color i would just get a cheaper crackle. My only complaint is that it dries very fast and so the formula in the bottle thickens and becomes difficult to use (depending on how often you use it though, mine has been used alot).
Dissapointing. Looks very different in real life compared to how it looks in the bottle AND how it swatches on the website (the example they give you). I also googled this shade to see other peoples swatches and was further mislead by people putting this over other blue nail polishes and saying they had another nail polish underneath. Its very over-priced for what it is!, this is a glitter top coat and because it does have a blue tinge to it this will not go with everything :/. This gets two stars for the bottle and that you can still use over another colour.
Eyeliner -Maybelline - Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
kbur084 4/28/2012 3:33:00 AM
Fantastic product. pros- Super long lasting, you need a makeup remover to properly get this off. Very pigmented Comes with it's own brush Nice glass jar Cheap! cons- If you don't use it often the gel will start to harden and so it's not as smooth.
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Naturale Mineral Concealer
kbur084 2/6/2012 4:48:00 AM
wow!!!. if you have a pizza face of problems like i do then this is a good product to consider investing in. I have redness, acne scars, pimples and dark undereye circles all on very fair skin and this covers it all up wonderfully. I like many others wouldnt have expected it given that its just a powder concealer, and i have tried other concealers (drugstore, but all cream or stick based) and nothing covers as well or looks as natural as this. The only complaints i have is the packaging is terrible (with the exception of the brush that is included with the concealer, surprisingly a reasonably dense and study brush). Its just very difficult to deal with a concealer that will separate into three different parts for you to use it. And my other complaint is the price, the cheapest rrp i have found for this in new zealand is $30. Im pretty sure the mac concealer pots rrp for around $45 nzd, just for comparison.
GORGEOUS COLOR!! I bought this at my local kmart for around 5-6nzd on sale (dirt cheap for makeup in new zealand). Stays in place for a alright amount of time, applies well (very pigmented) and its a color that will suit a wide variety of skin tones. Im very pale and i also have a friend (with an olive complexion) who whenever she does her makeup at my place when we are going out always asks me for this lip liner to use.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - CustomEyes Shadow Liner Palette in Sweet Innocence
kbur084 12/19/2011 3:32:00 AM
Worst eyeshadow purchase ever. This palette is terrible in quality, the burgandy shade which is ment to be you're crease and outer corner shade has the worst pigmentation of any eyeshadow ive ever used, i spend 90% of the time used applying this palette to my eyes just on trying to layer on this shade and in the end it is still a very sheer wash of burgandy. The white eyeshadow is very chalky for a highlight (Its the most pigmented shade in this palette and it is also matte, this makes a very 80's looking highlight). The pink and the peach eyeshadow i give a 4/10 for color pigmentation, you can see the color but it still is on the sheer side. The liner shade is good for pigmentation but i dont bother with this much so i cant tell you how well it works as a liner unfortunately. The cost of this palette also didnt help, i spent around NZD$24 on this, I dont think ill bother with revlon eyeshadows ever again. p.s. the only cudos i give to revlon for this palette is the packaging which is very sleek and compact. I wont be buying this again and i would reccomend other people to look elsewhere for a good eyeshadow palette.
I had this product tried on me by a revlon lady who i booked an appointment with for a "make-over". I will say that this foundation didn't stand much of a chance for me as the lady applied a shade that was much too dark and thus i walked away looking like an oompa loompa . Anyways she reccomended it to me because it was something new and she said that the coconut water in this would be very good for my skin, well i wouldnt say that as this product was very cakey and there is also glitter in this foundation (i was a vampire oompa loompa) so that combined with the cakeyness of the product equals bad skin in my books. it also has a clunky container which i can totally see cracking, not to mention the price! NZD$45 where i live!!
The most natural looking mascara ive tried so far, the effect is very pretty and its not nearly as obvious that im wearing mascara than with other mascaras. No clumps, a decent brush, no overload of product in the brush that i have to wipe off before i use it (unlike with everyother mascara ive used that has a bristle brush), and the packaging hasnt cracked like with other mascaras ive had. It gives me good length and a little volume, so its a nice mascara to use without eyeliner or shadow for a quick 5 minute makeup look. I'm sad that this is only sold in one store as a discontinied item in NZ as its so good! i usually have to pa $20-$30 for a drugstore mascara here but i find this in a $10 mascara bin at a makeup clearance store :O.