I am on the hunt for a new HG foundation. I have tried several in the last few weeks and decided to try this one. I recieved a generous sample from a very nice MAC MA at one of the local dept. store counters. I recieved a sample in NW43, since I have recently discovered that it is my shade in Studio Fix Fluid. Overall, this is a nice creamy foundation. I applied with my 109. I went onto my skin smoothly, and covered the few, very light pimple marks. It gave me a soft, finished airbrushed look. I was happy. An hour later, my face looked horrible!!! This stuff oxidizes like nobody's business. It changed to a muddy, reddish brown and it began to feel heavy on my face. I have dry skin and the MA definitely told me this product is not for anyone with oily skin, and now I know why. I made me look greasy. BTW I set with Studio Fix Powder with 134 brush very lightly. I was at work, so I washed this off and dusted my face with some powder. Note: I have noticed that with MAC you may or may not be the same shade in different types of foundation. For example: Studio Fix in C7 is my HG powder, but I need NW 43 in Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Sculpt in NW43 didn't match.
I really wanted Ripe Peach from the Spring 2010 Color Forcast Collection, but it was OOS everywhere and I didn't buy one when I had the chance. So I chatted with a MAC MA online and she suggested this blush as a dupe for Ripe Peach blush Ombre. I was hesitant, but gave it a try. I wanted a nice soft pinkish, peachy color that complemented my NW43/C7 skintone. I was shocked by how bright it looked in the package, but it applies soft, and sheer. It is buildable, but apply with a light hand at first. I have several MAC blushes, but this is my first Satin blush. It is very powdery, not sure if they are all like this or if mine is the exception. I have to be careful when I swipe my brush across it b/c it goes everywhere! Not use to this. Other than that, I really like this blush and it will be my go to for Spring / Summer.
Blush -Maybelline - Expert Wear blush Cocoa Countdown
klsjackson 5/7/2009 1:10:00 PM
Love, love, love Maybelline blushes. Just discovered them about year ago. I normally use MAC blush. This blush IMHO is every bit as good a quality as MAC or better. The color is a deep, plumish burgandy. I was kinda scared to get it, but it was on clearance in Walgreens for $1.32 so I said, what the heck! I was pleasantly surprised! The color applies very sheerly, but is buildable. It is very complimentary to my NC45/C7 skintone. It reminds me of MAC Raizin blush. I'm sure I won't be able to buy another, because it was on clearance and I usually don't hit pan on blush, but if I could I would repurchase.
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
klsjackson 2/16/2009 1:40:00 PM
I tried this product as a recommendation by another MUA'er and I am so glad that I did. I was looking for a d/s foundation and noticed that they had a powder also. I bought the powder in N7 for reference I'm a MAC NC45/C7. The powder has a very nice, smooth feel to it, very soft and finely milled. Much better quality than I expeceted from d/s brand. It feels smoother than my Clinique and MAC powders. The finish it left on my skin was very nice and even. It wasn't cakey or heavy and the coverage is buildable. I applied with my MAC 182. I have only used this for a few days and will update after a few more weeks of use. If all goes well, I will definitely repurchase. It was $10.49 at my local Walgreen's. The only negative is the packaging. The grey compact is meh and I don't like the writing on the top cover. I wish it was just the packaging and would come off when you unwrap. It does have a nice mirror inside the bottom with the applicator.
Primer/ Corrector -Stila - Hydrating Primer SPF 15
klsjackson 2/13/2009 9:53:00 AM
Okay, so I've been looking for a primer that would help my m/u last all day and give me that extra smooth finish to my skin. I stumbled upon this product while swatching the Precious Pearl palette at my local Sephora. It said "hydrating" and contained SPF 15 and I have dry skin and have not been using sunscreen, so I decided to give it a try. I like Sephora's policy of giving away samples. So I got a sample and it has lasted a little over a week, with daily use. A little bit goes a long way! I put a dab on each cheek, forehead and chin and rub in. This product is lightweight and absorbs quickly. I wait a few minutes and then apply my foundation. I have used both liquid and powder. My HG liquid is MK medium coverage and My HG powder is MAC Studio Fix. This product is awesome!! My m/u lasted all day and I did not have to do any touchups! It made my m/u go on smoother than it ever has before. I have been looking for something that would take the cakey look away from Studio Fix and this does just that. It gives my skin a slight glow and now I have that dewey, soft finish to my m/u that I have been lemming for years. I am definitely going to purchase the full size. The cost is $34 for a about 2.5 ounces.
I found this product in a CCO in Woodbury Commons (NY) about a year ago. I was on vacation and my eyes looked tired, because I was not getting a lot of rest. This concealer made my eyes look open and awake. I use Studio Fix in C7 and I have normal-dry skin. This concealer does the job! However, it does not do well for spot treatments on the face. It's not thick enough, but its perfect for under the eyes. I really like the applicator. It's doe foot. I use it to dot concealer under my eye, then blend with fingers or use the 194 brush or the Lowe Cornell Maxine's Mop 1/2in. It looks natural and lasts all day. I have had this for over a year. It lasts a long time. Whenever, I run out I will repurchase.
I have this quad and really like it. I mostly use the Carbon e/s but use the others on occasion. I recently purchased the Holiday 2008 smokey eye palette and use it more now. I has more colors and can do a black/grey smokey eye or a brown smokey eye. The the Smoke signals quad was one of the best that MAC has done in a while.
Styling Products -Beyond The Zone - Turn Up the Heat
klsjackson 1/18/2009 11:47:00 PM
Love, love, love this product. It protects hair from heating elements and it makes the hair super shiny. Got at my local Sally's for $5.99. A little goes a long way. My hair is thick and the length is to the middle of my back. I'm AA and my hair is chemicall relaxed and has semi-permenant color. I only need to spray twice for each section and it make my hair look and feel like silk. It has body and movement and stays smooth in all kinds of humidity and weather. I will definitely repurchase this product.
I tried this eyecream on a whim. I went to my local Macy's MAC counter to ask for a sample of MoistureLush. The MA asked if I wanted ML face or eye. I didn't even know MAC made an eyecream. So I asked for a sample of both. I've tried numerous eyecreams before and none of them worked and I had pretty much given up on them all together. I just felt like I was doomed to have puffy eyes. I tried this cream and I noticed a difference immediately. It made me look awake and took away ALL of the puffiness. I had never had that happen before. I used the sample day and night and finally purchased the product. I am still using the sample and will continue until it runs out. I will refill the sample jar for travel. I rec this for anyone who suffers with puffy eyes. My eyes look so much better now!
Moisturizers -MAC - Moisturelush Cream [DISCONTINUED]
klsjackson 1/18/2009 11:17:00 PM
I tried this product after viewing tutorials on YouTube and several people raved about it. I have not actually purchased it, but I have gotten several samples. I love the way that it feels and I love the way it makes my skin feel. I don't like the package. I wish it came in a pump or a squeeze tube. It is also very expensive for the amount that you get and it doesn't contain sunscreen. I will probably purchase it soon to use as a night cream. It made my skin feel soft and supple. I have normal to dry skin that is easily irritated and leans more towards the dry end. A lot of products irritate my skin, but this one did not. It's just so expensive $34 for a very small jar. I hope to find it at a CCO, so I don't have to pay full price, or will order on the next MAC FF offer.
This powder was rec'd to me by a MAC MA in store. I was using C7 Studio Fix and would use it to touch up during the day, but I would look a hot mess. So she suggested that i use the Blot powder in dark. It works like a charm. I keep a small kabuki brush in my m/u bag and use it to apply blot powder. I only have to touch up once a day and my days are 12 hours long.
I used Clinique for years, but it started iritating my skin. It would dry me out and leave dry spots and the DDML lotion would make me too oily and I would have an oil slick by the middle of the day. So now I use the Mild toner and I use DDML only at night.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
klsjackson 1/17/2009 11:19:00 AM
I like this cleanser, but it doesn't remove m/u. It is a good overall cleanser that doesn't strip the skin. I like the pump dispenser. You get a lot for your money, but I wish it would do a better job of removing make up. I wouldn't rec this for anyone with oily skin.
I have purchased this liner twice. But, I don't plan to repurchase. It has a dry texture and it is suppose to last, but it doesn't. I wanted a liner for tightlining, but it doesn't last longer than 2 hours. It's an okay basic eyeliner, but MAC's ebony pencil is cheaper and does a better job IMO.
I got this pigment at my local CCO. It was 30% off and I have been wanting to experiment with MAC pigments. It is a lovely color on my NC45/C7 skin. It make my dark brown eyes pop and it looks nice alone or paired with Handwritten or Embark.