I bought this l/s after I saw it in the April 2007 InStyle. In the tube the color is a warm orange red, but since it applies sheerly and has a bit of shimmer, it wears as more coral on me (nc20). My friend tried it and it was more pink on her. I like the fact that it wears differently than it looks, but I think that could make this a hit-or-miss with people. I'm not a fan of the packaging- it's too cheap/ plastic for my taste. The feel of the l/s is great, however. It's not too slick, not too cakey, and the staying power was much, much better than I've gotten with other sheer lippies. The color really brightens my face, and I got complements on it (from strangers, no less) the first time I wore it. http://img.makeupalley.com/0/5/5/2/644139.jpeg
I so wanted to like this product, but alas, the smell and the fact that I developed no color (I'm fair nc20 and used the light/med) after 2 weeks started making me crazy. Other people haven't complained about the smell, so I may be hypersensitive.
I got the powder blush in Frangipani, which is a warm browned apricot color (not peach; it has no pink in it). I like that the color is flat, with no shimmer and the quality seems fine, but for some reason it's not a blush I reach for often. I'm nc20, and it may be a bit too dark for me. I'm thinking I'll try it out as a bronzer and then update this review. I did get this for 50% off, so I can't say I'm entirely regretting the purchase.
I'm nc20, and have this in Sheer Peacha and Sheer Pink. The peach is a lovely apricot color which adds warmth to the face alone, or dimension when layered under sheer powder blushes (like L'Oreal Blush Delices). The pink adds a simple pink glow (no real flush). They're easy to apply, not sticky and very long wearing. I can never find them in stores, but the Bonne Bell website always has them for cheap.
I find it hard to tell exactly what color the cheek sheers will be from the store display, but I'm so happy I took a chance with SunSplashed. It's a sheer berry color that makes my nc20 skin look healthy and flushed (but not overheated). It's non-drying enough to swipe across the lips, tho I would use a balm too. The quality is excellent (long wearing), there's no added fragrance, and I like the chubby tube (quite portable).
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Silk Finish Blush- Naive [DISCONTINUED]
knitmc1 1/18/2006 2:12:00 PM
It's strange. Naive is a fairly popular color (I'd describe it as a neutral pink), and I can pull off most blushes, but this one just sat on my cheeks like a dusty cloud; maybe it could be helped with some very sheer shimmer? Wet and Wild is cheap, so I feel no buyers remorse, but based on the quality of this I'm not inclined to try other blushes. For cheapo experiments, I'll stick with the highly pigmented Milani brand.
When I swiped this on my hand I truly thought I'd found my perfect lid color. It's a warm, rich buttery color with golden tones and a touch of irridescence. Perfect, right? Alas, this simply loses it's beauty when applied over an eye base (UDPP), and since it really creases on me, I can't wear it without the base. Sigh. Also, I took off one lippie for packaging; I wish these came with a sifter. Butterfly was my first BE purchase, and tho I don't think I'd repurchase this e/s, I would be inclined to try others.
Lip Gloss -Milani - Glossy Tubes in BERMUDA BRONZE
knitmc1 1/11/2006 2:32:00 PM
I'd read the raves on Bermuda Bronze, but I'm not sure I understand what the fuss is- it isn't an especially unusual color. It isn't bronze so much as a brown with hints of burgundy. I'm nc20, and feel that I can pull of most sheer lip colors, but this was simply too dark and quite flat (maybe a bit more shimmer would help it?). The pros are price ($4), smell (sweet, but not cloying), and texture (others found it runny, but it didn't seem at all slick to me). I don't think you'd truly regret trying this, but I'm also not sure it would become a perennial favorite.
Blush -L'Oreal - Blush Delice- Freeze Frame Fuschia
knitmc1 1/11/2006 10:35:00 AM
Freeze-Frame fuschia is a limited edition blush delice (released with Front-Page Peach blush). The color is a very bright (but neutral imo) pink with no shimmer. On my nc20 skin this reads as the most perfect pink flush, without appearing feverish. It pairs beautifully with Milani Cherry Pop lip gloss (a fuschia red), for a simple, healthy look. It goes on smoothly and is long wearing (dry skin here, tho). The package is larger than the normal blush delices, so the price (around $9+ U.S. iirc) seems fair. I would definately buy this again, but sadly it's limited edition.
I love this duo... for day, for night, anytime. Sadly, I feel it doesn't get the attention it deserves because it's grey and grey, but for my brown eyes (nc20 skin) it's perfect for creating a quiet (read: conservative) smokey eye. The colors are a silverish (no real metallic to it) pale grey and a charcoal matte. I pair this with the tiniest hint of Exhibit A blush and MAC See Sheerly l/s.
I'm nc20, so I wondered if Goldenaire would be too coppery bronze (a la Tan), but it's an extremely wearable color. I can apply it all over the lid on its own or pair it with other e/s (currently loving it with Moth Brown as liner and Flirty Number in the crease). It has been oft compared to Deckchair, but on me it's a less frosty, warmer color. I took off one lippie for packaging, because I wish MAC would add a sifter to their jars. (I transfer some of mine to a smaller jar to prevent any irrevocable spillage.) Get it while you still can- no risk as it can be easily swapped if it doesn't suit you.
I really like the MF LP. Now, I'll admit, I have rather simple, unrefined tastes when it comes to mascara. I like length (no thickness), no clumps and fairly natural looking. LP does all of this, tho I'd imagine I could get more drama with more than 1 coat. It wears all day on me with no flakes or smudgies and goes on evenly.
The Jouer Beach Bunny Bronze kit is my first Jouer product. It comes with a full size Beach l/g and Sunkissed all over cream bronzer. The compacts can either slide or snap together, and there is a (small) mirror with each. The color of the bronzer would really only work on PPP's, as it is quite sheer. It would, however, be a fine highlighter for other skintones. I found the staying power to be more than adequate. My main complaint was that it was too shimmery for my non-shimmer taste, and didn't suit me as well as other bronzers or hilighters do. The lipgloss, on the other hand, is a fave- feels smoothing without being gloppy, and is a sheer nude color with some extra irridescence (no glitter, or sparkle)thrown in. This layers very well over most colors of l/g. I don't think I'd repurchase this kit, per say, but at $25 (USD) it was a great way to try Jouer. I'd like to check out other colors of blush and gloss now!
This blush seems a bit bright in the pan, but once applied, it turns my ppp skin a true apricot (ie: not as pink as peach). It's less opaque than a true cream blush, but way creamier than a gel... and the staying power? It's held up through 90+ degree D.C. temps (granted, I do have normal/dry skin). The blush has no shimmer, just pure color, so sometimes I add a dab of MAC ccb in Hush to amp it up. My only (small) complaint, is the compact itself; I've sacrificed many a nail to opening it, but ultimately, it's worth it. I'd definately repurchase! (I also dab it on my lips for a super simple fotd.)
Lip Gloss -Victoria's Secret - Shining Kisses Lip Gloss - Olivia
knitmc1 5/13/2005 1:36:00 PM
This is the l/g that I find myself reaching for every day. It's not super pigmented and doesn't have any shimmer- both of which would turn some people off, but end up being a huge plus in my book. It looks quite "creamsicle" in the tube but is fairly sheer on. I pair this w/ Prestige l/l in poppy to hilight the orange. (This l/g w/ bb peach cheek gel gives me my perfect, fresh simple face.