This works really well.
Highlighters -Becca - Nymph pressed shimmer powder
lanfear 10/11/2009 1:44:00 AM
First off, I believe this product is being discontinued, although it's presently still available on the Becca website. It's under "Last Chance"--perhaps they are just reformulating. To begin the real review, my skin is extremely pale (I wear Becca's Sherbet concealer for reference) with neutral undertones. Furthermore, I purchased this 3 years ago, so I may have an "older" formulation according to the reviewer below me. Nymph is an excellent highlight color for me--it blends right into my skin. I use it on top of my cheekbones and under my brows most often, as well as down my nose and right above the cupid's bow of my lips (mostly when I'm going out). It looks sort of glowy and is quite subtle provided you're not in direct, blaring sunlight. There have, unfortunately, been times when I've been outside in the middle of the day and looked in a mirror only to see tiny flecks of shimmer. They're probably imperceptible from 3 feet, but they are still visible up close in the brightest of lights. On darker skintones this might not be the best color choice for a subtle highlighter, although a light hand could yield a nice result under the brows and on cheekbones. All in all, though, for those with darker skin who are interested in Becca's PSPs, I'd recommend one of the more tinted color choices, as this one is quite starkly white (provided, of course, that PSPs are even still available). As a side note, I once dropped this and it shattered a bit, but I took the puff thing and pressed down on it firmly and it hasn't broken back into pieces, but they are certainly fragile.
I generally like products than can be used on both the lips and cheeks, and this one certainly works well for either use. On the lips it acts like a stain. The color lasts about 3-4 hours on my lips with normal use, such as drinking and eating, then begins to fade to varying degrees over the next hours (but always quite evenly). It can be a bit drying on my lips, but then again I have perpetually dry lips. The color is exceptionally flattering on my lips--a non-orangey, none-too-pink color that looks similar to the lip color you often see on actresses (where it looks so subtle that you just think, what lucky lady has lips that color? Claire from Lost would be an excellent example, or the nurse in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.) As a blush this lasts most of the day for me. It gives a subtle, natural flush, as if you've been out skiing and just now walked into a warm building. I have two tubes of this. One of them I purchased about 2 years ago and then misplaced before a vacation last year, only to find it about a week ago (after ordering a second tube). When I first had this first tube, it had the separation problems that other people have identified. Interestingly, it now seems to have turned to a slightly more solid, emulsified state in the year that I've been without it, whereas my new tube (c. 1month old) suffers from the separation problem. I can't speculate upon the why of this, but I will certainly use up the more emulsified first tube in hopes of the second tube solidifying a bit.
I have this in a mini and it's quickly become my favorite blush. I'm extremely pale and this shows up as the exact same color as my natural blushing. The color lasts all day and is incredibly easy to apply--swipe, rub, and go. The smell is fantastic while it lasts and the product, while somewhat tacky at first, dries to a much subtler finish than when it's first applied.
This is terrible. The MA at Sephora recommended this when they were out of UD Primer Potion and said they all liked it there. I don't know if they liked the packaging or what, because they sure couldn't have liked the product. It never dried, even when I applied a super thin layer of it, and my eyeshadows went on in splotches, adhering only to the initial point where I applied them and refusing to spread over my eyelids. Then, once I did get my eyeshadow to resemble something normal, it creased within 2 hours and my eyeshadow just magically disappeared! Do not buy this, ugh.
Lip Gloss -Rocket City - Cool Your Jets Cooling Lipgloss - First Class
lanfear 1/26/2005 8:48:00 PM
I very seldom like lipglosses, but this one I feel like wearing all the time. I am very pale and I have trouble finding glosses that don't make me look ridiculous, but this one is amazing. Only 4 or so dollars from Sephora during 75% off sale.