Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
lindsaymak10 3/4/2013 12:24:00 AM
Two great things about this foundation...the pump is fantastic and the color range is outstanding. Otherwise, I'm not so fond of it. On my winter skin, I'm a NW20 in MAC. I bought the Neutral 1-2 in this foundation and it's a pretty good color match. However! It oxidizes in about an hour and after two hours it starts separating and smearing all over my face. I used the same moisturizer I use under all my foundations and don't usually have a problem. I won't be returning it, but would not repurchase. I'd say this is light to medium coverage. It does settle into pores and accentuates any dryness or fine lines you may have. For high end foundation, I'll stick to Kat Von D Lock It. For drugstore foundation, I'm going to keep using Revlon ColorStay. EDIT: I still do not love this foundation. For some reason, it looks absolutely terrible around my nose area. I cannot get it to cover properly or stay put. What am I doing wrong?!
Love the color, packaging, scent, staying power...ease of application is a little tough, but I put up with it because I love it SO much. HG red lippy.
I have a friend who works at MAC and went in looking to try all the cult classic nude-pinks -- Angel and Snob to name two. They all looked HORRIBLE on me. I'm NC or NW20 in the wintertime for reference. I tried this on and voila! Perfect. As others have said, it's not quite MYBB, but it's the most flattering nude for me (even over Soft Nude from Revlon). I love the lustre finish...probably my second favorite MAC lipstick, after Ruby Woo.
Liquid -Mary Kay - Time Wise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation
lindsaymak10 12/17/2012 1:09:00 AM
I really dislike this foundation. I have combination skin, which gets drier in the winter months. It's quite acneic as well. I've tried this with Rimmel primer and/or Smashbox hydrating primer. That's AFTER I slather on moisturizer. It doesn't sit well on the skin and doesn't cover up my breakouts (healed or otherwise). It emphasizes dryness and fine lines as well. Whenever I use this, I have to cake on a ton of concealer over the top of it. I hate the packaging because the foundation comes out so liquidy. The lighter tones seem to be extremely yellow based. It does NOT wash out of my makeup brushes. I use baby shampoo usually, but deep clean them with olive oil and Dawn about once a month. Nothing will take it off the synthetic hairs. I cannot speak to whether or not this gives me acne, I'm always having hormonal breakouts, so it's hard to pinpoint exterior culprits.
It works on every skin tone; the packaging is sleek; adds color and highlight to the cheeks...blah, blah, blah. It's all been said before. I really don't get the hype with this product. It's beautiful, but not super unique. It's ridiculously expensive (as are all NARS products in my opinion). Mine came in a duo with Laguna (my holy grail bronzer) otherwise I probably wouldn't have tried it. Question though! Does anyone else get those disgusting looking beads all over the surface after a few uses? My mom's and mine did that! It's rather unsightly and I'd expect better quality in the consistency for the price point.
I have four of these lip butters. Red Velvet is by far my favorite and is a wonderful holiday color. I'd describe it as deep red with an almost brown undertone. The packaging is adorable and looks high-end to me. They're a beautiful edition to my makeup table. However! I hate that these do not have a smell or taste. It would have been nice if they smelled like their names. Unscented things tend to smell like plastic to me. These go on smooth and give the ILLUSION of moisture, but when they wear off (after an hour or two if you don't eat), they leave the lips super dry! I can't apply a lip balm under them because then they don't adhere to my lips. I can't apply a lip gloss over them because it just smears all over and looks a hot mess! I like the shades I have, but for the price ($7 really?), I probably won't be purchasing anymore.
I would not go so far as saying this is a holy grail foundation for me. I do however, like the accessibility and color range. I have combination skin that is very acne prone (thank you hormones!) and I find this does a fantastic job of covering those blemishes. As some girls have mentioned, it will cake up if you put too much on, don't blend it properly, or overload it with powder. I desperately wish it came with a pump, but I love the glass jar. Makes it feel more expensive. It has a thick consistency, so I layer it over moisturizer or mix it right in with a TINY amount of moisturizer. To apply, I use my (clean) fingers and then buff it out with a Real Techniques buffing brush. I don't have a beautyblender, otherwise I'd use that ;) I just purchased my second bottle along with the ColorStay Whipped foundation. Will post about that one too. EDIT: I have used the ColorStay Whipped foundation and prefer it to this one. Also, I too have noticed that the original formulation will break me out with overuse. Just be sure you're cleaning it off your face fully. It stains the Clarisonic bristles though.
This is one of my favorite "cheap" face products. I don't think it helps out with my hormonal acne much, but I love the tingling sensation. It tightens the skin and reduces pores too. I've tried some more expensive at-home face masks, but come back to this one. Plus, you can get it at the grocery store, in Ulta, or other drugstores! Would definitely purchase again.