Foundations -Chanel - Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Make-Up ] [DISCONTINUED]
makeupjunkie90 4/25/2011 11:57:00 PM
Skin Type: NC15, combination/acne-prone. Shade used: Limpide/Nude 10 This foundation is truly meant for photographic purposes only, in my experience. And that is only when it is set with a ton of powder, or else it is just looks like a greasy mess. I have also tried Mat Lumiere, which I completely recommend over this for a long-lasting foundation. Pro Lumiere has a runny consistency, but it becomes quite tacky once you blend it on your face. The first time I applied it, I immediately washed it off, because I had never tried a foundation that felt so thick and dewy. Keep in mind that I have combo, sometimes oily skin so someone with dry skin may appreciate this. Also, the lightest shade was too beige and a little dark for my pale, yellow-toned skin. I was mainly suckered into buying this because of the "professional, semi-matte" finish this claims to provide. I'm not sure why they labeled it as semi-matte, because it is very dewy. Maybe after it settles on your skin for half an hour, followed by a thick dusting of setting powder but who wants to do that everyday? I can see this foundation working for individuals who have dry-normal skin, small pores, and relatively clear skin. Unfortunately, I have larger pores around my cheeks and this really emphasized them. Many make up artists seem to really like this foundation though, like Lisa Eldridge, who has videos on YT and often praises this. I know for a fact that this is also popular among brides. I guess it all depends on your skin type, and the occasion. For an everyday, satin finish foundation I would suggest NARS Sheer Glow, or Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk. For a good matte finish, MUFE Mat Velvet or Chanel Mat Lumiere.
Skin type: NC10, neutral with surface redness, oily with a few blemishes. Price: $7.99 at Walgreens I really wanted to love this. Now, if you happen to be one of those women who are hardcore Double Wear or Colorstay addicts, gradually trying to wean yourself off in order to give in to the whole "dewy, natural" trend, forget it. I happen to be one of those women. I always thought Make Up For Ever HD foundation was dewy, until I tried this. I had read so many, er, "lovely" comments about this foundation, i.e. super greasy, no coverage, etc. I wanted to prove everyone wrong!! However, the minute I applied it, I loathed it. Yes, it provides only the tiniest bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. Yes, it has a quite greasy feeling. It never quite settled on my skin, even after putting the matching powder. Now, if the foundation were slightly less dewy, I might have liked it. With concealer, the coverage didn't look half bad. But I could not leave this on my face during the day, because I would be so paranoid about it melting to the ground. The only redeeming quality is that the lightest shade, 110, is the probably the best color match I ever found. Ultra pale, and slightly yellow-toned. Well, maybe I can use this to even out my legs in the summer? =/ Bottom Line: Don't waste your $8 buying this if you have oily or combo skin, and need coverage. This provides light coverage, and is dewy. (And not Make Up For Ever HD dewy, because that is dewy but at least it SETS on your skin.) I would only suggest this if you have normal-dry skin, relatively clear, and looking for coverage similar to tinted moisturizer. And also maybe if you are trying to trick your boyfriend into thinking you have no makeup on. But other than that, I'd say save your money and invest in a quality foundation that you know will work for your skin type and needs. Oh, and BY THE WAY, don't listen to that review ahead that claims that only women with "jacked up skin" hate this. Well if that's not rude... Its just some ladies like their skin to have a matte, flawless look. And flawless is subjective.
Honestly, I think I would've loved this foundation had they manufactured decent shades for pale skin!! I simply refuse to wear a foundation no matter how gorgeous the finish is, if it looks like jaundice on my skin. And I really liked the consistency and coverage of this. It is like a thick creamy liquid, with great coverage. It totally smoothed out my pores, covered all my acne scars, didn't look cakey, and also did not leave a greasy feeling. Score! But after applying the lightest shade, NC15, to my entire face, I realized that my face was totally yellow compared to my pale neck. I have quite neutral undertones, with almost a greenish cast. It might have worked if I blended it down my neck, but I am really not a fan of that and I prefer to use my exact shade. It makes me really sad that I can't use this, because I love how flawless it made my skin. However, if you are in the light-medium/dark skin tone range you should have no problem! But MAC, please manufacture at least an NC/NW 10!!! =(
This product ruined my skin. To give a background on my skin, I have had mild persistent acne since I was 12. I've been on tons of acne medications, including Differin, clindamycin, and antibiotics. I also have very oily skin. I've been off all acne medication for a while now, because my skin has calmed down. Yet I am still plagued by annoying clogged pores and a few pimples. To combat it, I purchased this because I remember being recommended by my dermatologist to buy this when I was way younger. At first, I thought it was working because it was really giving my skin a sqeaky clean feeling, and my skin seemed clearer for a few days. But after less than a week of use, my skin became *extremely* dry, flaky, and unbearable. And, I began to break out worse than I have in months!! My skin is calming down now that I stopped using it. I'm not sure who can benefit from using this cleanser, but be warned!!
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
makeupjunkie90 10/30/2010 12:39:00 AM
Let's just say I won't be repurchasing this, ever. This has migrated to the very bottom of my makeup drawer. The only thing that drew me to this powder is the fact that shade W1, Porcelain, is one of the few pale, AND yellow toned powders in drugstores. However, the texture was just horrible! I guess you wouldn't find it to be too bad if you are makeup newbie and haven't experimented with literally 20 pressed powders or so, lol. But I found the quality to be quite thick and almost gritty. It didn't have the finely milled, soft focus effect that I love. It just left my face looking really dull after I used it to set my foundation, plus it didn't control oil at all. I do however recommend Dream Matte powder for those looking for a cheap, good drugstore powder!! It is super finely milled, and equivalent to many higher end powders.
Lips -Physicians Formula - Plump Potion - Rose Potion
makeupjunkie90 9/13/2010 4:35:00 PM
This is basically a drugstore version of Lip Venom, but way better!! It noticeably plumped my lips and made them very red, to the point where I had to remove it because I thought my lips looked a little too big! It definitely has a good plumping effect, and it stings and tingles a tiny bit like most lip plumpers. I am really impressed with this, my expectations were initially very low because most lip plumpers don't work but this really does. Plus the consistency is very smooth, glossy, and slightly tacky but that it what makes it long-lasting. I would recommend this to any one coveting bee-stung lips ;)
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers Trio - Shimmering Sands
makeupjunkie90 9/1/2010 5:07:00 PM
This is my new favorite eyeshadow trio!!! I actually like it more than my Lancome eyeshadow quad. First off, the pigmentation and texture of these are amazing. They apply very smoothly and feel like velvet. Second, the colors are universally flattering and is great for creating a pretty, neutral eye look without going over the top. I recommend this to everyone!! And this is coming from a girl who swears by MAC, fyi. Tip: This looks absolutely gorgeous when you pair this with jet black liner and mascara!! Really makes your eyes stand out in a polished, not garish, way.
Skin Type: NC15, oily, acne-prone. A few active blemishes and scars, larger pores around cheeks. No wrinkles, except for very fine lines under eyes. I truly had high hopes for this foundation. Let me just start off by saying that if you have oily skin like I do, stay far away from this!! It is definitely geared towards people who have dry, normal, and slightly combination skin types, hence the "luminous" claim. What kills me is that this looks absolutely gorgeous when freshly applied. It just melts into my skin, looking natural while also providing very good coverage. It is a light cream foundation that is easily blendable. I thought I had discovered the find of the century, until I looked in the mirror a few hours later, and was horrified! My face looked caked with makeup and it was literally melting off my face. I thought I could solve this issue with a few blotting sheets, but it actually removed the foundation entirely!! So I was left looking blotchy and gross, causing me to hide my face the entire day. Needless to say, it will be the last time I am using this foundation unless my skin miraculously transforms into a blemish, oil-free work of art. However, I will recommend this to those fortunate enough to posses normal and dry skin who don't have to worry about foundation literally melting off their face. Shade References: I used this in Soft Ivory, which is probably too light for a true NC15. It is perfect if your skin is very fair, but with yellow undertones and have trouble finding foundation that isn't too "peachy". The next shade, Cream Ivory, is good for NC20-NC25. Rose Ivory and Cream Ivory are of the same shade intensity, but Cream Ivory has more yellow undertones. For shade reference, the Youtube beauty guru Juicystar07, aka Blair, uses Rose Ivory.
Blush -Maybelline - Mineral Power Blush Gentle Pink
makeupjunkie90 6/12/2010 12:17:00 AM
I am shocked as I write this...I absolutely love this blush!! It is exactly what I have been searching for in a blush for so long...I have been looking for a color that recreates the color I naturally flush when I drink and all the blood rushes up to my cheeks. Every blush I have tried was either too peach, way too pink, or just dull and mauve-y. This is the first color I've tried that really lights up my face and creates the same color I naturally blush!! It's funny how every blush I've picked up at Sephora just doesn't compare to this. It was dirt cheap I picked it up for $4!! There is no visible shimmer, however it does add a very subtle glow which is pretty. This is the first drugstore blush I've fallen in love with!
I really, really wanted to love this blush. I'll admit, I was lured by the pretty packaging. It is part of the To the Beach collection, and a repromote from the Fafi collection. I have fair, warm toned NC15 skin so I figured I could pull off coral blush. Unfortunately, when I apply this it just looks "wrong". It appears as though as I applied bronzer, which I loathe at all costs. It appears in the pan like it has enough pink in it to balance the orange, but on my skin it translates differently. I have been looking for a peachy blush for ages that works with my fair skin, and this is sadly not it. However it truly is a gorgeous blush with great pigmentation, and with a smooth, satin finish and subtle sparkles that are hardly noticeable on skin. I can imagine that light-med and dark skintones will definitely appreciate this blush. I gave it to my mother who has NC25 skin, and it looks gorgeous on her and lights up her face.
I am so in love with this foundation!! I have tried almost all of the so-called long-lasting matte foundations (Mat Velvet, Teint Idole, Mat Lumiere, Colorstay), and nothing compares to this!! Double Wear provides the most coverage and is the longest lasting out of all that I tried. For reference, I have oily skin with some acne scars and active blemishes.The texture of the foundation is phenomenal. It applies as a thick slightly runny liquid that is easily blended on my skin. It does not emphasize pores or any dry patches. This may sound strange, but it kind of applies like paint. It starts off kind of dewy so coverage can be easily built up, but it dries to a semi-matte finish. I must emphasize the amazing coverage it provides!! My skin is currently misbehaving but after I apply this, it looks phenomenal!! I hardly need to use concealer. I will say that if you have oily skin, no foundation in the world can control it but what I like is that the coverage stays completely intact, and doesn't oxidize. I have very fair, warm-toned skin (NC15-20) and I use 1W1 Bone which is a medium ivory color that is yellow-toned. If you have oily skin, redness, or acne and need something that covers big time, looks natural, AND stays put I think you should run out and buy this!!
This is such a great, inexpensive powder!! I can't believe how velvety and soft to the touch it is. It really is so much more finely milled than a lot of higher end brands (*ahem*, Bobbi Brown, MUFE, MAC, yes I'm talking to you). It applies super smoothly and makes skin look polished on its own or over foundation. I feel like it really shines as a setting powder, it just gives this nice soft-focus finish to your foundation. And, the best part, it comes in the palest shade I have ever seen!!! For porcelain skinned ladies, this stuff is a miracle. The lightest shade, Pale, is extremely light with very neutral undertones, no pink or yellow. It is an off white shade. It is almost too light for me (this has never happened before), but powders tend to oxidize on me anyway so it turns out to be a perfect shade. If you have really fair skin and have trouble finding a powder that is your shade, you should really check this out! And other than the shade match, it is a great finely-milled powder which I only paid $10 dollars for! EDIT: Taking two lippies off. Why? Well...it broke me out badly!! I haven't broken out like this in a few months now!! I'm assuming this is the culprit because of the mineral oil in it. Sigh...and to think I found the perfect cheap pressed powder!!
Liquid -Make Up For Ever - Mat Velvet PLUS Matifying Foundation
makeupjunkie90 4/26/2010 9:52:00 PM
This is a decent foundation, but not my HG. First off, I could not find a good shade match. I am very fair, but the lightest shade #15 was ghostly pale!! It is a very neutral off-white color, with no distinct pink or yellow undertones. It applies nearly white on my skin. The second shade up, #20 was a better match but had too much beige in it. Generally I detest mixing foundation shades so that completely annoyed me. And besides the fact that I couldn't find a good match, the coverage was not what I expected. It is described on the Sephora website as providing "complete coverage", but I have to disagree. While it certainly does mattify, it doesn't provide as much coverage as I like. I have some acne-scars and redness that I like to cover completely. It also does oxidize throughout the day, and doesn't stay matte for very long. Revlon Colorstay is better than this, in my opinion. I will be keeping this but it is not my favorite.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Double Matte Oil-Control Pressed Powder
makeupjunkie90 4/12/2010 4:47:00 PM
While this isn't a horrible pressed powder, it certainly isn't too great either. I was looking for a replacement for my Origins Silk Screen, and since it is a bit harder to locate I decided to try this Estee Lauder one since I have terribly oily skin. I'm beginning to notice that every time I buy a powder geared towards people with oily skin, it is always dry and cakey plus it does not control oil any better. It is definitely true in this case. First off, the color selection is not so great. If you've got a medium beige, pinkish skin tone you should have no problem finding a color. But I have very fair, yellow toned skin and while the Light color looked good in the store, and home it looked a bit too pink. Plus, I didn't like how it applied to my skin. Yes, it made my skin matte, but it didn't give a soft focus finish, it just kind of sat there leaving my face looking dull. This powder reminds me very much of Cover Girl Clean Powder, they both produce the same effect. Except Cover Girl has a better shade selection!! In my opinion if you've got true oily skin there is no powder or foundation that can completely solve that. I've tried so many oil-controlling foundations and powders, and in the end I'm still left with a shiny face. So best to stick with things that you know work, even if it's not necessarily meant for oily skin. For me, that is Origins Silk Screen!!
Liquid -Lancome - Teint Idole ULTRA [DISCONTINUED]
makeupjunkie90 4/7/2010 2:16:00 PM
I really wanted to love this. I was looking for a good long-wearing foundation with full coverage. I heard so many raves about it, but it is just not for me. First off, this does not provide full coverage (at least on my skin). I have a few minor pimples and redness on my NC15 skin. The texture was runny but dries matte on contact with skin. It provides medium-full coverage so I had to build a little to achieve the coverage I wanted. I was hoping it would fulfill the long-wearing claim so I would get my money's worth, but it didn't do that. Mid-day, I got the usual shiny face and I was easily able to wipe off the foundation. Plus, the lightest shade, Ivoire 1 (C) was too peachy for my very pale yellow toned skin. Its so frustrating, I can't find a foundation that matches my skin AND provides long-wearing full coverage. Oh well, the search continues.