This is the second time I have purchased this blush so thought it's worth a review. I normally wear peach blushes but sometimes they can look a bit too orange on me. I was first scared to try this because it is pink and didn't want to look like a barbie doll as I am also dirty blonde. I was also scared to try it because of the satin finish because I am very oily. This has great staying power. The colour is gorgeous as my skin is a bit yellowy in tone it doesn't look too pink on me just a gorgeous natural blushing colour. This shows up on me very well i am mac NC15/20 and Chanel B20 and YSL 4 Sand. It isn't glittery on or too powdery. Worth a try looks much better on then in the pan.
Just when I was loosing all hope on my skin ever looking even remotely ok this arrived in the post. I have the oilest skin ever and large pores. This is definitely not the most matte foundation I have tried so I am very surprised at people finding this so matte. To be honest, this is only a tad more matte than the vitalumiere aqua which is semi-matte. I love the vitalumiere aqua, however due to my really oily skin it just slides off in a few hours. This hasn't got the longest staying power I have ever seen in a foundation and I have tried many. However, the fact I can wear a moderate coverage foundation and not feel it on my skin wins me over with this one. I am someone who would never wear foundation if i din't have to and cannot wait to wash it off when I do. However, with this one I really don't mind keeping it on after work for a while longer. This is by no means a heavy coverage foundation like studiofix liquid or estee lauder double wear which I absolutely hate. But it's great I can get such great coverage and minimised pores without feeling like I am wearing 1kg of make up on my face (double wear emphasised my pores ridiculously and as did ysl teint resist another long-wear foundation). I am B20 in this and vitalumiere aqua, this did not oxidise on me at all in fact the B20 of the vitalumiere aqua appears a tad darker than this. If you want glowy radiant foundation try YSL perfect touch. In my opinion you can't go wrong with Chanel or YSL when it comes to foundation which actually makes your skin look good and healthy not so dull like so many other brands I have tried, just find the right one for your skin type.
Foundations -Yves Saint Laurent - Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation
makeupstuffs 5/17/2013 11:04:00 AM
This foundation is the one foundation I can say really made a change to the appearance of my skin not just by covering imperfections but there's a radiance about it. The only thing is it really isn't great for oily skin as my skin has become oilier and oiler I now use Chanel's perfection lumiere. From my experience you really can't go wrong with YSL and Chanel foundation they make skin appear great and don't give that dull look to the skin that most foundations give. The coverage of this foundation is great, staying power is great provided that you do not have oily skin otherwise you will need to retouch if you have an oily T-zone. If you are really oily overall I would avoid it and go for Chanel or the long lasting YSL foundation, Teint Resist. I personally love the smell. The brush I'm not too keen on but it can be handy sometimes and is easily washable just make sure you have turned it off then run it under warm water. This worked great with another YSL primer i have used for minimising pores it was in the same type of packaging but the bottle is white. These two worked great together. This didn't oxidise on me, I used number 4 sand, I am mac nc15/20 and chanel B20. Number 5 peach was too orange for me ok when I tan though. I have bought this twice and used it all up, if my skin wasn't so oily right now this is my HG, otherwise perfection lumiere is now my HG.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Select Sheer Pressed Powder
makeupstuffs 2/21/2013 12:18:00 PM
I came here to express my love for this product. I have been using the select sheer pressed powder in NC15 for 2 months now. I was previously using the chanel poudre universalle pressed powder (translucent). Although I loved how finely milled the product was and how it never caked, it was not matte enough for my ridiculously oily skin and i could do with a tiny bit more coverage. So i tried the mac which is another very finely milled product. I love it because it disguises my massive pores and it has a matte finish (more matte than the studiofix powder which i don't find matte at all within half an hour on my greasy skin). This gives me an airbrushed finish and looks good throughout the day (not as good as in the morning as I just produce too much oil). Initially I didn't like it because I was used to the chanel which doesn't cake at all and is very sheer, this has more coverage which I now find amazing as for the first time i hardly need to use liquid foundation just a bit in my t zone (to help with the massive pores) then i use concealer for spots and brush this all over with a powder brush (Mac 129). Personally I would describe this as a light-buildable coverage finely milled powder good for oily/combination skin types and those with large pores. This doesn't cake on me (may do on drier skins). NB: This in NC15 is equivalent to NC20 in the studiofix powder so for very pale skin types (porcelain) might not work. Also not great for dry skin due to very matte/powdery nature.
Eyeliner -Yves Saint Laurent - L'Eyeliner Noir The Black Eyeliner
makeupstuffs 11/16/2012 4:14:00 PM
I used this eyeliner as my second liquid eyeliner that i had ever used. First was L'oreal it flaked so easily so I never went back to the drugstore. I was fortunate to bump into this eyeliner so soon. Finish: Matte black (not faded out grey) very pigmented. Doesn't flake you can go over it how ever many times you need to! This is a must for me. Durability: Lasts until the next day on me and I have the world's most oily skin (no exaggeration). Bobbi brown's long-wear eyeliner smudges on me within 4-5 hours due to my oily eyelids. I played with gel liners after discovering this and sadly although so easy to apply, they all smudge on me. Brush: Can create thin or thick lines but if u like very thick lines in one go then this isn't for you. Why I stopped using it, being my second eyeliner I didn't realise at the time that there is literally nothing better out there! Also, I was a novice. If you are rubbish at applying eyeliner you will struggle because its so pigmented and liquid in consistency. Also the brush is long and you can't hold near the brush so control is far less than gel liner and a brush. My advice - take a cotton bud dip it into baby oil and remove very precisely in one line. Otherwise you will be in a mess! By the way this lasted me one year used every week day at least. Additionally, I occasionally used it the following year (when I wasn't in a rush) and it seemed like there was still plenty of product left, shocking! I threw it away after 2 years because I thought it was about time I stopped using it (for hygiene reasons more than anything , it still worked just fine). So, yes it is expensive, but by far the BEST value for money. I will buy again now, thought to try Lancome's artliner but I highly doubt the formula is better, I will just have to practice using this eyeliner again.
Liquid -Shiseido - Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++
makeupstuffs 11/14/2012 2:07:00 PM
Having discovered and loved chanel's vitalumiere aqua liquid foundation I was intrigued by this shiseido foundation. From reading previous reviews I was expecting a matte foundation with good coverage, great staying power and that feels light on the skin. Finish: Firstly it is definately not matte. Yes I have extremely oily skin but this is just not matte. For me this does look matte especially when first applied but I can feel it on and it doesn't feel matte. The chanel foundation has more of a powdery feel when i run my hands over the top of it when first applied. This doesn't, this feels dewy to me. I have to set this with powder I don't have to with the chanel (chanel feels as though it dries more). I powder within 2-3 hours with both as I have oily skin. Coverage: It does have great coverage even thought the formula is very thin it is very rich. I would say medium to buildable. I can easily get high coverage with 2 layers of this. This is not a daytime foundation for me as it's more obvious that I'm wearing foundation compared to the chanel. Wearability: In terms of wearability for my oily skinned friends this is no miracle worker yes it may be waterproof but certainly not oil-proof. I put both this and the chanel onto my hands left it for a few seconds then washed my hands with cold water and warm water. Neither budged. Then I used soap, the chanel washed off with soap the shiseido was more resilient I then used baby oil to rub it off. So on the face oil does remove both in terms of water shiseido is very resistant. Skin Type: My oily skin doesn't like this foundation on its own. Set with chanel's poudre universalle powder it looks beautiful. Then I must powder around midday. Dry skinned ladies who like good coverage will love this. Will not accentuate dry patches more than any other foundation. I am worried about breakouts this seems to really soak into the skin and where my skin is less oily i'm worried i'm not doing a good job getting it off so I have to steam my face. Smell: Smells perfumey. Old sort of floral scent. Not unpleasant and I hate perfumed skin products. Smell doesn't linger. Colour: I'm SP40 this is like chanel vitalumiere aqua B20. Overall: Excellent choice for dry and normal skin types which like a semi-matte finish and good buildable coverage. Oily skins need powder to set and touch up. For acne sufferers I would stay away. For people with minor blemishes give it a try. I will keep this as my evening going out foundation. For everyday I prefer vitalumiere aqua as its weightless, dries more onto the skin when first applied and is easier to remove. Although, as i have really oily skin I do have to powder within 3 hours.
What an amazing powder! Finally a powder that doesn't make my already massive pores any larger! Excellent product, I wouldn't say its as matte as something like Mac's studiofix powder but it provides a very natural finish. My only cons would be the packaging which although very travel friendly isn't really suitable for people who prefer to use a sponge as there is no sponge compartment. Its a pricey product but for me definitely worth it and I am soooo happy I looked into shiseido. The light ivory colour is somewhat between a NC20 and NC25 in mac powders. If NC20 is dark for you this colour isn't for you. NC20 is my colour, this makes me a bit darker than that.
This product is sooooooo cakey woah i look disgusting. I have considerably large pores which look even larger with this on. Not only does it look horrible i feel like i have a tonne of crap on my face. I was looking for an alternative to studiofix which breaks me out but this is far too cakey cakier then mac's studiofix powder! If you really want to buy the bella pierre then do go for the loose powder not this compact. Poor packaging quality i cannot believe this retails for such ridiculous prices either. Not worth it. Better results with drugstore powders and I hate most drugstore products.
Gorgeous foundation, my new HG! I bought this foundation because I wanted to try a light weight foundation as I hate the feeling of heavy skin products on my face. This is perfect I feel as though i'm not wearing anything yet the coverage is just right when used with concealer. I have acne and it still gives enough coverage with concealer and the best part is it fills in my pores! This is the first lighter coverage foundation I have tried which actually does that. I can achieve both light and medium coverage with this foundation. I am a B10 and i'm fair but not porcelain B10 i'm afraid would probably be too dark for porcelain skinned ladies. This foundation does however make dry skin areas look a hell of a lot drier. The scent is light I hate scented products but i'm not bothered by the scent in this it just smells fresh when applying and i don't notice it after. Definitely have to wear with moisturiser underneath. Does require touch-ups throughout the day but the chanel pressed powder is perfect for that. You have to shake it but I do that to most foundations anyway. Stay away if you have very dry skin, love wearing thick high coverage foundations like mac's studiofix fluid or have very pale skin
Perfect medium brown. Lovely soft pencil glides onto the upper lid easily. Lovely alternative to liquid liner which no matter how hard I try always seems to look too much in the day time. Try mac's paint pot in bare study all over the lid, a slightly darker eyeshadow in the crease and line the eye with this liner for a more natural look. I like the fact this colour doesn't have strong red undertones in it like some browns do which makes my eyes look more sore than defined.
I looooove this! This is an excellent base colour for eye shadow you only need a little and also lovely for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes. Product goes a long way, colour is lovely but may quite look pale for darker skins in which case I would choose a darker alternative. Also it doesn't sink into creases on the eyelids hence it makes a perfect base colour perfect for building powder eyeshadow onto the eyes.
First time I bought this product the sales assistant recommended the colour N4 (btw I have pale slightly yellow skin) I went home and found I looked ORANGE, I then went back because I loved the coverage and a different sales assistant recomended NC25 I went home and looked in the mirror to find I looked ORANGE...so after a while due to my love for the texture and coverage I went back and a sales assistant recomended NW20...I went home and guess what yet again I looked ORANGE. I was so frustrated I never had this problem with clinique and will be sticking to clinique...a shame really cuz I wanted to love this product.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
makeupstuffs 1/22/2011 6:18:00 PM
No staying power what so ever! Smudges all over the place within a few hours...do not recommend it mac's eye pencils are way better...it is good for contact lense wearers though especially monthly lenses as it doesn't get on the lense at all