Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - Chrome shine in Sepia Sparkle
marianab16 2/3/2013 7:17:00 PM
Sepia Sparkle or Sepia Etincelle (number 169 in Argentina) belongs to Chrome Shine collection. As the name suggests, it's a very shimmery eyeshadow. The texture is soft and easy to work with. The color is as its name describes. Sepia. And really sparkling. To give you a better idea, I'd say it's a brownish golden. The golden shades are really strong and noticeable but not really yellowish (that's why it's a sepia color, not a golden one, to be accurate). I think is really wearable even during the day (specially in summertime, a soft layer of this color will look gorgeous on your lids). The package is nothing special. A plastic box provided with a sponge aplicator. The pigmentation is very good as well as the lasting.
L'oreal Chrome Shine is an awesome collection of eyeshadows. If you are fond of shimmery shades (like me), you'll be delight with Chrome Shine. If you prefer matte tones, you'd better stay away from these shadows. Dazzling Khaki (171 in Argentina and called Kaki Eblouissant too) is hard to describe. I'd say it's a beautiful silvery green. The grey undertones are remarkable and they make it a very discret grey-green tone which is totally wearable. The shimmery finish gives it a subtle touch of silvery shine which looks gorgeous. If you are afraid of green tones, Dazzling Khaki is a great option to start with. It is said that Dazling Khaki is a kind of dupe of Lancome Erika F. The shades are pretty close (specially in the pan) but having tried Erika F, I must say that L'oreal eyeshadow is more grey-green and Erica F tends to look platinum on the lids (the grey/silver tones are the most noticeable ones instead of the green/khaki color). The package is simply a plastic box, not very elegant, provided with a sponge aplicator (not very useful to me, I use brushes). The product last for hours. The pigmentation is delicate but very good. Easy to blend and to work with. In brief, it's one of the most beautiful shades of green I've ever tried.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer
marianab16 1/4/2013 6:57:00 PM
I'm totally satisfied with this product. Its name describes the way it works perfectly. It's a great daily moisturizer which acts on the skin as fast as it promises. You obtain visible results and improvements in just one week. The texture is soft, non oily and it is absorbed quickly. The smell is not the more pleasant one, but it disappears quite fast after aplication. Your skin feels super smooth (even after the first use) and not shiny at all. I've noticed that my skin looks even lighter (and I'm very pale). At present, I don't really have wrinkles to repair. My main goal is prevention and the correction of two extremely fine lines on my forehead. I have to put my face very close to the mirror to see them but they're there and they tend to be more noticeable if I frown and my skin is not well hydrated. After one week using this cream (twice a day), I got an evident improvement on these fine lines. I'm glad to say that they are disappearing. So this product is an excellent moisturizer, it has a true and rapid anti-wrinkle effect and last but least, it's provided with SPF 30. The cream melts on your skin easily and you don't need a lot of product to cover all your face. The bottle (29 ml.) lasts about one month (two daily applications). As regard to the packaging, it's a hygienic bottle with a very useful dispenser which helps you to get the right amount of product. As regard to the price, I wouldn't say it's expensive. The price is convenient and the results are visible. I haven't experienced any kind of skin problem by using it. Even so, Neutrogena warns you about the posibility of some temporary rednesses, tingling sensation or skin exfoliation due to the Retinol contained in the formula. Nothing happened to me except a minimal (and ocasional) exfoliation on my nose. I highly recommend this product and I'm going to repurchase it again, of course.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream
marianab16 7/18/2012 9:12:00 PM
The name of this product is "Neutrogena Healthy Skin- Anti Wrinkle Cream". Well, the name doesn't describe the product properly. I must admit it's an excellent daily moisturizer. No greasy, it absorbs quickly. Your skin looks smooth and really matte. Plus, it has SPF 15. It is all what I expected from a moisturizer. But I wouldn't call this product "anti-wrinkle cream". I don't have wrinkles yet, but I do have a very fine lines on my forehead. I have to put my face really close to the mirror to see these three fine lines. They shouldn't be big deal for a good anti wrinkle cream. However, after a month, I haven't seen a single change. In the tube you can read: "visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in one week". It doesn't happen. The product promises other things. For instance, improving open pores. I have a few of them and I haven't seen any change. According to them, your skin should look more toned and smooth. My skin looks really smooth but I wouldn't say it looks more toned. The product promises an improving in the pigmentation of your skin. As my skin tone in quite uniform, I couldn't say if it works or doesn't. According to Neutrogena, this cream is a "treatment based in Retinol and Vitamins". Moreover, they warn you about the possibility of some redness (temporary, of course) due to the retinol contained in the formula. I've never experienced any redness on my face. I was lucky or maybe the amount of retinol is very low. As I said before, I recommend this product as a moisturizer. It's soft texture is ideal for oily skin like mine. But I wouldn't recommend it as an anti wrinkle treatment. Maybe I would repurchase. It has other advantages like the package. It's a very hygienic tube. It has no fragance. It's hypoallergenic and it's dermatologically tested. Includes SPF. I was using L'oreal Hydrafresh for Normal/Oily Skin as my daily moisturizer but the product has a disadvantage: it doesn't have SPF. That why I've been thinking in using Neutrogena as my daily moisturizer. But if you are looking for a real anti wrinkle cream, don't pick up this product.
Treatments (Eye) -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Eye Cream
marianab16 6/24/2012 9:06:00 PM
I was looking for an eye cream in order to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Dark circles are not the main problem to me but I really wanted to start a treatment around the eye area, mainly for prevention. I had tried another brand (RoC) and the result wasn't exactly good. So I decided to try Neutrogena, a brand that I've always trusted. I'm not an expert but I felt pleasingly surprised when I read the ingredientes: Vitamins A, C, E, B5 (all of them great to prevent the signs of aging); Retinyl Palmitate and Glycolic Acid (great for the lid area and the prevention of wrinkles and other problems like the pigmentation of the zone under your eyes). I don't know how much of each ingredient is included in the formula. The only thing I can say is the product works very well even since the first application. Your skin under your eyes looks more luminous. All the eye area feels toned and smooth. It absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy film on your skin. You can apply your makeup immediately after applying this product. No fragance, ophthalmologist tested and hypoallergenic. I've been using it for a week now and I'm really satisfied. The price is really convenient and the results are visible. Could I ask for more? I think I'll repurchase.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
marianab16 6/5/2012 7:12:00 PM
Excellent product. I had started to have some problems with biphasic makeup removers. I needed them to remove my waterproof makeup but they were causing me nasty allergic reactions on my eyelids. Besides, these kind of makeup removers tend to leave a not very attractive sensation of oil on your skin. I solved these problems with Neutrogena Oil Free eye makeup remover. No more allergic reaction, cool sensation on my skin and perfect to remove waterproof makeup. It has almost no smell. You can use it on your eyelids and on your face too. Some people have mentioned the product leaves your skin oily. But if read the instructions (in the package that is sold in Argentina, at least), you'll notice that you have to wash out your face after using it. By doing that, you won't feel any oily sensation on your face or eyelids. Of course, I'll repurchase.
I had heard a lot about Benefit High Beam and I really wanted to try it. It was hard to find, considering that Benefit products are not sold in my country. Finally, I could get a mini size of High Beam. In the jar, the product looks quite pink but when you apply it, the product looks silvery on your skin. The effect is very subtle under artificial light but it can be quite intense (and fake) under natural light. So, you should be careful with the amount of product you apply. If you apply it properly, you'll get a very subtle luminescent effect. The liquid formula makes High Beam a very versatile product. You can mix High Beam with your liquid foundation in order to get a subtle luminescent touch all over your face. Or you can apply it over your foundation in different areas (cheekbones, chin, forehead or any other area you want to highlight). The color is a very pale silvery, I'd recommend it for fair complexions. However, it has a disadvantage to me. I like applying it over my foundation, on my cheekbones in order to define them. But the product tends to emphasize my open pores (and I guess it must emphasize other skin imperfections too). I know that you shouldn't apply any kind of highlighter in a zone with imperfections. It's obvious. It's a highlighter; it's designed to enhance the areas you want to show. If you don't want to show them, don't apply that kind of products. But the problem is that my foundation is good enough to hide my open pores, specially because they are not large open pores. So, High Beam was ruining the work made by my foundation. The result: a silvery (and not always a very natural) film revealing every single pore on my cheekbone area. The product is really good when you mix it with foundation but it is not really good if you want to apply it alone, without foundation. I tried to use it without any other makeup. I just wanted to add some glow to my skin. I applied it over certain areas of my face. The result was a disaster. A totally unnatural silvery stain, hard to blend (and I must say that I applied a very tiny amount of product). I tried in a different way: I mixed High Beam with my daily moisturizer. The result was better. No silvery film on my face. No open pore effect. But the effect was so subtle that it went totally unnoticed. I'd say the product is good and long lasting but it doesn't suit my skin. That's why I won't repurchase. I'll try to find something better for my needs.
Treatments (Eye) -RoC - Multi correction eye cream
marianab16 6/1/2012 7:02:00 PM
I really wanted to try an eye cream focused in wrinkles correction. I have no wrinkles yet, but I wanted to start a treatment in order to prevent them. Fortunately, dark circles are not a problem to me. I barely have dark circles. I only have them if I'm really tired or if I couldn't sleep properly. Otherwise, I'm fine. I decided to give a try to RoC Multi Correction. I thought the product should be great, considering its price (it's quite expensive in my country) but I was wrong. It's not big deal at all. I didn't have any skin problems by using this product but I haven't noticed any kind of improvement. The smell is nice but the texture is quite heavy. It doesn't absorbs quickly and the skin around your eyes keeps shiny for a while. I won't repurchase it. It was a mistake. My recommendation: save your money.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - EyeStudio Color Pearls Bronze Blowout
marianab16 5/14/2012 8:23:00 PM
Apart from its mascaras, some liners and maybe any foundation, Maybelline doesn't make good products, in my opinion. I should have remembered it before buying this eyeshadow. When I saw it at the store, the colors and the package reminded me of some mineralize eyeshadows made by MAC and Revlon. The colors seemed to be gorgeous and shimmery. I applied a bit of product on my wrist. The colors were a bronze/brown with olive undertones and a kind of golden beige mixed with some traces of brown (which looks really orange on the skin). The second color wasn't my favorite but I wanted to give a try to the bronze color. It seemed to be quite pretty. When I tried to do my makeup, the result was a total mess of glitter and more glitter with no color. The lighter shade has no color at all. It's pure orange glitter, hard to remove. Even if you like glitters (like me), the result is totally unflattering. As regard to the bronze color, I'd say it's not big deal. Less glittery than the other one. The color is a mix of bronze/brown with olive undertones but very, very opaque. In both cases, the lack of pigmentation is surprising. The product has so much glitter. It's hard to remove. You clean your lids and even after doing it carefully, you'll see little particles of glitter. Except the package (which is quite decent), there is nothing good about this product. The colors, the texture, the pigmentation, the amount of glitter, everything is bad. It was that kind of impulsive purchase that I'll avoid in the future. In the same way, I'll avoid certain Maybelline products like eyeshadows. This brand is only useful for mascaras. In general, the price is totally affordable. But considering the results, I'd say it's expensive. Whatever you pay for this product, it's too much. As you get nothing in return, I'd say that any price is expensive for this eyeshadow. Obviously, I won't repurchase.
Revlon Colorburst in Plum (010) is a weird lipstick. I don't know why they named it "Plum". In my opinion, a plum lipstick tends to be more purple. The name doesn't describe the color properly. In the tube, it looks like a rich tone of brown. But when you apply it, the product looks different. This lipstick can be defined as a bordeaux/burgundy/wine color. At most, I'd say it has a subtle purplish undertone. Depending on the colour of your lips, it can look more brownish or more reddish. However, this feature makes "Plum" be a very versatile lipstick. Everytime I want to highlight the purple undertone, I apply purple lipliner all over my lips and then I apply "Plum" over it. The result is great. As plum as I had imagined when I bought it. I do the same when I want to make it look more brownish or more reddish. I apply a brown or a deep pink (or even red) lipliner before the lipstick and in that way, I can change the effect as much as I want. I think you shouldn't apply lipgloss over it because the finish is creamy and shiny. The product has very tiny shimmers in it. They work perfectly and you can get a silky finish. The texture is creamy (not chunky at all), soft and very moisturizing. It has an excellent pigmentation, very intense. The only disadvantage is the little shimmers in the product make visible every imperfection of your lips. You need to have your lips in perfect condition before applying it. "Plum" is the boldest lipstick color that I have. I'm still getting used to it. It's a deep color but even so, I think you can wear it as a daily makeup (keeping the rest of your look very natural, of course). The package is really nice. I'm not sure if I would repurchase it because as I said before, I'm starting to experiment with bolder colors and different make up looks for this winter.
I was used to "Volume Shocking" by L'oreal. It was my favorite mascara ever, but unfortunately it was discontinued. Finding a good mascara is quite difficult. I decided to try Maybelline "One by One". Firstly, because I prefer volumizing mascaras. Secondly, Maybelline as well as L'oreal tend to produce mascaras that have always satisfied my expectations (in the end, it's the same lab). After trying it, I must say that "One by One" is a really good product. Really waterproof (almost hard to remove). Intense black. The brush called "the lash catcher" is very well designed. It's made of silicone. At the beginning, I didn't like that. Some years ago, I had tried Maybelline "Define A Lash" which had a silicone brush too and certainly, it wasn't big deal. But this case is different. The design of the brush is different and better. Its name, "the lash catcher", defines exactly what it does. It grabs every single lash, even the more difficult ones (the lashes of the corners of your eyes). The effect is great. It's not only a volumizing mascara. It's a lengthening mascara, too. Your lashes look defined, separated with no clumps. It lasts the whole day, keeping your eye makeup in perfect condition. I'm really satisfied with this product. I've tried a lot of brands: Lancome Hypnose, Revlon Grow Luscious, several mascaras from L'oreal and Maybelline and I'd say this product is among the best mascaras I've ever tried. To be honest, the packaging is not the most elegant. In fact, I'd say is quite gaudy. But if I like the product, I don't care about that.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche - Made for me naturals NUDE
marianab16 5/8/2012 8:15:00 PM
I bought the lipstick 235 called Nude. As you may know, "Made For Me" is a collection of lipsticks designed to complement your natural skin tone. Even so, all of them are really natural and wearable shades that look good on any complexion. In fact, I have Sepia/Silk (recommended for brunettes) and Organza (designed for light brunettes). According to L'oreal, "Nude" is recommended for blondes. I'm not blonde. I have dark brown hair and very pale skin. But even so, this lipstick is the perfect nude for me. It matches the color of my lips perfectly. The texture is soft, creamy and very moisturizer (all the lipsticks of "Made For Me" are really moisturizer). In winter, this lipstick keeps your lips in very good condition and it lasts for hours. The color is a very soft mix between pink/peach and brown tones. A brownish pink, so to speak. Beautiful. Ideal for a natural makeup or every time you want to wear a dramatic eye makeup.
I had heard a lot about the Maybelline collection called "Fit Me" but I had never bought any of its products. I decided to start with a blush. I chose Fit Me in Deep Coral. I was really interested in the product because according to the adverts, this blush is oil free, dermatologically tested and last but not least, it doesn't clog your pores. I thought "Why not?", the price is totally affordable. Even if the product doesn't satisfy my expectations, it won't be a waste of money. The color is not exactly coral, it's a dark shade of pink. It looks darker in the package than on your skin. As many other people said in other reviews about "Fit Me" blushes, the main disadvantage of this product is the lack of pigmentation. I'm very pale skinned and even so, I need to apply three layers of blush to start seeing a bit of color on my cheekbones. I must admit that it's not a problem for me. In fact, my skintone is really fair and I tend to look better wearing soft tones of blush. Anyway, if you have a darker complexion, I wouldn't recommend this product for you. You'll need a lot of product to get some effect. I'd say that Fit Me blush in Deep Coral is ideal to get a natural look (depending on your skin tone, as I said before). The product has a very subtle shimmer that looks good. Your cheekbones looks luminous, in the good sense of the word. The package is quite simple. A plastic box, not really attractive or classy but quite comfortable to carry on your bag. It includes a mini brush to apply the product but it's really cheap and useless. In brief, the product does what it promises but not more than that. It hasn't caused me any kind of skin problem. I think I won't repurchase. The product is not bad but you can find much better stuff.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - hydrafresh moisturizer (oily skin)
marianab16 4/23/2012 7:22:00 PM
For some strange reason, I can't find my daily moisturizer so easily in my country (I live in Argentina and I'm talking about Neutrogena Ultra Light for oily skin). That's why I needed to try a new moisturizer. I had heard some good opinions about L'oreal Hydrafresh, specially due to its gel/cream texture which seems to be really convenient for oily skin (mainly during the summer). At the beginning, I couldn't find the version for oily skin. So I decided to try Hydrafresh for dry or sensitive skin (the pink one). In fact, my skin is very sensitive. I have to admit the formula did work on me and I left my review of it. However, I was decided to keep looking for the version for oily skin. And I found it. L'oreal Hydrafresh for normal to combination skin (the green one) is pretty similar to the version for dry/sensitive skin but even better. The gel/cream texture is even lighter and softer. The smell is even nicer. It has exactly the texture I was looking for. It's ultra light, definitely. I needed something that my skin can absorb quickly and the green formula is absorbed faster than the pink one. It's ideal for the summertime time and its humid days. When you apply it, you feel a fresh sensation on your skin. Your face feels smooth, luminous and even toned. It doesn't look greasy or shiny at all. You don't need lot of product to cover your face and neck because the gel/cream texture melts on your skin easily and softly. Its smell is stronger than the pink version, but it's very nice in my opinion. A frutal, citric and not invasive fragrance. Definitely, it's a great moisturizer for my skin type. I'm planning to keep using it for a long time and in case I can't find the green one easily, I can get the pink one because it works on me too. No one of them has caused me skin troubles. Both formulas are dermatologically tested. Depending on your skin, you can use the green one during spring/summer and the pink one during fall/winter. The product has just one disadvantage: it hasn't SPF. If this cream had SPF, it would be a perfect moisturizer. I've read there is a version of Hydrafresh for normal to combination skin with SPF but unfortunately it's not available in my country. I must admit Hydrafresh is a basic moisturizer (no SPF; no anti aging) but it's a very good one.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Hydrafresh Moisturizer (normal/dry/combo)
marianab16 4/14/2012 7:11:00 PM
My daily moisturizer is Neutrogena Ultra Light for oily skin. I love this product. But lately, it seems to be hard to find in my country (Argentina). That's why I needed to try another moisturizer. I had heard good opinions about L'oreal Hydrafresh and I decided to try it. Finding a moisturizer with soft, light, texture was my priority. I needed a product that my oily skin can absorb quickly. I thought the gel/cream texture of L'oreal Hydrafresh could be the right option for me. In that point, I had a new problem. I couldn't find the version for oily skin (I don't know if it's not available in my country or if it's just hard to find). The only version of L'oreal Hydrafresh that I could find was the moisturizer recommended for dry or sensitive skin. I decided to buy it, considering that my skin is not only oily; it's very sensitive too. It was a good choice. The texture is exactly what I was looking for. Soft, light. You don't feel it heavy on your skin. The product melts on your skin leaving a fresh, slightly cool sensation on your face. It absorbs very quickly. As a result, your skin feels smooth, not greasy, not shiny. The product has a nice smell (not invasive). I haven't had any skin problem using this product. The only disadvantage I've found on it: it doesn't have SPF. If L'oreal made this cream with SPF 15 at least, it would become a perfect moisturizer. I tend to think that in cosmetic industry, the most expensive things are always the best ones. But I had a pleasant surprise with Hydrafresh. By buying it, you get a really good product and its price is more than affordable. Of course, I'll keep looking for the version recommended for oily skin because I really want to try it.