For me, this doesn't really qualify as a concealer. "Coverage" is way too sheer. I think those that love this product probably don't have much to conceal under their eyes because this does not offer much coverage. I don't care for the roller-ball applicator either. To get around it, I either rolled the product onto my finger or onto a concealer brush. For me, this doesn't cover nearly enough (I have dark, bluish-purple u/e circles). I gave it 2 lippies (instead of only 1) because it's not a horrible product & the formula is light & goes on smoothly. I think it may work well for those that just want to brighten under their eyes but don't have much to cover in terms of circles.
I blame this product (and the undeserved hype surrounding it) for causing me to endure not only 1, but 2 trips into a Walmart. 1st trip to buy this junk & 2nd trip to return this junk. The packaging is crap, the color selection stinks, the product itself does not look at all realistic on the face and it dries up & cakes. Honestly, I have nothing good to say about it.
BB's Corrector is a product that works very well to correct & conceal under eye circles as well as brighten the under eye area (in a very natural way). I have a love/hate relationship w/ this product because it doesn't always work for me. Some days it disappears too quickly (I do always set it w/ LM Brightening or LM Translucent powder) and on other days it drys my under eye area to a cakey mess. Once in a blue moon it's fantastic & brightens, conceals and sets to a realistic finish that last all day & doesn't get dry & flakey. I don't even need a concealer over it (btw, I DON'T recommend BB's Concealers over the Correctors-too creamy & seem to ruin any correcting that the Corrector achives). I believe that the issues I encounter w/ this product have everything to do w/ the condition of the skin under my eyes. My under-eye area tends to be dry thus the flaking and if I use extra moisturizer in this area that lessons the staying-power of the product. So for me, it's a balancing act to get it to stay put & not flake which is why I am only giving it 3 stars. I do think it's worth giving a try if your main issue is under eye circles. It does conceal & brighten very well. Finding the correct color is crucial. I am an NC 20-25 in MAC, O20 in Shishedo & CDP Ivory or Beige & I have found that BB Corrector shade in Light Peach works best for me to conceal my bluish-purple under eye circles. **Some tips re: finding the best color: I am always steered towards the pinky, bisque colors by the BB MA's. I have tried 4-5 different colors in both the peach & bisque shades. I do NOT look good in the bisque shades. They turn my skin an odd greyish color. I am an NC20-25, light skin w/ pale yellow undertones but also have Rosacea so have pink cheeks. BB MA's take 1 look at me & see pink cheeks & light skin & steer me towards the bisqued-colored shades. They are trained this way. When BB MA's are taught how to use BB Correctors, they are told that only darker,olive skin-tones should use the peach-toned Correctors. It's not true. I look best in Light Peach as do many others w/ my coloring. My circles are bluish-purple so it makes sense that bisque doesn't correct them much. As far as Correctors are concerned, it matters what color your under eye circles are. That's where I think BB MA's need to be educated-pinkish, bisque color cancels out brown & peach colors cancel out blue/purple. I actually had to have BB MA apply Light Bisque under 1 eye & Light Peach under the other eye to convince her that Light Peach worked better on me. She agreed that Light Bisque didn't work well at all & admitted that she was very surprised because it went against everything she was taught. My advice to you, especially if you are fair-light skinned, is to try out many of the shades in both the pinkish & peachish colors. Get samples, if possible, or just have BB MA apply a different shade under each eye. * Overall, BB Correctors are an excellent product if you can find your perfect match & if the skin under your eyes is not prone to dryness.
I tried a sample of this product & liked it very much. NP The One is only available in one color, thus the name. I decided that the one color is not a believable color on me (I am an NC/NW 20-25) so I will not be purchasing again but I do think it's a good product. My main use for this product was to cover & correct purple-bluish under eye circles and as an under eye product it is excellent. Creamy, smooth and seems to last well. It did not cake into lines. Unfortunately it was just too dark on me.
Treatments (Eye) -Serious Skin Care - Hi-Bright with Haloxyl
msh9899 3/11/2013 8:51:00 AM
For me, this is a miracle product. I can't believe I am the 1st to review it on MUA. I have had dark bluish-purple undereye circles all of my life and they have only gotten more severe as I near my mid-40's and have chronic sinus issues. I was always on the lookout for a new corrector or concealer and nothing was covering enough. Someone here on MUA suggested that I try a dark circle lightener & Hi-Bright was the brand mentioned. I believe it's only available through Home Shopping Network (HSN). I have never purchased anything from HSN nor had I heard of the Serious Skin Care line or even Haloxyl. I trust advice from MUA members so ordered HBw/H about 3 weeks ago & can not believe it actually works!!! I saw minor results w/in days & major results by the end of week 2. I only apply it under my eyes once a day, before I go to bed at night. I still use a corrector & a concealer but I honestly don't know if I'll need a corrector too much longer. There is a huge difference in the color under my eyes. It's more brown now & the bluish-purple is almost gone. I actually worry about HBw/H working too well & ending up w/ white skin under my eyes. I have noticed that the area by my tear duct is turning a bit too pale so I stopped putting product there every night. HBw/H also does a great job of moisturizing and I think it helps w/ puffiness. I'm not typically too puffy to begin w/ so I haven't really noticed. All I can say is- I am amazed. I don't believe in miracle creams or potions & am leary of shopping channel products, in general, so I did my homework before I purchased it. I found out that Haloxyl is a proven under-eye circle lightener. If Serious Skin Care discontinues this product, I will find another one w/ Haloxyl but I do really love how moisturizing this product is & how it doesn't irritate my eyes so I hope they continue to make it forvever. LOVE this product!!!!!!
I wear waterproof mascara so need a special make-up remover separate from my face cleanser to take the wp mascara off completely. On my face, I use CereVe Foaming Facial cleanser & I typicaly use baby-oil soaked onto a tissue to remove eye make-up. Baby oil is dirt cheap & it works but it's also a bit messy. It always leaves yukky globs of oil in my eyes which float around in there for about 15 minutes after using which I HATE. I saw that Sonia Kushak's Remove was getting good reviews here on MUA so I decided to try it. It did a good job removing the wp mascara but no better than baby oil. I still used CereVe on my face so my main use for this was to remove my eye make-up & although I must say that I didn't end up w/ globs of oil in my eyes after cleansing (which really impressed me), I did end up w/ a bit of a dry, stinging sensation in & around my eyes that lasted until the next day. I guess I can't win! I decided that globs of oil in my eyes for 15 minutes is less uncomfortable than the stinging sensation for a day so it's back to baby oil for me.
MAC's Naked Lunch didn't work for me but I still think it deserves 5 lippies because it is a beautiful color and a high quality eye-shadow. It's expensive but worth it in terms of pigmentation & lasting power. Having said all that, even though MA showed me how to apply it w/ a fluffy, natural bristle brush to tone down the shimmer & to acheive a lighter application, I still felt the shimmer was just too much for my liking. I tend to go more for the "natural" look & NL is a tad flashier than I am comfortable w/. I also have a fair complexion (NC/NW? 20-25) & 40+ year old eyes. For all those reasons, NL is not for me but it's still a gorgeous color & a great product.
Pretty color to higlight with. It's a matte, light-peach color and shows up as a warmish-white on me. It doesn't seem very pigmented so I can't see this working well for the lid area. I am fair NC/NW 20-25 & it's lighter than my skintone. I wanted a darker matte peach for my lid & find that this is too light for that which is why I won't repurchase. Nice packaging.
I got a sample of this from Sephora. I loved how deep the black color was & it looked amazing from far away...then I looked at it close-up. CLUMPS GALORE!!! I happen to hate clumps so this is not for me.
What can I say that han't already been said? It's dirt cheap, readily available & makes for a great, muscle-soothig bath. I know it has many other uses but for me it's just used in the bath when needed for soreness.
I would love to know who started the rumor that this is the greatest mascara ever!!! I'm thinking the marketing dept. over at Maybelline had something to do w/ it. It's OK for a drug store mascara but it's just OK. Most drug store mascaras are OK. If I see this mascara on1 more list of the best mascaras ever, I'm going to scream!!!!!
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
msh9899 3/5/2013 8:24:00 PM
I got a sample of this at Sephora in the color Nude. It just didn't look good on me at all. I expected light coverage & I actually don't think I have much to cover but this just made my face look uneven. I think I look better bare-faced than I do w/ LM oil-free TM on. It could be the SPF that alters it, because I like LM TM (regular version w/ oil in it).
I picked up a smaller, trial size of Kenra Thermal Styling Spray-19-Firm Hold at Ulta. I really like it. I don't use this w/ a straight iron or a curling iron. I think it's too drying for that & I have to admit, I really don't think there's much thermal protection here. It's just too high in alcohol which I can't imagaine protects much. I have lots of fine, straight, sort-of wavy hair & I like to blow-dry my hair either totally straight or add more waves w/ a large, round metal brush. KTSS helps to bulk up my fine hair & holds my style all day. It does feel a tad sticky & I can definitely feel the product in my hair but that helps thicken up my hair so for me that's a good thing! I only spray 2-3 pumps directly onto my hair/scalp & I haven't noticed sticky fall-out all over the floor. I would repurchase. ***UPDATE: After writing this review, I read the directions on how to use for the 1st time & gues what? I am using it wrong! I am spraying this onto WET hair. DUH!!! I think this explains why I like this product & those using it on dry hair, to straighten or add curl w/ a curling iron (as it's intended to be used) do not like it. I think it works great as a setting lotion or whatever it is that it's doing for my wet hair. I doubt I'll try it for use on dry hair as I think it would be too dry & sticky. Now, I understand all the negative reviews here!!!
Primer/ Corrector -Giorgio Armani - Master Corrector
msh9899 3/4/2013 2:46:00 PM
I appoligize in advance for this long review, but I take correctors seriously!!! Also, I know that there are many others like me that struggle to cover-up undereye circles and I want to be as helpful as I can re: this expensive & not "easily-available-to-swatch" product. I have tried both of the Giorgio Armani Master Corrector colors- #1 & #2. **** If you are seriously considering trying this product & are unsure of what color may work best but don't have Giorgio Armani products available in your area, know that L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer color "light skin" is the almost the exact same color as GAMC #1 (L'Oreal is a tad more pinky & less coraly as GMAC but it's darn close) & color "medium/deep skin" is the same color as GAMC #2. These are NOT true DUPES, as the intended purpose of each product is very different. The COLORS are duplicates. I purchased L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primers in both "light skin" & "medium/deep skin" to see if they would bea cheaper alternative to GMAC & I can tell you that they do not provide the coverage, the pigment or the quality that GAMC does & they are very drying under the eyes. L'Oreal's are face primers (I guess-still not sure WTH they are!) & GAMC's are true under-eye color correctors. Still, I think applying these similar colors under your eyes will give you an idea of which GAMC color will work best for you.******* Now for my review: For reference, I am fair-light skinned, NC20-25, cool yellow undertones, mild rosacea on cheeks & sides of nose with mostly dry skin (very dry under my eyes). I have had obvious bluish-purple undereye circles as well as brown patches under the eye area & on my lids since I was a child & they are only worse now that I'm approaching my mid-40's, have chronic sinus issues & I am somewhat of an imsoniac. I am always on the look-out for a magical concealer and/or corrector. BB's corrector/concealers are too dry & cakey for me as are every other corrector I have tried. I heard about Giorgio Armani's Master Corrector here on MA & ran to Nordstrom's & purchased both colors. #1 is a light coralish colored peachy pink. #2 is more of an orangey peach. When swatched next to each other, #1 & #2 look similar except # 1 is a tad lighter & has more of a pinkish-peach where as #2 is deeper & has more obvious orange to it. I don't have pink undertones so I thought #2 (orange) would be my color. It did correct the bluish circles but made the hollows under my eyes look deeper because it was just too dark for me. Next, I tried #1 (peachy pink). It is more of a peach than a true pink but still has a pinkish tint and I honestly didn't think it would work. Well, was I ever surprised that #1 (peachy pink) did the trick! It covers the blue & purple very well & does not get cakey. It has a unqiue, silky texture and is similar to a thick, liquid under-eye concealer. No obvious sparkles, not greasy at all & blends-in well. I feel that I look better w/ a concealer over this but some may find that GAMC works well enough, on it's own, & can skip concealer. I need to brighten up the hollow area a tad w/ a lighter concealer. All in all, I think GAMC is an excellent product if you pick the correct color. The packaging is not great for such a pricey product but it works well (comes w/ a feather-tip applicator wand) and no product goes to waste. Hope this reviews helps!
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Pomegranate Raspberry
msh9899 3/1/2013 6:02:00 PM
I bought eos Pomegranate Raspberry Lip Balm Sphere because I thought the packaging was cool (bright pink sphere). I am a lip-balm fanatic & own many different brands. I really like eos & will buy again. It moisturises, is not waxy, not at all sticky & has a nice, light scent. It needs to be re-applied often but I think that's true for all lip balms. Gives a nice sheen over just lipliner or a matte lipstick. The packaging (the sphere shape) is a bit bulky but, on the plus side, it's size & shape does make it easy to find at the bottom of my purse! I also tried the pastel pink eos (I think that flovor is strawberry cream) & it was an OK scent but I prefer the pomegranite raspberry. Very good lip balm.