Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Duac Topical Gel
mspye 12/29/2011 8:48:00 PM
Thanks to a change in my insurance, my regular RX of Benzaclin which I've been using for 15 years was rejected and Anthem forced me to try the generic version first which literally burned my skin within minutes of applying. Anthem then wanted me to try Duac gel which seemed promising at first - similar ingredients, lower copay - but I began breaking out with horrible cystic acne all over my face within two days of using it! I never have cystic acne except the one lone pimple on my chin around my period. I compared the ingredients and it's gotta be the dimethicone which Benzaclin does not have. If you are sensitive to silicones, do not even bother with this! I'm praying that Anthem will now allow me to fill my Benzaclin RX. That stuff is amazing and clears up any pimples within 48 hours.
Cremesheen's are definitely the way to go with MAC if like me, you want hydration, comfort and longevity in your lipsticks. This color, however, did not work for me. Unlike many reviewers here, the "blue undertones" aren't blue enough for me. This color leans much more coral on me than blue-pink and just looks odd and old fashioned with my coloring. I am a cool, fair girl with lots of pink in my skin and this is warmer than I wanted. I'd say I'm an NW 10-15 but honestly none of MAC's foundations are a color match for me and I have yet to find a MAC lip color that is truly flattering on me - not just passable, but flattering. I think perhaps the entire line is designed more for warmer, darker complexions which I've always longed to be! I am finally giving up on MAC once and for all.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
mspye 5/3/2011 1:06:00 AM
This, without a doubt, is THE worst primer I've ever used. This stuff caked and flaked on me BEFORE I even attempted to apply foundation over the top. Seriously! I applied it and went and had breakfast and by the time I came back to put on my foundation, I saw that it had pilled in every area I applied it including my undereye area which NEVER gets flakey. Do not waste your money on this. And $13 for the tiny jar? Outrageous.
I read about this in Marie Clare this month and was super excited to try it as it was voted best foundation by the "experts" MC polled. So glad I just picked up a sample because this caked like crazy on me. Ugly, ugly, ugly. I was matched with the lightet color Ivoire and it was a decent match at first but turned darker within 15 mnutes. So not for me!
Alright this one is the last straw for me. I totally give up on LM foundations. Either the color is totally wrong or the formula is all wrong or both. The only foundation I haven't tried is the moisturizing foundation and I just won't go there. This was just a cakey mess on me. Does not blend well despite using the LM moisturizing primer, didn't cover well despite the heavy feel, oxidized on me and finally, actually wore off in certain sections of my face. I never have that problem with foundations especially with primer and a powder to set. Just lousy! Not to mention that you get a very, very small amount of product for a pretty high price. She does have nice blushes and lipsticks/glosses and I love the creamy concealer but the rest of the line, including her e/s which has nearly zero color payoff.
This is the only mineral powder foundation that is just seamless on my skin. Unfortunately, the lightest color is too yellow for my NW15 skin and the pink shade, Tender Rose, though the description online says its for fair to medium skin tones is super dark and a completely unnatural shade. I wore this to work on Friday and was horrified to see myself in the bathroom mirror at work. Just scary - I much prefer that unfortunate orange look you might get to this pink nightmare! I was truly embarassed to have to walk around all day like that. The same shade discrepancy exists in her oil-free liquid foundation as well. She only has one truly "fair" shade in these two products. If only she'd bridge that gap with a neutral fair shade.....
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer-Mineral
mspye 2/16/2011 1:53:00 AM
At first this primer seemed to be great for my combo/acne-prone skin but by day two my skin was super dry and by day three I was peeling like crazy and had several eruptions of cystic acne on my chin. It absolutely tore my skin up in a matter of three days! So disappointed and I have absolutely given up on LM primers (I've tried em all) and LM foundations. Love their lipsticks and blushes but the rest of the line is seriously lacking IMO.
I saw that this blush was used on Taylor Swift for a magazine cover shoot and figured I'd give it a try because her skin always looks so luminous. I had some doubts when I saw this up close and personal - the color doesn't look very plummy too me and also looks a little dark in the pan for my fair skin. But since it's super cheap and I had get to find my HG blush, I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did! It's not too light or bright or too dark - it's just right. And as many reviewers have said before me gives me that just in from the cold flush that I've always wanted. The only downside is the packaging - the tiny blush brush tends makes it difficult to blend the product and the small rectangular square of blush makes it difficult to use a regular round blush brush. Oh well, I'll make it work cause it's gorgeous. If BB Pale Pink, Paula Dorf Ballet and Benefit Dandelion look great on you, you should absolutely give this a try!
Foundations -Paula Dorf - Moisture Foundation Oil Free
mspye 12/14/2010 10:34:00 PM
With the correct primer (just found Genie Instant Line Smoother) this foundation in Parchment is nearly perfect for my acne prone combo pale skin. Even without primer it does not cake, does not settle in to my huge pores and keeps me from getting too oily. I truly do not need to touch up during the day after setting this with Mac Prep and Prime powder first thing in the morning. My skin absolutely glows and I never fail to get compliments on my "gorgeous skin" when I've got this on. Also, I find I do not need concealer for the tiny blue/black veins under my eyes - this does the trick. The only Cons I can find are that the color is slightly more yellow than my NW15 skin but it really helps w/ dark circles and any redness I may have so I'm willing to deal. Also, I don't really understand the stick on the cap - am I supposed to stir? Or use this to apply the product? Anyone know? Plus, my local ULTA is almost always sold out of this when I need it most. Actually, they RARELY have what I want in stock and it can take a month or more for them to re-stock. Unbelievable. Thinking of emailing the ULTA mother ship to complain about the Burbank store. If you're still searching for your HG foundation, you should give this a try!