This is a great foundation for the price (I paid around 8 pounds/12 dollars). PROS: - Beautiful, natural medium coverage, which can be built up and sheered out. - The texture is nice and light, and really easy to apply. I stipple it on with a wet ELF flat powder brush, which gives an amazing airbrushed look, but it can also be applied with hands. Sometimes I mix a little bit of moisturizer in, which works fine too, as I prefer light coverage most of the time. - I like that it comes with a pump and a glass bottle. - Does not glide off within a couple of hours - has a good, but not brilliant, lasting power. - Inexpensive and easily available. CONS: - I dislike the glitter in it. It is not noticable, and usually I am all about a dewy finish. But in certain light, I can see glitter particles on my face, which I REALLY dislike, as I have pretty good skin and don't want it to look makeup-y. I can see it when I e.g. stand in an elevator. It really bugs me that they put glitter in it, otherwise it would have such an amazing, natural-looking finish that is comparable to high-end foundations. - The colour is a tiny, tiny bit off. I am an NC20 (maybe a little lighter now in the winter), and it is that half shade too dark/orangey to me. When blended it is not noticable at all, so it's not a dealbreaker to me. - Transfers easily. When I sit during boring lectures with my hand on y chin or cheek, and look at my hand afterwards, it's glittery and slightly coloured. I have dry skin, so I usually don't powder, maybe that's why. The pros certainly outweigh the cons, especially because it's a highstreet foundation. All in all, I really like this foundation! EDIT: If you sit next to someone, that person is able to see the glitter on your face. I would only recommend this product for wearing indoors, during winter or by night, The glitter shows through in harsh sunlight (if you think it doesn't - hold a mirror when standing in direct sunlight, you will see). Too bad, it makes the foundation look so unnatural and like you have glitter all over your face.
This should have 3.5 from me. I don't really tend to use highlighters to get that glowy look. Of course I like to look glowing, but the main purpose of highlighting my face is to bring out the features, and especially to make my cheek bones look higher. This product does not do that. At all. Maybe because it's a powder and somewhat subtle. All it does is to add a golden sheen to my face, which IS pretty, but just not what I was looking for. However, I find it beautiful on the cupid's bow and in the inner corners of my eyes for everyday. When I layer the product on to get a more highlighted effect, it just looks cakey and unnatural. Also, it's very, very powdery and not that finely milled, which makes it "sit on the skin" and not melt into it. I was really excited to get this product because everyone was raving about it, but it did disappoint me. If you like a glowy effect, just to pimp up your skin, this highlighter dusted very lightly on certain areas will do the job perfectly. If you want to sculpt and emphasize your features (but without looking like you are wearing tons of makeup) give it a miss. Also, this product is not thaaaaat cheap. In my country it costs around 5 pounds or 7 dollars. Still inexpensive, but it is kind of in the same range as "drugstore/budget" brands price-wise. If it were 3 dollars, I wouldn't care.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black
neva4getu 2/8/2013 1:13:00 PM
Why spend a lot of money on gel liners from Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and MAC, when you can have JUST AS GOOD ones to a much cheaper price? Unless you want a specific colour, that is. This gel liner is long lasting, does not smudge (I don't prime my eyes in any way, and I have oily lids), and provides a fine matte black. The consistency is similiar to MAC Fluidline and BB. Gel eyeliners are just the same formula, don't be fooled! It dries out if you leave it opened, but obviously all gel liners would. And it still works even though it is a bit on the drier side. The quality is definitely comparable to the high end gel liners!
This is so good! Really, I have only been using it for a week, and my skin has already changed to the much better! I had small lumps and bumps on my forehead (not blemishes), which have basically disappeared now! Also, it really eliminates blackheads on my chin (not on my nose though - but it minimizes them). I am so happy to have this product! I don't wear foundation anymore because of this. It makes my skin softer, smoother and just much more beautiful. But use a good moisturizer after it, as it can dry the skin out a bit. I love it! It is expensive though.
I am not really sure if my rating is accurate. Sometimes I want to give it 2 out of 5, other times I think it should get an absolute 5. To start off - I have quite severe, very big, dark purply/blue-ish under-eye circles, which are hereditary, they sink a bit down into my skull if fit makes any sense. Also I have quite big eyes and long lashes, so whenever I wear mascara my eyes and lashes cast a shadow on the circles, which adds to the darkness - and combined with fair skin, well you can imagine how tired I look without external help! Obviously, my quest on concealers has been long, expensive, yet unsatisfied. I have used this one on and off for a year, going strong. But always in combination with other products. THE CONCEALER - It is good, but not brilliant. It is very long lasting and water resistant (which is wonderful when you live in a rainy country as Denmark). The fact that it is long lasting is definitely worth a lippie on its own. However, it is really not perfect. It does crease after 4 hours of wear, but not in the way most creamy concealers do (in a good way). You really, really have to blend very well in, as it dries quickly and if not blended correctly it WILL accentuate fine lines (and I am quite young, so I don’t really have any). It works much better when I blend it in with a buffing brush, but then it does not cover as well. I usually pad it in, maybe that’s why it creases a bit more, but then again it provides more coverage this way. On its own I would say the coverage is medium, as it sets a bit sheerer than when firstly applied. It also DOES oxidize, which is the worst thing an under-eye concealer could do. It dries darker and more orangey. It also looks a bit powdery, so no “invisible, no makeup-makeup”-look. I know this is mainly an under-eye concealer, but it is good to cover blemishes - it’s just not something I need, as my skin is pretty good apart from the dark circles. Although this sounds quite negative, it is the concealer I use on a daily basis. To any other people with the same problems as me (I hear ya sisters!), I use a good moisturizer/serum/eye cream, let it dry, use a facial primer (not a mattifying one! Not as much to prevent creasing but to prevent it from oxidizing), apply the MAC Pro Longwear, and finally Rimmel’s Match Perfection concealer on top (or any other highlighting concealer - Touche Eclat etc.) - this step counteracts the oxidizing colour, you can probably skip this and use a foundation over it, but I tend not to wear foundation. I also highlight the inner and outer corners with a normal highlighter. I might repurchase, but only if I don’t find anything better - I have a list of other concealers I want to try out. SUMMARY: PRO: Staying power, wide colour range, medium coverage, can seem expensive, but you get a lot of product AND the product you have goes a looooong way - only a tiny dot is needed for both eyes, nice consistency. Works for me, but not on its own. CONS: Oxidizes!!!!!! Can accentuate fine lines and creases. The coverage is definitely not full. Dries out the eye area, so be sure to use a good moisturizer before and after. The pump, although hygienic, really sucks. Does not work on its own - needs a highlighting pen.
I am a huge fan of the ELF All Over Color Stick in Spotlight. This, however, is like a whole different product, it was so dry and difficult to blend. I usually like hybrid-products, but this one.. it's like it's just the worst of both worlds, really. The colour payoff is way too weak and the product itself is waaaaay to glittery to act as a blush, but still too "cheek-coloured" to look like a natural highlight. How many women are naturally purple-pink-ish on the very top of our cheekbones (where a highlighter is supposed to be applied)? And, it is really not that pigmented, which is usually a good thing when it comes to highlighting (as I prefer a subtle, sophisticated emphasize of my bone structure, rather than looking like a 12-year old who got lost in Sephora), but it's like this product just doesn't want to show up at all! But well, it IS possible to build this colour up, so it is not entirely useless. I can make it work if I use it in combination with other products. But IT IS VERY GLITTERY. Not shimmery, not sheeny, not glowy, not dewy, IT HAS CHUNKS OF SILVER GLITTER IN IT! This is not so obvious when you just apply it (especially if you put an effort into blending and building up), but after a poor 2 hour duration (on normal-dry skin), the colour and "glow" fade away, and huge glitter particles are just randomly placed on the cheeks. Not chic. I have just had it for the winter, and I guess it's much worse during summer. Maybe I got a bad one. Maybe it just does not work for me. 2 lippies given for the cheap price and for the 2 hours it managed to look beautiful. I wish they made these colours in a matte finish.
Highlighters -E.L.F. - All Over Color Stick in Spotlight
neva4getu 2/8/2013 11:51:00 AM
Well, actually I feel a bit bad about giving it 4 and not 5. I think the main problem with elf products is the change of quality of a product, it really does depend on whether you get a good or bad one. I guess I was lucky with this one, as it's really, really good! I use it only to highlight my cheek bones, and for a fair-skinned person like me, this is the perfect shade and texture! It gives an incredible glow to my skin, lifts my face, makes my cheekbones more prominent AND when I apply it to the very high point of my cheekbone, it covers the outer edge of my baaaaaaaad under eye circles, making them a lot less dark (I put on the highlighter after a quite heavy under eye concealer). My product is definitely not dry at all, it applies very smoothly and blends beautifully into the skin. It has no visible chunky glitter. The cons are, as previously mentioned the varying luck when it comes to the same product, and the staying power. It definitely does not stay on my skin for an entire day (I have normal-dry skin), but then again it is not sold as long lasting product. It fades away in a natural way, which means that even though it does not last for more than 4-5 hours tops, it fades away slowly, and doesn't leave the skin looking patchy or with glitter left all over. Another con is the little amount you get, but with the price, you really can't complain about that.