Completely agree with the others -- this is not a BB cream by any stretch of the imagination. Cover Girl is just trying to get its own share of the BB cream market by renaming their tinted moisturizer (I think it was called Smoothers). So obvious, CG! Anyway, as far as a TM goes, this is okay. Coverage is not that great, but this feels light on the skin, plus the squeeze tube is easy to use. The Light-Medium shade matches my NC25/Buff Beige/Nude skin very well. But I don't think this product is going to improve my skin's condition.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - eye studio color explosion in pink punch
obzessd 9/7/2011 1:30:00 PM
Normally I avoid pink shadows because I can never make them work -- I just look tired or sick or crazy. But I loved the other palettes so much (Amethyst Ablazed, Caffeine Rush, and Forest Fury) that I just picked this up too. It's actually gorgeous on my NC25/Buff/Nude Asian coloring. I've used it in conjunction with the purple palette (Amethyst Ablazed) to create a beautiful, dramatic eye. And as I said in my reviews for Amethyst Ablazed and Forest Fury, the quality is amazing. Maybelline did a complete 180 when it made these shadows. They're pigmented and they last, and the colors are vibrant; overall the shadows are definitely comparable to higher-end shadows like MAC and UD.
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - translucent loose powder
obzessd 9/7/2011 1:19:00 PM
This is a below average product. First, it's false advertising: it is not translucent at all -- I can't see how this would work for anybody but pale ladies, considering I use it when my skin is in its lighter range and I'm only NC25. It sets my makeup okay, but it leaves a powdery, ashy cast and doesn't sink into my skin until a few hours later. And unfortunately a few hours after that, it disappears and doesn't control oil at all. Honestly I like my NYC loose powder more, since it looks more natural and less powdery immediately after application, and lasts longer. I'd normally give this a 2, but because of the outrageous price and undeserved hype relative to mediocre quality, I'm knocking it down to 1.
Love this. I try to do one at least every week if not twice. It leaves my skin softer, yet NEVER irritates my skin, even though it has lactic acid (which to my understanding is a alpha hydroxy acid?). I've had to move away from clay masks now that I'm in my 30's, as they're too harsh, but the yogurt mask is a wonderful replacement. I like to use plain organic Fage greek yogurt with 2% fat -- the greek yogurt is thicker, so it doesn't get all runny or go into my eyes or mouth. And the fat leaves my skin more moisturized. I've tried cheaper plain store brand yogurts and even though I'm frugal, I find it well worth it to pay more for the greek yogurt. I'll probably do this the rest of my life.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - eye studio color explosion in amethyst ablazed
obzessd 8/19/2011 7:17:00 PM
I bought this after LOVING Forest Fury, the green palette. This beautiful mix of purples is nothing like the horrible Maybelline eyeshadows of years past, which were chalky and poorly pigmented -- the worst ones on the market along with CG. These are a whole different story. I don't know how Maybelline did a complete 180, but the eyeshadows in this palette are soft, silky, pigmented, with vibrant color, and they last all day with my usual primer (UDPP or Too Faced). Completely gorgeous (although I have no use for the super glittery "top coat" shade at the very top of this five-color palette). I would seriously rank these up there with MAC and UD shadows. Yes, and I even own the Naked Palette, so I know that of which I speak. If you love purples, you will not regret this palette! And pick up Forest Fury if you love greens!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Eye Studio Color Explosion in FOREST FURY
obzessd 8/18/2011 3:04:00 PM
Okay, I'm on the bandwagon. Now, I'm the first one to say Maybelline eyeshadows are generally horrid, or at least they were in the past. Chalky, no pigmentation, just the worst ones on the market along with CG. But these.... Wow. They are soft, silky, pigmented, with vibrant color, and they last all day with my usual primer (UDPP or Too Faced). Completely gorgeous. I have no use for the super glittery "top coat" shade at the very top of this five-color palette, but the lime green and forest green are especially gorgeous with my NC25/Asian coloring. I would -- no joke -- rank these up there with MAC and UD shadows. Yes, and I even own the Naked Palette, so I know that of which I speak. If you love greens, you will not regret this palette!
I don't generally shell out for the more expensive nail polishes (or review nail polishes), but I just had to have this color, and absolutely love it. It's a light to medium lavender color with a slight greyish undertone. The greyish undertone means it's not one of the lavenders that "pops" against your skin -- you would have to go with a blue- or pink-based one for that. I think the subtleness may have led to some of the previous posters' complaints, but I for one really enjoy the neutralness of it -- it makes the color good for the summer but also appropriate for fall. As for the polish itself, it applied evenly and without streaking, and has lasted awhile without chipping, so no complaints at all about the quality.
Disappointing. Looks pretty and enticing in the pan, but it's poorly pigmented, so it took me a couple of good vigorous swirls in the blush to get anything to show up on my cheeks. And then once there, the lasting power wasn't very good either. If you're looking for a drugstore version of the blush/bronzer combo, I suggest Neutrogena. Their version is SO much better than this one -- pigmented and pretty.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick--Peach Me
obzessd 4/28/2011 4:10:00 PM
The perfect peach lipstick for the summer! Goes great with a slight tan (from a bronzer, naturally, not the sun :-D) and bright clothes. LOVE.
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush in Tipsy
obzessd 4/28/2011 4:07:00 PM
I was a little dubious to see how orange Tipsy looked in the pan, but this is a completely gorgeous peach-coral on me. Goes on beautifully -- pigmented but not so much that you can't work with it and build it up. No shimmer to my eye. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Will be wearing this all summer! And if you want a lippie that goes well with this, Revlon Peach Me is gorgeous.
I really like this new line of lipsticks from Cover Girl. The packaging is elegant and looks like department store, and it feels light and comfortable on my lips. Very good pigmentation and lasting power too. I got this and Delish (a lighter nude with underlying tones of yellow rather than gray or pink). I would describe Romance as a subtle, work appropriate mauvish blush. Super versatile and flattering on my NC25 coloring. I plan on buying more Lip Perfections.
Blush -Wet 'n' Wild - Silk Finish Blush - Mellow Wine 833D
obzessd 1/28/2011 1:19:00 PM
I really like this blush. VERY pigmented and lasts all day. Almost too pigmented: I have to apply by touching the brush very lightly to the pan and blowing it, and then buffing it well so it blends nicely. It comes out as a medium rose with brown undertones, brickish rose I guess. Reminds me of NARS Dolce Vita, which I also have; DV is a little darker. But for $3 or so, the price can't be beat! WnW has some of the best drugstore blushes and e/s out there.
Cleansers -Olay - Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser
obzessd 1/25/2011 11:08:00 AM
So far I really like this. I like the Total Effects Line in general (I use the 7-in-1 lotion that Costco carries), and I was looking for a creamy or liquid cleanser to use with my Clarisonic, so I thought this would be a good choice. This cleanser foams up nicely as advertised, and I love the scent: very pleasant but not too strong. It seems to remove all my makeup, but that could be the Clarisonic. It rinses off nicely and leaves my skin feeling clean but not too tight, no weird film. The scent and easy rinse-off make this a buy-again for me.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - ColorIcon Palette in #249 Vanity [DISCONTINUED]
obzessd 1/17/2011 12:28:00 AM
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this palette. The shadows are pigmented and very high quality, and last all day. The colors look great against my NC25 Asian coloring. Plus the range of shades they offer is so amazing and convenient, with a shade light enough to be a highlighter and a shade dark enough to be a liner or crease. B/c of this wide range of shades, I can do either a natural daytime look or a super smoky night time look with just this one palette alone. Which makes this the perfect travel palette: high quality, compact, no need to bring an extra highlighter or liner shadow, and HELLO, at its amazingly cheap price, I don't want to kick myself if I lose it while traveling b/c I can so easily and cheaply replace it. Everybody should try this!
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Silent Treatment
obzessd 1/14/2011 12:35:00 AM
Add me to the list of MUAers in love with these eyeshadows. I didn't use the colors as recommended: I used the pink shadow as my lid rather than my brow; the mauvey-taupey shadow as my crease; and the dark sparkly brown for my outer V -- and the effect was amazing! I looked somehow dramatic yet natural. The colors themselves are subtle, but b/c they are cool-toned, they were dramatic against my yellow-toned skin yet not overly so. I used it on top of my regular e/s primer, and it lasted all day. As previous reviewers have stated, the pink shadow is about average; the taupey one is completely gorgeous; and the dark brown is VERY pigmented. I only needed to touch my MAC 217 brush once lightly, and it deposited a very nice amount of dark dramatic shadow in my outer V. I had to run out today and buy a backup just in case this went out of stock!