Eye Shadow -Maybelline - 24hr Color Tattoo Shady Shores
oscarnabby 5/9/2013 9:10:00 AM
I have purchased all of the LE summer collection Color Tattoos, except the Lavendar CT. I wasn't going to purchase this one, because I don't get the point of yellow eye shadow, but I was all caught up in that LE frenzy thing. Anywho, this has actually turned out to be the new CT that I use the most. The reason is, it makes a fantastic base. I have found that I get the best wear from all my eye shadows if I use a primer and a base, and this color goes on so unobtrusively, but with just a bit extra kick from the subtle duochrome, that it makes a perfect base. I know lots of reviewers haven't been happy that the new CTs seem creamier than older versions of the product line, but I really prefer the new texture, as I find it's easier to spread evenly on my eyelids without clumping up or being difficult to blend. So, if you are a more mature woman, and have found that your eye shadow has a way of tunneling all through your eyelid crinkles as the day goes on, even with the use of a primer, try a primer covered with a base like a Color Tattoo....it makes such a difference!
I just found this product today at my local Bed Bath and Beyond. I purchased shade 300-Apple a Day, which looked to be a neutral red....my favorite!! I'm so happy with this product! The texture is just wonderful. It clings very well to my lips without being too sticky, but it is not too slippery either....it's very comfortable to wear. Color-wise, it is not an opaque gloss, but neither is it so sheer that I feel like I just slicked on a clear gloss with a slight red tint. It is a flattering red for me; it's a good red for a low-key kind of day. For $5, I'm happy with my purchase, and would consider picking up other colors in the line.
This is such a beautiful new Lip Butter! My red lip butters are my favorite red lip products ever, and I was happy to find that this one is actually quite different from the other three I have. It is closest to Cherry Tart, but I swatched them on my hand, and found that Wild Watermelon is a slightly pinked red, while Cherry Tart was a much more blue-based red with shimmer. There is no shimmer at all in Wild Watermelon. A light swipe of Wild Watermelon gives such a pretty, fresh, juicy color to your lips. I predict that this will be my new spring summer lip color obsession, and' I'll probably buy a couple more for my purses.
This is my favorite eye primer, and I'm so happy I never will pay $18 for a tube of eye primer again. I have tried UDPP, but moved on because I didn't like the way it emphasized crepey-ness. TFSI was my former primer of choice, because it worked well without drying out my lids. This works exactly like TFSI for me, but I paid $4 for it, buying it during a 50% off sale at Discount Drug Mart. I'll repurchase as long as it is made.
This BB cream made a great impression on me so far! The only other BB cream I own is the Maybelline BB cream, which I didn't care for, because I felt that it was an underperforming, very sheer tinted moisturizer, and nothing more. In comparison, the PF cream is nice and thick, spreads easily, covers well, and leaves behind a somewhat dewy finish that holds up surprisingly well on my oily skin (though it is winter). I liked this so much that I bought a tube for my dry-skinned daughter to try, and she loves it too. I'm around a neutral 20, and the light medium matches well. I bought it during the recent 40% off sale at Rite Aid, used the $3 coupon on the box plus a $4 dollar Rite Aid facebook coupon, and basically only spent about $2 for this wonderful product. I will most likely repurchase in the future.
Well, I don't outright love this product like I thought I would when I started seeing all the glowing reviews coming in. First, all the positives: the price is right, and the product is effective and feels very comfortable on the lips. I like scented lip products, and the two flavors I got, the vanilla and the raspberry, smell fantastic. Also, I am not germaphobic at all, and the tin packaging doesn't bother me in the least. I think it's really cute. The reason I knocked off two lipsticks is because this stuff is white, and that translates to the lips if applied in the thickness with which I like to use my lip products. And it looks gross. So I either have to wear a much thinner layer of the product than I normally use, which just annoys me, or I cannot wear it during the day because it looks rather nasty. I'll use it up, and I'd still repurchase, but I won't be toting this around with me to use when I'm out and about. Oh well. First world problems.
I am too cheap to buy the MUFE version, but here are my thoughts on the ELF blushes. I think they have almost exactly the same issues that the MUFE blushes have, according to the reviews I read on the MUFE product. They are crazy pigmented. I have been wearing makeup for 30 years, and these have a huge learning curve! The pump seems to me like it has the same issue that people were concerned with in regards to the MUFE product...one pump will pump out WAAAYYYY too much product. You only need the tiniest bead of product for each cheek, and then it's still too much sometimes. I can work with the two lightest colors pretty easily, but the three darkest I have been experimenting with wearing under my foundation, since it is so hard to apply these subtle-y. This seems to work pretty well. I have also found that they make excellent lip stains. So far my favorites are the two lightest colors, which are a slightly mauvey pink (Headliner) and a warmer peachy pink (Superstar), and the darkest berry colored one (Showstopper), which has actually been applying much like a stain, and looks particularly like a natural blush when applied under my foundation. Other than the pump issue, I have no complaints with the packaging, and I think $1.50 each was a great price. Wear time seems to only be about 4 hours though. I only gave these 4 lipsticks because they aren't that easy to use, but otherwise, I'm not unhappy with my purchase. 3-19-13...Editing to add that I almost never use these anymore....they are just too much work!
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Precious
oscarnabby 6/5/2012 3:57:00 PM
I love this shade. It is the only lip product I have ever found that gives me a believable, sexy nude lip. I had even given up on finding a nude color that I liked, and I bought this shade because of the Revlon balms' tendency to color morph into a deeper color while you are wearing them. So I thought I was going to get a very natural MLBB shade, but nope, I get a pretty nude color, even once the color is fully developed. I've actually been using this more than any other of my Revlon balms. Love it!!
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
oscarnabby 6/1/2012 7:05:00 PM
I actually have had really good luck with this particular shade of balm stain. I wonder if it is because I don't have pigmented lips. On me, this is just the same color after application as the outside of the tube would lead one to believe. It is very natural looking. I have found with these balm stains that it takes a bit for the color to fully develop, and they tend to deepen up from what they look like when first applied. In the case of this shade, Honey, I actually like the effect better, and haven't been disappointed to find that what seems like the perfect color at first, morphs into something I'm not as crazy about the next time I look in the mirror (the shade Romantic becomes brighter than I would like when the stain is fully developed). Overall though, I really like the balm stains and haven't returned any of them, and don't intend to. And I will probably buy again when I finish them up.
At the moment, this is my absolute favorite foundation of all time. I have it in the shade Nude, which is the shade contained in the samples available at the display. My skintone is in the neutral 20 range in the winter, ranging into the 25 area in summer. Although Nude is the tiniest touch too dark for me right now, it will be just right by June. I'm absolutely crazy for this foundation for a couple of reasons. The main reason is that it covers so well, but looks and feels so natural! It really doesn't feel any different on my skin than moisturizer, but I would say that it is a medium coverage foundation, and does a great job of creating an even canvas of skin upon which to build your makeup. Also, I have one side of my face with significantly more discoloration than the other side due to acne scarring, so I layer another layer of this onto that side of my face and it builds beautifully and so naturally...it doesn't ever look heavy and fake. On me this foundation wears very nicely too, although I always use primer beneath and setting powder over, and my skin oily-ness is decreasing as I age (mid 40s). I haven't bought a foundation in over a year, and hadn't planned on buying any foundations as I have plenty to use up, but that darned sample combined with the Rite Aid 40% off Revlon sale knocked me off the no-buy wagon, and I don't regret it one bit. For under $9 I got the best foundation I have ever used, and at the next 40% off sale I see, I'll buy the next lightest shade so I'll be prepared for the winter. Ladies, be on the lookout for this excellent product!
With a name like Cinderella, you would think this polish would look rather immature and juvenile on a 44 year old woman, but it is surprisingly elegant and understated. It applied more silvery with a dash of steely blue on me (I used two coats). The pink micro shimmer is really pretty, and enhances my skintone nicely. It is not as baby blue as you would think from looking at the polish in the bottle, and I'm sure some will be disappointed, but for me, the finished effect was so pretty that I am thrilled. For some reason Sinful polishes wear excellently on me, so no complaints there either. Also, I know some people are not crazy about sheer polishes, so be forewarned....this is a sheer polish! Probably three to four coats would be necessary to eliminate visible nail line!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tough as Taupe
oscarnabby 1/13/2012 4:41:00 PM
This product works out quite well for me. Though I have noticeable yellow undertones in my skin, I also have quite a bit of pink coloration in my facial skin, and this color looked really nice on my lids. I would describe it as a very soft dove grey. I could see it looking really nice in a makeup look featuring bold lips. The only reason I docked this product one lipstick, is because it doesn't wear as well as I would like it to if I use it as a stand-alone shadow, but it wears great if I use it as a shadow base, over primer. Even if I wear it alone over primer, I get creasing at the 6-8 hour mark, but used as a base it will help my eye shadows look great literally from the time I put on my makeup til I take it off, which is generally about 14 hours. I really like the soft pretty color of this alone though, so I think I'll have to experiment with setting this with some translucent powder to get the look I really like.
I think this is a really nice product too. I also have the #180 Mauve Dream shade, and I agree that it is a very natural shade. I like to use this item to stain my lips before I go to work, because I have somewhat lightly pigmented lips, and I don't like how they seem to disappear into my face, and I don't have the time or the place to keep reapplying lip products at work. I don't find that it lasts as long as marker-type products, but I feel like the application gives a more smooth and polished look. I agree that it is important to make sure that your lips are smooth first, and I also smooth the product around on my lips a bit with my finger because I find that the stain can apply just the slightest bit unevenly. I don't know that I'm interested in purchasing other colors, because this one is just so perfect....much more of a rosy red color than a mauve, IMO. It reminds me of that perfect healthy color that children have in their lips.
I just picked this up today. This is my third purchase of the Dream Bouncy blushes, as I was quite intimidated by the color when I first saw it. Being that I am 44 years old, I thought this blush would give me that tacky, bright circle of blush on aging skin look, that can look so bad on older ladies. After reading the other reviews on this particular shade, as well as the experience that I've had with the other two colors I purchased, Peach Satin and Plum Wine, I've come to the conclusion that the Bouncy blushes are very versatile and buildable, so you could, in theory, get them to the color in the pan if you wanted, but you can also wear them as a very natural blush that truly looks as though it is part of your own skin. All three shades that I own have a beautiful satin finish, and they apply just as well after I've powdered my skin as they do before. I'm a bit obsessed with these right now. They are just what I need right now, with the dead of another Ohio winter setting in.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
oscarnabby 11/27/2011 8:41:00 AM
The average price I have paid for these is $5, which I think is fantastic for a product this great! This is my second favorite lip butter shade (Red Velvet is my favorite), but I actually use this one the most because it is so natural looking. I feel like it is the best balance between pink and brown that I have ever found in a lip product. I like it much better than my two previous favorites, which were the Colorburst lipsticks in Rosy Nude and Blush. The texture of the Lip Butters is incredible, and I love love LOVE the amount of glossiness they impart on my lips....it's a grown-up, sophisticated glossiness that doesn't look like a tacky layer of oil on the lips. I need to get another one of these for my purse, but every time I find a lip butter display now, all the darker colors are gone, and I'm not a fan of pastels on my lips. I will repurchase this color as long as they make it!!