Concealers -Shu Uemura - Pro Concealer [DISCONTINUED]
papermenagerie 6/15/2012 5:14:00 PM
You MUST MUST warm it up with your fingers beforehand. I love this product when I'm in the Philippines but even in the summer months in the US it sometimes is just too difficult to blend! Needs a warm area. Unfortunately, I fear this product would be useless in the colder months :( Pros: It lasts and lasts once it's applied (it literally will not move even if you try to rub it off) Good coverage Cons: Goes on a bit thick Needs to be warmed up to blend
Concealers -Unlisted Brand - RMS Beauty 'Un Cover-Up
papermenagerie 6/15/2012 5:09:00 PM
The two concealers I currently own are both pot concealers: RMS "un" cover-up in shade 22 and Shu Uemura "pro gel" concealer in medium-light beige. Right now I am loving RMS' "un" cover-up. It has a much lighter formula than Shu's gel concealer (which can get goopy) but still provides a lot of coverage. I use concealer primarily for my under-eye area, and so I don't like a lot of heavy product. Smell-wise, I can see how some people find the RMS smell a bit off-putting. Compared to my Shu concealer, which has a pleasantly light, sweet (makeup-y) smell, the RMS concealer smells like, well, oil. And that's because (d'oh) it has an all-natural oil base and no fragrance. I'd rather "deal" with the smell (which is, honestly, non-existant unless you stick your face right up to the pot) than be putting extra chemically fragrances on my face. As for ingredients, this concealer has one of the cleanest, shortest list I've seen. I do love the packaging. It's not unhygienic as long as you wash your hands/ use clean brushes whenever you use it. It's also convenient for carrying around. I subtracted one star on Packaging Quality because mine came chipped (the lid is a wee bit chipped but not noticeably so). I love the frosted glass pot. I have had zero problems with feeling greasy or losing coverage. Maybe people who do aren't setting this with powder. Definitely give this product a try. :)
I am giving this product a rating of 3 stars for use on its own, however I do love the polish layered (which I will explain). In the bottle, the polish appears to be a pretty shade of pastel blue. True to its name, it reminds me of Cinderella's sparkling blue gown (in the Disney cartoon movie version). However, this polish is SHEER and does not apply true to color over bare nails. That said, I own Chanel's Coco Blue which is a lovely similar shade of blue (with no sparkle, but a slight shimmer). Coco Blue is much, much more pigmented, but I also find it slightly problematic to apply on its own. However, I do love these two shades layered together. They're similar enough that they blend well. Cinderella gives Coco an extra bit of sparkle, which can look gawdy or can be fun, depending on your mood. ;) I like wearing 2 base coats of Coco under 1 top coat of Cinderella. It may seem like a hassle but it's a gorgeous finish. :) I'm sure this color would look great layered over many other OPAQUER colors, but Cinderella on its own is a SHEER polish and should be treated as such.
I actually LOVE the scent of this polish. It is what it says it is: a "powder room". This isn't a scent I would wear on my self, but I much prefer the after-scent of this powdery remover to the sharp acetone scent of most polishes. Also, this stuff WORKS. =)
I love all of Zoya's fleck effect polishes. Layering them over light colors is pretty, but layering them over darks created a GORGEOUS 3-dimensional effect--turns your nails into little opals. =) Easy to apply, nice packaging...no complaints here!
In general, I am a fan of Zoya polishes. Application wise, I have no complaints. I just don't particularly like the color "Dannii". 1. I have an issue with the name. It sounds juvenile (two Ns and two Is...come on!) 2. It is a juvenile color (think My Little Pony meets Barbie fairy princesses) It's not bad, and I love the Intimates collection that it comes in, but I probably will not use this polish enough to need to re-purchase this shade.