It really is a fantastic brush for bronzer and blush BUT is mine the only one that is shedding like mad?!?! I use baby shampoo when I wash mine and dry it flat on its side and it's moulting so much! It's annoying when I'm applying blush and there's hair on my face so when I washed it tonight, I tried to get as many "loose" hairs off and it just wouldn't stop! I was worried I would strip the brush bald if I kept going -__-
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
pink_cosmos 4/22/2012 4:43:00 AM
I don't think there's any comparison between this and Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer - TFSI wins hands down!!! There's nothing really wrong with UD, TSFI is just better. Although now that I think about it, UD doesn't really do much, whereas TFSI makes your eyeshadow last ALL day and you can tell it will even before applying the shadow! You apply it and it sticks to your skin :) Maybe the people who don't like it are using too much(??). I only use the tiniest amount, which is easy to do as it is a squeezey tube - much preferable to the doe-foot applicator as there is less wastage.
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH! Don't waste your money! I have this in Mould, which was my ultimate dark purple shade. The SA (who I'm now cursing for lying) assured me it would last all day and will not budge - RUBBISH!! It doesn't last 2 minutes (LITERALLY!) I've never been so infuriated by a makeup product, but I used TF Shadow Insurance (best eyeshadow primer ever) AND applied MAC Plush eyeshadow on top and it still creased like a mofo >:( after only 5 minutes or so. WTF. And it cost $44 AUD. I would give this a negative 5 if I could.
Amazing blush - the best one I own in fact. I don't mean to take anything away from Nars, Chanel, Dior or Mac (they're all great) but Illamasque is definitely up there in terms of quality and is now my favourite. This wears really well and looks even better after half an hour on the skin. I think it's a dusty/mauvey pink with shimmer (and the shimmer IS noticeable, even glitter-like, but I like that. If you don't like shimmer, maybe try Hussy or any of their other shades as they don't have shimmer). It doesn't look special when you first apply it but boy does it look ever-so-natural and gorgeous after an hour!
My main gripe about this lipstick is how unnatural it looks. It's like a mauvey-berry coloured lipstick with a lot of frost (not shimmer), which makes it look a little old fashioned. It reminds me of a lipstick that my grandma or aunty would have worn 20 years ago (my mum doesn't wear much makeup) The quality is okay, non-drying (wouldn't call it moisturising either) and the smell is, again I'd hate to say it, old-fashioned. It has an unnatural perfume scent - inoffensive, but a smell that is typical of some high-end brands like Dior. I am a massive fan of MAC lipsticks which have a much more natural finish (even the most outlandish colours still manage to look somewhat natural) with the vanilla scent I love. I won't go off-topic though. What saves this lipstick is if you apply it with a light hand (even swipe your finger across your lips after application to take some of the colour off) and then applying a clear gloss over the top; this will take some of the frostiness off.
For me, the colour is a little difficult to describe. It kind of looks like the colour of red clay. It's a warm, matte blush which suits my NC30 skin and gives it the perfect natural flush. I think it would suit most people with a warm complexion as it is buildable. Nars blushes are very well pigmented so start with a light hand if you're fair and gradually build it up to the intensity that you like. This is probably the closest blush I have to the colour my cheeks turn when I blush naturally. I would avoid it if you have a lot of redness in your skin and you don't want to accentuate that as the red tones will bring it out. If I have any breakouts I wanna disguise, I use bronzers or brown/peach blushes.
Not a fan. It settled into my pores and made my skin look blotchy. My foundation actually looked better without it. I bought the blot powder because I have oily skin and wanted something that would absorb the oil. I think this absorbed oil to some extent but the finish was just terrible. I bought it in medium-dark and it looked chalky. I tried using just a small dusting with a powder brush, I tried using the puff it came with and there was just no way of making it look good. Recently I have been using laura mercier and stila foundation powders (which were both great, but not enough oil control) and mineral powder. However, I'm happy with the coverage that my foundation gives me and just need a finishing powder so have now just bought Estee Lauder Aeromatte (which I'd used in the past) and Im very happy with it.
I had a similar experience to a previous reviewer - the first time I used this, I was underwhelmed. However, having come back to it, I've realised that it is quite good after a few layers (I'm talking 3 or 4) One or two coats just doesn't give much of a result. I apply it lightly for the first coat (to prevent having too much mascara on the lashes weighing them down) and after that, I can put as much as I want with very little clumping. It's very black and doesnt make my lashes feel crunchy and hard (like another bourjois mascara I've used) I would probably buy it again, but I quite enjoy trying different brands and types of mascaras.
Mascara -Bourjois - Coup De Theatre 2 in 1 mascara
pink_cosmos 3/5/2010 7:27:00 AM
This mascara doesn't hold a curl very well and has a tendency to clump when you apply more coats. It doesn't volumise or lengthen well, but the colour is very black. I dont ilke how it makes my lashes feel crunchy and hard. There are definitely better mascaras out there, I dont rate this one at all.
Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Shadow Creme - Precious Jade
pink_cosmos 2/12/2010 6:44:00 AM
This product is amazing. I wore it all day at work and it didn't crease, fade or budge throughout the day. It has better wear than powder eyeshadows and certainly any creme shadows I've used in the past. The colour is not quite olive-green, but is not a bright green either... I'd probably describe it as a mossy green, with a little bit of shimmer. It was very easily to apply and dried quickly so, again, no creasing. I wore it with stila kitten as a base and this as the lid colour, with plenty of black mascara.
This blush feels a bit difficult to apply mostly because it takes a bit of effort to get any colour from the pan, to the brush, to your cheeks. The powder looks quite hardened in the pan and, unlike Nars, it's not as smooth and easy to apply. I find with Nars blushes (which are also good) you need to apply them with a VERY light hand and gradually build up the colour IF you need to because the brush picks up so much pigment. This, however, you can go a little more crazy with. The massive advantage of this is, like everyone else has mentioned, it looks like a very NATURAL glow. On my NC30 skin, it's the perfect rosey (warm reddish pink) shade that makes you look like you've either been exercising or just blushing naturally. It is also long-wearing and after applying it in the morning, I find I didnt need to apply in the afternoon (which I do with other blushes, including Nars) Like everything Chanel, it is quite pricey but I think they have compensated for it by producing a blush that makes all the others look talcy and synthetic. NOTE: I took off one lipstick for the effort required in building up the colour.
I love this colour - it's an olive-brown with a nice fine shimmer. It's great to use as an all-over lid colour on my brown eyes and gives a soft, light smokey look that's okay for daytime. The texture is soft and applies really smoothly and the lasting power is quite good (considering I dont use an eye primer) I like to combine it with kitten on my brow bone as it brighten my eyes, and black eyeliner and mascara to make it look more dramatic.
The price is mid-range, cheap compared to department store brands, on the higher range for supermarket brands. Personally, I think it's worth spending extra for a better foundation, OR purchase a cheaper brand like Maybelline (their foundations are the only things I really like from that brand btw) I currently have the Colorstay Soft Flex in Combo/Oily and I find the coverage is medium, but not as good as my regular mineral makeup. I think you'd need to apply more product to get decent coverage and this is just not the type of foundation I'd like to do that with as it's thick, dries very quickly and can feel mask-like once it dries. I think this actually gives you a little bit more time to work with it before it dries than the original Colorstay, but like the old formula, once it sets, you can't work with it anymore (ie blend or apply more) It is long-lasting though so it's reliable. Overall, I've used my bottle probably about twice(?) and it's just sitting on my dresser untouched as I have better foundations on rotation (Nude by Nature mineral makeup, Estee Lauder, Bourjois, Maybelline + Laura Mercier/Stila foundation powders)
Styling Products -Redken - Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion
pink_cosmos 2/6/2010 7:45:00 AM
Love it! I just repurchased after my first bottle and can definitely compare the difference between using this when blow-drying/heat styling and not using it/using a different product. - It speeds up the blow-drying process and Im actually surprised that my hair really does seem to dry a lot faster when using this. - It leaves hair soft and manageable and has a great light scent. - It doesn't weigh my hair down and allows it to still move while controlling frizz, and I dont feel as though I need to use any anti-frizz or shine serum afterwards. As a reference, I have naturally straight hair, which is a LITTLE on the fine side so that it can frizz up a little bit, I haven't coloured it in a very long time so it's all my natural dark brown/black hair, but I have started blow-drying and straightening with a GHD and do so probably about 4 times a week.
I was very impressed with this and the new mineral powder bronzer from Natio. Both give a very natural, non-orangey, bronzed look (with a light hand, and gradually building up) Come to think of it, it's probably my favourite bronzers out of the ones I have which include Nars Casino (way too dark, not sure about Laguna), Lancome, Estee Lauder, Revlon, and various other low-end brands. I gave it a 5 because I couldn't ask for more for the price range, and even if there was a better product out there, I doubt it would be as cheap as this. My old one broke in my handbag though so I never got to finish it and when I went to buy a new one, saw the new mineral one which was bigger in size and a little cheaper so I reached for that one instead. Both have a fine shimmer but still very natural.