Best drugstore sunscreen ever! I am totally blown away. I have oily, acne prone, sensitive skin and I've tried dozens of sunscreens and this one is by far one of the best. I've been terrible over the years about wearing enough sunscreen on my face because even the ones that swear to be lightweight and fast absorbing aren't. This blends in easily, drys on contact, doesn't make my face shiny, greasy, or even dewy, and works great on my body as well.I also like that this is compact enough to carry in my purse and I don't have to worry about it spilling because the cap is very secure. Two things I dislike about this product (but not enough to remove any lippies): 1) The formula is super runny, so you have to work fast or it will slip through your fingers. 2) It does have a sunscreen smell. Not as bad as Neutrogena, but it does annoy me because I don't like the smell of sunscreen.
This is the best sunscreen I've tried. It is so hard to find a non greasy sunscreen that blends and absorbs into the skin quickly, and this product does just that. This product does have a tint to it, but I have NC15 skin, and after blending this into my face, I don't notice any color or any type of cover up--I can still see blemishes, acne scars, and redness. I don't care whether or not this has a tint, but I wanted to point out that fair skin shouldn't be afraid of the tint, it's not going to change your skin color or look funny on you. Personally, I love using it with Clinique's gel lotion because that moisturizer is so light, it helps the sunscreen blend in even better. I would definitely recommend :)
MAC Pro Longwear concealer is a full coverage, long wearing (even on oily skin) concealer. It's actually too full coverage for my taste. I have some acne scaring and I usually have at least one break out at any given time, and while this concealer covered EVERYTHING, it didn't look natural to me because I couldn't see my skin where I had put the concealer, and personally, I prefer that 2nd skin or my skin but better type of look. Because I didn't want this level of coverage, I returned the concealer, but if you are someone who needs more serious coverage, I would try this out. On a side note: You need only the smallest amount of this. The packaging disperses WAY too much, so I recommend pumping some into a small jar (you can find these at a beauty supply store or even ask the people at MAC for a sample jar) and using it that way.
Let me start off by saying that while I do like this blush, it isn't something I would repurchase again because I don't find it to be a product I can't live without. Pros: Soft, shimmery color that comes off a mix between a light peach and light coral. It has 4 seperate colors that are pretty when mixed together, but also allows you to customize the color you want. Cons: Like always, I'm not a fan of the box packaging. They definitly catch my eye when I'm in the store, but for practically purposes, I perfer the packaging of a MAC or Tarte blush--nice round, flat compact. Another thing I don't like is that this color is a lot more sheer when being applied than when swatched (it's not very pigmented). I'm defintly going to use this blush up because it is pretty and I do like it, but it's not a product that excites me. It's just a so-so product, which is why I gave it a 3.
This is a very bright pink blush with gold shimmer in it. I find it to be pigmented and a little goes a long way. Normally, I'm not one for shimmer in my blush, but lately I've been enjoying it because it means I cut out highlighting my cheek bones since a shimmery blush highlights and adds color. I think this would be a beautiful color on any skin tone (my skin is MAC's NC15). I'm not a fan of Benefit's boxed packaging. Yes, it's cute, but I sill prefer a flat round or square package. Also, the brush isn't half bad. If I needed to, I could definitly apply this blush using the brush it comes with. My overall thought: if you're a fan of bright pink blushes I would definitly recommend going to Ulta or Sephora and swatching this color.
I got this concelaer because as my skin as cleared up, I find I don't like wearing a lot of foundtion. I went into MAC and told the SA I was looking for a concealer I could blend into the center of my face without looking cakey (note: the center of my face has redness, acne scares, and large-ish pores). She recommending this product because she said it blends into the skin and looks like skin. I definitly agree. After applying primer, I dot this around my nose, inner cheeks, chin, and center of my forhead, then I blend it with a dense foundation brush. This does a great job making my skintone look even and blends right into my skin which means I can get away with only applying it to the center of my face and no "founation lines" are noticable. Afterwards, if I have any pimples, I'll apply a second layer of concealer, then I set everything with powder. This has definitly replaced foundation for me on a day to day basis (I'll still wear an actual foundation if I'm going somewhere special). I recommend trying it and I'll keep repurchasing this product.
Liquid -Revlon - PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup
ppinkrroses 1/2/2012 12:57:00 AM
I would actually give this product a 3.5 if I had the option. It's not amazing, but surprisingly , I like it. I have combo/oily skin, and am not a fan of a lot of shimmer on my face. Yes, this foundation does contain a lot of shimmer--more shimmer than I am comfortable wearing on a day to day basis. So, as a day time foundation, no I don't like this product, but I do like it for night or if you are going to be inside all day (for example if you work in an office). One thing I feel I need to do when I wear this foundation is to keep the rest of my makeup matte, otherwise I will look like a disco ball. I use a matte bronzer, matte blush, and I use eyeshadows and lip products that don't have shimmer or glitter in them. Keeping the rest of your makeup matte helps create a balance and the shimmer in the foundation doesn't look over the top. Another tip you can do is to use the foundation as an actual highlighter. A lot of the time highlighters have a color to them--pink, gold, bronze, champagne--but this foundation is skin color. If you apply the foundation (with fingers or a small brush) on your cheeks where you'd apply highlighter, the color of the foundation blends in with your skin and all that is left is the shimmer. It looks quite nice actually. While I can use this foundation and I intend to finish it up, there are other products I like more so I don't think I would purchase this again, but I do think it's worth a look if your interested.
This is a very nice highlighter. First of all, like all of Benefit's products, the packaging is super cute, but not entirely user friendly. I don't dislike it, but I don't like it either. If you're just using the brush to dot the highlighter one it works fine, but it's not useful for trying to get some product to mix with foundation or moisturizer. That said, I wouldn't refuse to buy this just because of the packaging. Secondly, the product itself is shimmery. It's by no means glittery, but it's not a sheen either. In doors it's just a nice shimmer, although in direct sunlight its on the boarder of shimmer/glitter. It can look a bit too much in direct sunlight. This is also a product that a little goes a LONG way. You need the tiniest amount to highlight your face with. Less is definitly more with this product. If you over do it (and I have) you will look too shimmery. This is also definitly pink. It works fine on my skintone (NC15) and even though I perfer warmer colors, this looks good on me...it doesn't look pink once blended in, but I think I would reccomend MoonBeam if you have an olive complextion. Thirdly, ways I've used this: 1) Mix with moisturizer. Not bad. Like I already said, in borad day light, this was too much , even though I had foundation and concealer on top, but it looks pretty at night because it gives your skin a bit of an oomph, and because you do put foundation and powder, and all that over it, it does get toned down. But only use a tiny amount! 2) Mix with foundation: NO! Even when I only used a little, my face was totally shimmery and not in a good way. This works better when mixed with moisturizer. 3) Simply as a highlighter: I put a dot on my nose, chin, cupid's bow, two dots on my cheek bone leading to my temple, a dot on the inner corners of my eyes, and a dot on the highest part of my brow bone. Then I blend them out. BTW: You really have to blend this product because it can leave harsh lines--especially on the cheek area. And my face glows :)
Wow...EW. Sorry, but I don't have a single good thing to say about this. Well, no, I do like the tube packaging. BUT that's IT! This is a 1 to be because... 1. WAY too dark for my NC15 skin. 2. Feels greasy going on the skin, and that feeling doesn't leave, even after applying powder. 3. Lasts maybe an hour before it completly breaks down (and I'm not that oily. I've had liquid foundations last a few hours on me no problem). 4. Very expensive for what you're getting. Sorry Almay, but this just didn't do it.
Liquid -Rimmel - Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
ppinkrroses 4/12/2011 8:49:00 PM
This is a fail for me for 2 reasons: 1) no color match. I'm an NC15 and the lightest shade was much too dark. 2) way to heavy. But it's a full coverage foundation and I like light coverage, so it's not really surprising I didn't like the coverage. I got this because I have oily-combo skin, usually more on the oily side, and I wanted a foundation that would last all day. This does, it's just too heavy. I need a LIGHT foundation that lasts all day. I would definilty recommend this though to someone who wants a long wearing full coverage foundation.
This product is just O.K. It's not amazing, but it's not horrible either. I would actually give it a 3.5, but makeupalley doesn't have the .5 system. For reference I'm NC15 (and the lightest shade did work on me), combo-oily (more combo in the winter, more oily in the summer), acne prone, and I like a light coverage. Product itself: Really interesting texture. It took me a few tries to get used to and took a while to figure out how best to apply it as well (I find fingers is the best, then blend with a slightly damp sponge). I don't love the texture, but I don't hate it either. It does feel a bit thick, but goes on rather light. It lasted a good while, and stood up to oily pretty well. I did notice it highlighted dry spots around my forehead and mouth, so I think this might be better to use during the summer when I don't have any dry spots. Packaging: I'm not a fan. I don't know what this product would be like if it came in a tube with a pump, but I don't like the jar. The lid was hard to get to stay on, so I don't think this is something I would travel with unless I had it in a sandwhich bag by itself. Also the jar is rather bulky and hard to grip, and since I'm prone to droping things, I wish it wasn't glass.
Yuck. I'm not a fan of this one at all. Yes, I have oily skin, but this didn't even look good when it first went on--right after I washed my skin, moisturized, and put on primer. I mean, I didn't expect it to last 5 hours, but it didn't even make it to 1 minute. Total fail in my book. For reference, I tried it with fingers, dry sponge, wet sponge, and brush--wet sponge probably worked best, but not by much.
Very close in color to MAC's Brave. Only difference is the finish. Brave is a satin finish and Modesty is a cremesheen. This color is very my lips but better. It's also slightly darker than my lips, although it goes well with both dark and light colored glosses. Love it. NC15 for reference.
Liquid -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 [DISCONTINUED]
ppinkrroses 4/11/2011 4:07:00 PM
I really like this foundation. I've only tried a sample of it because it's so expensive, but I loved it. It worked well for me which is surprising because I have oily skin and this is a hydrating foundation, but there you have it. It goes on so light, it feels like nothing, and covers very well. It's not full coverage, so if that's what you want I wouldn't recommend this. It hold up okay to pretty well against oil. Yes I do have to touch up a couple times during the day, but it's easy to touch up. However, I have not bought the full size version yet for two reasons: 1) the price is insane! While I like this, there are some other liquid foudations I like that are much cheaper. 2) I don't think this will be a good foundation for summer, and since it has already reached over 100 degrees here and it's only April, it's basically summer..haha. I do want to give this a try this coming winter though so I'm putting it on my wish list as Sephora so I remember once October/November rolls around.
Scrubs -BeneFit Cosmetics - b right refined finish facial polish
ppinkrroses 4/11/2011 3:58:00 PM
This is actually a pretty decient grainy scrub. Mind you it is very grainy. It's not harsh, but it's definitly something I wouldn't use on an everyday basis. Benefit's website says, "Dull skin from daily stress? Refined finish facial polish beautifully brightens the complexion, gently exfoliating to purify the skin & help minimize the appearance of pores to reveal skin's natural radiance." I don't know. I'm not a big fan of it. I think it's over priced for what it is, and there are quite a few drugstore brand scrubs I love, so I can't see myself going out to purchase a full size version of this. Out of the three things that came in the try me set though, if I had to repruchase one of them, it would be this, but I personally don't think it's worth the money.