I have trouble finding warm-toned face products that are for very pale skin. I don't think this will work for someone with very beige/cool coloring, but then again, most products are tailored to this shade of skin, so just use something else and get over it. Anyway, the color is perfect for covering redness. The powder itself is what I have a problem with. It's very soft (not oil free), but also very chalky. I used it once with a powder brush and it's all over the packaging right now. My main problem: it made me look like I have wrinkles when I am only 23 years old! This stuff stuck to every wrinkle and hair on my face when using a brush. Sponge seemed to work better. I also don't think it will last for the price, as others have said. It is so chalky that a lot of product is wasted without actually going on the skin.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
princesskitty21 1/11/2012 12:16:00 AM
Packaging says oil-free & no fragrance, but felt like I was smearing butter on my face and the smell is like gasoline. Reviewers tend to like/want SPF, but it is actually a common allergen, and of course I am allergic. Didn't leave it on my face long enough to see, but I think it was making my break out because once I did take it off, the couple small pimples I had had grown (probably the SPF or the fact that my skin could not breathe). Getting it off was also interesting, it was seriously like a coat of butter on my face. The foundation I really wanted to get was Giorgio Armani and that felt nothing like this (but Loreal owns Armani and the new lifting foundations are a dupe I think). Even with a cleanser, toner and salicylic acid pad, there was residue. However, obviously the color selection is superior to most brands. I am very pale with warm undertones and it's rare to find light makeup with no pink undertones. In fact, I think the lightest shade was even too light for me and that's rare too. But the bottle was a mess! Loreal really needs to package this with a pump. I also just didn't feel like it covered very well. I could still see acne marks I have on cheeks, which is the only reason why I would want a foundation like this as opposed to a powder.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
princesskitty21 1/10/2012 11:44:00 PM
This is a good primer functionally, but something about it made me hate using it. I think it had almost like a "chalky" effect to it, I don't know. I am also considering that I may have been allergic. It has an extremely chemical-ish smell and feel. The whole experience of having it around my face was irritating. I switched to Too Faced, which has its own problems like that it makes my eyelids red and separates, but at least it doesn't feel chalky and smell the way UD does. I know a lot of people don't agree with me on this, but I also think UD is overall a racist company. I am not even black nor of any other dark-skinned race, but I think that the way they colored this product to match Caucasian skin is messed up. There is definitely a pretty strong tint there for a product that is supposed to be universal; the Too Faced is more sheer. But like I said, I am by no means a Shadow Insurance fan either. I am going to try the ELF primer and return the SI if it works for me.
It made my eyelashes fall out! Now I am afraid of Maybelline makeup! I've never had that happen before. I was so pissed, too, because it actually looked really good for the price. I have very long eyelashes naturally, but they are light, so all I really need is to darken them anyway. I could see how reviewers with shorter or more sparse lashes would have a problem with the formula. I clearly remember it as "wet" and the brush is like the cheapest brush I had ever seen in a mascara. I think it even had a wire poking out of the end.
This is the best mascara I have ever used! I was at Saks just checking out makeup, and I had noticed the salesperson had the longest, most lushes lashes I had ever seen. I asked her to see whatever she was using and she said it was "Eyes to Kill" (salespeople love saying it). Normally I can't use formulas with the little fibers because I am a contact lens wearer, yet this causes me little to no irritation. I do think my eyes get irritated a tiny bit, but that could also be just from the weight of the fibers stuck onto my lashes. Love the big brush, but hate the heavy gunmetal packaging. I'd rather have a simple tube in exchange for a lower price tag. $30 is a lot for mascara, and I feel like the packaging is just an excuse to try to up the price in order to keep the label exclusive. I think it is Loreal that owns GA Beauty, so there should be a dupe for it knowing how Loreal likes to do things. If anyone knows, send me a message please!
Mascara -Almay - Intense i-color w/ Light Interplay Technology
princesskitty21 1/10/2012 10:47:00 PM
I have only tried the shade Black Flash, which is marketed for brown eyes. I don't know about making my eyes look brighter, but I like this mascara a lot because of the formula and brush. I've tried a lot of mascaras, ranging from drugstore to designer, and this is my 2nd favorite. However, my favorite is Armani Eyes to Kill, which is $30! So I think for a much cheaper drugstore product to come in second to it is really impressive. I also have sensitive skin and sensitive eyes, normally even Almay mascaras irritate my eyes, but this one gave me no reaction what so ever. It didn't start to flake over time or anything either. I just think it's a fantastic product for the price. Not only would I recommend it, but I've actually bought it for people before.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Youth Code Day/Night Cream
princesskitty21 1/10/2012 10:18:00 PM
I have extremely sensitive skin. The only face cream I have ever used that did not cause a reaction was Lancome Primordiale. Then they modified the formula and began manufacturing it in NJ instead of France, and I instantly developed a reaction to it. My mom, who knows everything about makeup from a Russian forum, told me that Youth Code is the old Primordiale formula. I think it must be so because it works for my skin just like that product did. It's weird since I tried literally every single cream from Sephora trying to find a replacement for the Lancome and also many other drugstore products. I was so surprised that a $20 cream ended up being the best one. Unlike some reviewers, I hope Loreal will never put sunscreen in it because I am allergic. If you want sunscreen, go buy sunscreen. Putting it into every single face product alienates all the consumers who are allergic, and it is actually a common allergy.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
princesskitty21 1/10/2012 10:01:00 PM
My mom told me that she found out on a Russian forum that La Mer is actually repackaged German Nivea, which is why the ingredients are so hard to find. I found where to buy the German version of Nivea and compared the two. My verdict: it's true, they are just about the same product! If you miss the "amazing smell," just go buy Nivea and sniff it to your heart's content. Please do not buy into the claims made by this company! It's a scam, as are most high-end brands of makeup that are run by the same companies making drugstore makeup.
I am sitting here right now developing another brand's hair color in blue/black which will hopefully counterbalance the brassy brown "true black" deposited on my hair. However, it did not damage my hair like some reviewers claim. It actually made it super shiny and healthy looking. If you are looking for a dark brown super shiny hair color, get "true black" for sure. It's NOT black (and faded even more the next day). I like the mousse, though. It was definitely fun to use compared to regular dye. Picture of what I'm talking about as far as the color being brown: http://i51.tinypic.com/wilrpu.jpg
Eye Shadow -MAC - Chilled on Ice (Cham-pale Collection)
princesskitty21 1/21/2011 9:12:00 PM
This product sucks! The problem is NOT the glitter either. I specifically bought it because reviews were like "it's a glitter bomb, had to send it back!" That's exactly what I want, lol! But the problem is this is basically gold glitter gel for the price of $16.50! I don't have that kind of money to spend on gold sparkles. I bought it based on reviews that made it sound like something extraordinary. They were all like "you have to see it in person!!!" Yeah well I think these people are lying to themselves; it's boring, gold glitter. There is no kind of interesting color change or anything. It looks like my Too Faced Candlelight highlighting powder in cream form. Also, paint pots are supposed to be a base for eyeshadow, but like someone else wrote on here, it makes the eyeshadow look flakey, exactly like reptile scales--I could not agree more.
A guaranteed way to look like one of those mall makeup counter women with piles of foundation on. Looks terrible and fake, and it's so obvious on the skin...and yet interestingly enough, it doesn't really conceal anything. The colors are also all much too dark. Like other reviewers have stated, even the lightest shade was way too dark for my skin tone. It's really a shame because the formula is so smooth and finely milled. It's like butter when applied.
Mascara -Tarina Tarantino - Fleur De Lash in Black Opal
princesskitty21 6/20/2010 2:31:00 PM
I used to love this mascara, but have since moved on to better products, some of which are much cheaper. I would say the best feature is that it seemed to actually moisturize my lashes and help them grow longer. By itself it didn't do much, but after a couple weeks of use, my lashes looked fuller and longer naturally. However, after those couple weeks, the formula would also get extremely flaky. The brush is also really good, it's very similar to Dior Show. In case anyone is wondering why the color is opal, it's because when I would take it off, there's like opalescent micro-shimmer or something in the formula. But like I said, there are better products that have a similar brush and style that I like: Almay intense i-color BlackFlash is much cheaper and dare I say better, and of course, Armani Eyes to Kill is the very best mascara out there right now.