Pros: - Goes on smoothly - Medium to full coverage - A little goes a long way - Matte finish Cons: - Pricey! I've never been a huge fan of concealer, but this won me over. I love that this covers my current breakouts and scars with a nice matte finish. The color also matches my natural skin well enough that I can just apply it on my dark circles and leave it at that for a quick, well-rested look. Now, the pump does definitely give you more than you'll need - one pump was more than enough for me and my acne, so anyone with clearer skin than mine probably won't need as much. This is a pretty pricey concealer, but you'll need to use so little at a time that it's probably going to last a long time. If you're okay with shelling out the $17, then this concealer will serve you for quite a while.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden
rabumentos 6/23/2012 1:37:00 PM
I got a sample size of this with my Urban Decay Feminine Palette and decided to give it a try with some of my shadows from the Naked Palette. As a primer, it's pretty functional, but the color just did not work with my skin tone and ended up making my lids look ashy. I also wasn't a fan of how the primer felt on my skin; it felt heavy, almost cakey on my lids. I'm sure this works better for someone else out there, but it didn't work out for me.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
rabumentos 6/23/2012 1:32:00 PM
I don't know where I would be without this primer. This is the only thing that can lock my eyeshadows onto my oily lids and keep them there all day long - even through rain at an outdoor wedding in Puerto Rico! It's 100% worth the price and I expect to be repurchasing this over and over again.
The good: - Highly pigmented - Long-wearing - Fragrance-free The bad: - Very expensive My mom and I bought a couple of these glosses in Neutral Current and Chromed Pink. Both glosses go on creamy and are quite pigmented - one application was enough for us. I noticed that these tend to wear longer than any other gloss I've worn, but they do feel a little drier on this lips. If that's going to be a problem for you, consider putting a lip balm on before applying this gloss. I also noticed that these have a teardrop-shaped applicator as opposed to the traditional doe-foot, which is nice for me since my lips are fuller and the teardrop shape allows for easier application. But since this gloss is so expensive, I find myself only bringing it out for special occasions. If you have the money for this gloss, I absolutely recommend it.
The good: - Pigmented, but still buildable - Smooth, not sticky - The smell is not too strong - A really nice applicator tip The bad: - The price. I think these might be the perfect lip glosses for me. I own a Naked lip gloss and love it to death. It's pigmented enough to give me a nice wash of color on my already pigmented lips with just a little bit of product. I can definitely feel the cooling effect on my lips when I put it on, though I don't know about the plumping since my lips are already quite full on their own and I didn't buy this gloss for the plumping (not to mention that lip gloss, by its very nature, is meant to make your lips look fuller anyway). It is pretty expensive for a 10ml tube of gloss, but if you're looking for something to splurge on, then this is the gloss for you.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
rabumentos 6/23/2012 1:29:00 AM
The good: - Moisturizing - Good color payoff - Smooth, creamy application The bad: - Didn't suit my complexion - The tube can be hard to open I absolutely love the consistency of the lip butters. These are creamy and moisturizing (though not as much as a tinted lip balm), and this particular one had good color payoff. Unfortunately, this color was too pink for me, since my lips are naturally quite pigmented. This did end up suiting my mom better since her lips aren't as pink as mine, so we traded and she gave me Fig Jam, which ended up suiting me much better. One thing that just bothers me about the packaging in general, though, is that the cap and tube are pretty much flush with each other, which can make it difficult to open. This is a good product and a pretty color; I just wish it had worked out for me.
I'm an absolute sucker for purple because it's my favorite color, but Nocturnelle went above and beyond the call of duty. It is, to date, my favorite purple MAC eyeshadow. Now, as much as I love this gorgeous red-based purple, it can be a little difficult to work with, as other reviewers have mentioned. It took me some practice to get the best color payoff, so I took off a lippie because getting that payoff was more challenging than it should have been. Getting good color payoff shouldn't require a learning curve.
The good: - Lightweight - Great pigmentation (a little goes a long way!) - Matte finish - Easy to use The bad: - ...nothing? My first foundation was the original BareMinerals foundation, but with my oily skin, I wasn't a huge fan of ending up with an oil slick on my face at the end of the day, so I rarely, if ever, wore it. Naturally, I was quite happy when BareMinerals came out with a matte line as well. Like the original formulation, the matte formula is also lightweight. It is a light to medium coverage foundation, so if you're looking for heavier coverage, then BareMinerals is definitely not for you (try MUFE or MAC instead). But for those looking for a lighter coverage foundation, I suggest that you give BareMinerals a try.
Expensive Pink is definitely one of MAC's most unique colors. The pink isn't one that will make anyone look tired/red-eyed since it's more of a peach-pink with a gorgeous gold duochrome that complements all eye colors beautifully.
Samoa Silk is a nice matte peachy color for those with tan to dark skin. It goes on smoothly and pops quite nicely on my skin. I like using it with a matte brown shadow in the crease and black gel liner for a simple retro winged liner look. Those with oily lids will want to apply a primer, though, because if this shadow creases, it will crease orange instead of staying the nice peachy color that it is.
Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush in Natural Beauty
rabumentos 6/20/2012 2:43:00 PM
I was looking for a blush that would give me a more natural flush, and an SA told me to try out Natural Beauty. My skin tone is NC40, and as it turns out, this color looks exactly what my natural blush looks like (although it was a little scary looking in the pan). The price is a bit steep, but this blush is so pigmented that I don't think I'll need to buy another one for a long, long time. I haven't had a need to wear this blush for 12 hours, but it's lasted longer than many other blushes have on my oily skin.
The good: - Smooth consistency - Color isn't obnoxiously glittery The bad: - Color isn't long-wearing - Can become sticky under the right conditions I really like this gloss. The color isn't too orange (it actually looks more like pink with an orange sheen), although it shows up as orange in most lighting. It's a nice shade for my neutral skin that isn't too loud and works well for everyday wear. The one thing that really bugs me is that if it's particularly windy and/or dry outside, this will become sticky. It's a bit of a nuisance since autumn's upon us now and it tends to be particularly windy where I live, but it's not the end of the world. This is a really nice gloss all around, especially for those who want to try wearing orange but are scared off by shades that are too loud.
This is the first high-end eyeshadow I ever got and it's one of my staple colors. It shows up as peachy with a golden sheen on my darker skin and is a pretty neutral shade that's great for everyday wear. I don't know what I would do without it!
Eyeliner -Milani - Liquif'eye Metallic eye liner pencil -black
rabumentos 10/23/2011 8:58:00 PM
The good: - Dupe for the UD 24/7 eye pencils for a fraction of the price. - It goes on soft, but it has staying power. - Really, really pigmented. The bad: - It's not good for the waterline if you wear contacts. - Limited color selection. I have had my eyes on the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils for a really long time, but I happen to be a college student in the middle of a recession, so my budget is just a little limited. But I happened to stumble upon the Milani pencils one day, and lo and behold, they were just as soft and pigmented as the Urban Decay liners! While they wear really well on the lashlines, they're not so great on the waterline if you wear contacts. Even after keeping my eyes open to let the eyeliner set, I noticed that it smudged onto my lenses, which was both gross and uncomfortable. I also wish that this could come in a carbon black variety, sort of like how UD has Perversion, which is darker than Zero. The bottom line: This is a far more affordable dupe for the Urban Decay pencils. If you can find it, pick it up. It's definitely worth it.
The good: - All of the shadows have beautiful texture and are very pigmented. They're smooth to the touch and blend easily without losing too much of their pigmentation. - There's a nice variety of shimmery and matte shadows. - The packaging is nice, though prone to getting dirty very easily. The bad: - I would have liked to have gotten a palette with the double-ended eyeliner, but alas, I was a little late to jump on the Naked train. Oh, well. - The color "Sidecar" has a ridiculous amount of fallout. This was my first experience with Urban Decay's shadows, and man, am I glad that this was my first. I love having a palette that I can use every day not just for subtle looks, but glamorous ones as well. My single favorite color out of the entire palette is Half Baked. This gorgeous golden color is universally flattering, and I always get complimented on how pretty my eyes look when I wear this color. I'm sad to say that I'm not a huge fan of Sidecar, which is unfortunate, since it's a really good color for my skin tone, but I can't put it on while I'm rushing in the morning because the chunkier glitter results in a lot of fallout. That isn't to say that I've never worn it, but if I do wear it, I have to do some planning in advance so that I can manage the fallout. If it weren't for Sidecar's fallout, this would be a perfect palette to me. You've made me a believer in your eyeshadows, Urban Decay. I've got some high hopes for you. The bottom line: This palette is flattering on so many skin tones and so versatile in terms of what kind of looks you can create with the palette alone. It's well worth the splurge.