It's not great, it's not horrible. Color: I wear Vanilla, as Honey was WAY too dark for my undereyes. Vanilla is a pretty good undereye match for me. Coverage: Mediocre. One coat is just not enough. Two coats, still not enough. Three is still not enough. Four starts to make a dent but by then it's so creasy and grimey that it doesn't matter anymore. I have to layer it with something more full coverage that dries down better. Formula: WAY too much silicone for my skin. Alone it gives me a rash. I've had to start layering it over a full coverage formula that's silicone free to prevent that and gives more coverage. Price: Very high for a small tube. I personally do not mind a doe-foot tube, but this price is ridiculous for such an application. Not sure I will rebuy.
I have waffled on trying this stuff out, and now I am glad didn't end up buying it, opting instead for a little sample jar of it after playing with it in the Ulta store. I got the sample in the LIGHT, which is fairly pinkish in the jar and on my hand, but when I put it under my eyes looks way less pink, and really I could've probably use fair or light easily, but for the whole shade range it is not a big range at all. Just 5 shades, and I suppose it would be easy to get a decent working shade with, though darker skinned women are going to really have a hard time tonally. I am on the fence with this one texturally. The texture was similar to IT cosmetics, sticky, kind of and oily goo. When I touched it, I wasn't sure if I was getting the oil or the pigment. When I squirted it out on my hand at the store, I warmed on my hand and felt like I lost a lot of product, but a little went a long way or would for most. For me I felt like I'd need a lot to get what I needed coverage wise. It's a hard one to layer, in part due to its greasy, warpaint-like texture. It doesn't like to stick to itself. It didn't want to stay on my skin much either. I did one eye with my fingers and a damp beauty blender, and the other with a brush and fingers, and got better coverage and results with the finger/sponge method. The brush seemed to pull the product back off the skin. It was absolutely NOT full coverage, esp not in one coat. My circles were still plainly visible with it on and side by side with the naked eye next to it didn't look like I had anything on... It also doesn't really dry down, and is hard to get it to set well. It creased pretty badly through the day, and within about 4 hours was essentially gone from my face. But I did try to get as much powder and setting going on as possible to try to prevent that. It comes in a tube, which normally I would love, but I have to really give this a huge, nasty negative here because these tubes (I actually opened packages here because I had read many negative reviews on this) feel like they're totally filled with air, and have almost no product in them. And if I am spending $24 or so on a tube, it better not be empty when I buy it. I felt like that's part of why it's a dark purple tube, so they could conceal the fact that it's practically empty from the start. As to the waterproof claims: on my hand, it was. My eyes watered horribly after a sneezing fit this morning and even dabbing them it came right off, so not on the face. Bottom line: -Not totally sure about coverage, mostly because it's not easily layerable, one coat was not ideal for me. Probably doable on a "good undereye day" when I have time to deal with it, like on a weekend. -Texture is not ideal, wouldn't dry down, probably great for super dry skin, esp on eyes, but not for mine -creases easily til set with lots of powder (I used mineral veil) -not all-day wear, not waterproof
Again I fell for the raves. Again. And yet again, let down. Zero coverage, too wet, wouldn't blend, and wouldn't stick, to skin or to itself. The light end color range is nice, and the amount in the tube was great, though I wasted a significant amount just trying to get any amount to stick to me, and build. After 10 minutes wasted on one eye, and zero coverage, I abandoned it.
Treatments -Chagrin Valley - Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Mousse
reddplanet 9/30/2012 2:06:00 PM
I just finished my first of Im sure will be many jars of this. I love it. My face has never looked better and my dermatologist was impressed. The lack of true actives is probably the best part actally. It's just moisture and it's what my skin needed. Super inexpensive, all natural, and made by hand. I wish I lived near them so I could buy it wihtout shipping!
Concealers -Giorgio Armani - Maestro Eraser Concealer
reddplanet 9/24/2012 7:05:00 PM
Another one of those "really? I just paid $40 for this?" in the concealer file. I tried samples of this, and for some absurd reason decided I needed to try it in the right color as the samples were not the right shades. The consistency is so...thin. A VERY thin...very runny texture. Just like the foundation, water. They claim it should be thicker but ever so slightly. Nope. Same. Settles into every crease, fold, flake, crater, whatever, around your eyes, and makes you look about 10 times older. How appealing. The shades 2 and 2.5 and even 3 for concealer were decent for the paler crowd but I ended up buying, and returning, #2. the range for light-medium shades is great, not so much for darker shades, because there are only like 6 shades. They do run all over in depth and tone though, and I find this line's color and numbering system to be totally weird. But the coverage--the ENTIRE POINT OF CONCEALER--was A JOKE. If you actually need concealment of circles, as it would state on the package "dark circle concealer"...again, not happening with this product. It actually makes me irrationally livid when someone tries to sell me on "buildable coverage" or tells me something with "buildable coverage" is full coverage. No. Make it opaque in one coat. Make it CONCEAL SOMETHING without making me layer it, because what's the point of concealer that doesn't conceal?!! I don't get it. "They" also claim that over time this stuff will fix your circles with Haloxyl and other ingredients. That stuff only works with circles caused by hyperpigmentation, not by people with deep set eyes, and super thin skin. So they're setting you up for failure right from the start since most circles are not really correctable, short of surgery, mine included. Aside from the weird consistency and the lack of coverage, the packaging wasn't too bad, nice tube with some hygenic-ness to it. That is about the only highlight of it for me.
After reading all of the bloggers and their ridiculous raves, I say ridiculous because you would think this stuff was holy water that when it was on their faces was the stroke of luck they needed to win the Powerball or something....I finally made my way to the mall of doom (hellacious parking) and tried this out once at the counter and twice more myself from the samples I brought home. This is not a product I will go back and repurchase...Why you ask? Besides price, being ridiculous--and I will pay for what is fantastic...its just NOT that great. It's been hyped for months now all over the internet, all over the blogs and magazines. But I fail to see WHY. I am really trying to figure out if what these other bloggers reviewed is what is for sale and available to the masses. I didn't get a "press sample" (nor have I ever!) and I am seriously convinced that the press samples they send out are nothing like what actually goes on sale. Because otherwise I would have encountered some kind of miracle water in the Nordstrom Galleria over the weekend and instead I got samples of this crap! It's supposed to be billed as "not foundation" and be taking the super-natural look to the next step. The way the SA at the counter described it was that it would provide "flawless coverage with a natural skin finish that stays put without needing powder". I have no idea who told this person that would be accurate because it's the furthest thing from the truth. 1) there is literally like zero coverage. Any pigment it has in it settles in any crater, wrinkle, blemish, whathaveyou and will make it look 10 times gnarlier than it already does. My skin is pretty decent if you ignore the area around my eyes. But I looked at least 10 years older and like I had crater face. And I do not generally have crater face. 2) "natural skin finish" in this case is like a grease bomb. It's in a very different formulation than any product out there, an oil base, and I don't believe contains any water. It's PERFECT for super dry skin in that respect. But for me, I looked like a grease ball who needed a shower. It did not work for my skin at all. 3) the only way this stuff would stay on me was with powder, and frankly, I was ok with it NOT staying on me. I looked better without makeup at all. I don't really have a good shade match in this line (or any for that matter) but I tried it in #2. It was a little too pink for me, despite that color-blind fool telling me how yellow it was. It was not yellow. Compared to other shades in the range, it was yellow-er, but certainly not yellow OR olive. Besides those issues, the packaging is leaving a LOT to be desired. I get ready at 5am, and I have a hard enough time functioning at that hour without trying to hold a jar of liquid gold. But if I drop that thing, itll shatter all over...and then I am out the 60-something dollars. Anyway...I think it's a pass. I know, the rest of the internet thinks it's gold in a jar. But I don't really get why. And many of the people posting photos of their supposed "color matches" must be color blind, because they don't look like they match in photos.
I am actually irrationally angry that this is considered "concealer" since it's NOT. It conceals nothing. It's a pen filled with silicone with a sheer wash of foundation in it. It settles in every nook and line, and will NOT dry. It's not buildable. It's not opaque at all, and has literally no coverage to it.
Tinted Moisturizer -Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Tint Tinted Moisturizer
reddplanet 8/14/2012 12:22:00 PM
After reading TONS of reviews on MUA, blogs and watching video reviews about how amazingly pigmented and opaque this product was, I finally talked myself into it. My order arrived yesterday, about 5 days after ordering. I ordered 1 Y1 Skin Tint, and 1 Y1 and 1 R1 Concealer. I reviewed the concealers separately. When I opened the package and saw the bottle of Skin Tint, I was surprised at how pink the Y1 shade looked. Like..I am honestly wondering if that's really a Y shade and was mislabeled. Especially since I was told and all the reviews online indicate that it should match the concealer...it does not match...at all. I took a blob of it on my hand next to my usual Laura Mercier Oil Free foundation (Porcelain Ivory). And the pinkness is EXTREMELY noticeable. The consistency is extremely thin. I didn't feel it as moisturizing, and it was RIDICULOUSLY sheer. I mean...see through. Completely. I am having a hard time finding anything remotely opaque about it, nor was there any coverage. Even as pink as it was, it didn't show on my face at all and covered nothing. I ended up putting on three coats. The first with fingers, the 2nd with a beauty blender, and the third with a brush. And still, nothing. So then I just put on my regular foundation over top for actual coverage. So my face will probably be a wet oil slick later. I consider this a bust...a $25.00 bust. For those interested in a sheer coat of moisture, and I do mean sheer, it's worth a look. But if you are looking for any sort of coverage...not this stuff.
Concealers -Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Concealer
reddplanet 8/14/2012 12:13:00 PM
Despite being VIOLENTLY allergic to castor oil and lanolin, of which it apparently contains a SIGNIFICANT amount of castor oil, I wanted to try it. I've been able to use things with a small amount of castor oil in it as long as I have a barrier (like foundation or something) between my face and the product, much like with mineral foundations. I ordered the Y1 and R1 shades based on Temptalia's swatches after reading about 15 various reviews, seeing lots of positives on the Makeup Board and viewing several more on YouTube. That was a lot of hype and buildup...and sadly NO delivery at all. It's supposed to have insane coverage and high opacity...and there is none of either. I have SERIOUS circles, I seriuosly look like I've been beaten up. My life's mission is to cover them since short of surgery, nothing will fix it. My order arrived yesterday, about 5 days after ordering. The packaging, for me anyway, was really nice. I liked the size of the jar, and the bottle, and though Im not usually a fan of pot concealers, I liked that there was a LOT of product for the price, $20 per jar. I ordered 1 Y1 Skin Tint, and 1 Y1 and 1 R1 Concealer. I will review the skin tint separately from this. At first glance, I was really surprised how dark R1 really was. I remember seeing the swatches and thinking "whoa that's dark!" but decided it was worth a shot bec R0 looked SUPER white. It almost seems like they need an R .5 or something. Halfway. The Y1 was a fantastic color. Just olive enough to blend in enough. The jar is a really decent size, and has a really great amount o fproduct. The reviews I'd read and watched online indicated that you would not need much. So I unscrewed the lid and started in on it. My first thought was...the texture is kind of odd. Creamy but not really that creamy. It took some serious swirling of my finger on the surface to pick any of the product up. From all the reviews I'd read, that was not what I expected. As far as coverage? Also not what was built up. It was also ridiculously sheer and would not stick to the skin. I must be missing something...or is my batch different than the reviewer's batches? I started with the R1, just to try to offset the blue/purple. Barely covering anything but very red-orange on the skin. This image seems to have blown it out a bit, but I looked like I had wiped a little light baby coral lip stick under there. Besides that, it creased like very few products I've ever seen before. I then layered on some Y1. I did one eye with just finger blending, and without any R1 under it, and then the other with a damp beauty blender sponge and fingers OVER the R1. Neither looked any different, and it seemed like it just sticks to itself and lifts right off the skin. It is NOT a product you can layer over itself without removing the first layer. So after literally 20 minutes of messing with this stuff, then cleaning it off and trying again for another 10 minutes (a HALF HOUR of my morning gone!)..I gave up and powdered to try to stop the creases from being so significant. But that didn't help either. So right now I am sitting here with a bunch of concealer in my eye creases, and very little on my skin itself covering anything. So I can't even give much of a coverage assessment, but even one layer was super sheer on the skin and didn't neutralize or cover my circles. It just would not stay put or dry. To say I am disappointed is a huge understatement. It was so built up that I should not be surprised I am disappointed. But I am. The Y1 was a fantastic color for me, but if it's not going to cover anything OR stay on my skin...it's not worth the reaction I am going to inevitably get from the castor oil. So it has to go back.
Treatments (Eye) -Mary Kay - TimeWise Age Fighting Eye Cream
reddplanet 7/20/2012 11:31:00 AM
I go between this and the other Mary Kay Eye Cream that I guess is discontinued that was just a thick eye moisturizer. Sometimes I mix. They work really well with the concealer, really almost any concealer. Absorbing quickly and leaving my undereyes soft.
I almost always come back to this concealer. It's not totally opaque but with color correctors is the best at undereye circle coverage I have found so far. I am on a perpetual mission to find the truest opaque "blanking" concealer out there. But this is waterproof and works with a salmon corrector underneath to help cancel the color. The tube lasts a lifetime, I buy several at a time and I seriously don't need to open a new one with daily use for like 2 years.
I LOVE this product--though I am only reviewing the scrub part, I don't use the serum. I am glad they changed it to a normal squeezy tube from the old style, I feel like I get more out of it now. I love this stuff, it's not too rough for my sensitive skin and leaves it VERY well exfoliated. I use retinoids and this helps me through the molting process I go through on the cycle of on and off of the medicines. I usually apply it while wearing little vinyl hair dye gloves because the little beads don't dissolve as quickly with the lack of skin. For some reason it works better.
Moisturizers -Mary Kay - Timewise Age Fighting Moisturizer
reddplanet 7/20/2012 11:23:00 AM
I use this as one of the moisturizers I use at night right after I wash my face. I don't really understand why someone under say 28ish is using an age fighting moisturizer, but that explains several of the negatives away pretty quickly. If you're 19, you don't need to fight the signs of aging! I find that it moisturizes my very sensitive and retinoid coated skin very well, without leaving weird patches or goop behind. I think this is a VERY underrated brand, and I think part of that is that it's not something you can quickly run into a shop and obtain. But it's worth the wait.
For $58, I really expected this to be a great product. But, no. It works great on my hand...not on my face! I tried it at the counter and under the lights in the store it seemed like it would work great, or at least the tube at the counter did. The sales associate applied it to my eye, and it didn't seem drastically different to what I had on. She kept trying to explain that I don't have dark circles, my eyes are just very deep set and this is a shadow. But that's crap, they're very pronounced! I didn't care as much for her application and decided I'd give it a fair try at home....and I am now sending it back to Barneys for a refund. I gave it a couple days, I tried layering it with other things, but it just isn't working. If I have to layer sometihng that's almost $60 a throw...that's a waste.
For $52 and from Tom Ford I really expected this to be a great product. But alas, I was wrong. I tried it at the counter and under the lights in the store it seemed like it would work great, or at least the tube at the counter did. When I got this home and started to play with it, I was thinking "there's no way this is the product she handed me. No way." This, like that Touche Eclat and the similar products, is NOT a concealer, nor does it "illuminate" anything! I used it now four days straight, in layers, with other products, on it's own...and today I presently have 11 coats of this on. ELEVEN, and I look like I have nothing on. Nothing lighter, nothing covered. So either I was given the wrong item, or the item they have on the counter is somehow more pigmented and useful than this particular item. It doesn't seem to stay on or dry down either, with powder setting it or not. It's definitely a bust, and for this price point that's frankly unacceptable.