Lovely dewy satin finish. I got the Cool-4 and wear NW25 in MAC for reference. I'd probably wear the cool-5 in the summer. The finish is medium dewy. The shades ae somewhat forgiving and Loreal gives you swatches to compare. I really like the pump bottle packaging. I pump 3 pumps onto the back of my had and then dot it on all areas of my face including my neck and then blend using a MAC 187 stippling brush. I would definitely buy this product again.
Texture is very creamy, moderate pigmentation. I got the light/medium, and am a NW25 in MAC. Shade was perfect. I use this under my eyes and around my nose. Definitely would buy again.
Foundations -Almay - Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup
sherimehling 1/31/2013 3:57:00 PM
This is the first smart shade product I have used. I bought the light-medium shade and it was perfect. I wear NW25 in MAC for reference. I am VERY happy with it and actually use it more than my MAC foundation. I have combination skin and after a day or work and being in the elements, my skin still looked fresh and finished. Many foundations leave my skin looking shiny and greasy in the T-zone or I end up using pressed powder throughout the day, but not with this. I love the concept of the smart shade. It's so hard to pick drugstore shades and this was a no-brainer. I'll probably go try the other kinds in the tubes. The only complaint I have is the packaging. I have to use a q-tip to get the product out as to not cross contaminate. I use a stippler brush to blend but can also be blended using fingers.
Lipstick -Revlon - Color Stay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
sherimehling 1/11/2013 3:14:00 PM
I was excited to try this long lasting lipstick, hoping it wouldn't be drying or cakey. Unfortunately, Revlon, one again, failed in the color stay family. The lipstick went on nicely, I got the color "supermodel" a plumy-rose color. But, as time went by in the first hour, the product dried up and got cakey. At hour 2, the color actually changed! It went from a mid toned plum to a weird purply-pink color that made my lips look like death. Terrible product, going back to Ulta. the ONLY good lipstick from Revlon is the Butter lipstick and the original.