I bought this at my CCO, tried it for a few weeks, and it just wasn't working for me so I tucked it away and never used it again. Until now. I recently pulled it out and I fell in love! I have dark circles that look like someone gave me a black eye. I literally have the worst dark circles of anyone I've ever seen in my life. That being said, I typically need around 4 concealers just to get a remotely-looking concealed under eye. I think previously I was using way too much of this product. You only need a little bit. I then buff it in with my Beauty Blender and set with powder. I find that this does not crease when set with my MAC MSFN. In fact, on days when I'm in a rush and don't use my corrector I find that my other concealers crease more! Anyway, I think I can now never live without this product. It is finally something that actually brightens my under eye area and diminishes the appearance of huge black rings around my eyes. Typically I use my Garnier concealer eye roller, this corrector, and my Becca dual compact concealer, set it with MSFN, and am good to go for the whole day. Definitely reccomend this! For reference, I use the shade peach when I am NC40 and right now, at NC25, I am using the shade light peach.
Found this at my CCO and had to get it as I have been dying to try a yellow powder. I LOVE the packaging of Smashbox Halo, so I really enjoyed this packaging as well. The shaver is just so convenient for dispensing the perfect amount if powder. I like the yellow tone of this a lot, but I find that you have to use a very light hand with this powder. If you pack it on too much it is very difficult to blend. Also, doesn't really do much in the oil-control department, which is what I look for in a setting powder. I can only use this with my really mattifying foundations that keep me pretty matte anyway. I would recommend this for anyone with dry skin though!
After testing out this product for some time, I can safely say that I do not like this foundation. It has wonderful coverage yet still lets your skin show through, which is great. However, it gets very cakey on my skin no matter what tool I use to apply it. Also I find that it accentuates any flakes or dry patches you have, even if you don't even know they are there. Also, when I wore this under my eye area before concealer-- bad idea. It made my concealer application look patchy and just all around terrible. So I wouldn't exactly use the words natural, weightless, or invisible to describe this foundation. The color match was ok, I found the .0 shades yellow enough for me but the shades go from kind of a big jump, for example 2.0 is too light for me in my current pale, winter state but 3.0 is too dark. The packaging is great, practical and sanitary. I find that this foundation transfers like crazy as well! I occasionally wear glasses and this foundation will rub off all over this foundation! The oil control is alright, not spectacular but it is better than a lot of foundations. I would say that I last around 4 hours without getting shiny, which is pretty good for my skin. I don't have sensitive skin, but this may or may not be breaking me out, it is hard to tell... Anyway, I will not be buying this again but I'm glad I gave it a go.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Facial Cleansing Towelettes
shimmergirl1123 6/16/2012 8:50:00 PM
I got these for $5.99 at Target. Coming from someone who has gone through plenty of MAC Wipes packages, I absolutely adore these wipes. The MAC Wipes left a rather annoying greasy film on my skin which seemed to stay there for hours, but I loved how they removed every last stitch of makeup on my face. These wipes remove all my makeup and do not leave any film whatsoever! Plus, the scent, which at first I didn't like, has rather grown on me. I like how the lid stays shut and doesn't pop open after closing it like the MAC Wipes. Overall, these are far superior and I love them!
Color reference: MAC NW30, Chanel BR20 Color I bought: 250 Medium Beige Price I paid: $14.50 at CVS I love this foundation. I just recently fell in love with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which is expensive but gives me a beautiful natural perfect-skin look. This foundation does the same thing but better, and at around a third of the price. I get the same skin-like finish as the Chanel but this foundation keeps me more matte and lasts longer on my oily skin. Also, I appreciate the extra coverage this gives in comparison. However, the glass jar is not as convenient as say a bottle with a pump but that does not bother me that much. I apply this with a MAC 130 brush. I am not sure if that is the best application method, but it works. I would totally recommend this foundation for anyone with oily skin. It lasts well and keeps me matte. Plus the finish is great! Definitely try this product!
I love this foundation. It gives me just the right amount of coverage. I like for my skin to show through however I do have some acne scarring that I want to cover. This foundation is perfect for that. The finish is so natural. Even though I have oily skin, I set this with powder and then I don't get greasy all day. Normally I have issues with oxidation with every foundation. This does not cause oxidation on my chin where I get very oily. I got a sample of this from my Chanel counter and as soon as I run out I definitely will purchase this foundation. It is amazing and worth the hefty price tag.
Concealers -Sonia Kashuk - Hidden Agenda Concealer Kit
shimmergirl1123 4/4/2012 12:12:00 PM
I first tried this concealer about a year ago and didn't like it. Recently, I pulled it and gave it another try. I love it now! I feel like maybe I was applying it incorrectly before, because I absolutely adore it now. I am NC35 and use the peachy shade for under my eyes every day. The green shade works well for blemishes and redness and sometimes I will use the lightest shade as a subtle cream highlight. The formula is creamy and hasn't seemed to dry out with time like my MAC concealers. I will be buying this again!
I got this at TJ Maxx for $9.99 in a set that also came with Bahama Mama bronzer and Hot Mama blush. I like this powder a lot. I have pretty oily skin and this works much better for oil control than Maybelline Dream Matte in my opinion. Color will work for everyone, which is great. Overall, a great product!
I absolutely love this eyeshadow. The name is adorable and I really like the packaging! I am obsessed with pale whitish gold colors! I am hoping that MAC Nylon is a dupe for this since it is limited edition and I got the last one left at my CCO. So so so gorgeous!!
Eye Shadow -MAC - Her Alter Image (Venomous Villians)
shimmergirl1123 2/4/2012 10:16:00 PM
I got this at my CCO. It has pretty horrible pigmentation, and after layer upon layer, it still hardly shows up. I feel like it could have its uses if you wanted a very sheer lavender. Also, the packaging is very cute! Good for a very sheer was of lavender but not much else.
This is a pretty fabulous mascara. I got the deluxe sample in my Sephora Lash Stash and fell in love. It lengthens my lashes so much, and you can keep building it up and it never gets clumpy or crunchy! This mascara makes my lashes look full, long, and defined.
This mascara was not bad but there was nothing special about it either. I like thick, dramatic lashes and this mascara is better for a natural look. My lashes are dark, thick, and relatively curly already. This mascara held a curl very well, gave good definition, and added some length. It may be great for some people, but for me, this was not what I was looking for. If you are looking for length, there are many more mascaras out there that can do the job better. It does hold a curl well though.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Devilishly Stylish (Venomous Villains)
shimmergirl1123 8/15/2011 10:38:00 PM
The packaging is super adorable, and the color is gorgeous!! It is perfect for a neutral makeup look. The color matches any look and makes my lips look very shiny and full. Lovely color!
Powder -Physicians Formula - Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation
shimmergirl1123 8/15/2011 10:32:00 PM
I had high hopes for this product and bought it for $15 which is pretty expensive for a drugstore powder. But I did it anyway, and I bought the shade translucent medium. I wasn't really sure what color to get since they all looked pretty much the same but the one I chose is pretty close to my NW30 skin (a little light). I was hoping that this would be a medium to full coverage powder that I could wear with just a little concealer and be set. But, turns out it is a setting powder with very little coverage. Also, I have oily skin and this product did absolutely nothing for it. As a setting powder, there are much better products out there to do that job.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
shimmergirl1123 8/15/2011 10:25:00 PM
I do not like this foundation. I have very oily skin and this accentuates that and does not keep me matte. I find that it does not last long and oxidizes. I think it would work for those without oily skin though.