Concealers -Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Enhancer
shuppet88 6/3/2013 4:50:00 AM
This is an interesting, high coverage, multipurpose product. I like to mix it in with a bit of eye cream or Argan oil for use under the eyes, or for fuller coverage I go straight in with a fluffy concealer brush. I'm using it currently as a concealer for under the eyes and for marks and blemishes, and it works wonderfully. It instantly covers marks and actually stays on. For a quick but still covered face, I use this and top it off with Sephora's baked mineral powder. I get an awesome, naturally flawless look that is very fast and simple. Granted, I don't have very many problems with my skin now, so I don't really use it as a full-on foundation (I'm also just a tad bit lazy and don't feel like mixing it with anything). But when I randomly remember to do so, it looks amazing when mixed with a light serum. It's really quite heavenly, actually. This is pretty much the best concealer (and occasional foundation) that I've ever tried. It may be a bit on the pricey side, but honestly it's such a tiny pot that has lasted me for the last six months. I haven't even come close to putting a dent in it. I think I would cry and freak out if I lost it :( I don't need to look further for my concealing needs. Beats my NARS stick concealer hands down. If I'm using it as an allover foundation, I don't really like to set it because I like the slightly dewy look it gives. But if I'm using it as a full coverage under-eye concealer, I must set it with a transparent powder. For reference I'm SX 11.
I don't know what all the hate for this product is about. It's a matte foundation, but turns satin-y over the course of the day. It's a light-medium coverage which for me is great. It's also very natural looking which I like. I stipple it on and it looks like I'm airbrushing my face that way. I look naturally perfected, if that makes sense. I dunno what it is with this, but it gives me that "inner glow" look. I don't want to go through it very fast though because it's pretty expensive, so it's one of those "special occasion" kinda foundations. I'm going to use it for my wedding because it photographs well and just makes me feel like I'm having a luxurious experience when I want to dress up :) If you don't moisturize very well beforehand, you won't like it. I use almond or argan oil and I have no trouble with it catching onto flakes (but I also exfoliate often and moisturize immediately after). Despite the hefty price tag, I still give it a five because it works really well for me. Does what it claims with the glowing look for sure (though I don't know how?) and the slightly peachy undertone corrects and brightens my olive skintone. EDIT 6/17/13: Sadly I had to return it because my skin has become too light for the shade amber beige 24. I went in to exchange it for the beige 40 as that was a much better match. However when I got home, I realized it was totally different from the tester. It was very pink. They changed the formula to now have spf of 15 instead of 10, but failed to change the testers. A lot of people will be pissed to find the color is not at all the same as the tester. :/ I took three lippies off because it's actually not the same anymore, and far too pink.
So I haven't written a review in a while, but this product definitely warranted one. No matter what an eye liner's promises of lasting on the waterline (I'm looking at you, Tarte automatic pencil), it never fails to smear. Until now. I had been using the Essence gel liner while on vacation, and I tried it on the waterline for the first time last week. It stayed on the whole night, and even on the bottom lash line where I smudged it for a soft smoky look. I don't think I'll be using anything else on my waterline from now on. It comes off with a few swipes of makeup wipe, but it might be more difficult for others to remove. My MAC Blacktrack would eventually flake off my waterline, and of course it's about five times more expensive.
I am very happy that I picked this up. :) I got it in the medium 30, and it's pretty much spot on for my NC 40-42 skin. Leaving aside that it's not technically cheaper than MAC msfn, I still think it has more value because it offers more coverage. I used up the MAC powder fairly quickly because I kept trying to see if it would cover anything lol. This powder from Sephora, on the other hand, actually shows up and definitely covers small flaws and blemishes. With this and concealer, I'm good to go. It's very quick and easy and looks very natural and pretty. I don't look like I have a ton of makeup on. I just look naturally brighter and lively. I'd say it lasts well on my combo skin. I just blot with a tissue and the shine is gone. It may be a bit pricey at $22, but it will last longer than most powders you have to really waste while packing on for any coverage.
Moisturizers -Ren - ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum
shuppet88 9/30/2012 3:13:00 AM
So I've been using this for the past 2.5 weeks, and I really love it so far. It has given me quite similar results to the Lancome vissionaire, minus the ridiculous price tag. It brightens, I'm assuming due to the first ingredient which is chamomile flower water. My skin is no longer dull and dry, and blemishes disappear overnight. I used to have gross flakes around my chin area, and I haven't had any problems with that since using this. I haven't had to use high coverage foundations. I get a lot more out of my NARS tinted moisturizer now. The only thing it doesn't do that the vissionaire did is give a glow, but I'm sure that's just because the Lancome has like this weird artificial purple/pink shimmer to it. This gives me a natural luster to my skin, and has virtually reversed my dryness so that I have supple, plump skin. I really do love this.
This is one of those foundations where you do double takes in the mirror at how natural and yet beautiful your skin looks. And I did that when I first got it, and actually returned MUFE HD to get this. This, along with EL Futurist and Lancome 24h, is my HG. First off, the color match is perfect and will probably suit me for most of the year as it's got a great undertone and it's sheer enough to blend into the skin, not mask it. I have MW 102. It's also rather cheap compared to my other two favorites, so I like that it's affordable and beautiful at the same time. I chose this over the MUFE because that was actually too sheer and didn't last very long. This lasts, and has a nice creamy consistency too so it feels like skin. I wanted something without SPF for special pictures with the SO, and I am planning on using this. EDIT 6/17/2013: It doesn't last much at all on my nose without powdering, so I removed one lippie. But it's still a great foundation and color match.
So this is my absolute HG winter foundation during the drier months. Or for when I want a dewy look really. It's very natural and yet covers. It's so smooth and a dream to apply. The color in 2w1 cameo is a perfect match since it's a nice light yellow when I'm much paler in the winter. I probably can use it now, but I want to save it for winter because it's so moisturizing and I think it's a waste (it's a bit pricey). Anyone with normal to rather dry skin can probably wear this anytime of the year and can appreciate the luxurious, softening moisture it provides. I am 24 and I love this. Don't sleep on Estee Lauder foundations. Hurry and try some of this, younger girls.
I've only had this concealer for a short time (about a week) but I'm definitely impressed. After scaling back my face routine for the summer, I wanted a concealer that would match my skin tone perfectly so that it would look like real skin and have enough coverage so that I wouldn't need a foundation. So far this has hit it on both of those points. I have sand 30 which is I think the second or third darkest, and since it's summer it perfectly matches my tan. Come fall/winter I'll probably be going back for a lighter shade. But overall I really like how I can blend this onto a blemish or mark and use translucent powder over and I can have simple coverage that isn't too high maintenance but will still make me look presentable like a foundation would. It's great for using over my salmon toned corrector and for the rest of my face.
Lip Treatments -Maybelline - Baby Lips lip balm in Pink Punch
shuppet88 2/22/2012 9:36:00 PM
Pink Punch is a baby pink that is very cool-toned. It's a little too much for my warm skin tone, so I tone it down with a brown lip liner. It's very moisturizing while it's on, but if you have dry lips, it can latch on to patches. After a few day's use, the dry patches seem to disappear on me. I thought this was going to be sheer tinted lip balm I could put underneath other lipsticks, but it's actually a very shiny lipstick on me. Maybe my lips are so colorless themselves that they lend very well to catching onto pigment (I guess they are the opposite of super pigmented lips) but this looks almost like something Nicki Minaj would wear. I have included a pic of my lips with this on and nothing else. I don't think I'd buy it again only because it's so pigmented and I just wanted a regular lip balm. But it's great as a glossy pink lipstick. EDIT: Forgot to add that if you wear this at night, there will still be bright pink on your lips. Even when you wipe it off, the pink stain is very noticeable.
Mascara -Lancome - Definicils Pro (High Definition Curved Brush Mascara)
shuppet88 2/8/2012 11:45:00 AM
I'm not sure as to why this product gets so much hate. I actually love it. I've been using it for about a month and it's performed the same as day one. I get long well defined lashes with a decent amount of volume. It also holds a curl really well. When I use primer the curl is even easier to create without the use of a traditional lash curler. For reference I have short Asian stick straight lashes that don't normally see a difference with most mascaras. I will be repurchasing unless I can find a cheaper alternative. One lippie off for the price, otherwise it would get a full five.
I have this in NW 35, and I only use it for my under-eye area. The salmon tone works really well to cover up any darkness, and it's heavy coverage enough that a tiny bit goes a long way. I usually use MAC prep + prime powder to set. I like it for the under-eye area even better than my NARS concealer.
Grrr...I'm angry. I went in to Sephora and was in a bit of a rush (I wanted to return the new NARS concealer because I realized it's half the size of the original and that's a no no for me). I got this to exchange very quickly, as the SA said that this was long-lasting. Yeah, nope not so much. This smeared down my eyes after the first 30 minutes. It's frustrating to have to keep coming back and forth to return stuff because the SAs suggest wrong stuff to me. I will not be repurchasing, and I now have to go return this tomorrow. :(
Lips -Milani - Lip Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Gloss Pencil in 02 News Flash
shuppet88 9/29/2010 1:36:00 AM
I picked one of these up from CVS in the color News Flash. Mine is a really nice, deep berry/red. I added a pic of it just stroked on my hand (so that would be full coverage) and blended in. I like it a bit more when it's blended in, and it seems like it would defeat the purpose of it in that way. At least for me, I have had trouble finding a nice lip stain that doesn't run or bleed and doesn't end up in the creases of my lips. This gives me a nice lip stain without any of that! I love how it gives my lips a cute, just bitten look. When it's put on full-force, it's very opaque and very shimmery. But it's a nice kind of shimmer, and the consistency is a little bit tacky but in a good way. I can tell this will stay on. Also, it feels quite moisturizing on the lips and I like that. This gets a full five lippies from me because it's everything it claims to be. I plan on picking up a few other shades; the only downfall is the sharpening aspect as everyone else has stated. I don't know how that will be, but I will try to not lose too much product.
My first thoughts on this lipstick were: "oh how pretty! lilac in a tube!" But when I slathered that thing on (which is I suppose how I always put my lipsticks on--full on!), it looked awful. Like I was a corpse. And I have a decent tan at NC40-42. I saw another girl on youtube try it on, and she was like NC 20. It did the same damn thing to her. Well I decided today to put my eos lip balm on and then just sort of pat it into my lips and blend it out with my fingers. That gave it a much prettier, sixties-chic look. But if you just go and press it into your lips with full force, it will look weird. Like liquid chalk on your lips. Not to mention that it shows up in creases of the lips! I give it four lippies because for what it is, it is a very stand-out lip color, and if you're brave enough to try it, it will do its job. I wore it to school today well blended, and it looked very cute with my plum/green eyeshadow. It still gives a very strong pigment even with smoothing it out because it is an amplified creme, and I plan on wearing it to rock shows and going out.
What can I say about this blush that hasn't already been said? Well for me, I am an NC 40-42 so I'm much more tan than the recent reviewers. This shows up so nice on me! It's like a pretty pinky-violet when I put only a little bit on. When I want to add more for a bit of drama, it shows more violet but it's still so beautiful. The other day I grabbed it and decided to put in my crease with a steel blue lid and darkened black/green outer v. Man was this love! It just blended so nicely into the crease and looked like a not-so-typical smokey eye that I wore out to a sports bar. I gave my mom one cuz I had two, and she has a more tanned skin, more like NC 44-45. It looked so gorgeous on her too. I also tried it on my friend who is around NC 25, and it was so cute on her too. I imagine this will look great on every skin tone, with the amount adjusted. Good job by MAC!