This is my favorite concealer by far. The color choices are good -- Skintone 3 is a perfect match for my FFF olive skintone. (MAC Face & Body C3, Px Real Gold) The texture is thick enough to stay on my blemishes, plus its creamy formula covers the redness around the base of my nose. I can't speak to coverage for undereye circles, since I don't need it.
I almost passed this by in the Pro store, because in the jar it looks like half a dozen other white shimmery pigments that I already have. When applied, it's a slightly whiter version of vanilla -- except shot through with gold and green, which looks great with my olive (Asian, C3) skintone, whereas some of the other "white" pigments (White, Pink Opal) clash terribly. This is rapidly becoming a staple in my collection.
A gorgeous green-bronze-gold color. It's hard to describe--think tarnished gold, with a strong green sheen. On my olive C3 skin, it looks like a lighter version of Green Brown pigment, and that's one of my favorites. I love pairing this with Greensmoke and Fiction, or for a bolder look, with deep burgundy colors.
A gorgeous golden-green, but definitely not olive. It's a much lighter green, more golden than green. (It looks a little like Sprout.) On its own, its not the greatest color for my olive, Asian (C3) skin -- it makes me look a little sickly, and tends to flash an odd sea-green color. On the other hand, when layered with a darker green (I like Fiction or Greensmoke) or browns (I like using Green Brown or Old Gold pigment with this), it's very pretty.
One of my favorite regular pigments. It's well, maroon -- a purple-red, medium to dark, shimmery color. On my C3 olive/Asian skin, it shows a little more red and plummy than it does in the jar, which I love. It works as a liner or an all-over color for me. I like to pair this with UD Spare Change (looks like Silver pigment) for a more dramatic look, or with pinks for everyday.
I liked this quad so much that I bought two. It's a great starter quad for someone who doesn't have a lot of eyeshadow, or in my case, for someone who owns no matte eyeshadow. The colors are fairly basic, neutral shades that create a polished, natural look that's perfect for the office. They may not work for darker-skinned ladies, though, as the colors are relatively light. (I'm C3, olive-skinned, Asian.)
This is a pretty grey-blue on me (C3, olive skin, Asian). It doesn't seem to flash different colors on me as it does on other people. It's a grittier pigment, like Rose or Frost, with larger chunky sparkle. Pretty, but not a must-have for me.
I got a sample of this in a swap, and when I ran out, immediately ran out to get a full jar. It's well-named -- it is a very, very dark blue green, more blue than green. It looks a lot like Forest Green pigment, just a little darker and bluer. It makes a pretty liner wet, but I actually like to use it for a smokey eye. (I'm olive-skinned Asian, F&B C3.) If you use only a sheer wash, it looks charcoal grey/black, but applied more heavily -- press it onto the eyelid, rather than spreading it around with a brush -- the blue-green shimmer mermaid look comes through.
I'm smacking myself for not buying this earlier. It's an amazingly beautiful color, like the shimmery gold-green-brown in a peacock feather. I love to use this as a base for a "peacock eye" with Forest Green/Deep Blue Green pigment and Golden Olive/Gold.
This is an amazingly bright, pigmented shade of fuschia. It's not particularly shimmery, unlike the regular Fuschia pigment. It's also about 10x more pigmented and bright than the regular Fuschia. I like to use this on top of a purple pencil eyeliner. It also makes an amazing blush (use a *very* light hand for a just-in-from-the-cold flush), or dabbed on lips and topped with gloss.
I love my brush roll! It's unfortunately discontinued, but I got it from a lovely swapper, and my brushes now travel in more style than I do. I have a huge collection of quality brushes, and this protects them well. There are even pockets (unfortunately, not zippable/ closeable) on the sides that I use to store sponges, puffs, cotton swabs and the like (lest they scratch my brushes in transit!). The velcro strap keeps everything secure -- great for MAs or fanatics like me, but as other reviewers have mentioned, probably not good for everyday storage. A regular old mug does nicely for that.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #168 Large Angled Contour Brush
skh02138 7/30/2003 1:06:00 AM
It's a nice angled brush, better for contouring than actual blush. Maybe I just have a big face, but I find this brush slightly small to use as a blush brush -- I tend to get slightly stripey. I prefer my angled Paula Dorf Cheek Brush for blush, but this is a great contouring brush for powder bronzers and such.
A *very* soft, angled blush brush. Made of blue squirrel hair. Excellent for contouring, or for those of us with round faces. =) A bit steep at $42, but will last quite some time -- it looks well-made. I prefer this to the MAC #168 angled contouring brush (USD28), which is smaller (good for face contouring but maybe not blush) and not quite as soft.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #136 Large Powder/Blush Brush
skh02138 6/23/2003 1:31:00 PM
OK, it's pricey at $62, but this is one of the softest brushes I've ever run across. It is sable hair. I like this shape (slightly tapered, oval) better than the standard dome-shaped brush, because you deposit less powder. This is *definitely* not a blush brush, though, no matter what the review heading says, though it might be OK for body bronzing or full-face dusting of bronzer. It's smaller than the #150, softer, too. A keeper.
Makeup Brushes -BeneFit Cosmetics - Plush Powder Brush
skh02138 5/31/2003 9:07:00 PM
I know that BeneFit is a brand MUA loves to hate, but this brush (and the blush brush) are highly underrated. It is VERY plush and soft, and densely packed. It's actually a little larger than most powder brushes I've come across, which is great. The head is a little wider rather than round, with a domed top that deposits powder very sheerly. Highly recommend.