I tried to be open minded and give it several chances but enough is enough. To begin with, here in Australia this costs approximately $70-$80. For that I had pretty high expectations for this product. It's supposed to give a light yet even coverage that doesn't feel weighty or intense on the face will still smoothing over any imperfections. It sounded okay. HOWEVER. My very first impression of this when I initially put it on was that unless you shake the absolute hell out of it before each use, you get what looks and feels like olive oil on your hand. I kid you not. Some kind of weird, thick, oily residue. This is what is inside the bottle. No wonder they avoided glass. As I applied this on my face, I noticed that the coverage was anything but even. It seemed to sink into the pores around my mouth and yet dried into a powdery, cakey layer up around my cheeks. I struggled to blend it around my neckline and noticed later in the day that for all my blending, it had still oxidised into an orange, streaky, dried out mess. I was mortified. I put it back in my makeup bag and forgot about it. But Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua wasn't done with me yet. Oh no sir. About four days later, I noticed several blind pimples rising up on my forehead, between my eyes, all around my mouth and jaw and in the crease of my nose. I've never had hormonal acne, or any acne to speak off my entire life. No other part of my routine had changed. I freaked out, bought new pillowcases, threw away my foundation brush, bought new powder puffs and scrubbed my face with exfoliant. Once the zits had run their course, my skin was back to normal and I assumed it was a freakish turn of events that wouldn't happen again. I had forgotten about the new foundation I'd tried. About three or four weeks later, I stumbled upon the bottle in my makeup case and decided to give it another shot. For being nearly a hundred dollars, I should at least try to make it work, right? SPOILER ALERT - the acne came back within a week!!!!!!!! I don't even have acne-prone or sensitive skin! What the HELL Chanel?! I don't know whether it's the weird olive oil crap in the bottle, the actual horrible greasy-and-yet-powdery consistency of the foundation itself or something in the formulation but I know for a fact that this foundation caused my skin to break out like nothing else I have ever used. I went straight back to trusty old Estee Lauder's Double Wear and cannot believe that one of the largest beauty brands in the world ripped me off so badly. I really believed the hype on this and wanted so badly to love it like everyone else seems to, but it was just a complete nightmare for me. I don't think I'm likely to even try Chanel blush after my experience.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
skyjadeshe 3/15/2011 8:21:00 PM
I bought this for the premise of an ultra blendable foundation that would match my super pale skintone, and bought N1. It's a super drying formula, and half a bottle of primer is necessary to stop it accentuating fine lines. It's also not the blending dream it claims to be. Blending is a pain and it's streaky and oxidizes very orangey. However, I like the matte coverage and the velvety finish. I'm still unsure about it, but I'm willing to wear it a few more times to see if I can figure out how to get the most out of it.
Blush -MAC - Matte Blush - Bite Of An Apple (Venomous Villains)
skyjadeshe 3/15/2011 8:15:00 PM
This looks terrifying in the pan! It's tomato red! I only really bought it because I love the Disney theme and the packaging is so darn cute, but it turns out it's actually a really nice product. Surprisingly, it's a subtle pop of colour that's really warm and fresh. As always with MAC blushes, it's super smooth and velvety, and I love how very matte it is.
I bought this because of the stellar reviews it got, and while it's pretty good, it's not amazing. I don't like the smell of the original balm, and it leaves my lips feeling waxy and kind of deadened. Which I guess is a good thing if your lips are sore and dry from the winter air, but it's only just gone summer here in Australia and my lips are still feeling moisturized and healthy. I might think more of it in the winter months to come! All in all, I'd buy it again just because I love the natural formula and cute tin, but I think I'll also keep using my Softlips.
Love this! It has a soft application true to its name that leaves a natural fluffy full look, and both volumizes and lengthens beautifully. It also holds my curl for hours, which is a big plus for my typical Japanese eyes as my lashes tend to droop the second I lash on (har har) mascara. Maybelline is so dirt cheap, and their mascaras are my absolute favourite. I've used Lancome and Dior and there is no comparison... I hate paying more than something is worth!
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - Lolita Lempicka Midnight
skyjadeshe 3/15/2011 8:06:00 PM
I've never tried the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance, but I do have L and it's the most delicious and wonderful perfume of my young life! XD Sadly I can't say the same for this fragrance. It just doesn't sit right on me. It's a very dark, moody, intense fragrance, full of liquorice, and it was sickeningly sweet on me, like a poison. The only redeeming quality is the packaging. I think mine may have been a limited edition because the bottle has a silver metal filigree over the top of the glass, with a pretty silver flower and diamantes and stuff, as well as the pretty purple color itself. Prettiest bottle I've ever seen in a perfume.
Concealers -Yves Saint Laurent - Anti-Cernes Multi Action Concealer #1
skyjadeshe 11/3/2010 8:26:00 PM
I love this concealer. It has a creamy, smooth texture without being thick and looking cakey. The coverage is super opaque and covers blemishes beautifully for hours. The packaging is so beautiful, and I love the wind-up lipstick style of it. Considering that it's a YSL product, it is also very reasonably priced. Am on my third tube; and will be buying my fourth as soon as this runs out.
Mascara -Christian Dior - DiorShow BlackOut Waterproof
skyjadeshe 11/3/2010 8:19:00 PM
I wasn't a fan. I'd heard so many rave reviews about it, but to be totally honest I found it hugely disappointing. It was gloopy and tar-like, and I found that it was messy and tricky to apply. My eyelashes looked dramatic, but they were clumpy and I found that once it dried, it flaked onto my cheeks. I haven't tried it with mascara primer yet, so maybe that's the key. So far I have worn it once and haven't bothered again. Pretty packaging, and the price wasn't too extreme - though I did find it was a little much for the quality of the product.