Nymphette is a peach-pink with gold shimmer, a very versatile color. It has just enough pink in it to work for my cool-toned PPP skin. I've tried a lot of peach-pink glosses that turned an unflattering peach or gold color on me, even though I don't have pigmented lips. I just think it's difficult to find interesting warm pinks that aren't too overwhelmingly peach or golden. The glitter in this isn't gritty or chunky and there is a vanilla scent but it is very light and undetectable. And as always, MAC Lipglasses are really sticky and thick, but they're super glossy and long wearing.
Initially, I was a bit dissapointed with the lack of veining in Glissade. I was expecting more of a marbled look with plummy veins, but Glissade is mostly a warm peachy pink color with gold shimmers and a tiny, tiny bit of burgundy veins. Nothing significant though, the color is decidely peachy but rosey, definitely not orange or too warm. It makes my cheeks look rosy and glowy, but I'm careful not to use too much since my skin can't really handle much color. I like to use this with a silvery highlighter, to balance out all of the peach. I use this primarily as a blush.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
snegurochka 12/28/2006 11:11:00 PM
The veining in Lightscapade is soo pretty! I can't stop staring at it. I just love these marbled MSFs. Pale pastel pinks, yellows, and blues are all swirled together in one decidely light, cool-toned MSF. It's perfect for my coloring (pinkish cool-toned PPP). I don't know how well this would work for those with warmer/darker complexions, since Lightscapade does look like it can be frosty or chalky for some. I think Glissade is a more versatile MSF, but Lightscapade is incredibly pretty on my skin. I use it both as a finishing powder and as a highlighter.
I've never really gotten into the habit of using concealer, but decided that I should once I learned how much of a difference a good concealer can make when trying to even out skintone, brighten the eyes, etc. I don't have much to compare this to, but I must say that I was really surprised to find that the shade Ivory matched my skintone exactly. I've had so much trouble in the past trying to find a suitable shade for foundation, so I was surprised to find that one of the first concealers I've ever tried matched perfectly. I guess this might be so because concealer is meant to be a bit lighter then foundation. Anyway, I use this under my eyes even when I don't feel that I have significant dark circles, and it makes a huge difference. I instantly look more awake and my skin looks clearer and brighter. The texture of this concealer isn't dry or tacky, but smooth, creamy, and blendable. I'm also able to layer this without any caking or creasing. However, I never have very dark undereye circles, so I'm not sure how heavy duty this concealer is. I'd say that the coverage for this is medium at most. The finish is matte, smooth, and kind of powdery. When I wear eye cream or moisturizer underneath the finish is more supple, though still matte. It blends seamlessly into my skin but I have normal/slightly oily skin, so I'm not sure how well this would work for those with very dry skin. This also works pretty well for blemishes, but I have a feeling that a thicker concealer would be best for blemishes. Overall, I think this is a really good concealer if you have minimal undereye circles/little to conceal and if you're looking for light to medium coverage.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Whipped Strawberries [DISCONTINUED]
snegurochka 12/26/2006 4:46:00 PM
Whipped Strawberries is a bright pink color that looks really natural on my cool-toned PPP skin. The mousse texture is more blendable than a standard powder blush. I can apply this blush in the dark if I wanted to. It's really fool proof, and I like that I can carry it around with me without bringing along a brush. It's a very pigmented color so a little bit goes a long way. I only need a tiny pinch to add a natural flush to my cheeks. I'm definitely going to go back to the drugstore and pick up a few more of these mousse blushes. I never would have thought to buy this if it weren't for the reviews on MUA.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
snegurochka 12/19/2006 2:10:00 AM
With the help of MAC's Fluidline eyeliners I went from a girl who never wore eyeliner to one who wears it everyday of the week. I've always had trouble with pencil liners (either the color was too faint or they smudged/ran) and liquid liners (too messy and time consuming). I never imagined that using a gel eyeliner with a brush would be easier, but it really is. Gel eyeliners are much more versatile. Blacktrack in particular is a very rich black that glides on like butter. It dries very quickly and stays put all day long. I have worn Blacktrack on numerous humid/sweaty days and never had the color smudge, run, or fade away. The staying power is not an exaggeration (at least not for me)-- it really does stay on ALL day! Fluidline eyeliners are also quite cheap (about $14) and they go a very long way since so little product is needed for each application.
Liquid -Prescriptives - Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup SPF 15
snegurochka 12/18/2006 9:41:00 AM
So far Prescriptives is the only makeup company that has been able to match my skin color almost exactly, though not quite. I have fair pinkish cool-toned skin and I wear Camellia in the blue/red category. Camellia is almost a perfect match, except it's a bit too pink for my tastes. It blends more or less seamlessly into my skin but I can still see some room for improvement. Camellia would be just perfect if it were a bit more neutral instead of pink, though still very fair. The coverage of Flawless Skin is (I'd say) medium, though I use it in very small amounts on select areas of my face. I love the dewy finish as I can't stand seeing a matte texture on my face. The biggest problem I have with this foundation is the horrid packaging. For such an expensive product ($40) it should have at least decent packaging. The open top is unhygenic and the design of the bottle is not travel friendly. I would have preferred a pump top instead.
What I love most about Lash Exact is that it doesn't smudge or fade away. I have a huge problem with mascaras smearing, smudging, running, and otherwise not staying put. Lash Exact is unusual because it really does stay put ALL DAY, even on my lower lashes. It also does a great job at lengthening my lashes, but it doesn't give much volume. My lashes get so long even after just one layer of this mascara that I don't even mind. I've never found a mascara so far that does everything (stays put, lengthens, thickens). Two or three layers of this mascara makes my lashes almost as long as my boyfriend's, though not quite. :p
Blush -Milani - Powder Blush - Pink Craze [DISCONTINUED]
snegurochka 12/18/2006 9:08:00 AM
Pink Craze is probably the only Milani blush that specifically suits fair, pinkish skins. Most Milani blushes are rather warm/peach/deep, so this is a nice change for a cool-toned PPP like myself. Admittedly, Pink Craze isn't a very complex or interesting color (it's a soft candy pink with no shimmers), but it's pigmented and of high quality. The color is buildable but I don't need much blush, one light dab with my brush is enough to give me very pink cheeks. The pigmentation is rich for such a pale color, the lasting power is good, and the texture of the blush (like all of the Milani blushes I've tried so far) is just as silky, smooth, and blendable as any high-end brand.
Blush -Milani - Smooth Finish - Mango Tango [DISCONTINUED]
snegurochka 12/18/2006 8:53:00 AM
Mango Tango is a bright, bright coral hot pink color with subtle silver shimmers. I am very attracted to bright/vivid colors so I picked up Mango Tango long ago, when I first spotted it at the drugstore. Unfortunately it has been discontinued and now I wish I had bought 2 Mango Tango blushes, but that's probably unnecessary since I doubt I'll ever finish the pan that I have anyway. I have fair PPP skin and I need to use only the lightest touch of this color to get a pretty Snow White/porcelain doll look. I don't expect the color to look natural, but more babydoll-ish. I would say that Mango Tango is a buildable color, but it's so bright that I think only very deep skintones would need to build it up. It's truly a very, very richly pigmented color. The texture (finely milled, blendable, soft) and lasting power is also really good.
Luminous is a pinky peach color with subtle golden shimmers. It is more pink then it is peach so it works for my cool-toned PPP skin, though I have to use an extremely, extremely light hand. People often say that this color is very similar to NARS Orgasm but I have to disagree. Orgasm is warmer, peachier, and much more glittery then Luminous. I can wear Orgasm but it's not that flattering on me since peachy/apricot colors (with no pink in them) generally don't do much for my skintone. I use a very light hand when applying Luminous (as too much peach can clash with my cool undertones), but the pop of color I do get is very pretty. It doesn't look like the color of my naturally flushed pink cheeks but more like a glow from within. Luminous is especially *glowy* on me when I blend it on the tops of my cheekbones and into my temples, with a pinker blush on the apples of my cheeks. The texture of this blush is also of really good quality (smooth, silky) and the lasting power is good too. Milani blushes are a total steal at $4 apiece. Milani makes a lot of really beautiful colors for warmer/deeper skinned ladies, but I wish there were a few more options for PPP/cool-toned gals. So far the only Milani blush colors I'm able to pull off is Luminous, Mango Tango (discontinued), and Pink Craze.
Angelika is a very pretty richly pigmented cool-toned bubblegum/cotton candy pink with fine silver shimmers. Most NARS blushes are too peachy/warm for my skintone but Angelika is the perfect color for a cool-toned PPP like me. I have very fair skin with pink/blue undertones and Angelika shows up as a light fuchsia-magenta flush on my cheeks. The shimmer is cute and sparkly but not garishly glittery. A very light touch of this blush gives me a porcelain doll look. The texture of the powder is very soft, smooth, and finely milled but not crumbly. The lasting power is also very good. The color stays on my cheeks all day without fading or dissapearing. It's a pricey blush but is an investment since this color is one of my makeup staples.