Liquid -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
sportschick 2/5/2013 1:19:00 PM
I recently picked this up at Walmart, and have been using it for about a week. Prior, I had been using Clinique's Even Better for about 6 months. I will continue to use the Clinique, but I wanted to also have a drugstore backup. I have tried the Maybelline line, several from the Revlon line as well, but havent been sold. I also havent used a Cover Girl foundation since high school. I saw a lot of positive comments about this particular foundation from some "beauty guru's" on youtube and decided to pick it up. Packaging: I love the pump. I hate foundations that do not have some way of minimizing the amount you dump out. I dont have a steady hand, so i like having a pump or tube instead of just a hole where it can dump out if you are not careful. I also like that there is a cap AND the pump also locks. The bottle is very heavy duty. I knocked it off of my sink and it was totally fine. Reminds me of a nicer/high end bottle. Price: Depending on where you shop, the price can vary significantly (also by region im sure). At my local CVS, it was $12. At Walmart and Target I found it for $9 and $10 respectively. I purchased mine at WM because they had my colour (Creamy Natural). CVS is a good place to pick up though if you have extrabucks, etc. Scent: No scent that I could notice Texture: A little thicker than I thought it would be, but comes out nicely through the pump. Very blendable. Wear: I have worn it for a work day several time, getting ready at 7am and returning home and washing my face around 6-7pm. I barely have to touch up during the day, and I have very very oily skin. The only area I usually need to touch up in a bit on my forehead and nose. I do not notice too much fading during the day. I have noticed if I dont blend super super well around my mouth/nose, sometimes it will really show some of the small fine lines in that area. I use my fingers to apply to start, and then blend it out with a buffing/stipple brush. I do find that it covers with a nice medium coverage, and is buildable. I still have to use a bit of concealer under my eyes and some of the reddish spots on my nose and chin. I do set mine with UD's setting spray as well. Overall: Again I have only been using for about a week, but I am really impressed with CG this time around. I am not a huge fan of most of their line, and I am not a huge drugstore fan in general. But I must say, the price is consistent with several of the other Maybelline and L'oreal foundations, but I really prefer the packaging and the wear over them.
I have this in the peachy cheek and passion pink. For $3 a pop, I think its an amazing deal. I have quite light skin, and these show up wonderfully. The colour payoff is rich, but shimmery, so if you dont like shimmer, definitely find something else. It's very buildable as well, if you want something lighter, like a slight flush, its perfect, or it can be built to be a lot brighter. For those who were complaining about the pinktastic being too light, I tried my friend's pot of that colour, and I think it makes a pretty nice highlight. I definitely dont think its rich enough to be its own blush colour. :)
I went to Sephora a few weeks ago to search for a new foundation. Forever, I have used drugstore brand foundations. I just found it silly to purchase a foundation for $30+. Well, I should have listened to the economist in my head, because now I have a drawer full of half used foundations that probably adds up to enough to buy a handful of high end foundations *sigh*. I have very bad hormonal cystic acne around my chin, and occasionally on my cheeks. I was looking for something that would not irritate that, but I also have oily skin. I was looking for something that was Medium-full coverage and buildable. Packaging: I like the small opening at the top. Easy to squeeze out the amount that I want. Smell: No strong scent, which is good, as I have sensitivity to that often! (Revlon i find has some weird smelling foundation, fyi!) Application: I usually use clean dry hands to apply. I dap a small amount on the back of my hand and warm it up a bit, and then apply. I also have a nice synthetic foundation brush that I use as well. Application is very smooth and goes on nicely, Dries relatively quickly to a nice semi-matte finish. Skin feels very smooth, and the colour is easily buildable to a fuller coverage. Price: I believe I paid $27 at Sephora. I have had my bottle for about a month now, and still have a ton left. I think if it lasts about 3 months or so per bottle, its better than buying reject after reject of drugstore foundation. Coverage/Staying Power: I use this with the Stila correcting primer, and it works great at combatting my oil factory of a face. I have worn in during a 14 hour work day, and only had to blot or powder 2 times or so during the work day. Thats pretty great. It also doesnt get streaky on my skin, which happened a lot with other foundations after 6-8 hours of wear. It also did a nice job of covering up many of my acne marks and skin spots! Overall: I really like this foundation, and I think I found a new go to. So far, it has not affected my cystic acne, if anything, I think it has cleared up a bit, which is always great news!
I am in the middle of a 2 and a 3, but I'm giving this a 3, because I do really love most of what Urban Decay puts out. I purchased this palette a few weeks ago along with the Naked 2 palette. A few of my friends have had the palette for awhile, and raved about how much they liked it. I really really want to like this palette, but most of the colours just do not work for me. Out of 20 colours, there are only about 5 or 6 that I go to and can use. The rest have no pigmentation, have terrible fall out, or are just incredibly glittery and messy. I can usually work with the glittery/messy stuff, but this is just over the top. The bright blue shade in the palette even with potion primer has no pigmentation or payoff whatsoever. Packaging: I love the packaging. It is sleek and durable. The first night I purchased it, i accidentally knocked it off my sink. Everything was intact and fine! Price: for $59, its almost $10 more than the Naked palettes, but you get 8 more colours. I think if I could make more of the colours in the palettes work for me, I wouldnt have a problem with the price, but for 5-6 colours, its like $10 bucks a colour for me. Pigmentation: A lot of the colours in my opinion, do not have the colour payoff that i have found in most of the other UD palettes, which is a shame. the colours look beautiful when you look at them, but you have to pack and pack and pack the colour on to get a good look. I may attempt to do some of the colours wet and see if I cant get a better payoff. Fallout: Fall out for many of the colours in insane. I like to keep my palettes very clean, and cleaning this mofo after using it is so painful. Not to mention trying to clean off my cheeks after applying. I hold a cloth under my eye in order to pick up the excess. Overall: I dont think I am going to give up hope on this palette just yet, which is why i gave it a 3 instead of a 2. The few colours I love (occupy, junkie, rapture, vice, nevermind, and echo beach are awesome) are definitely amazing. I just wish the shadows were more "buttery" and less chalky. I am hoping by playing with the palette a little more, I can make it work better for me :)
I went to Sephora a few months back on a mission to find a primer and foundation routine that would combat my awful oil factory of a face. I walked around the store and tried out a few different ones from MUFE, TooFaced, etc. I decided on the Stila, and glad I did. Packaging: So Cool. the little helix looking colours in the transparent tube are really neat! I also really like this pump. It lets out just the right amounts of product! Scent: nothing noticeable! Thats a huge plus. Stuff like primer should not have a scent, imo. Texture: I pump the product onto my hand, and warm it up a bit, and then dab it on my face. I love the feeling and how smooth it is! Price: At $36, its more expensive that most of the other primers I looked at, but I have been using it for about two months on almost a daily basis and it looks like i barely used any. Its a decent size, and I think it will last awhile, so broken down that way, it might be worth it! Does It Work?: I dont really notice a difference in it correcting my skin tone issues (I have very bad redness). But I will say, it has really helped keep my skin from becoming less oily during the day, and it works GREAT with my Clinique Even Better foundation. The combo has been a lifesaver, and I dont find myself blotting or powdering my t-zone as much during the day.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parlux - Jessica Simpson Fancy
sportschick 9/22/2012 8:33:00 PM
I am on my 3rd bottle of Fancy. I love it so much! It has a unique scent to it...a bit of a fruity smell at first, but definitely hints of sandalwood and vanilla, giving it a bit of a musky smell. Feminine but with a hint of masculinity. The scent lasts forever! I spray it in my hair and 8 hours after my workday is over, i will catch whiffs of it. I get a ton of compliments everytime i wear it, from women and men. I really like the bottle too. It sits on my vanity with my other myriad of perfume bottles, but it just stands out with its rose gold lid and bottle. so pretty. I will continue to repurchase this scent. I usually buy it during the holidays when you can get the lotion and body wash set!
This is a relatively sheer concealer. I find it works best to cover redness around my nose and on my chin, as well as some smaller zits. It does not work for my undereye circles, or my cystic acne scars. I do like how soft the texture is. It goes on very smooth, and it is not cakey. No weird scent, and the container it comes in is nice and compact and travels well. I will probably not purchase again just because i have some other concealers I like better and that perform better for a fraction of the cost.
Moisturizers -Garnier - Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
sportschick 9/22/2012 8:21:00 PM
Price: I find this at my local CVS or Target for around $10. Its a relatively small glass container, but you can often find coupons, etc. Packaging: small, glass container. It is easy to get the product out, all the way to the last drop. Scent/texture: no strong scent, texture is a smooth gel that is not sticky Performance: I use this when the weather gets cold, late fall and winter here. I get extremely irritated, red, skin in those months, and this helps soothe the itchiness. It doesnt cause any breakouts. A little goes a long way. works great under primer and makeup, doesnt leave face sticky or cause any lumps under makeup. I have already purchased this multiple times. My little sister has very severe acne on her face and sensitive skin, and this does not irritate her or break her out. in fact, with her acne treatment, and this moisturizer, her skin cleared up, and is less irritated.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads
sportschick 9/22/2012 8:12:00 PM
I accidentally purchased these instead of the oil free ones I normally get. But i figured why not use them instead of taking them back....big mistake. They are SO OILY. i understand moisturizing, but it didn't feel good. it felt like i just dumped a bunch of french fry grease on my face. The biggest thing however was it burned my eyes. I have sensitive eyes, and i wear contacts. It burned my eyes so bad i had to wash my face and lay with a wash cloth over my eyes to relieve the pain. It was awful. I ended up giving them to my sister and she likes them, so to each their own. I know I will triple check next time to make sure i get the right kind. The oil free ones are amazing and take off all makeup!
I think I finally found my holy grain for drugstore foundation! I went to CVS to return the Neutrogena Shine Conrol I had purchased (I did a review on it...not impressed). I love that CVS has a great return policy on used makeup! I was looking through the makeup section trying to find any foundations I had not tried. I cannot believe this was the first time I had picked up this product as I typically enjoy most Maybelline products I purchase. Me: Skin very oily, especially in t-zone; small amount of cystic acne scars; ruddy-red skin tone (due to rosacea); work environment is busy--part desk, part running around with my head cut off, and office is a sauna!. Store Purchased/Price: CVS, the price was $9.99, i had a $5 extra bucks coupon, so I paid 4.99. Yay! Packaging: The packaging is right, I think, for the type of moussy product. I had tried the kind Maybelline has in the aluminum can, and i hated. Easily packed in my makeup bag i carry in my purse. Scent/Texture: No real scent that was good or bad. Maybe its because my allergies are bad, but i didnt notice much of a scent at all. Texture is very smooth, light. Coverage: I would rate it as a medium coverage. It covered a lot of my redness and discolourations. I could still see some of my acne marks, but i use my Sheer Cover concealer and it hides those puppies! Application: I used a foundation brush (sorry i cant remember the name, i've had it for awhile, the name rubbed off the handle), and buffed it out with a stipple brush from the studio line at E.L.F. used my fingers to touch up around the nose and mouth area. I did not need much product at all! Lasting time?: I have had it on 6 hours today and I have yet to touch up with powder or blotting papers. When I touch my face, it feels slightly oily, but not how i usually feel halfway through a work day. I do use cover girl powder on my face and I use a makeup setting spray as well. Overall: I really am enjoying this product the first few wears. It seems to have lasting power, and good for combo/oily skin. Its not super heavy, so i think it would be great for warmer weather (its only 70 here today), but also be great for the winter time too. I will definitely be repurchasing.
Packaging: I LOVE the pump! So much easier to dispense what you need and how much. Especially since you dont need a lot to get a nice coverage. Pricing: I purchased mine at CVS since you can use manufacturers coupons, extra care bucks, cvs coupons, etc, so i rarely pay full price. But even at my local CVS full price means dropping around $10. Texture/smell: Very smooth to the touch. Not too heavy or thick but not runny. Does not have any kind of strong smell, which i love, because I do have allergies and asthma, and some makeup products do irritate me. Performance: This is absolutely one of my favourite drugstore foundations, and I swear I have tried every one on the market. My skin is excessively oily, and at my job, I am often on my feet or on the go, working up a sweat. This stuff stays on during a grueling 10-14 hour day. I do find that I have to touch up here and there from some oilyness but not nearly as much as I do with other foundations. I have some acne scars and rosacea, and I find with a sponge, stipple brush, or foundation brush, i get an amazing coverage with very little product. I was also able to find a colour that was great for my skin tone--they had a nice array of colours...around 12 or so. Overall: I love this product. I have repurchased and I will continue to do so. Its a great price, a great product. It give off a nice finish, not too matte that it looks cakey, and not overly dewy.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Strawberry Sorbet
sportschick 9/18/2012 2:25:00 PM
I wanted to like this product so bad, because of how cute it looked. I ended up giving it to my little sister. Packaging: I did not like the packaging once I started using it. The egg shape for me was hard to hold in my hand to apply. Also, because the product is so wide/large, I also found it difficult to apply without making a bit of a mess on my face! Texture/Smell: The texture is very smooth and it did not leave any kind of white residue or get clumpy which was nice. The smell turned me off. It didnt smell good...it was almost like...very plastic-y and just a very generic strawberry smell, if that makes sense. Performance: Again, it didnt leave any kind of white residue or clump like some lip treatments tend to do. I didnt notice good or bad a difference in the moisture of my lips. Would I buy again?: The price is good at Walmart and Target, but there are other lip treatments in the same price category that dont smell as bad and that are easier to apply. I would not re-purchase.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
sportschick 9/17/2012 8:58:00 PM
I originally tried this because I received a sample in one of those monthly subscription boxes. I liked it, and saved up my points to get a full size for free. Packaging: simple plastic bottle. the 8oz bottle was filled to the brim and easily dispensable. Texture/Scent: very smooth, when it touches your skin, its so soft. Not a bad scent. I would call it very "clean" smelling. Performance: I own one of the generic clairisonic face scrubbers. It works amazing with it. Very nice lather, and a little product goes a long way. It makes my face feel very clean--not rubbery or tight like some products do. I dont give it a better rating because for the price, it doesnt do anything amazing. It cleanses my skin fine, it doesnt break it out. But there are a few drugstore cleansers that I use/used that do just as good of a job. The other negative, and i dont know if anyone else experienced this, but the last 1/4 of the bottle ended up being very very watery. Strange. The texture completely changed. I dont keep my bottle in the shower, I keep it in the cabinet. Not sure what happened there! I would buy this product again if I had points like i did before where i could get it for free or at a discount. I dont know if i would pay full price though.
BB Cream -L'Oreal - Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
sportschick 9/17/2012 4:56:00 PM
I bought this product before going on vacation a few months ago. I didn't want to wear foundation, but I do hate going without SOMETHING on my face, so I picked this up at CVS on sale and with a coupon AND extra bucks! (why i always try to buy my drugstore brands at cvs)...i actually ended up getting the product for free with all of the deals and coupons! woo hooo :) Anyway!: Packaging: I liked the tube, it was easy to let out only the amount of product you needed and it was thin and easy to pack Texture/smell: It didn't have any type of distinctive smell, good or bad. The product itself caught me off guard. Its grainy, like sand, and it comes out white! I was taken aback, so I put some on my hand and watched as it seemed to change to my skin tone. Like magic...haha! Wear/Coverage: I have oily skin and some acne scars/redness. It did cover more than some of my other BB creams, and it didnt make my face AS oily. It did not last long though, after just 2-3 hours, it looked like i definitely needed a touchup. Overall: It is definitely more of a glorified tinted moisturizer, as someone else had mentioned, rather than a BB cream. Coverage was better than Garnier and Cover Girl that I had tried. No lasting power. I will not purchase again!
BB Cream -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector - Light/Medium
sportschick 9/17/2012 3:01:00 PM
I bought this about six months ago because it was on special at CVS. I had never tried a "BB cream" before and was curious. This was before the others came out by L'Oreal, Maybelline, etc. My skin is very oily, and I also deal with some cystic acne scarring as well as redness from rosacea and allergies. This product was definitely not meant for me. If you have dry/not crazy oily skin, and you have a relatively good complexion, you could probably love this product. I ended up giving it to a friend of mine who has dry skin and not a lot of breakouts, and she loved the light coverage and the application of it. My experience...it did nothing to cover my blemishes and problem areas. It left me feeling extremely greasy. I could also still see all of the redness and blotches on my skin. I would have really liked it to work for me, because I did like how it applied. I have heard good things about japanese bb creams, and will look to try one of those in the future.