Blush -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Redhead Degradé
talora 2/6/2009 10:35:00 PM
I'm PPP with light strawberry blonde hair and hazel eyes. This is my first MSF. I LOVE it! I'm so surprised because I normally avoid all things shimmery, as I prefer a natural look. I wear this primarily as a blush (w/ minor highlighting on the rest of my face) and it gives me a perfect bronzy/peachy glow. Beautiful! Just a subtle flush like no other product I've tried. I don't want to be too shimmery so I use a very light hand and the result is lovely. I use a bit more for an evening look. I imagine this will last a long time, or at the very least when I run out there will be a dupe, but I am extremely tempted to buy a backup. Great product.
Lipstick -MAC - Blow Dry (Blonde Brunette Redhead)
talora 2/6/2009 10:22:00 PM
I'm PPP with strawberry blonde hair and hazel eyes. The BBR collection appealed to me, in theory, but in reality I was not convinced I'd be able to wear Blow Dry because in the tube it looks very bright and I prefer a natural look. I was wrong. It is lovely! It's a light pink/peach/coral with a tiny hint of shimmer. It really brightens my face and gives me a youthful glow. The colour pay-off leaves a pretty peachy pink tint that is very flattering on my warm, but fair, skin. Whenever I wear this I get several compliments. Be warned: it's very similar to MAC's Gentle Coral lip conditioner. Obviously, there is a bit of shimmer because it is a lustre but the shimmer is slight and, overall, it is a very similar tone but with far better pay-off. Also, the upshot is that the lipstick applicator is far more appealing and hygienic than the lip conditioner pot. This lipstick is quite sheer and may not appeal to those who prefer a more dramatic look; however, for me, and my purposes, this was a pleasant surprise. It may just end up being my HG. I'm seriously contemplating buying more since it's LE and I can see myself wearing this as my day-to-day colour.
I'm fair skinned (NC 15) with light golden blond hair/eyebrows/lashes and I bought this as a neutral all over eyeshadow for those days when I want a completely natural "me but better" look. Tgis eyeshadow sort of accomplishes that. I like the texture and that it's matte, but it is slightly too light, even for me. I could see this being a great highlighter for most other women. I'll continue to use it until it's all gone, and, in theory, I'd buy it again, but it isn't my HG so I'll be on the look out for something else that gives me that perfectly nude, natural eye I love for daytime.
I'm very fair skinned (NC 15) with light golden blond hair/eyebrows/lashes. I need very light colors, and a light hand, or else I risk looking garish. I bought this eyeshadow hoping for an easy, natural color that I could use on my entire lid. It *almost* succeeds. It's a pretty good crease color, but it's a bit too dark for me to wear across my lid during the daytime. I can wear it as a lid color at nighttime. I like that it's matte (I prefer matte, or low lustre, for day wear). Overall, I'd describe this as okay; not great, not terrible. I won't buy it again. I'll try other products before considering this again. However, I think that for most light skinned women this color would work well. I'm just too fair to successfully pull it off during the day as an all over color. Other than that, it's a nice product with decent staying power and texture.
I'm fair skinned (NC 15) and bought this looking for a very natural, matte shadow that I could wear across my entire lid for an easy daytime look. I like neutral, natural colors in my day-to-day life. In the pan this color looks like a gorgeous beige/light tan and exactly what I was looking for. It's described as "a light golden beige with peachy undertones." They weren't kidding about the peachy undertones! Holy smokes. It goes on very, very peachy. So peachy that I could use peach blush on my lids and get a very similar effect. I tried to love it, I really did, but with my peach blush and love of a natural lip it became peach overload so I had to return it. My quest for the perfect, natural, matte eyelid continues....
I'm very fair skinned (NC 15) with light golden blonde hair/eyebrows/lashes. I really like this blush. It gives me a nice peachy, healthy glow and works well with the warm tones in my skin. Because I am so fair skinned I do need to use a very light hand or else it looks garish. In theory, I'd buy this again, but in reality I'd probably try something different next time. However, I really like this product and give it a solid 4/5.
Lipstick -MAC - Slimshine in Bare ] [DISCONTINUED]
talora 10/3/2008 12:07:00 PM
I'm very fair skinned (NC 15) with light golden blond hair/eyebrows/lashes and need to use a very light hand and very light colors or else I look garish. This slimshine works well for me as a lipstick. I know for some women this is more of a light gloss/lipstick hybrid, but with my coloring it shows up as a moisturizing lipstick (i.e. more obvious than a gloss -- when I wear it my husband notices). However, I really like it. I do think it's a MLBB type product. It's a light, slightly brownish, pink with only the tiniest amount of shimmer. On me, it looks more opaque than sheer or shimmery. I find I can wear it most days, but if I'm having a ruddy skin day then it's not a great choice because it brings out too many of the red tones in my skin, but when my skin is good the Bare Slimshine gives me a very polished lip. I like it. I'd buy it again. It's not my HG, but it's definitely in heavy rotation.
I was really disappointed in this product. I had high hopes because I love the Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar, but I don't care for the extreme shine/goopiness of the gloss so I was hoping this would be a good compromise. The color is fine, although it does go on slightly darker than the gloss, but it's the large chunks of glitter and extremely soft texture of the nub that I really dislike. The glitter is really obvious and the stick is so soft that it easily breaks off if I don't use a very light hand. I find I have to keep it in the freezer in order to sharpen effectively (and often). Overall, this product didn't work for me but I do like the concept.
I'm very fair skinned (NC 15) with light golden blond hair/eyebrows/lashes. I like a natural look and this color looks fantastic on me. A very natural, slightly coral, MLBB gloss with a hint of shimmer. I get so many compliments when I wear it. It works very well with my coloring. My only criticism is that it's extremely glossy and while I don't mind a heavily glossed look for evening, it's not my preference for daytime. Feels too sticky and obvious for my liking, but I love this gloss when the high shine wears off a bit. My preference is to eventually find a stila color just like this (sheer, some shimmer) but without the goopiness (I've yet to try the glaze formulation in this color -- soon). Overall, I love this color and I don't mind the twist applicator (not my favorite but I can live with it). Stila's lip colors are very, very wearable. I will definitely buy again.
I'm very fair skinned with light golden blonde hair and blonde eyebrows/lashes so a little color goes a long way with me and I'm always at risk of looking garish if I don't use a light hand. Fortunately, Stila's Convertible Color in Gerbera is the perfect light peach flush for me. Makes me look healthy and fresh and works with almost all lipsticks and eyeshadows. It's particularly great for a natural daytime look. The cream formulation is not my favorite but it's practical, long lasting and very blendable. I usually use a brush for application unless I'm packing it in my purse then I'll use my fingers for touch-ups. Will definitely buy again.
I really wanted to love this mascara. I'm constantly on a quest for the perfect mascara and had high hopes for this. It does lengthen and thicken but it is also very smudgy. At the end of the day I have large dark circles under my eyes. So disappointing. If you're the type of person who never touches your eyes (I thought I was!) then this is probably not a big deal, but it turns out it is for me. I'm also not convinced it's any better than some of the other volumizing mascaras (lash out or voluminous, for example) that are available at a fraction of the cost. Also, I like a large brush, but this brush is enormous! And probably a little unnecessary. Overall, I'd describe this as a good mascara, but probably not worth the cost. I doubt I'll buy it again. At least not before I've tried every other mascara out there.
Blush -MAC - Blushcreme - Lilicent ] [DISCONTINUED]
talora 9/29/2008 5:16:00 PM
I bought this blush on a whim and I've fallen in love with it. It's accurately described as a "full rosey fleshtone". On my fair, warm toned skin ( I have light golden blonde hair and green-hazel eyes) it gives me a healthy glow. I use a brush for application because I find it gives me a smoother finish. It's definitely my go-to blush.