Primer/ Corrector -Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
taolyang 12/4/2012 12:02:00 PM
I was late to jump onto this Hourglass Primer that is constantly being raved left and right. So when I finally got my VIB $20 off, I was going to buy the full size but my sister suggest I try the small version first and thank god she did. This is by the far the worst primer I have ever used. In less than 4 hours I've never seen my face so oily that you can literally collect oil droppings! My foundation by itself last about 5 hours but fades in a way that doesn't look too bad and not like the tray underneather a Foreman Grill. I'm so disappointed! I can't say don't buy this because everyone's skin is different but I'm certainly not buying this again.
I wish I could return this but the snobby ladies at the SOHO Bloomingdales would probably shame me to death for return a product that I recently exchanged for an incorrect color match. My skin is acne prone, combination skin. This is probably the worst high end foundation I have ever tried. I can forgive drugstore brands because I didn't pay that much but when you shell out $46 bucks plus tax for a foundation you would expect some quality. I will not deny that when I initially put it on-wow, it looks pretty decent like skin (not holy grail) but yeah this a pretty good color match (NC20- closer to NC25= warm sand). Not too bad but the coverage is sheer and could be build up, still need some concealer to cover red spots. That's fine. So that's after putting on the makeup in the morning before I go to work. 1hr commute later at work: OMG- I literally see a pool of oil (like you can probably extract physically liquid) from the sides of my nose -(yes I am oily there but usually not that oily) my chin is oily and the coverage is not spotty (yes my chin is oily too) and as for my semi-oily/semi-dry forehead- my god, I see that the foundation has poor up around the pores! It is horrible, its not even close to long lasting -pshhh 8 hour wear my butt. I notice its not as bad (meaning maybe 1.5hrs) if I use CoverFX Matte on trouble areas but serious Bobbi Brown -- long lasting? In what world?
I think this cream reminds me a lot in smell and texture of Johnson and Johnson baby lotion. The fragrance is overwhelming, a little too strong for my taste. I am a person that suffers from eczema and all of my dermatologist recommends staying away from things containing fragrances, which this product clearly has yet is supposedly going to help "relieve" eczema. I don't think the product is horrible but its certainly not worth splurging $20 for a hand cream that gives your hands this rubbery feeling that many other drugstore hand cream does for less than half the price with a not so great fragrance. Overall, its an average hand cream, it does the job but for the price you would expect more.
Liquid -Shu Uemura - Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation
taolyang 5/3/2011 1:41:00 PM
I use NC25 in MAC, but it is slightly too yellow for me and 764 was a perfect match. I love how easy it was to blend with my fingers and how it was buildable and natural looking. What I do hate is that after 3 hours it is melting off my face, the area around my nose looks like a mess and my flaky pimple parts looks worst than ever! This is using primer (Smashbox) and powder (MUFE HD). I read that the Shu-uemura UV base primer helps, and I will update again after trying that...but I'm definitely not assured enough to try wearing this to work again. I do notice that it does even skin tone out a little, so on the days when my skin is acting its best, I could use this - similar to a tinted moisturizer.
There are issues with this foundation BUT it's always the one I come back to- I'm on my third one! About myself: I am on the lighter side of MAC NC25, combination skin and recently been having huge breakouts- so I have been placed on a acne regimen which has been making my skin peel and constantly break out (apparently after this horrible stage its suppose to get better- or thats what they tell me). I use no. 200 in Dior Airflash When I initially started using this foundation, I had pretty much perfect skin and I sprayed on the foundation directly to my face as the instructions on the bottle said and it was pretty good, I did go over it quickly with a foundation brush to blend it in better but overall spraying directly works (there is some peach fuzz affect thats why a brush helps). The only issue with spraying is that it gets everywhere- your earrings, hair, eyebrows--your eyelashes. (Everything does come off with water). The MA at the Dior counter who introduced this product to me said she sprays it directly onto the foundation brush and then puts its on- this works very well but I think it uses up more product than if you directly apply to your skin and at the price of this product ...that's a concern--but it does work better that way. So then came my breakout---THIS STUFF SAVED MY LIFE. Have you ever tried to put foundation over patches of peeling skin and random pimples at different stages? It's horrible it accentuates everything! Not this! I didn't even need concealer- (I couldn't find one that didn't cling to my dry patches) it was perfect, it was like someone airbrushed my face and the foundation gently cover all the imperfections! I didn't use a foundation brush this time or any brush in fear that it might push the foundation into dry patches- but the coverage was still excellent. Plus it only took 1 min! (compared to 20min shuffling between concealer and liquid foundation) Of course, pimples- its not gonna make them go away but it does cover it up well enough to make it look like your skin but with a bump! Best part is, theres some excellent oil control- you will get a little oily after 5hrs but that's nothing a blotting paper can't help. Additionally, pimples which tend to be very oily doesn't melt this foundation,which I found was very much the case of many concealers. Bottom Line: Pros: -Easy application- literally spray and go! -Oil control very good. -Excellent coverage and great for covering dry patches and acne without accentuating them. Cons: -The color seems to lean a little pink, not a surprise with most dior foundations -but I did see the comment about how it is more neutral if you apply it with a brush. -The foundation shade selection is limited. -Expensive -Nozzle can get clogged.
I can't even say I saw much results, because after putting it on for the first time I was just completely overcome by the initial "ok smell" to this horrible pastry smell that linger and cling to every piece of clothing I came in contact with. The smell is such a turn off. More so than normal self tanner smells because of the attempt to mask it as pina colada scent making it even worst.
After the crazy hype about this new brush, I bought this product only to be disappointed. It didn't get every lash. It didn't exactly clump with chunks of mascara but it didn't separate the lashes very well, making it seem as if i was missing eyelashes.
I bought the bare mineral stater kit and after using it I wasn't that impressed and I didn't really see the difference between any type of powder makeup from the "great for you minerals" they claimed. The makeup coverage also didn't last very long. The amount of makeup they tell you to use in their tutorials can't cover up slight redness. Overall its ineffective, and you might as well wear no makeup.
I love this primer! It makes your skin so smooth so that when you use your foundation it goes on evenly.