I've been using this for about 6 months. It's by far the best eyeshadow base I've ever used. It goes on easily and quickly. I then dust over it lightly with pressed powder before applying my liner and shadow. This base covers the veins in my lids and makes the shadow color pop. My shadow stays in place all day. It doesn't dry or irritate my lids at all. I also use it as a lip gloss base. Altho I still have plenty left in the original container, I ordered 3 more. I don't want to run out of this little miracle worker.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - sensitive skin sunblock spf 30
terrian 6/9/2008 11:30:00 AM
It's a winner for my very fair combo skin. I use a small amount - about dime-size - and apply it lightly over my face and neck, (don't rub in), let it sit for about 10 minutes, then gently blot before applying makeup. It is reflective, ie 'shiny' - as are all sunscreens. This one is less so than any other I've tried. It's not at all greasy or drying, there's no detectable fragrance, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin - in fact it seems to help calm it. It nicely evens out my pale skin tone. I can skip my liquid Colorstay on casual days and just used pressed powder. IMO, it wouldn't work at all on medium or dark skin.
Eye Shadow -American Beauty - Luxury for Lids Eyeshadow Duo
terrian 8/22/2006 10:56:00 AM
After having such a wonderful experience with AB foundation, I decided to spring for the eyeshadow. Altho the color selection was nice, the product itself is a major disappointment. It's hard to obtain decent coverage, and the shadow lasts about 90 minutes. I've never had any other shadow disappear so fast. At the high price, that's a rip-off.
Liquid -American Beauty - Perfectly Even Natural Finish Foundation
terrian 8/22/2006 10:46:00 AM
I'm 50+ with combo skin and live in a hot, humid area. I had long ago sworn off liquid foundations but decided to try this after reading the positive reviews. I've now used it all summer (about 9 weeks now). The color match is the best I've ever found; it's as though it's custom blended for me. It's such an exact match that I sometimes just cover my t-zone. There's no demarcation at all. Coverage is light - midway between tinted moisturizer and long-wear opaque. Application works equally well whether I use my fingers, a sponge, or a brush, so I use my favorite - a wedge sponge. When topped with a light dusting of powder, it lasts as long as any powder, mineral, cream-to-powder, mousse, or long-lasting formula I've ever tried. In the summer heat, that means I might blot 2-3 times over the course of a 10-hour workday. I usually re-powder during my lunch break. I feel like I've hit the foundation jackpot.
Powder -Cover Girl - Tru Blend Powder foundation [DISCONTINUED]
terrian 9/4/2005 11:36:00 PM
This is the best powder foundation I've used, including Chanel, Lancome, Aromaleigh Minerals and Jill Ireland minerals. The Classic Ivory 410 is a perfect neutral match for me. In others I'm normally I'm the second-from lightest and the warm tone is too yellow, the cool and neutral tones too pink or organge. It goes on smoothly, and astonshingly holds t-zone oil slick at bay with only 1-2 touch-ups, using Sally's oil blotting sheets, during a 9-hour work day. My skin is well-exfoliated thanks to weekly Netrogeuna Dermabrasion scrub and nightly applications of retin/salyicic forumula neutrogena cream (plan to change to ROC when that runs out). For my day face, I take a dab of light tinted moisturizer with good spf, blend it well in my palms, pat over my face, smooth with a latex, sponge, allow to set. I then blot with a Sally's sheet, and brush the Trublend powder over my T-zone, carrying it across my eyelids. I carry a TruBlend compact everywhere I go but usually don't need to touch up unless there's a social event or something. This is a fabulous foundation, if your skin is well-foliated.
I waited until after 3 weeks of daily use to review Dream Matte. My skin is combo with large pores and heavy oil in the t-zone. I've never had another foundation apply as easily, look as heavenly, and stay on as well, and I've tried many high-end ones including Chantecaille and Lancome. One thing I learned early - it does NOT sit well on primers, it slid right off my EL Idealist. That may sound like a bad thing but in fact Dream Matte looks and stays better w/o primer that other foundations do with primer. I apply a light layer of moisturizing sun screen, let it sit for 15 mins or so, then apply the DM. Incredibly my oily zone behaves well with this treatment, only needs minor touch-ups during my long work-day in hot humid Texas. I can't believe something so wonderful is priced so reasonably.