I like this product. It doesn't feel nor look like you have "powder" foundation on. It settles very nice on the skin, is not drying nor oily, and does not accentuate any pores or fine lines. I got it in no.3, and I normally wear NC25 at MAC. It does not cover imperfections that much. Works best when doing touch-ups since it always applies freshly and evenly.
Highlighters -BeneFit Cosmetics - Girl Meets Pearl
thesoo 3/8/2011 10:08:00 PM
I am against buying most Benefit cosmetics because I think they're overpriced, but had to get this one since I could not find a dupe anywhere. I would say Girl Meets Pearl has a very fine but dense consistency. The golden shimmer particles are very small so it is not grainy or glittery at all, yet it reflects and diffuses light so beautifully. I dab it over my foundation on my cheekbones, the inner corners of my eyes and cupid's bow, and just run whatever's left down the bridge of my nose. It does not accentuate any lines, pores or bumpy surfaces like High Beam did. For reference I am a warm toned NC25. I cut two lippies though because despite the miracle it does it is still too expensive.
(Note: this is a review for Givenchy Sublimine Sculp Light Foundation) I am in love with Sublimine Sculp Light. It is like a tinted moisturizer in many ways: sheer to medium coverage, actually moisturizing, smooths out your fine lines and pores, and feels like nothing on. The color 653 is perfect for my yellow toned, dry-to-normal NC25 skin. This lasts long throughout the day and I actually like it better when my face gets shinier in the afternoon. Your face doesn't look oily or sweaty, but instead glows like you've just gotten a facial. I'm more up for the subtle complexion-enhancer type foundations rather than heavy coverage, so I'll be sticking with this one for a while.
Crème -Chantecaille - Real Skin SPF30 (reformulated)
thesoo 10/29/2009 2:25:00 PM
This is truly a luxury for the skin. I'm an NC25 user but I got this in Bliss, since there weren't enough choices offered in my country (south korea). I would rather look a tone lighter than using the wrong base tone. But the color doesn't really matter since it just melts into your skin after a couple of minutes, creating the MSBB look. this really does live up to its name real skin. With this on, I look like I have slept for ten hours the night before, and I love how it gives off this non-greasy glow even after a lot of time since application. It doesn't take or get patchy on your skin even during re-touching with minimal oxidation. My skin feels so comfortable under this, and i'm amazed at how real skin can make your face look so much better without heavy coverage. I paid an absurd amount (equivalent to approx. 100USD here) but I'm definitely coming back to this one.
Powder -Kanebo - Lunasol Skinfusing Powder Foundation
thesoo 8/24/2009 3:26:00 AM
This is a really nice product. As a lot of reviewers have commented below, this does not make you look like you have powder on your face; it sticks right onto your skin even better than liquid. It is also one of the best products in coverage I've ever used; it covers up everything from unevenness of the skin and spots to pores and wrinkles. However this is not airy or sheer, as long as applied with the sponge. The high coverage it provides is partly due to its rather thick (yet even) application with the sponge, but I can always use a lighter hand or control the excess on my hand before patting it on. I'm a medium to light colored asian, NC25 in MAC and 20 in CHANEL, and the shade OC-2 matches perfectly.
Liquid -Chanel - Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup SPF 15
thesoo 8/13/2009 3:57:00 PM
currently my HG foundation. Wear this in 20 claire. Wear MAC in NC25. -coverage: good enough to unify my uneven skintone and lessens redness but does not "cover" spots. -finish: lives up to its name "matte lumiere." it does finishes in a luminous, dewey appearance but lasts long without having to blot my oils. This makes you look like you naturally have good skin -color: 20 claire is strongly yellow-based. perfect for people who have redness or ruddy skin (my face is pink whereas my neck is yellower) and want to neutralize the color. -lasting: nice. lasts long with minimum oxidation, and wears off in a non-patchy way. in conclusion, a nice summer foundation for people with combo-oily skin, needs some but not perfect coverage, and wants naturally good-looking complexion.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
thesoo 4/24/2009 10:45:00 PM
a pretty good blush. I love the airy and powdery feeling when i rub it onto my cheeks. It's never sticky and you can almost hear the powder gliding across your skin. A pretty, light pinky peach. I personally think that girls darker than NC30 wouldn't look so good in this. It has a lot of white shimmer and the color is very pale, so i wouldn't say it would suit every skintone, but it works greatly as a blush base as well. My only gripe about this product is the too much shimmer. It's microfine so you don't look like a glitterball, but I prefer no-shimmer blushes since the sheen tends to cancel out the pigmentation.
This is a medium tan brown with peachy and grey undertones (weird but yes). It is creamy and opaque with no shimmer or frost, a perfect medium low-profile lipstick for warm toned gals, and looks like a good nude for medium to dark ladies. On my lips it was almost identical to MAC amplified cream lipstick in underplay, which is a great peachy-brown color but currently D/Ced. (why??) Needless to say, great texture and lasting power.
I can't say how much I love this product. Yes I shelled $65 for a lump of pressed powder but I'm so glad I did. I got my shade in #01 Mythic Parfait, and it's perfect to smoothen and brighten up my skin a little. I don't use the green ball in the middle because it contains visible shimmer particles. When swatched on the hand it just looks like plain white powder, nothing special, and same when applied on the face. But the magic happens when a couple of hours pass after initial application. I see my face glowing really subtlely, my skin looks so smooth and my pores are gone! I'm really looking forward to try two other shades, especially the beige one.
What a nice, moisturizing lipstick with great pigmentation. This is a very warm tan-beige with a peachy undertone to it. On my lips it looks exactly the same as Tiger Tiger from MAC's Raquel Welch collection '07; the color, formula and all. Not a nude lipstick for an NC25, but I can see medium skinned ladies wear this as a beautiful nude. The texture is similar to MAC's amplified creams, only a tad more moisturizing. It provides excellent pigmentation and coverage, my favorite texture! (opaque and creamy with no shimmer). The downside is that it's hard to find RMK in the states and the price is quite steep (retails for about $28 USD). I'm not really crazy about the packaging either... a flimsy square silver case that looks really cheap. But who cares as long as what's inside ROCKS!!
This is a pretty good product. I have light yellow combo skin (NC25) with a few red areas around my face, and the shade #4 (a light beige with gold undertones) evens out my skintone and neutralizes the redness perfectly. I like how it's still moisturizing despite the matte and powdery finish. When stippled on it gives nice coverage and awesome lasting powder without looking too made-up. My HG product.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping [DISCONTINUED]
thesoo 4/7/2009 12:39:00 AM
It's an OK highlighter that suits all skin tones unless you're really cool or pale. I got this at a whim at a MAC counter at Nordstrom, but I'm really glad I did. The marbles are as other reviewers said; ivory, purple, brown, and orange. It's pretty wild so it's fun to look at. When swirled all together, you get a pale golden-apricot shimmer with very fine gold pearl. No glitter chunks floating around like other MSF's. I'm an NC25 and when sweeped all over with a 187 brush, the sheen just melts into my skin perfectly and gives me a "just-got-a-facial" glow. I like this better than lightscapade MSF because the shimmer is not too obvious or artificial. I personally hate it when the bridge of my nose flashes obvious silver or pinkish shimmers like those times you use too much Benefit High Beam. It's on the verge of being a little too dark on me, but I can see this work beautifully on tan and olive girls.
what a beautiful, beautiful highlighter. It looks like the planet Mars (at least I think it does :P) in the pan, an ashen brick color marble with red and gold veins. At first I didn't think I would like this because I like wearing my blushes light and bright and this looked sort of muted and dull. But once I sweeped it on my cheek on top of my favorite peach blush I was just blown away. The swatch comes out as a soft peachy orange shimmer with a warm pink duochrome metallic sheen. And this duochrome just makes whatever blush I wear underneath POP!! I couldn't stop glancing at the mirror on top of my desk every day and turning my head around to see the duochrome flashing. If you like wearing peachy blushes and want a special effect to it, use this. It's so sad that it's LE. Although it looks like it will last a lifetime I would still like to get a backup on this.
Pressed Powders -Chanel - SO CHANEL illuminating powder
thesoo 3/25/2009 2:25:00 AM
This illuminating pressed powder was released in December 2007, Chanel studio-limited. This comes in two shades, the pink one (ivory powder + pink logo) and the silver one (pale pink powder + silvery grey logo).I got mine in pink in South Korea for approximately $72 USD. I usually don't believe in "the pricier the better," but I had to get my hands on this one because the pink and ivory powder was so pretty. The compact is the same as chanel's other pressed powders, the sleek black case with the coco logo on top. If you open the lid, there sits a bed of pinkish ivory powder with a pink coco logo in the middle. The pink goes all the way through to the bottom. The texture is really soft. The powder is very finely milled but rather loosely packed, so just swiping a brush across the surface will pick up a ton of product. I used to swirl mine together and sweep it across my cheeks and the usual highlighting zone. It has a matt glow (sounds weird but... not the flashy glittery light as MAC MSFs but soft and "candlelit" such as guerlain meteorites), which makes your skin look smoother and healthier. I had to stop using it though, because of the pink undertones. I'm a nearly olive skinned warm NC25, so it looked like I was wearing a mask. A little flat square brush comes along with the powder, but as all CHANEL blush compact brushes are, the quality is terrible. I wouldn't buy this again, because I don't think the effect and all is worth $72. I do think this would nicely complement the collection to all the CHANEL-addict ladies, though. The powder's so cute and "SO CHANEL."
Like all other nyx round lipsticks, this goes on creamy and smooth with excellent coverage and pigmentation. This is an exact dupe of MAC Siss, a pale-to-medium beige with yellow undertones, almost like concealer. I'm sticking with MAC however, because this smells and tastes (i guess) like old cardboard boxes. Taste and smell are a big factor when it comes to rating lipsticks, yes.