I don't have much more to add, I totally agree with the reviewer before me. This is the best purple lipgloss I own. It does not have the usual sticky/tacky consistency that many MAC lipglasses have. It brightens my face (NC 45, AA), especially my teeth. It is a gorgeous eggplant purple that isn't an "out there" color. One of the gems from MAC. If it is repromoted, I will buy it in a heartbeat.
I agree with the previous reviewers who stated that if you are in the market for semi to full opaque lipglosses, this is not the one for you. Initially, after purchasing this gloss, I was disappointed in its sheerness. I loved the jelly (gel-ly) consistency, which is unlike the tacky and gloopy texture of most MAC lipglasses, but it just looked like sheer gloss with sparkles. That was a few years ago. Now that I am using (and not just collecting) makeup more often, I revisited the gloss. It adds an "oomph" to my lips - a purple-ly shine that is definitely not overdone, but sexy nonetheless. The violet and blue sparkles are not overwhelming; this gloss is one of the few in my collection that I have actually finished. I would repurchased (but hopefully I could B2M) if it became available again.
Wonderstruck is a mystery to me. Sometimes it looks great - subtle shimmer in a neutral pink gloss (especially in my bathroom mirror ;), and other times it looks as though glitter specks are suspended in a clear, extra shiny gloss. So obviously, sometimes I love it and other times, meh. It has the usual lustreglass consistency, not as sticky as the lipglasses, but this may be too close to my lip color to be a win. (For full disclosure: as I grow older, I am beginning to a) prefer lipstick more and b) dislike mac lipglasses for their sheerness and consistency)
Beautiful product! It delivers on its claims as a fool-proof smokey eye. The texture feels like a veluxe pearl, though MAC claims it is a satin. As an aa, nc 45, the gray/black smokey eye hasn't been a favorite look of mine because most grays do not flatter my yellow/golden brown skin, yet this does. I wear this with a fashion fair eyeshadow I purchased way back in the day (toast) and I get tons of compliments. On my lips I do BBQ liner and Lady gaga 1 and plum foolery on my cheeks. Quick and easy and beautiful.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 45 with Helioplex
toffeenut 7/19/2011 10:17:00 AM
I wouldn't recommend this product for those who have dry or extremely dry skin, unless you use a serum or an additional moisturizer underneath. I was fooled into believing that this was a great moisturizer since it was so greasy. It did not leave a white/gray cast on my aa (nc45) skintone, which is a huge plus. I did not experience any breakouts or skin issues, quite the opposite; my skin drank this up in the winter and spring months. But I begin to notice my dry skin becoming drier and "life-less" and I realized that I was not getting enough moisture for this product. So the greasiness fooled me into believing that I was getting the moisture I needed, but I definitely was not. Normal and oily skin types should love this daily moisturizer, but my hunt continues for a dry-skin friendly spf daily moisturizer.
I purchased power supply quite a while ago. If I had purchased it recently, I would have returned it to MAC. Plushglasses are more expensive than other MAC glosses of similar size. Plushglasses are marketed as lip plumpers, but my African-American full lips don't need help in that department. I didn't see a difference, but I didn't expect to. On to the product... The scent can get overwhelming a bit, but it dissipates eventually. The color is a sparkly, pinky shade. It adds some color, but it is far from opaque. It is a natural" pink with a kick, but for the money, you can get something better. There is nothing special about this color or formula. I think I an over the MAC glosses (with the exception of the overpriced cremesheen). Too bad I have so many of them to go through. oh well
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Crystal - RIPE PAPAYA
toffeenut 3/10/2011 2:33:00 PM
Okay I am going to break this lipstick's winning streak. Last year I got Ripe Papaya as a GWP. I really didn't pay attention to it because it was a spring/summer color and it was the fall/winter season. Now that I have been praying for spring to come (because the winter of 10/11 has been a SOB), I took it out to see want will be my "it" look for this spring...any reason to play with makeup :) Anyhow, this is a shimmery coral-ly, pinky orange on me. The color is great, it's everything else that doesn't work for me. 1) I have had this lippie for less than a year, unused, and it has started to melt and become deformed. I have had MAC lipsticks that have lasted for years and years, without changes in texture or scent. Maybe there are less preservatives in EL's formula, but less than a year unused?! (It was stored with all of my other lipsticks.) 2) This lippie has a lot of shimmer/glitter in it. It is probably the only lipstick in my extensive collection that has glitter. I don't likey. Unlike lipglosses that tend to suspend glitter in their glup (is that a word?) and the "shimmer" disappears along with the gloss, these pieces of glitter stay behind. As I pressed my lips together, I can feel the pieces of glitter. Not the most pleasant experience in the makeup world. 3) This formula does not last long. I mean, an hour later I have to either moisturize my lips or reapply. The color isn't that amazing to go through that hassle throughout the day. At first I thought the lack of staying power was due to the free nature of this lippie. Maybe the GWP's quality is not the same as the $22-$24 lipsticks, but after reading the previous reviews, it's the lippie. Oh well, it was free! Can't beat that for a failed product. I think EL has similar colors in different finishes, so maybe if you are a big EL fan you can find this color in a better formula. Wow that was a long post for something I didn't like.
I have had this lustreglass for quite some time. I like lustreglasses much better than lipglasses because of their smooth texture and less stickiness compared to lipglasses. Love nectar is described as an ultra soft apricot, but it is just peach with gold specks. It is far from opaque, but it does offer my lips some color. This gloss is best over lipsticks, especially corals and nudes. It is also a lip gloss that can be used on its own to impart some color and shine to your lips without liner or lipstick. All and all, it works for the purpose it was intended. I will probably B2M for it when I run out, but if necessary, I would repurchase. I think this is a little above average (3.5), but I rounded up for necessity.
I bought this lipstick last weekend, after seeing a swatch on Temptalia's site. I wanted to break my makeup no buy because I was fiending for some new makeup goodies (back to square one. Makeup is a hella a drug :) Anyway, this was one of my purchases. The color, a nude pink with a slight lilac? undertone, was very similar to my lips with a hint of something. It did not rock my makeup world, but I thought it would be a great everyday lipcolor and, since it was a lustre, it would be a very low fuss - put on without a mirror. Alas, it went back to MAC today. Though it is a lustre, it is drying as heck. Lips cracking and peeling. It defeats the purpose of no fuss.
Dark Deed is a dark burgundy with brown undertones. It is quite a lovely color, especially for the lightest and darkest ends of the color spectrum. I am NC 45/50 and I love this lip color with a neutral eye and cheek look. But since it is an extra $1.00 for the Disney packaging and there is no possibility for B2M, Hang Up is a close dupe. Mac's Hang Up is a little lighter and does not have the brown undertones but is similar. Oh, it leaves a stain on the lips and is moisturizing, unless you suffer from dry lips.
The exfoliator is just a bit better than the thermal mask. The smell is not the best in the world, but it is what it is. This is a okay product; it is not worth the $ 19.50 I paid for it. It was definitely a gimmicky product and I fell for the hype and the bs that is the LE frenzy. Unlike the thermal mask though, I can see some result from the product, but there are many high end and drug store brands that more effective.
Okay, I've had this mask since it came out with Style Black, but I have just recently started to use it. For a $19.50 product, it does not rock my world. Just washing my face and using this mask does nothing for my skin. It is a pain in the a$$ to take off; you can only use this in the shower, unless you want to send extra time cleaning your sink AFTER cleaning your face. This is an utter disappointment. It leaves my skin dry, the gimmicky heating sensation does not do it for me, and with warmer water, it may get uncomfortable. I gave this an extra lippie because I did wait for a year to start using it.
Since I am shopping my stash more (trying to break the makeup buying addiction), I "rediscovered" some items that I bought and only used a few times. This cream colour base is one of those items. Originally, I bought it as an eye shadow base and it failed at that (creases badly after some time). I threw it into some makeup drawe,r never to be seen again until a few months ago. Fabulush works as a good orange-y coral blush. With fingers or brush, it blends into a lit-from-within color. This is probably a better base than a true blush, because the intensity, once blended, does not last the entire day. Also, oily skinned makeup lovers should be aware that it has an greasy feel to it. I have dry cheeks, so I luckily have not experienced breakouts, but this product does have oil in it. Rumors are flying that MAC may be discontinuing the ccb's, but I think Optimistic Orange may serve the same purpose, if you can get it at your local CCO or swap for it.
Mascara -Korres - Provitamin B5 & Rice Bran Mascara
toffeenut 7/3/2010 10:26:00 AM
This mascara is alright. It doesn't suck, nor does it rock my mascara world. Yet, it was a pleasant surprise after test driving my first offerings from Sephora's 2009 mascara sampler. I would rate this just above average (3.3). It coats my lashes well, and gives me some additional length but not that much volume. I would try the full-size if I didn't have a million and one mascaras to go through (and it was on sale, making it comparable to drugstore brands). Try a sample, if you can.
This blush is a dupe for NARS's Orgasm blush, and, just like Orgasm, it does not show up on my NC45 skin as a blush. Before I got a chance to return it, I read one of my favorite bloggers entry on NARS blushes and she said she usesOrgasm as a highlighter. So I applied Luminous as such, and it does nicely compliment Milani's Mai Tai blush. So instead of returning it to CVS and having them look at me crazy because I keep returning my drugstore makeup products, I decided to keep it. Definitely cheaper than NARS, especially since I will only be using it as a highlighter. As I mentioned in my Mai Tai review, Milani blushes are much smaller in quantity than they appear.