This stuff has blown me away! It's the most perfect match for my NW20 skin I've ever used. But it's not only that - it blends superbly. No tidemarks on the nose, no pooling in pores....I mean you really can just slap this stuff on any old way and it seems to sit perfectly. Actually, the finish is so diffuse and soft it actually seems to minimise the appearance of pores! The coverage is fairly light at first but you can build it up so easily. I double it up under the eyes to get a bit more coverage for my dark circles. CONS? Not a whole lot, tbh. I can't imagine anyone darker than me could use it though. And even with a great shade match it's still covering everything like a foundation - in other words, you become kinda uni-shade. I have to use a cream blusher so I don't look too pale on my cheeks. But I can't think of anything else - this totally replaces MAC F&B for me as a light foundation. By the way, I trialled the Pink one on one side of my face and the Gold on the other - I honestly couldn't see any difference. Some ppl say the Pink is matte compared to this but they're both fairly satin finished to my eyes. But I ordered full size in the Gold as I'm late thirties and this one seems more recommended for my age. Best €6 on Ebay I ever spent!!!
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Multi-Defence Daily Moisturiser SPF25
triotrio 4/6/2013 11:39:00 AM
I normally use Olay SPF 30 which is a nice product, but I was annoyed how quickly it runs out. This was cheaper, and spf 25, so I thought I'd try it. Big mistake. It's not moisturising. It says "for all skin types" on the product, but it LIES! :D I'm normal, and it pulls tight on me after application. I'm debating whether to toss it or invest in a serum to wear underneath just to make my face comfortable! It also lies that it's unfragranced - it smells like raw chemical moisturiser. The absence of "parfum" does not make something unfragranced! Would not repurchase.
This is such a divine colour when opaque - a shimmering multifaceted BRIGHT jelly. But it takes 6 - 6!!!! - coats to reach that stage. It's ridiculously sheer. Also, the glitter is so bumpy that you could not wear it without topcoat to smooth it out, and since it eats topcoat, I had to use two layers of topcoat to get that smooth perfect look. So its a total PITA! Shame, cos it is divine when perfected. I can't stop looking at my nails. Wouldn't repurchase, and will be on he lookout for a coral jelly with a better formula.
Lips -Collection 2000 - Cream Puff - Moisturising Lip Cream
triotrio 8/7/2012 12:58:00 PM
I first bought Powder Puff and was disappointed - the colour was too warm on my cool skin. But undeterred, I tried Fairy Cake, which is the salmon/watermelon type of colour. And its AMAZING. Its almost neon, and looks so retro with the matte finish. It would suit all skin tones, I'd say. This is a colour that you rarely see on low-end products. It stays all day - but can be slightly drying. Love this, will be wearing it all summer!
I only bought the small size at Sephora, and I'm glad, because I think I'll throw it out. I've really tried to like this, as it initially applies fine. It gives long rather spidery lashes upon first application. The problem is if you want to do a second coat - the lashes are so crispy that it feels like you're dragging a mascara wand through brambles. Yeeeuch. And then the result is not so great - it clumps upon the 2nd layer. It also seems to melt - I do notice traces of raccoon eyes. Not the worst I've tried, but for the money? Should be better.
Fragrances -Jo Malone - Rose Water & Vanilla Cologne Intense
triotrio 7/19/2012 7:31:00 PM
Smells basically like Turkish Delight. Hours later, I feel a little sick.
I got this mask for €14 at City Pharma in Paris. Its a gorgeously refreshing product, and my poor hungover dehydrated skin just drank it in. After 10 minutes I could barely feel the product on my skin at all anymore. No stickiness or residue. So I disregarded the instructions to wipe it off with toner after 20 minutes. My face was left plump and comfortable. Would definately repurchase, although there's plenty of product in the tube for an occasional treat. It'll take a couple of years to get through.
Slightly whiter than Mademoiselle. Very sheer, and the microshimmer dosn't show up at all. It's clean looking at 3 coats, but to be honest it's highly dupeable.
I have to admit, I'm underwhelmed. Even on my pale skin (or maybe because I'm so pale? I dunno) it doesn't really show up. Oh sure, there's a champagne sheen when I really pack it on, but it's highly dupeable. It also creases like mad. I have to wear a primer under this, which is annoying because these are meant to be long-lasting. The product will probably last a long time, it's generic so you could probably wear it every day, and the packaging is cute, but it's expensive for what it is.
Bronzers -Chanel - Bronze Universel De Chanel Sun Illuminator
triotrio 7/10/2012 5:32:00 PM
Being fair-with-a-side-of-pink, I was sceptical. But I have to admit, it does a lovely job. Use a kabuki, buff the excess on the back of your hand, and it gives a subtle healthy colour. Your hand will get orange - but YOU will not. It's so big it will last forever and ever......but it is expensive - get it in Duty Free if you can. I have all the usual "fair" bronzers - Nars Laguna, MAC Golden, Bourjois Delice de Chocolat #51, Guerlain Blondes....the list goes on. But I actually think this is the sublest, certainly on bare skin. Perhaps because it's a cream formulation. You don't get that dusty look.
Treatments -Vichy - Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Concentrate
triotrio 7/7/2012 3:11:00 PM
I've never much cared for serums. Too much silicone. But this product is amazing. I needed a moisturising serum to wear under my SPF 50 fluid, and was close to despair searching through serums that claimed to do a whole lot, but not so much moisturise. I finally came across this and decided to give it a try, especially as it was at the lower end of the price scale for serums. I was impressed at first application, and now I'm certain I'll repurchase. If you had oily skin you could probably use this without moisturiser at all! That's how powerfully hydrating it is. In humid climates I've even been known to use this instead of a night cream. Only negative? I seem to fly through the bottle. I'm gonna be through this in two months. I was expecting 6! And I only use two wee squirts for my whole face. But I'm still gonna repurchase - products that actually do what they say are fairly rare.
I'm commenting on the new EU version. I don't know if it's a different texture and consistency than the US one, though the SS has to be better due to EU SS standards. This is one of the more affordable facial SPF 30's on the market - its difficult to get over SPF 25 for the face thats not high-end here. So the price point is accessible. And it is suprisingly moisturising - far more than my previous moisturiser Soap and Glory SPF 25, and ten times more than the Avene AntiRougeur SPF 20. My skin is normal/slightly dry. I will repurchase for those reasons. I dont have a problem with makeup, though I let it sink in for 5 mins first as it is pretty emollient. The only thing I wonder is how well it would work on oily skin - surely they would need something lighter? It is marketed as essentially for all types. I'm happier than I thought I would be with this - I can see myself using it for a long time.
Moisturizers -Avene - Antirougeurs Jour SPF 20 (2012 formulation)
triotrio 4/21/2012 12:55:00 PM
This is a new reboot of their old Antirougeurs range, which had a very green tint. The new one has much less of a green hue. It's vaguely mint coloured, but you'd need to squint to notice. It appears to do little to redness. The SPF is good - but unfortunately the formulation is terrible. This is supposed to be moisturising, but there is an ingredient in it (and I don't know what) which clings tightly to the skin after application. It feels like you have invisible bits of gummed paper stuck all over your face. Just this really odd tightening effect, yet the skin is dry to the touch. This stuff does sink in fine - and I've had no problems with applying make up over it - but it is most uncomfortable. Here are the ingredients, someone else might figure out what's the culprit: AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE. C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE. CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL (CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS SEED OIL). CYCLOMETHICONE. GLYCERIN. CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE. OCTOCRYLENE. BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL. GLYCERYL STEARATE. PEG-100 STEARATE. ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE. BEHENYL ALCOHOL. BHT. BLUE 1 (CI 42090). CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. DEXTRAN SULFATE. DISODIUM EDTA. FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). HESPERIDIN METHYL CHALCONE. HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER. ISOHEXADECANE. MAGNESIUM SILICATE. MICA. POLYSORBATE 60. RUSCUS ACULEATUS ROOT EXTRACT. SORBIC ACID. SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE. TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891). WATER (AQUA). XANTHAN GUM.
This is an unusual colour. Not that dupeable these days, though it probably was during the 80's as there is a definate throwback tinge to this peachy-pinky colour. I was worried that it was too mature for me - my Mom would go gaga over this colour - but now Summer is almost here and I feel like I'm finally starting to appreciate it. It looked old-fashioned during the winter, but seems to be coming alive now that the sun is shining. It's brighter than my usual MLBB and lift up my face, but still pretty and subtle.
This product is adorable - I couldn't resist. It's a marvellously packaged thing - it has two shades of powder on top, with a mirror, and in a wee drawer underneath is a suprisingly good brush and a teeny tiny tweezers. All dirt cheap. So where's the problem? It's slightly too dark for my blonde colouring, even the lighter shade. I gave it to my brunette sister. I'm quite sad about it though!