I've used this product a few times over the past...10 months or so? and I've gotten through half the tube. Coverage: light/sheer, as expected from a tinted moisturiser. Obviously won't cover up acne scarring etc Texture: creamy, slightly on the thick side but you can't feel it on your face Finish: what some people would call "dewy" - in my opinion it looks oily but maybe that's just because I have oily skin in the first place. Pros: light texture - doesn't sit on top of the skin, evens out my skintone and reduces redness, very natural finish that looks like skin Cons: really oily, streaky application, can't be used around eye area, poor lasting power - after only 2 hours it completely melts off my T-zone The main problem is that when it makes contact with even the tiniest amount of water (eg sweat, rain, tears...a damp sponge) it just begins to disintegrate and melt and run down your face, ruining the rest of your makeup, even if you set it with powder. For example if you start sweating a little at your hairline, within a couple of minutes there will be drops of melted tinted moisturizer running down your face. It's not only gross but super inconvenient to keep reapplying. Benefit never claimed that this was waterproof but still, I've never had this problem with my other liquid face products (Revlon Colorstay, Chanel Teint Innocence). I usually only use tinted moisturiser in summer - which is also the season when I sweat the most - so it sucks that I can't use this one for its intended season. Bottom line: an average tinted moisturiser; more suitable for dry or normal skin; impossible to wear in the summer unless you don't sweat at all.
This is a 'my lips but better' shade for me. The colour isn't anything special; the texture is smooth and creamy but the lipstick itself is neither moisturising nor drying. I also like this because it doesn't feather outside my natural lip line. Unfortunately the staying power is, for a lipstick, weak - the colour fades away in patches after 1.5 hours (without eating/drinking) which is not an attractive look. I hate having to constantly touch up my makeup which is why I wouldn't buy this product again, but for others who don't mind the short wear time this is an overall good lipstick.
Do not buy this mascara if you want volume. One by one does exactly what the name suggests - defines and separates lashes. It (slightly) lengthens and, obviously, darkens lashes. For me, it's the perfect everyday mascara - kind of like my-lashes-but-better. Pros: no flakes/fallout, holds curl really well, no clumps, defines lashes, doesn't transfer (provided you set your undereye area with powder), lengthens lashes slightly, natural looking Cons: makes lashes feel somewhat crunchy, the waterproof version is not waterproof at all. The vast majority - about 80% - of it can be washed off with plain tap water - which is admittedly convenient, but not so convenient if you actually want the product to be waterproof. Overall a great mascara for my preferences - if only the waterproof version worked!
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength Diamond Shine Top and Base Coat
trollzorz94 6/13/2012 10:43:00 AM
I really like Diamond Shine and am appalled at the low rating. This isn't the holiest of holies but it does the job as a base coat and top coat and I'm on my third bottle of it already. As a base coat, I mean...there's not much I can say. It's a base coat. It provides a smooth surface, prevents staining bla bla bla. As a top coat: 1. it's super super shiny, although after four or five dayl it's just plain shiny as opposed to super super shiny. 2. prevents chips and tipwear - polishes which chip after 4 hours now last 6-8 days . 3. takes a long time to dry - I apply this on top of one coat of base coat and two coats of colour, and it takes 1 hour to dry completely 4. definitely does cause some bubbling but nowhere near as bad as MUA reviews make it seem. I apply a really thick coat of top coat and, on creme and jelly polishes, get 2-7 tiny bubbles on each nail, and the bubbles are only visible from close up. On shimmer and glitter finishes, there are usually fewer bubbles + it's less noticeable - obviously this still depends on whether the shimmer/glitter is densely packed or not. On metallic, foil and chrome finishes I don't ever get bubbling. I've gone through two and a half bottles of this stuff and it works really well for my preferences. The only cons are the drying time and bubbling, but seeing as I rarely wear creme polishes it's hardly a problem. The bubbling which everyone is complaining about is really not THAT bad...unless I'm really lucky and keep getting bottles from a Miracle Batch.
Wallis is a really unique colour, albeit an "ugly-pretty" one. The only polish in my (extensive) collection that comes close is Chanel's famed Peridot. In comparison, Wallis has a different finish (foil, not metallic), is significantly darker, has more shimmer which is also more densely packed, and has less gold-green duochrome. Coats: 2 for full opacity Drying time: super fast, probably less than a minute between coats Chips: after six/seven days (with Sally Hansen Diamond Shine topcoat)
This lip balm is super moisturizing and also MATTE, unlike other lip balms which leave behind a sheen or greasiness. While this product certainly isn't the holiest of holies (it is just a lip balm, after all) I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who wears matte lip products, such as MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick. That way your lips aren't completely drained of their moisture, as most matte lip products are often drying, but you also get to keep the matte finish. The only con is the packaging, a heavy glass jar - it's horribly unhygienic and inconvenient to carry around. Luckily that does mean it will last practically forever because there's so much product.
This does a great job at covering my dark undereye circles and the blue capillaries around my eyes, because it's opaque enough to cover everything (however it definitely isn't heavy or gross feeling). I apply this with my ring finger so that the concealer kind of melts and is easier to blend. I use the tiniest amount of concealer - I literally just dab my finger in it once - to cover my entire eye area. This concealer lasts over 12 hours (after I set it with powder) and doesn't crease as long as I use a generous amount of eye cream beforehand. I think I've found my HG undereye concealer!
The color looks great on my skintone (around NC25/NC30 in mac) and it's definitely bright but not obnoxiously so. It's not completely opaque in one swipe but you can layer it until it is. Formula-wise, this is great - it's creamy and smooth and basically applies like butter and doesn't drag at your lips. However it isn't actively moisturizing, so I always use lip balm before I apply it. The short wear time (around 2 or 3 hours without eating) is the only complaint I have.