I bought it at Macy's for $18, and it easily beats every other power I've ever used (Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Shiseido, etc etc.) It is so creamy and silky and it really does NOT cake when you apply with a brush (haven't tried sponge but since it's so creamy I think brush is a better choice). Pros: It has decent coverage, stays really well, has a very nice satin finish, is not drying even for my dry skin, everything is near perfect! Cons: The only complain is that the color number doesn't make any sense to me, which makes it difficult to order online - you have to try the colors in store. Well ok this isn't really a "con". Anyway, I'm totally sold. Lifetime customer. I tried this powder in Macy's simply because I wanted to touch up my nose :P, never thought I'd discover such a jewel! BTW I'm using #65 and it's a light yellow brown color, I think it is around NC25. I would love to have a more yellow and lighter color.
NC25-ish Asian, using this in light/medium. It's a tad dark and on the pink side. BTW Dior Nude 021 is my perfect match. Pros: Moisturizing, natural finish Cons: light to medium coverage, color selection is poor. If you happen to match to one of the 3 colors, and you don't need a lot of coverage, and your skin is combination/dry, you may like it.
Liquid -Christian Dior - Capture Totale Liquid Foundation SPF15
vpivoine 2/20/2012 11:10:00 AM
NC25, dry and sensitive Asian skin. Using this in 021 Linen. Pros: medium to full coverage, nice satin finish, moisturizing Cons: the color somehow is a tad grey on my face, esp. compared to Dior Sculpt 021. I personally like Sculpt more than this: more coverage and better color. Sculpt has a much thicker texture, but blends well with a beautyblender.
NC25, dry and sensitive Asian skin. Using this in 021 Linen. Pros: Great coverage, moisturizing, nice glow, stays well Cons: thick, however not a problem if applied with a beautyblender Note: using a damp beautyblender makes all the difference! It's now my HG foundation, and I've tried a LOT. I've uploaded 2 pics of forever, nude, this and the capture totale, all in 021 linen. This has the best coverage and yet isn't drying for me. I also like the color of this one best, it's illuminating.
I'm NC25 and have pigmented lips. I'm in love with this lip butter in 015 Tutti Frutti! This is an orange color without any shimmer. I always loved orange lip colors since they go well with my yellow undertoned Asian skin. However a lot of them become more red instead of orange when put on my lips. This lip butter blends well with my own lip color and shows as a lovely orange brown, and it's very moisturizing, yet it doesn't come off easily and gives a juicy but not oily finish. I'm totally sold. This is now officially my HG. (one other lipstick I love is Korres mango butter in 47 orange brown, however it's discontinued and I can only get it on ebay. It has more brown in it and the finish is more natural and not as vibrant.) The packaging isn't that great but who cares. I hope they never discontinue this.
I tried this in Light and it matches my NC25 skin well. This goes on smooth and gives you a nice silky glow. However the coverage is only medium, which is not enough for me (I always want flawless finish). It's not overdrying, however if you have really dry skin like me, you'll find it not that comfortable on your face. Pros: goes on smooth, easy to spread, nice natural glow, SPF Cons: only medium coverage, a bit drying for dry skin Overall, if you have even, combination/oily skin, this might be good for you.
It is the BEST makeup removing facial cleanser I've ever used (both Asian brands and US brands). It removes makeup really well without being irritating or over-drying. Even if you don't wear makeup, it works as a great night time cleanser, especially if you have oily or combination skin. For me, I'm dry/sensitive skin, it leaves my skin a little bit dry but definitely much better than other makeup removing cleansers.
Well, if you have really dry skin like me, and if you do not like your face being MATTE, this may be not for you. It leaves your skin matte and I don't get the "moisturized" feeling. I recommend the lotion instead.
This is very gentle, it hasn't irritated my skin so far even when it's in the worst condition. It also moisturizes and soothes. I sometimes just use it as a combined cleanser & moisturizer in the morning (squeeze on a cotton pad and gently swipe over my face). I can always turn to it if other stuff irritates my skin - I highly recommend it if you have sensitive skin like me.
Lipstick -Korres - Mango Butter Lipstick in 47 Orange Brown
vpivoine 5/21/2011 5:28:00 PM
My HG lipstick. Beautiful natural peachy color on my pigmented lips, very moisturizing.
Well this is a pretty decent lipgloss, not very sticky, moisturizing, well pigmented, and the finish is lovely glossy but not oily. However this doesn't show the coral color on my pigmented lips...which is sad for me. :( Also the color is a tad on the pink side which I don't really like, I wanted true coral for my Asian yellow-undertoned skin. If you have light lips, this may be a good one for you.
I don't know why, but this actually stings my face a little bit. So sad, I really wanted to like it. I'm going to order the foaming version, I've heard good things about it. Update: the foaming version is very good. Actually removes makeup very well without being irritating (my skin is very sensitive) or over-drying. Definitely a keeper. I would recommend the foaming one over this hydrating one.
Crème -Estee Lauder - Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Cream Compact Makeup
vpivoine 4/12/2010 2:25:00 PM
I'm 27 but I have really dry and sensitive skin with rosacea. I'm Asian with light-medium undertone, and 2w1 dawn is the perfect match for me. This is not a cream-to-powder compact; it has a satin finish and is moisturizing. It covers every flaw and looks absolutely amazing. I love the healthy glow it gives to my dry and dull complexion; and I also love that it's so easy to use. I used up one case last summer and now I plan to go back to it. The only draw back is that it rubs off; but this happens with every moisturizing cream foundation that I've tried. I'll recommend this to whoever has dry skin but wants your skin glow.
Soft and dense, large enough, does not shed, and I love how the bamboo handle looks. Definitely recommend it. I love the whole ecotools brush line!
long and clear finish, never smears. washes off easily. i use the LUXE edition