I can't decide about this stuff. I like that it removes all foundation and sunscreen from my face (my cleanser alone wasn't doing that), but I detest the physical feel of the oil and the idea of putting oil on my acne-prone skin. I follow with regular cleanser to make sure all the oil is gone, but putting oil on my skin still makes me uneasy. I seem to be getting a few whiteheads around my nose, but I don't know if that is just coincidence. Surely there is another product that will thoroughly remove makeup without drying out my skin. (I have combination skin, and some cleansers are too drying for my cheeks and eye area.)
Liquid -Maybelline - SuperStay Makeup - New Version
vwterry 4/12/2013 10:34:00 AM
I liked the look of this foundation on my skin, but it didn't last any longer than other foundations. I guess it might on bare skin, but who wants to go without SPF? I might repurchase if I could find a color match. Sand Beige was the closest thing I could find, but it is too cool-toned for my skin. It doesn't go on as cool as it looks in the bottle, but it's still not a good match for me. (For reference, the best match I can find for my skin is Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free in shade C with just a smidge of shade D mixed in. I guess I am the only reviewer on this site who doesn't know her MAC shade. If I had to guess, I'd say I'm about NC 20.)
I finally gave in to the hype and tried this product. Buff was the only color I could find that looked remotely like it would match my skin--not too light or dark, not too pink or otherwise cool-toned. (Though I don't know my MAC shade, I'd guess that I'm about NC 20.) Boy, was I wrong. This has a very cool, almost grayish tint, which would be great if I wanted to look as if I'm at death's door. (Maybe I should save it for Halloween.) Also, I found that it had no more staying power than any other foundation. I guess it might if you put it on bare skin, but who wants to go with an SPF of only 6? The worst part is that I lost the receipt and now I can't return it.
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
vwterry 1/18/2013 8:56:00 AM
Doesn't provide nearly enough coverage to wear alone, but makes a very nice layer under other makeup. Leaves my t-zone shiny, but everything does. I wish they'd make this in a wider range of shades. The lightest is fine for me, but my daughter has very fair, pink-toned skin and "Light" is too dark and too yellow for her.
Finally--a non-permanent color that will cover my grays! Since I started using this product, I have saved a TON of money by not having to go the salon to have my hair colored. Salon color was lasting three weeks, but I was stretching it to four (ugh). HerbaShine lasts only two weeks, but it is so inexpensive that it still saves me a boatload of money over going to the salon. I have fairly dark brown hair, but I use shade #630, Light Golden Brown (aka Golden Teak), apply only to my gray roots, leave it on for 25-30 minutes, and my gray is blended away beautifully. (Last time I used it, I put just a touch on the surface of my hair for the last five minutes, just to calm down my frizzies. That seemed to work well, too.) What a godsend! Runs rings around Clairol Natural Instincts, which did NOTHING to cover my gray, even when I left it on 30 minutes. My only complaint is that so much product is wasted--I wish it came in a smaller size--but at $7 a pop, that's not much of a complaint.
Foundations -Stila - Natural Finish Oil Free Makeup
vwterry 5/17/2012 1:36:00 PM
This is one of the few foundations I've tried since passing age 40 that doesn't look cakey. I still have to blend well to keep it from settling into lines, though. Beautiful finish, but I have two complaints: (1) low staying power (would have to reapply every few hours); and (2) difficult color match. I am usually the second-lightest shade in drugstore brands, but shade C in this product is a tad too light for me. (This makeup probably would be great for someone with a very fair complexion who has a hard time finding a color match in some lines.) I've tried mixing in a bit of D (ka-ching on having to buy two bottles of this stuff!), but I still can't get the color quite right. Still working the color match because the product does look good on my skin. Edited to add that I have learned to mix shade C with just a smidge of D for a good color match, but this stuff just disappears from my face within a few hours. That's SO frustrating, but I'm still using it because it is the only thing I've tried that looks remotely natural on my skin and doesn't highlight wrinkles as if they're in neon.
Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
vwterry 2/1/2012 8:54:00 AM
This is a sheer lip color, but I despise the shimmer. It would be nice to know by the packaging that the product is shimmery. That's just not a good look on anyone over 30. I could not believe the amount of glitter it left on my lips, even after I wiped it off and applied something else (tinted lip balm with lipstick layered on top--my go-to because no one seems to make sheer lip color without shimmer/glitter). Would it kill Revlon to label these with something like "frost," the way they do their regular lipsticks?
Concealers -Revlon - Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer (New) [DISCONTINUED]
vwterry 1/9/2012 2:28:00 PM
Moisturizing? NOT. Not a great undereye concealer if you're over 35 or so. Still using it because I can't find anything better. Does ANY concealer not make undereye skin look worse? Too bad we have to choose between highlighted wrinkles and dark circles. Edited to add that it's an ok product IF you use a very light touch. Still searching for a concealer that doesn't make my undereye skin look flaky.
Treatments (Eye) -Mario Badescu - Hyaluronic Eye Cream
vwterry 3/30/2011 10:13:00 AM
This product left the skin under my eyes looking crepier than before I used it. It took a week of using something else (DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture) to undo the effects. Worse than useless.
Concealers -Lancome - Maquicomplet (Complete Coverage Concealer)
vwterry 10/4/2010 11:46:00 AM
Average at best at concealing, but definitely would not purchase again. I am generally not sensitive to cosmetics, but the skin around my eyes started itching a few weeks after I started using this oroduct. The itching subsided when I quit using it. I really dislike the wand packaging. I prefer a concealer in a squeezable tube.
Perfect color, good coverage, but much too drying. The saving grace is that it makes a great primer for my very shiny eyelids. The color name "Light Neutral" is a partial misnomer. This shade is light, but very yellow-toned.
Lovely scent, but not an effective cleanser. Left my t-zone a bit slick.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
vwterry 3/23/2010 2:09:00 PM
I was looking at three brands (Smashbox, Stila, and Laura Mercier) of tinted moisturizer at Sephora, and made the mistake of asking an employee for help. She talked me into a shade (Bisque) I worried was too dark, but of course I let the "expert" sell me something I wouldn't have bought otherwise. What a mistake, and an expensive one at that! I'm salvaging it only by mixing in the lightest shade of Cover Girl tinted moisturizer. (The LM shade is so dark that I'm actually using 2/3 CG and 1/3 LM.) The one time I tried the LM tinted moisturizer alone, I liked it other than the color. I have enough imperfections in my skin that I like a tinted moisturizer that is not super-sheer. I just can't bring myself to buy another tube of LM in a lighter color to mix my own shade. (I ruled out Smashbox because none of their shades alone would work for me--I'd have to buy two shades and mix.) I just wish tinted moisturizers came in a wider range of colors; it's such a pain to have to mix two shades of product before applying. (I also wish manufacturers would get over the idea that all people who need shades lighter than medium have pink undertones!) Edited to add that I did buy this again in a lighter shade, Nude. It's still not quite light enough for my skin, but it's close enough that I'm still hesitant to buy the lightest shade (Porcelain) and mix them--I am SO over having to mix shades of foundation/TM. I may change my mind when winter comes. This isn't cheap, but I keep coming back to it because it looks so much more natural on my skin than oil-free foundations I've tried. Even foundations that are billed as age-defying (Revlon's term, but many brands make similar claims) look chalky on my skin, even when I use a moisturizer underneath. (I am breakout-prone and absolutely have to use oil-free products.) You probably shouldn't think of this as a stand-alone moisturizer--I need (oil-free) moisturizer on my cheeks or the product goes on unevenly. It's really just an oil-free foundation. Edited once again to add that I am over the way this product makes my t-zone look so shiny. I am still searching for a non-cakey foundation (or TM) that gives decent coverage, has staying power, and doesn't make my forehead and nose look uber-shiny.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
vwterry 2/4/2010 8:55:00 AM
The lightest color, Ivory to Fair, is too dark and too cool-toned (almost grayish-tinged) for my skin. The texture is odd for something billed as a moisturizer. It is very dry, and seems to highlight wrinkles. I want something that will make my skin look smoother, not more lined! Not recommended for anyone with fair skin or anyone 40 or older.
If you'd like a product that will highlight every line and pore on your face, this is for you! I didn't give it the worst rating because Light Ivory is a decent match for my skin tone (many, many drugstore makeups don't come in a color that matches my light but not pink-toned skin), and it did go on smoothly. It might work for someone younger, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone 40 or older.