This foundation provided sheer coverage, and was very blendable. However, it is much too oily for my taste. The SA claimed that no one foundation is better at "controlling" oil, and that it was all about the powder. Well, there are definitely foudations that will worsen the situation, and this is one of them. This foundation is very blendable because it's quite oily. (I have very oily skin.) It starts to separate very quickly, and by the end of the day my face looked completely naked and slimy. It also has corn oil in it which which supposedly feeds bacteria. I'm now using Nars and am very happy with it.
Liquid -Laura Mercier - Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation
xtcin88 6/4/2005 8:30:00 PM
This is a decent product, but imo there are better foundations out there at controlling oil. It provides a lot of coverage, but it can appear cakey. The main downside to this foundation is that it really does not keep oil at bay. It began to show through and separate sooner than my plain 'ol MAC foundation. There are also many comodogenic ingredients in this formula, and the color selection is disappointing. I am now using Nars Oil-free, and I'm pretty happy with it. It is much more efficient at controlling oil.
I love this shade! I have naturally cool-toned pink cheeks that conflict with my very yellow/olive skintone. As much as I try to pull off pink, it always comes out too bubble gum pink. This goes on as a warm pink tone, and the glitter is flattering, not garish. I can usually only wear bronze or slightly orange peach colors, but Deep Throat has just the right amount of peach and gold shimmer.
Lovejoy was a little too dark for my taste. (I like very natural blush). I also found that the rose undertones were too strong for my naturally garish pink cheeks. It applies more red than you would expect from the pan, however it does apply very smoothly and evenly, as do all Nars blushes. I gave it to a friend, and have purchased Silvana from Nars.com instead. I'm hoping it will be more of the golden/bronze tone that I'm looking for.
I love the formulation of Nars blushes. This just goes on deeper coral than you would expect from the pan. As with all Nars blushes, it blends and wears well. I was just hoping that it would be a little "peachier" in color, and I probably should have purchased Gina instead.
I'm very surprised that this would be recommended for oily or acne-prone skin because the foundation itself is very oily. I always felt that it was very runny, oily, and slick when I applied it. It definitely does not stay matte, and it broke me out very badly. I quit using this about a month ago, and my skin is finally completely clear. If you suspect this formula may be causing you to break out, try placing a dime size drop on a piece of plain notebook paper. This stuff is very oily, and I'm very surprised that Sage would recommend it. The only good thing about Almay foundations is that they are primarily yellow-toned, and they do not test on animals.
Concealers -Clinique - anti-blemish solutions concealing stick
xtcin88 3/25/2005 10:45:00 PM
This is only available in three colors, but I'm pale right now so I was lucky enough to find a match. Finally, I can give a clinique face product a rave review! I also have Bobbi Brown's blemish stick, and this is a million times better. It has salicylic acid in it, and it comes in a lip pencil type packaging which makes it really quick and precise. It really helps dry up current pimples, and it's actually fading any dark spots I have left behind. I always thought it would make sense to package a blemish concealer this way, so I had to try it. I'm a little curious as to how much product there actually is, but it's perfect for blemishes. I hope they never discontinue it.
The light whipped texture makes this blend well, and it really feels great going on my skin; not heavy or even greasy. At first I thought there was no way it would last until lunch, but despite the smooth texture it actually lasts and keeps shine at bay. At the same time it perfectly smooths over any random flakes making them virtually invisible. The only complaints I have is that, for one, it has the tiniest hint of shimmer in it (mica), and I usually HATE shimmer on my face anywhere besides my eyes and lips. However, this stuff really controls oil so I don't think I'd get that beautiful glow without it. Second, I had a hard time finding a perfect color match, and the bottle is impractical. Finally, it takes me a lot longer to apply since I have to use a brush (I prefer the quick, sheer coverage of a sponge). UPDATE: I'm not using this foundation anymore. I really liked the foundation, but I could never get an exact color match. Everything was too orange or pink. I also got sick of the silicone feel.
Skincare - Face -Estee Lauder - Take It Away total make up remover
xtcin88 4/28/2004 3:34:00 AM
I purchased this because I loved the cream/gel consistency. It was nice and cooling on my eyes, and even moisturized them a little. This would be perfect for someone with more dry skin, more mature/delicate skin, or someone who wears heavy, long-wearing makeup as it removes all types of makeup from the entire face. I tend to prefer a liquid because it's just quicker. Nevertheless, this feels great going on (I never even washed it off!) and the bottle does not leak, which is always very important.
Eye Makeup Remover -Rimmel - Gentle Eye Make Up Remover
xtcin88 4/28/2004 3:18:00 AM
I tried this after reading about it in Allure. It takes off my waterproof eyeliner and mascara without drying out my skin or leaving any weird oily, or white residue. I had previously used Estee Lauder, but the bottle leaked all over the place whenever I traveled! The Rimmel remover never leaks, it's never irritated my eyes, and it's cheap! I definitely plan on repurchasing, though it seems like it will last forever.
This is definitely my favorite so far. There is absolutely no shimmer in it, and it never looks muddy or dirty. I've been using this for the last year, and it's given me a natural, pretty glow. It's also good on my oily skin, but I may need to try a shade darker in the summer.
This is one of my favorites. I have really dark, reddish lips and this tones them down beautifully. So versatile, this looks great whether I'm beautifully tan or frighteningly pale. Unlike most pale nudes, this never washes me out. Smokey eyes or au naturel, this is a must for dark lips. My only complaint is that the rim tends to get messy because it's so sticky.
I was hoping that this highly praised blemish cover would live up to all that I'd heard. Unfortunately, it doesn't really cover, and it has that very oily, "makeup-y" consistency and smell (if that makes any sense). There's really nothing in it that makes it particularly good for blemishes or dark spots. It's better for regular, quick touchups since the tiny packaging makes it so convenient. Unfortunately, it doesn't last very long and tends to slide off.
This was the first Clinique base I tried. I actually ended up liking this foundation better than any other Clinique ones (which isn't saying much). Nevertheless, my skin is much oilier now and the color never did match correctly. It doesn't provide sufficient coverage, and it even feels a little oily when first applied. I have a fair BBB friend w/ cool undertones and normal skin, and this still looks pink and shiny on her. Clinique foundations could definitely use an overhaul.
Liquid -Clinique - Clarifying Makeup Clear Skin Formula [DISCONTINUED]
xtcin88 2/15/2004 4:37:00 PM
First of all, Clinique foundations have horrible color range, that is, unless you are pink or orange. I have oily, light olive skin, and even with two layers of unnecessary moisturizer this foundation is absolutely impossible to blend. You'd think that it's awfully dry, thick texture would keep the oil at bay, however by the end of the day it was sliding off (not that it ever looked good in the first place). Once again, this is one of the five Clinique foundations I've tried to no avail.