Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free
ygrmyster 8/19/2006 11:58:00 AM
I guess I'm the minority here. I love this product! I have Laura's TM in the regular formula, and it's OK but too sheer for me. The oil-free does provide more coverage, but that's what I'm looking for. I usually have trouble blending TMs or foundations, but I don't have a problem with this one at all. I use my fingertips and a sponge around my jawline, blends right in. This isn't very moisturizing, so I don't recommend this for dry skin. The shades ARE different from the other TM! I bought this at Nordstrom and put both shades of Nude on my hand, and the Oil free is definitely darker. I wear Sand in the non oil free, but Nude in the Oil free. I originally bought sand, but had to exchange it for Nude because it turned very orange on my skin as it dried. I don't find that this product controls oil very well at all, but my skin is very oily and everything I've ever used makes me shiney. It helps a bit if I use a primer underneath (Peter Thomas Roth mattifier). The price is way too high, but I will purchase this again.
I bought this based on the great reviews here. I'm always looking for a good TM to use during the spring & summer. I absolutely hated this product! I don't think this is a TM, it's more of a sheer moisturizing foundation. I tried using this three different was - alone, over a light moisturizer, over a light moisturizer and primer, and it does not work for my skin either way. It doesn't blend into my skin well AT ALL. I have to use a sponge and really work with it around my nose and cheeks. My skin is oily, but can get dry in places due to Proactiv solution for acne control. When I finally get this to blend in the best I can, it looks like I'm wearing foundation. I can see this just sitting on my face and it settles into my pores and makes them look bigger. By the afternoon, it looks awful. I can literally take my fingertips and wipe it from my skin. I'm not sure if this product clogged my pores. I bought this TM and a TM by Lancome at the same time, and one of these gave me a bad case of whiteheads around my nose. I'll give an update when I determine which one was the pore clogger, but I'm pretty sure it was Happy Light. I've already returned this to Sephora.
This just might be the best tinted moisturizer I've tried so far. My skin is oily, and this TM doesn't turn me into an oil slick. I have to powder & use blotting papers as usual, but I found that I have to use them less with this TM than with my usual foundation (Prescriptives Flawless). Gives great coverage for a TM, leaves a natural finish - not too dewy, not matte. Just perfect. My only complaint is the shade selection. It only comes in 3 shades (light, medium, and dark). The light shade was too light for me, and the medium just a bit too dark. The very helpful salesgirl suggested the medium, and even though it seemed too dark I was very surprised at how well it blended in with my skin. I just have to be careful to use a sponge to blend around my chin and jawline. My skin doesn't look orangey at all. For winter I might buy the light shade and mix it with the medium, but for now the medium is working good on me. I'm a C3 in MAC, Bobbi Brown Sand. So far I haven't had any breakouts. LOVE IT!!
I've always been a bit of a snob when it comes to drugstore makeup, but this just might be one of my HG foundations. I really like this stuff! My only complaint is the colors. They are a bit orangey, and finding a color match was difficult for me. I tried my best to match my shade by looking at the bottom of the jar, but when you open it up the color appears much more orangey. I bought three different shades before I found one that suited me (Pure Beige). I thought it was too dark for me at first, but the next lightest color (Sand Beige) is too "orange" for my skin. I'm a MAC C3, Chanel Beige, BB Sand. I make sure to blend it well with a sponge, especially around my jawline, and I haven't noticed any Oompa Loompa orangey spots. I even took a mirror outside to check in the sunlight and it looks just fine on me. Other than my color frustration, this foundation glides on my skin and gives a flawess look. I haven't noticed any breakouts yet, but if I do I'll update. I don't recommend this for dry skin, but if you're oily like me or combo you might want to give this one a try.
Skincare - Face -Mary Kay - Mary Kay Oil Mattifier
ygrmyster 10/1/2004 12:00:00 PM
Another mattifier letdown. This did absolutely nothing to control my oilies. To make matters worse, my foundation would not blend over this stuff (Chanel Double Perfection Creme)! I had to spend several minutes blending with a sponge, and it just left a smeared cakey mess on my face. I had to put on another layer of moisturizer and then apply my foundation again, which left my skin an oily mess. I'll try this product again under a different foundation (one that isn't as matte as my CPFC) and update if there's any change. **Update** I tried this under my Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and didn't have problems blending my foundation like I did with my Chanel. It still didn't do anything as far as controlling my oil slick, but I've yet to find a mattifier that does. I'll try to use this over my foundation, which is the only way any mattifiers seem to work on me.
Pressed Powders -Body & Soul - Pefect Powder(pressed)
ygrmyster 9/30/2004 1:14:00 PM
Kinda pricey, but the compact alone is worth every penny! It has a cute retro style & even the powder puff is cute! To top it off, the powder is great stuff too. I have oily skin and constantly have to use both blotting papers & powder for touch ups. No matter how many times I use the powder, it doesn't get cakey at all. This goes on very smooth & silky and leaves a flawless matte finish. It gives a little more coverage than most pressed powders I've tried, but isn't heavy and chalky. I was getting bored of my MAC blot powder, a HG for me but I get sick of using a product for too long, and I think I've found another great find with this powder. Controls oil fairly well, maybe not as good as the blot powder but better than others I've tried. I'm a MAC C3/BB Sand and I picked the shade Blonde from Sephora, which is a little light for my skin but doesn't make me look pale. I might try Brunette next time, and yes there will be a next time! I will buy this again when I run out, and find use for the old empty compact because it's so pretty!
Liquid -L'Oreal - Cashmere Perfect Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
ygrmyster 9/30/2004 12:41:00 PM
This foundation works well with my oily skin. It blended well, stayed matte a little longer than most foundations I've tried, and gave good medium coverage. So far I haven't had any bad reactions, but I'll update if I do. I wouldn't recommend this if you have dry skin, but if you're oily this might be one for you to try. My only gripe, as with all other drugstore foundations, it's always impossible for me to find the right color match. I'm a MAC C3, BB Sand, Chanel Beige and I picked Loreal's Natural Beige, which is a littel too light for me and made my skin look very pale. I need to exchange this for a slightly darker color. This foundation is similar to my new "HG" Chanel Double Perfection Creme Poudre, so I'll switch back and forth with these two since the Chanel is so expensive!
Treatments (Eye) -Estee Lauder - Verite Special Eye Care
ygrmyster 9/29/2004 2:02:00 PM
I've been looking for a good eye cream or gel and bought this based on the rave reviews here. Not a bad product, but my concealer absolutely would not go on over this! I use either Clinque Advanced Concealer or Px Camouflage Cream, and both of these concealers just smeared up and wouldn't blend over the Verite. I'm undecided if I'll return this product or just use it at night. Going back to DDF Nourishing Eye Cream.
I had such high hopes for this product based on the great reviews, but this product really let me down. I'm convinced that I'll never find a mattifier that actually works. My skin is very oily, I usually have to use blotting papers about every 2 hours. My foundation would not blend over this (Chanel Double Perfection fluid). I had to take extra time to blend with a sponge and it still made my foundation cakey on parts of my face. Also didn't control the oilies. I would recommend Peter Thomas Roth's Max Anti Shine instead.
Liquid -Clarins - True Radiance (Light Reflecting Oil-Free) [DISCONTINUED]
ygrmyster 9/14/2004 2:03:00 PM
If you have oily skin, this foundation isn't for you. It leaves a very nice, glowy finish, but my skin was on oil-overload. I had to use blotting papers like crazy! This was one of the rare times I returned a product for a refund. This isn't a bad product, if you're normal or combo it's a very nice foundation. The smell didn't bother me, and I didn't have a problem finding a shade that matched my skin. I'm using Clarin's Matte foundation instead, which so far I'm happy with and will post a review shortly.
I just picked up the shade "Cobra", from their new fall collection. The shade reminds me a little of MAC's "Oh Baby", only less bronzey and less glitter. It's very pretty & I've received a lot of compliments! This gloss is very long wearing, lasted on me for hours! If you don't like goopy lip gloss, this might not be for you. It's a little goopy and sticky (yes, my hair gets stuck on my lips!), but it won't stop me from buying again. I'm going back to Senna this weekend to purchase a couple more shades. Love this!