Product Reviews by MaryEllen

Lipstick - TOM FORD - Ultra Shine Lip Color - Luscious

5.0
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2 days ago

I often complain about Tom Ford's products and prices, but I have to give this lipstick a rave review. Luscious is a perfect spring/summer mauve lipstick (it's much lighter on the lips than it looks in the photo, but it has depth, so it's not chalky). Not too light, not too dark, not too cool (although it is not neutral or warm at all)--just perfect. (Sephora describes it as a …Read more

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Eyeliner - CLINIQUE - Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen - BROWN

2.0
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2 months ago

I'm very fond of this type of liner component--it's so easy to grab, apply, and go without having to fuss with a pot and brush. (I prefer pot cream or gel liners, but some days pens are far more convenient.) I got a sample size in black and liked it so well that I decided to purchase it in brown, which is my everyday liner color. I'm not sure what the issue is, but this is nothing …Read more

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Brows - Unlisted Brand - Smith & Cult Built Brows Volumizing Eyebrow Powder

5.0
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2 months ago

I hate to do my brows. I've probably got twenty products--pencils, pomade, powders, markers--in my stash, but I'm not fully satisfied with any of them. I think Built Brows may be the answer. You may remember Rimmel's "Shake-A-Brow" product--powder in a little component you shook before applying with a thin sponge applicator. It's not bad, but Smith & Cult has …Read more

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Blush - NUDESTIX - Nudies Blush-Matte - Bare Back

5.0
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2 months ago

I'd had this blush for some time before I got around to using it. I'm glad I finally did. This is a very nice product for a number of reasons. It comes packaged in a compact, squat tube (4 in. long x 1 in. diameter) that's very well made. A cap pulls off one end to reveal the blush, which twists up; under the cap on the opposite end is a surprisingly good quality blending brush …Read more

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Blush - Buxom - Wanderlust Primer Infused Blush

4.0
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3 months ago

This is a good product, although it did not work for me. I like Buxom products in general, and when I saw that they'd introduced a cream blush, I went for it. I purchased Dolly, which is described as "absolute mauve." It comes in a pretty, perfectly sized flip-top compact with a clear top, so it's easy to get a brush or finger into it and to see the shade when it's in …Read more

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Blush - Unlisted Brand - (M)anasi7 All Over Color Creamy Finish - Etruscan

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3 months ago

(M)anasi 7 is, apparently, Gwinnie's new crush brand. It's a "clean," natural brand that offers a well-edited range of products, most of them multipurpose. Being an aficionado of cream blush, I decided to try their All-Over Creamy Color, which can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. I chose the color "Etruscan," which is described as "A neutral antique rose pink …Read more

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Conditioner - Klorane - Leave-In Cream with Mango Butter

5.0
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3 months ago

Finally, I've found the leave-in I believe in! I'm post-menopausal, and during the course of that ordeal (peri-menopause, menopause), my hair went from being fine and straight, as it had been all my life, to wavy and of medium texture. I have a great bottom-of-the-earlobe layered cut, and while it looks great when styled, I usually air-dry, and then it looks coarse and dry no matter …Read more

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Blush - Clove + Hallow - Hydratint Blush Serum in Blossom

5.0
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3 months ago

I wish I could remember who mentioned this product on the MUB some time ago so I could thank them, but my brain has lost that information. Anyway, Clove + Hallow is, I think, a fairly new "clean" brand. I'm never particularly impressed by that these days, but I was intrigued by this product. It's a liquid blush that comes in a nail-polish bottle in a range of only four shades …Read more

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Lip Liners - MAC Cosmetics - Lip Pencil - Half-Red

5.0
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3 months ago

I'm a big fan of MAC lipliners because they're creamy enough to apply smoothly, yet dry enough to stay put. Half Red is no exception. I find myself reaching for this as often as Soar or Whirl because it's surprisingly versatile--great with reds, but also with berry shades. It would be nice if it came in a twist-up component (I don't need or expect to have a sharp point on a …Read more

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Lipstick - Bobbi Brown - Crushed Lip Color-Cranberry

5.0
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3 months ago

It's been a long, long time since I loved anything from BB (and I used to be all BB all the time), but this lipstick broke the run of disappointments I've had with her products. Cranberry is a lovely, muted red, the intensity of which is variable depending on how many swipes you apply. In most swatches it looks like a warm shade, but I find it quite neutral, perhaps tipping very …Read more

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