Product Reviews by Melissagbl

Eye Shadow - Maybelline New York - New York The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

2.0
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Jul/17/2018

I've always been curious about these palettes since they seem to get universally good reviews by Youtube and the blogosphere. Great reviews? No, but good. I've never bought one since I use shimmer on my eyes sparingly and prefer an all matte palette. Well, low and behold, they now have them. I bought "Skyscape Dusk" which is pinky/lavender/mauve palette. Not *a lot* of …Read more

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Fragrances - Atelier Cologne - Cafe Tuberosa

4.0
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Oct/29/2017

Really lovely scent. Smoky, complex. It has the quality of dark chocolate without all the cloying sweetness. Like the smell that hits you when you open the door to a cafe in Paris: coffee, chocolate, croissants, cigarette smoke, perfume. An "adult" scent, if you will. I can't see a teenager liking this. Angel, yes, because it's got that sweetness, Cafe Tuberosa, perhaps not …Read more

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Concealers - SKINFOOD - Salmon Darkcircle Concealer Cream

4.0
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Oct/13/2017

I recently ordered this concealer in shade light off of Amazon. I don't remember exactly what I paid but it was totally reasonable, comparable to drugstore prices. I bought it because I'd seen other reviews--here, makeup blogs, Youtube--that said it was moisturizing and it went on smoothly. I'm in my late thirties now and though my skin is in good shape, fine lines and dryness were …Read more

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Lipstick - NYX Professional Makeup - Matte Lipstick - Alabama

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Aug/14/2017

A deep, vampy, blood red. But because it's a little muted, not a bright, in-your-face vintage blue red, it's actually a little easier to wear, imo. My husband--who doesn't normally like bright red lipstick on me--said when I walked into the room wearing it for the first time, "wow, you look really pretty."
Even though it's matte, it didn't dry my lips out …
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Lipstick - MILANI - Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick: Matte Kiss

5.0
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Jul/16/2017

After spending twenty minutes on my lipstick this morning (yes, really), blotting, powdering, lining, etc., I was ready to leave the house. I was wearing Burt's Bees Napa Vineyard red crayon, a very pretty pure red. I didn't eat anything right before I left and I had some seltzer through a straw before leaving. I was that serious about not smudging my look that day. I got a glimpse of …Read more

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Mascara - Maybelline New York - The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara

4.0
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Oct/31/2015

I can see why this got mostly bad reviews: a single pass of the brush over lashes leaves a thick, gloppy mess of mascara. But here's the thing: what if I want that? Length isn't really my problem, it's thickness. I could stand to have more eyelashes. This mascara really coats each lash in a lot of product and I found that with each successive pass it also combed out some of the …Read more

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Bronzers - Sonia Kashuk - Undetectable Creme Bronzer Warm Tan

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Oct/01/2015

Prior to this bronzer, I bought various bronzers and contouring products that were too orange, too shiny, too ashy, too sticky, too powdery so it went everywhere, you name it, they all sucked. I decided to take one more chance after I read these reviews. I brought it home, put it on, and then went through my makeup drawer in my bathroom vanity and threw out all those other bronzers that I was …Read more

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Misc Beauty Tools - Unlisted Brand - Ever EZ Lashes

5.0
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Dec/15/2013

I have *always* had trouble with false lashes. I find the full strips to be uncomfortable (they make my eyes water and they feel stiff and sticky on my eyelids) and hard to position properly before the glue dries and then you have to rip them off and start over, with glue building up on the strip. Then, of course, the process only gets harder and harder as the lashes get more and more gunked up …Read more

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Mascara - Maybelline New York - The Colossal Volum Express Mascara

5.0
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Jan/25/2013

I rarely comment on Makeup Alley but this one makeup product makes me want to speak up. Before I discovered Maybelline's The Colossal I had tried likely *hundreds* of mascara. This is the ONLY cosmetic I have bought over and over and over again. Even when I'm enticed by a mascara commercial or a peek into a friend's makeup bag I decided some time ago that it really wasn't …Read more

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Aqua Allegoria Tutti Kiwi [DISCONTINUED]

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Sep/05/2006

I really like this perfume. Really lovely and not too sweet. But it just has absolutely no staying power. Two hours later it's virtually gone. And I agree with another reviewer that it doesn't fade evenly. My nose is not sophisticated enough to tell you exactly *how* it fades unevenly, but you know it when you smell it, and I was a little disappointed. Over all, I suppose it's a …Read more

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