Product Reviews by Monti

Blush - Bobbi Brown - Blush - Pale Pink

5.0
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11 months ago

Holy grail status for me. This blush looks like a scary, bright fuschia in the pan, but comes across as a gorgeous, natural pink flush on my light/medium, cool/neutral skin (with freckles); that "just in from the cold" look (believe me, with our Canadian winters, I know that look well). You definitely know you're wearing blush with this product, so if you like a nude, monochromatic …Read more

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Lipstick - MILANI - Color Statement Lipstick - Rose Femme

5.0
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Nov/21/2018

HG status for me. This is one of my top five lipsticks. Every time I wear it, I'm reminded of how much I love it. It's a MLBB shade for me - fair/medium skin tone leaning to cool, freckles, light brown hair and blue eyes. I'd describe it as a muted brownish mauve colour. It's long wearing and leaves a lovely, natural stain as it wears. I find the formula comfortable - creamy …Read more

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Highlighters - Laura Mercier - Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter

3.0
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Jun/08/2018

I really wanted to love this highlighter. I've been looking for a *powder* highlighter that gives a natural, subtle glow, and many of the highly positive reviews about this baked highlighter suggested that it was exactly what I was looking for. So, I took the plunge and bought it (CAD $50 at Sephora). I would agree with all reviewers that this product is beautiful; it's finely milled …Read more

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Lipstick - Maybelline New York - Color Sensational Lipstick - Warm Me Up

5.0
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Apr/27/2018

I love this lip colour. I was on the fence when I bought it thinking it might be too pale for me, but I'm surprised how often I reach for it. It's a lovely MLBB shade for me (soft, brownish pink) that works with all kinds of makeup looks. On my lips, this is a pretty close dupe for Bobbi Brown's Sandwash Pink. It's the lipstick I grab when I want to brighten up my face on a …Read more

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Blush - Annabelle - #18 Rosewood

5.0
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Apr/27/2018

Annabelle appears to have changed the name of these blushes to "Perfect Blush," but I believe they still offer the same shades and high quality product. I recently repurchased Rosewood, and love this blush. It is heavily pigmented, so you have to use a light hand when applying. It's a matte, brownish/reddish/mauve shade that gives you that outdoorsy, wind-chapped look ... a …Read more

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Blush - Annabelle - Blushon - Rose Fawn

5.0
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Apr/27/2018

This is a beautiful, natural blush that gives just the right flush of rosy colour - that post-outdoor exercise glow. It is a true rosy pink and, on me, doesn't oxidize to orange. The pigmentation is great - not so overpowering that you have to be super careful, but strong enough that a few swipes give you good colour. It does have some very fine shimmer if you look at it in the pan, but …Read more

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Eye Shadow - essence - The Velvets (Singles)

5.0
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Apr/27/2018

How does Essence do it? I have a number of these e/s singles, and I'm very impressed with them. I apply them over a cream eyeshadow base (Bobbi Brown cream shadow in Cement), and they last all day and into the night. The colours I've used apply smoothly and evenly (no patchiness), and are very buildable. They are matte, but have a very soft sheen to them (they aren't dry or …Read more

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Eye Shadow - NYX Professional Makeup - Nude Matte Shadow (all)

4.0
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Aug/03/2017

I bought two of these matte shadows, SOS and Over the Taupe, light and medium cool toned, grey taupes respectively. At first, I was disappointed with their pigmentation (compared to Urban Decay shadows, my favourite higher-end drugstore shadows). One day I used the lighter shade, SOS, on my brows and it was an amazing match. And, when I want a more defined, slightly darker brow, I use the Over …Read more

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Blush - Pixi - Sheer Cheek Gel Blush

4.0
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Jul/26/2017

Sadly, this gel blush (in Natural) went back to the store for me. I read all the positive reviews on MUA, and decided to try it, but it just didn't work for me. Natural read too warm for my cool, pink-toned skin with freckles. I also found it quite expensive for the amount of product in the tube. I was looking for a gel that gives a flushed, natural look (like I used to get from Bonne …Read more

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Eyeliner - Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Rockstar

5.0
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Jul/01/2017

This is my go-to eyeliner. I've been using it for years, and always have an extra on hand. I love how smoothly it applies, and it lasts all day on my lids. I have to use makeup remover to get it off at bedtime. Best thing about it is the gorgeous, eggplant colour - it really makes my blue/green eyes pop! I use it with my Urban Decay Basics 2 palette for my everyday, work look. It is a …Read more

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