Product Reviews by Passerine

Toners - Darphin - Intral Toner, Sensitive Skin

4.0
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4 months ago

I have been using this toner for nearly two years and am quite pleased with it. Note: in France, at least, the packaging has changed, it's not a pump anymore. The toner is mild and gently removes any traces of cleanser (also Darphin) left on my skin and leaves it well prepped for a serum or moisturizer. It might not work well for someone who wears heavy makeup, but if you wear only light to …Read more

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Polishes - Catrice - 02 Sophisticated Vogue

5.0
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Jan/21/2018

I was just thinking about adding a nice bronze/brown color to my collection, but couldn't find anything I wanted...then came across the new Brown Collection from Catrice. There are five colors and Number 02 was just what I wanted -- a brown/bronze color with a metallic -- but not glittery -- finish and a pewter undershine. It applied easily and smoothly. I first applied an OPI base coat …Read more

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Liquid - REVLON - ColorStay Liquid Foundation - Buff

4.0
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Nov/19/2017

I bought this in the Buff/Chamois shade in the normal/dry formula (I don't know if there's an oily/combination skin version) and have been using it for about 6 weeks. So far, I've been impressed, especially for its modest price. Goes on easily, gives a medium coverage, stays all day. It compares quite favorably to the more expensive brands I've used -- including Nars light 2 …Read more

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Eyeliner - Catrice - Liquid Liner

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Nov/19/2017

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to discover the Catrice brand! Another product from them I've been pleased with. It draws a fine line easily, even for someone like me who is very much an amateur when it comes to eyeliner. It stays all day but comes off easily with eye makeup remover. It's true that it only comes in black, but it's a soft black, more like a black-brown …Read more

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Mascara - Catrice - All Round Mascara Waterproof

4.0
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Nov/19/2017

The previous negative reviews are several years old so perhaps Catrice has reformulated this particular mascara because I've been
happy with it. I've had no clumping issues. It goes on easily and looks quite natural. I do two coats, no flaking or smearing so far. It does not give you a glamourous look, so if you want something dramatic, this isn't the one for you. Its …
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Lipstick - Catrice - Ultimate Colour Lipstick (All Shades)

5.0
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Nov/13/2017

I bought two lipsticks (Berry Bradshaw and Plum & Bass) and am now a firm fan. The value for price is excellent. The colors are gorgeous, they feel creamy and luxurious, and the staying power easily matches anything from the more expensive brands I've used -- YSL, Lancome, Dior, Clinique, etc. The case feels good in the hand, is plain but attractive, and have not had any problem with it …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Dior - Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

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May/07/2017

There has been a lot of hype about this product and I was foolish enough to buy into it. It's prettily packaged, works ok as a lip gloss, but made absolutely NO difference -- and I mean NONE WHATSOEVER -- to the color of my lips. In short, the emperor is wearing no clothes and this product does not color your lips. So I just use it at night before I go to bed. I don't carry it in my bag …Read more

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Foundations - CLINIQUE - Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum 15

4.0
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Apr/28/2017

I've been using this product for about a month and like it. But one bit of advice to those who aren't having a great experience with it: You must shake it vigorously before applying!

I started using it in a sample container from Nordstrom. I noticed that when I unscrewed the lid, the product had separated a bit. I shook it pretty hard and it then looked like it …
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Cleansers - First Aid Beauty - Face Cleanser

2.0
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Mar/22/2017

This is non-drying and easy to use BUT I had breakouts from it and my face didn't feel clean (and I do normally use a mild cleanser from Lancome; the container was too big to take on holiday). I bought this FA cleanser at a Sephora while on a two-week holiday in Singapore. At the end of the holiday, even though there was plenty left in the tube, I threw it away and won't buy again.

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Treatments (Face) - Darphin - Stimulskin Plus Rejuvenating Lifting Serum

4.0
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Jan/15/2017

A French friend and I were looking at face serums in a large pharmacy. We stopped at the Darphin display and noticed there were testers out for all but this one. A staffer came over to help us so we asked if we could try this one. Because of its price, they didn't have a tester bottle on the display (I think they were also worried about shoplifting). We both tried some on the back of our …Read more

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