Product Reviews by characterarc

Tinted Moisturizer - bareMinerals - COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

3.0
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Jul/18/2016

Pros:

- Good range of shades.
- Contains mineral SPF 30
- Very comfortable to wear; feels very light, breathable.
- Looks natural
- Doesn't dry me out

Cons:

- Because of its natural finish, it gets shiny easily.
- Whatever they put in this to impart that glowy, radiant finish they tout, it emphasizes the pores and texture of my …
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Moisturizers - SHISEIDO - Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream

5.0
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Jun/26/2016

Alas, I love this moisturizer. My poor wallet.

My skin is combination, easily dehydrated even in the summer. This moisturizer is so rich, creamy, yet sinks into my skin easily, without stickiness, tackiness, heaviness. There is a fragrance, but it's very light to me, and does not linger long. I have yet to find a more affordable dupe.

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BB Cream - Urban Decay - Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Foundation

4.0
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Jun/26/2016

This is ideal if you're looking for something very sheer and to even out skintone only - it looks very natural. This is definitely "no-makeup" makeup. This doesn't provide enough coverage for blemishes or undereye circles. I have combination skin that is easily dehydrated, and on me it has a satin/almost matte finish. However, I have only worn this so far in warmer months - I …Read more

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Treatments (Eye) - Garnier - Anti dark circle roller

1.0
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Jun/26/2013

When I first used this, it really did a nice job brightening up under my eyes. The metal roller cools your skin a bit as you use it. The product lasted a long time on me - I bought this more than two years ago, and it only recently ran out. However I haven't repurchased this. The cons outweigh the pro. Yes, pro. While the light color worked well on my NC25-30 skintone, this creased soooo …Read more

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Blush - KORRES Natural Products - Zea Mays Powder Blush in Natural

5.0
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Jun/26/2013

Skintone: NC27

This is what I wanted Tarte's Exposed to be. Funnily enough, I bought this first, and then later when Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes were released and the hype was strong, I later purchased Exposed.

Natural is a warm peach-brown (though I think it has some hint of pink as well) that gives a great subtle, understated flush. A little goes a long way …
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Blush - Tarte Cosmetics - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush - Exposed

1.0
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Jun/25/2013

I've had this blush for so long, more than a year, and in the end, its the blush I reach for the least. I guess I've been reluctant to give it away because I wanted it to work since so many others love it. I'm NC25-30 and nearly every single time I wore this, it just didn't wow me. It did nothing for me. The color wasn't flattering - on me it's a dull …Read more

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Eyeliner - essence - Gel Eyeliner - Midnight In Paris

2.0
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Jun/19/2013

I've been using this for months and realized that this is only just okay. In the beginning, I did love it. In terms of pigmentation and texture, it's easily on par with MAC. It didn't dry out for months (provided you tightly closed the jar and stored it upside down). However:

- Even when before it dried out, when I did a winged line, it still would transfer to the bottom …
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Eye Shadow - benefit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit

5.0
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Jun/08/2013

In my initial quest to search for a neutral shimmery cream eyeshadow, I was looking for something lighter and closer to my skintone (NC25-30) to act as a simple nude shadow. I saw this in Sephora and my hand swatch yielded a nice subtle effect that compelled me to buy it.

This isn't a shade like MAC Bare Study or Stila Kitten - I'd describe it as a soft taupe-bronze, not …
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Crème - REVLON - ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup

4.0
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Jun/08/2013

I'm quite impressed with this foundation. Liquid CS didn't do much for me, but with summer approaching Vegas and seeing many good things said about this version and how well it lasts, I decided to return to Revlon.

Usually I'm nc25 but lately I'm inbetween NC25 and NC 30, veering towards the latter. I tried Sand Beige 200 initially - too light, clear difference …
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Eyeliner - Bobbi Brown - Gel Eyeliner

4.0
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Feb/22/2012

So far (which is at least 4 months since I don't remember exactly when I bought this last year), I quite like this. After using all of my first Mac Fluidline, delved into the drugstore gel liners which left me feeling unsatisfied, I went back to Sephora to try this. Got the black shade. I use it mainly for winged eyeliner. It's very creamy and thus far hasn't dried out on me yet …Read more

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