Product Reviews by coryrieken

Liquid - L'Oreal Paris - True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

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Jul/25/2018

Looking for a more "dewy" or "glowy" look now that I'm getting older. Hiding brown spots (they are very feint) is important, but looking caked with makeup is not something I want. Picked up W3 (Nude Beige) at Ulta where they have testers so you can get close to the right shade. There aren't as many shades of this as their are of True Match Super Blendable, but …Read more

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Misc Beauty Tools - Unlisted Brand - Sirius Skinsonic Brush System

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Apr/19/2018

Edit 7-25-18 - decided I wouldn't buy this again. It's not bad, I was just so used to a rotating brush I find the sonic ones harder to use. I only use the brush attachment, I'm too lazy to change it out and use the other ones. The moisturizing pad attachments seemed to suck up more product than it put on my skin, so why bother? This is not a bad face brush, especially for the …Read more

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Top/Base Coats - Essie - Gel Setter Top Coat

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Feb/20/2018

Holy Grail. Seriously. I said it's a good value, because it does what it says it will do. I have gotten two weeks of wear out of my home manicures with only slight wear at the tips. Once, I added some polish to the tips and another layer of gel-setter and got a THIRD week out of the manicure.

I get the best results when I polish like the salons do: Base coat (Seche Clear) …
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Liquid - Lancôme - Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24h Longwear SPF 15 Foundation

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Oct/20/2016

So disappointed. I actually like my $4 WetNWild as well or better and it only comes in 5 shades or so. First I was mismatched. Partially my fault, I should have insisted on taking a mirror to the nearest door to see my face in natural light before buying. The 390 was so dark and went on orange. Awful. I took it back and tried about 4 others, getting progressively lighter. I have light-medium …Read more

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Lipstick - The Body Shop - Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick Universal Shade

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Mar/12/2015

Not sure where to put this...is it a blush or a lip product? I even tried it on my eyes (which wasn't bad, and might be a good base layer for rose-gold or even plum or brown shado.) I'll be using it mainly as blush. This is one of those "universal" products that adapts to the pH of your skin - put it on and it changes color. It looks purple-ish black in stick form, and …Read more

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BB Cream - IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC Cream

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Mar/12/2015

I bought this to wear on vacation in Key West. I grew up in south FL without sunscreen, and did more than enough damage then, thank you! So the 50 SPF attracted me, and the videos on the website piqued my interest.

The good: It goes on easily. "Light" is a perfect match for my skintone - I'm not fair, but with care I'm no longer the medium I used to be either. …
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Lipstick - The Body Shop - Colour Crush™ Shine Lipstick

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Mar/12/2015

I bought 5 of the new Colour Crush Shine lipsticks because the reviews on The Body Shop website indicated they were sheer and more balm-like than regular lipstick. (And also because of a buy 3, get 2 free deal.) I have used several other brands of lip butters and colored balms, and like them, but somehow always go too light. I wanted a bit more color payoff. I like these: They are sheer …Read more

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Stick - Sonia Kashuk - Undetectable Foundation Stick

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Nov/11/2014

This is a so-so product. I fell for the name "undetectable"...which this is not. The first time I used it I was fairly happy with how it went on and the match to my skin tone. But every time I use it the word "greasepaint" flashes through my mind. It doesn't really ever set - it will rub off of oily areas easily. I have Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush …Read more

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Lipstick - NYX Professional Makeup - Echo

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Oct/22/2012

I cannot imagine the skin tone this shade would complement. Perhaps Venusian or Martian? It's like putting khaki yellow-tan on your lips. It's slightly darker than my skin tone, which is medium light. I tried using it as a countour, but the base pigment of this must be white or a very opaque yellow - not sheer. I tried using it under brown eyeshadow - too creamy to substitute for …Read more

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Crème - COVERGIRL - + Olay Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Liquid Foundation

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Feb/10/2012

Pros: Shade 225 is a perfect match for my lighter winter skin, and since I'm not in the sun much any more (damage prevention), it may work in summer, too. Choosing a shade wasn't that hard - advice here says to go one shade darker than you need, but I compared it to my inner arm and bought the closest shade, which turned out to be the right choice for me. (Note - my arm may be …Read more

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