Product Reviews by fancyfrancie

Primer/ Corrector - Almay - Smart Shade CC Luminous Primer

5.0
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Mar/07/2014

This is a unique and excellent product for fair, oily/acne-prone skin. It evens out the complexion without the grey/Pepto Bismol look of many primers (as long as you apply the right amount--- too much and yes, it will look a little odd and dull. But the right amount is beautiful). It provides nice, non-chemical SPF, has a soft matte finish and is easy to apply, even over disagreeable winter skin …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - L'Oreal Paris - Revitalift Miracle Blur

4.0
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Mar/20/2013

Really cool product. The texture is thick, like a paste, but then it disappears onto skin, leaving a velvety-smooth matte finish. No stinging or irritation whatsoever (I always get a mild sting from Neutrogena's more intense sunscreens). The "blur" effect is subtle, but you'll be happy as long as you're not expecting an actual miracle.

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Liquid - Paula's Choice - Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25

5.0
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Aug/17/2012

Attention! Paula recently reformulated this product, and the shades have REALLY improved! "Best Bisque" is now an option for very fair skin, in my opinion. I found the former version to be way too beige- it looked like a fake tan. But the new color is beautiful. I wear it with confidence, and I am very pale. It gives light, natural coverage, and its matte finish stays in check for …Read more

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Sunscreen - Aveeno - Natural Protection MINERAL BLOCK Lotion / Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen (Mineral Guard) SPF 30

3.0
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Jun/19/2012

Not the greatest. I was intrigued by the promise of a non-greasy mineral sunscreen designed for oily skin. And it's true that this product isn't greasy at all. It's very matte and dry. Unfortunately it's also chalky, difficult to blend, and not well-suited for use on the face. It looks patchy and unflattering, and takes far too long to set. After a few hours it looks …Read more

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Powder - Avon - Extralasting Pressed Powder SPF15 translucent

5.0
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May/14/2012

I have tried many many pressed powders with sunscreen. Most are disappointing. This one, however, is a great find. It has nice pale coverage without looking patchy or ghosty. It's similar in texture to Clinique Almost Powder SPF 15, but this stuff is cheaper, the color is better (fair, not peachy), and it applies more evenly, with zero clumping/oxidizing. I really recommend this powder …Read more

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Moisturizers - Cetaphil - Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30

3.0
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Apr/29/2012

Interesting, but not great. I am very particular about my SPF formulas, and this one fit the bill initially: fragrance-free, 3% avobenzone, stabilized by octocrylene, not super expensive. 4 out of 4. The texture is OK. Not greasy, but I've had better (better = Neutrogena Healthy Defense liquid SPF 50, Paula's Choice Skin Balancing SPF 15). It does leave a little shine. This I can …Read more

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BB Cream - MISSHA - M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++

5.0
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Apr/09/2012

HOT DAMN! This is beautiful. The shade No. 13 is so pale and wonderful I can hardly contain my excitement. It is seriously the most gorgeous pale shade I have ever experienced (and I've tried them all). Bright, not pasty or patchy at all, easy to blend, neither yellow nor pink, just as fair as can be and super flattering. Pale girls rejoice! REJOICE!

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Sunscreen - EltaMD - UV Clear SPF 46

5.0
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Apr/04/2012

INITIAL REVIEW: Awesome. I have combination/oily skin. I've been searching far and wide for a mineral sunscreen with the following five qualities:
1) fragrance-free
2) contains "extras" (niacinimine, vitamin E, etc)
3) non-greasy (VERY IMPORTANT)
4) silky, easy to blend, no patchiness
5) no breakouts
So far I can say that this product meets …
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Liquid - Almay - Nearly Naked LIQUID foundation

4.0
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Mar/01/2012

This is an interesting foundation. It is very skin-like and natural, and incredibly easy to blend. I would recommend this to any teenager or makeup beginner who wants to start testing out foundation.
This will even out your skin tone and give you a slightly airbrushed look, yet the makeup itself is virtually undetectable. I swear, people WILL NOT KNOW that you have makeup on! So …
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Powder - Laura Mercier - Mineral Powder SPF 15

3.0
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Jan/31/2012

First off, I am not a mineral-makeup devotee. For the most part I think mineral makeup tends to look patchy, uneven, chalky, and unnatural. That said, I keep coming back to this stuff. For a mineral powder with sunscreen, it's very light and easy to apply, and the neutral shades are lovely (Soft Porcelain is like striking gold for anyone with very fair skin). Overall, I think it's …Read more

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