Product Reviews by ivy68

Lipstick - NARS Cosmetics - Flamenco

3.0
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Apr/04/2012

Flamenco is a terrific color, a nice true red. My bigger issue is with the formula. It feels nice on the lips, and I find it never feathers or bleeds into fine lines. However, I don't find the sheerness works very well on me. It's buildable only to a point, and I find it applies and wears unevenly so I don't look like I'm wearing a nice sheer red lip, but as if my red lipstick …Read more

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Eyes - NYX Professional Makeup - Glitter Cream Palette in All

1.0
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fromivy68

Nov/01/2011

A rare miss by NYX. This looks great in the palette (though the palette itself is pretty cheap looking) but the application is terrible -- dry, clumpy, doesn't blend out well, the color is nowhere as rich as in the pans, and the various colors don't read the way they do in the pans once applied. Trickier to use loose glitter, but worth it.

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Eyeliner - NYX Professional Makeup - Candy Glitter Liner - Disco Queen

4.0
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fromivy68

Nov/01/2011

This is a fun one -- multicolored holographic glitter in a sheer black base. I wish the base were more pigmented, but I handle that by applying over black liquid liner. It's a nice product to give a teeny glimmer of sparkle to an otherwise ordinary evening look, but of course you can amp it up too. It gets a teeny bit gloppy on the brush, but nothing terrible. I do love the tasseled …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Giorgio Armani - Gloss d'Armani Pink 503

5.0
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fromivy68

Sep/06/2011

I can't read the color on the bottom of my gloss, but I believe it's the Plum shade, not this Pink. However, my comments on the excellent formula are applicable anyway.

It's wonderful. Truly a long-wearing gloss that feels comfortable to wear. It goes on smooth, but feels more substantial that many smooth-textured glosses. It's.....glossy in texture. As it wears …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Veluxe Pearl - Woodwinked

5.0
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fromivy68

Aug/01/2011

This is a beautiful glowy bronze that is an extremely versatile neutral. It's metallic without being glittery and works beautifully as an all over lid color (I use Brown Down with it as a crease color) or, on days I'm looking for a lighter look, as a crease color with a vanilla all over the lid. It's got richness and multifaceted color that you just can't find that easily with …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - Liquid Glass Lip Gloss

3.0
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fromivy68

Jul/15/2011

Picked up this gloss for $3.99 on a whim in Blossom, a deep rose with gold frost. I swatched it on my hand when I got home, and the next morning could still see traces of the pigment, even after a shower. On the lips the color payoff is excellent, though it doesn't stain the way it did on my hand. The texture is incredibly smooth and entirely non-sticky. In fact, I'd classify it more as …Read more

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Top/Base Coats - Seche - Dry Fast Top Coat

5.0
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fromivy68

Jun/17/2011

I love this stuff. With a full time job and three little kids, it's hard to find time to change my nail polish, which is something I love to do several times a week. With Seche Vite, I can actually change my polish at the end of the day or even before bed and be confident that it will be shiny and smudgeproof in no time. The shine and polish last long on me, too. With certain polishes that …Read more

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Blush - NYX Professional Makeup - Rouge Cream Blush - Rose Petal

4.0
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fromivy68

Jun/08/2011

This is a very nice warm rich rose cream blush without any sparkle or glitter -- nice for a change! It's extremely smooth and well pigmented. Some reviewers seem to find it too pigmented to use comfortably, but if you're accustomed to using a cream blush and the blending required it shouldn't be unusual. Nice compact (black with clear lid).

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Eye Primer - Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - Eye Shadow Primer

5.0
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fromivy68

May/25/2011

I would defy fans of UDPP to distinguish it from the Jesse's Girl eyeshadown primer in a blind test. It's the same color and consistency, and performs equally well. In fact, I find this packaging easier to use in terms of getting product out of the tube. The applicator doesn't have a bend in it like the UDPP, but I never cared for that anyway. Really, a great bargain product.

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Polishes - ZOYA - Adina

5.0
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fromivy68

May/19/2011

This is one of my all-time favorite colors, a soft grapey purple with tons of emerald green duochrome. The end result is a color that looks like a dragonfly wing -- primarily purple in some lights and primarily silvery green in others. Two coats is great, and I bet three would be even better. Excellent long wear, too.

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