Product Reviews by sophrosyne

Brows - Stila - Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color

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Mar/29/2018

When they say waterproof, they mean waterproof. I can actually blot my oily/sweaty brows and it doesn't budge. Light is the perfect color for my ashy blonde hair. (Not sure why the other light one is called Light Ash, as it's more golden/reddish. I think of "ashy" as greyish and Light is definitely more greyish than Light Ash.) My one complaint is that I've used it for a …Read more

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Lip Liners - NARS Cosmetics - Precision Lip Liner in Hyères

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Jul/11/2017

If you'd like a lip liner that does the same for your lips what a high-end, cool-toned matte bronzer does for your face--that is, make you look like you actually got some sun--run out and buy NARS Hyères. The NARS site describes it as "taupe grey," but it applies as a cool light brown with a pink undertone, so your lips look naked yet slightly suntanned. No discernible yellow or …Read more

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Foundations - Unlisted Brand - EX1 COSMETICS INVISIWEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION

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Apr/13/2017

I have that hard-to-match light olive skin, and read raves about EX1 online. I ordered the lightest color (F100), and when the bottle arrived I was disappointed because it looked pinkish. Fortunately, the color seemed to melt right into my skin and did not have a pinkish cast. Not bad! Good, long wear with no oxidation that I could see. Also, it doesn't sink into my lines or get oily-looking …Read more

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Liquid - Lancôme - Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24h Longwear SPF 15 Foundation

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Apr/03/2017

Two stars for staying power but that's it. I went through 3 colors and still couldn't find the right one for my skin. The color that matched my NC25ish, light olive skin upon application was 340. After a few hours, it had oxidized so much I looked like I'd emerged from a sandstorm on Mars. So... tried 320. Same result. Then 270. Believe it or not, the same: too ochre. Then I went …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lipstick On

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Mar/25/2016

Lipstick On starts off smelling uncannily like waxy 1950s lipstick swirling up from a metal tube. Within 10 minutes the cosmetic smell dissipates and the drydown resembles a sweeter, more "youthful" version of the long discontinued Laura Biagiotti Venezia, with a similar cherry tobacco accord not technically in the notes. For this reason alone, I bought a bottle, as I used to love …Read more

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Bronzers - Laura Mercier - Baked Blush Bronze - Ritual

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Jan/10/2016

Holy grail bronzer/blush for my olive-toned NC 25ish skin. Chanel used to make a blush called "Terre Brûlée" (marketed under the English name "Golden Sun") that matched the exact tone of my skin after a day in the sun: equal parts brown-gold and reddish pink. Ritual has filled the void created by the discontinuation of Terre Brûlée. The colors in the pan give no indication of …Read more

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BB Cream - IT Cosmetics - CC+ Cream Illumination SPF50+

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Oct/21/2015

I love the color match to my skin (Medium is perfect for my light-olive complexion) and how much simpler my morning routine is with everything in one product. I apply with a dampened Beautyblender. My one complaint is that the illumination is really pronounced. I look great with some gleam but not on all areas of my face. Puffy eyes do NOT benefit from gleam! So I bought a bottle of the same CC …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Giorgio Armani - Ecstasy Lacquer

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Sep/30/2015

Ecstasy Lacquer is a new (2015) gloss-stain hybrid by Armani. The blend of a gloss and stain is new to me, and the result is like nothing I've used before. The consistency of the product is thin, like a varnish, and it "seals" moisture into the lips, keeping them comfortably hydrated for hours. It's slightly sticky, enough to keep it in place and provide that …Read more

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Liquid - Koh Gen Do - Aqua Foundation

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Jun/17/2015

I've been a fan of mineral makeup for years, but when I read the great reviews for Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation I decided to splurge. My one gripe with mineral foundations is their texture; as the day progresses, they can look "thick" on my skin. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation looks like the texture of my skin and doesn't cleave around fine lines. It wears beautifully and …Read more

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Powder - IT Cosmetics - Celebration Foundation Illumination

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Oct/16/2014

Count me among the fans. I've been using various It Cosmetics products since I discovered the line at Ulta. The "stain" lip liners are fantastic, especially Blushing Nude and Spicy Nude, and the tightline lash primer equally amazing. The powder illuminizer is a personal mainstay, with a softer glow than my old standby NARS Albatross. Most of the products have some kind of …Read more

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