Freelance writer/editor, neo-bohemian, uppity woman. Fond of Oxford commas, the subjunctive, parentheticals, other people's puppies & sisu. Also: i love beauty products, and not just because I get paid (more or less) to look amazing.
I wear this as a base under e.l.f.'s face illuminating primer, mostly because it minimizes my pores in a way the the illuminating primer doesn't. However, I bought it on clearance and once it's gone I don't see myself running out and buying it again—Rimmel & Wet-n-Wild's primers would work just as well for the purpose, given that I'm on a strict makeup budget.
This won the "best of" in the drugstore category so I had high hopes. I'm new to concealer, as I'm getting older (eek) and find that it's time. I followed the package directions and bought the neutralizer to layer under the shade for my skin tone, and while it does work quite well, I'm going to try some of the pricier products to see if I can't get better results. After all, if I'm going to use concealer, I might as well get exactly what I want, right?
Love these! Perfect for snacking without feeling like you're eating something super unhealthy. I love how they come in smaller sized packages, too—perfect for grabbing on the way out the door. They aren't too expensive, either! Highly recommended for pretzel lovers everywhere!
WARNING! If you are sensitive or allergic to latex, don't use this formulation (Duo has an adhesive that comes in green packaging that is latex-free.)
I didn't realize why I was having so much eye irritation after wearing false lashes until I remembered that I'm sensitive to the adhesive used in medical tape, on EKG leads, etc. Then it dawned on me—duh! It was the latex!
Since moving over to the latex-free brand, I haven't had any eye irritation. (I also have an appointment with my allergist for cosmetics testing, since something in certain liquid lipsticks is causing a reaction as well.)
I thought I'd post this review not to be a negative Nellie but in case others were as absent-minded as I was and didn't even think about the ingredients (which should be obvious, right?).
I like the luxury liquid lipsticks but there is some ingredient in them that I'm allergic and/or sensitive to. Hence I've been seeking out other brands while I'm waiting to see my allergist in hopes that I can still get that long-term matte look without compromising on quality.
L'Oréal really fits the bill. They have a wide range of colors (more diverse than some of the luxury brands, in some cases, and definitely more sensitive to the needs of women of color), and these formulations don't dry out my lips the same way some of the luxury brands have. They glide on creamy and lush, and in my e leriemce last at least 6 hours (as long as you don't eat oily foods, as is the case with all lipsticks). As an added bonus, many drugstores offer frequent sales on L'Oréal products, with lip products 40% off or all products, buy one/get one free or 50% off. That's something you won't find with a Kat von D or Anastasia Beverly Hills lip color.
(I would add that you need to know HOW to apply liquid lipsticks or you WILL be disappointed in this product. It's not the same as applying other types of lip products. Know what you are buying and know that you will have to educate yourself on new application techniques.)
I love that this concealer has a brush built in so that I don't need a separate applicator or to dab it in with my fingers. It makes for a more precise application and the ability to get into all the exact spots I want to focus on.
The brush also makes it helpful for what I call "off-label" uses. In particular, after I apply a liquid lipstick and I've used a makeup remover and a tapered cotton swab to make a precise lip line, I use the brush from the concealer to go around my lip line to further define it, then blend out the concealer into the surrounding area.
This is the first cleansing oil I've ever tried, and I liked it so much I bought five of them when I saw them on clearance and was afraid they were being discontinued. (They may have been. I'm too scared to find out.) As someone who is a latecomer to skin care (yes, I'm one of those 40somethings everyone is warning you NOT to be when you are in your 20s and 30s…) I'm lucky to have been blessed with good genetics and still look younger than my peers. That being said, I'm still concerned with making up for lost time and have become obsessed with making sure that ALL of my makeup is off of my face when I go to bed and that my skin is well moisturized before I sleep. This product gets off even the toughest eyeliner and mascara (though you'll look like you were in a boxing match halfway through the process) and, while it's advertised for dry skin, it leaves a nice healthy sheen without a heavy residue. It's a nice prep for my illumask treatment and sleeping mask.