This is an odd one and to be honest I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. It comes packaged in a squeeze tube and has a whipped mousse consistency that dries matte— though the shade I purchased, 0, has lots of fine glowy mica particles that make it more satin and keep it from being flat. I love that Armani foundations mimic the look of natural skin, and this is no exception, though I think it’s not their best effort and it’s not my favorite of their bases. When I first tried it, I was underwhelmed. It has extremely sheer coverage and seemed overpriced. The shade I got seemed orange when I squeezed it out yet okay when blended but I felt I had to use a lot of extra concealer. However, I tried it over a favorite illuminating primer and it was much easier to build coverage. I set it with a glowy powder and also liked it better (and got three compliments on my skin in one week). Overall: don’t expect a ton of coverage and get a sample first if possible. If you’re prepared to experiment with different primers and such you may end up liking it. I’m still on the fence.
Review for: Yves Saint Laurent Forever Light Creator CC Primer Violet 1 oz more...
This is such an interesting product! I’ve tried it in Violet, which I’d describe as a warm lavender— so on the pinker side of lavender, not super blue compared to other lavender and blue bases I’ve tried. It’s described as a cc primer and you could use it as either— since it definitely has coverage, if you want to just use it as a primer I’d recommend just using a small amount first. I actually really like it as a cc cream because I can get good coverage out of it yet it’s still lightweight on the skin. I’m fair and the lavender tone suits me. I add some concealer, set with Hourglass Ethereal Light, and I’m good to go. If you’re fair enough that most foundations don’t match you, give this a look. It does have a fruity smell but I don’t mind.
This masks leaves my skin radiant, glowing, hydrating, and healthy due to the AHAs and BHAs it contains. It’s a real problem solver for me especially when I’m breaking out as I feel it makes the breakouts heal much faster. It’s absolutely worth the money. If you’re not used to using AHAs, I’d recommend trying a sample first or gradually working up to this as it could be too much for your skin if you’re not used to it.
This quad in Nude Dip is absolutely lovely. I balked at the $$$$ price tag but wish I had purchased it sooner- love the dimensional shimmer texture and the way the product sits on the skin. The pale beige and rose gold are the most shimmery, the taupe is less shimmery and the dark brown is satin. You’re better served to use flat brushes with this than fluffy ones. I do prefer pulling in a matte transition in with this but I absolutely can create a look with the quad itself. The quad lasts well and blends easily.
I have thick, fine hair and I enjoyed this conditioner. It did not leave buildup in my hair, something some conditioners can do, and it wasn’t heavy or sticky. Like the Bio Renew Blue Ginger Shampoo, it had a pleasant floral smell with a slightly musky undertone (I didn’t smell blue ginger but I didn’t mind). I think the only downside was that it wasn’t quite hydrating enough for me personally for use in winter when my hair and scalp are extremely dry. My hair was definitely soft after I used it, but not quite as plush/glossy as I wanted (compared to my usual conditioner, Lait Vital by Kérastase). Also, I felt like I needed to use extra because it did have a thinner texture. That said, I do like to rotate hair products and I could see potentially liking this a lot better in summer when my hair isn’t as dry. Also, if you have oily hair and find some products too rich for you, this might be worth a look.
I have thick, fine hair and I enjoyed this shampoo. I found that a major pro of this product was that it did not leave any buildup or residue— with my fine hair, rich shampoos often leave residue that requires a clarifying shampoo to remove. This shampoo had a lightweight texture and left my hair extremely clean and buildup-free. I didn’t notice a blue ginger smell, but it had a pleasant floral smell with a slightly musky undertone. The only downside for me personally was that it was a bit drying for this time of year. I generally need a more hydrating product in winter when my hair/scalp are suffering from extreme dryness. That said, I could use this product as a clarifying shampoo and I might revisit it again when my hair/scalp aren’t as dry. I think it could be good too for swimmers and those in hard water areas since it really cleans your hair.
I love this so much. It makes me feel perfectly clean and does indeed smell like satsuma oranges. I buy the large size with a pump for home use and smaller sizes for traveling. Friends and family frequently steal this as they love it too. The smell is very calming and men seem to like it as much as women, so you could easily put it in a guest bathroom. I plan to repurchase until they stop making it, honestly.
I love this eye primer for my deep-set, hooded/heavy lids. It's the only one I've ever found that really delivers in terms of keeping shadows vibrant and crease-free all day-- no mean feat considering my eye shape and the other primers I've tried. It does work better if I set it with a powder or a skin-toned eyeshadow. The only issue I occasionally have is that it lasts so well I have trouble removing it-- I usually use an oil cleanser for this. I also consider it a decent deal for the price-- with Nars Pro Prime, you get .26 oz for $26, but with this one you get .4 oz for $23.
I use this in shade Ash Blonde. I love that they carry this shade and I wish Sephora carried it too. I actually don’t have ash blonde hair- I did as a child though, and it’s darkened to an ashy medium brown tone. I find 99% of Western brow products too warm for me, but this works well. My mother has gray hair and she loves this too. I think the product has the perfect consistency- you get just the right color payoff, and it lasts well during the day. I like the included spoolie (which never breaks like some pencils). This lasts well too so you don’t have to constantly repurchase.
I picked this up recently on the advice of a Sephora sales associate who said it was excellent for peeling lips. Truly, it is! Mine has a soft rose tint to it, which is useful because it’s the only lip product I’ve been wearing. I might pick up the clear version for use under lipstick- since this product does dry down, it’s great to use that way. It definitely makes your lips feel hydrated and prevents moisture loss. It has kind of a funny taste but I can look past that.