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Reni C.
Review for Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara - 2 months ago
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This is a complimentary product from Influenster. The packaging is a sleek black box with the brand's logo and white typography. The mascara container feels very luxe, as you can see with the silver trim. It has a nice weight to it. This mascara has bent over backwards (literally) to ensure it stands out above the rest. Honestly, the concept is nice but I feel like have to bend the wand is more cumbersome (I like easy and one step process). Also, this mascara has a scent. This is a no go for me just because of the scent. I am sensitive to fragrances and why would you put a scent on a mascara where it goes near your eyes. I mean, really. This mascara is long-wearing and it does lengthen the eyelashes but for $29, I would not repurchase it. I think Givenchy tried too hard when they had to include a fragrance with this mascara. Total fail for many of us who have sensitivity issues.
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Brown
Review for MAC Next To Nothing Face Color - 3 months, 1 week ago
Review for: Medium Dark (caramel beige)
This product is perfect for every day wear. If you love full coverage foundation or if you think this will hide any imperfections, this is not it and you will hate this product. I love that it is super sheer and that it just gives the skin a healthy glow with the subtle hint of color. It is easy to apply and blend. It goes not the skin easily, no patchiness whatsoever. It is that "your skin but better" type of face product. It is also long-wearing (I always use a setting spray). This is perfect combined with MAC's Strobe Cream. I feel that the $31 price point is decent.

The only con I have about this product is the undertones are closer to peach or pink. There are shades that have yellow or golden undertones, but them seem to be more for lighter skin. I wish they would make some with yellow or golden undertones for medium skin tones.
Medium
Sensitive
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Brown
Review for NYX Total Control Drop Foundation - 3 months, 1 week ago
The line has 24 shades, which I am always a proponent of extended range of colors for all skin types. I picked up the shade Beige, which matches my skin tone and undertone pretty well. I lean more to yellow/golden undertone and this is perfect for me. I love this foundation because it provides a sheer to light coverage (you may be able to build it up to medium, but I prefer lighter coverage so I did not try to build it up that way). It makes my skin look luminous and it gives me an extra even skin tone. It is easy to blend and it melts on the skin once applied and buffed in. It is one of those foundations that give that "your skin but better" appearance. It has at least an 8hr wear, good enough for an entire work day without touching up, with a setting spray. It says that it applies better with the foundation brush that it comes with, but I did not buy the brush. I just used my Beauty Blender or any beauty sponge I had available to buff it in.
Medium
Sensitive
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Brown
Review for IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ - 3 months, 1 week ago
The box packaging is nice, it comes in a silver color with an ombre tone on top and black typography. It comes in a tube but instead of a squeeze dispenser, it has a pump. It contains 1.08 fl oz of product which is pretty good. Most face creams or foundations come with 1 fl oz of product, so anything extra is always a plus. I noticed there is a light hint of citrus scent in the product. I know that every time I use it, it gives a nice and light natural finish (I use a small amount to achieve this). It definitely makes my skin tone a lot more even. I love that it has a high SPF content, which is perfect for the hot weather in L.A. (and summer, too!). Plus, if you do not happen to have a primer that contains SPF, or if you do not have a facial sunscreen on hand, this one will take care of that. Though I have not travelled with this item, the packaging is very travel friendly. I love that all the ingredients are geared toward the health of the skin, whether you have a youthful or mature skin. As always, I love the hydrating component as I am not about matte foundations or creams.
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The shadows are creamy and buttery. They blend seamlessly and are long-wearing. The swatch photos do not do justice to how beautiful they are once applied on the eye area. I do not regret buying this palette and now that I know how it performs, I probably will not regret buying another one for its full price. To tell you the truth, I do not even own that many eyeshadow palettes and none of them cost over $50. I usually prefer single eyeshadow pans because I can create/customize my own palette with a specific texture, such as matte, shimmer, satin or metallic but this Viseart palette is everything. Well, almost. That being said, yes I would repurchase.
Medium
Brown
Review for MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Bronze - 3 months, 1 week ago
It is a gel to powder formula which makes it really blend out nicely on the skin. You can build it up without looking cakey due to its sheer consistency - it really blends like second skin as it claims. It is long long-wearing and despite the sheer consistency, it is pigmented. I love this particular shade (35i) because it is a warmer tone but because it is sheer in consistency it does not apply like a fake-tan orange shade. It also has a nice sheen or iridesence to it, which I love. I like to use this shade as a blush at times. I love the formula, consistency and long-wear time of this bronzer that I also bought the shade 20M (a cool-toned matte shade) for regular bronzing around the perimeter of the face.
Medium
Sensitive
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Brown
Review for NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer - 3 months, 1 week ago
It is creamy but surprisingly not a thick goopy texture and consistency. It is actually lightweight but you can probably build it up to a full coverage, as needed. It is easy to apply and it surprisingly, it also blends easily. I use the Morphe E57 Concealer brush to even out the application and then use a Beauty Blender (or any other sponge) to blend and push the product on the skin seamlessly. I have used this concealer with a setting powder (I use the Laura Mercier Setting Powder and/or Cover FX Setting Powder) and it does not crease. Lately, I have been doing a lot of natural makeup without foundation due to the hot summer weather and I have not been setting it with a powder to achieve that natural skin look and this concealer rocks it like no other. I have not used my Tarte Shape Tape Concealer since.
Medium
Sensitive
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Brown
Review for Christian Dior Diorblush - 4 months, 2 weeks ago
You get a nice black glossy finish on the box with silver typography. The actual product is housed in a sturdy plastic casing with a silver "Dior" typography. It contains 0.24 oz/7 grams of product, which is decent for the $44 price tag and also being a luxury brand. It also comes in a velvet sleeve/pouch, which I noticed most luxury brands like Tom Ford, Chanel has. The specific blush shade I picked up, Mimi Bronze in 849 is a stunning neutral shade with a mix of peach and bronze. When applied lightly, it delivers a beautiful natural looking flush on the cheeks. It applies evenly without looking caked up on the skin. I know a lot of people feel the blush is always the first one to fade when it comes to face makeup, but that is not the case with me. My blushes or bronzers or any face powder for that matter usually has great staying power so I feel that this blush has a great wear-time. If you have oily skin, it might be the reverse for you.

One thing I do not like about this product is the fact that the blush and the side where the brush is at is almost the same size. In all honesty, who really uses the brush most cosmetic companies include in the compacts? No one. I would rather that they filled this whole pan with the blush product (like this Tom Ford blush) instead wasting space for a brush.
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Brown
Review for Fiona Stiles Finish Foundation Concentrate - 4 months, 2 weeks ago
It is weightless but it is very pigmented so it will even out your complexion on first application. Now, do not confuse that with full-coverage. However, you can layer this up to a medium coverage (probably even full due to its high pigmentation, but I am not a full-coverage foundation gal so that is something I will not be able to attest to). This really feels nice on the skin. It applies easily and blends smoothly. Because it is a luminous foundation, it is going to provide radiance on the skin but also keeping it hydrated and moisturized. This foundation worked well with silicone, cream and sunscreen infused primers. It did not break apart or move around. I also feel that it has a good longevity, at least 8 - 10 hours, which is what I normally need on a regular work day. I always use a setting spray no matter what foundation I use (I use the Skindinavia brand, in case you are interested) and it really locks in the smooth finish of this foundation.
Medium
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Brown
Review for Smashbox Spotlight Palette - 4 months, 2 weeks ago
The box packaging on both palettes come in a glossy lighter or darker shade of gold/bronze with spotlights on it. It looks very luxurious and very appropriate for the product. The cover of the palette's case mimics the box design and the bottom is a plain black color with information on the shades and product weight. It contains .30 oz or 8.61g. The price point is $35. It comes in three different shades: Turn It On Pearl (a shimmer warm beige which is lighter/softer highlight), Crank It Up Pearl (a shimmer warm nude which is a happy medium shade) and Blow A Fuse Pearl (a sparkle golden brown which has more gritty texture for a more intense highlight, hence the name "Blow A Fuse"). The names of the highlighters are the same on both palettes only on the Gold Palette instead of "Pearl" on the names, it will say "Gold". Pretty straight forward, which I love. Of course, paraben-free products are always a plus. The product is smooth, velvety and easy to blend on the skin. I love that it is compact and perfect for traveling. I enjoy the different shades and levels of intensity all in one palette. I mostly use the first two shades as I am not a fan of the texture of the third shade. If I mix the first or second shade with the third shade, I do not see much of the grit on the skin, so it does work out and looks even when applied.
Medium
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Brown
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