Showing posts with label Make Up For Ever. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Make Up For Ever. Show all posts

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Search For a New Foundation Love: Part 2


My foundation sampling experiences Part 2 with Chanel Pro Lumiere, Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10, Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation, Laura Mercier Crème Smooth, Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment, Make Up Forever Face & Body Liquid Makeup & Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. Click read more to see the details on each.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams Warm Beige 13 & Taupe 15

It seems many of my recent purchases have been inspired by others. The new Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams $22 (from Sephora) are no different. This post I dedicate to Lakshmi. She had her eyes on these as soon as they came online and e-mailed me "gorgeous taupe eyeshadow alert!" the moment her Sephora received their shipment. I immediately went to Sephora the following week to check them out and my first try, I was not impressed. I'm not sure if it was just the questionable sanitary tester conditions, poor lighting, or use of my fingers that had me leaving empty handed. The first time I tried it, it didn't blend well and looked extremely muddy on the eyes.


However, after getting more info from Lakshmi and reading Karla's post about her swatch adventures with the MUFE Aqua Creams, I decided to try it once more. I have to say I agree with Karla that applying with fingers isn't the best way to apply them. Spreading the color on the eye with my finger leaves an uneven application since it sets fast and doesn't blend well. It applies much better when you use a brush. I used my MAC 242 and Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Brush (one on each eye today) and I can definitely see a difference in the application.

Those not familiar with MUFE Aqua Creams - they are a new high pigmented cream shadow that is long-wearing and waterproof. I can't attest to the waterproof part. I have tried their Aqua Lip Liner in 1C and I can't say that it was longlasting. However the Aqua Creams do indeed last a long time without fading. Right now they are a Sephora Exclusive in the U.S. When I was at Sephora, the sales rep told me he recommended that I apply with a brush in thin layers. He said the pigmentation/texture of the cream was such that if you apply too much at first, you will get a cakey layer that will crack when dry. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but his input/advice did make sense.

I ended up coming home with #13 Warm Beige (which is a pale champagne pink) and #15 Taupe (a shimmery taupe):







I tried #2 Steel at Sephora with a Q-Tip applicator and it lasted from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm without any smudging or fading. The only reason it came off was because I removed it in the shower. I passed on it at the store because it seemed similar to Bobbi Brown Galaxy (which I don't find myself wearing frequently). I wasn't able to compare it side by side, but knew I most likely wouldn't use it a lot.

Those wondering, I swatch tested a few shades meant for cheeks. I personally didn't see how it was possible to blend them on the cheeks since it's a bit tricky for me to apply on the eyes. Some of the colors are stunning, but the texture seems too thick to be able to blend well for a natural blush.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Recent Sephora Haulings: Urban Decay, Lorac, Benefit, MUFE, Dior

I occasionally stop by Sephora and a couple days ago went to check out the new fall collections and saw they had the new Urban Decay/Dior fall items and picked up Ruthless Eyeshadow and Naked Lipstick and Red Dahlia Nail Polish.

The haul along with some other items I have picked up over the past few months:



Close ups of the items, Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blushes in Velvet Rope & Exposed:



Benefit Coralista & Rich Beach Eyeshadow (also featured HERE):



Benefit Lipsticks in Swoonderful, Lady's Choice & Good to Go - all great neutrals:



Benefit/Urban Decay Lipsticks (no flash, L to R Jailbait, Naked, Swoonderful, Lady's Choice & Good to Go):



Urban Decay Lipsticks in Jailbait & Naked:



Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Ruthless (deluxe), Shakedown & Naked (mattes):



Make Up For Ever Super Lipgloss + swatches in 20, 21, 30:





Dior Nail Polish in Red Dahlia (Sephora Exclusive) compared with some other fushia-pink-red shades - this is pulling more red in all the photos I've taken. It's most similar to OPI Miami Beet, so you might want to try googling/searching for pics and swatches of that shade to get a better idea:



1. Dior Red Dahlia (bottle shown)
2. OPI Miami Beet (bottle shown)
3. Essie Private Bash
4. Essie Very Cranberry
5. Chanel Shangahi Red



Will be updated soon with comparisons to some true/classic reds so you can see the fuschia tones.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Day 5 of Beauty Essentials: Natural Lipliner

I'm one of those people who always uses lipliner with lipstick & gloss. I find that it can enhance certain tones and define the lips nicely especially with natural or nude looking shades. Therefore I find it's one of my beauty essentials. I've swatched (on bare arm, equivalent of MAC NC30) all my natural lipliners, hopefully this will help you make a list of what to check out and try in stores!



1. MAC Oak
2. MAC Honey B.
3. MAC Whirl
4. MAC Gingerroot
5. MAC Subculture
6. MAC Sublime Culture
7. Giorgio Armani #1
8. Giorgio Armani #10
9. Giorgio Armani #13

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1. Bobbi Brown Beige
2. Bobbi Brown Heather Beige
3. Bobbi Brown Blush
4. Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink
5. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink
6. Bobbi Brown Naked
7. Bobbi Brown Cocoa
8. Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink
9. Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink
10. Bobbi Brown Brownie Pink
11. Bobbi Brown Mauve (now named Pink Mauve)
12. Bobbi Brown Slopes

* Note that Bobbi Brown has reformulated her lipliners at least 3 times, the shades swatched are from her current collection of lipliners

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1. Dior Natural Beige #213
2. NARS Tonga
3. NARS Morocco
4. NARS Papua
5. NARS Rosebud
6. Trish McEvoy Bare
7. Shiseido Soft Sepia #15
8. Make Up Forever 1C
9. Chanel Natural
10. Chanel Praline D'or
11. Laura Mercier Natural Lips
 

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