Makeup Randomness

all things beauty related, but mostly to discuss my mac addiction!

MAYBELLINE Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

Swatches Left to right:  Bad to the Bronze, Bold Gold, Audacious Asphalt, Tough as Taupe

Bad to the Bronze is a warm pinkish bronze (it almost looks like Toasted from Naked pallette on my skin), Bold Gold is a yellow gold with a frost finish, Audacious Asphalt is a blue toned gray with chunks of glitter and Tough as Taupe is matte that is grayshish with a brownish undertone, aka taupe!  

I’m an avid collector of MAC paint pots and I hate to admit that I rarely use them because I do have to use another base underneath to make them last pass 4 hours on my oily lids.  I only really use them to make my shadows brighter.  I’ve been holding out on these Maybelline cream shadows since I’ve yet to see a drugstore come out with cream shadows that are not a waste of money.  After reading so many rave reviews I decided to get some since it was buy one get one half off at my local Walgreens.  I can’t believe how incredibly long lasting they were!!  I’ve used them alone and under powder shadows and I’ve worn them for a few times for over 12 hours and there’s just been some slight fading of color but absolutely no creasing.  I’ve completely stopped using my UDPP and NARS Smudgeproof base because these really work better.  I really have no problems other than I’m hoping they come out with more skin tone colors for everyday use.

 Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

So I’ve been really interested for a long time on trying out BB creams that are all the rave in Asia.  Garnier came out in the last few weeks their version, which is the first I’ve seen of the drugstore variety.  The website claims:

    Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream immediately and effectively fullfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.

    For ref, I’m NC42 with combination but very oily in the summer skin.  I have pretty good skin, just some redness on the cheeks and around the nose.  I do have pretty large pores on the cheeks and nose and some skin tone un-eveness around the chin.  I was pretty sure I would have to return this since nothing but my ProLongwear lasts on my skin.  The oil in my skin pretty much breaks down most foundations especially since this BB cream is suppose to be moisturizing but of course this performed better than expected.  This blends pretty well as shown on the pictures above.  After a few minutes, I could see that my skin tone has pretty evened out.  My skin has had pretty bad dry patches the last few weeks due to the weather and the last week since using this, they have all but gone away (I’ve been using heavy moisturizer to fix this the last few weeks to no avail!)  I don’t know if the product just sinks so well but this hardly transfers.  I’ve been using MAC FB and that transfers like crazy, I’ve had a runny nose all week and when I use Kleenex, I hardly see any product on it.  
    Now I wouldn’t say this was HG material, it just really works well right now because of the colder weather, I don’t think this will hold up so well once the Texas heat kicks into high gear!  This is definitely a daytime use since it is such a sheer coverage.  It’s just nice to use a quick product when I’m in a rush before work.  Now some cons, there’s only 2 shades, light to medium and medium to deep.  From what I’ve seen, I can see that most people from NC20 to maybe NC40 can fall into these 2 shades.  I’m quite pale right now that’s why it’s working out on me but as I tan this will be way too light.  The smell is pretty strong and it bothers me when I first put it on, if you are sensitive to strong smells this will probably be a turn off.  Lastly, this is sheer, way lighter than a tinted moisturizer.  If you find that it’s way too sheer some people have commented that it’s an excellent primer under foundation, I have yet to try this.  Overall, this is working pretty well for now, but I will probably have to stop using when the weather gets warmer.

 

Dying to get my hands on the Tendertones and everything else!!!  New MAC collection releasing in Feb:  Shop Shop Shop/ Cook Cook Cook collection!

Dying to get my hands on the Tendertones and everything else!!!  New MAC collection releasing in Feb:  Shop Shop Shop/ Cook Cook Cook collection!

MAC PRO LONGWEAR  MAC claims that this is a long wearing foundation for up to 15 hours, that can control oil in hot and humid conditions and applies smoothly with a “natural” finish.  I have finished an entire bottle of this and can attest to the mattifying and long wearing claims.  I NEVER have to top this off with powder, if you did, it would be too much and can look cakey.  I’ve worn this for over 12 hours and it looks almost the same as when first applied, no oxidation, just some slight shine on my nose.  This is medium coverage and has a natural finish-it looks matte but not overly dull or super dry to the touch.  It never felt heavy on the skin but does well in covering redness and enlarged pores.  You do have some time to blend before it dries completely and applies best with a stippling or a flat top synthetic brush.  Now some cons, I have oily combo skin and this was great to wear in the summer but in the winter time my cheeks and the area around my lips flake.  This will accentuate any dry patches so if you have dry skin, avoid this completely.  Also, I don’t think this foundation photographs well, it washes me out and my face looks dull with flash photography.  The color selection is wide but does lean towards those with yellow undertones so those with cooler undertones might have trouble finding a match.  These cons however do not take away on what a great foundation this is for those with very oily skin.  This was a life saver in the 100 degree Texas weather.

MAC MATCHMASTER  MAC claims this foundation uses technology to cover yet allow your “true” skin to show, it’s a demi-matte, medium coverage, and has line-reducing soft focus powders.  MAC does away with the NC/NW colors and replaces it with the range of 1-10 shades.  This is definitely more neutral than their other foundations and appeals to a wider range of undertones (it matched me perfectly).  This has the finish and feel if you combined Studio Fix Fluid and Pro Longwear together.  The demi-matte finish is not completely dry to the touch and I always powder at least my T-zone with this.  The application is fantastic, it’s very smooth, easy to blend and looks the most natural in real life.  I find this is best to wear at the end of summer and early winter.  It doesn’t control oil as well as Pro Longwear but does pronounce my dry patches when it starts to get really cold.  This never oxidizes and it’s my favorite so far for a night out or when I know I’m going to get photographed.  My face really does look very smooth and almost airbrushed in my pictures, although I haven’t really noticed any of the line-reducing claims.  I love the natural finish and lightweight feel but wished it controlled oil better.

Foundation Series

Next few posts I will be reviewing foundations geared towards those with oily skin since I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one- the hunt still continues!

To be reviewed:

  • MAC Pro Longwear
  • MAC Matchmaster
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid
  • MAC Face and Body
  • Make UP Forever HD Foundation
  • Make Up Forever Matte Velvet Plus
  • Maybelline Super Stay 24 hour
  • Bare Minerals Original and Matte
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder

MAC Scarlet Ibis (Iris Apfel collection)

Top without flash and bottom with flash:  left to right  MAC Russian Red (Matte), MAC Scarlet Ibis (Matte), MAC Hibiscus (Creemsheen) 

MAC Russian Red is a true red with blue undertones.  It may look dull in the tube but is very vibrant on the lips.  It’s a matte, so it is very drying but very long lasting, I have to use MAC’s Cleanse Off oil to remove it.  MAC Scarlet Ibis is a reddened orange and it applies more of a vibrant orange on my lips.  It’s also a matte and drying but extremely long lasting.  I can see this working better with those of warmer/yellow tones.  MAC Hibiscus was a limited release from the recent summer collection.  It’s a cremesheen, and takes more application to get a more opaque finish.  It is very moisturizing but I find most cremesheens to only last about 2-3 hours on my lips without eating or drinking.  It’s a more wearable option than the other 2 if you don’t like bold lips.  It shows up more coral on my lips.


Cure to Damaged Hair
About 8 months ago I started using TIGI Bed Head Resurrection line after getting a hair cut.  It was suggested to me by one of my friends who’s a Paul Mitchell teacher.  I use heat to style my hair everyday and have suffered with dry, brittle hair and tons of split ends.  I have used tons of shampoos to fix this (L’Oreal, Pantene, Biotherm, etc) and no results, if not worse.  So 8 months later of strictly using this product and my hair is the softest and healthiest it’s ever been.  I can’t even find any split ends to play with (my favorite hobby) and I still blow dry and use rollers on my hair almost everyday.  I’ve used Bed Head products in the past (Moisture Maniac) with disappointing results but this time I think it might be it!

Cure to Damaged Hair

About 8 months ago I started using TIGI Bed Head Resurrection line after getting a hair cut.  It was suggested to me by one of my friends who’s a Paul Mitchell teacher.  I use heat to style my hair everyday and have suffered with dry, brittle hair and tons of split ends.  I have used tons of shampoos to fix this (L’Oreal, Pantene, Biotherm, etc) and no results, if not worse.  So 8 months later of strictly using this product and my hair is the softest and healthiest it’s ever been.  I can’t even find any split ends to play with (my favorite hobby) and I still blow dry and use rollers on my hair almost everyday.  I’ve used Bed Head products in the past (Moisture Maniac) with disappointing results but this time I think it might be it!

MAC IMPASSIONED VS. PARTY PARROT

From left to right first without flash then with flash:  MAC Party Parrot (matte) and MAC Impassioned (amplified).

First impressions is that Party Parrot is very similar in hue with Impassioned.  In the tube they are almost identical, but when swatched, Impassioned is much glossier.  These are both very bright hot pinks.  Impassioned, depending on your lip color can either pull more red or more pink.  On me it looks more red.  It’s an amplified so the color payoff is great and will not dry out lips as much as a matte.  Party Parrot is very matte, so it makes it much more rich, vibrant but drying.  I have very pigmented lips but the color translates on the lips exactly from the tube. If you missed out on Party Parrot, Impassioned is a great alternative.