Thursday, February 25, 2010

Review: Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Femme Petale

This is a review for Lancome's Color Fever Gloss in Femme Petale, a sheer pink. I've already reviewed another Color Fever Gloss here, so this is more of a shade review. Refer to the other review (here) if you want to see more of my thoughts on this product.

Like all the other Color Fever Glosses this one has the same type of applicator.

Here's a couple of swatches:

I don't know how well you can tell from the pics above, but it has some gold and red shimmer in it. Originally, I had thought that it was just a matte pink, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had some shimmer in it. It's not a noticeable amount, not unless you look really closely, but it leaves your lips shimmering after the gloss has worn off. I also really like how, while it has some golden shimmer in it, it is fairly cool toned. Most of the pink glosses on the market are usually very warm, so this was a good find for me. If I wear it over a bit of a nude lipstick it gives my lips that purplish look that was so popular last spring with some of MAC's Dazzleglass lip glosses. At $26 retail, these glosses are certainly not cheap,but if you live near a TJMaxx or a Marshall's, I highly recommend checking for them there, as they usually have them for $7.99!!! This gloss was a limited edition one, but I'm sure you can find it online somewhere.


Price: $26

Ingredients: C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Linalool, Geraniol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Citronellol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Parfum/Fragrance; May Contain: CI 15850/Red 7, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake, CI 45380/Red 22, CI 45410/Red 28 Lake, CI 75470/Carmine, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

Friday, February 19, 2010

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Review: Rimmel Lipstick in Paradise

As promised in this post a looooooong looooooong time ago (sorry for that!), here is a review on Rimmel's Lasting Finish lipstick in Paradise. And sorry in advance for the blurry pics-I don't know what happenned! I've never had so many blurry pics in one post, haha! I guess I was in a bit of a hurry...

The packaging is fairly simple, just a simple tube. It is a shimmery dark purple tube with a cute accent on the top. Except for it's slightly bulky feel, it's ok.

The shade is Paradise. And don't be fooled by the swatch on the bottom of the lipstick. It's really a bit of a plummy color-a purplish nude.

Here's a couple of swatchs:

On the left is a lighter application, just one swipe, and on the right, I really went to town, haha! One of the things I love about the entire line is that most of the lipsticks, this one included, are layerable. If I'm not in the mood for a dark lip, I just dab it on for a stained look. But if I want a more done look I can layer it on until it's fairly dark. Check out this pic for a better idea of the color, cause this one was definitely harder to capture.

Here it is on my lips:

I don't know how well you can tell from the pictures above, but it is definitely a bit purplish. This would be a light to medium application.

For a drugstore lipstick, this one is nice. There is a bit of a smell. Sometimes I feel that it isn't too bad, but every now and then I put it on and it does feel a bit cloying. It's kinda spicy, almost like cinnamon, if you've ever smelled those lip plumpers, it's kinda like that. What I really love, however, is that it has no taste!!! Taste is a biggie for me. I can't take lipsticks that smell good but then taste rancid. Ugh (*shudders*)!!! The lipstick is very layerable, as mentioned above, and also very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Now, as for lasting power, it does well. Not great, but not bad. It lasted for about three and a half hours before I reapplied, but then again I apply it fairly lightly so that may have impacted the lasting power. I'm sure if you layer it on, it will last longer.

The lipstick itself applies very creamy, almost like a balm. However, while it doesn't dry out my lips I don't find it particularly moisturizing. If you have chapped lips, like many of us in the winter, I would definitely prep with a balm because it will emphasize cracks, and this is one of the downsides with this lipstick. If you are older and have wrinkled lips, this lipstick is not a good choice. It sinks into every line/little crevice, and the shimmery formula emphasizes every wrinkle, so either go for a lighter/less shimmery shade, or skip this lipstick altogether. Overall, it's a good drugstore lipstick. Not great, but a reasonably good pick for the price.


Price: About $5.49

Ingredients: Not listed on the product and I couldn't find them online :(

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Makeup Treatment

As promised, this is a review for Maybelline's new Age Rewind Eraser foundation. It's supposed to help erase wrinkles as it's got gogi berry and collagen in it as well as SPF 18 to protect your skin. I have it in the shade Creamy Ivory.

Here's the applicator:

The delivery system of the foundation is really what makes this foundation unique, although I have to say that it is a bit gimmicky. You're supposed to turn the upper portion of the bottle (the purple part) and the foundation is dispensed through the fuzzy applicator above. Now, this can be both good and bad. I find that the applicator does make it very easy and quick to apply the product, but I hate, absolutely hate, how you can't see how much product is coming up. It's one of my biggest pet peeves with this product.

The first time I tried it, I kept twisting and twisting until I saw the product, but there was WAY too much. The product builds up inside the fuzzy ball and is dispensed when pressure is applied, so if you can see the actual foundation on the applicator, you've twisted too many times. I find this very frustrating because I can't really see how many times I need to twist. Some days three or four twists is enough, other days it's way too much. I really like the pump dispenser better because I can actually see how much I'm putting on my face.

The fuzzy ball really does save time, but if can be streaky as well, so make sure to blend well. I usually have to go over with my fingers because there is too much product on the applicator to blend without applying more product on my face. And if you're worried about hygiene, it's supposed to be made of some antibacterial material (how/what isn't specified) so that if you wipe it with a dry tissue (very important that you don't use anything wet to wipe it) all the germs should be gone. How much of this is actually valid, I don't know.

Here's a swatch on my hand:

As you can probably tell from the pic above, the formula is a bit luminescent. It is very moist and reflects light. This may be good if you have more mature skin, but not if you are under thirty. I applied it and it slid around my face, making me look very greasy. The coverage I'd say is light to medium. It's a bit difficult to layer this foundation if you need more coverage because the applicator tends to push the foundation around around your face if you try to apply more. Usually, with another liquid foundation I'd just pat some more on, but that is not an option with this one. It does cover redness, but not altogether. If you need heavy coverage for rosacea or other discolorations you will definitely need to use a concealer.

Another complaint I have is the staying power. Even with powder it wore off in several places after about four to five hours, which I was not expecting at all. And it looks great when you apply it at first. It made my skin look very bright, luminescent, etc, but after a while it did darken and wear off leaving my skin looking horrid.

To end on a high note, however, I love how soft this foundation leaves my skin. Honestly, I was not expecting it to actually come through on the treatment portion of its claims, but I have to say, not bad at all! I would recommend this foundation to people with mature, normal or slightly dry skin, and who don't need a lot of coverage. If you're young and have problems with oiliness/discoloration, this foundation really isn't for you. Overall, I think it's a skip. The concept is great, but it need serious work on the formula.


Price: $12.99

Ingredients: To be posted...

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was bought by me for the purpose of my personal use. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.