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Really Liked This!
I've been trying different semi-perm hair color as well as different root touch-ups and I really liked this one. The applicator was different but you just have to learn how much to squeeze out of the bottle. The bottle has a sort of comb-in applicator that wasn't the most even application. I ended up with blobs of color in some areas and not enough in others. And it was definitely awkward putting it on the hairline at the back of my head. I prefer just putting the product in a bowl and painting on the color. But this stuff gets a ten rating from me because IT LASTS, it covered my grays fully and there was enough product to even touch up some underlying grays. Not too smelly, fairly easy to use. Will definitely use again.
January 14, 2013
Not So Much...
After hearing from the makeup gurus on youtube that a lid primer is necessary to increase staying powder of eyeshadows, I decided to try it. I bought this on Amazon, amazingly cheap, and got it in the skin tone color. I find it to be very thick and actually somewhat greasy - when I went to wash it off my finger, the water beaded up over it! I used it sparingly and it's thicker, slightly drier consistency made for a lot of pulling on my eyelids as I applied it, something I DID NOT appreciate. I was hoping for a smooth, dry surface that covers and conceals some of my llittle eyelid freckles with a matte base, but that's not at all what I got. My freckles were still visible underneath - I didn't want to spackle it on - and my shadow actually creased within about four hours. Luckily, it wasn't that expensive and so I'm not crying over it, but it just seems like a waste of time and effort for very little results.
January 14, 2013
Good, Not Great
Got this as a birthday present sample from Sephora. It's a glossy black and goes on glossy and smooth initially, but the product begins to get thicker and clumpy a week or so after first use. The bristles are long, sharp and somewhat thin, so be careful not to poke yourself. This might just be the huge wand in the sample, though. It also has a "ball" of bristles on the end, meant for getting those hard to reach corners and lower lashes and smoothing out the ends. I read that somewhere, not sure where. But the ball isn't covered in enough bristles, so it doesn't really do much. I did notice that my lashes dried feeling soft, not brittle, but only after I'd brushed out the clumps. My lashes were slightly longer and thicker and the color was deep and black, but I prefer my usual Maybelline Define-A-Lash. My first Benefit mascara - not sure I'd try again.
January 7, 2013
I bought this after reading about the importance of using Retinol when you hit your 30's. (I like that is also has an SPF, even though I wish it was higher.) After reading here that one woman used it on her hands, I decided to smooth it on my neck as well as my face. My neck had those "turn" wrinkles that everyone gets when they turn their head...they were dark and appeared quite deep. Well, after less than a week, my facial skin not only looked great, but my neck wrinkles were almost completely GONE! I was shocked when I first noticed it. I KNOW this product works because of the difference in the skin on my neck--no more dark lines and indentations! It's truly amazing and it definitely works! No strong or offensive odor, either. Great product!
December 28, 2012
Smoke It Out!
I'm new to using professional eye makeup brushes after watching all the tutorials on YouTube. I love the price for these brushes and the quality is amazing - this brush is my first domed pencil brush and I couldn't be happier. It's soft and doesn't "poke" my skin like other eyeshadow brushes have. This is a professional-level brush that I'm sure I'll be using for years to come. Great quality, perfect price!
December 27, 2012
Just bought this in Dreamy ~ a glossy, nude-pink. It goes on smoothly and feels very moisturizing. The only problem is that on my usually dry lips, colors that have even the slightest shimmer end up making my lips flake and peel as the color dries. But this stuff is supposed to be moisturizing and it does go on feeling balm-like. There is a stronger, perfume-y smell to this, but I like the scent. I give this a high rating for the color being true and highly saturated. If I could give a second rating, it would be a three due to the high shimmer of this product. I wish it was more of a matte or buttery finish to it, but I absolutely love the color itself.
December 27, 2012
Pretty Peach Kiss
Nice product. I've seen the commercials and needed a new lip balm and decided to get Peach Kiss. It was far more than just a lip balm ~ it's almost a light lipstick. The color is a soft, matte-like nude shade but goes on smooth and feels ultra-moisturising. The only thing I didn't care for was the slight glitter it had ~ why do companies have to put glitter in everything nowadays?! But it is very peach-scented and flavored, so be aware. I did notice that it seems to "coat" my throat and I could definitely feel the effects every time I swallowed. But my lips were left feeling very soft and looking pretty, smooth and plump with a definite nude color, so I really like this overall. Would buy again.
December 15, 2012
Lovely Long Lashes!
My sparse, fine, straight lashes looked much longer and darker after two coats. This mascara lengthened them, but there was ZERO thickening. Thin formula, no fragrance. The brush is the biggest draw for me - it's only got four rows of smooth, small plastic nubs giving it a "square" shape and the wand comes out cleanly and without big gobs of mascara all over it, so it applies super-smoothly. However, I always curl my lashes first and sadly, this mascara made the curl disappear! I still really like this stuff and will probably buy it again. Great color, length and separation for the lash-challenged!
December 10, 2012
Not A Fan
Brand new to the headache of covering gray hair and it's a chore. My hair grows so fast, I can't keep up with the grays. I just used this now and it was okay. My hair is soft and has a slight sheen and the grays are mostly covered. It did an okay job. I didn't find the bottle anything special - it was hard to remember to squeeze it hard enough for the product to flow through. But the application was easy enough. I applied it on my part, all around my hairline and had enough to lift up my part on both sides and go over the grays underneath. I have stubborn, thick silver hairs on my part and after rinsing, I realized I must not have left the product on long enough, as some of those grays had been dyed a dark brown, not black. In fact, the mixed dye looked like a milk chocolate color and I was worried it wasn't black enough. So who knows if this was a timing error or just a faulty product. I recently bought this at a CVS for something like $4 - it was on sale. So maybe this is why. I'll be looking for other root touch-ups in the future and won't be using this one again.
December 10, 2012
I followed the directions exactly and there was absolutely no problem. My nails were dry to the touch in a flash. But read: dry to the TOUCH, not dry to the nail. If you scrape or scratch your nail, it will show. The polish will still need time to dry underneath so you should still be careful. But it does dry the polish to the touch, so getting dressed or doing your hair afterwards is no problem. As far as long-lasting protection of the nail color, I'm not sure. I have nail color ADD and tend to take off my color within a couple days anyway. The finish of this top coat does dry to a nice shine, though. All in all, I'm happy with the product and use it regularly. The bottle I had got goopy and thick about halfway through, so I usually just throw it away. But it's fairly cheap, dries my nails in a flash and adds a great shiny finish, so it's worth it to always have a bottle on hand.
December 6, 2012