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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Blush

    I love this -- it easily gives a natural warm glow. Actually I got it in a set with pressed powder and bronzer, and I love all three.

    March 23, 2013

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF15 with Probiotic Technology

    I have mild rosacea which my drugstore makeup (Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser) does a respectable but not ideal job of covering up, so when I was in Macy's recently and saw they were having a special in which you could get a free 10 day foundation sample from any counter, I made a beeline for Clinique. I only have one of their products so far, a Chubby Stick Intense tinted balm, but I like it very much, and I was hoping their foundation would work for my sensitive skin. The next to lightest color, #2, was a perfect match for me and covered my rosacea beautifully, and so I took my 10 day sample home. Unfortunately I only got to wear it two times before I had my hopes dashed. Although it did a fantastic job of covering my rosacea and looked very flattering as well, the first day I wore it I could feel it on my face all day long -- despite having applied it sparingly with a damp non-latex makeup sponge. This is not a sensation I care for. It wasn't as heavy as some drugstore foundations I've tried, but it was noticeable. Then the second day, my face began to burn slightly. It wasn't terrible, but still I couldn't wait to wash my face as soon as I got home from work that evening. And that was that. The caveat here is that I have been super-sensitive and highly allergic all my life, have multiple medication allergies (including antibiotics), several food intolerances, and have reacted to multiple makeup and styling products. SO, this product might end up working well for someone who is less sensitive than I am. This being Clinique, though, I was disappointed that I had a reaction. I’m going back to my Maybelline for now. The coverage isn’t as good, but I don’t feel it and I haven’t had a reaction.

    March 19, 2013

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30

    Here's a testimony that sometimes it's a good idea to "shop in your closet" (or makeup collection), and also that the right makeup brushes and application methods can make a difference. I was researching mineral powder foundations a couple weeks ago, and when I saw this one thought it looked awfully familiar. It turns out I already owned it -- I'd bought it on sale in a three-pack with blush and bronzer. I'd used a large fluffy brush to apply it and it had been just OK. I tried using a smaller, tighter brush and applying it with the short swirling strokes recommended, and got a different -- and better -- result. It helps control the oil in my T-zone, and definitely tones down (although does not quite completely hide) my mild rosacea. I use the bronzer that came with for contouring.

    March 16, 2013

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York Pure Stay Powder Foundation

    I love some Maybelline face products, but this wasn't anything special -- in fact, it looked a bit chalky on my face. I ended up returning it.

    March 11, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil

    I have two of these, one in Pure White and one in Sable Brown, and I use them every day. Both go on so smoothly and blend so easily that they're almost childishly easy to use. I use the white to line my inner lower lash line as well as the inside corners of my eyes -- I think every woman in the country should have one in white -- and I use the brown as a basic eyeliner. They're so affordable, I look forward to trying more daring colors.

    March 10, 2013

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lip Clear Lysine+
    10.0

    Lip Clear Lysine+

    worked great!

    I started getting my first cold sore in so long I had nothing in the house to use on it, so based on the reviews here I bought Lysine+. Within an hour of applying it the burning was gone, and the whole cold sore was gone in less than 24 hours.

    March 7, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm
    9.0

    Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

    My lips but better (and trendier!)

    I recently got a Clinique chubby stick intense which I like a great deal, and recognizing this as the affordable drug store competitor to the Clinique chubby stick line, decided to give it a try. After trying two colors, first Plum and then Haute Pink, I've decided this is a nearly-perfect lip product for me, and my new staple. My experience with both colors is that they have a terrific color pay off while still remaining sheer enough that I can wear brighter colors without overwhelming my cool complexion. They also have very good moisture and a soft shine, although -- and this is why I subtracted one point -- the colors last longer than the moisture. In that way, they're a little more like a lip stain. I find myself applying clear lip balm to restore moisture, while the color is still going strong. If the moisture could last as long as the color, I'd give this a 10. (Note: I have the same issue with its Clinique counterpart as far as the moisture running out before the color, and needing to use lip balm.) I first tried the Plum, which is the darkest shade. It was a bit of a risk, since I am very fair. I applied it as I would any lip balm -- that is, generously. I discovered that while it retained the same hue on my lips, it was a few shades lighter than in the tube -- closer to a deep, juicy berry, which was very flattering and fun. Next, I tried the Haute Pink. The first time I applied it as I had the Plum, assuming that it would also look several shades lighter on my lips. I was initially dismayed that it didn't lighten as much, and went on pretty much a strong hot pink, which overpowered my face. The next day, I had the idea to apply a clear lip balm first, and then lightly apply a small amount of the Haute Pink in the center of my lips, and blend it in. Bingo! I instantly had on-trend pastel pink lips that still looked very natural and brightened my face. My lips, but trendier! Once caveat is that I've only tried two of the brightest shades. I can't speak to how the softer shades, such as Ballet and Blush, would work. By shopping at discount stores and using a coupon I got the two of these for less than $12 combined, compared to $16 for one Clinique chubby stick. I think that's a terrific deal. I look forward to buying more shades; next I plan to try the Scarlet.

    March 7, 2013

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • NYX Cosmetics NYX Matte Lipstick

    I've been curious to try NYX lipsticks for a while. I've read many good reviews here, plus their website makes it extremely easy to rule out shades that won't work by providing detailed descriptions saying whether the color is blue-, orange-, yellow- or pink-based, (or neutral). Bravo! No more squinting at a tube in a store under fluorescent lights trying to decide if it's a warm or cool shade. I was actually looking for their Extra Creamy Round, but the store I was in didn't have it, so I decided to try this because the Pale Pink was the exact on-trend pastel pink I was looking for. Unfortunately, it looked awful when I put it on. You know that white zinc oxide sunblock? It looked like that, tinted pink. I tried it both with and without a moisturizing concealer on my lips. It's such a shame, because when I held the lipstick up in front of my face the color looked absolutely exquisite against my skin. If only it had looked that good ON my lips.

    March 5, 2013

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm
    6.0

    CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm

    flat, waxy "shine"

    I bought this in Clay, based on the excellent colormatch utility on the CoverGirl website, and it was a perfect nude shade for me. I really wanted to like it for that reason, but unfortunately the "shine" was flat and waxy, and made every line in my lips glaringly obvious. I never dared to wear it out of the house, but instead returned it. I seem to keep having bad luck with CoverGirl lip products, which are sooo clooose to being perfect, except for one fatal flaw. That's really a shame, because they make selecting the right color so very easy.

    March 5, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor
    6.0

    Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor

    couldn't tolerate the taste

    I bought this based on the high rating here, and because the color Hot was exactly the rich, blue-based red I was looking for. (I used the colormatch utility on the CoverGirl website, which I have to say is extremely impressive and useful.) It did go on smoothly, and looked terrific. (Yay colormatch!) Then I went out for a special dinner with my husband (who also loved the color on me) and quickly discovered I could taste an unpleasant, chemical, lip-sticky taste with every bite I ate. I didn't want a lipstick to ruin a rare date night, so I went to the ladies room and wiped it off with a moist wipe, and applied tinted balm in its place. Dinner was saved, but not the lipstick, which I returned. There are others in the same price range that don't have this issue. That's really too bad, because otherwise I liked it.

    March 5, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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