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  • Gillette Venus Embrace Razor
    7.0

    Gillette Venus Embrace Razor

    Like the 5 blades, but something about the design drags

    I've been a Venus razor user for several years and have been pretty happy with the brand, so when I saw the new embrace come out I had to try it. But after using it, I'm sort of ambivalent about this new addition to the line. On one hand, I definitely can feel the effects of the extra two blades. With the original Venus I've occasionally have to shave some sections of my legs twice to get each and every hair, and I have to do that less with the Embrace. However, something they did to the head that surrounds the blades feels different and occasionally I feel like the rubbery plastic part is causing the razor to catch and drag rather than allowing for a smooth glide. I don't know what it is, but it's there even when I use a heavy dose of Gilette's satin care shave gel. Which makes me nervous as that increases the risk for cutting myself. For that reason, I'm not sure if I'll repurchase these blades next time or just get the original design.

    May 6, 2013

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  • Urban Decay Loose Pigments
    3.0

    Urban Decay Loose Pigments

    Huge disappointment!

    I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay products, their eye shadows and liners in particular, but this product was a gigantic waste of money. Nearly all of the shades offered are available as pressed shadow, and the only difference I can tell between the two are one is loose and one's not and they come in different packaging. Same finish, same texture, same wear. If you took a fork to a pressed eye shadow and pulverized it until it was in loose form, Graffiti Deluxe eye shadow would be the exact same product as Grafitti loose pigment. While having the same product released twice is annoying, what's truly offensive about this is that you get LESS product when you buy it in loose form, but they charge you more for it. Urban Decay lists the "fill weight" for their deluxe shadow as 2 and 1/2 grams (it's 1 and 1/2 grams for the regular shadow), but for the loose pigment it's only 1 and 1/5 grams. But it's $2-4 more. That's insane! The packaging on these is terrible too. The spill-resistant bottle makes it harder to use your own brushes to apply the powder than it should be and I hated working with the brush it came with. It's not terrible, but it's not as good as a "real" brush. It's really frustrating The only thing keeping me from giving this product a 1 is that the product itself, once you get it out and work with it, is perfectly nice. Silky, pigmented and long wearing, just like you'd expect from Urban Decay shadow. And the few colors it comes in that are unique to this medium are gorgeous. Protest (a dark green) is particularly fabulous, and you can only get it as a loose pigment or as a part of UD's Book of Shadows palette which is expensive (but worth it!). But apart from that I absolutely could not recommend these to anyone. It's just a waste of money. If there's a shade you like and you're set on having a loose eye shadow, I suggest seeing if it has a pressed counter part and then crushing it into a powder yourself at home.

    September 23, 2011

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Too Faced Single Eye Shadow

    Really nice eye shadow. It comes in awesome colors, is soft and silky, super pigmented and easy to work with. I own several and would definitely buy more.

    July 22, 2011

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  • Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Parisienne Eau de Parfum Spray

    I had a difficult time deciding how to rate this perfume, as while I don't like it at all, it's for personal taste reasons and not because it's inherently bad. Perfume is like a shade of lipstick: nearly everyone has a particular shade or family they gravitate toward and have varieties they just can't handle at all even if they find them beautiful on someone else. Me? I'm very partial to woody, spicy and gourmand oriental fragrances and am not a big fan of florals. Rose particularly disagrees with me as my body chemistry tends to warp it into something that smells like hairspray. Parisienne has a damask fragrance note in it which killed it for me, and blackberry tends to turn shrill and strident on me as well. So Parisienne and I were not meant to be. On more objective grounds, I can see how this fragrance will appeal to some. It's a light floral that somehow manages to smell both classic and modern at once. It's very feminine and not at all overpowering. Some might find it a little too light as it took several spritzes to really get it to where I could smell it and the scent faded rather quickly. After 2 hours, I could only just barely catch a sniff of it if I held my wrist up to my nose. Overall though, Parisienne is a very sophisticated, delicate, feminine floral fragrance that I could see being popular among people with different tastes than mine!

    October 7, 2009

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  • Maybelline New York ExpertWear Eye Shadow Quads

    I don't often wear or buy drugstore eyeshadow as I tend to be far pickier about my shadows than I am most make up items, but I picked up the Natural Smokes quad and was surprisingly pleased with it. Is the shadow as silky and easy to apply as my favorite high end shadows? No. but they are pretty pigmented and blendable so with a little extra work it's pretty easy to get great results with these. I'm a veteran makeup wearer and and comfortable putting together my own looks without guidance, but I still do like the way Maybelline has set their quads up so that any novice can open up their compact and apply the colors as instructed to pull off a great look. The colors go well together and there's a great range of color palettes available. I like these enough to repurchase in other colors which is high praise for me with drug store eye shadow.

    October 4, 2009

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor

    Love these! cent to. The formula on these is a little dry, but it goes on smoothly and actually feels nice on the lips. Great coverage, lasts pretty well (about 3 hours, can survive some drinking and eating), and the color range is excellent. I really appreciate that there's a nice selection of cool, warm and neutral shades. Sometimes a new lipstick or gloss will get released and the color range will lean heavily in one direction or the other so that even if you end up loving the formula, many won't be able to find a shade that works for them. This won't be a problem here. Plenty to choose from and there's something for just about any taste or coloring. Probably the best drugstore lipstick launch I've seen in years.

    October 4, 2009

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York Express Finish 50 Second Nail Color
    8.0

    Maybelline New York Express Finish 50 Second Nail Color

    Great colors and decent wear, if not quite as fast-dry as advertized

    Great polish! Good pigmentation, great color selection, applies evenly and dries to the touch faster than most polish. Don't count on your polish being completely dry in 60 seconds though. No matter what any brand claims, it takes hours for polish to completely dry even if it won't smudge to the touch fairly quickly. You might still risk sheet marks or dents if you're not careful with it even an hour later. That's not the fault of this polish, just the nature of polish in general.

    September 15, 2009

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Urban Decay Ink for Eyes
    6.0

    Urban Decay Ink for Eyes

    A miss for Urban Decay

    I love Urban Decay's liners, both liquid and pencil, so I was excited to see this new product especially since the packaging is so cute. The colors are pretty, but the performance really underwhelms. These aren't nearly as pigmented as they ought to be (it can take a few swipes to get a good strong line) and they don't wear nearly as well as I've come to expect from Urban Decay. They don't streak down your face or anything, but they get smudgy after a few hours and fade away before the end of the day. The brush that comes with the product is much better than I was expecting. Nice eyeliner brush, standard thin slanted eyeliner brush that's neither too soft or too firm. Other end has a smudging sponge. I could see people actually using this rather than tossing it out which is what usually seems to happen with applicators that come with product. Overall though this is a bit of a dud. I'll stick with the pencils!

    September 15, 2009

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  • Urban Decay Cosmetics De-Slick Mattifying Powder

    The compact is pretty, but charging $30 for this blot powder is pretty ridiculous. It works all right, but isn't the best powder I've tried and the lavender powder doesn't work well with darker skintones (though I'm pale so that's not really a problem). This doesn't work any better than a $5 pack of blotting papers and you can get similar products for much less.

    September 15, 2009

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  • Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss

    Pretty nifty gloss from Urban Decay, though (like a lot of their new releases) overpriced and I find the packaging to be a bit hokey. It's sort of bulky and heavy, and I'm not so keen on the boy on the top of the lid, but the product itself is pretty lovely. Feels very comfortable on and my lips feel moisturized after it fades away. It's not too sticky, but that's both a plus and a minus as while it doesn't have all of the bad side effects of sticky glosses, it goes away faster than I'd like. I'm also pleased with the level of shine and pigmentation. I got David which is a medium pink that reminds me of their sadly departed lipgunk in Wallflower, which can look nice and bright if applied with a heavy hand or just a very subtle coat of pink shine if applied lightly. I love the smell too. UD calls it creme brulee, but the smell reminds me of when I make glazed pecans: lots of butter, brown sugar and nuts. I found it to be fairly strong, so this might bug people who don't like scented lip products or dislike the smell. No taste though, which was a relief as their lipsticks taste terrible. Overall a good gloss, but at $19 a tube, I'm not sure I'd repurchase. If there was a really awesome shade I likely would, but otherwise I'll probably look elsewhere for my lipgloss needs.

    September 15, 2009

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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