A few items keep showing up on best beauty buy lists. I wondered if anyone has an opinion on these items:
I think I've tried every kind of drugstore foundation out there and I've also tried MUFE HD and Diorskin. I don't mind that natural ingredients CoverGirl one (doesn't bowl me over though), but I found MUFE quite yellow on me and Diorskin kind of...dry and the pump broke. Any recommendations as to which variety of Chanel foundation is good and is it worth the pricetag or am I better to look at some kind of HD foundation? Also, any ideas on what kinds of undertones Chanel is best for. (I'm not pink, orange or yellow and find it hard to get stuff that matches quite right without looking ghostly or funny coloured. I usually pick the lightest shade of most lines, as I am very pale).
Laura Mercier Camouflage concealer duo
Anyone tried this? Is it good?
Nars Blush in Orgasm.
Difficult to apply? Does it look natural? How does it compare to Posie Tint and Cha Cha Tint? They all look horrifying in the bottle.
Also, can someone explain to me what the difference between the wide variety of makeup brushes is? Is it worth it? What makes it worth it for you? Obviously, you don't want bristles falling out, and I assume the quality of hair is a factor too. What makes some brushes worth spending $50-100 for?
11-21-2011, 12:22 AM #191
11-21-2011, 01:28 AM #192figsfiggyfigsGuest
I tried the Naked palette in sephora the other day. It is fantastic!
However, it is quite expensive >:/
Nars orgasm I've had for a long time now. It lasts. The colours are great, and bronzy. However, personally, I find it a bit more "going out" rather than a day-to-day sort of blush.
I was never a huge fan of Chanel powder/compressed foundation. I had this one foundation a long time ago that was fantastic, but I have tried so many and have yet to find it... Every other foundation I've tried has been a tad useless. I'd try Estee Lauder before and other brands before committing to purchasing Chanel.
11-21-2011, 04:28 AM #193
For skincare, I recommend going to a dermatologist who has an esthetician on site. The benefit of this is that you can have someone who is highly trained to look at your skin and tell you what you need, plus they do medical facials which are more clarifying to the skin than facials given outside of a Dr's office. They have access to all sorts of variations of medical grade skincare products which have been approved by the FDA vs. over the counter grade products that are sold in stores which have not been. Believe it or not, medical grade skincare products are not only purer and more potent, but sometimes less expensive or comparable in price because you are not paying for the packaging and hype, plus you only have to use a tiny bit daily because it's more concentrated. You don't have to get a facial or see the doctor if you want to buy the products though. You just visit the office and ask for them. If it's something extremely potent they will probably explain it to you or instruct/caution you.
Here are the two lines that I currently use, but I am thinking of changing to all natural skincare soon.
And sunscreen from here:
11-21-2011, 09:09 AM #194
and the colour range is quite excellent, and they have formulations
for 3 undertone groups
anything ends with 0 is neutral
ends with 2 is pink
and ends with 4 is warmer undertone
if you're quite fair, you probably want a neutral undertone. a B10 or B20.
the perfection lumiere is longwear, and like all chanel foundations,
it just feels very light on the skin, almost a cocooning feel. it all really
depends in what kind of coverage you want.
i use the vitallumiere aqua which is a med coverage foundation, because
it just feels like second skin, ultra light and lasts if i use a primer with
so it really depends what you want from your
foundation, do you need a lot of coverage?
do you like a matte finish? or you have dry
skin and need a hydrating foundation. check
out their site, and it has a short descriptor for
the different types available: http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragranc...undation-88487
it's popular because you can mix it yourself to get
the correct shade. i've never bought it. i opted for
MUFE's colour corrector palette instead.
i think it works better on lighter skin tones,
which is strange because nars is really famous
for its pigmentation, but when i'm more tanned
orgasm doesn't show up too well. it is a gorgeous
colour, but there's shimmer in it.
and looks very natural. benetint
is rosy, posie is.. pinkish, chacha
tint is the newest one and is coral.
the tints last FOREVER, i'd actually
suggest to get something like
benefit's BIG10 they come with
a few tints
like having a better tool and they last forever, i have a few brushes
that are like over 7 years old and still working perfect.
there's two types of brushes, synthetic hairs and natural hairs.
synthetic is usually cheaper and picks up more product so you'll
need a light light touch and is more ideal for liquid/creams
ie lipstick/concealer. natural hairs hold products better, and is
usually preferred for powders ie eyeshadows/loose powder/
if you wear eye makeup, i'd say invest in a MAC217.
it's just amazing how wonderfully it blends. it takes
away all the harsh colour lines and just gives a wonderful
gradient wash. this is my favourite brush, i have a few.
you don't have to invest in every single brush, just
notice what you use most in your makeup routine,
and go try the better brush brands and see if you notice
most of my brushes are from mac or stila.
these are my "good" brushes.
left to right:
chanel duo fibre
stila 9 (fluffy brush)
stila 20 (doe foot brush for defining and creating depth)
mac 217 (stiff dome brush for blending)
mac 231 (tightlining, eyeliner, also good for concealer)
mac 209 (eyeliner - great for gel liners)every normal man must be tempted, at times,
to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
and begin slitting throats.
11-21-2011, 09:11 AM #195
You should come over and experiment on my face while I'm here.
After all, I traveled 12,000 miles to get worked over!"Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft
11-21-2011, 03:53 PM #196
LOL, Jen, that's a little more makeover than I'm looking for, I think ... but I'm glad you're happy!
Fidelia, I have expensive brushes and cheap brushes, and the only difference I can tell is whether I like the shape of the brush or not. My favorite eye liner brush is an artist brush I bought at the craft store for about $2.00. The handle was too long so I broke it off. It works better than my Bobbi Brown liner brush that cost roughly $50, which I ended up hating. (Too stiff, shaped wrong for me.)
Start cheap and experiment. I've seen Crownbrush.com recommended in several places.
11-21-2011, 05:19 PM #197
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11-21-2011, 11:18 PM #198
How does it change how foundation looks if you use brush vs sponge vs fingers?. If you use a brush, where do you initally pump the product (hand? directly on brush?). What are you looking for in a brush shape for foundation?
11-22-2011, 04:20 AM #199
for the chanel i use the duo fibre to apply it, i swirl swirl. then i mist
mac's mineralized charged water on my stila 20 brush and buff it
in. it gives me a very airbrushed look. and with a misted brush, i get
a very nice dewey finish (this helps foundation not to look cakey, especially
with dry skin).
if i'm using MUFE's face&body foundation, i'll use the mac190 flat
foundation brush then buff it in with the duo fibre brush just to
get rid of streaks if there are any. and i finish off with using
urban decay's dew me spray.
if i want more coverage, i'll use MUFE but apply with just my
ring and middle finger, and i'll pat it on (because i've found it
easier to build that way).
i squeeze foundation at the back of my hand and use it as a palette.
and i dab the brush or my fingers in it, a little bit at a time.
i look for a brush that helps give me an even blend and coverage.
the thicker fluffier foundation brushes (like the one below), i haven't
liked so much because it just picks up too much product. and on a
day to day basis i like just a very light coverage. and if i need a lot
of coverage i just prefer finger tips.
every normal man must be tempted, at times,
to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
and begin slitting throats.
11-22-2011, 10:46 AM #200
I keep small paper plates at my vanity to use as palettes. I put two pumps of liquid foundation (right now using Bobbi Brown) on the plate, and use a brush similar to mmhmm's (I got mine free from Nordstrom, a gift with purchase).
What I look for in a foundation brush is fairly firm synthetic bristles (easy to clean, dries fast, doesn't absorb too much product), and a tapered shape (so I can get into small places like around my nostrils and under my eyes).
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