19 Apr 2013

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup SPF 12 Foundation in shade 8


Here's another review of a product that I really disappointed me. I promise that next time I'll post something in a more positive tone :).

I've read so many positive reviews  about this foundation (currently it has 4.2 out of 5 on makeupalley!) that I really really wanted to buy and use it - one of the reasons was also the light shade- 8. Silly me, I didn't request for a sample and bought it instantly.

Oh, I've bought SO many foundations that looked pale in a store but after I came home they turned out to be  too dark/ too pink for my skin with yellow undertones! I think most of the pale shades on a market are actually made for a girls with pink undertones.

It is my first review of the pale foundation, more will come soon. I could write a whole book about my adventures

I used to have darker skin- I used to buy MAC Studio Fix in NC 15, old version of Dior HydraLife tinted moisturizer (it was called HydrAction) in shade 01 and Clinique Superbalanced in Breeze- and that was cool because I didn't have problems with finding the right shade. But my skin became paler because I started to take care of my skin and used high-SPF creams.

Now I just love my pale skin- but that makes a problem because none of the high-end brands like Guerlain ( pity, it's one of my fave high-end beauty brand :( ), Dior, Chanel, YSL, MAC or most of the drugstore ones don't run shades pale enough. Once, when I went to Sephora, even a sales assistant couldn't find the right shade for me. So I started to buy Revlon Colorstay for combo/oily skin in Ivory (the review will come soon) but apart from the shade I don't really like it. Now I'm using my last Pure.Cover concealer in 02 as a foundation. (Which I mentioned in my last review - I so love it).

Placing the foundation in a tube is a good solution. I don't like pumps because usually when you think that you've used the whole content there's about 30% of the foundation left inside because a pump cannot reach it. On the other hand, the package with open cap is not hygienic. (see: Revlon Colorstay)

It has a mousse-like consistency and is very lightweight. It is a pretty neutral shade. (My face is lighter and more yellow than the skin on my hand.)

But once I blended it, the texture became cakey. You can see how awful it looks... Even on my hand, where the skin is quite flawless compared to complexion. It looks even worse on the face, believe me.
In different light:

I DON'T recommend it for those who have even a little bit dry skin, because it enhances the dryness, and for those who have some blemishes because doesn't cover the imperfections very well- it's actually more like a tinted moisturizer.

I don't get the hype over this foundation. I'm sure that for a price lower than $50 you can get a lot better stuff.

18 Apr 2013

Maybelline Affinitone Concealer in 01 and 02- review, photos, swatches


Another concealer review. At first I must admit that I LOVED Maybelline's Pure.Cover concealer in 02, which was discontinued and replaced with Affinitone. It was just out of this world- looked so natural, was a prefect shade match, covered EVERY flaw, was long-lasting. So I don't really understand why did they decide to discontinue it- to be honest, I'm still mad. Because Affinitone is not even half that good.
But still, I decided to give it a try.
At first I've bought it in 02, because I didn't know it's not the lightest shade, like Pure.Cover in 02 was. Of course it turned out to be too dark (so I gave it to my Mum).
And decided that I'll never ever buy anything from Maybelline anymore.
A few weeks later I found out that the lighter shade in 01 is also available. So I've bought it, hoping that it'll be like another version of my previous holy grail. But, what a shame, it's not!

Here you can't really tell the shade difference: Left- 01, right - 02

Swatches of both shades: 01, 02
More in different light
Swatches of 01

To sum up: it covers quite well, but it looks so unnatural, so fake! And the shade is too dark for me. I always have a problem with finding shade light enough for my pale skin.
So I'm still trying to find my fave concealer.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Porcelain & Corrector in Light Bisque Review

(Wow, quite a long time since my last post. :( )

Recently I've been obsessed with concealers. Literally. Believe me, concealer is a staple for me. I just can't leave my home without masking all my skin imperfections. This time I'm going to post some swatches of one of the best-selling Bobbi Brown products- Creamy Concealer (in Porcelain) and Corrector (in Light Bisque). The corrector actually belongs to my Mum, because it's wayyy too dark and too pink-based for me.

At first - The Concealer Kit in Porcelain: concealer + translucent setting powder.

Corrector in Light Bisque:

Swatches on my hand in two different lightings:
down: concealer in porcelain & corrector in light bisque,
up: concealer which I've set with powder.

To be honest, for that price I've expectied better results. BB recommends applying corrector at first and then concealer and powder. I think it's just too much and may look unnatural, especially when you have dry undereye area or fine lines (like me)- the concealer sets in my fine lines.
Sorry, but I don't really recommend it.