Revlon ColorStay Comparison + more !

Hey Everyone! Today I am going to compare and review the two formulas of the Revlon ColorStay foundations. I first tried the Revlon ColorStay foundation in the Combination/Oily formula after seeing a lot of positive reviews on some of my favorite blogs. I immediately fell in love with it and use it still sometimes in place of some of my high end long-wearing foundations such as the Make Up Forever Matte Velvet Plus or Lancome Teint Idole Ultra. To me this foundation gives the same coverage as the high end ones just mentioned, without feeling heavy as they sometimes do. After trying the ColorStay, I decided to try the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme foundation and ended up adding it to my Worst Foundations Ever list; linked here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-59 , due to the terrible consistency and finish on the skin.

Just recently I saw a YouTube video on MakeupByTiffanyD ‘s channel where she said how much she loved the Revlon ColorStay foundation in the Normal/Dry Skin formula. She said that it looked like true skin whereas the Combination/Oily formula looked “foundationy” and fake. I tend to always agree with her opinions, but in this case… here’s what I think:

 

*I have shade 110 Ivory in both formulas*

Revlon ColorStay Makeup Normal/Dry : This foundation has a medium consistency in thickness and offers medium to full coverage. On the skin, it feels relatively light and has a slight baby powder scent that dissipates. This formula is a bit lighter and cooler in color than the other and has a slightly powdered finish on the skin (which I do not care for). Although it does not contain any SPF, it can leave a white cast in photos under poor lighting. I was able to wear this foundation throughout the day and night without my skin getting too oily or too dry while maintaing the flawless coverage and minimal to no touchups.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup Combination/Oily : This foundation has a medium consistency in thickness and offers medium to full coverage as well. It feels light on the skin and has a slight “foundation” scent. I would describe this foundation as being a “skin stain” due to the way it blends flawlessly into the skin and disappears. It contains an SPF of 6 but does not leave a white cast in photos. Like it’s sister formula, with average skin it does not settle into fine lines or pores (I have enlarged pores from acne/scarring and it does not settle). It controls oil better than the normal/dry formula and is slightly warmer and more tan/yellow in color. I feel that this formula lasts longer and is an overall better foundation.

 

 

 

 

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Lipstick Collection

Hey Everyone!  This post is essentially a Part 2 to my lipstick collection. I have already done a MAC Lipstick Collection, linked here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6c , as well as many limited edition and special feature lipstick reviews and swatches. These lipsticks are just the miscellaneous ones that I currently have in my collection.  (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Clinique Different Lipstick in Think Bronze – a rosey bronze with gold sheen. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart – a bronze raspberry red. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry – a warm toned true coral. creme finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Apricot Fantasy – a warm nude apricot. pearl finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Neutrogena Moistureshine in 500 Coral Dream –  a pink toned coral. spf 20. no scent. available on Amazon.

Loreal Endless in 870 Timeless Tawny – a warm neutral brown with gold shimmer. strong baby powder scent. available on amazon.

Maybelline Color Sensational in 825 Fruit Punch – a juicy watermelon poppy color with slight shimmer. slight sweet scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Flawless – a slightly mauve toned nude. pleasant vanilla scent. available on eBay.

Studio Gear Complete Color in Warm & Cozy – a deep caramel with shimmer. standard lipstick scent. $16 at Ulta.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Mango – a vibrant pink coral, slightly red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupt in 13 – a juicy light peach. pleasant peach scent. $34 at Sephora.

NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors in 556 Iced Honey – a frosted light bronze with shimmer. strange lipstick/chemical scent. available on eBay.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday – a cool milky barbie pink. slight chamomile scent. $24 at Sephora.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 117 Rose Tea – a deep mauve rose. slight sweet lipstick scent. $25 at esteelauder.com

Chanel Rouge Allure in 91 Seduisante a light nude mauve toned pink. slight sweet scent to no scent. $34 at Macy’s.

Sigma Defining Eyes Palette

Hey Everyone! I picked up this palette at IMATS last weekend and have been loving it! Let me start out by saying the pigmentation, blend-ability, and texture are all excellent. This palette comes with eight eye shadows, two gel liners, a dual-ended pencil, and a dual ended brush.

The eye shadows on the top row include a black (In The Dark), a navy with a slight purple undertone (Midnight), a grey color with a hint of warmth (Fog), and a frosty champagne highlight shade (Halo). The bottom row includes a medium warm brown (Brunette), a deeper neutral brown with gold shimmer (Chestnut), a neutral light/medium taupe (Smoke), and a white/shell highlight shade (Beam).    **I love that this palette comes with two different highlight shades!!**

Overall the eye shadows are pretty consistent in quality, yet three in particular stand out to me. Starting with a positive, Smoke is by far the nicest taupe shade I’ve come across for my complexion. I love how you can wear it sheer, but also easily build it up for more intense color. I also appreciate it’s versatility in how it weighs perfectly neutral in color, not leaning heavily warm or heavily cool.

Although In The Dark is a perfectly fine black shade, I did expect more because Tiffany D is notoriously picky about the depth, pigmentation, blend-ability, etc. in black eye shadows. The pay off is fine but there are WAY deeper/blacker shades available than this one.

I never thought this could be possible coming from a palette that my favorite guru created herself, but i absolutely cannot stand the color Chestnut. In the palette it looks gorgeous, but once swatched it becomes a muddy, glittery mess. The texture and pigmentation is incredibly poor in my opinion. I wish this color was somehow salvageable using some magic technique, but its just not there for me.

The gel eyeliners, Blackout (a black) and Chocolate (a brown), are fantastic and also “pop-out” of the palette for convinience. Personally I dislike using gel eyeliner because for me the prove to be tricky and result in me having to complete take off and redo my eye makeup, but these gel liners are very easy to work with. They are extremely smooth and rich, and I look forward to practicing my technique using THESE gems.

The dual-ended pencil consists of a white side and a navy blue side. The blue side is very similar to the Midnight eyeshadow, but it is slightly brighter. The pencils are creamy, long lasting, and easy to apply on both the lid and the waterline. The dual-ended brush includes an E55 and an E30. The E55 is good for packing on color to the lid, and the E30 can be used for small crease work/eyeliner, etc.

Make sure to click the video to see how these colors apply LIVE 🙂

IMATS HAUL 2013 !

Hey Everyone! This year at IMATS L.A. was so fun! I got to meet so many people and see so many amazing things! Here is and video and  some pictures of what I got : ( dont forget to scroll down to see INSIDE of imats)

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Tiffany D for Sigma Beauty Defining Eyes Palette

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Inside the Tiffany D Palette

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Sigma Resort Palette

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Inside the Resort Palette

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Crown Brush Kabuki Style Brushes

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Crown Brush Pink Handled Brushes

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Crown Brush Flawless Face Blender

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J Cat Beauty Eye and Lip Pencils

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J Cat Beauty Lip Glazes

IMG_1530J Cat Beauty Pigments and Glitter Liners