Monday, December 8, 2014

Makeup Review: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

ProductToo Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Review: I looooove this primer. Love it. I got a little sample tube from Sephora, and I was actually a little depressed when I ran out. I had too many other little primer samples to use up, so I haven't bought it yet, but I plan on it!

This primer comes out as sort of a beige color, but it goes on clear. It feels a little silicone-y, but not enough to bother me. Excessive silicone feel is one of my big primer pet peeves, so I'm always happy to find one that works really well and doesn't squick me out during the application process. Anyway, you only need a tiny amount to cover your whole face, and I think a whole tube would last me for at least 6 months with daily use. Which it should, if you're plunking down $30 for it.

However, the best part of this primer is how damn amazing it makes your skin look under foundation. I had no idea a primer could make such a huge difference in the appearance of my skin, but holy balls, this stuff is great. I've tried it with liquid and powder foundations with awesome results, and it makes your makeup last all day long. I would get home and be amazed that my makeup looked pretty much the same as it did in the morning, and that's with me being a chronic face-toucher during the work day (horrible, I know, I know. It's a wonder I don't have more pimples than I do). Oh, and I didn't use setting spray with it either. That's how awesome it worked for me. I definitely preferred it over Hourglass's Veil primer, which I will review in the next couple weeks or so.

All in all, I think it is definitely worth all the hype and I'll happily pay for it once I run out of some of my other crap. Plus, I think this would work for most skin types. I have very dry combo skin with sporadically oily t-zone, and it seemed to keep my cheeks moisturized while controlling the oil on my nose and chin. It didn't cause any issues for my skin, but my skin isn't all that sensitive, so I can't speak for the sensitive-skinned people. But if your skin isn't all that sensitive, I think you'd find this primer to be a worthy investment.

I should ask for it for Christmas! Gonna go add it to my list now....

Rated Beauty Grade: A

Price: $30

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Makeup Review: Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool

ProductToo Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool

Review: I really love this in theory. I'm an impatient person and, while I love the look that tightlining gives me, I haaaaate actually doing it. I find it time consuming and persnickety, and in the mornings, I am not in the mood to painstakingly dot between my damn lashes.

If this liner worked the way I'd like it to work, we'd be best friends. And it sort of does work like it's supposed to. The 3 prongs cut my tightlining time in half, and I am able to create a nice cat eye with it. Sounds delightful, right? It's not every day you come across such a handy eyeliner, and I would love to give it high marks based on the convenience alone. Unfortunately, the formula blows.

 Everything great about this liner is nullified by the shittiness of the actual liner formula. Oh, sure, it looks nice at first. Sure, when you apply it, you have to go over it a couple times, but I can overlook some things. At least the end product looks nice! And then it fucking disappears after a couple hours like Harry Potter disapparated it off your face. First, it smudges. Then, it fades. And then it's just gone.

I don't have oily skin. I wear eyeshadow primer. I have tried out this liner with 4 different primers and not one of them will keep the end result looking fresh at the end of the day. I will admit that I'm a bit spoiled after discovering Stila's awesome liner, but when a $22 liquid liner refuses to stick around for a full 8 hours, I have no patience for it. Also, since it's supposed to go so close to your waterline, why the hell isn't it a long-wearing/waterproof formula? Grrrrr....

If they changed the formula, I would happily give it an A, but until then, I remain displeased with it.

(BTW - I have seen some reviews lauding it's performance. Reviews seem to be either YAY or MEH. Perhaps Too Faced suffers from some production inconsistencies?)

Rated Beauty Grade: C-

Price: $22