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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Make-Up

This product has been a rising star in the online beauty community and as soon as I heard that it was a dupe for NARS Sheer Glow (A product that I can't buy in Australia) I had to grab it and give it a go.

On first use, this product was almost thrown in the bin. It's not like other foundations i've tried. I applied it far too thick and ended up looking washed out and my skin had a grey tint.

After working with it more, I started to like it. I apply my usual foundation with a 187 skunk brush, I stipple it on and blend it out. You absolutly cannot do that with this foundation. It's a lot thicker and needs more pressure to blend properly. Instead, I used a 190 flat foundation brush and very lightly sweep it on starting in the middle of my face and working outwards.
I end up with a semi-matte, medium but buildable coverage.

Would I recommend this product? Yes and no.

On the up side, it's cheap, it's non irritating and it has a good coverage. It lasts all day (which is amazing) and it doesn't add oil to already oily skin. It's soft enough to also use on dry skin.

The down side is that it is thick and can feel a little bit 'mask like'. It does last all day, but does start to lower itself into pores and fine lines towards the end of the day. And this is just a personal preference, but it's a little too 'matte' for me.

Compared to it's drug store competitor, Revlon Colorstay, this foundation wins hands down.

I should also tell you that when I do wear this foundation (which has been a lot recently), I mix it with my Clinique Even Better Foundation. About 70% Neutrogena and 30% Clinique, I find that it just adds a little more 'glow' and takes away a lot of the matte finish.

A great bargain and great product, I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a medium-full coverage and a semi-matte finish. It would work for all skin types.

Nivea 3-in-1 Waterproof Make-Up Remover

I've used a lot of make-up removers, there are some that i've liked and repurchased, there are some that i've managed to use up but didn't buy again and there are some that i've just hated.
I wear a lot of waterproof make-up, especially eyeliners and mascaras, and it is a pain in the neck to remove but I like it better.

When I think of Nivea, I think of High School. It's probably the cheapest skincare brand in any drug store and it was what I would always buy when I didn't have the money to spend on other brands. I haven't even touched a Nivea product in years, even through my quests to find that perfect eye make-up remover.

So there I was, browsing the skin-care isle of my supermarket with my sister, trying to find a remover that I hadn't tried before. After saying a swift 'no' to 5 or 6 removers that I had already tried, my sister pointed to this one. I saw the brand and answered with a biast 'no'. I told her that if a $19 remover wasn't going to work, a $6 remover wasn't going to work. While I looked for others, she read the back of it out to me and eventually convinced me to buy it. I'm now on my third bottle.

This is the first make-up remover that i've tried that removes most water proof make-up without having to rub my eyes within an inch of their life. It seems to just melt away most mascaras and eyeliner glides off.

Having said that, it's not fantastic at removing the one mascara that no brand seems to be able to remove which is Max Factor False Lash Effect. But it does try harder than others.

The formula is moisturising and it's a cream rather than a water-like liquid. It contains Chamomile which is great for night-time use. It's ophthalmologically tested, as all eye make-up removers should be, and it's suitable for contact lens wearers.

Great product, great value and i'll be happy to keep buying this.