Wednesday, December 28, 2011

REVIEW: Urban Decay DeSlick $29.00

Claims: “Made especially for oily skin, the high-tech ingredients in our weightless mist control shine and keep your makeup as you applied it all day long!

When the oil production of your face rivals a small OPEC nation, you need a mighty ally. In an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, we developed De-Slick for customers who need their makeup to last. De-Slick absorbs excess sebum and deflects surface shine with state-of-the-art light dispersing particles. The problem-solving, hypoallergenic formula mists on, feels weightless, and sets makeup so it endures ALL DAY. Our patent pending Temperature Control Technology (beware of imitations!) actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to hold foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place. The sprayer, unlike others on the market, delivers a micro-fine mist that distributes product evenly over the skin.”

What it does for me: So there has been a lot of buzz lately surrounding "setting sprays" and honestly I don't think they are work quite as much hype as they have received.I only own the Urban Decay DeSlick spray so I can only speak to the efficiency of this one.

After using up 1/2 the bottle I found that it does give me a nice semi-matte finish. The site also claims that this gives 16 hours of shine control, but for me this is definitely not the case. I look dewy by the 5th hour, which is fine by me, but I need to blot nearing hour 6 so meh :/.... This is not a miracle worker but a few things that I do like about it are it "sets" my mineral powder and melts my makeup into my skin for a more natural and less painted/powdery look. It also feels really nice and cooling while reducing cakeyness from too much powder.

Final thoughts: I’m going to try the original SKINDINÄVIA sprays when I run out. I don’t think its really anything too special but it does help with cakeyness.

3/5 stars

REVIEW: Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup $24.50

Claims: “Feels so fresh, looks so natural. Non-irritating, oil-free makeup helps blend away blemishes, neutralize redness. Medicated ingredients help treat existing breakouts and keep them from coming back.”

What it does for me: This is a medium coverage liquid foundation. When I had originally purchased this it was at the end of summer 2010 so I had a bit of a tan and picked the shade 03 Fresh Neutral. I had some acne because most SPF and my skin don’t play nice L.

I don’t think this really did much in the way of healing my blemishes but it definitely did not break me out and covered my redness really well with out accentuating problem areas. Many other reviews say that this is hydrating but I found it to be somewhat drying which was good for me.

Since my skin has cleared up a lot I just use it as a spot cover for the occasional pimple J

Final thoughts: This is a nice foundation overall but the bottle is a bit small for the price to me. I have never tried the Neutrogena version, but if you are concerned about price you may want to try matching yourself there first.

4/5 stars