August 15, 2011

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer and Highlighter Review

I've been pretty happy with my current concealer (Maybelline's Eraser), so I wasn't really looking for another one. But I was in CVS today and decided to purchase Rimmel's new Match Perfection Tone Adapting Concealer because I liked the idea of a concealer and highlighter in one.

The Details:

According to Rimmel's website:

"Skin Tone adapting concealer.2 in 1 concealer and highlighter.Banish signs of fatigue and illuminate the eye area. Lets skin breathe. 1)SMART-TONE ® technology:the next generation of skin matching2)BLUE SAPPHIRE for superior freshness and anti-fatigue effect3)OXYGENATING COMPLEX re-energizes and lets your skin breathe".

This concealer comes in 3 shades: Fair/Light, Light, and a darker shade.  Even though I have fair skin, I chose the middle shade, because shades that are just slightly darker than my skin seem to cover better and help to avoid raccoon eyes.  One thing I really liked, was that on the back of the tube, there is a guide that tells you which shade to choose based on your Rimmel foundation shade.

This concealer has a brush that you can apply the product with.  You just squeeze the tube (not too hard or you'll get too much product), and paint the concealer on.  It's great because you can get into all of the crevices around the eye area.
The downside is that you still need to rub it in a little with your fingers... at least I did.
The consistency is very light and it just melts into the skin easily with a dewy finish.

The Results: 

Here's my before shot: I don't have too much in the way of dark circles today, but there's a little bit of a bluish tint underneath my eyes.

Here's the after shot:

The Verdict:

This concealer definitely illuminates the eye area without the use of shimmer or sparkle.  It reminds me of YSL's Touche Eclat, in that it just brightens and hides minor flaws without looking cakey or settling into lines.  I would say my fine lines look the same in both pictures, which is ok, because most concealers settle into them and make them worse.  It doesn't have heavy coverage, but I would say it's medium, because it did take away the bluish coloring under my eyes.

August 8, 2011

Splurgeworthy! Benefit's They're Real Mascara

On a trip to Sephora this weekend, I was checking out all the new products and came across a new mascara by Benefit Cosmetics called They're Real!.  Several of the salespeople (including the girl who eventually rang me up) said that they were all obsessed with it, so of course,you see why I had to have it, even if it did cost $22.
The Details: 
The packaging pretty much had me once I read it.  It had a before and after picture, as well the stats listed below-

-94% saw dramatic length and volume*
-90% saw base-to-tip curl*
-94% saw visible lift*
-100% saw long-wearing results*

The tube itself is really high end and pretty- it's a gunmetal chrome and such a cool shape.

The Brush: 
 According to the Sephora website:
This mascara features an exclusive brush specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing, glossy formula revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. The end result is luxurious, silky lashes that won't smudge, clump, or dry out. 

The Results: 
I'm declaring They're Real! splurge-worthy, because it's totally worth the $22. ( I like it better than Diorshow, which is $24).  It seriously lifts, lengthens, and volumizes, all at the same time! The brush is plastic, which some of you aren't crazy about, but it's what really separates the lashes and gets great results.  I felt like I was wearing false lashes.  They looked great all day, and another thing...I'm sitting here writing this at 9:15pm, and not one smudge or flake.


One piece of advice: The packaging says you can layer all you want, but as you can see from my after pic, after 3 coats, my lashes started to stick a little.  But my results were just as good with 2 coats, so I'll stop there from now on.

See more before and afters at  It shows real people who have tried it and gotten great results.