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Shine on!

It’s a foggy day here in San Francisco, but as usually, my nose is shining like Rudolph on Christmas Eve.  What is a beauty to do?  Besides the obvious, careful skin care and cleaning and makeup, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mattifier to combat the shinies.

Over the last 6 months, I have tried several, and I’m here to report back to you what my likes and dislikes are.  First of all, I’ll preface this by saying that many moons ago I sold Mary Kay and used the Oil Mattifier extensively and loved it.  I still think that this is a great silicone based product, so if you have a MK rep, please do give it a shot.  $15 for .6 oz is a great price, and the ingredients are very similar to all of the other products listed here.

So, without further fanfare, in order of my personal favorites, and a review:

  1. Mally Poreless Face Defender – this is a solid silicone gel, which diffuses the look of pores and fine lines and gives you a matte finished look.  The unique consistency of this product stops the oil but doesn’t build up like a powder.  This was the longest lasting, for about 4 hours.  $40 for .46 oz solid.  Silicone based.  **Hot news** At press time, there is a Liquid Face Defender debuting on QVC.  So, if you prefer a liquid demattifier, this is my recommendation.  I will review it as soon as I have it in my hot little hands!
  2. Laura Gellar The Matte Maker - is my #1 powder mattifier.  It’s the easiest to carry around, because it’s in compact (though Mally has a travel version which I just got, which is going right in my purse).  The Matte Maker is a light, translucent powder that reduces shine and creates a matte finish.  At first, I thought this looked to powdery on my nose, but it absorbed quickly and lasted about 2 hours.  The key ingredient here is Calcium Carbonate (yes the same thing you take every morning to keep your bones healthy!) which absorbes oil.  The only thing I don’t like is that it also contains Talc, which can clog pores and is powdery.  $22 for .37oz compact of powder.
  3. Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte finish is a creamy gel that claims it has “Microsponge” technology to absorb oil.  Like any silicone based product, it does absorb oil.  This is a great value because it’s 1 full oz for $21 (on sale for $15).  I’ve tried a few Paula’s Choice products and they are as good as any other skin care line and the price point is much better.  Worth a try if you are looking for a new brand.
  4. Evil Shades Matte Silk – another favorite deslick powder, it’s power is Rice powder, as well as silicone.  The combination absorbs oil and doens’t sit on top of your pores like talc based products.  This is the best value, at $10 for a 20 gram jar.
  5. tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder – is not a specific demattifer, but I love the duel purpose of this product.  It contains Amazonian Clay (or Kaolin clay), which is said to balance dry skin as well as oily skin.  I really love this product, and the only reason it’s not high on this list is that frankly, it didn’t demattify for long enough.  However, it is my #1 finishing powder!  $28 for .32oz powder.  Clay based.  My only negative comment about this product is that it is not very portable.  It’s a larger jar, and while the top has a great delivery system, you need a brush and it’s bulky to carry around.

Honorable Mention:

Urban Decay DeSlick in a Tube – This lightweight gel is more of a liquid than the Mally, but it operators on the same premise.  The Silcone based gel absorbs oil and creates a barrier.  I would probably like thismore if it wasn’t so expensive – this tiny tube lasts a long time, but it’s much less product than the Mally.   $28 for .67 oz.  Silicone based.

I actually like all of these products, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Mally Poreless Face Defender.  It is a different delivery system, so if you’re put off by the solid gel, and prefer a powder, try the Laura Gellar Matte Maker.  If you’re looking for a multi purpose product, go for the tarte.

    At all costs, AVOID the ELF matte powder.  It was a total waste of $3.

    There are hundreds of marrifying products out there, but in genearl I feell that the liquid or gels are more effective as powders, particularly talc based powders can settle on top of the sin defeating the pourose.  Multi tasking products such as primers that control oil are fantastic alternatives since they do more than one thing.  Try to avoid any products that have talc or Zea Mays (cornstarch) in them since these sit on top of the skin and can clog your pores.  Zea Mays is often used instead of talc as both a filler and an oil absorbing ingredient, but it is known to cause or irritate acne prone skin.  It also is a hot bed of fungus and other ickies when it gets wet.

    *I did not inclue Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil in this category as it is a finishing powder that is primarily contains Zea Mays.  While I do use this product, I dont’ believe that is is an oil mattifier.

    Fall in to this!

    Get your selves ready beauties!  August and September are going to be busy months for makeup newness.

    You already saw the Bare Escentuals shows this past weekend.  Well hold on to your hats!  Today is the pre-sale of the Smashbox TSV.  If you’re a Smashbox fan, I’ve been told you shouldn’t miss it!  I’m still on the fence, what do YOU think?

    Smashbox Ready For Your Close Up

    • Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder – I haven’t tried the Halo yet, but people that have seem to love it.
    • Eye shadow quad in On Stage.  A similar trio pictured at right

    • Red Carpet Radiance Palette (MatteFlushShimmerFlushMatteRaspberryShimmerRaspberryShimmerQuartz)

    • Lip glosses in Hot Shot, a shimmery pink, and Idol, a rosy plum
    • Waterproof Shadow Liner to Go chubby pencil in Luminous Fig, a chocolate plum that looks more brown than the tarte Fig EmphaEyes that came in a recent TSV.
    • Halo Baby Buki Brush

    It is a bit of a pricy TSV at $74.94 and I’m still on the fence,  But when you look at the retail cost for Halo ($59) and the Red Carpet palette $42, you are already beyond hte TSV.  Add in the other pieces and the retail value is well over $100.  I”ve seen and read many reviews by other beauty bloggers, and it seems that if you are in to Smashox, these TSVs are not to be missed!

    September 9th Laura Gellar is having a TSV but she’s keeping it pretty hush hush for now.  The Insider says it’s a 6 piece Bake Sale Collection, so I might have to skip it with my other collections but we’ll see as soon as we get pictures!  I have been falling in love with my Laura Gellar Vanilla Nudes kits, and the eyeshadows are to die for!  They are the most pigmented, beautiful things I’ve seen n a while.

    The big news comes with a Mally TSV later in September.  The Mally Defend Your Beauty Collection brings back the travel size Poreless Face Defender (YAY!) my favorite anti shine weapon.

    Also included:

    • **NEW** Face Defender Blushin Pink Perfection.
    • **NEW** Face Defender Highlighter in Gorgois Glow
    • Volumizing Mascara in Black
    • Volumizing Lip Gloss in Flirty
    • Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Black Cherry
    • Evercolor Shadow Stick in Violet – I can’t wait to try the shadow stick!  I’ve been eyeing them for a while, and they seem like a fantastic way to get a waterproof eyeshadow in a great to go format.
    • Preorder: 1 time shipment | Auto Delivery in January & May I actually cancelled my last Share the Love AD so I could get this.
    • September 23rd:  A220348

    More pictures as soon as I get them!  I look forward to sharing the goodies once I get them.

    Don’t forget to use Ebates (affiliate link) to save 2.5% off your orders!

     

    Happy glossing!

    Feeling TARTEy!

    Today, I decided to go for an all (well, mostly) Tarte look, using the 8th Wonder of the World Collection from QVC.

    • Mally Poreless Perfection Primer
    • Monistat Anti Chafing Gel on the nose (hey!  It’s cheap and it’s a GREAT silicone primer!)  In fact, the active ingredient, Dimethicone, is the primary ingredient in most silicone based primers.  I swatched L’oreal, BE and Smashbox primers on my hand, along with Monistat.  They are ALL clear silicone primers and all function the same way, more or less.  I will say that the Mally primer is not the best for mineral makeup, but works wonders for cream powders or liquid makeup.  I find that the BE primers and also another fave, the Benefit Primed & Poreless work wonderfully for BE foundation.
    • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light
    • UDPP in Eden
    • MAC Painterly Paint Pot as base
    • Tarte Shimmering Sand patted on lid and sweeped over lid
    • Tarte Shimmering Plum in the outer 1/3 of eye
    • Tarte Shimming Cocoa in crease
    • Tarte Emphasize Eyes eyeliner in Golden Plum
    • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Glisten
    • Tarte Pure optic Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Golden Pink
    • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara

    This is definately a great collection, and I can’t wait for the next Auto Delivery in June!

    A Cable Car in Sydney

    Today, I was totally and completely exhausted.  Normally when I have no sleep I say f*%$ it and don’t do my makeup but I was just feeling blah and decided to pick myself up.

    The lighting was a bit tricky this morning in my house, but I think yo uget the idea.  Please ignore the grease puddle on my nose; I”m not sure how to get rid of this yet.

    So, I started with:
    Mally Poreless Perfection Primer

    It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

    Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light

    BE Prime Time for Eyes

    BE Sydeny patted on lid and buffed on browbone

    BE Cable Car in crease

    BE Buxom Stay There in Collie over Sydney on upper lid.

    I love the neutal but nice pop this look gives and will probably do a variation on it tomorrow!

    Next up:  Another look with shadows that are still unopened plus a big ass haul from Beauty.com and my Sephora obsession this month

    Mally Mally Mally!

    So I’ve been on a bit of a shopping frenzy lately, what with all the things I’ve been reading and seeing around the blogesphere.  I’ve been buying a lot of product, simply so I can test things and out and find what works for me.  Primarily, this means a LOT of Bare Escentuals, but I’ve also been digging in to other brands to find out what works for my skin, and what stays on my face.

    I’ve got some persnickity skin you see; it’s winter, and it’s dry and chilly.  Yes, even us San Francisco types get cold!  Granted, 35 degrees is about as chilly as we get usually, but still…as a result my face has several dry, flakey patches, but an oily nose and T-zone.  This makes it complicated to find the right products!  My biggest challenge is finding eye makeup that stays put.  Crayon / pencil type liners always end up on my cheeks, usually a few minutes after I apply them.  I’ve also been experimenting with eye primers, but that’s a story for another blog post.

    Recently, I read a preview of the Mally Beauty Today’s Special Value (TSV) somewhere – I honestly can’t remember where, and I figured what the heck, I’ll check it out, because Mally claims her eye makeup is “bulletproof”.  This is exactly what I need!  I went ahead and ordered the kit on pre-sale and waited anxiously for it to show up.  This week, it finally did.  I’ve been wanting to try some Mally products for a while, and ordered the Poreless Face Defender in January to try it out.  I’m still playing with it, but I do like the mattifying effects it has on my face.

    After my usual foundation, I started in with the Mally Share the Love TSV has 10 pieces, and was $59.94 when I purchased it.  I opted for Auto Delivery, and will get new collections in July and November.  The first collection includes:

    • Eye Amplifying Shadow Liner in Chestnut (a brown shade)
    • Lip Magnifiers in Punch (pink) and Blush (sheer pink)
    • Illuminating Blush in Pink Satin
    • Poreless Perfection Shaded Skin Finisher
    • Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Deepest Brown
    • Two Volumizing Mascaras in Black
    • Double-ended 24/7 blush brush
    • Mini kabuki brush
    • Sharpener
    • Organza pouch
    • Kindness is the New Black tote

    For my eyes, I completely forgot to put some primer on (which was my mistake and might impact this review – so I’ll follow up with a primer).  So this is really a good test, beginning with the Evercolor Eyeliner.  At the moment, this product only comes in kits.  I really like this color, a deep dark brown but not black.  Because it’s an automatic pencil, it’s very thin, and easy to get right down on the lashline.  My only issue with this, is that it started to smear a bit before it set, but that’s no biggy.   Next, I added the Eye Amplifying Shadow Liner in Chestnut.  This is a fat pencil, which is a brand new product (only available in this kit right now), in a shimmering bronze/brown.  I love this color!  It’s a bit dark for all over color for me, but I used it in the crease, and then smudged it with the smudger tip and my finger to give some definition.  Then I snuck in some of the Tarte eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand as highlighter, and blended it out with the Chestnut.  Finally, a coat of the Volumizing Mascara.  The mascara does a great job in one coat, and doesn’t clump or stick together, two things that are important to me.

    Next, I added some Illuminating Blush in Pink Satin. The color is a bit bright, but once I blended it out on my cheekbones, and added the illuminator, I really liked it.  The illuminator is a whitish powder with sparkle, that I used as a highlighter on my high cheekbones and other parts of my face.  I also used it to blend out the Pink Satin blush, to look more natural like a sun kissed cheek.  I will say that the big problem I had with the blush is the brush is terrible.  One side is meant to be used with the illuminator, and looks like a large flathead foundation brush.  The other side is a small, dense, fluff brush.  unfortunately, the illuminator end of the brush just packs on and clumps with the flat brush.  The fluff brush picks up entirely too much product.  So that is a fail for me.  The color however, is a win.

    The finishing touch is the worldwide launch of the Poreless Perfection Shaded Skin Finisher, which is of course – NOT A POWDER!  If you’re a Mallynista, you know that she loathes powder because it can get cakey and ashy, particularly on women of color.  I used to, back in my teens, wear such things, but now I really only wear mineral foundation or skin finishers.  This product is great!  It’s VERY similar to BE Mineral Veil in my opinion, but this has some key differences.  The Skin Finisher has several silicone derivatives, which both set your makeup and give you a luminous glow.  This product smooths over your makeup and makes your skin look polished, while evening out your pores and sealing the deal.  It’s formulated free of talc, fragrance, oils and parabens which is great for sensitive skin gals like me.  The ingredients are: Silica, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Lauroyl Lysine, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Mica, Iron Oxides.  If you don’t know what those are, read on…It does NOT contain corn starch, which is one of the ingredients in most powders that can cause that cakey / chalky appearance.  Instead, it’s primarily a powdered silicone primer of sorts – which locks your makeup in place and smooths over the look.

    So here we are, 5 hours in, and while the eyeliner is travelleing a bit (my own fault since I didn’t wear a primer) the color is still there.  There is no creasing or fading and my eyes look as good as they did this morning at 7:30!

    Please ignore the lovely dark circles...I clearly need some sleep!

    Would I buy it again?  Probably.  I wish that some of the products were sold separately, but at $5.90 per piece it’s really a steal.  I would definately buy the eyeliner and shadow stick again, simply for the staying power alone, I would buy it again.  In fact, I’ll get two more collections this year, so I DID buy it again!

    But again, please – make these things refillable.  The blush system case could easily be reused.

    Mally Share the Love Collection 1

    (3.5 out of 5) Keep in mind to get a 5 you REALLY have to blow me away with EVERYthing!)

    Mally Eye amplifying Shadow Liner

    Illuminating Blush

    Double-ended 24/7 blush brush

    Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner

    Volumizing Mascara

    For further review in the future:

    • Poreless Perfection shaded skin finisher in choice of Fair/Light, Medium, Tan, or Rich–Worldwide Launch! Exclusive to QVC until 9/1/11
    • Lip Magnifiers
    • Poreless Face Defender
    • Concealer system