I've been trying so many products lately, it's hard to keep them all straight. And find the time to review them! I've found some real winners, and unfortunately today, I have a big-time loser. La-HOO-s-HER. That's my best Ace Ventura impression for you. Ahem. Moving on!
1. Dermasilk Flawless Erase Wrinkles
I wanted to like this product. I really, really wanted to like this product. Instead, I hate it. Thank goodness I only paid $4 for it! When I first bought this, I brought it home from the store thinking it was going to be a moisturizer. Just a good, ol-fashioned, nighttime wrinkle-moisturizer. Not the case, I discovered after reading the box. The box has a couple of ways that you can use the product, however I have deduced that this product is little more than a primer. I've tried it many ways. I tried it (as the box directs) over my liquid foundation. Not matter how lightly I patted this is, it still rubbed my foundation off in spots, and left my with a blotchy, shiny look. I then tried it before my foundation. The makeup went on unevenly post-application, and even worse, looked cake-y and thick in some spots. I spend a lot of days without makeup (after a long workout, for example) so I thought I would try this alone, just on top of my clean, moisturized skin. It did provide a matte look, but it made my skin look parched. Dry skin is not an attractive look. This product also does zilch for reducing redness. My regular primer (Revlon PhotoShop) makes my skin look smooth and even, doesn't dry it out, and reduces the appearance of redness. And to be honest, I didn't even notice a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. I don't know what I'm going to do with this, because I'm not going to use the rest of the product. The verdict? Do not waste your money on this. I've rendered this as completely unusable.
2. Physician's Formula Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss
Sheesh, where do companies come up with names of these products? Whatever happened to simple? I might complain about this mouth-full of a name for this lip gloss, but I love it! It reminds me of Smashbox's O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss, which came out 4-5 years ago. It has the same concept, being that it adjusts to everyone's individual perfect color once applied. Technology has come a long way though, because there are a couple of points about this product that make me like this lip gloss sooooo much better. First of all, this product doesn't turn as pink on me. It looks like a blush has enhanced my lips, instead of having florescent pink goop smeared across them. Second, the formula has a hint of shimmer to it, but it's not full-on stripper glitter. The shimmer is flattering. Third, this product has staining capability! I've been putting this on, and long after the gloss has worn off (I still noticed color after 6 hours), I've still got a pretty flush on my lips. This product looks so pretty after its worn down. The verdict? I'm really hoping this is not a limited edition item, because I will be buying more. Granted, I have a lot of lip gloss in my arsenal, but this one goes toward the top of the list. A+ in my book.
3. Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen
I'm really bad at applying liquid eyeliner. Really, really bad. Having liquid liner in a pen form is pretty much the only way to ensure I can apply it. As far as pen's go, this one is easy to use, very precise, and the durability is comparable to other ColorStay products. I've been obsessed with doing a natural cat-eye lately, or just a teeny-tiny wing. The first 2 weeks I used this, the formula was great. It seems with time that this pen dried up, however. I kept the lid tightly sealed after each use, so I don't think that was the problem. Once the pen dried up, completing a winged look was virtually impossible. The pen did not go on creamy enough, catching on my skin as I drug it across my eye. It began skipping over my eye, leaving weird looking little jumps in the line. I'm not sure if this was an anomaly, or if this happens with all these pens. I would be willing to try this product again to see if I could get a longer shelf life. Before the pen dried up, the look was that good. The verdict? It remains to be seen, as the effect was good enough for me to try this product again, but keep in mind, the pen might just dry up.