Tag Archives: Revlon

The End of an ERA: Max Factor Discontinued in the USA

19 Sep

This is so sad…Max Factor has been around FOREVER. 😦

I was going to go foundation hunting this weekend, and Max Factor was first on my list of things to try. Boo. 😦

I’m looking up reviews on cheap makeup (Revlon, Maybelline, Cover Girl, etc.). None of them seem combination-skin-friendly! @#$#@$^@! (Imagine a 30 second sound bite strewn with obscenities and references to tea-bagging) .

Oh and Maybelline sucks donkey balls. I know I’ve already said it, but I’ll say it again – what is up with the small amount of shades they have?! MEH.

Benefit has a concealer that looks amazing (I’ve been told you can just use that instead of foundation because it covers imperfections so well), but it’s 26 DOLLARS [As opposed to euros or conch shells? – editor’s note]. *sniff*

I’ve never used Max Factor foundation before, so I’m going to buy some tomorrow! 😀

I’m most likely going to buy their Pan-Stik foundation, and if they have it, their Pancake one. I really want the pancake one to be there, because in its heyday Judy Garland was their spokesperson for it! Which means it’s a vintage product! And you know I loves the vintage. But I heard it can be hard to find, so cross your fingers!

Update: Just found out Pan-Stik is vintage too! Below is an ad for Pancake from 1952.


By Next Year, We’ll ALL Be Glamorous!

17 Sep
Dita’s coming out with a beauty book AND perfume! I am getting them both. She’s also doing a music album as well, and her favorite foundation is True Match by L’Oreal. Hmm. I tried the concealer, but it was nothing to write home about. Perhaps the foundation is different? Now I’m dying to get it!

Speaking of foundation, I tried the new 24 hour one by Maybelline. I love how it doesn’t cake on the face (when it comes to that it’s even better than Revlon’s Colorstay), but damn, their choice of shades are TERRIBLE. The palest shade still makes me look orange. *sigh*

It's just not fair to look this good.

It's just not fair to look this good.

Product Review: Cover FX…sort of

14 Jun

So, I had intended to do a thorough review of Cover FX’s Total Coverage Cream Foundation and Mineral Foundation, but all along the way I had a saboteur waiting in the wings for the opportunity to pounce and destroy every chance at happiness I might have found with flawless-looking skin.

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Product Reviews: Revlon Fail

18 May

Remember I, RetroVixen, told you guys ColorStay by Revlon was awesome? The coverage is great, but I broke out from it. At first I thought it was maybe something in my diet since I have eczema, and diet plays a large part when it comes to breakouts. Also, Revlon’s makeup has NEVER made me breakout. Ever. In fact, a lot of eczema users use Revlon. But no, turns out it’s the foundation. They added some new ingredients to this ColorStay foundation and man, did it break me out bad. I’m so sorry I recommended it to you guys! *sigh* I refused to believe it was the foundation because so many people with sensitive skin love this product! I am now without a great foundation. 😦

I did some research and found another cosmetic line called “Cover FX”. It’s quite popular in the film and fashion industry (Angelina Jolie uses it to cover her tattoos). It’s a line specifically made to cover up skin conditions like rosacea and eczema, acne, and so much more. I am so impressed with it so far, here’s their product [page on Sephora] if you’re interested!

I’m going to Sephora next week to buy their liquid foundation. In a few weeks I’ll let you know if it lives up to its hype! It’s 40 dollars, but it’s so pigmented you only have to use a small, small amount. Reviews have said it can last you between 6 months to a year! O_O

I’m so disappointed Revlon didn’t work for me because that was really the only foundation that didn’t show my eczema…but I’m so happy to see that there is a foundation made specifically for what I have! HUZZAH!

Nibby: When you go to Sephora, let me know if they have it in very dark shades. Sometimes they just don’t make it dark enough for black women and we end up looking ashy. “Tawny” is often not dark enough.

RetroVixen: That has always irritated me whenever I’ve gone shopping for foundation. They have so many light/mediums, but so little beyond that! WTF?!

[Editor’s note: Cover FX appears to have a wider than normal range of shades, so we’ll keep you posted. ]

Product Reviews: It smells strongly of Fruitloops

27 Feb

RetroVixen’s latest

There’s a product I use called CoQ10 Cleansing Milk by Avalon Organics. It’s a cleanser for normal to dry skin (they have one for oily skin too, but they call it a cleansing gel), and it’s also an excellent makeup remover. The reason why I bought this is because I got a book this past Christmas by Dr. Oz called “YOU: Being Beautiful“. It offers all kinds of advice for both physical and inner beauty. Of course being crazy about skincare I read his advice on what to use, and he suggested using products that have CoQ10. The site for the Avalon Organics products says that CoQ10 “is an essential antioxidant that is the energy source for new cells and smooth, firm skin. It is found in every living cell of your body and is an important factor in maintaining youthful, healthy skin.”

The cleanser is great, and I use it whenever I wear makeup. While some people have complained that it breaks them out, I’ve had no problems with it (and I’ve got super sensitive skin). If you guys want to try it, buy it from Whole Foods. Their return policy is amazing. You can return any skincare you buy from there, no questions asked! The cleanser is priced at $12.99, but a little goes a long way. This will last you a while! There’s only one downside to this cleanser, though. The smell can be a bit overwhelming. In my opinion, it smells strongly of Fruit Loops. Seriously! So if the smell of Fruit Loops bothers you, stay away from this. 😛

The other day I bought Illuminance Crème Shadow from Revlon. I’m pretty sure I got the Sea Shells set, but whatever set you get from this line….you will be disappointed. It promises not to crease, but it does. It promises to stay on, but….it’s only fairly successful. It won’t break your wallet though. Four shadows are in each set, and I got it at Target for $4.85. The colors are beautiful, but they’re EXTREMELY sheer. They say you can build up the color, but you can’t. So if you really want some sheer eyeshadows, this is the product for you. Just remember that it does crease!