Sofia C.'s Beauty Product Reviews
best mattifying sheets I've ever used
Other sheets Ive used have had powder debris but these have no such thing of the sort. Effective and never messy, these literally absorb the oil from any spot on your face like a magnet - just lightly pat onto the affected area and lift. Inspecting the oil you so resent on the sheet afterwards is optional. Never removes makeup. Perfect! I so prefer this than touching up or repowdering because that eventually looks cakey.
Efficient inexpensive cleanser
A little bit more expensive than your average drugstore cleanser, but also a little bit more efficient than your drugstore cleanser! I recommend this for normal to combination to oily skin types - it might be a little drying or irritating for dry or sensitive skin types. I'm dry/combination oily and this does slightly exacerbate my dry patches. The fragrance is fantastically refreshing but the 'brightening' complex isnt super noticeable. There are little pink 'exfoliating' beads but I dont recommend using this alone without an exfoliator, theyre not enough. I imagine this stuff could be game changing for oily/acne-prone skin types, though.
removes more peach fuzz than blackheads
I will admit that I use these to remove the dark peach fuzz that comes with being a dark skinned/pale lady on my chin and nose..hahaha. These arent strong enough to penetrate into the pores and remove my blackheads though..I will see perhaps 10 come out on a good day. I recommend steaming your face very well before using this for a better chance at catching more of these buggers, but overall this sholdnt be your go-to blackhead product..a regimen of AHA's or BHA's depending on your skin type and a good toner will make a far more dramatic and permanent difference than these flimsy strips. But I must admit that they do differ in efficiency depending on the person..I guess something to do with skin types and porousness? But I do have quite large pores and it was still average.
a slightly less moisturizing clinique dupe
I used up about 2 bottles of this moisturizer; definitely the BEST drugstore moisturizer out there for oily/combo skins. The only gripe I have with it is that I do have some dry patches (definitely more dry than oily here, so if you're that exception..) and unfortunately this isnt luxurious enough to moisturize those. I moved on to using Clinique's Dramatically Different Lotion which I find does take care of my dry patches better. But if youre normal-oily combo/oily, this is the moisturizer for you.
best eyeliner Ive ever tried
I havent tried too many high end eyeliners, but nothing can get better than this stuff, so even if I found something comparable..the cost of this would obviously render anything high-end obsolete. I am finally able to line my waterline! It really is waterproof and smudge free..only thing is that youll need a good eye makeup remover for this! Awesome staying power. I only wish they had it in colors like nude or white.
MAC's mineralized skinfinish natural is better quality
I used this for years and it is somewhat worth the hype, especially since it was created a couple years before there were so many mineral products on the market. My personal problem with it is that it oxidizes besides the lightest color not being light enough for my skin. There is a definite yellow undertone to all the colors so it won't look neutral. It was also caking on the sides of my nostrils and chin. It IS very good for your skin (mac mineralize doesnt claim that) but it just doesnt look as good as this new product I've found, so I must rate it down.
better than bare minerals
I've been using Bare Escentuals for about 3 years now, and recently after getting more into makeup I realized that it was oxidizing/too dark for my skin even in it's lightest shade. It was also flaking and creasing a lot. Still not ready to paint up my face with a liquid foundation, I found myself at my local MAC counter to check out this powder that I had heard rave reviews about..mostly as a setting powder, but doable as a mineral powder. The employee set my undereye area with this stuff..and the finished product was like nothing ive ever experienced. No creasing, no flaking, no caking. I immediately bought it, even though I hadnt tried it out on my face. Just because it looked that good under my eyes (something ive struggled with forever).
Next night, I officially tried it for the first time with my bare minerals Flawless Face Brush, and the coverage was so much heavier than bare minerals...I would say it's absolutely high coverage, depending on what you use to apply it with. The FFB is a very dense face brush and I would dig it a little bit into the compact to get a bit more product, and then just press it into my skin...I had no need to use any primer or set it. I have combination skin and it left a beautiful velvet matte finish. The coverage is so full that it even diffused a lot of my beauty marks (even though I wasnt even trying to). I've only used it one day, so I gave it 4.5 stars but it was such a flawless experience that I cant imagine anything going wrong..fingers crossed. Amazing product.
even for combination skin
Before purchasing this moisturizer, I've always used drugstore brand moisturizers with very little complaint because of my oilier skin..but since I've started using chemical exfoliant products with BHA and toner (rather than just an old cleanser and scrub) my skin has become less oily and needed a little bit more quench. Enter a coincidental sample size of this product, and my skin had never felt so soft since I was a baby. Oil-free so it doesnt leave me shiny, even on my nose. Great for under makeup. Great for dry, normal and I dare say combo skin (even though the gel is marketed towards combo skin). If you are just oily rather than combination though, I do recommend opting for the gel. I love Clinique!