As of 9/10/2008
The Sonia Kashuk Skunk Brush is nice but it isn't the MAC 187. I keep wanting it to be more dense than it is. But It's not terrible. Just post unicorn attainment depression (PUAD) I guess.
My Sephora #114 liner pencil dupe, Maniac Liner # 12, broke me out all along the lip line like I thought it might. A lovely reader informed me that Sephora Customer Service said that they are replenishing their stock of the slim liner pencils and may have them ready for purchase by October? Here's hoping.
MAC customer Service has responded to my haikus for bringing back the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, they sent an e-mail thanking me for my input and saying that they would be sending me a small gift!! (it probably won't be a BNIB VAE but it's the thought that counts.) Have you taken the time to write in?
The Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup in Mesmerizer and Tantalizer were both duds. The cream eyeshadow creased like crazy and I eventually ended up replacing the cream eyeshadow with a powder one and making 2 different compacts with an eyeshadow duo and a blush. I like them much better now and wear the powder shadows often.
I finally got tired of using my Urban Decay Primer Potion out of a 5gram jar and switched to Too Faced Shadow Insurance. TFSI was far more emollient than UDPP and seemed to make my eyeshadow even brighter/bolder. I had a problem with dispensing the right amount but I got used to it. Then I got even more lazy and started reaching for my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. It's so close to my natural skin tone I could use it for concealer. This seems to keep my eyeshadow from creasing but it does not make the colors as bold as TFSI. Perhaps if I start going to bed earlier, when I wake up I won't be so tired and I'll go back to the TFSI...but for now the MAC PP gets the job done.
So either Sephora lives in fantasy land or only employees of Bare Escentuals (BE) and Smashbox participate in the Best of Survey. I mean what the heck? Best Zit Zapper is Bare Escentuals RareMinerals™ Blemish Therapy? Are you kidding? An item with bismuth and talc is the best acne fighter? I think not. Let's not get into "Best Foundation" and Best Concealer" status of the BE products. Gah! And what the heck are they thinking Best Beauty Innovation was Smashbox O-Gloss? O-My God are they insane? Red dye #27 is not a beauty innovation! Puhleeze!
Sephora is full of Sh*t! It's worst than Allure's best of.... And that's saying something!
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