(Closed) Smashbox primer, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and DiorShow mascara reviews??

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
340 posts
Helper bee

I haven’t tried it yet (but I will don’t worry hehe) but I’m pretty sure Macy’s carries Benefit cosmetics and they have a new foundation called Hello Flawless that is supposed to be really good.

They also carry Chanel products and they have great foundation, I can’t think of the specific name though right now. Macy’s usually also has a MAC counter which you should check out.

I would recommend going and shopping around and even getting a makeup trial by one of the people who works at the counters, that way you can try before you buy and they are usually free. MAC is very big on that. Hope this helps. 🙂

Post # 18
112 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve recently started wearing the Make Up Forever HD foundation. It does look good, and feels very light… but the one thing I’ve noticed is how easily it transfers. As in, I can lightly touch my face and then it’s on my fingers. (Even with using the HD primer and powder.) It’s great for pictures, because it’s DESIGNED to sit on top of the skin… that’s what gives that flawless look. But I’d be worried about a wedding. Um… wearing white? Hugging a lot of people? Last thing you want is make-up smudges.

I talked with a lady at Sephora and she said that the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet foundation would wear longer and is more transfer resistant. Also a better option for oily skin (which I have). The HD Microfinish Powder is AWESOME! Gives a flawless look, and feels sooo silky.

I’m pretty sure Sephora is the only store that carries this brand. And you’re right… matching your skin tone online is next to impossible to do. So I hope you find a great foundation at a department store. Ulta is really fun, great for Smashbox products (love their eye colors). And I have heard very good things about the Smashbox primer, but have never tried it.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

Post # 19
32 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

YAY! Love Sephora! As an admitted makeup junkie (not proud), I can tell you that the Smashbox Primer gets rave reviews….however, it broke me out. ICK! I have recently tried the Laura Mercier Flawless Face Foundation Primer- and it ROCKS! Seriously, just a gorgeous finish and no bumps! YES!

The Dior Show mascara is the best around- I give an enthusiastic TWO thumbs up!

I have not tried the makeup forever foundation 🙁 BUT am a huge fan of Bare Minerals foundation. I am a southern girl and LOVE me some foundation- and was hesitant to believe that a mineral makeup could provide that amazing coverage that we girls are seeking. Let me tell you, when applied with a light hand and using Mineral Veil over the foundation, it is GORGEOUS. Just dewey and perfectly wedding day appropriate. I LOVE!  Even better, you can order the starter kit (light, medium, or dark) and it comes with all the appropriate brushes.  Easy peasy!

Good luck!  I know you’ll be gorgeous girl!!

Post # 20
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

DiorShow mascara is worth every penny and then some!  I also really like the Smashbox primer but for the price, I’d probably see if MAC has something comparable.  A MAC makeup artist did my wedding makeup, so obviously he had to use all MAC products and my makeup looked great.  I haven’t used the foundation you mentioned… I had the Smashbox HD foundation but it separated – you could see different layers in it – and this was having it less than a month.  So I returned it to Sephora and got Stila’s version instead… it’s great but just as expensive.

Hope this helps 

Post # 21
3 posts

Diorshow mascara is all the way. the smashbox primer is pretty great- a bit greasy though, I’d go with the MUFE hd primer, which has an array of colour adjusting options. The foundation is well, ehhh. i’d go with airflash from dior, or capture totale.

Don’t forget and afterpowder to set it all in place. 

[mufe hd as well] 

It IS your wedding, after all. 

Post # 22
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i love the dior show! i would definitely get it in waterproof and practice putting it on before A LOT! i wear makeup all the time but with this one if youre not careful can get clumpy very easily.

Post # 23
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had the diorshow when it first came out, everyone and their mother loved it, but of course I’m the weird one that really doesn’t like it. I’ve heard great things about the primer, never tried that one, I use the one Chanel makes.

The mu artist I had a trial with used lots of Becca, Nars, Armani … she loved the armani sheer fluids. My mu looked amazing. 

Post # 24
10 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

Do you have a JCPenney in closer proximity than the Sephora?  Most JCPs now have a "Sephora" in-store.  You can check their website (www.jcpenney.com) to see which stores carry Sephora products. 

I currently wear the Makeup Forever HD Foundation and it really has worked the best for me.  I’ve used Smashbox, Clinique, Revlon, and a few other brands I can’t think of right now (basically running the gamut of high end to drugstore brands).  I always had the problem of my foundation wearing off by mid-day (even with primer), but this one totally stays put!

Post # 25
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hey there,

 Makeupalley.com is an excellent resource for reviews on EVERYTHING beauty-related . . . it’s my first go-to whenever I need new products!  You should definitely check it out, they have reviews on every brand imaginable!  Hope this helps!

Post # 26
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi There,

I haven’t read the other replies so forgive me if I’m repeating things.  I LOVE the Make Up Forever HD foundationg.  It goes on so smooth.  it looks like air brush. and you can layer it for less or more coverage. I suggest using it with a foundation brush, not a spunge or your fingers.  Dust some colorless transluscent powder over it and your face will look flawless.

I was very disappointed with the mascara.  I had big hopes for it after seeing all the reviews but after trying it I tool it back.  It just didn’t do anything for my lashes.  I expected volume but that was not the case.  I now use Lancome Hypnose in waterproof and cannot say enough good things about it.  It curls my uncurlable lashes and makes them so full!

The primer I have mixed feelings on.  I thought it worked well BUT not better than any of the other primers I tried.  The sephora brand primer that’s a lot cheaper works just as well. 

Post # 27
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I like the Smashbox primer a lot, but I use the "light" version for my sensitive, acne-prone skin.

I tried the DiorShow mascara – it is currently sitting in my make-up bag unused. I prefer the Benefit BadGal mascara, and they have sample versions near the register at Sephora for cheaper (maybe $9). I’m not sure if you can order the samples online, although I recently received one with an online purchase when I used my points from the (free) Sephora Insider card. 

I’ve actually found two drugstore mascaras to be comparable to DiorShow & prefer them over it – CoverGirl Lash Blast & Max Factor 2000 Calorie. 

Post # 28
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Smashbox primer is AWESOME, love it.  However, I absolutely HATE the Makeup Forever HD foundation.  It sinks into my pores bigtime.  Even with primer underneath.  I don’t have huge, gaping pores, so I don’t know why that happened. 

If you’re going to Macys, Estee Lauder carries a great foundation, the Individualist Natural Finish.  They will even make you a little 10 day supply so if you wanted to test drive it for a few days, you can.  It’s medium coverage but I really liked how it felt, it was slightly dewey so it looked like skin and not ‘makeup’ and there is a wide range of colors.  Also, it looks really great in photos and natural light.  Hope you find something you love!  Also……if you wanted to go cheaper, Maybelline makes a liquid dream matte mousse that is AMAZING, the texture and finish is soooo gorgeous and it also photographs well.

Post # 29
1428 posts
Bumble bee

I love love love the Smashbox primer. As far as makeup at Macy’s, usually I go to the MAC counter, I really love the coverage of the Mineralize Satinfinish foundation.

Post # 30
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I have used Smashbox photo Primer.  My skin is VERY dry and it makes me break out every time I use it.  I didn’t really notice a difference.  I use Smashbox foundations and they are all fabulous without the primer.

 Dior Show is okay.  Don’t really think it’s worth the money and I’m not sure what the hype is about.  I liked Maybelline Great Lash and Clinique better.

 Good luck!

Post # 31
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Hey, I lived in Bloomington for four years so I know the lack of options 🙂

I’d order the primer and mascara and get the foundation at Macys. The girls there are pretty good and will do a good job matching. I just wouldn’t risk a mismatched foundation!

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