Okay, ROUND ONE: Eyeliner
(I know battles don't have rounds but whatever)
L'Oreal's Telescopic Eyeliner is awesome! I'd say it's as good as Maybelline Ultra Liner, which I love. They're both waterproof and go on thick. The main difference is the applicator. Maybelline's is a thin brush and L'Oreal's is a sponge-y tip.
Here are the applicators for both, plus DollyWink's awful eyeliner:
ROUND TWO: Makeup Base
The winner is a green makeup primer I got in Japan a long time ago! It was just ¥1000 at Saty. The product is White-C and the brand is Freshel, which I believe is owned by Kanebo. It really covers the splotchy red areas! Unfortunately, my bottle is running out. ;_;
The loser is Smashbox Photo Finish. I bought it at Sephora as a replacement for my dwindling bottle of White-C. Unfortunately it totally, totally sucks!! It has a disgusting, slimy, slug-like texture. It never blends in or dries. Worst of all, it doesn't actually neutralize the red on my face (which is what it's supposed to do!); it just looks like green sludge. I'm so glad I bought the smaller bottle!
I actually bought another green makeup primer from Physician's Formula (drugstore brand) which is even worse. I can't take a photo of the bottle because I threw it away the first day I got it!! It goes on like clown makeup and always looks green, instead of blending in.
My co-worker says she tried this primer and went on to tell me the humiliating tale of getting in a fight with an exboyfriend only to have it end with him saying, "AND WHY THE F@*% IS YOUR FACE GREEN!?" Agh! The one time you want to look good is when fighting with an ex! Stay away from Physician's Formula!
ROUND THREE: Foundation
Another Japanese product wins! This winner is DHL's foundation that I believe I bought at a 7-Eleven for ¥1800. (It's been a while, the bottle is almost empty!) It is one of the best foundations I've ever used (a million times better than Clinique which I used prior--yuck!). They only had 2 color choices ("01" and "02") but fortunately the "01" color matches my skin perfectly.
The loser is Revlon ColorStay. I don't totally hate it--I actually use it on my eyelids. The main thing I dislike most about it is that it's really thick and heavy.
Wait! What is this? Another contender! And it destroys both!
Okay, it's probably not fair to compare because it's from a department store, BUT Shisheido's "The Makeup" is a superior foundation. Oh, but it's pricey... I don't want to say how much but was the most I've ever paid for such a product! O_o But it makes me feel pretty so I guess it was worth it.
One of my bffs (a 29 y.o. makeup artist) told me that Shisheido and Laura Mercier were the best places to get foundation and I agree about Shisheido... I'll have to check out Laura some other time. She warns against Clinique (too late, jerk!) and MAC foundations.
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite product? A HATED product? :P How did the battle end?