June 10, 2002
Every month I like to highlight one of our Panelists and the research and reviews she's been working on. This week I'm pleased to share Maria's reviews of Girl Cosmetics and Rocket City Cosmetics.
Maria is a 30 year old freelance editor and writer, and "total cosmetics nut" with several years experience working for a major department store line as well as a cosmetic researcher. Maria is part Austrian/German, African American, and Native American, with wavy, dark brown hair with reddish-golden highlights, dark brown eyes, and a medium to olive skin tone (the foundation and powder shades she uses are normally toward the lighter end of the spectrum). Her skin is very oily and prone to breakouts, but she keeps it pretty clear with regular use of a BHA product and 5% benzoyl peroxide. Maria's favorite beauty products include Huggies Baby Wipes to remove makeup (strange, but very effective!), Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2 and Exfoliating Scrub, SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, Revlon ColorStay Compact Makeup, Lorac Oil-Free Foundation, Jane Loose Powder, Lancome Concealer and Oil-Free Blush, Bobbi Brown lipsticks, Wet 'n Wild lip glosses, Ombrelle Sunscreens, and Paula's Choice 1% BHA Lotion. Have a question for Maria? Email her here.
Take it away, Maria!
This trendy cosmetics line was developed in 1997 by a man named Shawn Haynes when, according to the Web site (girlcosmetics.com), he created a lip gloss for his girlfriend, an actress who needed to enhance her lips for an audition. Although this line does have some trendy shades that would be stunning on younger women and teenagers, they also offer some great neutral shades for the rest of us.
These products can be purchased at Sephora.com.
Hi Fi Lipslick Lip Gloss ($12)
Because my lips are often dry, cracked, and peeling, I prefer a lip gloss to lipstick. I immediately liked this product because it is very creamy and moisturizing. It is thicker than many other glosses on the market, so it may feel a bit sticky upon application. However, with my chapped lips, I have found that thicker glosses stay on longer and offer more moisturization. Bikini is a sheer watermelon-pink shade that leaves a hint of color, but a lot of shine. One unique feature about this product is the applicator. It comes in a tube, but instead of the standard sponge-tip applicator, it has bristles similar to a lip brush, only more pliable.
2x Duo Eyeliner ($15)
This double-sided pencil contains two eyeliner shades. I tried Charcoal/Cobalt (dark gray with a slight shimmer/dark teal) and Brown/Black (medium brown with a slight shimmer/true black). This pencil goes on soft, not chalky like some eyeliner pencils. Charcoal, Brown, and Black are all shades that I would definitely wear for every day. Although Cobalt is a beautiful shade, it isn't one I would use often since I tend to wear neutral, earth-toned eye makeup.
Style Eyes ($11)
This is a twist-up cream eye shadow pen. I tested Glow, a shiny pink color that would go well with many skin tones; Shine, a sparkly shade that looks white in the container but goes on gold; and Glimmer, a shiny shade of green that is just a tad darker than mint green. Since all three colors are very shiny and sparkly, these shadows would be best for younger women or for nighttime use.
Rocket City Cosmetics
The first time I saw Rocket City cosmetics in Sephora I was impressed with its unique outer space concept. The attractive silver packaging and the rocket shapes (on the lipstick and lip gloss) give the products a sleek futuristic appearance. While testing these products I couldnít help but think, "Jane and Judy Jetson would LOVE this stuff!"
One feature of this line that I must point out is that the products are sold only in miniature sizes. This is ideal for women who carry small purses, or no purse at all, and for women who don't like to clutter their makeup bags with large, bulky items. While the products are smaller, the prices are not. This line is not cheap but it is not outrageously expensive either.
Rocket City products are available at Sephora.com. They also have a Web site at rocketcitycosmetics.com.
It Sparkles ($13.50)
This loose powder can be used as an eye shadow or as an all-over glitter powder. I tested It's Green, a sparkly mint green shade that would be fun for nighttime or special occasions. Because this product contains a lot of glitter, it isnít as smooth as some loose powder eye shadows and can feel a little grainy.
Zimmer Glimmer It's a Shimmer Powder ($14)
This is a pressed glittery powder in a small mirrored compact. It can be used as an eye shadow, a blush, or as an all-over face glitter powder. Wish Upon A Star is a light peachy color with a gold swirl design. Like the above powder, this one contains a lot of glitter so it doesnít go on as smoothly as other powders.
Galactic Gloss ($8)
This lip gloss comes in a tube and has a sponge-tip applicator. Sonic, a frosty shade of mauve, is a beautiful color that complimented my skin tone. This gloss is thicker than most and feels very moisturizing on my lips. And, for a lip gloss, it has great staying power. All that said, there is one drawback to this product: It has a fruity scent and taste that was quite disagreeable to me. I noticed the strong scent immediately upon opening the product and I wondered if it had gone bad. The next time I am in Sephora, I am going to check out the tester for this product to see if the scent is supposed to be so strong.
Pocket Rocket ($7.50)
The first thing I noticed about this lipstick is its teeny tiny size--it isn't much bigger than a sample-sized lipstick! This cute little tube can easily fit into your pocket or in an evening bag. Galaxy is a frosty, yet sheer, brownish-pink nude color that would work with most skin tones, except for very deep complexions. The formula is moisturizing but not greasy and it lasts longer than most sheer lipsticks. If this lipstick was full-sized I would buy it in a heartbeat, but I donít know if I could bring myself to shell out the cash for such a small amount of product.
Thanks, Maria. I hope you enjoyed this issue of The Cosmetic Report!
Until next time,