Gigihere, with an unusual “Drugstore Deal” . . .
I love ingenuity and applaud creativity. I was raised in a home by parents who fostered innovative thinking. One of my earliest childhood memories is of seeing our kitchen table in the morning. A slew of pens had been taken apart, and cloth and pieces of sponge soaked with ink were pushed through the barrels, twisted to a point. What? My mother had grown weary of ball-point pens which skipped and clogged; she was sure that there was a smoother way to write, a way which would allow more vivid use of color. Her mistake? She didn’t think of using felt. Less than a year later, felt-tip markers were on the market . .
So it was with appreciation for a incredible idea in mind that I tried Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s “Paper Me Pretty” products. I’ve been using Crabtree & Evelyn’s, Fair of Face, and Clean and Clear’s powder-coated and oil-blotting sheets for years to keep shine at bay and makeup in place. These small matchbox-like cases are packed with sheets for busy women on the go. One side is plain to absorb excess; the other is coated with a different product to whisk out of your purse and onto your face for a quick refresher. A pack of fifty disposable sheets sells for a reasonable amount, generally $4.00. The concept? Fascinating—no, brilliant! The product? Mixed thoughts.
My first trial was with “Sparkle” sheets in “Crystal Sparkle.” With the Holiday Season and parties quickly approaching, this has the potential to add subtle sheen to eyes, cheeks, shoulders, and décolleté. But there wasn’t enough powder to be effective; I wound up with some random glitter particles. No matter how often I tried, the effect was the same. This has potential, but thumbs down for the time being.
Blush sheets are also available, and I used “Warmth,” an attractive, luminous pink-infused coral, appropriate and flattering for most women. Applying blush via paper leaves lines of demarcation and involves some blending for proper results. Thus, your fingers, a tissue, or a small portable brush helps make the best of this very pretty shade.
After using blush, I was hesitant to try the bronzing papers in “Sunkissed.” It’s a great gilt hue, but there is a high concentration of pigment. Gently sweeping the sheet over cheeks and the bridge of my nose, I appeared as though I was ready for a Halloween costume. I found that a brush made an enormous difference. The problem is that the use of a brush defeats the purpose of a product specifically formulated for use “on the go.” I recommend these, but be prepared to do a little more work than expected. I found another purpose for this gold—use your fingertip or a brush to turn it into eyeshadow for both day and evening looks, depending on the amount and way it is used. A dab of gold directly above your pupil will draw attention to your eyes, giving you a “wide-awake” look. Cover your entire lid for more “oomph!”
The last item in the series is a “Mattifier” in “Translucent.” These clear blue papers contain talc and kaolin, a form of clay which balances oil and removes impurities. Gently press against shiny areas of your face. They are indispensable. Buy several and tuck them everywhere—in your purse, glove compartment, vanity, and desk drawer at work. These latest additions by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are a huge improvement over the “Sparkle Dust” I reviewed long ago. With some fine-tuning, the papers should live up to their promises.
Anyone else a fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley products?
Found at Wal-Mart