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    I'm trying Macao. If you have a yellow undertone and want to really bring that out, that's a great one to try. Looking at the swatches on the Nars site right now and Trinidad might be a bit too dark for an NC50. The MUA at Sephora told me that they are the same shade in both the sheer and the matte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    I'm trying Macao. If you have a yellow undertone and want to really bring that out, that's a great one to try. Looking at the swatches on the Nars site right now and Trinidad might be a bit too dark for an NC50. The MUA at Sephora told me that they are the same shade in both the sheer and the matte.
    Yeah I figured Macao would be the one but I also know how swatches can be kind of deceiving. I was looking at the swatches on Sephora.com. Thanks GoldenGirl.

    Just recently I tried a sample of Becca's Radiant Skin Satin Foundation. It was very nice.

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    I got a sample of that in a Sephora order, thanks for reminding me! I may wear that one tomorrow, see how I like it. What shade did you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    I got a sample of that in a Sephora order, thanks for reminding me! I may wear that one tomorrow, see how I like it. What shade did you use?
    The only one I've opened and tried so far was Sienna. It looked really good. I still wanna try Tobacco and Mink though, mainly because those have a bit more yellow in them. I see Mink (Sephora's site has it labeled "Milk") is sold out on Sephora's site.

    Also, on Sephora's site, it appears that Mink is the shade in between Tobacco and Sienna.

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    On Becca's site though it looks like Mink is the color AFTER Sienna. I don't know now. LOL. I'll try Tobacco and Mink this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copperhead View Post
    The only one I've opened and tried so far was Sienna. It looked really good. I still wanna try Tobacco and Mink though, mainly because those have a bit more yellow in them. I see Mink (Sephora's site has it labeled "Milk") is sold out on Sephora's site.
    Those sound like Becca shades - Tobacco is WAY lighter than Sienna and Mink...it is just a dark greyish brown mess on me. I have pondered NARS MAcao - findation.com recommended it to me, but that price makes me pause. Maybe I will get a sample. Does the Sheer Matte keep you ladies matte?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagehen View Post
    Those sound like Becca shades - Tobacco is WAY lighter than Sienna and Mink...it is just a dark greyish brown mess on me. I have pondered NARS MAcao - findation.com recommended it to me, but that price makes me pause. Maybe I will get a sample. Does the Sheer Matte keep you ladies matte?
    Tobacco does look WAY lighter than Sienna in this packet but when I opened up Sienna and looked at it, it appeared that it might be a tad too dark. It looked good on me though. Thing is, I didn't go outside with it on. It was new so I figured I'd try it on without going anywhere. I looked at it in natural light though and it looked good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagehen View Post
    Those sound like Becca shades - Tobacco is WAY lighter than Sienna and Mink...it is just a dark greyish brown mess on me. I have pondered NARS MAcao - findation.com recommended it to me, but that price makes me pause. Maybe I will get a sample. Does the Sheer Matte keep you ladies matte?
    I'm wearing Sheer Matte in Macao today for the first time and it's pretty matte. I've touched up once today and I really didn't need to. I'm going to leave it for the rest of the day and see what it looks like when I get home. Now granted I've only been outside for short periods of time today, but it's very hot and humid outside and so far it's held up well. I'll report back when I get home. :P In fact, I'll even walk a while in the afternoon NYC humidity just to work up a good sweat before I get on the train.

    I got the Becca sample and Tobacco looked like a good match for me, which is the match I got on findation also. Dark greyish brown mess does NOT sound good though. Maybe I'll save that to test on a weekend.

    The price of the Nars foundation definitely gave me pause too which is why I asked for the samples. I was like this thing better be the bomb DOT before I spend this kind of money on foundation. (Not that I haven't spent that much on MUFE HD foundations in the past, but you know what I mean...) So far I'm really pleased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    I'm wearing Sheer Matte in Macao today for the first time and it's pretty matte. I've touched up once today and I really didn't need to. I'm going to leave it for the rest of the day and see what it looks like when I get home. Now granted I've only been outside for short periods of time today, but it's very hot and humid outside and so far it's held up well. I'll report back when I get home. :P

    I got the Becca sample and Tobacco looked like a good match for me, which is the match I got on findation also. Dark greyish brown mess does NOT sound good though. Maybe I'll save that to test on a weekend.

    The price of the Nars foundation definitely gave me pause too which is why I asked for the samples. I was like this thing better be the bomb DOT before I spend this kind of money on foundation. (Not that I haven't spent that much on MUFE HD foundations in the past, but you know what I mean...) So far I'm really pleased.
    Okay, I just put on Tobacco. It's not as light as I thought it would be. It looks good too actually. Tobacco is also actually closer to my neck shade because while Sienna looked really good, it was a tad bit darker than my neck. Just a tad bit though. I just put on Tobacco and on top of it I applied a little of MAC's NC50 pressed powder (discontinued). I think I might even like the Tobacco better than the Sienna. I'll still give Mink a try one day too but right now if I absolutely HAD to buy one, I'd get Tobacco.

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    Good to know! Leave it on for a while, see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    Good to know! Leave it on for a while, see what happens.
    I will. I will leave it on until at least 8pm tonight.

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    Oh and let me say that I used the Beauty Blender to apply it. Love that sponge! The little sample gives enough to do the entire face but I just wished it contained a little bit more because sometimes I like to go over my dark spots a little bit more.

    ETA: It's really lightweight on the skin. I'd say it gives light-medium coverage. It's buildable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    I'm wearing Sheer Matte in Macao today for the first time and it's pretty matte. I've touched up once today and I really didn't need to. I'm going to leave it for the rest of the day and see what it looks like when I get home. Now granted I've only been outside for short periods of time today, but it's very hot and humid outside and so far it's held up well. I'll report back when I get home. :P In fact, I'll even walk a while in the afternoon NYC humidity just to work up a good sweat before I get on the train.

    I got the Becca sample and Tobacco looked like a good match for me, which is the match I got on findation also. Dark greyish brown mess does NOT sound good though. Maybe I'll save that to test on a weekend.

    The price of the Nars foundation definitely gave me pause too which is why I asked for the samples. I was like this thing better be the bomb DOT before I spend this kind of money on foundation. (Not that I haven't spent that much on MUFE HD foundations in the past, but you know what I mean...) So far I'm really pleased.
    Oh, I wrote that badly - it's Mink that is the greyish brown mess (that is the color the SA in Sephora insisted on giving me)

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    I love foundation. I don't buy a ton of them but I'm always on the search for that flawless base. I am still loving the Revlon Colorstay Whipped btw but sometimes I just feel like being a foundation heaux. LOL! Has anyone ever tried Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copperhead View Post
    I love foundation. I don't buy a ton of them but I'm always on the search for that flawless base. I am still loving the Revlon Colorstay Whipped btw but sometimes I just feel like being a foundation heaux. LOL! Has anyone ever tried Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer?
    Me too - but I do keep buying lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagehen View Post
    Oh, I wrote that badly - it's Mink that is the greyish brown mess (that is the color the SA in Sephora insisted on giving me)
    Oh ok, gotcha. Sometimes I wonder how some of the women (and men) in Sephora get those jobs because they just be giving you any old shade. Some, not all. I don't want to offend anyone that works at Sephora (and the MUA's I've met have all been very pleasant). I am usually pretty good at estimating what my shade would be in foundations based on looking at the bottle and swatching on the inside of my forearm if I already have makeup on, but when I ask an MUA at Sephora for help they pull sometimes the darkest or second darkest shade out of the displays for me. I'm a brown girl, but I'm not that brown. My goodness! And sometimes these are even women of color! Sometimes I just say "no I don't need help, but can you put this in a sample for me?" I already know what I need, thanks!

    I'm finding myself foundation heauxing (LOL!) these days too. My skin isn't terrible at all, but I just want a nice even glow to my skin. So far the only foundations I've been able to achieve that with are the MUFE HD and this Nars Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte which is still holding up very well. These may end the search for my HG foundation... then I can focus on getting some of those Sleek eyeshadow palettes.
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    Kevyn Aucoin seemed like such a nice person. I loved that episode of Sex and The City he was on, I just wanted to hug him. I mean I know he was acting, but he was so adorable.

    I've not heard of that before... off to Google. ------->
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post

    Oh ok, gotcha. Sometimes I wonder how some of the women (and men) in Sephora get those jobs because they just be giving you any old shade. Some, not all. I don't want to offend anyone that works at Sephora (and the MUA's I've met have all been very pleasant). I am usually pretty good at estimating what my shade would be in foundations based on looking at the bottle and swatching on the inside of my forearm if I already have makeup on, but when I ask an MUA at Sephora for help they pull sometimes the darkest or second darkest shade out of the displays for me. I'm a brown girl, but I'm not that brown. My goodness! And sometimes these are even women of color! Sometimes I just say "no I don't need help, but can you put this in a sample for me?" I already know what I need, thanks!

    I'm finding myself foundation heauxing (LOL!) these days too. My skin isn't terrible at all, but I just want a nice even glow to my skin. So far the only foundations I've been able to achieve that with are the MUFE HD and this Nars Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte which is still holding up very well. These may end the search for my HG foundation... then I can focus on getting some of those Sleek eyeshadow palettes.
    Oooh, Sleek. I only have the Bad Girl palette but have been looking at maybe getting the Au Naturale palette.

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    That's the one I want! That will make some lovely daytime/work looks. Then I was thinking of either Acid or the Matte V1 Palette for when I want to try something experimental on the weekends or at night. The only thing about those is that Sleek won't ship them to the US. I was thinking about ebay, but I'm afraid of fakes. May need to do some more research or get a friend of mine in the UK to send them to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    That's the one I want! That will make some lovely daytime/work looks. Then I was thinking of either Acid or the Matte V1 Palette for when I want to try something experimental on the weekends or at night. The only thing about those is that Sleek won't ship them to the US. I was thinking about ebay, but I'm afraid of fakes. May need to do some more research or get a friend of mine in the UK to send them to me.
    I thought about getting one of those Matte palettes too. The one with the dark shades. I got my BG palette from ebay. Seller vanitypalace.

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    oh! I'll look them up. Thanks!
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    I've bought from them twice. Of course you pay a few dollars more but you get your product and it doesn't really take that long to get it. I'd say about a week, week and a half at most.

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    ooh thanks for a sleek seller rec. I never pull the trigger because I can't decide on a seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagehen View Post
    ooh thanks for a sleek seller rec. I never pull the trigger because I can't decide on a seller.
    Yeah, they're the only ones I've bought from on Ebay. They're probably the ones I'd order from if I have to get Sleek from Ebay because I'm not familiar with any others. I'm now looking at the Oh So Special e/s palette instead of the Au Naturel one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenGirl View Post
    Good to know! Leave it on for a while, see what happens.
    Ok, Tobacco stayed looking good all day. Didn't really get darker or oxidize or anything as the day went on. I had the normal spots on the t-zone where I had to blot twice. So I'd say I wore it for about 7 hours today and it looked like it could've worn nicely for a few more hours but it was time to take it off and do my nightly skincare routine/shower. I think if I bought the Becca Radiant Skin Satin Foundation I'd probably buy Tobacco.

    ETA: GoldenGirl please try your samples and let us know your thoughts on it.

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    So I walked around for about an hour and a half or so after I left work, (I'm stalking those new Wet N Wild palettes and haven't seen them anywhere in the city yet), and came home. My T Zone was shiny, but keep in mind, it was 91 degrees here today, and I was in hot subway stations waiting for trains, so nothing's going to keep shine at bay in that heat and humidity, and at the end of the day. I used a tissue to blot instead of powder and thought it still looked really nice. Not as matte obviously, but still held up, nothing slid off of my face or looked odd and there was very little oxidization. I'm sure if I had used some setting powder it would have been just fine. All in all I only touched up ONCE during the day, and blotted once when I got home. I'm pretty much sold on the Sheer Matte. I will say that I did use a primer, so that was probably a contributing factor as well, but I'd imagine if the weather wasn't as hot and humid I wouldn't need it. I use a primer with all of my foundations just because I want them to last. I'd say my skin is normal most times of the year and a bit more oily during the summer months.

    I'm going to try the Sheer Glow again tomorrow and the Becca on Wednesday since you seemed to like it, and the new BH Cosmetics foundation that just came in the mail on Thursday. Yes. I just typed that. I have issues. I'm a foundation junkie.

    Seriously though, I used to be so scared of foundation because I was using Mac SFF when I first started wearing makeup on a regular basis because it was the HG of makeup at that time and there were very few companies out there creating makeup for women of color besides like Fashion Fair. MAC SFF was soooo thick and sooooo masky that I thought they were all like that, so I stopped wearing it and went looking for something else. Now I'm so thankful that these companies are finally realizing women of color want to wear makeup too and a lot of us are darker than Beyonce, and they don't all cost an arm and a leg. They CAN cost and arm and a leg, but even Revlon and Cover Girl and Maybelline and them are finally getting it together. But NOW I'm like YAY!! Try ALL the foundations!
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    ok , well, since we are foundation heaux up in here, I want to add something to the intriguing drusgtore list...L'Oreal Invisible Lift Foundation in the cream formula in Classic Tan (141). It has physical sunscreen SPF 16 so it's not for flash photography but it is light (builable to medium) coverage and it lasts pretty well. I only grabbed it on a whim because my Target is discontinuing the darker shades in this product (leave it to Target...) but it's worth a try. Comes with its own sponge, leaves a satin finish, lasts all day, even through touchups and sweat. I wear it when I go to amusement parks and it is still on when I get home. If I am doing water rides I set with a bit of silica powder and use everything else waterproof. It does not cake up when I apply more powder sunscreen. Not bad for half price! IT retails for $14.99 but can be found for half that or less at Target and Ulta stores right now.

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    Ha! Why didn't you tell me that before I went to Target yesterday? I'll check it out this weekend.
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    Ok. I'm wearing the Sheer Glow in Macao today. It's 2:48 PM and I've only had to blot ONCE, and that was only because I used a Ben Nye powder to set my face this morning which doesn't control oil. I use the MAC careblend pressed powder at around noon, then went out at around 1:00 for about 45 minutes, and came back in expecting to have to powder again... but I didn't! It was 97 degrees outside, just FYI. I'm kinda in love with this foundation! I'll see how it looks when I get home.

    On my walk at lunch tho, I found myself in Sephora (again!) and got a sample of the Kat Von D, and the Clinique Stay Matte. I'll have to find time to fit those in at some point in the next few weeks.

    The Sephora I went to last week to get the samples of the Nars foundations didn't have New Guinea, but this Sephora did. I noticed that many NC50's also say they can also wear New Guinea. I swatched it next to Macao and did notice they were extremely similar, but New Guinea had a more peach undertone, and Macao has a more yellow undertone. I'm sure an NC50 would be able to get away with both, depending on your preference and undertone. Kudos to Nars for hooking up women of color with good matches!
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    ^^tell us how the Kat Von D experience works out, please. I keep eyeing that #66

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