One day, a couple of months back, I had some free time on my hands during my lunch break, so I wandered into a Caryl Baker Visage near my work. I was in desperate need of adding some shape to my eyebrows. So I got my eyebrows done and the young girl did a very good job! I was impressed and the price was very reasonable.
After each of my two facials, a month apart, they told me that they would do my makeup which was good because I don't walk around my street, let alone downtown Toronto, without at least some foundation on. As many of you know, I am picky about makeup and I am seldomly impressed with most beauty products. I tend to buy higher end stuff.
It has been so long since I wore cheap foundation, that my skin went into shock. The first time they applied my makeup, I felt like my skin was screaming. Maybe it was the after facial effect, but I doubt it. I was assured that all of their makeup was mineral based and hypoallergenic yada yada. They applied one of their moisturizers and my skin felt dry within 2 minutes of application. I am sorry loyal readers, but I did not make note of which one was used. Since I was getting an expensive facial, and they wanted me to sign up for facial plan (shah right) I assume they didn't use their cheapest one so what does that say. Then they applied a primer (Pore Perfection see above) and then some foundation (Mineral Matte see below). The foundation was a liquid and it felt tight, itchy and my skin felt mega dry and irritated. They then applied a powder (which looked like the first picture above). Bad stuff. The brush they used to apply the powder was the scratchiest thing I have had on my face in years. I am spoilt, I use MAC brushes.
It was all too much! Wait! I nearly forgot one of the best parts! I asked for a touch of lipstick and they pulled out one of their new glosses. I believe it was "Sorbet" a nice peach with a hint of pink and gold but don't quote me on it. It was a truly fabulous colour. The problem? It was a plumper and she didn't tell me that until after she put it on. I hate plumpers!!!!! I don't need any help with my lips and I find that plumpers swell, itch and irritate my lips. Like an allergic reaction. So the whole way home I was itching around my lips and was completely uncomfortable. I looked in the mirror when I got home. My face looked like the Sahara desert. Dry, cakey, sandy and the makeup cracked on my nose when I made a face. I had to wash everything off stat and slather my skin in some decent moisturizer and recover.
Normally, I would give each product the dignity of it's own individual rating and consideration. I just can't here. I will rate it all as a whole. By the way, I went back for my second and final facial yesterday and I just got the foundation and powder routine done. I passed on the eyes and the lips. I couldn't leave the place all blotchy skinned, looking like a homeless woman! Same thing again, dry and itchy skin which cracked and caked by the time I came home. I nearly bailed and said screw the paid for facial, but I went anyway to try to get my money's worth.
Caryl Baker Visage Makeup: 1/10 (I am giving a one based on the nice shade of the lip gloss and the possibility that the stuff is hypoallergenic which I highly doubt).
P.S. I will go to another Caryl Baker Visage store near my house to get my eyebrows done in the future. After all, I did buy the wretched membership. That will be the only service that I will ever be using them for.