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Review: Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 + Clinique Even Better Concealer

I had the opportunity to try out new products from Clinique which includes the Clinique Even Better Makeup and Even Better Concealer so this is a very quick review on these products after trying them out for a month or so.

The Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 claims to improve skin clarity, a more even skin tone, visibly diminished age spots after just 4-6 weeks and is suitable for dry combination and combination oily skins. The Even Better Concealer is a creamy concealer paste with Vitamin C that helps cover dark spots and discolourations. Only 10 shades are available for the liquid foundation and 4 shades for the concealer here in Singapore versus 20 shades for the liquid foundation and 12 shades for the concealer in the USA. The numbering and shade names differ greatly too.

Even Better Concealer – Light

Initial application – Foundation over sunscreen without loose powder

After setting with loose powder

Consistency: Feels like an emulsion when applied, dries down easily so fast blending is a must.

Coverage: Sheer to moderate. Claims to give moderate coverage but I find that I need at least 2 layers to be satisfied with the finish.

Finish: Semi-matte, leaves a slight dewy glow.

Wearability: Moderate. Holds up well in humidity, does not transfer initially when I perspire

After4 hours of wear

 I like its dewy, glowy finish but the longevity of the foundation is questionable. It did not quite last 8 to 10 hours for me and mileage varies according to where I am and my surroundings. In air-conditioned environment, this seemed to dry out my skin and somehow throughout the day, the foundation would slip away into nothingness. I had worn this a few times in regular temperature (outdoors) and am quite impressed by how long it held up. Therefore, it is very hard to decide if I like this foundation or not but since I work in an air-conditioned environment, I am less inclined to wear this foundation frequently. It also seems to work better on girls with oily skins than their drier counterparts even though the foundation is suitable for almost all types of skins.

The concealer on the other hand, works well for me despite the thick pasty texture. A little goes a long way and I’d used this on several parts of my face including the undereyes. This can be a little dry for the undereye areas so I had mixed it into my eye cream before application. It also creases slightly but it is nothing alarming because I am very prone to creasing under my eyes.

To end it all,  those who are keen on this foundation, definitely ask for a sample before you commit. This is the type of foundation that you either like it or you don’t.

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Drugstore Series: Alobon Fantasy Magic Baking Powder Blush #13 & #27

Visited Mustafa Centre with a group of colleagues some weeks back and I took this opportunity to check out the range of drugstore cosmetics that were available there. For the uninitiated, Mustafa Centre is open 24/7 and carries the largest range of products among other retailers including electronics, beauty products, toiletries, furniture, bedding etc. It is exciting to shop there because you’d never know what treasures you may chance upon!

I found these Alobon Baked Blushers sitting forlornly in an unobtrusive corner amongst other random cosmetic products and initially I was ready to pass on them when curiosity got the better of me. Like any other beauty enthusiasts, I couldn’t help but reach in for a seemingly innocent swatch… and I ended up buying two of this babies home.

(L-R): #27, #13

They look really unassuming in the flimsy plastic packaging but they sure do pack a punch when swatched!

Don’t you just love mineralized blushers? The way these colours are swirled together remind me of the Paddlepop icecreams from my childhood days.

#27

#13

#27 is an orangey-bronze with plenty of silver swirled into it whereas #13 reminds me a little of MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Petticoat (but they aren’t dupes!). It is a berry/mauvish colour with pale pinks and a little bronze mixed into it.

Swatches:

This was two swipes over no base and while the blushers are powdery, they do not look chalky nor faded and show up very well against my skin with a LOT of shimmers.

#13 worn on cheek

#27 worn on cheek

I had wanted to use #27 as a highlighter but apparently the orangey-bronze is overpowering and hence it makes a really nice contouring blush whereas #13 just shows up as a healthy berry pink on me but too much and the tendency of appearing too red is high. When worn, the silver shimmer sheen is noticeable in both pictures and therefore may not be so suitable for people battling pore problems or people with oily skin. These blushers really look very dewy and shiny due to the shimmer particles but one upside is that the shimmer bits are not chunky. I recommend going very lighthanded with them because they can look overpowering on the cheeks. I don’t love them, but they are such nice additions to my blush collection and will be perfect for anyone new to makeup or are just starting to build up their kit.

Price: 

$6.80 / Net vol. was not recorded on the packaging 😦

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Singapore: Fig Jam & Strawberry Shortcake

The Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters had taken the US beauty blogging community by storm for the past few months and I am really interested to find out what the hype was all about. Finally, news were released regarding its availability in our local Watsons and of course I had to pop by to check them out but alas, only a pathetic handful of shades (EIGHT to be exact) are offered in Singapore as compared to the TWENTY in the US.

Nonetheless, these were what I had picked up:

Fig Jam, Strawberry Shortcake (these names make me hungry!)

Fig Jam looks like a deep brownish plum in the tube but it applies sheerly on the back of my hands leaving a very rosy-brown colour whereas Strawberry Shortcake is a very cool-toned baby pink that might be difficult to carry off on warm skintones.

Strawberry Shortcake:

Strawberry Shortcake

Fig Jam:

Fig Jam

Shades:

I love Fig Jam to death. It reminds me a lot of Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey just that Black Honey can look a little darker and leans more berry whereas Fig Jam is redder. Applied sheerly, it also is a MLBB colour which makes it perfect when you don’t want to look too made up. Strawberry Shortcake seems to be the least-cool pink available but it still appears too blue (almost lilac) on my lips. It might work if I apply a sheer layer but anything too much and I look crazy. Other colors available in Watsons include: Macaroon, Brown Sugar, Peach Parfait, Cherry Tart, Candy Apple, Lollipop (if I remember correctly).

Texture:

Texture-wise, these definitely glide on like butter and has the feel of a Clinique Chubby Stick. These feel rather comfortable on the lips and while it does not prevent the lips from cracking, it does not dry my lips completely either.  It is encouraged that you put on some waxy non-slippery lip balm beneath before putting these on.  Because of the nature of the product, the lipstick bullets are softer and prone to melting. Therefore it is important to store them away from direct heat and avoid twisting up too much product.

Longevity:

These lipsticks last approximately an hour or so for me and lesser if I lick my lips a lot. Reapplication can dry out the lips further if no lip balm was used.

Other  Thoughts:

I will likely repurchase in some other colours but honestly, I wasn’t WOW-ed by the product. Certainly, the Revlon Lip Butter did not disappoint and let me down completely but it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Granted, I love how easy it was to just slick this on without a mirror and how nice it feels on the lips for the first 10 minutes or so but otherwise I’m like “meh”. It is an okay product and it works for the price point, but it wasn’t quite worth all the buzz in the blogging community.

Guerlain Spring 2012: Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder

The Guerlain Spring 2012 Makeup Collection is out at Takashimaya! I am very excited to be able to pick up the Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder that I’ve been eagerly waiting for since November 2011. Prior to the launch of the collection, I spent hours and days googling for swatches and pictures of it and the more I viewed, the more I wanted it!

This powder is simply breathtaking and it’s not just because of the visual appeal. The powder feels incredibly creamy and smooth to the touch as it is milled finely to perfection.

L: blended out, R: heavily swatched

Sunlight shot

The result is a shimmery pale pink powder that will work as a highlight or shimmery face powder.  I have used a fair bit before I took the sunlight shot so it looks kind of mooshy in the centre.. And clumsy me managed to nick parts of the outer petals when I wasn’t careful with the screw on top 😦 But still beautiful nonetheless!

Wearing the Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Météorites as an all-over face powder with extra on the nose bridge for highlight:

Face: Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream #1 Fresh, Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder

Eyes: Naked Palette – Virgin, Sin and Toasted, Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Brown on upper lashline, Milani Liquif’eye Pencil Liner in Brown on lower lashline, Maybelline The Magnum Volum’ Express Mascara

When applied with a loose fluffy brush, the Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder gives the most subtle healthy glow to the skin without making one look like a disco ball. When used as a highlighter, a small dense brush is required to pick up enough colour without caking on too much product. This product works well both ways. However, in my opinion, this is nice to have but not an absolute must have unless you are a collector or Guerlain fan. The product is not particularly unique save for the design.

Price: $88 / 9g

EOTD: Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad Q12 Wood Tones

Decided to try out the Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad that I had picked up from the Shiseido sales some time this month and also provide my thoughts on the palette:

Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad Q12 Wood Tones

Swatches:

It consists of a dark chocolate brown with a myriad of green/gold glitters, a warm coppery brown, a dirty gold and a pale ivory gold highlight.

When worn:

My Thoughts:

I had high hopes for this palette because the colours swatched beautifully with the exception of the darkest chocolate brown shade which was a little gritty and not as pigmented as the rest. The textures of the shadows were soft and smooth even though they lack pigmentation. The soft feel of the shadows make it very easy to blend so using fingers work just as well in creating this look.

Despite these, I’m not too fond of this palette because these colours appear muddy and dirty when blended on the eyes. The darkest brown also looked too similar to the medium brown and wasn’t dark nor pigmented enough as a contouring/crease shade. There was also an immense amount of glitter fall out from all the shades, more so than any other palettes I’ve tried. Would I recommend this palette to anyone? Probably not because the colours are not exactly unique and very easily dupe-able and it takes too much effort to make this palette work. There are also many other better and cheaper palettes that are similar to this.

Elianto: Haul & Initial Impressions

Visited the Elianto stand-alone store in Genting Highlands when I was there over the weekends. I was never keen on Elianto, especially when the product range is limited and it does not seem to get much exposure in Singapore (we do have a store at Tampines Mall though). They were having some sort of Xmas promotions (as categorized by the display of beautiful boxes and pouches) so I decided to pop by to see what they had to offer.

As such I ended up with these:

Baked Blush – 01 Angel Pink

Baked Eyeshadow – Zebra

Fresia Blush – 01

Fresia Eyeshadow – 03 Purple Haze

Swatches:

These shadows were very smooth and pigmented, all swatched without a base. The baked shadows and blush can be used wet for more intensity according to the SA as they can look a little flat when used dry.

4-pan palette RM14 + singles RM 12 ea

Swatches:

Prince3na Mascara – Volume & Long Lash

close up of wand

Stay On Max Eyeliner – Twilight Black

These products came in promotional sets with the exception of the 4-pan eyeshadow palette:

Fresia Blush + Fresia Eyeshadow + Prince3na Mascara (fixed) = RM69 

Baked Blush + Baked Eyeshadow Duo + Stay On Max Eyeliner (fixed) = RM69

These sets also come with adorable ribbon satin pouches which are perfect for travel.

My thoughts:

Eyeshadows – Very pigmented and silky smooth but texture can be a little crumbly and soft because it is so loosely pressed. I feel that it might break easily so it pays to be careful when travelling with it. Wide colour range available too at affordable prices (RM12 to RM18 depending on range) so you will definitely find something you like. Comes in various finishes – matte, satin, shimmers, glitters etc. The Fresia Eyeshadow can be a little chalky and flaky but tapping off any excess before applying will help. Pretty nice for the price but not the best. Baked eyeshadows are average (almost similar to MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow Duos), you need to apply it wet for more intensity otherwise you might need to pack on more. Good for daily neutral looks although better pigmentation is preferred.

Blushers – Very lovely! My favourite is the Fresia blush which comes with 4 shades so it is easy to mix and match. I love to use with all 4 colours swatched together as it gives a healthy baby pink flush without being OTT. The colour tends to oxidise into a peachy pink as it wears on but that’s not a big issue for me since a peachy pink looks more natural on me than a full-on baby pink.

Volume & Long Lash Mascara – The most promising of the lot. I had low expectations for it (because of its similarity to the Fairydrops mascara which totally failed me) even though I had really good experience with Korean brand mascaras. I find the wand a little too big for my eyes (been really spoilt by the tiny mascara wands by ZA) but that does not mean it doesn’t work. In fact it applies well, dries quickly and volumizes my lashes without the clumping (I’m looking at you, ZA). The best part? It stays on all day long without smudging and yet removes easily with my Neutrogena Eye & Lip MU remover and warm water.

Stay On Max Eyeliner – Automatic eyeliner pencil similar to Clinique Quickliner for Eyes. This is a waste of time and money! No wonder it was bundled with the promotional sets. Drags eyelid like crazy, lousy pigmentation, fat pencil tip makes it hard to draw a fine line and worse part? It does not “stay on max”. I crimped my lashes after drawing on the eyeliner and it rubbed right off my eyelids. Total fail. It also does not seem to set no matter how long I waited and honestly, I do not have so much time in the morning to wait for my liner to set >.<

On a totally unrelated note, I spotted this really cute Lulu Australia bucket tote which I fell in love with immediately:

FOTD: Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – 10 Rue Des Frances-Bourgeois

Had time to play with the goodies from the last Luxasia sale from 3 days ago!

10 Rue Des Frances-Bourgeois

swatches

This is a very warm neutral palette consisting of a mixture of matte, pearlescent and shimmer shades. The colours in this palette reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay Naked Palette but there weren’t any absolute dupes. The matte highlighting shade in the top left corner matches my NC20 skin perfectly and makes a great powder base. These shadows don’t swatch well at all and appeared rather chalky but the colours translated perfectly onto the eyes. The soft texture also makes blending a breeze and as such, I was able to use all 6 shades at one time using only one shadow brush and one blending brush.

I also used the Guerlain Parure Aqua Radiant Feel-Good foundation today along with this look.

Eyes: Guerlain Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – 10 Rue Des Frances-Bourgeois, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Black/Brown, Maybelline Volum’ Express Mascara, ZA Impact Lash Volume Mascara (lower lashes)

Face: Guerlain Parure Aqua Radiant Feel-Good Foundation, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden on undereyes, Guerlain Meteorites Perles – 01 Mythic as setting powder

Cheeks: MAC Well-Dressed, Terra del Sol #7 as highlighter

Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine – 57 Adventure

This is a lovely palette to own because it is simply so easy to whip up a neutral yet sophisticated eyeshadow look with this. The shadows feel smooth to the touch but are rather powdery. However I experienced zero fall outs with these and that was a pleasant surprise. They also blend extremely well using a regular fluffy blending brush. Pigmentation was not the best (with the exception of the gold centre shade) and you might have to go re-dip your brush in the shadows for more but I find this is what is so beautiful about these palettes. I am not a fan of very pigmented shadows as they take a little more effort to blend (think Urban Decay) so if you are in a rush for time, Guerlain is a great option because of how easily they blend without much work.

Haul & Review: L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadows – Christmas 2011

For those who had been following my twitter would have known that I spotted some new shadows at L’Oreal counters and I have been super excited about it because these shadows remind me a lot of those Giorgio Armani ETKs and Chanel Illusion d’Ombres but at a fraction of the price.

These are none other than the L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadows that is released alongside a limited edition Colour Riche Gold collection for Christmas according to the L’Oreal BAs. There were five of these available with a couple of shimmery lipsticks. I picked up four (besides Gold Mine) as I hardly wear golds.

021 Sahara Treasure, 022 Emerald Lamé, 023 Black Onyx, 024 Bronze Goddess

These came with a black flat plastic lid to keep the shadows pressed down in place. Please note that these are actually powder shadows and they have a tendency to separate and stick to the lid if you do not keep them pressed down (which was what happened to my Sahara Treasure).

Swatches to share:

natural light

Did a quick look using Sahara Treasure:

Eyes: L’Oreal Infallible Color – Sahara Treasure on inner 2/3rds of eye, UD Alice in Wonderland palette – Mad Hatter on outer 1/3rd, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Black Brown, ZA Impact Lash Volume Mascara on top/bottom lashes

I also tried googling for these shadows and I realized that different colours were released in different parts of the world with those being permanent. I did not manage to find them on drugstore.com or ulta.com unfortunately, because I would definitely like to buy all of them! These shadows are also very affordable at $14.90 apiece (in Canada it is $10.99 I believe).

These eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and glittery and despite the glitter, they feel very velvety and smooth. They are not bouncy nor cushy because these are more like pressed pigments instead of being a cream-to-powder shadow. That is one of the advantages of this shadow – they do not dry out easily due to its powder base. I love how these go on and they blend easily just using fingers.  They wore rather well for me with a primer too and can easily be sheered out for a light wash of colour or patted on for more colour.  For the price, these are definitely great quality. The only complaint is the black plastic lids that came along with them. The little “handles” on them are too small for my fingers and I kept ending up with excess product on my fingers.

Price:

$14.90 / 3.5g

There is a current promotion at Watsons for L’Oreal products where you buy 2 and get 1 free (the lowest-priced one) so that is a great deal.

John Little also has direct 20% off for selected brands (including L’Oreal) but the Watsons deal works out cheaper.

You can check out these blogs for more swatches for the other shades available and comparisons to Giorgio Armani ETKs (if you do not know, GA is a brand under the umbrella of L’Oreal Group):

Beaut.ie

Bebe’s Beauty Blog and Review

London Makeup Girl

Please let me know if you know where I can get the other colours because I would definitely love to stock up on them! 🙂

Drugstore Series: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse

In my previous entry, I mentioned about the arrival and sale of the Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse at Watsons.

CLEO Maybelline Special

The mousse is housed in a metal can and comes with a nifty pump that helps to dispense the appropriate amount of product. Reminds me a lot of the Shu Uemura UV Underbase BB Mousse (which coincidentally had undergone a revamp this year).

Both products also contain SPF30/PA+++.

freshly pumped out 

after 10 seconds

The oxidation rate for this product is awful, it oxidizes to a dark orange barely after 10 seconds. But somehow the product manages to eventually blend in with my skin colour without much rubbing in.

This is less than a fifth of a full pump and you can see that there is more than enough product for application on the entire face.

A drugstore look I did using the Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse, 5 hours of wear (in air-conditioned environment):

Face: Maybelline Mineral BB Mousse, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden

Cheeks:  NYX Mosiac Powder – 01 Highlighter, Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

Eyes: ZA Impact Lash Mascara – Volume, Topshop Mousse Eyeshadow – Glint, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk (browbone highlight), Silky Girl Long-Wearing Eyeliner – 02 Black Brown

My thoughts:

Reminds me a lot of the Shu Uemura UV Underbase (I have only tried it in pink) in terms of texture, blendability and application. I didn’t like the Shu because the pink tint was odd on me and it was way too drying. There is also a need to blend one area at a time because it dries fast. Do not attempt to work on multiple areas at one go because the result will be cakey and streaky.

The Maybelline one is drying too, since it dries down to a satiny-matte finish. As such I was able to skip setting powder altogether. Coverage is sheer to medium with buildable coverage. I wouldn’t recommend this to people with dry skin because even without the use of setting powder, the skin feels tight and dry as I was constantly exposed to air-conditioning. Oil control is fair, I started oiling on my T-zone about 3 hours later but that’s ok for me because I really like a bit of shine. If you have oily skin, you might like this better than I do. Also, it oxidizes rather quickly. You won’t be able to tell from the picture but in real life I looked half to one shade darker (and orangey).

I don’t hate this product but there is a need for me to “try to make it work” because of how drying it is. I love the texture though because it is so light and airy and feels like nothing on the skin. It should be better as a primer/base that you apply before your powder/liquid foundation even though the coverage is sufficient for me.

Price:

$23.90/65g

Drugstore Series: Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss #33 Brun Poetic

If you ask me what’s the only drugstore brand of lip gloss I love, it is definitely the Bourjois Effet 3D Glosses. I only wear 3 brands of lipglosses from drugstores (because I have dry lips and DS brands really DRY them out) and they are Bourjois, MM, Stage and the occasional NYX. My absolute favourite? Definitely Bourjois.

And my favourite colour will be #33 Brun Poetic which is a pink nude that amps up any nude lipstick and tones down others that are too bright or in-your-face. This is my second tube already, the cap on my old one kind of broke and it started leaking everywhere so I had to toss that.

The brush is small yet firm – just the tool for “colouring within the lines”. You might have to re-dip the brush just for one application but it is worth the effort.

When worn:

Face: Garnier BB Eye Roll-On – Natural, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder

Eyes: MAC Shroom Eyeshadow (as all over wash), Clinique Quickliner in Dark Chocolate, ZA Impact Lash Mascara Volume

Lips: Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss #33 Brun Poetic

Adds a barely there neutral shine to your lips. I absolutely love that the gloss is so pigmented and shiny yet not sticky or thick. It also stays on well (2-3 hours in air-conditioned room without eating/drinking) and does not migrate out of the lip lines. 2-3 hours might seem unbelievable to some but this gloss does it for me. The best part? It is totally non-drying. Know how some lip glosses look perfect freshly applied (Hi MAC Lip Glasses, I’m looking at you) and once you step out of your door, it’s like wrinkle-ville on your lips? This one does not. One downside however, is that after the gloss disappears, it leaves chunky glitter on the lips which is hard to remove. I usually just wipe my lips clean using a wet tissue/makeup towelettes and it is good enough for me. What a gorgeous colour, and the quality rivals high-end brands – I would repurchase in a heartbeat.