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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Maybelline Lip Polish in Glam 2

The Maybelline Lip Polish (Maybelline Colour Elixir Lip Colour in the US) took the cosmetic world by storm when it appeared on shelves because it is the first liquid lipstick in the drugstore, and also because of its first-of-its-kind, unique packaging.

So far, I have only picked up one shade. Does the Lip Polish lives up to its good looks? Is it worth me getting another shade? Let's find out!

Maybelline Lip Polish in Glam 2

Packaging
A picture says a thousand words! It is exactly what you see, silver metal cap that twists open, with super pretty glass-like transparent tube.


And the tube is shaped like a lipstick, so that when you stand it upside down, the liquid lipstick looks like a regular solid lipstick!

(Dior has just released its Dior Addict Liquid Stick that has a similar lipstick look in the plastic.)


Applicator
I think one of the big reasons I bought is because I knew the applicator is a lip-shape sponge, kind of like the ones YSL liquid lipsticks have.

I was just really curious about how good a drugstore brand lip-shape applicator will feel like on my lips.


Now that I actually own both YSL Gloss Volupte and the Maybelline Colour Elixir, I can say that the drugstore applicator is nowhere near YSL's.

However, the Maybelline Colour Elixir one still works wonderfully. It still picks out the right amount of product, and still goes over my lips softly. The shape also fits my lips well enough.

Application
AMAZING. I was delightfully shocked when I first applied the Lip Polish on my lips. It is very comfortable.

Colour
The colour that I bought is called Glam 2. But I understand that the US ones have names. I have no idea what Glam 2 is in US.

Glam 2 is a hot pink with coral hue and quite a bit of micro-shimmers in the colours red, fuchsia, and silver.  Paris B of mywomenstuff.com describes it as a sweet coral pink with micro-shimmers.


Finish
The finishing look of this on the lips is really smooth and even.

It is quite sheer though. Not as pigmented as you see in tube.

Wear
Probably due to its smooth nature, the Lip Polish does not last at all. It does not really stains as well. So I do have to keep applying when using this.

Drying??
The lip polish stays very smooth and comfortable on the lips. But after a while, it seems to dry my lips. For some reason, my lips peel a little, and because of this phenomenon, I do not wear this nowadays. After a few days of consecutive wear, I just didn't really like this anymore.

So right now, the Lip Polish is sitting sadly on my vanity. I still keep it there to decorate, and also in hope that I might pick it up again some day and rediscover how I really liked it at first.

As such, unlike many Youtubers, I have not gone back to repurchase in other colours.

Rating: 3.5/5.
I like it. I still remember the feeling of falling in love with this, and wanting to immediately blog about it. But I also cannot forget how it eventually dried out my lips and disappointed me.

I guess it is a little bit hit and miss. After doing some research, its seems like the different shades perform differently too.

Have you bought any of these Maybelline Lip Polish or Colour Elixirs? How does yours fair?

Saturday, 19 April 2014

fresh SUGAR Honey Tinted Lip Balm Mini [Worth the Hype?]

The fresh lip balms are highly raved about on Youtube. I hesitated to pick these up when they first arrived in Sephora Singapore because of the hype, and also the high price. I finally took the plunge when I saw them sold in Christmas boxes of 3 or 6 minis.

I think buying minis in large packs is a good way to expose oneself to new products without breaking the bank, because one gets so many colours at once, and also because lip balms actually last forever in the hot and humid climate of Singapore.

I can understand why the standard size fresh SUGAR lip balms are so huge. But the huge ones are simply redundant here.

On to the review!

fresh SUGAR Honey Tinted Lip Balm Mini


Packaging
All fresh SUGAR lip balms come in metallic twist-open casings, that are colour-coded. The Honey flavour one that I have here is coded copper, whereas flavours like raspberry are coded pink and some others purple.

The sturdy metallic casing gives the fresh lip balms a very classy look, but is impractical because one has to spend time twisting it open. I am unable to open this with one hand, which is quite a shame.

I cannot imagine using this in winter time because it means I'd have to remove both gloves to twist this open.


Colour
Honey is an earthy rose shade, that reminds me much of my favourite Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick in Whim of Mine!!!

I guess RBR Whim Of Mine is a little redder, and of course does not have that watery finish that the fresh lip balm offers.

Anyhow, here is a swatch of the fresh SUGAR Honey lip balm.


And here is what it looks like on my lips. It is very nude because Honey is a flesh shade balm.


It is definitely pigmented enough to cover the darkness on my lips, but definitely not pigmented enough to replace lipsticks (that is not what lip balms are made for).

Effectiveness
As a lip balm, I am immensely impressed by fresh SUGAR. It is super nourishing, it is everything you expect of a lip balm, and more.

As a coloured product, I am also overwhelmed by the pigmentation. The fresh SUGAR lip balm definitely over-delivers on what it promises.

Cost
For $20 per standard size (huge), it is worth every cent, IF you don't mind living with one colour for at least half a year.

I prefer to change colours all the time, so I am very happy with picking up Christmas sets, when they come in minis. I have some 9 tubes of fresh SUGAR lip balms by now, and I am enjoying them to the max!

(I will probably do lip swatches of the other colours some day!)

Only Con
The fresh SUGAR lip balms do kind of melt a little in the hot climate in Singapore. So you might want to store them in cool dry places if you get many of them. And NEVER ever store them in your bag, and leave it in the sun/car. (I think this goes for all other lipsticks in general.)

Rating: 6/5.
fresh SUGAR has over-delivered on these lip balms even when it is so costly.

I think it is worthwhile in Singapore as it is so humid here that people seldom need lip balms. A tube will last you a long time. It is probably too costly if you run down lip balms in two weeks.

Great stocking-fillers!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

All-In-One BB Cream by The Body Shop

Hi to all of you positive and beautiful ladies!

I am feeling really good about this post because I can't wait to share about the All-In-One BB Cream by The Body Shop with you!

All-In-One BB Cream by The Body Shop
I am reviewing from a sample that The Body Shop (TBS) gave me because I purchased a lot of other items. Regardless, I have tested this product in-store many times. I haven't bought this product, because I cannot convinced myself that I need another tube of BB cream since my stash is full of unopened ones. Furthermore, I have never been a fan of TBS products. Over the last 7 years, most of what I purchase from TBS are misses.
Image credit: The Body Shop Singapore website.
Packaging
I love it! I tested this product many times because I am so attracted to the sleek and simple silver packaging each time I step into a TBS store.

The tube itself is rather small, as there is only 25 ml of product, but believe me that you don't need much. A little of this product goes an amazingly long way.

Essentially, the small size means that you can hand-carry this in a plane.

Dispense
The dispense hole is just nice for the viscosity of the product; it can control the watery product well without spillage and mess.

Product
Below is a photo of what the BB Cream looks like.


The shade that I was given is #02. According to the website, #02 is the yellow medium shade. #02 fits me perfectly.

You would have seen that the product itself is basically white. You might have spotted the beige tinge around the case, this is because I have been using this product for some time, and it might have oxidised because of this sample packaging --> The product is supposed to turn skin colour the moment you spread it out on your face. That is, it will change when you rub the product.

If you buy a new tube, the product will be well-protected, and perfectly fine. Otherwise, you could ask for a refund.

How I Use This BB Cream
At the moment, I enjoy using the Real Techniques Contour Brush for this. I dip the brush gently in once, and use whatever amount is picked up.

Normally, the amount of product picked up is slightly more than enough for my entire face, so I whatever excess on my neck.

Coverage
Definitely a light coverage face base. It evens out my skin tone but will not cover dark eye circles (I do have heavy dark eye circles, so might not be accurate for me to say this).

Finish
OOOO, I LOVE the finish. The Body Shop BB Cream gives the most translucent and crystal-like luminosity ever! The best part is that it does so without making me look like a disco ball or an oil puff.

When I touch my skin after applying TBS BB Cream, I feel that the finishing texture is also just right - not oily at all, somewhat dry so I do not need to set with powder! I love it!

I do have dry-dehydrated skin to begin with, so I think those with dry-to-normal skin will like this. But I can't vouch for oily-combination skins.

Cost
This is affordable at $32.90.
Compared to Dr. Jart BB Cream (my Holy Grail), which costs $32, I find that I like TBS better for its luminosity, but I like Dr. Jart better for its higher coverage.

Love it! 5/5.
I hope TBS doesn't change the formula. When I have used up all my unopened BB creams, I will purchase this in full size.

Purchasing details can be found in the link to The Body Shop Singapore, below:

Saturday, 12 April 2014

DHC Washing Puff

I bought the DHC Washing Puff out of pure curiosity. I really like using Konjac sponges, but Konjac sponges are not meant to last, and no matter how good you are at maintaining it, it will disintegrate naturally after about 3 months. So I really wanted to try if a normal fibre sponge can match natural Konjac sponges, when I saw the DHC Washing Puff.

Here goes the review!

DHC Washing Puff


Softness
The sponge itself is soft, very squeeze-able.

But the feel on the face is quite rough. I have actually stopped using this sponge after just a few days.

Konjac sponges are definitely much gentler on the skin.

That said, for those who like daily exfoliation by physical means, the DHC sponge could be ideal.

Effectiveness
It is rather standard in terms of how well it cleanses the skin.

Cost
Expensive. Konjac sponges are less costly even when you replace them every 3 months.

Rating: 1/5.
Absolutely will not repurchase. Too rough for comfort. Too expensive for a sponge that feel like any other no-brand sponge. It is usable though, hence the one mark.

For more information, you may go to this web link: http://www.dhccare.com/DHC/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=177

The reviews there are very positive. Unfortunately for me, I cannot agree with them.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Nature Republic Lucid Star Sweet Lipgloss in OR201 [Korean Makeup]

Whoo! Lipglosses!

Nature Republic Lucid Star Sweet Lipgloss in OR201
I bought this back when Nature Republic had outlets in Singapore. They are still around, but in Korea.

Packaging
This lipgloss comes in a star-flower shaped tube, and it is so cute! Other than the shape, it is pretty much a standard clear plastic packaging.


Shimmer Shimmer
I bought this mainly because of the high shimmer that you see in the photo below. This is one of those lip glosses that really makes your lips look like it is watering, and watering crystals! I would imagine this on a mermaid that just emerges from the lake under moonlight.


Applicator
The applicator is tapered off on one side, and I use that side to apply the gloss.


But the applicator is basically round, as shown below.


It is a very normal applicator to me. Nothing outstanding.

Colour and Pigmentation
The colour I got is OR201. It is a basic strawberry shade.

Pigmentation is low. This gloss really is more for putting over a lipstick to give that watery shimmer look. But you can't really see the shimmer in the hand swatch.


Swatch
Below, I have the Lucid Star Sweet Lipgloss in OR201 on my bare lips. LOVE the shimmer. But I will not wear it alone like that because of the lack of pigmentation.


Scent
This lipgloss is scented with a fruity fragrance, so if you are not comfortable with scents, you may want to skip this altogether.

Wear
I like that this lipgloss feels good on the lips - it is not sticky, doesn't dry my lips up. It is not long-wearing, but lasts long enough for me.

Cost
Very affordable. I think this was just slightly over $10 when I bought in Singapore.

In general, Nature Republic products are really quite cheap!

Rating: 4/5.
I love the shimmer. I think it is good for all girls who are into makeup to own a clear high-shimmer gloss, just so you can use it to change your look easily. The shimmer is comparable to my YSL Gloss Volupte. But of course, the YSL is way, way more pigmented than this.

Do you own a shimmer gloss? Do you see the need to? If you have a good shimmer gloss, what is it?

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
This one I have is a 20 g sample. The full size one is 170 g and comes in an enlarge version of this squeeze tube.


Packaging
Even though this is only a sample, it is made with the same high quality plastic that the full size product comes in.

Dispense
The dispense matches the cream very well, in that the hole for dispense is just right, and the consistency of the cream is suitable for squeezing.

Cream Consistency
The cream is thick and firm, does not flows easily, and white.

Application
When applied on the skin, it completely foamless, but spreads well. Due to the non-foaming nature, a little does not go a long way; I always need about a full pea size of this cream to cover my whole face.

Effectiveness
Yes, this does clean my skin extremely well. This Cleansing Cream has completely blown my mind, because of how well it cleanses while still remaining very, very mild and gentle with my skin.

It does not moisten my skin, but it does not strips my skin of moisture as well! It really is some kind of amazing. I never knew this kind of product exists. Well, now I do!

Cost
If I don't remember wrongly, the full size costs about $35 at Sephora. I think this price is considered fairly affordable, given how well it cleanses and how mild it is. It is about the same price as the gel cleanser I have been using for 6-7 years, so I am comfortable making the switch, cost-wise.


Rating: 5/5
I think it is great quality for a great price because it cleanses well but remains unbelievably mild for my sensitive skin. The only con is that you need a good pea size for a whole face, so you may run out of product more quickly than if you use a standard SLS-based foam cleanser.

I am all set to repurchase this when my last bottle of gel cleanser, I have been using for 6-7 years, run out.

Great gift for someone with sensitive skin.

The Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream can be found in full size at all Sephora stores in Singapore.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hakuhodo Cheek Brush Black Handle Medium in Singapore!

Hakuhodo! One of the top brush brands in the entire world right now.

Not sure if I mentioned anywhere last year, but I really splurged on many Hakuhodo brushes when they set up a temporary booth in Takashimaya. This is the first time I am reviewing one of their brushes, so if you like this one, and want more, feel free to ask for the review!

Hakuhodo Cheek Brush Black Handle Medium
This brush does not have any marking/label, but I remember the sales assistant showing me a few black handled cheek brushes of similar shape, and explaining to me how I can choose one most suitable for my face and habit. I chose the medium one because I am not a fan of huge cheek brushes, and my face is too large for tiny cheek brushes.


The black handled Hakuhodo brushes are the most affordable of all their brushes, and actually much less pricey than M.A.C. This one here is maybe about SGD 45?

Brush Structure and Make
Aside from the stunning Hakuhodo label, the brush handle is rather normal - glossy black, very light, fits nicely into my hand's natural curves, but not exactly ergonomic. The metal ferrel that holds the bristles are also pretty normal.

I really like the length though! All Hakuhodo brushes are made for personal use, and that's why the length is rather short. Long handles are good for makeup artists, while short ones are great for just you and yourself.

Bristles
LOVE! MAD LOVE! Yes, they are right, the raves are right - the Hakuhodo softness is heavenly.

They are natural hair so they do pick up a good amount of product. Yet, they are so gentle on the skin, so even the driest of skins wouldn't get micro-exfoliated.


Shape
The Hakuhodo medium cheek brush is basically a paddle brush that is tapered at the sides from the flat-view (above), and tapered off to a point from the side-view (below). This makes is really good for dabbing extra colour right onto the centre of the apple of my cheeks, using the point. The tapered sides make it really good for blending and sweeping colour right up to the top of my ears.

It is that standard traditional blush brush shape, but done to Japanese perfection.


Size
For a brief size-reference, below is a photo of the brush on its flat side, sitting on my cheeks. This medium size fits beautifully between my eyes and mouth, while still leaving ample space so I don't look like a clown.

I do prefer this size to the Real Techniques Blush Brush. I do love the RT blush brush a lot but it is just a tad big for my face. RT has its own set of advantages though.


Hardness
I really like that this brush is still hard enough to pick up enough pigments from my harder blushes like NARS, yet soft enough to go into buttery Estee Lauder gelee type of blushes.

I do prefer this brush to Lunasol natural hair cheek brush because of this point. The Lunasol one is way too soft and dysfunctional for SGD 100.

Con
It has shed a little thus far, compared to the Lunasol cheek brush that has not shed one bit.

Rating: 4.8/5.
The supreme quality far outweighs the fact that it sheds hair. For less than SGD 50, this is a brush you want to run out and buy.

I am not particular about the weight of the handle. To me, the lighter the better, why not?
But I am aware that the Hakuhodo brush may not be so appealing to people who like heavy handles - I think Tom Ford would be a better choice if you like heavy handles.

***Price is subjected to my memory and also subjected to change IF Hakuhodo comes back to Singapore.

If I am not wrong, the Hakuhodo counter is in Singapore right now!!! At Takashimaya cosmetics Level 1, around the Clinique area.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush

Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush
I have had this brush for the longest time, but hadn't touch it until I saw the pixiwoo sisters start using it for blending their under eye concealer. So I took it out to try, and here's the review!

Packaging
This brush is like the other Real Technique brushes, colour coded in gold for face, and has a rubber end for grip (not in photo).

Brush and Bristles
The brush is highly, highly tapered off to a sharp point, just like what you see in the photo below.

I think the only thing that the photo cannot show well is the fact that this brush is so highly tapered, all the way down to the outermost bristle.

The brush looks big in the photo, but it is actually just slightly smaller than my forefinger.


This is a flat brush, very thin on the side.


Effectiveness
Hands-down, the best! I use this brush primarily for applying my Sonia Kashuk cream concealer under my eyes, and I find that it blends the concealer better than my fingertips because of how incredibly highly-tapered this brush is. The brush just makes all concealer lines disappear and sit tight on the skin. It is crazy amazing.

Usage
I really cannot describe the usage of this better than how Sam does it in her video. So I am going to link that video in.


Cost
The entire core collection of face brushes that Samantha Chapman offers is very practical and use-able. I think it is worth the money (I bought at S$60++ after discount), and would absolutely buy the set as a gift for someone close to me, if I know the person needs a good brush set.

Rating: 5/5.
Speechless. The Pointed Foundation Brush is stunning.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Real Techniques Contour Brush - Is this the one?

I am slowly moving through all my Real Techniques brushes. So far, there have been more hits than misses. Will this contour brush be a hit or a miss?

Real Techniques Contour Brush


Shape
The Contour Brush is highly tapered 360 degrees, to a small point at the top of the brush.

Application
When used on the face, it feels exactly like the Real Techniques Blush Brush. I daresay, the Contour Brush is a tiny version of the blush brush.

Use
This brush can be used for pretty much anything and everything.

- It is great for putting powder bronzer right into the hollows of the cheekbones, and down the sides of the nose because of that very pointed end.

- It is great for cream bronzer because of its synthetic bristles.

- It does powder and cream blushes effortlessly too. I don't often use it for blush because my face is too big for this brush. It is not efficient to use this brush for blush, considering I have numerous larger blush brushes.

- It is great for cream foundations/BB creams. In fact, this is what I use it for primarily. I find that this contour brush works amazing for my BB creams; it is so good at blending because of the highly tapered sides.

I was so surprised when I first use this brush for my BB cream. I felt like this must be comparable to Wayne Goss's tiny face brush (I don't have his brush for comparison).

Comfort
It is very comfortable to use all over the face because the bristles are incredibly soft.

Cost
This came in one of those 4-brush face sets, so the price is really good per brush. I find that in the current market, there is no other brand that can make such wonderful brushes at this kind of price. Sigma doesn't come close because it is just a tad too expensive, and not as good.

Con
The only disadvantage to this brush is that it is way too tiny for foundation, in the sense, I am living with it, but I just wish it were a little bigger. Nothing wrong with it, because it was made for contouring, and not foundation.

Still, I wish Samantha Chapman would make a brush of this shape, but with a size in between this and her blush brush. I think this is the general "complaint" people have towards her blush brush - too big. And now, the Contour brush is too small. It would be just amazing if she has one in between.

Rating: 5/5.
I find that this trumps all my flat top kabuki brushes, in terms of applying foundation.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

M.A.C Soft Ochre Paint Pot

M.A.C Soft Ochre Paint Pot
M.A.C Paint Pots are basically what they are called - pots of paint; pots of colour that are much drier than gel eyeliners, but creamier than powder eyeshadows.

M.A.C Paint Pots range from skin tone colour, like Soft Ochre, Painterly, Bare Study, to reds, and deep blues/greys/black.

The one that I have got here is in Soft Ochre, a warm/yellow tone skin colour, that people generally use as an eyeshadow base, to make eyeshadow stay longer on the eyelids, and also to cover up discolouration. I bought it for this purpose too.

M.A.C Soft Ochre Paint Pot in jar.
Packaging
The packaging is a standard M.A.C jar/pot, very good quality, thick glass, with a signature M.A.C black cover that does keep the product sealed and relatively air-tight if you twist it hard.

It stands well on its cover, so I store my paint pots upside down most of the times, just so I can see what colour I am using straightaway.

M.A.C Soft Ochre Paintpot.
Colour
On my hand, Soft Ochre looks a little paler than my NC25-30 skin. But it does blend out very well. On the eyelids, the paleness really doesn't make a difference because I cover it with enough eyeshadow all the time.


Effectiveness
Yes! It works! I swear that this works better than the Urban Decay Primer Potion in terms of making eyeshadows stick around for very long, AND also in terms of making the colours pop.

I don't think I will purchase anymore Urban Decay Primer Potion after I finish my original one and all those tiny samples I have got.

Volume
I have been using this faithfully for close to a year now, and the dent in it is still so shallow. This will probably last me all the way till it dries and cakes out.

Con
The only con to Soft Ochre is that you have to buy it over eBay or online beauty stores if you are in Singapore because the Singapore counters only stock Painterly but not Soft Ochre.

Rating: 5/5!
It works. If you are still looking for an eyeshadow primer/base, look no more, simply get the M.A.C Paint Pot!

PS: If you are cool tone, get Painterly. If you are warm tone, get Soft Ochre. Bare Study may work too.

Below is a simple makeup video in which the author uses Soft Ochre all over her eyelids.


Monday, 17 March 2014

L'oreal True Match Touche Magique Anti-fatigue and Illuminating Concealer Soothing Effect

L'oreal True Match Touche Magique Anti-fatigue and Illuminating Concealer Soothing Effect

Packaging
The L'oreal Touche Magique is a neat and sleek pen, with a twist-to-dispense bottom and a capped brush head.


I am not really fond of twist-dispense and brush-heads for concealers because I always find that the twist dispenses too much product, and the brush cannot really spread it out and blend nicely.

I prefer to use my finger tip or a proper concealer brush to apply the product.


Usage
When applied onto my skin, it looks some kind of shimmery. I would say, the L'oreal Touche Magique is definitely an highlighter and brightener more than a concealer. So if you are looking for a concealer, forget this.


It glides on not too badly. But when I tried it on my under eye, the gliding is terrible. It got stuck in my under eye fine lines and started caking.

On my wrist, as you see below, it is okay. Still a little chunky, but okay.


Colour Match
I got this in #02, and it suits my warm medium skin tone quite well.

Concealing?
You can still see my green veins very clearly, so I will say this does not conceal at all. On my dark under eye circles, it does nothing as well.

Rating: 1/5.
I find this only good for highlighting. It doesn't work as a dark eye circle brightener simply because it sinks into fine lines too much. I could use this on my cheek bones, down my nose bridge, across my forehead, and on my cupids bow, but I don't really use highlighters. So this has gone into my makeup graveyard.

I would not recommend it unless you really have no other highlighter to try.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Vitamin E Scar Serum

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Vitamin E Scar Serum


Packaging
The bottle is a nice size to keep in a handbag. I like that it is transparent. The pump is controllable, so I never dispense more than I need.

The plastic cap for the pump is not too good though because it gets loose after a while, and it will fall off if you don't keep the bottle upright or in a fitting pouch. This could be dangerous as you do not want oil being pumped all over inside your bag. I have never met such a situation though.

Effectiveness
This Scar Serum did successfully remove a bee-sting acupuncture wound that I had on my tummy completely. It is an effective product, but maybe not so efficient. It took me a long while to remove just a tiny bean-size scar. Furthermore, I really had to be very diligent and apply the serum 3-4 times a day everyday.

It does not work for big scars like keloids though.

Cost
I bought it for something like $46 at Watsons, and I find it very expensive, given the fact that it does not work on all scars, and that it is slow at getting the scar to disappear.

Rating: 3/5.
It works, but a little too slow, and a little too costly, especially compared to the cheaper and more efficient Hiruscar gel.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Beauty Empties from Six Months

It is time for empties again!

Embedded below is my video on all the empties from the last half a year. I feel so happy throwing all that away!


What are some of the beauty items that you have emptied lately?
Did you like them?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Becca Products Part 3 - Creme Blush

Becca Creme Blush

I was very excited when I bought this blush because at that time, Becca was one of the few high end brand that has a creme blush. Does it live up to its status?

Packaging
The Becca Creme Blush comes in a tiny round clamshell case, with the signature Becca-embossed metal on top. It opens up to reveal a mirror and the creme blush.

Becca Creme Blush packaging on the outside.
Colour
The colour I chose is a neutral rose that I thought would suit anyone.

Becca Creme Blush

Swatches
In the photo below, you see the blush being heavily swatched in the background (a pink strip), and blended out in the foreground on my hand.

Swatches.
Wearing this Colour
On my face, this blush matches my warm medium skin quite well. I do find it a tad too Barbie-doll pink for my liking, despite its match. It does look good, in that it seems to come from under my skin, like a flush I get after a good run.


Use
I find this blush easy to use, as it blends well and blends quickly before settling/drying. I either use my fingers or a stippling brush to put this blush on, and both methods work well.

Pigmentation
I find the pigmentation good, but not heavy. I give it a thumbs-up.

Quality
Considering that my M.A.C creme blush dried out after half a year, and the Becca creme blush has not dried out after 1 year, I think the Becca one is of much better quality.

Rating: 4/5.
I think the quality is good and I find that I can carry on using this. But it is not stunning. I do expect something this expensive to be nothing short of stunning. So far, the Becca products have disappointed me.

If you are interested to get this product, the ingredients list is below.


Below is my Becca face. On your right, I am wearing the Becca Eye Tint, the Becca Creme Blush, and the Becca Lip Gloss. On your left, there is nothing on my face.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Becca Products Part 2 - Eye Tint

Becca Eye Tint

Becca is famous for its Eye Tint, because the Eye Tint is supposed to be that do-all, be-all product. It is said to be waterproof, sweat proof, great for summer/beach holidays.

But I think, you have to first choose the correct colour.

Below, you see the 7ml tube and the ingredients list beneath. A lot of silicone and wax that makes it waterproof.



This is the colour that I chose because I think it is an amazing neutral taupe brown.


The product IS quite the dream to apply, spreads out well without separating, covers evenly, dries fast enough but with just enough time for you to work with it.

However, the pigmentation is not too good. It is not that concentrated paint stick product I imagined it to be.

Furthermore, the neutral taupe brown is way too neutral for my skin tone. I guess it is a little cool? Too cool for my warm yellow skin.

It makes my eyes look tired and punched, as you see below.

Your left: bare skin. Your right: Becca Eye Tint all over eyelids.

I have tried to work with this by using it as an eyeshadow base, but I realise that it is so slippery, no eyeshadow really stays well on it. =(

Rating: 2/5.
What a disappointment. Again, overpriced for a standard taupe brown. This gets 1 more point than the Becca Glossy Lip Tint, because I am thinking I might have gotten the wrong colour, and this could suit NW15-NW20 skin.

I realise I don't really need that hardcore waterproof feature although I live in the tropical area right around the equator. I don't go swimming at the beach all day long, and I don't put makeup regardless where I swim. Standard long-lasting makeup will do.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Becca Products Part 1 - Glossy Lip Tint in Daiquiri

Becca is not available in Singapore anymore. It closed when Tangs Orchard underwent their massive beauty department renovation.

However, this brand has gotten a lot more well-known over the last couple of years, and is now available on many online stores.

I have got with me three Becca products, the Glossy Lip Tint, the Eye Tint, and the Lip and Cheek Creme.

I am going to split this review into three, and start off with the Glossy Lip Tint.

Becca Glossy Lip Tint
Below, you see all three Becca products in their boxes.

I am not fond of Becca's packaging because I find it a little too hunky.

Becca Glossy Lip Tint, Eye Tint, and Lip and Cheek Creme.

Here, you see the Becca Glossy Lip Tint in its tube (9 ml), and the ingredients list beneath.


Again, I am not too fond of the masculine packaging. The tube is all matte. The matte material means rubbery - think NARS. My product is a little over 1 year old now, and the rubbery finish is starting to feel sticky.

The only part of Becca's packaging that looks chic is the metal embossed with Becca, that you see in the picture below.


Next, you see the doe foot applicator.

I find the applicator a fail because it does not pick up enough product. I have to dip at least twice to cover both my upper and lower lips. Often, I need a third dip to finish up.


The gloss itself is too dry on my lips, and does not stay long.

You can see the Daiquiri orange of the gloss below, and Daiquiri orange IS beautiful.


Unfortunately, this colour is simply not pigmented enough on the lips. You can still see a lot of discolouration that I have on my lips.


That said, if you have perfect pink and moist pouts, then the Becca Glossy Lip Tint can provide an alluring glow.

Rating: 1/5.
Its only saving grace is the gloss it gives with micro specks of gold glitter. I think this is great over a very high coverage dark lipstick, for when you want that extra pop of gloss right down the middle of your lips.

Otherwise, Becca Glossy Lip Tint is a completely overpriced product for the lack of comfort/buttery-ness/moisture it gives, lack of pigmentation, and less than perfect applicator.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

YSL Gloss Volupte No.4 Fuchsia Vermeil (Golden)

Yves Saint Laurent just upped its game and top of the pack status again with their latest Gloss Volupte range.

The gloss volupte range is extensive and comprehensive, carrying three main finishes - pure, iridescent, and golden. On top of it, it also carries two top coats, a golden one and a black one, that would work any of their coloured gloss volupte glosses or any lipsticks.

I have here the Gloss Volupte in No.4, and it belongs to the Golden finish set.

YSL Gloss Volupte No.4 Fuchsia Vermeil (Golden)
The packaging is gorgeous. The YSL glam is not concealed at all, and shown conspicuously around the rim of the tube's mouth.

The cap has the signature YSL gold.

While the perfectly cylindrical tube smells a little of cheap plastic, its sparkling contents of a gloss more than makes up for it.

YSL Gloss Volupte No.4 Fuchsia Vermeil (Golden)
It comes in a glossy golden box with the YSL logo in front. (Forgive the NARS packaging, because I bought a NARS eyeshadow on the same day.)

YSL Gloss Volupte box.

And the YSL paper bag given just puts an icing on the already wonderful product.

YSL paper bag with ribbon.

Below, you could read the ingredients off the box. Much of it is castor seed oil, which is not my favourite oil. But it does explains why this lip gloss in so nourishing on the lips.


Wand Tip
The wand tip is in the famous YSL lip shape. It is specially designed to suit both fuller lips and thin lips. According to YSL, the side that bulges out is for full lips because it has a greater surface area, and the side that caves in is for thin lips because it has a smaller surface area.


But I actually use both sides. I really enjoy that the whole wand (both sides) picks up just the right amount of gloss for my entire lips.

First, I use the side that bulges out to apply gloss to my upper lip. I use the angle that the wand has to apply the gloss just right under my cupids bow. That angle fits really well on my cupids bow.

Then, I use the indented side to "clamp" on my lower lip. I find that there is a lot of product hidden in the indented side. And that is just nice to fill my whole lower lip.

I use the end of the pointed tip to fill in the edges of my lips. The tip is so small and perfect for this job.

Finally, I use the side that bulges to go once over my lower lip, just to make sure the boundaries of my lips are all covered.

Below is a photo collage of how I use the YSL lip-shape wand. View it from top left, clockwise, and the final lip look is right in the middle!


Colour
No.4 is called a fuchsia, but it actually looks rose (with gold specks) both in the tube and on my hand. It looks like the gloss version of NARS Deep Throat blush (that's why I bought it).

But if you try wiping off the colour on a piece of tissue paper, you will see that it is indeed fuchsia.

I LOVE the shade on my lips because it does looks rosy on my lips. But yet at the same time quite bright, young and cheerful.

Many people have complimented my simply day look whenever I put this on. It is neutral enough for work.


Staining and Nourishing
The best part of this gloss volupte is that it stains my lips a pretty natural pink, yet unlike other staining lip products, this does not dry my lips out. In fact, it feels more like a lip balm than a lip balm. Quite some kind of amazing!

Price
The YSL Gloss Volupte costs $45 in Singapore. I find the price really affordable compare to something like a Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick, because the YSL Gloss Volupte packs a lot of value.

LOVE. 6/5.
I have already repurchase in No. 102 from the Iridescent range. Feel like I will never use gloss from another brand ever. This IS the best - it is well-coloured like a lipstick, more nourishing than a lip balm, and has the brilliance of sunshine.

 
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