Archive of ‘Makeup Product Reviews’ category

Missha The Style Art Designing Sebum Cut Pact - Clear Peach, 11g, CAD$16.99

Product Review: Missha The Style Art Designing Sebum Cut Pact – Clear Peach

I needed a translucent blotting powder to go in my purse without spending a fortune (I’m looking at you, Laura Mercier) and I got this one in my mini-Missha haul last month, which cost me CAD$16.99. It could be cheaper, but I had a $10 off discount, so I didn’t mind it. This is a basic, somewhat tinted blotting powder, offered in two shades: one in green and this one in ‘clear peach’, though the tint is very slight and barely noticeable at all.
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BADgal Lash Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics

Product Review: Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara

Just like CoverGirl’s Lashblast, BADgal is a rubber brush mascara so it’s less forgiving if you accidentally poke your eye(s) with this, though a regular fibre brush mascara will do you in just as bad. The bristles are hard, and the brush is rather big, which doesn’t always work for me. As we get older, volume isn’t always better – our eyelashes tend to get more fragile and don’t quite support the extra volume these big wand mascaras provide. I find this to be particularly true now that I am well into my thirties. Read more…

ISEHAN Heroine Make Mineral BB, 30g, US$13 at

Product Review: ISEHAN Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream SPF50 PA+++ (UPDATED March 4, 2014)

At the time I purchased the Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB cream, I also bought Isehan Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream, but in 01 (Light) since I am kind of in between 01 and 02 in most Japanese BB creams. While the Kanebo Freshel BB cream was much thicker and has a stuffy closet smell (sorry, that’s the closest I can think of), the Isehan Heroine Make Mineral BB Cream has no scent at all, and is much lighter in texture. This one is substantially smaller too – only 30g instead of Kanebo’s 50g – but the UV protection is also slightly higher. The packaging suggests that this Heroine Make line is more for the younger crowd (think early twenties). It’s cute and inexpensive. In Japan, this only sells for 1000 Yen which is roughly US$10. Read more…

Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB Cream UV, 50g, US$15 at

Product Review: Kanebo Freshel Mineral BB Cream UV (in MB)

Ever since the polar vortex, I get less and less time in the morning to do my makeup because I am just that tired to get out of bed. ;) So, despite my previous hesitations to try another BB cream, I find myself looking for one. My daughter has to get up at 6:30am to catch the school bus now, which means I am out of bed around that time too, and out the door by 7:20am. I need a 10-in-1 product if I can find one, but I’ll gladly settle for a 5-in-1! Read more…

Bison Sweetsalon W Brown Eyeliner, US$14.5 at

Product Review: Bison Sweetsalon W Brown Eyeliner in Bitter Chocolate (Dark Brown)

This is a liquid and powder brown eyeliner in one made by Bison. I find that brown eyeliners give the eyes a more natural look; on regular days when I am not going out to do anything special, this gives my eyes a nice, natural definition instead of the dramatic look I usually do with a black eyeliner. I have this in Bitter Chocolate, a dark brown shade, rather than the Milk Chocolate, which is a light brown shade I initially wanted but was out of stock on Read more…

Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation, 25ml, US$67.5 at

Product Review: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation SPF21 PA++

At US$67.5 for 25ml, this was the most expensive foundation I have ever purchased. Based on good reviews and my fondness for Kanebo’s discontinued brand Revue which had the best foundation for my skin, I wanted to try the higher end of Kanebo’s foundation, since Coffret D’or somehow didn’t quite measure up to Revue (though both are in the same price range). I wanted to get the Cream Foundation initially; but I am not fond of the jar format, which is essentially a warm bed for germs. So I settled for the liquid version which comes in a glass bottle with a pump. Read more…



I have never used Cosme Decorte Lacouture line from Kose before. It’s supposedly a high end line, and I have great expectations(perhaps I shouldn’t) for this product. I do have a love-hate relationship with many silicone primers; the last one I used, Too Faced Primed and Poreless, felt slick but didn’t quite control the oil (I don’t even have oily skin) nor did it fill in the fine lines. This moisturizing base from Lacouture sounds so promising. It’s a milky texture primer that doesn’t feel at all silioney, and claims to target fine lines and dryness. It goes on clear without a tint, and won’t leave a white cast on your face, which I personally prefer. It also has an SPF20 PA++. It’s not high enough I would use it without a sunscreen, but better than SPF15 you would get from most western brands in their foundations. Read more…

Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at

Product Review: Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes BE-5

Another Kose product I picked up lately.

First thing, if you haven’t used many Japanese brand eyeshadows, you may not know that they aren’t as pigmented as most of the western brands here; the shadows tend to be sheer. I love and hate it at the same time, because for the lighter shades, I wanted more pigments; for the darker shades, it’s nice not having to worry about being too dark at the first swipe. Read more…

Kose Esprique Beautiful Skin Pact Special Set

Product Review: Kose Esprique Beautiful Skin Pact UV & Multi Covering Makeup Base

This came out about a year ago but it was such a good deal (US$38) on that I thought I’d give it a try. Normally, just the refill alone would cost this much; but the whole set, including a 4g Multi Covering Makeup Base and the Foundation Case, came to the same price as the refill, and I have never tried Esprique. A nice looking set at a decent price! Read more…

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant

Product Review: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

The most I had ever spent on a concealer/highlighter was YSL Touche Eclat. It was downright robbery, at CAD$50; and what’s worse, was that it didn’t even work for me. It was too sheer, not enough pigment, and though it was a highlighter and not meant to really conceal, I didn’t find it did anything for my medium dark circles (brown) at all.

I have done enough research and read a ton of reviews before I decided to give Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer a try. The regular price is just CAD$9.99 (at Walmart), a fifth of Touche Eclat’s, though at only 1.5ml it’s 1ml less than the YSL version. I got really lucky when I spotted Shoppers Drugmart having a sale on two shades – Radiant and Ivory – for CAD$5.99 EACH!! So without hesitation, I picked both up.
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Microsmooth Luminizer, 3.5g, US$12

Product Review: SEPHORA COLLECTION Microsmooth Luminizer in 02 Light Beam

I once had a luminizer I really loved: LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder, 0.35oz., US$32.00. It was the perfect product with soft shimmer; but now that I am on a budget, I am always on the lookout for a comparable product at a lower price. Enter SEPHORA COLLECTION Microsmooth Luminizer in 02 Light Beam. This shade is identical to LORAC’s in Spotlight, a warm beige that blends into my BO10/BE03 skin tone without looking too obvious. Read more…

Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight, 4.5g, 3700 Yen (US$38)

Product Review: Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight 451

This is my very first Sofina Aube Couture product. I need something to conceal my dark circles; and can you believe that after spending literally more than $100 I still can’t find my HG concealer? Well, I gave up on concealing. I moved onto highlighting, but Touche Eclat didn’t pan out…so I am trying this product specifically meant for the undereye area. This isn’t cheap, by the way. I have been using Shiseido Integrate Design Veil in White (3.5g, US$18) under my eyes, and it was a bit too stark that it gives me a reverse raccoon eye effect; I was hoping that Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight would be more subtle, since there is a bit of pink in it and less shimmer.
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TimeBalm by TheBalm

Product Review: TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer

Dark circles…sigh. It took me a while to realize that my dark circles are from rubbing my eyes (allergy sufferers beware!) often, rather than from lack of sleep, since my dark circles are brown, not blue. One quick way to tell what type of dark circles you have, besides the colour, is to pull the skin under your eyes down – if the darkness moves with it, that means you have friction(from rubbing)-based dark circles. Asians are also particularly prone to having brown dark circles from pigmentation as well. It is important to know what type of dark circles you have so you can use the right products to treat and/or hide then! Read more…

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