Archive of ‘Makeup Product Reviews’ category

Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer, 0.75oz., US$32

Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer

I bought the Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer at an outlet, which knocked about $10 off the retail price here in Canada. This is a product I use for smoothing the fine lines on my forehead, since I have no luck whatsoever with any skincare products to lessen their appearance. The full retail price is US$32/CAD$38, and you are getting about 21g of product, which is not cheap. Well, I don’t mind it as long as it does what it claims to do! Read more…

Holika Holika Jewel Light Under Eye Maker

Product Review: Holika Holika Jewel-Light Under Eye Maker 01 Plumping White

Holika Holika is another Korean cosmetic brand that has opened a flagship store at Pacific Mall. It’s catered to the younger group, as evident in its packaging.

While I saw this product going for CAD$18.50 (also available on their Canadian official website), I bought this for US$8 on eBay from a Korean seller. From what I could see, most of the Holika Holika products are available in Korea for half the price so it doesn’t give much incentive to shop locally! Read more…

Anna Sui Holiday Sweets Collection 01, CAD$39.00

Product Review: Anna Sui Holiday Sweets Collection 01(Espresso)

I saw Anna Sui just before the holidays before she launched this collection right here in Canada! I have been a fan of her designs for a long time, and seeing her in person was pretty amazing. Anyway, I had my eye on this set when I first saw it on its Japanese official website, and at the time, ichibankao was selling it for US$78!!! Thank goodness it’s only half of that in Canada! Read more…



I bought this as my second purchase when it was put on clearance sale. The regular price for this mini version is CAD$24.99; sale price was $12.50 (and still at this price on clearance sale on the site). It is supposed to be a dupe of Guerlain’s ever popular Météorites, but at a fraction of its price. I have been wary of similar shimmer balls, since some of them are very glittery (The Body Shop’s version is very shiny) and Météorites is very subtle with a flawless finish. Read more…

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…

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