Archive of ‘Makeup Product Reviews’ category

Innisfree Mineral Highlighter #9 (Pink Cotton Candy)

Product Review: Innisfree Mineral Highlighter #9 (Pink Cotton Candy)

I love highlighters! But a lot of times I find some of them too glittery like a disco ball exploded (ahem, many ‘powder balls’ tend to be that way). I just used up the Missha powder balls (which were good but I can no longer find them on the Missha.ca website), and I want something that’s not stark white, preferably pink because it’s flattering on light skin. Enter Innisfree Mineral Highlighter, just under USD$9 on Jolse.com. It’s pink, it’s mineral, and it’s exactly what I was looking for. Read more…

Holika Holika Nabi Cream Vitality, 50g, US$11

Product Review: Holika Holika Nabi Cream Vitality (Pink) SPF25 PA++

Holika Holika is Enprani’s youth brand and most of the products are designed for the 18-25 age group. I used to sell Enprani and was fond of the products, so I had some expectations when I tried this.

Holika Holika has stores in Toronto (at Pacific Mall, and also Queen Street West), but the prices are jacked up at least 50% from their retail prices in Korea. The Nabi Cream, for example, is CAD$24 but I bought mine from Jolse.com for just US$11 (including shipping). I have tested the Nabi Cream at the store, and the texture was what I was looking for – it’s thick, kind of like the Dr. Jart BB Cream texture (balmy, not milky), but when I received it in the mail I felt that it was not really what I wanted after all. Read more…

Skin Food Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher

Product Review: SkinFood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher in 02 Milky Rose

Cream blush in pink is what I read in Japanese magazines best for ladies in their 30s and up to look youthful. Gone is the powdery finishes – those make your skin look dry and hence older. I have been transitioning towards dewy finishes for my base makeup for quite some time now, and optically it works better, with more youthful looking skin than the matte, powdery look. :) Read more…

Product Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP in C21

Product Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP SPF50

Honestly, for the past 5 months, I have not used anything truly worth writing home about…which is partially why I haven’t posted. I have veered off the Korean/Japanese brands and mostly bought from Sephora for the occasional makeup items. Or just cheap seasonal shades. Not even worth the time to post about. But I am so glad I finally have a reason to post…I know I am a bit late in the game but was I glad to have finally tried the much revered IOPE Air Cushion XP! Read more…

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…

MISSHA SHIMMER BLENDING BALL BLUSHER (NO.3/PASTEL GLOW) [MINI]

Product Review: MISSHA SHIMMER BLENDING BALL BLUSHER (NO.3/PASTEL GLOW) [MINI]

I bought this as my second Missha.ca 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 Adambeauty.com

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…

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