April 28, 2010

Review : Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream

Been lemming for this concealer for the longest time, but I'm not sure which shade to get. Thanks to Nikki (my shade twin), her review convinced me to try this concealer! Was really amazed with her Before and After shots. Curious if it worked for me? Read on..

Taken without flash

With flash
Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream in #2 Natural Beige

PRODUCT INFO from Skinfood:
A dark circle concealer containing salmon oil ingredient that helps cover dark circles flawlessly to brighten and moisturize under eye area. Concentrated & creamy, it effectively covers dark eye circles and wrinkles. Can be easily applied without irritation.

TO USE:
After applying foundation dispense an adequate amount and then gently tap unto dark circles around the eyes.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 950 (around $21) in Skinfood stores. Bought it cheaper in Ebay for only Php 470 + 106 shipping.

WEIGHT : 10 grams

SHADES : Available in 2 shades.
#1 Light Beige
#2 Natural Beige

PROS:
* cute packaging
* almost unscented
* pot contains a lot of product
* didn't break me out. If I'm not mistaken, i think all Skinfood products are hypo-allergenic.
* lasts all day if set properly.
Did not fade, cake or crease.
* does not settle into fine lines
* easy to blend - this is really important to avoid tugging the undereyes since this creates fine lines/wrinkles.
* texture is really creamy, perfect for undereyes!
* corrected my purplish dark undereye circles (if you have super dark circles see tip below)
* can be used alone or under other concealer brands

CONS:
* pot packaging not hygenic
* limited number of shades. I think the darkest one fits NC20-35 skintones.
* expensive if bought in Skinfood stores LOL
* some people find this a bit oily coz of the salmon oil

TIPS:
Use a concealer brush to apply the product on the undereyes, then using fingertips gently blend the concealer with a patting motion. Set with loose powder using a puff or a brush. I'm using Skinfood Buckwheat Loose Powder with a velour puff.

I read in Bobbi Brown's site that if you have purplish dark circles, its best to correct it first using a Peach/Salmon Corrector then apply a yellow toned concealer to brighten it. So what I did I applied Skinfood Salmon Concealer first, followed by MAC Studio finish concealer in NC20. It really worked! I also noticed my Studio Finish concealer did not crease as much as before.


ADDICTION FACTOR:
This is the first time I've tried a salmon hued concealer, and it works like magic! I think this pot will last me more than a year! =)

RATING :
5 / 5

Before and After Pics
click to enlarge photo

Skinfood Salmon Concealer when used alone.

Unretouched photo. See how bad my dark circles are?!

I also applied a little bit of concealer on my lids to even it out.

EDIT 5/31/10:
According to Phoebe, this concealer is the SAVE version of Bobbi Brown's Peach Corrector.
Click here to read her review.

Till next time,


April 26, 2010

Review : Clinique Almost Powder Makeup

Got this from swap from a fellow Girltalker.

Clinique Almost Powder Makeup in Fair

PRODUCT INFO from CLINIQUE:
More than minerals. Skin looks, acts happier. Long-wear formula helps keep pores out of trouble. Antioxidants and SPF protect skin. This natural, perfecting “no-makeup” makeup is so lightweight, you’ll never even feel it. So foolproof, you can apply it with a sponge, a brush-and almost with your eyes closed. For all skin types. Sheer to moderate coverage.

RETAIL PRICE: Around Php 1,500++. Will verify the price.

WEIGHT : 10 grams

SHADES : Available in 8 shades.
> Fair
> Neutral fair
> Light
> Neutral
> Medium
> Deep
> Deep honey
> Deep gold

WHAT I LIKE:
* love the green, thin compact!
* powder has a fine, smooth texture
* glides like silk on the skin
* feels lightweight
* its Clinique - guaranteed mild!
* unscented
* has SPF 15
* average oil control (3-4 hrs)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
* shade is a kinda light on me but this is also great as a highlight powder.
* ordinary powder puffs doesn't fit into the compact
* powder has sheer coverage. Does not cover imperfections.

TIPS:
Since the powder is a bit light for my skintone instead of using a puff, I just use my Everyday Minerals long handled Kabuki brush. I swirl the brush on the powder, tap the excess and apply sparingly on my face.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
Maybe I'll just finish this one up, but will not repurchase. There are other inexpensive powders that work just the same.

RATING :
3.5 / 5

Swatch - taken with flash
I didn't blend the powder so that you can see the color.


Till next time,

April 21, 2010

Milani Eyeshadow swatches

Bought these in Ebay for Php 70 and transferred them into ELF's empty palette.
As promised, here's some swatches.


A closer look at Palette 1

Sun Goddess - Garden Mist
Taffy - Silver Bullet

They said Sun Goddess is a dupe of MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow.

A closer look at Palette 2

Sheer Sand - Desert Sun
Java Bean - Rich Chocolate

I read in Makeupalley, Rich Chocolate is a great alternative too MAC's Coquette e/s,
and can also be used as brow color.

Swatches:
Milani eyeshadow swatches from top:
Rich Chocolate
Java Bean
Desert Sun
Sheer Sand
Silver Bullet
Taffy
Garden Mist
Sun Goddess

I love them coz they are pigmented and not chalky..
Too bad not all colors are available!


Till next time,

April 17, 2010

Review : LA Colors Moisture Lipstick in Pink Parfait

Want Barbie-pink lips but you're on a budget? Try this..

LA Colors Moisture Lipstick in Pink Parfait

PRODUCT INFO from LA Colors:
Moisturize your lips with Color. These lipsticks are enriched with Vitamin E & Aloe Vera.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 60 or about $1.2

WEIGHT : 3.7 grams ( 0.14 oz)

SHADES : Available in more than 40 shades.

WHAT I LIKE:
* moisturising compared to NYX Round lipsticks
* wonderful vanilla-ish scent similar to MAC lipsticks
* inexpensive
* great range of colors to choose from
* available in different finishes same as MAC lipsticks (moisturing, matte, frost etc)
* does not settle into lip lines
* average staying power
* didn't dry out my lips after application

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
* only available in selected stores. Bought this in Metro Ayala Cebu. If LA Colors is not available in your place, you can try ordering online in The Makeup Mix Shop for $1.80 each.

TIPS:
Make sure to apply lipbalm prior to application. I love using MAC Clear lipglass on top of this lipcolor for a glossy Barbie-pink lips.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
I'm addicted! Want to purchase other colors in different variants. I'm eyeing on Nude, Pink Ice or Pink-A-boo (moisturising), Cranberry Red (matte) or Jazzy red (moisturising).


RATING :
5 / 5

Swatch
click to enlarge photo (without flash)


When worn

For my FOTD, see my previous post here.


EDIT: Bought Nude, Pink-a-boo and Red Tango yesterday. Out of the 3 my favorite is Nude, it neutralizes my lips but didn't wash me out. Pink-a-boo is a sheer pink (hardly visible on my lips) while Red Tango is a tomato red-coral color..

From top: Red Tango, Pink-a-boo, Pink Parfait, Nude


Till next time,

April 16, 2010

Lady Danger's MAC Giveaway..


Click here or the banner above for the contest rules.
Contest ends on May 11, 2010.

Goodluck,

April 12, 2010

Review : Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher

Here's the last part of my Revlon Photoready Collection review.

Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher in Translucent

PRODUCT INFO from REVLON:
  • For poreless airbrushed skin in any light
  • Universal translucent shade
  • Eliminates shine and sets makeup
  • Photochromatic pigments bend, reflect and diffuse light
  • Micro-refined, ultra-lightweight texture that's virtually undetectable
  • Oil free, Fragrance Free
RETAIL PRICE: Php 975 or about $21

WEIGHT : 7.1 grams (0.25 oz)

SHADES : Available in only 1 shade - Translucent.

WHAT I LIKE:
* powder has fine shimmers to reflect light - no chunky glitters!
* sheer coverage powder perfect for touch ups and controlling shine
* no breakouts / allergies
* compact is thin with mirror and brush (same with the Photoready powder)
* good oil control - this reminds me of my MAC Blot powder.
* doesn't cake even if you re-apply it several times during the day
* powder is not chalky (texture)
* can be used as a highligher

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
* has a slight weird scent on the compact- but it disappears once applied.
* brush included is kinda scratchy and small.
* no SPF
* comes only in 1 shade
* shade doesn't suit dark skintones - this may be too white on you, better test before purchasing.

TIPS:
Since the powder is almost white, apply sparingly if you plan to use this all over your face. I only use it on my T-zone area (forehead, nose and chin) to control oil and it also adds a slight shimmer too, perfect for highlighting. I don't apply it on my cheek area since its already dry =P

ADDICTION FACTOR:
Yes! IMO, this is a good alternative for MAC Blot powder.

RATING :
4 / 5

More pics - taken with flash

Revlon Photoready Powder in Light / Medium & Translucent Finisher

a closer look at the shades - taken without flash

Another FOTD using all 3 products from the Photoready Collection
Click image to zoom.

Also loving my LA Colors Moisturizing lipstick in Pink Parfait.
Review to follow! =)


Till next time,

April 5, 2010

Review : Revlon Photoready Powder

Revlon Photoready Powder in Fair /Light

PRODUCT INFO from REVLON:
  • Delivers soft colour with a luminous air-brushed finish
  • Reduces shine and evens out skin tone
  • Sets makeup for a poreless appearance
  • Micro-fine, ultra-lightweight, creamy pressed powder formula
  • Oil free, Fragrance Free
  • SPF 14
  • Can be used alone or in combination with the PhotoReady Makeup
RETAIL PRICE: Php 975 or about $21

WEIGHT : 7.1 grams (0.25 oz)

SHADES : Available in 3 shades.
> Fair / Light
> Light / Medium
> Medium / Deep


WHAT I LIKE:
* powder has tiny shimmers to reflect light
* sheer to medium coverage perfect for setting the Photoready foundation. Tried it with a different brand of foundation and it still works great.
* doesn't cake on me
* no breakouts / allergies - didn't make my skin itch
* has SPF
* compact is thin with mirror and brush
* good oil control

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
* has a slight weird scent on the compact- but it disappears once applied.
* brush included is kinda scratchy and small - you can use this as a highlighter brush. (Thanks Nikki for the tip!)


TIPS:
I prefer to use my Ecotools baby kabuki brush and swirl it onto the powder. Apply in light layers using a circular motion. Do not over apply.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
Yes! This is a good setting powder, not messy compared to loose powders.

RATING :
5 / 5

(click to enlarge pic)
The compact looks similar to the Revlon Photoready Finisher.
Will post comparison pics on my next review.

For my FOTD, click here.


Till next time,

April 1, 2010

My Foundation, Powder and Concealer Shades

Here's my list, I'll update this from time to time.

MY SKIN PROFILE
:
Skintone: NC20-25
Undertone: Neutral-Slightly yellow
Skintype: Normal skin with oily t-zone
Eyecolor : Brown
Haircolor : Dark brown

BASE:
Skinfood Mushroom Multi-care BB cream SPF 20 #1

Skinfood Gingko Green BB Cream #1
Dr. Jart Silver Label BB Cream


FOUNDATION:
MAC Studiofix Powder Foundation in NC 25
NARS Sheer matte in Fiji
Revlon Colorstay Liquid in Buff
The Face Shop Professional Foundation #21
Ellana Foundation French Vanilla Latte
Maybelline Clear Smooth Gel in Natural
Maybelline Angelfit liquid in N01 (Buff) & N02 (Shell beige)

Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation in Shell Beige
Prestige Cream to Powder Makeup in Sand
Revlon Photoready Makeup in Shell

CONCEALER:
MAC Concealers - NC20
N.Y.X. Concealer in a jar in Beige
VOV Cover Foundation in Natural beige #2
Covergirl Advanced Radiance in Light Beige
Maybelline Mineral Power in Sand
Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer #2
Skinfood Rice Concealer Tip #1
The Balm Timebalm Anti-wrinkle concealer in Light/Medium
Ben Nye Blue Neutralizer in NB-01

FINISHING / LOOSE POWDERS:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light/Med
Ellana Fininishing Powder in Expresso Con Panna
Skinfood Lemon Pact in #21
Skinfood Buckwheat loose powder in #21

Beauty Credit Loose powder #21
Revlon Photoready Powder in Light / Med
Clinique Almost Powder Makeup in Fair
Ben Nye Neutral Set powder
Ben Nye Banana Visage Powder

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