October 23, 2013

Review: Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder

Here's another loose powder review for you guys. Mary Kay sent me this product a few months ago together with the Mary Kay Finishing Spray (review to follow). After road testing it for a few weeks, I think it is time to write a review.

Because it’s translucent, this powder is the perfect match for any skin tone – from very fair to dark. It sets foundation for a sheer, invisible finish and has light-diffusing properties designed to help soften the appearance of imperfections for a skin-perfecting look. The powder feels weightless, natural and velvety soft on skin and is suitable for all skin types, even for women with sensitive skin. The long-wearing formula keeps makeup looking fresh throughout the day, controlling unwanted shine while never looking chalky. Wear it over your favorite Mary Kay® liquid or cream foundation as a finishing touch or by itself for a naturally beautiful look.
PRICE: Php 800.00

NET WEIGHT: 11 grams

WHERE TO BUY: http://www.marykay.com.ph

SHADES: Available in only 1 shade.
* fragrance-free
* powder is silky and finely milled 
* on my NC20 skintone, the powder goes completely invisible and doesn't alter the shade of my BB cream/foundation.
* powder feels lightweight on the skin  
* no-mess packaging; the twist-lock sifter prevents the powder from spilling, so it's safe to put it inside your kikay-kit for touch-ups.
*  compared to the Ben Nye Neutral Set which is matte, this one has micro-particles that blurs out pores and me a glowing effect that looks nice in person and on cameras.

* not so good in oil control. I have oily-combination skin and t-zone starts to get oily after 3 hours. 
* to avoid caking, use blotting sheets first to absorb excess oil before retouching with powder.
* for better oil control, you may use a sponge and gently "press" the powder on the oily areas of your face and follow with a fluffy brush to remove excess powder.
* if you have dry skin, always moisturize to avoid dry patches.

I prefer to use my  Ecotools Kabuki brush to apply this product.


If you remember my Spend vs. Save list, I have mentioned that this product is a cheaper alternative to the MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Loose powder (Php 1,950). Mary Kay Translucent Loose powder gives the same effect, it even has more content at a cheaper price tag.  

Overall, I love this powder coz it brightens, blurs out slight imperfections and does a good job in setting my BB cream/liquid foundation, but how I wish it has excellent oil control.
No, I still have a LOT of setting powders to finish.

More pics (click to enlarge)

Ingredients list

Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder with Mary Kay Cheek Brush

Turn the sifter clockwise to open and counter clockwise to close. 


When blended.

Here's a photo of me wearing Mary Kay Translucent powder over BB cream + concealer on the undereyes.

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Till next time, 

October 15, 2013

Something new: Clinique Introduces All about Shadow

 This October, Clinique also introduces its All About Shadow collection. Women want eye colour with pop that takes seconds to apply, but lasts all day without fading away. Get lavish lids with intense colour and long wear with Clinique’s All About Shadow and All About Shadow Primer for Eyes, a dramatic new offering that provides form and function and a rich colour payoff in a single stroke.

A luxurious new eye shadow in a rich creamy formula, All About Shadow delivers high-density pigment and intense colour payoff in a single smooth stroke with long-wearing benefits. Special Fusion Layering and Variable Milling technologies create a lush, creamy application that makes lids appear smoother while delivering rich, true-colour intensity.


A blend of good-for-your-skin ingredients including Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter and Vitamin E creates the ultimate creamy and silky powder texture. The smooth formula glides on easily and stays put throughout the day. To achieve eye shadow looks from day to night and natural to bold, All About Shadow is available in all finishes, from soft matte to high shimmer and a broad range of on-trend colours ranging from nudes, goldens and greens to pinks, blues and violets in singles, duos and quads for every age, skin tone and style in an inspiring palette of colours that wow.

To amp up eyes for hours and increase the wear of All About Shadow from eight to twelve hours, Clinique introduces All About Shadow Primer for Eyes featuring four shades to reach a broad range of skin tones and a doe foot wand applicator for easy application. The perfect first step for achieving eyes that dazzle, it significantly improves colour retention, reduces creasing and extends wear when applied under All About Shadow. For a more casual and natural look, it can be worn alone. Add intensity to any eye look with Clinique’s top-selling Quickliner for Eyes Intense. This ultimate eyeliner provides non-fading, long-wearing colour with a smooth, liquid-liner-like payoff that sets for 12 hours.  All of Clinique’s new eye makeup are ophthalmologist tested and safe to use on even the most sensitive skin and eyes.

Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, the brand’s customized approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All makeup and skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free.

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Till next time,

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October 7, 2013

Review: MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Spf 35+

Product Info from MAC:
Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.

Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Titanium dioxide

PRICE: Php 1,950.00 for 40 ml

Available in 9 shades. The lightest is Extra light while the darkest is Dark Deep.

* has SPF 35 for face protection.
* non-sticky and lightweight when applied; easy to spread even without moisturiser.
* can be applied alone or under foundation (as primer). 
* contains Vit E, wheat germ extract, cucumber and apple fruit extracts which is good for the skin.
* has caffeine to wake up the skin.
* When I was working at MAC, I always use this product on myself and on models when I do their makeup during MAC events. This product is good in oil control and makes foundation and powder last all day. Now you know the secret! hehe
* Prevents makeup from melting even if you sweat.
* no white cast on photos

* does not cover pimple marks etc.
* expensive

* apply only a pea sized amount if you're going to use this as primer.
* to avoid buying the wrong shade, always test on the jawline and neck area.
* if you are not using a cleansing oil to remove makeup, use makeup remover wipes instead like Purederm or Celeteque to thoroughly remove makeup and to avoid clogging the pores. 
* for light coverage you can set this with MAC Select Sheer pressed powder (my fave).
* for full coverage you can use this under MAC Studio Fix Powder foundation.

I use my fingertips or MAC 191 flat foundation brush to apply this product.

This product serves a primer, sunscreen and a light coverage foundation in one. If you are always in a hurry to apply makeup and have no time to retouch during the day, this product is for you.

The compact version is a hydrating beauty balm suited for dry to normal skintypes, while the tube version is for normal, combination or oily skin types due to its oil-controlling properties.

Let's see after I finish all my face primers.

More pics
 Prep + Prime Beauty Balm in Light Plus

 New packaging

 For reference here's the photo of the old formula and packaging.
The older version has a thicker texture and comes only in 1 shade. 

 Light Plus Beauty Balm| Studio Scuplt in NC20
 Light plus is described as a "light beige" shade on MAC's website.

 Light Plus has a beige undertone while NC20 has a yellow undertone.

 Slightly blended.

Till next time,
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