October 10, 2012 § 2 Comments
So, I know I am totally late for this bandwagon and everyone posted so much about this product already. I wanted to buy these long time ago, but I kept missing the sale and eventually I stopped looking. Today I went to a drug store to buy some grocery and found them on sale for 2 for CA$16. It is still not cheap because I know they went on sale for like CA$6 each many times but I thought I will never gonna suck it up and buy them if I miss this chance. So here they are, I bought 2 shades from this collection.
Above: Peach Parfait (front) and Pink Truffle (Back)
My first choice was Peach Parfait. I know a lot of bloggers liked this colour and it is a nice natural coral pink which is easy to wear for anyone. I kind of had hard time choosing 2nd colour because I wanted Berry Smoothie, but they were sold out. I also like Macaroon but they don’t seem to have that colour in Canada. There were many bright colours that are just too scary to me because I don’t wear bright colours. I know that they are kind of sheer so it won’t show up on my lips so neon-like, but I was still hesitant because I didn’t want to pay CA$8 for something that I just wear once or twice. Creamsicle or Creme Brulee seemed nice but I have so many nude lip sticks that I don’t even wear any more so I had to skip those 2, so in the end I chose Pink Truffle. It is darker than most of the lip stick I have but it seemed like a nice rich burned/chestnut red colour that is suitable for fall/winter. Below is both shades swatched on my lips. (I applied many strokes to get the colours show up richer)
I like both colours so far and I can see myself wearing them daily. They are moisturising and the pigmentation is buildable. To get them to look like above photo, I applied 3-4 strokes but you can wear them sheer to just get nice flash of colour on the lips. As you can see, Pink Truffle does not look pink at all on my lips, but that is because my lips are more red or brownish to begin with. It does not have any shimmer in it and is more pigmented than Peach parfait. Peach Parfait is a nice peachy pink with gold shimmer. I don’t mind some shimmer in my lip sticks but if you don’t like shimmer, don’t get this colour. This one is way more sheer than Pink Truffle and it looks almost like lip gloss. They are both kind of sticky so if you have long hair, it might be a problem. Lasting power is not the best but it lasts a little bit longer than L’Oreal Caress Color Riche lip sticks in my opinion.
After applying them on my lips, I though they looked a little bit like some lip sticks I have. So I pulled them out to compare.
Peach Parfait looks a lot like MAC Sheen Supreme Lip Stick in Bare Again in the photo above, but Bare Again is A LOT more pigmented so it did not look similar on the lips. I thought Pink Truffle looked kind of like Viva Glam V, but when I compared them, Peach Parfait ended up looking more like Viva Glam V because of the shimmer. However, overall Revlon Lip Butters are way more sheer than any MAC lip sticks I have and they were not dupes or anything…
- Great range of colour
- Great value if you can buy them on sale
- Some shades have shimmer
My Final Rating: 4/5
March 26, 2012 § 2 Comments
ROSE MARIGOLD FLORAL WATER delivers instantly hydrating and toning mists of pure and active rosewater. This gentle floral water hydrates the skin for a plump and toned complexion. The natural aromatic experience adds a mood-enhancing dimension. Ideal to re-hydrate the skin throughout the day, set makeup and to calm and soothe.
I like using toners after I wash my face, but I found many toners in North America are used to clear up the last trace of makeup and dirt. In Japan, toners serves as the first step of moisture for the face. I usually wash my face twice (1st to remove makeup and 2nd to remove all the residue) so I really don’t need the toner to remove anything. Although there are more and more moisturizing toners released these days, I still have hard time finding a nice toner in Canada.
So this face mist was one stop of my journey to find perfect toner. Long story short, it was just okay. It smells amazing and did not break me out, but it was not really moisturizing. It is great for refreshing your makeup/face during the day, but didn’t work too well as makeup setting mist neither. I used it as toner for about 2 weeks and finally gave up and brought it to work so I can use it at work when I needed a little bit of refreshing. Ultimately, I don’t really recommend this because it is ridiculously expensive (in my opinion).
- Amazing rose floral scent
- Nice packaging
- Fine mist
- Expensive (Around CA$40)
- Not very moisturizing
- Only available in Sephora (around Vancouver)
My Final Rating: 2.5/5
March 22, 2012 § 2 Comments
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This oil-free primer instantly refines the look of pores, regulates shine and mattifies the skin to create an immaculate canvas. … This primer works particularly well with skins concerned with controlling oil and shine. [Read the full description here]
As a makeup lover, I used to always wonder why many makeup brands in North America did not make makeup primer. It was not until past few years that many brands started selling makeup primers. Foundation primers have been popular in Japan since at least 10 years ago (when I moved to Canada) so I am pleased to see many selections in North America now.
Whan I was on the hunt for makeup primer, I tried many many different kinds including ever famous Smashbox Photo Finish. One of my skin concern is visible pores on my cheeks so I thought these silicone primers will be great, but in the end I decided that I do not like them because I don’t like the feeling of filling in the pores. I feel like I am suffocating my skin and it’s not very good for my skin condition.
So when I saw this Nars primer I was very happy. It is not the kind that just makes your skin flat surface by filling the lines and pores with silicone. It is more like giving your skin more moisture so your pores will naturally be less visible. When skin is moisturized, it absorbes the water like a sponge and plumps up resulting pores to be closed.
Here is how the product looks like:
As you can see, it is a light semi transparent gel cream. Because it is oil-free, it applies super light and feels great on the skin. I think it just feels like a light moisturizer. When applied it looks bit shiny but it dries to semi-matte finish. The website says it contains minerals that absorbs oil to keep skin matte. I have very oily T-zone so I feel like it is not mattifying enough. I like this primer but I think it will work better for people with dry to normal skin. I’ve been using this during the winter but also using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch on my cheeks and T-zone when I need extra covering. I want to try the other primer from NARS that contains SPF but unfortunately it’s not avalable in Canada.
My final rating: 3.5 – 4 /5