Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Favorite Concealers: RMS 'un'cover-up & Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage

Hi all,
Today I would like to share with you my two favorite concealers which are RMS ‘un’cover-up that I specifically used for under-eye area and Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage for blemishes and dark spots. 

In the past, I have used MAC Studio Finish Concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Bobbi Brown Corrector (another good one for dark circle), Benefit Boi-ing and YSL Touche Eclat. Each one of them is good and has their own plus and minus. However the RMS and Laura Mercier are the two that I reach the most in these past months. Let’s jump into the review. 

RMS 'un'cover-up no 11

RMS brand is supermodel favorites. It is stated on their website that ‘un’cover-up  is completely lightweight and hydrating to the skin. The 'un'cover-up will reveal more youthful and radiant result. Shade 11 is a pale shade with a subtle yellow base. It has coconut oil, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa seed butter, and beeswax. All organic and doesn't create millia on my oily-acne prone skin.

Since it has moisturizing ingredients, my under eye area always feel smooth and hydrated, unlike some other concealers that resulted in dry, wrinkly and crepey-looking eye. The texture of ‘un’cover-up is heavenly: smooth, lightweight and glides on easily while still maintain a great pigmentation.  I use clean ring finger to apply this product.  

Price: I got mine at Beyorg, IFC Mall-Hong Kong. Price was HKD 345. See my full Hong Kong Haul here.

Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage in SC – 3

Lately I have some kind of hormonal cystic acne going on. My usual Erha medication doesn’t really heal it as fast as it used to be. I need strong, opaque, non-oily, long lasting concealer to hide those annoying bumps. This concealer is not your ‘dab and go’ kind of concealer. You need specific technique to use this product. Here’s what I learn:

  • Make sure your skin match the largest pan. You can use the smaller pan, which contains peach or pink tone to counteract redness, blue-ish or purple-ish skin imperfections. 
  • Use concealer brush to pick some concealer from the largest pan, put it on your palm. Next use concealer brush to pick some concealer from the smallest pan. Mix it on your palm with the first concealer. You can customize the color by adding more products. My brush of choice is Real Rechnique Detailer Brush.  
  • Secret Comuflage is such a heavy duty, dry, dense, and opaque concealer. It needs to be warm up before we apply on our skin. You can blast the pan with hair dryer, put the compact inside our jeans pocket for 30 minutes, or my favorite trick just put mix the two colors together on our palm. The heat from our palm helps melt the product together. 
  • Apply the mixture of concealer with our finger or concealer brush onto any dark spots, blemishes and scarring. 
  • Because of the dry texture, I find it not really suitable to use for under eye area. The Sales Associate at Laura Mercier also told me that this one is not for the under-eye area. Laura Mercier has other concealer for that purpose. If you insist to use it to cover dark circle, I suggest to apply creamy eye cream first to make it glides easily.

Overall this is not practical concealer. But if you know how to use this, the result is much better and longer lasting than any other concealer in the market. Price: I got mine at Laura Mercier Counter at Paragon Dept. Store, Bangkok. Price was Bath 1300. See mu full Bangkok Haul here

So that’s all for today, what is your favorite concealer for under-eye area? What is the best concealer for blemishes? I would love to try the Cle de Peau concealer in the future. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Friday, January 29, 2016

MAC Blush Review and Swatches

Hi all,
Among so many makeup products, I have a particular fondness for blushes and lipsticks. My favorite brands for blush are Bobbi Brown, NARS, MAC, and Chanel. Today I will share with you my MAC blushes collection. Enjoy!

Clockwise: Dame, Coygirl, Fleur Power, Dainty

MAC has different type of blushes such as the regular Powder Blush, Pro Long Wear Blush, Cremeblend Blush, Cream Color Base, Mineralize Blush, and some limited edition items. Other than that, MAC regular Powder Blush has different finishes such as:

Frost: Iridescent, lightly shimmering color. Adds highlights: provides a frosted 'bloom' to the cheeks.
Matte: Flat matte finish. Goes on lightly. Builds well. Blends with the skin.
Satin: Light-refractive sheen-style finish. Adds subtle highlights to the skin.
Sheertone: Shy-on tints in a sheer-on micro-refined powder. Not transparent. Goes on faint. Looks real.
Sheertone Shimmer: Jet-milled and micro-fine, just like Sheertone, but tickled with just-enough shimmer to make light dance on the cheeks.

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MAC Blushes are not created equal, even when they are in the same range of finish. Most are great, others not so much. I must say that I prefer Satin and Matte among any others. The sheertone formula has low pigmentation, it is buildable but I prefer something more practical in daily basis. I’m not a big fan of too shimmery cheek, so Frost and Sheertone Shimmer are not for me.

Coygirl Sheertone Blush (Discontinue)
This is my very first MAC blush. I have it for so long, I hit pan, and the lid is broken. It is a super sheer-medium coverage cool orchid tone that will look good on fair and light skin tone. It gives a porcelain baby doll effect. Apply lightly and add more until you get the desired intensity. Too much Coygirl will result in super bright bad 80’s makeup.

“Dame” (Satin)
It is described as “sophisticated blue-pink” on MAC website. Dame is definitely more wearable cool tone pink than Coygirl. It gives sheer to medium coverage and slight sheen to the cheek. A cool tone medium pink that works great as an everyday blush. 

“Fleur Power” (Satin)
For darker skin tone that prefers warmer pinky tone look no further than Fleur Power. It is describe as “soft bright pinky coral” on MAC website. Fleur Power is warm-tone pink coral blush that has a very good pigmentation. You can wear it sparingly to create healthy glow or add more to create bold look. I can see so many skin tones wearing this color.

“Dainty” (Mineralize Blush)
MAC Mineralize Blush is marbleized and shaped like a doom. It gives super sheer-to medium coverage and has a lot of fine shimmer in it. Dainty is described as “light yellow-pink with gold pearl”. I reach this blush when I want a peachy cheek.

There are some other MAC blushes that I would like to try in the future such as “Mocha” (Matte), Melba (Matte), Pro Longwear Blush in “Stubborn” and Mineralized Blush in “Gentle”. MAC regular powder blush priced at USD 22 on MAC Website and Rp 320.000,- at MAC Sogo Plaza Senayan/MAC Seibu Grand Indonesia/MAC Metro Pacific Place. What is your favorite MAC blush? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day all.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MAC Lipstick Comparison: Russian Red vs Ruby Woo

Hi all,
Today I would like to do an in-depth review on MAC two popular lipstick shades which are Russian Red vs Ruby Woo. To make everything clear I provide a side by side chart and swatches comparison. Enjoy!

Russian Red: It is described as “Intense Bluish Red”. Deep red with blue tone.
Ruby Woo: Describe as “Very Matte Vivid Blue-Red”. Bright red, warmer compared to Russian Red. It has a slight orange tone to it.

Russian Red: Matte. MAC Matte lipstick formula is not drying. They are still creamy and moisturizing.
Ruby Woo: Retro Matte. Drier than “Matte” formula. Tug on the lips, doesn’t glide on smoothly.

Russian Red: Moderate. Moves easily. Fades faster than Ruby Woo.
Ruby Woo: Long-lasting. Hard to come off.

Russian Red: Light vanilla-scented
Ruby Woo: Light vanilla-scented

Russian Red: Classic retro. Night-time look. Old-Hollywood glamour. Femme fatale.
Ruby Woo: Bright. Fun red. Day time red. Flirty pin-up.

So, which one to get? I personally prefer Ruby Woo since the color is more flattering on my NC25 skin. Ruby Woo gives me this bright red flirty look whereas Russian Red looks a little bit too mature and too retro for my liking. But both colors are beautiful and I recommend you to try them personally on MAC store.
Price: USD 17.00 on MAC website. Rp 280.000,- on MAC Sogo Plaza Senayan/MAC Seibu Grand Indonesia.  
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