I’ve only ever liked and purchased 3 brands of lipgloss in the past 4 years of my rediscovering makeup as a blogger…a total of about 2 or 3 tubes, minimal yes, I know. That’s because not a lot of high street lipglosses have impressed me since Elianto pulled out of the market. When I say lipgloss I mean these checkboxes: a wash of translucent noticeable color, high shine/gloss that isn’t sticky & fades away well, sophisticated shimmer if I choose a shimmer, and… important one… desirable scent and taste. Meet locally available Korean brand Missha and its Luminous Color Lipgloss…check, check, check, double check. Shining, shimmering, splendid. Boom.
A major win factor is how pretty the tube is, I love the size and the demi-curve the tube has. It gives a hint of sophistation that lifts the product. Last year I got a tiny keychain version of this lipgloss, as in micro mini, in a lighter more nude beige pink shade. That one mom and I tried and liked to bits and were frustrated that we didn’t know where to get a full size of it at the time. I was psyched to find the Missha Boutique at SM Pasig Hypermart (near Tiendesitas) yesterday when I met up with my best friend and this cost me Php500, FYI they’re currently 50% off. The last time I bought an honest to goodness FULL SIZE lipgloss was 3 years ago. I’m not counting the intense, opaque color lip creams like the NYX Soft Matte lip cream that are like liquid lipsticks, those are different. Here we’re talking real lipgloss. Read more to see application and more details.
Three words…I love Laneige. I like practically everything about how this Korean brand is represented, advertised, and I like the subtle prestige of the quality I’ve tested in the boutique at Shangrila. I’ve just never been brave enough to buy anything ‘coz I didn’t need anything at the time and believe it or not this brand is totally overpriced in Singapore. I even appreciate the way the makeup on the girls in the ads is on but toned down in a classy way (check their awesome site here, choose English) . I came home yesterday with this press gift, one of Laneige’s more unique base items, the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion compact and my experience within a span of 3-4 hours with it was kind of like a Pride and Prejudice romance. I wasn’t too keen about that dewy finish at first…yes, at first, then time DID tell. I’ll get to the details in a sec.
New-concept: Whitening + Sunscreen + Sweat-proof + Soothing + Makeup Effects SPF 50+ PA+++ (Shade 21 Natural Beige)
- Skin Types : ALL SKIN
- Size : 15G
I know what you’re thinking, looking at that you’re probably like letting out a “WTH” thought bubble. Trust me, it’s not as strange as you think and it’s not that dark on the skin, that’s just how it looks in the compact. That in there is a sponge soaked with a BB cream formula.
“Bright and Clear Whitening Care + Strong Sunscreen Effect
Contains White Plus Renew Complex™, the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin. Moreover, its SPF 50+ PA+++ formula blocks UV rays even under strong sunlight. High molecules strong against sweat and sebum form a network to create an elastic barrier on the surface of makeup to hold makeup and UV screen on for a long time. Also, highly elastic cushion powder holds up the makeup barrier that can easily be collapsed by sweat and sebum for long-lasting makeup even with one layer.“
I was supposed to show my finger afterwards but I couldn’t get a decent photo after this shot with one hand, sorry LOL. Basically I had liquid base product on my fingertip as if I had dipped it into a bottle. Read more to see how the product looks applied on my face.
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Two weeks ago I was blessed to be invited to a recent Face Shop Event, which I will blog about soon, and I came away happy with some GCs so I could pull out whatever I wished from their boutiques courtesy of them. This is one of my most prized finds from that pullout. This Phytogenic Infinite Concealer Duo by The Face Shop performs and speaks for itself and it’s my favorite thing right now, it’s even edged my MAC studio finish concealer pot out of my personal kit. I’m actually quite taken by the Face Shop’s entire Phytogenic Range, it’s quite impressive.
- “Dual concealer in one to effortlessly hide any types of skin imperfections from a spot to a larger area.”
- “Two textures in one:
① Cream Stick: When natural coverage with moist finish is desired (e.g. light freckles, age spots)
② Matte Liquid : When full coverage with matte finish is desired (e.g. acne-spots, moles).”
- “Sweat and water resistant formula through Water in Silicon Mechanism: moisture pigments are coated by the silicon to prevent smudge by sweat or water.”
Its only downfall is the lack of shades in the Phytogenic range (which does include foundation and pressed powder). I will take just a bit of time to praise this oh so practical form of concealer. What’s lovely about it is on either side of the tube you get one different form of coverage, your choice…liquid or stick. So you get two forms of concealer in one travel-friendly product, which is so awesome. Read more to get the full review and video demonstration.