Hey everyone! I’ve decided to go on a ‘BB cushion challenge’ because I’ve accumulated way too many over the past couple of months (3 omg! And… I have an existing one from Laniege that hasn’t been used up).
I decided to use them because as you know, keeping the makeup for too long isn’t really very advisable so I thought I’d make good use of them and write some reviews for everyone. Then you can decide if you want to pick them up locally or purchase them while in Korea :)
So my idea is to test each product out daily for a week and even if it sucks (touch wood!), I would have given it sufficient time to figure out how to work the product to my skin.
This is how I will test out the other BB cushions along the way. You can follow me on IG (@paulalogy) to see what I will be testing out week after week.
My first new BB cushion is from Innisfree – Innisfree Long Wear Cushion in No. 21 Natural Beige.
They actually landed on our sunny island not too long ago (it was launched in Korea in May 2014) and I had seen advertisements of them from the Innisfree Singapore Facebook
page so when my cousins went to Korea at the end of May/early June, I told them to pick it up for me in No. 21 because that is the colour I usually use for BB cushions.
One thing to note is that all the brands in Korea usually have shades in the same numbers i.e. 13, 21, 23 etc and they are usually the same colour skin tones across most brands.
My usual Laniege BB colour is No. 21 in Natural Beige so I told my cousin to pick No. 21 for me from Innisfree. Wrong move, you’ll see why later on!
(pic cr to Innisfree Singapore)
Picked the Long Wear type over the Water Glow option because I’ve naturally oily/combination skin. The Water Glow is more geared towards providing hydration so those of you with dry skin types should try that instead of the Long Wear version.
Here’s the BB cushion pact. It comes with a mirror in the compact and a plastic cover attached to over the cushion area for you to place the sponge on top of it.
I’ve always thought it was an ingenious idea to have the design of the lid in this manner actually! Kudos to whoever who thought of it in Korea haha!
When you open the cushion pact for the first time, there would be a sticker seal over the cushion area to indicate that it’s a brand new product. I already threw mine away by the time I started taking photos for this entry so, will try and keep that in mind for my next BB cushion next week! :D
This is how Innisfree advises its customers to use the BB cushions:
(pic cr to Innisfree Singapore)
I typically just take the flat sponge puff, press it into the cushion once and then slowly pat the product all over my face.
One thing that I’ve noticed from using this Innisfree cushion pact is that the cushion sponge is really tough and I really had to press quite hard into the sponge to get the product onto the puff.
My Laniege one is much softer and less ‘tiring’ to use lol! Ok, I’m really just plain lazy :x Use makeup also need to use strength simi logic leh? :/
The colour was actually a tad too light for me :( On hindsight, I should have gone down to an Innisfree store to try the colour but I was lazy to go all the way to town just to try the colour haha.
Imagine the shock of my life when I first applied the BB cream on the first day.
My colleague told me ‘Wah lau why your face so white huh’ when I reached the office OTL
I thought it would oxidize on me so I happily left home looking like that. Sobs.
I learnt my lesson after that first day and after which I used my Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Sheer Glow Powder in No. 30 which is 1 shade darker for my skin after applying the BB cream to balance out the colour.
My final thought of this product – I like it! Even if the colour didn’t match me lol.
It lasted as its name suggested for a long time and each day when I used my makeup wipes to wipe off the product, there was alot left on my face actually.
And the oil control is really superior compared to the Laniege one I used in the past (it’s the Laniege BB Snow Cushion FYI) because I only found myself blotting about 5-6 hours after the application and even then, my face wasn’t as oily as compared to when I’m using other face products.
So given that we live in such hot and humid weather conditions, I think they really formulated this BB formula very well for Southeast Asian countries! And SPF 50+/PA+++ too! Protection against both UVA and UVB rays wohoo!
Innisfree’s Long Wear Cushion & Water Glow Cushion BB compacts retails for SGD$34 and KRW20,000 each. Does not come with any refill packs unlike most higher end Korean brands like Laniege and IOPE etc.
Refills sell at SGD$20 and KRW 10,000 each.
Hope this review helps and stay tuned for the next BB cushion review.
(Edit: Here is my review for the IOPE
I will continue to file Korean brands under this label ‘K-Beauty’ so you can check those out if you’re heading to Korea soon. I have a ton of Korean makeup goodies to share with you guys actually hoho!
Alright, annyeong for you! :)
The Sephora outlet at ION Orchard was hideously cramped last Saturday with ladies holding baskets full of makeup products and some bored boyfriends who probably got dragged to the store to squeeze with everyone else just so their female friends/partners could get a good deal from the 20% discount off all items for 4 long days.
This sale came at the right moment. I went the following day after payday and I asked Sephora to just ‘take all my money naooooooooooo!’ lol. But I am thankful for the 20% off Sephora Singapore.
So without further ado, here is my haul which I admit is very reserved given my ability to just buy things without considering the consequences haha.
Here’s what I bought (prices are normal retail pricing at Sephora Singapore):
- Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 214 Promiscuous, $55.00
- Lancome Lip Lover 355 Framboise Etoile, $40.00
- Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick 301 Magnolia Organza, $50.00
- Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Air Sensation 05 Soft White, $89.00
The first item I picked up was this Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in 214 Promiscuous. I have been dying to get my hands on a Marc Jacobs product ever since it launched at our Sephora stores in April this year but I held back because of the price. But the blushes from this range are just so smooth and creamy – totally my kinda thing!
Because I asked a friend who is now in the US to pick up 2 other colours for me, I decided to go with 214 Promiscuous because it was the colour that caught my eye from the display.
The blush comes in a sleek black compact with ‘Marc Jacobs’ printed and the clasp is quite sturdy – just press lightly and the compact will open.
It also comes with a cloth cover and a brush which both feels very cheap to me – not good MJ given that I had to pay $55 for it -.-“
Thankfully colour pay-off is awesome so I forgive you Mr Jacobs lol. Take a look at the hand swatches here. The colour is very pigmented, pink with shimmer. You can definitely build up the colour slowly with your brush, just remember, it’s called a Shameless Bold Blush for a reason – it will make you seem ‘shameless’ for attracting so much attention with your bold blush xD
Heavy swatch (L) Light swatch (R)
I have yet to try this on my face but you can see why I fell in love with the colour at Sephora – pinky blushes are my vices! I will try and post a review entry together with the other Marc Jacobs items my friend will be bringing back from the US for me. Stay tuned for that!
I chanced upon the small but sufficient Givenchy area in Sephora by accident. It was by sheer accident that I ended up there because I was looking for my friend Jacelyn and I saw the powder compact by accident.
Ended up picking 2 items from the nice and friendly BA from Givenchy.
Givenchy’s Le Rouge Lipstick in Magnolia Organza 301 looked like a bright pinkish red when I saw it in the tube. But upon swatching it at Sephora that day, I couldn’t make up my mind with their 205 Fuchsia Irrésistible and this but Jacelyn persuaded me to go with Magnolia Organza because I had way too many purple lip products in my stash.
This is a one swipe swatch – can you see how opaque the colour is? Totally convinced that I didn’t waste my money lol. We shall see how it fair against my dry lips ugh. I wish there was a way to do away with dry and flaky lips :/
Givenchy’s Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation in Soft White 05 was the second item I brought home with me from the brand.
Now this, has been appearing non-stop all over my Instagram feed. I was intrigued naturally! So since I was there at the Givenchy area, why not test this out? OH MAN, when the BA tried the product on my face, I was instantly sold!
It comes in a quartet of powders and the idea is to flip the entire container upside down pressing onto the puff, get the colour and then imprint the Givenchy logos all over before blending/smoothing the product.
Eh, I apologise for the crap lighting while taking these pictures first okay? Anyway, here’s the instructions from the box.
Comes with a seal which you have to discard upon opening it
Picking up the product with the puff
So you’ll get 4 different colours of powder aimed to correct your skin tone as well as provide the coverage that you need. The BA matched me to 05 Soft White even though I wanted to try the pastel coloured ones.
Print the Givenchy logos (damn cool haha!)
And then pat with the puff to smoothen it.
I used the powder as a setting and touch-up powder and I love the instant glow it gave my face.
My only grouse was that I disliked how the puff got dirtied by my liquid foundation and it was just a turn off for me. I gave in to my OCD and washed the puff that very night because of how grimy it was.
So I wish there was a better way to apply this – maybe I should really use a quick setting foundation or wait longer before patting the powder over my face.
(cr to Lancome’s official website)
Now for the final product I picked up at the sale, it is Lancome’s Lip Lover in 355 Framboise Etoile. I apologise once again for shit pictures. I couldn’t capture the actual product without it turning into a reflective mess and had to just use the picture from the official website.
Nevertheless, here is the hand swatch of the product.
355 Framboise Etoile is described as a berry pink shade and the line of Lip Lovers from Lancome is supposed to be “An intense lip color that hydrates and gives lips dewy, non-sticky shine. “
Well, I haven’t tried it on my lips yet but this colour is really intense. In fact, all the colours from the line are very intense! I had a hard time trying to get the swatches off at Sephora that day.
The formula is non-sticky, it had very smooth application and the applicator is akin to a doe-foot applicator but instead of it being rounded, it has 2 flat surfaces.
I liked how the top part of the Lip Lover has a click mechanism with the bottom half to give users a secure lip product. Very innovative I must add, so thumbs up for you Lancome! :D
Alright, that’s all for my Sephora haul. I am going to the TANGS 12% rebate sale tomorrow hehe and I just received a box full of NARS products from the US.
Maybe I will do haul posts for those when I have the time, so till then, thanks for reading! :)
Hey all! Dior Backstage Studio located at ION Orchard Level B2-44/46 had a special 10% discount for DBS/POSB cards with $120 nett purchase last Saturday.
My lovely and friendly Dior BA sent me a picture of the sale details and I promptly went down to get some stuff.
I mean it’s not everyday a freaking luxe and atas (slang for high-ended) brand like Dior has a sale right? #makingexcusesonly
And honestly to hit $120 wasn’t difficult with a brand like Dior. I wanted everything in the store lol!
So here is my modest haul – I went home with only 2 items, the rest were freebies actually haha!
Here’s my first item, Diorshow Eyeshadow Mono Transat Edition in 541 Pavillon.
It’s part of Dior’s Summer 2014 collection and my third item from it haha! I contemplated it when the collection launched here but I couldn’t justify the price. I almost never buy single eyeshadows because I believe in quantity haha! If I paid almost another 50%, I could get myself a 5-colour eyeshadow palette! so no way was I paying for just one colour. So I held back then. But with the discount and that to die for rope-like pattern, I jumped on it! It is really too precious to not get it to be honest. Woes of a makeup addict lol.
Comes in the signature sleek Dior compact casing
Protective cover + 2 eyeshadow applicators which I never use
541 Pavillon in my opinion looks very peachy and a muted orange in the pan. When I swatched it with my finger, the pigment came off smoothly like butter. These eyeshadows can be used wet and dry as per Dior’s usual eyeshadows.
While some Dior eyeshadows can be a total dud, this is a clear winner! Look at that colour!
This is a hand swatch in normal lighting with no primer.
The colour came out as a peachy, gearing towards the bronzy side, with micro shimmers.
And here’s the thing: the rope pattern is too thick to be wiped away so…. I can has awesome rope-like eyeshadows for a long long time!! :D
If you dislike strong eye colours, I would suggest getting this and pairing with a brown colour for an everyday look! Or you can put on a bronze or copper shade for a night look.
I think I will wear this tomorrow to the office haha.
I picked up another Dior Addict Fluidstick in 872 Mona Lisette. I already own 575 Wonderland which I don’t have a review for (oops! will work on it heh.) so I wanted to go back for this because this was the first one that drew my attention back when this line of lip products was launched.
It was a personal preference then but the BA on that day persuaded me to get 575 instead because it just got restocked that day when I popped by and also one of the four ‘IT shades’ which are constantly out of stock. And this time round I went for this first thing!
872 Mona Lisette is a deep pink colour that is very much cool toned. The formulation is a thicker than gloss like product but with the intensity of a lipstick and you’d have to apply more layers to get an opaque lip colour. I usually put on 2 coats because the formulation is quite runny initially and takes time to ‘set’.
These lip products leave a faint stain on your lips after they go away but can be easily removed with makeup remover not to worry!
872 Mona Lisette is clearly much more muted than 575 Wonderland but deeper in colour. I like the purple undertones it has and just very nice to wear to work. I was obsessed with wearing 575 Wonderland when I first bought it and I think 872 Mona Lisette will be no different lol.
Comparison with 575 Wonderland (L) and 872 Mona Lisette (R)
Now onto the freebies!
The nice BA gave me a mini, sample-sized 5 colour eyeshadow palette in 809 Petal Shine! Hehe.
I just found it so freaking adorable! Just how awesome is this mini palette?! (inserts googly eyes with hearts)
It was just too precious for me to swatch so I left it alone lol. To admire hehehe. I wonder how mini my brushes should be when I attempt to use this.
Comparison of the mini sample with a full-sized 5 colour eyeshadow palette
I was just like… this looks like a parent and its mini-me version lol! Wouldn’t you agree with me? :D
I also received a sample of the newly released Dior Addict It-Lash Macara in 092 It-Black.
This mascara was launched last week and when I was at the Sephora Members Sale on the same day, Dior staff were actively promoting this as well.
Now I am not a huge fan of branded mascaras. To me any drugstore mascara would suffice because mascaras dry out easily and I do not believe it paying so much for it. Oh and did I mention I have very short lashes too? LOL. So my lashes aren’t thick and luscious ones hence I don’t like to ‘waste’ money on high-ended mascaras.
The sample came as a mini tube with the applicator part of the lid of the tube.
Dior’s claims for this line of mascaras:
Dior Addict It-Lash mascara creates long and curved, doe-like lashes as it coats for a smooth, radiant finish. The formula is supple and easy to layer for intense volume, and it becomes insoluble after it dries for long-wearing color—thanks to its unique latex gel polymer. The chubby mascara brush and easy-to-use handle makes this mascara super wearable, and allow it to coat lashes simultaneously along the full length and the entire fringe area.
It comes in 4 new shades – black, pink, purple and blue. I’m really looking forward to using it soon and see if it lives up to its name of creating volume for my lashes.
Alright, that’s the end of my haul. I will post my Sephora haul in another entry so look forward to that.
Thanks for reading :D