Sunday, March 18, 2018

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam and Puff

When it was first released spring of 2017, Glossier Cloud Paint was everywhere, (supposedly allover) Oscar Red Carpet, all the youtube channels (that I am too old for), on google ads and allover my facebook/ Instagram feed.  

At one point I finally couldn't handle the viral marketing anymore and dropped an order around summer. 
Packaging is this adorable paint tube with highly leakable flat opening. These cream blush isn't exactly cheap (18 dollars a piece of 30 for two shipped) but each costs a few dollars less than many higher end versions and every order comes with some whimsical/simplistic stickers (meh, Japanese magazines have better freebie) and a pink bubble mailer pouch. 
The two shades I got are Puff (medium powdery pink) and Beam (creamy peach). I think Puff is supposed to be a neutral to warm (but many colors pull cooler on me anyway). Both a decently intense and spread on the face truly seamlessly, like watercolor. The texture is a runny silicone that spreads itself can be built up by padding.

I don't like soft powdery pink enough to own many but I think the Puff is unique that when used on clean and bare face, its effect is clean and fresh.  Beam in the other hand, it's nice and just nice. I have other cream peach that are more flattering so I don't reach for it. 
On a hot summer day, these have no lasting power on bare skin whatsoever: I would swatch it on my arm and they wipe right off with my bare hand, while Canmake, Shu Uemura and Becca stayed. 

I have used Puff on a warm summer day last summer, dabbed it top of a silicone based sunscreen. All I remeber was by lunch time the color had spread into huge muddy pink circles on both side of my cheeks. Luckily, there was/is no cute guy at work to wittness my transformation into the Saw puppet. 

I put it away for months as the particular sunscreen was essential to my routine (and I have zero issue with other cream blush). Now it's colder and the wear time has become much better (but the color also doesn't look as flattering on dry cheeks). 
Some of my Peachy cream blush - Shu Uemura Graffiti Orange (A huge tube I got on clearance), Besame Apricot, Canmake Cream Cheek 10 (ancient one from 8 years ago) and Glossier Beam.

Anyway, I understand the appeal of the Cloud Paint (because I wasted 30 bucks on them didn't I?) but being a makeup veteran (aka not exactly Glossier's target customers) who has tried a lot of cream blush, I can get much better formula for a few bucks more. Consider how often other brands go on sale, Glossier isn't necessarily winning the price or quality department either. 

Personally, I prefer the thicker and more intense formula of Becca Beach Tint and Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato as they are easier to control and gives a lighter weight finish (for the same amount of color impact). Heck, Canmake cream cheek is 1/3 the price and have much better wear and color selection. 

 The cloud paint wasn't a terrible purchase for the price (I wish I have spent them on Chinatown dimsum instead). I just hate myself for falling for the guerilla marketing. 
Lastly, a bonus picture of Glossier store (see the line outside?) last summer. 

I managed to visit their store a week ago and bought the famed Boy Brow (the effect was comical/crayon shinchan on me) and Milky cleanser (not bad actually).  Ahh, when will I learn from my mistake?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Moon Fire - Chicca Mesmeric Lipstick No. 31

Chicca Mesmeric Lipstick is one of my favorite beauty discoveries of 2017 and everything I am looking for in a lipstick. 

After my initial purchase of their best selling shade 06 Lucent Red. I went ahead and got two additional shades, 31 Moon Fire is the latest of my hoard (for 2017). 
Of course every lipstick (especially pricey one) gets its own glamour shot. 
Since I already have the warmer Lucent Red. I went with 31 Moon Fire, a pink red without shimmer. 
Pink tone is more apparent under direct sunlight. 
06 look bright watermelon while 13 and 31 look similar shade of hot pink on my arm. On the lips, I find them different enough (one is more mauve pink while the other pulls more of a juicy raspberry).  
The finish is the same lightweight watery gel. It's perfect for summer and very moisturizing for winter.
Bare lip vs rouged. Even though the formula is rather clear(not sheer as lacking in pigment), the color still got enough impact as lipstick (instead of a bland sheer balm). I like how they are all fresh enough to be worn with bare face or minimal makeup.
31 Moon Fire. I think I am getting an orange or coral next. It's hard to justify hoarding due to the markup.  At least I make damn sure to wear them often.
Last year's blossoms. Can't wait for the pretty backdrop to come back! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive

 Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive it's the first watery essence I have ever tried (not counting the SK-II sample that I used twice then spilled allover carpet). When Missha had a holiday sale back in 2016, I got a set (of essense and serum) to test the water. Anyway, the Amazon price is usually quite low anyway so you don't need to wait till holiday to try (or not) the supposed SK II dupe.

Missha essense featuring some sort of yeast ferment (a different strain as SKII) in a light texture that feels like water. I used it last summer, applying it as toner right after washing face. I noticed no effect on my skin whatsoever, it was moisturing (hard to tell when it gets humid here anyway) and perhaps a little exfoliating.

It took me around a month to go through the bottle (even at 28 bucks it was pricey consider a watery essense like Haba white lady lasts me three months) and I noticed my skin started to get less irritable...when I stopped using it. Given my friend with oily skin swore by SKII, I concluded that this kind of products aren't good for my normal to dry skin. 

Well, I like the glass bottle at least.

Ingredient: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Polyquaternium-51, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Betaine, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Water, Trehalose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Raffinose, Tromethamine, Acetic Acid, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Hexapeptide-9

Monday, February 12, 2018

Moon Prism Power Makeup!

As a girl who grew up in the 90s, Sailor Moon is something that occupied a significant chunk of my childhood. The TV series made its debut in 1992 (while I was in pre K) and ran through my years in elementary school. Through out the years, I collected a bunch of their flash cards (not the one for studying the holographic sticker cards) , all the manga and tried to catch all the episodes (but didn't always make it home on time). 

Even though I didn't survive the live action series (I lost it /lmao-ed every time I saw Endymion and his ginormous shoulder pads) and have only hate-watched the Sailor Moon Crystal. I am still susceptible all things Sailor Moon...

2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the series and when I saw the promo image for Maquillage's powder case, I knew I had to get it. Finally, a proper homage to my beloved series (that doesn't look like plastiky toys). 
The limited product released last April is Maquillage Dramatic UV pressed powder and case (there a limited primer). The case is light weight but with intricate details. On the sides, moons and stars are lining up on the rainbow (like music notes).

When you take a closer look, you will find all the symbols of the inner planets with the stars. It's so pretty and I can't even...put up description.
As for powder itself, I won't review it today because by the time it showed up on Hong Kong based etailer, only OC-20 was available (still a little too dark for me with a summer tan). Anyway, refill by Shiseido's Integrate, Majolica fit the case with no problem. 
I don't know what else to say. I guess the designer should do another with outter planets, the gemmy villains (Kunzite, Zoisite, Jadeite, Nephrite and Beryl), Dark Moon kingdom etc... I can hope right?
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