Monday, November 27, 2017

Give Me Glow Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches & Review

This is a long overdue review because I first purchased from this brand early on this year (Jan?) when they were having their annual 50% birthday sale. I picked up a bunch of lippies but never got around to doing a full swatch and review video because I had wanted to collect more before swatching everything. Ideally, I would like to own all of them so that all shades are included but home girl is going broke from all these new cosmetics releases that continuously drop left right and center. 

Give Me Glow cosmetics is an indie brand that started out from Etsy but they have grown quite a bit. If you are into indie cosmetics, this is a brand I'm pretty sure you would have heard about already. The owner Brandy always makes really nice flattering shades and I do admire her work. The matte liquid lipsticks retail for $13.25 and you get 6.5ml of product. It's not a bad pricing but it gets pretty expensive if you are a hoarder like me. 

For this video and review post, I only swatched the shades that I had that were still available on the website. A lot of shades have been discontinued. I do hate when brands discontinue shades because some of them are really pretty shades, but I do understand that she has to make them in batches and cosmetics expire and if a particular shade doesn't sell well, then it's a waste. 

This is a review on the newest formula
These liquid lipsticks are housed in a chubby tube with a paddle foot applicator. I found that some stoppers were a little loose so it didn't help in draining the product so my applicator ended up with way too much product for my lips. The consistency of these liquid lipsticks are mostly a thin watery texture. It does vary a little from shade to shade. Some of them are super liquidy while others are a little bit creamier. Nonetheless, they are super pigmented and you only need one thin layer for full coverage. They are very comfortable to wear all day long. As long as you keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day, these will not dry out your lips. They will not crack or crumble. These are supposed to be matte and kiss proof but they sort of remind me of ColourPop's Ultra Satin Lips. They take quite awhile to dry down but even so, some of them look like they have more of a satin matte finish rather than a matte matte finish. Some of them are transfer proof, and some of them are not. However, they do not transfer drastically. You can wipe them off easily with a water based wet wipe. Oil will definitely remove it. It did hold up pretty well with Subway, although I was trying my best not to destroy my lipstick. At the end of it, the inner rim had faded a tiny bit - nothing major that required touching up.

Vintage Mauve (Mid-toned Mauve Pink)
This one pulls really pink on me although I can see the purple tones in the tube. It also had a very thin and watery consistency so it almost looks like I put on lip gloss in the picture. This wold have taken ages to dry down so I did not wait.

Berry Smoothie (Pink Mauve Berry)
This was created to dupe Posie K by Kylie Cosmetics. This had a thin watery texture too so it looks like a lip gloss in this picture. It will eventually dry down but I had to move on to other swatches.

She's All That (Plum Mauve)
This was created to be a dupe for Jeffree Star's Androgyny liquid lipstick. I do not own that shade so I can't compare but the swatch comparisons I've seen so far are pretty accurate. This one had a thin watery texture too but it isn't as bad as the previous two.

Gloomy (Mauve Nude)
This isn't a kind of shade that you haven't seen before. It's a pinky purple nude shade for everyday wear. It's pretty and kind of an essential in anyone's collection. This one dried to a matte finish.

Chilly (Berry Mauve)
Again, nothing new with this shade but it is still beautiful and super pigmented. This one had a creamier consistency and dried matte. It also dries down slightly darker than in the tube.

Daddy (Terracotta Nude)
This is one of the best-selling shades. I mean, I think most people have a thing for warm toned orange shades except for me. I was surprised that this didn't pull too orange on me and it actually looks very neutral.

Hocus Pocus (Beige Nude with a hint of Red)
I honestly don't see the red but since Brandy described it as such, it means that she did put some red pigments in it. This is a nice dark nude shade for everyday wear. This one had a creamier consistency and dried matte. It dries slightly darker than in the tube.

Pink Coco (Rosy Milk Chocolate)
This is a pinky brown shade. The texture of this was on the creamier side. Very pigmented and the color is pretty true to the tube. This shade seems to have more of a satin matte finish. This dries slightly darker than in the tube.

Miss September (Rich Berry)
This berry pink shade is also pretty common among lipstick brands so if you have something similar, you could skip on it. If you are a fan of the formula, grab it.

Sweater Weather (Dark Red)
This is a true blue-based dark red. Simply gorgeous and not streaky or patchy at all. Very fall appropriate too.

Miss October (Muted Red with hints of Orange and Pink)
This was created to be a dupe for Kristen by Kylie Cosmetics. Compared to Apple Cinnamon below, this is much brighter and more of a pinky-red shade. I would have preferred if it were a little more muted and toned down but it's a cute color.

Apple Cinnamon (Reddish Nude)
I really dig this shade of red. It's not too red and it leans more on the pinky red side so it is perfect for those who do not want a full on red lip. I think it exudes youthful feminine vibes.

Rust Couture (Blue Based Rustic Brick)
This is a nice neutral brick shade that doesn't lean too warm or orange toned. It's a true brick red and I dig it a lot. Goes great with warm and cool looks. This one had a creamier consistency and dried to a matte finish.

Country Red (Rustic Red)
This is a dark red with hints of brown. I really like how unique it is. Unfortunately, this will be discontinuing soon. 

Lara Croft (Grunge Medium Grey Brown)
I love this shade and I'm so sad that I do not wear it often enough. This is a really unique brown with hints of grey and pink. It's honestly very wearable and definitely will not wash you out.

Autumn's Soul (Dark Berry)
This is a dark purple shade with hints of pink. It is super pigmented too. That patch got a little sheer because my applicator ran out of product but otherwise, this would apply really evenly and rich. This one dried matte.
Bewitched (Deep Smokey Plum)
Being a super dark blackened purple, you would expect this to be patchy or drying but it is the exact opposite. This is fully pigmented with no streakiness or patchiness to it. The texture is on the creamy side and it is super comfortable to wear.

Haunted Forest (True Olive Green)
I find this to be a very warm toned olive with hints of yellow and orange in it. I would call my lips frog lips with this shade on. This one had a thin watery consistency and because my lips were super stained from swatching the previous shades, it kind of looks sheer in some areas. This one took a super long time to dry down so it looks like a satin matte here. 

Here is the comparison chart of all 18 shades that I swatched:

Below is my personal ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so far. They are weighed against the price, some pros and cons. Those marked with * indicates that they are not necessarily transfer proof / satin liquid lipsticks (they will naturally be more comfortable). 

Personal Overall Ranking
  1. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit $4.99 - $0.83/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | dark colors are patchy
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte $6 - $1.875/g, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some shades are drying, accentuates lip lines
  3. *ColourPop Ultra Satin $6 - $1.875/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range
  4. *Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet) $15 - $1.875/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | inconsistency in colors between batches
  5. Give Me Glow Matte $13.25 - $2.03/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some colors transfer slightly
  6. JCat Lipfinity $4.99 - $0.41/g, comfortable, wide color range, long lasting | a handful are slightly streaky and tacky
  7. Bellegant Liquid Matte $14.50 - $2.07/ml, comfortable, pigmented, unique colors | not very transfer proof
  8. *Julep It’s Whipped $20 - comfortable, pigmented, flattering shades | $4.87/ml
  9. Stila Stay All Day $24 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $8/ml, flakes, accentuates lip lines
  10. *NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6 - $0.75/ml, comfortable, wide color range  | some streaky shades
  11. *NYX Liquid Suede $7 - $1.75/ml, comfortable, unique colors | some streaky colors
  12. Kylie Cosmetics $17 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $5.23/ml
  13. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr  $14.95 - pigmented | $3.73/ml, flakes, limited shade range
  14. RealHer Matte $15 - long lasting | $3.33/ml, dark colors do not layer well, tacky, drying, accentuates lip lines
  15. Jordana Sweet Cream $4.99 - $1.66/g, pigmented, wide color range | drying, flakes
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie $7 - $1.75/ml, nudes for everyone | drying, accentuates lip lines, tacky, slightly streaky
  17. *Palladio Velvet Matte $7 - $1.68/g, comfortable, pigmented | feathers and bleeds
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss $6 - $1.20/g | sheer and streaky, very drying, tacky
Comfort Ranking (* = not transfer proof)
  1. Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet)*
  2. Julep It’s Whipped*
  3. Give Me Glow Matte
  4. Bellegant Liquid Matte
  5. NYX Liquid Suede*
  6. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit
  7. ColourPop Ultra Satin*
  8. JCat Lipfinity
  9. Palladio Velvet Matte*
  10. Stila Stay All Day
  11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream*
  12. Kylie Cosmetics
  13. ColourPop Ultra Matte
  14. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr
  15. RealHer Matte
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie
  17. Jordana Sweet Cream
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

Friday, November 17, 2017

ColourPop Supernova Shadow Swatches & Review

Soooooo, I have been hoping, dreaming and wishing for the longest time for ColourPop to dupe the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows and that day has finally arrived! ColourPop calls them Supernova Shadows because they claim to have "bottled the galaxy". 
We somehow bottled up high shine liquid metal, loaded it with glitter, and created an actual supernova for your eyes. This water-infused, super longwearing liquid shadow is extremely versatile and can work for so many looks, whether you want an all over base color, a touch of glitter, or extreme metallic foil. This high coverage and high impact shadow will send you into hyperspace….no fall out included.
These retail for $7 a piece and you get 4.7g/0.17oz of product, which is more than what you get with Stila. The tubes are the same tubes as the No Filter Concealer and it has a standard paddle foot applicator. 
The tubes have stars printed all around it which is really nice. There are 5 shades at the moment and they are gor-geous. They are water based so water will remove them easily. However, once they dry down, they do not budge. The glitter does transfer and come off if you rub it though.
"These high-impact ultra-glittery shadows have a metallic base, are extremely long-wearing, and can be used as a base, alone, or as a topper."
Walk Of Fame: True gold sprinkled with silver glitter.
This shade is the most metallic of the lot. It is packed with chunky glitter to give it that extra punch and make it look super foiled.
Dragon: Bright copper with pink, teal, silver and gold glitter.
I honestly did not notice the multi-colored glitter until I read the description and looked really closely. The colorful glitters are really fine but the ones that standout are the silver and copper ones. This shade applied a little bit more sheer than Walk of Fame.
Hard To Empress: Warm red with gold duochrome and silver, gold and copper glitter.
I mostly see this as a red with gold glitter but under different angles, you can catch the silver glitter. This shade is a lot more sheer than the previous two.
Firecracker: Cool-toned burgundy with gold duochrome and silver, gold and green glitter.
Again, this mostly looks like a burgundy with gold glitter. The silver glitter shows up under a different angle. The glitters in here appear as more of a antique gold as compared to Hard to Empress which looks like a brighter yellow gold. It's a very subtle difference. This shade applied sheer as well.
Moonlit: Vibrant purple with pink, turquoise and violet glitter.
This shade is quite metallic and pigmented but nowhere close to Walk Of Fame. The multi-colored glitters are very obvious with this one.
You can apply this directly with the applicator or with a small brush and you can also use them as eyeliners. I like how versatile they are and you can get creative with these.
This is one eye look that I did with Dragon on the center of my lids and Hard To Empress on my lower lash line.
Over here, I added Walk Of Fame to my inner lids:
These dry down pretty fast so you will have to work quickly. I recommend applying a tiny bit and spreading it out so that you can form a thin layer. I also wouldn't recommend applying more than 1 layer. If you put on too much and you do not blend it out in time, it will form chunky patches. You can see what I mean by comparing the left and right eye. One side looks smoother and more blended out while the other has patchy areas and chunks. The chunks will flake off over time if you have a lot of creases on your lids.
This is another look that I did. So, over here I have Babykins Super Shock Shadow on my eyes:
Then I topped it off with Moonlit, which is pretty pigmented so it probably erased all existence of Babykins anyway:
I have reviewed 2 other liquid eyeshadows from J.Cat and Holika Holika. The J.Cat shadows are a little more sheer and they come in more unicorn-esque kind of shades so they don't really look similar to the ColourPop shades. The Stila and Holika Holika ones have more similarities and resemblances so I compared what I had over here:
Stila's Kitten Karma has a much more pigmented base than the ColourPop supernova shadows. It is super metallic and at the same time, it has chunky silver glitters for added sparkle. The Holika Holika one is slightly less pigmented than Stila but more pigmented than ColourPop. It isn't as metallic as Stila but it has that chunky silver glitter for extra sparkle.

Stila's Violet Vixen and ColourPop's Moonlit are pretty similar in terms of base pigmentation. Moonlit has more metallic-ness to it but it looks much more crusty if left un-blended unlike Stila's which looks very even. Both shades have multi-colored glitter in them.
Overall, I really like the shade range that ColourPop has but I think their formula needs more work. It is not on par with the Stila's Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows. Even the Holika Holika liquid eyeshadows look better, feel better and perform better. Unfortunately, I can't recommend these at the moment unless they improve on the crusting/chunky issue. If you would like an affordable option to the Stila liquid eyeshadows, I would recommend checking out the Holika Holika eye metal glitters instead.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

10 Foundations for Oily Skin

I've been using the same BB Cream for the past 7 years and I still love it, but ever since I tried out the Fenty and Catrice foundation for my review post here, I have decided to expand my horizons and try new complexion products out. I previously purchased and used a lot of BB creams because I was on the whole korean beauty bandwagon and their advertorials always sold me. However, many of them didn't live up to their claims and failed the oil control aspect. I do admit that BB creams have been getting better now and there are some gems out there.

After trying out various BB creams, I settled on the Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream and ZA Total Hydration BB Cream, and I stuck with them for a good 5 years without purchasing any new foundations or bb creams.

I have finally broken that streak because I have heard so many good things about some of these foundations and the makeup hype is real. So, here is my list of 10 foundations (and BB creams/cushions) that I recommend for oily skin, ranked in accordance of preference.

About me: NC20, Asian, neutral undertones. Oily combination skin - oily T-zone and normal on the sides of my cheeks, occasional dry flaky skin on my t-zone area. I live in a hot and humid climate where it averages at 31˚C and 80-90% humidity.

All products were tested with Kiss NY Pro Touch Mattifying Primer underneath only. No addiontal moisturiser, serum, sunscreen, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, etc. used. This primer is a very generic primer that claims to give a mattifying effect. No other mentions of pore minimizing, hydration or color correcting.

Coverage Scoring: 
0-1: no coverage
1-2: blurs pores
2-3: blurs pores, evens out skintone
3-4: blurs pores, evens out skintone, reduce redness
4-5: blurs pores, evens out skintone, reduce redness, hides blemishes

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 1oz/30ml (2N1 Desert Beige) $68
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

This foundation is available in 38 shades. I use 2N1 Desert Beige and it is a perfect match for me. I received this product complimentary from Estee Lauder so it is going to be the most expensive foundation in this list (because I'm actually a peasant). Anyway, this foundation has received SO much hype and love in the beauty community and I can see why. The texture of this is a thin liquid with medium-full buildable coverage and it is flawless. I like using a brush to apply it and it dries and sets very quickly to a smooth matte finish. This covers my pores relatively well but does not completely erase it so my skin still looks natural. Overall, it feels very lightweight on the skin. The one I own doesn't have SPF but there is a new version with SPF 10 so I think that is great for day-to-day wear.

Oil control isn't perfect but it is pretty darn good such that I almost do not need to blot at all. I don't think there's a product out there that can make your skin feel and look fresh as if you've washed your face continuously. I gave this a 5/5 because it keeps me looking matte and I don't ever get shiny when I use this. I mean, I still get oily and I do blot but I'm not shiny at all, which is really mind-blowing.

This particular formula is meant for oily skin so if you have dry skin, try the Water Fresh version instead.

This is a really long wearing formula. It claims up to 15 hours of wear and I haven't tried it out for that long, but I have had it on for 12 hours and it did a great job in holding up without breaking up or separating on my face. There is no transferring as well when blotting but it might show some minor transfer towards 10 hours of wear.

The downsides to this foundation is that it doesn't come with a pump so it is very unhygienic and not easy to control the amount of product to dispense. Also, it is super pricey but definitely worth every penny.

2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation 1.01oz/30ml (030 Sand Beige) $11
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.7/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

My favourite drugstore foundation at the moment is this one. Unfortunately, it only comes in 4 shades catered towards light and fair skin. 030 Sand Beige is a perfect match for me. The coverage is also at a buildable medium-full, with natural pore coverage and great concealing properties. This comes with a dropper tip but the texture is more of a thick liquid so I think a pump would have been more suitable. I like to apply this with a brush to achieve higher coverage. It dries and sets very quickly to a smooth matte finish, which feels very lightweight on the skin. It doesn't contain any SPF which is a con to me.

Oil control on this is really good too. At 4-5 hours, cheeks and nose look a bit dewy but I can choose not to blot. However, I still like to blot it down to a matte finish and it holds up really well again for another 3-4 hours before a bit of dewiness shows. I never really get shiny unless I'm perspiring. So, I'm pretty sure I can go 7-8 hours without blotting if I really wanted to.

Since this has a matte finish, I'm not too sure if it would suit dry skin.

This foundation claims to last up to 24 hours. I have worn it for up to 12 hours only and depending on what I have done for the day, this foundation can last those 12 hours. There is minimal to no transfer when blotting but the foundation doesn't move or separate on my skin otherwise.

If you've read my Fenty vs Catrice post, you'd know that the ingredients found in this foundation are also found in the Fenty one, but Fenty has some extra ingredients. They are pretty close dupes but I personally prefer this one. Nonetheless, Fenty is next up on my list!

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation 1.08oz/32ml (210) $34
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 4.6/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

Rihanna's beauty line has received a lot of positive feedback from the beauty community due to the massive 40 shades available in her foundation line and the formula which is catered towards oily skin. I received a sample in 210 which is slightly darker than my skin tone, so I'm thinking my true match is around 190. This comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. The texture is a runny thin liquid that dries and sets quickly to a satin matte finish. I do find that it has a slight tackiness to it. It has medium-full buildable coverage and it definitely blurs out my pores like a filter while still looking natural. I like to apply it with a brush or fingers for maximum coverage.

I do not think the oil control is as good as the Catrice foundation but it still holds up really well. The tackiness can start to feel a little uncomfortable once it starts mixing in with your natural face oils. I start looking dewy at 3-4 hours and I blot at 4-5 hours.

I do think there is some level of hydration to this foundation because of the satin finish. With that being said, it still clings onto dry patches like any other foundation does.

This foundation does transfer slightly when blotting. However, it does not separate or break up on my face as I wear it throughout the day. I have worn it for 12 hours and it held up all the way.

4. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation 1oz/30ml (#365C Soft Beige) $5.99
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

I initially got this in Nude Ivory but that was way too pale for me. A better match is Soft Beige. Anyway, there are a total of 20 shades to choose from. The consistency is a thin liquid and I like to take a bit on the back of my hand and use my fingers or a sponge to apply this. This gives me medium buildable coverage with good pore coverage. You get a decent amount of time to work with it and it dries to a matte finish with a tacky feeling.

Oil control is pretty good. I can get 3-4 hours of wear before looking dewy (but not shiny) and another 3-4 hours after blotting before the dewiness shows again.

Despite the tacky feeling that makes the foundation feel a bit heavier than the others so far, this is definitely catered towards oily skin as I did not sense any moisturizing properties while wearing it.

This foundation holds up really well with time. It doesn't separate or break up on my face and it does not transfer when I blot.

5. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless 1oz/30ml (120 Classic Ivory) $6-8
Coverage: 4.2/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

I had no idea that the shade range for this foundation was so wide! There are 40 shades but I'm pretty sure they did not launch all of them in one go like Fenty did. The shades used to come in increments of 5 - 110, 115, 120, 125... but now they have some new in-between shades like 112, 128, etc. The shade 120 Classic Ivory is a perfect match for me. Similar to the Estee Lauder foundation, this doesn't come with a pump or dispenser of any sort. The consistency is a thin liquid and I like to apply it with a brush. This dries and sets quickly to a powdery matte finish and gives me medium coverage. It does cover my pores pretty well.

Oil control is similar to the Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation. I get shiny at 3-4 hours so I will need to blot at that point. It continues to hold up for another 3-4 hours before I get shiny again.

There is a dewy finish version of this foundation if you have dry skin but this is definitely for oily skin. There is no form of hydration in this foundation and it continues to stay matte.

This foundation does transfer slightly when I blot but it doesn't separate or break up on my face as I wear it through the day. At the end of the day, most of it is still very much on my face.

6. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+/PA+++ 15gx2 (#21) $30
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers and separates after 6 hours)

This is the only BB cushion in this list and it is the second BB cushion that I've tried so far. There are about 7 shades available in the Pore Control range and the shade #21 is quite a good match for me apart from it being slightly light (but not pale or washed out). The cushion has a watery thin consistency and you're supposed to use the cushion to pat it on. I find that the cushion picks up too much product and it doesn't blend the product into my skin very well. Plus, it doesn't reach into the corners of my face very well. As such, I like to use my fingers instead. The product doesn't spread very well so you have to work in sections to blend it out. For a BB cushion, this has pretty high coverage and it completely erases my pores into non-existence. I am actually obsessed with how it looks.

Oil control is also exceptionally good. I can get 6 hours of shine-free wear with no sign of dewiness. I do get some oil bubbles on my nose but my cheeks and the rest of my face is completely matte.

There are 2 other versions that dry skin can try out but this has no hydration at all. In fact, I think it kind of dries out my skin a little because it starts looking cakey on my nose and chin after 6 hours.

This does transfer when I blot. The BB cushion starts separating and breaking up on my face after 6 hours and if you touch it, you can clearly see the cushion sliding around on the face. However, it doesn't blend back into the skin so by this point, you can either remove everything or just live with it. I will need to experiment with wearing a moisturizer with this cushion to see if I can fix the separation issues.

7. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30/PA++ 1.01oz/30ml (V02) $20
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

I tried this out because I heard it was supposed to be a dupe for the Estee Lauder DW foundation and that the oil control was good, but it didn't live up to my expectations. It's still a pretty good foundation. There are 10 shades available but I mostly see only 4 available. They are catered towards light/fair skin and I got the shade V02 Ivory Beige. It is slightly light on my skin but it's still alright. Koreans like having super fair skin and I'm okay with that as long as it isn't ghostly. This does have a pump on it and it has a thick liquid consistency. I like applying it with my fingers or a brush. This gives me medium coverage with average pore coverage. It doesn't cover my pores very well but it does minimize some of them. You do get some time to blend everything out. This dries down to a smooth matte finish.

Oil control isn't as good as all the previous foundations that I have listed so far. I get 2-3 hours of wear before my cheeks show some shine so I definitely need to blot down with this.

I did not sense any form of hydration with this foundation so it is best suited for oily skin and might be too drying for dry skin.

This foundation doesn't transfer when I blot and it doesn't separate or break up on my face throughout the day.

8. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30/PA++ 1.69oz/50ml (Natural Beige) $20-30
Coverage: 4/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 2.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

Like I mentioned at the top of my post, I have been using this BB cream for 5 years and I loved it for the duration that I used it. However, after trying out so many other foundations, I have come to realize that this isn't the best for my skin. I still do enjoy the SPF and skincare benefits that come with this BB cream. There is only one shade available and it leans towards a natural beige which suits me quite well. This has a creamy consistency which I like to blend in with my fingers. This gives me medium buildable coverage but it doesn't fully cover darker spots or big pimples. Pore coverage is pretty good. You get a good amount of time to work with it and it dries to a satin matte finish.

Oil control is pretty average. For the kind of climate I live in, this stays matte for 2-3 hours before I start to look shiny and feel oily.

The BB cream does have moisturizing properties and hyaluronic acid so it is suitable for normal or dryer skin. I think this would perform better on my skin in dryer climates. With the moisturizing aspect, this BB cream can start to feel sticky on my skin if I start perspiring.

This does transfer pretty easily when I scratch my face or when I blot. However, I have had many full days of wear with this and a tiny amount of it does remain on my face.

9. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43/PA+++ 0.7oz/20g (Natural Beige) $11
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 3/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

This is another BB cream that I have been using for a very long time. It is only available in one natural beige shade that leans more pink toned. The coverage on this is the lightest so far and would look best if your skin is already really good. It does blur out pores but if you need more coverage to cover blemishes, then this will not work. This has a creamy consistency that I like to apply with my fingers. You get a decent amount of time to work with it and it dries to a satin matte finish.

Oil control is also pretty so-so. I get shiny at 2-3 hours because this is quite a hydrating BB cream. It performs better in drier climates and I like to take this along with me for traveling due to its small size. Overseas, it really prevents my skin from drying out and forming flakies.

This BB cream does transfer easily and it comes off very easily if I scratch my face or blot. However, I have worn this for many full days and I do have a tiny bit on my face at the end.

10. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34/PA++ 1.05oz/30g (N04 Neutral Beige) $18
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 2/5 (Separates and transfers)

This is supposedly a dupe to the Estee Lauder DW foundation as well but I did not find it to be so. There are 12 shades, mainly for light/fair skin and a couple of medium skin tones. I use the shade N04 Neutral Beige and it is slightly too light for me. I'm thinking 1-2 shades darker would work better for me. This does have a pump and the consistency is a watery liquid. I like using a brush or my fingers to apply this. It dries and sets quickly, giving me medium-full buildable coverage, good pore coverage and a matte finish.

The oil control is pretty bad for me. I get shiny within an hour. Subsequently, I will need to blot every 2 hours. With my Becca Velvet Blurring Primer and Innisfree No Sebum powder, I can prolong the oil control to 3 hours.

I'm thinking there might be some moisturizing properties to it because the oil control doesn't hold up well but I might be wrong.

I have only managed to wear this for a maximum of 6 hours because it starts to look really horrible. With just the Kiss NY primer, I get 3-4 hours of wear before the foundation starts separating and breaking up on my face. With the Becca primer and Innisfree powder, I can get 6 hours. The separation is really obvious because it looks very patchy on my oily areas - cheeks, nose, chin.

In essence, this foundation starts off beautiful and flawless but ends up in a hot mess. However, A LOT of people love this foundation and they do not seem to face these issues so I might just be an anomaly.

So, that wraps up the 10 foundations that I think you should try if you have oily skin. I'm definitely on the hunt and lookout for more foundations/bbs to try out and recommend. If you have any recommendations, I'd like to hear from you too!

Friday, November 3, 2017

J.Cat Holographic 3D Eye Topper Review

I just reviewed the Holika Holika Glitter Eye Metals a couple of weeks back and I'm so excited to review these liquid eyeshadows from JCat this week. You have no idea how happy I am to see more and more liquid eyeshadows enter the market.
These are the Holographic 3D Eye Toppers from J.Cat Beauty. I really like this brand because they have very affordable and good products. I like that they always release a wide variety of colors in each product series because I could use with more of everything. 
These retail for $6.99 on the J.Cat website and you get 2.1g of product in each tube. They are less than half the size of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows but also significantly cheaper. 
I want to start off by saying that there is nothing holographic about this product apart from the packaging.
On this side of the box, we have a short description of what the product is. So, you can definitely use it alone but it is recommended to apply this over eyeshadow to intensify the look.
On this side, it corrects itself by claiming to be "dual chrome" instead of holographic. So I see what they did there...
On the back, we have the ingredients and the shade name on the bar code area. I noticed that these are made in Taiwan so that's really nice. A lot of JCat products are made in China so Taiwan is a nice upgrade.
This is what the tube looks like. It's a bit chubby but still very tiny and compact for traveling if you need to just throw it in your purse. The tube is decorated with holographic stars so it is very bling and pretty.
It has a very standard paddle foot applicator:
These are the swatches of all 6 shades. They do apply a little bit sheer as mentioned on the unicarton.
You can see them in action if you watch my video and I think it is worthwhile to check out the shifts in the video. I have managed to capture some of them with these pictures but I'll try and describe them as best as I can.
Viridian: An ocean blue with a galaxy purple duochrome. This shade is very shifty and it is not hard to see the shade shifting in person. 
Unicorn Hype: A purple to pink to gold triplechrome. This shade appears mostly purple and pink so the difference is very subtle but if you look at it from a more extreme angle, you can see the color changes completely to a dirty gold. That is not reflection or overexposure in the picture.
So Poppy: A penny copper shade with copper and gold reflects. This one does not really shift but when the light catches it, you can definitely see a golden sheen to it. 
Azul Lemonade: A bright aqua blue with violet duochrome. The shift is very apparent in both my pictures for this shade but it is a bit hard to catch as well. I'm not sure if it will be very apparent when you use it on your eyes.
Pinch Me Peachy: Peach with pink and gold reflects. Again, this one isn't very duochrome but it does change from reflecting pink to reflecting gold under different angles. The base color remains peachy but it turns from a peachy pink to a peachy gold. 
Wink Tink: This one shifts a few shades if you manage to catch it. You can see all the shifts in the tube - from a greenish gold to a blue and purple. So far, I've only managed to catch it shifting to blue in my photo. 
I have all 6 on my eyes over here. I do have some base eyeshadows laid down but they do not seem to really affect the color of the eye toppers:
Right eye: Viridian on the upper lid, So Poppy on the inner corner, Unicorn Hype on the lower lash line.
Left eye: Wink Tink on the upper lid, Azul Lemonade on the inner corner, Pinch Me Peachy on the lower lash line.

If you'd like to see it shifting on my eyes, do check my video out. You can sort of see some shifts from this picture but you really need to see them in person to appreciate them.
The glitters on these do budge if you rub them but the base color does not smudge or budge. These wash off with water but not as easily as the Stila or Holika Holika ones did. 
Overall, I am completely obsessed with these! ColourPop has just launched their version of liquid eyeshadows called the Supernova Shadows so I can't wait for those to come in!