Tiny Haul: Sephora Beauty Pass Sale

Sephora Philippines recently held its first Beauty Pass Sale last week, and being a Sephora Black member, I was entitled to 20% off of all items from the site. The brand selection we have at our disposal isn’t as extensive as the Sephora US site, so there weren’t a lot of things that truly spoke to me. I only bought three items from the sale, hence a tiny haul. 🙂

Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach blush

IMG_9739.JPG

With Too Faced, I think we’ve always come to expect cute packaging, and the one on this product definitely does not fail. The blush comes in a metal compact with a magnetic closure. There’s a decently-sized mirror in there, too. The blush itself is sized pretty well, and it smells like candy.

IMG_9738.JPG

This product isn’t very pigmented, and I had to run my finger over the blush several times to be able to get a decent swatch on my hand. So I guess this is supposed to give you just a sheer peachy-pink wash of color on the cheeks, with the option to build it up as you please. There’s a lot of shimmer mixed in there, so I think this will be great for summer, as it will give a very glowy look.

Too Faced Melted Matte in Sell Out

IMG_9741.JPG     IMG_9737.JPG

I don’t know what it is about me, but I am always ALWAYS attracted to these shades of lipsticks. This particular liquid lipstick applies very creamy, and is completely opaque in one application. The slim doe foot applicator facilitates precise color placement. It takes a few minutes for the product to dry down on the lips. I wouldn’t say that it dries down completely matte, but more of a creamy matte finish. What I like about this formula is that it is non-drying on the lips. Being a creamy matte, I did get a lot of transfer and fading out, so you will have to reapply this throughout the day.

Ciate London Triple Shot Mascara in Midnight Blue

IMG_9740.JPG IMG_9736.JPG

I’ve been looking for the perfect colored mascara for quite some time now, so when Sephora.ph went on sale, I jumped at the chance to purchase one for myself, at a discounted price at that! I haven’t been able to try this on my lashes yet, but I am excited to. The product isn’t as pigmented as I would’ve liked, but I am more than willing to give it a shot. Although it doesn’t really translate on the photo, upon swatching, there were very very tiny flecks of shimmer mixed into the formula, which makes me doubly excited to see how that will look on my lashes.

Brow Intensity from Sleek Makeup

This will be the last post in my Sleek Makeup series (featuring the Matte Me lipsticks and the Solstice Highlighter Palette) this month. This one will be focusing on the relatively new Brow Intensity. According to the lady at the Sleek Makeup counter in Landmark Makati, this product has been out in the Philippine market for about a month now.

IMG_9406.JPG

Brow Intensity is double-ended, with a “brow sculptor” on one end, and a cream highlighter on the other. It’s a nice concept, because you get to do your entire eyebrow routine (define, fill-in, sculpt, highlight) with just one product.

IMG_9405.JPG

The “brow sculptor”, as seen in the photo, is a hybrid of a mascara wand and a sponge tip. The sponge tip is supposed to help you define and sculpt your brows into the desired shape, while the mascara wand is meant to comb the hairs into place, and at the same time brush the fibre-gel into your eyebrow hairs to make it look fuller.

The problem with this applicator is that the sponge tip, although tapered, is still too fat and chunky to be able to give me the sharp definition I want. You definitely will not be able to draw fine, hair-like strokes with this. It felt as if I was drawing my eyebrows on with a big fat marker! Yuck. It was also very difficult to maneuver the tool to use just the mascara wand portion without having the sponge tip touch the rest of my eyebrows and the skin around my brow area.

IMG_9404.JPG        IMG_9403.JPG

I thought that the highlighter on this product would be its saving grace, but I found it too chunky and glittery for my taste. Though it was creamy, it was still a bit hard to blend out.

I like Sleek, and it hurts my heart to say this, but overall, I would not recommend this brow product.

I believe there are tons of better brow products out in the market. The ones from K-Palette are better than this. As for me, I’m going to be sticking to my ultimate brow favorites: my Anastasia Brow Definer and my Benefit High Brow highlighter.

Solstice Highlighter Palette from Sleek Makeup

Okay. So I’m doing another blog post on a product from Sleek Makeup again. I did one on their Matte Me liquid lipsticks yesterday (click), and today, I’m doing one on their Solstice Highlighter Palette.

This palette comes with 3 powder highlighters (Hemisphere, Subsolar, and Equinox), and 1 cream highlighter (Ecliptic) housed in a shiny gold case with a decently sized mirror and a tiny little highlighter brush. Just like their liquid lipsticks, the price point of this palette isn’t bad. It’s actually pretty cheap, considering that it’s not a local, Philippine-made brand.

In the pan, these highlighters already look gorgeous. Just by eyeballing them, you can already tell that these babies will give such a fierce highlight to your face.

IMG_9386.JPG

Swatched lightly on the back of my hand, this is what they look like:

IMG_9387.JPG

Hemisphere has a pinky-purple sheen to it, while Equinox is a much more golden highlight similar to Becca’s Prosecco Pop, but a little more metallic. Subsolar is a silvery highlight. Ecliptic is the more subdued highlight among all four, being a bronzy pink.

I’d say that this palette gives you a variety of highlights you can use for different occasions. I’d wear Hemisphere on a night out. Subsolar you can even use as an inner corner highlight for your eyes. I’d say Equinox and Ecliptic are the more wearable, everyday highlights in this palette. All of them, though, look fantastic, and are all buildable to achieve the look and the pop you want.

Verdict: 10/10 for the price point, variety, and versatility

 

Sleek Matte Me liquid lipsticks

Last weekend, I went on a bit of a shopping spree at the Sleek Makeup counter over at Landmark Makati. I picked up a couple of items from them, but since then, I have only gotten to road test these Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Creams.

I bought two shades from the line: Bittersweet, and Birthday Suit.

IMG_9378.JPG

Both shades are very wearable, everyday shades; Bittersweet being a coral pink, and Birthday Suit being a pinky mauve.

IMG_9379.JPG

The formula of these lipsticks is a bit watery, but thick enough to easily spread and be applied on the lips. It takes a few minutes for them to completely dry on the lips, but even when they do, there is still quite a tacky feel left. This is barely noticeable, though. The thing I love most about this formula is that it is very lightweight and non-drying. It kept my lips feeling moisturized throughout the day, and didn’t crack my lips up at all. There was, however, a little bit of transfer I noticed when I was eating, and the color seemed to wear off a little over time, so I did have to retouch during the afternoon. Reapplying the lipstick was easy, it did not go on patchy or wipe off the lipstick underneath.

Verdict for these matte lipsticks: 7/10

Inspite of the fact that these lipsticks fade out throughout the day, and do transfer minimally, I will still definitely use these lipsticks again, and will probably purchase a couple more shades for myself in the future.

NYX mini haul

I spent a good chunk of last Sunday at Uptown Mall in BGC looking to buy new makeup. I initially wanted to check out the newly opened Jcat Beauty store there (haul in a future blog post 😉 ), but came across the little NYX stall on the same floor. The stall was located right outside the Jcat Beauty store, and was composed of just 3-4 shelves of makeup. The ladies at the counter told me that the company was testing out the waters of Manila first, trying to see if the brand would click here, prior to putting up a flagship store.

I bought three items from them: 2 lipsticks, and 1 eyeliner. I ended up paying only PhP 880.00 for all three items, which is pretty cheap considering that this is not a local brand.

I got myself one matte lipstick in the shade MLS35 Honeymoon, and another lipstick in a satin finish in shade LSS565 B52. Both shades are basically in the same color family, the mauvey pinks. Here they are swatched on my hand:

IMG_9307.JPG

I wore the LSS565 B52 the other day, and although it did transfer (as expected), it still left a stain on my lips, so much so that I didn’t need to touch it up as frequently as I thought I would. Application was also very easy. One swipe did the trick.

The MLS35 Honeymoon shade I did try one morning, but I thought it made me look a little washed out. I will have to try it out with other makeup looks. The formula is good, though. One swipe is all I needed to get the intensity I wanted, and the lipstick itself did not feel very drying.

I also got myself a colored eyeliner in a teal green shade. The lady at the counter told me that the product was waterproof, but I had my doubts. Here it is swatched on my hand:

IMG_9308.JPG

I love how refreshing the color is, especially for summer. I think this will go well with certain looks from my Morphe x Kathleenlights eyeshadow palette. Only drawback is that this definitely is not waterproof and not smudge proof. After swatching it on my hand, I tried to rub it with my finger, and the color smudged like there was no tomorrow. I don’t think this will last for long on my waterline. 😦

All in all, I am quite happy with my little haul, especially with the lipsticks. I’m excited to try out more stuff from NYX, probably in the next couple of weeks!

Weekend makeup haul

IMG_9108.JPG

What better way to spend the weekend than by buying makeup? 😉

Here’s what I got this weekend:

  1. The Face Shop Miracle Finish CC Long Lasting Cushion

                             IMG_3581.JPG       IMG_3485.JPG

The CC Long Lasting Cushion comes in a nice black circular compact with gold trimmings. It comes with a decently-sized mirror and a sponge inside, to help blend the product. The lady at the store told me that the product already has primer mixed into it, provides medium coverage, and helps reduce oiliness throughout the day. The shade range of the product is quite limited, though, as it only comes in 3: Pure Beige, Apricot Beige, and Natural Beige. These shades are all pretty light, too. I purchased mine in Natural Beige, which has a slight pinky undertone, and have tried it out for a few days. Coverage is sheer to medium, with a dewy finish. It does help minimize oiliness in my T-zone, but I did use my Makeup For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer underneath. It wore the whole day without caking or settling into my laugh lines, which is good. It’s a light, very wearable liquid foundation, and is great for a fresh everyday look.

Verdict: 7/10

2. The Face Shop Oil Clear Blotting Pact

IMG_8599.JPG        IMG_0106.JPG

The Oil Clear Blotting Pact comes in a small blue compact with a mirror and sponge. The size of this product is small enough to fit into a purse or clutch, perfect for touch-ups. The product claims to help keep makeup neat, last longer, and also claims to brighten the skin. The powder itself is white, but is translucent and does not show up on the skin. I used this on top of their Miracle Finish CC Long Lasting Cushion to touch-up around my T-zone in the middle of the day. It did a great job of mattifying my skin without making it look cakey.

Verdict: 9/10

3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

IMG_9412.JPG

This is my ultimate favorite go-to concealer. This product effectively hides the dark circles under my eyes, and also helps brighten areas of my face which need highlighting. The finish has a slight sheen to it, and it does settle a little into the fine lines under my eyes, but is remedied by setting with a loose powder (I use Coty‘s Airspun Loose Face Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage).

Verdict: 9/10 due to the relatively high price point

4. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Vanilla

IMG_9657.JPG

NARS recently came out with this new line of concealers, which provide a soft matte finish. I believe they come in the same number of shades as their Radiant Creamy Concealer line. I haven’t gotten the chance to try this out yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to leave a short review. 🙂

Verdict: Pending