Before I became obsessed with makeup, I bought random brushes. Especially when it come to eye brushes. So here are the ones that lasted with me through this years.
Elianto crease brush. As I love crease/blending brush. This is good as it is quite small. Perfect for small eyes and can be use for any purpose, really.
Manicare liner brush. It is soft and good for gel liner. Well I hardly use it, but I like it when I happen to play with it.
Essence lid brush. This is decently size. It is fluffy but not exactly the softest brush. Good at picking up pigments.
Nobrand lid brush. This is like first brush ever. I love it. Until now I feel that it is the perfect size for my lid. It is slightly tempered at the top, so it can reach the inner corners of the lid very well.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage brush is not suppose to be in this picture. This is a concealer brush. Good at doing its job as it has a pointed tip.
Maybelline eyeliner brush. This comes free with the Maybelline gel eyeliner. But I really do think that the brush is perfect for applying liner. It is soft yet sturdy and the tip is the right size for a thin or a thick line.
Elianto angle brush. This one is nice for setting the eyeliner with a powder shadow. It will pick up the shadow and the angle make it just right for tapping into line.
MUA E4 is a liner brush. Just a typical liner brush. But at least you can cover it up so it is good for travelling around with.
Nobrand lid brush. This is my attempt at replacing my fav eye brush. This is good but not as good. So I tend to use this with cream shadows. It will not absorb the cream, so it makes a better cream shadow applicator. And it doesn’t spoil the brush.
So there you have it. All my eye brushes that doesn’t belong with the rest of my brushes.
Just had to try again. This time I got in shade nude. The swatch is alright but I feel it is still not the perfect shade. I think I should have choose Bisque or Sand. But according to the creme compact, Blush is a good match for me. I guess it really depend on the look after I blend it.
Still the same. It doesn’t leave my skin matte so it’s better for colder months. But this spread so much easier than the last time I tried. I feel now I am so much choosier in term of finding something I like. I mean I like a lot of things. But I will be more incline to say no it’s ok but I don’t like it. Last time I ok, but I will try to make it work. Now, what doesn’t work, I try to give it away to people who like it better.
So, this is still a so-so. Maybe when I finally find the best shade that fit and my skin is more stable, I will like this better. It’s still a great tinted moisturiser. I just feel for an oil free one, it’s not great.
Shade no 1 which is obviously too light for me. So most of the time I will use this for under the eyes as a setting powder. It is quite a light coverage. Even when dust all over the face, it just shows enough. Only around the nose area appears to be quite cakey. This is not an oil control powder, so after 2 hours, I will be be able to start seeing my T-zone getting shiny.
Since this is not the right shade for me, I don’t use this on its own. So it’s actually a redundant product for me. I just can’t bear to get rid of it as the powder is really soft. It is just so smooth. Even after using a lot of time, I still haven’t hit pan, and it’s still smooth. I can’t say that it is finely mill as it is quite powdery but it doesn’t fall out so that’s nice.
I don’t know if I should get this in a shade that fits me. I do like the powder but I kind of find it useless. So it will be just a waste of money. So, if you don’t have oily skin, I do recommend this powder. At least just give it a touch at Sephora. Oh so smooth I tell ya.
Have I mentioned I love tiny travel size product? Got this from Bellabox I think. The box said that this is an oil-free powder. For a sheer to medium coverage, use it with the sponge in a patting motion. You can also use it to get medium to full coverage by dampening the sponge.
I love how it comes with a mirror, but a bit useless as you can only see part of your face. And since it’s so tiny, there is not place to put the sponge. The foundation is alright, it does cover beautifully. And the shade is 04, which is too pink for me, but it somehow blends into my skin alright. It doesn’t look to light, just the tone I guess. I am neither warm nor cool, so it works well either way, just that around the jaw where you test the shade, it is not 100% perfect.
The only problem I have with this is that it is not an oil control powder. So it just leaves my skin looks good for about an hour. Then after, I will start to get oily around the T-zone. So that’s the only problem I have with this.
With a nice SPF 20, it was the ideal product to travel with. It is not as messy as liquid foundation. The packaging is not the most sleek, but it is alright. It is not their usual dark purple case, but the color of its primers (tube) counterpart. There is a mirror and a separate department for storing the sponge. Application is with said sponge and so it is really easy. Tinted moisturizers are not full coverage, but this can be layered without looking cakey.
I got the shade Blush which is the perfect shade for me. When swatch, it looks lighter but blends it out and it matches my skin tone. So finally I got one that is a good match for me. I prefer this as compare to the liquid one. The application is better.
The con is that this is not meant for oily skin. So it is pretty pointless using this, after 2 hours my face will get really oily. Heck even after blotting, it gets oily after 5min. So that is really the only thing I don’t like about this.
I know I should get for oily skin, but usually most brands, their original is pretty much the same as the oily skin ones. At least the result they give me, so if I were to judge base on that assumption, I feel that LM is targeted more for dry to normal skin. Maybe one day I will try the oily skin version and compare. One day.
My favorite of all Laura Mercier that I’ve tried so far has to be this baby right here. There used to be a time when people raved this product. Sure at first impression, it doesn’t blown my mind away. I find that after a few uses, like once you get rid of the first layer on the pan, it just gets better.
It is a really creamy and easy to blend. Doesn’t look caked up when layered. It covered beautifully so just one layer is enough. As I said it is creamy, but for some reason, it just sits on your face really thinly.
This is the shade SC-2, and it comes with 2 shades. One is a natural skin tone shade, and the other is more salmon like. The latter is my go to under eye concealer. It is just the perfect shade to cover those black circles. Just a thin layer is enough to cover them up. The best part is, it doesn’t crease and stays on forever. Well not forever, but it is good enough for a quite a long day.
I use the other one for my pimples or redness. The color is a bit too light for me but as long as I don’t use a lot, it doesn’t really matter. Then I just use my powder to set my face and I’m good. I don’t even need to use foundation. I feel that I can survive just on this concealer and powder alone. You can throw away all my bb/cc/foundations away. It is just that good. I also like the whole finish better. Less product on my face the better. But of course I love my makeup so there is no way I’m getting rid of my face stuff as I do use them sometimes maybe once or twice a week.
I usually will suggest for you to go to Sephora to get a feel of the product, but in this case, better not. The samples are just gross and quite dry up, so it is not the best way to know the product. I guess you just have to trust my word for it or better still other reviewers who have better knowledge than me.
But ya, it is pricey, around $60? I forgot, but I’ve used this pretty much daily and I’ve not yet create a dent, so I believe this will last forever. So it is worth the money.
I had this for almost a year. I just did not want to use it for some reason. Thanks to the tinted moisturizer, I finally tore the foil cap and use it. I tried with the foundations I have at the moment. I tried it after moisturizer. I tried it on a clean face. The packaging said I can use either way. I like it as it is soft/watery feels like gel and just goes on easily. It is clear and gives an invisible layer to give your face a smooth canvas. It dry pretty alright, doesn’t break me out. Helps to prolong my foundation. Helps to smooth out foundations making them so much cleaner and nicer overall.
It is pricey, I wouldn’t buy it again as I like long lasting foundation in first place. So I find that this is a redundant step. I guess it is nice for an important day or night to use a primer. But for daily, not a big fan. Oh except to cover my pores. So wait, I guess it is quite an important step. But if you have really good foundation, then you wouldn’t need a primer right? But this doesn’t really hide my pores, so its not the primer of my choice.
Tinted moisturizer in porcelain which is the lightest shade. It’s just a tube shared between cousins, so each one of us get a bit of sample. It is an ok tinted moisturizer. It is not as moisturizing. As it is really hard to glide onto skin. It gives a sheer and smooth finish, once you managed to cover your whole face. The best way to apply is using your fingers. Using brush is just too jerky. From the picture, you will think its watery. It looks like it, but it is pretty thick. Strangely it becomes a light coverage.
Application with the face primer is much better. Any primer will do. It is still hard to apply, but blend a bit easier.
Anyway this is oil-free, one of the thing I like about. It doesn’t give a matte finish, but it isn’t oily. I still have to apply powder to set it, but the oil control is moderate. Pretty much last until I want to take them off. Porcelain is too light for me though. But yes, this is where the bronzer comes in.
This is dark and really creamy. As you can see, the intensity can be varied depending on how much you press on it. I like that this is really is brunette. Its more of a taupe, not so grey, not so brown. No hint of redness whatsoever. The prefect color as it remind me of A mixture of my ZA brow pencils. However, this has better color payoff so you have to use a gentle hand to fill in your brows. You can always build it up but for daily I don’t like to have dark brows. So I just use this on special occasion. The pencil is also in soft triangle form, different from the round pencils I have.
It has a good amount of wax, so it keep your brows from going everywhere. But the thing I love it most is the fact that it stays. It just stay on forever until you decided to take it off. The longest I tried was for around 14h, which is really not bad at all. Oh you have to sharpen it though, which is the only hustle. But I can live with that.