Review: MAC Studio Finish Concealer

20130730-230337.jpgCall me overrated, but I love MAC! As the saying goes, “Once you go MAC, you’ll never go back”. This applies to me on both cosmetics and gadgets, as both brands gained iconic statuses and I have been part of the cult. It would be a shame not to do a review of my most reached pot of concealer, given the superstar status it earned from many makeup kits of beauty gurus. And yes, while it has been raved by many, it also received reviews of rants on others. Thankfully, this product worked well with me! It would be so painful if it didn’t considering the fact that it is on the pricey side.

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MAC Studio Finish concealer is encased in the usual MAC black packaging similar to their eyeshadows in shape and style. It is a creamy concealer, that provides medium to heavy coverage. I bought the shade in NW35 because it suits my skin well. If you are confused with MAC’s tones, NW stands for neutral warm, and NC is for neutral cool. NW are more for those who have pink/red undertones – which is why I chose this more for concealers because those tones are better for under eyes than NC’s. NC’s on the other hand are for those who have yellow tones, more of like those with olive and beige skin tones. My foundations are in NC’s while I opt for the NW shade for this concealer pot for the purpose of my dark circles, and since I always have hyperpigmentation due to excessive sun exposure from sports – this pot just neutralizes everything.

20130730-230347.jpgThe pot may look tiny but it contains 7 grams of product, and so far, I haven’t hit the pan yet. ( I have this for four months already and this is my most used concealer). It may look scary on the pan because it is a tad bit darker but don’t fret because it looks different when swatched. It is best to ask someone from MAC to know your shade better. After all, this is kinda like an investment piece of makeup so you have to be right in all proportions when choosing.20130730-230404.jpg

I made a few swatches here. You may notice that when swatched heavily, it looks darker than my skin tone  just like on the pan. But it looks really nice and even when blended out already. Most of the concealers I own are lighter, more on the medium tone. This is the only dark concealer that I have and it really comes in handy because my skin always gets darker be it summer or not because I play sports. By that, I am perpetually tanned which makes me and this concealer a perfect team.

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PRICE: I bought mine for P700, but you may also purchase this one from MAC stores around P900.

AVAILABILITY: This was purchased from Makeup Pro QC. I just love the fact that I can save up a few hundreds when buying makeup since it is really cheaper here. It is also available on MAC counters nationwide.20130730-230441.jpg

RANTS: 

  • Shade is always out of stock
  • A bit above the budget for a concealer, I find it a bit pricey on our local MAC counters. Thank God for Makeup Pro though!
  • Unhygienic since it is contained in a pot (double dipping)
  • May produce a white cast in photographs because it contains SPF

RAVES:

Since I am extra happy about this product, I made an effort by posting a picture on what I love about this product. Indeed, what’s not to love about MAC eh?

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THE VERDICT:

I am giving this product a 4/5. It has a buildable coverage, but since I am paying a hefty amount for this little pot, I expect it to have heavier coverage. One that doesn’t require a lot of work when applying – it saves time that way. But it is still a great product, nevertheless. Will I repurchase? If I empty this pot I guess I will since its hard to find something of similar shade when it comes to concealers. On the other hand, I am thinking of trying the Full Coverage foundation since they say it is similar with this baby, sans the SPF 35 – which is good for photography, and it contains more product for a reasonable price. By the way, the caking and creasing all depends on how you apply concealer so always apply in moderation. It helps to set it too especially if you have oily skin like me.

So that’s it! I’d love to know your favorite concealer girls! Tell me about it by hitting a comment below.

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Sigma Brush Haul from Makeupholics

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I finally caved in and bought the Mr. Bunny Essentials Kit from Sigma! I’ve been wanting to have this kit for ages, so when I saw the great deal from Makeupholics I quickly grabbed the chance! Makeupholics is a trusted online store for Sigma brushes and other cosmetics like Mememe, Maybelline, Revlon, Loreal, Milani and the like. This is actually the third time that I purchased from Makeupholics. A few months ago, I bought the New Synthetic Kabuki Kit from them, which was also an equally good deal because I got them at 20% (See haul here) I’ve been holding back with the Mr. Bunny Essentials since it’s a bit over the budget. But, when Ms. Melanie of Makeupholics posted that, there would be a free New Synthetic Precision Kit I went ballistic! I knew I just had to have it!

Original Price at Makeupholics:
Mr. Bunny (P5700)
New Synthetic Precision Kit (P3100)

Price at Sigma:
Mr. Bunny Essential Kit ($120/around P5200)
New Synthetic Precision Kit ($65/around P2800)

The Sigma Brushes from Makeupholics has a P300-P500 difference compared with Sigma itself. The price difference isn’t so bad since you’ll end up paying more if your gonna have it shipped here in the Philippines. Plus, among all the Sigma sellers I’ve seen online locally, Makeupholics still has the cheapest price.

I was lucky enough to avail the free New Synthetic Precision Kit though, which is really a great value because I only spent P5700 instead of P8800 for both sets. If we are to do the math, I got both sets for a price thats even cheaper than Sigma itself! Plus, Ms. Melanie was kind enough to give me a 10% discount on my next purchase.

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The package was bubble wrapped and shipped properly. Pamphlets of Sigma were given too. Just when you thought you got all you need from Sigma, the pamphlets would leave you coveting for more! This is a bad sign! Haha I really love Makeupholics’ new packaging now because they included this pink eco bag which went well with the whole package.

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I’ll be giving you girls a full review on each brush set including the New Synthetic Kabuki Kit I got a few months back. (I know I owe you a review on that! 😉)

Just another shopping tip, always be on the lookout for great sales at Makeupholics. They always have great deals popping up every once in a while so you better keep an eye on that!

Please check and like their facebook account here for more updates: Makeupholics Facebook Page

To ease you with browsing you may check their site here from infinitely: Makeupholics at Infinitely

Review: e.l.f Blush in Mellow Mauve

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Here I am with another blush review from e.l.f.! I recently did a review on the blush Fuchsia Fusion (link here) which I said is a dupe for Nars Angelika. This shade on the other hand doesn’t have a Nars dupe, but other bloggers claim it as a dupe for Tarte Amazonian Clay in the shade Exposed. I am not quite sure about that since I haven’t tried it yet but, among all the blushes that I got, this one is a favorite.

PRICE: $3.00 around P130.00
AVAILABILITY: Mine was from Target but sadly this shade isn’t available at our local e.l.f. counters here in the Philippines. You may find it from other online stores though with an additional fee.

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The packaging is similar to Nars blushes sans the rubbery feel. e.l.f. Is made out of plastic which has a clear window to make you see the color/shade of the blush.

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The packaging also includes a mirror inside but, I find it a bit useless since it is too small.

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The shade of mellow mauve is more of like a neutral rose color with a hint of brown in it. It has a satin finish and applies smoothly on the face. The color flatters most skin tones as well. It wears on for 3-4 hours which isn’t really bad for a $3.00 value.

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INGREDIENTS:
Talc, Mica, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Paraffinum Liquidum, Polybutene, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

PRODUCT DETAILS:
• The soft sheer texture blends into the skin for a silky finish.
• Designed to be worn alone or layered for more depth.
• Highlight your complexion with a subtle healthy glow.

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RANTS:
• The shade is not available on local elf counters.
• A bit powdery/chalky on the pan (but not on the face) thus a lot of product goes to waste.
• Lasting power isn’t so great since I have oily skin, but for the price, who am I to complain right?

RAVES:
• It gives my face a natural flush! This is my favorite elf blush among all the shades in their line.
• Very affordable!
• Doesn’t break me out.

Heres how it looks on me (oooops! got really dark again for playing Ultimate but..who cares?)

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THE VERDICT:
I give this blush a 4/5! I would definitely repurchase since I am in love with the shade! I just wish our local e.l.f. counters would have this here in the Philippines.

The Primp Pad (Mini Haul)

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This isn’t really considered a haul. But I just want to share with you a few items I got from The Primp Pad.

I actually have a love hate relationship with this store. Why? I love it because they have reasonably priced items and I hate it because those items goes out of stock in a flash. So the hate isn’t really something I see negatively. It just goes to show that this shop is really trusted and they have a lot of customers haha. I only have praises for this store! The seller is really accommodating and friendly. And the transaction is really fast. I got my items two days after I paid since it was a weekend then. Plus.. The seller was even nice enough to include a freebie, a MUFE Foundation Sampler.. It was really nice of her ;D

Here are the prices, let me know if you want a review of any of these:
Wet n’ Wild Carrot Gold- P149
Wet n’ Wild Don’t think Pink- P149
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Splendor) mini size- P348

Shipping fee only costs P50 if your in Manila, then P90 if from the Province.

Just a little tip, this store always have mini’s/samplers of our coveted makeups, usually blushes, so always be on the lookout for that. And… if you are looking for hard to find e.l.f products that are not available on our local e.l.f. counters, this is the shop to look for! Plus, the e.l.f. products are fairly priced, it feels like your buying them directly online from e.l.f.

I am really excited to purchase again from this store. But since I just bought Sigma brushes, I have to rest my wallet first. But it won’t be too long since I sense a gazillion e.l.f. products are on it’s way to the lovely seller.

To know more about the store check their facebook here: The Primp Pad

REVIEW: Essence Gel Eyeliner (Midnight in Paris)

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Among the many kinds of eye liners available in the market, I find the gel ones more favorable and forgiving. Here are a few reasons why:

  • lasts longer than other types of liners
  • application is more controlled (thick/thin lines may be achieved depending on the brush used)
  • usually comes in matte form (don’t you just hate how most liquid liners register on photographs?)
  • can be smudged (as long as it isn’t dry yet) to achieve smoky eyes

When my old pot of gel liner dried up, I knew I needed to find a replacement. There I found Essence Gel Eyeliner! But before buying a pot, I swatched it first and it lasted all day without budging. I skipped with the brush that is sold separately since I have a few brushes at home that could do the same job. Now let me share you my two cents on Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris.

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Midnight in Paris, as described by the product, is a high precision gel eyeliner that is WATERPROOF. I was completely sold by it, being waterproof already. It contains 3ml of product, held in a clear glass pot. A lot of people compare it to MAC’s fluidline, but I haven’t tried one yet so I can’t really vouch for that.

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The product is very creamy and pigmented. It is very easy to apply due to it’s consistency and it is also quick drying. I have this pot for a month already and it still hasn’t dried up. I still have to update you on how long before this product dries up, but from the looks of it, I think it will take a little longer before it happens.

I have very oily lids and so far, this doesn’t smudge or smear. It lasts me all day and it only gets off with makeup remover. Blessing or a curse? You girls be the judge.

PRICE: P229 (Around $5.00)

AVAILABILITY: SM Department Stores (Cubao, MOA, Megamall)

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I took this product to a road test and checked if it is really waterproof. So you got four funny lines in there.

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Here’s how it went after running water on it

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I tried wiping it and it created a little smudge on the last line but that was because I ran water on it while it was a bit wet so I wouldn’t count it as a smudge issue.

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Now I tried rubbing it with soap and surprisingly it didn’t came off completely. Although it faded a little. I had to wipe it with a cream based makeup remover before I could take off all the product left.

RANTS:

  • Not easily available. I wish Essence invade all Department Stores here in the Philippines now. So far, the Malls I know that hold a counter of this Brand is from SM Megamall, Cubao and MOA.
  • Doesn’t come with a free brush like other drugstore eyeliner brands.

RAVES:

  • Long Lasting. It stays put all day without fading and creasing. The longest time that I used this was for 12 hours already.
  • Very cheap.
  • Great for occasions which require a lot of waterworks since it’s tear resistant.
  • Highly pigmented and very creamy.
  • Dries fast.
  • Contains more product compared to other liners of the same price.

THE VERDICT:

I would definitely repurchase this! I give this a 4.5/5!

REVIEW: e.l.f. Fuchsia Fusion Blush (Nars Angelika Dupe)

I’ve always wanted to own blushes from Nars. While my budget can’t permit me to have one just yet, I resort to dupes that would give close results to the cult blush I’ve been coveting for ages. In my search for those dupes, I stumbled upon e.l.f.’s Fuchsia Fusion which resembles closely to Nars’ Angelika.

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Price: $3.00
Availabiltiy: Bought this one from ULTA but it is available on most drugstores in the US. Here in the Philippines, a few online shops carry them as well.
What the geek say’s:
Fuchsia Fusion is a cool toned, pink blush with glitters on it. Yes, glitters! I initially got scared with the glitters since I know it might accentuate my pores. I almost thought of giving this blush away. But I tried using a stippling blush with it and it gave favorable results.

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The blush looks like that when heavily swatched. Yes, it has a lot of glitters. But contrary to what others say (about making you look like a walking disco ball with all the glitters), this blush didn’t look like it when applied correctly. It did emit a bit of shimmer, but not the kind that would make you shine bright like a Cullen.

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Packaging wise, e.l.f. has a black, plastic container with a window that makes you see through the blush color. While it may be similar to Nars visually, the later is made with rubber, and doesn’t have a window in it making it look more sturdy and appealing. e.l.f also contains less product weighing 2.75g while Nars has 4.8g – almost twice the amount of product.

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They appear almost alike in the pan, but you would notice closely that the e.l.f. blush has larger glitters on it. It has a cool pink tone. Highly pigmented in my opinion, only a bit too chalky unlike Nars.

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When swatched, the two look alike. e.l.f. Was able to copy the shade of Nars Angelika. Like I said earlier, it was just a bit powdery.

I’ve only tried Nars from the counters, which is why I couldn’t tell much apart other than the physical appearance that I googled images from the world wide web. All Nars photos are not mine, you may notice that the watermark is just on the e.l.f. blush and not on the side of Nars.

Longevity: Lasted 3-4 hours with me.

Rants:
• Not locally available on e.l.f. counters in the Philippines
• Too chalky – a lot of product gets wasted when I brush a bit from it.

Raves:
• It may appear like a glitter bomb in the pan, but it looks wearable as long as you apply it correctly.
• Really cheap, it only costs a fraction of a Nars blush – a good alternative if your short for cash to buy the real one.
• Doesn’t break me out.

The Verdict:
It’s a perfect dupe for me. But that doesn’t mean I’d resort with this one already. I might repurchase, but I’d like to get my hands on Nars first.

Here’s how it looks like on me, and a few more photos of the product:

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ULTA & Target Haul: Real Techniques, Maybelline & e.l.f.

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I am really trying hard to catch up with my blog entries especially now that I moved to WordPress. It’s like going back to zero with all the blogging. But I like it here at WordPress. Blogging became more convenient (which I now have no excuse for late entries..but I still do 😦 guilty as charged). Dengue season has made my work really craaaazy! I guess I share the same sentiments with those who work on the medical field.. Now, that explains why my haul post for today is pretty late.

Moving on to the haul.. a friend of mine went to a short trip in the US and I asked her to pick up a few things on Target and ULTA. I wish we have stores like these here in the Philippines! Aaah heaven! Anyway, I just want to share the stuff I had her buy last month.

I asked her to buy me the rest of the brushes I want from Real Techniques, a few pots of Color Tattoo from Maybelline, and a few more items from e.l.f.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, Inked in Pink and Gold Rush costs $6.24/ around P270 each. All from Target.

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I got a couple of blushes from e.l.f. in shades Mellow Mauve and Fuchsia Fusion- which a lot of people compare to Nars Angelika. They cost $3.00 each which is around P150. Mellow Mauve is my favorite blush as of the moment. It is really great to use for everyday. Sadly these shades are not available on our local elf counters. I’m addicted with their blushes I want to complete their shades. Plus alot of them are Nars dupes.

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I’ve been intrigued with this setting spray for quite some time now and I was waiting for it to be released on the local e.l.f. counter. But like most of the blush shades – they are not available kn the Philippines. This costs $3.00 as well – around P150

All the e.l.f. products were purchased from Target. Lastly I got a few brushes that I wanted from Real Techniques. Ever since I tried the Core Collection and Starter Set, I couldn’t resist the urge to purchase more from RT. Here are all the brushes purchased from ULTA:

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RT Travel Essentials $17.99/P780. This includes an all around brush, foundation brush and eyeshadow brush.

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The stippling brush is now my holy grail for blush application! It costs $9.99/P430.

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The setting brush costs $7.99/P344

Last, but not the least is the Expert Face Brush which costs $8.99/P387. This works like the famous Buffing Brush from the Core Collection – only more densely packed.

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So, thats the rest of it! I should be catching up with reviews soon! Til next time! 😊