Pixy Two Way Cake Perfect Fit Review

Pixy is a flagship brand under Mandom Corporation, a Japanese company that manufactures cosmetics. Mandom Malaysia was initiated in 1997, and became a consolidated subsidiary of Mandom Corporation.

I was under the impression that the brand was actually Malaysian because it is very affordable, almost bordering on cheap. This is my review on the Two Way Cake Perfect Fit powder review. I actually just buy the refills which are much cheaper than buying the compact because the only thing missing is the sponge and a mirror and I have my own! The compact costs twice more by the way.

The product and the outer box.

Description on the back of the box.

Ingredients list on the side.

Instructions in Malay.

Shade name. This is the lighter of the two I own. The other shade is Tropical beige.

Back of the compact.

The two colours I own.

Description: A two way powder that comes in 12.2 grams (about 0.43 oz) and in 5 shades. It comes in a compact form and refills (as you see above). The two way powder means that it can be used wet or dry; either with a dry powder puff or sponge or a wet medium like a dampened beauty blender or cosmetic sponge.

Where to buy: Watsons and Guardian

Price: Full compact, MYR 18.77; refill, MYR 11.22 (even without a discount this is pretty affordable, cheap almost!)

Swatch.

This is perhaps the cheapest powder I can find at the drugstore that has this deep shade. That darker shade is my almost my colour!

Pros:

Good coverage considering it is a pressed powder.

Coverage can be pumped up by using it with a wet sponge.

Blends pretty well.

Helps with oil control even considering it is enriched with squalene oil.

Lasts well throughout the day without breaking apart even with a bit of sweating.

 

Cons:

A tiny bit unforgiving with deep set lines because it tends to crease over time.

Can’t be used in excess because it can crack if over applied.

People with oilier skin would not be able to use this because, although it does control oil, excess facial oil does break it apart.

Emphasises texture a tiny bit.

 

Note:

I only ever use this with stage performances since it does appear a tiny bit lighter on my skin when used without a foundation. Which is why I don’t have a wear test picture to show you.

 

Rating:

7.5/10

I need to mention here that I used this quite often with stage performances and it held up well through it. Do give it a go! The refill can go as low as below MYR 9!

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation Review

This isn’t my first Maybelline review. All my other reviews are linked below so you can read up on the brand (which if you don’t already know of, what are you doing on a makeup blog?).

Other reviews;

Maybelline Baby Lips, Lip Balm – link here (don’t judge my pictures on this one!)

Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Water – link here

Maybelline The Nudes Palette – link here

Maybelline Crayon Liner – link here

Maybelline Micellar Water – link here

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick – link here (I’m not sure if this product is still available)

Maybelline Color Tattoo – link here

Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Eyeliner – link here

I waited this long to review it because, like the glorious cheapskate I am, I had to wait for the price to dip at least 50% off before I purchased. And I did! One at 50% and the other at 60% off!!! I LOVE IT!!!

The two shades I own.

Description on the back of the bottle. Funny enough, one is made in U.S.A and the other made in China.

Even the description is laid out differently.

One peels off to reveal only ingredients (made in China), and the other peels off to reveal some descriptions (made in USA).

Ingredient list. They are identical.

So I reached out to Loreal Malaysia about the discrepancy in sourcing the products. Why is the same product Made in China and Made in USA, and here’s their response.

Here are some hand swatches.

Hand swatch. The left is 338 (spicy brown) and the right is 332 (golden caramel).

I typically mix the two shades. 338 has too much red in it and 332 is a shade lighter than mine. Mixing the two makes a perfect match.

Description: Liquid foundation that comes in 30ml or 1 fl. oz. Although the original line from Maybelline carries up to 380 Espresso, the darkest available shade in Malaysia is ONLY up to 338 Spicy Brown (unless you purchase online or Instagram shops). Just to bring to light, there’s 340, 355, 356, 358, 360, 362, 365, 368, 370, 375, AND 380! That’s almost half the shades NOT available here in Malaysia! Perhaps there just aren’t enough melanin skinned people here in Malaysia to bring those shades in. Medium to full coverage, matte finish.

Ingrdients: Aqua, Cyclohexasiloxane, Nylon-12, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Peg-20, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Silica. Glycerin, [May Contain Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides]

Price: MYR 49.90

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline display, Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Aeon etc.

Wear test

Freshly applied makeup.

After about six hours of wear. You can see facial oils coming through but that happens with most foundations.

Pros:

True to claim, medium to full coverage. Buildable.

Feels light on the skin.

Doesn’t settle into lines.

Even with the dismal shade range available here in Malaysia, this is perhaps the only line of foundation that runs this deep (yes, if you’re dark skinned in Malaysia, there are NO drugstore options).

Doesn’t seem cakey.

For something so matte, it surprisingly looks pretty natural if not layered up too much.

Doesn’t just melt off with sweating.

Only after about 4 hours of wear, facial oils peek through which in my case is great.

 

Cons:

No pump!

If you have dry skin, this is NOT the foundation for you because it tend to grab a tiny bit on to dry patches.

Doesn’t really reduce appearance of pores (not on me at least).

 

Note: Although claims to keep the face matte, it doesn’t really do that for too long. But at the same time getting oily, if you’re someone with combination skin, is inevitable, so it’s not really an issue. This foundation touches up perfectly well. Just going over the face with a blotting paper and touching up with powder revives it back to almost new. If you have oily to really oily skin, the foundation tends to break apart as the oils come through but not in patches, so touching up just revives it!

 

Rating: 8.4/10

I love this foundation BUT I don’t think I’d repurchase because if I did, I repurchase my beloved Sephora foundation which is actually Tati approved (link here). I do want to try out other foundations.

Essence I Love Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base Review

Being the cheapskate I am, Essence is a Godsend! I am a big fan of the brand and have reviewed a couple of products from it. We go all the way back… to products that have actually been discontinued.

Matt Bronzing Powder Review (product discontinued, link here).

Longlasting Eye Pencil Review (link here).

Lash and Brow Gel Mascara Review (link here).

Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara Review (link here).

Lip Liner Review (link here).

Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner Review (link here).

I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base Review (link here).

Longlasting Lip Liner Review (link here).

Yah, I am a big fan!

This review is of one of the two eyeshadow primers the brand carries here in Malaysia.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

Product information.

The wand.

A very standard doe foot applicator.

Description:

It is an eyeshadow base that has a very similar consistency to a concealer and comes in 4ml of product.

Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, ISODODECANE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, DIMETHICONOL, MICA, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), STEAROYL INULIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TRIMETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Price: MYR 14.90

Where to buy: Watsons

Swatches.

It is light which is good because it would make colours pop.

Poorly pigmented shadows.

Much more obvious under flash.

Pros:

It is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) eyeshadow primers available in Malaysian drugstores (even cheaper than the I Love Stage one).

As seen in the pictures above it enhances the colour of the eyeshadow.

Blends seamlessly into the skin and it is not patchy or streaky.

Eyeshadow blends very seamlessly on the eyelids with this primer.

Eyeshadow lasts longer on the eyelids.

Helps with creasing of eyeshadow.

 

Cons:

Might be a problem on deep skin tones since it is so light.

 

Rating:

8.5/10

It’s cheap, gets the job done pretty well and is available at the drugstore! Enough said! I even rated this higher against my I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base.

10 SECOND MASK??? Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Review

I am an Althea Angel!!!

Yes guys, it is a beauty ambassador program for beauty influencers to sign up for and I am so excited to be a part of it. We get first dips on latest products and hence I get to tell you if they’re good or not.

I’ve shopped on Althea several times and they are efficient, and I have nothing but praises for them. I’ve linked some posts that I’ve done with products from Althea.

Bare Essentials Skincare Set (link here).

Althea Unboxing (link here).

And also some unboxings on YouTube.

So they came out with something called their 10 second mask and I received it in the Althea Angels welcome box.

The outer packaging. Very simple and clean like their previous products. I like that!

Description is all in Korean but Google translate app can help you do that!

Steps to Google translate using pictures.

The product. The stuff floating in it is mesmerising.

It has a very gel-like consistency.

Description: A face mask that is marketed as 10 second application. Comes in 150 ml product and in two versions, green tea and rose.

Ingredients:

Green Tea version

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

Rose version

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

Price: MYR 43 (also comes in a bundle of two at MYR 77)

Where to buy:

Online exclusive at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link for Malaysia at https://my.althea.kr/

 

Pros:

It is idiot proof to use and since all you need to do is leave it on for 10 seconds, there’s no reason to not use it. It’s as easy as washing your face!

Skin felt softer after use.

Skin felt more hydrated after use.

Skincare afterwards went on much smoother!

 

Cons:

I didn’t notice a marked difference in my skin besides feeling hydrated and refreshed i.e. difference was too subtle to notice (my skincare yielded almost the same results with or without using this and funny enough, my current skincare routine is by Althea which is their Bare Essentials line; review link here).

 

Notes:

It is pretty heavily fragranced and although it doesn’t linger, it might be initially off putting to some people. I personally loved the scent as it seemed very natural.

As does every mask, all I felt with this was a refreshing feeling afterwards.

 

Rating:

7.8/10

Perhaps someone with a drier skin type or a different skin type than mine might benefit more.

Essence Mosaic Blush Review

It’s no secret that I love Essence as a brand. So naturally I’ve reviewed products from the brand in the past and a lot of my favourite products come from the brand.

Today I review the Essence Mosaic Blush in the shade 30 kissed by the sun.

The product.

The description on mine tore off because of a tab that was stuck to the bottom! UGHH!!!! Next pic is a clear one.

I guess that’s why it is called a mosaic blush; the pattern on the product surface. Not all the mosaics are the same colour. There are three different colours, a light brown and an orange shade both with a pearlescent finish interspersed with light orange slightly shimmery shade.

Hand swatch. I tried swatching each of the mosaic shade individually but on my skin the difference wasn’t apparent.

Description: A powder blush that comes in several shades  and in 4.5 grams of products or 0.15 oz of product (availability is a question and this will be updated; Essence Malaysia did reply to a customer that product is being restocked).

Ingredients: TALC, MICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, p-ANISIC ACID, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SILICA, MALTODEXTRIN, TIN OXIDE, AQUA (WATER), PHENOXYETHANOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, MAY CONTAIN: CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Where to buy: Watsons stores nationwide

Price: MYR 15.90

I have a pic below where the product was used.

I didn’t actually use it for it’s intended purpose. I used it as a highlight. And that is typically how I use it anyway.

 

Pros:

Lovely shade and gorgeous effect.

Blends out well.

Not too shiny to be used all over the cheek.

Good price for amount of product.

 

Cons:

A tiny bit powdery.

It does fade off pretty easily which starts at about 3 to 4 hour wear.

This particular shade isn’t really pigmented because the colour doesn’t really show up, even on swatches (unless you are really light skinned).

 

Rating:

8.1/10

I love this product. I can get away with a tiny amount of this as highlighter during day time.

L’Oreal Micellar Water Review

So everyone knows Loreal so instead of going on about the brand, I’ll get to the review.

The product. I realise the bottle is empty and that’s because I transferred it into my Biore Cleansing Water bottle with the pump, picture below.

Back of the bottle. The ingredients are very similar to the Maybelline Micellar Water (review link here).

The cap.

Description: Makeup remover or micellar cleansing water that comes in 400 ml and 250 ml bottles.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, POLOXAMER 184, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, BHT, POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE.

Where to buy: Most drugstores and supermarkets.

Price: MYR 33.90 for the 400ml and MYR 25.40 for the 250ml

A small test.

Pigmented eyeshadows, foundation, concealer, gel liner, liquid liner, liquid lipstick.

Cotton pad soaked in the product, pressed on the makeup for a couple of seconds and then gently swiped. The liquid lipstick and the gel liner needed a few more swipes.

Pros:

Light on the skin.

No sticky feeling afterwards.

Pretty effective at removing makeup.

Doesn’t irritate my eyes one bit.

Although slightly bitter, it isn’t as bad as the Biore one (review link here).

 

Cons:

Does have a bitter taste.

No pump so product tends to get a little bit wasted.

 

Rating:

8.5/10

This performed exact same way the Maybelline one performed. No difference! So I’ll be honest, this is the EXACT same review except the rating and one extra con. So, I knocked down a couple of points because this one is a tad pricier than the Maybelline.

Product Empties #24 (and final one)

Just a small update with my Product Empties. If you didn’t already notice, my post frequencies have reduced to 2 posts a month. A calculated decision, definitely. My posts have also been more focused on makeup reviews, which was the main reason I started FiercePaint.

Wait… what was my point?

Oh ya, where my Product Empties are concerned, I am no more going to do this with just 5 products. I am just going to wait until I have a huge bunch of products I’ve used up and do it occasionally. I am also going to kill the annual collective empties.

So here’s my last product empties (hehehe, yes, clickbait title!!!!!!!!).

Previous product empties, #22 (link here), #23 (link here).

Don’t be fooled by the name, it isn’t a gloss. It is a matte liquid lipstick and a horrible one! But it wasn’t so bad to put them in a regrets post because I did get a few uses out of it. For some photoshoots and one of my stage plays. Purchased for MYR 30. NOT purchasing again!

Product already reviewed. Link here.

SK-II is the BEST skincare I’ve ever used! This facial treatment essence in particular did wonders for my face. Texture was smoothed out, eyebags reduced (yes, I pat it around the eyes too), skin tone evened out, moisture locked in and not ONE zit, NOT ONE!!!!!!!!! This FTE I got from a giveaway. It is priced at a whopping MYR 239 for a meager 75 ml!!!!!!!! Not purchasing at the moment. But if I had disposable income I’d look no further.

I got this in a beauty bag I purchased from a dear late blogger friend, Fiona. She’s been mentioned before on my blog. She passed away from some health complication but right up to her last days she was a vital, healthy young woman with a bright future and one of the most popular beauty influencers in Malaysia. Her blog is still up and her posts are all there but I can’t bring myself to visit it (link here). Moving on, this product was a dud. Everytime I used it, it was like a layer of my skin was peeled off leaving a burning sensation. My skin oiled up more than usual afterwards. Price, a whopping MYR 216.40! Nope! Not purchasing.

Product already reviewed, link here.

Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This particular set of brushes are no more available but they do have similar ones derived from the same materials. This review serves as a testament to how good these brushes are because I have had them since 2014.

Ecotools is not that popular a brand in Malaysia simply due to the fact that it is not widely available, however, they aren’t as elusive as I am making them out to be. I love their concept due to their reverence for the environment and being 100% cruelty-free. They do have a website at https://www.ecotools.com/. Let’s take a look at their six piece essential eye brush set.

In this updated review I am attaching some of the older pictures because there are some comparisons to be made. And the bag that the brushes came in, I gave to my mother.

The brushes.

[Picture retrieved from original post]. The sixth piece was the bag itself.

This is the Large Eye brush. It is also the largest brush in the set. According to the instructions on the cardboard cover, it could be used to blend a base eyeshadow all over the entire eyelid.

This is the Angled Crease brush. It is the second largest brush. According to the instructions it is to add definition to the crease of the eye and as you can see the bristles are cut at an angle.

This is the Highlighting brush. The instructions say that is to accentuate the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes.

This is the Petite Eye Shading brush. The instructions say that it is to add accent colour.

The last and the tiniest one is the Smudge brush and according to instructions it is to smudge shadow and liner along the lash line.

I also have pictures of the bristles up close.

Large Eye Brush. Pretty densely packed slightly flat with a dome shape.

Angled Crease. Cut at an angle and as densely packed as the Large Eye brush.

Highlighting. This is more loosely packed and instead of its intended purpose I like using it to blend eyeshadows.

Petite Eye Shading. Small brush and resembles a tiny version of a eyeshadow brush that is used to press shadow onto the lids.

Smudge. Tiny brush that resembles a small pencil brush; perfect for its intended use

Description;

Bristles: Synthetic taklon (cruelty free bristles; taklon is most commonly used for making soft brushes). Each brush bristle shape and use have been described under each picture. The brushes are travel size (I’ll add a comparison picture below).

Ferrule: Aluminum, recycled.

Handle: Bamboo (it is an environmentally friendly source of material).

Price: MYR 70 (price is irrelevant for this post, but at the moment, the price for a set similar to this is MYR 99 at Shins).

Where to buy: SHINS outlets nationwide and they also have a website where you could order online at http://www.shins.my/. SHINS is also available in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

The comparatively similar one I could find on Shins is this one:-

https://shins.my/products/EcoTools-6pc-Eye-Brush-Collection–1227-[ECO717]/3546

A few comparison shots.

The engraving on the handles have faded off.

Initial post.

Current state. The Ecotools logo has almost completely faded.

Comparison with a normal size brush.

 

Pros:

They are environmentally friendly AND cruelty-free.

Extremely sturdy. I have used, washed and cleansed these brushes very often!

Travel-friendly.

Affordable.

Almost no shedding!

At just about 4 years old, the brushes are going strong! So I am bumping up the rating.

 

Cons:

Not all the brushes are soft.  The smaller ones tend to feel a little scratchy on the eyelids.

The shorter handles can be an issue.

 

Ratings:

8.7/10

I love them although I don’t use each brush for their intent purposes. They are also a YouTube fave.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Some of my past Essence reviews;

Essence Make Me Brow; link here.

Essence Longlasting Lip Liner; link here.

Essence Lip Liner; link here.

Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow Base; link here.

This is the review of the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review.

The product.

Description on the tube.

Wand. It has a very spoon like curved wand with different lengths in the bristles.

Description: Mascara that comes in 0.40 oz or 12 ml of product with a (sic) cobra shaped wand. This is supposed to be a volume mascara and there’s a another version called false lash effect in a green tube. NOT waterproof.

Price: MYR 18.90 (please wait for a promotion).

Where to buy: Watsons

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Pretty good at volumising.

Holds a curl pretty well.

Not a sticky or gloppy formula.

Separates really well.

The wand definitely helps. The longer part gets to the root of the lashes and for initial application the shorter bristles get the job done.

Doesn’t smudge on me (I don’t have oily lids).

 

Cons:

I experienced fallout with this mascara.

The formula tends to bit a bit grainy and balls up in places (even evident from the picture). This worsens as it dries.

 

Rating:

7.6/10

With the expansive availability of mascaras there’s little reason for any kind of shortcomings. Especially since affordable options are aplenty. So, not re-purchasing this one.

Product Empties #23

Previous product empties (Empties 22); link here.

I’ve used this product before this but that was before I started blogging. The product doesn’t lather much and gives the skin a very gentle wash. I bought this because I wanted to give this a whirl but at the moment, I have found better cleansers at good prices so I would not purchase this. Purchased dual pack for MYR 28.90 which makes a single tube MYR 14.45.

Got this from a giveaway and FINALLY used it up! This is a large bottle of serum I must say. I only recently managed to finish it because I had PR products to try every now and then. It definitely works and I loved it! Absorbs well and locks in moisture… It costs MYR 89.00 on Althea and I don’t think I’d repurchase just because if you didn’t already know, I am a freaking cheapskate and I have got cheaper products that work just as well.

This is the single best lip balm I’ve used!!!! Enough said! MYR 16.85! Definitely repurchasing as soon as I find it for the same price. 😛

One was a gift and the other a purchase. Both did what masks typically do for me anyway; a refreshing boost of moisture to the skin. The yoghurt mask was the one I purchased and it cost MYR 1.50. Not repurchasing the yoghurt mask, probably wouldn’t purchase the other one too.