NYX Powder Blush (PB01, Mocha) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

I have written a first impressions post on this powder blush here (excuse the poor pictures). This is the review!

The product.

Significantly dented! Yes, I can wear blush have it go undetected or indistinguishable. 🙂

Description and ingredients.

Description;

It is, as the name says, a powder blush in a very muted darker dusty rose colour with a matte finish (PB01 Mocha). The packaging is plastic in a very simple and sleek design. There’s 4 g of product and they come in many different colours and also in both matte and frosty finishes.

Price: MYR 30 at Sephora.

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide.

Finger swatch. Picks up better with a brush! Trust me!

Pros:

Well pigmented.

Blends out very seamlessly.

Beginner friendly; you cannot go wrong with this blush.

It can be built up to as thick or as sheer as necessary.

Suitable for a wide array of skin tones (it is especially lovely on my skin tone 😛 ).

 

Cons:

It doesn’t seem like much on the brush when picked up and, due to that, one may end up picking up too much of the product (as I have done before 😀 😛 ).

Since it is a powder blush it does fade easily if used on top of powder foundation. This blush in particular does not have much staying power; it can yield approximately 4 to 5 hours of use before it begins to fade.

 

Ratings:

8.1/10

It is a pretty gorgeous blusher and I love it even more since it is matte. My only qualm is its lasting power. However, I am giving it a higher rating because it blends so amazingly and the colour is suitable for many skin tones.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Review

I always thought I’d keep FiercePaint exclusively to drugstore products and use LuxePaint (sibling blog of FiercePaint; link here) instead for the higher end products. However, I post very sporadically on LuxePaint and so FiercePaint will now feature high end products as well! *insert kids “yeay” sound*

Setting sprays are typically used as a finisher to lock makeup into place and sometime to give the face a more natural look by reducing the powdery appearance of having layered products.

This is the Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray.

The product.

The product.

A closer look.

A closer look.

Description on the side of the box.

Description on the side of the box.

Some interesting description about consensus.

Some interesting description about consensus.

There's even a leaflet inside!!!

There’s even a leaflet inside!!!

Double cap. A clear one inside and a purple one on the outside.

Double cap. A clear one inside and a purple one on the outside.

The nozzle. The spray is pretty good.

The nozzle. The spray is pretty good.

Description: It is a clear liquid that dries down on the face to lock makeup into place. Kind of like what hairspray is to hairstyling. It is contained in a spray bottle to allow proper application. Comes in 30 ml (1 fluid ounce) for the travel size and 118 ml (4 fluid ounces) for the full sized bottle. I have the travel size one in this post.

Where to buy: Sephora Malaysia (online and stores).

Price: MYR 55 (30ml), MYR 125 (118ml)

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I used the spray on my face in this makeup look of mine (post link here) and it would typically last me 4 to 5 hours before showing signs of fading. Even when it starts fading my makeup would still look good.

 

Pros:

Easy to use.

Doesn’t have a strong scent.

Effective (I used it once for almost 12 hours, I danced and sweat and was surprised to see my under eye makeup still in place!!!).

Does not feel uncomfortable on the face (although you may initially feel the face tightening slightly as the spray dries).

Dries pretty fast for a flawless matte finish (gives dry skin a more skin-like look as well).

Sensitive skin friendly.

 

Cons:

Pricey (this is going to be a con of every high end product).

Upon initial spraying, makeup may slightly melt (can be remedied by spraying lesser and letting that dry before going in for more).

 

Rating:

9.5/10

Despite the obvious con (to a cheapo like me), I will ABSOLUTELY repurchase this over and over and over again! My single most favourite makeup discovery of 2015! I love love LOVE this!

Essence Matt Bronzing Powder Review [Updated 28/5/2017 – PRODUCT REPLACED]

[UPDATED REVIEW]

NOTE: THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED BUT THEY DO HAVE A NEW VERSION

I have made it pretty clear that I love Essence as a brand and this particular product is another hit for me. It is the Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder and I have the shade 02 (Sunny).

Pictures!!! 😀

The product.

The product.

Description on the back. Yes, it says 15g! That is a LOT!!!

Description on the back. Yes, it says 15g! That is a LOT!!!

The product inside...

The product inside…

Yes, the product has imprints (raised actually) of two women seemingly either modelling or dancing or posing, whichever way you choose to view it...

Yes, the product has imprints (raised prints actually) of two women seemingly either modelling, dancing or posing, however you choose to view it. You can see that I have dug through the middle, attesting to my love for it.

Description: It is a matt bronzing powder, plain and simple. There are two shades and the one featured is for deeper skin tones. There’s a total of 15g (0.52 oz) of product and the product smells like some kind of a coconut dessert.

Where to buy: Watsons [updated 14/072017].

Price: MYR 14.90 (I say this in all my reviews, it’s a drugstore item! Look out for discounts/promos!!!)

 

Swatches…

Upon initial swatch it seems to have a lighter colour on my skin tone. Take a look at the picture after about 10 minutes or so...

Upon initial swatch it seems to have a lighter colour on my skin tone. Take a look at the next picture which was taken after about 10 minutes or so…

Now it is hardly noticeable except for a glow on my skin. The colour seems to have oxidised and somehow look warmer than initial swatch.

Now it is hardly noticeable except for a glow on my skin. The colour seems to have oxidised and somehow look warmer than initial swatch. All that would be noticed now would be that glow.

I used the bronzer here on my friend to give her face dimension and warmth.

I used the bronzer here on my friend around the perimeter of her face, to give her face dimension and warmth.

I have some on me here but it somehow just blends into my skin. Every time I use this bronzer, people say, "you look glowy huh..." I am guessing that's a compliment :P

I have some on me here but it somehow just blends into my skin. Every time I use this bronzer, people say, “you look glowy huh…” I am guessing that’s a compliment 😛 (Sorry I look like a sourpuss, I probably should have smiled huh…)

 

Pros:

A matt bronzer is always appreciated to use for a guy so that’s pro for me.

It lasts a good 4 hours.

It blends out easily.

Deep, tanned skin friendly.

Although matt, the bronzer has some kind of glow to it giving the skin a healthy finish.

There’s a lot of product and that’s definitely appreciated.

It’s affordable!

 

Con:

The big pan is difficult to store or carry around; not travel friendly.

The coconut scent can be a source of discomfort for people who do not like that scent.

It is a very warm toned bronzer so it may appear orange on people with very fair or cool toned skin shades (even the lighter shade).

 

Rating;

8.5/10

An amazing product I can’t get enough of!

Elianto Loose Powder Review

Elianto is a local brand that sources its products from various countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Korea. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife duo Teo Ai Siong and Sylvia Lim See Toh they are now one of the more popular brands in Malaysia in terms of drugstore price range makeup and skin care products. Elianto is owned by the Aivoria Group of Companies (the same group that owns Bonita and Tiamo). Today I will be reviewing the Elianto Waterproof Loose Powder in 05 (Warm Beige).

Let’s get to some pictures first shall we?

 

The product.

The product.

 

Labels on the bottom of the tub (the shade code is written too).

Labels on the bottom of the tub (the shade code is written too).

 

The powder puff.

Inside the tub; the powder puff.

 

Perforated plastic guard.

Perforated plastic guard.

 

The powder inside. It has obviously been used sufficiently enough.

The powder inside. It has obviously been used sufficiently enough.

 

Description: 

It is a loose powder that is pretty sheer which can be used on its own or as a setting powder. The shade I have is in 05, Warm Beige, the darkest shade they have. I have pretty deep and dark tanned skin so it works quite well on me. It claims to be waterproof and is completely matte.

Price: MYR 39.90 but Elianto is always having promotions so the prices can be cut to as much as 70% off.

Where to buy: Elianto stores nationwide and online at http://www.elianto.biz/

 

I also did some hand swatches and took pictures with and without flash.

Without flash.

With just the powder.

With just the powder.

 

After blending with the Elianto face powder brush.

After blending with the Elianto face powder brush.

 

With foundation which was a mixture of Jordana Oil Free Foundation (in Caramel Bronze) and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (in Natural Beige Medium 2.5; the darkest shade available in Malaysia).

Powder is used to set foundation here which was a mixture of Jordana Oil Free Foundation (in Caramel Bronze) and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (in Natural Beige Medium 2.5; the darkest shade available in Malaysia).

 

The colour looks pretty warm but it matches my facial skin better and it does not look as different in person as it does in the picture.

The colour looks pretty warm but it matches my facial skin better and it does not look as different in person as it does in the picture.

 

With flash

With only the powder.

With only the powder. As you can see it does look ashy without foundation under flash photography.

 

With foundation.

With foundation. Although a difference can be seen it would look pretty close to my face tone. And no ashy finish here when used with foundation.

 

I also used some on my face.

Without flash

It does give some coverage but it is pretty sheer.

It does give some coverage but it is pretty sheer.

With flash

My skin is not this bad! Trust me! DAMN DSLR!!!! As you can see it does look ashy with flash photography.

My skin is not this bad! Trust me! DAMN DSLR!!!! As you can see it does look ashy with flash photography.

 

Pros:

I love powders with a matte finish so that’s going to be a plus point for me.

Pretty well pigmented for a loose powder.

It is not very translucent and thus has a little bit of coverage which is pretty good for a loose powder.

It is pretty finely milled so it doesn’t go on streaky or patchy nor does it become cakey even when layered.

It has sheer coverage which is great for setting foundation without altering the foundation shade.

Price is another plus point.

 

Cons:

It doesn’t have good lasting power, it can probably last for only about 2 hours before it wears off (if worn on its own).

Although waterproof it can transfer or move if you sweat profusely (even with foundation underneath), this also means tears (from crying) would melt it off.

It isn’t transfer proof so if your face rubs off on someone’s (or even your own) light coloured clothing, well, DISASTER!

 

Ratings:

7.1/10

I am undecided with this product only because I have yet to find a holy grail drugstore loose powder just yet. I actually prefer pressed powders over loose powders just because they can be both, used alone, and with foundation. So you’d have to decide on your own. But there is definitely a colour selection for people with a similar skin tone to mine.

Jordana Cosmetics Oil-Free Liquid Foundation Review

Jordana Cosmetics is a family-owned American based makeup company that produces really affordable makeup items. They have everything except makeup brushes and tools (eyelash curlers, false eyelashes). They were being sold in some Guardian counters but I am not sure if Guardian still carries their products. The YouTube community loves Jordana and some of their products are holy grail items.

This is a review of the Jordana Oil-Free Liquid Foundation. My shade is in Caramel Bronze (08) and it is a warm deep shade. Highly suitable for deep tanned Indian skin tones.

The foundation.

The foundation.

It is a glass bottle with a screw cap. No pump available so it needs to be poured out onto something before use.

It is a glass bottle with a screw cap. No pump available so it needs to be poured out onto something before use.

Description on the bottle.

Description on the bottle.

On the bottom of the glass there is the shade of the foundation

On the bottom of the glass there is the shade of the foundation and the amount of product.

Poured out onto the back of my hand. The formula is pretty runny as you can see it already flowing downwards.

Poured out onto the back of my hand. The formula is pretty runny as you can see it is already flowing downwards before I could even take this picture.

It blends out well but is a very warm tone. Although it is not so apparent in the picture, it has a tinge of orange.

It blends out well but is very warm toned. Although it is not so apparent in the picture, it has a tinge of orange.

Description: Liquid foundation. Medium to full coverage. Dewy finish. Not a wide range of shades are available for this particular foundation.

Price: MYR 23 online (Colours Cosmetics website, excluding tax) and IF it is still available in Guardian it would cost anywhere between MYR 25 to 30 (I can’t confirm if Guardian still carries the product).

Where to buy: refer to “Price”. I mention Malaysian based websites and stores only.

Additional info: It does not come with a pump and since the product is very runny, it should be poured out slowly to avoid wastage. After loose application it can be sheered out or pat down with the finger (depending on how much coverage you want). It actually works better with fingers.

 

Pros:

Blends really well.

Not patchy or streaky.

If the shade matches your skin tone it would look almost invisible on your skin.

Powder adheres to it really well so it is ideal to be used with a translucent setting powder or even a pressed powder. This means powder blushers and highlighters work really well with it as well.

Decent lasting power; if set properly with a setting powder, it can last up to 6 hours on normal skin. If makeup setting spray is used then it could probably last even longer.

 

Cons:

It oxidises slightly warmer in the first 20 minutes after application (might be just this particular shade).

Would not suit oily skin because it tends to move around on my oily T-zone in unfavourable (hot and humid) conditions.

The foundation dries a little tacky and that may seem a little uncomfortable.

Since it has a dewy finish, a setting powder seems almost necessary or it would seem oily unless really sheered out.

 

Rating: 7/10

Cons and pros are about the same but I can work it out. It wins me over from a price point of view. It is another on-the-fence product. And since foundation is very specific and personal in terms of daily usage and suitability to a person’s skin, it is really up to you to decide.