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.

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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.

Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Eyeliner

Around since 1915, the brand was named after the founder’s sister who was the inspiration behind the entire thing. Her name was Mabel, hence Maybelline! How cool is that?! Acquired by L’Oreal in 1996, the brand was catapulted into worldwide fame.

Previous Maybelline product reviews;

Baby Lips Lip Balm – link here

Clean Express Miracle Water – link here

The Nudes – link here

Crayon Liner – link here

Micellar Water – link here

Color Tattoo – link here

Today I review the Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Liner.

The product.

It is a brush tip. And very fine.

I could have done a thinner line but the product was drying out so the line skipped towards the end.

Description: A fine brush tip pen liquid eyeliner that comes in one shade of black. The liner itself dries semi matte and comes in 0.5 grams of product.

Where to buy: Major pharmacies and drugstores in Malaysia. Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth.

Price: MYR 27.90 (wait for a promotion or discount! Absolutely no point buying this at normal price)

Oil and water test.

Holds up pretty well with water. I did rub my hand and although there are gaps missing, it did very well!

It did move with oil but I had to rub pretty hard.

Used the liner doing my 2017 NYX Face Awards entry. You’ll be able to see the sharp winged liner!

Pros:

Black and opaque!

Brush tip is a dream to work with.

Finest, thinnest line could be made.

Absolutely long lasting and budge proof!

Doesn’t skip or tug.

 

Cons:

Dries out pretty fast.

 

Rating:

9.2/10

I love this product! Seriously, if you can work a brush tip applicator then this is a dream to work with.

Breena Beauty Face Luxe Brush Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Breena Beauty is the brainchild of local beauty blogger Sabrina Tajudin whose first release was the Face Luxe Brush. I purchased it in May 2015 and wrote a first impressions post (post link here) upon receiving it.

I am a firm believer in using makeup brushes for a prolonged amount of time before actually reviewing it. A makeup brush should last at least a couple of years before falling apart, especially synthetic brushes. It is ultimately the reason all the makeup brushes reviewed on FiercePaint, I’ve had and used for at least 8 months.

The brush.

There was a hand written note that which I can’t seem to find. Attached are two pictures from the original post.

Moving on!

I especially love the rose gold ferrule.

Description on the back of the box.

Close up of the description.

Left in the design for aesthetics! 😛

Care instructions.

Close up of the bristles.

Densely packed bristles.

Soft synthetic bristles.

Description:

Multi purpose large face brush. Can be used with both powder and liquid products. Designed and made locally.

Bristles: Synthetic. Dark brown with a gradient white tip. Densely packed and very soft. Dome shaped. Muslim-friendly

Ferrule: Rose gold metal. Very sturdy.

Handle: Wood, white paint with the brush name engraved in gold.

Price: MYR 45 (excluding shipping)

Where to buy: Breena Beauty website. Update! They now offer international shipping!

 

Pros:

Very affordable for such a good quality brush.

Versatile; not too dense for powder application and not too loosely packed for liquid foundation. I have used it for both with good results.

Application is soft and smooth, with no streaking from the brush strokes.

Soft and easy to use.

Because it is rather large, a larger area of the face can be covered allowing for swift application.

The large wooden handle is actually helpful to application because holding and maneuvering becomes surprisingly easier. The flat bottom allows the brush to be stood up on a flat surface.

Sturdy handle and ferrule.

No shedding thus far.

I am giving an extra ‘pro’ for aesthetics because it is quite a beautiful brush and the fact that it comes with a thoughtful hand written note counts too.

 

Cons:

There is a a little bit of unevenness with the bristles. But update, having trimmed the bristles, none has frayed since.

Before (from the 2015 post). It was trimmed right after.

After (constant usage and washing for almost 2 years).

 

The paint of the handle has cracked on mine. I do hope Sabrina has fixed this problem in her upcoming batch of brushes.

Some people may feel that the handle is rather chunky for storage and thus not very travel friendly. I love the fact that it can be left upright on a vanity and to me it overrides the chunky handle con.

 

Ratings:

8.8/10

I love this brush. Good job Sabrina!!!

Blog address; http://www.sabrinatajudin.com/

Breena Beauty online store; http://breenabeauty.com/

Breena Beauty Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/breenabeauty/?fref=ts

Breena Beauty Twitter page; https://twitter.com/breenabeauty

Breena Beauty Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/breenabeauty/

Maybelline Color Tattoo Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Cream eyeshadows are, as the name suggests, eyeshadow pigment that has a semi-solid (the scientist just had to peek through huh???) consistency but once applied typically sets and dries on the skin. Cream eyeshadows are usually applied on bare skin because if a primer was applied, there would be a barrier between the skin and the shadow which may make it slip and not set and stay in place. But, this is makeup and there are no rules, so you do you!

Oooo, so pretty!

The underside of the tub.

There are two different, uhmmm, sources, I should say; made in USA and made in China. I have three from China and four from USA. Funny thing is the shades from China are not available in the USA version (not that I could find anyway). All bought from local reputable drugstores.

Going through all the colours.

Bad to the Bronze. Made in China. If you want to get any colour, get this! Perfect everyday, blend on to the eyelid, liner, mascara and you’re done kind of shade! Iridescent, sparkly finish.

Inked in Pink. Made in China. Lovely pink shade. Iridescent, sparkly finish.

Painted Purple. Made in China. This one is a tiny bit patchy but beautiful! The base is matte but there are sparkles in it.

Bold Gold. USA. Iridescent sparkly finish.

Tenacious Teal. USA. Iridescent sparkly finish.

Edgy Emerald. USA. Matte base with a lot of sparkles in it.

Audacious Asphalt. USA. Matte finish with sparkles in it.

Description:

Individual pots of cream eyeshadow (or eyeshadow bases), that come in matte and iridescent finish (I have non of the completely matte ones). I don’t exactly know how many colours there are and I have seen some of the completely matte shades reviewed by other Malaysian bloggers and YouTubers. Comes in 4 grams of product.

Price: Retails for MYR 21.05 (from Watsons and Guardian) but just wait for promotions. I bought most of mine at MYR 12.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline stand!

Swatch

Pros:

They are creamy and easy to work with.

They are completely budge-proof.

Nice range of colours.

Can be used many ways.

The neutral colours can be use on it’s own.

 

Cons:

The pot is heavy and quite bulky.

It dries out easily.

Some shades are not very opaque and streaky and this is evident from the hand swatches.

 

Other things to note:

The drying out of the product can be remedied. There are lots of YouTube tutorials on this. I do suggest you stay away from the ones that utilise alcohol because it will eventually dry it out.

Using them as eyeshadow base would mean applying the product onto the eyelids and then packing on a corresponding powder shadow on it (picture below). You may also see that this particular shade, the purple one, is not completely opaque but can be easily remedied by setting it with a pressed powder shadow.

Ratings:

8.9/10

I love these cream shadows!!! If you learn how to work it you’ll love it! The neutral colours seem to work better than others.

Essence Longlasting Lip Liner Review

I was excited when these came out because I love the formula on the original ones and I hate sharpening. So these were perfect! Read my review on the standard lip liners here.

The pencils.

I would love to show you the label and descriptions, but they have worn off. 😛

Product inside.

A little hand swatch.

Description: A retractable lip liner, that comes in 0.23 grams / 0.008 oz product.

Price: MYR 8.90 (WHAT??? What’s the need for discount? These don’t go on sale often but if it does, don’t hesitate!)

Where to buy: Watsons.

I used one of these in my NYX Face Awards entry (01 ready for red). Skip to 5.09 to see it.

Pros:

Very pigmented.

Very opaque! If you have hyperpigmented lips, it will cover.

Can be used on its own as a lipstick.

Comfortable.

Long wearing.

Creamy, soft and glides on easily.

Does not dry out lips.

Doesn’t settle into fine lines.

PRICE! Are you kidding me???!!!!

No strong odour or taste.

 

Con:

Perhaps not as long lasting as a drier lip liner.

Not transfer proof.

Lesser product compared to the pencil.

 

Rating: 9.1/10

Even with the lesser product, for the price, are you kidding me???? If this doesn’t work on you I’d genuinely feel sad for you…

Product Empties #17

Previous product empties;

#16 – here

#15 – here

2016 collective empties – here

 

I realised I had included a product that has already been featured on Product Empties #16 already, apologies for that. I usually keep the eyebrow pens even after it is emptied for the spoolie.

I have reviewed this product. Review link here.

Product already reviewed. Link here.

This was pretty good. I did a whole battle of the cleansing waters (post link here). I wouldn’t repurchase because I already do have my fave from the drugstore (click here to find out which).

Already featured this on the battle of the drugstore micellar water post. I wouldn’t repurchase this although some beauty influencers are hooked onto to this to cleanse before washing their face. You know, the whole double cleansing thing.

YouTube Video Version of My Top Post

My latest YouTube video is based on my most viewed post on FiercePaint (at over 12 thousand views!).

My Top 5 Most Affordable Drugstore Makeup Brands in Malaysia (link here).

This has been long in the works and I kept editing it a little bit every now and then. It has finally seen fruition!

So, here’s the video version of it!

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Bloop Lip/Eye Liner Brush (028) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Bloop is a range of makeup and skin care products that is available in Malaysia in certain places. Their stall/booth locations can be found on their website. I will link their web page at the “Where to buy” section. This particular brush was a gift from my cousin when I helped her with a makeup favour a couple of years ago.

The brush.

Bristles up close.

After years and the brand logo is still there.

The brush code.

 

Description:

It is a thin, fine eye and lip brush.

Bristles: No info.

Ferrule: No info. Although it is most probably metal with a glossy finish.

Handle: Wooden with a natural finish.

(Note: I emailed the company asking for info about the brush but they never replied)

Price: MYR 14.90

Where to buy: Bloop counters nationwide and from their website. A list of places where they have a counter/booth is available from their website (http://bloop-bloop.com/).

 

Comparison with normal sized brushes. If the picture looks familiar, you may have seen it in the review for the brush in the middle which is Elianto Nose Shading Brush (review post link here).

Comparison with H&M blending brush (on the left; which is about the size of a standard blending brush like Zoeva) and a tiny lip brush by Bloop Cosmetics (on the right).

There! Thin winged liner with the brush!!!

Pros:

The tiny brush allows precise eyeliner and lipstick/lipliner application.

I have used it for a couple of years and it has stood the test of time.

No shedding of the bristles and/or problems with the ferrule or handle.

Sturdy!

Affordable!

 

Cons:

Their products are so difficult to find!!! So few places to buy them!

 

Ratings:

9/10

A great brush! If you come across Bloop anywhere do give this brush a try. Hey, it’s just MYR 14.90!!!

Elianto Face Powder Brush (H) (01S) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Elianto is a brand name that gets mentioned a lot on my blog and I do love a lot of their products because they’re so cheap! I have reviewed products from Elianto in the past here (mascara) and here (makeup brush). Today I shall review the Elianto Face Powder Brush.

The product. The fact that it comes with a brush guard is a huge plus point!

Bristles.

The bristles are very loosely packed.

Very soft.

Description:

Large face powder brush.

Bristles: Synthetic, loosely packed long fibres. It is extremely soft and the colour gradually darkens at the tip.

Ferrule: Metal ferrule with a glossy black finish.

Handle: Black finish wooden handle (I’m assuming).

Price: MYR 35.90 but Elianto constantly offers discounts so watch out for them!

Where to buy: Elianto counters nationwide and from their E-store at elianto.biz.

 

Pros:

Soft, really really soft!

Because of its long fibres and the fact that is it loosely packed, it is efficient in picking up powder and dusting it on the face very effortless.

The brush guard!!! That is highly appreciated!

It has not shed or frayed thus far and I’ve had it for years.

The ferrule and handle are sturdy.

 

Cons:

Cleaning is a little bit of a pain because it is a larger brush.

 

Ratings

9/10

I love this brush. It is a good brush to dust bronzer or powder and also dust off excess powder from the face. If one is skilled enough even blusher can be applied using this brush.