5 Best Beauty Discoveries EVER; Makeup

Since I started blogging, I’ve been opened up to just how vast the world of makeup is. There’s so much product out there and now more than ever we have access to so much options for makeup. Although complexion products are still a failure here in Malaysia, efforts have been made to be more inclusive in the past 5 to 10 years than ever before.

I’ve discovered so many new and fabulous products that this list was warranted! 4 years of so many new products unveiled. And if you love makeup, here are 5 of the BEST products money can buy you. Two of them are actually CHEAP!

And yes, they are in order. The no 1 is my all time best discovery!

Disclaimer: I am not judging these products based on the company, the brand, its ethics, the ingredients whatsoever. All these products are from reputed brands.

No. 5
MAC Lipsticks (Matte finish)

The iconic bullet shaped lipstick tube.

The one I have here is the MAC Viva Glam I lipstick. You can find my review of this lipstick here. This one would have placed higher but since I can only, personally, speak from one shade it is 5th on my list. They are THE BEST lipsticks money can buy you! I only have experienced the matte ones, like the one pictured above but I have constantly heard ONLY good things about these lipsticks, regardless of its finish. And at MYR 80 they are not too expensive considering the fact that they are MAC products. Before Sephora, discount for MAC products were unheard of. Now, with the Black Friday and VIB sales, MAC products can be bought at a discount from Sephora! YES! With a 20% discount they would cost only MYR 64!


No 4.
Sephora 10Hr Wear Perfection Foundation

The product. I love the frosted glass bottle!

This was one of the very few foundations I’ve tried but would come to realise that everyone who’s ever tried it loved it. This is one of Tati’s favourite foundations (yes, THAT Tati, drama aside, her suggestions have worked for me on so many occasions). You can check out my review here. This foundation is amazing! It gives you a semi matte look that is natural with coverage that can be built on! It lasts very well and it sits beautifully on the skin! In my review, it is written that it costs MYR 78 and it now costs MYR 73! A price reduction!!! How often does that happen??? With the Sephora 20% it comes to MYR 58.40! That’s drugstore price! In fact, cheaper than some drugstore foundations!!!


No 3
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

The tube in real life is tinier than it seems.

This product would have placed higher if not for the limited shades available. Considering it’s a drugstore brand, two shades are plenty for a brow gel. But we’re talking about my very best here, so number 3 is high praise. You can read my review here. This lasted through a party night out! I love it! It has tiny microfibres which would be a blessing for people with sparse brows and it is the cheapest of its kind at the drugstore.


No 2
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Press Powder

The product. Very simple packaging.

For being my latest review and immediately making it into my top 5 best list is saying something about this product. You can read my review here. Let me first give a shoutout to Rimmel. They made a banging comeback to Malaysia and I was so happy! They are THE ONLY makeup brand at the drugstore with a concealer that matches me (my skin tone, not lighter) AND with a foundation line that runs two, TWO shades darker, DARKER than mine (did you read that? DARKER!!!). And Rimmel is one of the CHEAPEST brands, cheap enough to rival Essence and Catrice! I’ve tried out a lot of powders and powder foundations from the drugstore. Higher end powders tend to be expensive (I love MAC and it doesn’t compare to this). I’ve tried Maybelline, Silkygirl, Pixy, L’Oreal and Revlon because powder foundations are easy to use and handy for touch ups. Often these products I can only use on stage and they’d always either crease or become cakey or something along that line. This is the best with a shade to match me. The only brand that can rival this is Maybelline and that powder is three times more expensive than this one (not including discounts)!

No 1
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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

The product.

You can read my review here. I SWEAR BY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had someone I know tell me that this didn’t work for them over Instagram and I, VERBALLY, let out this to myself, “Ouh…. that’s so sad for you….” This is a great makeup setting spray. One of the best! There’s no drugstore equivalent! TRUST ME!!! And the best part is, if you like and use makeup, this is something you can use in your collection. It will help your base and even your eyeshadow last longer. 30 ml costs MYR 69, 118 ml costs MYR 137, not too bad for an Urban Decay product.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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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