Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

I love Essence products; affordable and the brand offers a wide range of products. Essence is owned by Cosnova which is a company based in Germany. This review is on the I ❤ STAGE eyeshadow base which is an eyeshadow primer.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

The wand. Standard doe-foot applicator.

Description:

It is an eyeshadow base that has a very similar consistency to a concealer. There is about 4ml of product and it comes in only one shade.

Price: MYR 15.80

Where to buy: Watsons and Mydin (yes, Mydin!!!).

 

Swatch

It is very light in colour and appear even lighter when blended out which makes for good primer since colour would show up nicely.

With some poorly pigmented eyeshadows.

With flash. It seems a little bit more obvious here.

 

Pros:

It is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) eyeshadow primers available in Malaysian drugstores.

As seen in the pictures above it really does enhance the colour of the eyeshadow.

Although the colour is pretty light, it does not show through eyeshadow (as in the hand swatch picture).

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 (7 hours of wear on my friend and the eyeshadow had just faded a tiny bit).

Helps with creasing of eyeshadow (used it on a friend with eyelids that have lines – and that’s not a bad thing, merely an observation – and it worked!).

 

Cons:

I don’t know just how long eyeshadow would last but 7 hours of wear is pretty amazing for a drugstore eyeshadow primer.

The ashy look to it might just cause a problem on very deep skin tones if over applied (only the tiniest dollop is necessary).

 

Rating:

8/10

It’s cheap, gets the job done pretty well and is available at the drugstore! Enough said!

MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick Review

I can’t believe I am finally reviewing a MAC product! MAC is huge in Malaysia; ask someone who knows makeup to name a high end makeup brand and MAC is perhaps the first brand they suggest.

Today I review the first ever MAC Viva Glam lipstick launched in 1994!

So for you people not in the know, the first ever MAC Viva Glam line was endorsed by Rupaul Andre Charles!!! Look it up darlings! LOOK IT UP!!!!

The outer packaging.

Ingredients list on the side of the box.

The name of the shade.

The iconic bullet shaped lipstick tube.

Isn’t that a beauty???

YASSS!!!!!! I love that red!!!!

Shade name on the bottom of the tube.

Swatch.

Description: This particular line of lipsticks comes in several shades and are always celebrity endorsed. Part of proceeds from sales of these lipsticks go the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC lipsticks come in 3 grams/0.1 oz of product. This particular shade has a matte finish.

Where to buy: MAC counters; counters are available in Penang, Pahang, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak usually in shopping malls.

Price: MYR 78

 

Pros:

Smooth and easy to apply.

Very pigmented!

Very opaque!

VERY long wearing!

VERY comfortable (like you are wearing nothing on the lips).

Does NOT at ALL emphasize fine lines on the lips.

This shade in particular is very complimentary for a wide range of skin tones!

Re-application is perhaps just one swipe and done kind of deal. VERY easy!

Although not particularly moisturising, it doesn’t dry out the lips either.

 

Cons

Not smudge proof or transfer resistant.

Price (which isn’t that bad considering some drugstore lipsticks in Malaysia can cost up to MYR 59 and I have not met MAC’s worthy competitor although there are dupes in terms of shade and finish).

 

Rating:

9.6/10

STELLAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *applause*

Chu Lip, Lip Balm Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is going to be a short review because I have already written a first impression post on it (here). Here are some pictures! The one I have here is Apple Ginger and Tea Rose flavour.

So cute!

Easy to open tab! This packaging is one you will not complain about being difficult to open.

Love that lip shaped indent!

It used to be a perfect round dome!

Description: A egg-shaped lip balm enriched with olive oil, macademia nut oil, and rosehip oil. It doesn’t have any colour or tint to it. It has a lovely fruity flavour and tastes slightly sweet.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 15 to 25.90 depending on where you buy it and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Major drugstores like Watsons and Guardian.

 

Pros:

It glides on the lips smoothly.

It hydrates, soothes (because there is menthol added) and moisturises.

It smells and tastes pleasant.

It effectively remedies cracked lips.

Does not feel waxy or uncomfortable on the lips.

 

Cons:

The screw-cap has to be handled rather carefully because it can scrape the product and can be potentially over-tightened, spoiling the snap lock mechanism.

 

Ratings:

9/10

It is a fantastic lip balm! What else can I say?

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is a review for the Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick and I have the shade Mat6 (Maroon Red) which is the darkest red colour in the line. There are 4 other shades in this range, Mat2 (Sugar Pink), Mat 4 (Vivid Coral), Mat5 (Bold Red), and Mat7 (Nude Beige). I would advice deep, warm, Indian skin toned people like myself to avoide Mat2 and Mat7; these two colours will wash you out! I chose this colour because a deep red colour on the lips is a common constitute of classical Indian dance makeup.

The product.

The product.

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Shade number.

Shade number.

Swatch

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

This is another picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. However, its tiny because this is a cropped picture from a group shot. You can still see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

This is a picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. I apologise for the tiny picture because this is actually a group shot that I cropped. You can see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

Description: It is a long lasting matte lipstick that is devoid of taste and scent. There’s 4.2g of product in it; similar to the other Color Sensational lipsticks. The shade Mat6 is a deep maroon red colour which will flatter many skin tones albeit difference in intensity. It also does not appear completely matte.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 17 to 32 depending on where you buy and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth set up; Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Tesco, Aeon…

 

Pros:

It glides on smoothly and does not tug on the lips AT ALL!

Highly HIGHLY pigmented!

VERY opaque; it is a swipe-one-layer-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick.

Long lasting and as you have already seen, it leaves a stain on the lips.

Comfortable on the lips.

Does not emphasize fine lines and dry patches on the lips.

 

Cons:

It is not smudge proof and hence will transfer.

When wearing dark lipsticks that transfer, lipstick stain on the teeth is a highly possible phenomenon, as is with this lipstick.

 

Rating:

8.6/10

I simply LOVE this lipstick! When using it I’ll usually do the suck-a-finger trick to remove excess product from my inner lips to avoid teeth stains!

Essence Lip Liner Review

(Initially I intended to just reblog but I see more use reverting it to draft, improving the post and then publishing it as a new one.)

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Essence is a company based in Germany that produces quality products at VERY affordable prices! And among their best products and definitely the most affordable ones are their lipliners (I am OBVIOUSLY giving it a high rating).

So pretty!!!

So pretty!!!

The shade names. Obviously I don't have all the available shades.

The shade names. Obviously I don’t have all the available shades.

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

And here come the swatches.

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Description; A standard lipliner pencil. Comes in 1 gram / 0.035 oz product.

Price; MYR 7.30 (I usually say wait for a discount but at MYR 7.30, come on!).

Where to buy; Watsons and Mydin

 

Pros;

Very nicely pigmented.

Very opaque so it will even out hyper-pigmentation on the lips. Both lips will turn out the same colour with this lipliner (if applied all over the lips)!

Glides on smoothly without tugging on the lips.

Does not feather.

Leaves a stain on the lips even after it wears out.

Does not dry out the lips.

Lightweight on the lips so you’d feel like you’re hardly wearing anything.

The price is a huge plus point!

No strong odour or taste.

 

Cons;

It is not very long lasting.

It isn’t smudge-proof or budge-proof (meaning; it will fade away with eating and licking your lips). 

Double con here is that it is a pencil so it needs to be sharpened  and sharpening is tricky since it is so creamy.

 

Note:

These are very very creamy and that may be something not everyone enjoys. I do know the preference for a drier formula that perhaps lasts longer.

It is a pain to sharpen; can be worked around by placing the pen in the freezer for about 10 minutes… 

 

Rating: 9/10

It’s a preference thing! I love that these are as creamy as they are. Love ’em!

Maybelline Micellar Water Review

Coming at you with another positive review (such a YouTuber thing to say isn’t it?). This isn’t the first cleansing water that Maybelline has put out and I have reviewed the previous one (link here). Moving on…

The product.

The product.

Description on the back of the bottle.

Description on the back of the bottle.

Like most cleansing water, it comes in a squeeze bottle with a screw cap.

Like most cleansing water, it comes in a squeeze bottle with a screw cap.

Description: Micellar cleansing water that comes in a 200ml squeeze bottle with a screw cap. Foams up when shaken or agitated.

Where to buy: Most drugstores and supermarkets (wherever there’s a Maybelline counter basically).

Price: MYR 24.90 (drugstore product, would be stupid to pay full price! 😛 )

A small test

Foundation, powder, 2 liquid lipsticks, 2 pigmented eyeshadows, liquid liner and mascara.

Foundation, powder, 2 liquid lipsticks, 2 pigmented eyeshadows, liquid liner and mascara. Did let the liquid lipstick dry first before removing.

Pretty effective, with a couple of soft swipes. Didn't have to let it soak or anything.

Pretty effective, with a couple of soft swipes. Didn’t have to let it soak or anything.

Pros:

Light on the skin.

No sticky feeling afterwards.

Pretty effective at removing makeup; definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried.

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:

8.7/10

Highest rating for a cleansing water so far. It is my current fave! It has two advantage over the Biore one; it isn’t as bitter and it doesn’t irritate my eyes (which started happening with the Biore one the more I used; the review has been updated).

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge Review

I have for you today, a miracle worker! A detergent for your makeup sponges. Prepare to be amazed!

Of course you’ve heard of Daiso, so I’ll go right ahead!

The product.

The product.

It is a clear viscous liquid and it does foam up a little...

It is a clear viscous liquid and it does foam up a little…

Description: It is a soap for cleaning makeup puffs and sponges. I even use them for my brushes. It comes in a squeeze bottle of 80 ml and claims to also disinfect.

Where to buy: Daiso (duh!)

Prize: MYR 5.30

Let me then show you the magic!

Eughh!

Eughh!

AFTER!!!!!!!!

I KNOW RIGHT????? The sponges look as clean as new! No kidding!

I KNOW RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The sponges look as clean as new! No kidding!

Here's a closer look!

Here’s a closer look!

No trace of makeup!

No trace of makeup!

 

Pros:

It cleans like a dream!

Fragrance free.

Disinfecting.

VERY affordable.

Only a few drops is needed on target area (I used only about 10 to 15 drops per sponge).

 

Cons:

NONE! This is a first on FiercePaint! I did want to say 80ml is too little but, for MYR 5.30 and not forgetting that only a few drops is needed, justifies it!

 

Rating: 9.8/10

I do believe this is the highest rating I’ve ever given a product! I will never give a product a full 10 but this is damn near perfection!

Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner Review

I wrote a first impressions post on this brow pencil (link here), now here’s the review!

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The product.

The product inside. I do believe there's about only half the product left.

The product inside. I do believe there’s about only half the product left. This has been twisted all the way up.

The spoolie comes with a cap and the product doesn't;head scratcher isn't it...

The spoolie comes with a cap and the product doesn’t; head scratcher isn’t it…

Basic eyebrow spoolie.

Basic eyebrow spoolie.

Description: Mechanical brow pencil. Comes with a spoolie and in two shades; 01 Natural Brown and 02 Dark Brown. Comes in 0.12g product.

Where to buy: Drugstores, pharmacies, supermarkets, everywhere there’s a Silkygirl display.

Price: MYR 20.90 (drugstore product, hence, wait for a discount or a promotion!).

Here are pictures in where I wore it.

Bare brows.

Bare brows.

With the pencil. So natural ain't it???!!!!

With the pencil. So natural ain’t it???!!!! Yes, I have product there!

Pros:

Easy to use because of the thin slim pencil.

Precision from the tiny, thin pencil.

No need to sharpen.

Wears a long time (evidence below).

Affordable.

Good neutral tone for dark skinned and dark hair people.

Blends well into the brows.

 

Cons:

No cap for product dispensing side.

Spoolie is too hard and scratchy.

Measly product amount.

 

Wear test

Freshly applied.

Freshly applied.

After approximately 9 hours! Still product left! My brows are still looking nice! If I may say so myself... :P

After approximately 9 hours! Still product left! My brows are still looking nice! If I may say so myself… 😛 Just FYI, I didn’t attempt to brush my brows into place or anything before taking this picture…

Didn't want to take a picture with flash but had to since I could only take this picture at night. There's still product there!!!  9 hours! I was sweating, I had pushed hair out of my face which meant I rubbed my hands on my brows often AND I was out in the elements!

Didn’t want to take a picture with flash but had to since I could only take this picture at night. There’s still product there!!! 9 hours! I was sweating, I had pushed hair out of my face which meant I rubbed my hands on my brows often AND I was out in the elements!

 

Rating: 8.5/10

Although there are three cons, the only real problem I have with it is the no cap thing. I can always use a different spoolie and for the price, one can’t really complain because a little product goes a long way.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color Lipstick Review

I usually review lipsticks in single shades because consistencies may be different with each shade. However it is safe to say that these lipsticks are similar across all shades.

Today I am reviewing the Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color lipstick and I have three shades. I previously posted a first impressions post on this lisptick (link here). Apologies for the picture quality on that post; I was just starting out. 😛

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The three shades I have. I’ll insert the hand swatches right after each of the individual pictures so as to avoid confusion.

This is a bright vibrant pink colour!

This is a bright vibrant pink colour!

This is the lipstick featured in my first impressions post.

This was featured in my first impressions post.

This is a deep berry red colour.

This is a deep berry red colour.

Gorgeous deep colour without being unwearable.

Gorgeous wearable deep colour.

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

I bought this in Thailand and featured it in a post (link here). I have been looking for this everywhere here in Malaysia! It is the perfect nude for me!

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones.

Ooofff, it is straight up brown with pink undertones. I love it!

Description: Creamy matte lipsticks. Comes in a variety of shades.

Where to buy: Sasa

Price: MYR 22 (there are bound to be discounts so look out for them!).

Here are some pictures where the lipstick is used.

 

Smokin’ Hot Pink

Makeup favour for a friend of mine that time I was involved in a stage play. I did put on a sheer gloss over it.

Makeup favour for a friend of mine, that time I was involved in a stage play. There’s a pink sheer gloss over it.

 

Cinnamon Spice

I used it in my latest YouTube video.

 

Mocha-licious

Used it for a makeup look (post link here).

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Pros:

Very VERY pigmented!

Very VERY opaque; one swipe does it kind of lipstick.

Long lasting! VERY long lasting.

Does not emphasize fine lines on the lips.

The range of colours really deserve a mention because their deeper shades are very flattering on dark skin.

Re-application is a breeze.

 

Cons:

Although VERY affordable it is no where close to the 1.99 USD price tag in USA.

The lipstick tube almost immediately becomes loose and flimsy. Definitely zero points for packaging.

It does dry out the lips a tiny bit.

Not entirely comfortable on the lips (you’ll feel it on the lips).

 

Rating: 8/10

I love these lipsticks especially Mocha-licious. My perfect nude shade which is near impossible to find at the drugstore!

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara Review

Essence happens to be one of my most favourite drugstore brand and it is no surprise I put it into my top 5 most affordable Malaysian drugstore makeup brand (post link here). On their website they claim to be cruelty free and apparently they also use minimal animal ingredients.

Previous Essence product reviews (Lipliner, here; Essence Eyeshadow Base, here; Essence Matt Bronzing Powder, here; Essence Longlasting Eye Pencil, here; Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara, here).

This product is very similar to another popular brow product that is also named very similarly *wink*.

I love it by the way, and so this review is good!

YES! I got a new background!!!

YES! I got a new background!!!

It is a tiny wand. It is pretty scratchy but nothing I can't work around.

It is a tiny wand. It is pretty scratchy but nothing I can’t work around.

Can you see tiny fibres? That really fills up the brows!

Can you see tiny fibres? That really fills up the brows!

Description: It is an eyebrow mascara with tiny fibres in it that help fill in the brows. It comes in two colours 01 (blondy brows) and 02 (browny brows). I have the darker one, i.e. 02. Contains 3.8 ml product.

Where to buy: Watsons, selected Aeon Big and selected Mydin.

Price: MYR 12.90 (as always, it’s a drugstore product and you could wait for a discount, but at MYR 12.90 you have nothing to lose!).

Hand swatch. It is cool tone grayish brown. Kind of a perfect match for me.

Hand swatch. It is cool tone grayish brown. Kind of a perfect match for me.

Bare brows.

Bare brows.

Tada!!! Filled in and full!

Tada!!! Filled in and full! And doesn’t it look natural?

I don’t typically use it on its own. I like filling in my brows with a pencil first.

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Pros:

Easy to use (not a product you can go overboard with).

The tiny fibers really fill the brows up.

The wand is really helpful and small enough to fit even thin brows.

Long lasting and keeps brows in place well (a good 6 to 7 hours if you don’t sweat or rub your face/brows).

Doesn’t make the eyebrows stiff or crunchy (I hate that! I’d rather use hairspray if a product did that!).

Dries fast.

 

Cons:

The wand is pretty stiff.

Not waterproof (not necessarily a con).

Not easily available.

 

Rating:

8.9/10

This rating may change depending on how it fares with the famous high end product. I have yet to try that one but when I do I’ll review that too!!! As for the product itself, it is A-MAH-ZING! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! I already have a freaking backup!