NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer Review (CW 07)

I love NYX Cosmetics!!! It’s too bad that Sephora Malaysia doesn’t carry the brand anymore and since it was only sold in Sephora in Penang, I don’t have access to the brand unless I travel to KL… That’s supposedly easily remedied; online shopping. Unfortunately I hate online shopping. I digress…

The product.
Shade name and code.
Ingredients list.
Comes with a doe-foot applicator.
Swatch. Ignore the blurred out swatch. That was for another review. It looks darker than my skin tone here but on my face it blends in pretty well. Especially with the powder I typically use to set it with…

Description: Concealer that comes in 0.11 oz. or 3 grams of product.

Ingredients:
WATER/AQUA/EAU, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CANDELILLA CERA/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, XANTHAN GUM, ALUMINA, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)

Where to buy: Limited stores available (check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nyxcosmeticsmalaysia/) and online (Shopee and Hermo are two options).


Price: HIGHLY depends on where you’re buying. I would HIGHLY recommend you purchase from the NYX Stores in Kuala Lumpur because they carry 12 shades (not quite enough but I guess it’ll have to work) and it’s priced at MYR 26.
Shopee (MYR 29), Lazada (MYR 20.80); both online stores only carry 3 or 4 light shades. I purchased mine from Sephora (redundant at the moment but it cost me MYR 20.80; original price MYR 28).

Wear test…

Freshly applied. Again, ignore the blurred half, that’s for another review… 🙂
After about 8 hours of wear. Wasn’t particularly sweating or anything.

Pros:
> Applies smoothly.
> It doesn’t crease (this does depend a tiny bit on the setting powder used).
> Pretty good shade range (there’s 20 shades in total;
just not here in Malaysia, we have 12, AT MOST, here in Malaysia)
> Pigmented and opaque.
> No caking even when layered.
> As evident, very long lasting!

Cons:
> No more easily available here in Malaysia (and the online options are SO limited).
> The product separates a little when in the tube so I have to vigorously shake it up every time I want to use it (hoping this is just my first tube).
> You get only 3 grams of product for the price so I’d consider it not entirely affordable (WOW, I’m such a cheapo!).

Rating: 9.2/10
I love this concealer but I do wish it was more accessible here in Malaysia. I love it so much that I got backup when it was on sale.

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L.A. Girl HD Pro.Conceal Concealer Review (Fawn)

Wow, with the new background comes some new firsts! The previous review was my first time reviewing Zoeva and now it is my first time reviewing a concealer! The product I own was gifted to me by a very close friend who also happens to be a fellow blogger, Lakshmi of Big is Compatible (link here).

The product.
Ingredients and shade name.
Product from the US of A and made in China!
It has a brush tip! That’s cool! It does end up looking a little icky if not cleaned.
Swatch… Ignore the blurred patch (it’s for a different review).

Description: Concealer in a squeeze tube with a brush tip and comes in 0.28 oz or 8 grams.

Ingredients:
WATER (AQUA), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BEESWAX (CERA ALBA), STEARYL DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA), CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, GLYCERYL LAURATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 OLEATE, MICA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA EXTRACT, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDE (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

Where to buy: Online at L.A. Girl Malaysia (link here) and also a very limited amount of booths in Play Up and Parksons (check the website under “LOCATE US”).

Price: MYR 30 (from L.A. Girl Malaysia official website)

Wear test…

Freshly applied. Again, ignore the blurred half, that’s for another review… 🙂
After about 7 hours of wear. Wasn’t particularly sweating or anything. I’ve tried it on a hot and humid day and I was sweating and it performed just as well..

Pros:
> Applies smoothly.
> It doesn’t crease (this does depend a tiny bit on the setting powder used).
> Pigmented and opaque.
> I am partial to the packaging, because like toothpaste I can squeeze it to completion.
> WIDE shade range (VERY dark skin friendly).
> No caking even when layered.
> As evident, very long lasting!

Cons:
> The tip can get a tiny bit messy.
> Not easily available here in Malaysia.
> Price is steep considering it is just USD 5 in the US of A.

Rating: 9.3/10
I love this concealer. If you can get it at any less than MYR 30, then do grab it!

Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer/ Blender Brush Review

Founded by Zoe Boikou, Zoeva as a brand began with only a line of makeup brushes which has now expanded to eyeshadows, lipsticks, and even blushers and highlighters. This is a review of a single brush, namely the 227 blending brush.

The brush. (I LOVE MY NEW BACKGROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
The cardboard inside has some information on the brush.
Excellent packaging. Definitely made me feel like I purchased something high end.
The handle with the brand and product code engraved.
Bristles up close.
It is slightly flatten with bristles that are frayed out to allow good eyeshadow blending.


Description:
Makeup brush intended for eyeshadow blending.
Bristles: Mix of natural (goat hair) and synthetic
Ferrule: Brass
Handle: Wood (lacquered six times)

Price: MYR 59

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide and online at sephora.my

Pros:
> The brush feels and works like a high-end makeup brush.
> Extremely sturdy and durable.
> Blends out eyeshadow beautifully!
> Having had it for a couple of years, traveled with it and also used and washed it so many times, it looks almost as good as new as evident from the pictures.
> Soft bristles.

Cons:
> Did initially shed a little but when it stopped shedding, it stopped for good.
> Price isn’t affordable but the brush is definitely worth the price.
> Natural bristles require more care than synthetic brushes.

Rating: 9.1/10
I LOVE THIS BRUSH! I actually wanted to test out Zoeva as a brand and so I purchased the brush that I had only one of in my collection at that time (an eyeshadow blending brush). Definitely worth the money spent! I am actually eyeing a classic set. If you’re a makeup artist or simply just love makeup, it is definitely worth investing in it!

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Press Powder Review

Second Rimmel review! I loved the previous product (Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal – link here) and let’s see if I love this too. Today, I review the often talked about Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in the shade 010 Warm Honey.

The product. Very simple packaging.

Product inside.

Description on the back.

A closer look.

Swatch. About half a shade lighter than my skin tone.

Description: Pressed powder that comes in 14 grams or 0.49 oz of product. Here in Malaysia there are about 6 shades which is pretty good because I believe 010 is one of the darkest! Sure enough, 010 is difficult to find because it seems to be sold out.

Ingredients:

TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, PETROLATUM, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE, POLYBUTENE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, METHYLPARABEN, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, PROPYLPARABEN, ZINC OXIDE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, ALOE BARBADENSIS, POLYSORBATE 20, BHT, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CITRONELLOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE, LINALOOL, BUTYLPARABEN. [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007).

Where to buy: Selected Guardian and Watsons nationwide.

Price: MYR 14.90 (at this price, waiting for a promotion isn’t even necessary!)

 

Wear test.

Freshly applied. I used this only under the eyes because it is too light to use all over the face (yes, picture reused from my Maybelline Fit Me foundation review, link here).

After about six hours of wear. The under eyes have stayed almost perfect!

Pros:

Smooth velvety powder.

Easy to apply and blend.

Lives up to the name! It stays matte all day!

CHEAP!

Does not look heavy or cakey with proper application.

Lasts very well on the skin!

Comfortable to wear.

 

Cons:

Can settle into lines if over applied.

Darker shades of this powder would be perfection. It actually does come in deeper shades but this is the deepest one available here in Malaysia.

Packaging is very flimsy.

No powder puff or sponge.

Can cause flashback if over applied.

 

Rating: 9.1/10

In spite of the Cons, I LOVE this powder and am giving it a high rating. By the way, I already have a backup, enough said.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk Review

NYX has products I absolutely love not just because they’re the single most affordable brand in Sephora but because they truly have some amazing products. The two products I’ve previously reviewed here, I absolutely love!

Previous NYX product reviews links:

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (04, London) Review

NYX Powder Blush (PB01, Mocha) Review

This review is on the NYX Jumbo Pencil in 604, Milk.

The product.

Description and ingredients.

Swatch.

It isn’t an eyeliner that typically sets down and does not move. It stays creamy unless set with powder. That’s not a bad thing. It makes for a great base to press corresponding eyeshadow on.

Description: A jumbo pencil that comes in a variety of shades and in 5grams of product.

Ingredients: ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX / EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA / CIRE DE CANDELILLA, CERESIN, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX / CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX / COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / CIRE DE CARNAUBA, POLYETHYLENE, BEESWAX / CERA ALBA / CIRE D’ABEILLE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BHA, BUTYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, ISOPROPYLPARABEN. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREEN (CI 77288), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide and in the NYX Malaysia professional stores (you can find locations to the stores here). There are also various online options.

Price: MYR 26

 

I used the product to create my 2016 Halloween look.

 

Pros:

Very pigmented!

Very opaque!

Blends easily.

Creamy and glides on very easily!

Pretty affordable considering it’s sold in Sephora.

 

Cons:

Sharpening it is a PAIN!

 

Note: These don’t set like a typical eyeliner but I do believe they weren’t meant to. They would make a great eyeshadow base. And to set it in place would be just to use a white eyeshadow.

 

Rating: 8.6/10

I love this particular eye pencil but this particular colour isn’t exactly something practical. Perhaps a different colour would serve as a wonderful cream eyeshadow.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude

This is my first Rimmel product review and I am excited! After Essence, there’s a competitor in town with dirt cheap prices! Started in 1834, it also is one of the oldest makeup brands still available today. A London based company whose products are made in the European Union, I am surprised they have managed to keep their prices so low. AND, one of their foundation line runs two shades deeper than mine!!! TWO SHADES DARKER THAN MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT MALAYSIAN DRUGSTORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today’s product, I got from Guardian on sale for MYR 5!!! 5 bucks! So anyway, here’s the review!

The pencil. Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal.

Some description. Product is made in France.

Description: Waterproof kohl eyeliner that comes in a variety of shades and in 1.3 grams or 0.04 oz of product. This one in particular is in the shade 005 Nude.

Ingredients: ISODODECANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, SYNTHETIC WAX, POLYETHYLENE, POLYBUTENE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 DIISOSTEARATE/POLYHYDROXYSTEARATE/SEBACATE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, TALC, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TIN OXIDE, POLYURETHANE-11, [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-:IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), MICA, CARMINE (CI 75470), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288)].

Where to buy: Guardian and Watsons nationwide.

Price: MYR 10.30 (just try it out! 10 bucks isn’t much to lose)

 

Swatch (I don’t really have an eye makeup look to show but this liner is amazing!).

Pros:

Extremely creamy and glides on smoothly.

CHEAP!

Pigmented.

Very long lasting!

Very good colour selection.

 

Cons:

This shade in particular is not completely opaque so a couple of swipes are needed.

Sharpening! Ugh!

 

Rating: 8.3/10

I am kinda blown away that I got this for only MYR 5! Do give it a go!

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.

Catrice Sun Glow Minarel Bronzing Powder Review

I love Catrice! Arguably the cheapest drugstore brand at Guardian next to Silkygirl.

Previous Catrice product review Catrice Allround Mascara link here.

This is the Sun Glow Minarel Bronzing Powder review.

The product.

The product inside. It had an obvious dome shape.

Product description.

It gives the skin the subtlest loveliest glow. If you’re any shade lighter than me it’ll bronze up your skin beautifully!

Description: A bronzer that comes in one shade, 010, Golden Light. It comes in 8 grams or 0.28 oz of product.

Where to buy: Guardian stores nationwide.

Price: MYR 24.90 (please wait for a promotion or discount!)

 

Pros:

Blends like a dream.

That glow is so subtle yet so beautiful.

Even tanned skin can use it to give the skin a beautiful glow.

Large pan for the price.

Extra points for packaging.

 

Cons:

Powdery.

 

Rating:

8.9/10

If there’s one product that is fail save from this brand if you have light to tanned skin, this is it! Try it!

Catrice All Round Mascara (Waterproof) Review

Catrice products are available exclusively at Guardian and are extremely affordable. Not dark skin friendly in terms of complexion products but where other products are concerned, there are winners.

This is the Catrice All Round Mascara; waterproof.

The product.

Description on the side.

Product info.

Wand; very standard natural bristle wand with a tapered end.

Description: Waterproof mascara that comes in 12 ml or 0.4 fl. oz. of product. Also comes in non waterproof version (purple tube). Code; 010 Blackest Black.

Price: MYR 18.90

Where to buy: Guardian pharmacy

Lash swatch.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Lengthens and adds dramatic volume.

Nice separation.

Minimal clumps (this comes with a con, read further).

No fallout (this comes with a con, read further)

Pretty good at curling and the curls hold.

No smudging.

 

Cons

The formula drastically changes as it dries out and it worsens (referring to the pros above);

  • As the formula dries out it becomes clumpy (the swatches bear evidence as my second coat picture shows a little bit of clumping).
  • When the formula dries out there also seems to be fallout.

The size of the wand makes it a little hard to work with.

 

Rating:

8.3/10

I am giving it a high rating because the mascara blew my mind when I initially tried it out. This would have gotten a rating above 9 if the formula didn’t change as it dried out. But hey, for a MYR 20 mascara, 3 to 4 months use is more than enough although I kept using it until the 8th month mark! 😛

Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation Review

I have not used many foundations to proclaim that this one in particular beats out the rest. I detail my experience using this product in hopes that it will help another make an informed decision.

The Sephora brand itself has a wide range of products but never really talked about or raved about. This comes as a surprise to me because their price range is lower than most brands available and their products are very inclusive of a wide range of skin tones.

Here I review the Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation.

The product. I love the frosted glass bottle!

Description at the side of the bottle.

Clear sticker at bottom of the bottle with shade name and code.

A pump! YES! Much appreciated!

The pump actually dispenses product very nicely. No wastage!

Blended. It has a very skin-like finish. It’s not matte nor is it too dewy. The yellow undertone works very well on my face.

Description: Liquid foundation that comes in 25 ml or 0.84 fl. oz. Very darker skin friendly range of shades (if you are Indian, you are sure to find a shade for you in this range!). Medium to full coverage with a skin-like dewy finish.

Price: MYR 78

Where to buy: Sephora stores nationwide and Sephora website online (https://www.sephora.my/).

You can see it being used on my face in this video. Although it seems like a lighter shade, it sinks and blends well into my skin and I typically use a bronzer so that ties in with the whole thing as well.

Pros:

Medium coverage foundation that can be built to full coverage.

Natural looking finish.

Doesn’t settle into fine lines.

Setting with powder removes dewy finish.

Doesn’t cake up even when layered.

Feels light on the skin.

Long lasting (10 hours is a bit of a stretch but depending on your skin type, a good 6 to 7 hours of wear and it doesn’t just break down leaving patches, rather it fades off pretty evenly).

Wide and very darker skin friendly range!

Pump! YES!

Not too expensive for a product from Sephora.

 

Cons:

Not even a full ounce of product.

May not work for oily skin because of its dewy finish.

Tends to make the skin oil up because of the dewy finish. Setting with powder helps.

 

Rating: 9.1/10

I have only ever used one other liquid foundation (for every day use) that I have reviewed here (link here). But this one, I LOVE! Highly rated on the Sephora website.