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!

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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!

First Impressions, Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner

Here in Malaysia, a new makeup product release at the drugstore is really exciting to me because that rarely happens. Maybelline released a few good products this year but nothing I wanted to grab immediately and write about. This one from Silkygirl however, I just had to! It has been awhile since I posted a First Impressions post anyway.

If you happen to be a makeup enthusiast, you’d know that this thin retractable brow pen is kind of a trend that’s very popular (and only just catching in Malaysia). So Silkygirl, I guess, decided to hop on this bandwagon.

The product.

The product.

The product inside. It is a nice slim retractable pen.

The product inside. It is a nice slim retractable pen.

And there's a spoolie on the other end.

And there’s a spoolie on the other end.

Swacthes

The blending was done with the spoolie. And it is a colour that kind of disappears into my skin which is kind of a good match for me.

The blending was done with the spoolie. And it is a colour that kind of disappears into my skin which is kind of a good match for me.

 

My thoughts:

Based on solely first impressions, I am kind of loving this product so far. But there are a few things I’ve noticed if I nitpick.

The end where the product is dispensed doesn’t come with a cap which may drive some people crazy. Pretty unsettling right? But the head-scratcher is that the spoolie has a cap instead *eyebrows raised*.

With that being said, the spoolie is absolute crap; it’s hard and scratchy.

The amount of product is measly. My other Silkygirl brow pencil has 1.14 g (o.o4 fl.oz.) of product whereas this one has only 0.12g (0.004 fl.oz.).

Price; MYR 20.90 (introductory price of MYR 17.80 till 30th of March 2016)

Where to buy; So far I’ve only seen it at Guardian pharmacy.

First Impression, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (SMLC04 London)

Although not exactly drugstore, NYX makeup brand prices are within drugstore range and NYX is the single most affordable makeup brand at Sephora.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (SMLC) has an almost cult following among the YouTube beauty community so I said hey, it’s about time I tried it out. So I picked up a nude colour that I can actually use.

The SMLC.

The SMLC.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

There are descriptions on the side of the tube and it comes with a doe foot applicator.

There are descriptions on the side of the tube and it comes with a doe foot applicator.

The doe foot applicator.

The doe foot applicator.

Initial application.

Initial application.

When it sets it becomes completely matte.

When it sets it becomes completely matte.

 

My thoughts:

It is a liquid to matte lip product that dries and sets on the skin. The shade I have here is a brownish nude colour perfect for tanned skin people. It smells like dessert and I absolutely love that! It has a mousse-y texture and it is pretty long lasting. Overall I really do think this lip cream is pretty amazing. The darker colours may be trickier to work with. LOVE!!!

Price; MYR 30 (also depends your source of purchase)

Where to buy; Sephora (nationwide), FS Boutique (on mainland Penang, Facebook page link here).

Haul; Collective Haul (#2)

Again, I really want to emphasise that I never want to share haul posts with any ill-intention. However, as I have mentioned before, in my first haul post, my tagline says #SharingisCaring. So here goes. This is a collective haul and I did buy these over a period of time. Another thing I wanna note is, except the Essence lipliners and Daiso items, I did not pay full price for anything else.

 

The haul. One item is missing though.

The haul. One item is missing though. I’ll show the item at the end of the post.

 

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1. Empty 6 pan palette, original price; MYR 21.90, purchased for; MYR 10.95.

2. Splendour line eyeshadows (from left to right, night blue, plum purple, evergreen, lilac purple), original price; MYR 10.90 per pan, purchased for; MYR 5.45 each.

3. Lipliners (burgundy, violet fuchsia, tomato coral), original price; MYR 15.90 each, purchased for; MYR 7.95 each.

4. BB Age Block Toning Serum, original price; MYR 79.90; purchased for MYR 10.

 

Swatches of the eyeshadows per a request.

Swatches of the eyeshadows per a request.

 

Drugstore

Guardian

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1 & 2. came in a mystery clearance items bag which I paid MYR 3.90 for. The Guardian organic brown rice hair mask retails for MYR 26.90 (price value sourced from a blog). The Olay moisturizer retails for MYR 68.50 (price value sourced from a different drugstore).

3. Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow in 030, Jump Up and Brown, original price; MYR 21.90, purchased for; MYR 19.70.

4. NuTeen toner, original price; MYR 11.50, purchased for; MYR 9.80.

5. Maybelline gel liner, original price; MYR 42.25, purchased for; MYR 25.35.

 

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1. Silkygirl Matte Fever Lipcolor Balm, original price; MYR 22.90, purchased for; MYR 19.80.

2. Essence Longlasting Lipliner, retails for MYR 8.90.

 

Shins

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1. Ecotools brow grooming set, original price; MYR 59, purchased for; MYR 11.80.

2. Real Techniques core collection set, original price MYR 145, purchased for; MYR 99.

3. Celeb Beaute liquid pen liner, original price MYR 59, purchased for; MYR 11.80.

 

Daiso

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1. Individual false eyelashes.

2. Cleansing water.

All at MYR 5.30

 

Sasa

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1. Biore Perfect Cleansing Water (I reviewed this here and loved it), original price; MYR 35.30, purchased for MYR 27.90.

2. Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick, original price MYR 22.20, purchased for; MYR 20.

 

Etude House

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These were eyeshadow at marked down prices for clearance, each cost me MYR 5. The orange colour is OR 201 Glittering Tangerine Pendant, the yellow is YL02 Lemon Sherbet, the brown one is BR401 Cafe Latte.

 

Random

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I didn’t buy two, just opened the palette up to show the colours I picked.

The lip balm was purchased at a shop along Market Street, Penang at MYR 3.90 (the shopkeeper gave me a price reduction).

The eyeshadow is from a brand called Bloop cosmetics (I have reviewed a lip brush from the company here). Individual pans of the eyeshadow costs MYR 18 but if the 3 pan palette is purchased, you get it for MYR 38 and you get to pick and choose the colours. These eyeshadows were apparently featured in the CLEO 2010 Beauty Hall of Fame (noted on their website here).

 

Sephora

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This Sephora Color My Life palette was on promotion (emails went out to all Sephora card holders). This was marked down to MYR 51 (from approximately MYR 130, if I am not mistaken)which had a further 20% reduction to MYR 40.80 for members.