Sunday, June 10, 2018

Chicca Flush Blush Powder in 06

When it comes to cheek color, I find it hard to justify spending a premium on highend because they (blushes in the same color family) more or less blend into the same shade on the face. But one a while something is so beautiful that I had to cave in. 

Yup, I did it for the packaging (and found out it's not just a pretty face).
 
As a big fan of Chicca lipstick who already had three (well 4 is unlucky number so I couldn't simply add one more into my collection), I thought I want to have at least one of their cheek color as well. 
When I placed my order, Chicca Flush Blush Powder 06 was a newest addition from Fall 2016. Just weeks after my purchase, Chicca overhauled the whole range in January 2017 and replaced it with Flawless Glow Flush Blush Powder. 

The new range started with two shade each in powder and cream form and has been adding new color every season. So far the newest shade 05 Mango Press looks like 06 from the previous version (but I can't say exactly how similar they are).
Like many high end brands (Cle de Peau, Kanebo Global come to mind), the refill and case are sold separately. I opt for the case (2000yens extra) because I am the type never reach for products once I depot them.
Of course they had to make you feel special with the white dust magnet. On the bright side, the glimmering compact is substantial (once you put the pre-glued pan in) but not bulky and doesn't attract fingerprint and dust.

So far all rambling are about the packaging but the blush was a surprise (from someone who think Canmake was all I need). The powder pan is very tightly packed that it doesn't feel powdery at all.

 A normal finger swipe doesn't pick up enough to show (and I wasn't going to poke hard so no swatch here) but a horse hair brush can pick up and deposit a thinnest even layer. It's incredibly natural on the face, texturally undetectible and hard to overdo with multiple layers.

(I didn't say impossible to overdo because I kept on adding more and more as it was so natural. The blooper was only on my right cheek, as I am right handed.)
The effect Chicca Flush Blush 06 delivers is just what it promises, a reddish coral flush radiated from the warmth of your body.  It's a youthful look that's also suitable for grown-up/mature skin types.  Since the powder also has a little bit of white base tone, it lightly blurs away smaller tonal and textural imperfections. In a way, it's as low maintenance as cream blush as I can use it on top of sunscreen (and no other base makeup).

I don't usually notice wear time of a blush(I sweat and rub my face during the day) unless it wears terribly or exceptionally well. I am happy to report that it's the latter with Chicca. Not only it lasts through 10 hours work day, looking freshly applied (on top of sunscreen). On another off/play day when I overdid my right cheek, the blooper also stayed with me for the entire day/night (and that's what sold me).

Verdict: I need more!

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon

You are probably like "What year is it? Why are you still reviewing lip butter?" Well, since Almay is discontinuing the Butter Lipstick (the same thing), this iconic drugstore formula might be gone for good. I might as well put a closure on this.

Actually, I took the pictures almost three years ago and forgot about it...I know it was fall 2015 because I (couldn't get used to the Panasonic GF5/ and its flashy effects) and gave it to mom in 2016...
If you are from US, Macaroon would be an unfamiliar shade since it wasn't available here. I remember seeing Youtube star Sasaki Asahi talking about it and I decided I needed it in my life. 
Macaroon is hard to pinpoint, it's a combination of red, brown and burnished orange, all infused with a strong golden sheen. While the finish is very much metallic, it's still on the brightening wearable side than being dramatic.
The formula is smooth with some slip and it's rather pigmented. I wouldn't call it moisturizing but the formula is similar to the equally glittery Peach Parfait. 
Macaroon is actually the kind of color that's very popular this last two years. I am sad that the formula is gone as it was a range that shows you "makeup doesn't have to be expensive to look expensive". 

Things are different nowadays, if you want a piece of Gucci Westman's creativity, stuff from her own brand is around 50 bucks a piece. I think she is worth every penny,.I am just not buying any, ha. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Lunasol Aurorized Eyes in 02 Light Variation

Back in 2015-2016, I was hoarding one Lunasol palette after another as they were becoming less popular (and easier to find with discount). Lot of them were left in storage as I focused on using drugstore ones. Now that summer is here, with 90% humidity (which translates to smoother eye area) it is time to pick up these glittery palettes again, it's like going through my wardrobe of sundresses while the weather allows. 
The Aurorized Collection was released back in Fall 2010 and 02 Light Variation is (the only shade) still in the permanent line up. I can totally see why as the light glossy eyes is still very much in style. I just wish the purple, rose-brown and navy ones are still around since Lunasol hasn't come up with any comparable replacement.
From top left going clockwise there is a skin beige (that only adds a glow without too much powdery finish), soft pink, medium brown, soft yellow and white glitter top coat. Despite being mostly pastel, the three soft shades shows up and layer well without a chalky white base underneath. 
The overall look is softly glossy, defining without being smokey.  Still the Lunasol grown-up without being too mature. I think I was wearing Cezanne brow powder in 02 as well (because I usually don't wear brow product unless it's badly trimmed.
This is a hushed look (I kind of mixed every color together and called it a day) but at least you can see How well the powder sits on skin. 
Wrist swatch of Soft Variation
One more product shot


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Cezanne Nose and Brow Powder in 02 Natural

Cezanne is a brand that I have been very much into since last summer, I enjoyed using many of their base products (10-dollars powder, foundation that perform as well as the 30-40bucks one from US) so I started to play with their point makeup as well. 

The Nose and Brow powder was a newer release from last year. Since it was small and easy to carry, I got it trying to see if I can use it to deal with my erratic brow growth cycle plus my stress pulling episodes.  (I do have Suqqu as my holygrail but the glossy black compact would occupy a much bigger space in my bag). 
Shade 02 Natural is quite warm and blonde toned (like many Japanese brow powder actually) with a taupe beige nose shadow on the left, warm blond (like ginger skin) and medium brown for the tails of brows.

The powder is moderately pressed that it doesn't kick off lot of product but it's very easy to grab and deposit onto skin. It's finely milled enough but of course I can't compare it to suqqu. 
For the price range (10 bucks after international markup) the compact is cutely designed and made of good quality plastic. The plastic brush is more than serviceable. 
The three shades swatch suspiciously warm on the wrist but at least the colors aren't super powdery or pigmented/prone to mistakes. 
Take after a bad brow day, over plucked on top and freshly stressed-pulled allover. I should have comb the hair before picture by well...
A something that looks this warm, 02 looks surprisingly natural (duh, it's the name) on the brow, it somehow just blends in with the brow hair without looking strikingly blond or black. I didn't do a great job blending but it doesn't look flat or cakey. 

Overall I do like it for what it is (it's nothing special though) and maybe the 03 Olive one would be more suitable for my hair color. 

More brow powder to come (because apparently I like buying them as cartfillers).
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