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Review: Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB and Micro Blur Skin Perfector!

If you love the lightweight, silky texture and effectiveness of Kiehl’s  Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ (I believe it’s called Super Fluid UV Protection SPF 50 PA+++ in the US), you’ll be excited to know they finally came out with a BB cream which has the same sun protection rating.

I don’t know about you but I’m kinda glad at the return to old-school BBs with an emphasis on skin treatment, after the slew of later bandwagon products that claim to have 6-in-1, 8-in-1, 10-in-1 properties, but mainly just give coverage and hydration with minimal skincare.

Kiehl’s promises theirs has not just immediate color-true coverage but also clinically-proven results to protect and improve skin tone over time. 

Pros:

The key ingredient is the high level of stabilized Vitamin C, which can prevent oxidative stress on the skin and also clarifies uneven skintone. I haven’t used this long enough to see a noticeable difference yet but I would pick 3 straightforward promises rather than 10 gimmicky benefits. 

The coverage is very lightweight, as you might expect of a tinted sunblock, but as shown above, it IS buildable and stays natural-looking when layered. 

It’s extremely lightweight, but stays dewy and moist-looking. I would think this might be a great product for adding some natural looking radiance to dry or mature skins. 

Cons:

The first one I can mention would be the strong medicinal smell. This is completely fragrance-free but the smell might get to you. It does fade away a minute after applied, but I’m just letting you know!

There are only 3 shades available (4 in the US) and I - at NC25 - am wearing the deepest shade available in Singapore, Natural. The pigments are a nice neutral tone and seem to be quite forgiving so I believe it will fit a pretty good range of skin tones, but I’m just not sure it can cater to darker skins.

This is not greasy, but the dewy finish can be problematic for very oily skins. You will probably need to set with powder if you have oily/combi skin.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB retails in Singapore for $52 (US$37).

Another product that might be exciting for those who are concerned about grease and visible pores is the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, which will be launching in May 2014.

Unlike most mattifying primers which don’t really do more than just layer a lot of silicones and silica on the skin to absorb a bit of oil and create the illusion of matte skin, Kiehl’s again expects their product to be dual-function. Besides mattifying the skin instantly, it also contains lentil extracts to tighten pore walls and Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) to support gentle exfoliation, which automatically reduces the appearance of blackheads. 

The thing this geek is most interested in is Lipo Hydroxy Acid, which is a popular surface exfoliant for those with sensitive skin. If you haven’t heard about it, It’s an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory acid like Salicylic Acid but structured slightly-differently so it doesn’t penetrate as deep or have the same irritation potential. While it’s not as good at pore-clearing, it does give cleaner and more even surface exfoliation so it allows women with more sensitive skin to do gentle exfoliation for radiance.

Long term use also has been show to stimulate cell renewal and to strengthen the extracellular matrix, so definitely look out for this ingredient!

Kiehl’s recommends Micro-Blur Skin Perfector as the final step in the skincare regimen, to be used after application of UV or BB Cream, in place of primer, before foundation.

What I found is that:

  • it takes a couple of minutes to reach maximum “matteness”. When you just pat it on, it still looks dewy. Resist the urge to keep applying more and more. (I was surprised when I took a photo a couple of minutes later because I initially thought, “It’s not mattifying at all!” but it did become more matte after awhile.)
  • Even if you use a patting motion as recommended by Kiehl’s, there’s no avoiding the removal of some coverage. The red/brown spots on my skin became more visible after I patted this on, even though skin texture was noticeably more matte. You’re probably going to need to follow with some concealer if you have any blemishes to conceal.

Cons: 

It does work as a mattifying primer, but only slightly. Don’t expect dramatic matte results, and don’t expect to stay matte for many hours either. 

That said, this is not a problem for me because I don’t use primers for their mattifying effect anyway. It’s just a temporary effect and a blotting sheet is my preferred choice. Remove the excess oil, don’t hide it.

Pros: 

I would still pick this over regular primers in a heartbeat, just cos of the additional skin regulating properties. A good primer should either make your foundation look better and last longer, or help treat/protect your skin. It shouldn’t JUST look matte.

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector will retail in Singapore for $52 in May 2014. (I don’t have details on the US release at this time!)

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No7 204 The Starlet Palette: Silver-Taupe Lids with Fuchsia-Red Glossy Lips

I attended a Marc Jacobs Beauty launch event the other day, and this was the look worn. I recreated it with a few minor changes to the products used as I wanted to try out the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation and Obsessed blush, but the overall effect is the same.

To see my thoughts on the foundation itself, click here!

Products used:

Primer: Lancome La Base Pro (this thing really impressed me by extending the wear of my foundations and making the application silky smooth)

Foundation: Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation 22 Bisque Light

Concealer: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Concealer No3

Powder: Givenchy Prisme Libre in 7 Voile Rose for under eyes, ClearLast powder in Medicated Ochre everywhere else

Brow pencil: VDL Festival Brow pencil in Grey Brown

Eyeshadows: Marc Jacobs Style Eye-con No 7 204 The Starlet

Eyeliner: NYX Skinny Brown Liner

Mascara: Laura Mercier Full Blown mascara

Blush: Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 204 Obsessed

Lipliner: Boots No7 liner in Nude

Lipcolor: Dior Fluid Stick 872 Mona Lisette

Amethyst: Purple and Mauve Eye Look using Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No 7 in 202 The Tease

Purple is one of my favorite colors to wear around the eyes. It goes with most eye colors and skin tones.

If you find purple looks muddy or bruised on you, you probably need to choose a slightly more vibrant or blue-based purple than you’re currently using. 

Products used:

Marc Jacobs Style-Econ No7 palette in 202 The Tease

Lancome Artliner 24H in Amethyst

Laura Mercier Full Blown Mascara in Black

Resistance. Is. Futile.  Hellooo Marc Jacobs Beauty.
It’s finally reached Singapore. (Sephora ION specifically.) If you haven’t checked out the line yet, I run through my picks and swatch everything here!
http://dayre.me/makeupbox/HiLStFsBGd

Pictured:
202 The Tease palette (purples and neutrals)
204 The Starlet palette (full-on metallics)
Lip Gel in 118 Roll The Dice - rosy fuchsia pink
Lip Gel in 122 All The Way - soft glossy coral
Shameless Bold Blush in 212 Outspoken - soft pastel cool-pink (it looks lavender in the pan)
Re(marc)able Concealer no 3 - this concealer texture is REALLY remarkable….

Resistance. Is. Futile.
Hellooo Marc Jacobs Beauty.

It’s finally reached Singapore. (Sephora ION specifically.) If you haven’t checked out the line yet, I run through my picks and swatch everything here!

http://dayre.me/makeupbox/HiLStFsBGd

Pictured:

202 The Tease palette (purples and neutrals)

204 The Starlet palette (full-on metallics)

Lip Gel in 118 Roll The Dice - rosy fuchsia pink

Lip Gel in 122 All The Way - soft glossy coral

Shameless Bold Blush in 212 Outspoken - soft pastel cool-pink (it looks lavender in the pan)

Re(marc)able Concealer no 3 - this concealer texture is REALLY remarkable….

Grown-up Glitter: Glimmering Neutral Eye Look (plus my super simple lash routine!)

Was requested to do a lash routine demo, but it’s honestly so simple that I couldn’t imagine making it a full post. I literally apply mascara (and I switch out my mascara all the time; it ranges from the expensive to the super-cheap) and curl.

The only consistent thing is I don’t like clumpy mascaras, and I only curl with heated lash curlers.

Look out for the tips mentioned above.

If you curl all your lashes it can look quite unnatural. My preferred way to do it is to curl the center lashes the most and the inner and outer lashes only slightly. This creaters a nice curved shape so your lashes look very long whether you’re looking from the front (center lashes point up) or the side (side lashes point out).

For the eye look, it’s a rather easy and basic neutral eye that looks very dimensional because I used 3 different textures. 

Colors used:

Matte ivory/beige: Make Up Store Old Lace

Blue-brown pearl: Make Up Store Volga (this is like MAC Club shadow)

Metallic Bronze-beige: MAC Tan pigment

Brown glitter liner: Make Up Store Glitter Liner in Sparkling Brown

Black liquid liner: Lime Crime Quill Uniliner

Mascara: Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara in Black

Colorful stacked liner look

This is a simple look for the season, recommended by Beno, MAC Singapore’s Senior Artist. 

Color is in, but it can be quite daunting trying to decide how to wear a bright blue or fuchsia or green on the eyes without looking completely bonkers or just unlike yourself. 

The tip is just to wear it as an eyeliner, by using a stroke of pencil as a base, and then the right brush (flat, firm, angled brush) to gently dab powder shadow onto the line. 

The black liner at the base of the lashes is one of the things you should not skip because it will help to define your eyes and stop your lashes from disappearing when you’re wearing bright, strong colors near there. 

Another thing to look out for is a neutral shadow to define your lids and socket line, but you might want to look for something that contrasts with the liner shade you’re using. The color combi Beno recommended was MAC Amber Lights on the lids, followed by Freshwater as a bright blue liner. 

I redid the look the next day using a softer combination in case you want to try it for work or school. I used Patina on the lids, and Bright Fuchsia pigment as liner color. 

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