3 Raves and 3 Rants
This is a quick run-down of products I’ve loved and loathed recently, for various reasons.
This is such a splurge, but I like to spread a small pump of this luxurious plant-derived oil (argan, hazelnut, sweet almond, and grape seed) over dry parts of my face, under the eyes, and on my lips. Not only does it sooth and condition dry skin, but it also contains a large amount of white flower oils (jasmine, camellia, gardenia) and smells divine and soothes my mind as well.
I’ve mentioned this before, and I love how it gives coverage while being matte, natural-looking and lightweight. I’ve got so many new foundations but I keep finding myself reaching for this in the morning.
The main problem is that it’s so hard to get outside of Singapore. I tried to contact the company for more information but nobody ever responded to my email, which is always a bit of a bummer.
Customer relations minus-one.
This is a permanent shade released with the Tres Cheek collection. It’s an odd shade to buy because it’s a soft satin lavender which may look odd on those with deeper skin tones.
I specifically wanted a shade like that because it’s a perfect base for a cool-toned blush. Most cool-toned blushes will end up looking warmer over the skin, so layering them over a lavender helps to make the color stay true.
Before you moan about not being able to access this “rubber” mascara in your country, read further down.
This gum-containing mascara promised to deliver dramatic length, and looked SOOO promising. But while it DOES really lengthen and add on to the ends of your lashes, it also dries so fast that it’s almost impossible to build up properly. Going over any coated lash with the comb will give you clumpy, twig-like lashes, which I hate. Once it sets, it’s also amost impossible to comb out properly.
You are also not going to get much natural-looking volume or feathery lashes with this.
If you like big spiky lashes from a distance, this would work, but if you want to look nice up close, there are easier ways to achieve that than this product.
This BB Cream comes in 2 shades, one of which is deep enough for medium skins that it does not give you an ashy or pink cast like some Korean BB Creams would. But that’s about the only thing I like about it.
In terms of feel, coverage, texture etc, it loses out completely. Next time, just avoid gimmicky mass-market cosmetic giant copies because while it’s half the price of many BB Creams, I’d rather just have spent no money on it at all.
3. Bourjois Stick Anticernes Correcteur #72 Beige Rose
I bought this because it was specifically designed to correct discolorations under the eyes. This is a bit more pink than my skin naturally is, so I thought “all the better to neutralize dark circles!”
What a mistake. I’ve tried to work with this several times but if you have any dryness, lines, or uneven texture under your eyes, this is not going to go on smoothly or spread easily for the most part.
For normal to oily skin, it might perform slightly better in terms of application, but the staying power is really a bit of a miss as well.