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Battle of the Holy Grail Drugstore Matte Foundations

(On the photo: Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in Sun Beige)

With today’s technology and innovation, it’s easy to find a holy grail foundation from the drugstore. Brands just keep delivering one exceptional release after the other! Some of my favorites include the Flormar Mat Touch FoundationL’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation, and Maybelline Dream Velvet FoundationThey perform like luxury products, too! Aside from a trustworthy skin care routine, a good base is essential to hold everything in place.

I just had to try 2 buzzworthy releases in the Philippines: the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation and L’Oréal Paris Infallible ProMatte 24HR Foundation. I’m thrilled that international beauty powerhouses are listening to the Filipina consumer who is more interested in everything beauty – many thanks to the endless black hole that is YouTube. E.L.F., please take note? Now, which among the 2 is worth buying?

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in Sun Beige (Watsons, P399)

Weight: 1 fl.oz./30ml

Shade Range: 10

Claims: For normal to oily skin, mattifies and refines pores, matches natural tone, gives a natural, seamless finish

Overall Experience: My skin looks like skin. Pores and pesky acne scars are covered – regardless if I apply a primer beforehand and a concealer after. It can get slightly dewy at the end of the day. The liquid formula works best with a fluffy foundation brush rather than a beauty blender because the sponge will drink it up. I am just iffy with the glass bottle devoid of a pump which can lead to messy application.

The yellow-toned shade (second to the darkest in the range) is a perfect match for me unlike L’Oréal’s Infallible which looks quite muddy – to the point that my face looks lifeless – but it’s an “error” on my part; department store lights are pretty bad to get one’s true shade.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible ProMatte 24HR Foundation in Natural Beige (Watsons, P700)

Weight: 1 fl.oz./30ml

Shade Range: 6 shades

Claims: 24-hour wear, medium texture and coverage, demi-matte finish

Overall Experience: I use the earlier release on my daily commute, and it doesn’t budge. It wears great throughout the day! This isn’t always the case, though. I remember doing my friend’s make-up (and mine, too) and we were under the relentless 12nn sun for a while, which resulted to the foundation melting – most evident on the forehead. I’ve never encountered this problem again.

In beauty guru lingo, I look *snatched* even if I don’t set it with a translucent loose powder. Note that my skin is dry so I forego this step – except for on the under eye area for the concealer not to crease. Apply with a beauty blender or sponge for a more natural look!

Final Verdict

Both are incredible products that withstand the PH heat and humidity on a daily basis. Every time I wear either, I have a fantastic make-up day, and I don’t need any retouching. It’s the type of base na mapapatingin ka sa salamin because you’re GGSS all day. Both deliver flawless coverage without feeling heavy. You can keep building it up, and it won’t leave parts of your face patchy. With the variety of shades, you can find a match or custom blend for the changing seasons.

For Dry/Normal-Combo Skin

Given the lower price tag with the same amount of product, I’d (re)purchase the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. It also feels more lightweight and appears more natural on skin – but that’s just me! My dry skin also doesn’t mind how matte it is since it’s breathable! This won’t emphasize dryness but if it’s too matte for you, you can always mix it with moisturizer or use a make-up spray (MAC Fix Plus, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, Pixi Glow Mist) after your foundation and concealer-powder combo

For Oily Skin

If you have uncontrollably oily skin or just really under dire weather conditions – and don’t mind the heftier price tag – I’d go with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation since it’s thicker and undoubtedly more matte. It’s best for a really bad skin day (been there!) or a full-day event where you’ll be taking a ton of pictures and will need your make-up to slay – even until the wee hours of the morning. 🌈

Have you tried any of the products? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below! ✨


Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

(Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora US, $42)

With an endless assortment of warm, earthy tones – that can probably last me a lifetime thanks to the Morphe 35O – in the market, it’s difficult to find a good, versatile eyeshadow palette that offers a selection of berry tones. I’ve had my eyes on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette for a year after seeing everybody rave about it on YouTube – where else? – so I had my cousin get this for me in Sephora US last summer. I’ve been obsessing over pink looks lately, it’s just so flattering for morenas!

Worth the Splurge!

The palette boasts 14 shades which include both warm and cool tones inspired by Renaissance colors. There’s an abundance of transitional matte shades (Raw Sienna, Golden Ochre, Warm Taupe) considering most palettes, even high-end, only carry a single shadow. The iridescent shimmer shadows (Vermeer, Primavera) can even double as a highlighter! This lasts me the entire day even without applying an eyeshadow primer beforehand. It has a double-ended shadow brush but I still use my F&S fluffy shadow brush for blending. The berry shades (Buon Fresco, Love Letter, Venetian Red) are so unique and enchanting! There’s a myriad of looks to do with this!

Being the OC Queen that I am, I just dislike how the shadows get marks easily even after a few uses because of the “soft” formula. I also keep the palette inside the box because of the lavender felt packaging that gets dirty easily. Other than that, it’s worth the splurge! I love, love it but I honestly won’t recommend it to beginners because the colors are superiorly pigmented – with or without a spray of the MAC Fix Plus – that if you don’t use a light hand, it will look messy. I still prefer an all matte palette like the Stila Eyes Are The Window in Mind for newbies.

Buy it locally from Your Make-up Store (P2,699).


Affordable Beauty: Top 4 Peach Drugstore Blushes

Summer may be over but a peach blush is always a good idea! That healthy flush makes a statement without going overboard. It looks beautiful whether you’re morena or mestiza! It looks good alone for a quick drugstore run or with a full make-up look for a Friday night out with the barkada. This is also perfect for low-maintenance girls – whether you’re a student or just lazy (like me!). These 4 trustworthy drugstore choices are easy on the eyes and the pocket!

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (Stuff in Style, P420)

Luminoso is everybody’s favorite peachy pink blush, a must-have for your top shelf – and for good reason! This is my most abused blush from my collection! Dust it on the apples of your cheeks for a a subtle, iridescent glow, which easily gives off a *lit from within* look. This looks so natural, perfect for those intimidated by bold colored blushes. Best of all, it lasts the entire day!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-cot in the Middle (Watsons, P299/Your Make Up Store, P249)

The most unique from the bunch is Wet n Wild’s Apri-cot in the Middle; it’s also the most shimmery. It has noticeable gold specks that gives a bold sheen, which looks gorgeous when the sunlight hits your face! It almost looks like a highlight. If you have problematic skin and have texture on your face – acne, huge pores – you may want to forego this product because it will accentuate it. The infamous Icon Blushes are a must-try and definitely worth the trip to the drugstore!

City Color Rosy Cheeks Blush in Fall Sunflower (Watsons, P249)

The Rosy Cheeks Blushes from City Color are reminiscent of Milani’s Rose Powder Blushes but cheaper! They are so pretty! Fall Sunflower is the most pigmented among the 4 recommendations, you will need a light hand! This deep color is also the most favorable for those with a darker complexion.

Ever Bilena Single Blush-on in Amethyst (Watsons, P110)

If you’re on a student budget or just really want an affordable gem from the drugstore, Ever Bilena’s Amethyst is a steal! Use it for that subtle flush on the cheeks – perfect for beginners. Keep it simple or build it up for an intense pop of color!

What are your favorite blushes? Leave your recommendations in the comments below! 🍑


Favorites, Lately: Base Make-up from the Drugstore

(On the photo: Flormar Mat Touch Foundation in M301)

For April’s Favorites, Lately, I’ve been enjoying a variety of make-up bases from the drugstore for every mood…and skin issue. I’ve been a firm believer in a good full-coverage foundation for the longest time until I discovered some make-up game-changers: the cushion foundation, tinted moisturizer, and BB cream. I find it silly how in the past, I wouldn’t invest in a good base but in time, you realize how everything else is secondary. A great base will allow all the other products you put on your face appear intact and stay on longer.

Cushion Foundation

L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion in W5.5 (Watsons, P900)

I never thought I’d find another drugstore cushion compact I’d love as much as Maybelline’s Super BB Cushion until I discovered L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion. I purchased it during their month-long sale for P675! It is *pricey* for a drugstore product but, well, it is L’Oréal. The recent (Philippine) release appears in 6 shades, which I find to favor morenas. This achieves the glowy look a cushion foundation promises while also covering blemishes so well. I personally love the supaaaah fresh finish it gives but I got the wrong color because my skin’s been getting brighter because of the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Serum (separate review soon) I’m using to fade my acne scars. It also wears great throughout the day; it stays on pretty long.

I wouldn’t recommend this for people with oily skin. I suggest a matte foundation – hopefully the Infallible Pro-Matte lives up to its claims. I usually forego setting my face with loose powder for cushion foundations for the intense Koreana, dewy look I’ve been loving but this leaves my face a mess, especially this summer. Still, I think this may be the best cushion I’ve tried – considering I’ve only tried a few.

Tinted Foundation

City Color Glowing Complexion Tinted Moisturizer in Beige (Watsons, P229)

Now, this was love at first swipe. The City Color Glowing Complexion Tinted Moisturizer leaves my skin extra glowy but it barely gives any coverage. This is for people with great skin or for that quick trip to the supermarket or gym – masabi lang na you have something on your face. This is also a good, hydrating primer or strobing cream!

Foundation 

Flormar Mat Touch Foundation in M301  (Watsons, P749)

I cannot even begin to explain how life-changing Flormar’s Mat Touch Foundation is. My Twitter (and IRL beauty) friends know how much my skin’s been at its worst state for a month now – thus the lack of make-up selfies, ha-ha. It’s slowly healing so I’ve been going out with a bare face but for days when I do want to put make-up on, I use this foundation. It’s so intense, it actually feels like a luxury product.

Flormar had a summer sale so I only purchased this for P399…acca-believe-it! This makes my skin look Photoshopped, I’m not even kidding. I also find that it applies best with a make-up brush instead of a beauty blender/sponge. If you’re on a budget and are looking for a full-coverage foundation, you’ve been informed.

BB Cream

Maybelline Super BB Cream Fresh Matte in So Natural (Watsons, P399)

I feel so bad for my college self – light years ago – since I’ve only understood the appeal of BB Cream now. This would have made a pretty good everyday product back then! The Maybelline Super BB Cream Fresh Matte may be the best one I’ve tried…yet. I love this because it covers my pores and blemishes, plus it dries matte! It’s no-fuss and super friendly for students and working gals alike. The downside is the very limited color selection the Super BB collection offers – Light and So Natural – but you can always blend it with a separate lighter or deeper liquid foundation or cream concealer. Basta, trust me,  just get it.

Have you tried anything from the list? What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below! ✨

 

 

 


Product Empties: Beauty and Skin Care

It’s been a good year diligently collecting emptiesgathering products I love –  and found myself grieving over, upon its material death – and others, which I finished for the sake of a clear conscience. The paper bag was accumulating filth that I really had to complete this entry. Lo and behold, my trash!

Skin Care

Micellar Water 

*L’Oréal Micellar Water in Moisturizing (Watsons, P225)

Times have changed, more drugstore brands are finally carrying micellar water. If you’re on a budget, L’Oréal’s 2016 launch is a good alternative for cleansing oils and balms. It gently removes make-up effectively. I personally use it to remove my lip product and eye make-up then follow up with my (crazy skin care lady) double cleanse: a cleansing balm and a water-based cleanser.

Cleansing Balm

*Banila Co. Clean It Zero Super Size in Classic (Beauty MNL, P1,270)

I grieved over emptying my Banila Co. Clean It Zero a month ago. So far, I’ve discovered it’s the best way to completely rid my face of make-up for a clean and hydrated face. It’s an international best-seller for a reason. It’s a solid balm that dissolves into a milky, oil-like substance. This extra step makes all the difference in my regimen. The Super Size lasted me for 4 months – considering I use make-up every day – which makes the item worth the splurge. Again, the only con I have for this is the blurry sensation I have when it’s close my eye area.

Full review here.

Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm (Althea Korea, P910)

I finished Hope Girl’s Jamong Cleansing Balm so fast that I don’t think it’s worth the price. It does the job but I have to apply it on my face twice. It’s a sherbet-type cleanser thinner and more slippery in consistency than the Clean It Zero. I’m on the search for the next cleansing balm…Heimish’s All Clean Balm, perhaps? Or even a cleansing oil! If you have recommendations, do let me know!

Cleanser

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash (Watsons, P299)

Upon discovering the cult favorite, Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser, nothing else compares. Simple’s Moisturizing Facial Wash is pretty, wait for it, basic. I’m not undermining its effectivity as a cleanser but it does exactly what other drugstore generic facial washes do, and I need something more.

Toner

*CosRX One-Step Pimple Clear Pad (Watsons, P665)

I’ve never loved a skin care product more than CosRX’s One-Step Pimple Clear Pad; I can’t live without it. I’m on my second, and it’s been a part of my daily routine ever since I discovered it. I use it at night to gently exfoliate my skin after a long day under hostile environmental elements. Not only does it prevent breakouts, it also calms redness at the onset of hormonal acne. Use the textured area of the pad to mildly exfoliate and the flat area for a gentle cleanse. And, who wouldn’t love that super cute packaging?!

Moisturizer

*St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer (Watsons, P249)

It still baffles me how this huge jar of moisturizer (10oz) is so affordable. For the price of P249, this nourishes deep into skin. I even feel my face tighten after application! It also isn’t sticky so this is good even for day wear, especially during summer. I want to try new products for reviews but I can’t seem to detach myself from it – I’m actually on my second jar! If 10-ish steps is too overwhelming for you, I recommend at least incorporating this product to your minimal routine.

*The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel (The Face Shop, P195)

Aloe Gel is a miracle multi-tasker to treat stubborn acne and insect bites, soothe sunburn, and many other things. I personally use it every night as a sleeping gel as the last step of my routine. It seeps into my skin and hydrates it. In just one week of religious use, I noticed that tiny bumps on my face, especially on my forehead, started disappearing.

Beauty 

Primer

QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier (Watsons, P99)

To fill in pores and to mattify (oily to combination) skin, the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is an underrated gem from the drugstore! It’s a fantastic product to control sebum, and it even makes skin look Photoshopped. This silicon-based primer is pretty similar to ELF’s Mineral Infused Face Primer and Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer but way more affordable. I suggest to use a setting spray to lengthen make-up wear time since this doesn’t do that. I won’t purchase it again just for the reason that I have normal skin so I don’t really need much mattifying.

Foundation

*L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation in Nude Beige (Watsons, P600)

I’ve forgotten how much I love L’Oréal’s True Match Liquid Foundation after obsessing over Cushion Compacts and BB Creams for a while. I set it with my Nichido Final Powder in So Natural, and I’m all set for a full day – I even wear this for events! It covers my blemishes so well, I don’t even have to wear concealer. This also lasted me half a year. This is such a holy grail from the drugstore!

*Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte Foundation in Natural Beige (Watsons, P499)

I love, love, love Maybelline’s Dream Velvet Matte Foundation for everyday wear. This gives me flawless skin. Because of its velvet matte finish, this is super hydrating for normal/dry skin. From reviews online, this isn’t the best product for oily skin. Don’t forget to use a beauty blender or a sponge because this particular formula doesn’t cling well to normal make-up brushes.

Mascara

COVERGIRL The Super Sizer By Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black (Watsons, P395)

I purchased COVERGIRL’s Super Sizer on one of its sales because it’s Tati-approved, but it left me disappointed since it applies really messy. It does lengthen and volumize lashes like no one’s business but it took a month of constant use before I actually liked it.

Lipstick

Sleek MakeUp Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit (P450, Zalora)

I have a complicated love-hate relationship with Sleek MakeUP’s Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit. I’m on my second tube, and it remains the best (pinkish) nude I have in my collection. No wonder it’s always sold out. This dries completely matte, which means it can be difficult to reapply in the middle of the day. The more you apply, the more chapped your lips will get. This is super drying, and it feels heavy but I look past its flaws for the stunning shade.

*Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams in Cannes, Prague, Copenhagen, and Transylvania (Stuff in Style, P270)

If you’re not a fan of uber drying liquid lipsticks, the classic Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams may be your cup of tea. They deliver superior pigmentation and come in a ton of vibrant shades – without leaving your lips a chapped mess! It remains one of the best formulas in the market, even beating luxurious brands. Cannes (a pinkish nude), Prague (a deep fuschia), and Copenhagen (a vampy red) are my top picks; they’re universally flattering, too!

*Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08 and 104 (P350, Your Make-up Store PH)

The Kate by Rimmel lipsticks are the creamiest lipsticks I’ve tried. 08 and 104 are some of my favorite pinks from the drugstore. Because of how buttery it is, just be wary of the product moving around.

Lip Balm

Classic Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm (P139, Watsons)

I actually finished a lip balm…wait, what? This moisturizes my lips as well as Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. The smell is just a bit strange, a mixture of vanilla and Omega Pain Killer?

*This product is definitely worth repurchasing!

What have you emptied lately? Any products you’ve tried from the list? Let me know in the comments below! ✨