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This P185 Drugstore Liquid Lipstick is Your New Everyday Fave

(From L-R: Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Dusk, Toast of New York, Siennas, and Sexy Nude  from Watsons, P185)

I remember my first tube of Ever Bilena lipstick. It was stored in the infamous plastic black bullet with a sneak peek of the color on top. I was a junior in college, completely oblivious to anything related to beauty and on rare occasions, a mere recipient of products from relatives abroad and my beautiful mother. The classic vampy red (Storm) became my everyday weapon of choice – way before discovering the life-changing reds, Russian Red and Ruby Woo, from MAC.

Affordable liquid lipsticks in the market are pretty rare but lately, I’ve noticed that local and international brands are finally making them available in the drugstore! It was exciting to know that the ultimate beauty brand for the modern Filipina released Matte Liquid Lipsticks of some of their bestselling Matte Lipsticks. I’ve tried so many (a collective review will be up in a few weeks!), and I can definitely say this is one of the best formulas out there. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s only P185!

Watch: Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick Review and Swatches via Kenny Manalad

Formula and Wear Time

From the 12 shades, I picked up 4 gorgeous, everyday colors from the array of luxurious nudes, browns, and reds. They may look similar but once on the lips, I can see a big difference. Before anything else, not all are created the same. The nude (Sexy Nude) appears to be streakier and will need more than a single swipe to get its full opacity. It stays less longer and cracks on the lips are more prominent after a few hours. Nonetheless, the colors are supreme and so flattering for Pinays that I can overlook the staying power. The browns and reds (Siennas, Toast of New York, and Dusk) are so intensely pigmented, reminiscent of some bestselling Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick shades like Miami Fever. They’re so unique that I can’t find anything similar in my collection!

Upon application, you’ll find it to be lightweight and non-drying. It’s so comfortable on the lips! Let it dry before applying another coat because it can get tacky. From experience, this can last up to 7 hours (still perfectly dry even after my Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Americano) without touch-ups, which is unbelievable. Saan ka pa? Use an oil-based make-up remover or your trustworthy micellar water to remove at the end of the day!

Final Verdict

From the collection, my favorite would have to be Toast of New York (an orangey brown) which is such a unique everyday color. Still, I’d keep wearing the 0thers, even choosing them over my more expensive lip products – it’s that good. Whether you’re in university and have a student budget or just on a search for a really good, budge-free lip product, these fantastic (true) matte liquid lipsticks are totally worth the trip to your local Watsons! ✨

Any thoughts on the new Ever Bilena release? What are your favorite shades? Leave them in the comments below! 🌹


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! ✨


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! ✨