June 29, 2017 / 02:20 AM
(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 Foundation, L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation, and Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. They 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 Pro–Matte 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 Pro–Matte 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!
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! ✨
April 30, 2017 / 22:41 PM
(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.
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.
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!
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.
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! ✨
June 16, 2016 / 16:40 PM
(Bourjois Paris Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix in Dark Beige, Loose Powder in Peach, Little Round Pot Blush in Radiant Rose and Frosted Rose, Rouge Edition Velvet in  Happy Nude Year,  So Hap’pink, and  Pink Pong)
Make-up, my late love, how I’ve missed you.
After a long beauty hiatus – my last entry was in January – I am back with a number of exciting hauls; first on the list: Bourjois Paris!
The French cosmetics brand is a cult favorite amongst the YouTube beauty community because of the Healthy Mix Serum. So many gurus gush about the foundation – a holy grail from the drugstore (or the high street, as Londoners would say). During my recent trip to Malaysia, I freaked out when I saw a row solely dedicated to Bourjois on a spontaneous visit to a Watsons. It stood out alongside other drugstore brands like Maybelline, L’oreal, Essence, and Silky Girl. After a full month of incorporating the products to my daily routine, I can honestly say that I am in deep, mad, undeniable love.
Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation in Dark Beige
To be frank, this foundation is the product from my entire haul I’m least impressed by. It’s good but from all the rave reviews, I had such high, too high, hopes for it. It’s most ideal for days when you don’t want to have too much on your face – a great alternative for those who prefer BB creams and cushion compacts over (full-coverage) foundations. It gives sheer to medium coverage; a concealer is needed to cover blemishes. It’s lightweight, glides easily without being greasy or sticky, and wears comfortably. It’s available in eight shades but Watsons only carried one. Dark Beige is not dark enough for my morena skin. I have to mix it with another foundation (currently: Jordana’s Complete Cover 2-in-1 Concelear and Foundation in Golden Caramel).
Little Round Pot Blush in Radiant Rose and Frosted Rose
The reformulated blushers do smell like roses; it reminds me of fond childhood memories with my Lola. The beautiful packaging comes with a mirror and a small brush but I prefer using my Elf blush brush to apply the product. I dust a little bit along my cheekbones for a subtle, radiant shimmer or build it up for a (contoured) sun-kissed glow. I put this on top of my bronzer to complete my look!
Loose Powder in Peach
I’ve definitely noticed a big change ever since I started using the Bourjois loose powder; I’ve become less oily! Setting the powder after my foundation and concealer makes my skin silky smooth. It doesn’t cake up even after reapplication. It definitely makes my make-up last longer, a great alternative to more expensive powders like the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder.
Rouge Edition Velvet in Happy Nude Year, So Hap’pink, and Pink Pong
My relationship with the velvet lip creams went from from ‘I hate this with a vengeance’ to ‘I need all colors in my life’ real quick. These are my favorite from the haul. It’s incredibly pigmented, wears comfortably, and lasts the entire day (more than eight hours). It dries semi-matte but the texture remains creamy – very similar to the Nyx soft matte lip creams. It takes, at the very least, three swipes to get the full opaqueness. I’ve been alternating between the three – Happy Nude Year being my favorite – and I keep getting compliments every time I wear it. It’s a brilliant product for those who want the lasting power of a liquid lipstick but refuse to sacrifice moisture on the lips.
Anything you’ve tried from the brand? I’d love to get your recommendations! Also, look out for my next beauty entries: my Sephora haul and Maybelline (Rosy, Creamy Mattes) review.