Thursday, April 19, 2018

RMK Ingenious Powder Eyes W

Spring is finally here! Oh wait, it's not and all the early bloomers in my neighborhood were ravaged by the winter storm over the weekend. Anyway, here is some oldies from last year and hopefully I can get some glamour shots of my newer toys this coming weekend. Yeah, I need a life (or an entirely different career that doesn't make my stress-hoard). 
I will admit that the main reason I got some RMK products because they would be so pretty to photograph. Sadly the mirror finish also collect scratches like no other but at least I captured the ephemeral beauty.

Introduced as a part of summer 2013's collection, the Ingenious Powder Eyes W is still in RMK's permanent line up. The range is mostly fun and colorful with brights and 02 is the only neutral one of the bunch.
On the left there is a dry matte-chocolate brown (it looks like Royce, that fancy Japanese chocolate with powdery surface) infused with golden sparkle. Maybe I can't call it matte when the gold glow is allover but it lacks the sheen of satin and it's certainly not shimmery.

 On the right there is a champagne gold glitter top coat.
 Another picture of the compact.
After playing with the few RMK eyeshadow and powder blush, I found their texture unique and fun to play with: It's not the melty shimmer from Suqqu or powdery finish from Lunasol. RMK has a high (for Japanese brand) color pay off without showing up like a powder. In a way like textureless pigment that's still a dream to layer or blend.

After all, RMK's brand philosophy is let grown up have fun with vibrant colors (while still look put together) and they do it by creating high pigments powder that's not heavy or caked-up on the face.
When it's on the skin, it hugs right onto my original skin texture and it's quite easy to blend. I still need to get used to it as eyeshadow but this kind of formula is especially nice as powder blush.
Anyway I will admit 02 isn't all that flattering (I prefer my brown to be either mauve, peachy or khaki) and I would want to show you another cooler duo... If my BeautyBay order didn't went missing (it has been 40 days now, can I still dream about it showing up?).

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Cezanne UV Clear Face Powder

The Japanese drugstore brand Cezanne (not related to the French painter)is one of the more affordable lines in the sea of Japanese makeup brands. Like Canmake, most of their products are around 600 yens and with base makeup cheaper than 10 bucks. Despite the affordability, it's a frequent on the rankings and I saw them on youtube all the time. 

Last year when I saw the UV Clear Face Powder (SFP28, PA+++), I reckoned I could use something to set sunscreen and strengthen the protection. 
For something this affordable, the packaging is actually a little princessy, like some porcelain inspired collection from Jill Stuart.
There are two shades released so far (two new ones coming soon)and the lighter 01 would suit most with light-medium skin tone  (while the darker just looks a bit bronze). There is noticeable shimmer in the pan that's doesn't look glittery or greasy on the face.

The texture of the UV powder is unexpectedly fine that it sits on face with zero chalky finish. There is a slight glow and it offer a low coverage/soft blur while looking transparent. It's all I need from a base makeup minus the cakey look. While I can't say how effective is the UV protection (I never used it by itself), it certainly makes my silicone sunscreen less likely to break down. 

I don't have anything to compare it to but I suppose it's a good one. It was ranked no.1 in the face powder department on last year. 
There is an included puff (resting on plastic sheet) but I never use it. Instead, a natural(goat) haired brush is perfect for digging and grabbing the product.
Closer look of the compact
Here is the retractable powder brush from Paul and Joe (got it on sale/otherwise it's overpriced at 34ish bucks). It's has hair that's not too smooth but not scratchy either. It blends powder better than the slippery synthetic brush and I don't need to babysit it.
Plus the chrysanthemum etching is deligh

Monday, April 09, 2018

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Arabian Night

Ilia is an indie, organic beauty brand that's available at Sephora and their own site. It has some online presence but primarily in the form of PR reviews. I have no gripe against the whole influester marketing, I just don't really like reading them. Even from my favorite bloggers (no matter how "honest  and unbiased" they are), whenever I see it's something provided by the PR, I just mentally zone out, not really digesting much about actual content. 

When I hop onto a blog post, I expect to read it from a consumer's point of view and it's hard to nit pick when there is a PR-buddy waiting on and expecting that exposure. Even though I didn't remember what's said about Ilia's lipsticks (all bloggers like them) but when I saw and swatched them at Sephora, I thought I could give it a try when there is some good online deal.

It wasn't expensive at $26 and it's perfect when there is that Sephora gift with purchase you want (I think it was a mini Bite lipstick I was aiming for). 
The Ilia tube is a champagne one with matte finish and simple lettering. It snaps close securely and feels solid enough on the hand (maybe just a bit lighter than Fresh Tinted balm). 

Being my boring self, I went straight for the sheer red. Arabian Night is a sheer berry with that looks like it has a tinge of warm brown in the tube. Sadly, the warmth didn't make it to my skin and it actually becomes a little magenta.
The lipstick bullet is firm and deposit a somewhat waxy layer of product that's even and moderately thin. There is no scent or taste that I could detect. For an organic product, the ingredient list looks short and wholesome but it's not something I put much importance in. 
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil*. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Black Oxide CI77499, Yellow Oxide CI77492, Red Oxide CI77491, Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic.

Some (I thought they would be) similar sheer red. Lipstick Queen Medieval is more of a neutral red, YSL Sweet Fig is brownish and more muted while Arabian Night looks quite berry.
Bare lips (after using thick balm overnight)
Ilia Arabian Night leaves a just bitten berry stain with a subtle satin shine. It's a unique finish and lovely look but that's the only thing I like about it. 

 For a lip conditioner, the waxy formula is hardly moisturizing enough. In fact it actually sinks into lips on dry day and creates a bleeding A-hole look in a few minutes. I suppose could wait until summer to wear it but well, I might as well go for Revlon lip butter. 

I don't feel bummed about this purchase but I probably wouldn't want it in another shade. There are simply too many comparable brands that look and wear better for the same price (especially from Bite and Fresh).

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Integrate Pure Big Eyes in PK-333

Unlike Majolica Majorca (the neglected teenage daughter of Mama Shiseido), Integrate has been getting lots of love and attention these past few years. Aside from a major brand revamp in fall 2016, Integrate has been getting new ranges and product every season. 

I have gotten a few of post-revamp goodies (and have hit pan on the powder) and before I get to those, let me clear out my old archive. 

Pure Big Eyes is one of the more popular palette from previous generation. Having gotten the lilac one and loved it, I decided to collect more. PK-333 is coral pink and brown combo that's sweet and cute but not overly girly. 

The main lid shades are medium warm brown and coral pink, complemented by a pink base, clear white top coat and brown liner. 

One more shot standing up
All of the pan has some short of see through quality, making it glisten under sunlight. While it has some fall out, the shades layer nicely and goes smoothly (during summer) on skin without the need for primer.
Anyway, I can easily adjust the level of office friendliness by leaning more on brown side but the entire palette doesn't scream for attention even if I use more coral.
PK-333 applied in standard gradation.
I like this palette and need to remind myself to wear it more this summer (too many eyeshadow too little time), let's hope we won't have too many heatwaves this time. 
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