Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Little Makeup Haul

While I was out shopping last Friday, I picked up another eyeshadow palette from Kanebo's SENSAI line. I also found a counter for the makeup brand Artdeco, there was no sales associate in attendance, but the SA from the nearby Collistar counter was more than helpful. After swatching and testing, I bought my own custom made eyeshadow palette and an eyeshadow base. To show my appreciation to the SA, I also bought an eyeshadow duo from his counter. The rest of the SENSAI items were samples and the two Madina eyeshadows were giveaways from the place where I bought the Artdeco makeup.

L-R, top row: custom made Artdeco eyeshadow palette, SENSAI Kigiku eyeshadow palette, Collistar eyeshadow-eyeliner duo. Middle row: SENSAI silky purifying cleansing cream, SENSAI cellular performance cream foundation, Artdeco eyeshadow base, SENSAI cellular performance essence. Bottom row: Madina sexy star eyeshadows . 

gifts with purchase

I'm always on the lookout for good bases, so I'm really looking forward to test the cream foundation from SENSAI. I already started using some of the eyeshadows and will be sharing my thoughts in future blog posts. 

That's my little makeup fix for this month, I hope it lasts me for the rest of the month :). If you own any products from the brands on this haul, please let me know your favorites on the comments below. Thanks!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

MAC Paintpots In Bare Study, Rubenesque And Groundwork

Paintpots are described on the MAC website as highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based can be mixed with MAC shadows and liners.  

There are 9 permanent shades in four different finishes offered by MAC at the moment. The shades in the permanent line are mostly in the neutral/natural color range. More colorful shades are often released in one of their never ending limited edition collections.

Paintpots are usually used as bases, but the more pigmented ones can be worn by themselves as eyeshadows. When used as bases, paintpots can help to bring out the color in eyeshadows, giving them deeper and more vibrant appearance. For some, paintpots even take the the place of a primer. I am not one of those people, my eyelids are neither too dry or too oily, but I still need a primer underneath this one. In fact, even with a primer, MAC paintpots will begin to crease and cake on my lids after about six to eight hours of wear. This is the reason that I don't use my paintpots more often. I have a 12 hour work shift and have no time to redo or retouch my makeup in between. I'm usually better off wearing my eye makeup with only Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a primer.

Paintpots are not my favorite MAC products, but I still managed to accumulate three different shades from their permanent line. The ones I have are Bare study, Rubenesque and Groundwork.

Bare Study is a soft beige with gold pearl. It has a frost finish. This paintpot is pretty sheer and works best as a base or as a highlighter. Powder eyeshadow applies and blends easily on top of this one. Among the three paintpots that I own, this is the one that last the longest before it starts to make my eyeshadow crease.

MAC paintpot in Bare Study

I'm most disappointed with Rubenesque. This frosty golden peach shade is beautiful in the pot, but for some reason, on my lids, the color is just blah. It is so sheer that even when using it as a base, I need to apply more than the usual to make the color show up. Piling on the product makes it difficult to blend powder eyeshadow on top, but if I use a small amount, the color does not show up at all and I'm better off without a base. This also has the least longevity and has the tendency to accentuate every line on my eyelids.

MAC Paintpot in Rubenesque

Groundwork was the last paintpot that  I picked up. I debated between this and Constructivist. In the end I picked Groundwork because I thought it would be more wearable. It was described on the MAC website as a mid-tone neutral taupe with satin finish. This one is pigmented enough for me. I can use it both as a base or by itself if I'm going for a neutral eye makeup. It applies easily using a brush or my fingers and I have no problem applying and blending powder eyeshadows on top. The problem with this one is the same with the other two - creasing and caking. No matter what how apply them, all my paintpots crease on me.

MAC Paintpot in Groundwork

Like most cream product, paintpots can dry up. I don't keep mine open for long periods and I make sure that the caps are on tightly. I also store mine upside down (as per youtube gurus instructions). I have had my paintpots for awhile and so far, I have no problem with them drying up.

To be fair, Bare Study and Groundwork did improve the appearance of my eyeshadows when I used them as bases. However, the improvement was not so much that I would want to bother with the extra step all the time and overlook the creasing issue. I'm open to the possibility that I'm not using this products properly. Any tips on how to make them last longer is much appreciated. Thank you for reading and have a nice day. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kanebo SENSAI Eyeshadow Palette In Kaede Momiji (ES02)

SENSAI is a brand owned by the Japanese cosmetic company Kanebo. The company markets different brands of cosmetics in different parts of the world. SENSAI is available in leading department stores in Europe, US, the Middle East and South Africa. The brands Lunasol and Kate are available and popular in Asia.

SENSAI eye shadow palettes have 4 different combinations, the one I have is ES02 Kaede Momiji. The palette consists of 3 peach shades and a chocolate brown shade. The peaches are on the sheer side, but the brown shade is very pigmented. My favorite shades are the metallic, shimmery peach in the middle and obviously the brown. The shimmer in the metallic shade is definitely not subtle, but it is not glittery either. I love how it brightens and adds a different feature to my eye makeup. Despite the high shimmer, the eyeshadow is smooth and applies well, there are no worries about glitter falling or transferring all over the place when using this one.

The chocolate brown is probably meant to be a liner, but I like to use it as an outer V and crease color. I even use it as a lid color for smokey eyes. The eyeshadow is soft and smooth with very subtle shimmer. Unfortunately, this shade can turn muddy and messy if not applied carefully.  The trick I use is to apply the a little of the powder at a time, building the color slowly. This is not an eyeshadow that I would use if I have very little time to apply my makeup.

It took me awhile to appreciate the peach shades on top and on the left of the palette. Although the textures are also smooth and soft, the colors are just too sheer for me. When applied on my lids, the colors are non-existent. I still use the top shade as a subtle highlighter under my brow and the peach shade on the left, I use as a base color or to blend out the chocolate brown. It surprisingly works well for me as a blending color.

I don't have a lot of experience with Japanese makeup, but from the reviews and blog posts that I read, Japanese makeup have the best quality. This palette has certainly made me want to try out at least more of this brand. I also would love to try out palettes from Lunasol, and more makeup from Shu Uemura and Shiseido. I know that there are some gals out there who are into Japanese makeup. What are your favorite Japanese brands and what products do you recommend?

Kaede Momiji Swatch

Friday, June 1, 2012

MAC Cream Colour Base In Luna

MAC Cream Colour Bases are multitasking products that can be used alone or as a base to enhance makeup. I have the shade Luna which I use mainly as a highlighter. Luna is icy white with pearl sheen. I apply it on my cheekbones, browbones, inner corners of my eyes, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid's bow. It gives a beautiful subtle sheen once it is blended into the skin. Sadly, the glow does not last long, it disappears after a couple of hours or so :(.

I tried numerous times to use Luna as an eyeshadow base and it made my eyeshadow crease everytime, even with a primer underneath. I have not tried this as a base for blush or lipstick. I find that my fingers are the best tool to apply and blend the product. 

a closer look


Luna is really beautiful as a highlighter, I just wish it has a better staying power. How do you use your cream color bases? Tips on how to make this work as an eyeshadow base is much appreciated.
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