Review: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Eyeshadow primer is one type of product which I really cannot find in Japan. I always stock up when I am in the US.  I like UDPP, and my drugstore go-to is the Milani eyeshadow primer.  I got a sample of the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and I was really excited to try it.

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

A lightweight primer that creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant, fresh, and just-applied all day. This smudge-proof eyeshadow base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for long-lasting, gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, it dries on contact and keeps the delicate eye lid smooth and ready for eyeshadow application.

 

Price: $26 for 7ml.  By comparison, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is $20 for 10ml

 

Availability: NARS is available at Sephora and select department stores in the US.

 

What I thought:

When I first touched the tube, I thought it was very similar to other NARS products with a rough silicone finish. I was concerned that it would get pretty dirty quickly, and I was right!

I opened the top to find a small doe foot applicator. It is very stiff, and effective in applying a tiny bit of primer to my eyelids.

The product is smooth and did not leave any kind of residue on my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the primer worked to keep my eyeshadow in place, even in the summer.

 

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I thought this worked very well!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

The last time I was in the US, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation was extremely hyped up on Youtube.  “It’s a matte foundation from the drugstore!  It’s full coverage!” etc…

Did I really need another foundation? Obviously not, especially since I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear and I’m not going to run out of it any time soon.  But hey… I had to check out American products while I could get my hands on them!
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What it does: (from the Ulta website)

For the 1st time, a super gliding mattifying formula with a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts. Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments. Medium coverage.

 

Price: Ulta lists this product for $13 for 1 oz.  Drugstore foundations are getting pretty pricey!

 

Availability: L’Oreal products are widely available at US drugstores. I had no problems finding this.

 

What I thought:

First off, I really like the packaging.  Many people gripe about how drugstore foundations come in glass bottles without pumps, which dispense too much product at once. These squeeze tubes are the perfect solution, and they are probably cheaper to produce than pumps.  I especially like this kind of packaging for travel because they are lighter than glass bottles.

This product was extremely cakey on my skin. I like matte foundations, but this seemed to be too matte, even in warm weather.  It looked too fake to apply on my skin.

I decided to mix it with the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, which made my skin look too shiny.  Score! The mix of the two foundations worked perfectly on my skin, giving it a natural finish and lasting well!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I still think the Estee Lauder Double Wear is a better foundation if you need full coverage, and this was too matte for me. However, it is a great option for matte foundations from the drugstore!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

This past summer, I spent a lot of time in Okinawa, the southern most island of Japan which has a subtropical to tropical climate.  I also like to take a trip to Hawaii in the winter as well.  While I try to wear SPF 50+ when I go to to these places, I usually forget to reapply sunscreen and I end up getting tan.

 

After I get back from my trip, my foundation is always too light! Because most Japanese people have similar skin tones, it is quite difficult for me to find a foundation that matches, or one that I can use to adjust the color.  Sometimes, I buy a darker foundation at the drugstore when I am in the US, but then I have the risk of changing the finish of my original foundation.

 

When I first heard about the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, I immediately thought, “oooh, maybe I can get a darker color to mix in with my foundation and adjust the color!”  Therefore, I bought the shade N70, For medium to deeply tanned skin with neutral undertones”

 

 

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

These award winning, revolutionary drops of pure pigment were not designed to be worn alone but instead allow you to transform all of your favorite liquid beauty products into your ideal foundation or tinted moisturizer. With this breakthrough formula you can customize both your level of coverage and desired finish. What you choose to mix Custom Cover Drops with will determine your finish. For a radiant finish, add to products like oils, serums, or creams. For a matte finish, mix with a mattifying primer or lightweight lotion. Just drop in your desired amount of Custom Cover Drops: one drop achieves sheer coverage, two drops imparts medium coverage, three drops provides full coverage, and four drops leaves you with utra-full coverage.

 

Price: $44 for 15 ml

 

Availability: I found this product at Sephora online, Sephora stores, and the Cover FX website.

 

What I thought: The shade I bought worked extremely well. I started off mixing a medium sized drop with my foundation, and as my tan wore off, I used less and less until I was using my original foundation shade.  I don’t really like the packaging – the screw of the bottle seems to be a little loose and I was afraid that some of the product would seep out.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes. Even though I don’t like the packaging, this product works great at changing the shade of my foundation without changing the texture.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Yeah, I have dark circles under my eyes.   I have a hard time falling asleep daily and as a result, I usually haven’t had enough sleep.  As a result, I use concealer under my eyes regularly – in fact, my undereyes are the place where I use the most concealer!

 

I’ve tried a lot of different concealers to hide my dark circles, and I tend to gravitate towards ones with high coverage. I’ve tried color correctors before, most notably the famous Bobbi Brown one, but I didn’t find that they really erased my dark circles.

 

That being said, I really don’t know why I picked up the NYX Dark Circle Concealer in light. I don’t like concealers in pots and I swatched it but I didn’t feel that it was pigmented.  I’m glad that I did!

What it does: (from the NYX website)

A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage.

 

Price: $6

 

What I thought:

I don’t get how this works! The product is very thin and spreads evenly.  It doesn’t seem to be very pigmented, but somehow it cancels my dark undereye area!  I like to use a small brush to apply it, and then I tap it with my fingers. This seems to be better than using a brush or sponge to blend it.

 

This was an unexpected find.  I’m so glad that I tried it!

xoxo, K

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Favorites from 2016

Don’t you love seeing what people liked for the entire year?  Here are my favorite products from 2016.

If you are interested in seeing my past favorites, I have done an annual roundup for 201520142013201220112010, and 2009.

All links go to my reviews.

 

Best foundation:  Cover FX Custom Color Drops

This summer, I spent a lot of time diving. Because of this, many of my foundations were too light for me! Since I didn’t want to purchase a new foundation, I bought the Cover FX Custom Color Drops in  N70.  This is the shade “for medium to deeply tanned skin with neutral undertones”, and it worked out great to adjust my foundations.

 

Best face primer: Kao Sephora Prima Vista primer

It’s been a long time since a Japanese product excited me this much! This primer has been winning a lot of Japanese beauty awards since it was launched. I finally bit the bullet to purchase it, and it definitely makes my foundation stay on longer in the summer.

 

Best eyeshadow: Morphe 12S Soul of Summer eyeshadow palette

Ahh I wish I had been able to buy more Morphe stuff! This is a great eyeshadow palette with lots of every day neutral colors.  Even the blue-gray color in the right hand side works great on my eyes.

 

Best eyeshadow primer: Milani eyeshadow primer

I love how it keeps my eyeshadow from creasing.  I love the price, and I love that it is in a squeeze tube.  Definitely, this is the best eyeshadow primer at the drugstore!

 

Best makeup remover: MKB Aqua Cleansing oil

Surprisingly, this is a store brand product from Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a major Japanese drugstore chain. It is one of the cheapest cleaning oils available, and yet it takes off all of my eye makeup easily.

 

Best new skin care product: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

I bought this on a suggestion from a fellow blogger. This is such a great chemical peel and definitely worth the price tag.  My skin feels smoother and looks better every time I use it.

 

Best fragrance: Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

Ah, if only Jo Malone perfumes were more affordable… This is such a wonderful scent which is feminine without being sweet or fruity.

 

Best hair product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Another year, another salt spray. Salt sprays are my go to styling product in the summer months. This year, I finally found a product from the drugstore which works! I also love how this smells.

 

What were your favorite products of 2016?

xoxo, K

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