This is a review of the Kao Sofina Prima Vista primer. Apparently, it is the top rated makeup primer of Japan!
What it does:
This is a liquidy primer with a light pink color, which claims to control oil and shine, and keep foundation on for longer.
Price: This product retails for 3000 JPY (about $26) for 25 ml.
Availability: This product is widely available at drugstores in Japan. Ever since this product started winning beauty awards 2-3 years ago, it has become available in just about every drugstore that sells Kao products.
What I thought:
This is one of the few oil-controlling primers which actually work for me! I don’t know how it works, but it did a good job at keeping my foundation on even in the hot, humid summer. It also works well now that the dry, cold weather has come, and keeps my makeup on without drying out my skin. Since my skin is oily in my T-zone and around my nose, I like to apply it only to those places.
I was also amazed at how long this product lasted for me. I bought this in early summer and just recently finished the bottle. Considering how small the bottle is, I was really surprised!
Would I repurchase? Yes!
There is a very similar product available online called Sofina Prima Vista Ange primer, which is nearly half price of this product. This is a line from Sofina which is only available in Taiwan. According to Japanese beauty bloggers, the two products are extremely similar. However the Ange primer is white, and looks different on the initial application.
Hope you enjoyed this review!
I actually haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, but I do have a few favorites!
Cover FX Custom Color Drops
I bought this because my skin is darker than it usually is. It is quite difficult to find a range of foundation colors, so I bought this in N70. I add a tiny drop into my foundation, and it is the perfect color!
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (link goes to my review)
Yes, I’ve had this forever. It hasn’t changed color, it doesn’t smell strange, and it still looks good. I love the squeeze tube and I wish every brand used this packaging!
Sofina Prima Vista primer
This is a best selling primer for the summer. I gave in to the hype at the beginning of the summer and there is still some left. Surprisingly, it still looks good on my skin!
Hope you enjoyed my favorites!
Here is a look back at my favorites from October 2013 and 2014.
In October 2014, I liked:
Pressed mineral shadows (link goes to my review)
I recently decluttered my eyeshadow collection, which made me realize how much I like certain shades. The Barry M Dazzle Dust in Mushroom is a beautiful taupe purple.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Just Pinched Pink (link goes to my review)
I no longer own this, because the cap cracked past repair. Cream blushes work better for me in the summer, but some people prefer them in the fall.
Shirt Cool spray (link goes to my review)
This is a must have for me in the hot months. I buy a bottle of it as soon as the weather starts to get warm. It smells strongly of menthol, though.
In October 2013, I liked:
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation (link goes to my review)
Remember when everyone was raving about this foundation? It seems like no one talks about Revlon foundations anymore. I was so surprised to see that Revlon foundations are like, $14 at the drugstore! I could buy something from Sephora for that price!!
Ecotools Bamboo bronzer brush (link goes to my review)
I’m not sure if this brush is still sold, but I still strongly recommend Ecotools brushes. They are all very soft, affordable, and eco-friendly.
It’s always interesting to see that some of my old favorites are staples in my collection, while I have totally forgotten about others!
This is a review of the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara.
This mascara has a really interesting wand. It is smaller at the tip and wider at the base, but only on one side.
The wand is supposed to be used so that the tip is faced toward your nose. The larger side of the wand is supposed to catch your lashes and make them longer, effectively giving you a cat eye effect.
What it does: (from L’Oreal’s website)
Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of L’Oréal Paris most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. It’s revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.
Price: varies. Ulta lists this product for $8.99
What I thought:
I really expected this to be a gimmicky mascara. What in the world was going on with this wand? I don’t like mascara wands which are not symmetrical, because I like doing both my right and left eye with my dominant hand. On top of this, I had to hold this wand ensuring that the side with the long comb was always facing up. All of this was too much of a hassle for me.
After using this for a few weeks, I felt that the mascara itself was OK. It made my eyelashes look longer, and they became side swept.
However, this mascara smudged under my eyes. Smudging is the biggest no-no I have for mascara. I would deal with the hassle if only it didn’t smudge!
Would I repurchase? No.
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This is a review of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light, which I picked up on one of my trips to the US.
When this product was first released, it was a limited edition product. I searched around for it after reading many reviews online.
When I first tried the product, I was unfortunately disappointed. The product did not blend well into my skin, and also did not absorb well.
I tried it again recently with a makeup sponge, and it works much better! Previously, I tried using a stippling brush or my fingers, but the product was just too liquidy. I found that using a sponge absorbs enough liquid to make it easy to use.
What it does: (from the Revlon website)
The iconic skin illuminator is now better than ever. Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look.
• Wear alone to highlight and brighten
• Mix with or wear over foundation to banish dullness and even out skin tone
• Available in 4 luminous shades
Price: Varies. I found it around $6.50.
Availability: Revlon is widely available in US drugstores, supermarkets, and discount stores.
What I thought:
This product gives me a subtle highlight. The liquid itself is shimmery, but I get a subtle highlight because I use a sponge to apply it. I found that I like using powder or cream highlighters better than liquid ones!
Would I repurchase? No
Hope you enjoyed this review!