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Review: Kao Sofina Prima Vista primer

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!

xoxo, K

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Review: Cotton Labo Mekuru Cotton Large Size

I recently did a blog post on skin care products which I have repurchased.  I noticed that I never did a review on the Cotton Labo Mekuru Cotton squares, even though I have gone through countless boxes of them!

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I like to moisturize my face every day with a cotton facial mask. In the past, I have used regular cotton which I split into thinner sheets. Because of the popularity of these lotion masks, Cotton Labo and other brands sell cotton which is made up of 5 thin sheets, which can be separated to make a lotion mask.

I especially like this type because the sheets are bigger than normal cotton squares.

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Price: Varies, Amazon Japan lists this as 900 JPY (about $9)

 

Availability: This product is widely available at drugstores in Japan

 

What I thought:

If you like doing lotion sheet masks (also known as essence sheet masks), where you put cotton drenched in essence all over your face, it is easiest to use cotton squares made for that purpose.  There are a few brands which make these cotton squares, including Muji.  I like Cotton Labo ones the most because they can be stretched out to cover my face.

The product I reviewed here is the large size. Cotton Labo also makes the same product in smaller squares as well.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I usually have a few backups on hand!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara

This is a review of the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara.

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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.


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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. 

 

Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

This is a review of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup.

This is an iconic foundation, very well known for its long wear properties. I’m so surprised that I haven’t done a review on it yet, considering this is one of the few foundations that I have ever repurchased!

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I have heard that this is a very thick, cakey looking foundation. I like to apply it with a wet makeup sponge, such as a Beauty Blender or a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge.  They thin out the coverage to make it look less cakey, while still retaining the coverage.

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(Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – link goes to my review)

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One watch out for this product is that the color names are not the same in certain parts of the world. I have this in 2W1 Dawn, which looks like is unavailable in Japan. Several Japanese bloggers have noted that the color of the product sold in Japan and that of an imported product are not the same, even for the same shade name.

Shade names in Japan

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Shade names in the US

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I also don’t like that this product is a high end foundation, yet does not come with a pump. Fortunately, I was able to find a pump at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store) which fit perfectly.

 

What it does: (from Estee Lauder’s website)

Long-wearing makeup with 15-hour staying power. Looks flawless and natural. Lasts through heat, humidity, non-stop activity.  Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. For a look that lasts all day, without touchups.

 

Price: $39.50 for 1 oz. This product is 6000 JPY (about $60) in Japan. No wonder I buy it in the US!

 

Availability: This product can be found at department stores, Sephora, and at Estee Lauder’s website. This is pretty easy to find due to its popularity.

 

Shade range: This product is available in 35 shades. Only 6 are available in Japan.

 

What I thought:

This is one of the few foundations that last on me in the summer, due to the heat and humidity. My face does get oily in the summer, and I also sweat a lot.  Of all of the long wear foundations that I have tried, this is one of the best ones.  However, it is definitely not transfer proof for me in the summer, nor does it last 15 hours.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I stock up when I’m in the US!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum

This is a review of the Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum. This is a sample that I received from a friend!

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What it does: (from Nordstrom’s website)

Create a little chaos with this lush white floral. Distinctly feminine, this intoxicating, classic fragrance combines tuberose, jasmine and gardenia with a hint of orange blossom before giving way to a base of sandalwood, vetiver and musk. Fracas is the signature fragrance for women who want to make an unforgettable impression.

Top notes: bergamot, mandarin. Middle: jasmine, tuberose, gardenia. Base: musk, sandalwood.

 

Price: $150 for 3.4 oz. Pricey!

 

Availability: I was able to find this product online at Nordstrom’s and Neiman Marcus.

 

Scent: I felt this scent smelled strongly of bergamot, musk and sandalwood. After I used it a few times, I smelled more of the tuberose.

 

What I thought:  This scent was overpowering to me. I had to apply it extremely sparingly to ensure I did not apply too much.

 

Would I repurchase? No. I also didn’t like that this was a dark yellow color.

 

Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

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