Polishes -Revlon - Limited Edition Blushing Shimmer
AloeAll 10/16/2007 12:55:00 AM
This was a limited edition nail polish for the holidays from a year ago or two. It has an unusual look. Blushing Shimmer, is very shimmery, the glitters has been grounded very fine. I cannot even pick the glitters off my nails. The liquid of the nail polish is very different compare to other drugstore brand, this one is very thick like clear pink gravy, it reminds of enchanted pixie powder. On the nail, it looks clear, gives alot of shimmer and shine, has somewhat bigger silver, light blue and pink glitters mix with background of finer shimmers of pinks and silvers they were finey grounded into the liquid. I can wear this during the day at the office and it is ok. Drys fast. It did not steak and the coat was very even. I have used other glitter polish -other glitters brands did not cover the nail with one stroke of the polish brush, they would give bald spots. Revlon's polish was able to give even coating. After 7 days, the polish does not chip, it peels.
Searching for the real ethnic foundation color in the USA is really hard and very expensive. Until I found out about NYX. I went to an all East Asian website to learn about products over there and found out there are products made here in the USA. NYX makes cheap and affordable product. I tried Twin Cake in CP08 for $11.00, have to pay shipping and handling. I cannot find NYX foundation and powder in any stores that carry NYX products, have to do it online. Stores where I live only carried lipstick, eyeshadow and blush, sometimes nailpolish. Twin Cake is a big product in Asia right now and finally can try it in the USA. Before NYX, I had to pay $30 to$50.00 (tax, shipping, handling) to get oversea Asian products that matches my ethnic skintone, a killer in the wallet. The oversea Asian ethnic products are tough to get because online stores stop selling them. Twin cake is like a powder, concealer, and foundation all in one. I put it on like a powder. Start at the center of face working from the center of the face to the outside. This powder blended well and did not have any streaks which are common to powder foundation. Didn't look too over powdery, gave a natural look and cover some acne marks. The product stay on ok all day, didn't do any fix up during the afternoon. The compact looks black, has a compartment for the sponge on the flip lid, behind the mirror. I have to clean the black compact because some of the powder got on the plastic and mirror. My coloring is similar to an East Asian actresses Ziyi Zhang, Lucy Liu or Sandra Oh. The customer service person told me I can try CP07 too, I selected the CP08 because I have acne stuff to cover. The CP08 is 2 shade darker than Palgantong Fania pact #23 if that helps, Palgantong is a ethnic color brand made in Korea. More yellow and light tan/brown compare to #23 Palgantong Fania pact. NYX has one shade darker -the light tan/brown compare to Korea's Laneige Fitting Day Twin Cake in 31 cinnamon Beige (Amore's Laneige was pinky).
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Kou Almond Pressed Mineral Foundation
AloeAll 5/6/2007 11:20:00 PM
I was wondering around Audrey Magazine website when I saw this ad for an ethnic cosmetic line called Kou. The website is kounaturals.com The site is about cosmetics made by an Asian woman for Asian ethnic women who wanted natural cosmetics that was not tested on animals. I never have seen this before so I got it, a foundation powder not made of talc but it was made of Kaolin. I always wanted to try the Mineral foundation like the ones I have seen on TV commericals which have became really hot now but I could not because the skin color match was not for ethnic Asian people. I was happy to see Kou made a mineral version for Asian women to try. I got this powder in Almond because it looked very similar to foreign cosmetics foundation colors that I have used before. Yellow, with some brown/tan, it also got some blue undertones. This is the lightest color Kou carries. It almost match my skin color. The only problem is that this powder did not do well with my oily skin, it made it look gray. The coverage is sheer but can be build up. With the price of $32.00 the quality is very similar to a drugstore brand found in the USA. I usually avoid whatever is made in the USA and found in a drugstore because I cannot get good ethnic foundation colors, they turn gray on my oily skin and the overall color is just a bad match. Back to Kou, the foundation powder comes with a thin puff.When I used the puff I noticed some small white spots on it. It did not look like glitter. Also there was no paper packaging because Kou do not believe in wasting paper.
Powder -Unlisted Brand - dodo club Press Powder Pact
AloeAll 2/24/2007 1:57:00 PM
I found this brand dodo club at an online site, it is a Korean brand. The price as good to try around $10- $20. I heard it was a teenage brand so I tried due to the price and I never found any ethnic color brands for myself when I was a teenage so why not get it and use it before I get to become a senior. The coverage is good and the powder did not streak. It did ok with my oily skin and the color match was good light yellow-tan/brown with blue undertones. The product is very similar to the expensive department store brands in oversea Asia. The packaging is different it comes in a paper compact with an image of a smiling lady lighting up candles at a dinner room. There is no mirror just a powder puff.
Powder -Unlisted Brand - Rosee Crystia Soft Feel Two Way Cake
AloeAll 2/24/2007 1:42:00 PM
Rosee is a Korean brand website is http://www.rosee.co.kr I cannot read Korean or understand it but I got this product from an online store for $33.00 with English language (I cannot find the right colors in a normal drugstore or department store in the USA). Rosee two way cake is like a foundation and powder in one, it has a light blue long rectangle shape compact. The powder looked soft and it applied well. Don't apply too much on oily parts of the skin because it runs down the face. I noticed the powder streaks too if powdered too much so blending is the key to get a normal look. I wish this powder did not have a flowery smell. Overall I would but this cause it is affortable compare to a Japanese brand( their prices are $40 to $50) and the colors are true to Asian ethnic skin color. colors I noticed are light yellow-tan/brown with blue undertones.
Pressed Powders -Unlisted Brand - Colour Zone Pure White Flawless Two Way Cake
AloeAll 2/24/2007 1:22:00 PM
Colour Zone Pure White Flawless Two Way Cake does not work well with dry skin. The powder just didn't cover well when there are flakes of dry skin. It did look pale on my skin, I noticed the color was more red-based. But the cake does well with liquid foundation or creme foundation under it. I would not buy this one again because the the color. There are only two colors to select from and I just wanted a all in one powder foundation in a compact, so I dont' have to buy two products that can do one thing.
Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Colour Zone 3D Colour Shine Eye Shadow
AloeAll 2/24/2007 1:11:00 PM
I wanted a everyday fun color, not the high impactful colors in the magazines of the USA or found in stores right now 2007. So I shopped this overseas, in overseas Asia there is this brand called Colour Zone, their website is http://www.colour-zone.com sorry the site is not in English, I cannot read it too, but you can find a cosmetic store online to get this guy or find someone who can understand the language, it is in Chinese (don't know if it is mainland or the traditional one). I found out the colors and techology of cosmetics overseas Asia and Europe, are like 5 years ahead compare to the slow USA market. Ok, back to the review: packaging is a clear case that can be flip open, was angry about the pans size, there are four colors, the pans are very thin and small for the price of $8.00 USA (reminds me of sample size eyeshadows or blush found in drugstores), can fit in the palm of my hand. I like the colors, all the colors inside the pans are very pale white except the gold color, but once applied to the skin it didn't look white it was a sheer wash color of gold, blue, red and green. Very glittery wearable and the colors looked optical and has a very light feel, I can blink with out rubbing my eyes. I like this because it looks good on my skin tone and I hate the contouring eye makeup look in the USA. Simple apply, go and your done. I consider this eye colours good for day (no one notice it!) and good for evening can be combined with more non-sheer wash colors. Does not make my eyes look 3D (this is just makeup not surgery). Good for people who have single eye lids and hate the eye contouring looks.
Tinted Moisturizer -Zhen - Zhen Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15
AloeAll 1/30/2007 7:22:00 PM
I got my Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 in Shanghai. the color match is ok. The only problem with the packaging the pump it did not work at all the cream color cannot get up the straw. The smell of the cream is soo bad it made me closed me eye when I applied it. I would not but this product because the packaging is so bad.
Zhen Whipped Face Cream is ok, I did not get any acne breakout from this face cream. It has SPF25 and works ok with my dry and oily skin.
I heard this product was good on people who have acne, so I tried it. I was still getting pimples, the scent of the product is ok.
Why buy this curler? I went to a drugstore to compare Shiseido and a normal one that one can get cheap. The difference is that shiseido curler is more flatter and can get close to the eye. the cheap drugstore curler is more narrow and will not allow for the thing to get close into the eye lashes, one needs to have eyeballs hanging out of their heads to use the cheap drugstore brands (think angelina jolie's big eyes) The flatter Shiseido is more good for someone like Sandra Oh's (Gray's Anatomy actor) eye type, it does not hang out like angelina jolie's. Also the East Asian brow bone is lower so it makes the eye look flat. Overall it ok.
the powder foundation color that I tried is Almond and I found that it is overall too brown and grey for me. the light colors from Zhen are too pink even if it was stated that it was for yellow toned people. The foundation powder does not do well with oily people. During the summer I notice it started to slide down my face and T-zone. Overall the coverage is light but building or applying more does not cover much. If I have to compare Zhen powder foundation to the cosmetic found in Asia I would say Asia's cosmetics foundation is better due to better colors and the powders in Asian are better made (better R&D which is not fair because Zhen is a family business but they can hired or outsource a guy do make it better). Zhen dual powder foundation looks like concrete in the compact and the sponge looks cheap, for the price they are charging.
My coloring is a middle yellow-light tan and I had a hard time trying to find something to match my East Asian skincolor. I heard of this mail order company and order the sample, I got the sample bottles and it was very hard to get the liquid out, but when I did get the product out the liquid dried out quick. In the indoor light the color on me looked ok, but in the out door light I noticed that the foundation has a pink coloring. The coverage is very light. I am planning on trying a darker coloring to I don't look pink in all lighings.
Masks -Shiseido - Pureness Deep Cleansing Pore Mask
AloeAll 1/30/2007 12:35:00 AM
I bought this since I heard that it pulls out blackhead/hard pimples. I did what the instruction said and pull it off. It did not do much. It did manage to pull one pimple out, but I could have done that with my hands. For this much of money I wish this mask pulled more than just one. So I tried it again a few days later, it did not pull out anything.
Shimmering Body Lotion in medium and Dark skin was just bad on me. The coloring is just not working for me, I have East Asian yellow middle skin color and this made me look unnatural. Too much glitter in the lotion. Not a day time look but more of a party/prom body cream glitter goer.