Showing posts with label Comparison Pic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Comparison Pic. Show all posts

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ Shade Fair and Light Swatch

I have one quick swatch picture. It Cosmetics CC Cream is my favorite base product. I am almost done with one tube already! The product itself to me feels like a high coverage Asian BB cream (It CC Cream is actually made in Korea) rather than a CC cream. Or at least what CC cream originated as. Good coverage, good sun protection, natural looking, moisturizing, and nice smelling! It's not the best for summer as I can feel it on my skin quite a bit (very consistent with Asian BB creams I've tried). I am NC20ish right now and I have to mix Fair and Light. The difference between two shades is pretty big so if you are in NC15-25 range, you will probably have to mix. I hope that and the swatch will help you decide your shade! Keep in mind my arm (NC 12ish?) is a lot lighter than my face.

it cosmetics cc cream fair and light shade comparison swatches
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ Shade Fair and Light Swatch
Fair on the left. Light on the right.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 52 Vanilla Comparison Swatch. Old vs New Reformulated Versions.

 I recently reviewed the newly formulated Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix here. Since then, I've acquired the old version as well since I've heard the old version is more yellow. Hmm.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Comparison Swatch: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed vs. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 5

GA blush 5 Tarte AC exposed
On the left: Giorgio Armani Blush #5. On the right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Comparison pics! I like these because it prevents me from buying dupey things. :) 
I'm comparing two good everyday blushes. :) GA 5 and Tarte Exposed.
In natural light
As you can see, exposed is more red. And it pulls even more red on my cheeks. I know it doesn't do this for everyone so as with anything ymmv. :)
I recall a blogger calling GA 5 "violet beige" and I agree with that description. On me, it doesn't swatch or wear as brown as it looks in the pan. :) Super wearable nude blush, and it's one of my favorites.
On the left: Giorgio Armani Blush #5. On the right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed Swatches
 GA texture is far superior, the color (without red) is more flattering on me, so I recommend GA 5 between the two. GA 5 is especially good because you don't have to be particularly careful with the application. Nicely sheer. :) But if you prefer a more obvious block of color and don't mind the reddish tinge, Exposed is good too. It was well used when it was one of the two blushes I had (oh gosh...) but I don't have it anymore. I was just not reaching for it over other blushes like GA 5. Hope this helps. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bronzer/Contour Powder Comparison Swatches

There's no denying that I am a fan of contouring, so I ended up with more bronzer/contour powder than I should. Taking advantage of that I took a comparison pic. I left out my beloved Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel but I can assure you it's more orange than any of these. Lol

List of products:
Benefit Hoola
theBalm Bahama Mama
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Burberry Earthy
Nars Laguna

bronzer swatches
From left to right: Benefit Hoola, theBalm Bahama Mama, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, KA Sculpting, Burberry Earthy, NARS Laguna

Out of these, I contour my cheeks with Burberry Earthy and KA Sculpting Powder the most. When I am using a "cute" blush color, KA doesn't fly. It's too gray. Burberry pretty much goes with every blush color but it won't give me strong contoured look though. Those two have the best quality in terms of how finely milled, blendibility, etc.

When it comes to contouring my forehead, I randomly use the other ones. That partly due to me trying to use stuff up and the fact that forehead contour colors are easier than hollows of the cheeks. 

I like to use Hakuhodo G5521BkSL for contouring my cheeks and it works beautifully. :)

Let me know if you have any questions and hope this helps. :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Comparison Swatch/Review: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 2 vs NARS Sex Appeal

Left: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 2, Right: NARS Sex Appeal

Hi all! I am finally back. I thought I would ease my way back in by starting with rather simple posts. I also plan on being less wordy from now on. Lol.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush Review

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush

MAC 109 is called Small Contour Brush by MAC but many people rave about its multipurpose uses. It's a small round top brush with black goat hair. The size of the head is bigger than a quarter, and it gets bigger the more you use it. Other than getting bigger, it keeps its shape well and bristles don't splay out with usage. It's dense. Ferrule is attached and cinched in very nicely, and the weight of handle feels nice. Typical of MAC brush.

People use it for foundation, blush, powder, and contour. I got it for contouring purposes. It really seemed like the perfect size (small enough) for a precise application of a contour color. It also seemed dense enough to buff out the color well. And it performs well for contour color. I am sure it will work well with other powder product application but foundation I am very hesitant to try because of few problems I noticed.

First of all, at the price point I expected this brush to be soft. I can't say that it is. It's not rough enough to stop me from using it but I wouldn't want to use it all over the face for foundation. Secondly, it sheds, It's not horrible shedding issue but it does shed with powder product and regular washing. So I wouldn't dare to use it with liquid or cream product as they will cause more shedding.

Mine bled for first couple of washes but stopped after that. This had very minor bleeding for black goat hair.

I am not perfectly happy with this brush although it does its job. I always wanted a good contour brush because contouring is my favorite part of makeup. So after I tried Real Technniques Contour Brush and Sigma F05 from the Cities collection set, I decided to "move up" to a MAC brush. It certainly costs more than the other two I have tried, but it doesn't apply the product much better. It does buff out little bit better since it's a bit denser (also bit bigger) but that the quality difference doesn't justify the price difference for me. Also it's not as soft as the other two and feels scratchy on my face. And I am not completely happy with the shedding either because it's not a cheap brush.

I would recommend getting Sigma F05 and pay less for a contour brush that works just fine. Sigma brush does shed so probably not good for liquid foundation application. If you want a great quality brush that will work well as contour brush and foundation brush, I would recommend checking out Hakuhodo 210 Blush Brush. It's a bigger investment but it gets much better reviews.

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush
MAC 109 Small Contour Brush
Sigma travel size F05 on the left, MAC 109 Small Contour Brush on the right
Sigma travel size F05 on the left, MAC 109 Small Contour Brush on the right

Price: 34 USD on MAC website
Rating: B-