Review: naturaglacé Starter Set (Foundation Puree, Make-Up Cream, Powder)

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naturaglacé is a natural and organic brand from Japan.  I first spotted them in a Japanese magazine and then later noticed that their base products were often top ranked in Cosme Kitchen, which is a Japanese organic and natural product beauty store (check out the beautiful photo of the store taken by the lovely blogger Tokyo Beauty Book on her Instagram).  To my surprise, recently, I found a seller on Amazon who shipped this starter kit to Canada.  They sell it on the U. S. Amazon site as well, but it is more expensive.   Of course, I bought the kit right away because it can be hard to get hold of smaller Japanese brands where I live.

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This kit comes with two deluxe samples of the Make-Up Cream (12 ml) and Loose Powder and three packets (0.5 ml) of the Foundation Puree in Shade YE2.  For best results, they should be used together as indicated on the back of the box.

Make-Up Cream (SPF 30 and PA++)

From their website (I translated it from Japanese using Google Translate), this product is an all-in-one base which combines a “moisturizing essence” and a “light foundation.”  It only comes in one shade.  Plus, it also has sunscreen, which pretty much makes it almost like a CC Cream.  From the back of the box, it also tells you that this product can act like a foundation primer.  I have worn this alone and under foundation and I love it both ways!  It gently blurs out your pores and fine lines and provides a beautiful glow to the skin.  This is a lovely base for an everyday look or just a quick stop to the supermarket.

Not a con, but because it is a natural product, it takes a little bit longer to blend out on the skin. Usually, I dot it all over my face, gradually blend it out with my fingers, and then pat it in.  Lastly, if you have oily skin or combination skin, this might get “too glowy” as the day goes on.  If you powder, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Foundation Puree in Shade YE2 (SPF 25 and PA++)

The foundation gives a similar finish as the Make-Up Cream.  On the website, it states that this is an “airy foundation”, which “moisturizes and firms the skin.”  Like the Make-Up Base, it is glowy and gently blurs pores and fine lines, but the foundation gives you a bit more coverage and evens out your skin tone even more.  Similar to the Make-Up Cream, this is best applied with fingers.  I actually tried using my Beauty Blender, and it moved the foundation around and it didn’t settle into the skin.  It was strange!  Maybe it was natural oils in the foundation that didn’t combine well with the dampness in the sponge.  Lastly, a little powder on the areas where you get shiny keep your base shine-free all day.

One major con is that it only comes in three shades and they are all yellow-based.  I was lucky and the shade matched me really well.  I am around a MAC NC20.

Loose Powder

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This translucent powder is light-weight and finely milled.  It does a good job of absorbing oil on your face without looking cakey.  It comes with a puff, but I usually use the brush to lightly apply on forehead and undereye area.  It keeps the oil at bay for most of the day.

Longevity

Used alone, I feel like the Make-Up base lasts a good 8 hour work day.  With the primer, I feel like it lasts all day.  I notice when I remove my makeup at night, a lot still comes off on my cotton pad.

VERDICT: Some of my favourite base products I have tried lately.  If you are looking for some good organic and natural base products to try out, I would say give naturaglacé a try.

Deluxe Samples: Would I Buy the Full-Size?

 

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Samples are a great way to try something before deciding if you want to fork out the money to buy the full-size.  I’m that person always snooping around the Sephora cashier desk seeing what deluxe samples are available for the 100 point perk.  Oftentimes, there isn’t much to pick from, but once in a while, when I do find something great, it pretty exciting!

All three of these were deluxe samples from Sephora.  I have had them for a while so they don’t reflect what is at Sephora stores now.  However, I still thought it would be a useful reference for those who might want to buy the full-size product.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish

Personally, if you see this one again, I would wholeheartedly recommend getting it.  If you use a few times a week, it will last you quite a while.  Initially, this looks like a regular beautiful warm toned brown.  However, what makes it special is that it has a metallic finish and I find it is a great addition to mix things up with your regular eyeliner routine.  Like the other smudge sticks, it glides easily on the eyelid and has pretty good longevity.  Like the black ones, it does also smudge in the corner for me a little, but because it is brown, I find that even when it smudges, it is not as obvious.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer in Honey 11

This is another deluxe sample you should considering going for.  You only need a little bit and I have been using it for a few months as well.  The shade is a bit dark for me, so I use it more for a corrector.  This is similar to many of the other liquid type concealers.  It has good coverage and doesn’t crease on me.  It also claims to reduce dark circles and plump and smooth the undereye area.  To be honest, I can’t really tell if it did that much in that department.  Plus, I always think that you should use separate products for skincare.  However, this might be the reason, it has a pretty high price tag.  Would I purchase the full size?  I almost considered buying it, but there are similar concealers at a lower price.

stila Eye Shadow in Kitten

This is one of those cult favourite eyeshadows that I have never tried.  Like the other two samples I mentioned above, I think this is a good one to get as well if you have never tried this colour because it takes a while to finish an eyeshadow.  This is a lovely pink champagne colour.  The colour payoff is good and it would great on its own or as an inner corner highlight.  The one con is that it can have a bit of fallout.  This will always be a beautiful colour, and the only reason I wouldn’t purchase the full-size is because there are so eyeshadows and highlighters out that are similar and might be even a little more pigmented.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Have you gotten a great deluxe sample from Sephora lately?  Every time I go to the store, they barely have any samples in the 100 point perk area.  So no luck lately.

Choose Your Adventure: Pencil Eyeliners

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As you’ve probably guessed from the name of my blog, I love eyeliners!  I have definitely tried my fair share of eyeliners over the years.  However, I am always willing to try more until I find the perfect one.  Recently, I’ve had some bad luck with the last couple of eyeliners I have tried and am on the hunt for a new pencil eyeliner.  As I am writing this post, I have no idea what I am getting next, but I thought it would be fun to bring you along in the process “Choose Your Adventure” style.

Brief History of my Eyeliner Journey

Over the many years that I have been using eyeliner, the one eyeliner that has stuck with me through thick and thin is the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes.  No matter how I stray, I always go back this eyeliner.  For me, it has the best combination of glide, longevity, and packaging.  In my books, it has stood the test of time.

I must say though, I have definitely strayed over the years.  When I started to hear the hype around Urban 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner, I bought them both, but they both smudged pretty badly on me within a few hours.  The only one that kind of lived up to the hype for me is the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner.  This one still smudges on me, but it lasts longer than the other two I mentioned above.

Since I have hooded, oily, and watery eyelids, I started to think I needed some hardcore eyeliner. Since I am Asian, I started experimenting with some eyeliners from Korea and Japan because I figured that they must have similar problems I have.  I actually thought I had found my new holy grail eyeliner when I tried the Etude House Play 101 Pencil.  This is definitely more of gel-type eyeliner.  It glides easily over the eyelid and lasts pretty much all day.  However, because of its creaminess, it is kind of difficult getting it sharpened after a while.  Plus, it dries out completely within a few months.  I have also been trying out the THREE Shadow Lining Performance Eyeliner and the Visee Super Slim Gel Liner from Japan.  I am sorry to report that the tips have kept breaking off and they don’t glide easily over the eyelid.  Lastly, the msh Love Liner Pencil Eyeliner also didn’t work out for me.  You can check out the review here.

Finding my Next Pencil Eyeliner “Follow Your Adventure” Style

Should I get an pencil eyeliner from:

A – a Western Brand

B – an Asian Brand

I am going to pick “A” this time because my last three Asian pencil eyeliners did not work out for me.  I think it is time to give some non-Asian brand liners a try.

So I decide to go on Sephora to check out what they have, which turned out to be 100 pencil eyeliners.  How am I going to narrow this down?

Should I narrow it down by:

A – Best Selling

B – Top Rated

C – New

I have tried a few of the Best Selling liners, so it is either “B” or “C.”  I think it is going to be a combination of both, which means something newer but also has pretty good reviews.  After browsing through the top rated section with the new products in mind, I have narrowed it down to these two, Wander Beauty Slide Liner Gel Liner,  and the tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner.

Which one should I get?

A – Wander Beauty Slide Liner Gel Liner

B – tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

After checking some more reviews online, I think I am going to have to go with “A“, the Wander Beauty eyeliner.  I think the tarte one is interesting because it is double-ended.  There isn’t a lot reviews on this one yet, but just checking out reviews on tarte’s other eyeliners, they seem mixed. However, I might get this one next time.

If you have any eyeliner recommendations, I would love it!

Twins or Friends: Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint and Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Reviews

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Two dusty pink cream blushes from two lovely organic and natural beauty brands.  One is the Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet and the other is the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming.  Both look very similar in the pan, but are they twin beauty products or merely best friends that look similar from the outside?  On a side note, I will only compare them as blushes even though I know Tata Harper is also a lip tint.

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Kjaer Weis cream blush outer box
Starting from the most logical standpoint, which one is more expensive?  It would have to be the Kjaer Weis blush coming in at $56 USD.  The Tata Harper one is $36 USD.  You can say that both are considered more luxury beauty purchases.  However, if you have seen the box that Kjaer Weis comes in, you might think it is worth the price.  It is so beautiful, almost reminiscent of a box that could hold jewellery.  I still put the blush back in every time I finish using it.  Moreover, if you are into product design, you will enjoy the beautifully designed metal case that holds the product itself designed by Marc Atlan!  If you have a minute, it was fun perusing his design portfolio.

In the packaging, they look very similar in colour.  However, they are different in many ways.  Texture-wise, they are both quite creamy.  The Kjaer one is smoother and it just takes a dab to easily grab the product on your fingers.  With the Tata Harper blush, you have to swirl you fingers around quite a few times before you get sufficient product on your fingertips.

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Tata Harper (left) and Kjaer Weis (right)
You can use fingers or brushes to apply this product.  I usually use fingers.  Both products blend out pretty well after application.  However, this is where the similarities end because the pigmentation and finish of both products are complete opposites.  The Kjaer Weis blush is pigmented and dries down to a more powder finish.

The Tata Harper one is definitely less pigmented, and has a dewy finish.  To be honest, when I first used the Tata Harper blush, I was surprised at how sheer it is.  It was really hard to built up the colour.  It got me thinking that maybe I had gotten used to the idea that blushes had to be highly pigmented.  However, I found the natural flush that the Tata Harper blush creates is also very beautiful.  Their website said it should also be a little plumping, which I felt it accomplished.

Longevity-wise, I feel they both last about 6-8 hours.  However, it was somewhat hard to tell with the Tata Harper blush because it is quite subtle.

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Tata Harper in Very Sweet (the Kjaer Weis is almost an empty, so don’t have a shot of it complete in the packaging)
What about the scent?  I feel like the Kjaer Weis blush is pretty scentless.  The Tata Harper blush has the smell of coconut water, but mixed with a berry scent.  The scent wears off pretty quickly.

Lastly, how environmental is the packaging?  The Tata Harper packaging is made from recycled materials and the Kjaer Weis blush can be reused as you can buy a refill.

VERDICT: I would recommend both blushes.  It all depends on what look you want to achieve.  I personally like having both so that I can change up my look whenever I want. 🙂

 

What I am Into + Haul

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I figure there must have been a lot of Sephora hauling the last week since they are having their 15% off sale (not sure if this is only in North America).  Like many, I couldn’t resist at least getting a couple things for myself.  I didn’t really have anything I truly wanted, but I was running out of some products, and I also wanted to get some new items to try.

So this is going to be a small haul (2 items) from Sephora and some bits I have picked up here and there recently.

Organic Skincare

In the last few years, I have been moving into using more organic and natural skincare.  However, there are some beauty items that cannot be replaced in my collection, but if I find an organic and/or natural replacement, I am all for it.

First up, I got a few items from Tata Harper.  I first heard of Tata Harper in Vogue magazine many years ago.  At that time, it seemed like such luxury and exclusive brand that you could only purchase from their website.  Now, it is so much more readily available.  I have used bits and pieces of their skincare and they have all been wonderful.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet

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Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet

I bought this one from a local store that stocks Tata Harper.  As per my last empties post, I had just finished using my favourite cream blush, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush.  Therefore, I chose this one because it seemed quite popular with organic beauty lovers.  My first impressions so far is that it is very natural and lovely, but I’m having a hard time getting it to show up on my skin.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser

This is one of my Sephora purchases.  I basically got this because it was featured in the Allure Best of Beauty in 2015.  I am super lazy at exfoliating so this product is great because it not only cleans but is also supposed to be a gentle exfoliator.

Japanese Cosmetics

Coffret D’ Or Soft Glamourous Eyes

I am a huge fan of Japanese eyeshadows.  My favourites are Coffret D’Or, Lunasol, and Visee.  I love them so much because the packaging is beautiful, the eyeshadows are pigmented, and there is usually very little fallout.

Over the years, I have been collecting every new eyeshadow palette that Coffret D’Or has put out. This is their latest one called Coffret D’ Or Soft Glamourous Eyes.  Each season’s palette is a little bit different so it is fun to just follow the eye chart and recreate the look.

Visee Super Slim Gel Liner

I love Japanese brush tip liquid eyeliners.  My favourite is the msh Love Liner (I did a review here).  I thought this gel liner looked promising because I also love Visee eyeshadows.  Plus, I have not seen an eyeliner so thin before (it is 1.5 mm wide).  First impressions so far though are not so great because the tip keeps on breaking off when I use it.

Becca Cosmetics

Not sure if I should list this as an entire category, but it seems like everything I try from them I love. Like many, I love their highlighters, especially Champagne Pop.  I was looking for a new undereye corrector and this one looked promising.

Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach

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Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach

This is the second item I bought from the Sephora sale.  Since I have found that Becca is a pretty reliable brand for me, I decided to try this corrector.  When I opened the package, I was shocked by how orange it is.  So far, it seems to go on pretty sheer, so I will have to try it out more and report back on if it really neutralizes my dark colours.

What did you buy from the Sephora sale?  I would love to know!

Review: the Balm Put a Lid on it Eyelid Primer

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So how does the Balm Put a Lid on it Eyelid Primer  compare to the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base?  That is always the first question I ask when I try a new eyeshadow primer.  The Nars one has been my favourite for a while and nothing comes close to keeping eyeshadow from fading or creasing on my eyelids (if you want to check out other eyeshadow primers I have tried collectively, you can check out my post here).

I will now say something controversial, since I know the Nars one is well-loved, I think I like this one a little better.  All in all, I think they are both great.  I really think it comes down to whether you prefer certain small details in either product.

Packaging

The Nars primer comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator and the Balm one comes in a squeeze tube.  Personally, I have always found it hard to get the product out of the Nars tube when you are getting to the end of the product.  I found myself swishing the applicator back and forth in the tube trying to get the product out.

Therefore, the Balm wins in this category because it is easier to squeeze the product out and also to control the amount you want.  Plus, a squeeze tube always seems  a bit more sanitary since you don’t have to continually put the applicator in and out of the tube.

Texture

the Balm primer comes out of the tube in a beige paste.  The texture is quite silicony, similar to the  Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.  On the flip side, the Nars one is more of a cream texture.  They both blend into the skin easily and are invisible when blended into the skin.

Application

With both eyeshadow primers, I apply the product on with the applicator or with my fingers and then blend in with my fingers.  With the Balm primer, you have to wait 1 minute before you apply eyeshadow on top of it.  After the eyeshadow is applied, I feel the eyeshadow blends out even better with the Balm primer.

Longevity

This is the category which makes these two primers the best I have tried.  Despite having hooded and oily eyelids, both these primers kept powder eyeshadows from fading and creasing all day (well 16 hours minus sleeping time).

I have read on other blogs, like temptalia, that this primer is less effective with cream eyeshadows.  I agree to a certain extent with her review.  For example, my Charlotte Tilsbury cream eyeshadow showed a bit of creasing within a few hours.  However, with certain certain cream eyeshadows, like my Shiseido one, it pretty much stayed on all day, so I am think really depends on the quality of the cream eyeshadow.

VERDICT:  Even though the Nars primer wins a teeny bit in the longevity category, I prefer the Balm’s packaging, application, and how well eyeshadows blend over it.  I think this is my new favourite eyeshadow primer.

Till We Meet Again: Empty and Expiring Products

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Empty posts are almost like the final grade on a report card.  You have been observing and testing them for an extended period of time and have developed a great familiarity with their performance. So which of these beauty products got the top marks?

Grade: A (beauty products I would repurchase)

Coffret D’or Color Blush Pink (similar here)

This one hit pan a while ago and is starting to crumble into pieces.  I feel this is the true sign of love for a product.  This lovely pink blush with highlighter came with their special edition eyeshadow palette.  The blush is pretty on its own, but swirled with the highlighter, provides the most beautiful glow to your cheeks.  Plus, it lasts and lasts and you’ll catch yourself staring in the mirror at how great your blush looks at the end of the day.

Ipsa Creative Concealer 

Love their foundations and also love this concealer palette.  This is probably my favourite concealer.  In the palette, there is a darker shade which is like a corrector and two other shades which can be mixed in the provided pan.  The coverage is great for concealing dark circles and it has the right amount of creaminess that it won’t sink into fine lines.  The consistency is similar to Bobbi Brown’s famed Creamy concealer, but a little less creamier, and thus, increases the longetivity of the product on the skin.

Kjaer Weiss Cream Blush

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Kjaer Weiss Cream Blush in Blossoming

Let’s get the packaging out of the way since it is stunning.  The other great thing about the packaging is that it is reusable, and you can just buy the refill when you want a new one.  This is a lovely blush from a quality natural and organic brand.  It looks like it might be super dewy in the pan, but it surprisingly gives a more satin glow when applied.  Application is easy since it melts into the skin and blends out easily.  It also lasts a good 4-6 hours on your cheeks.

Innisfree Soy Bean Essence

Many compare this one to the SK-II essence.  I don’t think the results are as remarkable as the SK-II one, but I really enjoy this essence.  It absorbs very quickly, is odourless, and is also very moisturizing.  Plus, it is cheaper than SKII and is paraben-free.

Grade: B (enjoyed, but would not repurchase)

Canmake Color Stick Concealer in Apricot

This is a great concealer for the price.  It does a decent job of correcting dark undereye circles.  It is also easy to use out of the tube, and blends in quite easily.  Just remember not to put on too much because it might get cakey.  I probably won’t repurchase just based on the fact that I need a bit more coverage for my dark circles.

The 3 Little Brown Cream Eyeshadows

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Once upon a time, there were three little brown cream eyeshadows.  The first one lived in plastic packaging from H & M, the second one lived in beautifully designed packaging from Shiseido, and the last little cream eyeshadow lived in luxurious frosted glass packaging from Charlotte Tilsbury. Which one survived being given a bad review by the big, bad beauty reviewer?

I thought it would be fun to compare three brown eyeshadows that I have been using interchangeably the last few months.  They are at three different price brackets and even though they are similar in colour, they each have their distinct characteristics.

PRICE

H & M Color Essence Eye Cream in Sirocco – $6.99 USD (house built of straw)

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR306 – $25.00 USD (house built of sticks)  

Charlotte Tilsbury Eyes to Mesmorize in Mona Lisa – $32.00 USD (house built of bricks)

COLOUR & FINISH

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Charlotte Tilsbury (left), Shiseido (middle), H & M (right)

H & Mbronzy-brown, least shimmery of the three, has more of a metallic finish

Shisheidowarm-toned brown, micro-shimmer running through it, medium shimmer

Charlotte Tilsbury – warm-toned brown, high shine, definitely the glossiest one

TEXTURE 

H & M – the website describes it as a moussy texture, I feel it is more gel-like, than moussy

Shiseido – gel-like texture

Charlotte Tilsbury – very, very moussy

APPLICATION

You can use a brush or fingers to apply all three.  I usually just use my fingers to apply them roughly to the lid and blend out of the edges with the brush.  I find it is easier to grasp the amount of product you need with H &M and Shiseido shadows because it is a gel texture.  You just dab and grab as much as you need.  With the Charlotte Tilsbury one which is moussy texture, sometimes you a dab a little and you might already get too much or vice versa.

PIGMENTATION

Out of the three, the Charlotte Tilsbury one is the definitely the most pigmented.  With the H & M one, I usually apply two layers.  The Shiseido one kind of sits in the middle.

COLOUR SELECTION

H & M – comes in 6 shades, all the shades are pretty  neutral

Shiseido – 22 shades, multitude of colours

Charlotte Tilsbury – 6 shades, mostly  neutral with a green and blue shade

LONGEVITY

Out of the three, Shiseido and H & M are more similar in terms of longevity.  They both will last a good 6-8 hours with minimal creasing.  Maybe due to the moussy texture of the Charlotte Tilsbury one, it creases a bit more, and by 8 hours, the oil starts peeping through on the eyelid and the colour has started fading.  Although, on the Charlotte Tilsbury’s website, it never states it is a super long-wearing formula.

VERDICT:  I enjoy all three of them  but my all-around favourite is probably the Shiseido one.  I do use the H & M one quit a bit daily because application is easy and it lasts quite long on the lids.  If you want great colour saturation, choose the Charlotte Tilsbury one.  For me, it just didn’t last that long and the application was a bit fussy.

I have also done a full review of the Shiseido one here.

Review: Aritaum Full Cover Stick Concealer

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It is great being able to purchase Asian beauty products online, but it is even more fun to play with them in person.  With the rise in popularity of Korean beauty products internationally, there have more Korean roadside shops opening in Canada.  The latest one to join Tony Moly and the Face Shop is Aritaum.

I went in with intention of buying something to try.  It was just too exciting having an entire store to browse.  I finally settled on getting a concealer from the Full Cover line and somehow the salesperson got me to buy the Aritaum Full Cover Stick Concealer.  You can get it online at Tester Korea.  I regretted it a little after reading more reviews online.  It seems the liquid version has quite good reviews online.

Packaging

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It comes in a plastic tubular packaging with two sides.  One side is the typical twist up stick concealer and the other side is a small flat-sided brush.

Application

I started out by using the brush provided to blend it out after I applied to on my undereye area. The texture is creamy and it takes quite a while to blend it using solely the brush.  Usually, I use blend it in with my fingers because it is a lot faster.

This texture is creamy and easily blendable with your fingers.  It also does not crease in the undereye area.  However, it might be a little drying by the end of the day.  Lastly, without powder, it lasts like 5-6 hours.

Coverage

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Nars (left) and Aritaum (right)

This is a good everyday concealer.  It has light to medium coverage and blends in easily into your skin. However, if you are looking to completely cover your acne or dark undereye circles, this product will not be enough for you.  Let’s say if the Nars Creamy Concealer is considered high coverage, this definitely has less coverage than that.

Plus, it only comes in two colours.  I got mine in 01 Light Beige and I found it a little too light for me (despite the salesperson’s suggestion).  I feel like the lesson I have to continually learn is to trust my gut, and not always believe the salesperson!:)

VERDICT: A good everyday concealer, but a little lacking in coverage and colour selection.

Review: THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation Review

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Organic ingredients and Japanese beauty.  I am in.  Today, I am going to review the THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation.  I have had this product for a year so it is a more like an empties review really.

I have been exploring more natural and organic beauty lines in the last few years.  However, I have a deep love for Japanese foundations from brands like RMK and Ipsa.  So when I found out there was a Japanese beauty brand that based its products on the use of natural ingredients, I immediately looked into trying to get hold of some their products.  Plus, I love reading Japanese magazines and I see THREE products featured on many of their beauty spreads.

For those not living in Asia, this product is a bit difficult to find.  I brought mine on a trip to Taiwan. However, you can find it on Amazon and MyHuo.

Ingredients

This foundation has 80% naturally-derived ingredients.  This includes many organic ingredients, such as Inca inchi oil, Argania spinosa kernel oil, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, rosehip oil, shea butter, and beeswax.  It also comes in 7 shades and has an SPF of 36/PA+++.  Here is the breakdown of the ingredients on CosDNA.  Just a note that this is not a totally “clean” product for those that are looking for completely natural products.

Application

This is quite a fluid foundation.  Hence, the name.  I usually apply it with my fingers or with a Beauty Blender.  Like their website states, it really “melts into your skin.”  It comes with a pump and is pretty much odourless.  The salesperson matched me to shade 203.  I am about a Mac NC25. Lastly, it gives a low to medium coverage when applied and is buildable.

IMG_1797The foundation gives a lovely skin-like appearance. On the initial application, it gives a more satin appearance to your skin.  However, once it blends in with the oils in your skin, it gives you a beautiful dewy glow.  For me, I have to blot my T-Zone area a bit in the middle of the day (I have combination skin).

I would recommend this for those with normal to combination skin.  My cheeks are always a bit dry, and it felt a bit dry throughout the day in that area without extra moisturizer applied.

This is definitely a natural looking foundation.  If you are looking for something to blur all your pores and fine lines, this is not it.

Longevity

This foundation is not one of those all day foundations.  It will last you a good 8 hour work day. However, with their primer, it lasts most of the day.

Price

This is definitely considered a high-end product.  On their website, it is listed as 5000 Yen (48 USD). On Amazon, it can go up to $80.00 USD.

VERDICT: A lovely natural and dewy everyday foundation for normal and combination skin types. The only downside is the small colour selection.