They say “you only have one chance to make a first impression.” This may be true in a job interview. However, over the years, I have found that this is not always true. I feel that once you get past the initial impression, and dig a little deeper, you often find beauty in someone. Okay, I think I might be going overboard with this analogy, but the three makeup products I am going to talk about in this blogpost were definitely love at second sight.
Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 23
Initial Impressions: I bought this over the summer, and the colour was too light. The texture also was quite thick and started to break up and go patchy on my skin after a few hours.
Second Look: I just couldn’t give up on this product mostly because it had been raved about so much online. Not to mention it was also quite pricey, and included a refill as well. I figured I couldn’t give it away yet before trying it one more. I am so glad I did because once winter hit the shade was perfect for me! It really did create a flawless coverage while concealing blemishes, wrinkles, and fine lines. For a Korean cushion foundation, it is not actually super glowy. I would say it gives a natural skin finish.
To combat the thick texture, I found out it was much better to apply two thin layers instead of one thick one. I usually take a small dab and dot it around the face before I stamp it into my face. It says that it lasts 12 hours on the website, but I feel this is a base that looks best on initial application. It gets a little dry and fine lines start making an appearance at around the 6-8 hour mark. That perhaps why it is considered a portable foundation so you can touch up on-the-go. One last thing I really enjoy about this cushion is that the puff is beige so it never looks extremely dirty because the colour of the product matches the puff.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbena
First Impressions: This is a bit of a cheat, but I had to return the original Bite Beauty lipsticks (I don’t remember if they had a name) due to the strong scent that lingered after application. I loved everything else about the lipstick, except the scent was making me physically ill.
Second Look: One day, while visiting Sephora again, I saw that they had put out their Amuse Bouche collection, and really wanted to give them a try again since I really enjoyed the formula minus the scent. I was super happy to find out that this time around the scent was derived from freshly pressed grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangelo, mint, and mandarin. If there is one scent I can tolerate, it is citrus scents. The mint still bothers me a little bit, but I love the product so much it is worth it. The formula is so moisturizing even without a lip balm underneath. I am amazed by how long these stay on the lips. I mean, some of it comes off during eating, but there is still definitely some pigmentation left over after most meals. I was reading on the website that pearl, silk, and red wine resveratrol prolong the wear of this lipstick. That sure sounds super luxurious!
Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Colour L001 (similar here)
First Impressions: I hesitate to put this product into this post as it was part of a limited edition set, but I have been using so much the last few months I decided to leave it in. This was a lovely present from my best friend and I liked this blush when I got it. However, the colour was really pigmented even if you used a sesame size amount, so I used it on and off during the year. Plus, it was one of the blushes that might have caused some bumps to appear on my dry cheek area, so I put it on hold for a while.
Second Look: Fast forward to the last few months, and I’m using it like almost everyday. It is not that anything changed about the product, it is just what I wanted out of my makeup recently has evolved. Since I have been wearing less eye makeup, due to ocular shingles a few months ago, I have loved focusing on my cheeks and lips and this cheek colour just fits the bill. It is pigmented and lasts all day. It has a cream to powder finish which makes it a good backdrop for a glowy highlighter I am into lately. Plus, I have found out that since I have been using more snail products, my cheeks have been more moisturized and I don’t have the problem with bumps on my cheeks. Hope this comes out again with another holiday set or I might have to consider getting their cream blusher, which is just as beautiful.