Yes! I’m Trying out Another Possible Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Dupe

 

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I know everyone is probably tired of reading these, but the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has become such a cult favourite.  It has become an easy benchmark to compare every other doe-foot applicator liquid concealer to.  I received this possible dupe, the A’Pieu Moist Creamy Concealer, as a gift from sister.  The immediate thought I had upon seeing it was to figure out if it was a dupe for the Nars one simply because the packaging is so similar.  Like previous comparisons, I am first going to talk about the claims of each product using information from their websites.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Macadamia (new colour)

  • evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage
  • Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology
  • creates a softer, smoother complexion
  • diminishes fine lines and signs of fatigue
  • long wearing and crease-proof
  • 16 shades
  • $30 USD

A’Pieu Moist Creamy Concealer in 4 (#4 is still a bit light for me)

  • creamy and moisturizing formula
  • helps cover blemishes, dark areas, and can be used for contouring
  • SPF 30/PA++
  • natural and flawless coverage
  • 5 shades to target each skin tone (I was using Google Translate so don’t really understand this part)
  • under $10 USD

Packaging

Such similar packaging!  Both come in the clear tubular packaging with the doe-foot applicator. One difference is the A’Pieu concealer doesn’t have the matte black handle which gets dirty so fast. Although, I must admit the matte black is very sleek though.  Another difference is that product will not gather around the opening of the packaging when you open and close it.  I often have to wipe down the opening of the Nars one so the product doesn’t start smearing on the outside.

Application

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A’Pieu in 4 (left) and Nars in Macadamia (right)

The consistency of both liquid concealers are on the creamier side.  The A’Pieu one is a tad more creamier and thick.  Although, they both blend out really easily, with the A’Pieu one just taking a little longer due to its thicker texture.  I would definitely say less is more for either product as it could get quite cakey if you use a lot, especially under the eyes.  I usually use like a dab or two.  The only exception would be if you used a Beauty Blender, which would take off the excess off the area.  Although, I prefer to use my fingers to blend out the product because I find the Beauty Blender takes down the coverage a notch.

Finish

They both leave the under the under eye area with a satin finish.  I wouldn’t say it was really glowy or left my under eye area moisturized.  I think I would prefer a cream concealer for that.

Coverage

I would consider both on the medium side when it comes to coverage on the under eye area.  I actually think where either product shines is when they are used to cover redness and acne.  I have had some breakouts on my chin, and they completely obliterate that.  I think they are also great for highlighting if you get a lighter shade.

Longevity

I think they are quite similar in this category.  I find that they will crease under the eyes after a few hours.  However, if you set with powder, they last a whole 8 hour work day.  After that time, you will find a bit of creasing.

VERDICT:  So is it a good dupe?  I think it is a pretty good dupe.  It is very similar in all the categories I mentioned above.  I think it really comes down the shade selection and price.   Nars definitely offers more shades.  However, if your skin is on the lighter side, MAC NC25 or below, then you should be able to find a match with the A’Pieu one.  All in all, I tend to think I’d rather pay more to find the right shade.  Therefore, I would pick the Nars one, and also I find the texture of the Nars one a little lighter.

Blue Sky Tag

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I really enjoying doing tags, so I wanted to thank Sylliepie for nominating me!  Her blog is amazing and such a great read.  Thanks for always supporting my blog!

THE RULES

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer their 11 questions
3. Tag 11 people
4. Give them 11 questions to answer

Here are your questions:

If you can pick only one skincare product to use for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Choose wisely)

I think it would have to sunscreen because it is the best anti-aging beauty product.  I know, not a super exciting answer.  The last few years, I have been really into natural sunscreens.  I have been loving the Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer.  I know this is a bit of a cheat because it also doubles as a primer.

Do you trust anyone with your life? If yes, who and why?

Pretty standard answer probably, but it would my parents.  I have trusted them with my life since I was born and they have come through in every situation where I have needed them.  They are one of the greatest blessings in my life.

What is the last picture you took with your phone?

As a blogger, I am always scared to past my camera roll for others to see because it is full of endless photographs I use for my Instagram.

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I love how beautiful this soap I got from the Nordstrom Korean Beauty Pop-Up is.

Have you ever danced in the rain?

No, but I would love to!

What are you afraid of?

This is going to make me sound like I am super old, but I am often afraid that I am letting life past me.  That I am not enjoying every moment of my life.  I just find as I get older life has become one big blur.  To slow down time, I have been using this app called 1 Second Everyday to capture a video every day.  It really has helped me to stop and try to think of something to record every day. After a year, I can’t wait to relive it through the final compilation video.

Would you eat a deep-fried insect for $40,000?

I don’t know, what kind of insect is it?  If it is a small one, I might be able to do it.  It would depend if I really needed that $40,000 for something important as well.

What did you do for your latest birthday?

I can’t even remember.  I haven’t had a birthday celebration for a long time.  I am pretty sure I probably went to dinner with my family.

What’s your favourite memory?

Wow, that is such a tough question!  I think from my childhood, it would have to be visiting my uncles in Los Angeles.  We would get to go to Disneyland and they would get a Christmas tree and have tons of presents for us.  They were almost like Santa Claus to us because our family was pretty frugal when I was young.

Who’s your favourite person and why?

I will have to say my husband although he never reads this blog.  Most importantly, he was the one who inspired me to blog.  I am so glad he did because I have loved blogging so much!

What is your perfect full course meal?

Three courses of dessert probably!  If it was a typical full course meal, probably Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce.  I wish I was Italian sometimes.  Probably, like a triple chocolate mousse cake for dessert also.

I Tag (no pressure at all):

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Disney movie?  (obviously, I just saw Beauty and the Beast)  If you are not into Disney, what is your favourite movie?
  2. Which Disney character would you want to be?  If you are not a Disney fan, what character in a movie would you like to be?
  3. Are you the type that would have a mouse as a pet, or run as far away from one as possible?
  4. What is a song that always puts you a good mood?
  5. What is a place that brings you great joy?
  6. What is place you go to when you are sad?
  7. What are some items on your current beauty wish list?
  8. Do you think success is based mostly on hard work or luck?
  9. If you could be a celebrity for a day, who would it be?
  10. What is a beauty item on your anti-haul list?
  11. What is one beauty-related item or treatment you have done lately that has been out of your comfort zone?

Eyeliner Face-Off: Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil vs. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Pencil XL Review

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Akin to foodies who are always on the hunt for the best brunch, I am always on the hunt for the best eyeliner.  I picked up these two pencil eyeliners as deluxe samples from Sephora a few months ago and thought it was the perfect opportunity to test them out without paying full price.  I love eyeliners from Asia, but I was super excited to try some other brands as well for this blog.  The liners in question are the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil (Noir Intense) and Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil (Matte Black).  I am going to start off by talking about the claims of each product (just summarized from their websites) then move onto a more in-depth review.

Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil (Noir Intense)

  • longwear khôl eyeliner

  • glides on smoothly and softly
  • maximum colour intensity
  • all day wear
  • liquid-like creamy texture blends beautifully
  • smudge-resistant colour
  • 16 shades

Makeup Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil (Matte Black)

  • extra long lasting waterproof pencil
  • ultra-pigmented colours
  • easy application, amazingly smooth glide
  • super precise and ultra-resistant
  • creamy texture blends easily with a brush
  • 20 shades
  • five finishes – matte, satiny, iridescent, metallic, diamond

As you can see, they are pretty similar in what they offer in comparison to other eyeliners, which is a long-wearing and pigmented eyeliner.  So lets go through my criteria for eyeliner and see how they each fared.

I’ll so just say right off the bat that I probably wouldn’t be buying either liner after trying the sample.  It is just that I have a very difficult eyelids, nothing stays on them all day.  So I am guessing these might work better on someone with less oily and watery hooded eyes.  Overall, I just felt that neither them worked well enough for me to consider buying the full size.

Longevity – Lancôme

On me, both these liners will start to flake off it in bits (Lancôme) or sink into fine lines (Make Up Forever) in the outer corner of the eye after a few hours.  After a full work day (8-10) hours, they both have completely smudged on the bottom outer corner of my eyes.  Plus, I don’t find the Make Up Forever pencil that waterproof because after getting teary from cutting onions, I feel like there was even more smudging under the eyes.

Pigmentation – Lancôme

They are both very black.  However, the Lancôme is “blacker.”  The Make Up For Ever one still has a hint of grey in comparison.

Application – Make Up For Ever

In some sense this might not be an entirely fair comparison because the Lancôme liner is a khôl eyeliner.  This type of eyeliner is usually a bit more soft.  However, I found the Lancôme liner to be way too mushy during application.  Chunks of the liner would also come off the liner when you applied it.  Even worst is that when it dried, you cannot apply over top of it again to fix mistakes because dried chunks of the liner will fall off leaving a blank area on your lid.

The Make Up For Ever fared much better.  I think it had pretty good glide, although I don’t feel it is amazing like they claim.  With this pencil, you are able to redraw over the line even when it is starting to dry.

VERDICT:  I don’t recommend either one if you want a totally smudgeproof day.  Out of the two, I would probably recommend the Make Up Forever Pencil more because the application was a little easier.  Plus, the Lancôme pencil was so hard to sharpen because it was so soft.  It is probably one of those that you need to put in the refrigerator before you sharpen it.  Overall, I am disappointed that they both didn’t work for me, but I’m glad I didn’t have to buy the full to size to find that out.

Trying Some Korean Eye Makeup Removers

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I wear a lot of waterproof and smudgeproof eye makeup, so I don’t know what I would do without a good eye makeup remover.  Micellar water usually stings my eyes and is not really as effective at removing waterproof makeup.  So I usually opt to use dual-phase eye makeup removers, that can easily remove waterproof eyeliner and mascara.  I used to love the cult Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover, which I used for many years.  However, I found that it left my eyes pretty oily after removal.  Then, I moved on to the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover.  I enjoy this one because it removes eye makeup quickly and doesn’t leave as oily of a residue.  However, over the years, I have gotten more sensitive to scent, and the scent of this eye makeup remover seems to linger.

Now, to what I have decided to purchase to remedy the issue.  So instead of doing any research, I decided to go on a Korean online website, and randomly pick two to try.  The two in question are the Mizon Natural Grain Real Oatmeal Essential  Lip & Eye Remover and the innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover.

Description

Mizon Natural Grain Real Oatmeal Essential Lip & Eye Remover

  • double-layered emulsion-type make-up remover
  • removes waterproof makeup
  • oil cleanses skin gently and completely
  • other layer provides moisture
  • oatmeal and various vegetable extracts protect skin around eyes and delivers moisture

innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover

  • effectively removes longwearing point makeup
  • polysaccharose and minerals from apples protect skin from dryness and irritation
  • has the sweet and sour scent of apples
  • 88% natural ingredients
  • Kaolin powder’s controls excess sebum to give you a refreshed feeling

Like a previous blogpost comparison I did, I am going to through certain criteria I look for in a eye makeup remover and name a “best of” for each criteria.

Best Scent – innisfree

I know this criteria is counterintuitive because I prefer products without a scent.  However, it is often difficult to find scentless products until you actually have the product to smell it for sure.  If there is a scent I can tolerate, it would be citrus scents.  Therefore, innisfree wins is this category with its apple scent.  Honestly, it is so subtle, you barely smell it unless you put the soaked cotton pad right up to your nose.  The Mizon one has a strong scent and smells pretty strongly of alcohol

Best Packaging – innisfree

They both come in 100 mL bottles.  The innisfree bottle is taller and Mizon is more rounded.  I think they both are a great size for travel since they fit easily in the palm of your hand.  The twist off caps keeps the products from possibly leaking.  I think I would just pick the innisfree’s packaging because it has a bigger hole on the top to dispense product.  Just makes it quicker to get the product out and I can stick a small cotton swab inside the container to help me remove bits of makeup left in my eyelashes.

Best at Removing Makeup – tie

Drumroll to the most important criteria for a eye makeup remover.  This is going to be a little anticlimactic because they are both really good!  You only need to swipe once with a soaked cotton pad to remove most pencil liners, and maybe twice with a waterproof liquid liner.  Sometimes, I would just soak a couple seconds with either product and everything comes off.

Best at Leaving Eye Refreshed After Removal – Mizon

I don’t enjoy eye makeup removers that leave your eyes super oily after removal simply because I don’t like the feeling.  Moreover, sometimes, I want to remove the makeup to put something different and it is difficult to do that if lid is oily.  Since there is oil in both products, it will get a little oily no matter what especially if you use too much.  However, the Mizon one tends to leave the eyelid a bit drier after removal.  I mean, the innisfree one is not too oily after removal either if you don’t accidentally use too much.

Best at Removing Japanese Mascaras – innisfree

Japanese mascaras are notoriously difficult to remove.  They both remove the Heroine Make mascaras after a couple of soakings with a cotton pad.  The innisfree one just does it a little bit faster.  I wouldn’t say either is super quick at removing Japanese mascaras though.

VERDICT:  The winner is probably pretty obvious by now.  innisfree just wins on scent and packaging and is very good at removing eye makeup.  Plus, the ingredients are bit more natural which I appreciate.