Review: Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint

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Like Glossier, Milk Makeup is made for the modern woman. She is chic, on-the-go, and health-conscious. The brand originated from Milk Studios, a photo studio from Los Angeles. Clean and effective ingredients paired with their push for diversity and creativity in their products are the brand’s main ethos. All the products are cruelty-free, vegan, and paraban-free. The packaging also has a clean and minimal look reminiscent of Glossier. Basically, this is what all the cool girls should be into.

Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t want to be a cool modern woman? I certainly too. I had previously used their Coverage Duo (which I don’t see on their website anymore) and loved it. That is why I decided to pick up their Sunshine Skin Tint to see if it was just as good.

The Claim

The Sunshine Skin Tint is housed in a preservative-free packaging and instead uses antimicrobial silver to keep the product fresh. The preservative-free aspect seems to be a big selling point for this product as it is used in this product’s taglines. The product is dispensed through the rollerball tip at one end. The tint is supposed to give a dewy finish to the skin due to the formula’s blend of avocado, mandarin, grape, and olive oils. The coverage is sheer, but buildable. It also contains an SPF of 30 and comes in 8 shades.

Packaging

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The rollerball packaging is indeed quite innovative as base products aren’t usually housed in this format. The packaging is almost clear so you easily see how much product remains, which is very handy. I am sure everyone has encountered the moment when their favourite foundation runs out abruptly because you have no idea how much is left inside the packaging. The whole packaging seems to made of plastic, even the rollerball itself. I checked on the FAQ section on their website and it states all the packaging is recyclable.

So what did I think? I like the packaging. The rollerball makes it super convenient to just click and roll the product all over your face. I usually need about two clicks to cover my entire face. If you are worried about the rollerball become too “germy,” you can use a bit of alcohol to sanitize it. The product actually doesn’t continue to dispense until you click on it again so you don’t have to worry about product coming out when you clean it.

Now to the con. The rollerball applicator can get quite dirty with the product building up on the tip. So I will usually roll off all the product I can onto my face and then if there is a bit left on the rollerball, I will roll it off on my forearm till the whole rollerball is completely clean. I know this sounds kind of strange, but it really helps to keep the rollerball from getting really buildup with product.

Ingredients

Milk Makeup prides itself on using good and clean ingredients. However, if you are super into green, natural, and/or organic cosmetics, this might not be for you. If you check all the ingredients on EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (a database often used by those are into green beauty), not all the ingredients are in the green zone. That being said, the brand does aim to use more natural and clean ingredients, so if you are trying to start using more green beauty items, this might be a good one to check out.

The SPF in this product is a combination of chemical and physical sunscreens (octinoxate 7.5% and zinc oxide 5%). It contains many moisturizing oils, like avocado, mandarin, grape, and olive. It does contain fragrance as well, which might be irritating to some people. I can’t seem to find any information about if their fragrance use comes from a natural source though.

Review

Initially, I thought this product was alright, but soon loved it, after tweaking and working with it after a few weeks. However, this may be a deal breaker for some who expect a product to work immediately amazing on them. I think one of the main criticisms I had with this product is longevity. It is a base product that looks really good when first applied, but by the end of a work day it looks faded, too dewy, and has gotten into the fine lines a bit. Lo and behold, as summer as kicked in, I decided to wear a separate sunscreen under my SPF foundations (which I should probably have been doing all year) and it lasts longer and I’ve been using it everyday.

Compared to some of its “less-clean” counterparts, this base takes a bit more effort to spread on the face. Initially, it feels a bit tacky, but after a few hours the tackiness is gone. I don’t find the smell particularly appealing to me (but smell is so personal). It smells “coconuty”, which is on the ingredient list, and a bit floral. The coverage is definitely on the sheer side, but that is to be expected since it is a skin tint. It is buildable, but I would say the coverage is at most sheer-medium. It will even up your complexion, take down redness, but won’t cover freckles, acne scars, and any sort of darker pigmentation. I did find it helped fill in fine lines and pores though.

It is interesting that they claim this base will give a dewy finish. I didn’t particularly find it really dewy. I would say it is more on the satin side. However, since it is a sheer foundation, it tends to take on the qualities of the skincare used underneath it. For example, if I use a more oily-controlling primer or sunscreen, it tends to just look more matte. That is perhaps why I have loved using it in the summer. Using a primer has really kept it looking good for longer on my skin.

VERDICT: A lovely sheer base which evens out your skintone and diminishes your fine lines and pores. Longevity of the product is greatly increased by a good primer.

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Current Favourites

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If you are new to my blog, I usually do a favourites blogpost every few months. Even though I mainly blog about beauty, I like to include favourites from different categories so you can get to know me a little better. Like previous favourites blogposts, I am going to categorize my favourites according to the five senses inspired by Youtuber Ingrid Nilsen’s series called Sense of Self.

Sight

I came back from Tokyo a few months now, but since coming back, I have loved reminiscing about that trip by watching Youtubers who live Japan. I have been a longtime follower of Sharmander and Simon and Martina who both live or lived in Japan. It has been nice to rewatch their videos and recognize places that I have been to on my trip.

Lately, I have been especially loving Norm from his channel “Tokyo Lens.” Originally from Canada, he has lived in Tokyo for about 10 years. I love watching his videos showing his favourite secret locations in Tokyo. He is such a charismatic person that his videos fly by even when they are over 10 minutes long. He also plays the Japanese instrument called the shamisen and it is amazing watching him play in a few of his videos. If you interested in visiting Japan one day, you have to check out his videos!

Smell

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If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I am not a big fan of scent in beauty products. However, once in a while, I will come upon some scents I enjoy. Strangely enough, I really enjoy the scent of creamsicles, which I guess is kind of like a fake orange scent. I have loved Badger’s sunscreen for kids exactly for that reason.

I was looking for a new lip balm with SPF since summer is coming upon us here. I have always had difficulty finding one I like because most of them make your lips super white and others just are too thick. However, I have really been enjoying the Sun Lip Balm from Hurraw! which has an SPF of 15. I have always loved Hurraw! for how smoothly it applies and how it doesn’t get all mushy in the tube through use. I wouldn’t say it is as a good as an overnight lip treatment, but I find it to be a solid lip balm and is almost clear. Most importantly, it contains tangerine which gives me that Creamsicle experience.

Taste

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An influencer did her job. I was influenced to try out her raw bars. I am talking about longtime fashion blogger, Aimee Song of the Song of Style blog. Aimee was mostly a blogger for a longtime, but recently she has entered the Youtube world as well. During one of her vlogs, she is seem running around attending fashion shows while nibbling on these raw bars and talking about how delicious they are.

I didn’t believe her because I can’t say raw bars have ever looked appealing to me. However, I was too curious to not try it out. Plus, I figured you shouldn’t critique something without trying it yourself, and boy, was I wrong! They are delicious. I thin it is the roasting of the chia seeds, oats, and sunflower seeds that really brings out their flavour. You have got to try them!

Touch

I find that if I enjoy applying a skincare product, I will look forward to doing my skincare routine more. Lately, I has just been loving the MINON Amino Moist Moist Charge Milk. It has a lovely lotion texture that smoothes over the skin easily. It leaves my skin so plump and glowy and is definitely one of of favourite skincare finds lately. I used to resort to using snail products when I experienced the dryness around my nose, but this works just as well. Now, I understand why it is so top-rated product in Japan.

Sound

I have been a longtime lover of bands from England and my latest English band on constant replay is Nothing But Thieves. My favourite song from them is Particles. For some reason, they remind me of another English band called Keane. I think it is the brooding voice of the lead singer. If you are into alternate music from the UK, I think you will like this band.

I listen to a lot of Cantonese music. If you are interested in branching out and listening to what is popular in Hong Kong, you should check out the band “Supper Moment.” I think they are best rock band in Hong Kong right now.