Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact

I must say that 2016 is the Cushion year craze for all brands; the Asian brands and the Western brands! We’ve seen popular brands releasing cushions claiming to provide coverage and to provide staying power, but do they really worth the price tag? Estee Lauder Singapore sent a lovely package of Double Wear Cushion and I gave it a try for the past week. Let’s take a look..

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion prides itself for the smooth and natural coverage with long lasting power. The first thing that I notice when I dipped my finger to feel the texture is indeed how smooth is the formula. It feels very smooth and at the same time it occured to me that the coverage looks pretty good when swatched on my arm.

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Some unique technologies to take note here is the red fruit moisture complex, Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion is formulated with ingredients found in red fruit extract e.g. watermelon rind extract, lychee seed extract and apple extract. Estee Lauder claims that this formulation helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and providing generous hydration to the skin. Double wear cushion is also a naturally derived sebum absorber, to help oil control and control shine.

Another thing that makes this item one of my favorite cushion is the SPF, it contains SPF 50 PA+++. Many of the western brands does not offer such high SPF. It makes me feel safer that my skin is well protected. The range comes with 5 shades; Bone, Sand, Cool Vanilla, Warm Vanilla, and Tawny. I picked up cool vanilla – it leans towards pinkish shade and the shade match my skin perfectly.

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My personal Thoughts:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion has a smooth and velvety texture. It provides medium coverage. I usually apply two layers of this and by doing that it provides medium coverage. I can see my pores are covered nicely and it also instantly makes my face looking brighter. As for the finish, I find that it provides a glowy finish but not as glowy as many of those Koreans brands ones. I do agree with the brand that the oil control works for me! My skin is usually normal to dry skin but on most day I experienced oily T-zone area. When I apply this, I can safely say that my T-zone does not feel as oily as to my normal days with some other cushions.

As for staying power, Estee Lauder claims that it has 8 hours of staying power, On many days yes I can see that it stays nicely on my face for 8 hours. But when days are super hot and humid, it starts to oxidized after 6 hours (my work requires me to be outdoors sometimes). I can see some patches on my cheek. But on most days, it stays put well.

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Pardon my super puffy face, but let me show you how my skin looks like after application of Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact, It looks natural and it gives me that natural glow which I love. It stays for a good 6 hours before I start to see some changes on my skin, it starts to oxidize a bit on the side of my nose.

For the price suggested (sgd 68 for the case and refill), the price is certainly quite reasonable although it is not the cheapest among the western brand. Will I recommend this to anyone? Yes I certainly will! I would say that this piece can be a good buy for a bb cushion because it’s not overly dewy! It provides oil control and at the same time still provides a natural glow on my face; I tend to apply finishing powder on my face but with this, I can confidently apply powder on my T-zone only.

 

 

Retail Price

NEW Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 / PA+++ (Case & Refill) | SGD68

NEW Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 / PA+++ (Refill) | SGD50

Disclaimer: The product mentioned is provided by Estee Lauder Singapore for my consideration. My thoughts on the product is solely based on my experience and it is genuine and unbiased.

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Review

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I am sure that most women would wish for a flawless skin. I am glad that I was given a tube of Givenchy Teint Couture Balm to try – I found my new favorite make up base!

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm has a unique formula – water in silicone which is claimed not to leave any greasy feeling when applied onto the skin. It’s supposed to blend with the skin and leaving a very natural look and enhance natural radiance. With diamond powder encapsulated inside a polymer matrix, when Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is applied to the skin, it’s supposed to blurs away imperfection and improve complexion radiance.

The product is packaged in a simple and sleek tube. The cap has a minimalistic yet unique design in Givenchy’s signature House’s fashion collection.

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When I was first introduced to this, I wonder to myself how would a product be able to blur out the complexion with a light coverage? But after trying this, I was blown away! I like how lightweight the texture of the product is. Indeed it’s able to minimizes my pores and it blurs away imperfection.

You can see from the picture above that this this Teint Couture Balm is able to provide decent coverage. By decent I mean light to medium coverage. My pores and redness is well covered, but when I have bad dark eye circles, this product alone may not be enough to cover my panda eyes. I still have to reach for my concealer to cover up my dark eye circle.

I’ve been using this for the past few weeks and here’s my verdict:

Givenchy Teint Couture balm provides a decent coverage for my day to day make up base. It’s super easy to blend with my fingers and it stays for a good long hours even when I have to work in an outdoor environment. By the end of the day, I would see a very minimal oxidation but it still look alright. It gives me a natural finish and enhancing a radiant look. What I like most about Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is that I can choose not to powder my face at all – I am able to walk out of my house without feeling greasy/sticky and yet my face would still look fine at the end of the day.

 

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is now available in Givenchy counters in Singapore

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm was kindly provided to me for my consideration. My review is all based on my opinion and experiences on the product – honest and genuine. 

 

 

Guerlain BB Hydra Aqua Serum

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When I heard that Guerlain is releasing a new BB Cream, I became so excited to know more and to try the product. This BB Hydra Aqua Serum is part of Guerlain’s Super Aqua Serum which emphasizes so much of hydrating the skin.

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Guerlain BB Hydra Aqua Serum comes in a squeezable long tube. There’s nothing fanciful about the packaging; it looks simple an practical. There are two shades available – light and medium. Mine is light.

The initial reaction I have when I first try it is the lightness of the bb cream texture. It feels very light in texture and it makes me feel like i am not wearing anything on my face. I have tried and used this BB cream for couple of times and I have found that the coverage of this BB cream is very light. This bb cream is also packed with SPF 25  to protect our skin from the UV rays.

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On my swatch here, you can see that the coverage of BB hydra is light but you can still see the difference of my skin with and without the bb cream.

I have tried several ways to apply this bb cream but what I find most useful is to put the bb cream all over my face with my finger lightly and dab it with my finger. In this way, I feel like the bb cream is applied more evenly. The finish of the bb cream is lumimous without being shiny.

Comparing to the Lingerie de Peau BB Cream, Hydra Aqua Serum BB Cream has a much lighter coverage. The size of the tube is similar but lingerie de peau tube comes with a pump. Both products carry a signature Guerlain scent but Hydra Aqua Serum has a lighter scent compared to Lingerie de Peau.

 

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I would recommend this BB cream for any one of you who prefers a light texture bb cream with light coverage for daily use. After using this for many times, I like this best when I am having this on my outdoor activities; when I am exposed to the sun and when light make up is the thing I need. Most of the time, I will still prefer lingerie de peau bb cream for its coverage and finish.

Mary Kay CC Cream – Product Information

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Introducing Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15, the “Complexion Corrector” that acts like makeup to instantly correct complexion imperfections while formulated like skin care to help nurture skin’s beauty tomorrow. So remarkably lightweight, you’ll look naturally flawless as if wearing nothing at all.

Whether looking for a quick, everyday multitasker or the perfect vacation, errand or weekend solution, Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 will deliver with results that answer your needs. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types, and especially tested on Asian skin, the sunscreen provides instant lightweight coverage that masks imperfections in an easy, all-in-one step.

SHADES:
Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 is available in four shades suited for Asian complexions.

  • Very Light

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  • Light to Medium

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  • Medium to Deep

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  • Deep

Some features of this products include:

Protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays with broad-spectrum SPF15.

Brightens: Instantly amplifies skin luminosity and brightens the complexion.

  • 95% of women said it evens out skin tone†
  • 87% of women said it instantly illuminates†

Corrects with Lightweight Coverage: Mineral-based pigments help correct the look of imperfections and improve your overall complexion with lightweight coverage that doesn’t give that “made-up” appearance.

  • 93% of women said it feels lightweight on skin†
  • 92% of women said skin looks healthier†
  • 79% of women said it makes their skin look perfect

Minimizes Redness: Provides visible relief and minimizes the appearance of skin redness. It was even tested on women with rosacea who agreed it helps diminish the look of redness.

  • 91% of women said it minimizes the appearance of redness†

Conceals: Instantly conceals the appearance of blemishes. It also conceals dark circles and dark shadows as it blends beautifully with your skin tone. It soothes and nourishes acne-prone skin and calms troubled skin.

  • 88% of women said it diminishes the look of blemishes†

Hydrates: For 10 hours. Skin feels instantly hydrated. It provides nourishing comfort without feeling oily or greasy.

Reduces Visible Signs of Aging: Fine lines appear less noticeable. It also helps minimize the appearance of pores while visibly improving skin’s texture.

  • 83% of women said skin looks younger†

Defends against skin-damaging free radicals thanks to powerful antioxidants.

 

AVAILABILITY:

NEW Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 is available exclusively through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant starting 1 April 2014 at $37. To locate a consultant, call 62266888 or visit www.marykay.com.sg 

Disclaimer: the information in this post is extracted from Mary Kay press release information.

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator – Information and Review

YSL is releasing a new base product – CC Cream Light Creator. For this product, the YSL team has added a unique active complex canned Glycanactif. CC Cream youth liberator is the first hybrid CC Cream with Glycanactif. This active ingredient is claimed to be able to unifies the complexion surface and correct imperfections, evens out imperfections irregularities, refines skin texture and reveals its radiance day after day.

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Here’s the features of CC Cream Light Forever Light Creator:

  • Correction and Uniformity

CC Cream Forever Light Creator helps regulate imperfection and unify the complexion.

  • 24 Hours Hydration

Enriched with hydrating agent, the formula ensures 24hours hydration for the skin

  • Prevention and SPF 35/+++PA Protection

Its dual anti UV protection and anti oxidant action helps combat the appearance of color defects in the future

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Review

I received these products last week and I have been trying this product for about 9 days and here’s what I feel so far:

Packaging:

YSL CC Cream Youth Liberator is packaged in a long sleek squeezable tube. The product contains 40 ml of product. The design is simple and light.

Texture & Finish

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator is very light in texture. The texture is so light that I don’t really feel that I am wearing foundation. The coverage is light but it manages to cover my pores. These days I applied 2 layers of YSL CC cream on my face to give me the kind of coverage I want. It gives a healthy glow  to your complexion; natural coverage and it evens out my skintone.

Shades:

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator comes in 3 shades: Rose, Apricot and Lavender. The description below is taken from YSL CC Cream press release information:

  • Rose : To give the complexion a fresh and rosy halo
  • Apricot : To recreate the golden radiance of a beautiful skin
  • Lavender: to give a natural skin looking radiance

Here’s the swatch of both shades. Rose is a beige shade with pink under tone and Apricot is more tinted and it looks more golden.

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Here I have taken pictures of me wearing different shades on a different day:

Here’s how shade “rose” looks on me

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Rose is a beautiful shade which brightens my skin. The product delivers the promise to give a complexion a fresh and rosy halo. I can see the rosy glow it has on me, However I do feel that this shade is a bit too light for me. The shade still matches my neck well, but once I compare with my arm, I can spot the difference and it kinda looks unnatural anymore.

And here’s how Apricot looks on me

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At first, Apricot looks a bit too dark on my skin tone. But after applying it onto my face and blends it out evenly, I find that Apricot suits my skintone better. It is certainly not brightening, but it evens out my skin tone and makes my skin looks healthy.

 

Mixed: Apricot & Rose

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After trying out rose and apricot on their own, I decided to try and mix the two together. The amount of Apricot I applied is 2/3 and rose is 1/3 and I mix them together. The shades comes out to be very nice and it suits my skin tone perfectly. I can see how Apricot complement my skin tone and covers my redness and pores. At the same time, shade rose does its job by giving me that beautiful glow that I love a lot. Other than using it as a base product, I was also using shade rose as a highlighter. Rose is lighter than my actual skin tone, in the picture above I applied it on my under eye area. As a result, my face looks fresh and healthy 🙂

Here’s the amount of Rose and Apricot I use for my 3rd look

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YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator is going to be available in March and will be retailing at $79

Disclaimer: The products were sent to me for review purposes. Some information above is taken from YSL press release file. My review is based on my experience; honest and unbiased.

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

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