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.

Let’s Welcome Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation into the Cushion World!

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Here we are at the end of February, and we have seen lots of exciting launches! And I’m sure there will be more and more exciting launches. Cushion foundation seems to be the in thing this season. Many brands(non Koreans) are now starting to launch a line of their cushion base, how exciting it is! :)

One of my favorite brand, Shu Uemura is launching Cushion foundation too. They place it under blanc:chroma range which is known to be the “brightening” range. Not only this will give a brightening make up effect, it will also give skin care benefits too such as targeting dark spots for anti-pigmentation effect and also UV protection SPF 50+.

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Smart Cushion

One special thing to watch about Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma is the cushion. I am pleasantly surprised when I first tried the cushion and it feels so soft, puffy and yet still blends perfectly. The puff is made of very soft hair that when you glide this puff into your skin, you’ll feel nothing but its softness. One special thing I experienced is that the puff helps to pick up a good amount of foundation so you don’t have to keep dabbing the puff to pick up more and more products. The soft flock helps to retain the foundation picked and hence I can keep dabbing all over my face and if I need more coverage, then I’ll re-dab the cushion and apply it all over my face.

The cushion is so special imo and I can go on and on saying how good the cushion is!

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Coverage & Performance

I have tried this cushion a few times and I must say that the coverage it gives is one of the best out there. It covers my pores on my nose pretty well in a single coverage. It gives a satiny finish and I like the finish because with this, I don’t really need to powder my face. It also stays on my face for the whole day and it does not fade even when I had to stay outdoors for few hours without touch ups. I got to say that the staying power is good and it can even stand Singapore humid weather.

Shades

There are 6 shades available, and as for me, Shu Uemura sent me shade 774 light beige.

Light beige is the lightest shade among the “7” shade which leans more towards yellow, and if you wish to purchase shades with pink skin tone, then go for shade “5” group.

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I did a swatch on the cushion on the back of my hand as below,

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And as a comparison, I dug out my Shu Uemura shades to give some idea on how the shade compare to the other Shu Uemura foundation. I have Face Architect foundation in the same shade “Light Beige” and they look very similar when compared side to side. Hence I would safely say that the shade for the cushion is similar to other Shu Uemura foundation.

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There are so many cushions launches these days and it may be hard for us to choose. As for Shu Uemura UV Cushion Foundation, I would safely say that this cushion is a good pick if you want cushion with higher coverage. It’s definitely not as sheer as many other foundations, and it stays for a long hour even without setting powder (fyi I have dry skin). Other than the better coverage, I must mention that the sponge is one of the best out there. It’s very soft and it’s taking the right amount of product to be applied and it can glides nicely on my face.

In the picture below, I applied my face with skincare and Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense. You can see my pores and uneven skin tone there, and after I applied a layer of Shu Uemura CC Cushion, you can see it looks better.

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Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma brightening UV cushion foundation will be available islandwide from 15th March 2016

$55 for refill, $20 for case + puff. 

 

 

 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Make Up To Go Liquid Compact –

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I always get excited whenever I have a new foundation to test/try. Estee Lauder Singapore sent a piece of the new Double Wear Make Up To Go Liquid Compact to me recently and I’ve been using this lately.

The packaging successfully attracts my immediate attention. It comes in a compact foundation case, but the actual product comes in a liquid form. It comes with a button to dispense the product and also a sponge to apply the product.

I’ve tried applying this with the sponge, my finger and also buffing brush. I like the sponge that comes with the product itself, it’s able to help spreading the product evenly into my skin. But the downside of using sponge is that it takes a lot of product into the sponge and I ended up wasting the products away. With buffing brush, I also experienced the same downside to using sponge. Hence when I use this, I like to apply it with my finger and blend it. It saves a lot of products and it applies nicely on my skin too.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Make Up To Go Liquid Compact has a dewy finish and it feels hydrat. These days I like to opt for dewy make up base as my skin is dry and this base has done a pretty good job. It stays perfectly for 8 hours before it starts to fade. The coverage is medium, it’s able to cover my freckles on my cheek and slight redness on my face. In terms of coverage, this foundation is able to cover my light blemishes, but when I have a breakouts, I’ll go for other foundations with more coverage.

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The packaging is a so convenient for travelling and on the go make up. With the button to dispense the product, I can choose to use my sponge or use my finger to apply. At first the packaging reminds me of BB Cushion but after wearing it for a while, I realize that the packaging is even better than BB cushion as I am given a choice to use sponge/finger to apply whereas I would need my sponge to apply BB Cushion on my face! :)

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In this picture, I am wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Make Up To Go Liquid Compact. The look below might look familiar to you, as I have featured the look in my previous post ;)

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It comes in 11 shades and it’s now widely available in all Estee Lauder counter in Singapore. This retails for $68.

Disclaimer: The item mentioned in this post was sent to me from Estee Lauder Singapore for considerations. The review is based on my personal experience of the product; my review is honest, genuine and unbiased.

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation Review

Hi!

Today I have a newly acquired foundation to share with all of you today. It’s Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation. I picked this up about three weeks ago. This would be my first Tom Ford foundation products.

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Firstly I must say that the packaging caught my immediate attention. Foundation with pump function is not something unusual, but when the pump comes without a cap, it’s something interesting for me. After having so many foundations and putting them in my drawer, some foundation caps are just not as long lasting as I wish it would be. The design of this Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation comes with a cap that’s twistable and pumped. I feel that this packaging is safer for me who likes to place my foundation bottles in a tight drawer.

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There are 15 shades available in total, but as of three weeks ago, we have not received all 15 shades yet. I picked up no 13 in buff, it seems that it suits me the best for my asian skin. I tried on shade #4 bisque too, but I find that it’s too dark for me.

Texture wise, the foundation feels thicker than most foundations I owned. I usually use one and a half pump to use all over my face. It gives me a medium coverage and it’s buildable to full coverage. What I love most about this foundation is that – although it comes in a thicker consistency compared to most of my foundations, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. It also provides a very natural finish without being over dewy nor matte. There are not many foundations that I would be comfortable wearing without setting it off with setting powder, but for this one, I love the look and the finish of Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation on its own. My face looks very natural and looking fresh.

To apply this foundation, I tried using my fingers to blend it all over my face. It’s very easy to blend with my finger; To me, no much blending needed when using this foundation. I just had to make sure that this spreads all over my face evenly and covers my face with enough coverage. I tried blending this foundation with Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush too, but I personally prefer blending it with my own finger.

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Here’s some shades comparison to few other foundations

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And here’s how my face looks with Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

 

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Overall I think Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation has performed up to my expectation for being able to create a smooth looking skin on me without making my face looks too glowy.

 

Thank you for reading!

Shu Uemura Oleo Pact Foundation

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Beauty brands are always so innovative in releasing new products with new function. This time, Shu Uemura releases a compact foundation that provides medium to high coverage with natural glow.

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The powder comes with a special sponge that has a special curve to help application more evenly. The sponge was made from a different material compared to most sponges available in the market. This sponge able to pick up quite a handful of products but afraid not, there won’t be too much products transferred during the application.

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I have tried wearing Shu Uemura Oleo Pact for a while. The foundation feels lightweight and yet it provides medium that can be build to high coverage.

There were few methods of application I have tested so far. I have tried applying this with foundation brush (stippling brush) and the result was not satisfying. I can see brush strokes when I use foundation brush to apply. I have also tried using the sponge with tapping motion, and apparently I feel that the finish would be too thick for my liking. Finally I tried using the given sponge in a pulling motion. After getting enough amount of product on the sponge, I’ll apply it on my face with pulling motion. In this way, the coverage and the finish looks beautiful.

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In the pictures above, I have shown the difference Oleo Pact can do to your skin. With a gentle swipe, this foundation covers my flaws and makes my skin looks smoother.

Shu Uemura Oleo Pact will be available islandwide in Singapore in September

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

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