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Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion Review, Swatches and Photos

January 2nd, 2015

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After getting utterly hooked on IOPE Air Cushion XP Foundation and Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation, I came across Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion, a premium cushion foundation by AmorePacific.

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion Review Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion
The Evenfair Perfecting Cushion Foundation comes in a luxe-looking glossy light beige compact with a chrome trim and is about 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Like the IOPE and Laneige, there is a mirror on the inside of the lid, with a two-part compartment at the bottom – a top one that stores a puff applicator and one below that holds a sponge (or “cushion”) soaked in a super runny foundation. The foundation also comes with an additional foundation refill and applicator.

Combining oriental medicine with skincare to balance the Yin and Yang that’s crucial for beautiful skin, its ingredients include:

* Sulwhasoo’s signature ingredient, Jaeumdan (滋陰丹), which is a blend of Korean herbal medicinal plants (Small Solomon’s seal, Adhesive Rehmannia, White Lily, Chinese Peony, and East Indian Lotus) to counter the effects of Yin deficiencies like dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
* Apricot kernel oil and Korean herbal water complex to promote skin resilience and hydration.
* Flexible film-fixing polymers to form a thin protective barrier so that skin is left flawless and smooth.
* Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Shade-wise, there are 4 – #13 Light Pink, #21 Medium Pink, #23 Medium Beige and #25 Deep Beige – to cover pale to medium light skintones. My NC30 skintone fell right in between #23 and #25. #23 was much lighter than my natural skintone while #25 was warmer and slightly darker. Needless to say, I went with the #25.

The foundation applied with a cooling sensation and a semi-heavy scent. It felt moisturizing yet lightweight on my dehydrated combo skin and left behind a natural and dewy finish. Although the coverage was a little lighter than the IOPE, it was nonetheless very buildable and perfect for every day.

The wear was superb. Even without a setting powder over it – that’s how Korean celebrities wear them – my makeup stayed on intact and I did not notice any oil on my T-zone like I did with the Laneige.

Overall, SulWhaSoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion lived up to its reputation of being a premium cushion foundation with its moisturizing yet lightweight texture, buildable coverage and great wear. It was definitely a better fit for me than Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation but similar to IOPE Air Cushion XP Foundation, which was 2/3 of its price.

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion compact case
Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion compact bottom
Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 25 Deep Beige
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Wearing Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 25 Deep Beige Wearing Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion in No. 25 Deep Beige

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review, Swatches and Photos

October 27th, 2014

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It is no secret that Laura Mercier makes one of the best foundations out there – just ask the long line of celebrity fans including Katy Perry, Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie and more. And this fall, we have Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, a new addition to the permanent collection.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Boasting a lightweight, 12-hour wear and oil-free formula, the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a liquid foundation that claims to magically blur imperfections and is suitable for all skin types. Its bi-phase formula utilizes a Hydro-Brilliant Technology that features reflective waters and natural silica for color-true shades and requires shaking prior to each use to activate fresh color, just like Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. The foundation is designed to be water-resistant, humidity-proof and sweat-proof and is non-comedogenic as well.

There is a wide selection of 24 shades to fit different skintones. On my NC30 skintone, I use Cashew, a light color with neutral/slightly warm undertones. Macadamia and Dusk were two other matches that could work.

Compared to the Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation that I loved, the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide felt much thinner and more lightweight. Despite its runny texture, the foundation was nicely pigmented and offered medium, buildable coverage. I like to put a few drops on a foundation brush and apply under my eyes and around the nose for coverage that is just enough for everyday.

The foundation blended very easily and dried off swiftly to a natural, matte finish that looked and felt like skin. While it did not feel particularly moisturizing on my dehydrated combo skin, it did not highlight dry patches or flakes either. Also worth mentioning is how well the foundation wore. Even without a primer, the foundation stayed on nicely without oxidizing or fading for over 8 hours.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review

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Swatch of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Cashew
Wearing Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review in Cashew Wearing Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Cashew.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is available at Sephora and nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers September for $48.

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Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50/PA+++ Foundation Review, Swatches and Photos

July 11th, 2014

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Per a reader’s recommendation, I decided to try out Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50/PA+++, one of the most popular air cushion foundations from Korea.

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation SPF 50+ PA+++ review

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation SPF 50+ PA+++

Like the IOPE Air Cushion XP SPF50+/PA+++ Foundation I loved, the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50/PA+++ Foundation came in a portable white compact about 2.75 inches in diameter and 1.25 inches thick. Flip open the lid and you have a mirror on top and a bottom part that is split into two compartments – an upper one for storing a puff applicator and a lower one that holds a sponge (or “cushion”) soaked in a super runny foundation. To apply the foundation, you press the puff applicator into the cushion then pat directly onto skin.

The 5-in-1 formula contains:

* White Plus Renew Complex (Bead Tree extract, Korean thistle and Natto), the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin.
* SPF 50+/PA+++ to block out UVA and UVB rays.
* Soothing ingredients and cooling sensation that lowers skin temperature by 3 degrees Celsius to perk up tired skin.
* Elastic cushion powder against sweat and sebum for long-lasting wear.
* Spherical powder to control oil and prevent excess shine.

The foundation applied smoothly with ease and did not feel as moisturizing as the IOPE. The finish, though less dewy, was skin-like nonetheless. There was also a pretty strong scent, which you pretty much can’t avoid with Korean makeup and skincare products.

Color selection wise, it was better than IOPE. There are 4 shades to choose from – #13 True Beige, #21 Natural Beige, #23 Sand Beige and #31 Brown Beige – which all run darker and warmer. On my NC30 skin, I use #C23 Cover Beige for the IOPE and was able to get away with #21 Natural Beige for the Laneige.

As for the coverage, it was on the lighter side. A few dabs evened out my skin nicely but I definitely need concealer over problem areas. And while the foundation did wear well on my dehydrated combo skin, there was shine on my T-zone after 5-6 hours, which I did not see with the IOPE.

All in all, Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50/PA+++ Foundation was a decent cushion foundation that was easy to use and provided natural, skin-like coverage. But for now, I will stick to IOPE.

Get your Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation here!


Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation in 21 Natural Beige

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation in 21 Natural Beige

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation in 21 Natural Beige swatches

Swatches of Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation in 21 Natural Beige

Wearing Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation in 21 Natural Beige

Wearing Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion Foundation in 21 Natural Beige with Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer in 325 Natural Beige under the eyes and around the nose.

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Holiday Beauty and Photography Tips from Jake Bailey

December 7th, 2013

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Here are a few pointers from Katy Perry‘s makeup artist Jake Bailey, on how to look your absolute best for the holidays!


#1. To apply lotions and liquid makeup to the face, use finger tips. The palms tend to absorb too much product.

#2. Use a full-coverage foundation with multiple benefits in small amounts instead of large amounts of sheer foundation to avoid applying too much product to the face.

My Recommendation: Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation

#3. Always match foundation to the decolletage versus the jawline for a more even complexion.

#4. Use the same foundation in a shade lighter for highlighting and to conceal and brighten the undereye area for a seamless texture. Make sure you don’t apply it too close to the lower lashline to avoid making eyes appear puffy.

#5. A dewy look can appear greasy on camera. Powder the center of the face to avoid shininess that the flash accentuates.

#6. Apply blush and bronzer to create dimension and always smile to help focus blush application on the apples of the cheeks.

#7. Apply eyeliner directly into top lash line and mascara starting at the root of the lashes so the eyes pop but don’t look overdone.

#8. For the most complimentary shot, always try and angle chin and cheek towards light source, be it above or off to one side. Some more photography tips here.

#9. Natural, window light is the most desirable for pictures. If you are photographing outdoors, avoid shooting between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to eliminate unflattering shadows.

#10. Hair damage is one of the most obvious imperfections in photographs and the hardest to retouch. Remember to use a deep conditioning treatment prior to your big night.

My recommendation: Joico K-PAK RevitaLuxe Bio Advanced Restorative Treatment

What are some of YOUR tips? See more holiday makeup tips and looks!

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Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer Review and Swatches

December 13th, 2012

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After reading all the raves on Makeupalley and various blogs, I finally caved and got the new Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer, an ultimate multitasking duo for flawless, breathable coverage.

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer in Hue review
Packaged in a 30ml clear bottle with a built-in spatula, the foundation touts an oil-free, high-definition, high-performance formula that utilizes an unique oxygen technology to leave skin hydrated, nourished and to prevent premature aging. It is also enriched with botanical extracts to enhance circulation and blood flow, resulting in an increase of oxygen delivered to the skin, along with an array of skin-loving ingredients and innovative extracts to slow down the onset of premature aging.

There are 16 shades available that run from light to dark, with both yellow and neutral undertones. I normally wear the third lightest shade in Stila and Hue, a light to medium color with yellow undertones, was the perfect match for my NC30 skin.

Compared to your regular liquid foundation, this has a slightly thicker, almost cream-like texture that felt surprisingly lightweight. It glided on and blended easily with both fingers and the #35 Flat Brush that was included, without highlighting dry patches or fine lines. The coverage was medium and very buildable with a satiny, skin-like finish that gradually turned dewy – but not oily – as the day progressed.

The concealer on the other hand, reminded me a lot of my favorite Bobbi Brown Correctors and Concealer. It was cleverly hidden inside the cap and came with a mini mirror for touch-ups. It felt insanely creamy and moisturizing and provided great coverage. The wear, just like the foundation, was excellent and managed to stay on without caking or turning orange even after 10 hours.

Overall, I love the Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer. I have been using it every day since I got it and highly recommend it for those with dry to combination skin.

FOTD to come this week!

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer in Hue

Stila Stay All Day Concealer in Hue review
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer Hue Swatches

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Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer is available at Sephora and Beauty.com for $44.

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