Friday, April 18, 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 120 Soft Sand

I recently stocked up on one of my favourite foundations of all time, the Make Up For Ever HD foundation. You can read my review of it over here

HD foundation is a lightweight foundation suitable for oily to normal skin types. Coverage ranges from medium to full depending on how much you apply. I love using this for performances or when I know I will be photographed because it doesn't project a white cast when the camera flashes. 

I have been using 123 Desert but was recommended by Didy the Makeup Artist from Make Up For Ever to try 120 Soft Sand to help me cover my acne scars around my cheeks better. He said that I could use a light dusting of bronzer around my face to warm up my complexion if I was worried that it was too light for me.

Here's Didi, isn't he a cutie?
When I pumped it out, I was a little worried because it looked light. As compared to the current foundations I am using, it is the lightest foundation.

Left to right: MUFE HD 120, Chanel Perfection Lumiere 40 Beige and Burberry Velvet Foundation 204
You know what, it doesn't look unnaturally light on me. When paired with my favourite Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation or HD Pressed Powder It covers my acne scars a lot better too. I love it.

I paired the HD Foundation here with the HD Pressed Powder.

This is one of those foundations I come back over and over again because I just love how it looks and feels on my skin. An oldie but still a goodie.

SGD $76

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever High Definition Pressed Powder

(Taken from the press kit)

Everyone wanted it, so MAKE UP FOR EVER made it! With the same airy finesse, the same HD invisibility and unique sensoriality, the HD Pressed Powder is a handy, on-the-go pressed version of the cult HD Loose Powder. Extra-fine and talc-free, it shows no texture on the skin and fades lines optically, without settling inside the skin. The universal shade is totally transparent on the skin, giving every complexion skin-texture perfection, a unified look and imperceptible natural matte-ness that does not dry out. The powder micro-particles act like soft focus effects on the skin to reveal a marvellously luminous complexion. Easy to carry wherever you go, the ultra-flat ergonomic case has a large mirror for you to do touch-ups at any time of day, just to be sure your complexion never lets you down.

To compact a powder, you need to blend ingredients that are actually incompatible with HD fineness and transparency. Yet, the HD Pressed Powder is able to provide a look every bit as fine as the airy Loose Powder. So what is the secret to this technological wizardry? The composition of the powder has been entirely redesigned to remove the heavyweight opacifying ingredients that are usually found in compacts and instead, a trio of meticulously selected powders have formed this texture-free formula: 
• Silica injects comfort into the skin for an ultra-airy sense of  softness and a flawless soft-focus glow. 
• Synthetic mica ensures the finish is transparent, smooth and  even, with a silky soft feel. 
• Silicone powders erase lines and wrinkles and unify the skin  texture while giving a matte and luminous finish. 
• Hyaluronic acid reinforces the comfort and sensoriality of the  texture thanks to its anti-drying properties.

Left: Loose Powder version and Pressed Powder version and synthetic kabuki brush
I already own the loose powder version of the Make Up For Ever HD powder so I was delighted to be able to receive the pressed powder version which makes it very handy to tote around in my make up pouch for touch ups.

You can read my review of it the Loose Powder version here.

Like the loose powder version, the HD Pressed Powder is very finely milled and soft to the touch. It gets a bad rep sometimes because people tend to use too much of it. When you use too much of it, you will have a very obvious white cast. The trick is to use very little. Use a very soft brush, shake of the excess and gently tap the brush on your face. When applied correctly, it gives me a soft focused look.

My skin is now normal to slightly oily and the HD pressed powder works well on me. I only see I break through of oil after about 4 to 5 hours when I pair this with my liquid foundations. However when my skin was at its oiliest state last April, this did not do much to control the oil and mattify it for a long time. So I will only recommend this if you have normal skin (lucky you). I'm not sure about ladies with dry skin conditions though. Has anyone with dry skin tried this, I would love to hear what you feel about it.

SGD $59

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever Brush 152 Highlighter Brush Medium and 154 Buffer Blush Brush

I am always happy to receive new products to play with. I was positively delighted when I received these two brushes. I love the look of these, the dark brown wooden handles and dark silver ferrule gives it a sense of class. There is a nice weight to it so it feels good holding them.

Even though these are synthetic brushes, they feel very soft on my skin and are a delight to use.

Medium rounded and dense brush SGD $69

Extra-dense round brush with a flat tip SGD $80

I am really loving both the 152 and 154 for applying my new Make Up For Ever cream blushes on my cheeks. I have been rotating them. I dab the brush onto the pan and dab it on the apples of my cheeks. I use a dabbing motion to blend the colour and because both brushes feels soft, they don't poke my skin. Yet the brush is resilient enough to apply just the right amount of colour on my cheeks. Because they are synthetic I don't feel like I need to treat them like they are fragile.

On me, I don't see a big difference in the way 152 and 154 applies, both do a great job. So if you are hard pressed to choose one, get the 152 for your cream blushes simply because it is cheaper. I haven't discovered other ways to use them though even though it looks like I can also use them for liquid highlighters and applying compact foundation. How do you use your 152 and 154 brushes?

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever High Definition Blush 425 Brown Copper

I am ending off my series of Make Up For Ever HD Blushes with the darkest colour I was given 425 Brown Copper.

Brown Copper looks like a bright orangey brown to my eyes. It looks quite scary in the pan and on my arm swatch doesn't it. I was scratching my head as to how I would wear this.

But you know what, the beauty of these HD blushes is in its blendability. It goes on sheer and it can be layered to whatever intensity you want without being patchy.

I am quite surprised that I can carry of this colour and I love how it looks on my warm skin tone.

Here are all the Make Up For Ever HD blushes are currently have.

Left to right: 210 Cool Pink, 220 Pink Sand, 315 Peach Beige, 420 Indian Rosewood and 425 Brown Copper
These HD blushes are a joy to use. They are creamy and emollient when I touch it but once applied to my cheeks, it becomes a matte veil of colour that sinks into my skin instead of on top of it. It is not strongly pigmented, however it can be easily layered for intensity without comprising on the texture aka no patchiness. It can be applied under powder or over it without cakiness as well. It is long lasting on my normal to oily skin.

I do suggest using a brush instead of your fingers but if you do choose to use your fingers that is fine too, just remember to wash and dry them before you dip your fingers into the pan. It is always good to be as hygienic as possible.

SGD $50.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever High Definition Blush 315 Peach Beige

Here is my fourth installment of the Make Up For Ever HD Blush series. At the moment, if you asked me which is my favourite, I can't tell you because I love every one of them. Surprisingly, every shade suits me to a T.

I love applying these with the new Make Up For Ever brushes. No. 154 is one I love to use especially for a more pigmented blush look. I just use a dabbing motion to pick up the pigment and dab onto the apples of my cheeks.

Peach beige is exactly how it is described a light peachy shade.

This colour goes well with my stronger lip looks.

It is creamy in feel but dries down to a matte finish.It is very long lasting and suits my normal skin. I think these will be great for oily skins too.

SGD $50.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.