NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

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So, here’s my NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint review. You can either watch me rambling about this foundation on my Youtube channel, or you can read all about this foundation in this review. I pretty much say the same thing on the video and this post, but probably I have a better train of thoughts on this post.

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How To Reverse Contour (The Eve Pearl Technique)

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As promised, here’s a how to reverse contour tutorial. I’ve come to a realization that there has been a few beauty vloggers and bloggers who attempted the Reverse Contour technique using very dark and very light foundations. Let me stop you right there! Using shades that are way too dark and too light for your skin do not work! The Eve Pearl Reverse Contouring technique does NOT use foundations/concealers that are TOO light and too dark. Instead, this technique actually uses 2 foundation colors that are very similar in shade to each other.

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Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette Review

You all know my love for Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Holiday Colection, yes? And as promised, here’s my review and swatches on the Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura Beauty Remix palette in Indigo. This Maison Kitsune Indigo palette review is based on entirely my own honest opinion and experience with the palette. I bought this palette myself, and I’ve done 3 tutorials using it. Please check out my tutorials if you want to see how the shadows look like on my eyes.

Why do I choose the Maison Kitsune Indigo palette over the Plum? Well, that’s probably because I prefer the colour selection on the Indigo over the Plum. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Plum palette is gorgeous, but I’m more attracted to the shadows in the Indigo palette. The difference between the Indigo and the Plum palettes is that the Indigo palette leans towards the cooler tones, while the Plum palette is a lot warmer compared to the Indigo.

Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura What is Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura Beauty Remix Smoky Eyes & Cheek Palette #Indigo?

“Sharpen up for a night of clubbing and electro beats in a “new classic” Maison Kitsuné style with the beauty remix smokey eye & cheek palette. Inspired by Western smokey eye and Tokyo street girl’s high cheek. Be bold and chic French style, or subtle and modest nipponesque, two opposites create a new harmony. Play with accent colors on smokey eyes for a fresh, spirited twist. A happy collision between effortless French style smokey eye with navy and pink blush under eyes inspired by a youthful Tokyo spirit.”

Shu Uemura Canada, 2015

This collection is all about East meets West! Bringing the French chic and Japanese street style together, this palette is the perfect combination of East meets West vibe. This Maison Kitsune Indigo palette consists of stunning shades from smoky navy to sparkling gold, and pink blush to top it all off.

Maison Kitsune Indigo palette review

Packaging

As you can see from the first picture on this post, the Maison Kitsune Indigo palette comes in plastic package. The front cover is a pretty artwork, and it’s very colourful. Open the palette up, and you get a huge mirror inside, 7 eyeshadows and a blush. You also get 2 makeup brushes along with it. I don’t use the brushes that come with the palette, just because I find them too small.

Shades & Finish

7 eyeshadows and 1 blush.

Top row (L-R):

  • #1 pressed eye shadow P navy – navy blue (metallic)
  • #2 pressed eye shadow IR black 985 – gunmetal grey (metallic)
  • #3 pressed eye shadow P soft blue – sky blue (shimmers with white glitter)

Middle row (L-R):

  • #4 pressed eye shadow G gold – yellow gold (glitter)
  • #5 pressed eye shadow IR white – white (glitter)
  • #6 pressed eye shadow G soft green – lime green (glitter)

Bottom row (L-R):

  • #7 pressed eye shadow G deep pink – pink (glitter)
  • #8 glow on blush in pink (matte)

Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura

Pigmentation/Blendability/Longevity

All the eyeshadows and the blush blend easily, and they last for a good while, especially if you use primer underneath. Who doesn’t use primer nowadays, right?!

The only issue I have is that some of the eyeshadows, even though they might look highly pigmented on the palette, on the eyes they aren’t that great. In my case, I think the Gold, Green and Pink shades look pretty, but don’t really show up on my eyes. As you can see from my tutorial #1 and #3, the Gold and Pink are very sheer, but it still looks very chic. The glitter shades are very pretty as highlighter, to be placed on top of other eyeshadows (like in my tutorial #2).

The Navy and Black eyeshadows are gorgeous, and very pigmented. The shades are beautiful on its own but I have to say, if you layer a colored base underneath it, the shades pop even more especially the Navy. Absolutely gorgeous. My Navy smoky eyes tutorial show just how stunning the blue eyeshadow is.

Price

CAD$85 from Shu Uemura website

Maison Kitsune Indigo palette review

 

Pros

  • Beautiful palette
  • Gorgeous eyeshadows and blush
  • Eyeshadows and blush have a great pigment pay-off
  • Lots of sparkles on this palette
  • Eyeshadows with sparkles/glitters are quite sheer, but in a way it makes wearing glitter very chic and not tacky.

Cons

  • Eyeshadows with sparkles/glitters are quite sheer, so in terms of pigments pay-off it’s not that great.
  • The lighter shades might not work for darker skin tone
  • Pricy

MAC Waterweight Foundation Review

Are you looking for a lightweight foundation that feels absolutely light on your skin? Keep reading my MAC Waterweight foundation review below, and you might find yourselves wanting to buy this foundation! I purchased this foundation couple weeks a go, and have been loving it!

I have had tried a couple serum foundation, and even though most of them feel lightweight on the skin, most of them have a medium to full coverage (i.e. NARS Weightless Luminous foundation). So, it was interesting to see that MAC has released a sheer to medium coverage version of it. Have you guys experience a serum foundation before? What are your thoughts on it?

MAC Waterweight foundation review

I saw Smashbox released a BB Water foundation, I was intrigued but I hesitated from buying it since I was waiting for the MAC waterweight. I am grateful I decided to wait since this MAC foundation ended up being cheaper than the Smashbox bb water.

I, then, went on youtube and saw Wayne Goss from Gossmakeupartist channel posted a review of this foundation on the same day I tried it for the first time. He mentioned that this foundation is exactly the same as the Smashbox BB water. I have the same feeling as him! Although I did not give the Smashbox BB water a try, I did swatch it at the store. It has similar texture, finish, SPF to the MAC Waterweight foundation. Smashbox and MAC are both own by Estee Lauder, so it’s no surprise if the formula is the same. Both foundations are very similar, if not, exactly the same product with the exception of the price tag – Smashbox ca$50 vs MAC ca$33. So glad I waited for the MAC one!

In addition, the MAC Waterweight foundation comes in more shades (23) compared to the Smashbox BB Water (8). So, if you’re thinking of grabing the Smashbox BB Water, perhaps you should check out MAC Waterweight foundation first!

MAC Waterweight foundation review

Description (from MAC website)

“Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elastic gel- serum formula. With a virtually weightless feel, this formula is extraordinarily comfortable, lasting for hours. With stay-true colour and sheer medium buildable coverage, it softly blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines, while also controlling oil. The addition of Moisture-Fusion Complex provides immediate and all-day hydration, leaving skin feeling quenched and silky to the touch. The unique dropper provides you with a drop of perfection.”

Packaging

The MAC Waterweight foundation comes in a glass bottle, with a dropper. This bottle is pretty similar to the Giorgio Armani Meastro, and Diorskin Nude Air foundation’s bottles.

Application

You can apply this foundation using your fingers, or MAC brush #196. I used MAC #196 brush for the purpose of this tutorial.

Longevity/Finish

Since I wore this in a warmer weather, this foundation lasts somewhere between 6-8hrs.

The MAC Waterweight foundation has a natural finish.

Coverage/Shade

I find that this foundation has a very sheer coverage. However, I realized that when I layer the foundation into the skin, the more it builds and becomes a medium coverage. At first, it’s not noticeable, but when I look at the before and after pictures, I realized that it covers more than I expected. So, coverage is sheer to medium, buildable.

As I’ve said previously, the foundation comes in 23 shades:

  • Yellow undertone – NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50
  • Pink undertone – NW13, NW15, NW18, NW20, NW22, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW43, NW45, NW47, NW50

I’m wearing NC30

Price

CA$33 (excl. tax). If you’re a makeup artist, don’t forget to apply as MAC Pro member to receive 40% off.

MAC Waterweight foundation review

Pros

  • Easily blended
  • Covers pores and fine lines well
  • Large range of shades
  • Buildable coverage – sheer to medium
  • Light-weight, does not feel cakey at all
  • Oil-free
  • Great for any skin type – hydrating enough for dry skin, but not too oily for oily skin

Cons

  • None

p.s: I know that some people might have a reaction towards MAC foundation, so please do your due diligence before buying or trying this foundation. Do a patch test prior to applying it all over your face.

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

  • This review is based on my own experience only, and should not be used to treat, diagnose, prevent any skin conditions.
  • If irritation occurred, please contact your health care provider.
  • I am not liable for any reaction occurred to you while using this product.
  • I bought this product myself, I did not receive it for any compensation.
  • I do not gain any monetary profit from writing this review.
  • Links to MAC Cosmetics website are not affiliated links.

 

Shu Uemura Metal:Ink Liquid Liner

Couple weeks a go, I bought some stuff online from Shu Uemura, which include these Shu Uemura Metal:ink Liquid Liner. I cannot stop raving about these 2 liners! My new obsession is the red liner, such amazing color which I never thought I could pull off! What makes it even better, is the fact that I was chosen as Shu Uemura 4th week and last winner for “Haute Couture” Instagram competition, after I posted a picture of my eyes with these liners!

As you all know, I have been a huge fan of Shu Uemura products, and have a great relationship with Shu Uemura Indonesia. I’ve participated and was chosen as one of their top 10 winners in the Brave Beauty competition last year. During that competition, I was given a wide range of products to try. I did not get to play with the liquid eyeliners, but I did get to play with their Calligraphy:ink liner. I was in love with the Calligraphy:ink liner so much that I decided to buy it after.Shu Uemura Metal:Ink Glitter Liquid Liner

 

Knowing how great the Calligraphy:ink liner is, I have high expectation for the Shu Uemura Metal:ink Liquid Liner. Of course, that expectation was met above and beyond! Both the Metal:ink liquid liner and Glitter liquid liner are heavily pigmented. There was no need to layer the liner, 1 swipe and you get the intensity needed.

I find, personally, that the liquid liners are very easy to use. Although, there are people who find that this liner is hard to use (from the review on Shu website). The trick, I think is to wipe excess product on the side of the tube and getting just enough on the tip. Talking about the tips, the metal:ink liner comes with a felt tip whereas the metal:ink glitter liner comes with a brush tip. Both are very thin, yet sturdy, making it, as I’ve said before, easy to apply. I didn’t have any issue with the application whatsoever.

Shu Uemura Metal:Ink Liquid Liner

Shu Uemura Metal:Ink Glitter Liquid Liner

The metal:ink liquid liners have the right consistency to make it easy to apply, and it’s very smooth. It does not have weird texture, just a pretty metallic finish. The metal:ink glitter liner is slightly runnier than the metal:ink, it dripped on my canvas. However, when applying to my eyes, I didn’t notice if it was too runny, I find that it has just the right consistency. The Metal:ink Glitter Liquid Liner, also, does not feel sticky. I don’t know if you know what I mean, but I’ve tried another brand which left me with a sticky eyelid and the glitter was hard to remove. This metal:ink glitter liner is not sticky at all, and the glitter removes pretty easily even with a wet wipe.

I do find that the liquid liners are not waterproof nor smudge-proof. It does stay pretty well on the eyelids, though. I have quite oily lids, but the liners didn’t budge for the whole day. However, I can remove it easily just by using water or wet wipes. The swatches I did on my hand were easily removed just by rubbing my fingers on it. The other downside is probably the price – CA$38/each, but then again it’s Shu Uemura, a luxury brand, I quite expect the price to be quite premium. I don’t really mind it, though, since I know for that price, I get a high quality. Not to mention, last time I bought a glitter liner from drugstore brand, I had a bad reaction to it. So, I definitely rather pay a bit more as long as I get a great quality for it.

Shu Uemura Metal:Ink Glitter Liquid Liner

Pros

  • Heavily pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Beautiful metallic finish
  • Glitter can be removed easily
  • Applicators are sturdy and easy to use
  • Smooth consistency, making it easy to create a clean line
  • Metal:ink liquid liners come in 10 shades

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not smudgeproof
  • Pricy

Shu Uemura Metal:Ink Liquid Liner

 

UD Naked Smoky Palette Review

Here’s my UD Naked Smoky Palette review! It is not a surprise that I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay, but not many people know I actually am not a big fan of the UD naked 1 and naked 2 palettes. I do like some of the eyeshadows in the palette, but the naked 1 and naked 2 weren’t always my favorite. However, when they released their UD Naked 3 palette, I was head over heels for that palette. I absolutely adore Naked 3, particularly because I am obsessed with anything Rose Gold tones.

I did not plan to buy the UD Naked Smoky, in fact, I thought it was just another hype. However, since I do not own the naked 1 and 2 palettes any longer, I thought why not give this Naked Smoky a try. No harm done, and I thought if I didn’t like it, I can just return it anyways. So, I bought the UD Naked Smoky palette from Sephora, and 3 days later it arrived at my mailbox.

When I took the palette out of the box, I was already impressed with the packaging. Then, the rest is history. I am in love with this palette! Yes, you can get other nude palettes with similar shades for a lesser price. However, the quality of this UD Naked Smoky is far more superior than any other eyeshadows, and much better than the other 3 naked palettes. Keep reading to find out why I love this palette!

UD Naked Smoky review

What is UD Naked Smoky Palette?

“Sweep on popular smoky eye looks with Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky. Packed with all the essentials needed to create the perfect neutral smoky eye, it offers an array of shades, a double-ended brush, and a detailed lookbook that breaks down four amazing ways to nail any smoky look. The eye shadow pans offer a smoky, transparent base, the magnetic closure on the case prevents shadow from spilling your bag, and the full-size mirror makes it easy to get a sultry look whenever the urge strikes.”

Sephora, 2015

Packaging

The case is gorgeous. It’s much better than UD Naked 1 and Naked 2. Much sturdier plastic packaging, and it looks luxurious with a cool smoke effect. It actually has a latch to close the palette, similar to the tin packaging from Naked 3. It’s not some flimsy magnetic clasp like the Naked 1. Gorgeous packaging!

The palette comes with a dual-ended brush, and an instructional booklet, which contains 4 looks you can follow. I’ve done the Iconic UD Smoky Eye look in my previous tutorial, so please check it out! I’ve also done a slightly less smoky look using this palette in my MAC D for Danger post.

 

UD Naked Smoky review

UD Naked Smoky review

 

Shades & Finish

The UD Naked Smoky Eye palette comes with 12 eyeshadows

  • Highchampagne (shimmer micro-glitter)
  • Dirtysweetmedium bronze (shimmer)
  • Radarmetallic taupe (iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Armormetallic silver-taupe (tonal sparkle)
  • Slantedlight metallic gray (shimmer)
  • Dagger medium charcoal (micro-shimmer)
  • Black Marketjet-black (satin)
  • Smolderdeep plum-taupe (satin)
  • Password – cool taupe (matte)
  • Whiskey rich brown (matte)
  • Combustsoft pink-taupe (matte)
  • Thirteenlight beige (satin)

UD Naked Smoky review

Pigmentation & Blendability

The eyeshadows are very pigmented, even if you don’t apply eyeshadow base/primer, the shades are still pretty amazing. However, if you apply a base/primer, the colors are even more vibrant. On the swatches picture, I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion (original) as a base since I always wear my eyeshadow with primer anyways.

There are 3 shades that are quite similar to the other Naked palettes – Dirtysweet, Dagger, and Smolder. Dirtysweet  is quite similar to Half-Baked (Naked 1) but with less sparkle fallout. Dagger is very similar to Gunmetal (Naked 1), but with less shimmer. Smolder is similar to Hustle (Naked 1) but cooler in undertone.

Price

CA$64 from Sephora Canada, for 12 x 0.05oz.

UD Naked Smoky swatches(L-R) High; Dirtysweet; Radar; Armor;  Slanted;  Dagger;  Black Market; Smolder; Password; Whiskey; Combust; Thirteen)

Pros

  • Gorgeous packaging
  • High pigment pay-off
  • Easy to blend
  • Less fallout than the other eyeshadows from other Naked palettes
  • Wide range of textures
  • Wearable shades – can create day to night look
  • Beautiful shades that fits almost everyone

Cons

  • Some shades are very similar to other Naked palettes.

 

KVD Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette Review

Finally, eh?! About time I write a little something about my current favorite neutral palette. I’ve used it on my KVD Shade + Light post, and I absolutely love it! So, here is my KVD Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette review! If you are a makeup artist who works in TV/Film, this palette is one of the best product you can have in your makeup kit. The palette consists of only matte eyeshadows with neutral, cool and warm undertones!

This KVD Shade Light eye contour palette is also a great investment for everyone and makeup artists. It really is a great palette for pretty much anything involving the eyes. It can be used as base, eyeliner, contour, brows, transition shade, etc. For CA$55, you get 12 eyeshadows ranging from light to dark. This palette is one of the best investment I’ve made!

I do apologize for missing last week, if you followed me on Instagram, you’d known that I was having a terrible sinus allergy, a couple eyelash extension jobs, and a new puppy! More on that on Instagram!

kvd shade light eye palette

What is KVD Shade & Light Eye contour palette?

“It’s specially-designed for eye contouring, a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes. This palette features a gorgeous, versatile array of true contouring shades, arranged into three color quads—neutral, cool, and warm—to flatter every skintone.

Three large base shadows are arranged above three coordinating powders for contouring, defining, and highlighting. The palette includes an easy-to-follow contouring guide with step-by-step instructions for creating three different eye-opening techniques. Each velvety powder is blendable and buildable, and it features Kat Von D’s signature high-pigment, long-wear eye shadow formula, created to deliver rich color that lasts all day and all night.”

Sephora, 2015

kvd shade light eye palette

Packaging & Content

The KVD Shade & Light eye palette comes in a sleek black cardboard palette. The palette comes with a huge mirror on one side, and 12 eyeshadows on the other side. These 12 eyeshadows are divided into 3 quads – neutral quad, cool quad, and warm quad.

It also comes with an instructional pamphlet. The pamphlet shows how you can use your eyeshadows to create 2 different looks from each quad.

Pigmentation & Blendability

The 12 eyeshadows are very pigmented, and a dream to blend. As you can see from my swatches below from all the quads, the eyeshadows have great pigment pay-off even with no primer. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original for the “with primer” swatches.

One thing to keep in mind, if you are having difficulty blending the eyeshadows with primer on, you might want to apply a base shadow first all over the entire eyelid area on top of the eyeliner. This will allow your other eyeshadows to go on smoothly and to blend easily. You can use the base eyeshadow as seen in this palette “Laetus”, “Lazarus”, or “Lucius”.

Tips: If you do not own this palette, you can still use a shadow that closely match your skin, or your face powder will do the trick as well.

 

kvd shade light eye palette review

Shades & Finish

There is 12 matte eyeshadows divided into 3 quads – Neutral, Cool, and Warm. Each quad consists of a “Base”, “Contour”, “Define”, and “Highlight” shades.

  1. Base” is what you’ll use to apply all over the entire eye area, all the way up to the brow bone if needed. Base eyeshadows for me can be used as transition shade as well, or to blend the harsh edge of the crease.
  2. Contour” is used, usually, on the outer V/C and crease area. If you have a deep darker skintone, you can also use the “Contour” shades as transition color.
  3. Define” can be used as eyeliner, or to deepen the crease even more.
  4. Highlight” is used to add light to the eyes, usually applied on the inner corner, and/or on the brow bones, or the center of the lid.

Price

CA$55 in Sephora Canada.

kvd shade light eye palette

  • Neutral Quad
    • Base – Laetus (creamy nude)
    • Contour – Samael (dusty fawn)
    • Define – Solas (espresso brown)
    • Highlight – Lucius (soft beige)

kvd shade light eye palette review

  • Cool Quad
    • Base – Lazarus (cool taupe)
    • Contour – Saleos (smoky brown)
    • Define – Shax (jet black)
    • Highlight – Liberatus (pinkish ivory)

kvd shade light eye palette swatch

  • Warm Quad
    • Base – Ludwin (peachy bronze)
    • Contour – Succubus (rich rust)
    • Define – Sytry (chocolate brown)
    • Highlight – Latinus (golden bisque)

kvd shade light eye palette review

Pros

  • Great range of shades and undertones.
  • Price wise it’s pretty reasonable ($4.50 per eyeshadow if you break it down).
  • Great pigment pay-off.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Suits every skintones.
  • Great product for those who want to learn how to contour your eyes.
  • Beautiful packaging

Cons

  • Lots of fall out if you don’t pick up the eyeshadow properly.

 

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Review

One of my readers on Instagram asked me to do a Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo foundation review. I have had this foundation since February, and mind you I was a little bit lighter back then. For me, Medium 52 still match pretty nicely since I have darker face compared to my chest.

Now, when I was looking for this foundation, I remembered I only saw Medium 52 and 54 (the ones that match my skin closely). Medium 54 was definitely too dark. I did not see a Medium 53, which I would be interested to find out if that shade would match me better, especially in the Summer. I believe Medium 53 was a newly added shade. I’m going to be on a look out for that shade next time.

Medium 52 is a medium beige undertone, while Medium 53 is a golden yellow undertone. Medium 54 has a yellow beige undertone (for medium complexion). Anyways, if you are an in-between shade like me (MAC NC25/30; MUFE HD foundation 118/120) and with yellow undertone, Medium 52/53 might be a good match for you, if you are slightly darker and closer to MAC NC35-40, Medium 54 might be a great match.

kat von d lock-it tattoo foundation reviewAnyways, let’s do a quick review!

What is Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo foundation?

A high-pigment foundation for full coverage with a long-lasting, beautiful finish.

What it does:
Kat created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage, without compromising a smooth, striking finish. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful formula was developed to match a broad range of skintones with bold coverage—the proprietary pigments can even effectively cover tattoos. The combination of raw materials and the best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters provide 24-hour wear with transfer resistance. Natural polymers absorb oil for a matte, soft finish and the added emollients provide a velvety texture for perfectly smooth, hydrated skin.

Sephora Canada, 2015

kvd lock it tattoo foundation nc30

Packaging

The foundation comes in a plastic bottle with beautiful art in it, just like most of Kat Von D’s products. It comes with a pump, to pump the foundation out. It also comes with a stopper.

Application

The best way to apply this foundation, for me, is to: 1) pump it ONCE, 2) apply it on the thickest part of the face and areas where there’s discoloration (for me – cheeks and chin) using finger or foundation brush, then 3) blend it with Real Technique Expert Face Brush. Lastly, 4) use whatever is left on the expert brush on the rest of the face. Add more if needed. This way, the foundation is not cakey nor heavy. It gives even coverage and natural finish

Use this foundation SPARINGLY. One pump is already too much for me, I usually use half a pump to cover my entire face. If you apply too much, you’ll end up cakey.

Longevity

I’ve worn this foundation for around 6-hour without any issue. It does last pretty good all day. My T-zone was kept in checked the whole day.

Coverage/Shade

This foundation has a full coverage. I’m not sure what to call this finish. It’s definitely not dewy nor satin nor matte.I feel like my skin looks smoother, and still looks like skin. I’d say it’s more on the natural finish On the before after picture below, the skin still reflects light – check out my forehead, cheeks and nose. It has a velvety texture.

18 shades from the lightest to the darkest, from pink to beige to yellow undertones. 18 shades! Not bad, eh?

Price

CA$42 (excl. tax) in Sephora Canada for 30mL (1oz). Price is pretty reasonable, I think.

kvd lock it tattoo foundation before after

Pros

  • Wide range of shades
  • Reasonable price
  • Does not feel heavy nor cakey
  • Full coverage
  • Great for oily skin
  • Natural finish
  • Bottle comes with a pump

Cons

  • Can be heavy and cakey if you apply too much
  • Cling on dry skin

NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’ve mentioned this foundation before on my Instagram account when I first tested it, and here is my NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation review! I’ve worn this foundation couple times last week to go out and for tutorials. I actually wore this foundation when I went to the Toronto Comic-con 2015 last Saturday for 12 hours!

NARS really do make amazing foundation. I remembered when I finished a bottle of the NARS Sheer Matte foundation couple years a go, it’s just one of those foundation that I kept going back for. I do have high expectations for this foundation. To find out how I feel about it, keep on reading! For a quick summary, scroll all the way to the bottom.

Have you guys tried this foundation? What is your experience with it? Let me know by leaving comments below or on my Instagram account!

NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation review

Before I proceed, I know there’s been mixed reviews regarding this foundation. I have a good experience with this foundation on my combination skin. Word of advice: shake well, apply sparingly, use fingertips or damped beauty blender/sponge.

In any case, do NOT use buffing motion if you do apply it with a brush. Buffing motion will exfoliate any dry patches, which will cause the foundation to cling to any dry flaky skin. If you have oily skin, you might want to set the foundation with powder.

What is NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation?

An oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop, for lightweight, 16-hour wear.

What it does:

Achieve full-coverage, lightweight foundation that leaves a natural finish. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Its Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.

Sephora, 2015

NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation Punjab

Packaging

The NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation comes in the usual NARS foundation bottle. However, this time, they include the pump *yay*! The NARS Sheer Matte/Glow foundations do not come with a pump, you have to buy it separately. This time, the foundation does come with a pump! It also comes in a gorgeous opaque bottle, with a huge NARS logo on it. I love the bottle, and the pump. It looks very sleek and luxurious, with a simple design. Love it!

Application

The foundation needs to be shaken really well, if not you’ll find the foundation will break (separation between pigment and liquid). I find that the best way to apply this foundation is using my fingertips.

I have applied this foundation using a damped beauty blender sponge, and a foundation brush with no issue. Personally, I do not recommend using any buffing brush to buff this foundation into your skin.

Coverage

The coverage for this foundation is full coverage. You can sheer out this foundation using a damped beauty blender/sponge.

NARS claimed that this foundation provides full coverage with just 1 pump, which I agree with. At first I kept pumping 2 drops, but soon enough I realized that 2 pumps gave me quite a bit of leftovers. 1 pump is pretty good, if you need more coverage, you might need 1.5 pumps.

As you can see from the pictures, my skin looks very even. It covers all the redness on my cheeks, and around my nose, as well as the dark pigmentation on my chin.

Shades and Finish

20 shades for all skintones and types.

I’ve a yellow undertone and a medium skintone. For this foundation, I’m wearing a shade called Punjab. For your reference, I’m in between MAC NC25-30 & MUFE HD 120.

If you’ve worn NARS Sheer Matte/Glow previously, please do a color check again, because even though the shades have the same name, the color might not match. For example, I’m a Stromboli in NARS Sheer Matte, but for the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, my shade is Punjab.

This foundation, despite its “luminous” name, has a natural finish. As you can see below, my skin still looks like skin. It’s not too dewy, nor matte.

Longevity

I wore this foundation from 9am-9pm on Saturday, when I went to Comic Con. I did not wear any primer underneath, nor powder to set it. It stayed on my skin pretty well throughout the 12 hours. I noticed a bit of shine on my T-zone after 10-hour (like barely), but the foundation stayed pretty much the same throughout the day. My skin looked pretty good in the picture with Aaron Ashmore, no noticeable shine on camera. The foundation did not sink into my pores at the end of the day.

Price

CA$57 for 1 oz (before tax). The price is pretty steep, but if you like a full-coverage foundation with a natural finish, then I guess this is a foundation worthy of its price. For me, I find this is one of those foundation I’ll find myself going back to over and over again.

 

NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation NC25Pros

  • Lightweight! The foundation does not feel heavy nor cakey at all, despite being full coverage.
  • 20 different shades, which is pretty good considering most brands carry less.
  • Comes in yellow, pink, and beige undertones.
  • Natural finish.
  • Full coverage.
  • Comes with a pump.
  • Long-lasting.

Cons

  • Pricy

 

Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated/endorsed by Sephora nor NARS. I do not earn any money from the links, and I am not paid to do this review. This foundation was not sent to me. I bought this foundation out of my own pocket, and my review is based entirely on my own experience with the foundation. This review is honest and is based on my own opinion. Please do a test patch before buying any makeup product to avoid any reaction.

Diorskin Nude Air Review

Another year has passed, and I’m a year older and wiser! My birthday celebration last week was small and quiet, and enjoyable. Thank you for those who left their wishes on my Instagram, kisses and hugs to all! Anyways, as promised, here’s my Diorskin Nude Air review! I do apologize for taking so long to post this up, but life happens, and I was caught up in it.

If you are interested to see how fluid and easily blendable this foundation is, please take a look at my Instagram account since I posted a short clip about this foundation there. If you want to know how I feel about this foundation, keep reading. If you don’t want to read all the details and just want to check out the pros and cons, and/or whether you should buy this foundation please go all the way to the bottom of the page for summary.

Just FYI, this is NOT the first serum-type foundation I’ve used. My first serum-type foundation is the Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation. I love that foundation, it’s my Holy Grail. Anyways, other brands are starting to carry this type of foundation, notably this Diorskin Nude Air, as well as YSL Fusion Ink Foundation. MAC will release one soon as well!

dior nude air review

What is Diorskin Nude Air?

Dior’s Diorskin Nude Air is a weightless, ultra-fluid foundation serum that creates a nude makeup look. Formulated with SPF 25, it offers sun protection and the fresh-faced beauty of a natural-looking glow. Infused with Oxygen Activ™ technology, an innovative blend of a hyper-oxygenated oil, cranberry oil, vitamin, and minerals, this serum’s high-precision dropper deposits an undetectable film of makeup onto the skin, while its soft-focus agents and glazed pigments instantly produce an even-looking complexion that achieves the right amount of coverage for a radiant, sheer finish.

This product is free of talc.

Sephora, 2015

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Packaging

Oh Dior, you sure know how to make things beautiful. From Diorskin Star foundation to Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation, everything is so gorgeous. The foundation comes in a pretty clear glass bottle, with a silver cap. Even the pipette is of silver color making the whole thing cohesive with the cap. Beauty!

The foundation bottle comes in the classic Dior packaging – blue box, and it also comes with a booklet. The booklet is filled with information regarding the foundation in different languages.

Application

For me, I apply a drop or two on my fingers and apply it on my face. I find serum-type foundation is best applied using fingertips than brushes.

diorskin nude air foundation review

Coverage

Dior claims this foundation to have a sheer coverage, which I agree with. However, I feel that this foundation is buildable too. You can layer the foundation to create a somewhat medium coverage.

The foundation evens out the skin pretty nicely. Concealer is still needed in certain areas, for me, on my new breakout on my upper lips area.

Shade and Finish

So far, from the Sephora store and website, I could only find 8 shades. I’ve yet to check out the Dior store at Sears/Bay, since I bought mine at Sephora.

The 8 shades are – Ivory, Light Beige, Medium Beige, Linen, Peach, Honey Beige, Dark Beige, Mocha.

My shade for this foundation is 021, which is Linen. I almost bought 030 (Medium Beige) since that’s my shade in Diorskin Star, but when I tested it on my collar bone, it was too dark. I went ahead to test 021 (Linen), it’s not perfect match but it’s the closest I can get to my skin.

021 is the most yellow-undertone shade amongst the 8 shades, BUT it still is slightly too pink on my skin. I’m MAC NC25/30, and MUFE HD Foundation 120 for your reference.

This foundation has a natural finish. 

dior nude air nc 25 before after

Longevity

I wore this foundation without setting it with powder for 10-hour. The foundation stayed well throughout the day. I can see some shine after 6 hours on my T-zone but it was not much. The foundation did not sink into the pores, my skin looks pretty great by the end of the night.

However, keep in mind that Canada is pretty cold at the moment, and my skin does not get as oily now compared to Summer. So, if you have oily skin, I suggest setting your foundation with a powder.

Price

CA$53 at Sephora (before tax).

dior nude air nc25

L-R: Bare face; With foundation

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Natural finish
  • Blends really well into the skin
  • Don’t need much product to cover the entire face
  • Covers up pores really well
  • Foundation is great for those with combination-oily and oily skin

Cons

  • Clings to dry skin
  • Only 8 shades available

I think my skin looks great with this foundation, no one notices I wore any foundation on my face. Unlike Diorksin Star, though, no one compliments how good my skin look. So, in that regards, Diorskin Star’s effect is probably better than the Diorskin Nude.

Compare the before and after on the photo above, I think my pores just disappear in the after! I absolutely love this foundation, and I want to love this foundation as much as I love my Giorgio Armani Maestro. However, I’m planning to return this foundation as much as I don’t want to. The shade is NOT working for me. The undertone is too pink, and even though it’s not noticeable for others, it is noticeable for me. I can fix it by setting it with a yellow-based powder, but really, I paid way too much for this foundation to correct the shade using powder.

This is the one product I’d wish it had work, but it didn’t. Dear Dior, please fix your undertones and get more shades on this foundation because this is a great foundation!

 

Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated/endorsed by Sephora nor Dior. I do not earn any money from the links, and I am not paid to do this review. This foundation was not sent to me. I bought this foundation out of my own pocket, and my review is based entirely on my own experience with the foundation. This review is honest and is based on my own opinion. Please do a test patch before buying any makeup product to avoid any reaction.