20 Jun 2014

Review: Skin79 Super Plus Beblesh Balm- Purple

 

I'm back with another review of the Skin79 BB cream. If you read my first review of the Hot Pink version, you'll remember I mentioned that I had found a better version for humid summer months. Well, this is it. I have genuinely fallen in love with the Skin79 BB creams and doubt that I'll use another brand again, as these have been so good for my skin. It's not everyday that your makeup leaves your skin in a better condition, but I have found that these BB creams do just that. On my makeup-free days I can feel a noticeable difference in my skin's texture. The irony of the Purple version is that it's aimed at dry skin types, but I've found that it works much better in summer  because it helps with oil control and is much less dewy and moisturising than the hot pink version. It also boasts a much higher SPF40 and is slightly pricier too. The regular price is W35 000 for 40g, but I got mine on sale for W29 750 at the Skin79 mini shop on Gmarket.

What it Promises:
"Multi-functional beblesh balm that protects the skin from the harmful UV rays, prevents melanin production by whitening and wrinkle improvement effect, plus keeps your skin elastic. Abundant moist texture like moisturising essence enables to absorb lightly into the skin.

Moisture Capturing System that promotes cell health, strengthens skin's elasticity, and enhances luminosity. And an Alumina which is main component of the White Sapphire gives light-scattering effect and covers the imperfections at the same time." (sic)

Umm, yeah... Konglish in all its glory.


 
Packaging:
I had the same gripes with the purple version's pump dispenser as I did with the hot pink. I've found that the pump can be somewhat temperamental at times, not dispensing the same amount of product with each pump and sometimes dispensing no product at all, due to air bubbles that get trapped inside. I should also note that the product tends to dry in the nozzle if you don;t use it for a few days and as such you have a more solid "plug" that comes out with the first pump. For some, this wouldn't be a problem, but I don't like it much, so I always make sure to get that plug thingy out before applying my BB cream.

 
Texture and Scent:
I immediately noticed a difference in texture with the purple version. It's much thicker and provides more coverage than the hot pink. Its finish is also significantly less dewy and ever so slightly powdery, but not enough to call it a matte finish. It also feels a lot heavier on my skin than the pink version. The shade of this BB cream is similar to the hot pink, but with warmer undertones. It should be just fine for those who have NC/NW20-25 skin tones. As for the scent, it smells a bit like liquorice, actually! That sunscreen scent I'm obsessed with is noticeably absent from this version, but even so, the scent only lingers for a few seconds before disappearing anyway.





My thoughts:
I really like this BB cream, but not for the reasons it is marketed. This version is not the best for moisturising- not by a looooong shot. If you have dry, flaky skin skip this one altogether and go get the hot pink version. Because of the fact that this has a semi-matte finish, it will exacerbate dryness and cause that dreaded flaky appearance. What it is good for though, is controlling oiliness, but not as good as a matte foundation. BB creams will always run the risk of shine due to the SPF and the fact that they are considered more of a skincare product than foundation, if you know what I mean.

As for coverage, this baby will hide many, many flaws and then some! When I'm having a dull-skin day, this really evens out and brightens up my skin beautifully. I does become shiny rather quickly (but not nearly as quickly as the hot pink) in very humid weather, so you'll definitely need to get out those oil-absorbing, blotting sheets or a decent setting powder. For summer days where the air is dry, this will more than suffice. Again, I didn't notice any wrinkle improvement (but then again, when the air becomes humid, every little fine line under my eyes plumps out naturally- thank goodness!) or that whitening they keep plastering all over the packaging- don't even get me started on whitening claims...

But yeah, as I've said before, this stuff is really, really good for my skin and never makes me break out. It leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished and that right there, is what gives it HG status. I don't care how far away I live from Korea oneday or how much I'll end up paying for international shipping, until I am able to find a decent replacement I will continue using the Skin79 BB creams indefinitely.
xo

 

1 Jun 2014

Review: Etude House Rosy Tint Lips #1 'Before Blossom'


I've been obsessed with lip tints lately and have bought a bunch that I'll be reviewing in due course. Today, however, the limelight falls on Etude House's Rosy Tint Lips. There are eight shades in this range consisting of reds, pinks, purples and one nude shade. Today I'll be reviewing shade #1 called 'Before Blossom'. I got the 7g tube in store for W8500, but they're also available at the Etude House mini shop on Gmarket.




What it promises:
"This velvet type Tint Lips comes with a soft delicate texture and rich colour to express lips of a rosy petal."

Packaging:
This lip tint comes in a hard plastic tube that needs to be squeezed (pretty damn hard!) to dispense the product and has a unique, albeit somewhat unhygienic, sponge applicator tip with a screw-off cap (Screw-off cap? Screw cap? Is that the right word here? lol...The summer heat is obviously messing with my brain today. But anyway...)



Texture and Scent:
When I first tried this stuff I was somewhat perplexed and surprised by the texture. I was expecting a liquid, gel-like formula, but instead was greeted by what can only be described as a partially melted chocolate texture. It goes on beautifully though, so no complaints there. As for the scent, it smells faintly of roses but nothing overpowering and not nearly as scented as the usual Etude fare.



My Thoughts: 
After seeing the texture, I must admit that my hopes for this lip tint dwindled faster than you could say 'I told you so'. But I was pleasantly surprised to learn how nicely this stuff applies. While the sponge tip isn't the most hygienic, I must give it credit that it creates better gradient lips than any other product I've used before. It's super easy to do full-coverage lips too and you don't even need lip liner to neaten up the edges- the application really is flawless. Oh, and don't even get me started on just how gorgeously vivid the colour is! I'm really in love with this shade- it's exactly the femme fatale type red I was looking for. I'm also happy with the 3-5 hours of wear I get. Expect it to fade to a lighter version of itself when eating or drinking and be careful as it tends to transfer pretty easily.

As with most products, though,  this one isn't completely flawless either. Since it gives a matte finish it's a little drying and will crease and flake on lips that are even slightly dry. This tint is better suited for climates where skin and lips tend to be less dry or for those ladies with naturally soft lips. I do recommend using a clear lip balm before applying, to add some moisture and create a smooth canvas for application.
xo



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