Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Etude House Lock'n Summer Review: Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++, Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner, Lock'n Summer Cushion Blusher, Face Conditioning Fixer

What comes to mind when you think of summer? Shaping an hourglass silhouette? Battling the soaring temperatures? Makeup melting off your face in a matter of minutes? Well, Etude House is able to tick off one of your summer woes with its waterproof Lock'n Summer collection.

Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion 진주알 맑은 프루프 애니 쿠션 SPF50+ PA+++
Price: ₩ 18,000 for 15 g
Made in: Korea

Precious Mineral Proof Any Cushion has a matte formula and gives a slight cooling sensation upon application. It helps to reduce the appearance of pores and provides substantial coverage that borders on medium (even without packing it on). Having said that, it is unforgiving on dry patches and only caters to a select few because the shades run light. One has practically got to be Snow White in order to wear the lighter N02 Light Beige 라이트 베이지! W13 Natural Beige 내추럴 베이지, the darker shade, leans on the ochre side and may look dark in the pan, but it lightens tremendously once it goes on the skin.

If possible, get a match at the stores. I would not recommend buying blind.

Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner 프루프10 쿠션 락 앤 라이너
Price: ₩ 9,500 for 2 g
Made in: Korea

If you are used to the traditional gel liners that come in pots, I am sure you can see the appeal in cushion liners, or to be more precise, Proof 10 Cushion Lock'n Liner. It dries really quickly, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Pro? It does not budge once it sets. Con? The brush is not able to deliver product continuously, which means constant re-dipping is necessary. The compact comes packaged with its own brush, so you do not have to purchase one, but you may already own a brush that you are comfortable working with already. It is still an appreciable gesture though!

BR401 Peace Brown 피스 브라운 is the one in my possession; there are four other colours in the collection:

Lock'n Summer Cushion Blusher

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Lock'n Summer Cushion Blusher 락 앤 썸머 쿠션 블러셔
Price: ₩ 9,000 for 5 g
Made in: Korea

If I was not the one whacking OR201 Let's Go! Coral 렛츠 고! 코랄 on, I would not even know it was there. It can be a good thing because it is impossible to overdo. On the other hand, since it barely leaves a hint of colour (disappears on the skin really), I wondered whether there is a point in applying it in the first place? You may have better luck with it - the apricot shade might not be tailored for my skin tone...

Only two shades are available, and I am raring to give PK001 Hey Yo! Pink 헤이 요! 핑크 a look when it comes to my shores!

Face Conditioning Fixer

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Face Conditioning Fixer 페이스 컨디셔닝 픽서
Contents: 20 ml
Made in: Korea

The 20 ml bottle pictured is a miniature that is available as a gift with purchase on etude.co.kr. It shares the same formula as the Lock'n Summer Face Conditioning Fixer that retails for ₩ 10,000 (80 ml). I would have liked for it to come in an aerosol can because the current spray mechanism dispenses large, rain like droplets that is more likely to mess makeup rather than to lock it in. I have not noticed a difference in the longevity of my carefully painted face; thankfully it works well as a regular mist!

Without - With

And that ends this image heavy post! Any thoughts you would like to share regarding this collection?

(Source: Promotional images are from etude.co.kr/)

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Etude House Baby Sweet Sugar Powder SPF15 PA++

Baby Sweet Sugar Powder SPF15 PA++ is a loose powder that came in the July 2014 Pink Box. In spite of fitting the summery theme, it does not bear the Lock'n Summer stamp, so I reckoned it would be best for it to get its own post - no sharing the limelight. Haha!

Name: Etude House 에뛰드하우스 Baby Sweet Sugar Powder 베이비 스윗 슈가 파우더 SPF15 PA++
Price: ₩ 10,000 for 5 g
Made in: Korea

The silky smooth, finely milled powder holds up makeup all day long. It also blurs fine lines and pores from peeking through, leaving a smooth, matte finish. The beige tint brightens the complexion and I think it does wonders for dull, fatigued skin.

This powder can't halt sebum production but it can mattify a slick complexion. Meaning you can dust it during a touch up. I would not recommend reapplying throughout the day because the layers of powder can easily cake up. An oil absorbing sheet would be a better way to remove grease.

Unattractive oily sheen - Mattified with one sweep of this powder

Even though it varies from case to case, I usually am able to accept fragrance in cosmetics. As with most of the base makeup by Etude House, it has a peachy scent (I have seen it described as a citrus with a touch of floral), which dissipates rather quickly and does not irritate my sensitive skin.

I just can't muster the excitement needed for an otherwise fantastic product - I need my powders to do it all (code for keep shine at bay and provide a dewy finish. Contradictory? Oh yes). Nonetheless, it has many good points, the final one being the inexpensive ₩ 10,000 price tag.

The full ingredient list for Baby Sweet Sugar Powder SPF15 PA++:
Talc, Nylon-12, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Mica (CI 77019), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Water, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Fragrance.

Disclosure: Pink Bird samples.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Oxy Oil Control Charcoal Wash

I knew I was going to like Oil Control Charcoal Wash the moment I saw it. How cool is this?

Not white, but light grey lather

It is a foaming wash that promises to effectively clean pores, absorb excess oil and purify skin. I am pleased to report this offering from Oxy serves well and while it does not keep oil at bay, it does feel kind to the skin and it certainly leaves my face looking clean. It even comes close to edging out Deep Cleansing Wash and you know only too well how much I love the latter!

On top of containing pharmaceutical grade Charcoal from Japan, this cleanser also contains Olive Oil to keep the skin's moisture level balanced. You can find it at leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets nationwide for RM 8.50 (50 g) and RM 13.90 (100 g).

The full ingredient list for Oil Control Charcoal Wash:
Water, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate/Water, Glycol Distearate, Stearic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Alcohol, Polyquaternium-63/Water, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Chloride, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbon, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Charmzone New Control Cream

Have you seen New Control Cream around and wondered what it does? From the blurb, I managed to gather that it melts impurities and maintains the skin's natural balance of oils and moisture, leaving it clean and resilient against external aggressors.

Name: Charmzone 참존 New Control Cream 뉴 콘트롤크림
Price: RM 190 for 200 g + 50 g
Made in: Korea

This exfoliating cream is rounded up by a whole host of beneficial ingredients, from Sodium Hyaluronate to Bifida Ferment Lysate and Saccharomyces Polypeptide (the latter are making waves in the Korean beauty scene). I was not that keen on the cream at first due to the existence of mineral oil but I changed my mind when I learnt more. Its bad rap precedes it!

Comes with a baby travel sized 50 g tube

After introducing it to my routine, I hardly experienced any trouble with hormonal breakouts and even when I did face them, they ripened so quickly that I was able to extract them with minimal damage. My skin also looked clearer and felt supple - none of its usual taut and tight appearance if I forgo a layer of serum or moisturiser.

I discovered that leaving the cream for 30 minutes or so (way longer than the recommended 2-4 minutes) activates its sebum regulating function. You may not need to let it sit as long as myself, so play around with it to activate its optimum potential. Shine is greatly reduced (one can only wish that it is totally suppressed), which is the whole aim of this exercise.

It forms eraser-like shavings when I massage it (you will be familiar with this phenomenon if you own a peeling gel). It is suggested that we tissue off once we are done admiring the gunk. I usually rinse everything off (and then proceed with my skincare routine aka toner and the works) because it seems the more hygienic thing to do. Haha!

It is something worth checking out if you can overlook the RM 190 price tag. You can purchase it from hishop.my/charmzone.

The full ingredient list for New Control Cream:
Water, Mineral Oil, Butylene Glycol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Carbomer, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Milk Protein, Saccharomyces Polypeptide, Triethanolamine, Alcohol, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate.

Disclosure: Press samples.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana The One Limited Edition Eau De Parfum

Dolce & Gabbana brings a breath of fresh air to The One in 2014. With its structured clean lines, this limited edition gold flacon conjures the luxurious spirit of its contents.

Name: Dolce & Gabbana The One Limited Edition Eau de Parfum
Price: RM 287 for 50 ml
Made in: UK

The Fragrance
The One feels like a gourmand because my untrained nose detects wisps of caramel during the opening stage. I know it is there even though it is not noted anywhere in the profile (as usual, my nose is able to conjure stuff from thin air). This rich Oriental Floral perfume skips over the florals in the heart, and straight away caresses with vanilla, amber and musk.

I wish the top notes lingered longer, because I would love to get a whiff of the delectable fruity notes. I guess my only moan has more to do with my skin chemistry rather than the perfume itself...

My mother really liked it when I spritzed it on her (she is openly coveting my bottle) and so do I, which makes me class The One as a perfume for all ages. You may want to keep it for casual evenings out or if you are heading to somewhere nice, seeing that it can be a little too overpowering on a day-to-day basis.

◆ Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, Peach
◆ Middle notes: Madonna Lily
◆ Base notes: Vanilla, Amber, Musk

The Flacon
This limited edition flacon makes me think of chunks of rectangular gold bars soldered together *sheepish smile* Is it horrible of me to find the normal packaging to be much cuter? That said, I do believe that Limited Edition is the way to go.

The reason is twofold, one: the all gold packaging is chic, and two: it is a collector's item, which means that once it is gone, it is truly gone. I may not appreciate it, however, I know of others who do, case in point, my mother. She hardly let The One out of her sight the whole time it was on loan.

The Collection
Clad in platinum, The One for Men is the perfect companion to The One in gold. You can find them at major department stores and perfumeries:-
◆ The One Limited Edition EdP 50 ml RM 287
◆ The One Limited Edition EdP 75 ml RM 373
◆ The One for Men Limited Edition EdT 50 ml RM 212
◆ The One for Men Limited Edition EdT 100 ml RM 298

The Composition
The full ingredient list for The One:-
Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, BHT, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Benzyl Cinnamate, Isoeugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2).

Disclosure: Press samples.