Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Kevin Beautymaker Magic Concealer

I picked up 2 tubes of Kevin Beautymaker Magic Concealer in Taiwan recently because it was on sale for NT199. It comes in 2 colours - ivory and natural. It's a click pen type of illuminating concealer, the typical YSL Touche Eclat-wannabe kind. I've tried Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer and L'oreal Touche Magique, which were both really good, but they were twist-pens and not click-pens.
The brush is ok, not too stiff, but I still prefer using my fingers to blend. As with most twist/click pens, it's a little difficult to control the amount that flows out.
The click-button at the bottom has a lock mechanism, the kind that locks/unlocks when you twist it clockwise/anti-clockwise. Thing is, the button is small and difficult to twist. I don't intend to travel with this, so once I unlocked it, I left it unlocked. It's a useful feature, but it could be improved.
I purchased the Natural shade, which is the darker, more orange shade, which suits my MAC NC30 skintone well. (I have really dark circles though.) I think Ivory is paler and more yellow-based. It's watery, light and very blendable, but has very light coverage. Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer and L'oreal Touche Magique (both twist-type illuminating concealer pens) have better coverage and better staying power, while illuminating well. So this Magic Concealer pales in comparison. It brightens up my dark circles, but doesn't conceal well enough. I use this on my eyelids as well, but it creases on my double-eyelid fold. Not good!

From left: Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer in Natural, Kevin Beautymaker Magic Concealer in Natural
I much prefer the Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer. I use it in the Natural shade as well, but it's less orange than the same shade of Magic Concealer, and has better coverage and staying power. So I'm really not too impressed with Magic Concealer. The regular price is NT300 for 3g, which is not worth the quality, I feel. However, it works ok for illuminating my undereyes (just not my eyelids), so it gets a 6/10.

Rating: 6/10

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Smooth Lip Color - Princess, Peach, Sweet Pink

Hello hello I'm back from Taiwan! I took a 10-day trip there with family. It was fun. :) I went to Taipei and Sun Moon Lake (Taichung). Anyway, I took the opportunity to haul items from Payeasy and I'll be doing a mini-review of the Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Smooth Lip Color in 3 colors. They were having a summer sale - they cost only NT199 each!
From left: Princess (千金裸唇), Peach (晶亮珊瑚), Sweet Pink (甜蜜粉紅)
With flash
Princess (千金裸唇) is a lovely warm nude that doesn't make me look like a corpse. In Chinese, it translates into something like 'rich girl nude lips'. So I guess it's a really nice, classy looking nude that all the rich girls wear. I like it the best out of all the shades! It isn't too pale for my tanned skin (MAC NC30 as of now) and I still look healthy when I wear it (unlike other corpse-nude colours). Subtle but you can still tell that it's on. A very wearable everyday colour.

Peach (晶亮珊瑚) is similar to Princess, but brighter and more vivid, with a coral hue. In Chinese, it translates into 'bright coral', which is a good shade description.

Sweet Pink (甜蜜粉紅) looks like a seriously bright bubble-gum pink in the tube! It really scared me at first, but because the formula of these lipsticks are sheer like a balm, it is really wearable. I like it too! It is blue-based, but not so blue-based that it doesn't work for yellower Asian skintones, so I like it! It is a nice blue-based pink that works for Asians. Good shade description.
From left: Princess (千金裸唇), Peach (晶亮珊瑚), Sweet Pink (甜蜜粉紅)
The formula of these lipsticks is very creamy and they have a dewy finish. They glide on very easily, like a lipstick-lipbalm hybrid. They contain Sodium Hyaluronate for moisture, and Vitamin E. They settle into liplines a teensy bit, but it's not noticeable because they're sheer. They're not too sheer - they hit a good balance between sheerness and good pigmentation. However, while they feel moisturizing, my lips still feel a little dry after wearing them, so you do need a good lipbalm under it. Plus, they wear off pretty quickly within a couple of hours, which is common for such creamy lipsticks.

The regular price of these lipsticks is NT300 for 3.5g, which is pretty reasonable. The lipstick tube is a little rubbery-plasticky, like NARS packaging, pretty classy for a drugstore brand.

Rating: 8/10

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