Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation (~$47) was an Asian exclusive but thanks to its super cute packaging, I went through great lengths to get it.
The powder comes with SPF24+ and whitening properties to brighten your skin. I did not see any whitening effect but the high SPF is definitely a plus. The finish is also very matte yet it does not accentuate any dry patches.
The one thing I do not like, however, is the color. While I got it in my usual Stila shade (C), the foundation is very yellow and when it oxidizes, it gets darker by almost a shade.
As much as I love the cute packaging, I will not repurchase after I run out.
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder ($20) is no doubt my favorite pressed powder and I have already gone through two of them. The powder is very finely milled and offers minimal coverage. I cannot say anything about its oil-controlling properties since I am on the dry side but this works excellent for touch-ups. It never looks chalky and feels so silky and almost creamy when applied on. I will definitely keep sticking to this until I find something better.
Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42) was my go-to powder back in high school. I had it in the second lightest shade, Clair, which is a great match for my NC30 skin/
The powder is very fine and looks almost translucent. It gives a natural-looking translucent matte finish when applied over makeup and I use it mainly for touch-ups. I love how it soaks up oil well without drying out my skin and just looks so natural. The sleek packaging and the huge mirror is also a great plus. Loves it!
I will be starting a list of pressed powder reviews as requested by Juny. To start off, let’s look at my first pressed powder, MAC Studio Finish Pressed Powder ($18.50), that I picked up during a trip to Canada.
Housed in MAC’s signature round compact, the MAC Studio Finish Pressed Powder comes in a wide variety of shades to suit different skin tones along with a sponge for application.
I have normal to dry skin and thought this was a tad too dry. Coverage is medium but it did not wear well on me. It had a tendency to oxidize and change color during the day. I don’t think I would purchase this again.
Today I will write about the different kinds of eyeshadow on the market.
They are the most common kind of eyeshadow and also my favorite. They usually come in pots or pans in different finishes – shimmery, satin, frosty, matte, glittery etc. Their shelf life is roughly 2-3 years and generally longer compared to cream eyeshadows and glosses. My favorite brand of powder eyeshadows are MAC and Stila.
Today I will focus on how to pick the right color for your eyeshadow. While a lot of people tend to match their eyeshadow to the clothes they are wearing, this can make you look dated and might not work for everyone. To determine the right color, you will need to look at your natural eye color and your natural skin tone.
1. Natural Eye Color
Choose a color that complements your eye color but not one that matches your eye color completely. Sometimes a color that contrasts with it can make your eyes pop. If your eyes are:
Brown – try plum, taupe, bronze, green, blue, grey, neutrals and pretty much anything.
Green – try purple, gold, brown, neutrals and apricot.
Blue – try taupe, bronze, purple, grey, pink and neutrals.
Gray – purple, silver and peach all look hot on gray eyes.