Phyllis Li

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

Today let us look at the different kinds of foundations that are available on the market.

Liquid Foundation
These usually come in bottles and tubes. The coverage can range from super sheer to full. Thanks to their liquid texture, liquid foundations are easy to blend and the coverage can be built up gradually. Another great thing is that you can mix two different shades together to get the perfect match. Liquid foundations also create the most natural-looking finish and are suitable for all types of skin.

Cream Foundation
These usually come in compacts and jars and work best on dry skin. They tend to have a slightly heavier texture and provide higher coverage compared to liquid foundations. Remember to apply sparingly when it comes to cream foundations as a little goes a long way. They are also great for achieving the dewy look.

Cream-To-Powder Foundation
Unlike cream foundations, cream-to-powder foundations actually dry to a powdery finish. In other words, they tend to create a matte look. Cream-to-powder foundations are good for people with combination skin.

I absolutely *love* MAC Fluidlines! I have Sweet Sage, Blue Peep, Blacktrack and Delphic and I am planning on getting more!

Fluidlines are basically gel liners and they are a dream to apply. All you have to do is dip the brush into the product, pull your skin taut and they glide right on. They apply a little moist but dry fast and stay put all day. Plus since they come in bright, funky colors, you can also use them as an eyeshadow base. I did that with Sweet Sage and it did not crease a bit. Highly recommended!

MAC Fluidline is available at Nordstrom and MAC stores and counters.

Stila Smudgepot was my first gel liner and used to be my holy grail until I tried MAC Fluidline.

Compared to the Fluidline, the Smudgepot comes in your everyday conservative colors like black, brown, dark plum etc. and is more suitable for those who are color-shy.

The texture is also different. While it does apply smoothly, the Smudgepot feels drier and firmer. Mine dried up in less than a year even though there was still a lot of product left. I will not repurchase this.

Stila Smudgepot is available at Sephora and Beauty.com for $18.

I was totally sucked into Majolica Majorca Automatic Liner by its pretty commericals and cute packaging.

While the promo pictures show a great selection of gorgeous, metallic colors, the liner comes in softer colors and is not as pigmented as shown. I have BK999, which is supposedly a rich black but it shows up a dark gray at most on my NC30 skin. To get a solid black line, you really need to layer it on.

The formula is also a little runnier than my favorite Inoui Liner, making it harder to draw a fine line.

I do like the brush a lot though – the bristles are very soft and do not tug at my skin.

For ~$20, there are definitely better options out there. I will not repurchase.