Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

Chanel Vitalumiere Liquid Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 ($50)
Shade I use: Clair
This is the liquid version of the Vitalumiere cream foundation. Despite the word liquid, this feels very rich and almost creamy on my skin. It is definitely great for the winter and it does deliver a glowy look. The coverage is medium to heavy and it can feel a little thick so remember to apply sparingly.

MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation ($24)
Shade I use: NC30
Like the MAC Studio Finish Satin Foundation, this is water-based and it is supposed to provide a “natural, matte finish”. I like that it has SPF 15 but again, I find it too dry for my skin and it accentuated my flakes. I would only recommend it to those with combination or oily skin.

MAC Studio Mist Foundation ($28.50)
Shade I Use: Light Medium
After ERA’s Face Spray Foundation and Dior’s Airflash, MAC has finally come out with its own version of spray makeup. This foundation comes in a sleek, portable aerosol can which is great for traveling. What is weird about this product, however, is that it is not meant to be sprayed directly onto your face – you are supposed to “spray onto hand or palette, then apply with a brush”. Having said that, I think this whole idea of putting a foundation into an aerosol can is kind of redundant. Despite that along with the limited color range, the foundation itself is not bad. When I first sprayed it onto the back of my hand, I thought it was kind of runny but it glides on easily and blends like heaven. The coverage is sheer and it imparts a dewy finish. The foundation is also suitable for all skin types.

Redpoint Transformative Dual Foundation ($42)
Shade I use: Medium
Unlike most foundations you see in the market, this comes with two custom blendable shades that can mixed together or used separately for highlighting and contouring. It also contains anti-aging ingredients like Elastimide Amino AC and light diffusing pigments work to blend away fine lines, wrinkles and create a youthful look; and is made with an unique Liquacreme formula so that it would glide onto the skin and provide full coverage that feels “so weightless, it’s almost like you have nothing on at all!” Texture-wise, it is very similar to Redpoint’s NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact. It feels slightly waxy and goes on really smooth but dries almost immediately to a matte finish without leaving your skin all powdery. The coverage is medium and it does feel very lightweight. I have worn this as a concealer and all over as a foundation. The former worked beautifully while the latter was a disaster. With this all over my face, it looked really unnatural and cakey. I am going to save this as a concealer.

Check out the following entries for foundation tips:
Mineral Foundation Reviews
Tools For Applying Concealer And Foundation

Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder FoundationWhen I saw pictures of the Asian exclusive Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation (~$47), I could not resist the super cute packaging and ended up going through great lengths to get my hands on it.

The foundation came with SPF24+ and whitening properties to brighten your skin. Although I did not notice any brightening effect on my skin, the high SPF was definitely a plus. The finish was also very matte yet did not accentuate any dry patches.

The one thing that needed improvement though, was the color range. While I got the foundation in my usual Stila shade (C), it was very yellow – even on my Asian skintone. Plus when it oxidized throughout the day, it got darker by almost a shade!! As much as I loved the cute packaging, I will not repurchase.

MAC Select Sheer Pressed PowderMAC 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 PowderChanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42) was my go-to pressed 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 was very fine and looked almost translucent. It gave a natural-looking translucent matte finish when applied over makeup and I used it mainly for touch-ups. I love how it soaked up oil well without drying out my skin and just looked so natural. Also loved the sleek packaging and huge mirror!

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.

MAC Studio Finish Pressed PowderHoused 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.