Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

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.

L’oreal Double Extend Mascara ($9.49) is the one of the first 2-in-1 drugstore mascara where you get a lash primer on one end and a mascara on the other. While I really liked the idea that Western companies were finally trying to catch up with Asian brands on the idea of mascara primers (Shiseido launched their first mascara base with fiber, dramatical eyes, back when I was in high school), the product itself could be better. The fibers made my lashes too heavy and droopy while the mascara itself did not do much. And if I really piled it on, it gave me a spidery look. Guess I would have to keep looking.