Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

As requested by juicycouture, I will be starting a list of eyeliner reviews.

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($13.50)
When MAC came out with these, I was stoked. Unlike MAC’s regular eye pencil, these are so much more easier to blend and they stay on a lot better too. They are also different from MAC’s Eye Kohl because they are waterproof. I have Forever Green which is a shimmery forest emerald green and it makes my brown eyes pop.

MAC Eye Kohl ($13.50)
I have this in Smolder, a basic black color. It is very soft and super easy to blend. There are also many pretty colors to choose from. The only downside to kohls is that they smudge like crazy. Having said that, they are great for the smoky eyes look. But if you have oily skin or the habit of rubbing your eyes, do not even think of getting this.

MAC Pearlglide Liners ($14.50)
These are definitely MAC’s best pencil liners! They are ultra creamy and glide on so easily! There are a total of 8 gorgeous colors available and they are all rich and metallic with a sparkly finish. You can smudge them out for a softer look or you can just let them set for a more solid effect. The staying power is also great. I ended up with Black Russian and Rave and they make my brown eyes pop! Click here for the swatches.

If you have lived in Asia, you might be familiar with Kesalan Patharan Under Tone Light-Up Concealer (~$30), a set of liquid concealers that come in two colors, a peach and a yellow.

The first thing I noticed is how tiny the 10g tubes are! The two colors can be mixed together to create the perfect shade or used separately. I like to start with the orange on my undereye area followed by a thin layer of the yellow on top. The liquid texture gives it great blendability and the coverage is surprisingly good yet natural.

The only thing I do not like is the packaging. The tubes leak easily and if you squeeze too hard, a LOT of product will come out so it can get really messy.

Other than that, I really liked the product and would definitely repurchase if it was not so expensive.

Click here to see me wearing the Kesalan Patharan Under Tone Light-Up Concealer!

Stila Eye Concealer ($18) boasts a creamy formula that glides on easily to neutralize uncomely blue or red discolorations and make the eyes look fresh. It comes in a cute little pot that is great to travel with and is available in a variety of colors to match fair to dark skin. I use 2 Medium for my NC30 skin.

Although the concealer is meant for the undereye area, I find it too dry – even with an eye cream underneath. It is also really thick so you MUST apply sparingly to avoid looking cakey. Save this for blemishes and freckles instead!

I was first introduced to Becca Cosmetics back in 2002 and their Compact Concealer ($35) was one of the first products I tried.

The first thing I noticed is how impressive the shade selection is. There are a total of 34 colors with different undertones so you are bound to find a match. I have Banana, which is a light yellow-based color and a good match for my NC30 skin.

The concealer comes in a little round compact with a mirror and two concealers in different formulas. The medium-cover formula on the right has a creamier texture and is perfect for covering up undereye circles. The extra-cover formula on the left feels heavier and waxier and I usually use this to camouflage zits and other imperfections.

While both formulas do cover well, I find them to be a little too dry. If I do not moisturize well prior to application, the concealer will definitely highlight fine lines and flakes. Moderation is also key when applying this concealer. If you go overboard, it will have a tendency to cake.

With a weightless, creamy formula, Prescriptives Camouflage Cream ($17.50) claims to help naturally conceal dark circles, blemishes and imperfections, while being the perfect eyeshadow primer.

Like all Prescriptives products, this comes in a nice range of colors for light to dark skin and in different undertones. I use Y/O Medium (07) for my NC30 skin.

I personally have a love-and-hate relationship with this concealer. Yes the texture is creamy, easy to blend and the coverage is decent too. But no matter what I do, the concealer fades in a few hours and if you put more on, it will look really cakey and gross.

I also do not like the packaging. I always end up squeezing way too much product out of the tube and a lot gets wasted. I will not be repurchasing this.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($14.50) was the first concealer I ever purchased. It comes in a little black pot and promises to provide full coverage so you can hide those dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and even birthmarks.

Like MAC foundations, the concealer comes in a HUGE variety of shades in both warm and cool undertones. I can use both NC20 and NC30 on my medium yellow-based Asian skin, depending on the area.

Just as it claims, the concealer is super pigmented. However, it is on the dry side and does have the tendency to settle into fine lines and highlight dry patches. The texture also seems to change really quickly. Mine hardened after a few uses and became impossible to blend. I never touched this again.