Korean Brands

VOV Castledew Diecut Eyes and Lip Palette

VOV takes ages to update it’s official site however I came across these rather awesome palettes entitled Castledew Diecut Eyes. I’m unsure if the palettes are new as they aren’t displayed on the VOV site, either way they do look very nice and I’m debating on purchasing them.

Since I’ve been slightly disappointed with the couple of VOV palettes I have purchased I’m kinda wary of dishing out money for these but the price is really cheap at 12,980 won so I may just indulge and see if I get lucky!

Aren’t they gorgeous?

vov

Each palette contains nine shades and two applications enclosed in the typical VOV mirror compact.

They look lovely but as I said I’ve been disappointed before by VOV and color payoff on their other Castledew palettes has been mediocre at best!

But who knows they might be great!

Want ‘em?

Love ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

Pin It
18 Comments

Banila Co De La Couture Fall Collection 2008

event0809021

Banila Co has updated it’s site with it’s brand new Fall Collection entitled De La Couture. Expect more mini stories from Banila Co after this as they tend to do many small releases over the course of several months.

De La Couture consists of new shades of popular items in new packaging design especially for the Fall. Banila Co has obviously gone with a warmer, nude look for the Fall where as many companies are lending a hand to metallics and vampy looks.

The palette looks like a particularly nice item with shades of pink, brown, gold, and green. This retails for 22,000 won.

faceblusherM

Two new shades of the popular marble eyeshadow duos are also available in new packaging for Fall. These are 8,500 won each and in a gold version and a grey version.

shadow27Mshadow28M

The popular Secret Blush/Highlighter has a new shade for Fall which appears to be a light peach shimmering shade. This retails for 18,000 won and is available in the new Fall packaging design as well to match the shadows and eye palette.

pallettB

The lipsticks released are all nudey peach shades to compliment the neutral shades of the collection.

Although the packaging is extremely nice I doubt I’ll be purchasing any of the items aside from the palette (and that’s only a maybe on the palette!) as I have my eye on other Koran cosmetics I’ve been wanting.

All in all if you’re a lover of naturals and nudes this is definately appealing!

Want this?

Loving the colors?

Tell the Muse!

Pin It
9 Comments

Missha Shimmering Oven Blush Review

Missha is a Korean brand that makes a wide variety of cosmetics and skincare. Many of their items are quite good and higher end in comparison to other Korean brands such as Etude House (although for me Etude House remains in my top five favorites list).

I purchased Missha’s Shimmering Oven Blush a few months ago and have been using it off and on. One of the key selling points for me was the amazing packaging. The blush comes in a huge metallic pink compact which opens to reveal the shimmering highlighting powder. This comes with a generous size brush which is super soft and fits the contour of your cheek perfectly so it’s fairly goof proof getting the powder on correctly.

Picture+248

Picture+251

Picture+250

Picture+252

Picture+253

Picture+255

Picture+256

Although it’s name suggests that this is a blush, I think it’s safe to say that it does not work as a blush but more as a highlighting shimmering powder. The powder isn’t as silky as I’d prefer which is both good and bad. Good, since it doesn’t create a mess as you swipe across it with the brush and you’re not picking up a ton of product that you’re later left shaking out and wasting. Bad, because you have to work a fair deal to get a decent size amount on the brush.

Picture+254

Picture+257

Picture+258

The best way to use this is to apply your blush as normal and proceed to follow up with the Missha Shimmering Over Blush to highlight your cheekbones and face. If you prefer you can dip a sponge applicator into the powder and apply on the highbrow area of your eye for a bit of a shimmering highlight or all over the lid of your eye for a light shadow wash.

Picture+259

The effect on the cheeks is just a really sheer shimmer of pink powder that gives your face subtle glow but nothing too dramatic. This is particularly a great powder if you’d like to add a bit of luminescence to your cheek bones without over doing it with tons of sparkle and shimmer.

The powder comes in three shades selections, a white marble, a peach marble, and the one I got in pink. These retail for 17,800 won but I got mine for 14,000 won or so as the day my friend purchased it the website was having a sell at 20% off.

pr img526591.gif

The packaging along makes this a winner item however the formula does need a tiny bit of work to get the Muse’s full approval on it. The price is right, the packaging is wonderful, but the formula could use a little work, I like it alot but I’m not loving it.

Visit Missha’s website at the following locations:

US Portal (Missha US only offers very basic options from the original line up available in Asian countries)
Korean Portal

museotherposts

Looking for more ways to brighten up your face? Check out some past highlighter reviews!

Eyeko Touch Up & Glow Highlighter Review

Laneige Snow Radiant Blusher Review

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review

Majolica Majolica Holiday 2007 Review featuring Snow Carat Powder


See tons of shimmering products in my Ghosts of Christmas Past Round Up Review

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Shimmerbrick in Pink Quartz Review

Guerlain Forever Gold Face of the Day

Pin It
11 Comments

Beauty Credit Lovely Powder Pact Matt Review

Holy cow it was SO humid here in the city on Saturday YAK! I was out with friends and wandering around 34th Street Saturday so I had the chance to put my new Beauty Credit Lovely Powder Pact Matt to the test!

Picture+001

Picture+003

Picture+004

It was pretty darn humid but as the morning turned to afternoon we got major rain fall so my Beauty Credit Lovely Powder Pact Matt was put to the test for sure! Since humidity brings out oily, shiny skin for me this was a great excuse to try out this new powder.

First off the Muse is loving the cute packaging as always Beauty Credit went out of it’s way to create a unique, cute, and pretty package. The powder comes in a silver compact with the Beauty Credit rocking horse emblem on the cover and embedded in the powder itself. Honestly, as cute as the compact is I’m most impressed with the little lid that covers the powder and allows you to place your puff on top. Little things like this always please me to no end as it shows alot of love and consideration went into the making of the product. I simply hate it when companies make an awesome powder and proceed to have no place to put your sponge BUT on top of the powder. It makes a mess doing this plus the mirror gets powder all over it…yak! Total disaster! Lucky for us Beauty Credit kept all these things in mind and proceeded to address them by having a little protective cover for the powder! Perfect!

Picture+005

Picture+007

Picture+008

Picture+009

Picture+010

Picture+011

Picture+014

This particular powder is available in three shade selection all of which contain a good amount of beige to tone down yellow tones. Although the formula is most flattering to Asian skin tones anyone else can easily get away with using this! I always find powders from Japan and Korea an interesting texture thats both light and offers good coverage. In this case the Lovely Powder Pact in Matt is a mattifying powder which is perfect for full coverage if you don’t have a ton to hide. It offers a transparent coverage that gives a very natural finish which is perfect for lighter coverage, touch ups, or to tame shine and oil!

Picture+015

Like most powders of it’s kind this needs a touch up or two after about four to five hours of wear depending on how oily your skin gets. I used my powder as an all over foundation with a bit of blush for my outing on Saturday and through humidity and rain it lasted quite a while before needing a touch up.

Completed look using Beauty Credit Lovely Powder Pact Matt as my foundation with a little bit of Bare Escentuals Blush in Fruit Cocktail
Picture+113 400x300

I think the price on this is a key selling point at 7 which is truly a wonderful price tag for a very nice powder.

All in all I love this powder and I’m slapping a Muse Approval on it for purchase! How cute will you be whipping this out of your purse for touch ups!?

Visit Beauty Credit Cosmetics

musegold

Loves it!

Want it?

Tried it before?

Tell the Muse!

museotherposts

Beauty Credit Lovely Q10 Pearl Shine Review

Beauty Credit Lovely Q10 Makeup Fitting Gel Review

Learn more about Beauty Credit Cosmetics

Pin It
16 Comments

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Review

Hey pretty girls (and guys)!

I know you’ve been eagerly awaiting my review on Etude House’s Summer skincare collection but skincare is a tricky thing to review and it needs a ton of testing before I can sit down and give you guys the lowdown!

Picture+178

I’ve had the complete collection of Etude House Aqua Sherbet for over a month now and I’ve been using it daily for that entire time as part of my AM skincare regime. The collection consists of all of the following products:

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Facial Lotion
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Toner
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Serum
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Gel Cream
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner

Please note that a brand new mist has been recently added to the collection. Sadly, when I had my friend purchase this lot of items for me the mist was not yet out and available however I did ask for it now so hopefully soon I can bring you a review for that!

As you can see the entire regime is a bit of an overkill as that’s a whole LOT of stuff to be putting on your face daily. Although, as per Etude House’s recommendation, the products should be used in a certain order as a daily skincare technique, I personally ended up breaking some of it up and using it for different purposes although I’m not stranger to using a ton of different items on my skin daily so this was not a big deal!

I think I’ll start my review with my favorite product out of the entire line which was the Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner. I. Love. This. Stuff.

Picture+183

Picture+185

Picture+196

It’s seriously awesome and I wish I could find something of similiar quality here in the US for such an inexpensive price. It’s literally does what it says, an icy cool, refreshing toner. It’s not a spray but a foam so you can’t spray this directly on your face unfortunately. Basically you spray a bit on a cotton pad, it’s a foam so it’s not really saturating the pad completely, you proceed to wipe it all over your face for a rather nice blast of coolness. It’s icy cool and fresh feeling and my skin seems to love it! Although I can’t read the ingredients I think it’s safe to say this contains a healthy dose of alcohol but I experienced no dryness after using it. It’s such a great little item to have around on a hot Summer morning! It makes my face feel cool, refreshed, and ready for my makeup! I love it! Etude House did a seriously good job with this one and I’ve enjoyed using this daily and will definately be purchasing some more to stock up on! The toner is 18,000 won which is pricey for Etude House as they normally range in the 9,000-12,000 won price category however it’s well worth it and if you so choose, and have access, you can actually purchase the toner and gel cream together for 21,000 won which is like getting the gel cream free!

The toner and the lotion are very good however I did sadly experience a bit of drying with both. As I mentioned earlier Etude House skincare does have a considerable amount of alcohol in it. It’s hard not to notice as they do faintly have the scent of it however with the Etude House Moistfull Skincare Collection I experience absolutely no dryness after use but with the Aqua Sherbet toner and lotion I did have a bit of a drying, sticky feeling after use. I don’t mind this so much since it’s so hot and humid and my skin can actually take advantage of the mattifying these two products provide however I probably will have to avoid use in the Winter when my skin will become much drier. Aside from that I liked both. Each is 9,500 won or both for 20,000 and the bottles are very large so this is definately a lovely price tag. The toner nor lotion does not produce the same cooling experience that the Ice Toner has. The Ice Toner definately has a cooling sensation when applied however the regular toner and lotion didn’t have the same effect. I was slightly disappointed that I failed to notice any citrusy scent with any of the products as well since I THINK they are meant to have a faint fruity smell. Turns out they actually smell quite similiar to the Moistfull Collection which is a fresh, aqua like smell for lack of a better description. The toner is a typical liquid toner that you use with a cotton pad and the lotion has a nice light consistency for Summer wear. All the bottles in Etude House’s skincare and fragrance line are extremely vanity worthy however I do have a problem with getting the lotion out of such a heavy glass bottle. Each bottle is a beautifully frosted heavy glass but a tiny bit unconventional for a clumsy person like me who might drop it. It’s also rather irritating to shake it around to get the lotion flowing as well! It kinda has that annoying Ketchup method where you sit for a while trying to shake the product out of the bottle. Aside from my minor rants I did like the toner and lotion.

Picture+180

Picture+182

One of my lovely readers, jkim, kindly translated the use of each product and they should be used in the following order:

Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner or Aqua Sherbet Toner
Aqua Sherbet Serum
Aqua Sherbet Facial Lotion
Aqua Sherbet Gel Cream

I’ve been basically using them in these stages as well but sometimes skipping the gel cream and serum and using those as night treatments.

For me both the Serum and the Gel Cream had about the same consistency which was a bit of a thicker formula than the lotion but only a tad bit more so. Neither the Serum nor the Gel Cream were drying thankfully although I did feel like the Serum was much better than the Gel Cream simply because the Gel Cream left a tiny bit of a sticky residue behind after use.

I personally don’t understand the idea of using a serum, facial lotion, plus a gel cream. Maybe if I could read Korean I’d understand the mentality behind it all. Since this seemed like a rather weird way to use the products I decided I’d use the both toners in the AM plus the regular facial lotion. I follow up by using the gel cream as a primer and I use the serum in the evening. The gel and serum can be purchased together or separately. Together they retail for 23,000 won where as seperate the gel costs 12,000 won and the serum costs 11,000 won.

Picture+188

Picture+190

Picture+189

Picture+186

Picture+187

In a over month’s use I didn’t experience anything wow aspiring about the collection however I am impressed with the price, the wonderful packaging, and the rather great concept of a lighter form of skincare for the Summer.

We all change and rearrange how we care for our skin during different times of the year and Etude House’s Aqua Sherbert line was a rather fun item to use as my Summer skincare. It’s light, refreshing, plus since it contains a fair bit of alcohol it successfully mattified my skin without over drying too much!

Although I had minor complaints here and there and I do prefer Etude House’s Moistfull Skincare Collection over this I still liked this little collection and felt like it was money well spent!

Cheers to Etude House for always putting a smile on my face!

Love Etude House?

Tried this collection?

Want to?

Tell the Muse!

museotherposts

Etude House Summer Collection 2008: Sherbert Cool Party Release Information

The Muse’s Appearance in Etude House’s Newsletter!

Etude House’s Spring Collection 2008 Reviewed

Pin It
10 Comments