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Shills Perfect Brightening Primer Review


Shills Perfect Brightening Primer promises the world. Prime, Protect, correct, and refresh tiredness all in one step plus anti-aging ingredients too! Whoa.

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That’s alot of talk….does it work?

Jump ahead to find out!

I’ve known love and I’m pretty sure that love is Shills Perfect Brightening Primer. Possibly the best primer I’ve run across in a very long time with darling packaging, a sweet price tag, and a pretty scent, this primer sure does please a Muse.

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What it promises:

It claims that it will prime skin creating a perfection canvas for foundation application. It also promises to protect with anti-aging ingredients and also promises to correct by evening out and whitening skin tone. And finally it promises to refresh my tired skin!

Actually it seems to successfully do just about everything it promises.

What it does:

I don’t have super large pores as you may may already know from past primer reviews but I think I can say that Shills Perfect Brightening Primer is thick enough to do a fairly good job of filling pores and creating a nice smooth surface for your foundation. The formula is thick and creamy but manages to absorb easily into the skin. It’s a very pale pink shade that smells floral and fresh, almost rose-like. After moisturizing a tiny dab of this preps my skin beautifully and allows my foundation to smooth on easier. The product does whiten ever so slightly but nothing ghastly or unnatural just a hint of brightness that relieves tired, dull skin and breathes new life into it. My foundation lasts an extra 2-3 hours after use which is surprising considering this isn’t a silicon base.

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I can’t decide what I loved best about this but some things I adored were the beautiful smell, the way it made my skin look bright and less dull, the great way it smooths on and offers extra moisture and eases my foundation on. I can’t speak for the anti-aging elements but hey all the better if it does protect my skin against aging.

The foundation comes in a cute pink squeeze bottle with a little faux diamond tacked onto to the top. It’s sadly not a lot of product inside the tube but since you only need a little it should last you quite a while.

I paid retail for this which was $239TWD, I’ve seen it on E-bay for nearly triple it’s retail price which makes me wince in agony. I do think it’s worth at least $15 USD but I really hate that it’s been jacked up so badly. It’s well worth trying out and it’s Muse Approved for purchase by yours truly!

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Who might like it?

  • Anyone who needs a thick primer to fill in pores
  • Those who want their foundation to last longer
  • Anyone who’s skin needs a little pick me up to go from dull to pretty

Overall, Shills Perfect Brightening Primer definately promises a whole lot of everything and quite successfully delivers it all. I really liked this one and think it’s worth tracking down for yourself.

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New Base Makeup from Excel

Excel has updated it’s catalog with a new base makeup for Spring 2009!

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Is it me or did Excel grow up suddenly? It’s now featured as an elegant brand where before I got more of a cheap vibe from it. Hmm maybe it’s just me!

Two new items are featured for the base makeup line up which are a pressed powder and a concealer. The pressed powder contains SPF 32 which is a rather nice number for powder. The items are 1,600 and 2,200 yen respectively with refills for the compact at a nice price of 1,500 yen. Although these current sums convert like absolute rubbish to USD the actually beauty budget would being able to purchase in yen icon wink

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I doubt I’ll indulge as I’m really concealer’ed out at this point (way too many concealer reviews from this Muse lately!) and I’m still mourning Raycious to indulge in any new Japanese powders but it does look like a nice line up of items.

As we near the end of the month and start in on March I’m sure we’ll see more and more Japanese brands that will begin updating their base makeup line. I look forward to seeing what Lunasol and a few other brands have in store for us.

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Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Coffret Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

One of my favorite collections from Holiday 2008 was the Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Coffret. I didn’t indulge in the Holiday 2007 version as it wasn’t nearly as gorgeous and glamorous as this year’s.

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Do jump ahead for a peek!

Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Coffret was truly a glamorous collection and I instantly fell in love with it when I seen it on the site. The coffret contains three pieces for eyes, lips and face. I paid retail for the coffret which was around 6,300 yen, a true deal if I ever seen one.

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The set includes:

Magie Deco Fairy Powder
Magie Deco Fairy Gloss R0660
Magie Deco Fairy Eyes GD040
Magie Deco Fairy Retractable Brush

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The collection settled on gorgeous shimmering gold eyes, beautiful pouty ruby red lips, and a hint of shimmery face powder for it’s Holiday look. All these items are totally what the Muse looks for during the Holiday Season and she couldn’t be more pleased to have them bundled together in one set.

The Magie Deco Fairy Powder was the highlight of the collection. This was a striped higlighter that contains 5 separate colors ranging from soft muted beiges, to creams, and pinks. All the shades combined beautifully to create just a soft subtle shimmer on the face. The palette contains a heavy spray of golden shimmer on top but once wiped away it just leaves behind a very soft focused highlighter that can be used to brighten up the face and cheeks. The colors are way to light to use this as a blush so using blush prior to application is recommended.

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The Magie Deco Fairy Eyes I’ve had the pleasure of using before and I must say I was quite happy to add the gold edition to my collection. This is a soft cream shadow that’s easy to blend and leaves behind a hint of true gold on lids. This is not a yellow gold but more of a true golden shade. It was rather a perfect color for the Holiday season in the Muse’s opinion.

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Contrasting beautifully with golden eyes was the Magie Deco Fairy Gloss in R0660 which was a beautiful ruby red shade with hints of golden sparkle! The formula was nicely pigmented and left behind a beautiful finish however it wasn’t terribly glossy but more of a lip cream with a nice shimmery finish.

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And finally the collection included a retractable brush for applying the highlighter!

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I wish I had a chance to review this for you during the Holidays but I got a bit sidetracked and quite busy so I hope you’ll enjoy the photos and brief review of the coffret now.

Overall, this was the best coffret released from Cosme Decorte to date. I really like the simplicity of shimmering golden eyes followed up with a gentle subtly highlighted face and a nice pop of ruby on the lips.

I really quick look using the set!

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I look forward to seeing what Cosme Decorte releases next year!

Anyone indulge in this coffret?

Loved it?

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Anosa Ananas Sativus Face Peeling Mask Review

The Muse simply adores Asian face peelings masks. It may come as a shock but “face peeling” does not always mean a mask that you’re peeling off. Anonsa makes a full range of peeling face masks for all sorts of skin woes. These masks are simply used by taking a small dollop, applying to slightly damp skin, and slowly rubbing….you’ll notice the masks peels as soon as you begin rubbing. Supposedly this “peeling” action takes dirt, oil, blackheads, and other woes along with it as it “peels”. It’s rather a cool little product.

Today I’ll be reviewing the Anosa Ananas Sativus Face Peeling Mask for you!

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Jump ahead to get the review!

Anosa Ananas Sativus Face Peeling Mask is a rather cheap, possibly gimmicky face mask. At around $223TWD you shouldn’t expect too MUCH from this mask.

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This is actually my fav of the collection as it smells rather great! It’s a tropical pineapple blend that’s really quite nice. I adore anything that’s scented so I’m all over the idea of a scented mask that smells like pineapples.

Of course, the mask comes with a huge humdrum of the amazing skincare miracles and benefits that are housed inside the tiny little black tube. Supposedly this mask is made from a strong, effective pineapple dissolution enzyme…who the hell knows what that even means…god I love Asian brands! The special pineapple enzyme has the superior skill of dissolving blackheads and cleaning pores and even allows you to experience the effects of an “ultra human spirit”. I’m not making this up…this is what it claims to do.

What it really does?

Absolutely nothing! Hehe! But I still like it anyway. The formula is a heavy jelly consistency (kinda looks like snot…what? Beauty can’t always be glam!) that feels incredibly cooling on the skin which will make a Muse happy in the Summer. Once applied all it really does is make my skin feel extra clean but aside from that I can’t say I experience anything in regards to my humanly spirit nor did it do much for the blackheads on my nose. I don’t really have clogged pores so I can’t speak for those but if you happen to have clogged pores, the Muse thinks it’s safe to say that this probably won’t rid you of those.

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The mask is just a simple, budget friendly treat that I continue to use because I like the smell and it didn’t cost me a ton of money. Honestly, if you’re paying above retail (seen it on E-bay for $14.99 USD ummmm NO!) I don’t suggest buying it. However, if you can nab it at retail I suggest grabbing one as it smells pretty and it does successfully make your skin feel squeaky clean!

Here’s a basic idea of how the masks works. Take a dollop, apply to your face, and rub on. As you can see the mask begins to “pill” and peels off in layers. This peeling action supposedly whisks away dirt and the likes along with it!

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Anosa Ananas Sativus Face Peeling Mask doesn’t have alot going for it but the Muse thinks it smells pretty, at the very least.

Tried Anosa products before?

Loves ‘em?

Leaves ‘em?

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Shills Wildberry Lip Balm Review

I recently came across Shills Wildberry Lip Balm and decided to give it a whirl as the price was right and a Muse can never have too many balms!


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Shills, as far as the Muse knows, is a brand that’s sold exclusively via a website called Pay Easy. The site is a Taiwanese site that sells a few other brands aside from Shills. Shills is kinda a cop off of Benefit as their packaging is pretty much the same, the concept of the products, etc……very, very cute stuff but very much a dupe of what Benefit offers. I’ll be doing a few reviews of Shill products over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

At $149TWD Shills Lipbalm in Wildberry isn’t going to break the bank but after using the product it’s pretty much money I lost as the quality isn’t so great.

The balm doesn’t promise any bells and whistles and no worries you won’t be getting any either. Aside from it’s sweet packaging the balm itself is a total let down. The balm comes housed in small white plastic tube with a cute decal that features all sorts of berries on it. Inside is a pink balm that can be applied to lips. The balm itself is quite a nice texture as it’s firm and has just the right moisturizing benefits. Although it feels quite moist it applies very waxy and settles onto lips without every fully absorbing. I suppose I can’t rant too much about it absorbing considering it is a balm and balms have a tendency to lay on the lips but the waxy feeling is unforgivable for me as it just feels terribly gross on my lips. I was quite disappointed in the taste and even the smell for that matter…wildberry? What happened to all the wildberries? It has a very, very, very faint scent that’s kinda sorta berryish but aside from that nothing. It doesn’t taste like berries either but more like a waxy plastic taste.

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I suppose I can make proper use of this when I have severe chapped lips but honestly for everyday use I’ll probably skip. The box supposedly says it contains a high unit of shea butter but for me it just felt like rubbing candle wax on my lips.

Big thumbs down.

No likey!

If you’re interested you can find it on E-bay for around $9.99 USD but honestly I would SO not pay that insane price. If you have friends in Taiwan you can ask them to pick it up for you for retail but I’d avoid it, not worth the trouble at all!

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