One of my greatest discoveries from Shills (aside from a BB Cream you’ll learn about soon) is the Pore Hide & Heel Cream. Although I don’t suffer large pores I still can appreciate the flawless finish of my face after using Shills Pore Hide & Heel Cream.
Simply loving this for Summer wear!
Click ahead for a review.
Shills is a Taiwanese brand not available within the US. You can haul it from evil-bay or if you’re lucky enough to have a friend abroad they can probably grab it for you!
Shills Pore Hide & Heel Cream is a hard textured cake cream housed in a cute vintage style tin a la Benefit Dr. Feel Good. Sadly, Dr. Feel Good and I never got oh so well so I was every so slightly scared to try this out but turns out it’s incredibly different in so many ways when compared to Benefit’s version. One key factor is the fact that it’s tinted where as Dr. Feel Good is simply transparent.
Where as Benefit’s version is a silky primer this is actually a tinted balm. You can use it in a few ways one of which would be to prep your face with it. As a step prior to your regular foundation you can use Pore Hide & Heel as a prep to fill pores and prep skin for foundation. I can’t speak for it hiding pores as mine aren’t large at all but it does create a near perfect finish for foundation. It’s other use would be to smooth on and apply blush for very light Summer coverage. It’s not incredibly pigmented but it has enough pigment to cover minor problem areas, even out skin tone, and create a nice flawless, youthful finish to skin.
Although unappealing in the tin the product has a nice silky, cream texture that dries down to a powder. Although it works well at mattifying my skin at the moment I probably won’t be able to use in the Winter when my skin is drier as I imagine this will pill or flake up.
It’s perfect for throwing in my bag for quickie touch ups on the fly as well so I’m not worrying about applying powder or foundation. Smooth this on with the enclosed sponge applicator, add a little blush and I’m looking collected and in order once again.
Overall, I think it’s worthy of a hunt down. It’s an all around great product and pretty cheap as well. I paid around $7 but I’ve seen it around for $12-$13 which I think is a fair price as the product is decent.
Shills Pore Hide & Heal Cream is one of those perfect little makeup treats for creating beautiful, lasting coverage for warm, humid days.
You’ve recently heard the good word from me about Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer
but actually there are two versions to that story and review. Kevin Beautymaker Color Correcting Eyelid Primer is actually the follow up. Ok, the deal is this, Color Correctly Eyelid Primer is such a cop off of Benefit Lemon Aid it’s not even funny but it does do something Lemon Aid doesn’t which I’ll tell you about in a few.
Kevin Beautymaker Color Correcting Eyelid Primer is basically a lid and under eye primer to be used prior to concealer. This kinda makes priming and concealing a two step process. It’s particularly great if you heavy duty problems going on under your eyes and need a bit of extra coverage.
Take the jump to hear the babble.
Kevin Beautymaker Color Correcting Eyelid Primer is a yellow based primer (I choose to call it primer as it isn’t a concealer per say) which brightens the eye area up and preps it prior to concealer. Place a small amount under your eyes, blend outwards, and proceed to follow up with your normal concealer of choice. The yellow base will erase dark circles, brighten your eyes up, conceal minor lines or puffiness while creating a good base for concealer. You can’t use it on it’s own really as you’ll look a tad weird after use even after proper blending as it creates a yellowish nearly white cast under eyes so it’s best to follow up with concealer after use. The point of the product is for those suffering from severe dark circles. I assure this will help considerably masking dark circles.
Now for priming my lid this is never, ever going to take the place of my beloved Benefit Lemon Aid. Benefit Lemon Aid has a beautiful texture and a harder consistency which allows it to adhere to the lid beautifully well while lasting all day. If you choose to use Kevin’s primer on your lids you must know it’s much, much more moisturizing which makes it easy to blend under your eyes but proves it’s downfall on your lids as it’ll slip, slide, crease, and create a general mess on lids. I suppose a light application will be fine but I honestly prefer to use this under my eyes not over them. If you want something to prep and conceal lids I highly suggest Lemon Aid for that job. Kevin’s primer does do something Lemon Aid doesn’t which is it’s ability to prep below the eye with it’s moisturizing formula. If you tried this with Lemon Aid you’d end up with it creasing under your eyes and have a difficult time blending it out well.
Overall, anyone who’s suffering from severe dark circles or just needs a wake up call under their eyes I highly suggest snagging Kevin Beautymaker Color Correcting Eyelid Primer. I paid retail which was probably $6-$7 at most however it’s on one of my favorite site’s for purchase of $13.99. $14 dollars is in my opinion a good deal for it.
This is Muse Approved for purchase, great way to get your eyes in tiptop shape!
So it’s been established I’m a bit of a Bobbi Brown fan girl. Bobbi is like my makeup goddess and maven but I gotta tell you I thought she was plum loco when she suggested in a makeup tutorial video that setting your concealer with a bright white powder was a good thing. I’m of an age where placing powder under my eyes is so not a good idea. My eyes are dry, they sport fine lines, and in the AM hello puffiness how are you today? Adding powder into that mix of things is just a bad idea. After picking up my HG (holy grail) Bobbi Brown Concealer palette a year or so which indeed included a fine white powder my mind switches from thinking bad, murderous things about powder to thinking how glorious it is.
I learned over the course of a year that a simple dusting of white powder is effective at concealing dark circles, lightening up my eye area, sets concealer to last all day, adds a soft focus to fine lines (virtually erasing them), and makes my bags disappear like magic.
Recently, I reviewed the Mally Concealer System for you which actually came with a white powder included. Obviously Bobbi isn’t the only smart cookie around here as Mally choose to include an entire compact filled with white powder to pair up with her creamy concealer.
I’ll tell you who else knows the benefits of white powder, Taiwanese Make Up Artist, Kevin from Kevin Beautymaker cosmetics.
Click ahead to hear a review of Kevin Beautymaker Bright Eye Pressed Powder.
Kevin takes the idea of white powder to a new level as his version is sold separate from his concealer compact plus it’s nearly 85% cheaper than anything else you’ll find on the market today. Benefit, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, and Mally are the only lines I’ve seen that carry fine white powder that works at brightening up the under eye area, there may be more but I haven’t really seen too many brands using the idea.
Fact is it works.
If you’re younger you can appreciate this to brighten up your eye area a fair bit after concealer is in place. I personally wouldn’t use it alone as it works best when your eyes are completely concealed using your regular potion of choice. It adds a certain airbrushed quality to the under eye area and erases certain flaws such as dark circles. If you’re older you can appreciate this much, much more as puffy eyes, fine lines, dark circles, and other woes will be magically erased when this is used with concealer.
It’s basically a very simple, matte powder. Nothing crazy or dramatic. Who knew simple white powder could do so very much? Kevin’s version comes in a cute slide out box with a decent size powder brush for application. Honestly, not loving the brush it comes with as it picks up way too much product and blends it terribly. I highly suggest using some sort of bushy blending brush for application. Use a small amount and build up as needed but please don’t overdo it as you will be looking like Casper the friendly ghost if you’re not careful.
Kevin Beautymaker Bright Eye Pressed Powder is not my favorite by any means as the formula isn’t quite as silky as other powders I’ve tried however it is the cheapest option available and very, very good quality for the price. I only paid a few dollars for this however I’ve seen it on several stores for $14.99 and upwards. That’s of course nearly 60-65% higher than retail. At that price I do think it’s worthy of a try if you’ve never considered trying to set your concealer with a powder before or you’re simply intrigued to see how white powder can improve your overall eye look.
Overall, the moral of this story is white powder is sometimes a good thing. It took me a very long time to realize that but it’s now become a staple item that I use daily. Just as I would apply foundation, concealer, etc…everyday, white powder also gets included along with my prep and prime routine.
You fancy a smooth, creamy, dreamy, moisturizing, easy to blend, long wearing concealer to brighten up your eye area and make you look well rested and pretties all day long?
What you need is Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer!
Click it for the review.
A lovely reader asked me for a few reviews on Kevin Beautymaker cosmetics and I’m happy to bring them to her (and you) as I have a ton in my beauty arsenal.
Time and time again it’s proven that Asian brands are far superior at creating unique, inexpensive cosmetics that are high quality and positively brilliant in all aspects.
Taiwanese brand Kevin Beautymaker is an extremely inexpensive cosmetic brand that’s rich in some seriously great products one of which is the Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer.
Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer is specifically designed for use around the eyes as it contains light brightening particles to conceal dark circles and uneven skin tone and I promise it does just that. When I originally got this concealer I was terribly disappointed as it was very dark for a shade 1. It’s only available in three shades so I went with the lightest and it appeared way to beige in the container. But blended in it’s a near perfect color match and manages to conceal dark circles while creating a beautiful airbrush finish. It’s highly moisturizing and blends a treat so it won’t creep into fine lines, cake or crease and wears incredibly long for such a moist concealer. Honestly, it would make a fine dupe for another Taiwanese concealer I love which is Shills Eletric Eye Concealer. The formulas are nearly identical. Strangely enough you’d think that such a moisturizing concealer wouldn’t wear so well and or wear long. For the most part Aqua Eye Concealer is quite like Bobbi Brown Concealer in many aspects but it’s a little denser which makes it beautiful to work with and blend. As mentioned I thought that this would quickly wear a way as the formula is very moist but it actually stands the test of humidity and warm weather and will stay on pretty much all day without touch ups in between.
The concealer can be used on it’s own but for added brightening and concealing you can prep prior with Kevin Beautymaker Color Correcting Eyelid Primer. This can be used to conceal dark circles or used as a prep above the eye a la Benefit Lemon Aid.
I got this concealer off of Payeasy but it’s on E-bay and also Imomoko for around $13.99 or so. Although that’s almost over a 50% mark up I still think it’s a very good deal as the concealer simply works incredibly!
If you like your concealers highly moisturizing and pigmented enough to create a good flawless finish under your eyes, Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer is a fabulous choice. Try it, the Muse knows you’ll love it! It’s so good it qualifies for HG material.
Muse Approval for purchase!
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You ever have those very favorite products that seem so amazing, so great, so incredible that you feel like you couldn’t possibly live without them? Indeed, the Muse knows that feeling well!
Jump ahead for a few Beauty Items that I can’t live without.
Shills BB 6 in 1 BB Cream (review coming sometime soon) is something I can’t possibly live without. It’s one of thee best BB creams I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing! So much so that I’ve forsaken most every other BB Cream in my collection for it. This is love people.
Speaking of BB Creams no question that Etude House Magic Cream and InnisFree Trouble Care BB Cream are two of my other favs in the BB Cream world!
omg! I can’t think of three letters that explain how great Coralista is other than O M G. This pigmented peachy powder is my very favorite blush of all time.
On the topic of Benefit let’s not forget the awesomeness that is Thrrrob
and my staple product, Benefit Lemon Aid.
I find that lately I can’t live without the very beautiful Ella Dean’s Beautiful Twist Lip Balm
in Winter’s Cherry Snow Slushie Kisses. Who doesn’t like slushies? Especially cherry ones! Yum!
Although it’s sticky and tacky and ooey and gooey I probably couldn’t live without Lipstick Queen Shine Gloss
. It gives my lips such incredible slippery shine plus it makes them look twice the size! Loves it!
The day NARS Super Orgasm
entered my life I think the angel’s sung! What an incredible blush. Needs no commentary from me about it’s awesomeness.
I can’t live without Urban Decay Primer Potion and I don’t want to think about it not being in my life. ’nuff said.
Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot entered into my collection quite by chance when I happened upon it at my local CCO. Ever after it’s been my staple blush and favorite shade!
Oh Bobbi your name is on my lips today! Let’s not forget how I went from feeling unsure about the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer palette
and quickly having it become a staple product for me. I NEED this in my life.
Shu you know how to treat my lashes right. The cadillac of lash curlers would be my trust Shu Uemura Lash Curler
, we be best buds.
Although it’s meant for aging skin I absolutely love Lancome Absolue Makeup
. Flawless perfection comes to mind after use!
Speaking of perfection that would also come in my jar of Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
, nope can’t live without, can’t go for that!
Another beautiful foundation that graces my daily cosmetic regime would be Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation
, we loves each other for about a year now with no end in sight!
It’s Summer again so the Muse is hauling out Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold.
Indeed, this product single handedly changed my mind about bronzers!
Life isn’t worth living without Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy in my life, golden perfection.
Mally Concealer System
, worth it’s weight in gold peeps.
Majorca Majolica Mascara
probably couldn’t live without that and not willing to try either!
Ok that’s Beauty Items that I can’t live without! Any of ‘em match yours? Name a few you can’t live without!