Today the mail bag contains a question about concealers! The Muse is ALWAYS up for discussing concealer with you guys so jump ahead to hear the word!
To think I was just bragging to you how my skin is bulletproof but wanna know one thing that makes me break out like a teenager? Freaking Benefit Dr. Feelgood!
The cute packaging slays me but man oh man this stuff breaks me out something fierce. I have no idea what causes the problem but damn straight I get a face full of pimples whenever I attempt trying it out.
Shills Miss Perfect Pores Hide recently captured my attention. Knowing how bad Dr. FeelGood is for my skin didn’t really stop me from wanting to try this out regardless. It’s the packaging, the damn packaging does me in every single time.
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.