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Etude House Peach Skin Pact Review & Swatches

June 2, 2009
Etude House Peach Skin Pact in #1 Peach Bloom

Baked compact supplies light skin coverage with minute, pearl powder particles for long lasting complexion flawlessness.

Etude House’s Peach Skin Pact was released a few seasons back along with the Pore Erasing Peach Base (review HERE), and like the Peach Base, has that same heavenly peach scent that I utterly adore. Come to think of it, most of the Asian products that I own smell pretty amazing–case in point, Jill Stuart’s products. Yumminess in gorgeous packaging!

The powder itself applies like rather nicely–it’s smooth and silky and contains brightening pearl powders to give your complexion a nice brightened look. The trouble for me comes a few hours later. My oily complexion doesn’t take too well to this powder, and while I’m oily around mid-day like I usually am, the real issue is that it just doesn’t look so good once the oilies set in. My face ends up looking a little splotchy as this wears down unevenly and people ask me if I’ve been crying.

I know there are a lot of people who simply adore this powder, and if your skin tends to be on the less oily/dryer side, I can definitely see how it might be pretty amazing, but for me it’s just average.

Still it’s a really nice powder for a really low price. This was actually a gift from my cousin so I can’t remember the exact price, but I believe that it was around $15 or so, and while I’m not in love with it, I do quite enjoy owning it.

Photo of bare skin.

Photo of skin with Peach Pact.


Kanebo Sensai Silky Highlighting Powder Review & Swatches

June 1, 2009
Kanebo Sensai Silky Highlighting Powder ($45)
Light, pearly powder complements and enhances foundations with a subtle, youthful glow. Instantly adds natural-looking highlights. Apply over foundation to desired areas.

Sensai’s Silky Highlighting Powder is formulated with Silky Pearl Powder to complement your foundation (or bare skin if you’re lucky enough to not need foundation) by adding an invisible and natural brightening boost. It contains a high concentration of silk to create a radiant, silky-smooth complexion and contains Sensai’s revolutionary Weightless Moist Glow Factor, an exquistely deather-light and translucent powder that provides lightweight coverage to give your skin a luminous glow. The Silky Highlighting Powder also contains Phyto-Qualane and Rice Extract, two highly moisturizing natural ingredients.

It’s taken me some time to realize the benefits of a good highlighting powder. I’ve never really been too into the liquid luminizers as they make my already oily skin look and feel even oilier, but the warmer weather has had me wanting to emphasize those areas of my face where light hits naturally, such as the cheekbones, forehead and nose, and Sensai’s Highlighting Powder is seriously the best I’ve tried.

While I love my shimmer, I don’t love a highlighting powder that has large chunks of glitter in it as I think it can be overkill and create a not-too-flattering disco-ball appearance. Sensai’s powder is unique in that it doesn’t actually look shimmery in the pan–it’s more of a subtle, luminescent glow that’s uber-flattering on everybody.

The texture, as with all Sensai products, is gorgeous–silky, smooth, blends beautifully, and just overall great. Plus the brush that it comes with is also nice and soft, making for easy, precise application.

There’s just something so beautiful about the sun reflecting off the contours of your face just so, highlighting your cheekbones and creating a subtle glow, and Sensai allows you to carry that with you in a petite black compact. It’s like instant sunshine!

LOL okay I just lost my train of thought–as I’m typing this, my sweet little Chloe just started snoring away. Where was I? I guess this is one of the hazards of late night blogging–well along with the fact that I’m really tired =X. But as I was saying, if you’re on the hunt for a subtle highlighter that’ll give you that “look-at-my-great-bone-structure” look, definitely check this out!

Drugstore Discoveries: L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup Review & Swatch

February 20, 2009
L’oreal True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup ($12.99)

I promised a reader I’d review this for her forever ago and unfortunately forgot all about it–sorry about that! But that tends to happen to me when I try a product, don’t really like it and shove it into a back drawer. So why doesn’t this product work for me? Let me enumerate the ways!

#1 The compact color is waaaaay off. So you’d think that if the color in the pan looks to be about your shade, it would actually be at least somewhat close to your skintone, right? WRONG! The shade is actually a good 2-3 shades lighter once applied, which I really don’t understand. I picked a shade that looked darker than my natural skintone, but it still ended up being much too light. Booo!

#2 This makes me dry and oily at the same time. Yes this product has a wonderfully creamy consistency that applies rather nicely, but it also emphasizes every pore, fine line, and dry flake, which doesn’t make for the prettiest finish. My face feels a little dry upon the initial application, but give it a little time and you’ll be an oilslick!

#3 It just doesn’t feel that great on. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I just don’t like the way that this feels on my skin~and the fact that I can feel it sitting there on my face post-application. The feel of a foundation is key for me because I really dislike being able to feel my makeup on my face.

Bare skin.

With foundation.

Verdict: I’m tempted to try this in a darker shade just to see how it blends with my skintone since I do think the packaging is rather cute, but I don’t want to risk ending up with the wrong shade yet again (my one major gripe with drugstore cosmetics is that there are usually no testers, meaning you’re pretty much taking a shot in the dark in terms of shade choice) and I’m also not all that crazy about the formulation so I’m thinking I’ll just put that urge to rest. Definitely won’t be repurchasing!

Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder in #2 Sand: Review and Photos

September 22, 2008
Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder ($56)

As promised, I’m here to tell you more about what I purchased with my Saks Mystery Money! Say hello to my beautiful (but ridiculously bulky) new Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder in #2 Sand–isn’t she shiny? So while I usually love YSL’s packaging, to be honest this is a little too much shiny gold on one product for my liking, but oh well! I love what’s inside enough to overlook the somewhat tacky exterior.

So why do you need this powder? Well first and foremost, it’s a pressed powder that you shave into a loose powder, meaning no more spilling powder in your purse! You grab the black dial, turn it clockwise until your desired amount of powder has been shaved off, and then apply. And on top of that this stuff is amazing for creating a flawless matte finish. It has enough color to it to camouflage any residual redness I may have left after foundation application and keeps me oil-free for hours on end. It took a day or two for this to grow on me since I’m used to the shimmer that my La Mer loose powder has, but now that it has I absolutely LOVE this!

I’ve been known on occasion to complain about the brushes that compacts come with–they’re usually cheap-feeling sad, stiff little things that can’t live up to the quality of their powder counterparts. But this YSL brush is a whole different story! It’s super soft, dense, and perfect for a mid-day powder touch-up.


So what’s the one thing I hate about this powder? I think it’s pretty obvious from the photo above–the thing is huge! I guess it’s not so large that I can’t travel with it, but I was hoping for something smaller =X. And one other little gripe I have is that the powder is rather heavily scented.

Two other minor concerns: (1) It annoys me that I can’t see how thick the powder is, so I don’t know how much I have, and (2) I wonder if I’ll be left with a small mound of powder at the center where the hexagon is. I’m thinking not, since that’s probably why the starburst is off center–so never mind!

The Inside (looks like a pretty starburst)

After a slight turn of the dial-see the shavings coming up?

A Close-Up

While the powder looks like it’s coming up in chunky curls, if you tap it around in the container you’ll see that it’s actually VERY finely milled and really looks and feels great on. Now if only they would slim down on the packaging and cut back on the scent, this would be a perfect product!

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Interested in reading about some other great YSL products? Learn more about the Rouge Volupte lipsticks here and here, and see what my favorite mascara looks like on me here.

Looking for a really cute pressed powder option? Click here!

Do you get ridiculously oily mid-day? Click here to see the pressed powder that could solve all your oil-slick woes!

Beautiful powder packaging on a budget? Click here for a great option by Carmindy for Sally Hansen.

Laneige Sliding Pact SPF 24 Powder Compact: Review

September 5, 2008

Shiny metallics don’t photograph too well, but this is actually pink I swear!

So I really don’t need another pressed powder, but I just couldn’t resist the call of this darling pink compact and its nifty design. The bottom slides out sort of like a slider phone, then locks upwards into place, and the powder pan lifts up to reveal an applicator puff. How handy-dandy!

Laneige Sliding Pact in Natural No.1 Bright and Splendid Skin (LOL!)

The pink compact houses a moisturizing powder, while the blue version contains an oil-absorbing powder. Now you’re probably wondering why I don’t own the blue since I obviously need it, and of course I have the perfect answer. This one was PINK!! How can I resist pink?

Don’t mind the gross chipped nails! I redid them–see the Lancome post below!

The powder itself is finely milled and provides light coverage, and overall is great for touch-ups on the go. Obviously it doesn’t help to prevent my face from getting greasy since this is a moisturizing formula, but it doesn’t aggravate my oilies either which I’m supremely grateful for!


Overall I love the cool design of this compact and will probably pick up a blue one at some point in time if I can manage to track one down. I remember seeing these at one of my local Korean cosmetics stores somewhere…


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Check out my review of a pretty glossy Laneige lipstick here.