Friday, March 25, 2011


This purchase was from my visit to Missha Takapuna a couple of weeks ago. I picked up 3 items. Actually, I wanted 4, but it was kind of a little over my weekly budget for makeup/beauty. I didn't get a moisturizer that Lauren (the therapist) recommended. I'm just into makeup more than skincare. So, it came down to these 3 things.

I bought an Under Eye Brightener, a Cover Master Foundation, and a Gel Liner. All of these, and I got a FREE full size B.B Cream. Is that amazing? I don't think this offer is on anymore. Maybe they just realized that it was too good to give away a free size item for every small purchase of NZ$50.

The Eye Brightener is the cheapest one out of the bunch. A tiny damage at NZ$13.50. They come in 2 shades. I've got a darker one. The other one was too pale for me..

It comes in a tiny little tube. As I only need a little at a time, so I think this would last me quite a while. It has an application like most of concealers have. I would prefer it with a pump or a squeezy tube. I think it's more sanitize that way. However, I don't mind the application it comes with.

Like most (I think probably all) Missha products, once you throw out the box all the descriptions are in Korean. So if you're someone who has very sensitive skin or someone who gets skin reaction/allergy easily, reading the package thoroughly or keeping the package for further reference.

I've tried using the product as a concealer, but I think the coverage isn't good enough. However, it does a really good job as a brightener. Well, that's what the product's called anyway.

with flash

I like to use it over my Bobbi Brown Corrector (in Peach), or any peachy/orangey concealer you have. The corrector will neutralize the dark under eyes, while the brightener catches the light and make my under eyes appear brighter. My idea for concealing my dark under eye circles is to make it "brighter" not "lighter". By making the under eye areas light, it will create, what they call "a reverse under eye circle". What it means is that you wil have a white circle around your eyes instead of a dark circle. Looks funny, you know it. So, remember this, "Brighter" NOT "Whiter". Got it? Great!

in natural light

I also picked up a Gel Eye Liner in Dark Gray. I like the packaging for this product. It makes the item looks more expensive than what it actually is. I got this for NZ$27.50, a really great price for the quality.

It also comes with a mini liner brush. I thought it wouldn't be any good, but it does work very well especially for creating a winged/cat eye look. It has a very dense & soft brush with a flat U shape at the tip, which makes it very easy to make a precise line when winging out. However, it can be quite sharp at certain angles. So, be careful when using this brush cos it might hurt your eyes. Yeah, it happened to me the 1st time I used it. But I've learned & now I can perfect my liner using this product :)

If compare Missha Gel Liner with MAC Fluidline, I would say MAC is wetter. While Missha has a thick & creamier texture. I like them both.

Missha Gel Eye Liner, for me, is a long wearing liner. I think it's as good as Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner. It lasts me all day without any fading or smudging. I also like that I can build up the colour on my lash lines when using this gel liner. It will look softer when I applied with a light stroke. If I applied two or more layers, it will give a darker & more intense colour.

in natural light

I think if you're new to gel liner, this would be good for you. As it's very easy to apply & comes with a brush, so you don't need to spend more bucks to get a new brush. They come in 5 colours; Black Pearl, Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Khaki Pearl & Black (which is a dollar less).

with flash

Last item is a M Covermaster Skin Cover. It's a cream foundation. I've got it in No. 23 (Chic Beige). It's the darker shade out of the two. I actually wanted a B.B Balm but they didn't have it in stock.

I don't know why Korean foundations always come in only 1 or 2 shades. What if you're darker? It would be suck living in Korea & has a skin colour that doesn't match the very limited shades of foundation.

There's nothing fancy about the packaging of this product. Just a normal round compact with a mirror inside. It also comes with a round sponge which I won't use anyway. 

I like the look of the clear inner plastic cover. However, it's a little bit of a pain that it opens to the side instead of flipping towards the mirror on the top. Every time, I have to move the sponge & place it over the mirror before I can open the clear plastic.

Other foundation compacts often design for you to flip the inner cover together with the sponge. I hope you know what I'm trying to explain here. Anyway, that was a minor downside which may not bother lots of people. But because I'm a miss picky (yes, I spell it right, "picky" not "piggy" HAHAHA) & I like to complain about things. It's not a big deal, really.

This foundation has a soft scent. I think it smells like baby products. The cream is smooth & soft. I applied it with my Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush & I think it works perfectly well together. 

with flash

When I first put it on my face, it made my skin look very pale. But it's kind of oxidized after a few minutes, and it matches my skin nicely. (FYI: I'm a MAC NC30) The coverage is light to medium. I still have to use a concealer to cover those more noticeable imperfections. The product feels light on my skin. I set the foundation with a Australis Translucent Finishing Powder. It lasts me for a good 6 hours without any touch up. I'm not sure if it was a good setting powder or a good foundation. But all in all, it doesn't matter as long as they stay on my face.. I think they both are good products.

For the application, I dabbed the brush lightly into the product (I always make sure the brush is clear). Then, tapping the brush around the area of my face that I want to work with, section by section. Once I tap the foundation on my face, I stroke the brush downwards, then swirl the brush around in small circular motion to buff it out. I wait a while for the product to sink into my skin. Then I use my fingers & press gently on my face. I feel that by doing so, it helps warm the product and will make it look smoother on my skin.

All of these 3 items, plus a free B.B cream. I think this is a really good buy. I'm happy with all the products I bought that day. It was money well spend.

Free BB Cream

Until next time....Take care :)

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