Priceline 40% off cosmetics haul

For the last Priceline 40% off cosmetics sale I gave myself a $50 budget and told myself I had to get some gifts with the hauling. I ended up with;

  • Essence Superfine liquid eyeliner pen
  • Velourlips in Grandmaster Pash (backup/maybe a giveaway?)
  • Velourlips in NY-Cee (backup/maybe a giveaway?)
  • Velourlips in HON-O-LOO-LOO – I really wanted ho-chi-min but it was gone. I’m hoping I can swapsy 😦
  • Velourlips – Rhi-Rhi-Wind – this is the other limited edition velourlips I wanted with the metallic shimmer
  • Savvy Ultra Matte in Miss Monroe – I kind of want to see how these look compared to the velourlips which as you can see I am addicted to
  • Finishing mist by Australis – I know this won’t be as good as the UD All nighter spray but I want to see how it holds up as summer approaches.
  • Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – a friend as just permanently swapped out her MAC Fluidline for this so wanted to try it.


What’s your advice – what should I keep and what should I giveaway 🙂


Face-off : BB cream vs CC cream


This is a comparison post between BB and CC cream. I have chosen to compare Bourjois CC cream which has been my go to for the CC creams and the Maybelline watergel BB cream.The Maybelline has a SPF 35 vs the Bourjois SPF 15 so it’s definitely worth layering additional SPF under the CC cream.

The first thing to notice is that the Bourjois cream has a very fluid texture. It spreads very well and packs a lot of pigmentation into the formula. The maybelline sinks into the skin and gives a nice flush over the fine lines on my skin. ImageAs the cream starts to settle more the tones come into play, and the more watery texture of the maybelline shows as a lighter/cooler finish.


The finish after 5 mintes shows a much more natural finish with the CC cream (B) vs the BB cream (M). One of the main reasons this has been my goto shade recently is that it is quite impressive in toning down the redness I often get in winter (not surprisingly as CC cream stands for color correcting cream). The bourjois claims it has a 3 pigment mizx with green to calm down redness, peach for dark circles/tiredness and white for brightening skin spots/freckles.


I though therefore it was probably worth showing how the cream dealt with lighter skin and visible veins. Again the CC cream gives a much smooth more consistent tone.

Overall I think the CC cream does a great job of color correcting, whereas the BB cream is more of any all rounder (better SPF, better illumination, more moisturising). CC cream is my go to at the moment as color is my biggest concern but when I wear the CC cream I do find I have to add illuminator and would also have to layer a sunscreen in summer so effectively only save the step of primer and some degree of concealer when considered next to a full foundation.

Bourjois CC cream is available from ASOS (for about $19) and there is currently a 20% off coupon to bring it down to $15ish. The Maybelline BB cream is available from most drugstores.

What’s your favorite BB cream?

Face off – Revlon Photoready BB cream SPF30 vs Maybelline BB cream water gel SPF35

This is a comparison between the Revlon Photoready BB cream vs the Maybelline BB cream. The first thing to notice is the colour difference, while they are a similar shade level the tone is very different with the Revlon having a pink undertone and the Maybelline having a yellower undertone.


Texture wise the the Revlon is a little thicker than the Maybelline but they both have a quite light texture and blend easily. Both of them work on my skin tone but do lend an different cast to the skin.


Overally after blending the Maybelline gives a much flatter smoother finish, but the Revlon has a lovely touch of illuminator than I think will be very flattering in photos. It does however not give as smooth as impression, especially for fine lines so in the final comparison it probably depends if your priority is a brighter complexion, or a smoother skin finish and what you underlying skin tone is.




Maybelline Baby Skin vs Benefit Porefessional

I got a free sample of Baby Skin with my most recent Maybelline BB cream purchase from Guardian in Singapore (labelled Babe Skin and appears to be the Chinese version). I thought it might be useful to compare it to Benefit Porefessional which is a similar silcone based primer/pore smoother. If you haven’t used these before it’s quite fun, it’s almost a light airbrushing effect when you apply them. This is some initial back of the handswatches as I have some excema where I usually use this primer (inner cheek/side of nose pore-field) but thought it might be useful.

Porefessional is beige toned primer. It only comes in one tone. It seems to blend fairly well over a range of skin tones but some people report it giving a funny ‘cast’ on darker skins. Baby Skin is clear which makes it more friendly for wider range of skin tones. On my skin tone the porefessional blends well and gives a slight evening effect over redness. Image




The porefessional has a nice slightly powdery finish where baby skin dries to a slightly more dewy finish. In both cases a little goes a long way – think a pea sized amount for the whole face. It can be used by itself (although it doesn’t have an SPF so I wouldn’t use it alone) or as a primer/base. If can melt off relatively quickly as a standalone product in a hot/sweaty climate I find but it is good for 2-3 hours or so and given the ease of blending it is a nice one to have with you to cut down on the shine if you are having some photos or want to make a good impression.

Overall I think the benefit is the better product for my skin, but given the price point seems to be around 2-3x higher the Maybelline is a very nice subsitute and seems like a better option for very light or very dark toned skins.

I suspect teenage girls are going to find their brothers or boyfriends hijacking their Maybelline Baby Skin. It gives a super discrete smoothing effect and won’t look at all like makeup. Even the more metrosexual older guys might like to disguise some big pores on a date with out looking like they are wearing foundation.

My word of warning will be to test a similar primer before buying if you haven’t used silicon based products like this before. Some folks find them very irrititating and reddening so it’s worth trying at least a similar product before you buy.

New vs old Maybelline Pure Minerals BB cream formulation

The Maybelline BB cream has had a rejig and is now called “water gel” formulation. In other news it also seems to have dropped SPF from 50 to 35. Not cool dudes, I love me some SPF. I should probably also point out in these pic I have a different tone in the new formulation as it’s the end of summer and I’m at my very darkest (not that dark to be honest but it’s all relative!)

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Initially these look similar in terms of consistency but the old formulation is definitely more fluid to start with and covers more space with the same amount of cream. It also has less of a scent which is nice, not that the older formulation has much scent but I prefer foundation with as little scent as possible. (Old form on left, new on right)


The older formulation seems to get into the fine lines more and dries to a slightly more powdery finish. The newer formulation stays more dewy and feels much lighter on the skin and more moisturising.

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I think they are even in ‘radiance’ and pore minimising, as the older formulation has a more light reflecting base where as the newer one seems to settle into the skin over a few mins blending and gives a nice ‘fresh dewy’ style skin.

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I think the new formulation is a definite improvement but I do wish the SPF was maintained at a 50. Make sure you give the water gel formulation a few minutes after blending to judge as it does seem to take a bit longer to settle into the skin than the older one.

Face Off – L’oreal Nude Magnifique BB Cream SPF 12 vs Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream SPF

I found myself with a 45 minute break with nothing to do today, so I did a comparison on L’oreal Nude Magnifique Light BB Cream, L’oreal Nude Magnifique Medium  BB Cream,  L’oreal Nude Magnifique Colour Correcting (CC) Cream and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream in a Light (left to right below). The nude magnifique range has this funny texture with pigment beads that break open as you rub it – they claim it’s colour matching but I don’t think it is!


Anyway, the first thing I noticed is how fluid the formulations are… really, really wet and runny compared to what I am used to particularly on the Maybelline Dream Fresh.

This is directly after blending. I was somewhat surprised how different the textures are on the L’oreal creams. The CC cream is much thicker and damper, but the medium BB cream is also quite a bit thicker than the light BB cream. The tones are relatively dark as well, even the lighter tone is still a touch dark for my NW/NC20ish skin tone.

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This is blended and left for 5 mins in the store. The difference in textures is still noticeable with the L’oreal cream in the light still the lightest at most matte, then Maybelline cream which has a pearlescent sheen.

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Finally this is after 10 minutes and in the sun.

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I think the L’oreal Nude Magnifique BB Cream in Light was the best option for a light coverage BB cream and the Maybelline has a more glowing tone. Both come in a good range of colours (although a touch darker than suits me) and have a similar price point around $15 but overall I prefer the Singapore ones due to a higher SPF and lighter colour range… I mean SPF 12… not really high enough for Australian consumers.

Face off – Maybelline BB cream SPF50+/PA+++ vs Loreal BB cream UV Perfect Max SPF 50+/PA+++

The previous face off posts seem to be popular so this seemed like it might be worth doing.



The maybelline cream is initially a touch more yellow than the L’oreal and a touch thicker.


I picked this one up in Singapore where the bb creams are both available for ~$SG17 ($AU14) although I had the L’Oreal one from Indonesia where the exact product was about $10/10,000Rp. As a slight aside Maybelline in Singapore has the most adorable mascot, Mabel in the City that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Isn’t that weird? Why wouldn’t they use her everywhere…


Blended after 5 mins

Blended after 5 mins

Blended after 10 mins

Blended after 10 mins

The Maybelline is a touch more smoothing and more matte than the l’oreal which is more dewy and illuminating (the maybelline ‘sets’ whilst the L’Oreal product stays a bit more fluid and moist on the skin). I prefer the more matte effect as I have large-ish pores, but it’s worth noting the ingredients include silicones like dimethicone which can be clogging. I found that the Maybelline was a better product for my skin texture wise and the smoothing effect was relatively long lived on my oil-y slightly sallow skin, but preferred the pigmentation/coloring of the L’Oreal cream which manages to come pretty close to my skin in the end whilst the Maybelline maintained a yellow-er tone.

Face off – Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream SPF30/PA++ vs Maybelline BB cream Pure Mineral SPF 50/PA+++

The previous face off posts seemed to be popular so this seemed like it might be worth doing. I’d fill you in on the 8-1 benefits claims the Maybelline makes, but I can’t read them hahahaha… so please fill me in if you can.


The RRP of the Maybelline cream is about $SG16.90/30ml in singapore. The etude house cream looks like it retails for around $SG39.90. the etude house cream comes in 4 shades whilst the Maybelline has one colour which is quite neutral.

The etude house cream is initially a touch more beige than the Maybelline which is good and the texture is thicker. The etude cream also has a slightly blue undertone which knocks out some of the yellower under tones that asian skin can have but is more likely to give the grey-ish tinge pinker toned caucasian skins sometimes see when they use bb creams.


Blended, after 5 mins

Blended, after 5 mins

The Etude is a touch more glowing/dewy than the Maybelline which is more matte.  Both are and quite smoothing on the pores and fine lines, although the Maybelline is probably the more matte and gives a slightly lighter coverage. I look for a smoothing effect as I have large-ish pores, but it’s worth noting the ingredients include silicones like dimethicone which can be clogging. For me the Maybelline is a more natural ‘my skin but better’ and etude is slightly heavier coverage and better for when you want a more made up look.

Maybelline Colorsensational Red Revival

This is a more detailed review for Maybelline Colorsensational Red Revival. This is a thick and very pigmented near true red lipstick, it leans very slightly to the blue end I think. It’s got a texture that you don’t find much in lipsticks anymore, very heavy and a bit waxy. It’s got a retro feel with packaging, and the smell is slightly old fashioned too – smells like old lady.

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The colour is fun though and makes me think of those songs about lipstick on your collar. This is the sort of lipstick that will leave a mark on your husbands collar is you lean on him. I wear it for burlesque because it’s so vivid, but also gets me in that retro glamour mood.


Just a reminder that the comparison swatches are here.


Red Lipstick Comparison

I am comparing Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato, Illamasqua Sangers, Revlon Matte in In the Red, MAC Ruby Woo. Maybelline Colorsensational in Red Revival, and Dior Rouge in Red Icon.

The most pleasant texture is the Dior. This is a true red and has the second best pigmentation.

The best pigmentation is the Maybelline Red Revival. The downside is this is really waxy, it’s a really old fashioned ‘nanna-ish’ style formula to me as it has that old school lipstick odour. I mainly use this as stage makeup as it’s so thick and vivid it wears well as stage lipstick.

Best wear is the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick. You can try feathering this and it just does not move. It’s great for work wear as a result. But it’s drying as heck so I usually it as a lipstain with a lipgloss or less wearing lipstick on stop. It’s got a nice shimmer that subtly lifts the matte finish.

Revlon Matte and MAC matte lipsticks have a similar level of moisture and pigmentation. Illamasqua lipsticks are a bit disappointing on the pigmentation front but do have good wear so I usually layer these with a lipgloss. In the Red leans to a brick red, and Sangers is a beautiful true red.