[REVIEW] ZOEVA The Basic Moment Blush Palette

I love multi-palettes that help you to do so much more than makeup for one feature, so it’s little wonder that I wanted to try out this palette from ZOEVA.


Product Description

In honor of the most precious moments, the ZOEVA brings an ethereal collection of gorgeous, vitamin E-enriched shades to enhance your favourite features.

A darker contouring shade flawlessly shapes the face while the champagne highlighter illuminates the complexion with a veil of shimmering gold. To finish the look, the universally flattering peach-toned blush imbues cheeks with a subtle flush of colour.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 26

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Ingredient List

Unfinished, Yet To Come: Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Mica (Ci 77019), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, [+/- Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)]. //

Liquid Clock: Mica (Ci 77019), Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Dehydroacetic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Some key points:

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Dehydroacetic Acid: A fungicide and bactericide predominantly used as a preservative in cosmetics. It works by killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms that contribute to a product’s decay (source)

Apricot kernel oil: Apricot seed oil contains high fatty acids, Vitamin E and A which can be used to moisturise and nourish dry and mature skin (source)


Packaging: This is considered pretty compact for a palette, and I like that it’s thin enough to fit easily into my luggage. It is, however, a little too big to put inside my makeup pouch.

Colour: I love the shades included here for each product use (blush, highlighter, and contour), because they are so universal.

Peach-pink works perfectly for most people to create a healthy flush, and it’s also my go-to colour for blushes. The bright, vibrant gold in the highlighter is also great – I always steer clear of silver highlighters because of my warm undertones, which those cool-toned ones don’t look very good on.

The brown for the contour is also just right. I’ve had some trouble with other contours because the brown wasn’t exactly a shade that worked for me, but this is perfect.

Colour payoff & intensity: I was a little surprised by how light these were when applied to my skin, especially since this was a Western brand. It’s a given that Korean brands offer the least colour payoff and so I never expect intense colours from their products, but this one really did take me back by surprise.

It’s not entirely a bad thing: I like subtlety in my makeup, and a tinge of peach or sparkle is enough to give me the glow I want.

However, I don’t really like the contour much because it’s quite patchy. It’s sufficiently good enough for contouring your nose and brow bones, but I don’t really see much of an effect when I attempt to contour my jaw.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, highlighter, or contour even after a long day, so I think it’s safe to say that these work great even for the days where you are out for more than 12 hours.


Final Verdict

I bring this around on my travels because I love the convenience that I can get from one palette. Granted, there’s not much variety in terms of shades, but I’ll swap variety for convenience any day if I’m struggling to stay below my baggage weight limits.

The one thing that I don’t really like from this palette is the contour. It’s clearly not the best contour product you can get, which is a little disappointing, especially since the blush and highlighter are good.

I do think that this palette is really worth the price tag. It’s cheaper than most other palettes you can get out there, and works just as well (sans the contour).

I highly recommend this to those who are just starting out in makeup and want a basic palette to hone your skills in applying blush, highlighter, and contour. For those who are more experienced and want something more challenging and exciting to work with, this may not be your cup of tea.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Highlighter

I’m not much of a highlighter and contour person because I’m more concerned about getting the same dewy skin that all LANEIGE ambassadors have, but I realized that COVER FX has a Custom Enhancer Drops which you can add to your foundation to make your skin look like it’s glowing. That sparked my interest in liquid highlighters, so I bought this CLIO liquid highlighter when I was in Genting.


Product Description

Create a natural three-dimensional look with a silky-soft liquid highlighter!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD20.75 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

A full ingredient list is not available online, but it claims to have been made from “50% Plant-Derived Moisturizing ingredients”. I think it means that it’s made from naturally-derived ingredients and will help to moisturize your skin, and not chemicals that will dry your skin out in the long run.


The highlighter comes with a free blending puff for you to blend the highlighter on your skin, but I’m not a big fan of it because 1) it smells weird, 2) it doesn’t really do much. I prefer using my fingers or my brush because they both work much better.

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Packaging: The tube and lid packaging looks pretty similar to most other CLIO products. It’s convenient to carry around if you want to touch up on the go (you most likely won’t need to, trust me), and has a small click sound when you cap it back so that you know you’ve capped it back properly –  a feature which I really like.

Texture: It smells nice, and has a lovely texture as well. It’s not oily, and feels like something in between paint and cream. Apparently there is a silicon gel ingredient in the product, which helps it to spread very easily on skin. It is easy to blend if you don’t want a very intense look. The highlighter also doesn’t clog your pores at all, so you can freely use this on your oil-prone areas like the T-zone.

Colour payoff & intensity: It looks white in the photos, but this is actually a pink-based highlighter that is great for brightening dull skin. It doesn’t overly emphasize red spots despite its pink base. The payoff is fantastic (see photos above) – one swipe and you’ll get a lot of product and shimmer at one go. Not a fan of overly shimmery skin? You can always blend it out for a more even and subtle sheen.

I think the colour will be perfect for people with light to medium skin and warm skin undertones. If you have darker skin, you might find this highlighter looking too light and unnatural on you.

Staying power: A liquid highlighter will definitely last much longer than powder (based on personal experience), and a tip for making it last longer is by dusting translucent mineral powder on top, so that it locks your highlighter in without covering the glow. I use the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder and it works great. I’d say the glow can last about 8 hours plus without any touch ups, so you can be assured that your skin continues to glow throughout the day.


Final Verdict

I’m surprised that there are so few reviews and people raving about this product online, because it’s so easy and good to use. I’ve had people not really liking my Fenty Beauty highlighter result, but the glow from this highlighter is so natural that some people just asked if my skin was getting healthier (no mention of it being oily at all!) because I changed my skincare routine. I like to use this on my cheekbones and nose bridge, and am going to try mixing this with my foundation soon to see if it works just like Cover FX’s. If it does, I think this would be a great dupe that you should definitely buy.

I’ve been told that this CLIO highlighter is not sold in Singapore’s retail stores (yet), so you will have to order this online if you want to get your hands on this.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] TFS Signature Highlighter

I hopped onto the highlighter game real late, because I was much more into the glass skin/dewy look, rather than a more sculpted/bronzed face. It was not after I watched a few other Korean MUA videos that I realized the importance of highlighting, so I got myself a highlighter from one of my favourite Kbeauty brands, TFS.


Product Description

Like fresh, dewy flowers in bloom, the combination highlighter blends perfectly to give you gorgeous, glowing skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29.90 (TBC)


Ingredient List

LEFT – TALC•MICA (CI 77019)•NYLON-12•TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)•OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE•PHENYL TRIMETHICONE•MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE•BORON NITRIDE•MAGNESIUM STEARATE•SILICA•MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL•PROPANEDIOL•DIMETHICONE•DIMETHICONOL STEARATE•LAUROYL LYSINE•TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYSILANE•TIN OXIDE•FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)•ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)•YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)•RED 30 (CI 73360)

CENTER – TALC•MICA (CI 77019)•TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)•NYLON-12•OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE•PHENYL TRIMETHICONE•MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE•BORON NITRIDE•MAGNESIUM STEARATE•CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE•SILICA•MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL•PROPANEDIOL•DIMETHICONE•DIMETHICONOL STEARATE•LAUROYL LYSINE•TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYSILANE•TIN OXIDE•FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)•ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)•MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742)•IRON OXIDES (CI77492)

RIGHT – TALC•MICA (CI 77019)•NYLON-12•OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE•PHENYL TRIMETHICONE•BORON NITRIDE•TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)•MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE•MAGNESIUM STEARATE•CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE•SILICA•SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE•MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL•PROPANEDIOL•DIMETHICONE•DIMETHICONOL STEARATE•LAUROYL LYSINE•TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYSILANE•TIN OXIDE•FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77492)•RED 30 (CI 73360)

The ingredient list is, frankly, very overwhelming, since they have listed out all the ingredients for each of the ‘panels’. You’ll realize that the main ingredient in all 3 panels are talc, so you can expect a powdery formula for the highlighter.


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Packaging: My favourite aspect of this highlighter from TFS is definitely the packaging! It looks and feels very classy, thanks to the embossed logo and the metallic colours. It’s also not as bulky and heavy as it looks – I would say about the same dimensions as blotting paper (just not as thin).

Texture: As mentioned, it’s mostly made of talc, so you can anticipate that it will be finely-milled powder. In fact, if you look closely at the brush bristles in the last photo, you can see tiny powder particles, which is actually the highlighter powder! It applies nicely on skin without looking too chalky or unnatural.

Colour payoff & intensity: This was pretty disappointing, in my opinion. Although the colours look really pretty on the plate, it didn’t look quite as nice when I applied it on my face suing the brush given. I’m not sure if I’m the only one with this experience: upon first application, the colour is really very faint, and there is not much of a highlighter ‘glow’ that I was expecting to see; upon second application, it suddenly looks like a white-ish patch, and still lacking that ‘flower’ bloom that was promised. I don’t know if I’m doing this wrongly or something, because the application result is really underwhelming. No one is actually able to tell that I’ve actually used highlighter that day, no matter how many layers I brush on.

Staying power: If there’s not much to see in the first place, it’s hard to tell if there’s any left. However, based on my observations, most of the time when I get home, all I can see is the glow from the facial oil and not much of the powdery highlighter left.


Final Verdict

I was really hoping this would work brilliantly for my very first highlighter, but it was really very underwhelming. The colours didn’t show up well, and to be honest, I’m not a big fan of the powdery formula. I really wouldn’t recommend buying this. It doesn’t even help that the price isn’t cheap. You can definitely get a better-performing one from other established brands.

Despite this bad experience, I haven’t completely given up on highlighters just yet. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews of more highlighters!


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮