Friday, January 10, 2014

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer "Nude" Comparison Swatch

Laura Mercier has been known for their Tinted Moisturizer. Well i have 3 of them, 2 in sample size (creme compact and regular tinted moisturizer with SPF 20) and 1 is from a set so it's in 1 oz size (Oil free tinted moisturizer). All of them in the shade "Nude", so i think i need to write this for my blog.

After trying some bb cream from 2012 and 2013, i think none of them really works for me. Well, some are works, but they're always causing some breakout on me. Tinted moisturizer, in this case Laura Mercier's, are low on that aspect. And none of them oxydize on me, so it's a plus.

There they are!

Oil free TM, 1 oz size.
Regular TM, 0.15 oz (sample size).
Both has SPF 20.

The font logo has been fading, but it's Laura Merciers.
Mine is in 0.09 oz or 2.6g.
It's come with mini sponge too, but i haven't use it.

My "nude" tinted moisturizer family.
Here, i will not only focus to swatch comparison, i would also add few other differenciation.

Looks gross, i know.
Judging by the color directly from the packaging, they're in the same family but not really the same.

For skin-swatch here from left to right : oil free tinted moisturizer, regular tinted moisturizer and creme compact tinted moisturizer.

First pict : Heavy Swatch

Second pict : Lightly blended

Third pict : Completely Blended

Nude is described as light beige for fair to light skintones.

Oil Free TM is the have the most yellow undertone. While the Regular one has the less yellow undertone.
Regular TM giving the most glowy finish and sheerer coverage. I always blot my face before applying powder with this. If you love glowy finish, take this one.
Creme Compact TM giving the best coverage. I can also do concealing with it.

The one with most yellow undertone, Oil Free TM, match my skintone best when fresh applied, but after several hours (and my face being oily) it made me look somehow muddy. Sometimes it's break me out too.
Talking about oil free, maybe it is but it doesn't have the best oil control at all. I still need to blot my face several times a day.

I rarely use Regular TM since it's so glowy and sheer. The oil control is nice, but a tad worse than her oil free sister.
I prefer to use it at night when i need more glow.

Creme Compact TM is my favorites. I love the coverage, oil control, no break out issue and how it could double as concealer. Even no brush needed here, your fingers would do the job.
Sadly, it's really expensive for a tinted moisturizer. Correct, it's expensive even for a foundation. On sephora, it's $45 for 0.26 oz ($52/oz). Sooo, no. I wouldn't repurchase it

My conclusion here is.. No matter how much i adore Laura Mercier's TM for qualities i've told you ealier, i wouldn't repurchase.
But i'm here to present you the comparison swatch, so i have to remind you that my opinion is subjective :)

If you love your Laura Mercier's and is okay to deal with the price, then take them.
If you love your regular or oil free one, you might want to try the creme compact.
if you're not on both side, just read it for additional information from me ^___^

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

My 13 Beauty Products for 2013

Happy New Yeaar!

It's been late, yes, but this is my first post in 2014! Yippie!
.. but sadly, i can't provide good pict for this post. I'm trying, but since i'm catching a cold, i only could took one (yes, only one) good picture for this very post.

If you live in Indonesia, you'd know how bad the weather is. Everyone i knew, or at least someone in their family, has got a flu, cough or both since December. I guess now is just my turn T_____T

I saw many bloggers has made their version of 2013 favorites, so there's mine ^___^

i think i haven't reviewed all of them, yes?

Urban Decay Naked 2
The famous one, it's my choice whenever i have no idea what shades i want to use.
My favorites are Tease, Half Baked, Snakebite and Suspect.
Too Faced Loves Sephora (15th years anniversary palette)
My favorite one from Too Faced. My only complain is the bulky packaging that i'm worried to bring on travelling. It's tin-can packaging (just like the Naked 2's packaging) with no mirror, but comes with mini TFSI and mini blush brush that i've took out from the palette because i'm afraid they'd make some dent on pans.
This palette is lovely. I know i haven't write about it but soon.
My most favorite is Who's your poppy? blush while the second and third are Sun Bunny bronzer and Jer Jer eye shadow.

Laura Mercier Compact Tinted Moisturizer
Mine is in shade "nude". It's giving a medium coverage and the shade is just match my skintone. I found the liquid versions are not as good as this one.
Tarte Provocateur Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 8
I've raved about it here, and has been hit it's pan. Now i'm on the second pan and still loving it.

MAC Cream Soda Powder Blush
My favorite one! Seriously, you wouldn't know until you've tried it yourself!
a perfectly perfect flush, if you know what brush for it!
i use ecotools bamboo blush brush and they're amazing together.
Read my review, swatch and comparison here.
The Balm Instain Powder Blush Houndstooth
My second favorite. It's pretty mauve-y shade that can be use sheer or build-up. It's also neutral and i found great for cold or warm weather. The staying power is good too.
Read my review, swatch and comparison here

Ecotools Bamboo Powder Blush
This is the perfect match for sheer blush!
Even better since it's synthetic (easier to wash, soft, and animal friendly) and cheap. Also I never found any shedding!
Real Techniques Contour Brush
Sadly this one is not available out of set. It's part of core collection set.
I found it's great for blush and contour (as the name suggest) and very soft.
For me, it's won over the blush brush one.

Eye Liner
K-Palette 24 Hours Eye Liner
Mine is in Dark Brown. I found it's very practical and easy to use than the one in pencil form. I have it since 2012 and still good. But don't wish it would stay for 24 hours (like the claim) without eye primer.

Eye Brow
Skinfood Choco Eye Brow Powder Cake 01
I'm a simple girl with eye brow. I stopped plucking my eyebrow for now, and only filling the "tail" part. Skinfood match my eye brow color nicely and i like the brush they provided.
Read my review and swatch here.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Dandelion
Actually, i don't need any other lip gloss after this one. I like the texture and scent, also it has a very soft color which i like. Mine is only sample size but i dont think i've use more than half of it.
Read my review and swatch here.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
It's a very versatile product, you can use it eeeverywhere!
I use it for acne, moisturizing (any dry area) and for hair.
It's the one i've who always stay in my make up pouch.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
I adore many of Marc Jacobs fragrance, but this one took my heart.
It's fresh yet sweet and has refreshing effect for me. I haven't decide if i want the full size bottle (since it's so expensive) because i've used about 3/4 of my rollerball sized.
I've reviewed about it together with three others here.

Have a happy 2014, and always be awesome!
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