Toss or Keep: L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation Review + Comparison Swatches

Project Toss or Keep — where I would use one foundation for most of the month and decide if I would toss or keep it. I was looking to replace my L’Oreal Lucent Magique when I first saw the True Match Super-Blendable line. Unfortunately, I didn’t match with any of their “W” colors. The sales assistant (SA) almost forced me to settle with W4 instead. To be fair, it was a good recommendation since W4 was indeed the closest match out of all available shades. However, I’m really particular about getting the right undertone when it comes to foundations. Color A few weeks after that, I read Hazel’s (Dress Me Up Buttercup) post on Super-Blendable and saw that L’Oreal came out with a new shade: W4.5 Fresh Beige. It seems a lot yellower than W4 so I went back to Watsons and bought it (there you go, folks, that is my foundation shopping thought process). It has the same undertone as my previous Lucent Magique G4 (Gold Shell) only half a shade darker. Most of the time, even when I buy a foundation that’s a shade too light or dark for me, as long as the base tone is correct, I can get away with it. Coverage and Finish The foundation has medium coverage. You still need to use concealer to cover up redness if you have any. The foundation yields a more satin finish when applied with fingers. By the way, this foundation is super-blendable. […]

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Makeup Musings + My Challenges With Makeup

Most of the time, I ask myself why I’m even beauty blogging. I already mentioned this here more than once — if you see me walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I am running a skincare and makeup-centric blog. I usually go out wearing just sunblock and a strong-colored lipstick (sometimes, blush). Lately, I’ve been really trying to do a toned down full face of makeup at least once a week — mainly just to practice applying eye makeup on my hooded lids and partly to use up my stuff. The biggest challenge for me is eye makeup — a challenge for all hooded/small-lidded women on earth. This is what I have to deal with (see photo above). If I apply eye shadow, I should do it with eyes open. Else, I’ll have to put more than a centimeter thick of eye shadow from my lashes up. It looks too much for day makeup if I fill in my lids up to the point where it can be seen. Another thing, my lids are sooo hooded it covers eyeliner and pushes my lashes down. In the photo above, I’m wearing mascara and eyeliner. You won’t be able to see much of the lashes because my lids fold over the base. Sometimes, when I try to do a wing, it looks so weird because all you’ll be able to see is the ‘wing’ — the rest of the liner would be hidden. Sometimes I […]

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Hard Truths: 20 Days of Foundation Challenge (Update for Weeks 3 & 4)

I did it! It was a struggle for me to finish this. There were days when I didn’t feel like wearing any makeup. I found out a few interesting things about myself because of this challenge. I realized that I like wearing makeup when I’m angry. E likened it to war painting. It made sense to me now why I made sure I had makeup on when I raised a complaint at the bank (after finding out that something went wrong with my online account.) Another thing I realized is that I don’t have the motivation to wear makeup when I’m sad. Hence, the struggle. WEEK 3: Days 11 to 15 I wore Koh Gen Do Aqua and Becca Luminous Ultra Sheer Skin Colour exclusively. Both of them have SPF.

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Foundation Shopping Realizations + 20 Days of Foundation Challenge (Week 2 Update)

I didn’t commit myself to a specific product in Week 2. I wanted to know which ones I would actually pick up. But before I talk about them, I have good news, I think I already know the silly reason why I own too many face bases. I’m not sure if knowing would help curb my foundation appetite, but I have a feeling that it will. I used to hate foundation. Every time I go to a makeup person to get caked up for an event, I always feel like erasing everything after checking the makeup in the mirror. My face would always end up looking  either too ashy, too dark, too light, too pink, too orange, too dry-looking, or too off.

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