Review: Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Broad Spectrum SPF30

I have talked about Suntegrity sunscreens before, in 2016 <here> and when I received this to try, I already had this preconceived notion that it’ll be heavy and greasy. At the back of my mind, I thought that my skin got a little drier since then, so maybe I’ll like it better. The Suntegrity Impeccable Skin is marketed as a broad spectrum (SPF30) tinted sunscreen. It is 56.7g (2oz) and priced at RM299. I hear some gasps. Yes, that’s my reaction too.

 

 

The Suntegrity Impeccable Skin gives a sheer to medium coverage, and it does not have any oils, parabens or silicones. It has Vitamins C and E for antioxidant protection, and peptides and hyaluronic acid to make skin look smoother and more hydrated. With only SPF30 to offer, I treat this more as a tinted base. I always use an SPF50 as the last step of my skincare and this is no different. I think this formula is quite lightweight, much more comfortable than its predecessors, and I can even wear it without any powder. I use one full pump to cover my entire face, and for me, it’s enough to cover any redness. I don’t mind if some of my pigmentation peeks through.

 

 

The packaging certainly reminds me of It Cosmetics CC Cream, so I will naturally compare them both. Sometimes I get confused. Is this Suntegrity Impeccable Skin essentially a sunscreen but with a tint? Then is the It Cosmetics CC Cream essentially a foundation, with added protection? What difference does it make? If anyone of you could help clarify to me, I’d appreciate it. For now, let’s focus on Suntegrity Impeccable Skin. The shade I have is Ivory, and it matches me just fine. When I’m wearing this tinted sunscreen, I notice my skin looks better as the day goes by. It actually makes me look healthy and glowy the whole day. Given, I still need to add some concealer to hide my dark circles, but other than that, this tinted sunscreen makes my skin look good.

 

 

Here is what my skin looks like with and without the Suntegrity Impeccable Skin. That’s half a pump used on your left side of my face. I have nothing else on. You’d notice the redness is covered, and my skin looks a little smoother somehow. There’s also a white cast (I took this photo immediately after I applied it), which actually disappears after a few minutes. Also, as you can see, my face does not look oily, which I initially thought it would.

 

 

I want to tell you I like it, because I really do. But would I tell you to buy it? I can’t tell you to, when I probably won’t buy it myself. The main reason is the price. For RM299, I could actually buy an SPF 50 sunscreen AND a foundation. I think it’s a decent product. Heck, I’ve been reaching for it, because I really like the finish. The marketed price point however, will deter many from trying it. If you have very sensitive skin that’s allergic to fragrance, mineral oils, silicones and/or parabens, then this is worth a try.

Here’s the ingredients list if you’re interested.

Active Ingredients: 15% Zinc-Oxide (non-nano) Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C13-15 Alkane, Glycerin, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Melanin, Bisabolol, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Carbonate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Titanium Dioxide (C.I.77891), Iron Oxides (C.I.77492, C.I. 77491, C.I.77499)

 

You can purchase this online at TNS SkinLab website or just hop into their brick and mortar to try it out. If price is not your concern, I’d say, get it! When I’m in a rush, and out just for a short school run, I wear this without a sunscreen underneath. Ssshhh… don’t tell anyone else. I only do that when I’m late πŸ™‚

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Glow

Chanel Vitalumiere Glow (RM215 14g, RM155 for refill) is one of the new complexion offerings of Chanel Beauty. It is a cushion foundation, and unlike Korean brands, this cushion does not come with a refill. It comes with a puff of course, and it’s a rubbery one we find in traditional cushion foundations. It performs well, and with the sponge, cushion foundation is to be applied using patting motion. I tried to swipe it on, but it does drag my skin, no matter how gently I do it.

 

 

Let’s get it out in the open. This cushion is pricey. For RM215, you only get 14g of product, compared to 30ml of liquid foundation. So, I will be slightly more critical in my review. First of all, as the product name indicates, this is a glowy foundation. If you already have oily skin, then this is not for you. If you have normal to dry skin, you might appreciate it more, but if you have very dry skin and you live in dry cold weather, then you’ll really like this. I have normal to dry skin, and I live in a hot and humid country. I like my foundations to have a dewy finish, but I don’t like it to look wet. This cushion looks and feels tacky, unfortunately.

 

 

With this foundation, a little goes a long way. If you press a little too hard into the cushion, you’ll probably get enough product for your whole face. To be cautious, I only press lightly, then gently apply on my skin, and repeat if needed. The applicator does absorb some product, but that’s to be expected. I like to press a tissue on the applicator to get rid of residue product before putting it back into the compact. I mentioned the foundation feels tacky. It does not dry down even after 10 minutes, and I find the need to blot away the residue. Without blotting it, my face looks sweaty, and it’s not a look I like. I tried to powder without blotting, and that made things worse because the powder will then bunch up and sit in larger pores. Not a good look. If I blot, the tackiness goes away, and I don’t need to powder. However, that does take away some coverage.

 

 

The shade I used is 10 Beige, and it looks too pale for my skin, but after a while, it does oxidize slightly to match my neck (my face is darker than the rest of my body). As you can see, it covers redness very well, and even the darkness around my eyes is covered. However, due to its tackiness, it does emphasize lines especially around the eyes. The very fine lines became very visible, so when I wear this foundation, I just avoid the eyes, and use separate concealer.

 

 

This foundation somehow emphasizes flakes and it sits in the crevice of my nose. Most foundations do, but this one is really obvious. Again, once I’ve blotted the excess, all these flaws go away. I think the main problem I find with the Vitalumiere Glow is its tackiness and its ability to cling on to everything. Once it is blotted down, then there is no problem. Again, the weather here does make an impact. I didn’t see too much of a problem when it was gloomy and raining the whole day the other day.

 

 

Here is the finished look to show completion. I have already blotted off the excess, so you don’t see the shine, but you do see how this foundation clings on some places, like around my chin and nose.

 

 

Unfortunately, sorry Chanel, the Vitalumiere Glow doesn’t quite do it for me. I love the Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation though! One of my favourites for a very skin like finish. Have you tried this? How does it work on your skin?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

Review: YSL All Hours Liquid and Stick Foundations

The YSL All Hours Foundation. I see it everywhere! I initially got a sample sachet in B20, and thought I’d try it. For most brands, I’m usually shade B10. I’m a B10 Chanel, 011 Dior, Y225 Make Up For Ever. I prefer my foundations to be lightweight and also light in coverage. I only need to even out my skin tone. Since my skin is getting drier, I also prefer my foundations to have a dewy finish. My preference is EVERYTHING the YSL All Hours Foundation is NOT.

 

 

You would expect me to hate these 2 foundations, right? I expected not to like it but the first time I used the liquid foundation from the sample sachet BLEW ME AWAY. I made sure to moisturize my skin properly before applying the YSL All Hours Foundation, and the first time, I applied with my fingers. The foundation went on smoothly and blurred out my pores. It evened out my skin completely of course, but not so heavy that it looked cakey. Bear in mind I didn’t use much, knowing it would provide medium to full coverage. I did not use a primer nor did I set with powder. The finish is semi matte, I’d say.

It was an unnaturally hot and humid day and unfortunately, I had errands to run. I was out when the day was unbearable but guess what, the foundation held on like a champ. Even through some sweat, yes. It did NOT sit in pores creating unsightly wells of foundation. It did NOT crease. It did NOT melt. It stayed put and it stayed comfortable. While I was feeling hot and flushed, I did NOT look it thanks to this foundation. Am I gushing? YES! It’s THAT good!

On my birthday, I wore it again. We were out the whole day and night. By the end of the night when I removed my makeup, there were still lots of foundation still on my face. Also, I did not touch up and I still looked flawless. I did not expect this foundation to surprise me this way AGAIN! I applied using a brush and it looked just as great. I can also sheer it out with a damp beautyblender, and again, same result.

 

 

Then I received the full sized bottle and stick foundation as birthday gifts. Imagine my delight! The stick foundation performs just as well, unfortunately for your wallet. You’re gonna have to choose. I’d say, it has slightly less coverage but other than that, its wear and comfort level is the same as the liquid. Because this is lighter in coverage, it does not last as long but I still did not have to touch up. I traveled to KL recently, wore this early in the morning and didn’t take it off until before bed, and everything seemed fine. Again, no melting or separating, just evened out skin.

I’d get the stick foundation for convenience because if you absolutely need to touch up, then you can easily whip it out of your bag and blend it out using your fingers. If you’re more concerned with coverage and having your foundation to last at least 12 hours, then get the liquid. If you have oily skin, you might need to powder to get the longevity, but I can’t be 100% sure, since my skin is normal to slightly dry. Do take into consideration the weather here though. I live in a hot and humid country all year round.

Here is the before-after photo just to show you the coverage. I wore liquid on the right side of my face, and stick on the left. I find my before afters for foundations are all the same, unless it emphasizes dry flakes which I’d zoom in for you to see. Now, let’s look at the flawlessness this foundation gives you. You can see that it actually minimized the appearance of my pores. I think it’s also important to note that I took these 2 shots in front of very harsh white lights which emphasize all the flaws you never usually see. If it looks OK here, it’ll look great in natural light.

 

 

And here is what the texture looks like.

 

 

Are you convinced yet? I feel like I need to tell you how good it is because I just love it so much! I love both of them! I’m actually trying to use up my Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation, and I’m struggling. I’m just not enjoying it anymore! I think the YSL All Hours Foundation ruined it for me. And it’s so pricey (I think it’s US$54)! That’s what I have to grumble about. When I have to repurchase, it’s gonna sting!!

Have you tried these yet? Are you gonna go buy it? Due to its heavier coverage, I suggest you test it on your face and make sure you like the shade match. The higher the coverage, the less forgiving a mismatch is. I’m lucky B20 works OK. B10 would be brighter but I’m not complaining.

What are you waiting for? Go try it on!!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Review: Chanel Les Beiges 2018

The Chanel Les Beiges is back and it is available first of May. I could wait until closer to the launch date, but I really want to show you. Chanel Les Beiges is about enhancing your natural look so expect some sheer and glowy goodness. My personal makeup style always leans toward natural. I like sheer foundations, eye shadows that are buildable instead of those super pigmented ones. You would have guessed if you’ve been following this blog πŸ™‚

So I’m happy to say that this Les Beiges collection is right up my alley. I have a few items here, so let me show you. Oh also, isn’t this neoprene bag beautiful?

 

Chanel Les Beiges 2018

 

First, let me talk about face products, the Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer (RM220) and Les Beiges Harmonie Multi Colour Healthy Glow (RM220). I have both of these in the shade Medium. The other 2 shades of the tinted moisturizer are Light and Medium Light. Medium is actually way too dark for me, but because it is sheer, it still works. What I do is apply a thin layer on my face then brighten the center of my face using a light concealer. Due to the darker colour, I have to also pull it down to my super pale neck to even out my overall complexion. For reference, I’d say Medium is more suited for those with MAC NC25 or NC30 or Chanel 30 skin tones. The texture is very light and it has slight light reflective properties that make your skin look super healthy. It only evens out your skin, so you have to have good skin, or you’d need to spot conceal.

The Harmonie Multi Colour Healthy Glow in Medium is a bronzer on me. The other 2 shades are Light and Deep. I have a Medium Light from last year, and that one is more subtle of course. These bronzers are buildable and have a luminous finish. I prefer to use a light fluffy brush to apply for just a hint of warmth because on my skin, it looks a bit orange. It comes with a brush, and it is a pinched flat brush that is surprisingly soft. It works for me because I only apply in small areas, but if you like to warm up your whole face, you might need a bigger brush or it’ll take forever.

 

Les Beiges tinted moisturizer swatch

 

Next up, the Les Beiges Eyeshadow Palette (RM285). There are 2 variations, Light and Deep, and I have the Light version. It is a palette with 5 glowy colours, from light beige, taupe, lilac to deep purple.Β It is supposed to be sheer, so if you like something that packs a punch, then this is not for you. I like that these purples are not in your face, and the sheerness of it makes it very wearable on most light skin tones.

 

 

To match this eyeshadow palette is a lip balm. The Les Beiges Lip Balm (RM142) comes in 3 different colours, Light, Medium and Deep. Light is a rosy pink that enhance the lips. It evens out my lips and is comfortable on. It is not slippery nor is it too greasy.

 

 

Last but not least, my favourite of the lot, the Les Beiges Stick Blush (RM175). This time, they launched a No.25 which is a coral pink. Last year’s No.23 was a lighter coral and one of my go to. I think they had a pink as well, but I didn’t pick it up because I own way too many pink blushes already. The Stick Blush is not tacky or wet, and it goes on smooth and powdery but with a luminous finish. What I like about it is I can use this even after I’ve set my foundation with powder. It does not move the foundation underneath, unless of course, you rub your face with more force than needed. I personally like to just pat it on with my fingers. Very light taps for a beautiful light flush.

So there you go. I think there’s this new Gel Touch Foundation that will be launched with this collection, but I don’t have it. I read some good reviews online, so I might check it out after it is launched in May. I’ll come up with a look or two with these products. My husband kidnapped my camera for a week now, and I need to get it back to take more photos.

I’ll be back with FOTDs soon. Have you tried anything from Chanel Les Beiges before? Anything you like?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Review: Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF25

This foundation is given to me by a lovely friend Linda who blogs at Silverkis’ World. The shade didn’t work for her, so she thought it would work on me. Giorgio Armani is not available where I am, and I’m not sure what shade matches my skin. I have here the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation, and it’s a foundation loved by many. If you didn’t already know, my skin is slightly dry, I have visible pores around my nose and uneven skin tone. My face is slightly darker than the rest of my body so I have to use foundations that match the colour of my neck. I have very warm skin tone but I flush easily.

 

 

I read that Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation is a full coverage foundation that gives a matte, lightweight second skin finish. I live in a very hot and humid country, so I don’t mind if the finish is matte. Also, I can change the texture of the foundation by adding a drop of oil. The shade I have is number 3, which is slightly lighter and pinker than the rest of my foundations. Comparison swatches are here.

 

 

Knowing it is a full coverage matte foundation, I’ve been playing with this foundation by mixing it with different types of primers. I’ve tried using it on its own, but it feels too dry on my skin. So, I’ve added a drop of oil to it, but the foundation became streaky and patchy. I mixed it with an illuminating primer to the ratio 1:1 and still, it didn’t sit right. All my experiments led me to believe that this foundation does not MIX well with others. So, I made sure my skin is moisturized properly, and I apply a thicker layer of Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm before I apply this foundation on top. I use less than half a pump of the foundation to my whole face. It works. The foundation did not look too light against my neck and it looked natural.

I think due to the finish of this foundation, that’s supposed to set matte, that it emphasizes pores and lines and dry skin. In no more than 3 minutes, this foundation settles into all my pores, enhances any dry skin I didn’t even notice before, and it also magnifies all the tiny fine lines I have around my eyes. As you see in the before after picture below, my skin tone is evened out, but a sheer tinted moisturizer can do that too. Do you notice some patchiness around my nose?

 

giorgio armani power fabric foundation before after

 

Here’s a close up for you to see all those magnified ugly bits – lines around my eyes, dry skin on my nose, patchiness on the crevices, etc. I think if I had more hair on my face (some call it peach fuzz), this foundation will stick to the hairs too.

 

 

I’ve used fingers, brushes, sponges. Can I make it work? Yes, sort of, but after a couple of hours, it would become a patchy mess. I’ve read some pretty glowy reviews from many bloggers, even a couple of very famous UK bloggers who are supposed to be very honest with their reviews. I guess it just shows we have different preferences when it comes to foundations and our skin is uniquely individual. I found ONE reviewer who had same experience with me, but her pictures are too blurry (too much bokeh going on in all the wrong places) so there’s no point linking to her post.

Do you like this foundation? What skin type do you have and how do you apply it? I think if you have oily skin, this foundation will sit beautifully on you. For me, it takes too much effort to make it work. There are heaps of other no brainers out there which you can apply effortlessly and give you a beautiful finish. I’ll put my money there πŸ™‚

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Review: Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Y210

When I ordered from Sephora last, I received a sample pack of the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation. There are shades Light Y210, Medium Y320 and Tan Y420, and the Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. At one glance, I knew my shade would be Light Y210, and was pretty happy a sample is actually my shade. Usually, they send out medium, and they tend to be too dark for me.

A little searching around the net let me know that this foundation gives medium coverage, semi-sets, oil free, and supposed to last for 24 hours. The description didn’t sound like it’s for combination normal to dry skin. The texture of the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation is drier than what I’m used to so I have to make sure I moisturize properly, and even use a glow primer underneath for it to glide on more smoothly. I don’t know if it got drier from the sample pack, so it might be better in the original packaging, I’m not sure.

A little goes a long way, if you like sheerer foundations, but you can also build it up for heavier coverage. Shade Light Y210 goes on lighter on the skin at first, and after about 20 minutes of application, the foundation kind of becomes one with the skin. How shall I describe this? It doesn’t look as light and ashy and instead, it actually matches my skin completely. Many foundations look a little too yellow or pink or ashy on me, but this Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation is actually a very good match for my skin. So, I decided to swatch it against my other foundations. Also, for reference, the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation in No.3 is way too pink for me.

 

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation swatches

 

All the other foundations are good shade match, but Y210 is the closest. Here’s a before after to show you the coverage. But do bear in mind I used much less than needed, and it is sheered out slightly.

 

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation before after

 

The after photo (above) is taken immediately after application, and the close up below is taken about 20 minutes later.

 

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation close up

 

Can you see the slight glow on my face? I expected it to be really flat and matte, given the texture, but hey, it actually looked decent. I am very tempted to purchase the full sized product just for the shade match! Also, I can always change the texture with an illuminating primer like I mentioned earlier. Close up, you can see my pores are still there, but they are not accentuated in any way. The rest of my skin looks really good, and I am not wearing any concealer here.

As for wear time, the 2 times I tried it (the sample ran out), I could wear it from 11 in the morning until 6pm in the evening when I took it off. I did not powder, and I went out for lunch, groceries, being in the hot sun, and the foundation stayed put. It did not look greasy even though I did not blot, and the foundation did not melt around my nose when the natural oils broke through. When I wear richer foundations, I’d need to powder, if I’m out most of the day, but nowadays, I’m usually only out for 3-4 hours max.

It retails for RM220 at Sephora, and it’s quite pricey. However, if you’ve never been able to find a good shade match, I suggest you go test this out. I read somewhere that this foundation has shades that are great for olive skin tones. And that makes me wonder… do I have fair olive skin? This article especially is convincing me I am olive. I need to do more research.

Do you know what undertone you are? Have you tried any samples lately that made you purchase the full sized product? Have you tried this Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation? There are many new foundations out lately, and I heard good things about the NARS one. My friend Linda also mentioned about the new Lancome Teint Miracle, so I’m also curious about them. Have you tried any new foundations that you like lately?

 

xoxo Lily