Thursday, January 10, 2013

Haul and Swatches: Revlon, IN2IT, ELF, Ever Bilena and Maybelline

Hello guys! Yesterday we went to Trinoma and I got myself some makeup products that I've been eyeing for a long time now! I decided to splurge a little and I just wanted to share to you guys the items that I got and give a quick overview about them.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped
I always wanted to get my hands on the Revlon Colorstay foundations since I hear great reviews about it, especially the liquid ones that has a line for Oily/Combination skin. Unfortunately, when I got to the Revlon counter my shade is unavailable and decided to get this whipped foundation. I got this for 975, but I think Stuff In Style sells one for 750 (that's 225 cheaper!)

The shade that I got is Buff, which is the same shade for the liquid variants. Revlon describes this foundation as a bouncy, whipped formula that feels ultra light and silky smooth. It claims to wear up to 24 hours, talc free and paraben free and that it's buildable to full coverage. It also has SPF 20. I swatched it on the back of my hand and it blended really really well.
The packaging is quite bulky. It is made of clear glass with a screw cap cover. When you open it, you will see a white cover to prevent the foundation from spilling or transferring into the cover (which will make quite a mess).
The foundation really looks like a whipped cream. It feels soft to touch and is very smooth. Also, I noticed when I read the ingredients that it has Salicylic acid, which is great since I have acne. I am really excited to try this, especially after watching this video from ItsJudyTime. I have high hopes for this product! I hope it works in keeping my face oil/shine free and provide an amazing coverage. 

Revlon Age Defying Concealer (with DNA Advantage)
I've been using my Etude House' Surprise Me Concealer for a few months now, and although I like it's matte finish, the coverage isn't great and it does not blend well into my foundation, so I decided to purchase a new concealer. I wanted to get the Revlon Photoready Concealer Stick, but the SA in the Revlon counter suggested this concealer as it has full coverage and will blend well to my skin and/or foundation.

The shade that I got is in 01 Light Pale. Here's a swatch:
The packaging is cute, it's slim and the cap is red! It has a doe foot applicator, which I will not apply directly to my face because it will be unsanitary. 
I purchased this for 725, and it has 5.3 ml of product. I am excited on how it will cover my dark undereye circles and my blemishes (product claims: buildable to full coverage concealer with anti-aging skincare).

IN2IT Oil Control and Oil Free 2-Way Foundation
I read a review of KikaySiMaria about how good this foundation is in keeping oil at bay, and I knew that I have to get my hands on them. As the name implies, this is an oil control and oil free foundation, which can be used either as a setting powder or you can wet the sponge for a fuller coverage. I decided to buy the refill instead since its cheaper and I will just use this to set my foundation so I will not be needing the case with mirror. This costs 499.75.

I got the shade 02 Warm Beige, since this shade blends well with my skin. Here's a swatch of the powder:
For packaging, it's pretty neat for a refill. It's just a plastic case, and it comes with a sponge (see photo above). The sponge is actually good quality. The powder is finely milled and gives out a smooth finish. It also has SPF 25 and PA++, which is great! I'm super excited to use this.

IN2IT Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
Okay, I am a big fan of eyeliners! Seriously! I used to own the Nichido liquid eyeliner and it smudges, so I stopped using it. I have been searching for an affordable penliner (I believe SanSan has one that is under 100, but its always out of stock). I was thinking of purchasing the Nichido penliner, but it's so watery and I'm afraid that it might smudge. Instead, I got this IN2IT Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Very Black for 399.75.

Packaging is very lightweight, definitely made of plastic, and I like the black and gold colors.
What I love about this eyeliner is the very thin felt tip! It's perfect if you wanted a thin and crisp line!
It is not runny, and it's very pigmented. The photo below does not do justice on how pigmented this eyeliner is. The finish is kind of glossy, but not matte. And the staying power is awesome! Once it sets, it will not smudge! I honestly like it.

ELF Complexion Brush
I bought this brush to apply my setting powder, since I do not have a fluffy brush. I bought this for 249.75. As of the moment, all I can say is it feels really soft and it is quite dense. I have not washed this, so I cannot comment on the shedding and bleeding, and since I have not washed this, I haven't used it yet. I actually bought this for my Nichido Finishing Powder, but since I bought the IN2IT Oil Control and Oil Free Foundation, I will test out first what will work well for me: using the sponge or this brush.

UPDATE: I already washed this brush for a couple of times, and it did not shed or bleed, which is so great! For application, I apply my IN2IT Powder Foundation using the sponge for added coverage, and I sweep this over the face in downward strokes to remove excess powder (thus preventing that cakey face) and also to flatten the hairs in my face. This is really nice to use all over the face.

Ever Bilena Famous and Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks
Let's start with Ever Bilena Famous Lipstick. I bought the shade Watermelon:
Then I got this gorgeous shade Angel Rose from Maybelline:
I found out about these lippies from Say Artillero. I have seen the Famous lipsticks before but never paid any attention to it, until she made a video review and I decided to try it out myself. Both of are gorgeous shades of pink, Watermelon being more corally peach than Angel Rose. Here's a swatch:
Left: Ever Bilena Famous Lipstick in Watermelon
Right: Maybelline Color Sensational in Angel Rose

The Ever Bilena Famous Lipstick is definitely cheaper at 160 than the Maybelline Color Sensational which is 299. As for the color payoff, Maybelline is more pigmented than Ever Bilena. Also, the Ever Bilena Famous is really glossy, some people may not like this. They are both very moisturizing and scent-free!

And that's my most recent makeup haul! If you would like me to do an in-depth review or a first impression on any of the products above, please let me know by posting a comment below. Thank you so much for reading! For my next review, I will be posting an organic/mineral makeup product. Stay tuned!

-- Maica :)

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