Among the AB community, there’s a pretty commonly held belief that Western makeup is better than Asian. Asian skincare offers far more variety and customization than Western, which is why many of us find that it works better to solve our skin problems, but Western makeup brands tend to offer more color choices, allowing for a greater diversity of looks. Asian brands’ foundation choices are typically limited to a narrow range of pale-to-medium shades, and only a few brands offer point makeup in shades that venture farther than the conventional.
I like Asian makeup better anyway. My preferred makeup looks are classic (I’m conventional. Sue me), and since I actually am Asian, I’ve had much better luck finding matches to my skin tone from Asian brands. I’ve had way too many color matching fiascos in my years of making do with Western cosmetics. Here are some of my current favorites! Consider this a preview of my upcoming makeup reviews.
CUSHIONNNNNNNNS. Oh my God, I regret every day that I spent not using cushion makeup. Cushions have transformed my life. To be honest, I pretty much only wrote this post so I could rave a bit about cushions.
These amazing Korean inventions pack a thin liquid foundation into a dense sponge right inside the compact, kind of like an inkpad for a stamp, only with makeup for your face. To apply, you stamp the applicator puff onto the sponge to pick up a bit of product, then dab it onto your face with motions that I couldn’t quite figure out until I watched this Pony video. (Side note: I love Pony. Western makeup techniques and tutorials never quite worked for me the way I thought they would, because I don’t have Western features. It wasn’t until I discovered Pony’s Beauty Diary that I actually learned effective makeup techniques for my face.)
The finish of a good cushion foundation is spectacular: sheer, even, dewy, perfectly natural and skin-like, but with just enough coverage to even out skin tone and perfect your look. I have two cushions at the moment and am having a great time trying to figure out which one I like better: the Hera UV Mist Cushion gifted to me from Peach and Lily, or the A.True Real Black Tea True Active CC Cushion sent to me by promising new US-based K-beauty retailer Cupidrop. I’ll be reviewing these cushions side-by-side in the coming weeks. I’ve also purchased a Skinfood Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion, which is on its way to me this very minute, and I’m thinking of acquiring IOPE and Innisfree cushions as well. For review purposes, of course. For science.
Peripera is SO HOT RIGHT NOW. In my opinion, the brand is right up there with Too Cool for School in terms of both quality and sheer cool factor. I’ve had the peach and lavender cushion blushers for a while now, and Club Clio USA recently sent me two sets of Peri’s Tint Water and Water Balm. The cherry set is my jam. Layering the thin, saturated tint water under the brilliantly pigmented moisturizing balm creates an effect that manages to be both fresh and intense. Love it. Stress tests ongoing, but I’m predicting that my final review of these will be very positive.
Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer
I picked up the Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer on a whim during one of my Amazon restocks, and what the hell! How did I wear makeup for two decades without realizing how important undereye concealer can be for a lively, pulled-together look? Blended out from the inner corners of my eyes, this richly emollient but clingy and long-lasting undereye concealer brightens my entire face up somehow, no matter how little rest I’ve gotten the night before.
What are your favorite makeup items right now?