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Once upon a time, I didn’t have much makeup, and what I had came mostly from the Walmart down the street, because cheap and accessible.
Then one day, I was visited by a sparkling and dewy-skinned Korean Makeup Fairy Godmother and her sister, Japanese Mascara Fairy Godmother, with her long, fluttery lashes that hold their curl all day and don’t smudge for anything.
And now we all live happily ever after, except that we keep running out of space.
93% AB, all but three Western makeup products destashed.
Let’s take a look inside, with mini-reviews of my favorites from each level, plus some BB cushion swatches!
BB cushion mania! Laneige, Hera, Skinfood, and A.True swatches for ~NC15 skin
The top level is for the prettiest of the pretties. (Or, if you’re a glass half empty kind of person, for the things a bit too big to comfortably fit in the drawers.)
I’ve raved a little bit (“a little bit”) about BB cushions before, so I won’t do it again. Instead, I’ll give you swatches of all four cushions and a mini-review of the one I reach for the most. Keep an eye out for my full reviews and comparisons in an upcoming cushion mega-post.
My arm is a shade or two darker than my face due to inconsistent sunscreen use. Even so, you can see that the Laneige–in the lightest shade offered in US Target stores–is darker, as well as significantly darker than the other BB cushion shades. Pale-skinned BB cushion fans, keep that in mind if you get tempted by these on Target shelves.
The cushion I reach for the most is the Hera UV Mist Cushion, which US-based Kbeauty retailer Peach and Lily sent to me for review. The shade is by far the best match for me (though to be fair, cushions apply so sheerly that perfect matching isn’t critical, as long as you aren’t piling it on). The finish strikes a perfect balance between satin and dewy, and it sets and stays so well that I almost never use a setting powder with it. And I find that one superthin layer is exactly enough to even out my skin tone for that natural-but-better look.
In the US, you can purchase the Hera UV Mist Cushion and refill for $45 from Peach and Lily or from Amazon at the following (affiliate) links:
- C21 (more coverage) for $45.90 with Prime shipping
- C23 for $46.00 with Prime shipping
- N21 (natural coverage) for $41.80 with free (not Prime) shipping
- N23 for $44.90 with free (not Prime) shipping
The skin enhancers, including Innisfree’s famous No Sebum mineral powder
One level below the cushions, because they’re the next step in my makeup routine after base makeup, are the skin enhancers.
I don’t really like to powder my face. In the first place, I am not a fan of the matte skin look. I find that it can be a really aging makeup style, even when it doesn’t bring out every wrinkle and fine line. Sometimes, though, one needs just a tiny bit of powder, whether to set makeup or to prevent the glow from getting out of hand on a very humid day.
For those times, I love Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder. A very finely milled loose powder with an interesting herbal/minty scent, it looks dead white in the package but goes on perfectly translucent, no color matching necessary. The finish isn’t powdery at all, but rather a velvety natural matte, and in my experience, a light dusting will keep makeup in place and shine at bay for 5-6 hours. When I use this, I ignore the little puff that comes with the powder, instead using a small contour brush to apply the powder just precisely to the areas I want it: on either side of my nose and between my eyebrows. Precision application means that this stuff will last me forever.
Korean lipsticks and lip tints, featuring Peripera Peri’s Tint
Can you believe that just a few months ago, the only lip colors I ever dared to wear were drugstore My Lips But Better (MLBB) shades like Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Honey?
These days, I switch it up almost every day, choosing from among MLBB pink lip tints from Etude House, bold matte fuschia and raspberry lipsticks from Innisfree, and the occasional red or even orange.
It’s hard to pick a favorite out of all of these, since I use a different one every day and love them all a lot, but if I had to pick two, they’d be my Pony Blossom Lipstick in Orange Dahlia and my Peri’s Tint and Water Balm in Cherry.
I have to admit that I got the Pony Blossom Lipstick primarily because I love Korean vlogger and makeup artist Pony, whose Pony’s Beauty Diary videos taught me pretty much every makeup trick I currently know. Orange Dahlia is a soft rosy coral shade with a rich, creamy formulation. It glides on smoothly and feels supremely moisturizing and comfortable on my lips, and while it won’t last through a meal or a cup of coffee, it reapplies nicely. As a bonus, it doesn’t have any noticeable fragrance or flavor, two things I can’t stand in lipsticks.
Pony Blossom Lipstick in Orange Dahlia is available for $12 on Memebox.
My other go-to lip color is a layer of Peripera Peri’s Tint Water in Cherry Juice under a swipe of Peripera Tint Water in Cherry. I was originally sent the set–known as Peri’s Tint House–by Club Clio USA, and fell in love pretty much immediately with the deeply pigmented, non-drying tint and the equally vivid and very moisturizing balm. Like the Pony Blossom Lipstick, these products feel as good on as plain old Chapstick. That’s a quality I really appreciate in lip color, almost as much as I appreciate fantastic color payoff and staying powder. The Peripera combo can go several hours and several drinks without needing a reapplication.
The Peri’s Tint House sets in orange and cherry are on sale for $19 from Club Clio USA.
Asian lashes need Asian mascara
I’ve probably complained about my Asian Lash Problems before. If you’re East Asian, you probably feel my pain: short, sparse lashes that grow straight, point downwards, and, 9 mascaras out of 10, refuse to hold a curl, even with mascara that’s marketed as “curling.” Japanese mascaras changed all that.
I’ve been loyal to Heroine Make Volume & Curl and Heroine Make Long & Curl for ages and ages, but I recently decided to branch out and get some Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister.
This. Mascara. Is. Ridiculous.
I haven’t done photos of it yet, so I’ll have to describe it with words for now and hope that can convey how much I love it.
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister mascara is a fiber mascara with an unusual applicator. Instead of the standard spoolie brush, it comes with a flat comb that is concave on one side and convex on the other. You use the convex side to add length and separation for doll-like, fluttery lashes, or the concave side for precision separation.
This mascara looks completely natural on. No spider lashes here, just silky black lashes that won’t drop their curl until you apply some oil to take them off. It resists clumping and refuses to smudge. While it’s less dramatic than the Heroine Make, it gives an incredibly natural yet enhanced look that I’ve really been loving. I’ll do a FOTD soon to show it off.
Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister mascara is available on Amazon (affiliate link) for $18.08 with Prime shipping.
Can you tell I love makeup now? It’s so fun to play with different colors every day and makes me feel completely in control of my appearance, something that I’ve found is very important to being in control of my mental health.
What’s your favorite makeup these days?