Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm Review

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balmimage

Price: HKD360
Volume: 70ml

I saw this Cleansing Balm along with the Cleansing Foam at the DFS counters and I just had to try them out 😀

Meant for the removal of heavy, waterproof makeup, this is a silky, almost sherbet-like cleansing balm that one would scoop out a dollar (or a quarter, if you’re American :D) sized amount with a spatula — or clean fingers — and massage it onto the mug full of base makeup before adding warm water to it for emulsification and then finally washed off to reveal a clean, hydrated, makeup-free mug 😀 I’d like to note here that I prefer to use a separate makeup remover for my eyes, but I feel that those of you who’d like a two-in-one product, this can also efficiently remove eye makeup 😀

Fortified with lavender and chamomile for a calming and relaxing experience, I love the process of removing my makeup every night because of how soothed my senses become from the light lavender and chamomile, while my skin is completely makeup-free and left without feeling tight or dehydrated <3 If you’re a newbie to the cleansing balm world, and you wanted to try this kind of product out before committing yourself to something spa-like and luxurious, aside from getting samples, I would suggest that you try the budget-friendly Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser as an introductory but effective product 🙂

I would like to note that although the cleansing power of this product is stellar, I’m not a huge fan of the packaging as it’s not travel-friendly; it’s quite a large and cumbersome plastic jar; I suppose that one could scoop some out into a clean jar but for trips, I’d probably stick with cleansing oils because those can be easily decanted and toted along. 🙂

Estée Lauder Double Wear Pressed Foundation Compact Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Pressed Foundation Compactimage

Price: HKD90 (Case) | HKD380 (Refill)
Shade: 2C0 Cool Vanilla

Continuing with my Double Wear series, I also picked up the pressed foundation compact for on-the-go touch ups and then some 🙂

Being of the rectangular, plastic dark blue case variety with a simple “Estée Lauder” imprinted on it, the case and the refill for that matter, is nothing to write home about. The magic is in the formula of the scent-free pressed foundation; normally, I find that pressed compacts/powders/foundations from Western brands tend to be less hydrating/moisturizing than their Japanese or Korean counterparts. With this in mind, this is not to say that their product is inferior to the latter, but this is more about how the product feels on skin, and more specifically, my combination-dry and sensitive skin that is prone to flaking whenever it damn well feels like 🙁 As such, finding the right pressed foundation compact is a challenge for me as I noticed that when I try to do some touch ups on my nose or wherever I feel like needs a bit of coverage, the powder just sort of sits on top of my skin as opposed to blending in seamlessly with my skin; it’s not a matter of it being the wrong shade — it’s not — it’s the formula because it’s just not hydrating enough to merge with my skin 🙁

Onto the Double Wear itself, I shade matched on bare skin in good lighting and I confirmed that 2C0 is absolutely the right shade for me prior to getting the liquid and pressed foundations. Although the Double Wear pressed foundation isn’t damp to the touch — as is a common texture for pressed powder foundations and compacts that have hyaluronic acid and/or oils added to it — the effect that it has when I powder this on my face midday is of seamless perfection. Any areas that need mattifying are wonderfully done so and if and when I use a foundation that is more prone to lose its coverage over time, a quick pat with this powder foundation reclaims the coverage without looking out of place or patchy-dry. In addition, I also went the minimal makeup route and used this powder over just my primer, and I feel that the coverage is buildable and excellent for girls who want a more flexible make up look where they can go from casual to glam depending on how heavy of a hand they go with this pressed powder 🙂

Although at the time of writing, it’s summer here in the 852 and given the weather and humid climate here, my skin seems to be happy with this product. I’m waiting to give this a go during the winter and in a drier environment to see if it holds up to its hydrating effects or if I’ll need to go look for another one that has oils added to the formula for extra hydrating and moisturizing effects 🙂 All in all, I’m most definitely picking up a refill when I run out <3   

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealerimage

Price: HKD250
Volume: 15ml
Shade: 2C

Housed in a cute squeeze tube with a twist-off cap, this is a travel friendly, everyday makeup bag happy, kind of concealer to take along with you. Packaging aside, the formula of this concealer is absolutely amazing. Given the long-lasting and long-wearing claims of this concealer, I found that in order to get the best results from this product, one needs to:

  1. Moisturize the face well. I noticed that flaky scars will look…pretty flaky with this concealer on so make sure that area is prepped!
  2. Choose the right primer to set the base (for my case, I used my Smashbox one all over and the Benefit Poreprofessional on my t-zone) and then the foundation (for the sake of really trying this concealer out, I chose to use it with my Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, Revlon Colorstay, Diorskin Star and the Diorsnow BB Cream just to give it a relatively fair testing ground in terms of different formulations and brands and lasting powers)
  3. Dot this onto the blemish/acne scar, and once blended in, it needs to sort of…sit on the face a little bit before you dust on loose powder; much like the Double Wear foundation, once this concealer settles, it really doesn’t budge, not even a smidge. Usually when I’m done putting this concealer on, I work on my eye makeup or something before dusting on the loose powder; I found that if you dust the loose powder on before you give this concealer just that little bit of time to dry, you end up smearing it up, and THAT bit dries up and does not budge.

    I also found that given the liquid nature of this concealer, you can easily build it up to the coverage that you need, but unless it’s a particular dark(er) patch that you’re trying to cover up, one thin layer is more than enough. If you need something super heavy duty, I’d suggest you give the Dermacol one a shot instead.

To attest to its long-wearing claims, I’ve worn this foundation through my 8-12 hour workdays; I’ve walked through the rain; I’ve been in the sweltering heat with this on and even though there were beads of sweat at the tip of my nose and around my hairline, the makeup itself didn’t melt off or do that gross white-coloured sweatdrop performance on my face 😛 In particular, the patches where I’d applied the concealer didn’t melt or look patchy either. 😀 I’m looking forward to popping this on during cold and low-humidity days/climates to see if this will fare well for my combination-dry skin 🙂 I’m more inclined to think that it’s probably nothing that a hydrating/moisturizing primer and skincare routine can’t fix <3

All in all, I can safely say that I am more than excited to add this concealer to my arsenal of HG face products; however, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly or heavier duty option, you really should give Dermacol or the Benefit Playstick a quick look <3

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundationimage

Price: HKD 340
Volume: 30ml
SPF: 10
Shade: 2C0 Cool Vanilla

I now believe in the hype.

Housed in a frosted glass bottle, I’m peeved at the fact that this iconic foundation is still without a pump; as such, I wouldn’t necessarily feel that this is travel friendly. However, upon a quick consultation with the Google gods, I found that many beautiful men and women around the world have found a perfectly viable solution for it: the MAC Foundation Pump; in fact, Narrsworld over here explains it perfectly well and the pump itself can be purchased at Nordstrom, Amazon  and possibly in a MAC store near you!

Packaging aside, the formula is absolutely amazing. Given the long-lasting and long-wearing nature of this foundation, I found that in order to get the best results from this foundation, one needs to:

  1. Moisturize the face well.
  2. Choose the right primer to set the base (for my case, I used my Smashbox one all over and the Benefit Poreprofessional on my t-zone)
  3. Work on one part of the face at a time with the foundation; the whole dot-it-all-over-your-face method doesn’t quite work as well as I found that the foundation settled real quick before I even got to that part of the face; once this foundation settles, it really doesn’t budge — not even a smidge.

To attest to its long-wearing claims, I’ve worn this foundation through my 8-12 hour workdays; I’ve walked through the rain; I’ve been in the sweltering heat with this on and even though there were beads of sweat at the tip of my nose and around my hairline, the makeup itself didn’t melt off or do that gross white-coloured sweatdrop performance on my face 😛 I’m looking forward to popping this on during cold and low-humidity days/climates to see if this will fare well for my combination-dry skin 🙂 I’m more inclined to think that it’s probably nothing that a hydrating/moisturizing primer and skincare routine can’t fix ❤️

All in all, I can safely say that I am more than excited to add this foundation to my arsenal of HG face products; however, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, you really can’t go wrong with the Revlon Colorstay ❤️

My newest love: Estée Lauder Double Wear Series

Hello everyone,

I’ve been in a bit of a makeup rut recently…or rather that’s my excuse to pop off to the shops 😀 Since summer’s here in the 852, it means that I needs (or wants…really at this point 🙄) me a foundie, concealer and pressed powder to work me through the sweltering and sweaty mess that I become once I step outside 🙁

Along with my Estée Lauder collection of skincare goodies, I forayed into their cosmetics department and voilà:

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Reviews to follow <3

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara Review

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara image
Shade: Extreme Black

The brush itself is quite large considering that this was a sample size but I think this was Estée Lauder’s way of having customers get the full experience of the product even in a sample size. The brush narrows and tapers into a tip that is easy to maneuver along the entire lash line, top and bottom; what I noticed was that the mascara added a slightly feathery effect to my sparse lashes; the richness of the black made the overall effect more dramatic. 

I was able to do several swipes through my lashes without getting any clumping and so I feel that this is a mascara that you could layer without getting spidery, clumpy lashes. In addition, I noticed that the drying time with this mascara is average, and I didn’t get any of the mascara onto my face when I blinked after putting it on; my lashes felt incredibly lightweight, flexible and bendable. I was able to push and gently rub against my lashes without feeling a crunchy, tight feeling along my lashline; in addition, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t experience any flaking even at the end of a long workday. 

However, much like the Sumptuous Lash Mascara, I feel that this mascara didn’t do much in the curling department as even though I’d already swiped on a lash base and curled my lashes before putting on the mascara, the mascara managed to straighten the lashes out a little and thus I ended up with less curve than what I would prefer with my lashes. I feel that this might not be an issues for those who are blessed with naturally full, fluttery lashes; mine are definitely south of that definition LOL

All in all, I’ve decided that while this is a very good mascara, it didn’t do much for my kind of lashes; ladies who have the nice, full fluttery lashes, you would appreciate this mascara much more because the effects would be that much more prominent 🙂

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Lash Mascara Review

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Lash Mascara Review

Continuing with the samples that I received with my Estée Lauder purchases, I’ve tried out both the Sumptuous and Sumptuous Extreme mascaras on my sparse, stubby Asian lashes for the past couple of weeks and now I’m ready to give my verdict:

Sumptuous Lash Mascaraimage
Shade: Extreme Black

The brush itself is large considering that this was a sample size but I think this was Estée Lauder’s way of having customers get the full experience of the product even in a sample size. The brush narrows and tapers into a tip that is easy to maneuver along the entire lash line, top and bottom; what I noticed was that the mascara added a slightly feathery and separating effect to my sparse lashes; at this point, I’d already decided that perhaps the Sumptuous Extreme would be the better choice to do the volumizing 🙂

With this mascara, I was able to do several swipes through my lashes without getting any clumping and so I feel that this is a mascara that you could layer without getting spidery, clumpy lashes. However, bear in mind that this mascara didn’t do much other than lengthening, in my case at least, and so I felt that my lashes looked..sparse but daddy long leg-like on my eyes. 🙁 In addition, I noticed that the drying time with this mascara is average, and I didn’t get any of the mascara onto my face when I blinked after putting it on; my lashes felt incredibly lightweight, flexible and bendable. I was able to push and gently rub against my lashes without feeling a crunchy, tight feeling along my lashline; in addition, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t experience any flaking even at the end of a long workday.

However, in my case, I feel that it didn’t do much in the curling department as even though I’d already swiped on a lash base and curled my lashes before putting on the mascara, the mascara managed to straighten the lashes out a little and thus I ended up with less curve than what I would prefer with my lashes. I feel that this might not be an issues for those who are blessed with naturally full, fluttery lashes as this could definitely be a regular mascara one could use where you could control the dramatic effect that you could take with your lashes when you use this mascara 🙂

All in all, I’ve decided that while this is a very good mascara, it didn’t do much for my kind of lashes; ladies who have the nice, full fluttery lashes, you would appreciate this mascara much more because the effects would be that much more prominent 🙂

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