Friday, June 15, 2012

Haul + BB Cream Swatches

This week started out tough, but it ended on a high note.  I found a product I've been searching for for MONTHS--the Revlon cream blush in Coral Reef--and received two very lovely packages full of samples from some Makeup Alley friends: an assortment of BB creams and a variety of eye creams (one of which is already upstairs with my nightly skincare stuff). I usually ask that such kind people send their samples to people who don't have as much as I have, but these lovely ladies insisted that they would do well in my hands, and I must admit that I was curious about these products. I thank them both for their generosity.

Of course, once I get new foundations, I have to go on a mad swatching spree. Anyone who is incredibly fair or dark skinned knows that finding a foundation match can be especially difficult, since most foundation ranges don't make shades that match us. I therefore try to swatch new products against popular standbys, like MAC Face & Body and the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, but, um...I may have gotten a bit carried away.

Etude Precious Mineral BB cream, shade 2
MAC Face & Body foundation, N1
NYC Smooth Skin liquid foundation, 676 Ivory
MAC Studio Tech foundation, NW15
Missha Perfect Cover BB cream, shade 13
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Sx02
Revlon New Complexion foundation, 01 Ivory Beige
Etude Collagen Moistfull BB cream, shade 2
Skinfood Red Bean BB cream, shade 1

I swatched these on the inside of my arm, which is currently somewhere between MAC N10 and N15. My face and upper arms are "tanned" (ha ha I made a funny) to something between N15-N20. The Missha Perfect Cover and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer are usually the best matches from my N10ish skin, but now that I'm a hair darker, the NYC foundation and MAC Studio Tech are a little closer.

As this picture shows, the Collagen Moistfull is DEFINITELY too dark for me, but I think it might match my sister pretty well. The Precious Mineral is also too dark, but not as much as the Collagen Moistful; it's probably around NW20. The Skinfood Red Bean BB cream is actually a pretty good match for me, and as I only have one packet of it and plenty of time, I figure I'll try it out first. (NOTE: my Korean is pretty rusty, so I might've gotten the shades wrong.)



    ahem, thanks for the swatches, doll. I am "tanned" (haha) myself at the mo, might swing by Skinfood for some beans....

    1. Isn't it gorgeous? It's actually a coral, but it certainly leans towards the red side.

  2. Can I just say that I love the blog name? I wish I had thought of it because it so rings so true for me. That Revlon blush looks bright and pretty!

    1. I have the worst fashion sense and openly admit that, but I know a good lipstick when I see one! LOL! Thanks. :3

  3. I have (an admittedly zombie-post) question: does the Revlon New Complexion play nicely with Face & Body in white? Or do you have another suggestion to lighten? I adore the finish of NC but find the colour ends up a touch blergh because it's in that awkward slightly too dark realm. Cheers!

    1. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I could help you here. :( The liquid New Complexion was discontinued in the US a while back, and they've replaced it with a compact version. I've never used the compact version and never tried mixing F&B with NC while I owned them.

      Face & Body's unique texture and film forming ingredients mean that it can do some funny things to a foundation's texture, though, so I'd be careful with that. I've heard that Yaby Daisy is a better mixer option for most liquid foundations. Face Atelier also makes a popular mixer, but I don't hear much about it. I hope that helps!

    2. That helps heaps, thanks :) NC is also discontinued here (they replaced it with the most hideous and disgustingly coloured of all foundations, New Complexion Oil Control or something) but I have a bottle hanging around from years ago that's still in good shape so I'm trying to use it up! I wish more accessible brands here made white mixers... Skin Base is too expensive and fiddly for what I need and that's really the only one I can get my hands on without traipsing all over the place or ordering online.