Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation


Ok so I caved and bought this foundation. I reasoned that it’s different enough from the Kevyn Aucoin SSE to justify a purchase.

So I unexpectedly found this in shade 021 (Linen) at Le Bon Marché. I halfheartedly asked if they had it and the guy who helped me said that he heard the shade is international only, so no they don’t. Proceeded to check anyway (rare thing in Paris), pulled out one of the drawers and lo and behold there it was the tester (which they can’t display apparently) hidden alongside the only bottle in 021. We didn’t try the foundation together but he commented that 020 is probably better for me, brighter and less yellow. I swatched anyway and decided to go with 021 – 020 had just a little too much pink for my liking when I compared the two side by side. I had a feeling that 021 would look more natural on me. Honestly though I think I could pull off both shades if I had to.
The only sad thing about this is I paid full price (53 euros) for it instead of 36.37 at Sephora (48.50 euros + 25% off Valentine’s Day promo). Damn you Sephora for not having my shade in stock *shakes fist* And yes, I contemplated getting 020 for the attractive price but resisted. I made it up by getting the powder though (future post alert).

I haven’t had this foundation long enough to truly comment on the wear so this is more a first impression. I’ll come back and update this when I have better information on that. I intend to test it out at work (yes, in the kitchen)!

First impressions
So I tested this on clean, moisturized skin. No primer. On both occasions I stayed at home most of the day, went out/did some groceries but otherwise didn’t do much. Weather was quite chilly. (more…)

Cleansing Oils

As promised, here is the long-awaited cleansing oils post!

The first cleansing oil I ever tried was more than ten years ago (*gasp*) from shu uemura. Back in thooose days they only made one and it was the original and I liked it. However while I was interested in makeup back then I more perhaps more a collector as I was still in my shell and not that comfortable in expressing myself makeup wise especially when people around me are usually makeup free or went for the really subtle look. Most of what I bought all looked untouched and were very pristine. Ahhh if only I held onto those products … [help I’m being sucked down the memory lane via the road called ‘Regret’!] All those ME shadows, blushes, my Feu d’Issey perfume, my McQueen Kingdom fragrance …

What I want to say is I liked the oil but I never had a full face of makeup to really test its performance. Then I remember trying the new release pink sakura cleansing oil and it broke me out. And since then I’ve moved on and stayed away from cleansing oils.

Come to think of it I actually used a lot of shu uemura skincare at the time. Like the whole set from cleansing to serums and creams and sheet masks. It’s been a long time since I looked at their skincare and it seems they have completely changed their range. I remember when they first launched all those depsea water sprays too …

I found this on the shu uemura website:

shu oils

I remember using bottles of the 1996 packaging for my cleanser and toner. That just means pre 2002 you know.

I gave oils another chance when I got a gift with purchase oil from Sofina. And then I came across the DHC oil at a Monoprix (too bad it wasn’t my local one). Then I got the L’Oreal oil. And then I bought the foam oil from Softymo. I actually wanted the regular one but only found the foam version at the shops I went to in HK. And when that is gone I’ll use the Fancl – I’m really looking forward to using that! [ETA: the review for Fancl is here]


Here’s a quick summary:

The contenders:
1. Sofina jenne
2. DHC
3. L’Oreal Eclat Sublime
4. Kose Softymo Speedy Bubble Cleansing Oil (more…)

10 Empties



These are empties I collected the last few months actually. Prepare for a long post!

1. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Légère (50ml) – Made in France
I switched from Toleriane to this because I was bored but didn’t want to stray too far. The thing I noticed straight away is that Hydraphase is scented with one of those aquatic smell that hopes to conjure up the ocean. As the name suggests the texture is very light, but perhaps not quite ‘intense’ as I wished it to be. It wasn’t quite enough for the colder months but I think it would make a very lovely summer moisturiser.

The packaging is interesting – the product itself is in a bag that’s contained within the plastic tube. You can see how far you’re going but there’s nothing you can do to squeeze or pump the last bit out unless you’re determined to cut the tube open somehow.
Repurchase? Probably not.

2. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum / Moisturising Concentrate (40ml) – Made in France
For ‘very dehydrated, sensitive skin … generating intense hydration’. You can use this alone or before your moisturiser. I expected a serum like texture: almost runny, clear, half gel half liquid you know. But the texture is more a creamy gel, thickish. It also has a marine type of scent.
I didn’t really like this one and found it lacking in moisturising properties.
Repurchase? No. You’re better off getting the Hydrabio moisturiser, which I suspect has the same formula only less thickener or whatever. The moisturiser is cheaper and I think a superior product. This is not what I expect for a ‘serum’.

3. L’Oreal Eclat Sublime (150ml)
L’Oreal’s cleansing oil, I can’t remember when this one came out but I bought it pretty much as soon as I saw it at my local Monoprix. I use 3 pumps of this to get my makeup off. It has some kind of perfume that I’m not a fan of. It’s quite runny and feels ‘oilier’ than the other cleansing oils I’ve tried. I know that just sounds crazy but I don’t know how else to describe it. I don’t think that orange bottle helped. Performance-wise it cleanses very well, even long and hard wearing eyeliners and mascara. However it does sting your eyes if you get too close.

Ingredients: (more…)

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint


So I’ve been testing this foundation on and off for about 3 weeks now (I think) … I haunted a few bigger Monoprix’s and picked it up the second it came out and shelled out between 13 to 14 euros for it, I can’t remember how much exactly. The main reason for my interest is of course due to rumours that it’s a dupe for Giorgio Armani’s Maestro foundation. I don’t have Maestro but I remember the launch when it happened and thought it to be a nice concept and I remember wanting to try it. I didn’t buy it in the end because I had (still do) a few bottles of foundation in place and then I read the mixed reviews. All this plus the fact that this isn’t the cheapest foundation at 63.50 euros.

So. Did I like L’Oreal’s Eau de Teint?


But before I get to that I’ll just briefly describe the packaging. You get a small 20ml glass bottle of foundation. The shades are quite limited but I got 120 in Ivoire/Pure Ivory that fits me the most, quite nicely actually. It was more neutral, less pink than the other Ivory shade (sorry I can’t remember the exact name). There is no pump, just an open bottle. You’re supposed to shake it gently (there’s no agitator like in Chanel’s Vitalumiere), open it and then place your finger at the opening and flip the bottle over and again to get 1 drop of the product. I don’t know if 1 drop is the recommended ‘dosage’ but I tend to repeat and rinse this process until I get the maximum coverage I could out of it – you’ll read about this in #3 below [spoiler: it’s next to zero]. Now onto the liquid!

I will probably be repeating what many others have observe, but from my experience in trying to get it to work, my thoughts are that:
1. You need pretty good skin for this foundation. By that I mean you don’t really need much coverage (no acne scars, heavy pigmentation or random spots) if at all.
2. You should ideally have normal/combination skin. This foundation will magnify dry patches.
3. In my experience you can layer once or twice or 50 times to try to squeeze more coverage out of it. But the most you will get is a tinted moisturiser level of ‘coverage’.

Those are all quite negative aren’t they? For what it’s worth though, the finish is really the most skin-like, natural looking finish I’ve ever seen and felt. But since I do have some light scarring and redness in my skin, Eau de Teint doesn’t help me with that at all.

To be fair they said it right on the bottle that it’s a nude skin finish, giving a [loose translation here] ‘transparent natural veil’ to the skin … with ‘undetectable coverage’ (see, they did warn us). I wanted the impossible, to have enough coverage and yet for it to be imperceptible. It was unreasonable to ask this much of a foundation … perhaps?

Anyway, if you have what it takes to make this work, and are looking for a daily foundation that’s super easy to apply that gives a teensy lift to your complexion that looks as if you’re wearing nothing, or if you’ve always been interested in trying Maestro (even though I don’t have that one but in theory they sound similar), then do give this a go. This is almost 3 times cheaper if you go by price per litre.

… Then again, if you have what it takes to make this work, I would skip foundation and just use a nice finishing powder or something like that 🙂

L’Oreal Shine Caresse – Juliet

picture from L’Oreal’s website

My Juliet turned up the other day, I thought I had lost it but it was actually placed inside my knitting kit – who knew. Anyway I’m glad to have found it and can finally do a post on this as I have wanted to for so long!

The Shine Caresse from L’Oreal are dupes of the YSL Glossy Stains. And they are pretty darn good for a dupe. They both share a similar fruity, floral scent and leave a stain on the lips as the product wears off. Shine Caresse comes in 8 colours, I got Juliet (#300) but I was equally tempted by Lolita (#101), which is a rose. They are around 14-15 euros each, not that cheap for a drugstore product but then again most of the drugstore stuff here are kind of pricey compared to the US. Mascaras are around 12-14 euros IIRC??

I wanted to compare the two but the only Glossy Stain I have from YSL is #9, which is a warm red whereas Juliet is cool. Nonetheless I hope this will give you an idea of the similarities/differences between the two products. For a better comparison, check out the French blog Kleo Beaute. She really nailed the colour comparison.

Here are my pictures:

Both contain the same amount of product, 6ml. The YSL is more heavy than the L’Oreal and you can see how much of product you have left in the tube with the transparent viewer.