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Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic Review

Today’s review will be about the Prime Primer from Banila Co. So I was on a quest to find the perfect primer for my face. If you’re like me and have all sorts of flaws such as wide pores, black heads, etc. you’ll know how important the primer is! I first heard about this item when I was given a sample to use from a friend. At first, I was kind of skeptical about it because i’m not really the kind of person that tries out samples you get after buying beauty products from a store. But since I heard some good things about this product I thought that i’d give it a try and I ended up buying the full product! Here are my thoughts on it.

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Product info

Name – Prime Primer Classic

Brand – banila co.

Price – 18,000 won ($16)

Volume – 30ml

Packaging

– Nice design but the black box was very prone to visible dust and marks

– Came in a plastic container with a pump so very practical to use

– Has a safety cap on the pump so it doesn’t leak everywhere

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Description (translated to English) 

“Evens out pores, fine lines and wrinkles which help prepare your face for putting on make up. You won’t feel your skin tingle or dry out. Also, it prevents skin to appear oily and shiny. Keeps your face feeling fresh and long-lasting.”

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How to use?

After make up base, apply a tiny amount on your face and even out the formula in places where pores, wrinkles and fine lines are most visible

Review

First before I applied it, I put on toner, moisturiser and sun cream to prep up my face. After, I put a tiny amount on my hand and gently applied to to my entire face, focusing around the t-zone, cupids bow and chin. As I rubbed it in, I could really feel the silkiness of the primer. I liked how smoothly it applied onto my face. After letting it set for a couple of minutes, I applied one layer of BB cream on top and I could clearly see that all of my pores and cracks and nasties had settled down. They didn’t disappear and were still visible. But I liked how natural it looked on my face. On top of that, before applying a matte finishing powder, I could see that my face glowed. It wasn’t shiny but it gave a sheer silky finish to my face which I was very satisfied.

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Pros

– Has a silky, smooth texture

– Easy to apply; no mess

– Sets pretty quickly

Cons

– No listed ingredients which is a big bummer

– Not good for oily skin

– Mostly good to use during Fall & Winter season

Overview

Overall, I liked this product. It seems to help my skin feel smooth and even. A little goes a long way for this product. Even a small amount will instantly make your skin feel like velvet. The downside is that it is quite pricy for 30ml and it does make your skin glister. So if you have oily to combination skin, i’d recommend you buy the matte version of this, which I might do after using this up. It was my first time buying a banila co. product in full size and I wasn’t disappointed at all! I think this product will be in my future blog post of empties.

Ratings

Design – 6/10

Tenacity – 8/10

Price – 7/10

Consistency – 7/10

Disclaimer – All product(s) were purchased by me. 

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Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion Review

Hi friends 🙂 How have you been? It’s so cold in Korea these days…It wasn’t a surprise that I caught the flu 😦 I’ve been quite sick lately (including a runny nose, headache, fever and muscle pains) so I couldn’t put up any new posts. I hope you guys don’t catch the cold because it SUCKS! So anyways, today i’m going to do a review on the Precious Mineral Any Cushion from Etude House. It retails for 18,000 won but luckily, I bought it for 12,000 won because I went to Etude House on the LAST DAY of the 30-50% off sale! YAAAY 🙂 There were so many girlies at the store I couldn’t even move. You know when there are big sales at a department store and 10 different women are trying to grab as much stuff as possible from the same section, it was just like that. It was CRAY CRAY! And they put the heater on to like 100 degrees so it was HOT. Everyone was sweating and their makeup was drooling down their faces LOL I exaggerated a bit but yes, it was really hectic. But I managed to pull through and get the items I needed 🙂 I also bought the Moistfull Collagen eye cream but i’m going to do a separate review on that sometime this week. At first, I wasn’t really sure whether or not to buy this because I own one BB cream from Etude House and I didn’t really like it. But I thought about it again, and I decided to buy it just for this review and to also to give a chance to change my views on Etude House BB Creams! So here are photos of the Precious Mineral Any Cushion from the Etude House website. Image Image Image Photo credits to Etude House (http://www.etude.co.kr/product.do?method=view&prdCd=103001103) So, this is what the packaging looks like. It looked simple and girly. I liked that it was SPF 50+ because you need to protect your face from the sun and you don’t have to apply a sun cream before putting this on 🙂 Image The back. Image The side in English. For those of you who can’t see the photo clearly, it just says “This cushion pact perfects all-day radiant and moist skin with its multi-function of brightening, wrinkle-reducing, sebum control, and flawless coverage.” So it tells you to pick up a certain amount of contents (I think they mean to dab the puff into the pact) with the puff and spread evenly by lightly patting onto the skin. It weighs 15 grams (0.52 oz.) The list of ingredients are so long it would take me forever to write everything down but the main ones that caught my eye were: Water, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide, Iron Oxides Hm..I know nothing about science but I hope that the zinc, titanium and iron oxides are good stuff. Image And the top part. I got it in the shade Natural Beige W13 because although my skin is really light, I didn’t want to look like a pale ghost. I personally dark colors are better than light colors (especially when taking photos). This BB cushion comes in 3 shades: Light Beige, Natural Beige and Honey Beige. Image The case Image Back Image Opened view Image Photo of the sponge As you can see in the photo, there are bits of glitter on the sponge…I don’t know why it’s there. But I read other reviews of the same product and they had sparkles on their sponges to. I think it was intentionally done by Etude House. I didn’t like that it had sparkles. What would’ve happened if those glitter pieces applied onto my face?! Image It says to peel off the paper thing and to also close the product completely after using it. So that’s what I did! Image AND WAHLAH!!!! It looked gorgeous. Image Actually in person, it looked a bit darker than I thought it would be. And I thought it would look more liquidy (as show in the photo at the top) Image But when I pressed my finger down onto the cushion, I could feel that the cushion was really wet and full of moisture. Image Swatches on my hand (before & after) You can’t really see a big difference in the photo but when I applied it onto my face, I was really impressed. Image Here’s a photo of me after 2 hours of applying the BB Cushion (no filter).

Pros & Cons

Pros Easy to apply, applies smoothly onto the skin, very moisturizing, buildable, great coverage, nice scent, photo friendly

Cons Makes your skin look shiny

Review

First off, I didn’t apply a primer or finishing powder when testing this product out. When I applied it onto my skin I thought it looked amazing. I was surprised it covered all of my zits and the redness around my nose. It has great coverage and it is buildable. The formula itself is very wet and moisturizing. The BB Cushion had a really nice smell. It smelt like light perfume. After I finished applying it, my skin felt really smooth and velvety. However, it did make my skin look a bit shiny and oily (maybe it was because I didn’t apply a powder after). I have combination skin and I get oily around my t-zone area. If you have oily/combination skin, I would recommend you use a matte powder or normal powder to set the BB formula. Also, this BB cushion is great for the fall/winter skin because it really hydrates your skin; keeping it moist. But I don’t know about summer 🙂 This BB cushion is absolutely photo friendly. As you can see in the photo above, my skin looked flawless without any filters. It made my face glow and I felt really confident when going outside. Also, I thought that the idea of putting a BB cream into a powder case form was clever because when you use a BB cream in tube form, you have to use a brush or your hands to blend it in. And it can get messy. So when you can’t be bothered to use a brush or get your hands dirty, I think this product is a winner. Overall, i’d say this is one of the best BB cream/cushions i’ve used. I’m really excited to use this on a daily basis! Overall rating 10/10

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Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream Review

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http://eng.tonymoly.com/product/product_view.asp?idx=125&c_cd=3&g_cd=27&ListType=2 A few weeks ago, after a long time of thought and consideration, I decided to pop by Tony Moly and buy the Goddess Aura BB cream. It came out last October so it has been quite a while but i’ve heard so many good things about this particular BB cream! Alongside many other high-end bb creams such as Dior’s UV Shield BB cream (rank 5), It was ranked no. 1 on the Korean TV show Get it Beauty for BB creams. Furthermore, the Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream only cost 13,000 won which is about 11.60 USD. Not only is it inexpensive, but the quality of this BB cream is said to be outstanding! Basic Information  Name of product: Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream (45g) Company: Tony Moly Release date: October 10th, 2012 Price: 13,000 won / 11.60 USD Functions of the Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream  – anti-wrinkle, whitening and UV protection – full coverage – anti-darkening – has the effects of soothing and moisturizing the skin – does not contain: talc, mineral oil, organic coloring, benzophenone, tar color Main ingredients Peptide, caffeine, adenosine, syn-ake, marin collagen After hearing so many positive things about it, I couldn’t resist to not buy this product. Especially because I am a BB cream freak!  I’ve been using this BB cream for roughly 3 weeks now and I decided to share some information on this product with you guys by doing a review, so I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Disclaimer – please note that this a subjective review based on my own opinions. So this is what the BB cream looks like! Love love love the girly packaging 🙂 But i’m Korean myself and I don’t understand why the name of this product is so darn long haha. Oh and it has an SPF of 37 which is extra good! (Front) IMG_0848_Fotor_20130415

(Back)

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This is what the BB cream looks like. It has a fairly thick consistency. The only minus about this product is that it only comes in one color.

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(From left to right: Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Cream in light beige no. 2, Tony Moly Expert Hyaluronic Acid BB Cream, Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream) I did three quick swatches on my hand to compare the consistency. And as you can see in the photo, all three BB creams are fairly thick but once I started blending them into my skin, I found that the Etude House BB cream had a more watery touch to it and the other Tony Moly Expert BB cream also had a lot of moisture in it.

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I started to smooth out the BB cream using my fingers and indeed, the immediate feeling I got was that it felt like a liquid foundation! Also, it has a really nice scent — not my personal favourite smell…BUT it smells like a mixture of flowers and baby powder haha. But honestly, the smell was a bit too empowering for me. If you have a sensitive nose like me, you’ll understand what i’m talking about!!! lol One thing I realized was that 99.9% of Korean BB creams have a fairly powerful scent to it and I really want to know why. Sometimes, I really wish that they sold non-fragranced BB creams. IMG_0862_Fotor_20130415

I don’t know if you can tell, but I smoothed out all three BB creams in a straight line. You can immediately tell that the Luminous Goddess BB cream has a much thicker texture seeing that it looks like it has already soaked into the skin! Also, the BB cream has a fairly matte finish to it.

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And this is what my hand looks like after letting the three BB creams sink in for a minute or two. Gosh my hand really smelt of flowers and other girly things so my dog started licking it off haha. So first, I applied one layer of the BB cream to half of my face without using a primer or concealer. I really wanted to see what this BB cream was capable of doing! Especially for my uneven toned face. As you can see in the photo below, the left side is with the BB cream and the right side is without.

You can tell straight away that the BB cream covered up almost all of the redness and dark under eyes. I was really satisfied with the coverage. This BB cream does have the coverage of a foundation! Wow I am surprised. But one thing I noticed was that I have fairly dry skin and after letting the BB cream set for a few minutes, it dried up. I wouldn’t recommend using this BB cream by itself IF you have dry skin. I’d recommend using a moisturizing primer or cream before applying this.  This is a more precise photo of before and after applying the BB cream. In this photo, my skin looks a tad bit lighter after applying the BB cream but with natural lighting, there isn’t a big difference. Also, if you let the BB cream set for a few minutes, you’ll notice that the BB blends into your skin creating a more natural look! Untitled  This is a photo I took after I finished up my makeup. I also sealed the BB cream with a powder. When you take a flash photo, you’ll notice that there is a slight cast on the face. Also, it does have a matte finish to it.  I also applied the other half of my face with a foundation brush! And this photo is with just normal lighting. I was pretty worried that the BB cream wouldn’t match my skin tone but I was wrong! I think it matches fairly well 🙂 IMG_0866_Fotor_20130415

And lastly…Say hi to my puppy Choco 🙂 she is such a mischief maker…She started nibbling on the BB cream lid while I was doing my make up  hehe

Pros and Cons Pros – has an SPF of 37 PA+++ which is great for usage when going to the beach and in the summer – very good coverage; conceals dark circles, pimples and redness very well – has a smooth, matte finish to it – good for oily – smells good – a little goes a long way! You only need a small amount to cover up your whole face – affordable price – camera friendly Cons – it has a strong scent to it; I wouldn’t recommend this product for people with sensitive noses – not really suitable for dry skin. It dries up fairly quickly and sometimes can create cracks in the skin – you can look a bit cakey – if you have oily combination skin, you’ll notice that your t-zone will start to get a bit oily after a few hours – there’s only one colour choice available which is a big big big minus Overall, I love this BB cream! I think it’s an amazing product because the name of the BB cream speaks for itself. It’s camera friendly and the texture is very smooth and silky. It’s so inexpensive and I just love how it covers up all of those nasty zits and other buggers 🙂 The only main disadvantage is that it can get a little cakey if your skin dries up. So i’d recommend to spray on some face mist every couple of hours. That will help set the BB cream and keep it from not cracking your skin. I’d definitely recommend you to buy this product when you are in Korea because the product is really worth buying. Overal Rating ★★★★☆