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Etude House: Dear Girls Oil Control Pact

13 Oct

Average online retail: $10
Store retail: 8,500 ($8)



This doesn’t help as much as I thought it would. It’s a good way to set makeup. It gives a nice, soft finish. However, it’s no match for my oily skin. I look shiny in about an hour. I don’t usually reapply it because I don’t want to make the powder dirty with bacteria.

I usually need to use oil sheets to soak up the shine afterward.

This has cute packaging. It comes with a nice pad to apply it. Although I bought a new pad so I could have a clean one. There’s also a pretty design etched into the powder pact. All of this is superficial though.


It does give a nice finish and helps set makeup.

You only need a light layer.

It doesn’t look cakey, feel thick or give a white cast (as long as you use a light amount).

I give this 3.5/5 stars.


The Face Shop: Color Control (CC) Cream (02 Natural Beige)

13 Oct

Average retail online: $20.00

Store retail: ₩24,900 ($23) I don’t know why the in-store price is cheaper. Be careful about authentic products.
This is the Aura Color Control Cream.  “Face It CC Cream is a color-controlling cream that brightens your complexion.”
This is the first CC cream that I’ve used. My skin is oily and prone to breaking out, so I thought I’d see if this CC cream was a better fit for me. CC cream is targeted to help people with covering up redness and help prevent break outs, more so than the average BB cream.

I would wear this to work, where I am moving around and get hot easily, and here are my thoughts:

The oil control isn’t great. I would look very shiny and oily after a few hours.

The color is a little too yellow for me, although it may fit others better. It did blend to my skin OK though.


Can you tell which side has the CC cream?
The left side is with the CC cream. The right side is without any makeup.

This covers up the redness well, but not necessarily any better than other BB creams.
before after
It didn’t break me out. I still had a few occasional break-out episodes though.

I really like the packaging–I haven’t seen anything personally like it. It looks like a powder pact, but there’s a small hole in the middle on the inside. You push a button and the product comes out. It’s easy to control the amount. It’s also very hygienic.
It also comes with an applicator pad, which I never used. But it feels nice and is a cute hot pink color.


Light beige shade (above): Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream
Yellow beige shade (lower): The Face Shop CC Cream

Here is a comparison of this and a Lioele BB cream I reviewed.

I give this 2.5/5 stars.

I bought this and used all the product. This shows that it was a fine product, however, I’ve used better BB creams. I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again.

MAC: Studio Finish Concealer (NC 20)

3 Feb

Store retail: $18


I finally got a concealer that I love! Sorry about the little black hairs from my brush (I’ve had this product for almost three months). Now, let’s take a look at MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer!

MAC 286

Price: At $18, this concealer is a bit expensive. However, you’re paying for MAC and the product’s reputation.

Size: Although this may be costly for some, you get a lot of product. The product sits in a 1-dollar-coin-sized container. It’s about 1-inch deep. I was worried the product may only cover sit a few mm down (using deceiving packaging), but it really fills the whole container.

Coverage: Check out a picture of how well it covers up my mole on my arm. I use this over my BB cream and then set everything with a misting spray or powder.

concealer before concealer after

Texture: Studio Finish has a thick, clay-like texture. This makes it strong enough to cover marks well. I’ve been using my MAC 286 brush to apply it. You can also use your finger, but the brush helps even out the color. However, I would like to start using a smaller brush–I feel like I’m wasting some product.


I give this five out of five stars.

Lioele: Triple the Solution BB Cream

6 Jan

Average retail online: $21-28
Store retail: ₩35,000 ($33.00)


The reason I bought this BB cream in the first place was because of a sample I tried. I remember it left a powdery finish that really made my skin look flawless. The color also matched my skin tone nicely (NC40). As soon as I could, I ordered one online. When it arrived, I eagerly opened it to try it on. I was left with some disappointment, for it wasn’t the same as before.

I realized that the sample was Lioele’s Beyond the Solution BB Cream (retail $28). I bought Lioele’s Triple Solution BB Cream (retail $18), which has extra features–whitening, wrinkle care and UV protection.

I need to try the Beyond the Solution sometime and compare them.

The label says, “This product makes your skin feel moist as yogurt and hyaluronic acid supply moisture and nutrition” (yes, there is a type on the label). Despite the label’s claims, if I don’t really moisturize my face, my skin will look flaky.


Like many BB creams, this one only comes in one shade. The good thing is it does not have a grey tone. It’s a light-medium beige color. I need to wait about 10 minutes for the shade to adjust to my skin (I will look kind of pale at first). The Beyond the Solution BB Cream matched my skin tone better.


This is a swatch of Lioele’s Triple the Solution BB Cream. It’s a light-medium beige color.

It’s hard to control the pump–a lot tends to come out at once.

This is the tubes pump. You can kind of control the amount that comes out if you're careful, but it's difficult.

This is the tube’s pump. You can kind of control the amount that comes out if you’re careful, but it’s difficult.

Some people may not like the scent, but I do. It has a flowery-baby-powder smell that I don’t mind. I can’t even smell it when it’s on my face, only if I put my nose to it.

Although the BB cream is somewhat drying, I like the texture of it. It almost reminds me of a mousse. It’s similar to Missha’s Perfect Cover B.B. Cream, but more lightweight and whipped-feeling.

I don’t have oil problems when using the BB cream–another plus. Also, the coverage is medium to moderate, but I swear it’s not as good as good as Beyond the Solution BB Cream. It does a nice job of evening my skin tone and toning down the red. Wow. Look at how it helps my pores, too! I have huge pores, but you can see how well the BB cream hides them!

Lioele before

This is before I applied Lioele’s Triple the Solution BB Cream. I hate my skin.

Lieole after

This is after I applied Lioele’s Triple the Solution BB Cream. You can see how it evens my skin tone well.

I give this three and one half out of five stars.

When I used just the Beyond the Solution BB Cream, I used a stippling brush to apply it. However, when I began using the Triple the Solution, I was using my fingers. Recently, I’ve been using my MAC 187 stippling brush, and it applies so much better! I really helps give an airbrush finish.

bb brush 1

bb brush 2

Dr. Jart: Detox Healing Blemish Base — BB Black Label

1 Apr

Average retail online: $30-34
Store retail: around ₩34,000 ($32.10)

I decided to buy this BB cream because the woman at the store said it was good for oily skin!

The back of the tube.

Here’s a swatch of the Detox Healing Blemish Base.

This BB cream is thick. It comes out like toothpaste.

I don’t like the packaging. It makes it easy to control how much product to get out, but it isn’t very hygienic. You squirt some product onto your hand or whatever, and then some of the product that touches you goes back into the tube. It’s not a big deal, I suppose. Just wash your hands good before using it!

This is the tube I’m not too fond of. But at least you don’t need to rely on a pump working!

Not the best coverage. I’d say it’s just a hair less than the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream.

I think I have more of a combination skin, but more on the oily side. Sometimes I feel like this cream makes my face look a little dry.

Because the product is so thick, a little goes a long way. I only need to put a little on my finger, and then I can blend it out a lot.

It also provides enough converge to help even out my skin tone. Just touch up with some concealer if you want.

This BB cream works fine for my oily skin.

Me without the Detox Healing Blemish Base.

Me with the Detox Healing Blemish Base. You can see it evens out my skin a lot and takes some redness away.

I give this three out of five stars.

Candy Doll: Mineral Powder (01, matte)

28 Mar

This product seemed to get a lot of hype, so I gave it a try! The puff it came with isn’t really a puff but more of a velvety pad.

This doesn’t give any coverage at all. Not bad if you’re just looking for a setting powder, like I was.

It claims to reduce the size of enlarged pores — this is a lie! At least it was for me and my large pores.

First of all, I like the packaging ^^ I don’t think some people do, but I like the black and purple with stripes.

It feels really, really soft and velvety, and it doesn’t smell like anything to me, which might be a plus. Not that I should touch my face, but when I put it on it makes my skin feel so soft and velvety too.

I feel like it matches most skin types, because, although the powder is beige, it goes on very translucent without looking pasty. The powder helps maintain oil control too.

Overall, if you want a powder that doesn’t look like put anything on and just want something to set makeup, this is for you.

Here I am with the Candy Doll Mineral Powder over my Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 23). You can still see my large pores -,_-

I give this four out of four stars.

Missha: Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 21, No. 23)

26 Mar

Average retail online (20 ml): $8-13
Store retail (20 ml): ₩7,800 ($7.40)

I bought these BB creams from the Missha store. If you are a new customer, they generally give you a free gift with your first purchase. I originally just bought No. 23 (the darker shade), but they sent me No. 21 as a gift ^^

These are 50 ml (1.6 oz) tubes.

Since I got both, I like using No. 21 under my eye area as more of a concealer. I feel like it’s just a tad too light for my whole face. But, it changes to your skin tone a little, too.

Here is some of Missha’s Perfect Cover B.B. Cream. On the left is No. 21, the lighter shade, and on the right is No. 23, a darker shade.

I rubbed some of the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream into my skin. On the left is No. 21, and on the right is No. 23.

This is the Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream rubbed in more. On the left is No. 21, and on the right is No.23. The colors change after a bit to match your skin tone better.

I was so excited to get this BB cream in the mail. But, when I eagerly opened the bottle and began pumping the tube, nothing came out. That was No. 23 — the shade I wanted the most. I tried pumping No. 21, and it worked fine. I ended up needing to mail the other bottle back, and they exchanged it for me, no problem. I don’t know how often that happens — I haven’t read about other people experiencing that problem, so I don’t know if you should worry about it too much.

It’s not as much coverage as I like, but it is the best out of the three BB creams I have. It’s definitely fine with some concealer.

It’s also important to note that BB cream isn’t meant to totally cover up everything. It’s best you already have really nice skin and want it even smoother looking — unfortunately, my skin isn’t that nice -,_- But I like how light weight it feels, so I prefer it over foundation.

For the sake of a review, here is me without any makeup on.

This is me with ONLY Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream (No. 23), and nothing else. I don’t put it on heavily. I put on one light layer over my face.

It smells like a perfume-y baby powder sent — it kind of reminds me of my grandma o_o You can’t smell it once it’s on though. I don’t know if this is a pro or con! The texture is a nice, light, creamy and almost fluffy consistency.

Despite the faulty pump, I really like it. My Dr. Jart BB cream comes in a tube and you just squirt it out, but I don’t like having some not come out that you touch with your finger then have it go back in the bottle. The Missha one is more hygienic! It’s also pretty easy to control the amount that squirts out.

Like I said, although it doesn’t give the best coverage, it’s still pretty decent. It does a nice job at evening out my skin tone. It’s not going to cover up red areas too well, but I just touch it up with some concealer.

Also, I haven’t noticed it breaking me out any more than I already do ^^ That’s a plus.

I would buy this again!

I give this a four out of five stars.