Let’s be honest: I’ve never had much use for a concealer brush before, as someone who breezed through their teen years with the enviable, ‘effortlessly perfect’ skin and little darkness under my eyes. I could probably count the amount of times I used it– or actually needed to when I did– on my hands.
Now at 22, and quite a bit more stressed out in my personal life (those dark circles are starting to come in :0 ), my skin has become…. oh-so mysteriously acne prone, and myself unprepared for how to deal with covering it all up.
Because I’d heard many people say that ‘your fingers always work better than brushes’ at applying concealer than a brush would, I tried that a bit, and found myself having little luck. Foolishly, I then proceeded to use my ‘Sephora PRO Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush‘ that I already owned (trying to save money) for months, not realizing that was for buffing out undereye concealer, and not covering blemishes– at least, it certainly was effective at the former, and not the latter. It just buffed the concealer right off the blemish, really.
So when my acne finally went from nightmarish to ‘hellish’, I decided to look up better alternatives on Sephora’s website, and ended up coming across one that had over 4.5 stars of solid reviews, despite having many, many reviews on the record– which is something you really hardly see on that site, if ever. If $30 could hide what was destroying my self esteem– especially while I’m still on the hunt for a job, and need the confidence for in-person interviews– (and also help me look cute again just for going out, or dressing up/cosplay), I was more than willing to pay that much.
And let me tell you. Oh, boy do I have before -> afters for you, friends.
I really came here to review the brush, because I’ve tried it with different concealers and it is really the changemaker at play here, but I’ll review the KVD concealer while I’m at it, because that’s the product I’ll be using in the review and B&A’s of the brush.
Let’s see how this brush (and the concealer!) stands up to all the hype~
This was very much an impulse purchase, out of the curiosity to try a product offering both complete UV coverage (SPF 50+ PA++++) and the slight pinkish glowing tint of a makeup base.
Admittedly, I also had a strong desire to purchase something from the ebay seller Maco of Fictif-Nook. She is a Japanese-born expat (living out of the country) who has a rather unique selection compared to other Japanese goods sellers on eBay– but most importantly, makes it of the utmost importance to state her support for and desire to help those with disabilities and special needs. I was so touched and grateful (especially given the fact that in Japan, the stigma towards disability is exponentially worse than where I live in the US already, so she’s really unique in that regard!), that since I wanted to buy one cheap thing from her already, I threw this item and a tsubaki konjac sponge along in the order, too!
Even the exterior box of this item is pleasant and cute– at least in my opinion– so go ahead and follow the cut if you’d like to see how the product itself matches up to that presumption~
….I’m just going to call this product the ‘Fenty Beauty Foundation’ from here on out, because I kind of hate when brands come out with absurdly long names like this that I’m sure not even Rihanna herself would be able to remember when she needs to hahah
I first swatched this shade when I dropped by my local sephora for a job interview a few days ago, and my heart nearly skipped a beat when it blended in effortlessly with my skintone– WITHOUT a white-pigmented mixer added in. I ordered it almost immediately when I got home that night, and it arrived just yesterday.
Guys. I am convinced that this stuff is liquid magic. It is an intentionally all-inclusive line that has a bottle for every shade and undertone, from the oft-ignored dark skinned, ebony queens, to the nearly-transparent, literally-sickly ghostly fair, like myself. After having used it twice now, I feel ready (and downright excited) to review it, and share my new infatuation with Fenty Beauty with you all.
Join me below the cut as I share my admiration for Rihanna, her all-inclusive vision, and this downright amazing foundation!!
[alternate post title: “I post various photos of my cosplay makeup and swear up and down that it’s relevant to the meme I’m filling out”]
So I went out in search of other spoonie beauty bloggers and ended up actually finding one (not sure if she’d be comfortable with me tagging her here, but regardless), which made me so happy!
She had a meme posted on the top of her blog, which I thought might be fun to fill out myself and post here, so you may all get to know me and my habits a bit better through a little harmless fun~
Also consider this an all call– if you know any chronically ill / disabled / spoonie beauty bloggers, send their urls my way, I’m so eager to make new friends with whom I have that in common~!
Now that we’ve got the melancholic sharing aspects out of the way, check out the fun makeup meme-ery below the cut~
When you have skin as sickly-ghost-pale as mine, you often need to devise creative methods of tampering with your skin/base makeup in order to get the shades you buy to eventually acquiesce to match your actual skin tone. The most recent method I’ve devised– which I plan to write a comprehensive post containing many different products and example photos on soon– is to use asian whitening/”tone-up” creams in place of a white mixer, so I can buy a foundation or BB cream based on formula instead of just ‘this is almost remotely white enough to suit me’, then mix in the whitening primer to make it closer to my face shade.
I bought this SON&PARK Beauty Filter Cream– a whitening tone-up cream- for that very reason (that is, to try for mixing in with my makeup, and to have a wider variety of products, including a high-end one, for when I write that future post), and I’m going to be upfront in saying, the most shocking thing about this product for me was the size of the container.
let me just… here’s a size comparison.
…but you guys are here for some info on the product, not to stare at an old can of my father’s caffeine free Diet Dr. Pepper, right? Then, onto the swatches + mini-review~
[and no… it’s not called a mini-review because the product is really tiny…]
An amazingly lovely friend of mine from allll the way back in high-school [who actually works at a local Sephora now!] has taken note of my knowledge of (mostly asian) skincare and makeup products recently, and hit me up to ask if I knew anything about the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair line. As luck would have it, the only item I’ve used from the line– the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (what a mouthful…)– is the one he was interested in finding out more about, so I offered to write him a full review of the product including ratings on a five point scale, photos, etc. He seemed genuinely interested to see what I had to say, which brings us to where we are now!
Well, here you go, friend!
Let me start by saying yes, that’s the actual name of this product in shade #07. redbeanpress; All one word. I felt the need to clarify because all of the preview press I’d seen, as well as the site I bought this from, advertised and sold me shade #07 as ‘Dona Redbean Juice’, though I was reassured by the fact that I had still received shade 07– and after years of using asian beauty and other lifestyle products, studying east asian linguistics (including a lot of Japanese language), and even travel to Japan, if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that inconsistency among translations to English are more than commonplace. In cosmetics, especially, I rather expect them, and am almost more surprised by products with perfectly translated pachaging, hahah.
But anyways, I bought this product mainly because it was advertised directly on the promo material/stock photos as a MLBB– AKA ‘my lips but better’ (also, they use that phrase in Korea? nice~) lip tint– which sounded like a dream come true imo. I live for the longevity of Korean lip tints/stains (I pretty much stopped using all american lip products, save for the occasional–and also long-lasting– liquid lipstick. I literally haven’t bought a twist up lipstick in years), but they’re always such shocking shades of hot pink, red, and orange, which doesn’t match my daily look very well.
Enter: Peripera Tint Water Gel in 07 redbeanpress.