Friday, 16 March 2012

L'Oreal Cheek to Cheek Sculpting Blush Duet

Dear Glammys!

Lets talk about some cheeky stuff today (LOL cheesy much!). Couple of months ago I was in search for some cheap sculpting/bronzing and highlighting stuff for my face. And lucky me, because I found something really pocket friendly, yet giving me the absolute results I wanted. The product is called L'Oreal Cheek to Cheek Sculpting Blush Duet. Yes, it has word Blush in its name even though it works as sculpting and bronzing product, a little research told me that it is a blush, comes in various shades like peach and pinks and is used for sculpting and adding dimension. Hence, its name is not restricted to bronzer. It came with a price tag of PKR 275 from my local drugstore; see I told you its pocket friendly :D and you get 3.5g of product. Which is totally worth it :)

The shade I bought is called Infinite Sands and it is gorgeous on the skin.

You can see that half side is like a highlighting shade with touch of peach-ness to it and is perfect for drawing light to the face. I like to use it above my cheek bones, on the cupid's bow above lips, down the bridge of the nose and also as everyday highlight for my eyes in the inner corner and below the brow bone. It is really easy to blend, is not overpowering or chunky, has very slightest shimmer just the way I like it.  

The other side is very muted brown. Not at all shimmery which is something we want in a bronzer or any product we want to use to sculpt our face. After all, no one wants to end up looking like a disco ball. Its perfect for defining the face and sculpting those chiseled cheek bones we all want (HAHA). Anyway, its very blendable and buildable as well. A little goes a long way for this. Not only I use it for contouring my face and cheek bones but I also use it in my eye socket for very subtle definition and adding depth to my eyes for my everyday look.

The unblended swatch for you people to see some of goodness I am talking about. It's very subtle and beautifully sculpts the face. I've been using this for last couple of months (maybe a bit more than that) and it has been my goto product for contouring and bronzing. And even after all this rigorous use, I have hardly made a dent in the pan. The lasting power on the face is also okay and wears off very nicely on the skin. 

Also this product is very comparable to Sleek Contour Kit (which was the basic motivation behind buying this as well). The brown part of this L'Oreal product is not as fine as Sleek's, but nevertheless it gave the same marvelous results. It being the cheaper alternative is much more feasible to use for everyday or for carrying around in the bag. Here I must mention, although I'm very satisfied with the packaging overall, its pretty sturdy, but I would have preferred it more if it came with a brush and mirror too (because that makes it easy for touch-ups on the go). 

Overall I would suggest you try grabbing some of it from your local drugstore as its really worth the money you pay for it. The product is nice and can be used in various ways other than sculpting as the colors are so universal and pretty much it would suit every skin tone. Give it a go! 
Love, Hadiya

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Super Liner (maybe)!

Dear Glammys!

Guess who is back in action? Oh yeah, it's me. Been a while. Anyhow... Today the point in focus is L'oreal 24Hour Super Liner Gel EyeLiner waterproof. That's a mouthful name. And as I am too lazy to click away or edit today, I'll just insert the piccy from our beloved Google Images. 

It's the Japanese/Asian version specifically as you can see some Japanese language (if i'm not wrong) on the box. I got it for like PKR 350 which is hell cheap considering the claims it makes and also considering that it's a gel eyeliner. Well let me tell you, its exactly the price you would pay for what it actually does. Anyway the price got me guessing that it might be a fake L'oreal product. Turns out, its not. I got some good reviews on Further searching the internet told me that its sold for like 12$-20$ depending on the online stores you buy it from like or (though I don't know if they deliver to Pakistan so you can check that out yourself :P) That's a lot of over charging as you know now that in Pakistan you can get it for like PKR 300-350.

Anyway lets get to the point of how good is it and is it worth it? First of all, I got to say packaging is adorable. Almost like packaging of Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. It has that same classy touch to it. Glass container, good twisty cap and a very own soft bristle brush (which gives a very good line both thick and thin, however you like and prefer. Also is really easy to use for flicking the line. I could even tightline my eyes  with it and could use it in waterline too. Ah-mazing brush in short)  

Now, it claiming it to be waterproof, well not so much waterproof and it rubs off like crazy. I've got oily eyelids and I found it to be transferring onto my lids in a very short time. It doesn't last for 24hours either. Well, remove the 2 from 24 and that's how long it lasts - hardly 4 hours is the lasting time. You can increase it by an hour or so if you be a good girl and apply eye primer before applying it. But on me it hardly lasted for 3-5 hrs. After that you need to re-apply it to freshen up and look perfect again. 

The product to me looked and felt more like a cream eyeliner instead of being gel eyeliner, which is ok by me if it lasted on my eyes a bit more. I'm definitely in love with brush though, no denying that. It's super easy to use and gives the perfect line. The product itself is pigmented enough that it works just fine. 

Considering the price I payed for it, the quality is fairly satisfactory. Nothing too extra-ordinary just like I expected and suspected (whoa, that rhymes :D).

It's definitely worth the money if you are on the look out for something extremely cheap, yet still workable. Also if you want to get the feel of gel eyeliners and using eyeliner brushes, this can be your goto product for perfecting your technique and getting hang of the idea before you invest in something more expensive. I'd say it's not as much of a "super liner" as it claims on the packaging, but its worth it. 
Love, Hadiya