Over the next week or so, I will be reviewing several Korean beauty products sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea. I have reviewed my experience with them in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!
Today’s review is for Mamonde Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid SPF34/PA++. I’ve been a fan of a couple of Mamonde’s skincare items, and I’m glad to be trying something from their makeup line for the first time.
Blossoming High Cover Cushion Perfect Liquid is a liquid foundation/BB cream that comes in a cushion compact, the form factor that started in South Korea and has become all the rage in the West over the last few years, as well.
Personally, I think cushion compacts are good for travel and touch-ups, but otherwise I never use them. I don’t think you get very much bang for your buck: for example, this one contains 0.45 oz / 13 g, compared with standard liquid foundation bottles which typically contain more than twice that amount, around 1 oz / 30 mL. Secondly, I hesitate to use the included sponge too much, since you keep touching it to your face, back to the cushion, and so on. Not hygienic! At home, when I use a liquid foundation, I use clean hands or a clean makeup sponge, and never double-dip-dirty. The only reason I ever use a cushion compact is to have it on the go, since they’re so easy to just slip into a handbag—I just need to remember to wash the applicator sponge, and its tray in the compact, when I get home. Well, that, and they do come in very cute compacts, sometimes!
Makeup is flawless thanks to finer cover powder made with Fine Pixel Cover™ technology and the reflecting effect of the Volume Up Light Powder™
Glow and shine with the Hydro Coating LiquidCover™! Puff made of soft material makes makeup stay to the skin to look smooth and flawless!
Liquid foundation in an airtight package to retain its color! More convenient than foundation and more exquisite than cushion!
Hydro Coating Liquid™ developed from Preserved Flower Technology gives a glow and shine to the makeup, and the combination of film forming material and moisturizing ingredients form a barrier over the skin to give a shiny, hydrated-looking finish to the makeup.
For my second Topbox (referral link) after resubscribing this summer, I didn’t “wish” for any of the special “Privé” boxes, because even though some of the brands were higher end/interesting (Bobbi Brown, Dr. Belmeur, Glamglow, Missha, Too Faced, etc.), I wasn’t enthralled by the actual products on offer, or their value. One option was actually a tarte eyeliner that costs $16 normally, so I’d be saving $4 by getting it? Gee, what a great deal. This isn’t what I find “fun” about a subscription box.
So, I stuck with the regular Topbox as I always have. (Will they actually have a Privé box that interests me, someday? I wonder.)
I also did not get a chance to pony up $10 for the additional “Beauty Surprise” since it sold out before I could sign up—but after checking out what other Topbox subscribers received, I’m a bit relieved that I saved my ten smackers.
I’m particularly relieved since I found my box this month to be something of a letdown. They are mostly items I can use, so at least they won’t go to waste, but there’s nothing I’m especially excited about at first glance. In hindsight, I should have opted for the Missha Privé, which was a tension compact valued at $24, which I would definitely have enjoyed using. Ah, well. Can’t win ’em all.
At least I didn’t get more Cake stuff, which is lovely but I’m so bored receiving the same Coconut & Cream hand creams from Topbox/Luxe Box.
All prices are in CA$ unless otherwise noted.
What I Received in my Topbox
Barefoot Venus🇨🇦 Green Tea Body Wash in Lilly Pilly (50 mL sample) [$6.90 for 50 mL / $20.05 for 250 mL, value: $6.90 / $4.01]
Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Some Beach (2.5 g full size) [value: US$7]
BeneFit The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Makeup (5 mL sample) [$40 for 15 mL full size, value: $13.33]
Satin Smooth Day/Night Daily Moisturizer (10 mL / 0.35 fl oz sample) [US$43.99 for 1.7 fl oz full size, value: US$9.06]
I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.
Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to them. Sweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.
Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):
Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]
Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.
Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.
My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.
They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:
The Face Shop has released a new collaboration with Marvel Comics!
(Sadly, in related news, Stan Lee’s wife Joan just passed away at the age of 93. The Lees had been married for 69 years.)
The collection is flashy and fun, with a couple of skincare products targeted at guys, as well. The prices are in USD and taken from Cosmetic Love (referral link), where the collection is currently 10% off, and worldwide shipping is free.
Trendy Nails Duo in 4 sets: 01 (Iron Man), 02 (Thor), 03 (Spider-Man), 04 (Black Widow)
Anti Darkening Cushion in 4 shades: V201, N201, V203, N203 ($21.06)
The very very big thing has happened. It will change everything and yet nothing will change at all! @esteelaudercompanies (a really really big company behind really really big brands) has today acquired a minority stake in DECIEM. The ELC team embraced us like a loving family from the very first meeting to the emotional hugs at closing. Instead of trying to control things like big companies sometimes do, ELC insists that we continue to be who we are. We are really emotional today because we know that, together with ELC, we are going to lead innovation in beauty and bring you more and more of very good things (and less and less of very bad delays). We are here today because of your support and love for us along our journey in the past few years. We promise that every step we take will be one to continue to recognize your support. (PS1- No, we won’t change who we are in any way; PS2- Brandon is and will still be the CEO; PS3- Yes, we have a lot of money now to invest in big infrastructure so we can serve you very promptly; PS4- Yes, we will have many more stores in many more places; PS5- We never have and will not test on animals. ; PS6- No, we won’t raise the prices of products we sell to you; PS7- ELC may seem like a big conglomerate, but please believe us when we say that it has a big soul and a team of truly loving people; PS8- The release is here: elc.deciem.com) 🙈🐒🐒🐒❤️❤️❤️
The optimist in me wants to say good for them! And that this new injection of money will seriously improve their production and distribution, particularly considering the issues they had upon the recent launch of their first colour cosmetics.
The pessimist in me realizes that The Estée Lauder Companies is one of the world’s largest cosmetic conglomerates, with brands like Clinique, MAC, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Becca, Origins, Smashbox, La Mer, Aveda, Jo Malone, Le Labo and more under its umbrella. It seems possible that formulations might become altered, prices may start to increase, and some of the things that I personally liked about the company will change: being local, cruelty-free (Estée Lauder is not cruelty-free), and the values they claimed to have about honesty in skincare.
Each box DECIEM mails out has ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY emblazoned on it in bold, sans-serif letters. It rings a bit false now that there’s a beauty behemoth behind the scenes.
In any case, Brandon Truaxe will remain DECIEM’s CEO (he has previous with launching a company only to sell it, and was also a founder of Indeed Labs). The company’s fans, including myself, will have to hope that this move allows DECIEM to grow comfortably, without losing sight of what made them so very popular in the first place.
This week, I test drove Canadian skincare brand DECIEM’s first foray into color makeup with one of their two new foundations.
In April, they released a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation under one of their brands, The Ordinary. I picked up both in the color 2.0YG (Light Medium, Yellow Undertones with Gold Highlights) for my NC25–30 skintone.
Today, I’m reviewing the Coverage Foundation, which, obviously, is meant to provide more coverage. It claims a light cream texture, full coverage, higher pigmentation than the Serum Foundation, and a semi-matte finish. The shade I got, as indicated by the “G” in the name, has additional subtle gold highlights mixed in.
This week, I test drove Canadian skincare brand DECIEM’s first foray into color makeup with one of their two new foundations.
In April, they released a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation. I picked up both in the color 2.0YG (Light Medium, Yellow Undertones with Gold Highlights) for my NC25–30 skintone.
Today, I’m reviewing the Serum Foundation, which is the more lightweight version. It claims a light serum texture, medium coverage, excellent pigmentation, and a semi-matte finish. The shade I got, as indicated by the “G” in the name, has additional subtle gold highlights mixed in.
The formula is fairly liquid and serum-like, and it is indeed well-pigmented.
This foundation also has SPF15, though it can only be claimed in the EU:
A poreless, full coverage gel foundation with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid.
tarte only offered a limited number of foundation shades as part of the deal (which strikes me as very odd, as wouldn’t you want as many people as possible to be able to try out your foundation during such a sale?). Luckily, I was able to find what I thought would be a good match in Light Neutral, which is described as light with pink and yellow undertones.
I’m about an NC25–30, but there was no Light-Medium Neutral, and Medium Neutral looked too deep. Normally I would also have gone with Light Sand instead, which is light with yellow undertones, but I found myself having issues with too-yellow foundations of late, so I went with the neutral shade, instead. I can’t remember whether Light Sand was one of the sale options, either.
So, before the foundation arrived, I was worried that Light Neutral might be too light (as I often find myself in between the Light and Light-Medium shades of foundations) and too pink/peach.
I swatched it when it arrived, and on the back of my hand, it did appear a bit too beige for my skintone (though happily, not too pink nor too peach):
I had to remind myself, however, that my hands have gotten a bit tanner now that it’s spring/summer, and also a little more yellow-toned than my face.