Category: Fashion

QuickFX Mattifying Primer Review

To be honest, I’ve only known about makeup primers recently. Before, the common makeup routine I knew was cleanser-moisturizer-foundation-concealer-powder-and so on. But then a face primer and eyelid primer popped up and now my face is going to be four layers eveytime I apply makeup.

Truth be told, primers are still not that popular and widely manufactured. Most face primers are expensive and only few are sold widely here in the Philippines. With my financial status, I couldn’t afford those Shu Uemura, Smashbox, Rimmel, Revlon, etc. face primers. I can’t even find a seller here in Baguio City. I have to buy it online.

(http://www.cosmo.ph/beauty/makeup/10-best-makeup-primers)

A little bit of a background here to readers who still don’t have much knowledge of primers. Face primers are used to “minimize” pores, “hide” acne scars, soften fine lines, and make makeup adhere to the skin better. Usually, it is used before applying foundation. Hence, it is called “primer.” Primers also help prevent clogging caused by makeup deposits. Some primers can also function as moisturizer. Others have mattifying components. You can use it on your t-zone to minimize large pores and at the same time control oiliness.

I have encountered the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier before, I frequently see this in Watsons and SM Department Store. However, I only learned about what this product does when I watched Say Artillero’s review of the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier in YouTube. None in the packaging says it’s a primer so I was doubtful at first. Originally, this was sold at around Php 69 only, however it increased to Php 89. Maybe a lot of people started buying it after learning that it could be used as a primer.

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QuickFX Mattifying Primer. Available at Watsons and SM Department Store. The photo is mine.

The QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is made in Korea, as stated in the packaging. There are other QuickFX products too like the Tinted Moisturizer and Eye Cream. I bought the tinted moisturizer as an alternative for foundation and I’m going to make a review of it too. Now, let’s proceed to my review of the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier.

As a moisturizer. It says on the packaging that the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is “a light moisturizer…” So I tried applying it after cleaning my face, without putting on any moisturizer. I have combination skin that can be extreme sometimes – a very oily t-zone and very dry cheeks. What I expected from this product is the same result when I use my Myra Facial Moisturizer, however when I used it the result was different. No dryness was visible upon application, however when I applied my foundation dry patches started to show up. A few hours later, my foundation became blotchy on my cheeks because of the dryness. I tried applying the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier on top of the blotched foundation, however it only made it worse because the foundation clumped and I could not spread it. Anyway, the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier is not an alternative for moisturizer based on my experience.

As a primer. This is the first and only product I have used as a primer. I cannot afford the other primers because they are expensive and I have to pay for shipping fee because no one sells here in Baguio City. So, I would share my experience with this primer based on my own opinion and not in comparison with what a primer should be.

First of all, it does not cover my large pores and other imperfections. I have large pores on my nose, nose bridge, and under my eyes. Even if I put a generous amount over these areas nothing happens. However, it does give a flawless coverage on my cheeks and forehead. I have watched a lot of videos where they use a pea-size amount of QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier for the whole face. In my case, however, a pea-size amount of the product is not enough. It depends on what foundation I will use, how heavy my makeup will be, and how long I will wear my makeup.

One thing I am sure about this product is that it helps make my makeup last longer, however it does not prevent smudging and transferring of the foundation. The reason I could think of is that it controls the production of oil in my t-zone hence the makeup is not disturbed. Once my face become oily, my makeup starts to melt and smudge around. However, the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier helps prevent my makeup from melting and smudging for an extra hour, or it depends on the wheather and other circumstances. When I’m only using tinted moisturizer, my t-zone does not oil up until 2 hours after application. With foundation, it can last up to three to four hours.

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QuickFX Mattifying Primer. The photo is mine.

As to hiding acne without drying them, I’m not really sure because I don’t have acne. When I do have one or two zits on my face that appear out of nowhere, I avoid using makeup or any product on my face that could worsen it so I have not tried using QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier to treat acne.

These are the most important things I have noticed about the QuickFX No-Shine Mattifier so far. This, I repeat, is based on my experience. It may be good on some and might not be good on others. We have different skin types and also have different reactions to a specific product. I suggest though that you read a lot of reviews and ask from other people their own experience before buying any makeup product so that it won’t be a waste in the end.

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Review: Careline Eyeshadow and Blusher Palette

Along with the Ever Bilena Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation, I bought this set when I was starting to try makeup. I remember I bought this for a mock job interview for a Speech Communication class and our teacher was very meticulous on how we will present ourselves. So all of us had to really prepare for it, which also includes wearing makeup (for the girls). So I went to Watsons and headed directly to the first booth, which was Ever Bilena, and bought whatever was cheap.

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Careline Eyeshadow and Blusher Palette. I had to blur the image on the mirror, sorry. The photo is mine.

Product:

Careline Eyeshadow and Blusher

Price:

P100-P150

Specs:

Includes a mirror.

Two blush shades: Red and Baby Pink

8 eyeshadow shades: Icy Blue, Dark (Almost Navy) Blue, Black, Red, Neutral, Light Brown, Matte Brown, Shiny Brown

A double-end small brush with sponge-tip applicator

What I love about it:

The product doesn’t come off easily. For a cheap makeup set, it really has good quality. The eye shadow stays on the eyelid for hours, and it doesn’t melt even on mild hot days.

I like the colors. They are perfect for school, work, or everyday makeup, and you can also use it for special occasions. They are suited for beginners who are starting to experiment with simple looks.

Travel ready. It fits into my pouch, and because it has 8 eye shadows and 2 blush colors I don’t need to bring other necessary kits anymore.

What I dislike:

You need a good brush to get an enough amount of eye shadow. Otherwise, you have to repeatedly apply the product to get the precise color on your lid.

The brush included in the kit is useless, or I mean I don’t recommend it for you to use. I really can’t work with small brushes, and I have a problem with the quality of the brush.

Most of the eye shadows are matte, so if you want to add depth or highlighter you need a different set.

Review: Ever Bilena Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation

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EB Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation was the first foundation I bought when I was starting to venture into makeup. It’s simple and easy to use, plus it’s budget friendly to all Pinays out there.

I bought this is SM Baguio Watsons, I forgot the real price. I’m going to check it out once I drop by their store. The EB booth was the first one in line when I went to buy my makeup 3 years ago, and because I lack knowledge about makeup I immediately bought it. Haha. Well the saleslady helped me pick my shade, because all shades seem to match my skin tone. Anyway, this bottle’s shade is in Almond.

What it says on the label:

This innovative new product of EB Advance Shine Free Liquid Make-up Foundation provides a sheer, smooth finish, even coverage and help moisturizes your skin. It provides coverage that lasts longer than  ever before. It is formulated with broad spectrum UVA/UVB Sunscreen Protection to promote health skin while protecting against dryness and sun damage. Skin remains smoother, shine-free all day long.

Shades:

I applied the EB Advance Shine Free Foundation on my arm with varied amounts. As you can see, the foundation is a bit thick and light.
I applied the EB Advance Shine Free Foundation on my arm with varied amounts. As you can see, the foundation is a bit thick and light.

Almond, Natural, Soft Bisque, Oriental

Like:

  • Travel friendly because of the bottle. You also don’t need to squeeze it because it’s upside down.
  • One layer is enough. It’s also easy to blend and apply on your face. I also use it sometimes as an eyelid primer and concealer.
  • Light to medium consistency, doesn’t feel very thick when applied to your face.
  • It doesn’t dry your skin.

Dislike:

  • The amount of liquid foundation that goes out of the bottle is hard to control. Sometimes I squeeze too much.
  • I have to shake it before I use it, because sometimes there are lumps on the liquid foundation. I also use my fingers to apply it on my face to blend it naturally.
  • The shade Almond is a little bit light for me. When I use it my face appears obviously lighter than my neck. So I only use it on my problem areas, cheeks, nose, chin, and under eyes. The key to using EB Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation is to keep a thin layer to maintain your makeup. Otherwise your face will look like a geisha’s.
  • Doesn’t really control oiliness or the shine of my face. I have a combination skin, my T-zone is really oily while my cheeks easily dries out. But, EB Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation can’t control the oiliness of my forehead. After two hours, my forehead will start to shine.

Anyway, every product has its pros and cons and varies for every user. I’m still using the EB Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation until now (I’m just using up what’s left in the bottle). It may not be the best foundation out there, but if you are starting in doing makeup and you don’t want to spend that much, I highly recommend the EB Advance Shine Free Makeup Foundation.