L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer Review

When I first started liking anything makeup related in general, this L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer was all over beauty blogs and YouTube. Some refer to it as a cult favorite and it was really raved about. Who wouldn’t be tempted to buy something that’s a ‘holy grail’ status for most?

We have L.A Girl counters here in the Philippines and I was so excited about checking it out for the first time. This was 3 years ago, I think.

So I purchased my first L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Robinson’s forum. The shade I purchased was creamy beige I think and the mall price was somewhere between P395 or P495.  (Please note that 3 years ago, I was new to buying my first few makeup essentials for my kit. Plus, I wasn’t brave enough to start buying makeup products that are P300+ unless it’s a foundation. In short, this is a very big decision as per my budget.) As per the SA, the creamy beige was the lightest shade available in the PH. The first time I swatched it on my hand it looked fine. It seemed to blend well on my skin and it looked like a perfect match, the SA said so too. Since I’ve already read tons of good reviews about this concealer, I didn’t hesitate to immediately buy it.

The regret started about 30 minutes after.

It oxidized. It became freakishly orange against my fair skin tone and I was like–OH MY GAWD. Sure, the coverage was awesome but I didn’t want orange under eyes paired with my fair toned cheeks. I tried making it work by putting it under lighter makeup, but with L.A Girl’s extreme coverage, as soon as my foundation base has faded, I’m left with weird orange streaks under my eyes and orange polka dots on my cheeks because of the blemishes I tried to conceal. I stopped making it work. The shade was so wrong. It oxidizes really bad!

So, after my scary experience with that previous shade, this year, I came across the Shopee app. It has a lot of legit stores that sell US/UK/Korean/Japanese makeup. The selection is crazy, just go find yourself a legit seller that sells 100% Authentic makeup products. Note that there are fakes too so buy at your own risk.

I saw the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer again and it retails for about P180-P250. It’s cheaper than the mall price and it has a wider range of shades to choose from.

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It’s the same product that I’ve used before, I just chose a lighter shade and hoped that I got the right one this time.

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I got the shade Light Ivory. As per Google, it’s the second lightest shade available.

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The previous shade I bought was creamy beige and the Light Ivory is waaaaayyy lighter. I knew I could always make lighter shades work because I could use it for highlighting. It was a better way to start than stark orange shades.

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Here’s how the shade translates to my arm. It looks fine, right?

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When blended. (Is it still there???)

Here’s where the real review starts. When you look at the picture above, it blended almost into nothing. That’s supposed to be good, right? Well, not until you really want to conceal something and your concealer just vanishes once blended… That’s not good. With a concealer that’s as pigmented as this, a little should have gone a long way. But for some reason, the way this concealer blends depends on how much product you put. (Well, isn’t that wasteful?) At first, I thought that this concealer was fake, but I have ordered a bunch of products from that shop in Shopee and the rest performed well. It was just this one that failed. I also compared the previous concealer that I bought in the mall, and it looked pretty much the same. 101% the same so I knew it couldn’t be fake.

The thing is, you have to squeeze out a lot of product in order to get the most out of it. I’ve used this tube for about a week and it’s already 50% empty. It’s an affordable buy for P180-P250 but still, this is a raved product. I expected more from it. But then, if it works on them, it won’t always work for me.

I’m not a fan of the packaging/applicator as well. A brush tip applicator isn’t the easiest to work with. You can barely control the amount of product it dispenses. It’s either you can’t even dispense anything, or it dispenses a sh*t ton of product. A doe-foot applicator would be highly appreciated or just a simple squeezy tube would have been better.

I also have dry combination skin and even with moisturizer and a primer underneath, this concealer looked very patchy under my eyes. It accentuated my fine lines and dryness. You have to work around it quickly, as it sets very fast.

I guess it will only work for those who have oily or normal skin. I blend this with a damp sponge and no matter how much I try to thin it out, I’m left with the same outcome every time. Not sure if it was really not meant for my skin type or what.

The shade I picked wasn’t all that bad. However, don’t get scared when you dispense it on your skin because the pigment itself looks very off. But once you blend it, it tones down.

Coverage wise, I’d still say it’s a medium, despite how it didn’t make my skin look flawless. I had better experiences with other concealers than this one.

I just think that this product is too overrated. The shade range is also a bit off. I don’t think anyone is that orange or yellow. Be careful about choosing your shades especially if you’re buying it online. The swatches in Google look lighter than the actual shade. My skin isn’t that fair and the second lightest shade is still a shade darker than my actual skin tone. If you’re fairer than me, I suggest that you try Korean brand concealers instead.

Would I repurchase?

No. I have recently found something so much better and I think I found my HG concealer/foundation!

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Wet ‘n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette Review

The Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette is probably one of those products that “YouTube Made Me Buy”. It was raved so much by Pinay YouTube bloggers that I decided to finally buy my second contouring palette.

I was a late bloomer. I wanted to find my perfect base first before I ventured into the more complicated side of makeup such as contouring. I wasn’t exactly in the search of my holy grail contouring palette because I haven’t really found my holy grail base just yet.

My first contour-blush palette was from E.L.F, which I wasn’t really a fan of, because it was too patchy for me and the blush felt so gritty and rough in texture, I stopped buying contouring palettes in general because it’s not something I really use every day and I feel like my first experience in E.L.F’s contouring palette ruined the whole thing for me. (A lot of people like that blush-contour palette though, it just didn’t work well on me.)

 

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I bought my Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring palette in Shopee for P340 each. It took me quite a while to finally check that item out after it has been in my cart for more than months already. I wasn’t sure if I needed it, but I finally gave in after watching a series of YouTubers rave about it.

I bought the shade of Dulce De Leche. It will suit those who have light to fair skin tones. For those who are morena or darker, there’s another shade called Caramel Toffee that’s available.

I saw this in Landmark Makati’s Wet & Wild stall once, it was sold for P495 if I remember correctly, but it seems to be out of stock already as per the SA. I’m not sure for how long it will be out of stock, but before I bought this, I would always check their counter whenever I would go to Landmark and it’s always unavailable. I recommend that you buy this online instead since it’s cheaper. Just make sure that you buy from legit online sellers and make sure that they pack the package properly. You don’t want to be looking forward to a brand new contour palette and end up with a broken, and an unusable one.

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It contains 0.44oz or 12.5g. It’s one heck of a big pan. It’s honestly very cheap for P340 and it will probably last you forever.

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Here are the swatches. Seriously, the pan is almost as big as my fist.

Be careful when applying this product. A little goes a long way. Lightly tap your brush on the palette, don’t drag your brush heavily against it. Make sure you tap the excess from your brush before you apply it on the hollows of your cheeks, as it is very pigmented. It’s very powdery though, but very finely milled. The palette’s surface easily gets scraped by rough brushes, so make sure you use a soft brush.

This contouring palette is great for beginners. It’s very easy to use and blend. Although I’m not sure if it actually lasts for a long time because whenever I would use this, when I get home after a 4-8 hour lakwatcha, I find no trace of the contour in my face. Even with my base still intact. I don’t exactly have the habit of checking my entire makeup when I’m outside, I usually just notice my lipstick/lip tint above anything else once it’s gone. I just avoid looking pale and sickly when I’m out.

I do think that this is good for your everyday makeup look where you want to have a great mix of light and shadows for more emphasis on the dimensions of your face. It’s probably not for those fully made-up looks for parties and events because of the product’s longevity.

However, the highlighting shade in this palette is not something I actually use. It’s matte and has no traces of sheen to it, so it’s just like a setting powder but not an actual highlighter that illuminates. It seems to have a bit of a pigment on the swatch, but it blends into my skin seamlessly and adds no coverage or whatsoever. I don’t think it highlights at all. You won’t have much use for it if you have your own favorite setting powder.

But who am I to complain? It’s very cheap for P340 and it’s such a big pan.

This is a very good product if you’re new to contouring palettes. It’s very pocket-friendly and easy to use as well. No expertise required in using this. Just contour, blend and you’re good to go.

Would I repurchase?

More like… Will I ever run out of this product? I would rate it a 4 out of 5. Not bad, Wet & Wild!

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iWhite BB Holic Everyday BB Cream Review

First of all, I’m not a foundation person. As much as I would like to use high coverage foundations, I have yet to find a suitable one for my Dry to Combination skin. High coverage foundations are rejected by my skin. Even with a good routine of skin prepping and priming, these kinds of foundations seem to flake off in just a matter of less than an hour.

I live in the Philippines and we pinays are no stranger to the excessive heat and pollution. “Pawis kung pawis”, as they say. Not just in the summer months, but almost every day. It is not advisable to use heavy coverage foundation on a daily basis if your daily activities are physical in nature. When mixed with sweat, it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.

My never ending search for a base that provides decent to good coverage and good for every day wear has lead me to try this iWhite BB Holic Everyday BB Cream.

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Here’s a photo of the iWhite Korea BB Holic Everyday BB Cream. I am in the shade Light. There are two shades available: Light & Beige.  Light the lightest and Beige the darkest. I have heard so many good reviews about this product. It is said to have the consistency of iWhite Korea’s Aqua Moisturizer. It is available in a tube for PHP159 and sachet for PHP24.50 in Watsons.

I will no longer post the long list of ingredients as it is readily available online anyway.

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Here’s how the consistency looks like. It’s not runny when you first dispense it on your hand. But as soon as you blend it, it starts getting liquidy. Almost like a water-based moisturizer that melts into your skin seamlessly.

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With this product, a little goes a long way. (Please excuse my furry arm.)

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This is how it looks after it is blended. It looks a little pinkish on my yellowish pinay skin tone. But it can be fixed by a yellow-toned setting powder. It doesn’t look ashy when it’s blended out.

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On natural light. It’s not patchy looking, nor cakey looking. It looks very natural.

Below, I will list the issues that I have with my skin. This is so you can understand what I want to correct and what I look for in a BB Cream/Foundation.

Here’s a list of my skin issues:

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

My Views:

I find this BB Cream great. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 just because of the coverage. This is good for daily use and would probably work on those with very little skin imperfections. It provides little to no coverage. It will slightly even out your skin-tone, but will not brighten and make it look like its glowing. (At least for me, it wasn’t like that. I think it’s because of the slightly pink undertone.) I find that this BB Cream works well when topped with a concealer and setting powder. On my skin, I personally don’t think that it’s okay on it’s own, considering the very little coverage it can give. I love that it’s lightweight though, it’s good for those quick errands that you don’t exactly need to be all flawless and fully made up. This BB Cream is slightly buildable, but only up to 2-3 layers only. The consistency is too liquidy when blended, almost as if it just melts on the previous layer you just blended in. Building the product up won’t exactly give you a medium coverage, just a slightly more evened out skin-tone. This is not matte nor it is dewy. It’s a little bit of both, depending on how you use it or set it. I’m not entirely sure if this has oil-control properties as well. Although I find that it does not make you “oil up”. Since it’s water-based, it’s not oily or tacky on the face at all. It has a serum-like feel and it sets on your face almost immediately after application. It feels very fresh on the skin, I think it’s because it’s like a water based moisturizer that blends and melts into your skin nicely.

Would I repurchase? Only if I don’t find another BB Cream that’s as lightweight as this with an added coverage. But I would probably still use and empty out this tube that I purchased. It’s not that bad at all. I actually love this but I do think it needs more improvement. iWhite needs to make more bases that are medium to full coverage! I love most of their products and I do find myself reaching out for this BB Cream most of the time when I’m not aiming for something that has high coverage.

PROS:

  • Affordable for PHP159/P24.50.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Good for everyday use.
  • Did not break me out.
  • Very cute packaging!
  • It has a fruity grapefruit-like scent.
  • You don’t need brushes or sponges to blend it out.
  • Smooth application.

CONS:

  • Has very light coverage.
  • Can last up to 3-5 hours on your skin.
  • Availability of the product will depend on your location. I don’t think all Watson’s outlets has this.
  • Limited shades.
  • Pinkish undertone instead of yellow.
  • Slightly buildable.

That’s all for this review. Until next time!

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