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 in that ‘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 just yet 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.

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 discretion.

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 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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Cathy Doll AA Cream First Impression Review

When Cathy Doll first launched here in the Philippines, I wasn’t an immediate fan. We were walking around SMDC Jazz Mall Makati when we saw this Cathy Doll stall in front of the Hypermarket. It was the packaging of the products that immediately caught our eye. (Pink and metallic tubes with animal prints too!) Most of the products they had in that stall were glutathione and whitening lotions.

First of all, I’m not a fan or a user of whitening products.

My skin is already fair and I don’t exactly feel the need to use whitening products to improve my complexion. Plus, when one of my friends tried the lotions, her arm turned all white and soapy. Even with constant rubbing, she couldn’t make the lotion blend and melt into her skin. (I think most glutathione lotions are like that, they’re thick in consistency and very hard to blend into the skin. It has an instant whitening effect.) We were frightened and we all laughed and walked away.

Sooo….

The first time I fell in love with Cathy Doll products is the moment I tried the all-in-one Makeup Remover + Toner + Serum + Foam Cleanser. (But that’s not what we’re going to review today!)

Now, let’s talk about the Cathy Doll AA (Automatic Aura) Cream in the shade Natural Beige. I bought this in Watson’s for P649 in a 50g tube. (It’s a little expensive for me, considering it’s a bit of a small tube. But I used to love Etude House’s BB Cream that’s 60g for a P850 something per tube, so what the heck, there’s not much difference.)

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As to what I’ve read online, AA literally means Automatic Aura. So it probably means that this cream will give you that instant healthy glow on your skin. It also contains tea tree oil that’s known for helping with acne problems. It also has an SPF of 45 PA+++ which is good, but probably won’t look good in flash photography.

The first thing that came to my mind when I tried this Cathy Doll AA Cream for the first time is that the shade range isn’t good. Even for a Filipina that has a fair to light complexion, this will probably look ashy to them, but probably less, compared to those who are morena. It’s not yellow undertone, it’s slightly pinkish. (Although I’ve heard that the AA Cushion has a yellow undertone compared to this one even with the same shade names.)

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It has a slightly watery consistency, but not too runny.

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Swatches on natural lighting. After blending into the skin.

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With flash. Gosh, that’s light and ashy. Good SPF though, it’s SPF 45 PA+++!

This AA Cream really did brighten my skin and gave it a glowy look. Although my skin tone isn’t really for pinkish toned bases, so it looked a little off and had to be corrected or topped off by a yellow-toned powder.

When I used this AA Cream, I knew I was going to sweat a lot but I was relying on it’s SPF so I tried it anyways. Longevity wise, after I’ve sweat for about 2 hours, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t as good as when I applied it.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • 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.

Coverage wise, this AA cream offered a light to medium. I’m not sure if it was buildable, I didn’t try because it already looks ashy against my fair yellow-toned skin. Adding more product will already make my face look ghostly and unappealing. It did even out my skin tone but did not fully cover the redness around my nose and below my chin.

The scent was okay, I’ve heard a lot of reviews about the tea tree scent and they love it. It’s very mild and barely noticeable after a few minutes of putting it on. As for the tea tree ingredient, I’m not exactly acne prone nor do I suffer from intense acne to the point that it’s bothering, so I didn’t really mind if the ingredient was there or not.

The shade range needs to have more variety, especially those that can cater to Filipina skin tones. It can be easily corrected by a setting powder, but if you’re that type of person who prefers bases that can act as an all in one foundation+powder, this isn’t the product for you. It sets into a slightly dewy, slightly tacky base. I have dry combination skin but I still prefer setting this with a powder to avoid the sticky feeling on my face. It’s not transfer proof as well, so yeah, just set it.

It’s good for everyday use. It’s definitely lightweight, as it claims to be ‘air light’. It didn’t break me out as well, I tend to have rashes on my cheeks whenever a product feels too heavy on the skin.

If you’re going to be doing physical activities and you’ll be sweating a lot, it will only last for about 1-2 hours. If you’re going to be staying in a cool place where you won’t be moving around and sweating, it will last for about 4 hours, I guess.

Would I repurchase?

Probably not until there are more shades available that look better on my skin tone. I also find it to be on the expensive side if this is something that you’re just going to wear on a daily basis for errands, work, etc. It doesn’t even last on my skin that long even if I set it with powder. My daily basis would probably consist of sweating a lot, so I’d prefer something that won’t slide off of my face as soon as I start to sweat. My iWhite Korea BB Holic Everyday BB Cream has probably performed better than this in my opinion, except for the lack of SPF of that product. But coverage wise and shade range, I’d really prefer that one.

I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the shade range and I think that’s the most crucial part of loving a base product.

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