Sep 29, 2015

MEMEBOX x PONY Blossom Lip Color #03 Orange Dahlia

A collaboration product! In case you never heard of PONY before, you might check out this renowned self-taught MUA from Korea who won the "2011 Makeup Artist of the Year Award".

Despite her recent 3rd collaboration with Memebox US, PONY had released 2 makeup products in the previous 2 seasons respectively entitled "Shine Easy Glam 1" and "Shine Easy Glam 2". The concept of the collaboration is to create effortless makeup product that helps to achieve Korean's non-fuss yet glam 'ullzang' looks.

Memebox x PONY
Shine Easy Glam 3: Blossom Lip Color
#03 Orange Dahlia (Available in #01, #02, #03 & #04)


IDR 185.000 (USD 12)


Korean self-taught MUA and the winner of "2011 Makeup Artist of the Year Award", Pony is one of the hottest beauty icons in the industry. Her passion for beauty is evident on her YouTube channel Pony's Beauty Diary where she delivers the hottest K-Beauty trends. She teamed up with Memebox to design products that are beginner-friendly and can glam you up instantly- Shine, Easy, Glam.
What it is:
Formulated with white flower complex, honey, and shea butter to keep your lips moisturized and supple, this pigmented lipstick has a glossy finish with just enough lustrous shine.
How to use:  
Lovely gradient lips: Prep & prime with a lip balm. Apply concealer to the outer corners and blend in. Apply lipstick to the inner corners. Blend.
Bold lips: Prep & prime with a lip balm. Apply lipstick. Apply concealer to the outer edges.
Size: 4.5g
Taken from Memebox website
Shine Easy Glam 3: Blossom Lip Color #03
'Shine Easy Glam 3' offers 4 lipstick variants along with 3 delicate eye-shadow shades which comes in a glam and flowery packaging (comparing to previous 2 seasons' packaging). Formulated with moisturizing ingredients like flower complex, honey and Shea butter, the 'Shine Easy Glam 3' has 4 shades available in which has 2 different texture & finish: Semi-matte & Glossy. To make it simple, Semi-matte finish is available in #01 & #02, whereas glossy finish can be found in #03 & #04.

For comparison, you can check out PONY's previous collaboration with Memebox below.
Shine Easy Glam

Shine Easy Glam 2

Before we move on to more thorough product review, you should check out my fave PONY's edgy and bold look above. If you're interested with her sophisticated style, go check out her PONY's Instagram , PONY's Youtube or more updated post PONY's Naver Blog.

Courtesy of Dameebaby

As you can see above, 'Shine Easy Glam 3' has a delicately glam and girly packaging illustrated with subtle  flowery pattern dominated with baby-pink and gold hue. Both eye-shadow quad and lipstick case offers an array of gold-white case which comes in a sturdy plastic-metal case with an engraved holographic 'PONY' logo.
An eye-catching subtle pink-gold packaging with a detailed information written in Korean (!), only limited information of the product written in English.
Looks lustrous and captivating, Orange Dahlia #03 defines a warm orange-red shade that has vivid pigmentation and glossy finish. Don't be deceived with the color on the bottom of the tube, the stick has a more orangey hue unlike the vivid hot-pink shade showcased in the bottom.

The texture is creamy, offers lavishly moisturizing formula, delivers glossy finish but doesn't leave grossly-sticky feeling. A single stroke can delivers amount of pigmentation in an impeccable coverage and glided easily. Has a subtle fruity scent, build-able, stays for 3-4 hours onward and still leaves a nice stain after. Has no glittery nor shimmery tinge particle along the swipe. BUT, the finish texture is bit drying and accentuating dry patches, lip balm application might be required to prevent from dryness.


My Verdict?
Overall, I love MEMEBOX x PONY Easy Glam Shine in season 3! The packaging's subtle flowery pattern is gorgeous without being utterly too girly. The packaging is definitely attention grabbing whereas the case is demure and modest with a combination of off-white and gold element. The texture is creamy moisturizing without leaves sticky feeling, yet the texture is a bit drying somehow and could accentuate dry patches on the lips. Has a great pigmentation which covers impeccably opaque color with a glossy finish; reminds me of 3CE Jazzy Pink. Lasts for a normal 3-4 hours and leaves nice stain afterward. In sum: bravo for PONY for creating an effortlessly-fancy beauty product! Might eyeing on out their eye-shadow quad also, but instead of wondering, you can check fellow Indonesia beauty-blogger Fillia who has review PONY's products before: Shine Glam Easy 1, Shine Glam Easy 2 & Shine Glam Easy 3. Hope you like it, ciao!

Sep 25, 2015

SHISEIDO Natural Finish Cream Concealer in #4 Dark

A high-end concealer with waterproof formula and tenacious coverage.

Finding natural-finish concealer isn't easy for me. Neither the shade is too ashy/grayish nor the formula bleeds and smears easily. Moreover, under-eyes problem is burdensome job especially in the morning when you only have time to rush. BUT concealer isn't only about covering discoloration, some might have a problem with baggy eyes, pimples/redness or other imperfections. So, what's this product all about?

Natural Finish Cream Concealer
4 (Dark)


IDR 75.000 (Sample)
(USD 25 original)


Tbh, never heard of this product before but after several browsing it turns out that Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer has done a great job. Let's concentrate on discoloration, Shiseido cream concealer has an array of neutral-beige shades; not too gray-ish nor too yellow-ish with total 6 shades available.

According to Shiseido website:
Perfectly cover flaws and match skin tone for a flawless, natural finish. Superior coverage to conceal dark circles, dullness and areas of unevenness like reddened cheeks, discoloration and freckles.
Awarded for “The Best Camouflaging Concealer” in New Beauty Magazine!
As you can see above, the concealer comes in a pointy tube with a twist cap: the pointy tip helps you to measure the desired amount and it's relatively hygienic than stick concealer/lid tube. However, the regular size has slanted tip compared to sample size with a pointy tip, even though both sample and regular size product also has same content of 10 ml and encased in a sleek black-lacquered tube.

Shade 4 dark is a cool-based off-shade beige color that slightly mimics khaki shade, it's browner than Shiseido stick foundation and has siliconey texture upon application. However, the concealer finish might casts slight grayish tinge against the light and could create ghastly effect when its too excessively applied. The term 'cream' might scare you out since cream term often misleads to heavily-moisturizing creamy texture. Yet far upon swatches, it leaves a siliconey, matte finish texture. Fragrance-free and long-lasting thanks to its adherent formula equipped with medium-full coverage, water-resistant and smudge-proof formula. For more info about the ingredients, kindly check soundlysensiblebeauty.

Hand swatch

Under-eyes swatch

Comparison between Shiseido Concealer vs. Stick foundation

As you can see, the Shiseido concealer is far more browner than its stick foundation. Hey, don't you think it looks too dark and brown to cover discoloration? Don't worry, with a correct application it can mimic the skin's shade in ease. The point is: simplicity of 1 layer. Due to its silicone-matte & slightly grayish cast finish, it's better to squeeze an adequately small amount of cream and blended evenly unlike those-outrageous-amount-that-YouTube-tutorial used to put. I found so many tutorials using 2-tones brighter shade than the original skin with an excessive amount of concealer which is quite pesky especially in the morning. Your clean fingers along with your warm body temperature is the best make-up tool ever had, embrace the simplicity of applying make-up as a fun and no-brainer time/process.

Hints: Another tips to apply concealer like a pro, taken from Allure. Swipe a little on your finger, press it against the back of your hand to remove the excess, and then tap it over shadows. "Start where skin is darkest, and blend out from there for the most natural look," says Dempsey. But stop short of the lower lash line, where even 20-year-olds have fine lines, and steer clear of crow's-feet. Concealer will settle into those lines and exaggerate them.

Well, how about those who have limited knowledge specifically about concealer? Don't worry. These visual graphic might help you. You're welcome.

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My Verdict?
Applying concealer always been a burdensome process for me, imho. I found that the thick & sticky texture of the cream concealer is annoying plus the concentration of the shade might oxidize or create unexpected grayish cast. Anyhow, thanks to Shiseido's medium-full coverage which doesn't smear off easily and stays on against sweat. The concealer's staying power and coverage should be considered as Pro but their slightly grayish cast might turn down some people (like me). It properly covers dark and under-eye circle as seen above and it doesn't smudge nor smear off against sweat. I have love-hate relationship with this product and do understand that it's not easy to completely cover complicated under-eye problems like mine (under-eye circle and discoloration). Too bad Shiseido Indonesia already discontinued this product and proceed with new improved series. However, if you find it's difficult to learn basic-knowledge of concealer, you might check out thorough review from Candice Chen (My muse!) here Makeup-box. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

Sep 22, 2015

SHISEIDO The Makeup Stick Foundation O-60

Formulated for those with dry and mature skin. Best used for light to medium coverage with bit powdery finish.

Well, as I said before, this foundation stick was sold on final reduction sale here. The sample size is nearly similar with the regular size, even though I was kinda hesitate to buy sample product. According to the BA, Shiseido makeup stick foundation won't be longer available in Indonesia since they will replace it with new improved formula Sheer and Perfect Foundation.

The Makeup Stick Foundation


IDR 100.000 (Sample)
(USD 38.50 original)


Shiseido stick foundation is a portable and light-weight powdery-finish stick foundation with advanced moisturizing formula. According to Shiseido website:

A creamy stick foundation that glides on effortlessly providing medium coverage and a long-lasting lustrous natural finish while offering exceptional skincare benefits. Provides UV ray protection with SPF 15-18. Conceals fine lines and imperfections. Contains Multi-Nutrient Factor, an advanced moisturizer. Recommended for all skin types.

O60 is an ochre-beige shade with a tad of yellow hue. As you can see, the foundation comes in a creamy stick form whilst the stick is encased in a (very) sturdy shiny-metallic case. According to Shiseido, it is formulated with SPF 15 and offers an exceptional skincare benefits, non comedogenic & dermatologist-tested.

The texture of the stick is creamy, but when you glide it on your skin surface it starts oxidize and leave powdery-matte finish behind. Blends well, lightweight, fragrance-free with light coverage. Do not expect heavy coverage from this product since its lightweight texture offers you with light-medium coverage. Moderate long-lasting, since the foundation lets your skin produces visible oil/grease under the tropical climate environment. Best use for dry-ac temperature environment.

The direct swatch from the stick is lighter than the skin tone (even though O60 is categorized as 'darker shade'), after blended using fingers thus the foundation blends very well with the skin. Below swatches to show you the shade comparison between Shiseido stick foundation and Shiseido concealer.

My Verdict?
Shiseido is classified as high-end array product, with promoted broad skin protection and skin-care formula. The stick foundation is a portable foundation, with light-moderate coverage & lightweight-creamy texture, that will give you powdery-matte finish. Due to its creamy, lightweight texture and endorsed skin-care benefits, the foundation is also suggested for mature skin condition but best used for dry-skin type. The downside about this product might be their staying power whereas the formula might give your skin a chance to produce more oil/grease even though the prior finish comes in a powdery-matte result. Doesn't cover my dark & wrinkling under-eyes very well. The good thing, it's suitable best for daily usage and feels lightweight comparing to conventional heavy-coverage foundation. For more information about this product, you can check Paula's Choice review. Have you tried Shiseido product before?

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