YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme

Hey guys,

I think this is my first high-end beauty product purchase by far. But unfortunately, this one was a total failure! πŸ˜₯

I was running out of my Lancome BB Cream when I came across this CC Creme on BeautyLink by Sociolla. Instead of repurchasing my holy grail Lancome BB, I was tempted to try this YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme SPF 35 PA+++ because of 2 reasons: first, it was discounted by 20% so it was IDR 30,000 cheaper than the Lancome BB; second, I wanted to try something lighter than BB cream. I had Β never tried CC cream before and at that time, my skin was breaking out so badly that I wanted to put something more gentle to my skin. I did a little research on this CC Creme since I didn’t have time to go to Sephora to swatch it on my skin. Most of the reviews said amazing things about this CC cream. I just needed to be sure which colour would be suitable for me since it has 3 odd colours: apricot, rose and lavender. At first, I wanted to choose rose since I thought it should be aimed at darker skin than the lavender. But then again, I read that the rose colour emphasised redness on the skin. I didn’t want to highlight the acnes and marks on my cheeks so I opted for the lavender instead.

After waiting for about 2 weeks and 2-3 times complaining to the CSO (YES, some vendors on BeautyLink are SLOW in delivering orders! Who knows why!), I finally received my YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to try!

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YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme SPF 35 PA+++ in Lavender

Ok, first of all, let’s talk about the outlook of the product. The product comes in a slim plastic squeeze tube with white colour that looks a bit like hologram. The plastic tube itself is pretty thick, so it always comes back into shape after you squeeze it. I think it’s a nice product to bring on travel.

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Swatch YSL CC Creme in Lavender

The cream has a floral scent that fades out in a few minutes upon application. It might not be pleasant for people who are sensitive with perfumed makeup. The texture itself is quite creamy, probably due to the sunscreen ingredient in it. In terms of blendability, it really depends on your skin care beneath it. If your skin care is moisturising enough, this will apply easily on your skin. However, whether this will apply evenly or not, it also depends on your skin condition. This CC cream doesn’t cover scars well nor improves the look of your skin. It only covers a bit of redness and makes it look more pale. Actually, I kinda expected it to change colour into something more natural like skin colour. But apparently, it doesn’t. I don’t really like how it makes my skin looks, so I always apply my Estee Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder on top.

On the back of the tube, it says that it can also be worn under makeup, which means it can also be a base makeup. I tried to use it as base and topped it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. But really, it was another FAILURE! It only made my face look pale and unnatural like a mask. It also doesn’t help perfecting my skin texture nor makes my foundation apply smoother. I really don’t see the benefit of using this as a makeup base! 😦

Despite its lack in coverage and colour, this CC cream doesn’t make my acne prone skin angry. I think it’s pretty safe for acne prone skin like mine πŸ™‚

Sorry, but at the end of the day, I have to rate this CC cream 1.5 out of 5. I think it’s too expensive for the product quality and benefits. The colour might be suitable only for Caucasian skin (not even for the pale Asian skin). The only reason I haven’t tossed it away is because it’s so pricey that I still hope someday when my skin is clear from acne, it would perform better on my skin πŸ˜₯

Cheers,

Ariesa

 

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Estee Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder

Hey guys,

So, I’ve been changing quite a few makeup products lately. It started when I was tempted to try Kanebo Lunasol Skin Contrast Loose Powder that finally caused me horrible breakout! Then of course that Laneige BB Cushion too! Gosh, my skin has really become sensitive and acne prone now 😦 Having said that those products caused me bad breakouts, doesn’t mean they’d do the same to you. They look really well on my skin, especially that Kanebo Loose Powder. But, I think they contain some ingredients like silicone, that is not suitable for acne-prone skin like mine. Btw, I gave my Laneige BB Cushion to my mum. She’s been wearing it everyday and it really looks good on her. It doesn’t cause any bad impacts on her skin so far.

Before buying this Estee Lauder, I actually had just bought Laura Mercier Loose Powder. But, that one also doesn’t work well on me 😦 I was pretty disappointed since I’ve read good reviews on that. So, I started doing research again and finally found good reviews on Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. People say that Estee Lauder makeup products are highly recommended for acne-prone skin.

I went to the nearest department store that sells the brand (because the distribution is quite limited to selected stores in Jakarta) and directly asked for the loose powder to the Beauty Advisor (BA). She suggested me to get the lightest color. The service was good, she asked for my phone number to invite me for the upcoming beauty class. Besides the loose powder, I also tried one of the liquid lipsticks they have. I was really tempted (as usual! :p ) but only bought that loose powder at the end, since it’s quite expensive already. It costs IDR 540k (approximately US$ 41) for 10gr.

Now, let’s take a look at the packaging of the product. It’s made of clear plastic jar with purplish blue lid. It has a very simple and chic design, which is perfect for career women image. On the box it says to be applied with powder brush, which is why it doesn’t come with a powder puff. The small holes on the plastic separator inside the jar only spread on half of the circle and are closed with an extra separator to prevent the powder from spilling out and get messy.

The powder itself is very finely milled and unscented. It comes in 4 colors. It doesn’t give a lot coverage to your face. I think it’s just very good to control shine and cover a little bit of the pores. I always wear it on top of my Lancome BB Cream and they work just great together! It doesn’t cover the redness of my acnes but I think it helps to make my skin look a bit better, healthier and also smoother. If you like a ‘no makeup look’, you’re gonna LOVE it, SO MUCH! πŸ™‚ It is most suitable for everyday makeup.

Note:
BB cream : Lancome BB Complete
Loose Powder : Estee Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder
Blush : Bobbi Brown compact powder blush in Pretty Pink (#41)
Lipstick: The Balm Meet Matte Hughes #Devoted
Eyeliner : Kanebo EyelinearΒ 
Eye brow: Viva Eyebrow Pencil

The product claims to be oil-free and non-acnegenic. I’ve been using this for about 2 weeks and my skin keeps improving everyday even though I wear it almost everyday. All my acnes have shrunk now and unlike when I used Kanebo, Laneige or Laura Mercier, new big acnes don’t pop out again.

I rate this product 5 out of 5. I love everything about the product: the packaging, the texture of the powder, the look it creates, and the fact that it doesn’t cause breakout to my skin. The price seems to be quite fair for the quality and brand image. Will totally repurchase and recommend this!