One skincare product I always make sure to apply is sunscreen and I am always looking for one that applies smoothly and doesn’t leave my face looking ghastly. After recently reading about the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens, I learned that physical ones, those that are mineral based are less likely to cause skin irritation because they simply create a barrier on the skin without absorption, therefore they work immediately. No wait time. One con is that many of them leave a white cast on the skin. Chemical ones can sometimes be irritating because the chemicals convert the absorbed UV rays into heat that is released from the skin. They also take time (around 20 minutes) to start working. So I make an effort to look for physical sunscreens.
Back in April when I first saw the ad for this new company, I was curious about what they would bring, particular with their sunscreen. I was excited to find out that the sunscreen was a physical type with the sun protective ingredient being titanium dioxide. Although I was concerned it may leave a white cast, I really wanted to try it out because it also contained various jewel powders (specifically diamond, pearl, and sapphire) and I am always down for anything that will give my face a nice glow.
The sunscreen comes with 40 ml of product in a tube with a rating of SPF 50+ PA +++. The key ingredients as stated on their website are jewel powders, marine aide, and a component called K-activator. I wanted to know specifics of the marine aide and the K-activator so I read through the full ingredients. The only ingredient I assumed was the marine aide was the seaweed extract. I did come across some ingredients that got my attention. The product also contains two yeasts: one as a barley seed fermentation filtrate and the other as a rice fermentation filtrate. I find that products with some sort of fermented ingredient always works well with my skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid, another added bonus.
Below is a look at the product and pictures of how it look in various lighting on my face.
I like the texture of the sunscreen. It’s moisturizing and applies smoothly, and doesn’t drag when applying, like many other ones I have tried. It does leave a slight cast if not blended well or if too much is applied. Otherwise, it leaves my skin with a nice sheen without looking greasy.
I like the way it gives my skin a nice glow. It also feels like it works like a primer, not in filling in my pores but in tone balancing and helping my foundation apply more smoothly. It also doesn’t feel heavy nor does it make me sweat more. I would definitely purchase the sunscreen again in the future if I find a site that ships internationally. I am moving back to the states in three months and right now the company ships domestically here in South Korea.
Before the release of Jung Saem Mool Refining Eyeshadow Triple last month, the Refining Eyeshadow Double duos were released back in December. There are five shades available, each containing a Paste shade and a Sparkle shade. Here are two of them: Shell Pinkbrown and Chocolate Delight. Like the Refining Eyeshadow Triple, these shadows apply smoothly, have great adhesion, great fallout control, and a great color payoff. Also like the Triples, the Doubles have Sparkle shades with the same high flek concentration while the Paste shades have a sheen finish. So for this post I will just upload pictures.
Jung Saem Mool recently released a line of eyeshadows called Refining Eyeshadow Triple. As the name suggests, it is a mini palette that contains sections of three different finishes of eyeshadows: a sparkle, matte, and paste finish. There are nine mini palettes available. Some are a combination of varying colors while others contain a single color palette, such as the one I bought the called Fuchsia Fantasy.
The Sparkle Fuchia is a brighter fuchsia base with a high concentration of pink and bluish purple fleks giving it that high shine and sparkle.
The Matte Fuchsia is a flat fuschia color with matte finish.
The Paste Fuchsia has a lower concentration of pink fleks, giving it a beautiful sheen.
Here is a swatch of the colors.
I would describe the textures of the Paste and Sparkle as creamy but a bit more solid and compact. I would be cautious to not apply too much pressure when picking up the shadows but any breakage can simply be pressed back in. It glides smoothly particularly when applied with a finger. The texture of the Matte leans slighty towards that of a powder but not as dry. The particles are finely milled that they adhere to each other, thereby preventing less fallout and giving a better color payoff. It leaves a soft and smooth finish on the skin. I really love the colors, textures, and formulas of these shadows. I definitely will purchase more shades within the next month or so.
Another lip product from the 2017 VDL + Pantone collection is the Expert Color Lip Cube-Marble Glow. There are three shades that inlcude a pink, coral, and the one here that is transparent, No. 03 Mint Favor. This product line is a tinted lip balm in a marbled cube stick format, hence the name.
It has a mint flavor with that cooling, tingling effect when applied on the lips. It glides so amazingly smoothly, like butter! It does not drag at all. Of all the lip care products that I have ever tried, this is one of the few that deeply moisturizes my lips and applies so smoothly. Until this collection I had never tried any VDL lip products so I was initially skeptical. This is one product that I will definitely purchase again.
With the VDL + Pantone collection comes three lip oils. Two of the shades are tinted and the one here, No.1 in Greenery, is clear.
The wand is a plastic stem with a tiny roll ball at the tip. The consistency and texture is comparable to a lipgloss rather than an oil, in my opinion.
It does glide on smoothly and moisturizes the lips well. It has a very faint fruity scent, what I can best describe as a mix of pear and grape. You can wear this alone or over a lipcolor to give the lips shine and dimension. I like this product because it applies without feeling sticky or leaving a thick layer on the lips. It absorbs into the lips with lasting adhesion, instead of just sitting on top like a barrier or wearing out and drying the lips.
Continuing with the VDL + Pantone collection, is the Expert Color Cheek Book Mono. There are two shades: No. 1 in Coral Vitality and the one I bought, No. 2 in Tawny Orange.
The product is a cream blush that comes in a mirrored compact, with a magnetic closure.
The texture is slightly more oily than creamy in my opinion. It reminds me of a tinted lip balm. However, it applies smoothly on the skin. It is not highly pigmented but it gives a nice flush color with one layer, and the color can built up slightly with layering. It has a dewy finish and could probably work well as a base for powder blushes.
This is a product that I would wear if I wanted to keep my makeup minimal or on days that I want to go without foundation. I tested out as a lip gloss as well but it settles in the lines. Overall, it’s not a bad product but it’s also not a favorite of mine. I prefer cream makeup products with a thicker consistency.
Last year VDL created a collection of cosmetics based on Pantone’s Color of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. This year it is Greenery and for the second year in a row VDL has created another Pantone collection. I picked up a few of the items from the collections. I will be posting separate reviews on them. Today’s post is about the VDL Expert Color Eye Book 6.4, the 6th edition.
The Eye Book is a plastic, mirrored compact with twelve shades of which five are matte, three are shimmer, and four are glitter.
On the rear of the palette, there is a diagram of the layout with suggestions on how to use each shade in contouring and highlighting, and how to use the brush.
The small dual end brush has an end for blending and one for defining.
The blending end is slightly wider and longer, and made of natural fibers
The defining end is made of synthetic bristles.
Here is a swatch of the shades.
The design of the compact is thin, minimal, and modern. I appreciate that about some companies. Sometimes having a product with an elaborate or bulky design can be overwhelming. Not to mention taking up too much space in a bag. I feel that the shadows are great in quality. The particles are very soft without compromising the pigmentation. The brush fibers, particularly the blending end, are not of the greatest quality and with its small size, would be more appropriate for touch ups or in the event that you don’t have another brush to use at the moment. I couldn’t find any information on the net weight of the shadows but for the quality of the shadows and design of the compact, I would say it is set at a fair price.