I am clearly on a winner with Antipodes beauty range at the moment!
Price-point: I purchased this lipstick from local department store for A$29 – which is a very reasonable price for a beauty brand makeup which is both natural and scientifically proven. This is the main reason I love Antipodes plus they work and don’t sensitize my skin.
Color: Classic orange-red. This is great to match in winter when you skin is a shade lighter and is super sultry in summer when your skin has a slight golden tan. For me this color exudes a “nouveau red carpet glamour” (I reserve the blue based reds for the classic old school glamourous Hollywood screen siren look).
Below are pictures worn on in day light and room light & swatched under daylight and room light.
flash / room light
Application: One swipe is not enough to show color. I have come to the conclusion this is due to the fact that this smart lipstick has all the properties of a moisturizing lip balm. Yet with a few swipes, you get lasting opaque color. Now that is science at its best – a truly hydrating lipstick which actually keeps color on your lips throughout the day.
Scent: There is virtually no scent to this but for a hint of balm like scent. Certainly there is no chemically or artificial scent because this product is made from natural ingredients rather than artificial substances.
Ingredients: I like how they’ve playfully dubbed this as “I’m so healthy you could almost eat me” – to some extent it is true – look at their ingredients below. Plus look how cute their packaging is and it is 100% recyclable).
Final words: I think it is abundantly clear that this Antipodes Moisture Boost Lipstick range is a winner for me. This is a brand which is scientific, they do their research, they use the best naturally derived ingredients, and they are thoughtful about the environment and space we live on. You can’t get better than a brand which respects the abundant resources nature gives us. I’m a proud supporter of this brand, and hope they continue to keep green innovating. Which color to try next is the burning question?!
Have you tried any Antipodes products – what were your thoughts? Leave a comment below or pm me. Thank you and have a great day everyone 🙂
This is a review of 2 recently purchased Korean cushions.
I’ve only used a compact foundation once in my life – and that was the MAC Studio Fix when I was in late middle school years! I’ve avoided them because they are generally not too great for dry skin and where they aim to be more moisturising and are a little like a paste consistency (like the MAC Studio Fix) then it can oil up during the day :(.
I was first alerted to bb cushions many years back by a Korean friend who had, at that time (like maybe 5 years ago), returned from a wedding in Korea. She told the IOPE cushion was ALL the rage, and they were at the time, the first one on the market.
Fast foward till 2017, I’ve just gotten my first lot lol – delayed, but I’m here!
Apologies for the ordinary photos, I wanted to how you immediately all the packaging and details.
Many people look for the ingredients so here they are side by side:
My opinion is they really are a foundation in terms of formulation more than a bb?
And for those of you who read Korean, here is there respective blah on the packaging!
And now the first glimpse inside the compacts: Note how the April Skin mirror looks hazy and the Missha one looks clean? They both came hazy looking, I did this to show you it is normal! Just peel of the plastic protective film on the mirror and they both will show a shiny reflective mirror underneath 🙂 Many people have commented about a foggy mirror when they first open it up, so hope this clarifies it in advance – so no one gets shocked!
And the underside
And underside of actual sponges
And the cover seal to the actual sponge
And the first release of color for the Missha
And the first release of color for the April Skin
Comparison: I’m doing this in a table because I think it’ll deliver the information succintly!
April Skin Black Magic Snow Cushion 2.0
Missha M Magic Cushion
This was a better color for me. Blended nicely and gave a more subtle “brightening” effect. Though it has a pink tone. I say more subtle than Missha because this is a MATTE finish. Though it says matte, it is for me semi-matte. Gives a nice glow which I like. Not oily but luminous.
This 21 is a tinge more yellow on the skin. But very fair on face. Too fair, I would need a shade up. But it gives that instant “dewy, brightening” effect – like exactly the way you see the ads! This gives a relatively more brighter effect because (besides being a touch lighter) it is more moist finish.
Larger diameter, April Skin slightly shorter
Smaller diameter, Missha slightly taller
April Skin uses a mochi cushon which injects foundation into centre like a burger if you will. So when you first open it, no foundation appears until you press it.
Foundation already soaked throughout sponge.
Not as sheer (because of its (semi-)matte finish) but under a medium coverage.
Sheer – which you can build up because of its moist finish.
How it settles
This did show some dryness but because of its semi-matte finish, it finishes more like a regular foundation. It settled better on my skin relative to the Missha but it is nevertheless still drying on me by lunch time. The color is more suitable for me whilst retaining a fair bright look.
Whilst its moist, up close it still shows or catches dryness on skin. Hard to explain. So whilst it looks dewy moist in general, when you go close enough to a mirror I could still see all the dryness on my face. This is quite pronounced by lunch time. Kind of shiny and dry and same time which is awkward.
This was better finish than the Missha for my skin. Semi matte which I liked. But nevertheless by lunch time, the dryness issue surfaced up – showing areas of dryness.
Because of how it settles – its moist yet dry apperance, it has confused me and is not suitable for my skin.
Final comment: if you have dry skin, and can get dry patches even with fluid foundation, then I would avoid the use of cushion compacts.
As much as I wanted to get into this whole cushion culture – it just aint for my skin type 😦
I really hope you all enjoyed this, and the pictures have of the product have been sufficient.
In generally I find round sponge applications always a little awkward to apply around the eye area, so most times I’ll just my fingers to apply close to eye area.
What Korean bb cushions have you used before?
Note: In terms of how long they last – I’ll update once I do complete them 🙂 so stay tuned, but from others I’ve heard its about 8 weeks or so?
Please leave me you thoughts and experiences with these Korean bb cushions – I’d love to know what your thoughts are on these?
I’ll blame Charlotte for this because I have always avoided wearing lipstick, and now I own 6 of her lipsticks which slowly happened from her first launch in 2014.
For those of you still discovering her range (me included), I have endeavoured to swatch all the colors I have in the lipsticks (and her other lines), so you can get a feel of the color, texture and thoughts.
Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipstick shades swatches under natural light
Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipstick shades swatches under room light
I have swatched them and taken a shot under natural light and room lighting.
You can see from the first picture where I compare it to the lipsticks swatched onto white paper, they translate very close on paper and on skin. In try all of those colors I will also say for me, I have naturally darker lips and the colors show up as swatched but just a shade darker than on my skin.
If that makes sense, you can still see those colors coming through, but it will just look a fraction darker on darker lips and more intense on paler lips!
Now for the colors:
Bond girl – my fave, is a brown red.
Walk of shame – very very close to Bond Girl but just a touch more red than Bond girl.
Hepburn Honey – is a nice caramel brown with a slight hint of peach. I use this as a lifted neutral beige lip rather than a flat beige (as in brown). Note also: Hepburn Honey is from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range not the Matte Revolution.
Amazing Grace – I will say the least of my favorite because light colors don’t work that well on my lips. It’s a soft salmon pink color. Comes up brighter under light.
Red Carpet Red – a Hollywood red as the name suggests. Catching rouge great for cocktail hour or date night!
Very Victoria – is a powdery brown color if I can put it that way. If you refer to the picture of it under natural light, you can see it has almost a subtle burnt rose to it.
Bond girl for a work ready red – I would use this day/night
Very Victoria for a matte brown (winter) – I would use this day/night
Hepburn Honey – caramel peachy brown (for summer) – I would you this day/night paired with smokey eye
Red carpet red – for the evening!
Creamy, easy to apply with the square nib, and they have an amazing vanilla pod scent.
They won’t hydrate your lips in a glossy way as they are suppose to be matte, but at the same time they won’t flake your lips either.
My tip: if you have quite dry flaky lips to begin with, make sure you prep in evening before bed. I like to use the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour balm – its a classic and my beauty must have.
My next: I’m looking at at Secret Salma hot lips lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury’s collection. Has anyone tried it? Did you like it? I’ll update as more colours are tested 🙂
Hope you have all enjoyed this and it has helped in choosing colours.
I am a fan of Charlotte’s make up products. They really do work.
Though my biggest concern is finding the right foundation shade. I think this has also been expressed by other bloggers alike.
I have personally tried shade 1, 3 and 4. I am going back to 1 because I like to be fairer. You may wonder WHY- have I used this spectrum of shades? Well because my neck is quite fair exactly the #1 shade and my face is a little darker than my neck. It is annoying. So I went from matching my neck to matching my face, now I am back to matching my neck because I have settled on the opinion that it is best to match your neck than to draw your foundation down the neckline. (Big breath).
Foundation Matching: I believe it might be best to match your foundation under natural light as this will give you best match to undertone. (please correct me if I am wrong). And match to your neck!
That being said – here are my findings:
I find that all of them had a little pink tone to them. More obvious in shade 3
Shade 1 : fairer, more porcelain tone with very slight tinge of pink.
Shade 3 : it is 2 shades darker and with pink tone (gives it bit of an ash tone on my skin – so I didn’t like #3).
Shade 4: warmer more golden tone with very slight tinge of pink.
Charlotte tilbury Light Wonder Foundation Shade 4 on left, Shade 1 on right
Charlotte tilbury Light Wonder Foundation Shade 4 on left, Shade 1 on right
I prefer a more yellow based as I think the pinks makes my complexion a bit ash like. Hence I decided to stay with shade #1 and I also use her Airbursh Flawless Finish Powder in shade #medium. This has been the best combination for me.
You may think why stick with this foundation if it is so hard to find a match? Well because I love the moisture it has, I like the fact it is not a full coverage foundation. I like natural look slightly build-able. It is also very smoothing on the skin. Especially her setting power – it gives it a true HD smooth finish (see photos below)
Build: Sheer to just medium cover.
shade 4 under natural light
shade 4 under room light
Photos above: so you can see why I saw match your foundation under natural light – I look way darker than under room lighting. This is the shade 4. Hence I why I went back to shade 1.
Smoothness: The texture is smooth and glossy – so finish with a power to mattify t-zone. Charlotte created this for a luminous glow which it gives. And she suggests to powder the t-zone but keep the glow at the cheeks.
Oxidation: Another thing to be careful is, that I think the foundation does oxidise a little – so do not be tempted to go darker than what your complexion is!!! See the above picture. This again was shade 4. The left stripe was swatched first, then the right one about 5 minutes later. You can see a color difference between them.
Powder: Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish is amazing. Finely milled and goes on setting your foundation and look in HD. I don’t use concealer so you can always see some pigment spots and broken capillaries. But if you do the whole regime: foundation, concealer and this power – I’m sure you will look exactly like celebs because I omit the concealer yet I feel the finish is ultra smooth and flawless looking. Amazing – best powder.
Final words: And for the above reasons good and the slight downsides (foundation shade wise) I love EVERYTHING about this range.
Rating:9/10 (1 mark down for shade options – I’d like a shade #1 with a tinge of yellow base)
My make up base is tres simple:
1- Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation #1
2 – Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in #2 medium
3 – Charlotte Tilbury in #Loveglow
4 – Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow – quick swatch of the Chameleon pencils (day: amber haze and night: champagne diamonds)
Plus/minus = i say this as steps 1 to 4 are my bare minimum daily makeup. the below are if I feel like it or going out.
5 – eyeliner (japanese brand Naris which is extremely hard to find now)
6 – Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipticks – I have a bunch of these my fave is BONDGIRL! (another post will come up shortly with all the swatches I have)
I really hoped this has helped with choosing your Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation and that my make up routine has helped too.
I will do a post up flash of all the Charlotte Tilbury products I use. I don’t have her whole collection, I choose what is best for my skin tone, lips and eyes that can translate from day to night, are fuss free to use (I don’t spend a lot of time on makeup).
I like to keep things quick and simple. So generally I can do make up in 5 minutes – yeh
The best tips from my experience is match to your neck, under natural light, and do not go darker.