The shelves of Sephora have been a bit uninspiring to me lately. Some of the fall and holiday lines are looking promising, so my eyes will be peeled for those--however, in the meantime I've decided to try my hand at a few Korean cosmetics lines. In these parts, Korean shops are a dime a dozen...but Korean shops with good Korean makeup--now that's a different story. I was lucky to find one that was willing to work with my limited knowledge of the lines, and I will show you (over the course of the next couple of posts), the winners of my purchases. Most can be purchased online.
Clio is a brand that is made in Italy, yet marketed in Korea. It's affordable (under $20 for an eyeshadow), and very well made--especially for those who are interested in color. The shadow combinations are endless, and most of the items from this "Art" line are baked. I've been using this one for the past four days straight. So do I like it? Oh yes.
One of my favorite lip products that discovered, was Clio's Milky Pink Lipstick--also from the "Art" Line. My lame Photoshop skills prevented the packaging from showing, but the case is just as special as the color--it's covered in multicolored hearts! The formula is creamy and consistent, so I will return for others that fall outside of the "very popular in Korea" tagline that the sales lady gave me. Milky Pink reminds me of some of MAC's cult faves (I'm thinking St. Germain or Color Crafted), yet for me it is a bit more wearable since it has less of a blue undertone. In this case, the term "wearable" means that I will most likely be using a gloss to sheer it out a bit. I just can't pull off this stripperish pink and still be expected to be taken seriously, with my skintone.
Castledew is a line from VOV cosmetics, and they offer a huge selection of Over Setting Glosses. I absolutely love this moisturizing gloss, as it has one of those teardrop sponge applicators, and a delicious scent. It lasted for over an hour before I decided to re-apply (I am constantly eating or doing something that requires me to touch up, so this is good time here). I will definitely be back for other shades. I love watching commercials for cosmetics--it's all in the hope of the marketing:
Oh, before I forget--I participated in my first International swap, with the infamous OxfordJasmine in England. I sent her the following items based on her requests: