|Careline Oil Control Blush-on|
PHP 90 at Watson's
PHP 99 at Mercury Drug
I admit, I perceive Careline's cosmetics line as toys, one that's catered to tweens and young adolescents who are taking baby steps in makeup. I think it's because I purchased my first eyeshadow palette from them when I was in high school. That palette had sky blue, pink, purple and gold eyeshadows on it - colors that a girly kid who has zero knowledge on makeup will like. I bought it because I liked the colors, but I never considered how garish it would look on a 14-15 year-old me. So I cluelessly used it for a couple of times, then I realized that it's something I shouldn't be using for school, and the palette ended up in the dark abyss of my dresser.
Fast forward to August 2014, when school has just started, and I was longing for an innocent-looking powder pink blush like Pony uses in most of her makeup tutorials. But Pony's blushes were usually from Shu Uemura's, and I simply do not have a budget for that! So when I saw this at Mercury Drug near my place, I immediately got it.
Read on to find out more about this blush that I love!
About the ProductAccording to Careline: Now Careline Single blush-on is made better for a more Prettilicious you! Have a natural looking blush without the danger of oily skin ruining your day. With its oil control and vitamin E enriched formula, you remain oil-free all day long without over-drying your sensitive skin. You stay moisturized without the grease all the time!
The compact powder blush-on is housed in a sturdy, cute round case. I like that the compact came in white as it complements the cute, pastel-like shades that they have. It came with a small puff, which I definitely did not use. I prefer brushes in using this, and you'll find out why in a jiffy.
|On the left is A Touch of Pink, while on the right is Peach Glow.|
Don't they look so candy-yummy? :)
Pigmentation and FinishBoth shades that I got have a powdery feel to it. Touch of Pink in particular, looks and feels powdery bordering on being chalky. Both have minimal shimmer, but to me, this is mostly matte in finish. I only get to notice the shimmers if I look for them, and I usually notice them under a strong lighting source.
These blushes (at least, the shades that I got) are not that pigmented in the sense that I won't get the color as it was on the pan in one swipe. The swatches below are made by rubbing my finger a couple of times on the pan. This is not an issue for me though, as I hate blushes that are crazy pigmented when I'm in a hurry (which happens most of the time). Very pigmented blushes, when used in a hurry, does not give me control on how much color should I want to place and will most often result in Deniece Cornejo-cheeks. Well...I like it, but it's not really school-friendly. It looks too...overdone.
These blushes can be builded up gradually, and for that, brushes are crucial, as blending is particularly important to ensure that your cheeks won't end up chalky looking..
|Swatches: Touch of Pink (Left), Peach Glow (Right)|
Taken under natural light.
|Taken under artificial (flourescent) light|
|Taken with flash|
|Me wearing Touch of Pink. In theory this powder pink shade suits fair-skinned girls,|
but it still looked good on me, right? :)
|Me wearing Peach Glow. Of the two, this gives me a more natural looking flush.|
Now here's something that you'll definitely love about this blush: THIS THING LASTS. The blushes I own from pricier brands like Prestige and Lancôme will show color on my cheeks but after 3 hours, they're gone. But this one, I can go on until lunchtime and I can still see some color on my cheeks! Awesome, isn't it?
|Me wearing Peach Glow, after 6 hours!|
What I Liked
- The packaging is cute and simple, and definitely does not feel or look cheap.
- The pigmentation isn't that crazy intense, so it gave me more control with how much pigment I want to place on the cheeks.
- The blush is buildable and can be blended easily using a blush brush.
- Has an awesome lasting power!
- Has a variety of shades to choose from. I'm actually looking forward to buy some more shades.
- With Careline being a sister brand of Ever Bilena, I expect that this is available in almost every major department store, supermarket, convenient store, and yes, even Mercury Drug!
What I Didn't Like
- The shade names aren't easily seen on their original packaging. Refer to the first picture. Can you see the shade name at first glance? It wasn't until I purchased a 2nd one that I figured it all out!
- The shade Touch of Pink was bordering on being chalky.