Taiwan haul: makeup edition
Here is is, the first of my Taiwan haul series! I thought I bought a lot more stuff, but when I gathered everything to take a picture, I realized that I didn’t buy nearly enough as I would’ve liked to :(
This haul mostly contains products from little-known brands such as Suki and Mugu[1. Only because I could buy them online and they accepted U.S. credit cards…I didn’t bring back cash to buy Japanese brands from the drugstores :(], and I actually ended up really liking some of them :D And since I don’t want to bore y’all with paragraphs of words, I’ll only be reviewing my favorites:
SUKI Royal Intrigue contour palette – NT $299 (US $10)
For me I don’t like to contour with powder that contains any shimmer, but I do think that this would make an excellent bronzer. The shimmer is very fine, so it won’t make your face look like a disco ball (which I think many bronzers have a tendency of doing). The 3 colors are also great for mix-and-matching because my skin tends to get paler in the winter and more tanned in the summer.
As you can tell, the powders comes off quite easily, which is a little annoying, but it’s quite pigmented at the same time. It came in a velvet pouch with it’s own brush, but the brush quality was terrible, so I just use my own. The case itself is also really cute and surprisingly sturdy :)
SUKI Royal Intrigue concealer stick set in Caramel – NT $299 (US $10)
This set comes in 2 different shades and I bought the darker shade because er, Taiwanese girls tend to run on the pale side, so the lighter shade probably would’ve looked ghastly on me.
I haven’t actually used the concealer wand end of the products yet, but the concealer stick part (the part that looks like lipstick) is AMAZING. It has this balm-like texture and glides onto my skin very smoothly. The beige is a perfect fit and does a great job of covering my dark spots. The coverage is medium but very buildable, and doesn’t look heavy or cakey at all. I use the yellow to cover up my dark circles, and again, it does an excellent job and blends extremely well. The packaging is, again, surprisingly well made, not to mention cute :)
MuGu Peach Q blush in Barbie Pink – NT $199 (US $6.63)
I’ve always wanted to try a bright pink blush, so I jumped at the opportunity to buy this. I mean, given the price and the cute packaging, how could I say no? Of all the MuGu products I bought, this is one I find myself reaching for again and again.
The white portion is supposed to be a highlighter, but I don’t really use it. The pink, however, is really pigmented and a light swipe will give my cheeks more than enough color. The packaging, again, is really cute and extremely well made. A brush is included and this brush is actually really soft and picks up the color quite well. There’s also a divider/cover between the actual blush and the mirror and that’s where the brush goes. How cute is that? :D
SUKI Magical Pink blush palette – NT $299 (US $10)
The crown jewel of my haul, I absolutely adore this palette. For me, it’s a contour powder + blush + bronzer, all conveniently in one palette, plus a very useable brush. Coincidentally Benefit recently released a similar product at Sephora called POWda WOWza, but for twice the price, if anyone is interested.
The packaging, for once, I’m not thrilled about. It’s made of cardboard and has a magnetic flap at the edge, which just seems so much flimsier than all the other products in this review. But the product itself is amazing. The blushes are very pigmented, and the shade in the top left is my go-to for contouring. One, it has no shimmer, and two, it’s just the perfect shade for contouring shade for me. I used to use the NYX blush in Taupe to contour, but that shade was a tad on the cool side for my skin tone. I haven’t tried the bronzer (bottom right shade) yet, but the blush (top right shade) is nice. It’s kind of like Nars Orgasm, but less shimmery and more pink.
Special Mention – Majolica Majorca 3rd generation Lash Enamel mascara
If any of you are into Asian makeup brands, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about this brand and their mascara. While others raved about this particular mascar, I hated it. I wanted to love it, I really did, but all it did was clump my lashes like crazy :( I suppose if I was going for the spider lash look (which apparently is in this season), this could work well, but I don’t like that look at all. Maybe I’ll try one of their other mascaras, but my God I will not be buying this again.
If any of you are interested in purchasing the above mentioned products, you can buy them online[2. Sorry, the websites are in Chinese only] and they offer international shipping: