Beauty & Shopping, Makeup, Skincare

The 5 Things You Need For Beautiful Eyes

We were sorting through press kits just yesterday and found that a great many of the products that came in have to do with the eye. So we asked resident beauty expert Debs to give us her take on these eye products:

Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes

Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes

1. Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes

First impressions:
The handy-size of this roll-on means you can slip it into your handbag or makeup pouch for a mid-day eye perk-up.

Review:
“The liquid formula is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves behind a cooling sensation. Containing Hoelen Mushroom Extract to minimise redness, yeast extract to help de-puff, and aloe vera and cucumber to hydrate and soften the skin at the eye area, this roll-on felt like heaven whenever my eyes got too tired from driving or staring into the computer screen for too long. I did wonder, however, if beauty companies could not put the rollerball applicator away from the product. What I’d really like is to pat on just the right amount of product, then use the rollerball to give my eye area a long good massage. Currently, most rollerball applicators function more as a dispenser of sorts. The more you roll it over the skin, the more product comes out, so you end up OD-ing.”

 

Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream

Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream

2. Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream (Out in July!)

First impressions:
The texture resembles that of luscious butter cream but worry not, this eye cream has got none of the greasiness.

Review:
“You know you need to do something about taking care of your eye area when you have to pull the skin taut to draw a flick with your eyeliner [see Maybelline’s review below]. For the longest time, I’ve been in denial that all I needed was an eye gel – and even when I do try to use one, I’m not always consistent about it. Promising noticeable results in just one day, my curiosity was indeed stoked. Hyaluronic acid works at the dermis, epidermis and stratum corneum levels of the eyes, making it look plump and firm. Not only was my skin smoother, my crow’s feet were also less obvious – this just an hour after trying it.”

 

Maybelline Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner

Maybelline Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner

3. Maybelline Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner

First impressions:
A smudge-proof gel liner with a slanted dispenser that acts as a brush. Don’t think brush with bristles, though. It’s more like a rubber applicator with a slanted edge.

Review:
“You’ve gotta want to really look like late singer Amy Winehouse to love this eyeliner. Most eyeliners in the market have fine tips so you can draw a flick at the outer corner of the eye to create the popular ‘cat-eye’ look. In a contest of subtlety, Maybelline’s new eyeliner would not even be qualified to compete. To use this eyeliner properly, the skin around your eyes should be firm, taut and free of creases. You have to first dispense a small glob of the eyeliner (it dries up pretty quickly so you’d want to avoid wastage) onto the back of your hand, then using the brush, pick up the eyeliner a little by little to build the dramatic look you desire. I found that it was easier to work with this eyeliner when you’re seated with your elbows resting on the table. You’ll want to have some kind of fingernail to ‘shape’ your flick if you still want that effect. If you don’t have a lot of patience or you’re in a rush, be prepared to be frustrated by this eyeliner. But, I have an elegant solution for those with less than steady hands … read below.”

 

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes

4. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes 

First impressions:
Like the brand’s popular chubby stick for lips, this one is an eyeshadow in a stick. The tip is – as its name suggests – rounded and chubby. This is not made for precision eye-colouring where you work with four to five colours.

Review:
“You know what this chubby stick for eyes is perfect for? For blending with your Maybelline gel-liner to create the perfect smoky eye. So what I did was to apply the chubby stick just above the eyeliner in small (tiny, tiny) circular motion. The blending is a breeze. In fact, this experiment created the best smoky eye I’ve ever done. The chubby stick is a cream formula, which explains why it lends itself so easily to blending. Check out Material World’s Instagram later … I’ll be wearing this look out later.”

 

Lancome X Alber Elbaz Hypnose Doll Eyes Waterproof

Lancome X Alber Elbaz Hypnose Doll Eyes Waterproof

5. Lancome X Alber Elbaz Hypnose Dolls Eyes Waterproof

First impressions:
Featuring a limited edition packaging by Alber Elbaz, this mascara is a pretty addition to your makeup collection. The mascara it holds within contains darker pigments than the usual Hypnose mascaras so your lashes will look blacker.

Review: 
“I like how the brush doesn’t come out of the case all clotty and clumpy. Because of that, it was so easy working this mascara brush through my lashes. I could even apply it without using a mirror at all. The tapered design of the brush also made it easier to reach the shorter, finer lashes towards the inner corner of the eye. The Hypnose range has long been known for their staying powers and this is no exception.”

 

Have you given any of these products a try? What are your thoughts? Share it with your fellow Material World sisters here. If you’re too shy to post your comment directly, feel free to use our form below! Hear from you!

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Beauty Matters At Material World

Don’t hit the shops and counters before you had a read of this week’s Beauty Matters.

This week, we talk about an anti-ageing cream from Kiehl’s , Anna Sui’s easy-to-apply nail varnish and gel top coat, and the perfect Mother’s Day gift from Murad.

Happy shopping!

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Beauty Confidential With The Material World Founders

Between the four of them, they’ve probably tried hundreds of products and received countless pieces of beauty advice. So, which piece of advice really stuck with our founders?

Today, Material World wants to know what is the one skincare step they never ever skip. So who swears by the cleansing oil of Za? Who has thinks Kose Sekkisei‘s sunscreen is da bomb? And who refuses to let go of her Biotherm serum? The answers, below:

Note: The opinions expressed are the founders’ own. The quotes are not an endorsement for any of the products recommended in the story. This story is not in any way paid for by any of the brands mentioned. 

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