Review: L’Oreal Mat Magique, Does Not Leave Cakey Finish and Affordable

Normally, I will lower my expectations towards mat foundation powders due to my skin type as it gets oily easily over the t-zone with the humidity in Malaysia tropical weather. When I received L’Oreal Mat Magique, I hope for the best that it will turn out good for me. Let’s  go on with my 2 cents on this compact foundation.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory

‘It is enriched with a superior unique mineral that is a beauty breakthrough: Natural Volcanic Perlite. This mineral is known as it’s excellent matting effect and sebum absorbency, giving Mat Magique it’s 12-hours shine-free* action. Make-up looks fresh always as if you just applied it on!

While Mat Magique offers a matte finish, it never leaves behind a dull or chalky effect once associated with previous matte looks. Even with it’s lightweight airy powder, Mat Magique lets you achieve the ultimate coverage to conceal skin imperfections for a poreless-looking effect.

The results? Oil control up to 12 hours for a shine-free* perfectly matte skin effect – with just one product. At SPF coverage of SPF34 PA+++, Mat Magique also protects skin from harsh UV rays. So not only do you get a beautiful make-up effect, skin is perfectly protected for long-term beauty.

Mat Magique is available in three refillable shades that is specially formulated for South East Asian skin tones:

R1 Rose Ivory, N2 Nude Vanilla, G2 Golden Ivory’

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The size of the compact is very handy, one palm be able to hold it and it will easily be fit into makeup pouch.  The case is rounded, pretty much reminded me that it looks like a purse.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory 3

On the inside of the case, there is a full length mirror, compact foundation and sponge. I do find that the case might be slightly flimsy as it is full lightweight plastic.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Close Up

A close up on the compact foundation and you are able to see how fine the powder is. As I have seen the texture, I’m getting more anxious to find out more about it. The shade that I have here is Golden Ivory, the darkest shade of 3 shades available.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Ingredients

From the ingredients listing, talc would be the main ingredient. Also, I notice that there is kaolin which is able to help to absorb oil whereby it will keep oiliness at bay. This powder is free from paraben and alcohol.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Application

Normally, I would use makeup brush to apply my makeup and I would use sponge in the case where I’m out of reach on my brushes. For this compact foundation, I use a flat top brush to apply it on my face after liquid foundation. Though this compact foundation is quite dark, my liquid foundation is a shade lighter therefore the powder helps to balance the shade. The powder goes on and work very well with my liquid foundation.

Loreal Mat Magique All-In-One Compact in Golden Ivory Before & After

Here is  a before and after whereby my skin tone is very much adjusted from before with matte finish. The compact foundation does look very natural on me and I love how it doesn’t look cakey at all. It gives quite an effortless airbrush effect without being overly done.

Above all…

I’m quite happy with L’Oreal Mat Magique especially how it doesn’t look cakey even though I layered it on top of my liquid foundation. I have been using this almost everyday now and I’m amazed how affordable it is. The only backlash for this compact foundation is that it wasn’t able to completely control oiliness because after having it on for an hour, my nose area started to oil up a little. Even so, it does help to control oil in a way that I don’t find my skin is oily as before after blotting. What I’m also happy with this compact foundation is it’s staying power especially after blotting my skin oiliness, it doesn’t come off as easily but it could stay well for me up to 6 hours.

Price: MYR39.90, MYR19.90 (refill)

Weight: 6.5grams


  • Does not appear cakey
  • Free from paraben and alcohol
  • Controls oiliness
  • Affordable


  • Does not completely control skin oiliness

My Rating: 4.8/5


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This foundation was provided by L’Oreal for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Lameila Sponge Brush, A Makeup Sponge With Handle

A while ago, I have shared that I spotted this makeup sponge brush from Mr DIY in my Instagram and I believe selective Mr DIY store will carry this. It is from Lameila, one of the brand made in China with adequate quality. This sponge brush comes with two shapes and I picked the one in dome shaped. It is very affordable as it is priced at MYR6.90 and of course, I’m not expecting too much from this but convenience.

Lameila Sponge Brush

This sponge brush is like the dome shaped makeup sponge but with handle. My concern to this brush is if it has good control and the ability to blend during the application. The entire design of the sponge looked convincing but I’m still doubting.

Lameila Sponge Brush 2The initial packaging for the sponge brush looks like this, it is not as presentable but what matters the most is the quality of the brush. I could not read Chinese, but I did saw the word ‘BB’ on their description at the back of the packaging which I believe it is most recommended to use blend BB cream. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Lameila Sponge Brush Close Up

Here is a close up of the sponge, it is very textured but soft and smooth at touch. The reason why I picked the dome shaped is the narrow part of the sponge will be able to reach narrow areas of my face such as sides of the nose and between eyes and nose bridge.

Lameila Sponge Brush Application

Normally, we need to wet the sponge prior to application. I didn’t do that for this and gotten worried if most of my foundation would sink into the sponge instead. It did sink, probably about 40% of what I applied on my face which I think it isn’t too bad because I was able to see that the foundation was evenly blended onto my skin.

Upon using the sponge brush, I do find that it is difficult to control on the direction of the sponge on where to blend and the pressure is not as firm as I wish it could be. I had the tendency to reach over the sponge directly to have better control in blending my foundation. At times I do feel as though the sponge would fall off from the handle as it did came out a little bit. Another thing I liked about this sponge is that it doesn’t have strong latex scent like how some makeup sponge would have.

Lameila Sponge Brush Before & After

I’m impressed how well it blend the foundation and you’ll be able to see it from my before and after photo. It gives that air brushed skin look and no cakey finish at all.

Above all…

To be honest, I don’t usually use makeup sponge but they do some in handy in certain way. I like this sponge brush but it is better off without the handle as it was quite challenging when I do not have much control while blending the foundation. While it’s purse-friendly, the quality and outcome of using this sponge brush is above from my expectation. I would recommend this if you are looking for a quick blending tool for foundation or bb creams.

Price: MYR6.90

Availability: Selective Mr DIY


  • Absorb approximately 40% of foundation without damping with water
  • Blends foundation evenly without being cakey
  • Very affordable


  • Not much control when blending
  • The sponge seems like it’s going to fall off from the handle anytime

My Rating: 4.6/5


Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Showdown, Did It Win?

The moment I saw this mascara, I thought it was one of my favorite mascara Maybelline XXL mascara range but it dawned on me that this isn’t the typical mascara that comes with the white base as a first step. The new mascara of Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara comes with double ended brush that functions differently on upper and lower lashes.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

‘Maybelline New York’s new Volum’ Express® Big Eyes mascara is the first mascara with 2 types of brushes to give you 2X bigger eyes, easier than ever!

Lashes are getting big, big, big with Maybelline New York’s newest Volum’ Express® mascara innovation, Big Eyes waterproof mascara. Not only will you get 2X bigger eyes, you can easily achieve this instantly, giving you complete control over your lashes!

It is the first double-ended mascara from Maybelline New York with two brushes of different sizes. The two brushes not only give you two different effects but it also allows more versatility and control when using it.
BIG BRUSH Create dramatic volume on your top lashes. Perfect for delivering big volume instantly. Use it on your top lashes and sweep from root to tip.

MICRO BRUSH A microbrush with a width of only 2mm, this perfectly and precisely coats every tiny lash. Suitable for inner and outer corners as well as upper and lower lashes, especially over hard-to-reach places.

With its multi-function use, Big Eye mascara is just what you need to instantly get bigger eyes, regardless of your lash type, simply by using both brushes together for your desired effect.’

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara 2

It comes in a blister package accordingly with it’s color of black and deep magenta. I would say this is the next level of the initial Maybelline The Falsies Mascara which came out in late 2012.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Ingredients

Here is their ingredients listing which I notice contains alcohol, paraben and silica. Also, I have noticed that it contains soluble collagen which I believe is to nourish and prevent the lashes be prone from breakage.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara 3

On a closer look of the mascara, you’ll be able to see the labels of upper lashes and lower lashes. That’s the indication of which brushes to use for your lashes. It is formulated water-proof.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Brush

Here is the difference of both of the brushes. The upper lashes brush is slightly different from the initial Maybelline The Falsies Mascara brush as although this has the same spoon-like shape but this is slightly twisted. For the lower lashes brush, it is very skinny brush that claims to be able to coat every lashes.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Before & After

Here is a comparison of before and after applying the mascara. On before, I have curled my lashes prior to the application and on the after, you could see the effect of the mascara which indeed is an eye opener. During the application, I have tried to layer many times with hope to create a greater effect for my lashes. It remained the same and started to get clumpy as I go on with the third layer.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Showdown

Challenge! Here is a mascara showdown of the Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara with my current favorite mascara. Which do you think is a winner? Be honest to yourself to pick one of the photo without scrolling down first.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Showdown 2

Here is the answer to the showdown, the top part is where I have used Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara and the bottom is my current favorite mascara. What was your guess?

Above all…

I expected more from Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara but I was disappointed at the moment when I applied it for the first time. It felt dry as though I’m not getting much product from the brush itself which explains why I needed to layer as much as I could. Therefore, it doesn’t give a big dramatic effect to my lashes as compared to E brand. How Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara for me makes  my lashes look more natural instead of the real big eye lashes. I do think it’s pricey for a mascara from Maybelline (especially when it is a drugstore brand) because E brand is a limited brand available in Malaysia but it is only slightly more expensive than Maybelline at about MYR10. In my opinion, I would still prefer E brand. Sorry  Maybelline, I think you can do better than this!

Retail Price: MYR45.90

Availability: All national leading pharmacies, selected departmental stores and selected hyper/supermarket.


  • Easy to apply
  • Interesting double ended mascara


  • Does not give big eye effect as much
  • Application gets clumpy when layering
  • Gives more natural look
  • The mascara felt dry during application
  • Pricey

My Rating: 2.8/5


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This mascara was provided by Maybelline Malaysia for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Maybelline HyperCosmos Trio Eye Shadow, Compliments Each Other Yet To Be As Opaque

I always love to look at baked eye shadows, they always come in hemisphere shape which made it looked cute. Initially, I thought these where the Maybelline HyperCosmos Eye Shadow until I look carefully and noticed that this Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow. Definitely different because the earlier version only comes with 2 shades and this comes with 3. I received 2 shades to play with and let me also share with you a short tutorial.

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow

‘The latest eye shadow from Maybelline New York is your must-have to copy the hot metallic look that is trending on the runway. a marbleized baked eye shadow, Hypercosmos TRIO Eyeshadow finishes off with a unique 3D effect and stunning metallic finish. It’s formula of unique pure color pigments and uncrushed pearls enhances eyes with intense shine and shimmer. Available in four shades, each one with a unique coloe finish: 01 Coppered Mars, 02 Venus Gold, 04 Pinky Comet and 05 Galactic Purple.

Hyper TRIO Eyeshadow is made up of three sections – primary, highlighter and liner – providing you with a fool proof application. First, apply the primary shade on you upper lid, concentrating on the outer corners. Then use the highlighter shade at the brow bone. Apply the liner shade along your lashes to create more intensity.’

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow Venus Gold - Swatch

This shade is known as Venus Gold where it showcases warm golden tones complimenting with black eye shadow.  It has pearl finish which reflects light very much and creates that dimension.

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow Venus Gold -  Tutorial

Here let me share just a simple tutorial using Venus Gold.

  1. The largest section from the eye shadow will be the primary and apply it all over the eyelid.
  2. Mixing the primary and the second largest section, liner and apply at the outer corner of the eyes.
  3. The highlighter will be the smallest section, apply it underneath the brows.
  4. Apply liner with an angled brush over the lash line and use your favourite pencil liner (I’m using Maybelline Colossal Kajal) line upper and lower waterline as well as mascara.

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow Venus Gold - Traclyn

The final look doesn’t look too overpowering, it can still be worn during the day and I paired it with softer lip color shade.

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow Galaxy Purple - Swatch

The other shade I have here is Galatic Purple whereby from the name, I was expecting more purple tones yet it has more pinks to it except for the liner.

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow Galaxy Purple -  Tutorial

This look will be on the fun side since the liner shade is purple.

  1. Apply the primary onto the eyelid.
  2. Apply the highlighter under the brows.
  3. Mix primary and liner together and apply at the outer corner of the eyes.
  4. Wet the angled brush and dip into the liner, start lining on your lash line and extend it. Apply your favorite mascara.

Maybelline Hyper Cosmos Trio Eye Shadow Galaxy Purple - Traclyn

This look is much more playful as it is not the usual black or brown eye liner. I forgot to apply a lip color here, best to go with bright pink lips and the entire look will be more bright and bold.

Above all…

Though the shape of the eye shadow looks cute and all, it wasn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be. In the swatches it looks like it is quite opaque because I rub in the eye shadow vigorously before swatching it into my hands. You can actually see it from the tutorial that the eye shadows is not as opaque as it seems. The pearl effect is definitely there as it could stay up the entire day and giving the 3 dimensional effect. Definitely can be played around with the shades depending on your preference.

Price: MYR 29.90

Availability: National leading pharmacies, selective departmental stores, super and hypermarkets.


  • 3 dimensional effect
  • Easy to use
  • Complimentary combination shades


  • Not as opaque as it seems

My Rating: 3.5/5


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This eye shadows was provided by Maybelline for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh