FS Cosmetics re-launches their cosmetics lineTuesday, October 18, 2016
This has got to be one of the longest posts I have ever done, but I am very excited to share with you this post! I am also proud of my shots in this post because I think it looks pro. LOL Just humor me! I am not the best flat lay photographer but I think it's good enough! I hope they're clear enough for your guys though.
So, last January, I attended the re-launch of FS Cosmetics (Features and Shades Cosmetics), the same products but different look! Some were reformulated for the better, but some are the classic FS products that we all have learned to love. Once dubbed as the MAC Cosmetics of the Philippines, FS Cosmetics is now back as Features and Shades Cosmetics with a much modern and sleek look.
I myself have been using FS for a long time with my clients, specially the eyeshadows because of the wide selection of shades and their highly pigmented products. I remember when they first came out with their eyeshadow collection, I did a major haul on their products. You can check out that post HERE, and posted a video on how to use their eyeshadows HERE.
|Features and Shades Cosmetics|
Features and Shades consists of a really extensive makeup line from makeup base to lipsticks to makeup tools. I have been a fan of FS Cosmetics for a while now because they have affordable cosmetics and they can be passed as professional cosmetics.
Their products are highly pigmented and it does last all day when you need them to. Made with quality ingredients, FS Cosmetics does not disappoint.
Allow me to give you a not-so simple walk through of some of their products that are available:
Let's start with the Face Primer. It is a slightly tinted silicone-based face primer that applies smoothly on the face, and really does its job well in masking large pores.
|FS Cosmetics Face Primer|
These concealer sticks are more like cream foundations to me. It's a dual purpose concealer stick that you can use both as a full-coverage base, for contouring and highlighting, or just to conceal. It's very versatile. I personally love using it for highlighting and contouring when I am doing traditional makeup.
You can watch the video of me using concealer sticks for highlighting and contouring here.
They can easily be mixed together too for a more customized shade for your skin shade/tone.
|Chestnut Concealer Stick for contouring|
|Sand Concealer Stick for highlighting|
In spite of the really heavy makeup base, it did not set in my fine lines or the creases of my face! It's really flexible!
TWO-WAY CAKE SPF 35PA+++
This two-way cake foundation is a versatile compact foundation that can be used either dry or wet. The last two-way cake foundation I wrote about was Pixy's Ultimate Makeup Cake and that one was actually good IF you find your perfect shade though. Otherwise, it will look too "cakey" if you know what I mean.
Kind of like Max Factor's Creme Puff Pressed Powder. For some people the smell does not bother them, but for me, it's a little too perfumed for my taste. I would have loved it more if they removed the sickly sweet smell of the powder.
Their blushes contain Vitamin E which is said to be good for the skin. I am a big fan of Vitamin E so that alone is a really big plus for me.
Their powder blush comes in a sturdy, high-class looking packaging which love because it looks pro.
Some of you may not know this about blush, but it's nice to use two shades of blush when doing your makeup. You can use a darker shade on your cheekbones for contouring, and a lighter shade blush for the apples of your cheeks. They should just be in the same undertone family though so that they wouldn't clash, and still give you a very seamless and fluid look.
Every brand seems to be coming out with their own version of this blush -a combination of pink and orange undertones with gold iridescent finish. Pink Sugar has their own version, Sleek, and Elizabeth Arden. This is actually based on NARS' most famous blush: Orgasm.
I have ranted about FS Cosmetics' eyeshadows before when they used to have a different name. You can find that post here actually, and I even did a YouTube tutorial using one of their famed eyeshadow single in Espresso. But let bygones be bygones on why the name change because FS Cosmetics is now here to stay.
MAC Pedro Lourenço Nude Quad (shade is Era) that came out a couple of years back.
It's not chalky, and it's extremely blendable. Some eyeshadows end up more on your cheek when blending rather than your eyes but these eyshadows are nothing like that. It sticks on your eyes and looks even better after being worn awhile.
MASCARADE VOLUMNIZING MASCARA
For as long as I can remember, looking for the right mascara has been my problem because only twi brands have done it for me: Maybelline, and Lancome.
Lancome has several mascaras but only one formulation worked really well for me and that was L'Xtreme which is a waterproof mascara. Unfortunately, they discontinued that so Maybelline was the next best thing for me. Whether I use it on myself or on my clients.
My most favorite from Maybelline? Maybelline HyperCurl Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara.
|FS Cosmetics Mascarade Volumnizing Mascara|
Some people would apply mascara first before curling their lashes, but I do not recommend that because the lashes can break.
Plus the fact that even when I got oily and sweaty towards the end of the day, it didn't smudge or end up in my undereye area. So that's always a plus for me.
The Luscious Lipstick line comes in 9 matte shades and 10 creamy shades. These matte lipsticks have a finish and pigment that reminds me of Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks, but these are supposed to be matte, and those ones from Covergirl are actually more marketed as on the creamy side.
|FS Cosmetics Luscious Lipstick, PhP 299/each|
Although this is not the first time I saw lipstick packaging like this with the mechanical type. M&Co. Cosmetics have this kind of tubes too.
24 Carats and Playing Footsie. I think I am really attracted to these kinds of bright, hot pink lippies!
TRUE LIGHT LIQUID LIPSTICK
"Feel glamorous with color-rich Features & Shades True Light Liquid Lipstick with its signature illuminating cap and side mirror that make color application easy, convenient and fun even in dim-lighted rooms.
Enriched with Vitamin E, it protects your lips from damaging sun rays while keeping your lips on point! Choose from nine (9) available shades made to complement Filipina skin."
|FS Cosmetics True Light Liquid Lipstick|
Although some glossy lipsticks are long lasting like MAC's lipglass, but most often than not, I opt for matte lippies because depending on the formulation, those last longer than creamy lipsticks or glossy ones.
The wand comes with tiny led lights and comes with a mirror too!
I am hoping the creamy ones will have a finish like Happy Skin's Shut Up & Kiss Me Power Pout Moisturizing Lip Lacquer! That one I really like because it's actually more lipstick than gloss, and it doesn't have a sticky feel on the lips.
FS Cosmetics have a wide range of makeup tools as well. From sponges, to makeup brushes to eyelash curlers -which, by the way, has been dubbed as the Shu Uemura curler of the Philippines but fraction of the price!
T.LeClerc's Banane Pressed Powder.
I just love my makeup look today! I love how polished I look without looking over done, in spite of the really heavy cream concealers I used as a base.
In conclusion, although I am genuinely happy with the new FS Cosmetics makeup line because their makeup are of quality, I am not a big fan of very fragrant cosmetics, specially ones that smell of strong vanilla (or maybe white chocolate?). I am a big fan of their eyeshadows and their lipsticks. I would have loved their 2Way Cake foundation as well and other pressed powders if it wasn't for the smell. And this is not just because I am pregnant!