First Impressions: Carmen Claire Cosmetics

Being practical in terms of makeup usage is one of the many things working moms, such as myself, consider. There are three basic must haves for the busy moms or the low maintenance girls everywhere. These are:
1) oil control primer
2) blotting powder, and 
3) long wear mlbb (my lips but better) lipstick. 
You can add foundation, blush, eyebrow pencil, and the like, but these three make up the trinity for the combination skin girl like me. 

Browsing the internet and blogosphere led me to a Philippine based company, Carmen Claire Cosmetics. I decided to try three of their products:
1) Acaci Pore Mattifier, 
2) CC Shine Patrol in Tan, and 
3) CC Classic Lipstick in Très Chic!

The items arrived in an Eco-friendly packaging, with the signature red bow and sticker logo. A handwritten note from Carmen herself was a nice added touch.

Definitely packaged with love.

Three products plus a freebie!

Acaci Pore Mattifier

Click here for the complete product details of the Acaci Pore Mattifier from the Carmen Claire Website.

A pea size amount is just enough for the whole face. Lightly tinted and unscented, it becomes a smooth veil when applied. It can be used alone or topped with liquid foundation for a medium coverage. For combination skin, such as myself, oiliness can come after the 5-hour mark. However, even without reapplication of a blotting powder, at the 8-hour mark the shine looks more like a glow rather than an oil slick.

CC Shine Patrol in Tan

The new compact is in circular form.

Click here for the complete product details of the Shine Patrol in Tan from the Carmen Claire Website.

The sponge has a separate storage compartment for hygienic purposes.

The darkest shade of the four available shades is Tan.

Save your pesos from buying the expensive blotting powder (you definitely know what I mean) and buy this instead. Moreover, you get 30% OFF when you get the Tan shade. It has a light coverage which is perfect since it's a blotting powder. Like most beauty products, which I prefer to be unscented, this one fits the bill. The compact is hygienic and the sponge it comes with is totally usable.

After applying your favorite foundation, just dab the Shine Patrol in your T-zone. No worries, you can either use the sponge supplied or any face brush you have on hand.  Reapply when you feel the oil creeping in, which is about 5-6 hours for combination skin.

Classic Lipstick in Très Chic!

A truly chic black tube.
See through top for easy color identification.

Click here for the complete product details of the Classic Lipstick in Très Chic! from the Carmen Claire Website.

Here are the swatches: 1, 2, and 3 swipes respectively.

Using Très Chic!

My Lips But Better shade of lipstick.
One of the best selling lipsticks in Carmen Claire, this tube comes in an oh so perfect shade. Definitely a worthy MLBB shade. Creamy and long lasting, this shade is a must have. The only con that I would like to point out is that it has a slight lipstick smell. However, if you can do away with that tiny detail, then you will find your HG product in this tube,

Visit Carmen Claire Cosmetics for more practical beauty products! You can also text Carmen if you have any queries at 0918-907-8960 -she's quite nice.



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