“Nice Shading ” contour powder by PONY EFFECT Review

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Sorry for making such a big pause between posts this month, I had a lot of things going on, also as you can see – I have my own website now! I’m super excited, this is actually going to be my first post as Belgradepixie.com !

Zdravo ! 😊

Izvinjavam se na ovako dugoj pauzi u pisanju, prosto su bile takve okolnosti, nadam se da me razumete .😊 Za mene je ovaj blog pre svega jedan lep hobi, ali ću se zaista u narednom periodu potruditi da mu se više posvetim. Kao što vidite, april je sa sobom doneo i jednu bitnu promenu – BelgradePixie sada ima sopstveni domen !

OK, enough with the boring part, let’s get started with my first Pony review – We’re starting off with the first item, in this case, the Pony Effect “Nice shading” Contour powder.

Now, there won’t be an intro regarding Pony Effect, since I wrote a separate post about them, so for detailed info about this brand, its creator and her makeup technique, just click here. 😊

Da ne dužim više, nego da mi polako pređemo na ono što je najbitnije – recenziju Pony Effect ” Nice shading ” proizvoda za konturisanje u kamenu !.

Samo mala napomena – ovaj post nema uvodni pasus o kozmetici Pony Effect, tako da, ukoliko želite da saznate nešto više o samom brendu i šminkerki koja stoji iza same linije, kliknite ovde.

As always, I’ve divided this review into several sections, so you can skip the things you’re not interested to read about :

Kao i uvek, recenziju sam razdelila na nekoliko sekcija, ovako možete preskočiti one delove teksta koji vas ne zanimaju :

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The packaging is a fingerprint magnet btw
Packaging / Ambalaža

The product comes in a small two-toned, navy blue/rose gold cardboard box. The design is very sleek and elegant, I must say, I loove it !. The contouring powder comes in a sturdy plastic case, also navy blue, with a magnetic, 180° opening. The upper lid has a transparent middle part with the Pony Effect logo in rose gold. Comes with no mirror or applicator, which is fine by me. You get 3 gr of product, with everything made in Korea by Memebox Inc.

Proizvod dolazi u maloj dvobojnoj teget-roze zlatnoj kartonskoj kutiji sa logom Pony Effect. Moram priznati da mi se pakovanje jako dopada, vrlo je elegantno i vizuelno efektno, proizvod na prvi pogled čak deluje luksuznije nego što zaista jeste. Zaista su se potrudili oko dizajna. Pudrijera samog proizvoda je plastična, takođe teget boje sa magnetnim otvaranjem do 180°. Gornja strana je po sredini prozirna, tako da u ovom slučaju ne dobijate ogledalce, a ni one bespotrebne aplikatore, što je meni skroz oke ( to kod mene ionako odmah završi u kanti sa ambalažom ). Dobijate 3 gr proizvoda prozvedenog u Koreji od strane kompanije Memebox .

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About the product / O samom proizvodu

So, this is a pressed contouring powder. I got mine in the shade Crony. This shade is described as a – cool-toned medium brown for light to medium skin / for deeper, more olive skin tones ?? (the description on two different sites) . Now, when I look at the other shades, this would be the darkest one. I actually ordered the darkest shade on purpose, since I wasn’t quite sure how light/dark Korean powders are in general, compared to my light to medium skin tone. Koreans have lighter complexions, compared to most Europeans ( you can see that with their quite small foundation color range – usually only 3 shades). The powder is available in two more shades : Behind Story & Divine Work.

Ovo je u osnovi presovana senka za konturisanje/senčenje ( zaista ne znam kako bih vam ovo drugačije prevela na srpskom 😬😬 ). Kako sam naručivala proizvod putem interneta, odlučila sam se za nijansu Crony, koja je opisana kao srednje braon nijansa sa hladnim podtonom za svetliji – srednji ten / za tamniji maslinasti ten?? ( sa dva različita sajta su opisi ). Naručila sam zapravo nijansu koja mi se učinila najtamnijom, s obzirom da generalno nisam bila sigurna koliko su korejski proizvodi za konturisanje tamni tj. svetli. Korejci su poznati po izrazito svetloj puti, za razliku od većine Evropljana ( to se pogotovu primećuje kada pogledate njihov raspon nijansi pudera ). Senka je dostupna u još 2 nijanse : Behind Story i Divine Work .

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Application & impressions / Nanošenje i utisci

The powder has a nice satin like texture, you can really feel it under your fingertips, the product was very finely mild. This shade is perfect for me, doesn’t look too warm on my skin (isn’t orange at all) nor does it appear grayish, just a perfect cool toned brown for sculpting your face. Goes on smoothly, doesn’t look patchy and it’s pretty pigmented, so I advise you to use a light hand since the intensity is easily buildable . Great staying power, even without setting spray on top. Also, although you can see some gold flex in this picture, the product goes on completely mat on the skin.

Tekstura proizvoda je zaista divna, vrlo svilenkasta, tačno se oseća pod prstima koliko je prah fino samleven. Sama nijansa kontura je bila pun pogodak za mene. Kontur ne deluje nimalo narandžast na mom tenu a ne deluje ni pepeljasto sivo. Zaista savršena braon hladnog podtona nijansa za konturisanje lica. Moram reći da sam iznenađena i samom pigmentacijom proizvoda, s obzirom da je opšte poznato koliko Korejci ne stavljaju toliko akcenat na pigmentaciju. Intenzitet boje se lako nadograđuje, kontur nimalo ne deluje ” prljavo” a zadovoljna sam i sa samom postojanošću na koži tokom dana. Inače – iako se na slici vide sitne zlatne čestice ( mada mi je wp kompresovao sliku ), na koži je skroz mat.

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Functionality & Usability / Funkcionalnost & upotrebljivost

This powder is a great contouring/shading product. You can use it to sculpt your face and give it the necessary dimension, also to contour your nose or even as an eyeshadow, as a nice everyday color all over the lid, or just to create some depth in the crease. Very versatile and easy to use, also travel friendly as it can be used as a 2in1 product.

Ovaj kontur je zaista divan proizvod za konturisanje/senčenje. Možete ga znači koristiti za konturisanje lica, kako biste dobili neophodnu dimenziju u predelu jagodičnih kostiju, čela, vilice i nosa, ali je ujedno odlična i za senčenje u predelu pregiba oka, kako biste dobili efekat dubine.

When it comes to its application, I use the M.A.C 168 contour brush to apply it. Now, I realize that this is a brush on the pricier side, so a good alternative that I have to recommend is the Artdeco Blusher brush. Do keep in mind that this brush has less bristle density and it’s a bit wider – the ferrule is more pinched, so it covers a bigger surface than the M.A.C one. But, for beginners and with products of stronger pigmentation, this is a great alternative at a lower price (of course, you can use whatever brush you’d like, nowadays you can find a lot of good, affordable, brushes).

Što se tiče samog nanošenja, za ovaj kontur proizvod koristim M.A.C četkicu za konturisanje, broj 168. Svesna sam da je ovo jedna od skupljih četkica na tržištu i da je ne može svako sebi priuštiti, zato od postojećih četkica koje posedujem kao dobru alternativu mogu da vam preporučim ArtDeco četkicu za rumenilo. U osnovi obe četkice imaju istu svrhu, oblik i vrstu dlake ( kozja ). Jedino imajte na umu da je gustina dlake kod ArtDeco manja a i da je sama cev četkice više priklještena – time je četkica šira i prekriva veću površinu. Generalno za proizvode jače pigmentacije kao i za početnike kada je u pitanju šminkanje, ovo je po meni dobra alternativa.

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Ingredients / Sastav

As you know, South Korea is well-known for their skin care industry. Everyone and their grandma is skin obsessed there. 😁 Which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong. So, when it comes to makeup, it’s also very important for them to have the necessary skin care benefits implemented in their makeup as well. This brand and their products are no exception to that rule. The contouring powder is botanical-infused with several plant extracts, including Arnica Montana flower extract, Yarrow extract, Artemisia Absinthium extract, Achillea Millefolium extract and Gentiana Lutea Root extract ( soothing & nourishing properties).

Kao što već znate, Južna Koreja je poznata po svojoj opsednutosti kožom. Njihova industrija se smatra jednom od najnaprednijih kada su u pitanju sastojci proizvoda i sama tehnologija izrade preparativne kozmetike. Isti je slučaj naravno i sa njihovom dekorativnom kozmetikom tj. šminkom. Dobar je primer upravo ovaj kompatni kontur koji u sebi sadrži ekstrakt cveta Moravke, Hajdučice, Belog Pelena i korena Žute Lincure ( biljke koje neguju i umiruju upale kože ).

Their products are also free from ingredients like : dye, formaldehyde, mineral oil, polyethylene glycol a.k.a PEG, propylene glycol, parabens, coal tar, alcohol, sulfates, sodium lauryl sulfate a.k.a SLS, triclosan, formaldehyde-releasers, phthalates, methylisothiazolinone a.k.a MIT.

Proizvod takođe ne sadrži : boje, formaldehid, mineralno ulje, polietilen glikol, propilen glikol, parabene, katran, alkohol, sulfate, sodium lauril sulfat, triklosan, ftalate, metilizotiazolinon.

As for the ingredients list scan :

Što se tiče pregleda sastava :

Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

Napomena : Pomoću ove tabele možete utvrditi da li proizvod sadrži nešto u svom sastavu na šta znate da ste alergični.

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This is also a cruelty-free makeup brand.

Ovo je ujedno I brend koji ne testira na životinjama.

Any remarks ? / Zamerke ?

There’s some kick-up in the pan as you swirl your brush , but I don’t see that as a big flaw. I only wish there were more shades, for people with darker complexions, since the product is so nice. Now, some people on Youtube complain that the powder is too small ( regarding the amount of product you get ). I personally don’t see an issue, on one side, I don’t like huge pans ( takes you forever to use it all up) and on the other, when you look at other contouring powders, e.g. the Anastasia’s contour kit refills, you get 0,11 oz (3,25 gr) of product for 14 bucks ( and this is just a refill pan, no packaging included ). Pony Effect contour powder is 3 gr of product for the retail price of around 15 bucks ( here you’re paying for the product + packaging ). So, it’s reasonably priced in my opinion.

Kontur se malo kruni prilikom upotrebe četkice, ali meni to toliko ne smeta jer je i očekivano donekle kada sa ovako finim presovanim prahom, pogotovu kada koristite četku veće gustine. Primetila sam da su se pojedinci na Youtube-u žalili da je kontur dosta mali. Ja lično ne volim ni velike bronzere ni velike palete za konturisanje, tada vam treba 100 godina da potrošite proizvod do kraja. Takođe, kada pogledate, kod dopune za kontur paletu Anastazije, dobijate 3,25 grama proizvoda za 14 $ ( pritom nema kompaktno pakovanje). Kod Pony Effect dobijate 3 gr proizvoda za 15 $ ( ovde plaćate proizvod + ambalažu ). Generalno smatram da je oke cena.

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Do I recommend? / Da li preporučujem ?

Yep! Most definitely! Good quality product, (not just a pretty packaging), looks wonderful on warm skin tones, great color payoff, long wearing… Can’t find a reason not to recommend it. It’s a staple in my makeup bag right now ! Just – Lovin it ! 🤗 So, If you want to try something signed by Pony, most definitely pick this up, you won’t regret it! I ordered mine via TesterKorea for the price of 15.200 krw + shipping ( this varies based on the parcel’s weight ).

Apsolutno ! Smatram da je kontur dobrog kvaliteta, ne samo lepo dizajnirano pakovanje, divno izgleda na koži toplog podtona, dobro pigmentovan, postojan… Zaista ne mogu da mu nađem neku bitnu manu zbog kojeg vam ga na bih preporučila. Trenutno je moj omiljeni proizvod za konturisanje… Tako da, ukoliko želite da probate nešto sa potpisom Pony, ovaj proizvod ima moju toplu preporuku ! Proizvod možete naručiti putem sajta TesterKorea po ceni od 15.200 krw + poštarina ( visina poštarine zavisi od težine paketa ).

Toliko od moje prve Pony recenzije !

That’s it for my first Pony review ! Hope you liked it !

x

BelgradePixie

¡ En mi blog, pueden preguntarme sobre los productos tambien en español, en la sección de comentarios – Voy a responder con mucho gusto ! 😊

Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions page.

Innisfree “It’s real Squeeze ” Sheet masks Review

Hello my lovely blogosphere people ! Long time no see… Sorry for being M.I.A last month, december was very hectic for me and on top of it all I got sick, taking antibiotics and having to bed rest for 2 weeks… I’ll make it up to you this month, I promise. Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY ! Also, HAPPY HANUKKAH! Wishing you all good health and lots of happiness this year ! New Year = New beginnings, can’t wait to see all the amazing things 2017 has in stored ! 🙂

So, sheet masks are very popular in the past few years. Before that, they were only known as a skin care step in Asia, especially South Korea ( this is where they were invented, just like the cushion foundations). Now, some of you are maybe wondering: What are actually these masks? What’s their purpose? – Well, let me break it down for you now.😊

Putting it simple, sheet masks are pieces of fabric soaked in an essence/serum and cut into a shape that specifically fits a certain body part. They’re supposed to help with a skin issue to a certain extend with their first use. When it comes to the masks themselves, you can classify them into several categories:

  1. Depending on the material used for the mask: The sheets can be made out of cotton, gel/hydrogel, plant (bio) cellulose fiber, non-woven fiber, microfiber etc. Some of these materials are better (and more expensive) because they can help the skin absorb the serum better (e.g. hydrogel is considered better in “locking” moisture than cotton).
  1. Depending on their purpose: This means, what issue do they target (this depends on the essence/serum they contain). They can focus on anti-aging, brightening, soothing, fighting imperfections, hydrating, etc. The essence/serum is usually packed with different vitamins (antioxidants), acids, nourishing oils…Ingredients like vitamin C, snail mucin, hyaluronic acid, aloe Vera, tea tree oil, salicylic acid etc.
  1. Depending on what area of the body do they treat: There are sheet masks for your whole face, but also masks specifically just for your under eyes, your lips, hands or feet.

Nowadays, you can get them everywhere, the price range is very wide, depending on the sheet material, used essence/serum and of course the brand. So, without further a due, let’s start with my first review in 2017, the Innisfree „It’s real squeeze” sheet masks !.🤗

As always, I’ve divided this review into several sections:

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Packaging

Standard packaging when it comes to facial sheet masks – Rectangular foil lined plastic bags. Good quality packaging, pretty sturdy, they actually came in a parcel that was pretty beaten up, do to its trip from S. Korea to Suriname and then Serbia ( the parcel got missent ). None of the masks leaked, despite the parcel’s state. The bags have a little side cut near the upper rim, so you can easily open the mask. Inside, you get a folded sheet soaked in a clear liquid (essence) that doesn’t drip. The back has the instructions and ingredients list in english, making them easy to use.

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Usage

After you wash your face with a cleanser, proceed with your next skin care step, in this case a toner. When your skin absorbs the toner, put the mask onto your face and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. After the time is up, remove the sheet mask, tapping the excess essence into the skin. I personally keep them on until they turn white (get mostly dry).

When it comes to their use, I like using them once a week, usually on the weekends, as an extra kick to my skin care ( I call it the “relax & chill ” step). Do keep in mind that the frequency of sheet mask use varies, depending on your personal preference, skin type or the issues you want to target ( some people use them every day, others once or twice a week. Again, It’s up to you). After the mask, just proceed with the rest of your skin care routine as usual.

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Appearance and impression

These sheet masks are made out of triple layered artificial silk, for better essence absorption (cheaper kind, drugstore level). Each mask contains 20 ml of essence, which is in my opinion an optimal amount ( sometimes when there’s 30+ ml, the masks tend to drip, which I don’t like). It fits nicely onto the face, the sheet won’t move until you take it off. The eyes, lips and nose openings are cutout correctly (only wish the mask’s nose coverage was a little bit bigger over the nostrils). No slipping & sliding with this one, which is great. When you put it on, at first the sheet is pretty transparent, but gradually turns white as it dries. The essence has a floral, fresh scent that’s maybe a little too strong. I personally don’t mind it, but for people who are sensitive to perfume, it could cause an issue. When it comes to their performance, I was satisfied. After its use, my skin felt calm and hydrated. The skin felt a little tacky at first from the essence residue, but that goes away as you massage the excess product into the skin. The best tryout was during the holidays ( at the time I had really bad dark circles and dull skin with some red patches, due to the lack of sleep, exhaustion and being sick for 2 weeks ). These sheet masks made my skin look refreshed, calmed and my dark circles less noticeable. I always give my mom to try out such products on herself, so she lets me know her impressions as well (she’s turning 60 this year, olive skin tone, aged skin, no known skin irritants). She really liked them (and, she’s very picky).

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Ingredients

The masks contain Innisfree’s “Jeju green complex”, so the essence is packed with green tea, tangerine, cactus, orchid and camellia leaves extract (plants well-known for their hydrating and soothing properties).

One of the ingredients is also Torreya/ Bija seed oil. It’s claimed that it helps with calming the skin, helping with imperfections such as blemishes. To be honest, I rarely get blemishes, so I can’t judge these sheet masks when it comes to that claim. (For more details about my skin, check out my Facts page).

Here’s the COSDNA ingredients list:
Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

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Even though they contain alcohols (e.g. the “alcohol”…like, which one ppl? 😒  ). Now, they didn’t dry out or irritate my skin ( though you can smell the alcohol a bit, besides the perfume). So keep this in mind if you’re sensitive to alcohol .

Do I recommend?

I’m not extremely impressed, but I’m also not disappointed. I would say they’re average when it comes to sheet masks. I ordered mine online from Jolse, in a pack of 3 masks for about 4$ (Innisfree ships to Serbia as well). They’re really inexpensive, so you can pamper your skin quite often. Also, they have different types of masks (with tea tree, manuka honey, bamboo extract, acai berry etc.) each targeting a different issue, so you can pick and choose.

Now, are they the best on the market? -No. For that, look for Leaders, Dr. Jart+, Belif, Sum:37, SK-II, Sulwhasoo, etc. (will be trying out some of these real soon, so keep an eye for more sheet mask reviews). Would I buy these again? Yes, but a different type from the same line, just to change things up.

✴✴ For an extra refreshing feel – put them into the fridge, 10 to 15 min before use.

Bottom line, for a beginner, if you’re just starting to get into sheet masks (& you don’t have issues with alcohol or perfume) and you’re on a budget, start from here and give them a try. 😉

That’s it ! I hope you liked my review !

Have a great week ! 🙂

Belgrade Pixie
En mi blog, pueden preguntarme sobre los productos tambien en español, en la sección de comentarios – Voy a responder con mucho gusto ! 😊
Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions page.