VMV Hypoallergenics has been part of my life, and it can be seen in this blog – dig in my archives ( articles here, and here ), and you’ll know that by the time I started to take my skin care seriously, I was using skin care products from VMV Hypoallergenics, specifically the Superskin 3 line for oily, acne-prone skin, and their Id line for my backne. ( sigh, my name should be Soph-ne, coz acne’s played such a huge part in my life! ). I love VMV Hypoallergenics, as by its name goes, it did not incite any allergic reaction from me as I have sensitive skin, but it is also backed by intensive research ( with dermatological papers, and all ) with all their products.
As VMV Hypoallergenics and skin care is altogether a looong topic of discussion by yours truly, I have taken the liberty to showcase VMV Hypoallegenics‘ makeup line first. Yes, if they have hypoallergenic skin care, they also have hypoallergenic makeup.
VMV Hypoallergenics’ Skintelligent Beauty Makeup Line prides itself with the following good points :
* Rich, concentrated color
* Non-irritating, and with no stress-inducing ingredients
* 100% free of parabens and other preservatives
* 100% free of all types of fragrances ( which is different from being “unscented,” as “unscented” means that the fragrance is masked by another chemical )
* 100% free of phthalates
* Mostly dye-free
They sound like mineral makeup, right? Sigh. Mineral makeup – the most abused term in this decade. Whenever I’d see commercial brands claiming that they have mineral makeup, I just don’t know what to do. Some really are mineral makeup in its truest sense ( no preservatives, chemicals ) and some just jump in the bandwagon as I see parabens as a huge chunk of their ending ingredients. Anyway. VMV Hypoallergenics do not claim to be mineral makeup, but only claim of these stuff. I think I’m good with these ( being preservative, fragrance, and almost dye-free ), and I am willing to explore their makeup line.
As I was sent some products for review by VMV Hypoallergenics, my set included one Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo, and one Subtle Shine Lipstick. Let me tell you more about them :
Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo consists of two complimentary shades of eyeshadow in one compact. Don’t ask me how they got their shades, but I’m sure that they have good taste in pairing up the shades. They’re pigmented, alright! I didn’t have any trouble using them – they weren’t powdery, and they were very cooperative while I was blending them.
Healthy ingredients of this eyeshadow duo include antioxidants green tea and rice phytic acid, moisturizing, but non-comedogenic virgin coconut oil, disinfecting monolaurin, and sun protecting titanium dioxide and iron oxide. (even eyeshadows have antioxidants? Coolio!)
With 23 duos available, I have Lavendream. It’s a duo of…well, violets. haha! Light lavender on the lighter shade, and dark, almost black purple shade on the darker shade. This is really multi-purpose, as the lighter shade can be used for day ( and some darker shade on the outer V, perhaps ), and when it’s time to party, the darker shade can take over, and sport that smoky eye! Well for me, it’s smoky eyes all the way because I have no crease! Hahaha!
For the Subtle Shine Lipstick, it claims that it won’t darken your lips like other lipsticks would, if it’ not your lucky day. Good thing, because with that said, I just remember a horror story told to me by a friend when I was very, very young ( around highschool, perhaps? ) she had dark lips, and she told me that the culprit of it was the cheapy lipbalm she bought for 50 bucks at the nearest drugstore counter. Eeyikes ( but now, I think even low-priced lipbalms are not that harmful – look at organic lip balms! )
For the Subtle Shine Lipstick, I got my shade in Sweetness. It’s iridescent, it’s reflective, and it’s out of this world. It looks like the reflection of a rainbow. It’s not exactly pigmented ( well, it is not pigmented at all ), but somehow, it adds some dimension to my lips, and make it seem that the color is enough! Look, with such faint color, I was able to pull off a good smoky eyed look! I strayed away from the usual flesh/nude lipstick to balance off the dark smoky eyes, but consider this a new discovery that we can also use glitzy glitzy lipstick to add some glamour to that “balancing act.” Haha!
Well, I’m officially saving up for this Holidays for my VMV Hypoallergenics loot! I can feel that I’m getting more makeup, and see how they’ve updated through the years!
*for my curls, again, that’s another story! I’m seriously fixing the video, as promised!