Fab Five Express Review Feat. Estee Lauder, BECCA, NARS, Tom Ford, Shu Uemura

Much as I enjoy blogging, I’m telling you right now that I don’t get to review every product that lands on my desk. While I’m the type who takes photos before attempting to touch or use an item, there are days I just can’t do it, let alone write a full-length review. Brain constipation? possibly. Uninterested? not really. So for today’s post, I decided to feature some of my favorite products express review-style without compromising brevity.

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Estee Lauder Foundation 2.0 Intensity Review, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard Review, BECCA Skin Mineral Powder Review, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor Review, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review

Let’s start with Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0 ($33, 1 fl oz). If you like the staying power of Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation but find it too thick for everyday use, this lightweight foundation is your best bet. The consistency is thinner and has light to medium coverage. It dries to a matte finish so setting it with powder maybe unnecessary. Just so you know, my skin is undergoing metamorphosis lately (coming from extremely oily to combination) so I don’t use setting powder whenever I use matte foundations. Like its predecessor double-wear stay in place, this foundation does not oxidize, melt, budge or turn my face into an odd greaseball. Interestingly, it does give a tightening sensation as the day progresses, more like “oil being sucked”; with that said, I don’t think this will work if you have dry skin. I wear Intensity 2.0 (light to medium beige) as per recommendation of the associate but for my next purchase, I’m going one shade darker 3.0 (medium beige).


Another product you’ve seen consistently on my FOTD posts is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29, 0.22 oz). Sold in ten shades, I have Custard which has golden undertone for medium complexion. The formula is creamy but never cakey. This has been my go-to lately, replacing my used-to-be holy grail Cover Fx cream concealer (reviewed here).

A mainstay in my vanity, I use BECCA Skin Mineral Powder to set BB cream (alternately with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder) and under-eye concealer. It goes on smooth with remarkable lightweight feel.

Foundation 2.0 Intensity Review, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard Review, BECCA Skin Mineral Powder Review, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor Review, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review

Probably the oldest in my stash, this Shu Uemura eyelash curler is 9 or 10 years old. Yep, I’ve had it wayyyy before I started beauty blogging. I’ve tried some prototypes here and there, including the S-curler (from the same brand, reviewed here) but hands down, this remains my favorite. It looks beat up from the photo but this bad boy is still kickin’ it.

My makeup mantra has not changed: groomed brows or go home! I don’t know about you but I get distracted by bushy and neglected brows. For quick and natural-looking brows, I opt for Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Chestnut. It has an angled tip, spoolie and built-in sharpener which makes it multi-functional. Quite spendy at $44 but it’s all worth it.

Foundation 2.0 Intensity Review, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard Review, BECCA Skin Mineral Powder Review, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor Review, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review

Here’s moi featuring the “Fab Five”

Estee Lauder Foundation 2.0 Intensity Review, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard Review, BECCA Skin Mineral Powder Review, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor Review, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Review
on my lips: Gucci Lip Audacious Spring Rose (reviewed here)

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20 Comments

  1. November 6, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0 sounds amazing! I should really try it!

  2. November 6, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    I love me some EL Double Wear anything. Have you tried the Double Wear concealer? One of my favorites.

  3. November 6, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    I totally feel you on not having the chance to review everything in depth! But sometimes quick reviews are okay too. 🙂 These products of course all sound fabulous!

  4. November 6, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    I LOVE the NARS concealer!

  5. November 6, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    Awesome post, Kath! I know what you mean about not being able to review every single item that comes across my desk, and sometimes it's definitely hard to generate reviews! This is actually the perfect type of post because it looks at multiple products that can pair together! Nicely done!

  6. November 6, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    You look great! Though I have to admit, I love it when you wear brighter lips.

  7. November 6, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Your face looks totally flawless wearing the fab five! That lip color is so pretty on you as well.

  8. November 6, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    Looks like they're all working for you. Your skin looks great.

  9. November 6, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Intrigued with the Estee Lauder, need to get my hands on one. And Shu Uemura Lash curler is a must for me both personal and on my kit.

  10. November 6, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    You look amazing! How well they work together.

  11. November 6, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    I definitely want to try the brow sculptor.

  12. November 7, 2014 / 12:34 am

    I love this post! I'm working on a similar idea to give a bunch of products the mini review treatment. Love that lipstick too!

  13. November 7, 2014 / 5:38 am

    You are aglow! That foundation sounds awesome. I like lighter coverage for my oily skin. I want to feel it sucking the oil out of my skin! Lol

  14. November 7, 2014 / 6:05 am

    I have heard so many good things about Becca Powders… definitely want to check those out.

  15. November 7, 2014 / 6:17 am

    You simply cannot beat the form and functionality of the Shu eyelash curler.

  16. November 7, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Your skin looks so glowy and nice! I'm a sucker for glowy skin!

  17. November 7, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    I LOVE Becca anything! Your skin looks flawless!

  18. November 7, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    I use to wear EL Doublewear when my skin was still oily–great stuff!

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