One True Pairing: Drugstore And High-End Beauty Products | Clozette


Finding your perfect match in life is a challenging journey, but once you find 'The One', everything in the universe just falls into its rightful place. It doesn't matter if you have to move mountains to find your other half — not just in love but also friendships that you know will last a lifetime — you just know it when the right fit comes along. Same goes with our love for everything beauty. Whether its drugstore, high street, luxury or something that has to be ordered from the other side of the globe, once you find your holy grail, there's no going back.


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But while one product can work wonders, it got us thinking: do our current favourites have their perfect match lying in a beauty counter somewhere? One that would make them exceed their limits and elevate their already promising performance. Is there a match for their 'one true pairing'? So we put our detective hats on and went on a quest to test three pairs of products that are said to produce the best beauty OTPs. Here's our verdict. 


Rimmel Match Perfection Primer + Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 


Rimmel's top-rated primer may be from the drugstore but it delivers amazing results when it comes to smoothening and brightening the skin. Its smooth, velvety finish helps minimise unwanted texture, ensuring that your base will glide on smoothly and flawlessly. Estee Lauder's best-selling foundation, on the other hand, is known for its high-coverage and stellar all-day-wear performance that delivers both a picture-perfect and a real-life flawless looking appearance. Together, we went on to see if these two seemingly complementary products end up giving us a happily ever after when it comes to our base. 


Beauty OTP Rimmel Primer + Estee Double Wear


Beauty OTP Rating:  7/10

While they may initially seem like a good match, our tests showed that the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is a strong, independent product that can already work great on its own and don't need much help from the Rimmel Match Perfection Primer. They work a little better together in terms of increasing blendability, but we figured that there's another foundation out there that could need a little more boost from the Rimmel primer. It just sort of faded away as a sidekick when teamed up with Estee's already heavy-duty formula. We're liking the match, but we don't want an imbalance of power between our OTPs.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil + Benefit Gimme Brow Gel


The NYX Micro Brow Pencil is already a long-standing crowd favourite not just because it serves as a great dupe for some higher end brow pencils but also because its slim and precise tip gives perfect control. It leaves no room for overdrawing, making it a preferred option for both beginners and experts. Sharing the same status would be the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel, whose volumising attributes made it a much-coveted beauty product since day one of its release. They are products that are proven to perform well both on their own and when complementing another product. But how do they fare together?


Beauty OTP Nyx Brow Pencil + Benefit Gimme Brow


Beauty OTP Rating:  8.5/10

A match made in brow heaven? Almost! It's no coincidence that these two are crowd favourites. But together, they deliver a whole new level of fleek-ness. Not only can they fill in empty gaps and spots in between brow hairs with great precision, but these two combined also delivers the most natural-looking arches that won't budge or smudge no matter what your plans are for the day. However, we feel like this power couple works best for those with a fair amount of brow hairs to begin with.


Maybelline Strobing Cream + The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer


Cream and liquid highlighters are not that easy to get right because they have the tendency to clump up or look streaky on top of your base, but Maybelline must know a magic trick or two. The brand's Strobing Cream gives the perfect wet-slash-dewy buildable highlight finish that melts onto your makeup seamlessly. And since we're talking about getting a gorgeous glow, it's no secret that The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer is one of the most top-rated highlighters in almost all beauty platforms and for good reason. From its soft and velvety texture to its champagne shade that looks divine on almost all skintones, it's no wonder why this pick has its own fanbase. Will this pair be the saving grace of our beauty OTP quest?


Beauty OTP Maybelline Master Strobing Stick + Mary Lou Manizer


Beauty OTP Rating:  10/10 

Alone, they're gorgeous. But together, they're bordering on ethereal with a stunningly blinding glow. The combination of cream and powder fused together melts onto the skin beautifully without emphasising any texture or making the skin look oily. The cream also helped extend the powder's longevity, preventing the highlight to fade throughout a day's wear. We're totally stanning this match-up!


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There’s nothing wrong about a detailed way to treat yourself, but taking it a notch lower can be just what you need to give yourself a renewed sense of enjoyment in your routine. Who knows? You might even find something that works better when you detox a little. Here are little ways you can tone down your routine for the better. 


Micellar is the new way to cleanse your hair


Rejoice Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner variants


Instead of focusing on styling and relying on treatments and products, we say treat your hair to some natural detoxification. Change your usual routine to one that includes the Rejoice Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner.

Yes, you read that right. Micellar is the new way to cleanse your hair! Following the same technology used in micellar water for the skin, the Rejoice Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner contain powerful micelles that thoroughly yet gently cleanses your hair and scalp.

The series comes in two variants: Airy Volume and Oil Removal. Aside micelles, these products have white tea that purifies the hair from damaging properties. Making your tresses free from oil, dirt and remnants of pollution, this duo gives you the feeling of fresh, breathable scalp and hair that’s clean, smooth and airy.

The Airy Volume shampoo and conditioner contain water lily that helps in removing oxidative damage and discharge heavy metals in your hair to ensure your tresses get the full-bodied volume it should. Meanwhile, the Oil Removal variant has lemongrass that’s packed with antioxidants to ensure that your hair grows strong.


Go for a natural scrub


Acids are great for exfoliating the skin, no doubt about it. But sometimes, you should also listen to your skin and give it a bit of rest from chemical peels. Instead, try going the natural route. Cleanse your skin with the help of a natural scrub like a konjac sponge for something thorough.

Strengthen with a soak


Go for a nail soak instead of a new mani


There’s nothing quite like getting a fresh manicure. The fresh coat of polish somewhat gives us a sense of newness and readiness to take on challenges. Just like our skin, though, putting too much on our nails can wreak havoc on them. So make sure you give them time to breathe, too. Every so often, opt for bare nail days. And while you’re at it, make sure you strengthen them with the help of a nail soak composed of coconut oil, jojoba oil and a drop of lavender essential oil. This will help ensure your nails are always ready for the many styles and colour changes you’d put them to.


Dry brush your skin 


Make it a priority to dry brush you skin


We’re sure you give your skin some scrubbin’ while in the shower with the help of your favourite products. However, did you know there’s a different way to get glowing results for your body? Instead of religiously scrubbing using exfoliants, try dry brushing your skin every once in a while. This method removes dead skin cells and promotes circulation that helps in removing and preventing the formation of cellulites.

Steam it


We’re no strangers to the power of masks when it comes to relieving our skin from dead skin cells, deep-seated dirt and more. But if you’re feeling tired of putting on masks, waiting for them to dry and rinsing them off, perhaps steaming is the route to go. Every now and then, loosen up the dirt and impurities on your skin by getting a steam. You can opt for a device that does this especially or you can simply boil a pot of water, take it out of the fire, put your face above to get the steam and just relax.


Change the usual. The Rejoice Micellar Series is available at GIANT, AEON and AEON Big Stores across Malaysia.

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Looking for a powder that can help me manage my combination skin has always been a struggle. It has to have great oil control to keep my T-zone shine-free while making sure that the dryness in some parts of my face is not emphasised. Trust me, I have tried a bunch of powders from drugstore to high-end but have found nothing to satisfy my need. I've heard a lot about the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder from many European YouTubers like Zoella and Marzia Bisognin (before her YouTube retirement), though, so I had to give it a try as soon as I got my hands on it. 



According to its claims, it has a lightweight formula with natural minerals that help last up to 9 hours of matte finish wear, helps minimise the appearance of pores and delivers a flawless finish. Now, we've heard all of that before but haven't really found anything that follows through the promise. Will this one break that cycle?


Packaging, texture, and scent


The Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder's packaging is as straightforward as it gets. The product is sandwiched in plastic packaging, both base and cover, the latter feeling a bit flimsy and can easily crack on the sides. This is an issue I've experienced early on while using this and has been the top comment of beauty gurus who use this product. Still, retailing for less than USD5, I guess we can be quite forgiving. I did wish it comes with its own puff and mirror, too, but considering its claims of having nine hours of wear, it's made to be a leave-on-your-vanity than a carry-in-your-purse type of product. 


Rimmel Stay Matte Powder swatch


The texture is just like your typical pressed powder, not too silky or chalky. The only thing curious to me is that for a matte powder, it has a bit of sheen to it when swatched. That easily goes away when blended so I'm assuming that's from the minerals this powder claims to have. The shade 001 Transparent looks a bit light beige on the pan but doesn't leave a trace once applied to the skin. As for the scent, it doesn't have any strong or distinct fragrances other than a typical soft pressed powder smell. 


Application, buildability, longtime wear


I've had months to test this product out using various bases, from foundations to BB creams, with or without primers, or just by itself, and have come to a verdict. Best applied with a dense brush if you want to add more coverage to your base or with a loose powder brush if you want a soft veil of product for basic oil control and setting, this powder is actually really good to keep your makeup look flawless without looking cakey or patchy. No emphasis on pores, dry patches or lines either so that's great. The real magic for me is when you start using a setting spray or mist at the end of your makeup routine to really have the powder melt onto your skin and unravel a nice soft matte finish that doesn't look flat and definitely still looks like skin. At the first stages of application, it really did well. 


Rimmel Stay Matte Powder


Still, I wouldn't attest to its claim of a 9-hour wear. After four hours or so in normal and airconditioned room temperatures, my T-zone starts to oil up again and by the time I reach the six-hour mark, I have to blot and retouch with some powder already. My base goes back to looking fresh. But as I mentioned, since the packaging of this powder isn't exactly travel-friendly, it's not ideal to be caught needing to retouch in the middle of the day. Not to mention that when I tested it out in the heat, it lasted even shorter, maybe just around two to three hours before needing to blot. It didn't help that when I looked it up on their website, it says that a 5-hour wear is normal but in the back of their packaging, it claims for nine hours.  One good thing to note despite this though is that for areas in the skin that are already dry or normal, no patchiness or fading was in sight throughout the entire wear, even in the undereye area. So there are definitely highs and lows for this one. 



Overall thoughts


I was really excited to try this product out but ended up with a lukewarm verdict. It's not the worst powder I've tried because I still find myself reaching for it every now and then. And so the question lies: is it worth the hype? I'd say at USD5, its quirks can be easily forgiven. If you don't have an oily T-zone or are good with your makeup turning dewier after four to six hours of wear, you might even fall in love completely with this because it does hold your makeup quite well. 


P.S. Have you caught our review of the much-hyped GlamGlow masks?

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