-Bring a foundation (preferably, powder) and a setting powder that is your shade. Because if you plan on buying your base makeup here; you’ll get in trouble. Because the shade range of local cosmetics here is pretty limited. By “limited” I mean 3 shades of foundation is the most common shade range, and most of those shades won’t even reach my shade, that is the main reason why my foundation is lighter than me… I always pick the darkest shade available; but it is always lighter than myself.
Although; you might find your shade if you go to malls and scan the international brands like L’Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon and e.l.f. though I’m telling you; they are 3x more expensive here compared to the US, or if you get them online. A one dollar e.l.f. blending brush costs Php149.00 (Usd3.12) here.
Spot the difference! Hint: it’s my skin… and to think that, that powder is one of the darkest ones here! I look like snow!
– Bring a concealer… because it is the same shade range as the foundations and powders… sadly.
-Bring your favorite bright lipstick; because blue, violet, black and green are hard to find here. Unless you want to buy counterfeit lipsticks… or you want to buy lipsticks online.
-Your favorite eyeshadow palette, because if you like your Naked 3… you won’t be able to buy it here. You’ll have to get it online, and if you see someone on Facebook selling one for Php300.00 (Usd6.29), then it’s fake. Because local online resellers who sells legit Urban Decay Products sells the Naked Palettes for Php3000.00 (Usd62.89)-Php4000.00 (Usd83.85).
So, I suggest just bring your own! Not mention the drugstore palettes like the e.l.f. 100 eyeshadow palette costs about Php899.75 (Usd18.86) here.
And that’s the list of things you might need to bring; makeup-wise if you want to have a vacation in the Philippines. But just a disclaimer; I do not mean that local Philippine cosmetics are bad. Most color or base cosmetics from local brands are actually very good, but then again if your skin is darker than mine you really need your own foundation. But everything else is good, to be honest my favorite Matte eyeshadows are from San san and Ever Bilena, my favorite Mascara is from San san, and my favorite lipstick is from Sophie (not really local but you can find it everywhere in the Philippines and it’s only Php95.00 (Usd1.99) which is even cheaper than fake MAC lipsticks sold by people in Facebook)!
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And that’s all for now folks and see you all later! 😀