Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Surprise Products

When I started getting serious with makeup, I stayed away from drugstore and local brands just because I thought the quality of branded makeup is much better. I was wrong. Here are two surprise products that impressed me.

fanny serrano foundations, by bitsandtreats
Fanny Serrano Two-Way Cake

revlon photoready liquid foundation, by bitsandtreats
Revlon PhotoReady Liquid Foundation

Let’s start with the FS Two-Way Cake. This is very affordable at less than Php500. For all you international readers, Fanny Serrano is a famous makeup artist in the Philippines. He is one of the best and one of the pioneers in the local industry.

My mentors say that if you want an affordable quality makeup, then you should go with this line. But, someone also told me that FS buys makeup from Taiwan by the kilo and just repackages it to look like an exclusive line. So I was torn but one day I needed something affordable fast. So I took a chance and bought 2 shades of the two-way cake.

“Oh, my.” That was the first thing I said when I applied it on my client’s face. The texture is very fine. It applies great with a sponge or with a fluffy brush. It also lasts a long time. I used this on a photo shoot and it stayed on quite nicely even on an oily face. So I bought a third shade.

But of course, for makeup to last long, you must have a good foundation (pardon the pun). I wasn’t a believer of the Revlon PhotoReady line even after all those good reviews on different blogs until I’ve tried it myself.   I used this as a base on my models and can I just say that they looked perfect in photos? They looked flawless. I used this on my friend A in the LA Colors Abstract EOTD post and I kept looking at her face all afternoon. She did not even need to retouch her makeup when we went our separate ways. Amazing!

The only downside of this product are the shades. They are either too light or too dark on Filipina skin. You have to mix the correct shade. I’ll show you some photos of the shoot we did for Hyphen Luxe next.


  1. does fanny serrano have concealers too? i think i may need to get a concealer. :) i've tried photoready and i do like it. ^_^

  2. Wow this is nice sis.... i wanna buy the revlon photo ready liquid foundation.. how much is this is?

  3. I use FS two-way cake in Orleans. I usually finish one in 6 months. Haha!

  4. Yes, Sugar. They have concealers but I haven't tried them yet.

  5. @Sweet: The Revlon PhotoReady is 800+ pesos. I remember telling Ms. Lani of Revlon that I only need to add a few pesos then I can buy MAC. LOL. I was surprised that it was that expensive for a drugstore makeup. Now I know why.

  6. @Swexie: you found me! 6 months? You must really like it then!

  7. foto ready talaga!

    they all looked flawless~

  8. If I did makeup for photoshoots, I would have had Photoready in my arsenal din! Ganda niya in photos talaga (well duh, Kari :)) ). Pero for everyday, di ko type yung sparkly finish. Haha :)



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