When it comes to marrying skincare and makeup, Celeteque takes the cake hence the name “dermocosmetics”. Celeteque champions that beautiful skin starts with healthy skin which is why they only use of derma-grade ingredients necessary to promote overall skin health. They merged Unilab’s medical expertise and dermatological advances to develop products that are clinically tested to deliver results.
If I’m not mistaken, the brand’s makeup line was not introduced to the market until sometime in 2015 so I’m not surprised that, although most products are great, some still have room for improvements. There are 13 products here so I’d indicate if they are a hit or a miss based on my experience and personal preference. But as I always say, to each their own – what works for me might not work for your, and vice versa.
This going to be a lengthy post so prepare coffee or maybe some popcorn. 😛
Here goes. Let’s start with the BASE.
24-Hour Photoready Matte Primer (Php 600) – HIT! It is a silicone-based primer that acts as “fillers” to blur out minor lines and imperfections. It glides on the face smoothly and effortlessly and leaves a silky base for your other makeup. For the skincare side, this primer aims to permanently reduce appearance of pores and wrinkles with long-term use. However, I can’t really vouch on that yet.
Although it helps prolong the makeup and lessen the appearance of pores and wrinkles, it does not help in the oil department. My skin still gets a tad oily after just a few hours… but then again, whose face doesn’t get oily during summer? I’m not chalking it up against the product just because it’s extremely humid these days. This primer is still a hit for me.
Concealers, concealers… what would I do without you?
Dark Spot Concealer Stick (Php 595) – HIT! It comes in a twist-tube packaging which is both hygienic and easy to use. This somehow reminds me of the Ever Bilena Foundation Stick I used for most of my college years. Maybe because of the consistency, idk. This concealer stick goes on the skin smoothly and without dragging on the skin too much.
It offers heavy coverage but is still surprisingly blendable. A damp egg sponge or an oval brush can be used to spread the concealer although, personally, I prefer using my ring finger. The natural warmth of our fingers tend to help breakdown the thickness of the concealer hence making it easier to even out the product.
2-in-1 Eye Bag Miracle Kit (Php 745) – MISS! This comes in a 2-part jar: on the bottom part is the eye balm and the concealer on the top. The balm contains Vitamin E that hydrates skin, keeping it firm while minimizing lines under the eye, and antioxidants like Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract help protect the area under the eye from further skin damage.
I like the idea of a balm and concealer in one nice little packaging however I think the applying the balm prior the concealer just allows the concealer to “move around” instead of staying intact/in place. Also, the concealer only offers light coverage and it tends to become cakey when I try to build the coverage.
Side-by-side swatches of both concealers. The concealer stick obviously has more give here; better coverage and easier application. I guess the miracle kit would be more suitable to those with dry skin and dark circles that are less severe than mine.
Moving on to the powders.
CC Micro-Hydrating Powder (Php 930) – HIT! This features an autogrinding technology that gives you an ultra-fine and hydrating powder. The compact is pretty bulky but I’m quite impressed by the grinding part. I think I’ve only seen something like this from Smashbox before and it doesn’t come cheap.
How it works is that you basically just twist the upper part clockwise and powder shavings appear. This is great in terms of controlling the amount of product dispensed per use and it lessens the risk of powder spilling in your bag. It’s combining the results of loose powder but the convenience of compact powder. <3
With the powder’s fine texture and light coverage, it quickly blends and evens out skin complexion. It helps control oil and shine but still calls for a retouch every 2-3 hours or so. It also has SPF 30 to provide sunscreen protection.
Dual CC Matte Powder with SPF30 (Php 745) – HIT! Much like your typical compact powder but with slightly more coverage and better sun protection without the white cast. It has a velvety texture and offers medium coverage. Compared to the loose powder, this is better in terms of oil control and longevity in general. It lasts 5-6 hours without retouch.
I have to mention how much I appreciate the packaging. It has this cover that separates the powder and the sponge applicator which makes it a lot more hygienic. You know that the sponge is the breeding ground for bacteria as it accumulates oil and dirt, right?
Blush and Face Contour Kit (Php 845) – MISS! You know how much I love my contour kits but I would have to pass on this one mainly because the contour shade itself is a tad too orange for my liking. I seriously look like an oompa loompa straight from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory!
The blush is a lovely cross between coral and pink. It complements almost every skin tone imaginable and it stays on for hours, too. The highlighter, on the other hand, is a bit too chalky for me. I would have loved to see more shimmers in there.
The blush is obviously the best part in this Blush and Face Contour Kit, and I’ve been using it ever since I got this palette. But then again, it’s not enough for me to like the entire kit seeing that the other two, the contour and the highlighter, are left unused.
That’s it for the base. Moving on to the EYES.
Eyebrow Defining Kit (Php 600) – HIT! This is by far the biggest surprise of all – my absolute favorite in the entire collection. It looks a lot like the eyebrow kits from ELF, MakeUp Academy, and Krave Mineral, to name a few. But none of the aforementioned products were as good as this Eyebrow Defining Kit from Celeteque.
The packaging is sleek and compact, the brushes are very useful and not like the kind of free brushes that you throw away almost immediately. It comes without a big ass mirror, too. The Eyebrow Defining Kit is a 2-in-1 formulation of a Tinted Wax and a color complementing Eyebrow Powder. Oh and when they say tinted wax, they really do mean tinted. The pigment of the wax alone is enough to fill in gaps and it makes the powder optional.
In my case, however, I still use the powder on the part of the brows closes to the nose to give it a soft natural color and the concentration of the wax on the tail of the brows for a more defined look.
Long-Wear Eyeshadow Palette (Php 725) – HIT! I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the eyeshadow quads especially since these are the first set of ES from Celeteque so I’m pleasantly surprised to discover they’re actually pretty good!
Each Long-Wear Eyeshadow Palette combines 3 naturally-toned eyeshadow shades and a lightweight primer that keeps the eyeshadow color stay intact and vivid. The eyeshadows are slightly powdery in texture [especially the lighter shades] but with minimal fallouts. The color payoff is nice, too — easy to apply and blend out with a dome-shaped blending brush. The brushes that came with the quads aren’t much help for me personally but if you’re new to makeup, these will suffice.
The primer, on the other hand, feels much like a balm. It glides on smoothly but a bit too oily for my liking. I think it is better suited for those with lids aren’t as oily as mine. On a different note, these quads are said to contain shea butter, vitamin E and evening primrose oil to help skin retain moisture for a smooth texture and an easy-to-blend application.
24-Hour Volumizer Mascara (Php 645) – MISS! I’m on the edge with this one. It’s okay, I guess, nothing special about it that would make it stand out so I’ll have to say no to it. Again, it’s not bad but there’s a bunch of other drugstore mascaras in the market that are better and way cheaper than this.
The plastic wand is too wide and too stiff to apply mascara on the lower lashes so I almost always end up creating a mess but it works well for the upper lashes. I like that the formula is thin and wet, consistency-wise, so it doesn’t make the lashes look clumpy no matter how many layers of mascara I pile on. It doesn’t do much in terms of adding volume to the lashes but it does make the lashes appear longer.
Lastly, on to the LIPS. Swatchfest!!!
Matte Lip Stick (Php 595) – HIT! I love how the color pigmentation looks exactly the same on hand and on lips. The colors are buildable from a light tint to an opaque shade, or it can be dabbed slightly to achieve a stained or gradient look. The color payoff is impressive but they can really improve on the staying power – it stays on for a good 2-3 hours.
The Matte Lipstick contains Vit E, Acetate and Grace Seed oil to keep the lips well-moisturuzed and prevent it from drying up. Although the moisturizing elements offer a ton of benefits to the lips, it also gives it a bit of a sheen hence defeating the purpose of being a matte lipstick.
Overall, I like the color payoff, the moisturizing effect and staying power despite not being completely matte. Who wants matte lips on dry lips anyway? Eww. I like my lips looking soft and kissable. Haha, kidding.
Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo (Php 645) – MISS! The texture is divine! It’s smooth, velvety and it glides on the lips effortlessly. But the pigmentation and staying power is totally lacking.
Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo is an oil-free and streak-free mousse enriched with powerful antioxidants such as Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin to promote lip and cheek moisturize. Both shades are lovely and highly pigmented when swatched which makes them good lip products. However, pigmentation goes downhill when it is blended. The color is barely visible on the cheeks anymore and it starts to cake when layers are added. It’s such a shame because the shade Rosy Blush is really gorgeous.
That said, you really can’t expect much for its staying power. It stays on the lips for an hour at max and for the cheeks, it’s gone even before I walk out the door. I really do hope they come up with a better formulation because the texture and the shades are truly promising.
Ultra-Nourishing Lip Lacquer (Php 545)- HIT! These gel-based lip moisturizers are totally lightweight, non-greasy and smooth on the lips. They’re like lip gloss but without the heavy, sticky feeling. It is said to contain a mix of Panthenol, Vitamin E and Castor Oil for intense hydration to keep the lips smooth, supple and well-moisturized.
I’m not much of a lip gloss gal but I can definitely see myself wearing these! As expected, the darker shade [Velvet Red] has better color payoff but Natural Nude, which is a nude pink shade, also translates well when worn. However, much like what I said on the Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo, they can really improve more on the longevity department. I noticed that the gloss is completely gone after eating a light meal – no tint or whatever left on the lips.
Now let’s put some of these products to the test, shall we? 🙂
Primer: 24-Hour Photoready Matte Primer // Concealer: Dark Spot Concealer Stick (for spot concealing) & 2-in-1 Eye Bag Miracle Kit (for under eye area) // Powder: CC Micro-Hydrating Powder // Cheeks: Blush and Face Contour Kit // Eyebrow: Eyebrow Defining Kit // Eyes: Long-Wear Eyeshadow Palette // Lashes: 24-Hour Volumizer Mascara // Lips: Matte Lip Stick in Nude & Ultra-Nourishing Lip Lacquer
You can see a bit of the balm-like eyeshadow primer peeking through which makes it look slightly shiny but all in all, I think the products did a swell job. The eyeshadow looks lovely and the eyebrow lasted the entire day. I would highly recommend this look for everyday work. Super easy to do!
That wraps up my capsule review on the Celeteque DermoCosmetics. Phew! That was looong! This actually took an entire day to take pictures, swatches and edit… and another 2 days to write the review. Haha. Now this officially holds the record for the longest product review I’ve ever written. Hope it was helpful! 😉
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