Sonia G Pro Eye Set Review - Japanese Makeup Brushes

Years ago, I think Sonia G’s blog, Brush Temple and forum was my first introduction to Japanese makeup brushes. I was so happy when she first announced her brush line and my ecstatic grew when she launched the new Pro Series with Beautylish. Today I have the pleasure to show you the Pro Eye set, I hope you enjoy!

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Sonia G Pro Eye Set

In my opinion, the regular/fundamental line was created certain products in mind, creating more unique brushes with shapes that haven’t been released before (or as often). The Pro series were designed to be “workhorses” for makeup artist and brush aficionados in mind. The handles are lighter, slimmer, quite similar to traditional art paint brushes. The shapes are more familiar to existing brush series, but finessed to perfection. Each brush is hand-crafted in Kumano, Japan. The Pro Eye Set retails for $150 (€~133.3) exclusively on Beautylish and you get free shipping to Finland.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Sonia G Pro Eye Set

I think this set was created just for me… thanks Sonia! Haha, no, but the shapes and sizes are pure perfection for my hooded eyes. Nothing feels awkward or clumsy to use. I haven’t used these brushes for the face or sculpting eye brows, I think I have better brushes for precise powdering, highlighter etc. Personally I’d use any of these brushes (even dyed ones) for picking up and applying cream products.

The quality of the Pro Eye set is excellent, I expected nothing less from Sonia and Kumano crafted brushes. The saikoho hair is very high quality and if you haven’t used Japanese brushes before you will instantly notice how silky soft these brushes are. I have washed the brushes set several times and none of them have lost their shape, shedded or otherwise loosened up. Naturally, each brush will get a bit fluffier after the initial wash, for more info on how to wash your brushes check out this post.

With the fundamental brush set I had a slight problem with the ferule size, especially with Builder One as the ferule always poked the eyeshadow I was trying to pick up. These minimal, black ferules of Pro series are both beautiful and use friendly. Handles of the Pro Eye set are lighter and easy to use, perfect for professionals or other “heavy users”. The handle shape makes me feel nostalgic and think about watercoloring, but I do still like the more elegant, large handles of the first release..

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Builder Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Builder Pro

This flat brush is slightly tapered from the sides, making it precise and easy to control for packing on color. I like to use this mainly for patting color on the mobile lid, building some intensity to the outer ‘V’ or adding highlight to inner corners. You can use the tip even for smudging or softening the lower lash line, it’s that precise. Builder Pro is dyed saikoho goat hair, making it very soft and less “floppy” than squirrel counterparts.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Blender Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Blender Pro

Blender pro is dyed saikoho goat hair. This brush is the largest and bendiest of the set, but still packed densely. I think the round ferule and only slight tapering makes this fluffy a good blending brush for larger areas and a diffused look. I usually don’t apply color with this brush, except base color which is easy to do with just two swipes. Crease pro is better size for my crease, so this brush might be the one I use the least. It’s still very nice, denser version of Hakuhodo BJ142 but less fluffy than the Tom Ford 13 for example. I think this is the maximum fluffing of Blender Pro as I’ve washed the brush several times.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Crease Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Crease Pro

This brush has an excellent tapered tip which gives control for blending. It’s less fluffy and more firmly packed than than Hakuhodo BJ142, Tom Ford 13 or Kumanofude Select Shop SS4-1, making Crease Pro universally a very good blending brush. You can apply color, blend, work on the crease or do transitioning with no problem. I like how there’s strength in the tip, making it efficient worker when blending hard-to-apply colors like dark purples and blacks. For larger lid space or very diffused placement I’d reach for the other brushes, but Crease Pro has become unreplaceable for me. Crease Pro is saikoho goat hair.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Worker Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Worker Pro

This brush is notably much slimmer and less fluffy than the popular Hakuhodo J5523 (aka softer “dupe” for MAC 217), more like a hybrid with a classic flat squirrel brush and the Hakuhodo. Worker Pro is very soft and has nice tapering on the sides, which makes it excellent for both patting on color and blending. I thought the Hakuhodo J5523 would be irreplaceable, but Worker Pro sits better with my hooded lids for placing and blending transitional color to the crease. Perfect for both cream and powder products. Worker Pro is saikoho goat hair.

Sonia G Pro Eye Set Pencil Pro Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Pencil Pro

This brush is unique and stunning. To this day I’ve loved Koyudo’s C011 pencil brush as it’s a bit larger and less tapered than the natural hair Tom Ford 14. Sonia G’s Pencil Pro has a very tapered tip but the round ferule is larger, making the brush a bit fatter, domed, denser and easier for firm control and blending. For inner corner highlight I still like the Koyudo C011, but for lower lash line, smudging pencils or detail work in the outer ‘V’ - the Pencil Pro is a must-have. Made of saikoho goat hair.

Overall Thoughts

If you love eyeshadow and don’t already own a sufficient amount of quality brushes, I do recommend this set despite the high price tag. Hakuhodo does make less expensive eyeshadow brushes that work similarly, but for me the Pro Eye were excellent investment as they became some of my most reached for brushes immediately. They’re so good quality, I think using soft saikoho hair also rises the price tag. If you’re a beginner I’d pick up some other brush brand first. For makeup enthusiasts or people with very sensitive skin who can save up some $ and want to invest in a good set then Pro Eye is the way to go. Have you tried Sonia G or other Japanese brushes?

Read more: How to REALLY Take Care of Makeup Brushes

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review

“More foundation reviews, Laura?” I swear to you, I don’t even own that many foundations. I just really enjoy testing and reviewing them, especially Asian ones if there is not enough coverage online. I probably should do a dedicated post what are my favorite product types and why - what do you think? Anyway, today we’re jumping again to K-beauty, but eco beauty style! Enjoy.

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Whamisa Organic BB Pact

I’ve introduced Whamisa in my earlier post about Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner review, but in a nutshell they are a Korean eco beauty brand specialized in organic and fermented skincare. For very sensitive skin types these fermented products might be too active and aggravating, but Whamisa is overall a good brand if it works for you. Whamisa Organic BB Pact* (*gifted) is their alternative to a cushion foundation: the foundation dispenses from little holes in the compact, but the packaging is similar to 99% of cushion foundations. Available in 3 shades. 16g for €42.9. This BB pact has 48.16% organic ingredients and SPF 50/PA++++. Available at Jolie (FI)*, House of Organic (FI)* and Natural Goods Company (FI).

Whamisa Organic BB Pact Packaging

I was surprised when I first opened the packaging - it’s not a cushion but “a pact”! Um, a compact, I guess? Which means you put the puff on the top and gently press down, the foundation dispenses. Although this might be more hygienic way to store your foundation vs a traditional cushion compact, I personally didn’t love this dispenser because:

1) Due to the small amount of holes, you get product unevenly on your puff.
2) The puff absorbs a lot of the foundation and is difficult to clean.
3) If you only press the dispenser, it can squirt the foundation. Not cool.

I’m also asking why is the compact so simple and boring looking? Whamisa has some of the cutest packaging and colors in their skincare line, I wonder why any of the floral print wasn’t used on the BB Pact? The puff is pretty standard and okay, but again - quite difficult to clean (VS with regular cushions the puff doesn’t absorb as much product in my opinion).

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Whamisa Organic BB Pact

My best way of application is gently press the pact dispenser without the foundation flying all over the place. I pick up the foundation with my finger, apply on my face and blend with the original puff or a Beauty Blender*. This does defeat of the point of the pact, but I’ve found this the most nice and hygienic way to apply. I usually do like the small puffs that come with cushion foundations. I have bought them in a multi-pact years ago, so I always have some clean in my makeup stash. I wash the puff after every use with Dr. Bronner’s soap* or Marseilles soap bar.

The foundation isn’t as runny, slippery or thin as some other cushion foundations, the Whamisa Organic BB Pact resembles a regular light-to-buildable coverage foundation. I usually press the dispenser only once to get a light coverage, but this does build a little bit - it’s not dewy or translucent in finish, so I imagine more combo skin types might enjoy this as well. I’d say the finish is normal.. demi-matte when applied and gets a slightly luminous during the day (but not as much as the YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau for example).

I’m on the dry side, but still the foundation doesn’t slip, slide or “get eaten” by my skin aka break apart during the day. I haven’t noticed the color oxidizing either, which is great. Foundations that change color when they dry are a big no-no for me. So a lot of good points in the Whamisa Organic BB Pact. One thing that I will say, this foundation might emphasize large pores (if you wear no primer/powder). I personally don’t have very large pores around my nose, but I’ve noticed the added luminosity does emphasize my texture a little bit.

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Whamisa Organic BB Pact Swatches

First of all, the color range is depressing. I know, some Asian brands seem to cater their shade range only to the local majority, but there is still variety from “Natural Beige” (deepest shade) to “Light Beige” and “Pink Beige”. To avoid this review turning into a rant, I’ll save it for another time and shut up for now.

21 Light is a light neutral beige with a hint of warm undertones, close to MAC NC15

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Overall thoughts

I very much like this BB Pact, if you’re looking for a more natural tinted moisturizer with a slightly more coverage (emphasising the word ‘slightly’). Compared to some other cushions, I think Whamisa beats the YSL Encre de Peau cushion for me, but the Chanel Les Beiges still remains as my favorite. I think I will use up this Whamisa BB Pact, but will not run to repurchase because of the boring / odd packaging (EDIT: I gave it to a friend, who says it’s “perfect”). If you can get past that, this is a nice eco AND K-beauty foundation.

If you can’t find a shade in Whamisa, I recommend checking out my Purlisse BB Cream review here. If you’d prefer to find an eco beauty foundation I have lots of new reviews coming to you soon!

PS: Cara says hello!

This foundation was kindly gifted for consideration. Thoughts are my honest and my own.
This blog utilizes ad links (marked with *) to support the blog. Thanks!

Purlisse BB Cream Review + GIVEAWAY + Discount!

Happy Sunday! I love to review foundations, but today I also have a special announcement: for the very first time I’ve accepted a sponsor for my post! As I’ve become more serious about blogging there has been a lot of added costs (equipment, products, domain etc), so I’m very excited Oletkaunis.fi* beauty store teamed up with me for this review. Thank you! They gave me free hands to write what I want on a Purlisse product of my choice AND hold a giveaway for my readers residing in Finland! I hope you enjoy the review!

Sponsored post with Oletkaunis.fi*
This post contains affiliate links & gifted items marked with (*).
All thoughts honest and my own!

Purlisse BB Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Purlisse

I’ve described the brand in my previous post (previeously called Pur~lisse), but in a nutshell the founder Jennifer Yen wanted to create a brand to combine Asian wisdom and modern skincare philosophy. They have labs in Korea, France and America to create modern skincare to women (and men and everything between) everywhere. Two years ago I had some problems with the original branding and stand behind my previous posts, but looks like Purlisse has gone through a face lift and added some new products to the line - including more BB cream shades.

PURLISSE BB Cream

What I like about the brand’s new look is its inclusivity: the Purlisse BB cream* is available in 8 shades and they run from fair to medium to tan to deep. They’ve also used a male model in the shade map, which makes me both happy and excited. The Purlisse BB Creams are also made in Korea (where most of the best BB creams are manufactured, in my humble opinion). The BB Cream comes in a convenient tube packaging and retails for €21 / 40ml on Oletkaunis.fi* (FI) and several US retailers.

Wearing the Purlisse BB Cream

I have a dry skin so I wear this BB cream over my moisturizer and SPF. The finish is beautiful, light coverage and natural (above is me with and without the BB cream). Like some BB creams or cushion foundations, Purlisse isn’t prone to get too dewy during the day, but if your skin type is very combo/oily I’d set the makeup with a little powder. I personally only use a sponge or a brush to apply my foundation, but if you prefer to use your fingers this BB cream does spread quick and easily.

I’m very impressed especially by the wear: this is one of those rare foundations you can apply and forget you’re wearing it. I’ve noticed only minimal gathering or piling on my fine lines, no moving around or color oxidizing. The finish stays natural and radiant for the whole day on me with zero touch-ups. By the end of a very long day (+8h) the foundation starts to wear off naturally, but I haven’t noticed any annoying blotchiness or breaking apart.

I usually don’t analyze the makeup ingredients, but the “beneficial ingredients” haven’t been very high up in the INCI list of old Purlisse products. So if you choose to use this BB Cream I’d do it for the aesthetic reasons and because it has a good sunscreen, not because it claims to improve texture of fine lines. Reduce the appearance, maybe, but by the end of the day this is makeup and not skincare. Sunscreen alone in makeup isn’t enough to protect you, but having some is a good plus! I checked that the sunscreen filters in the Purlisse BB Cream are reef safe (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.5%, Titanium Dioxide 4.24%, Zinc Oxide 3.5%). The formula is not vegan because it contains beeswax.

Swatches

Purlisse BB Cream Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Fair: Fair beige with a hint of pink undertones

Light: Light neutral beige with a hint of ash

Purlisse BB Cream Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Here’s some comparison swatches. I used concealers as you can see the differences in tones better. MAC’s NC15 is more yellow/warm than Purlisse’s light. My optimal shade is somewhere between NC15-NW13 in MAC, so the Fair shade of Purlisse blends very nicely into my skin.

Below: Me with full makeup. As a base with the Purlisse BB Cream I’m wearing some under eye concealer, La Mer original loose powder (under eyes) and Hourglass finishing powder. I’m liking!

Purlisse BB Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Purlisse BB Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final thoughts

Purlisse BB Cream SPF 30 took me by surprise. In my earlier posts I wasn’t crazy about the brand and their expensive shipping from US to Finland, but the Finnish prices are very reasonable. This BB cream is something I will gladly be wearing in the future. It’s not even 1/2 as expensive as some luxury foundations I wear on daily basis, but the application, wear time and finish is just as good. For ‘fancy events’ I like something with a bit more glow, but Purlisse will now be the tinted moisturizer in my routine. Perfect for carrying in your makeup or gym back to get ready quickly.

Purlisse BB Cream Review and Giveaway | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Giveaway and Discount code!

Oletkaunis.fi* has kindly offered a giveaway for my readers. I was allowed to pick two of my favorite products as the price: the Purlisse BB Cream* (in YOUR shade ofc!) and the new Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm*. The Watermelon Aqua Balm is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you can use as a light-weight hydrator or even double as a primer for the BB Cream.

Please read the rules carefully:

  • Prices: Purlisse BB Cream SPF30 (your shade) + Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

  • Open for Finnish residents until 4th of April (23:59 Finnish time)

  • Comment this blog post: Have you tried K-beauty? Do you have a favorite product/trend?

  • AND Leave a working email address/IG username in the comment box for contacting. If I can’t reach the winner announced here in 48h I’ll raffle a new one.

  • Voit aina vastata myös suomeksi :) Huom. jotkut kommentit pitää hyväksyä ennen kuin näkyvät, eli ei hätää jos ei heti näy!

The Giveaway is now closed and I’ve emailed the winner! THANK YOU everyone!

-15% OFF Purlisse* at Oletkaunis.fi* until 30th Apr 2019 with code:
LAURANAINEN19

-15% ALENNUSTA kaikista Purlisse tuotteista* verkkokaupasta Oletkaunis.fi* 30.4.2019 asti koodilla:
LAURANAINEN19