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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

First venture into Mamonde

I had never heard of the brand Mamonde before I got a small skincare sample kit a few months ago from an eBay seller as an extra.
I didn't really try it (yet) but I was interested to try one of their powders as they come in the very pale color #17 most Korean brands don't carry.

So I ended up ordering the Brightening Powder Pact 10HR and their Natural Cover Lotion which is more or less a BB Cream.
Mamonde only carries a very limited selection of point makeup (eyebrow pencil, mascara and far as I know that's all they have) but they have a selection of several powder pacts and bases.

-Brightening Powder Pact 10HR:

As I said above I was mainly interested in trying this because it comes in a very light color suitable for me. Also the light pink compact looked quite pretty and feminine so I decided to order it.
To my surprise it came packaged together with a 5ml sample tube of their Brightening Fitting Base 10HR SPF22 PA++ and a package of 50 blotting papers.

The powder has a light texture with sheer-medium coverage. It evens my skin out really nicely but has a slightly powdery finish. A spritz of makeup setting spray easily takes care of that though.
What I don't really like is the fine glitter throughout the powder as it can look too shimmery in bright sunlight.
The powder stayed on quite well today, I wore it for about 6 hours and there was no sign of caking, fading or oxidization.

Also this is quite strongly fragranced but I really got used to that as most Korean makeup products are scented (whereas the Japanese more likely leave perfumes out of their products).
I think it's a nice powder with a very good color match for me.
I paid 16000 Won (about US$15) for my 3-piece kit so it's not super cheap but not expensive either.

The Brightening Fitting Base 10HR SPF22 PA++ that comes with this is a thick cream in a green color so it does a good job covering the natural redness in my cheeks a bit. It makes my skin smooth and preps it perfectly for the Natural Cover Lotion and Brightening Powder Pact 10HR.

I haven't used the blotting papers yet.

-Natural Cover Lotion:

This is a typical BB Cream even though the tube doesn't say anything about being a BB cream at all.
It has a rather thick consistency and provides sheer-medium coverage. Together with a bit of concealer and the powder pact it gives me an almost flawless finish.
The Natural Cover Lotion comes in 2 colors of which I chose the lighter one (#1). It's lightly scented but that doesn't bother me really.
I paid about 16000 Won for this so it's not the cheapest BB Cream out there.
I believe my tube contains 50ml but I didn't check it now =O

All in all Mamonde won't make it on my top 5 list but the products offer good quality and pretty and simple packaging.
I don't really love the items though like I love most of my Cathy Cat, Etude House, Jadilla J and Castledew =)


Anonymous said...

everything looks so lovely, and I hope it works out to your skin-tone! I'm surprised (& delighted on your behalf - plus selfishly on voyeuristic mine) at the amount of extras they packed along :)
you may have just tempted me to sign-up for gMarket...! although I may be heading to S Korea in a month regardless...
Mamonde is a spin-off division of Amore, I believe. I remember seeing "Amore Mamonde"-branded sample flasks of 'lotion' or 'essence' in the SoCal Korean beauty shops during my childhood. I don't recall their carrying anything besides skincare back then (with a lovely fresh scent particular to most all Korean skincares of the time). Amore seems to control quite a demographic of makeup/cosmetics - I am seeing Amore Pacific skincare sold at the USD $400+ range in dept stores such as Neiman Marcus in the States.

anyway: above all I want to say thank you for your fantastic, informative blog -- post more FOTDs with your pretty findings sometime! :) xx

Pink Sith said...

Hi Kathi: Just curious. Where did you purchase this brand?

Kathi said...

I bought the stuff from seller cosmatic93 on Gmarket. item #131513569

Cathy said...

hello. I really love the mamonde brand ever since a friend introduced me to it, but I don't know where i can buy it again. I checked Gmarket, but it's all in Korean. Do you know how I can buy it in the US? Thanks

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