The Reluctant Stylista

Céleteque has always been my go-to skincare drugstore brand since my teenage years. In fact, whenever someone asks me what skincare they should start with (usually a curious male or an uninitiated young girl), I recommend Céleteque because they have simple products you can easily incorporate into your daily routine and the price point is reasonable. Noobs probably won’t whine about how hella expensive skincare is and be finally convinced they should be doing it. Not to mention Céleteque is easily available – I sometimes pick it up from a convenience store during impromptu day trips out of town.

For me, they’ve always been that reliable, unchanging brand I’ve come to know over the years.  They’ve always kept it simple, which is why I recommend them to guys because men are not the most attentive to details (at least straight men aren’t) and the basic trio of facial wash, toner and moisturizer is easy enough to remember. So imagine my surprise when, at the last quarter of 2015, they launched their first makeup line: the DermoCosmetics.  I’ve gotten to try a few of the products from it, and here are my observations so far.

First, the packaging. The DermoCosmetics line stayed true to the original Céleteque brand aesthetics because of its no-nonsense packaging in white and blue or blue and silver (for the boxes).  This has pros and cons: I like that the idea of keeping it simple, but if I were a makeup junkie, it wouldn’t immediately appeal to me. The blue and white combination looks more clinical, which may not exactly encourage someone to play with makeup. The cosmetics in white plastic tubes look more like the treatment my dermatologist would give me at the end of a session.

That aside, the line is indeed worth checking out. Céleteque DermoCosmetics is ideal for everyday makeup, because, as its name suggests, it is essentially cosmetics with a handful of skincare benefits.

24-Hour Photoready Liquid Foundation - Celeteque DermoCosmetics

The 24-Hour Photoready Liquid Foundation (P795) is very light on the skin. It reminds me of tinted moisturizer which I used to favor before I switched to BB creams. I’m not very fond of foundation, but if I have some uneven spots on my face that I want to cover up a bit during the day, this is what I use. The formula has SPF 30 and contains collagen peptide (for skin elasticity and reduction of wrinkles), Phytocelltec (for anti-aging) and Micro Pigments and Silicone Elastomer or Dimethicone for concealing blemishes.

Dark Spot Concealer - Celeteque DermoCosmetics

I’m not a big concealer user, but I like using the Dark Spot Concealer Stick (P595) on the brow bone (and for cleaning up the areas surrounding my brows) and sometimes the outer corners of my lips. The shades are easy to blend, too. It has Glycolic Acid for lightening blemishes; Tocopheryl acetate for hydrating skin; and Cytobiol Lumin-eye to help reduce puffy eyebags.

Eyebrow Nourishing Serum - Celeteque DermoCosmetics

I love that Céleteque came out with an Eyebrow Nourishing Serum (P595)! We don’t have enough these products in the market right now.  I only use this serum at night since the formula doesn’t mix well with my Make Up Forever Aqua Brow (a pity), although it might be alright to use with eyebrow pencils and such. The formula contains Panthenol and Pro-Vitamin B5 for better hair growth and texture and Biotinyl Tripeptide-1 for fuller and stronger hair growth. I don’t have Cara Delevingne brows yet, but I do think it has made a bit of difference.

Celeteque DermoCosmetics mascara

The 24-Hour Volumizer Mascara is true to its name. It does hold for 24-hours without smudging and clumping and it’s waterproof as well. I mentioned before that these are the exact same reasons why the Browhaus’ HD mascara is my holy grail mascara. And at P645, Céleteque’s Volumizer mascara is 255 pesos cheaper and works almost as well. Browhaus’ HD mascara, in my opinion, has slightly superior lengthening and volumizing power, but Céleteque’s formula does contain aloe leaf juice and hydrogenated palm oil that are very nourishing ingredients for eye lashes. It’s quite good value for the price.

A preview of the rest of the DermoCosmetics line:

Celeteque DermoCosmetics Contour Kit, CC Matte Powder, Color Stick

Dual CC Matte Powder (P749)
It’s touted to have ample coverage of a 12-hour matte finish powder that lightens skin with daily use. I’m not a fan of skin whitening/lightening, but it does have color correcting pigments and SPF 30.

Cheek Color Stick (P645)
I find it a little pricey for a color stick, but it does promise a formula that conditions as well as colors. It contains Vitamin E for healthy skin; Bisabolol that reduces flakiness and dryness and sweet almond oil for nourishing. It can be used for lips, cheeks and eyes.

Blush and Face Contour Kit (P845)
I’ve never really attempted contouring, but I will be trying this out soon as it looks noob-friendly. This 3-in-1 kit has blush powder, cheek luminizer and contour blush that are packed with mineral gems and mica that exfoliate skin to make it glow. It also has anti-aging anti-oxidants like castor oil as well as vitamins A, E, F, H and B.

Celeteque DermoCosmetics

Matte Lipstick (P595)
There aren’t many shades of the lipstick yet and I’m not partial to pink shades (as all the shades looked to me) so I haven’t been tempted to test it out. However, these matte shades are touted to provide easy coverage and should be non-drying because of the Vitamin E and Bisabolol ingredients. I’m very picky with matte lipsticks as my lips are quite dry and flaky. Most days, I just give up altogether. If your lips are anything like mine, you might want to check this out.

Like with Céleteque’s skincare, I would recommend this to makeup newbies or ladies who are a bit more chill with their everyday makeup. DermoCosmetics products are quite lightweight, which allow the skin to breathe and keep it protected as well as moisturized.

 

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