Walking reflector reviews Althea Gorgeous Matte Box

24 August 2017

Hello kawansss! I'm officially done with college! During the past two weeks, I've been testing out this box of products I received from Althea last month. Before I forget, Happy 2 years old Althea! Am super happy to see how much they have grown in such a small amount of time!! So these products are from Althea's Gorgeous Matte Box retailing for RM121.00 on Althea.kr's website. It claims to give you a ' shine-free complexion that stays all day '. A perfect kit for a walking reflector like me to put to test. I tend to call myself a walking reflector because my skin would get oily in less than two hours after my makeup is done...even in an air conditioned room ok T ^ T 

Very sad hor? So let's see what I think about the products in Althea's Matte Box, shall we?

In this box you get a total of 6 beauty products. 2 skincare products and 4 makeup products. 

List of products from left to right with it's prices + individual purchase link:
2. Peripera Ink Lasting Mint Cushion in Beige - RM48.00 (purchase link is for the shade Sand)

Psst. This Gorgeous Matte box is retailing for RM121.00 on Althea and the total of all the products above are worth RM223. So if I did the maths right, you basically save RM102! 

The products will come in an Althea box. Mine came in their limited edition Hari Raya box. (shows how long I had to resist playing with these products T_T)

Let's start with the skincare products first. The box comes with two products under the skincare category. The first product would be this Girl's Skin Moisture Cleanser from Wangskin. It's a foam cleanser containing milk + rice extract in it. Most foam cleansers are known to be drying and leaves your face with this squeaky clean texture. (that's why foam cleansers are meant for people with oily skin)

Although this cleanser did leave that squeaky clean texture on my hands, it's still not too dry for my face. Guess my face has more oil than my hands...? Just make sure you moisturize your face after using this cleanser and it should be fine. Comparing this foam cleanser from Wangskin to a few other foam cleansers I've tried in the past, this is actually slightly more moisturizing for my skin. Funny thing is, the smell actually reminds me of Elizavecca's 24k Gold Snail Cleansing Foam haha.

You'll only need a small amount. I typically squeeze only a pea size then mix a little water before rubbing the cleanser onto my face.

After that, like any other cleanser, wash it off.

After cleansing, you'll need to balance out your skin's pH with toner. The Gorgeous Matte Box from Althea includes this No-Sebum toner from innisfree. This toner contains Jeju natural mineral and nature-originated mint which would help in controlling excess sebum. It is also suppose to leave your skin with a matte and smooth finish. 

Toner comes with this seal.

Toners could some times come in liquids or very watery-lotion forms. This innisfree one has a clear water-like form.

Usually I would pour the toner on my cleansed palm then pat it onto my skin but for this innisfree one, I don't know why it just felt better applying with a cotton pad. (but if you want to be more economical it's definitely OK to apply with your hand la. Just make sure you wash it properly before touching your face!!)

I've been using this toner for two weeks now and I'm quite happy with the results. Although the results aren't fantastic, I noticed that my skin has been slightly less oily now. I've also previously encountered toners that absolutely don't work with my skin (tingling-burning feel) so thankfully this toner did not burn. I wouldn't say that this toner felt refreshing either, it just felt neutral on my skin. As for the scent, it does carry a light minty citrus scent.

PS. This toner does feel a little dry on my skin. Because it does give you a matte finish, I personally don't think this toner is suitable for those with dry skin, so even if you have oily/combination skin like me, remember to moisturize after use!

Here's my very unglam post-final semester face, cleansed and toned followed with moisturizer. 

It claims to be a light water-based soothing gel that would absorb the oil on your skin and leave a matte silky finish upon application. Direction is to apply onto oily areas of your face like the T-Zone. (forehead, cheeks, nose and chin)

Inside this tube you get 45ml of product. As you'll only be using a small amount each time, this RM35 purchase would last you quite some time.

Comes with a safety seal.

Here's how the gel looks like. It looks a little blue but don't worry as it blends out to nothing. Not sure how to describe it but this primer has a fruity scent to it :o

This is after applying Aritaum's Pore Master gel primer. Comparing with the pic above with my bare face, you can tell that this primer did reduce quite a bit of shine. A tip is to let your moisturizer completely absorbed into your skin BEFORE you apply this primer. The first time I used this primer, my moisturizer was still in the process of being absorbed into my skin so when I applied the primer, it left this sticky feeling. 

The next time I tried the primer again, this time allowing enough time for my moisturizer to set, this primer went on pretty nicely and left a nice matte finish for me to work with. What I liked about this primer is how hydrating it is for a matte finish face primer. This would be the perfect matte finish primer if it helped in minimizing the visibility of my pores. To be honest, getting such results from a primer with RM35 is already a huge win for me. 

Purchase link above is for the shade Sand (one shade darker) because I couldn't find the individual purchase link for 02 Beige. Anyways, moving on with the review! This BB Cushion has SPF 50+ PA+++ in it. It's coverage is said to be able to hide red spots and wrinkles! Let's take a look and see how it works with my skin.

Super in love with the colour of this BB Cushion and how cute the puff is.

BTW. Their BB Cushion's puff is SUPER SOFT. I think this is probably the softest BB Cushion puff I've ever encountered omg.

As always, they have the safety seal. 

The formula of this BB Cushion is sliiiighttttlyyyyy heavy, so it does get cakey quite easily. This BB Cushion dries matte and I recommend this to those with oily skin. For those with oily-combination skin like me, this BB Cushion might be a little dry for our skin type.

Let's take a look at how well the coverage does with these "post-final-semester-acne". 

This is just one layer of Peripera's Inklasting Mint Cushion. With this I can say the coverage is within the medium to 'almost high coverage' range. You can definitely still see my acne bumps. The redness from the acne is slightly peeking through the foundation as well.

Here's a side-by-side comparison. It looked a shade too fair on me in real life but I don't know why in the photos it actually matches my hand quite well.

Done applying the BB Cushion on my entire face. Also did a second layer and yup the coverage is build-able. Just that I wouldn't recommend a third layer as it'll probably end up too cakey. 

My final verdict is that this BB Cushion is not my cup of tea as it was too dry on my skin. Other than that, I'm quite pleased with the coverage. I guess in general most matte finish BB Cushions are quite dry so hopefully there'll be BB Cushions in the future that's hydrating and dries matte ahaha.

This is a translucent loose setting powder from Skinfood that contains peach extract. This loose powder claims to provide sebum control, and the peach extract in it would help to smooth your skin. Other than a good matte finish face primer, setting powders are like a walking reflector's BFF. Especially when the weather in Malaysia is 24/7 summer, our skin tend to sweat & produce oil easily.

 The size of this is also great for traveling!

 Wish the puff wasn't white though. When the puff is white and I apply it onto my face, it'll slowly turn into my foundation shade leh. :( But small matter, nevermind. I can live with this.

The powder is quite fine and because it's translucent, it blends out to nothing.

Applied the powder~ For my oily-combination skin tomodachis (friends) you'll know how important to set our foundations EVEN THOUGH the foundation itself dries matte. 

***read till the end to see how well is the oil control with this combination of face makeup products***

Lebaton Color Fit Lipstick - Rose Coral - RM35

I've only used sheet masks from Lebaton prior to receiving this so I did not know that this brand carried makeup products as well. As it's part of the Gorgeous Matte Althea box, this lipstick is of course a matte finish lipstick. For RM35 you get 3.5g of product.

I got the shade Rose Coral. On Althea's website, there are two other shades to choose from. (if you're purchasing individually) The two other shades are #Muse Red and #Heidi Pink.

Here's a swatch of Rose Coral on my hand. On the left is how it'll look like blended out as a blush. On the right is a direct swatch without blending it out.

To be honest I think I'll forever prefer lipsticks over liquid lipsticks haha. It's just too convenient because I could easily double it as a blusher.

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Finished look!

Here's a closeup of the lipstick on my lips. This shade turned out more red than I expected but I'm still loving it! Normally I'm one to avoid matte lipsticks because they could be very drying but this one dried to a velvet finish and felt quite pleasant on my lips. By the way, I did not apply lip balm and it still felt alright!

Here's after two meals and drinking a lot of water. I'm actually quite liking this washed-out colour too! So I guess if I were to leave house forgetting the lipstick I'm wearing, I'd hope it's this haha!

Final closeup on the finished look! 

Earlier I mentioned to read till the end to see how the oil control worked with these face product combinations, here's my results. This is my face after 3 hours with about 20 minutes under the sun while trying to book a grab car lol. Although the oil control wasn't that great for my skin, overall it didn't turn out too bad either.

Overall if you're trying to achieve a matte makeup look, this is a decent Althea box to try out! Everyone's skin is different so if you've tried the products from this box, let me know if you liked it!

My final rating for Althea's Gorgeous Matte Box: 6.5/10

Some products are a hit(like my favourites below), some are a miss. I think Althea's themed boxes are always a great value for money so I can't wait to see more in the future! I think other than the BB Cushion that felt a little too dry for my skin, I'm actually quite happy with the rest of the products! Other than that I guess I just wished that I could preserve the matte-ness it gave me before I left home haha. 

Oh yeah, I figured I'd might as well throw in my personal favourites from Althea's Gorgeous Matte box would definitely be the innisfree no-sebum toner, Aritaum Pore Master gel primer, and the Lebaton Color Fit Lipstick!!


It's been so long since I've last written a review! Feels great to have the time to blog again! Also, I'm super excited to go on another family holiday! (Been so long since I've last been on a family holiday WITHOUT BRINGING MY ASSIGNMENTS!!)

Hopefully those reading this would find this review helpful~ 

Until next time!! <3

* The products reviewed are sponsored but all opinions stated above are mine.*

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