Review: 3CE’s newest products for a flawless face

When shopping around with a friend, we stumbled upon 3CE’s 30% all products summer sale. Here are a few products I picked up to get a flawless face (and after getting glasses for the first time I apparently needed an upgrade!).

Back to Baby Mint Base

Style Nanda describes this makeup base as “Color correcting, light-boosting, Adhesive, Elastic”… uh, lost me a bit at the end. This mint green primer is meant to correct redness while also providing sunscreen coverage for UVA & UVB rays (Spf 30, PA+++). The formula is silicone based which makes it good to mix with or use underneath silicone foundations. It’s also available in yellow (for uneven skin), mint blue (to correct red and yellow tones), and lavender (to boost dull or yellowed complexions). The primer comes in an aluminum tube that flexes with use, similar to a paint tube so it’s best to squeeze from the top down.

Suggested uses : 

  1. Mix with foundation – Blend with your foundation for a custom match. If your foundation is too orange or dark this will help neutralize and lighten it. Can be also used to lighten your summer foundation in the winter.
  2. Mix with sunscreen – Blend with your sunscreen at a 3:1 ratio for a tone-correcting finish and even complexion without foundation.
  3. As a primer – Dot on entire face or on red areas and blend out with fingers. Wear on it’s own or apply foundation on top.

How it performs : I’ve already expressed my love for the color correcting that mint green bases provide before, so when I spotted this I was excited to try something new. The texture is very creamy and mixes well with other products, but even with the velvety smooth texture it can stick on dry patches (see photos at end). It does a good job neutralizing my redness and has a lightening effect. I prefer mixing it with my foundation, as it can give you whitened ‘ghost’ face on its own. When mixed with sunscreen, it gives a brightened ‘cc cream’ look. The packaging works well, but is best when stored upside down so the product doesn’t ooze out when you open it.

Cost : $19 USD for 30ml

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide[CI77891], Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Zinc Oxide, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis[Orange] Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lillium Tigrinum Extract, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ceresin, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica dimethyl silylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, Chromium Hydroxide Green[CI77289], Iron Oxides[CI77492]

Available at en.stylenanda.com

Bright Beam Stick

The bright beam stick is a balm based highlighter with an opal shimmer. If you are looking for a highlighter that makes your skin look hydrated and not just shimmery, this is a good contender. The formula is a heavy mix of oils and waxes. In bright light, it comes off very Korean-style oily/dewy with a frosty shimmer (top left photo). In indirect light, instead of oily it looks hydrated with a subtle glow (bottom photos).

Suggested uses : 

  1. For a glow from within – Apply before foundation in to the brow bone and cheek bones in a c-shape. For an overall dewy look also apply through the t-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and blend out lightly.
  2. For a balmy highlight – Apply after foundation. Concentrate on the brow bone, top of the cheek bones, and the cupid’s bow. Use light strokes until your desired intensity and blend any harsh edges.
  3. For a healthy glowing body – Apply on the collarbones, shoulders,  down your shinbones, or on dry patches.  Blend out edges for an oiled look without the slickness.

How it performs : When applied on top of my foundation it didn’t budge my makeup. After about 5 hours of wear I did notice a light dulling effect but the overall highlight was still there. I love the look it gave when applied underneath my foundation! My skin looked hydrated but not oily and it lasted all day without any noticeable wear. My skin is acne prone so I was a bit worried about the castor oil but so far haven’t had any issues. The formula is made to melt directly on skin so potentially if you live in a hotter climate it might melt.

Cost : $17 USD for 9.5 grams

Ingredients: Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Ceresin, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Sorbitan Olivate, Dipentaerythriyl Hexahydroxystearate, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Acetylated Sucrose Distearate, Prunus Serrulata Flower Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Diisostearyl Malate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Alumina, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Saccharide Isomerate, Water, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491)

Available at en.stylenanda.com

Pore Silky Stick

The pore silky stick is a silicone based thick primer in handy stick form. This primer is not meant for the entire face but to create smooth skin in textured and wrinkled areas. It has some moisturizing properties with the addition of shea butter, argan oil, and macadamia nut oil. After looking for other reviews, it seems like the stick is an update of their less conveniently packaged pore silky balm.

Suggested use : 

  1. For texture smoothing – Apply directly on your textured areas (ex. nose, cheeks, chin) and blend lightly with your hands or a sponge. Apply the foundation lightly on top with your hands or a sponge as to not disperse the primer.

How it performs : After a few uses I’ve noticed it’s quite effective on the texture on my nose and cheek on it’s own (see below) and provides a bit of color coverage on sebaceous filaments. After my base and foundation are applied the texture on my nose is gone but there is still some texture on my cheek. I noticed it works best when blended with my fingers and foundation is applied with a beauty blender on top. When I used a stippling brush it seemed to move the product too much, but a flat foundation brush worked fine. This may not work well for darker skin tones as like the picture of the orange (above) it leaves a white residue in the pores.

Cost : $17 USD for 10 grams

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Triethylhexanoin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Ceresin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Hydroxyapatite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Macadamia Intergrifolia Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa Krenel Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Nylon-12 Flourescent Brightener 230 Salt, Fragrance, Iron Oxides (CI 77492)

Available at en.stylenanda.com


Click to enlarge Left to right: Bare skin, Pore Silky stick applied to the nose and cheek, Back to Baby Mint Base applied all over, Nars Siberia layered on top using a beauty blender sponge.

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