Ronna Bonifacio | Review: Upgrade your cheek game with Snoe’s blush and contour powders
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Review: Upgrade your cheek game with Snoe’s blush and contour powders

Since interviewing Snoe’s founder and owner Jen Gerodias-Diaz for my Style Smarts column on Interaksyon, I’ve been so curious about the brand’s cosmetics. Jen confidently revealed that the way Snoe, a proudly local brand, creates its products are by “find[ing] a peg, then level[ing] it up.” That means she creates her products first by matching whatever is widely, popularly and internationally dubbed as the best in that category, then she improves on it by adding ingredients that address concerns for that area. Interesting, right? Imagine, a consistent Allure Beauty Awards winner and then some. Can the Philippines really produce something world class when it comes to makeup?

SABStance High Intensity Blush in Patience (left) and Wisdom (right), P899 each. Available at www.snoebeauty.com and Snoe outlets and counters.

SABStance High Intensity Blush in Patience (left) and Wisdom (right), P899 each. Available at www.snoebeauty.com and Snoe outlets and counters.

When Jen told me off the record (sorry, I really want to tell y’all though!) which much loved products her pegs were and after a quick Internet search for prices particularly of those brands and products that aren’t officially distributed here, it turns out that Snoe’s prices are about 30% cheaper than that of its peg’s price! Let’s break that down:

  • Award-winning product at $34-38 online (which means it’s more expensive here with official distributors)
  • Snoe’s price point at around P1,200 is 20-30% cheaper
  • Snoe’s product has additional beneficial ingredients
  • Also, buying Snoe means you’re supporting Philippine economy!

See why I’m so excited about the brand? My little inner aktibista rejoices at the last though obviously. I figure, if one is just going to burn hard-earned money on cosmetics, why not spend it on a brand that supports livelihood for Filipinos? Yup, these babies are formulated and packaged here. That’s a lot of plus points in my book!

So far I’ve tried its cheek products, Slim Shade Me Face Sculpting Cake in Almond, P799 and SABStance High Intensity Powder Blush in Wisdom and Patience (I think!), P899 each, the latter being gifts. Here’s my experience:

Slim Shade Me Face Sculpting Cake in Almond

The first time I saw the product, I didn’t believe that it was used for contouring because there were visible sparkles or micro glitter in the pan. Because contouring is meant to add shadows to one’s face and slim it down, sparkles are huge no-no’s as it calls attention, highlights, and makes features appear larger. I always use matte bronzing powders to add shadows so I thought:

Preach it, Fey!

Preach it, Fey!

But, upon Googling it and reading The Makeup Maven Sabs Hernandez’s review, I decided I should give it a chance. 

Here’s why I like it:

  • It softly contours your face, making it great for day time wear or every day
  • But it’s also buildable, so you can wear it for special events or evening when you’ll want more definition on your face
  • The shade isn’t too ruddy that it would make your contour look odd, as can be the case with orangey bronzers, but rather it’s a nice sort of brown that goes well with Filipina skin.
  • The compact has a mirror! I didn’t understand why some beauty bloggers point this out, but now I do. Packaging that includes mirror is heaven sent for quick touch ups! And because this is so small you can hold it in your hand under the table to quickly touch up your lipstick. πŸ™‚ Yay!

Surprisingly, there are no sparkles or micro glitters on your face when you apply this product. Now I am wondering what it was for then.

The Instagram that didn't make it, my SABStance Blush in Wisdom and a Sonja's cupcake

The Instagram that didn’t make it, my SABStance Blush in Wisdom and a Sonja’s cupcake

SABStance High Intensity Powder Blush in Wisdom (deep pink) and Patience (bright peach)

  • Semi-matte finish that looks more natural than a sparkly blush
  • Very pigmented, just tap your blush lightly once and you will probably pick up all you need! It will go a long way, then!
  • Good spreadability, so in case you get too much on your cheek, which I did when I first tried it, just quickly clean your brush then spread out what’s already on your cheek!
  • Sabs said in my interview that the 10 shades were made based on blush shades she often used on her bridal clients, which means you’ll find a flattering shade for you. These two give me a nice flush, and I use it depending on my lip color, Patience for orangey and coral lips and Wisdom for pinky lips.

Unfortunately, there is an “unfortunately” in my experience. πŸ™ πŸ™

Both my Slim Shade Me and my Wisdom blush broke. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

My Slim Shade Me started with a mysterious small chip which quickly progressed into the whole thing falling apart and out of the pan. On my all white outfit. Brown contouring powder on my white outfit. #arteproblems! I’m not sure if it was because of a quick change in weather or room temperature that affected its consistency, but I suspect that its silky texture and very good level of spreadability may make it much more fragile than other powders.

My SABStance blush in Wisdom on the other hand fell victim to my toddler’s exercise in motor skills. She picked it up and threw it. (!!!!!!!!!) It was a good thing the compact was still closed and the mirror didn’t break. I was able to salvage most of the powder.

On the bright side, I’ve been able to “bandage” both powders back together guided by the tutorials online on how to save your makeup. After allowing them to dry, I feel that it has not affected its performance. At most, the powders are less pretty to look at and are perhaps less photograph worthy, but once on my skin they’re both just as wonderful. Phew!

Thanks, Mindy.

Thanks, Mindy.

If you’re going to pick up any or both of these products, I highly suggest that you handle with care and KEEP AWAY FROM A TODDLER! πŸ˜‰

Snoe Beauty is available at Shoppesville Greenhills, Robinson’s Galleria, Market! Market!, Festival Supermall, SM Hypermart Pasig, inside Landmark, Purebeauty, Cinderella, and other locations. For the full list, please click this link. Shop online at snoebeauty.com, glamourbox.com, seektheuniq.com, and tomato.ph/snoe.

3 Comments
  • Faiye
    Posted at 15:47h, 16 September

    Big fan of Snoe Beauty here! I’ve yet to try the blushes, but I’ve been using their lipsticks and shampoos & conditioners (they’re really, REALLY great for colored hair!) for a long time now. πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to get my hands on the pink one! <3

    • Ronna Capili Bonifacio
      Posted at 16:27h, 16 September

      Hi Faiye, thank you for your comment! I’m the opposite, I’ve been wanting to try its lipsticks and dry shampoo. Which are your favorite lipstick shades?

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