#CLEOTopShelf: May

Here at the magazine, we’re very lucky to be able to test out various beauty goodies (all in the name of work, of course). But with brands launching new stuff faster than we can say ‘hyaluronic acid’, it’s hard to fully commit to a product. Which is why it’s always exciting when we hit pan on a certain bronzer or use up an entire bottle of facial cleanser. Every month, we’ll let you in on what gets permanent real estate on our top shelves, why we love them and whether or not we’d be repurchasing. Here we go!

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, RM104 at Sephora

“You guys, this Hourglass powder is the one. I love it, I want to write love poems to it. I want to marry it. I’ve seen my fair share of powders from all the drugstore names to Youtuber-approved high end ones and nothing compares to this. The formula is a step further than simply ‘finely-milled’, it somehow gives a nice glow without any hint of shimmer (or God forbid – glitter). It provides a veil over my uneven texture and even if you go heavy handed with it, it won’t appear cakey in the slightest. I use it with a dense blush brush and apply in a dabbing motion to set my concealer and reduce shine. The full size costs a fortune (RM221 for a powder is no joke) but I got mine in a mini at Christmas. I’m so happy Sephora now sells the mini permanently (I use it every day and it still lasts ages). It’s the love of my beauty life.”

-Medina Azaldin, Beauty Writer

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