I discovered Gino McCray two months ago when I travelled to Bangkok for a short weekend shopping getaway. Introduced to me by my colleague, Gladys who swears by their eyeliners, I started buying one or two items and now I’m buying something new every trip. The Thai cosmetic brand which is available at Cosme Beauty Buffet around Bangkok has a whole range of great affordable “dupes” of all my favourite international cosmetic brands.

Gino McCray Professional Makeup Lipstick

No. 5 Charentais

This shade of pale fresh coral was similar to a discontinued shade from Chanel that I was looking for over the past two trips to Bangkok. While not an exact match (slightly paler), it was a close enough coral that I find is extremely flattering for my skin tone. In fact, it looks a little like Cle de Peau’s lipstick in #26 just without the sparkly glitter bits.

Packaging is nothing to shout about and it may appear like a NYX look-alike but it has a better formula for just a bit more – under S$15.

The lipstick is creamy and has a beautiful shine making lips look luscious and plumper. It’s not drying like the NYX round lipsticks and are more forgiving on drier lips.

I thought this colour was fresh and was younger and more innocent compared to the vibrant pinks and brilliant reds I usually wear; a must have shade that’s perfect for everyday wear!

Gino McCray Professional Makeup Blusher

No. 4 Sandra Rose

On first impression, I was wowed by the colour in the pan. It’s a peachy pink with shimmer that can pass off as a less intense dupe of NARS Orgasm. I have to say though that  it really comes very close and at a fraction of the price of a NARS blush at less than S$20!

The pan resembles the MAC blush packaging and that’s a generous amount of product. It’s great value for money and I’ll definitely be repurchasing once I run out. I may even pick up a back up since I’ve already used up my Orgasm blush.

The glitter flakes are subtle and rather small. I would recommend several sweeps across your cheekbones to create a more intense healthy flush.

It’s not as pigmented as I  would like, but Sandra Rose can be layered on for a more intense colour payoff.

Gino McCray Heritage Double Volume Curling Mascara

I didn’t purchase this and it was gifted to me by Gladys on her last trip to Bangkok just a few weeks before I flew over. She was egged on by the sales girl at Beauty Buffet to purchase this mascara who swore by it.

The mascara formula is thick and sticky which I was apprehensive about. But I personally prefer curved mascara brushes. I find that this shape helps me achieve both longer and thicker lashes better than the conical or straight mascara wands.

Here’s how it looks after two rounds of application. Yes, my lashes look fuller and much longer but I also find it a little spidery and potentially clumpy (if I had been less sparing during application). I also saw little to no curling effect. I applied it without crimping my lashes of course. It costs under S$20 making this cheaper than some drugstore brands. You just need to use a lighter hand when applying the mascara with the wand.

There are 50 Beauty Buffet stores around Thailand. I constantly “bumped” into Beauty Buffet stores at BTS stations and malls when I least expect. So far I’ve seen it at Phrom Phong BTS, MBK Centre, Terminal 21, Chidlom BTS and Siam BTS just to name a few locations.

Pre-Orders

I am also buying extra Gino McCray products on behalf of readers and friends. Please contact me via email carrie@thecambelles.com by 29 November, 11.00am if you see anything in this review you like and I’ll arrange to buy one for you. I’ll need a full internet/ATM transfer by 29 November, 11.00pm to secure your order. More instructions will be sent via email.  For this pre-order, lipsticks are S$15, blushes are S$18 and mascara is $20.

 

 

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