NOTE by JDot – A Makeup Review

JDOT Makeup - Is it worth it?

Written by S. Mahmood on February 15, 2017

Surprisingly enough, there are not many online reviews for JDOT makeup yet. Note is a Turkish beauty brand whose official distributors in Pakistan is JDOT by Junaid Jamshed. We decided to try the most of the products from the range to see how the cosmetic products wear throughout the day. The line is pricey, but we did find some gems.  Here are our top picks from the entire makeup line:

1. Luminous Moisturizing Foundation

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Where the foundation was concerned, the brand only manufactures two shades, both of which are pretty light. It would be nice if locally available products have a wide spectrum of shades given that people of all skin tones are found in Karachi and Pakistan. We decided to try 01, the lightest shade.
The foundation does have SPF 16, which means you can skip applying sunscreen underneath your makeup. The formula itself is pretty moisturizing, and provides for a medium – full coverage. If applied with a damp makeup sponge, you can achieve a very natural and sheer looking base too (for the no-makeup makeup days!) For the price, we would have preferred a pump, but the packaging used for the squeeze tube is pretty solid and doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap.
Overall, it’s a pretty good foundation and is priced at Rs. 1485.

2. BB Cream in 02

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The BB cream comes in three shades; 01, 02 and 03. The formula is smooth, and glides on very easily. It is perfect for those who want coverage every single day but don’t want to commit daily to a full coverage, possible cakey base. It’s easy to create a natural makeup look with this, but it sets fairly quickly, which makes it great for layering as well, to increase the coverage. It claims to be paraben-free and dermatologically tested, which is another plus.
Priced at Rs. 1285

3. Luminous Silk Compact Powder in 04 SAND

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The packaging of the compacts is really nice, with a big mirror and a sturdy pan. It also provides a sponge for application. The only disadvantage of the packaging might be that it may be too big for your makeup/travel pouch. It’s a yellow-based face powder. It is very finely milled, which means that it does not look cakey when applied.  The powder provides decent coverage, and is great for under eye brightening as well.
Priced at Rs. 1185

4. Rich Color Lipstick in Merlot

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This is a classic red shade. The formula is very creamy and smooth, and it feels comfortable on the lips. It doesn’t set immediately though, so you might experience a little bit of bleeding or feel it move around a little. However, it is a rich and opaque red and although the price is a bit steep for a local product, the formula justifies it. It doesn’t set to a matte finish, but is not overly shiny either. A good red to invest in. It’s our favorite from the line, but the nude shade is just as lovely!
Priced at Rs. 685

5. Ultra Rich Color Eye Pencil in Black 01

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This eye pencil’s formula is very creamy and the color pay off is great. It is a true jet black, and the longevity is great too. We recommend patting on some black eye shadow over it when you apply it to the waterline for it to last even longer. The only con is that it needs to be sharpened regularly and doesn’t come in the twist-up tube that makes life so much easier!
Priced at Rs. 550