[DAILY VANITY] 15 lip tints that should be in your makeup pouch ASAP if they aren’t already

This was originally written for Daily Vanity, and I have published an excerpt of the article on THERAGEFFECT. Do check out the full article on DV here!

Lip tints are definitely one of the best lip products you can ever get, and they’ve definitely become an essential in any beauty lovers’ makeup collection. Long-lasting colour, shiny gloss, and comfortable application – what’s there not to love about lip tints?

New to lip tints and not sure what’s hot? Check out our recommendations of the best lip tints that you should add to your makeup pouch right now!


Infused with floral and fruit extracts to keep your lips moist and nourished, this tint adheres smoothly so that a nice colour stays on throughout the day. Shade RD03, in particular, has been frequently touted by beauty bloggers as a perfect dupe for Yves Saint Laurent’s Vinyl Cream Lip Stain #407, so you know that this product is definitely worth trying!

A’PIEU Water Light Tint retails on online e-commerce platforms such as Shopee and Qoo10 at around SGD10.


Benefit’s rose-tinted lip tint is a holy grail for many beauty lovers, thanks to its kiss-proof and smudge-proof formula. You can easily blend it with your fingers, and it has a buildable texture so that you can have your lips (and cheeks) looking gorgeous with a radiant flush.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain retails in all Sephora stores and Sephora.sg at SGD21.



Lip Tint Etude House

If you’re looking to create a gradient lip, you’d definitely want to buy this lip tint from Etude House. This super-pigmented tint is touted as a long-time favourite among Korean women. To add to its accolades, the Dear Darling Water Gel Lip Tint was awarded the 2017 Soko Glam Best of K-beauty Award winner.

In a K-Beauty world dominated by lip tints, to be recognized as one of the best tints in the market is truly an amazing feat. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the most affordable lip tints on this list. Who says good quality must come with an expensive price tag?

Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Lip Tint retails in all Etude House stores and Lazada at SGD8.90.


Lip Tint Ysl

YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain for a unique lip product. Boasting a lightweight texture that immediately melts onto lips and does not feel sticky at all, you’ll be sure to have perfect, glossy lips no matter how many snacks you munch on.

YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres retails in all YSL stores and Tangs at SGD52.



Lip Tint Peripera

Peripera has been established as one of the best lip tint brands since their gamechanging watery lip tint released many years ago. They’ve since released a range of tints in glossy and matte formulas in a variety of MLBB (my lips but better) shades.

Ink The Airy Velvet is one of Peripera’s latest additions to their tint products – a cream lip stain with a matte-like finish that is so lightweight, it applies and wears like air. It also contains cotton seed oil, green tea seed oil, and mango seed oil to keep your lips comfortably hydrated and perfectly tinted throughout the day.

Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet retails on online e-commerce platforms such as Shopee and Lazada at around SGD8 to 10.

What’s your favourite K-beauty brand?

The K-beauty world is amazingly diverse with so many different brands, so I wanted to do a fun poll on which one is the most popular among my readers.

Do take part and cast a vote for your favourite brand! 🙂

[REVIEW] Innisfree Skinny Cover Fit Foundation

This is the first foundation that I’ve ever reviewed, and for good reason. I’ve been using BB creams since a few years ago, and never got around to using foundation because I really needed the full coverage and SPF that BB creams provide. It was only after I went for a facial this year and was told that I should lay off BB creams (which had a tendency to clog my pores), I had no choice but to look for alternatives.

I wanted to try a foundation from a K-beauty brand that wasn’t way out of my budget, and I happened to swatch this when I was casually window-shopping in Innisfree. I loved how the foundation felt on my skin throughout the day, so I made a mental note to go back and buy it, and now it is part of my makeup routine.

Product Description

– Skinny cover for flawless yet natural-looking skin look
The skinny cover fitting formula thinly yet densely fits on the skin for a natural-looking, flawless look

– Powerful fixing effect for easy makeup
The sebum control powder and setting powder forms a powerful fixing film on the skin to prevent makeup from cracking due to sweat and sebum.

– Skin look fresh and light all day long
The smart formula maintains a refreshing makeup look without clumping or smearing due to excess oil and moisture.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29

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Ingredient List

I wasn’t able to find the list online and had already thrown away the box by the time I started writing this, so I won’t be able to talk about this in detail 😦

Frankly, I was quite disappointed when I saw that a) there were so few shades available and b) such a low SPF. Most BB creams (and even my Lancôme foundation) offer SPF50, and SPF15 is the lowest I’ve ever seen. Also, the 4 shades available are seriously VERY limited. I’m lucky that 21 is a match for me, but 13 as your next lightest shade? And 23 as your darkest? Really now Innisfree? K-beauty brands definitely still have a long way to go in terms of diversity.






Packaging: The first time I saw it, I was immediately reminded of shu uemura’s petal foundation.

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Nonetheless, I am a huge fan of the packaging. It looks very classy and modern, and is surprisingly convenient to carry around when you’re travelling. The pump works great as well, dispensing just the right amount every time you squeeze it.

Colour: I bought N21, because my sensitive, acne-prone skin is actually quite red most of the time, so I didn’t really want to use C21 and make my skin look even redder. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m lucky that N21 is a really good match for me so I don’t have to mix with another foundation to get the correct colour. It looks very natural, almost like it’s my own skin, which I guess is why the foundation is called ‘Skinny Cover Fit’. It’s a very even colour as well, very consistent throughout, so I’m happy with that.

Staying power: I honestly did not have super high hopes for the staying power, because I was under the impression that foundations would oxidize a lot faster than BB creams. I’m happy to admit that I’m wrong. This foundation, best applied with a sponge, can actually help your skin look and stay fresh throughout the day. Its coverage is really good for a foundation, so I usually just apply one to two layers, spritz some setting spray, and I’ll let nature run its course for the next 12+ hours. I find myself not needing to touch-up my makeup as often as I used to, which is fantastic!

However, I don’t really share the same sentiments about its oil/sebum control. My T-zone still turns into an oil well after a few hours, but I do see a difference in that my makeup doesn’t look like it’s caking or smudging because of the oil.

Final Verdict

If you are new to foundations in the K-beauty world, I’d definitely recommend this. It really does feel like a second layer of skin – thin, breathable, and comfortable. I like how easy application is, be it with a sponge or a brush, so you don’t have to struggle every morning trying to even out the foundation on your face.

I’m not convinced by the oil/sebum-controlling properties it claims to have, but I am a fan of its long-lasting, natural coverage. If you are looking for an alternative to BB creams but still need the high coverage, this is the foundation you need.

$29 is a good investment to make for a good base makeup, but do again take note that it may not carry a desired shade, and will not help with oil and sebum control. The low SPF also means that you should probably pile up on the sunscreen as well – no excuse not to!


Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮


[REVIEW] Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet

This review is waaay overdue – I bought my first Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet last year in Korea and liked it so much that I bought two more from the same series. You might have heard about how good this product is and its value for money. It sounds exaggerated, and I was initially quite doubtful about the hype, but now I have seen the light (HAHA), and I hope that my review does justice to this amazing product.

Product Description

  • This lip tint glides on smoothly, offering vivid color and a soft, velvety texture to your lips.
  • The enriched formula keeps your lips moist and glossy without feeling sticky.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 6.90 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Green Tea Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Lithol Rubine BCA, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrachlorotetrabromofluorescein, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Phloxine B, Hydrated Ferric Oxide, Sunset Yellow FCF, Tartrazine, Black Oxide of Iron

These are the ‘main ingredients’ found in each product regardless of the colours. For the longest time, I suspected that the formula for Peripera’s Ink the Airy Velvet (Or Airy Ink Velvet, whichever floats your boat) was exactly the same as moonshot’s Cream Paint Lightfit. A quick check of moonshot’s ingredients shows similarities, though I think that Peripera’s one contains more seed oils, while moonshot’s has more…wax? Which would explain the slight difference in texture between the two.

I intentionally picked 3 shades for different ‘moods’ and occasions – a bright coral, a brick red, and a MLBB shade.











Packaging: I find the packaging really adorable. It reminds me of a dropper, although it doesn’t really function that way (real pity about this!). It’s actually a pretty small tube, which would explain its really low price point, but I personally really like this because it’s easy to bring around for touchups or for travel, and I don’t have to fret about not being able to finish them before they expire.

Colour: I bought three shades – #2, #7, and #10. My personal favourite is #7, because these days I gravitate towards brick red shades that are great for daily use, yet very empowering (if you know what I mean). #2 is a tad too bright for me if I apply a full colour, but looks very good when used as a gradient lip. #10 is a bit of a pity because I thought it would look great, but it’s more cool-toned than I thought, and cool tones generally don’t work well with my skin. Oh well 😦

Colour payoff & intensity: This is arguably one of the most pigmented lip creams/tints I’ve gotten from a K-beauty brand. I love the pigment, love the colour intensity, love the payoff. There’s nothing I can find fault with this because it’s truly so good. I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth when one smooth swipe is all I need to complete my lip look. It does make it a bit harder to do a gradient lip look with this, but I really appreciate the full, even colour application that Ink the Airy Velvet provides.

Staying power: Peripera is famous for its lip tints, so you can expect that all their lip products have some degree of staying power. This is one of the most lasting lip products I have used, and I am seriously impressed by how long it lasts. I could apply this for a normal work day, have lunch and eat snacks over 9 hours, and still have at least 80% of the colour left on my lips with no patchiness, no stickiness, and no dryness by the end of the day. How is this possible?? What sorcery has Peripera been working with these products?? Why aren’t the other companies producing magical products like these as well??

Final Verdict

Some people have called this their holy grail, and I assure you that they are NOT exaggerating about how fantastic this is. In fact, it is also one of my holly grail lip products because it is just so good.

Firstly, the price point is already enticing enough. Less than $10 for a vivid, long-lasting lip cream – now who wouldn’t want that? It also doesn’t help that they have an impressive range of colours for any preference and any mood, so you have an excuse to buy more than one without breaking the bank.

I highly recommend shade #7 (My Brown Coral) for those who love a good brick red (one of the most popular K-beauty trends to come). You’ll definitely love how sophisticated and elegant you can look with just a small tube of lip paint.


Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

[SAMPLE] Belif The True Cream – Water Bomb

As lazy as I can sometimes get with my skincare routine, one product I always use is moisturizer. It’s a common misconception that only people with dry skin need to moisturize – even if your skin is oily, you still need moisturizer!

My favourite moisturizer brands of all time has got to be Belif. If you’ve never heard of Belif, here’s their brand introduction taken from their website:

Meet the most truthful cosmetic brand that is formulated with superior ingredients and efficacy in the safest and most honest way possible.

Inspired by 19th-century apothecary techniques, belif offers a unique range of products that follow Korea’s intricate skin care regimen. Each effective formula uses the purest of ingredients powered by modern skin science and traditional herb processing methods.

belif delivers remarkable value to the skin by applying rich tradition and in-depth knowledge of natural ingredients. True quality. True benefit.

I think it’s quite cute how they are very upfront with labelling themselves as ‘the most truthful cosmetic brand’, and definitely a testament of commitment to delivering on their claims and promises.

I was given a sample/travel size of this water bomb after I purchased some items from TFS (yes, they’re under the same parent company).

Product description

An ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that instantly cools and refreshes skin while providing intensive hydration. 

Official Retail Price in Singapore: ~SGD60 (Qoo10)

Ingredient list

  • Lady’s Mantle: Antioxidant-rich herb with pore-minimizing benefits; helps remove free radicals from skin and aids skin turnaround.
  • Malachite: Neutralizes free radical activity.
  • Plantin: Creates moisture seal on skin.
  • Oat Husk: Attracts moisture.Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Malakite Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract**, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract**, Nepeta Cataria Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract**, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract**, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Panthenol, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-150, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance+, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool. *Napiers aqua formula. **Napiers original formula. +Fragrances of natural origin.

According to Sephora, this product is dermatologist tested and free of mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances, and animal origin ingredients. Does it live up to its promise of using ‘the purest of ingredients’? Definitely!



Packaging: The sample/travel size packaging is different from the full-sized version, but is generally still very simple and easy to use. I really like how it directly states its functions and effects on the skin – easy to read, and straight to the point. It’s also easy to squeeze out an appropriate amount of product.

Texture: If you have oily/combination skin, you will love this. It feels so thin and lightweight that you would be forgiven for thinking this was water repackaged into a tube. It’s easily absorbed by the skin, doesn’t feel the slightest bit thick, oily or uncomfortable.

Effectiveness: Clinical tests have proven that this moisturizer provides a +70% increase in skin’s hydration levels. While I don’t have any special equipment to test this claim, I can testify that it isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.

Upon application, your skin immediately feels cooled, as though you have applied cold water on your face. It’s nothing to do with the environment temperature, but rather the formula and ingredients in the moisturizer. There is also an instant burst of hydration once it is absorbed by the skin – that’s why it’s aptly named ‘water bomb’.

Thanks to this moisturizer, I found my skin feeling less taut and dry even after sitting in air-conditioned rooms for long hours. It also doesn’t get too oily by mid-day, nor does it clog my pores. I’ve had absolutely no breakout problems while using this product, which is great for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin just like mine. If anything, my skin was at its best when I used this both in the day and at night.

Final Verdict

If it wasn’t for the price, I would have bought tons of this and stockpiled them at home for me to use forever and ever.

I’m honestly very hesitant about spending so much money on just one moisturizer. SGD60 is really no small sum. I know it’s ironic, given that I have less qualms about buying so many lipsticks, but somehow it just doesn’t feel as convincing to spend a bomb (lol) on a moisturizer.

I’m still contemplating whether to buy this after I’ve finished my other moisturizers, but if you are willing to invest in a good moisturizing product that definitely shows results for all skin types, this is the one you have to buy. I love this product to bits, and I can honestly justify the price when I take into account factors such as the natural ingredients and great formula.

Maybe I’ll buy this when I finish my L’Oréal Hydrafresh…


Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮


[REVIEW] CLIO Mad Matte Tint

I’ve been eyeing 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tint for a long time since I saw it online, but never got around to buying it. I’ve seen other Korean brands with similar product offerings, such as Etude House with their new Matte Chic Lip Lacquers.

I popped by a Sasa store in KL and saw that CLIO also had something similar – the Mad Matte Tint. The shades were a huge draw, and after swatching, I couldn’t help but add this lip product to my shopping basket.

Product Description

Matte lip tint that delivers vivid color pay-off as it looks and glides on with a thin and even layer

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.78 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

I wasn’t able to find the list online and had already thrown away the box by the time I started writing this, so I won’t be able to talk about this in detail 😦

CLIO specifically listed a few shades as MLBB, and #08 Chai Tea Latte was the first to catch my eye. I personally feel that it looks more like a brick brown than ‘chai tea latte’, but it’s absolutely flattering for many skin tones. However, it actually smells and tastes just like the tea latte I sometimes have for breakfast, which is quite a nice surprise.






Packaging: As mentioned earlier, it bears much resemblance to the ones offered by other Korean brands. I like it a lot though – it looks chic, and is easy to bring around in a makeup pouch.

Colour: I absolutely love this colour!! I’m always on the lookout for MLBB lipstick shades that don’t make me look too washed out, and are also great for daily wear. This has to be one of my top favourites because it’s so flattering and easy to pull off. It’s not too bright a pink or red that may cause your makeup look to become overwhelming, so you can use this when you’re going for class or work without looking like you overdid it.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour payoff is great – one swipe and you’re good to go. In fact, I found it a bit tough to to do a gradient lip with this tint (as seen in the marketing creative) because the colour is so rich and intense that it immediately covers your entire lips. That’s not entirely a bad thing (I mean, who’s gonna complain about great colour payoff, right), but this is worth taking note of if you are planning to achieve gradient lips with this product.

Staying power: For a tint, I feel that this product’s staying power is not as good as I would have liked it to be. Drinking is fine, but you would not expect to see a lot of colour left on the lips after a meal. I also don’t think this tint is totally transfer-proof, so you’d have to expect to touch up after eating. However, it should be able to last you for a few good hours.

Final Verdict

I don’t know about you, but I’m always happy when I find lip products offering MLBB shades that aren’t too pricey, apply smoothly with great colour payoff, and have decent staying power.

I feel like this could be a dupe for 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tint for those who may not like how drying 3CE’s products may be, or are put off by the higher price point. The shades offered are actually pretty similar 🧐

As you can tell, I’m floored by the colour – I’ve never been so happy to pick a shade that suits me so well. I would strongly recommend this shade if you’re also looking for a wearable MLBB lip colour. And in spite of my love for #08, I’m honestly hoping that I’d be able to get the other shades in future…


Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮


[Daily Vanity] Is it OK to use expired products on your vanity? You need to know these things so your beauty doesn’t become poison.

This was originally written for Daily Vanity, and I have published an excerpt of the article on THERAGEFFECT. Do check out the full article on DV here!

As a beauty junkie, there’s a high chance that you have bought too many products for you to remember. New collection? Definitely on the waiting list. Pretty packaging? Goes straight into your shopping cart. Already have another product with similar shades? Who cares?

It can be very easy to lose track of when you bought and first started using makeup products, which leads to the problem of unknowingly using expired stuff. You might think it’s not much of an issue, since makeup products aren’t ingested (not in huge quantities anyway), and they’re made of weird chemicals that bacteria wouldn’t like as much, right? Well, just look at this picture.

This bevy of bacterial colonies grown from expired makeup have tested positive for some very serious diseases, like Meningitis, the bacteria that infects the brain, and Enterobacter, which infects the intestines.

Using expired makeup is actually a problem just as bad as consuming expired food, but it’s one that we do not pay much heed to. Expired makeup can be nurturing a whole lot of dangerous bacteria, and using them can cause breakouts, redness, swelling, and, in the worst case scenario, infections.


Different products naturally have different shelf lives, depending on how often you use them and what ingredients they contain. Most products should have an open cream jar icon, known as the PAO (or “Period After Opening”) symbol, which includes the number of months a product is safe to use after it has been unsealed.

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Generally, most products should be thrown away and replaced after 1+ year upon opening, even if the expiry date on the product itself indicates otherwise. In most cases, the products’ consistency will change when they expire, so they won’t work well anyway. Below is a quick guide to the average lifespan of different products:

While expiry dates are a good indicator, it’s still best to check for any signs of your makeup products going bad.


The one makeup product that tends to go bad really quickly is mascara. The dark and moist environment of the mascara tube is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which can potentially cause many types of infections.

If you sniff your mascara and sniff something that smells foul, it’s a sign that you should toss it away. If you want to be safe, remember to replace your mascara every 3 months.

DV Tip: Stop pumping your mascara wand into the tube if you want your mascara to last longer! The pumping action actually introduces air into the product, which can accelerate its degradation.


Foundation Tips For Acne Skin Feature

Changes in colour, texture and smell of formula are sure signs that it’s way past its day. Most water-based foundations can last up to a year after opening, while oil-based foundations can last up to 18 months.

Foundations contain ingredients that can start to separate when they’ve expired. The oil-based ingredients will always rise to the top, so if you continue to use expired foundation, you may be applying a higher concentration of potentially pore-clogging oil to your skin, which may cause breakouts (termed acne cosmetica).


Look for changes in colour and texture whenever you use your concealer. Most concealers will last a year or more, depending on their type. Stick concealers should last up to one and a half to two years, while liquid concealers have a shorter lifespan of only one year.


It’s time to throw away your favourite lip products when you notice a change in their texture. Lipstick is full of natural, hydrating ingredients, which, when exposed to air, can dry out and make it difficult to use.

Whether you’re using a lipstick bullet or a liquid lipstick or gloss with a wand applicator, you’re putting that directly on to your lips. The human mouth is actually thriving with bacteria, there being as much as 100 million bacteria in each milliliter of saliva!

Your lipstick applicator is touching all that bacteria, and then going back into the tube, introducing them to the rest of the product. We hope that image will make it easier for you to part with your lippies after a year.


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Powder blushes and setting powders will usually last around two years, as bacteria do not thrive in a dry environment. In fact, experts have also said that it is perfectly fine to keep a blush for three to four years as long as it looks okay and still delivers results.


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While powder shadows can last as long as powder blushes (about two years), they should be replaced more often since they’re used around your eyes. Your eyes are considered sensitive areas, and bacterial infections there would be more severe than, say, on your skin. Watch out for discolouration, waxy build up or a change in smell.

Cream eyeshadows would, of course, have a shorter shelf life than their powdered counterparts. They are good for about one year after opening.


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Experts warn that eye redness, irritation, and infection are all side effects of expired eye products, and eyeliners are the biggest culprits when it comes spreading infection. If your liner begins to lose its colour, dry out, or become ineffective, don’t hesitate to throw it out.


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Pencils last longer than most eye products since they’re constantly being sharpened, which gets rid of any bacterial build-up on the tip. As with most cosmetic products, check the colour and the smell to see if they have turned bad.