[REVIEW] Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush

I got this last year, but totally forgot about reviewing it. To be honest, I also forgot about using it for a while because I had gotten a few new blushes and got so addicted to using them that this just slipped my mind. However, I finally got around to using this blush extensively again, so here is my review!


Product Description

Brighten your complexion with the perfect natural flush of colour in a soft and buildable powder blush.
Who could say goodbye to this soft peachy pink.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 7


Ingredient List

For the shade #Why, Hello…

TALC, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PTFE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, OCTOCRYLENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).


Packaging: I really wanted to give this a high score because I appreciate blushes that are this compact and easy to keep, but I once dropped this and the magnetic clasp never worked again, so I haven’t been able to close it shut since then.

On the other hand, I have to say that this packaging really protects your blush very well. Most people would end up with a blush that’s shattered and destroyed, had they dropped it the same way I did, but I was rather amazed to find that my blush remained intact! Hence, I’m quite conflicted on how I should grade and assess this.

Colour: I’m also very conflicted about this shade I bought. Why, Hello… is described as a “soft peachy pink” by Colourpop, and I definitely agree. However, I can’t really tell if it’s as ‘warm-toned’ as it is described. I feel that it may actually look even better on people with cooler skin tones.

Also, I don’t know if it’s just me but my shade doesn’t really look like the one on the website, or in other people’s photos. Meh.

Colour payoff & intensity: The pigmentation is pretty good, so I don’t have to grab and slap on a huge amount of product in order to see a decent tinge of colour (cough K- and J-beauty products).

However, I do find that the application is not quite as even or easy as I would like, which is a bit of a pity. I think you can chalk this up (hahahha) to the chalkiness of the product. It’s one of the chalkiest blushes I’ve had in my collection – the rest are all rather finely-milled powder, and less chunky as compared to this one.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, and I still do see a fair bit of the blush even after a long day, so I have no major issues with this.


Final Verdict

I initially thought that this was a pretty affordable blush, then I got the ones from MISSHA and realised that there are, obviously, much better and much cheaper options out there. Granted, the amount of product probably isn’t quite the same, but you get my point.

I think this is one of the first few times I’ve not been impressed by a Colourpop product (one including the Satin Lip). Sadly.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Son & Park Cleansing Beauty Water and Skin Toner

I have a lot of trouble emptying my skincare products, but if there’s one (facial foam and makeup remover aside) that I NEVER have a problem finishing, it’s definitely my toner.

I may be rather lazy when it comes to skincare (no 10 step skincare routine for me pls), but I always diligently use toner. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, since I get the chance to try out new toners and brands!


Product Description

This multi-tasking toner and cleansing water has quickly become a cult favorite, as well as a 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Award Winner! It creates a clean base for the next steps in your skincare and makeup routine. Originally created by master artists, Son & Park, Beauty Water lives up to its name.

The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser but it mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya extract to help sweep away dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin tone and smoother texture. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so your skin can be prepped to absorb the next skin care steps, while adding in a bit of moisture. 

Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect canvas for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to whisk away remaining impurities. For normal, oily, dry, and combination skin types. Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 32 (Althea)

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Ingredient List

Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Laveder)Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita(Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Octanediol, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Protease, Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

If you have been an avid reader of my blog (haha who am I kidding), you will know that I am very wary of ingredients such as alcohol, butylene glycol, and fragrance.

Despite the presence of both butylene glycol, denatured alcohol AND alcohol, the good thing about this product is that it does not seem to contain artificial parfum (despite its strong smell, which I will talk about later), and contains my favourite witch hazel.


Packaging: I love, love, LOVE simple packaging like this. Everything about it screams professionalism, doesn’t it? No frills, simple, and straightforward – exactly how I like my skincare to be.

Texture: As with my experience using toners, this pretty much felt just like water. I’m not complaining about that though, because I love skincare stuff that gets absorbed easily by my skin.

Smell: This is probably one of the rare few times that I have to dedicate a section to fragrance for my toners, because this is one thing I simply have to point out. I was skeptical when a friend told me she didn’t like the smell of this because it was too strong, but I finally realized she was right when I tried this out myself.

I’m actually very surprised that this toner contains no artificial fragrance at all, because it smells exactly like perfume. I find it a little incredulous that the smell is from the natural fruit and flower extracts, because the smell is so overpowering. It doesn’t actually smell unpleasant, but it’s just very strong and sweet, and I’m really not used to it. Most of my previous toners (Muji and COSRX) all never had this kind of smell.

Effectiveness: This product claims to moisturise, cleanse, and exfoliate your skin. It sounds a bit like an exfoliating toner/astringent, but it’s actually something that you can use everyday, both morning and night. I’m quite surprised that it does work as it promises, and despite containing ingredients that my skin hates, I’ve actually not broken out as I feared! If anything, I do see that my skin looks brighter and more hydrated over the few weeks that I have been using this.


Final Verdict

I’m a little undecided on how much I like this: it works fine, but the smell is making me feel rather unsettled. I don’t know how much I like it, and how much it’s affecting my judgment of this product. If this toner from Son & Park didn’t have such a scent, I’m sure I would love it to bits.

Some of the ingredients here also rattle me: all that alcohol, really? What if my skin really does break out one day?

I know this toner/beauty water is well-loved among many, and is one of those holy grail products that a lot of beauty bloggers promote, but I feel so conflicted about it that I don’t think I will be repurchasing after I’m done with this bottle (and the travel sized one that came in the set).


Rating

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

[REVIEW] 3CE Velvet Lip Tint

So after my first experience with a 3CE lip product, I decided to try out their lip tints, which I reckon are very popular among beauty junkies.


Product Description

What it is:

A lip tint with a sherbet-like texture that melts into the lips and leaves a natural tinge with a matte finish.

What it does:

Velvet lip tint incorporates an oil-packed formula specially made to deliver a vivid and velvety matte texture. When this tint is applied, the lips are first encased with a layer of oil upon which pigments gently melt, resulting in a dewy sensation with a matte finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 23


Ingredient List

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: It looks very similar to my other lip tints (in particular, the CLIO one), so nothing much in particular that is really mind-blowing. I do find the 3CE tube to be much thicker than the CLIO one – probably because it contains more product as well.

Colour: I bought the shade #GOING RIGHT, which appears to be a very gorgeous MLBB shade. However, the real swatch shows that this shade contains a little more tinge of orange than I had expected. I personally also feel that it leans more towards a terracotta red – it’s great for me, because as of late I’ve been collecting lipstick shades like this, but you may want to take note of this if you are very particular about getting a colour that’s identical to the marketing photo.

The colour payoff is, of course, very good for a matte lip tint. It’s definitely better than the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color. The texture is waxy and applies evenly on the lips, which I really like as well.

Staying power: I wasn’t super impressed by the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color’s staying power, but I feel that this holds up better than its bullet lipstick counterpart.

You still get a fair bit of tint left even after an oily meal, although it’s not quite as long-lasting as you would expect from matte lipsticks. However, I’ve come to terms that 3CE lipsticks are not the best when it comes to long-lasting lipsticks that don’t budge.


Final Verdict

As beautiful as 3CE’s Instagram photos are, I sometimes still feel that the brand is a little overhyped for its quality and price. There are certainly other brands can offer the same type of product at a lower price, and probably with better staying power as well.

That being said, I still do enjoy using this lip tint from 3CE. It’s not bad, just that I wouldn’t strongly recommend that you buy it, because I don’t think it really offers anything that’s different or better than other brands.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House KitKat Play Color Eyes Mini Eyeshadow Palette

This is probably all the rage on the Internet now, and I have to admit that this is another one of my impulse purchases. I read about it on Allure, found out that Etude House was selling this in Korea, and immediately placed an order for it on Shopee.

Everything happened really quickly, and I was still kind of in disbelief that I got this so fast. I’ve never been one to hop on trends and buy new product launches because I’m really not into that kind of thing, so you can imagine how much I really wanted to try this out!


Product Description

In the original milk chocolate and a white strawberry chocolate packaging each one includes 6 shades + a KitKat pouch (about $18).

Both eye shadow palettes feature six shades in packaging reminiscent of KitKat wrappers. The milk-chocolate version includes a matte beige, a rich matte tan, a medium brown with gold shimmer, a matte chocolate brown (of course), a shimmering gold, and a shimmering red. The strawberry-white-chocolate version, inspired by one of the many flavors exclusive to Asia, includes a matte cream, a shimmery peach, a shimmery pink, two rich browns — one matte and one shimmer — and a matte golden brown.

Allure

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD26.80 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

I don’t think this has been published yet, will update once more details are available!


Packaging: The Kitkat packaging is seriously very worth collecting, but you know what makes this even better? The fact that it actually comes in a box that’s has a Kitkat pouch AND real Kitkat chocolate!!

Texture: You can see from the swatches that the texture is a little chalky and powdery, which is actually pretty common with some of Etude House’s Play Color palettes. That being said, you may find it a bit difficult to apply this evenly on your eyelids as well, especially with the darker shades.

Colour payoff & intensity: If it looks like there are only 6 shades in my swatch photo, the lightest shade is clearly almost invisible :’) I had a pretty hard time trying to get a decent colour payoff for the lighter shades (the first 2), but found that the last 4 are actually pretty okay.

I may be slightly prejudiced, but I always had the idea that Etude House’s eyeshadow palettes are really not the best in terms of colour payoff, so this one did surprise me (pleasantly) by quite a bit.

Colour: While I can’t find the shade names online, they are briefly described as ‘a matte beige, a rich matte tan, a medium brown with gold shimmer, a matte chocolate brown (of course), a shimmering gold, and a shimmering red’.

Matte beige would be suitable for a base colour, and the rest I would use more for accents. I quite like the shimmering gold shade – you can use it to layer your eyelids, or use it to tighten your waterline. But of course, my favourite shades still have to be the brown, because brown shades are really very easy to work with for all occasions.

On the other hand, I find the red a little intimidating to work with (it’s really very red), but if you are a fan of bright & bold colours, you definitely have to check this one out!

Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average. My tip is to use an eyeshadow primer if you really want this to last for a whole day, because you’ll most likely have a faded, muted eyeshadow look by the end of a long day.


Final Verdict

Did I buy this for the novelty? Yes.

Do I love the palette? Yes.

Do I regret buying this? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

(For those of you who are curious, yes, this palette does smell like chocolate.)


Rating

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

[WARNING & REVIEW] Do not subscribe to No Make No Life!!!

After looking at a lot of my followed bloggers’ posts about subscription boxes, I had been itching to try them out myself as well. Unfortunately, I think a lot of them only ship within the US, or at least don’t ship to Singapore. So you imagine how excited I was when I saw an IG ad for a subscription box service called No Make No Life, that was based in Japan and could actually ship to SG.

My happiness was, unfortunately, very short-lived. Let me run through the series of unfortunate events:


STRIKE 1

I was a bit hesitant about forking so much money for a few months, so I opted for the 1 month subscription plan, which was USD35. It seemed quite decent to me at that point of time, seeing that they include a fair bit of really good Japanese and Korean beauty products:

From the NMNL website

My February box came as it should, and I was quite excited to open it up. Here are the contents:

I was like, eh, okay? Half of the box was occupied by the cotton balls, which didn’t really look that expensive. Here’s the price breakdown of the 8 products inside the Feb 2019 box (taken from NMNL’s linked website):

Skin Milk Bomb Face Mask: USD 2.97

Fascy Moisture Bomb Hand Cream: USD 6.52

Sparkling Eye Gloss in Honey Gold: USD 7.03

Tony Moly Eyebrow Pencil: USD 5.59

Colorful Cotton Balls (100 pcs): USD 8.68

Crayon Touch Me Lip Gloss in Shiny Orange: USD 2.69

Flower Puff in Pink: USD 6.14

Savon de Chocolate Soap: USD 4.24

Does this add up to USD35? Apparently it actually adds up to USD39.62, but I’ve found some lower prices for certain items on this list. I’m also a little doubtful about the cotton balls costing almost USD 9, because I found much cheaper alternatives on Google.

But this is not even the worst part!


STRIKE 2

I wanted to start using the items in my box, so on the same day, I took out the mask to use.

Now, I first noticed that the smell of the mask was a tad strange. I know that chocolate milk is one of the ingredients inside (correct me if I’m wrong), but it shouldn’t smell so… strange. And when I took out the mask, I was horrified to see that there was something that looked like MOULD on it!!

So I went to check the expiry date. I’m not sure what the format is, but according to No Make No Life, it is supposed to be YY/MM/DD, so it expires in 2020. My first instinct, however, was that it was supposed to be DD/MM/YY, meaning that it may have expired in 2013.

I don’t really know tbh. If you do, please enlighten me!

So the next thing I did was to, of course, contact No Make No Life about this. I wanted to find out if the mask really did expire, and if so, to check thoroughly if other customers are affected by the same batch of masks.

I first messaged them on 28 January 2019, via Facebook DM, as well as email. They didn’t reply me by the next day, so I proceeded to comment on one of their FB posts. They finally replied my comment, and also got around to replying my DM on the 31st. However, they also asked me details about my delivery and parcel:

“When did the box arrive and how long after arrival did you open the box? Was the box left unattended to in front of your house upon arrival or were you there to receive it directly from your local courier?”

On one hand, I understand they may have concerns about whether the delivery and stuff affected the product, but on the other hand, why would a mask (that is properly sealed, and has apparently not expired) have mould growing on it?? I’m really puzzled because I myself have shipped masks back from Korea to Singapore, and I’ve never faced this mould problem with any of my masks.

So anyway, I shot them an email on 1 Feb with the photos (of the box) and other stuff as they had requested via FB DM. However, I never heard back from them after that about this issue, not even an email saying that they are checking into this, or at least clarifying what that mould thing is. All I got were their emails about their upcoming box and blah blah, which made me quite frustrated because they seemed to have no problems sending promotional emails, yet could not even spare a minute to reply my email and let me know what was being done about the issue I raised.


STRIKE 3

The last straw came when I got an email on 7 Feb, saying that my March box is being shipped to me. Now remember, I only selected and paid for a one month subscription, so why was I receiving this email?! I surely did not want to get another box, considering that the issue from my previous box was not settled AND I did not want to pay for something that I didn’t order! I immediately emailed them back to ask, and till now (17 Feb), I still have NOT received any reply from them.

?????

I also found out that I’m not the only one facing problems with No Make No Life from their FB page:

I’m honestly very disappointed with this subscription service. I really expected something better from a Tokyo-based (and I’m assuming Japanese) company in terms of customer service & product quality.

I hope no one has to go through the same bad experiences as I did, as well as others who are still struggling to get a reply from NMNL about their missing boxes. Please don’t buy any of their subscription plans, not until they have clarified and settled all these issues.

I’ll update again if NMNL even replies me, and make any necessary edits if I have made any errors. Do share also if you have had a bad experience with No Make No Life!!

[REVIEW] Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

I got this in the Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face set, which also comes with the Kilawatt Highlighter ~


Product Description

THE stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss that feels as good as it looks. Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer delivers explosive shine, now in three universal shades handpicked by Rihanna herself to be the ultimate finishing touch to any look. Drench lips in Fu$$y, a soft romantic pink; glaze them in Diamond Milk, a shimmering wash of milky pearl that’s like a dewy highlight for your lips; or drip in the Fenty Glow, a perfect rose nude—we’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone. 

One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning shea butter enriches from within. Lips look instantly fuller and smoother, with a non-sticky formula that’s super shiny and has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 31

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Ingredient List

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tricaprylin, Cera Microcristallina/microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Vp/eicosene Copolymer, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mica, Sorbitan Oleate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables, Aroma/flavor, Parfum/fragrance, Tribehenin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lactic Acid, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene

Some key ingredients:

  • Polybutene: oligomeric oil
  • Microcrystalline Wax: wax derived from crude oil
  • Shea butter: moisturiser
  • Parfum/fragrance: potential irritant
  • Limonene: derived from peels of citrus fruits, potential irritant

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Packaging: I’m a big fan of the shiny lid and transparent case for you to see the sparkly, rose gold product – so beautiful! It also closes tightly so that no product leaks out, making this a very clean and neat lippie that you can bring along on your travels.

Colour: I don’t have anything like this in my lip collection, so I’m really impressed. Not quite nude, more like an apricot-rose gold colour that makes your lips look plump, hydrated, and absolutely glowing. Just look at all that glitter in the last photo! In fact, I think you can even use it as liquid eyeshadow, and your lids will look like they’re popping.

The colour payoff is not very strong, slightly thin (?) in my opinion, so it brings out the peach colour of your lips, rather than cover it. I do highly recommend this shade for people with warm undertones because it definitely complements, although it is quite a universal colour that should work well with most tones.

Staying power: I find that because of all the wax and oils in the formula, Gloss Bomb tends to be a little sticky on the lips. It’s not like a honey/glue kind of sticky that grosses you out – in fact, it feels like you applied sleeping balm on your lips.

Sadly, that being said, it didn’t necessarily equate to longevity on the lips. Sipping of water can take away quite a fair bit of product, and don’t bother expecting it to continue staining or tinting your lips throughout a meal.


Final Verdict

I feel that as with most other lippies (other than matte), the colour isn’t too much of a problem, just that you have to lower expectations regarding staying power.

I’ve seen some bloggers layer lipstick under the Gloss Bomb, so that you get a very striking (and lasting) colour, together with a glossy shimmer to give you kissable lips. It’s a very pretty idea that I want to try out as well!

Image credits


Rating

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

[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP x Kakao Friends Sweet Apeach Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Panthenol Soothing Gel Cream

This was one of the products I bought last year when THEFACESHOP released its collaboration with Kakao Friends’ Apeach. I’m a hugeeee fan of Apeach, so I bought this kind of like a collectible item. Nonetheless, I’ve also been wanting to try the brand’s Dr. Belmeur line for some time, so I guess I killed two birds with one stone this time round ~


Product Description

The gel-type cream containing 2.5% panthenol creates a moisture barrier to soothe sensitive skin and help provide longer-lasting hydration.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 42

 


Ingredient List

Water, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Alanyl Glutamine, Phytosphingosine, Soluble Proteoglycan, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Natto Gum, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Malachite Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Flower Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Amodimethicone, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

Some ingredients to take note of:

  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: good for soothing irritated skin
  • Parfum: potential irritant
  • Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice: good for moisturising and conditioning skin
  • Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract: to heal irritations and wounds
  • Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract: astringent and antiseptic qualities
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water: antioxidant
  • Malachite Extract: after-sun product
  • Natto Gum: moisturising

As you can see, it’s packed full of ingredients that really help to moisturise and soothe skin; ironically, it also contains ingredients that can  potentially irritate your skin as well. My advice is to test this out at a store for yourself if you have sensitive skin, just in case the irritant supersedes all the other ingredients on you.


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Packaging: How is this not cute??? Every time I open the tub, I’m like patting Apeach on the head. It is so, so, so adorable. If you are an Apeach fan and you don’t like this, please don’t call yourself a fan. Even if you are not an Apeach fan, you should still like this. It’s really one of the cutest skincare products I’ve seen in a long time.

Texture: It’s very aqueous, so it gets absorbed by my skin very easily. I didn’t think that it was actually very oily, although my device seems to tell me that it may be slightly oily. I’m guessing this may be because of the squalene present in the product (squalene is obtained from shark liver oil), although I can’t be sure.

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After

Hydration level went up by 2%, and oil level went up by 0.6%.

Note that I did not conduct the ‘after’ test immediately, but waited a while for the product to settle in.

Effectiveness: I love how cooling the product feels on my skin after application, and I’m guessing this has to do with all these extracts in it, especially the aloe vera one. My skin immediately feels hydrated for sure. I’m guessing that you don’t see a huge difference in my skin hydration levels above because it’s already quite well-moisturised.

I also like to use this on my face and arms when I get a little sunburnt from being out in the sun for too long, and it always heals by the very next day!


Final Verdict

Cute packaging aside, this soothing gel cream from THEFACESHOP has been a very good skincare product that I use quite regularly and interchangeably with my MISSHA snail cream.

SGD42 is definitely not cheap, especially considering its small product size (50ml), but really good skincare products hardly come cheap, unless you strike gold with some drugstore find. I probably wouldn’t call this a must-buy because you have similar, cheaper alternatives (Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera is still unbeatable at SGD5 tbh), but it is definitely not a purchase that will leave you wishing it was never made.


Rating

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