[REVIEW] Cezanne Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

I’ve never been quite a fan of liquid eyeliners, not until I tried CLIO’s brush liner. It has certainly sparked hope that someone like me, complete with oily skin and the tendency to sweat buckets, can also use liquid eyeliners without the fear of smudging.

This Cezanne eyeliner was part of the prize package that I won sometimes back from a magazine, but I only got around to testing it recently.


Product Description

Ultra-thin brush pen type: 
Features a resilient tip to smoothly draw thin lines, thick lines, and winged eye corners. You can draw delicate lines by following along the lash lines.


Deep coloring: 
Creates an impressive look that brings out your eyes, even with delicate lines.


Waterproof: 
Features a durable finish that is resistant to water, sweat, and tears.


Film type: 
Despite its waterproof properties, it can be easily taken off with warm water, providing a simple removal experience.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.90


Ingredient List

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BLACK 2 (CI 77266), AMMONIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, BEHENETH-30, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DISILOXANE DIMETHICONE, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, SIMETHICONE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SORBITAN LAURATE, SORBITAN PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, SORBITAN TRIOLEATE, TOCOPHEROL, SUCROSE PALMITATE, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT

I don’t know about you, but I’m very curious about the fruit extracts (apple and raspberry). What are they supposed to do for your eyelid skin??

A quick search online throws up suggestions that apple extract can give you healthier-looking and younger skin, while raspberry extract prevents skin damage from UV rays.

I think this is the first time that I’ve seen an eyeliner actually contain fruit extracts to take care of your skin, and I’m not sure if the Japanese are way more advanced in this area than other countries. Nonetheless, still impressed!


Packaging: I quite appreciate that the eyeliner tube is rather thick and short, because it is easier to get a firm grip and better control where your brush is going.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’m not a fan of black eyeliner, and I’m even less a fan of uneven application of black eyeliner.

I don’t know how people manage to get an even and smooth application with this – I’m guessing it may be because their eyelids aren’t as oily as mine. I had difficulty even getting a proper line that was evenly coloured, and got so frustrated that I ended up using my CLIO eyeliner to fill in the gaps.

Staying power: This claims to hold up against water, sweat, and tears. But oil? Major no-no. I’m not even sure about the ‘sweat’ claim, to be honest.

For those of us who tend to sweat and whose skin produces a lot of oil, even on the eyelids, there’s always a threat of having your eyeliner run to your lower lids – yes, even those pencil liners can’t promise to hold up well.

I knew Cezanne’s eyeliner was clearly not for us with oily skin when I saw black smudges on my lower eyelids after just a few hours, and that the line on my upper eyelid was almost gone.

Actually, I can’t even be sure if the line that remained was from my Cezanne or CLIO eyeliner, but I’m certain that the smudges are certainly not from CLIO, which has never failed to hold up even in the worst of weathers.


Final Verdict

Maybe if you have normal/dry skin, this eyeliner from Cezanne would probably work for you.

However, this is certainly getting a no from me, and I recommend that you check out other brands as well if you have oily lids just like me.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Bifesta Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

I’ve been using Bifesta’s makeup removers ever since I started using BB cream a few years back, but it was only in recent times that I got around to trying their makeup remover that is formulated and targeted at removing eye makeup.


Product Description

Skin lotion-derived Moisturizing Cleansing Water
for thorough eye makeup removal

This product contains a moisturizing ingredient usually found in skin lotion that has high affinity with oily ingredients of makeup. Thanks to its moisturizing/cleansing ingredients, which quickly “float” and envelop oil-based makeup, you can easily remove eye makeup without rubbing, keeping the eye area fresh and moisturized.


Easily and thoroughly removes even waterproof mascara
The double effects of the water-based layer, which contains skin lotion-derived cleansing ingredients, and the oil-based emollient layer, realizes quick “floating” of waterproof mascara and eyeliner, which are then enveloped and removed quickly without rubbing.
The two types of moisturizing/cleansing ingredients that are gentle on eyelashes and the eye area protect eyelashes and keep the skin moisturized.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.90 (145ml, Watsons


Ingredient List

Hypoallergenic Formulation, Vitamins B & E

I’m a little concerned that the official ingredient list provides so little information, despite its claim of a hypoallergenic formulation.


Packaging: This one I have is the old packaging – I think it may be a travel-sized one that we bought a while back before they changed to the new one. The formula remains the same though!

I prefer the pump packaging that Bifesta does with their other makeup removers, because having to pour this out usually involves some unnecessary spillage and wastage.

However, I do appreciate how handy it is to bring such a small bottle when you are travelling – enough for you to remove at least a week’s worth of heavy eye makeup, but not heavy or space-consuming at all!

Texture: Frankly, I was a little surprised when I first used this. It definitely looks like a liquid, but it felt so oily on my skin. I found out afterwards that it contains an “oil-based emollient layer, [which] realizes quick “floating” of waterproof mascara and eyeliner”.

I’ve never been particularly keen on cleansing oil, to be honest. I know it’s supposed to be good for you to use oil-based cleansers when you double cleanse, but I could never bring myself around to doing it. I really dislike the feeling of oil on my already-oily face – it feels like an impending breakout, no?

Oil near my eyes just felt like a even scarier thing for me. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I really did not quite like the idea of an oily makeup remover on my eyelids. And oil on my lips? Oh no!!!

Effectiveness: Despite all my gripes about the oil, I have to acknowledge this makeup remover’s strong cleansing power. All it takes is one cotton pad and a decent amount of this makeup remover, and I can thoroughly clean any eyeshadow, waterproof eyeliner, and lip tints easily.


Final Verdict

If you always do elaborate eye makeup looks, cannot live without your eyeliner, or love to use lip tints that don’t budge, it’s probably time to invest in this makeup remover from Bifesta.

The oily texture needs some getting used to, but for those who are already using cleansing oil in their double-cleansing routine, this should be nothing new for you.

I’m thinking of repurchasing a bigger bottle of this in future (I’m currently using banila co.’s Clean It Zero to wash off all the stubborn eyeliner) – let’s just hope that I will learn to accept the oil in the cleanser over time!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Cezanne Mix Color Cheek

I don’t know about you, but I seriously love Japanese blushes. For starters, the packaging is always so beautiful, and the colours well-suited for Asian skin tones. I won this as part of a contest (as mentioned here) so I got to try this out!


Product Description

With the double gradation effect of colors and pearls, you can create a glossy, beautiful look that blends perfectly with your skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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Ingredient List

MICA, TRIETHYLHEXAHOIN, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, TOCOPHEROL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER(AQUA), PRUNUS YEDOENSIS LEAF EXTRACT , ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT (ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS EXTRACT) , (+/-) , TALC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, TIN OXIDE, IRON OXIDES, RED 30, RED 7 , YELLOW 5

Some key points

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Methylparaben: used as a preservative in women’s cosmetics, may increase risk of breast cancer (source)

Rosemary leaf extract: protects skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals (source)


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Packaging: Looks like its eyeshadow’s packaging, but I ain’t complaining. It looks very elegant and beautiful, even though it is just a drugstore brand. I guess the Japanese just do their packaging really well!

Colour: Personally, I like this colour combination the best out of all the palettes. There is a good mix of pink and coral colours, which is very good for people with slightly fairer skin and warm undertones. It looks very natural as well, especially with the pearlescent glow that comes with every shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Just like its eyeshadow equivalent, the colour intensity in this blush is close to zero. It hardly shows up on my skin unless I dust a few more layers, although I do have to point out that the pearl powder already shimmers very nicely with just one or two layers. It’s just the colour that doesn’t show up well, unless you are super fair. That being said, it’s not entirely a bad thing, because you get the appearance of naturally rosy cheeks more easily, if that’s what you are going for.

Staying power: I wouldn’t say the staying power is super good. Actually it’s very hard to tell also, because I can’t see much of the blush on my cheeks to begin with. You might have to touch up after a few hours if you want a more vibrant colour.


Final Verdict

Just like their Korean counterparts, I feel that Japanese blushes and eyeshadows often lack the colour intensity that their Western counterparts offer. The pro, of course, is that you can hardly go wrong with a more natural looking shade, but also limits the kind of looks you can achieve. This is especially so if you tend to have darker skin, because Japanese beauty products are even more limiting than the Korean ones when it comes to diversity.

If you have fairer skin (I’m a 21, and I already find that this doesn’t show up well), then this is definitely something you would want to grab. If not, I think this is still nice to use for the glow that it gives you, like a more natural-looking highlighter that doesn’t look excessive. At SGD17.90, I think it’s not too expensive, but of course there are other brands that offer cheaper alternatives that could work better for your skin tone.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Muji Cheek Colour (Matte Type)

This was one of the items that I bought during my first time buying beauty items from Muji. I had seen some reviews of this blush online before, so I was interested in trying it out for myself.


Product Description

No official description available for this, sorry folks!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 9.60

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Ingredient List

Also unavailable, sorry!


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Packaging: I like that it looks simple and minimalistic – absolutely befitting of Muji’s aesthetic and branding. It makes for a good blush to pack into your makeup pouch and luggage as well because it’s light and compact, so this is one blush I would definitely consider packing with me on my travels.

Colour: I’m really liking this shade because it’s not an obnoxious kind of pink – kind of like a natural flush, but just slightly darker? I usually try to opt for lighter colours because I don’t like blush appearing too intense on my face, so this one from Muji works just fine for me. If you are looking for a lighter colour, I would definitely recommend that you try Peach, because Rose is the darkest shade of the lot. You can also get this in the ‘crystal’ version, which is basically a shimmery version of the exact same shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Typical of Japanese cosmetic products, I wouldn’t say this payoff is strong. It is, however, pretty good, and possibly even better than some of its Korean counterparts. It takes me about 2 swipes each time to get the colour to show up as a natural flush on my skin, which isn’t too bad.

Staying power: I did realize that the colour on my cheeks didn’t really last quite as long as I had expected, and this was despite the fact that I always remembered to prime my skin and set all my makeup in loose powder. By mid-day, after I came back from lunch, I realized that the cheek colour had started to fade, and if I really want it to still look fresh for the rest of the day, it would probably require touching up in the afternoon. That was something I didn’t particularly like, because most blushes I’ve tried so far actually boast pretty good staying power.


Final Verdict

I think for SGD 9.60, the quality is not bad. It’s in fact a pretty good deal, considering that you can get a good blush for less than SGD10, and especially when you consider that it’s a product from Muji. In fact, I was initially very excited about having found this at a good price because I heard that this blush is so popular that it’s often sold out, and people actually have to wait to buy the blush after it’s been restocked.

It’s not an absolute must-buy for me because it’s not something that I would be raving about, but it does have its own legion of fans. Why? Because it’s pretty, pretty reliable, and pretty affordable blush, duh!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Cezanne Airy Touch Eyeshadow

I actually won this in a giveaway together with a few other Cezanne products – the best luck I’ve had with such contests in a super long time! I had been wanting to try their products for some time since the brand entered Singapore, so it was a neat stroke of luck.


Product Description

Color and pearl gradation: With the gradation effect of colors that blend well with your skin and pearls, your eyes appear larger, and depth is created.(Amount of pearls: The amount decreases from 1 to 3, and 4 is a matte.)Layer four colors to give your eyes a gentle, deep appearance.

High-quality tip with natural hair brush: The brush features natural hair that creates an unparalleled finish, and the puff is a thin-tipped type that makes it easy to spread the eye shadow to your eyes’ edges. It’s easy for anyone to create a soft gradation.

Uses airy powder that is resistant to dulling: This eye shadow features special processing that makes your skin resistant to dulling, so you can apply it in the morning and have a clear eye area until evening

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90


Ingredient List

None that I can find on the Internet – sorry folks! As usual, let me know if you are able to dig one out from the depths of the web.


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Packaging: As typical of Japanese makeup products, this eyeshadow palette looks so elegant even though it’s only a drugstore brand. I love how small this is and can fit easily into my bag, my pouch, probably even my jeans pocket.

Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, but not chalky at all. The powder is also not too loose, which is great because you won’t be expecting too much fallout from this eyeshadow.

Colour payoff & intensity: You know how I always complain about Korean brands’ eyeshadows being too faint for me to see anything? It seems like Japanese brands are not much better. In fact. this colour intensity is one of the lightest that I have seen. It hardly shows up on my skin (for reference, I’m a 21), sans the darkest shade (bottom right) that I assume is to be used as an eyeliner. One aspect I do appreciate, however, is the shimmery quality of the eyeshadow. It’s not too much that it looks gaudy, just sufficient to help your eyes shine.

Colour: Besides the lack of colour payoff, another thing that I did not particularly like were the colours. I was given 04 Cassis brown, which consists of purplish shades that would be much better suited to people who have cool undertones. I have warm undertones, so most of the time blue and purple shades look terrible on me, like I’ve been punched in the eye. I think 01 and 02 would be a much better fit if you have warm undertones just like me.

Staying power: Pretty average. I do have to point out though, I once tried using the darkest shade as eyeliner and ended up having it smudged on my lower eyelid. I think this eyeshadow may not work well if you have oilier eyelids, so take note to try and mattify them (with oil blotting paper or loose powder).


Final Verdict

To be honest, I was quite disappointed that this product did not turn out to be as good as I had imagined – I don’t think the actual product quality is super amazing or anything. It also does not help that I got a shade that I would try to avoid as much as I can. I don’t think I will recommend this if you are looking to switch things up and get a Japanese beauty brand’s eyeshadow palette.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Muji Light Toning Water (Moisture)

Many of us have seen beauty products retailed at Japanese discount stores (Daiso, Miniso), and of course, Muji. Frankly, I’m a bit skeptical about trying beauty products from Daiso and Miniso because the testers are always in such a bad state, and the ingredients look a lil dubious, but at Muji, I know that they maintain a certain quality standard, thus their products are safe to try.

Recently, I got around to trying beauty products from Muji, partly because I was running out of my toner and wanted to try something new. I’ve tested this for about one month, and finally got down to writing this post ~


Product Description

Skin care series made using natural water from Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture. Provides fresh hydration for sensitive skin that dries easily. Contains purslane extract, grapefruit seed extract and Lipidure (polyquaternium-51), a material containing a large amount of moisture, as skin protection components. Low-irritation, making it gentle on delicate skin.

*Fragrance free *Non-staining *Mineral oil free *Mildly acidic *Paraben free *Alcohol free *Allergy tested (however, it is not guaranteed to be allergy free for all users.)

How to use: After washing, take an appropriate amount in hands or onto cotton wool and massage into entire face.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 10.30


Ingredient List

Water, glycerin, DPG, PEG-32, glycosyl trehalose, hydrolysis hydrogenated starch, purslane extract, polyquaternium -51, grapefruit seed extract, PCA-Na, citric acid, citric acid Na, allantoin, BG, phenoxyethanol

Interestingly, trehalose is actually ‘considered useful because of its rehydrating and water binding properties, as well as its antioxidant powers’ (Source).


Muji LIght Toning Water Moisture

Packaging: I LOVE THIS BOTTLE! My preferences for beauty products run two ways: either super cute, or super minimalist. I actually prefer that my skincare products have minimal, straightforward packaging, because it looks very ‘natural’ – much like how most of us would like to see ‘natural ingredients’ in our products.

Just looking at this bottle already makes me feel like the toner is very pure, soothing, and natural. It’s probably also because the liquid inside looks just like water, but you get my point – great packaging makes for the best marketing!

Texture: It feels exactly like water, so much so that sometimes I wonder if I’ve been cheated by Muji and all that’s inside this toner is water. But a texture like water is great news for everyone with sensitive, oily, and clogged skin! It gets absorbed very easily and feels very good on skin.

Effectiveness: I’ve never had any breakouts from using this, and in fact my skin looked a lot fresher after repeated usage. This could be partly attributed to the fact that they don’t use any fragrances and alcohols in their formula, both of which are really not great for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

I’ve tried quite a few toners before and I would say this is almost as good as my favourite COSRX toners, but at a slightly lower price.


Final Verdict

Take it from me – buy this! In fact, after having tried this, I now want to try every other product in Muji because I’m so impressed by the quality at the price I’m paying. It’s as good, if not even better, than most other toners in the market. I’m quite surprised that not many people have actually raved about this, but maybe now they will after I have recommended it… HAHA (I’m just joking, I ain’t that influential).


Rating

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

[REVIEW] shu uemura tint in balm

I’ve always had good reviews for shu uemura’s products, so here I am with a review of another iconic product from the brand: tint in balm!


Product Description

tint in balm is one of shu uemura’s first lip products to offer high color pay-off with an incredibly lightweight texture, making it a must-have, easy-to-wear for all women. asian beauty insider: shuATELIER carefully selected colors that enhance asian skin tones. just as you change your outfits, swap in a new lipstick to dress up your state of mind.

Official Retail Price: SGD 42

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Ingredient List

Again, I’ve been trying but failing to find a proper ingredient list for this product, which is kind of strange because I would have thought a famous brand’s products would have made their ingredients listed more prominently across websites.

Do let me know if I may have overlooked any website/information!


The shade I got was divine wine – described as such on the SG website:

walk into any room feeling strong and self-assured. a deep burgundy red that conveys femininity and strong-willedness

Definitely sounds like the shade you want for times when you need a confidence booster!

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Packaging: It’s a pen-kind of applicator that requires you to click a button at the end in order to push the stick of balm out, which I guess is kind of fun until you might get a little tired of having to keep clicking. I do like that it’s quite clean and easy to carry around though – would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a lip product that you can easily put in your pockets and touch up on the go.

Colour: I’ve never really been a ‘red-lip’ kind of girl, because I feel that wearing a red lip makes me look really fierce. However, I do like burgundy red because I feel that it looks a lot less ‘loud’ than bright red, and conveys a certain feel of maturity – great for job interviews and presentations where you want to be viewed as confident but not too arrogant.

I also have to say that this lip balm has the BEST colour payoff I have ever seen. I thought the Innisfree one was the best that I would ever have, but this honestly takes the cake. In fact, I think the colour payoff is even better than that of some lipsticks I’ve used! It’s really so hard to believe that this is just a balm. It also applies smoothly with a very even colour application.

Staying power: This is one section that I feel a bit meh about, and it’s a pity because everything else about this product is perfect. Even though it’s a ‘tint’, I feel that the staying power is not as good as I had expected. It barely lasts through a meal (not oily or anything), so you definitely have to touch up. I understand that it is probably more of a lip balm, but still, it is slightly disappointing.


Final Verdict

SGD42 is nowhere near budget-friendly for a lip product, but it is expected from a brand like shu uemura. I do think the price is quite justified when you see how good the colour payoff is, but I would have definitely given this a higher rating if the staying power was better. I’m quite particular about it because a) tints are supposed to really stain your lips for the whole day, and b) I really hate having to touch up after eating because I’m so lazy.

If you are not very particular about staying power and would love the lovely colour payoff that comes with a really comfortable balm, then I would say that this is the product for you.


Rating

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