[REVIEW] Cezanne Lasting Lip Color N

If there’s another country that does packaging just as well as Korea, it’s definitely Japan. Japanese cosmetic products are one of the prettiest, most delicate things I’ve seen, while Korean cosmetics are more on the ‘cute’ side.

I first saw Cezanne Cosmetics in Tokyu Hands a month ago and thought it looked really similar to Canmake, with the intricate packaging and sweet colours. I couldn’t believe my luck when I won a set of this brand’s products from Cleo Singapore’s FB contest, and was really excited to try this out, so you will see a few other Cezanne products’ reviews coming up as well!


Product Description

Beautifies your lips with translucent color for a just-applied finish. Retains moisture, protecting the lips from dryness and roughness.

Official Retail Price: SGD 12.90

 

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Ingredient List

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DICAPRATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CERESIN, PARAFFIN, SUCROSE TETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE, PROPYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, POLYGLYCERYL-2 LAURATE, GLYCERYL CAPRATE, TOCOPHEROL, BHT, CITRIC ACID, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, SQUALANE ROYAL JELLY EXTRACT, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, BARIUM SULFATE, RED 7, PIGMENT YELLOW 12, YELLOW 5 LAKE, RED 27 CI 69825, IRON OXIDES

One interesting ingredient you’ll see in this list is Squalene Royal Jelly Extract. A quick check online says that this ingredient is “POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin appropriately. However, it has caused inflammation and allergic rash when applied to the scalp.” (Source) So take note if you have sensitive skin!


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Packaging: I think for a drugstore brand, this packaging is really great. Its gold details don’t make it look cheap, which is a really tough job if you see how some other brands have tried and failed.

Colour: I’m under the impression that the Japanese are not big fans of matte lipsticks and prefer a glossy or creamy finish, because the lipsticks from Japanese brands I’ve seen so far don’t have matte offerings.

As you can see from the swatch, the colour payoff is quite okay – but only because I applied THREE layers. It’s even less intense than K-beauty products, but I think the result is that you get a very natural and soft look (truly MLBB lol). There’s a nice sheen that makes your lips look slightly plumper, and I have to say that this shade 102 (from the ‘brown’ series) is exactly the lipstick shade I am looking for! It’s definitely a shade to create fall looks, and especially flattering for people with warm undertones.

Staying power: It’s called Lasting Lip Color, so it should last – and it does! I have had experience with lots of bullet lipsticks with this finish that cannot even last through me drinking water, but this is impressive enough to survive a meal! It fades nicely so that you don’t get ugly patches of colour, and don’t have to worry as much about touching up.


Final Verdict

This lipstick falls into my category of ‘not bad, but not something I absolutely love’. The price point is really good, the products works as it should, but not exactly ‘holy grail’ status in my opinion.

If you are looking for an affordable lipstick that isn’t dubious and gives a lovely MLBB colour, I would definitely recommend this. If you are looking for something that gives more personality or has a wow factor, you might not be as impressed by this.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] shu uemura rouge unlimited supreme matte

I’ve always raved about shu uemura’s hard formula, which is literally the only eyebrow product I’ve been using for months. I’m also a big fan of their lip products because the colours are all so well-suited for Asian skin tones!


Product Description

  • superb matte effect thanks to carefully selected matte powders
  • ultra comfort feeling thanks to a combination of 3 active ingredients

Official Retail Price: SGD 38

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Ingredient List

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!


I had a phase where I loved pink lipsticks (okay I had to admit, that was when I first started using makeup and all I knew were red, orange, and pink lipsticks), and it explained why I bought this shade of bubblegum pink even though I’ve gravitated towards nudes and brick reds these days.

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Packaging: I think this packaging is pretty unique because I haven’t quite seen it in other brands. In fact, I think there have been brands that actually try to copy this metal-bullet-in-transparent-casing concept 🤔 Regardless of who came first, I really like how classy this looks – definitely befitting of a luxury brand.

Colour: As I mentioned earlier, pinks have gradually started phasing out of my favour a little so I ended up not really being a fan of this over time. In any case, I also found out that this pink was too light for me, and also that it was better suited for people with cool undertones, while I definitely needed something more ‘warm’.

However, I am a big fan of how good the colour payoff is. Of course, you might say “it’s a matte lipstick, you should expect good payoff from mattes”. That’s not entirely true tbh, you might be surprised at how some matte lipsticks can give the faintest colour possible.

Staying power: In the same vein, you would expect mattes to be long-lasting, so I would say this shu uemura lipstick doesn’t disappoint. You can expect this to last through one or two meals, but with just some tinge of colour left by the end of the day.

What really sets this apart from the pack, however, is the comfort it promises and actually delivers. It’s ultra smooth when applied on lips, with no chalky or waxy feeling. It’s very unusual, extremely comfortable, and definitely befitting of the name ‘supreme matte’. This is the BEST matte bullet lipstick formula I have ever tried, and I love it so much that my only regret about this is that I bought it in a shade that isn’t great for me.


Final Verdict

SGD38 is not exactly something my wallet can stomach all the time (I bought this at a cheaper price during a warehouse sale), and maybe it’s not something you would find affordable for a lipstick either. But if you are willing to pay it, I assure you that this formula is absolutely worth your buck. The supreme matte range has many other shades that are flattering for most skin tones, so pick it wisely!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

I know this sounds ridiculous coming from someone who lives in a country where it’s summer all year round, but I never, ever did consider the importance of protecting my skin from the sun until I learned about Korean skincare. It’s a lot more than just about being fair – you have no idea how harmful the sun’s rays are to your skin, especially if you have pigmentation issues.

I used to think that my BB cream (with SPF 50 and all) were good enough, until I stopped using them to unclog my pores and switched over to foundation. When I saw that my Innisfree one only offered SPF15, I knew it was finally time to invest in a good sunscreen. My experience using sunblock and sunscreen is usually that of white, sticky, oily creams that I only apply on my limbs when I’m doing outdoor activities under the hot sun. However, I was happy (and you would be too!) that these days there are so many different sunscreens available in the market for different skin types.


Product Description

New and Improved Biore Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ has now improved to water and sweat proof with strong resistance against water and perspiration! It now gives you longer lasting UV protection and has a high staying power on skin with its UV veil. Unique Micro Capsule releases moisture upon application, leaving skin with a cool, light feeling. With Hyaluronic Acid & Citrus extract to keep skin hydrated and healthy. It also has a shiny veil effect to brighten skin. For Face and Body.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 18.90


Ingredient List

Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Xylitol, Dextrin Palmitate, Hydrated Silica, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, C4-14 Perfluoroalkylethoxy Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Agar, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyvinyl Alcohol, Isoceteth-20, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Aminomethyl Propanol, BHT, Sodium Stearoxy PG-Hydroxyethylcellulose Sulfonate, Glutamic Acid, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Disodium EDTA, Maltose, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 77891

You’ll see that the star ingredients are bolded for easier reference, but they rank low on the list. What’s even more disturbing is that fragrance actually ranks above them – not a good sign for sensitive skin!


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Packaging: I really like blue packaging for skincare, because it’s usually a sign that it is moisturizing, or watery for better absorption by oily, clogged skin (case in point: LANEIGE). It’s a plastic bottle that you can squeeze for the product to come out, but one problem I find with this is that it’s very difficult to control how much product you squeeze out. The first time I tried this, I ended up having way too much product on my fingers by accident. I would much prefer something more controllable, if you get what I mean.

Texture: When they call it ‘watery gel’, they literally mean ‘watery gel’. I would almost call it water, except that it’s a bit thicker. I do like how it gets absorbed very quickly by the skin even though it’s not quite as thin as water, and doesn’t feel oily afterwards. There is a slightly sticky sensation upon application, but it doesn’t stay for long.

Effectiveness: It’s tough to check whether this product is really fending off the harmful sun rays for me, but I’ll evaluate this based on its product claims:

It now gives you longer lasting UV protection and has a high staying power on skinDefinitely agreed on the high staying power. Although I usually layer it under makeup, I did attempt to apply nothing but this sunscreen on my face and went out for a few hours. Definitely still found traces of it on my face after I came back home.

Unique Micro Capsule releases moisture upon application, leaving skin with a cool, light feeling: Yes, yes, yes! This product is absolutely moisturizing. I almost thought that I was applying moisturizer instead of sunscreen.

With Hyaluronic Acid & Citrus extract to keep skin hydrated and healthyHydrated, definitely. Some of my acne scars have also lightened a little over the period of time I have been using this.

It also has a shiny veil effect to brighten skinDefinitely. I was initially really afraid that the white-coloured gel would leave a white cast on my skin, but it turns out that my fears were unfounded. Initially, it will look a little white on your skin, but eventually subside (not disappear, big difference) and get absorbed by your skin so that all that’s left is a healthy-looking glow. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?


Final Verdict

This product lives up to its claims, so I’d definitely call this a worthwhile investment.

I know it’s a little hard to stomach the extra step of applying sunscreen on your face everyday (yes, even if you’re just going to work and likely to stay indoors for 9 hours). Even I can get very lazy about this, but I’ve seen friends with fantastic skin, and one product they use in common is SUNSCREEN.

If you are new to using sunscreen and have no idea what’s good for your skin type, I definitely recommend this. It’s good for all skin types, and especially those of us who are prone to getting our pores blocked. You now have no excuse not to use sunscreen because you are worried that it will cause a breakout.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] CANMAKE Quick Lash Curler

I’ve never been a great fan, nor a frequent user of mascaras. It’s not because my eyelashes are naturally fantastic, or that I got extensions, but I have the tendency to slack off with regards to certain steps in my makeup routine when I don’t have the time, which usually happen to be contour, eyeshadow, and mascara. Mascara is the worst of them all tbh – I always have so much trouble curling my eyelashes, making sure my mascara doesn’t clump together etc. etc. – ain’t nobody got time for that in the morning.

One fine day, I went to a departmental store and saw Canmake’s products. I actually tried the tester, headed off, went home after a few hours, and saw that my lashes still looked fantastic. That was when I knew for sure that I had to get this.


Product Description

Boosts lash curl and keeps it in place!!!
● Keeps lashes looking perky for hours on end.
● Ideal for those who suffer from stubbornly downward-pointing lashes and curl droop!

Stands up to water, sweat, tears, humidity and sebum!
● Waterproof formulation is highly resistant to water, tears, sweat and humidity.
● Resistant to sebum, preventing your mascara from bleeding onto your eyelids.

Including beaytifying agents
●Sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing agent)

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.92 (RedMart)


Ingredient List

I’m not sure why I’m unable to find the ingredient list for this product anywhere on the web – can anyone enlighten me? 😦 It’s a tad disturbing that this information is not widely available.


Packaging: I love the unique packaging – it’s cute, but a different kind of cute from the usual K-beauty products.

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This eyelash curler comes in two types – transparent and black. The transparent one works best if you’re using it before your usual mascara, while the black one helps to add length to your lashes. I bought the black one because why not get an added benefit, right? HAHA.

Effectiveness: I haven’t gotten around to taking before/after photographs but I found this photograph online that is an accurate portrayal of my experience using it:

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Look at how curled the eyelashes are after application!! I’m honestly so amazed every time I use this product because my lashes just seem to hold themselves up without me having to use an eyelash curler at all. I reckon there must be some glue-like ingredient in this mascara, because it really holds up very well throughout the day, and frankly, it does look a lot like glue.

Using the black curler also gives the added benefit of having your lashes look longer. I find that it doesn’t give so much volume, and it tends to clump your eyelashes together, which can look pretty weird, so remember to use the comb/any other spoolie to spread them out.

Staying power: This curler’s staying power is NO JOKE. It is so good that it even makes removal difficult. I’ve struggled every single time to get it completely cleaned off my lashes, and no amount of makeup remover and wipes can remove it cleanly. I often have to wipe it off myself using tissue paper AFTER washing my face, and even that doesn’t guarantee that all of the product comes off. I mean, it is great that you have something that will last you through all weather (I can attest to this), but having it almost impossible to remove thoroughly? Well…


Final Verdict

Everything about this product is fantastic, except the fact that it’s so stubborn to remove. It’s the answer to any lazy person’s call for an easy-to-use mascara, and in fact, I would suggest that you don’t even bother with using even more mascara after you apply this. I wish I knew about this product much earlier so I didn’t have to spend money on lash curlers, and didn’t have to struggle throughout all those times that I attempted to get decent-looking eyelashes.

Canmake’s Quick Lash Curler is definitely getting a thumbs-up for me, but you’ve been warned: you might lose a few eyelashes every time you try to remove this.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] shu uemura hard formula

I contemplated really, really long before I got this. I had heard so many good reviews about this eyebrow pencil, yet I just couldn’t find it in myself to buy this because I was so used to my Etude House pencil. However, I couldn’t help myself anymore when I went for my usual 3D brow styling session and saw the brow artist using this pencil to draw, therefore I became the proud owner of this holy grail product.


Product Description

natural finish and shape. this unique eyebrow pencil only releases color pigment when it interacts with the oils in the brow hairs. the result is natural, defined brows. smudge-proof and long-lasting.
 
hard lead to draw precise and fine lines.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 33


I had to admit, I was sold by the fact that the pencil only releases pigment when it interacts with oils in the brow hairs. It potentially means that I wouldn’t face the danger of drawing my brows waaay too off, and helps to save pigments because I am a clumsy klutz who sometimes doesn’t cap stuff back properly, or drops things way too often.

Colour: I wasn’t too sure what colour to get (I’m not great at identifying my hair colour), so I asked the brow stylist and she got me this. Personally, I’ve often been advised to change my eyebrow pencil according to my hair colour, but it’s usually brown anyway so it doesn’t make much of a difference to me. Of course, it’s worth taking note if you find yourself changing hair colours very often, though I wouldn’t advise bleaching your eyebrows to match your bleached hair.

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I know the pencil looks really worn out here, but it’s actually because I’ve been using this almost every day for MONTHS, and haven’t been back to a shu uemura outlet to sharpen my pencil yet because I’m both busy and lazy.

Despite that, you can still see how wonderfully made this pencil is. shu uemura products are especially famous for their focus on tools, and it really does feel like I’m using a well-crafted tool to shape my brows. It glides and fills in very easily to give your brows a natural look.

Staying power: I wouldn’t exactly vouch for its smudge-proof properties though. I’ve had an instance where I accidentally rubbed my forehead and voila, there was a small patch of brown on my hand where it touched my eyebrows. Of course, there’s a possibility it happened because my eyebrows were too oily, but it’s just a gentle reminder not to bank too much on it being entirely smudge-proof.


Final Verdict

I’ve been telling my friend A that this is my new favourite eyebrow product, and once again, I am impressed by a holy grail product.

The one thing that throws me off is the price. I’m waiting to see how long this pencil can last me so that I can accurately tell you if it can last me for very long, but according to the current situation, there’s a high possibility that this will actually last me for a few years, if I can get around to sharpening it right down to a short stub.

I think it’s a good investment if you want to be able to draw good eyebrows in the shortest amount of time possible. I’ve often struggled with other products because they made my brows look worse than when I started. However, I feel that this will be much better if you’re going for a natural look favoured in K-beauty, rather than a strong brow game, so make sure you get the right pencil for the right look.


Rating

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

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