[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: ✮✮✮✮

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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] 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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