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[REVIEW] 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color

I’ve seen this so often on 3CE’s Instagram (you probably do, too!) that I knew I had to get this if I ever stepped foot into Stylenanda Pink Hotel again, and lo and behold, I became the proud owner of one 😂


Product Description

  • Creamy texture
  • Well pigmented

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13.90 (Shopee)

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I really liked all the shades in this lippie collection – so suitable for fall, so fitting of the MLBB tag! I was wondering if I should get the one with 5 minis (which retails for 50 000 won in Korea) but instead settled on a full-sized #221.

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Packaging: The surface of the packaging is smooth, and it comes in a cuboid shape, which is quite unique because most of my lip products come in a cylindrical packaging. It looks and feels quite luxurious, and does not give a cheap, plasticky feel.

Colour: Look at how gorgeous the lipstick (and the colour) is! The lipstick itself looks like a terracotta red that reminds you of autumn, but in reality, it comes off as a beautiful dried rose pink.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour application is not as smooth and its payoff not as great as I would have expected from photographs I have seen of the Stylenanda models on Instagram, which is slightly disappointing. It takes me a few swipes to get a really nice and even colour.

Texture: I’ve heard countless horror stories from friends about how drying 3CE’s matte lipsticks are, which was probably one of the reasons I refrained from buying it even though the shades all looked so lovely.

When I finally got around to using it, I realized how unfounded all these stories were. The lipstick applied matte all right (it should anyway!), but it felt comfortable enough without me feeling like my lips were going to peel off into tiny coloured pieces (it’s happened to me before with some other matte products, unfortunately).

Staying power: When it comes to staying power, matte lipsticks usually hold up quite well, and I think the performance of this 3CE lip product is fairly ok. It lasted through one meal and a few hours after, but mostly just left with faint traces of colour, so don’t expect to still have a full lip look after a hearty meal.


Final Verdict

My only regret about this is not buying more shades when I was in Korea because I realized that I couldn’t get it from Singapore’s Sephora stores only after I got back. I’m actually really surprised that they don’t stock it in Sephora because it’s one of their best-selling items.

I love the colour, period. I know a lot of brands have been jumping onboard the MLBB/autumn lip trend recently, but I would go so far as to say that 3CE has been one of the true pioneers of this trend. The quality is not as bad as people sometimes lament, the colours are extremely gorgeous, and the only thing I would really find issue with is the colour payoff. However, I think it is a problem that can be solved by a few more applications.

3CE, please stock this in Singapore’s Sephora!!!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] 3CE Full Cover Concealer

I finally mustered something in me to try out cosmetics from 3CE during my recent trip to Korea. I’ve been following the brand on Instagram for years, seen how gorgeous the models look all the time, heard people raving about the brand too often to keep track, yet I never felt motivated enough to try them out. Why? I don’t know either. But this time round, I decided to lay my curiosity to rest once and for all.

I went to the Stylenanda hotel in Myeongdong (my second time there). Again I don’t know why but I didn’t feel very encouraged to shop for anything there even though I was already inside. I could get very excited inside an Aritaum store, but the 3CE products just didn’t look as inviting as I thought.

Besides a Mood Recipe Matte Lip Colour Lipstick, I sampled other products and found myself gravitating towards the concealers. I wanted to try a new one (I was only using one from Etude House at that time) so I thought why not?


Product Description

This product provides a smooth and creamy texture making it easier to blend well into the skin even with just the touch of your fingers. It provides a natural coverage which makes it a great option for everyday use.

Also, it can work two ways – whether you want to highlight the high parts of your face to appear more put-together and polished or when you just want to get through the day by concealing the dark circles under your eyes after a hard night of partying.

The product is formulated using sebum-controlling technology which helps you stay fresh despite being in the middle of humid environments. 

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27 (Sephora)

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Although I don’t think I’m very fair (I usually go for 21), I bought #001 because I wanted the concealer to brighten my complexion as well, especially my dark eye circles.

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The concealer is quite creamy but applies very smoothly on the face with a rather clean applicator. It spreads out evenly without being streaky or overly oily.

I also love the coverage this concealer gives. They’re definitely not exaggerating when they call it ‘full cover’. The coverage is so good that it can cover red acne spots on my skin and stray eyebrow hairs really well, which my Etude House concealer wasn’t able to (more on that in another post). It also doesn’t look unnatural such that people can see that you piled on many layers of concealer to cover your blemishes.

What’s even better is that the coverage is really, really long-lasting. At the end of a workday, there is almost no sign of oxidation.


Final Verdict

Concealer is a staple in my makeup routine, but I’ve always struggled to find one that I really like or is truly effective.

After I used this, not anymore.

High quality does come with a price, however. I think SGD 27 is not a small amount to fork out for concealer, but I’ll say that this is a worthy investment in the long run, because it saves you the trouble of having to find something better than this. I’m definitely repurchasing this once it runs out (doesn’t look like it’s anytime soon… I hope).


Rating

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

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