[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Highlighter

I’m not much of a highlighter and contour person because I’m more concerned about getting the same dewy skin that all LANEIGE ambassadors have, but I realized that COVER FX has a Custom Enhancer Drops which you can add to your foundation to make your skin look like it’s glowing. That sparked my interest in liquid highlighters, so I bought this CLIO liquid highlighter when I was in Genting.


Product Description

Create a natural three-dimensional look with a silky-soft liquid highlighter!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD20.75 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

A full ingredient list is not available online, but it claims to have been made from “50% Plant-Derived Moisturizing ingredients”. I think it means that it’s made from naturally-derived ingredients and will help to moisturize your skin, and not chemicals that will dry your skin out in the long run.


The highlighter comes with a free blending puff for you to blend the highlighter on your skin, but I’m not a big fan of it because 1) it smells weird, 2) it doesn’t really do much. I prefer using my fingers or my brush because they both work much better.

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Packaging: The tube and lid packaging looks pretty similar to most other CLIO products. It’s convenient to carry around if you want to touch up on the go (you most likely won’t need to, trust me), and has a small click sound when you cap it back so that you know you’ve capped it back properly –  a feature which I really like.

Texture: It smells nice, and has a lovely texture as well. It’s not oily, and feels like something in between paint and cream. Apparently there is a silicon gel ingredient in the product, which helps it to spread very easily on skin. It is easy to blend if you don’t want a very intense look. The highlighter also doesn’t clog your pores at all, so you can freely use this on your oil-prone areas like the T-zone.

Colour payoff & intensity: It looks white in the photos, but this is actually a pink-based highlighter that is great for brightening dull skin. It doesn’t overly emphasize red spots despite its pink base. The payoff is fantastic (see photos above) – one swipe and you’ll get a lot of product and shimmer at one go. Not a fan of overly shimmery skin? You can always blend it out for a more even and subtle sheen.

I think the colour will be perfect for people with light to medium skin and warm skin undertones. If you have darker skin, you might find this highlighter looking too light and unnatural on you.

Staying power: A liquid highlighter will definitely last much longer than powder (based on personal experience), and a tip for making it last longer is by dusting translucent mineral powder on top, so that it locks your highlighter in without covering the glow. I use the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder and it works great. I’d say the glow can last about 8 hours plus without any touch ups, so you can be assured that your skin continues to glow throughout the day.


Final Verdict

I’m surprised that there are so few reviews and people raving about this product online, because it’s so easy and good to use. I’ve had people not really liking my Fenty Beauty highlighter result, but the glow from this highlighter is so natural that some people just asked if my skin was getting healthier (no mention of it being oily at all!) because I changed my skincare routine. I like to use this on my cheekbones and nose bridge, and am going to try mixing this with my foundation soon to see if it works just like Cover FX’s. If it does, I think this would be a great dupe that you should definitely buy.

I’ve been told that this CLIO highlighter is not sold in Singapore’s retail stores (yet), so you will have to order this online if you want to get your hands on this.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] CLIO Mad Matte Tint

I’ve been eyeing 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tint for a long time since I saw it online, but never got around to buying it. I’ve seen other Korean brands with similar product offerings, such as Etude House with their new Matte Chic Lip Lacquers.

I popped by a Sasa store in KL and saw that CLIO also had something similar – the Mad Matte Tint. The shades were a huge draw, and after swatching, I couldn’t help but add this lip product to my shopping basket.


Product Description

Matte lip tint that delivers vivid color pay-off as it looks and glides on with a thin and even layer

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.78 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

I wasn’t able to find the list online and had already thrown away the box by the time I started writing this, so I won’t be able to talk about this in detail 😦


CLIO specifically listed a few shades as MLBB, and #08 Chai Tea Latte was the first to catch my eye. I personally feel that it looks more like a brick brown than ‘chai tea latte’, but it’s absolutely flattering for many skin tones. However, it actually smells and tastes just like the tea latte I sometimes have for breakfast, which is quite a nice surprise.

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Packaging: As mentioned earlier, it bears much resemblance to the ones offered by other Korean brands. I like it a lot though – it looks chic, and is easy to bring around in a makeup pouch.

Colour: I absolutely love this colour!! I’m always on the lookout for MLBB lipstick shades that don’t make me look too washed out, and are also great for daily wear. This has to be one of my top favourites because it’s so flattering and easy to pull off. It’s not too bright a pink or red that may cause your makeup look to become overwhelming, so you can use this when you’re going for class or work without looking like you overdid it.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour payoff is great – one swipe and you’re good to go. In fact, I found it a bit tough to to do a gradient lip with this tint (as seen in the marketing creative) because the colour is so rich and intense that it immediately covers your entire lips. That’s not entirely a bad thing (I mean, who’s gonna complain about great colour payoff, right), but this is worth taking note of if you are planning to achieve gradient lips with this product.

Staying power: For a tint, I feel that this product’s staying power is not as good as I would have liked it to be. Drinking is fine, but you would not expect to see a lot of colour left on the lips after a meal. I also don’t think this tint is totally transfer-proof, so you’d have to expect to touch up after eating. However, it should be able to last you for a few good hours.


Final Verdict

I don’t know about you, but I’m always happy when I find lip products offering MLBB shades that aren’t too pricey, apply smoothly with great colour payoff, and have decent staying power.

I feel like this could be a dupe for 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tint for those who may not like how drying 3CE’s products may be, or are put off by the higher price point. The shades offered are actually pretty similar 🧐

As you can tell, I’m floored by the colour – I’ve never been so happy to pick a shade that suits me so well. I would strongly recommend this shade if you’re also looking for a wearable MLBB lip colour. And in spite of my love for #08, I’m honestly hoping that I’d be able to get the other shades in future…


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

I’m a fan of CLIO’s liquid eyeliners, so I tried to buy them again when I went to Korea last December. It came to no one’s surprise that I managed to buy the wrong one – I had intended to buy the pen liner again, but ended up getting the brush liner cos I was blur.


Product Description

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Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16.90 (ezbuy)

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Ingredient List

CLIO KILL BROWN WATERPROOF BRUSH LINER

 

I couldn’t seem to find this online for some reason, so I had to use a photo taken from the packaging. Again, you’ll find that the main ingredient in this product here is water. The iron oxides are presumably to give the pigment its brown colour, which could also explain why the colour is much lighter than you might expect.


I only use brown eyeliner, period. I think no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise. I got this limited edition set – I’m hypothesizing that it’s got to do with the repackaging/rebranding of the liner series. It came with a free furry mirror that you can bring on the go, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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CLIO KILL BROWN WATERPROOF BRUSH LINER
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Packaging: This is slightly thicker and shorter than the CLIO pen liner I have. Again, I’m not sure if this is a new packaging, but I find that it being thicker actually allows for even better grip, and in turn an ability to draw more comfortably.

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s still a lighter brown that I would have liked, but I’m very pleased with this eyeliner’s payoff. I was initially quite worried that it would be harder to use than the pen liner, and I’d end up drawing uneven lines all over my eyelids, but my worries were unfounded. I would even say that this brush liner’s payoff is much better than the pen liner, and doesn’t fade throughout the day. One stroke is sufficient for a good colour, so you don’t have to keep drawing again and again on the same spot.

Staying power: The pen liner doesn’t hold up too well when oil is in question, but the brush liner is totally in a league of its own. This has survived all kinds of undesirable conditions found in sunny Singapore, including thunderstorms, buckets of sweat rolling down my face, and too much oil from my pores. For even better staying power, I sometimes pat a small amount of Innisfree No-Sebum powder and I know that I’m all set to survive the day. Don’t believe me? Check out this infographic:


Final Verdict

I’m sticking to CLIO for all my liquid eyeliners for as long as I can. I love this brush liner and I can definitely vouch for its claims of being waterproof and smudgeproof. If you’re a beginner at eyeliner and want to try your hand at liquid eyeliners, this is the one for you.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Pen Liner

I’m no expert at eyeliner, and fare even worse with liquid/gel eyeliner. Most of the products I’ve reviewed so far are pencil eyeliners because you can’t go wrong with them (or actually you can), so here I am with the one and only liquid eyeliner I’m currently using.

I’ve heard countless stories about how famous this CLIO eyeliner is, so I decided to try it out after seeing the salesgirl demonstrate its staying power. I was thoroughly impressed when she immediately started rubbing it after letting it dry for like, what, 2 seconds? I thought of all the times I wanted to rub my eyes but couldn’t because of my eyeliner, and thought that this could probably be the answer to my problems.


Product Description

This liquid liner pen is your go-to for creating the perfect cat-eye or puppy-eye look. The inky formula applies smoothly and super pigmented, drying to a matte finish that stays put through sweat, tears and whatever you can throw on it. The felt tip applicator is great for pinpointing precise lines and giving you maximum control. When you’re done for the night, it easily removes with your oil-based cleanser!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 20 (Sokoglam)


Ingredient List

Water, Iron Oxides, Ethyhexyl Acrylate/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymerâ Butylene Glycol, Beheneth-30, Ethanol, Sodium Polyaspartate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Ammonium Acrylates/Methyl Styrene/Styrene Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate

I find it rather interesting that the most common ingredient here is water, but it is understandable as it is, after all, liquid eyeliner.

While checking on the ingredients, I found that Disodium EDTA is slightly controversial. As quoted here:

As a result of its widespread use, disodium EDTA is being released into the environment in plentiful amounts. This has led environmentalist groups to research and learn of its toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic dangers. However, clincial tests performed by the United States Food and Drug Administration show that disodium EDTA is non-toxic in quantities approved for over-the-counter use. Both the CIR Expert Panel and the EU Cosmetics Directive state that the amount of disodium EDTA contained in personal care products is too low to cause harm to human beings. The jury’s still out; regardless it’s safe to be mindful when purchasing any products containing synthetic preservatives.

Although it’s unlikely to be too toxic for human use, it’s not the most environmentally-friendly chemical either.


I always, always use brown for my eyeliner as much as I can because I feel that black overemphasizes my eyes, while brown gives a soft, feminine feeling to the eyes.

Packaging: Apparently the one I got has some tropical packaging – probably because I bought it in summer. It looks a bit old and worn out here because I’ve been using it pretty often for some time (4-5 months).

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The pen liner actually looks a lot like the brush one (I’ll talk about that in another post), and I’ve found it very useful because I can exert good control over where I’m drawing, which really makes drawing a lot easier than I could have ever imagined. I sometimes feel like I’m doing calligraphy on my eyes, lol.

Colour payoff & intensity: On the other hand, I know the colour doesn’t look too good here and it seems like the colour trails/fades off a bit towards the end BUT that’s only because I’ve used it so often for so long that it’s drying up. It’s actually a very nice dark brown at the beginning, which can eventually fade to a lighter mocha brown. Nonetheless, it still looks very good and really helps to accentuate the eyes.

Staying power: I’ve found that this eyeliner’s staying power has varied and fluctuated over different conditions. I have very oily eyelids, so I find it miraculous when my eyeliner still remains more or less intact at the end of the day. It doesn’t budge with water alright, but oil is still a hard enemy to defeat. I also found that it didn’t hold up very well in winter when I used it in Korea this month, but I’m not too sure why either. However, it holds up a lot better and is much more reliable than most pencil eyeliners, which tend to smudge (again, because of oil on my eyelids).


Final Verdict

This is easily mixed up with the brush liner. Long story short, I was none the wiser and asked for the brush liner in Korea, when I wanted to repurchase was this pen liner. So if you’re looking to buy this, make sure you check properly.

This product won SokoGlam’s 2014 Beauty Award, and it’s easy to see why. A good combination of usability, longevity, and aesthetics, the only problem you might find is that it’s not exactly cheap. But do I think it’s worth the money? Of course!


Rating

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