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[REVIEW] Mamonde Rose Water Multi Soothing Gel

Before Mamonde arrived in Singapore, I had to order it off Althea, and here I introduce my very first Mamonde purchase.


Product description

  • 100,000 mg light rose water that bursts as water bubbles – Filled with 100,000 mg Damask rose water for effective soothing/hydration, it instantly bursts as water bubbles on the face without stickiness!

  • Hot, scorched skin! Ice soothing care – Feels cool as if it is right from the refrigerator to ice-sooth hot, scorched skin under the UV rays.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 10.05 (Aritaum)


Ingredient list

WATER, ROSE EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, PRUNUS MUME FRUIT EXTRACT, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUMACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TROMETHAMINE, PEG-60 HYDROGENATEDCASTOR OIL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE


This product reminded me of Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Smoothing Gel (yes, the one with 92% aloe vera), except that this was made with rose water. They do serve similar purposes, which is to soothe, cool and hydrate the skin. Even the tub packaging is rather similar, although I do think this is much prettier haha.

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I love the smell of this gel. Although fragrance ranks the lowest on the ingredient list, rose water is the second, so it’s most likely that the lovely rose smell is mostly from the rose water.

I have tried applying this both to my face and my arms, with no breakouts despite the alcohol content. When applied to the skin, you instantly feel a hydrating and cooling effect even if you haven’t kept this in the refrigerator. It takes on a watery texture, which is good because I’m not a fan of sticky and oily gels. The gel gets absorbed very quickly on the skin and leaves you smelling and feeling good at the same time.


Final Verdict

This product is not aimed at any skincare concerns and frankly serves no real purpose except to cool and soothe the skin. You could probably use it as a moisturizer, but I’m not entirely convinced of its hydrating properties.

At a price that is almost double that of a normal aloe vera gel, I would say that this is not really worth it.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense

Out of all the AMOREPACIFIC brands, my favourite brand is probably Mamonde. I love its branding, its ambassador (Park Shin Hye, a staple of all modern Korean idol dramas), and its usage of flowers. I was very excited when it first arrived in Singapore, and even happier to find Mamonde products sold in Korea at a discount.

I bought these 2 in an Aritaum store at just 9000 won (about $10.70) each, which honestly felt like a huge offer at that time. I found out afterward that it’s retailing for cheaper on sites such as Qoo10, Lazada, Shopee etc though…


Product description

3-in-1 crayon-type lip pencil with intense color of lipstick and creamy velvety texture

Highlights:
– Highly adhesive velvet feeling: Uniformity of unevenness and uneven coloring, as well as lingering in the lips! Closely feeling velvet feeling
– Upgraded Cream Chest: A feeling that slips more creamily with the spherical powder ingredient
– Without hurting: Moisture pulled and coated, smooth finish on the lips without the appearance of keratin

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16 (Tangs website)

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I got two colours – No. 3 (Velvet Cosmos) and No. 13 (Velvet Rose). The colours actually look pretty similar, just by judging the lipsticks:

 

However, when you swipe, you can see the difference.

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Doesn’t the packaging resemble crayons?

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No.3 is a paler, nude pink, while No.13 is a bolder & more intense pink. You can also tell from the swatches that this product gives a matte finish.

I’ve always had a bit of problem with matte lip products because my lips are always so dry, no matter how much lip balm I apply. Personally, I really like matte lip products because they last so long (a strong contender of lip tints, I dare say), but I’ve never had much luck. This product, however, gives me hope that matte lipsticks can be my thing.

The product applies matte but feels creamy, and isn’t as drying as I expected it to be, and stays well on my lips for a few hours, surviving round after round of eating and drinking. The colour payoff is also as intense as I would expect from a matte lip crayon, which I really like.


Final Verdict

This product has exceeded all my expectations, and I’ve been highly recommending this to my friends. It delivers as it promises – colour payoff: checked. Adhesiveness: checked. Creamy feeling: checked. My only concern is probably the price, because getting it cheaply is not guaranteed (see price at their flagship store in Tangs).

That’s not to say that this product is absolutely not drying at all. A certain degree of dryness is expected from lip products (sadly), but this feels like a comfortable fit on the lips, much more than some other products I have tried.

I would definitely repurchase this in other shades – any recommendations?


Rating

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