[REVIEW] MISSHA Cotton Blush

I recently got really addicted to blushes because I think they add a very lovely flush to the face, so I had been eyeing these blushes for some time after seeing on Instagram (oops). When I went to Korea and saw that these were going for 1+1 (basically buy 1 get 1 free), I knew it was the right time to finally get my hands on these.


Product Description

Non powdery soft velvet texture to give soft blending.

Natural staining transparent vivid colour.

Silky Elastic Powder high sebum control effect with soft colour fit.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 6.10 (Althea)


Ingredient List

For the shade #My CandyShop

Talc, Nylon-12, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Hexyl Laurate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Magnesium Myristate, Aluminum Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexandiol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Acid Yellow 23 (Yellow 5), Vat Red 1 (Red 30), Red Oxide of Iron, Black Oxide of Iron

Althea

Some key points:

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer: absorbs excess of sebum or acne-producing oils (source)


Sunny Afternoon
My Candyshop
Sunny Afternoon
My CandyShop

Packaging: Simple, compact, and easy to carry around – scores on all grounds!

Colour: Sunny Afternoon is a slightly darker, more reddish shade with speckles of gold glitter, while My Candyshop is a peachy/apricot flush. I love using Sunny Afternoon when I want a more intense look – let’s say if I know that I will be having photographs of myself taken/wefies etc. and I want my makeup to actually show up in the photos. However, I would say that My Candyshop is probably more suitable for daily, natural makeup looks because it makes you look like you have a healthy flush.

Both are very healthy and vibrant colours that work great with those who have warm undertones, and should fit most Asian skin tones!

Colour payoff & intensity: My Candyshop’s payoff is not that good, so for those of you who do not have very fair skin (me included) you have to apply at least 2 or 3 layers for some colour to show up.

Sunny Afternoon is much better in terms of payoff though, but be careful not to apply too much at one go because you may end up with super rosy and glittery cheeks. Maybe not so much a bad thing if you are going for a photoshoot, but it’s not something you want to sport at school.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, and I still do see a fair bit of the blush even after a long day, so I think it’s safe to say that these work great even for the days where you are out for more than 12 hours.


Final Verdict

At around SGD6 per blush (I got this for less), I think this is really worth the money. It’s got a good range of beautiful colours for you to choose from, whether you have warm or cool undertones, fair or tan skin; its colour intensity is pretty decent for a Korean brand, and it stays on for as long as you need it to.

I think this could even double up as eyeshadow because the colours are really gorgeous and there’s little fallout, which makes this an even better choice if you are looking for an affordable blush.

I really want to buy more shades of this because it’s so good, and I think I would probably even bump it up to be my favourite blush of all time because it’s just so good.

The only issue I have with this is that my skin is quite ‘bumpy’ from acne, so it makes those pesky pimples look a little more obvious than I would like, but that’s just really a personal skin issue that happens with all powder blushes.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

I struggled very long with the thought of using snail mucin on my face. I heard about its fantastic healing properties, but couldn’t really get past the eek factor. It wasn’t until I had read umpteen reviews about how amazing this product is, and a time when my face broke out so bad that I was in full-blown panic mode, that I finally got around to trying this miracle ingredient.


Product Description

SUPER AQUA SNAIL CREAM
Harnesses the unique power of snail slime extract and botanical stem cells to capture skin’s youthful beauty

1. Visibly Restores Vitality
With a 70% concentration of snail slime extract, this soft cream works hard to brighten, revitalize, and renew the look and feel of skin.

2. Hydration Synergy Effect
Moisturizing Baobab tree extract combines with deep sea water for a quenching dose of hydration that leaves your complexion looking touchably soft and smooth.

3. Fights Signs of Aging
Helps fortify skin by improving the look of multiple key signs of aging: rough texture, dullness, loss of firmness, and fine lines/wrinkles.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 56.90


Ingredient List

Snail Secretion Filtrate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Arbutin, Bis-PEG-18 , Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Sea Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture , Xanthan Gum, Fragrance(Parfum), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene

Look at the top ingredient – snail secretion filtrate!! MISSHA is definitely not stingy with the amount of snail mucin they’ve put into this product.


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Packaging: This packaging is. So. GORGEOUS. Imagine my excitement when I saw the pearlescent lid – totally looks like a pearl nestled in the box! I do think that the rest of the packaging (plastic and all) is quite typical of MISSHA’s skincare products, based on previous experience.

Texture: Please don’t imagine that because this cream uses snail mucin, it will have some gooey, sticky texture. This is actually quite watery/aqueous – I can easily apply a thin layer evenly, and it will get absorbed by my skin very well without leaving behind any sticky and oily residue. It doesn’t feel thick at all on my skin and neither does it clog up my huge pores, so I think this is definitely great for people with oily skin.

Effectiveness: I haven’t had much trouble with signs of ageing, but I have to say that this snail mucin is miraculous. I saw results IMMEDIATELY after the night I used this, and everyone commented on how my face suddenly glowed. It was honestly that great.

As I mentioned earlier, I started using this because I had a terrible breakout – my face had all these red patches, acne scars, and clogged pores for no good reason (that I can think of). By the next day, half of all my skin problems were gone and my skin looked almost back to normal. After using it for about a week, my skin actually looked even better than it ever had before! It was almost clear of acne, and people around me remarked that it looked more smooth and fair. It’s been a long time since I had a good, long period of almost-clear skin, and it honestly just felt like a miracle.

UPDATE: I tested out how good the product is in terms of hydration and sebum control, and I have to say that I am SO impressed.

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After

Hydration level went up by 22.7%, and oil level decreased by 6%!

Note that I did not conduct the ‘after’ test immediately, but waited a while for the product to settle in.

 


Final Verdict

Not every ‘holy grail’ product you find online is really worthy of that holy grail status, but this product is definitely worth any accolade you can give it. It’s been a long time since I dreamt of clear skin, much less that dewy, bouncy one that every Korean seems to sport. However, I’m starting to think that it’s not as far-fetched a dream as I once thought, thanks to this amazing snail cream from MISSHA. This is honestly my favourite cream of all time, hands-down. I am absolutely blown away by how great this is, and I’ve been going around telling people that snail mucin is seriously that thing we’ve all been lacking in our skincare routine.

I know the price is not exactly budget-friendly, but this is one of the rare few products that I’m telling you that you have to get despite the price. This is that product you can buy to save you all the money from acne patches, moisturizers, anti-ageing cream, highlighters, facials etc. This is seriously value for money when you find out how good this product is in keeping your face looking the most radiant it has ever been. I promise you that this will be one of the best skincare products you can ever invest in, and once you start using snail mucin in this MISSHA cream, you’ll be more actively looking for this ingredient in other products than you ever imagined.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] MISSHA Matt M Lip Rouge

I know the matte lipstick trend is slowing dying out, what with everyone looking for glosses again, but I personally still prefer having something longer lasting because I’m always munching on something and I hate having to touch up often.

I have yet to try a lip product from MISSHA, so I thought I would give this matte lipstick of theirs a go when I was buying some other products on Shopee.


Product Description

Airy fit, matte textured lip rouge applies on softly for an even color and true matte finish. Color coating technology helps create vivid, glamorous colors on lips with a single touch. Provides UV blocking benefit to protect lips.

Official Retail Price: USD 15.00


Ingredient List

Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecanol, Hexyl Laurate, Titanium Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceresin, Polyglyceryl-2, Triisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diisostearyl Malate, Ozokerite, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Leontopodium alpinum Extract , Jasmine Extract, Mango Seed butter, Shea Butter, Sundrops Flower Extract, Ricinus Communis Seed oil, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin , CI 19140, CI 45410, CI 15850:1, CI 15850, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin , Perfume, Tropolone, Silica, CI 77019

My first thought when I saw this product was that it looked a lot like my Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk, so I went to have a look at its formula:

OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIISOSTEARATE, SILICA, MICA, SYNTHETIC WAX, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, POLYETHYLENE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, RED 6 (CI 15850), DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, FRAGRANCE, RED 7 (CI 15850), METHICONE, BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT EXTRACT, WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT

What I find interesting is that they definitely share a lot of ingredients in common, but Etude House’s lipstick contains an added butylene glycol, which is an alcohol that can cause skin irritation (if you remember my other posts about it in LANEIGE products).


One fascinating thing about this lipstick is that it actually offers SPF17. While we try to protect our skin from sun damage, we tend to forget that there is skin on our lips that should be protected as well, so this was quite a nice bonus.

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Packaging: Eerily enough, the packaging looks almost identical to that of Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited lippies. To be fair, the differences are quite obvious, but the design inspiration is definitely there as well. Whichever came first, I do like the simple and classy packaging that comes with no frills.

Colour: I thought the actual product colour matched the name ‘Maple Latte’ a lot better than the product shot provided by MISSHA, to be honest. It turned out to be a lot more orangey-brown that I had expected, because it just looked like pink in the official swatches. Actually, I won’t say that I dislike the colour it turned out to be because it’s actually a kind of brick-red that I got to love recently – great for people with warm undertones and are rather fair, just that when I bought this I was looking for something that could pull off a more ‘sweet’ and ‘feminine’ look. I think shades Love Dream and Dear Rose were more like what I was gunning for.

The payoff is great, and the colour slides off easily so you don’t have to tug hard on your lips for more colour. I do find that application can be a bit messy on your lips if you’re not careful because it can overrun your lip line.

Staying power: I have high expectations of mattes and I thought that this was quite okay, but nothing super mind-blowing. There aren’t any lipstick stains on my cup when I drink, but a fair bit gets off when I eat. You will still have some colour remaining by the end of a long day so you won’t have super pale lips, but a touch-up is still needed to look fresh.


Final Verdict

This is an okay lipstick – nothing in particular that I really liked, but nothing that I didn’t like about it also. I would describe it as the kind of staple in your lipstick collection that is good for an easy and predictable makeup routine.

My only minor regret about this product is that I got it in a colour that didn’t quite match my expectations. Ah well. Maybe I’ll get around to buying the pinks next time.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Cream

I’m always on the lookout for great moisturizers (would deeply appreciate if anyone has good recommendations!), and I chanced upon this while I was drawing up my shopping list for Korea. It sounded pretty good, so it went straight into my shopping list, and eventually into my luggage.


Product Description

1. Energy from natural bedrock water
Bedrock water from the Blue Mountains, which contains natural energy gathered over thousands of years, helps to energize and moisturize the skin

2. Mineral water for healthier skin
Mineral water content helps skin maintain its optimal condition

3. Helps skin maintain more moisture, over a wider area for a longer period of time
Powerful Vitality Complex, derived from the extracts of plants that endure extreme climates, helps skin absorb and retain more moisture for extended periods

4. 72-Hour Moisture
Melts into skin upon contact and retains moisture for 72 hours

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 24.90 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance(Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Water, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Sea Water, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Callus Culture Extract, Rhizophora Mangle Callus Culture Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Callus Culture Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Phenoxyethanol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Adenium Obesum Leaf Extract

I always find these ingredient lists a mouthful, but it’s good to look out for certain ingredients as promised in their marketing. I’m assuming here that the ‘Australian Blue Mountain cave water’ is the ‘sea water’ listed, and frankly, it’s not present in high proportions.


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Packaging: Nothing very extraordinary, but I do appreciate the blue container because it reinforces the idea that it’s moisturizing – a little like LANEIGE, perhaps?

Texture: The first time I used this, it definitely reminded me of Innisfree’s Jeju Sparkling Moisture Cream. I didn’t really like the Innisfree one because it was too oily and I found myself breaking out quite a fair bit thanks to my daily usage of that moisturizer, but this is not too bad. It has a smooth texture that spreads easily across skin. Despite it being quite a rich cream, I like that it’s not overly oily because my skin is so prone to clogging. My skin manages to absorb it pretty well, which is definitely a good sign.

Effectiveness: First and foremost, a moisturizer’s job is to keep skin moisturized, so I’m pretty glad to say that it’s as good as advertised. I usually apply this cream right before I sleep in an air-conditioned room, which tends to be very dry, and wake up the next morning to skin that is still feeling quite moisturized and supple. When I don’t apply moisturizer on days that I’m feeling super lazy, I’d wake up to find my skin really oily from all the oil it secreted to keep my dry skin, well, not dry.

BUT. There were certain days that I found myself with slight acne the following morning after applying this cream at night. I’m not entirely sure if I can attribute the sudden emergence of pimples to this cream, but it’s definitely worth taking note of if you have acne-prone skin.


Final Verdict

I enjoy using this moisturizer quite a fair bit, but it still doesn’t come close to my all-time favourite – belif’s aqua bomb (which I will talk about in another post).

I think that creams like these are generally not recommended if you have oily skin (like me), even if they are marketed as suitable for oily skin. Even if they don’t clog up your pores immediately after one use, the risk is always there. However, if you have dry skin, this is definitely for you.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] MISSHA Coloring Multi Stick

I’ll be honest and admit that I never really saw a use for blush – my skin condition can sometimes be so terrible that my cheeks already look red and flushed due to acne, or just dry skin in general. However, I was inspired by Pony’s Apricot look (I gush about this to everyone I talk to about Pony HAHA) – a nice deviation from the usual pink, which can sometimes look too girly and princessy, so I wanted to give it a go.

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Product description

Make crisp contours finished. Various colors and vitality to express.
Natural blending with the built-in brush.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 23.90


I previously read about how easy and convenient it is to apply this, and was more than curious to try it out. One end is for the blush (in a stick form) that you just swipe on, and another end with a brush for you to blend the blush well. It’s really handy, given that I don’t really buy makeup brushes, and can just use that one brush for blush alone.

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The colour I bought is Honey Peach, which really is a nice shade of apricot, and not too orange or pink. If you’re looking for something more bright and ‘pops out’, try orange cookie and powder sugar. The darker colours like peanut brown are mainly used for contouring, and the brighter ones like pure milk for highlighting, which I won’t touch on because this review is mainly about the ‘blush colours’.

UPDATE: Recently, I also bought the shade Powder Sugar, a cute and wearable shade of pink that is good for more conventional, doll-like looks. Apologies for the state it’s in it though – I accidentally scraped the top when I was trying to cap the product 🙃

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I really like how this product glides on so easily and stays on for so long as well. I could be out for one whole day, and yet still have the blush stay on for more than 12 hours. The colour is also very nice – not too deep nor light to be seen. I like to pair this with my LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bar (Pink Salmon), which also contains orange tints, but is sadly not as lasting.


 Final Verdict

If you’re big on convenience and time-saving, this product is for you. You could get your blush done in less than 1 minute, and I’m not even exaggerating.

It is a tad pricey at $23.90 though, given that you could definitely get a cheaper and equally colourful alternative at Etude House. This colour range is also rather limited, which is a pity given that other brands can offer so many different shades of the same colour. It might be difficult to find a colour that really suits you when you choose from a limited colour range.

However, I still strongly recommend this multi stick for all its pros – good colour payoff, long staying power and ease of use. It’s a product worth investing in, whether you’re new to using blush and need something simple to start with, or an expert who wants to cut down time on one step of your makeup routine.


Rating

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

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