[REVIEW] Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

I first bought this product in Korea (hint, Etude House in KR gives tons of freebies!) Someone once remarked that Etude House is the cheaper alternative to Bobbi Brown in Korea because of its product range and emphasis on colours, rather than base makeup – food for thought, I guess.


Product description

This is a pencil type eyebrow that fills in between brow hair.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 5.90


When it comes to makeup, I am honestly not as patient and skilful as my peers, so I always look for easy & extremely effective options that don’t cost me a fortune. I like to think of this product as the epitome of my makeup motto, because I would even go so far as to say that this is the best makeup product that I got in Korea and my only regret is not buying more because it is really very affordable and good to use.

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The pencil comes in this triangular shape that makes it easier for you to angle it and draw your eyebrows. It also comes in the following shades, which I think is a pretty good range for eyebrow colours.

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Drawing your eyebrows with this product is literally as easy as the picture makes it seem- just angle it, draw as needed, and use the spool to brush through for a more nature look. And that’s it – your eyebrows are good to go, and ready to last the day!


Final Verdict

With an eyebrow pencil as affordable and easy to use as Etude House’s Drawing Eye Brow, there is really not much to deliberate about.

Personally, I think this is very good to invest in because good eyebrows really make a huge difference, besides good skin of course. I’ve been using Etude House’s Drawing Eyebrows for 2 months, and from the looks of it, I could probably use this for up till 1 year. Stretching SGD 5.90 over 1 year on good (or in my case, just decent) eyebrows, imagine that!

While this eyebrow pencil won’t automatically make your eyebrows Instagram-ready, I would recommend this if you’re new to this eyebrow game, or just want a quick eyebrow fix in the morning and on the go.


Rating

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

mustbuy

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[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: ✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bar

I first noticed LANEIGE’s Two Tone Lip Bar in a K-drama (thanks product placement, aka PPL). Although it first appeared in Descendants of the Sun, I was probably too distracted by Song Joong-ki to realize it, and only paid attention to its placement in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. It was hard not to notice it anyway, considering that Lee Sung Kyung was using LANEIGE products all the time. I’m not really complaining about this PPL though, because she’s their Brand Ambassador after all + she looks good in these products. You can also keep dreaming that you’ll meet a Nam Joo Hyuk if you sport an ombre lip effect.

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Product description

Two different colors meet and complete Two Tone Lip Bar!
And Two Tone Shadow Bar completes professional gradation makeup with a single touch.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 34.00


Ingredient list

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Mica, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Methicone, Fragrance

The first ingredient we see is Hydrogenated Polyisobutene. It sounds like just another chemical to an ordinary consumer, but if you google it, you’ll realize that it has a ton of userful properties:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is a synthetic oil that is used as a mineral oil substitute. It is an  emollient & moisturizer, and prevents water loss. It’s used for pigment dispersion in many cosmetic products and is a popular ingredient in sunscreens because it allows for SPF retention even after water exposure (like in waterproof sunscreens).

Studies were done to test the irritation likelihood of products containing Hydrogenated Polyisobutene and products with 1.44% concentration (a common level in most products) showed no irritation, according to RealSelf.com. Even up to concentrations of 4%, it was not irritating to skin or eyes. Products containing Hydrogenated Polyisobutene were also shown to have no phototoxic or photoallergenic properties.

It’s actually a synthetic oil used to disperse the colour pigments in the lipstick, protects your lips from the strong sun, and helps to moisturize lips – sounds fantastic!


I wanted to get a few other colours but Althea was out of them so I could only get hold of No.3 – Pink Salmon, which I honestly didn’t mind because it looked like such a great blend of pink and orange. It’s also from the older product range – the new one was launched in 2016.

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Pink Salmon

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New Range designed by Lee Sung Kyung

This is very easy to use, and also exciting to see the ombre effect that many K-stars rock on your very own lips, with just four swipes of one product – perfect for lazy people like me who want to try something different.

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How it looks like after a few uses

My few gripes about this product:

  • The pink is sometimes too light to be seen on my lips, but the orange looks fantastic, just as you see in the photo. Their advertising is not a lie! haha
  • I’m not sure this is supposed to work as a lip tint, but I sometimes get random orange stains when my lips are chapped, which looks rather weird.
  • The ombre effect doesn’t last very long if you tend to smack your lips / eat, because sometimes all that you are left with is orange, which you may not be entirely comfortable with.

 Final Verdict

K-beauty products may be most famous for their star power, but they are also well-known for being reliable and of a good quality, no matter the price. This product does not fail, given that it is supported by advertising heavyweights Song Hye Kyo and Lee Sung Kyung, and highly raved about for its novelty.

I have yet to try the other colours, especially the ones in the new range, but having tried the Pink Salmon one, I am more than eager to give the other colours a shot. I’m hoping that the new range has a better formula that will solve some of the problems I have with this older product, as listed above.

I browsed through LANEIGE’s website to read about its new range, but the product description is still a little vague:

1. “Combination of High Glossy and Semi Matte Lipstick”

Complete moisturized, sparkling and glamorous Two Tone Lip with new type of Two Tone Lip that has Two Tone Texture X Two Tone Color of actress’ volume lip secret. 

2. Artistic Color match expresses more vivid color

Express high pigmentation through artistic color match and upgraded pure pigment for vibrant lip makeup

3. Quick Touch Gradation

Exclusive oblique cutting by artist’s natural auto gradation

4. Soft and Moisturized text like sorbet

Creamy texture that is smoothly applied to lips and gives moisturized gloss

But I guess one can hope! Or if any of you have tried both the old and new ranges, and felt a distinct difference, do comment and let us know 🙂

So, is this product worth buying?

If you’re really keen on trying something new on your lips without going through too much trouble of blending different products, or burning a very big hole in your wallet – yes, definitely. If you’re looking for a lipstick that has longer staying power and maintains hydration in your lips, you might want to think this through.


Rating

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