[REVIEW] 3CE Velvet Lip Tint

So after my first experience with a 3CE lip product, I decided to try out their lip tints, which I reckon are very popular among beauty junkies.


Product Description

What it is:

A lip tint with a sherbet-like texture that melts into the lips and leaves a natural tinge with a matte finish.

What it does:

Velvet lip tint incorporates an oil-packed formula specially made to deliver a vivid and velvety matte texture. When this tint is applied, the lips are first encased with a layer of oil upon which pigments gently melt, resulting in a dewy sensation with a matte finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 23


Ingredient List

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: It looks very similar to my other lip tints (in particular, the CLIO one), so nothing much in particular that is really mind-blowing. I do find the 3CE tube to be much thicker than the CLIO one – probably because it contains more product as well.

Colour: I bought the shade #GOING RIGHT, which appears to be a very gorgeous MLBB shade. However, the real swatch shows that this shade contains a little more tinge of orange than I had expected. I personally also feel that it leans more towards a terracotta red – it’s great for me, because as of late I’ve been collecting lipstick shades like this, but you may want to take note of this if you are very particular about getting a colour that’s identical to the marketing photo.

The colour payoff is, of course, very good for a matte lip tint. It’s definitely better than the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color. The texture is waxy and applies evenly on the lips, which I really like as well.

Staying power: I wasn’t super impressed by the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color’s staying power, but I feel that this holds up better than its bullet lipstick counterpart.

You still get a fair bit of tint left even after an oily meal, although it’s not quite as long-lasting as you would expect from matte lipsticks. However, I’ve come to terms that 3CE lipsticks are not the best when it comes to long-lasting lipsticks that don’t budge.


Final Verdict

As beautiful as 3CE’s Instagram photos are, I sometimes still feel that the brand is a little overhyped for its quality and price. There are certainly other brands can offer the same type of product at a lower price, and probably with better staying power as well.

That being said, I still do enjoy using this lip tint from 3CE. It’s not bad, just that I wouldn’t strongly recommend that you buy it, because I don’t think it really offers anything that’s different or better than other brands.


Rating

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

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[WISHLIST] Jul 2018

Almost everyday, a brand releases a product or collaboration that is sure to tempt you into buying, even if you already have a ton of unused products on your vanity table. That’s how I feel every time I scroll Instagram, so I wanted to share some products that’s been on my wishlist for some time!


Etude House Play Color Eyes #Peach Farm

I have two of Etude House’s Play Color Eyes Palettes (Juice Bar and Cherry Blossom), and while I am frankly not a big fan of the colour payoff, I seriously love the colours in this palette. It looks a lot like Too Faced’s, but retails at a much lower price point. I was really excited when I saw this being released in Korea, but it’s still not available in local Etude House stores. I don’t know why Etude House Singapore doesn’t want to stock this, because I’ve heard from friends that they would love to buy this as well. Oh well. I’m looking to buy this in Korea, or else order online from Shopee.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

I recall first seeing this in as a PPL in Korean drama Temperature of Love, and then I really got interested in purchasing this after switching from BB creams to foundations. I actually haven’t had much problems with my current foundations (alternating between Lancome and Innisfree) but they do oxidize after a long period of time. I really want something that can last longer without me touching up with BB cushions, because I tend to spend long days outside in hot, sweltering weather.

I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this – any reader would like to say more about this? The only thing really stopping me from trying this foundation is its price, so I’m really considering investing in this foundation if enough people can convince me 😂


LANEIGE Water Bank Quick Hydro Pen

I’m interested in buying this more for the novelty, if anything. How cute is it to carry a pen around and scribble on your face when you need hydration?! I actually tried the tester at a local LANEIGE store – while it did feel hydrating on the areas I applied, my only question is when I might need to use it. Maybe this will come in handy when you’re living in a place with really dry weather, and your skin is cracking? The applicator is a bit small and looks more like a brush than a pen, but it’s still a very fun product concept that I want to use someday.


3CE Tattoo Lip Color

The colours are so gorgeous that I would want to bag every single shade here. Don’t they make the lips look really juicy and sweet? Okay, that did not sound quite right, but you get my point. I’ve been using MLBB shades so often these days that I’ve almost forgotten how fun it is to use popping shades like these. I think they might sell this in Sephora, but I have to check. My favourites have to be #Candy Jelly and #Yay or Nay – what’s yours?


Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks

Friend A said she bought this and it looked really good on her, and personally, I find these blushes so pretty that I’m surprised I have resisted buying this for so long. I’ve tested some shades of this at my local pharmacy and I’m really impressed by the colour. It gives your cheeks a natural, healthy glow that you can sport even if you’re actually dying on the inside, so I’m putting this in my shopping cart and waiting for a good day to check this out.

What’s your favourite K-beauty brand?

The K-beauty world is amazingly diverse with so many different brands, so I wanted to do a fun poll on which one is the most popular among my readers.

Do take part and cast a vote for your favourite brand! 🙂

[SMUDGE TEST & SWATCH] Battle of the Mattes – Part I

I’ve always wanted to do tests on my cosmetic products to see exactly how they hold up. While doing a matte lipstick swatch for my Instagram account, I decided to smudge it once to see which ones are smudge-proof.

Products swatched and tested:

3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color

Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense

The Face Shop Finger Cotton Tint

Memebox I’m Matte Lip Crayon

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If I had to rank the products by how smudge-proof they are, it would be like this:

  1. Memebox I’m Matte Lip Crayon
  2. TFS Finger Cotton Tint
  3. Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense
  4. 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color

Are there are any other products you’d like to see being swatched and put through the smudge test? Comment and let me know! ~

How Much Is Your Lipstick Worth Per Gram? [PART I]

I’ve always been curious as to whether I’m getting the most value out of my lipsticks – I can’t tell whether some are rather pricey despite the small volume, or cheap precisely because of the volume. With this in mind, I started punching numbers to find out how much my lipsticks were worth per gram.

The first part of this series focuses on my bullet lipsticks, while more on liquid ones will come later.

DISCLAIMER: Some of these numbers may not be wholly accurate due to differences in prices – I obtained these prices from either official brand websites, other retailers, or individual sellers on selling platforms. Prices are also listed in SGD (Singapore dollars).


Korean brands

  1. Aritaum Wonder Stay Stick Tint: SGD 2.86 ($12, 4.2g)
  2. RiRe Luxe Glow Lipstick: SGD 3.14 ($11, 3.5g)
  3. banila co. Kiss Collector Luster: SGD 4.88 ($20.50, 4.2g)
  4. 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color: SGD 5.11 ($17.90, 3.5g)
  5. TFS Moisture Touch Lipstick: SGD 5.85 ($19.90, 3.4g)
  6. Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk: SGD 5.97 ($17.90, 3g)
  7. moonshot – lipfeat: SGD 8.29 ($29, 3.5g)

 

Other brands

  1. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick: SGD 9.71 ($33, 3.4g)
  2. shu uemura rouge unlimited supreme matte: SGD 11.18 ($38, 3.4g)
  3. Lancôme L’ Absolu Rouge: SGD 11.43 ($48, 4.2g)

Did any of these come as a surprise to you? Comment and let me know!

[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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