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My Top 10 Cosmetic Products of 2017

As 2017 is about to end, it is also time to do a round-up.

I started writing on THERAGEFFECT just this year, which was also when I actually first started playing around with makeup. I try my best to give honest and frank reviews because I’m not paid or sponsored to do any, and I hope they have been useful in your shopping decisions, or at least interesting to read 🙂 Although I generally don’t regret many of my purchases, I definitely have a few star favourites.

Here is my list of 10 products tried and loved in 2017.

Note: not ranked in any particular order 


1/ Innisfree Eco Flower Tint

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I’ve raved about this so many times that it’s no wonder it made my list of top 10 cosmetics in 2017. One of the best lip tints and lip products I’ve ever used, I wish this product will never disappear, and just maybeee add more shades?


2/ banila co. It Radiant Glow BB Cream

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Good coverage, no oily or sticky feeling, minimal oxidation – what more can I ask for in a BB cream? I’m still on my first tube for 4 months, and I’m probably only halfway through even though I use this almost everyday. My only worry is that I tried to repurchase this in Korea recently and they changed the packaging – let’s just hope that they didn’t change the formula (for the worse) as well.


3/ banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating

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If you haven’t been actively using primer, 2018 is the year you should start doing so. I used to be a naysayer until I bought one of these. Not only do they hydrate my skin and prep it for my makeup, it also helps my BB cream (see above) stay on longer. Again, my worry is that banila co. changed the designs for only 3 of the primers, so it could really mean that the formula is not the same anymore 😦


4/ shu uemura hard formula

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I bought this after long deliberation (months to be exact) because it is not the cheapest eyebrow pencil out there in the market. The lead pigment only comes off when in contact with the oils secreted in eyebrows, and I find that it really helps to shape and fill my eyebrows in easily. Only downside – you have to sharpen it at the shu uemura store.


5/ Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

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My face becomes an oil well very easily, so I bought this for sebum control. I ended up loving this powder for its ability to keep my makeup in place for hours, in addition to its commitment to anti-sebum.


6/ Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge

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Another star lip product from Innisfree, what is most impressive isn’t just long staying power and beautiful colour payoff. From personal experience, I can apply one layer of peachy-pink on initial application, which eventually leaves behind a brighter and more intense pink tint on your lips. I’m sure you’ll love the dual colours as well.


7/ THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick

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Another high-raved about product (raved by me, at least) that definitely topped my list. In fact, I love the formula so much that I bought 3 shades of this. I also appreciate how easy it is to apply to look ready – just one swipe and you’re good to go.


8/ THEFACESHOP Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

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I’ve experimented with many different types of eyeliners over the year because I’m not great at drawing so sometimes I blame it on the pencil. I had one of my liquid eyeliners smudge completely in Korea because my eyelids were too oily, but this pencil eyeliner has held up strong with zero smudging through long bouts of bad weather – highly impressive.


9/ peripera Ink The Airy Velvet

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Long lasting, soft colours and extremely affordable price are everything that makes peripera’s lip tint so famous. I was initially not very impressed with my first try of the product; now, I am a converted fan with 3 shades bought on 3 different occasions.


10/ IOPE Air Cushion

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How could I leave out this cushion that changed the way I look at compacts? IOPE’s Air Cushion provides much better coverage than you could expect from a compact cushion. Together with moisture and longwear properties to stay on your skin for hours without feeling like your makeup is flaking off, this cushion is one that you’ll definitely want to keep in your makeup pouch.

[REVIEW] banila co. It Radiant Glow BB Cream

As I mentioned previously, I love using BB creams. They are a staple of my makeup routine because my skin is terrible and BB creams always do such a great job in instantly making it look 10x better.

I was quite keen on trying this together with my hydrating primer from banila co. because Taeyeon (banila co.’s ambassador) always looks like she has flawless skin.


Product description

Creates hydrating and illuminating skin by refining pores and wrinkles.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 31.50 (from Qoo10)


As with most Korean products, this product comes in limited shades. I’m not too sure if my information is 100% correct, but the banila co. PH website only offers 2 shades – Classic Beige & True Beige. Classic Beige is a lighter shade, while True Beige is darker.

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I’m usually quite terrible at matching my shade well, so I asked the salesgirl for help and she recommended that I buy Classic Beige. I got really worried about whether this was going to work out fine after I tried a few CC cream samples that they gave, and the CC cream was such a bad fit that I looked like I had slapped white paint on myself.

Fortunately, the salesgirl was right, and my worries were unfounded. As a reference point, I use 21C for my IOPE Air Cushion, so I guess I might be relatively fair enough for the Classic Beige shade to work for me, although I do think it’s still one shade lighter than my original skin colour.

The tube is not very big and contains 30ML of product. The volume is a tad little as compared to, say, Etude House’s. However, I came to realize that I only needed to squeeze a small amount of cream every time because the cream’s coverage is so, so good.

I also love how the BB cream applies nicely on the skin just by using your fingertips (this is, in fact, the recommended method to apply it!). The cream doesn’t feel oily, and it gives your skin a nice, dewy glow. Paired together with the hydrating primer, I find that this product is capable of lasting from morning to night without any need to touch up unless you have been sweating buckets (especially in Singapore’s hot and humid weather) – that may require a quick touchup with a cushion compact.


Final Verdict

I was originally a fervent user of the BB cream from The odbo, but was always on the lookout for something else because I felt that it was a bit too fair for my liking. banila co.’s It Radiant Glow BB Cream appears to be the answer I am looking for.

It hasn’t given me any major skin problems so far either, unlike my experience with Etude House’s, which was too oily for my skin. It also helps that the BB cream itself is meant to be hydrating for your skin, which gives my dry skin the extra boost it needs.

The price tag is also much easier on the wallet than The odbo, especially considering how little you have to apply per use. I’m definitely repurchasing this, and would even put this on my holy grail list. I’m also looking at giving banila co.’s CC creams a try the next time I get to visit their stores, and hopefully, they’ll have a shade that’s a right fit for me.


Rating

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

The odbo BB Cream

You have probably never heard of the brand The odbo before, unless you have gone on tour packages in Korea. Neither did I know this Korean brand existed until last December. Apparently, even the Koreans themselves have never heard of it, because it’s a brand targeted at tourists. It does sound a tad dubious to buy cosmetics and skincare from a brand that you’ve never heard of. What’s worse, they only have a few ‘outlets’ in Singapore. I was pretty skeptical about this brand despite all the live demonstrations shown by their beauty advisors, and it doesn’t help that their products are not cheap at all.

However, I did get a few products to try, and it wasn’t until recently that I started using their BB cream. The packaging looks really professional though, and reminds me a bit of Lancôme and La Roche Posay.


Product description

Skin favouring BB cream provides sensitive skin protection against environments leaves skin moist and radiant with Portulaca Oleracea Extract and Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 68.00


In all honesty, even their product description sounds dubious.

BUT

I’m super glad to say that this is by far the best BB cream I have used! It’s pretty hard to believe, considering how it’s a brand that has no star power to boost, not much advertising, and is unheard of by Koreans themselves.

I’ve faced a lot of problems with using BB cream thanks to my oily skin that a) clogs up easily & b) has a lot of acne at times. I previously used Etude House’s Precious Minerals BB cream and it really clogged my pores badly due to the oil in it, so I had to find an alternative that wouldn’t kill my skin.

The odbo BB cream comes only in one shade, which is really strange, but I’m lucky that it fits my skin tone and colour. Application is easy, and it really evens out my skin tone very well. The best part about this product is how long it stays on my skin, in comparison to my previous experience with a Maybelline one that oxidized within hours, so… yeah.


Final Verdict

BB cream is supposed to make your life a lot easier because you get to skip steps like foundation, concealer, sunscreen etc (if you’re not that particular), and for that reason, I really really love this BB cream, despite its dubious origins.

My acne has cleared up a fair bit since I used this one because it’s not as oily, and it stays on much longer than previous products that I have tried. I would definitely recommend this if you have very oily skin like me, unless you’re very particular about the brand, but I have to say that my skin has only benefitted from using their products so no worries ~

My biggest gripe about The odbo BB cream is the price. $68 for 40ML is really not affordable, and you could probably get other brands that are equally as good, and at a cheaper price. I’m not sure how long this product can last me for, but I’m hoping it’ll do for at least 6 months of constant usage. Hopefully.

In addition, it would be really nice if they could create more shades to suit more skin tones. I know Korean beauty is all about being fair, but it would be fair (haha) to at least have more products to suit customers with different needs.


Rating

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

Etude House Precious Minerals BB Cream (Blooming Fit)

It hardly comes as a surprise that I use so many Etude House products, considering how affordable and good-quality they are, compared to a lot of other brands out there in the market. I’m not even a huge fan of the pink, princessy stuff which they brand themselves with, yet here I am singing praises of them haha, so I guess that tells a lot.

Personally, I think BB cream is probably the best makeup product invented. If you read it up on Wikipedia, BB cream ‘is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock’. It may sound dubious to have a product that can claim to do it all, but I’m vouching for its effectiveness as someone who is extremely lazy and cannot afford the effort to do a long and lengthy makeup routine. If you wake up feeling like your skin (or maybe your whole body) is dying, you’d be amazed at how BB cream can make you look alive, even when you’re dying inside.


Product description

A signature BB cream that gives a shiny and glossy look with mineral pearl ingredients.
3-in-1 formula with Whitening + Wrinkle care + UV protection (SPF30 / PA++) functions.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 25.90


Korean brands were the pioneers at promoting BB cream as a must-have, and yet buying BB / CC creams from Korean brands is such a HEADACHE sometimes because of the colour range. Fair enough (pun intended), they always sell such light shades because it’s meant for the Korean market, where fair skin looks like a given + something they deem a mark of beauty. However, it also makes things hard for everyone else who doesn’t have porcelain skin, and who struggle to find a right colour fit, even if they choose the darker shades.

This precious minerals series includes Perfect Fit, Cotton Fit and Blooming Fit. I’ll be reviewing the Blooming Fit, which I got in the Honey Beige shade (W24).124241_6f9bea8a-fca6-11e4-895f-813487772fbablooming_img2

Application is as simple as the picture makes it out to be. The BB cream comes in this convenient packaging where you can just squeeze out a small amount, and just apply it evenly on your face. In Korea, I was taught to gently pat the cream into my face instead of simply spreading it all over for maximum absorption + better coverage. I think it probably works better that way too, but it can be rather time-consuming.

I was also told that cosmetics bought in Korea have a different formula from those sold in other markets. I haven’t compared the one in Singapore yet, but the one I bought in Korea feels really very oily, which is not very pleasant because I have oily skin to begin with.

It’s advertised as ‘Brightening: Containing bright pearl layer to provide delicate brightening effect on skin and care darkened skin with sebum for clear and delicate skin tone.’  I do admit that it gives you a nice dewy look thanks to how shiny & radiant it makes your skin look, but it only lasts long if your face is not an oil well.

I’m glad though, that the Honey Beige colour works pretty well for me because it’s just a tad lighter than my original skin tone. The coverage is also pretty good, but I feel that it doesn’t have strong staying power. It does cover all the red spots as necessary so that your face has a more even colour tone, but doesn’t necessarily make your 3D pimples look any flatter – sadly.


Final Verdict

It’s value for money, and there’s really nothing to hold you back from trying this product UNLESS, UNLESS, UNLESS you have oily skin. I could probably use this for 6 months or more, but the major problem I have with this is the oil.

I realized afterwards that the Blooming Fit is actually marketed as containing optical oil that reflects light to regular directions to maximize gloss and shine. I honestly won’t recommend clogging your pores with more oil just to achieve this gloss and shine, especially if you live in a hot and humid country like Singapore.

Really, if you have oily skin, please just get another product from the Precious Minerals series, such as Cotton Fit, which promises matte skin. Take it from a fellow oily-skin peer.

I’ll update again if I do try the other BB creams in this series.

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You’ll like Etude House a lot if you’re a big fan of Krystal Jung ~


Rating

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