[REVIEW] Innisfree Smart Drawing (Blusher)

I read somewhere that liquid/cream blushes were better for people with bumpy skin, at least compared to powder blushes. Liquid and cream brushes are also better for creating the ‘chok chok’ glass skin that I’ve been trying to get for ages. Sadly, most of my blushes are the powder type (I only have one from Etude House that’s liquid), so I really wanted to get more of them.

Innisfree also released this cream blush last year, I think slightly later than Etude House, so I didn’t get around to buying it immediately. As I was about to run out of my Etude House liquid blush (the tube is really small + I always squeeze out too much by accident), I thought that maybe it was finally time to give this one from Innisfree a shot, so here it is!


Product Description

Cream blusher aimed to express lively cheeks with moist color development.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50

Ingredient List

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

I do find it rather interesting that they have included so many natural extracts (such as camellia, citrus etc), although I’m not sure if they actually do have any skincare benefits.

Another ingredient to look out for is parfum (fragrance) – a potential irritant for people with sensitive skin!


Packaging: This is definitely much easier to control and use than the Etude House one. It highly resembles its lip balm packaging, and is very easy to squeeze an appropriate amount of cream blush out.

The brush is a very good addition – I didn’t like how the Etude House blush required me to use my own fingers to dab on the colour, because its staying power was good that it stained my fingers. In this product, the product comes off directly on the brush and you can simply apply the blush on your cheeks without dirtying your hands.

As convenient as it may be, I do have some gripes with the brush. Although it makes for easy blending afterwards, it’s very hard to actually see how much product you have squeezed out until you realize it’s too late (LOL).

Colour: I bought shade 02 , which is darker and a bit less pink than Etude House’s PK001 but I think still a very nice colour to use if you are on the tan side and have warmer undertones.

Colour payoff & intensity: This product shows up really well on skin, so even if you don’t use too much product, you can definitely see the colour clearly.

I do think that it can get a little too intense though, so best to use as little product as possible, or you will have to spend time brushing away the excess colour.

Staying power: Liquid and cream blushes definitely have much better staying power than that of powders (which tend to disperse, if that’s the correct word to use) after a long period of time. I would say this Innisfree blush is pretty good if you are looking for a long-lasting one.


Final Verdict

Everything about this product is really good – except the brush problem. It’s not so serious that it puts me off from using it, but I just don’t like knowing that I always waste so much blush because I can’t see exactly how much I am squeezing out.

Maybe it’s just me? Idk. Let me know if you face the same problem with similarly packaged blushes!


Rating

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

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[SWATCH] Powder blushes

Recently, I got hooked on buying blushes because I think they really help to complete your makeup look. It makes you look more radiant and in the pink (pun intended) of health.

These are 3 powder blushes that I bought not long ago, 2 from MISSHA and 1 from Muji. Apologies for the dent in my Muji one, I am a horrible klutz T___T

As you can see, the Muji one definitely pales in comparison when it comes to colour payoff. It’s not very surprising: Japanese beauty products have rather low colour payoff, and their Korean counterparts have been catching up (albeit rather slowly).

I really like the MISSHA cotton blushes – #My Candyshop is good for creating sweet and fresh looks, while #Sunny Afternoon helps in looking lively, thanks to the bright colour. The orange coral shade also comes with slight hints of shimmer, so you can apply it on your cheekbones for a nice pop.

On the other hand, I use the Muji blush when I want to create a more understated look that is natural – good for when I want to look like I have minimal makeup, but still want to look healthy even though I slept for less than 5 hours.

All three are nice blushes, so take your pick based on what you prefer!

[REVIEW] ZOEVA The Basic Moment Blush Palette

I love multi-palettes that help you to do so much more than makeup for one feature, so it’s little wonder that I wanted to try out this palette from ZOEVA.


Product Description

In honor of the most precious moments, the ZOEVA brings an ethereal collection of gorgeous, vitamin E-enriched shades to enhance your favourite features.

A darker contouring shade flawlessly shapes the face while the champagne highlighter illuminates the complexion with a veil of shimmering gold. To finish the look, the universally flattering peach-toned blush imbues cheeks with a subtle flush of colour.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 26

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Ingredient List

Unfinished, Yet To Come: Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Mica (Ci 77019), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, [+/- Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)]. //

Liquid Clock: Mica (Ci 77019), Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Dehydroacetic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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)

Dehydroacetic Acid: A fungicide and bactericide predominantly used as a preservative in cosmetics. It works by killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms that contribute to a product’s decay (source)

Apricot kernel oil: Apricot seed oil contains high fatty acids, Vitamin E and A which can be used to moisturise and nourish dry and mature skin (source)


Packaging: This is considered pretty compact for a palette, and I like that it’s thin enough to fit easily into my luggage. It is, however, a little too big to put inside my makeup pouch.

Colour: I love the shades included here for each product use (blush, highlighter, and contour), because they are so universal.

Peach-pink works perfectly for most people to create a healthy flush, and it’s also my go-to colour for blushes. The bright, vibrant gold in the highlighter is also great – I always steer clear of silver highlighters because of my warm undertones, which those cool-toned ones don’t look very good on.

The brown for the contour is also just right. I’ve had some trouble with other contours because the brown wasn’t exactly a shade that worked for me, but this is perfect.

Colour payoff & intensity: I was a little surprised by how light these were when applied to my skin, especially since this was a Western brand. It’s a given that Korean brands offer the least colour payoff and so I never expect intense colours from their products, but this one really did take me back by surprise.

It’s not entirely a bad thing: I like subtlety in my makeup, and a tinge of peach or sparkle is enough to give me the glow I want.

However, I don’t really like the contour much because it’s quite patchy. It’s sufficiently good enough for contouring your nose and brow bones, but I don’t really see much of an effect when I attempt to contour my jaw.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, highlighter, or contour 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

I bring this around on my travels because I love the convenience that I can get from one palette. Granted, there’s not much variety in terms of shades, but I’ll swap variety for convenience any day if I’m struggling to stay below my baggage weight limits.

The one thing that I don’t really like from this palette is the contour. It’s clearly not the best contour product you can get, which is a little disappointing, especially since the blush and highlighter are good.

I do think that this palette is really worth the price tag. It’s cheaper than most other palettes you can get out there, and works just as well (sans the contour).

I highly recommend this to those who are just starting out in makeup and want a basic palette to hone your skills in applying blush, highlighter, and contour. For those who are more experienced and want something more challenging and exciting to work with, this may not be your cup of tea.


Rating

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

[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

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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
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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: ✮✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Cezanne Mix Color Cheek

I don’t know about you, but I seriously love Japanese blushes. For starters, the packaging is always so beautiful, and the colours well-suited for Asian skin tones. I won this as part of a contest (as mentioned here) so I got to try this out!


Product Description

With the double gradation effect of colors and pearls, you can create a glossy, beautiful look that blends perfectly with your skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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Ingredient List

MICA, TRIETHYLHEXAHOIN, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, TOCOPHEROL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER(AQUA), PRUNUS YEDOENSIS LEAF EXTRACT , ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT (ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS EXTRACT) , (+/-) , TALC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, TIN OXIDE, IRON OXIDES, RED 30, RED 7 , YELLOW 5

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)

Methylparaben: used as a preservative in women’s cosmetics, may increase risk of breast cancer (source)

Rosemary leaf extract: protects skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals (source)


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Packaging: Looks like its eyeshadow’s packaging, but I ain’t complaining. It looks very elegant and beautiful, even though it is just a drugstore brand. I guess the Japanese just do their packaging really well!

Colour: Personally, I like this colour combination the best out of all the palettes. There is a good mix of pink and coral colours, which is very good for people with slightly fairer skin and warm undertones. It looks very natural as well, especially with the pearlescent glow that comes with every shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Just like its eyeshadow equivalent, the colour intensity in this blush is close to zero. It hardly shows up on my skin unless I dust a few more layers, although I do have to point out that the pearl powder already shimmers very nicely with just one or two layers. It’s just the colour that doesn’t show up well, unless you are super fair. That being said, it’s not entirely a bad thing, because you get the appearance of naturally rosy cheeks more easily, if that’s what you are going for.

Staying power: I wouldn’t say the staying power is super good. Actually it’s very hard to tell also, because I can’t see much of the blush on my cheeks to begin with. You might have to touch up after a few hours if you want a more vibrant colour.


Final Verdict

Just like their Korean counterparts, I feel that Japanese blushes and eyeshadows often lack the colour intensity that their Western counterparts offer. The pro, of course, is that you can hardly go wrong with a more natural looking shade, but also limits the kind of looks you can achieve. This is especially so if you tend to have darker skin, because Japanese beauty products are even more limiting than the Korean ones when it comes to diversity.

If you have fairer skin (I’m a 21, and I already find that this doesn’t show up well), then this is definitely something you would want to grab. If not, I think this is still nice to use for the glow that it gives you, like a more natural-looking highlighter that doesn’t look excessive. At SGD17.90, I think it’s not too expensive, but of course there are other brands that offer cheaper alternatives that could work better for your skin tone.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Muji Cheek Colour (Matte Type)

This was one of the items that I bought during my first time buying beauty items from Muji. I had seen some reviews of this blush online before, so I was interested in trying it out for myself.


Product Description

No official description available for this, sorry folks!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 9.60

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Ingredient List

Also unavailable, sorry!


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Packaging: I like that it looks simple and minimalistic – absolutely befitting of Muji’s aesthetic and branding. It makes for a good blush to pack into your makeup pouch and luggage as well because it’s light and compact, so this is one blush I would definitely consider packing with me on my travels.

Colour: I’m really liking this shade because it’s not an obnoxious kind of pink – kind of like a natural flush, but just slightly darker? I usually try to opt for lighter colours because I don’t like blush appearing too intense on my face, so this one from Muji works just fine for me. If you are looking for a lighter colour, I would definitely recommend that you try Peach, because Rose is the darkest shade of the lot. You can also get this in the ‘crystal’ version, which is basically a shimmery version of the exact same shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Typical of Japanese cosmetic products, I wouldn’t say this payoff is strong. It is, however, pretty good, and possibly even better than some of its Korean counterparts. It takes me about 2 swipes each time to get the colour to show up as a natural flush on my skin, which isn’t too bad.

Staying power: I did realize that the colour on my cheeks didn’t really last quite as long as I had expected, and this was despite the fact that I always remembered to prime my skin and set all my makeup in loose powder. By mid-day, after I came back from lunch, I realized that the cheek colour had started to fade, and if I really want it to still look fresh for the rest of the day, it would probably require touching up in the afternoon. That was something I didn’t particularly like, because most blushes I’ve tried so far actually boast pretty good staying power.


Final Verdict

I think for SGD 9.60, the quality is not bad. It’s in fact a pretty good deal, considering that you can get a good blush for less than SGD10, and especially when you consider that it’s a product from Muji. In fact, I was initially very excited about having found this at a good price because I heard that this blush is so popular that it’s often sold out, and people actually have to wait to buy the blush after it’s been restocked.

It’s not an absolute must-buy for me because it’s not something that I would be raving about, but it does have its own legion of fans. Why? Because it’s pretty, pretty reliable, and pretty affordable blush, duh!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

I went to Korea with a shopping list and had no plans on buying a blusher from Etude House. However, just as I was about to pay for my purchases, I glanced at one of their posters of Wendy (from Red Velvet, their current ambassadors) and thought that her blush looked super good. I saw that the blush was Lovely Cookie Blusher RD301 Grapefruit Pudding, and that, my dear readers, was the story of how I met this blusher.


Product Description

Blusher that supplies cheeks with vivid colour for a healthy and gorgeous look. Easy and fun to apply with powder puff.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.90

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Ingredient List

TALC, MICA, RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, SILICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), POLYETHYLENE, YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID.

So…many…foreign…terms…

I Googled some of these and one of them shocked me.

TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE: Health Concerns of the Ingredient: Overall Hazard. Cancer. Developmental & reproductive toxicity. Allergies & immunotoxicity.

Someone should really simplify or explain all these terms for consumers on the packaging or website. How is the layman supposed to understand what this really means for their skin? 😦


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Packaging: I don’t really know why it’s called a Cookie Blusher because the packaging doesn’t really look like a cooke to me, but I appreciate how convenient it is to carry around and use it. A lot of blushers don’t come with puffs or any form of applicator, which is really inconvenient. The lid shuts tightly as well, so no worries about your blusher being possibly ruined when you drop it, have it knocked around etc.

Colour: To be honest, I would probably never have bought a colour as dark and intense as this for my blushers. I usually stick to lighter, pinker shades because it looks more natural, but I wanted to try something different with this. It looks more like coral than red, but it’s a beautiful colour that really suits skin with warm undertones.

Colour payoff & intensity: The intensity is pretty average, but be careful not to dab too much at one go with the puff unless you’re going for a very strong blusher look. This is how the blusher looks like when I dabbed more than usual:

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It’s not that bad, but just saying that it might not be something you’re going for, so be careful!

Staying power: Although this blusher is rather powdery (top ingredient is talc), it stays on super well. I do not set it with mineral powder or setting spray and yet still can stay out the whole day without any need for touch-ups at all, which is always great. Trust me, no one likes doing touch-ups every few hours.


Final Verdict

After I’ve tried this blusher, I really want to get the other shades as well. I’m impressed by the formula, and I do think it’s considered pretty affordable for this kind of quality.

Now who says impulse buys are always bad?


Rating

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

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