[REVIEW] Cezanne Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

I’ve never been quite a fan of liquid eyeliners, not until I tried CLIO’s brush liner. It has certainly sparked hope that someone like me, complete with oily skin and the tendency to sweat buckets, can also use liquid eyeliners without the fear of smudging.

This Cezanne eyeliner was part of the prize package that I won sometimes back from a magazine, but I only got around to testing it recently.


Product Description

Ultra-thin brush pen type: 
Features a resilient tip to smoothly draw thin lines, thick lines, and winged eye corners. You can draw delicate lines by following along the lash lines.


Deep coloring: 
Creates an impressive look that brings out your eyes, even with delicate lines.


Waterproof: 
Features a durable finish that is resistant to water, sweat, and tears.


Film type: 
Despite its waterproof properties, it can be easily taken off with warm water, providing a simple removal experience.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.90


Ingredient List

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BLACK 2 (CI 77266), AMMONIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, BEHENETH-30, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DISILOXANE DIMETHICONE, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, SIMETHICONE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SORBITAN LAURATE, SORBITAN PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, SORBITAN TRIOLEATE, TOCOPHEROL, SUCROSE PALMITATE, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT

I don’t know about you, but I’m very curious about the fruit extracts (apple and raspberry). What are they supposed to do for your eyelid skin??

A quick search online throws up suggestions that apple extract can give you healthier-looking and younger skin, while raspberry extract prevents skin damage from UV rays.

I think this is the first time that I’ve seen an eyeliner actually contain fruit extracts to take care of your skin, and I’m not sure if the Japanese are way more advanced in this area than other countries. Nonetheless, still impressed!


Packaging: I quite appreciate that the eyeliner tube is rather thick and short, because it is easier to get a firm grip and better control where your brush is going.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’m not a fan of black eyeliner, and I’m even less a fan of uneven application of black eyeliner.

I don’t know how people manage to get an even and smooth application with this – I’m guessing it may be because their eyelids aren’t as oily as mine. I had difficulty even getting a proper line that was evenly coloured, and got so frustrated that I ended up using my CLIO eyeliner to fill in the gaps.

Staying power: This claims to hold up against water, sweat, and tears. But oil? Major no-no. I’m not even sure about the ‘sweat’ claim, to be honest.

For those of us who tend to sweat and whose skin produces a lot of oil, even on the eyelids, there’s always a threat of having your eyeliner run to your lower lids – yes, even those pencil liners can’t promise to hold up well.

I knew Cezanne’s eyeliner was clearly not for us with oily skin when I saw black smudges on my lower eyelids after just a few hours, and that the line on my upper eyelid was almost gone.

Actually, I can’t even be sure if the line that remained was from my Cezanne or CLIO eyeliner, but I’m certain that the smudges are certainly not from CLIO, which has never failed to hold up even in the worst of weathers.


Final Verdict

Maybe if you have normal/dry skin, this eyeliner from Cezanne would probably work for you.

However, this is certainly getting a no from me, and I recommend that you check out other brands as well if you have oily lids just like me.


Rating

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

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[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] Cezanne Airy Touch Eyeshadow

I actually won this in a giveaway together with a few other Cezanne products – the best luck I’ve had with such contests in a super long time! I had been wanting to try their products for some time since the brand entered Singapore, so it was a neat stroke of luck.


Product Description

Color and pearl gradation: With the gradation effect of colors that blend well with your skin and pearls, your eyes appear larger, and depth is created.(Amount of pearls: The amount decreases from 1 to 3, and 4 is a matte.)Layer four colors to give your eyes a gentle, deep appearance.

High-quality tip with natural hair brush: The brush features natural hair that creates an unparalleled finish, and the puff is a thin-tipped type that makes it easy to spread the eye shadow to your eyes’ edges. It’s easy for anyone to create a soft gradation.

Uses airy powder that is resistant to dulling: This eye shadow features special processing that makes your skin resistant to dulling, so you can apply it in the morning and have a clear eye area until evening

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90


Ingredient List

None that I can find on the Internet – sorry folks! As usual, let me know if you are able to dig one out from the depths of the web.


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Packaging: As typical of Japanese makeup products, this eyeshadow palette looks so elegant even though it’s only a drugstore brand. I love how small this is and can fit easily into my bag, my pouch, probably even my jeans pocket.

Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, but not chalky at all. The powder is also not too loose, which is great because you won’t be expecting too much fallout from this eyeshadow.

Colour payoff & intensity: You know how I always complain about Korean brands’ eyeshadows being too faint for me to see anything? It seems like Japanese brands are not much better. In fact. this colour intensity is one of the lightest that I have seen. It hardly shows up on my skin (for reference, I’m a 21), sans the darkest shade (bottom right) that I assume is to be used as an eyeliner. One aspect I do appreciate, however, is the shimmery quality of the eyeshadow. It’s not too much that it looks gaudy, just sufficient to help your eyes shine.

Colour: Besides the lack of colour payoff, another thing that I did not particularly like were the colours. I was given 04 Cassis brown, which consists of purplish shades that would be much better suited to people who have cool undertones. I have warm undertones, so most of the time blue and purple shades look terrible on me, like I’ve been punched in the eye. I think 01 and 02 would be a much better fit if you have warm undertones just like me.

Staying power: Pretty average. I do have to point out though, I once tried using the darkest shade as eyeliner and ended up having it smudged on my lower eyelid. I think this eyeshadow may not work well if you have oilier eyelids, so take note to try and mattify them (with oil blotting paper or loose powder).


Final Verdict

To be honest, I was quite disappointed that this product did not turn out to be as good as I had imagined – I don’t think the actual product quality is super amazing or anything. It also does not help that I got a shade that I would try to avoid as much as I can. I don’t think I will recommend this if you are looking to switch things up and get a Japanese beauty brand’s eyeshadow palette.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Cezanne Lasting Lip Color N

If there’s another country that does packaging just as well as Korea, it’s definitely Japan. Japanese cosmetic products are one of the prettiest, most delicate things I’ve seen, while Korean cosmetics are more on the ‘cute’ side.

I first saw Cezanne Cosmetics in Tokyu Hands a month ago and thought it looked really similar to Canmake, with the intricate packaging and sweet colours. I couldn’t believe my luck when I won a set of this brand’s products from Cleo Singapore’s FB contest, and was really excited to try this out, so you will see a few other Cezanne products’ reviews coming up as well!


Product Description

Beautifies your lips with translucent color for a just-applied finish. Retains moisture, protecting the lips from dryness and roughness.

Official Retail Price: SGD 12.90

 

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Ingredient List

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DICAPRATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CERESIN, PARAFFIN, SUCROSE TETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE, PROPYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, POLYGLYCERYL-2 LAURATE, GLYCERYL CAPRATE, TOCOPHEROL, BHT, CITRIC ACID, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, SQUALANE ROYAL JELLY EXTRACT, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, BARIUM SULFATE, RED 7, PIGMENT YELLOW 12, YELLOW 5 LAKE, RED 27 CI 69825, IRON OXIDES

One interesting ingredient you’ll see in this list is Squalene Royal Jelly Extract. A quick check online says that this ingredient is “POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin appropriately. However, it has caused inflammation and allergic rash when applied to the scalp.” (Source) So take note if you have sensitive skin!


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Packaging: I think for a drugstore brand, this packaging is really great. Its gold details don’t make it look cheap, which is a really tough job if you see how some other brands have tried and failed.

Colour: I’m under the impression that the Japanese are not big fans of matte lipsticks and prefer a glossy or creamy finish, because the lipsticks from Japanese brands I’ve seen so far don’t have matte offerings.

As you can see from the swatch, the colour payoff is quite okay – but only because I applied THREE layers. It’s even less intense than K-beauty products, but I think the result is that you get a very natural and soft look (truly MLBB lol). There’s a nice sheen that makes your lips look slightly plumper, and I have to say that this shade 102 (from the ‘brown’ series) is exactly the lipstick shade I am looking for! It’s definitely a shade to create fall looks, and especially flattering for people with warm undertones.

Staying power: It’s called Lasting Lip Color, so it should last – and it does! I have had experience with lots of bullet lipsticks with this finish that cannot even last through me drinking water, but this is impressive enough to survive a meal! It fades nicely so that you don’t get ugly patches of colour, and don’t have to worry as much about touching up.


Final Verdict

This lipstick falls into my category of ‘not bad, but not something I absolutely love’. The price point is really good, the products works as it should, but not exactly ‘holy grail’ status in my opinion.

If you are looking for an affordable lipstick that isn’t dubious and gives a lovely MLBB colour, I would definitely recommend this. If you are looking for something that gives more personality or has a wow factor, you might not be as impressed by this.


Rating

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