[REVIEW] Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush

I got this last year, but totally forgot about reviewing it. To be honest, I also forgot about using it for a while because I had gotten a few new blushes and got so addicted to using them that this just slipped my mind. However, I finally got around to using this blush extensively again, so here is my review!


Product Description

Brighten your complexion with the perfect natural flush of colour in a soft and buildable powder blush.
Who could say goodbye to this soft peachy pink.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 7


Ingredient List

For the shade #Why, Hello…

TALC, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PTFE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, OCTOCRYLENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).


Packaging: I really wanted to give this a high score because I appreciate blushes that are this compact and easy to keep, but I once dropped this and the magnetic clasp never worked again, so I haven’t been able to close it shut since then.

On the other hand, I have to say that this packaging really protects your blush very well. Most people would end up with a blush that’s shattered and destroyed, had they dropped it the same way I did, but I was rather amazed to find that my blush remained intact! Hence, I’m quite conflicted on how I should grade and assess this.

Colour: I’m also very conflicted about this shade I bought. Why, Hello… is described as a “soft peachy pink” by Colourpop, and I definitely agree. However, I can’t really tell if it’s as ‘warm-toned’ as it is described. I feel that it may actually look even better on people with cooler skin tones.

Also, I don’t know if it’s just me but my shade doesn’t really look like the one on the website, or in other people’s photos. Meh.

Colour payoff & intensity: The pigmentation is pretty good, so I don’t have to grab and slap on a huge amount of product in order to see a decent tinge of colour (cough K- and J-beauty products).

However, I do find that the application is not quite as even or easy as I would like, which is a bit of a pity. I think you can chalk this up (hahahha) to the chalkiness of the product. It’s one of the chalkiest blushes I’ve had in my collection – the rest are all rather finely-milled powder, and less chunky as compared to this one.

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 have no major issues with this.


Final Verdict

I initially thought that this was a pretty affordable blush, then I got the ones from MISSHA and realised that there are, obviously, much better and much cheaper options out there. Granted, the amount of product probably isn’t quite the same, but you get my point.

I think this is one of the first few times I’ve not been impressed by a Colourpop product (one including the Satin Lip). Sadly.


Rating

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

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6 Favourite Beauty Products in 2018

2018 has been one of my favourite years in terms of experimenting with new makeup and skincare, so I’ll round up some of the ones I loved the most last year. I know this post is a little late, but better late than never, right? 😉


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

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The BEST foundation I’ve ever used. I’ve even stopped using BB creams because this stuff is even better, be it in terms of coverage or staying power. I also love that it doesn’t clog up my skin, so it’s great to use even if you have oily skin with easily-clogged pores.

It’s a tad expensive, but a good foundation like this is honestly worth the investment, even more so than a luxury lipstick. This is coming from a lipstick lover, so you know how much I treasure this foundation. You also don’t need a lot of product because of the high coverage, so a little can go a long way.


the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

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Best concealer I’ve ever used – and the cheapest one ever! This stuff is creamy, promises super good coverage, and doesn’t oxidize. I’ve been using this (rather small) tube for months and still haven’t finished it – super worth it!


MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

 

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I didn’t really dare to take the leap when it came to using snail mucin, but when I finally did with this product, I was absolutely blown away. I find this perfect for soothing and clearing up skin irritations, acne, and sunburns while hydrating skin. Now, where have you been my whole life??


COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

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Probably my favourite toner this year for being really effective (at least for the most part). This is very good for clearing up acne and preventing breakouts from happening, so acne-prone people should definitely try this.


CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

No one should be left feeling like a noob at using liquid eyeliner, not when CLIO has provided one of the best tools available. I find that the brush is much easier to control and use than the pen, so you can easily brush (haha) across your eyelids and create a clean line. Plus points for being waterproof.


Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

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I couldn’t end this favourites list without a lip product, and after much deliberation I finally decided that Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip was truly the gem of the year. Comfort, great staying power, and beautiful colours – this highly affordable product truly provides them all.

[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

Having reviwed Colourpop’s blotted lip and satin lip, it’s about time I got around to reviewing another of their star lip products – matte lip.


Product Description

This thin, lightweight formula smoothly glides on the lips leaving SUPER intense pigment with a bold, ultra-matte look. It is very long-wearing and 100% kiss-proof AKA no transferring!

Official Retail Price: USD 6.50

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Ingredient List

ISODODECANE, DIISOPROPYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, ALUMINA, NYLON-12, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

There aren’t many ingredients in this list, and a quick check on most of them seem to be fine. Propylene Carbonate, however, has been classified as a human irritant for use around eyes, on skin, etc., so do take note of that.


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Packaging: Identical to the other Colourpop lipsticks. I find this a little problematic because the shades I buy all look pretty similar, and sometimes I can mix them all up. I have to look very carefully at the tube to see if I’m using the blotted, matte, or satin. It’s not a huge problem, just that it would have been great if Colourpop made some slight differences to the packaging for clearer distinction.

Colour: I was kind of prepared that the colour would turn out darker than the nudes and pinks I was used to buying when I saw the marketing photos, but the colour didn’t seem to fit me as well as I had expected. I think it’s a little too much of a dark brown for me, and it made my overall complexion look quite bad. It’s a bit sad because I really quite like this ‘dusty brown pink’ (as Colourpop puts it) :/

The colour payoff is, I think, the best among blotted, satin, and matte. It’s not very surprising, considering that it’s a matte lipstick, but still a noteworthy point.

Staying power: Best staying power I’ve had from a matte lipstick. Ever. I never had to worry about transfer, or having the colour disappear after a meal. In fact, I had the most amount of colour pigments left on my lips at the end of the day when I used this lipstick, and I absolutely loved the convenience of not having to touch up! My lips also didn’t feel uncomfortable at all with this formula – no drying out, no ugly cracking of lips, none of the horrors that usually accompanies matte lipsticks.


Final Verdict

Once again, Colourpop has not disappointed with its products. This is my favourite matte formula for liquid lipsticks thus far – my only regret is that the colour didn’t suit me quite as much as I wanted. Thankfully that’s not too big of a problem – I could always buy other shades in future…


Rating

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

mustbuy

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

I’m back with another smudge test!

This time round, I’ll be checking out the pencil liners in my make-up collection. Eyeliner is a must-have in my daily routine because my eyes really need that extra depth, but liquid liners are not always my kind of thing to struggle with in the morning. As a result, I have ended up amassing pencil eyeliners in a bid to find one that works for my oily eyelids.

Products swatched and tested:

Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

Innisfree Always New Auto Liner

Etude House Play 101 pencil

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

  1. TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner
  2. Etude House Play 101 pencil
  3. Colourpop Crème Gel Liner
  4. Innisfree Always New Auto Liner

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

[REVIEW] Colourpop NO LIMIT Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

So I got (slightly) addicted to Colourpop after using their lip products, then I was egged on to try their eyeshadow palettes which, according to friend A, was also another product absolutely worth trying ‘because she heard so’. Well, I didn’t really need that much convincing tbh. I scoured the website for eyeshadows that I thought would be good for an everyday look, and then I saw THIS palette.


Product Description

Get some money in this pumped up mauve palette.

Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 12


Ingredient List

SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

I don’t recall having seen Synthetic Fluorphlogopite in my previous reviews, so I did a check and understood even less than I had started with:

Synthetic mineral based on fluorine, aluminum and silicate; also known as synthetic fluorine mica; used as a bulking agent.

Bulking agent? Huh? Another foreign term, so I consulted Google again:

Non‐nutritive substances (commonly non‐starch polysaccharides) added to foods to increase the bulk and hence sense of satiety, especially in foods designed for weight reduction.

Nope, nope, nope. Someone really needs to make ingredient lists easier to understand so that ordinary consumers like us can be more informed about whatever we want to buy without having to google every single ingredient.


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Packaging: It’s thin enough to fit into most makeup pouches, but the best part of this palette’s packaging is definitely its magnetic clasp. It ensures that your palette stays closed and I assume, in turn, helps to reduce the chances of your eyeshadow powder smashing to pieces if it ever falls on the floor (touchwood). I do think, however, that one minor flaw is that how easily the mirror can get dirtied with nothing to keep the shadows and mirror separate.

Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, and thankfully not too chalky despite the talc ingredient. This makes the eyeshadows very easy to apply and blend evenly on my eyelids.

Colour payoff & intensity: After having experienced Etude House eyeshadows’ almost non-existent colour payoff, I was absolutely not expecting to see the vibrant colours that this palette is capable of. I used to struggle and had to apply multiple layers of eyeshadow onto my eyelids for a slightly stronger tinge to show up. However, with this palette, all I need to do is use my Innisfree brush to lightly pick up the colours I want, gently swipe over my lids and voila! I am in love with this strong payoff and intensity that you can’t find in a lot of K-beauty palettes.

Colour: This palette contains mostly orange and corals (according to Colourpop’s website, that is). There are 3 matte finishes and 1 duochrome finish, the combination of which I have found to be very versatile. The warm colours flatter my warm undertones, and should easily fit most people’s skin tones. In addition, this is one eyeshadow palette that can easily take you from day to night just by adding Come And Get It – a gold, shimmery update to a more muted look. Although I do like all four colours, I find that the Going Steady shade is a little too blueish and dark for me, so it’s my least favourite one in the whole palette. On the other hand, my favourite shade, Labyrinth, is a gorgeous rose pink that I feel would also make a good blush colour.

Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average – it generally lasts for about one day, but don’t expect it to stay fully intact at the end of the day. I also feel that the darker colours have longer staying power than the lighter shades, so be careful about piling too much at one go.


Final Verdict

If you are new to eyeshadows, or just love a versatile look great for warm undertones, this is it. This is my go-to palette because nothing else I’ve used so far has come close to its performance and price point, and I strongly encourage this necessary purchase. Many reviews on Colourpop’s website have also sung praises about this palette, so you know this ain’t a biased recommendation from me.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] Colourpop Lux Lipstick

I got really excited when I saw that Colourpop was releasing its first line of bullet lipsticks on Instagram – as much as I like how lasting liquid lipsticks are, I’m still a bigger of bullet lipsticks and the occasional lip tint. However, I didn’t manage to get hold of any the first time I tried to buy them, because they were all sold out 😦 So I waited out for a while, and FINALLY managed to order one of these babies.


Product Description

LUX it up. Enriched with our LUX Blend of hydrating butters, this creamy-matte, long wearing lipstick glides on the lips for intense pigmentation in shades made for every skin tone.

This medium rosy beige will get you from one destination to the next.

Official Retail Price: USD 7.00 (Colourpop Official Website)


Ingredient List

Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Euterpe Olerecea Pulp Powder, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colourpop’s star ingredients here are Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Pomegranate Seed Oil, which claim to help your lips stay moisturized. I do find it a bit strange, however, that ingredients like ‘flavour’ are actually present in a considerable proportion.


One thing I really like about Colourpop is its huge offerings of nude shades. Not everyone is a red lip kinda person, and sometimes bright pink can look inappropriate at formal occasions, so nude is definitely one of the safest shades you can go with.

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Packaging: I quite like the gold packaging and cute tiny stars adorning both the cover and the actual lipstick itself – it’s small details like these that differentiates one brand’s lipsticks from another’s. I do feel that Colourpop can improve of its labelling of shades on the product. – currently, what they do is to use some transparent name sticker and paste it on the bottom of the tube. Sure it works, but I still feel that it makes the product look a lot cheaper than it would have been if the name was printed on or something.

Colour: Nude shades are everyone’s thing (yes, everyone!). I quite like this shade that I got (Lay Over) – it’s a rose beige that is great for people with warm undertones, and I think of it as a ‘pink’ equivalent of ‘brick red’. I do think the photos are on the website are quite misleading though, because the shade looked a lot darker in real life than on the models pictured.

The payoff is good, and the colour slides off easily so you don’t have to tug hard on your lips for more. It does remind me strongly of shea butter when it comes to the texture – imagine hand cream, but on your lips. You can even taste hints of it by the way. I found it a little strange, I’m not sure if it is everyone’s kind of thing.

Staying power: Colourpop promises that this will be long wearing, and they are right. Don’t expect it to be fully transfer-proof, because it’s not. It’s just that you’re likely to survive an intense meal with this lipstick on, and still have enough left after the meal so that there is no need to touch up.


Final Verdict

Long-wearing bullet lipsticks, are in fact, not as easy to find as your usual liquid alternatives. I think it may of course have something to do with the formula, but nonetheless, this has proven to be quite good.

Strange shea butter taste aside, I use this lipstick quite regularly these days when I am too lazy to pull together a more pronounced look, or aiming to go for a more ‘natural’ feel. I think this is great for people who are going for a clean look, or simply love how easy it is to wear neutral shades. I would definitely love to try other nude shades of this lipstick – because one nude shade is definitely different from the other, am I right?


Rating

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

mustbuy

Beauty Products I Won’t Repurchase

In an ideal world, we would love every beauty product because everything works and  everything is affordable. Unfortunately, things are not quite so rosy in real life. This is the first post on items I won’t be repurchasing – let’s hope that I won’t have to do too many of such posts :X


RiRe Luxe Glow Lipstick

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This was just… simply put, not what I was looking for. The colour was way too purple for my liking. I know, it’s fuchsia pink (I just realized they didn’t even spell this correctly on their marketing materials, oh man), but surely the colour should look much closer to pink like in the promotional photos? It also doesn’t help that the packaging looks cheap, the product smells like plasticky wax, and my lips had an allergic reaction to it. Yeah. Just don’t buy this, I really don’t think it’s worth the money.


Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

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I initially gave this product a glowing review but after I kept having huge chunks of the lead breaking off, I have changed my mind. I know this is really very affordable and the application is really smooth, but it breaks my heart whenever this breaks off. I swore I had half of the lead break off, so I had to go buy a new eyeliner much earlier than I expected. I’m never repurchasing this again to save myself the heartache.


TFS Signature Highlighter

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This just didn’t work for me. I don’t know why. Maybe you need to be very fair for the glow and colours to be seen. All I know is that I can’t see much on my skin, so I’m giving this a pass.


LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask

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I really wanted to love this product because it feels and smells so good, but my skin has not been reacting well to it 😦 I won’t be buying this again, but it’s a personal skin issue rather than a product deficiency. This might work better for you if your skin is normal/dry, and not so sensitive.


Etude House Any Cushion All Day Perfect

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Having tried other fantastic cushion compacts, I’m sorry to say that this really falls short. Coverage is minimal, staying power not as great as advertised, and leaves your skin looking patchy and cakey. It’s a definite no from me.