[REVIEW] Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Duo

I got this 2 years ago and totally forgot about it because I was so obsessed with shu uemura’s hard formula, but I remembered that I still have this and haven’t reviewed it so here it is!

Product Description

Pencil and Shadow type eyebrow

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13.90

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I couldn’t find this because the product seems to have been pulled down from the international website, but it’s still up on the SG one. I don’t know if they stopped selling this in Korea already, let me know if you have info on this!






Colour: I bought this when I just dyed my hair a copper brown, so I got it in the shade Red Brown to match my hair. Unfortunately, I’ve changed my hair colour at least twice since then, and my latest one is supposed to be leaning towards ash brown, so I can’t use this anymore.

In any case, I did try to use this as much as possible back when I had copper brown hair, but I felt that it was very hard to blend the red colour in (see swatch photo) with my black eyebrows. I even bought a brow mascara to try and lighten my brow colour, but it didn’t really help much.

I do think it would have been much better if I had bought a colour that’s similar to my brows; forget whatever they say about buying an eyebrow pencil that matches your hair, it doesn’t work out as easily as you think. Buy one that matches your eyebrow hair instead.

Colour aside, I’m also not a fan of how soft this is. I mean, it’s great for blending, but not great if you want to draw your brows in strand by strand. You know, to look like you have real brows, not just a space that’s coloured in. The powder part is a bit hard to control so you might end up with too much, be careful of that as well.

Staying power: I don’t have much to say about this. You’ll definitely still have your drawn brows intact by the end of the day, provided you don’t purposely rub them off.

Final Verdict

I quite like Etude House’s makeup products but… this is just not up my alley, especially since I’m no pro at drawing brows and need something that is foolproof.

That being said, you can definitely work the softness to your advantage by doing a soft colour and blend for more nuanced brows. I just think that there are probably better, cheaper options for doing this.


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


[TIPS] K-beauty products for makeup beginners

When I first started using makeup (which was actually in December 2016), I was absolutely confused. I bought my first makeup products in Korea, and I completely had no idea what I was looking for. BB cream? Eyeliner? Eyebrow pencil? Lipstick? Those were probably the only 4 I knew, and even so I didn’t know which brands and which products were good. I struggled through my first few products because the application wasn’t always great, and some products just didn’t do well on my skin.

In this post, I’ve recommended products which I personally feel are a) worth every cent, b) easy for beginners to use, and c) basic products that most people would use, so I’ve excluded stuff like highlighter, contour etc. Do read on! 🙂

Primer: banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating (SGD 25)


I didn’t use primer early in my makeup journey, and if you’re on a really tight budget, I honestly think you can skip this step. While the brand is not available in Singapore (officially), you can either get it on Althea, other E-commerce platforms like Shopee, or even in Malaysia. This primer is really good for ensuring your skin stays moisturized and that your makeup stays in place – great for most skin types.

Foundation: Innisfree Skinny Fit Foundation (SGD 29)


They weren’t joking about the skinny cover fit in this product, which is why I love using this. I think this foundation has really good coverage, stays on for long without much oxidizing, and feels very light on the skin. There are a few downsides of course, such as lack of shades available and low SPF, but generally still good for its price.

Setting powder: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (SGD 10)


Never thought before that you need setting powder to lock in your makeup and keep oil under control? You’ll know what you’re missing out on once you get around to trying this. This is a holy grail product of most K-beauty bloggers. Perfect dupe for more expensive setting powders in Sephora, smells great, and is cheap!! One small tub can last you for months on end, so imagine how much value you’re getting out of your $$$$. This is actually much cheaper on sites like Althea, and of course in Korea (bought 3 for around SGD 10, just imagine). This powder sets your makeup for you to go from dawn to dusk, and prevents your skin from becoming an oil well.

Eyebrow pencil: Etude House Drawing Eye Brow (SGD 5.90)

No product photo as of yet, sorry!!

This eyebrow pencil from Etude House is another product frequently touted for its great quality and low price. This was the first eyebrow pencil I used, and I stuck to this for more than one year before I tried the Shu Uemura Hard Formula. I love it because it is seriously very cheap, can last for very long, and is super easy to use. If you thought drawing eyebrows is going to take you at least 30 minutes, this product will certainly change your mind.

Eyeshadow + Blush: Innisfree My Palette (SGD 8/colour)

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My colours look like I’m confused (I was, kinda – when I bought this, I was sneezing my head off at the store like no one’s business) but actually I found this very useful for doing a whole face of makeup haha. The browns, in particular, are very useful for doing both eyeshadow and contour. I like the pigmentation and how easy it is to blend, which is especially useful for beginners who can’t deal with chalky, tough eyeshadow (actually no one can).

This is slightly pricier at $8 per cube/colour, but I think that a nice brown is a good investment because it works as both eyeshadow and contour.

Eyeliner: TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner (SGD 15.90)


Some people don’t do eyeliner, but some people live by it. If you’re a beginner, please don’t jump straight into liquid/gel liners. Even I still struggle with them and stick to pencils 90% of the time 😦 This one from TFS is one of my favourites because it really glides on your eyelids easily, and is smudge-proof & waterproof. No one will be able to tell that you’re just starting out in makeup if you get your eyeliner on point, and this product definitely can do that for you.

Lipstick: Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet (SGD 6.90)


The truth is that there are many great lip products out there, but one that is particularly noteworthy is this product from Peripera, famed for its lip tints. Gradient lip? Full lip look? Last you from one meal to the next? This one’s got you covered for just SGD 6.90.

Total spending: SGD 100.70

This amount looks terrifying (yes, makeup is unfortunately really expensive), but I’ll further streamline this for you by cutting out the eyeshadow+ blush, and primer:

Total spending: SGD 67.70

It’s definitely still a big sum, but this is money that you can consider a good investment because you will use it well – trust me, these products won’t be left untouched on the shelf just after one use,  unless you bought a shade you don’t like.

Are there any products here that you also used when you first started doing makeup, or that you agree are great for beginners? Let me know in the comments!

[REVIEW] shu uemura hard formula

I contemplated really, really long before I got this. I had heard so many good reviews about this eyebrow pencil, yet I just couldn’t find it in myself to buy this because I was so used to my Etude House pencil. However, I couldn’t help myself anymore when I went for my usual 3D brow styling session and saw the brow artist using this pencil to draw, therefore I became the proud owner of this holy grail product.

Product Description

natural finish and shape. this unique eyebrow pencil only releases color pigment when it interacts with the oils in the brow hairs. the result is natural, defined brows. smudge-proof and long-lasting.
hard lead to draw precise and fine lines.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 33

I had to admit, I was sold by the fact that the pencil only releases pigment when it interacts with oils in the brow hairs. It potentially means that I wouldn’t face the danger of drawing my brows waaay too off, and helps to save pigments because I am a clumsy klutz who sometimes doesn’t cap stuff back properly, or drops things way too often.

Colour: I wasn’t too sure what colour to get (I’m not great at identifying my hair colour), so I asked the brow stylist and she got me this. Personally, I’ve often been advised to change my eyebrow pencil according to my hair colour, but it’s usually brown anyway so it doesn’t make much of a difference to me. Of course, it’s worth taking note if you find yourself changing hair colours very often, though I wouldn’t advise bleaching your eyebrows to match your bleached hair.





I know the pencil looks really worn out here, but it’s actually because I’ve been using this almost every day for MONTHS, and haven’t been back to a shu uemura outlet to sharpen my pencil yet because I’m both busy and lazy.

Despite that, you can still see how wonderfully made this pencil is. shu uemura products are especially famous for their focus on tools, and it really does feel like I’m using a well-crafted tool to shape my brows. It glides and fills in very easily to give your brows a natural look.

Staying power: I wouldn’t exactly vouch for its smudge-proof properties though. I’ve had an instance where I accidentally rubbed my forehead and voila, there was a small patch of brown on my hand where it touched my eyebrows. Of course, there’s a possibility it happened because my eyebrows were too oily, but it’s just a gentle reminder not to bank too much on it being entirely smudge-proof.

Final Verdict

I’ve been telling my friend A that this is my new favourite eyebrow product, and once again, I am impressed by a holy grail product.

The one thing that throws me off is the price. I’m waiting to see how long this pencil can last me so that I can accurately tell you if it can last me for very long, but according to the current situation, there’s a high possibility that this will actually last me for a few years, if I can get around to sharpening it right down to a short stub.

I think it’s a good investment if you want to be able to draw good eyebrows in the shortest amount of time possible. I’ve often struggled with other products because they made my brows look worse than when I started. However, I feel that this will be much better if you’re going for a natural look favoured in K-beauty, rather than a strong brow game, so make sure you get the right pencil for the right look.


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


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] Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

I first bought this product in Korea (hint, Etude House in KR gives tons of freebies!) Someone once remarked that Etude House is the cheaper alternative to Bobbi Brown in Korea because of its product range and emphasis on colours, rather than base makeup – food for thought, I guess.

Product description

This is a pencil type eyebrow that fills in between brow hair.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 5.90

When it comes to makeup, I am honestly not as patient and skilful as my peers, so I always look for easy & extremely effective options that don’t cost me a fortune. I like to think of this product as the epitome of my makeup motto, because I would even go so far as to say that this is the best makeup product that I got in Korea and my only regret is not buying more because it is really very affordable and good to use.


The pencil comes in this triangular shape that makes it easier for you to angle it and draw your eyebrows. It also comes in the following shades, which I think is a pretty good range for eyebrow colours.


Drawing your eyebrows with this product is literally as easy as the picture makes it seem- just angle it, draw as needed, and use the spool to brush through for a more nature look. And that’s it – your eyebrows are good to go, and ready to last the day!

Final Verdict

With an eyebrow pencil as affordable and easy to use as Etude House’s Drawing Eye Brow, there is really not much to deliberate about.

Personally, I think this is very good to invest in because good eyebrows really make a huge difference, besides good skin of course. I’ve been using Etude House’s Drawing Eyebrows for 2 months, and from the looks of it, I could probably use this for up till 1 year. Stretching SGD 5.90 over 1 year on good (or in my case, just decent) eyebrows, imagine that!

While this eyebrow pencil won’t automatically make your eyebrows Instagram-ready, I would recommend this if you’re new to this eyebrow game, or just want a quick eyebrow fix in the morning and on the go.


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