[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] LANEIGE Ultra Long-lasting Eyeliner

After my Colourpop eyeliner died on me (aka a whole chunk of the lead just broke off and I was left with a stump I could barely use), I had to find another pencil eyeliner as a backup, just in case my TFS one died the same way too.


Product Description

Long-lasting eyeliner with the compound function of  all day long smudge-free strong waterproof and sweatproof

 

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29.00

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Ingredient List

Iron Oxide, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14Olefin), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polybutene, Silica Silylate, Rhus succedanea Fruit Wax., Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-d-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Carnauba Wax

According to this source, Hydrogenated Polydecene is persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans. It sounds quite disturbing, but apparently the overall hazard is actually low so it should pose a high risk to humans.


My initial choice was actually Light Brown because I wanted to try a lighter shade to brighten my eyes, but the LANEIGE store I went to ran out of stock for it, so I opted to get it in Dark Brown instead.

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Packaging: A simple pencil, as with most pencil liners. It’s light and convenient to carry around in your makeup pouch. What I do particularly like is that it looks quite luxurious.

Colour payoff & intensity: I thought no other pencil eyeliner could beat Colourpop’s payoff. I was WRONG. This eyeliner is so good that I just need to draw a line once and it’s intense enough (see swatch photo above). You won’t need to keep drawing the same line over and over again, or risk tugging at your eyelids to get the perfect colour.

Staying power: By now we know that not all claims are necessarily true, and so I was a bit skeptical when I saw that this eyeliner claimed to be waterproof, sweatproof, and able to hold up the entire day. I was proven wrong when I had this one for a super long day – I woke up at 5.30AM, rushed through some work preparations in the afternoon, helped out at an event until about 10PM, and reached home at about 10.45PM. I was prepared to have most of my makeup gone by then – my foundation had partly oxidized, my lipstick was gone, but my eyeliner was still intact! COMPLETELY intact! My eyelids were definitely oily and I obviously perspired quite a lot in the day, but my eyeliner had not budged at all!


Final Verdict

I never thought that I would spend so much money on an eyeliner, and I was really worried that this was going to be one of those ‘meh’ purchases that made me regret being so experimental, but I’m so happy that I tried this because it’s so good!!

The only thing that made me feel a bit ‘meh’ when I was using this was that just like the Colourpop eyeliner, the lead is really soft so it breaks off super easily. I once accidentally broke off a chunk when I was being too rough, and I could hear my heart break because this was really quite pricey. You might have to be prepared to have your heart broken once in a while when you use this product.


Rating

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

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[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! ~

[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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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] CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Brush Liner

I’m a fan of CLIO’s liquid eyeliners, so I tried to buy them again when I went to Korea last December. It came to no one’s surprise that I managed to buy the wrong one – I had intended to buy the pen liner again, but ended up getting the brush liner cos I was blur.


Product Description

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Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16.90 (ezbuy)

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Ingredient List

CLIO KILL BROWN WATERPROOF BRUSH LINER

 

I couldn’t seem to find this online for some reason, so I had to use a photo taken from the packaging. Again, you’ll find that the main ingredient in this product here is water. The iron oxides are presumably to give the pigment its brown colour, which could also explain why the colour is much lighter than you might expect.


I only use brown eyeliner, period. I think no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise. I got this limited edition set – I’m hypothesizing that it’s got to do with the repackaging/rebranding of the liner series. It came with a free furry mirror that you can bring on the go, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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CLIO KILL BROWN WATERPROOF BRUSH LINER
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Packaging: This is slightly thicker and shorter than the CLIO pen liner I have. Again, I’m not sure if this is a new packaging, but I find that it being thicker actually allows for even better grip, and in turn an ability to draw more comfortably.

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s still a lighter brown that I would have liked, but I’m very pleased with this eyeliner’s payoff. I was initially quite worried that it would be harder to use than the pen liner, and I’d end up drawing uneven lines all over my eyelids, but my worries were unfounded. I would even say that this brush liner’s payoff is much better than the pen liner, and doesn’t fade throughout the day. One stroke is sufficient for a good colour, so you don’t have to keep drawing again and again on the same spot.

Staying power: The pen liner doesn’t hold up too well when oil is in question, but the brush liner is totally in a league of its own. This has survived all kinds of undesirable conditions found in sunny Singapore, including thunderstorms, buckets of sweat rolling down my face, and too much oil from my pores. For even better staying power, I sometimes pat a small amount of Innisfree No-Sebum powder and I know that I’m all set to survive the day. Don’t believe me? Check out this infographic:


Final Verdict

I’m sticking to CLIO for all my liquid eyeliners for as long as I can. I love this brush liner and I can definitely vouch for its claims of being waterproof and smudgeproof. If you’re a beginner at eyeliner and want to try your hand at liquid eyeliners, this is the one for you.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

Besides BB cream and eyebrow pencil, the one product I can’t do without is eyeliner. Granted, my eyes are not that small, but eyeliner definitely helps to make your eyes look bigger, deeper, and a lot sharper than they normally do.

Thanks to my perpetual struggle with liquid eyeliner and the alarming rate at which I finish my eyeliners, I’m always on the lookout for new pencil eyeliners. I saw this product in Korea when I was buying a new shade of the Moisture Touch lipstick and decided to put this in the basket since it was TFS, and TFS’ products have never left me disappointed.


Product Description

Express deep and defined eyes with Automatic Pencil Eyeliner’s soft gel eyeliner and highly vivid ink-colour.
  • Deliver rich colour with one single glide of the creamy melting gel texture eyeliner.
  • The smudge-resistant eyeliner delivers neat, long-lasting eye makeup with no smudging from sweat and sebum.
  • The built-in sharpener is convenient. You can sharpen your pencil eyeliner anytime.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.90

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Ingredient List

TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE•MICA (CI 77019)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • ISODODECANE • POLYETHYLENE • ACRYLATES/STEARYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER • C18-36 ACID GLYCOL ESTER • SILICA • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • POLYISOBUTENE • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE • DIMETHICONE • GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA

A quick check on the ingredients shows that there’s nothing much to worry about, which is great news!


The names of many of the shades sound so delicious – I settled on Choco Latte, a chocolate brown.

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Packaging: A simple pencil, with a cap that clearly tells you what colour it is. It’s light and convenient to carry around in your makeup pouch.

Colour payoff & intensity: This product’s payoff is really good, in fact, much better than I had expected. It glides smoothly on the eyelids with a good colour payoff, so that you don’t have to keep tugging to get a decent colour (coughs at Innisfree). I think this brown is fantastic if you’re looking for something to make your eyes look bigger and more alert, without coming off as too fierce with dark black.

Staying power: I’m amazed at how waterproof AND smudge-proof this eyeliner is. I’ve probably got the oiliest eyelids possible, so I’ve been very impressed by how well this eyeliner stays put throughout the day no matter how much I sweat. On days that I know I have to sweat quite a bit in the hot weather, or with no guarantee that I’ll get time to touch up on my makeup, this is definitely the eyeliner that I go for. It also helps that it’s super easy to draw, almost like using a pencil or crayon.


Final Verdict

I haven’t said this before, but I’ll say it – this is my FAVOURITE pencil eyeliner!!

Although it’s not very cheap (sadly), I’d gladly fork out the money to repurchase this eyeliner in all the other shades because I love it so much. Easy to use, great colour payoff, and impressive staying power – these are the qualities I’m looking for in an eyeliner, and TFS’ Inkgel ticked all the right boxes.

I HIGHLY recommend this, with all my heart and in all sincerity. Once you try this product, you may never buy another type of pencil eyeliner again.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

If I had to rank my preference for eyeliner types, pencil eyeliners would definitely top the list. No matter how much I practice, I still struggle a little with getting liquid and gel liners to work for me, so those are definitely not my go-to products when I’m rushing for time.


Product Description

Crème Gel Liner Colour glides on smoothly for comfortable application in the waterline. Creamy formula makes blending super easy and formula dries down for long-lasting wear.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 5 (Colourpop site)

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Ingredient List

DIMETHICONE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CERESIN, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, STEAROXY DIMETHICONE, COPPER POWDER (CI 77400), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

The top ingredient, Dimethicone, is a type of silicon that ‘helps create improved texture in skincare, helping products to glide across the skin’.

According to Vogue UK,

There is some debate about whether dimethicone and other silicones can clog pores and worsen acne-prone skin.

It may sound like a serious cause for concern, but I have yet to experience any discomfort despite having sensitive and acne-prone skin. It might be because my eyelids are not as easily affected, or the area in contact is small, but generally, this chemical should not worry you too much.


I love using shimmery brown eyeliners because they add a layer of depth to the eyes without overly emphasizing them.

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Packaging: I like how it is simple, clean and light. The only issue I can find with this is that it’s white, which makes it prone to getting dirtied by the eyeliner pigment itself.

Colour payoff & intensity: I was initially a bit worried that the brown would be too light and not show up very well on my skin, but this turned out a lot better than I expected. It applies pretty smoothly and shows up as a mocha-chocolate colour. The colour payoff is good, and the shade itself is not too intense either, which is great for a more natural look.

Staying power: While generally waterproof, this has not been as smudge-proof as I had hoped. I can usually tell if it is smudge-proof based on whether there are traces of my eyeliner on my lower eyelid. My eyelids are always very oily, no matter how much primer and setting powder I use, so if I use an eyeliner that’s not smudge-proof, it’ll definitely smudge a little onto my lower eyelid, and that’s precisely what happened with this product. If you have oily skin and especially oily eyelids, you might need to take extra precaution with this one.


Final Verdict

This product is definitely value for money, at just USD 5.

While my fear of getting it smudged onto my lower eyelids has stopped me from making this my holy grail pencil eyeliner, I would say that everything else about this product is fantastic. I love the colour and smooth application and honestly would consider buying other shades (especially the white one for my waterline) in future.


Rating

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