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[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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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: ✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Brown Waterproof Pen Liner

I’m no expert at eyeliner, and fare even worse with liquid/gel eyeliner. Most of the products I’ve reviewed so far are pencil eyeliners because you can’t go wrong with them (or actually you can), so here I am with the one and only liquid eyeliner I’m currently using.

I’ve heard countless stories about how famous this CLIO eyeliner is, so I decided to try it out after seeing the salesgirl demonstrate its staying power. I was thoroughly impressed when she immediately started rubbing it after letting it dry for like, what, 2 seconds? I thought of all the times I wanted to rub my eyes but couldn’t because of my eyeliner, and thought that this could probably be the answer to my problems.


Product Description

This liquid liner pen is your go-to for creating the perfect cat-eye or puppy-eye look. The inky formula applies smoothly and super pigmented, drying to a matte finish that stays put through sweat, tears and whatever you can throw on it. The felt tip applicator is great for pinpointing precise lines and giving you maximum control. When you’re done for the night, it easily removes with your oil-based cleanser!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 20 (Sokoglam)


Ingredient List

Water, Iron Oxides, Ethyhexyl Acrylate/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymerâ Butylene Glycol, Beheneth-30, Ethanol, Sodium Polyaspartate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Ammonium Acrylates/Methyl Styrene/Styrene Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate

I find it rather interesting that the most common ingredient here is water, but it is understandable as it is, after all, liquid eyeliner.

While checking on the ingredients, I found that Disodium EDTA is slightly controversial. As quoted here:

As a result of its widespread use, disodium EDTA is being released into the environment in plentiful amounts. This has led environmentalist groups to research and learn of its toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic dangers. However, clincial tests performed by the United States Food and Drug Administration show that disodium EDTA is non-toxic in quantities approved for over-the-counter use. Both the CIR Expert Panel and the EU Cosmetics Directive state that the amount of disodium EDTA contained in personal care products is too low to cause harm to human beings. The jury’s still out; regardless it’s safe to be mindful when purchasing any products containing synthetic preservatives.

Although it’s unlikely to be too toxic for human use, it’s not the most environmentally-friendly chemical either.


I always, always use brown for my eyeliner as much as I can because I feel that black overemphasizes my eyes, while brown gives a soft, feminine feeling to the eyes.

Packaging: Apparently the one I got has some tropical packaging – probably because I bought it in summer. It looks a bit old and worn out here because I’ve been using it pretty often for some time (4-5 months).

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The pen liner actually looks a lot like the brush one (I’ll talk about that in another post), and I’ve found it very useful because I can exert good control over where I’m drawing, which really makes drawing a lot easier than I could have ever imagined. I sometimes feel like I’m doing calligraphy on my eyes, lol.

Colour payoff & intensity: On the other hand, I know the colour doesn’t look too good here and it seems like the colour trails/fades off a bit towards the end BUT that’s only because I’ve used it so often for so long that it’s drying up. It’s actually a very nice dark brown at the beginning, which can eventually fade to a lighter mocha brown. Nonetheless, it still looks very good and really helps to accentuate the eyes.

Staying power: I’ve found that this eyeliner’s staying power has varied and fluctuated over different conditions. I have very oily eyelids, so I find it miraculous when my eyeliner still remains more or less intact at the end of the day. It doesn’t budge with water alright, but oil is still a hard enemy to defeat. I also found that it didn’t hold up very well in winter when I used it in Korea this month, but I’m not too sure why either. However, it holds up a lot better and is much more reliable than most pencil eyeliners, which tend to smudge (again, because of oil on my eyelids).


Final Verdict

This is easily mixed up with the brush liner. Long story short, I was none the wiser and asked for the brush liner in Korea, when I wanted to repurchase was this pen liner. So if you’re looking to buy this, make sure you check properly.

This product won SokoGlam’s 2014 Beauty Award, and it’s easy to see why. A good combination of usability, longevity, and aesthetics, the only problem you might find is that it’s not exactly cheap. But do I think it’s worth the money? Of course!


Rating

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 Styling Eye Liner

I’ve hopped on the bandwagon of underlining eyes with white eyeliner to make my eyes look bigger and brighter, but my choices of white eyeliner are actually rather limited (Play 101 pencil from Etude House and Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil), so I wanted to try something new.


Product description

Smooth gliding Auto Eyeliner to line and define eyes in style
Complete dramatic eyes with this natural brown colored eyeliner.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 5.90

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The pencil also comes in two other colours, black and brown.IMG_8080

 

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(The brown mark on my hand is actually from the Innisfree Always New Auto Liner – I rubbed it off with tissue but it doesn’t totally budge!)

You might be able to tell from the photo that the pencil looks easily breakable – and it sure is. I don’t know if it’s just me, or just the one pencil that I bought, but somehow the lead either keeps breaking or flaking off. It’s rather disappointing because I really like the colour and the shimmer that the pencil is capable of drawing.

When I apply the pencil on my tear line, it doesn’t always apply very evenly either, and often leaves small flakes of white lead on my lower eyelashes.

I do like its staying power – it keeps up really well after a long and sweaty day, even after my BB cream is almost fully oxidized.


Final Verdict

I wish I could say I love this product but it hasn’t been a breeze using it. The application is not smooth, and the lead is too fragile (in my opinion). I’m honestly hoping it’s just the one that I bought that has such issues, because I did test this out in the store and it was fine at that time.

If you’re considering this product, do test this out at the store before you buy!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Innisfree Always New Auto Liner

One of the necessities in my makeup routine is eyeliner. I have monolids, which make for really plain-looking eyes. It also doesn’t help that my eyes are small, so I try to compensate for that with eyeliner and eyeshadow. I’m still not that great at eyeliner yet, so I’m always on the lookout for products that make my eyeliner routine less of a struggle.


Product description

1. Always new without a sharpener 
Press the back and twist the cap to sharpen the pencil, so the liner remains as good as new anytime you use it, without the need for a sharpener. 

2. Deep and rich colors with long-lasting effect 
The newly improved soft texture and rich colours create long lasting makeup neatly without smudging. 

3. A multi-type pencil for multiple purposes 
The Always New Auto Liners are available as eyeliners, lip liners, lip pencils, highlighters and concealers. 

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15


You can actually buy many different colours to use for different purposes, such as lip liners. I bought #2, which is a nice chestnut brown. I prefer using brown eyeliner as it brings a nice, soft focus to the eyes without overly emphasizing them.

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If you’re wondering why it’s called ‘Always New Auto Liner’, it’s because the pencil actually ‘self-sharpens’!

To sharpen the pencil:
1) Twist open the cap following the direction of the arrow.
2) Press the back of the pencil 1-2 times for medium sharpness or 3-4 times for a sharper tip.
3) Close the cap and twist it to for a brand-new sharp tip.

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This is actually by far my favourite eyeliner colour. You can’t really see it in the photograph, but there’s also a bit of glitter in the eyeliner, which I personally like.

The colour payoff is not as intense as I would like my eyeliner to be – I often have to apply a few layers in order for the colour to be more visible on my eyelids. However, it does make for a very soft eye look while making your eyes appear bigger.

It has also been relatively smudge-proof and capable of lasting the whole day through sweat and oil. Not all the pencil eyeliners I’ve used thus far have been that great (Etude House Play 101 pencil and Urban Decay’s Glide-On Eye Pencil tend to smudge onto my lower eyelid, more on these next time).


Final Verdict

I have to admit that my eyeliner game is quite weak. I struggle with liquid eyeliner most of the time, so I usually stick to pencil eyeliners. This is by far my favourite pencil eyeliner, thanks to its beautiful colour and the lack of smudging. Whenever I am in a rush or simply have no energy to do a more complicated eye look, I’ll reach for this and draw a simple puppy eye.

I strongly recommend this for beginners especially, because of how easy it is to use this eyeliner, and I’ll definitely consider repurchasing once it runs out.


Rating

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