[REVIEW] Innisfree Smart Drawing (Blusher)

I read somewhere that liquid/cream blushes were better for people with bumpy skin, at least compared to powder blushes. Liquid and cream brushes are also better for creating the ‘chok chok’ glass skin that I’ve been trying to get for ages. Sadly, most of my blushes are the powder type (I only have one from Etude House that’s liquid), so I really wanted to get more of them.

Innisfree also released this cream blush last year, I think slightly later than Etude House, so I didn’t get around to buying it immediately. As I was about to run out of my Etude House liquid blush (the tube is really small + I always squeeze out too much by accident), I thought that maybe it was finally time to give this one from Innisfree a shot, so here it is!


Product Description

Cream blusher aimed to express lively cheeks with moist color development.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50

Ingredient List

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.

I do find it rather interesting that they have included so many natural extracts (such as camellia, citrus etc), although I’m not sure if they actually do have any skincare benefits.

Another ingredient to look out for is parfum (fragrance) – a potential irritant for people with sensitive skin!


Packaging: This is definitely much easier to control and use than the Etude House one. It highly resembles its lip balm packaging, and is very easy to squeeze an appropriate amount of cream blush out.

The brush is a very good addition – I didn’t like how the Etude House blush required me to use my own fingers to dab on the colour, because its staying power was good that it stained my fingers. In this product, the product comes off directly on the brush and you can simply apply the blush on your cheeks without dirtying your hands.

As convenient as it may be, I do have some gripes with the brush. Although it makes for easy blending afterwards, it’s very hard to actually see how much product you have squeezed out until you realize it’s too late (LOL).

Colour: I bought shade 02 , which is darker and a bit less pink than Etude House’s PK001 but I think still a very nice colour to use if you are on the tan side and have warmer undertones.

Colour payoff & intensity: This product shows up really well on skin, so even if you don’t use too much product, you can definitely see the colour clearly.

I do think that it can get a little too intense though, so best to use as little product as possible, or you will have to spend time brushing away the excess colour.

Staying power: Liquid and cream blushes definitely have much better staying power than that of powders (which tend to disperse, if that’s the correct word to use) after a long period of time. I would say this Innisfree blush is pretty good if you are looking for a long-lasting one.


Final Verdict

Everything about this product is really good – except the brush problem. It’s not so serious that it puts me off from using it, but I just don’t like knowing that I always waste so much blush because I can’t see exactly how much I am squeezing out.

Maybe it’s just me? Idk. Let me know if you face the same problem with similarly packaged blushes!


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Innisfree My Hair Recipe Moisturizing Conditioner

I quite enjoyed using Innisfree’s Camellia range of hair products, but I wanted to try something new after I emptied my last tube of conditioner. This looked pretty promising, so it went straight into my shopping basket!


Product Description

1. Natural protein from Jeju soybean complex 
The natural protein provides radiance and elasticity to the hair. 

2. Rich and soft texture 
Its thick and soft texture allows it to be applied smoothly and evenly over the hair. Each strand of hair will be deeply moisturised for more lustrous locks. 

3. Deep hydration and nourishment 
Jeju camellia flower and leaf oil nourish the hair, and Jeju green tea hydrates hair together with hyaluronic acid and xylitol.

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Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15


Ingredient List

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Protein, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycolipids, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Lysine Hcl, Lactic Acid, Mannitol, Butylene Glycol, Serine, Sucrose, Citrulline, Amodimethicone, Alanine, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Threonine, Trideceth-10, Propanediol, Pca, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Histidine Hcl, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

I was quite happy to see Camellia extracts on the list, because I loved having them in my haircare products.

Don’t panic at the sight of Cetearyl Alcohol though: although we usually scorn products that have ‘alcohol’ ingredients, Ceterayl Alcohol is actually used to soften and detangle your hair!


Packaging: While there’s nothing truly ‘wow’ about this packaging, I have to say that this is one of the better ones I have seen. You’ll see a lot of colourful, fancy shampoo packaging nowadays in supermarkets and drugstores, but sometimes simple is just better, you know?

Texture: The consistency is pretty much like hair conditioner. It feels quite oily, but as Innisfree says, you have to let your hair absorb the oil (which is beneficial for your hair), so I guess I can’t complain much about it.

Effectiveness:  I actually finished this tube in less than 1 month (this is shared by 2 people), and I have to say that my hair gets tangled way less than it used to with my previous brands. I feel that certain ‘famous’ haircare brands (Pantene, Sunsilk, Dove???) don’t really work as well – maybe my hair will feel super good immediately after the wash, but the next day it’s all disastrous and frizzy again.

However, Innisfree’s one doesn’t feel so ineffective. My hair definitely looks much better, even in humid weather. I’m a little sad that I haven’t bought a new tube of this to use yet since I finished this some time back, because now I’m seeing stuff like split ends (!!!) and suffering from dry, frizzled hair again. Ick.


Final Verdict

Could this actually be the secret to Koreans’ beautiful locks?

I’m probably exaggerating (the Koreans probably do a fair bit of blowouts at hair salons), but of course I think this conditioner shows the prowess of Korean haircare products.

Most people may not think of Innisfree as their first choice of retailer when it comes to buying haircare, but my personal experience is that once you try it, you’ll probably keep going back to repurchase more of their haircare line.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Innisfree Eau De Toilette Rollerball

I always wanted one of these small and handy thing that I could put in my makeup pouch and help me to stay (& smell fresh) on the go, so after testing every single fragrance there was in the store, I finally settled on Mild Cotton Blossom.

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Product Description

For some reason, I can’t find this product being sold on any Innisfree websites, nor is there a proper description for this on other shops. Did Innisfree stop selling this already? :O

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15 (based on my purchase)


Details

TOP NOTE – Blood mandarine, Pomegranate, Tea
HEART NOTE – Cotton blossom rose, Jasmine, Tuberose, Freesia
BASE NOTE – White Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood

 

The middle notes are akin to the highlight of the fragrance, and here you see cotton blossom rose, jasmine, tuberose, and freesia (all flowers), so you really get a strong floral smell from this fragrance. The top notes are more fruity for a light, zesty pop when you first smell it, and then it dries down to a more earthy base note made from mostly musk and wood.

I really like how this smell isn’t very overpowering, and makes for a delightful perk-me-up whenever I feel like I stink, or when I’ve spent a long day out and need something to refresh my clothes (& myself). I chose it primarily because it smells exactly like clean clothes without the artificial smells of detergent and bleach – definitely a lovely scent that anyone can appreciate!

The rollerball makes for very easy application, which I love! Sprays are not always easy to use – I sometimes tend to get too much or struggle to get anything sprayed from the bottle, but a rollerball makes it convenient to just roll and viola, you can instantly smell the fragrance!

One downside is that I do think SGD15 is a little pricey, but I’m enjoying this product, so I guess it’s still worth it? 😌


Rating

✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Innisfree Creamy Tint

I love lip tints, and I was trying to find one that was not too matte and yet had a strong colour that could last the whole day. I’m also a big fan of Innisfree’s lip products, so I decided to buy this one and try it out.


Product Description

A long-lasting, supple tint that combines the vivid color of lipstick and the shine of lip gloss.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16

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Ingredient List

WATER, OCTYLDODECANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES , Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, SORBITAN STEARATE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL METHICONE , TITANIUM DIOXIDE(CI 77891), POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, ETHYLCELLULOSE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE/PPG-20 CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, RED 7 (CI 15850:1), YELLOW 6 (CI 15985), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, TROMETHAMINE, PROPANEDIOL, RED 28 (CI 45410), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, RED 33 (CI 17200), ILLICIUM VERUM (ANISE) FRUIT EXTRACT, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER WATER, CAMELLIA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT, BLUE 1 (CI 42090), OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT

I’m always very impressed by all these natural extracts that Innisfree has in their products. I know they are probably just like tiny traces since they are at the bottom of the list, but you have to give props to Innisfree for really living up to the brand promise.


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Packaging: Its very consistent with Innisfree’s usual clean and white packaging for lip products. I do like that the bottom part is translucent, so you can see clearly what colour the tint is without really sacrificing brand packaging consistency.

Colour: I got shade #02 Spring Strawberry Latte. Okay, I have to admit that I bought this when I was still in my ‘pink lipstick’ phase, where I wasn’t into nudes and burgundy and just wanted my lips to look pink. It’s probably a common phase that most people go through, idk. The colour applies as an orangey kind of pink, and I found out that it leaves a very nice peachy tint on your lips after the initial gloss wears off. It’s super pretty, and it looks almost like you applied two different colours with just one product.

I’m currently very tempted to get #1, #7, and #8. Let me know if you have them, and if the colours are as good as the marketing swatches!

Colour payoff & intensity: Lip tints usually don’t fail with the colour payoff, and neither does this one from Innisfree.

Staying power: This one definitely got my stamp of approval. Bonus points for fading to a peachy colour. It’s definitely a pleasant surprise, and I do wonder if it’s intentional. Either way, I still really like how this lip tint can last you for hours, even through oily meals. There’s also a sweet syrupy smell of strawberries, but that one doesn’t last as long upon application.


Final Verdict

Innisfree hardly ever disappoints with their lip products. I know it’s a little surprising because people naturally associate Innisfree with skincare, but take it from me that their lip products are seriously superior. It’s one of my favourite brands to shop lip products at, and I’ve collected most of their product lines, from lip balms, lip tints, to lipsticks.

This is another one that has definitely scored with me, and I’m sure that you will love it too. With a wide range of colours, there will surely be a colour that resonates with you.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Innisfree My Lip Balm

I’m not a big fan of lip balms, but I am a sucker for 1) great packaging and 2) celebrity endorsements. I saw that Wanna One was promoting some Innisfree lip balms with their faces on the tubes and I really wanted to get them; unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to find anyone selling them online at a decent price, so I opted to buy the normal lip balms without the special packaging instead.


Product description

  • Moisturizing My Lip Balm comes with 11 types of rich tea fragrance and vivid colors
  • Natural ingredients keep your lips soft and hydrated all day long
  • How to use: Apply a moderate amount from inside to outside lips gently.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 13.90 (Yesstyle)

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Ingredient list

I couldn’t find a full list of the ingredients online, but what they do have are the key ingredients: sunflower oil, cupuacu butter, and jojoba oil.

Sunflower oil: helps the skin retain its moisture

Cupuacu butter: a natural lip balm without any sort of strong, chemical ingredients that is great for chapped lips

Jojoba oil: can help add shine and the appearance of fullness to your lips


I found it really hard to pick a shade, so I went with the easiest method: pick the shade of my favourite member 😂 I went with Mint Earl Grey (#06), which looked like a nice shade of apricot in the marketing photos.

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Packaging: I actually quite like the packaging of this lip balm – reminds me of a tube of paint haha, much like my TFS Finger Cotton Tint. What’s also unique is that the applicator is slanted so that it fits your lips better when you are applying it. Of course, the packaging would be even better if there was Wanna One on it HAHA.

Colour: The colour of the product came out a lot more orange than I had initially expected, but it’s not very obvious upon application. It applies like a shiny apricot layer on the skin, which actually looks very nice on lips because it enhances your original lip colour without looking too much like a completely different layer of colour.

I have to say though, the colour payoff isn’t as strong as I had expected it to be. The payoff of Innisfree Glow Tint Lip Balm is quite good, so much so that it looks more like lip gloss than lip balm, while this lip balm is much less pigmented. The staying power of the colour is also rather limited, so I would advise against hoping this will last through an oily meal, or the whole day.

Texture: It leaves a nice, moisturizing gloss on your lips without leaving you feeling like your lips can be glued together by the stickiness.

Effectiveness: I think that having so many moisturizing ingredients in the product really does help, because my lips did feel more supple and less flakey even after staying in a dry, air-conditioned place for long hours. I have yet to test this in super dry conditions (aka Korea’s winter), so I’ll update this again once I’ve done so.


Final Verdict

Frankly, I can’t find anything much about this lip balm to dislike, other than the colour intensity and staying power.

I do think it is slightly pricey though – I got mine for cheaper from a Shopee seller who even threw in a Wanna One photocard for free.


Rating

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

[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] Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask

If you are a K-pop fan, especially one of Wanna One (I sure am!), you would probably have heard of this clay mask already. It was all over social media and arguably one of the most anticipated products last summer, thanks to Wanna One’s endorsement. I happened to be in Korea at that time and just kinda got carried into the craze as well, so I managed to buy two. It was out of stock in many of the Innisfree shops I went to, you had no idea how tough it was to get my hands on these two – blue for hydrating, purple for calming.

Just to clarify, I had previous experience using Innisfree’s volcanic clay mask and I really did like how it effectively unclogged my pores, so I was more than happy to try this out even if Wanna One didn’t endorse them.


Product Description

A color clay pack that is available in 7 different colors to address different skin concerns

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13

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Ingredient List

Blue: WATER, KAOLIN, PROPANEDIOL, SILICA, BENTONITE, GLYCERIN, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VOLCANIC ASH, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, POLYSORBATE 20, CELLULOSE GUM,XANTHAN GUM, MICA, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DIMETHICONE, DISODIUM EDTA, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)

Purple: WATER, KAOLIN, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), BENTONITE, POLYGLYCERIN-3,HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, PANTHENOL, VOLCANIC ASH, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT,XANTHAN GUM, MICA, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, DIMETHICONE, POLYSORBATE 60, POLYSORBATE 20, DISODIUM EDTA

I’m quite tickled by the volcanic ash ingredient – just imagine actually using ash, sprouted from volcanoes, on your face!

One ingredient that worries me quite a bit is the presence of alcohol in the purple clay mask. It’s a bit ironic that purple is supposed to help calm your skin, but this ingredient has the potential to inflame a lot of people’s skin.


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You will see that each colour is meant for a different skin concern, and you’re encouraged to buy more than one colour (great marketing strategy btw, getting people to buy many of the same product) to multi-mask, because different areas of your face may have different concerns. This is especially relevant for people with combination skin or targeted acne areas, I suppose.

Blue: The volcanic cluster blue mask for sebum control and moisturization. [Contains Jeju volcanic clusters and hyaluronic acid]
– The blue mask corrects the skin balance of moisture and oil to cleanly refine the skin while leaving it non-greasy.
– With its water gel clay texture, it is thinly spread and rapidly dried on the skin.

Purple: The volcanic cluster purple mask for sebum control and soothing purposes. [Contains Jeju volcanic clusters and panthenol]
– The purple mask soothes the skin becoming sensitive after being exposed to external irritants.
– With its soft cream-type clay, it is mild enough for all skin types.

Packaging: This is my first time using squeeze tubes for masks, which I thought was quite fascinating, and at the same time really efficient. This is great for packing along while travelling – in fact, much better than a bulky tub which clay masks usually come in. I also like how I can easily squeeze a suitable amount without worrying about the rest of the product being contaminated whenever I open a tub. I do feel that more skincare products should come in this kind of packaging, to be honest.

Texture: The blue and purple masks have different textures – blue was more watery, and purple more creamy. I personally like the blue, watery texture more than the purple one. It felt almost like my skin was absorbing the clay, which was a very fascinating feeling. Both textures are easy to apply and spread smoothly on your face, although you have to do this fast because they dry up very fast.

Effectiveness: I’m a bit lazy about the multi-masking part, but what has worked for me so far is using the purple clay mask on my acne-prone zone (the cheeks), and blue for the rest of my face. In this way, you get to ‘calm’ the irritated skin areas, while providing hydration to the rest of your skin. After just 5 to 10 minutes you can already feel your skin tightening, and that’s when you wash the mask off (which I do have to add here that these masks can be a little tough to wash away completely). What you notice immediately is that your skin feels absolutely soft and supple – not exactly bouncy or dewy, just taut enough to make you wonder if you just went for Botox.

However, I’m a bit skeptical about whether it really cleans your pores thoroughly because I sometimes still see blackheads on my nose even after using the masks. Another word of caution is that if you have large pores like me, you might want to be a bit careful about using these because my pores sometimes appear to have been enlarged after I wash the clay mask off. I advise using cold water to try and close your pores back, and I recommend that you do not immediately slab on other skincare products such as moisturizer. This could really clog your pores in the long run.


Final Verdict

Multi-masking is not a new concept that was created by Innisfree, but I do think that this K-beauty brand helped to popularize it quite a fair bit.

These masks are great to add to your skincare regime, but they are not something that you want to, or should, use more than once a week. They can be a little too rough on the skin, based on personal experience. The alcohol present in some of the masks is especially worrying, so make sure you carefully check the ingredients present in each colour before you buy them.

I wouldn’t say this is a must-buy item, but a good-to-have. If you want to try multi-masking or simply get a taste of how clay masks feel like on your skin, give this a shot.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮