[REVIEW] Suisai Beauty Clear Powder

I hate to admit this, but when I first heard about the hype over this cleanser, I was really puzzled. I’ve never been particularly excited about my cleansers, and I also couldn’t really understand why people were so crazy over this.

That’s also probably because I don’t expect much from my cleanser – all it has to do is wash my face well without causing me to break out, and I think I’m pretty much satisfied already.


Product Description

suisai Beauty Clear Powder face wash is catching the eye of the worldwide audience with an enzyme-activated formula that whisks away impurities and unclogs pores as it protects the skin’s natural moisture. A popular choice for tourists who desire the Japanese secret to even, finely textured skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27 (pack of 32) or SGD 14 (pack of 15)


Ingredient ListR

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


Packaging: This is probably one of the most convenient packaging I’ve ever seen for cleansers (samples not included). I was so tempted to buy lots of them to bring on all my travels because I just have to pack a few, and throw them away once I finish washing my face! It’s seriously so convenient to use as well, I don’t have to worry about squeezing out too much product or anything because there is already a fixed amount of product in each capsule.

Texture: As the main ingredient is talc, it’s not surprising that this comes in a powder form. All you need to do is add some water and rub, and you will get lots of foam. I really like that it lathers ‘normally’, because I feel very insecure when my cleansers don’t produce enough foam (weird but true).

Effectiveness: The first time I tried, I did kind of get why this is so popular. Don’t belittle the small amount of powder in this capsule, because it’s super effective in making sure there’s no grime, dirt, or excess sebum left on your face. My face probably has never felt so smooth and clean before – it’s miraculous!

However, I don’t mean to say that it completely strips your face so that it’s squeaky clean and feels really tight (that’s terrible btw, if your cleansers do that). That being said, it is not recommended that you use this cleanser on the daily, and definitely not in the morning AND night. Why? Because it actually exfoliates your skin as well, and you know exfoliators aren’t to be used everyday, so best to use this maybe 2 or 3 times a week.


Final Verdict

I’ll be frank: this is one pricey cleanser, and do we really need pricey cleansers? Well.

I do like this product, but I’m also the kind who can settle for cleansers that cost less and just do its job of making sure my face is as clean as it can get.

This cleanser is also probably not suitable if you have very dry or acne-prone skin, because some of the ingredients are potential irritants (see link in Ingredient List), and it may dry your skin out even more.

I’m also a little disappointed that this isn’t a cleanser that I can use everyday, morning and night. I think it’s a bit wasted, considering that it comes in such a convenient packaging.

Must-buy? Nah. Can-buy? Sure.


Rating

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

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[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: ✮

[REVIEW] Cezanne Mix Color Cheek

I don’t know about you, but I seriously love Japanese blushes. For starters, the packaging is always so beautiful, and the colours well-suited for Asian skin tones. I won this as part of a contest (as mentioned here) so I got to try this out!


Product Description

With the double gradation effect of colors and pearls, you can create a glossy, beautiful look that blends perfectly with your skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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Ingredient List

MICA, TRIETHYLHEXAHOIN, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, TOCOPHEROL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER(AQUA), PRUNUS YEDOENSIS LEAF EXTRACT , ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT (ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS EXTRACT) , (+/-) , TALC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, TIN OXIDE, IRON OXIDES, RED 30, RED 7 , YELLOW 5

Some key points

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Methylparaben: used as a preservative in women’s cosmetics, may increase risk of breast cancer (source)

Rosemary leaf extract: protects skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals (source)


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Packaging: Looks like its eyeshadow’s packaging, but I ain’t complaining. It looks very elegant and beautiful, even though it is just a drugstore brand. I guess the Japanese just do their packaging really well!

Colour: Personally, I like this colour combination the best out of all the palettes. There is a good mix of pink and coral colours, which is very good for people with slightly fairer skin and warm undertones. It looks very natural as well, especially with the pearlescent glow that comes with every shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Just like its eyeshadow equivalent, the colour intensity in this blush is close to zero. It hardly shows up on my skin unless I dust a few more layers, although I do have to point out that the pearl powder already shimmers very nicely with just one or two layers. It’s just the colour that doesn’t show up well, unless you are super fair. That being said, it’s not entirely a bad thing, because you get the appearance of naturally rosy cheeks more easily, if that’s what you are going for.

Staying power: I wouldn’t say the staying power is super good. Actually it’s very hard to tell also, because I can’t see much of the blush on my cheeks to begin with. You might have to touch up after a few hours if you want a more vibrant colour.


Final Verdict

Just like their Korean counterparts, I feel that Japanese blushes and eyeshadows often lack the colour intensity that their Western counterparts offer. The pro, of course, is that you can hardly go wrong with a more natural looking shade, but also limits the kind of looks you can achieve. This is especially so if you tend to have darker skin, because Japanese beauty products are even more limiting than the Korean ones when it comes to diversity.

If you have fairer skin (I’m a 21, and I already find that this doesn’t show up well), then this is definitely something you would want to grab. If not, I think this is still nice to use for the glow that it gives you, like a more natural-looking highlighter that doesn’t look excessive. At SGD17.90, I think it’s not too expensive, but of course there are other brands that offer cheaper alternatives that could work better for your skin tone.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Muji Cheek Colour (Matte Type)

This was one of the items that I bought during my first time buying beauty items from Muji. I had seen some reviews of this blush online before, so I was interested in trying it out for myself.


Product Description

No official description available for this, sorry folks!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 9.60

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Ingredient List

Also unavailable, sorry!


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Packaging: I like that it looks simple and minimalistic – absolutely befitting of Muji’s aesthetic and branding. It makes for a good blush to pack into your makeup pouch and luggage as well because it’s light and compact, so this is one blush I would definitely consider packing with me on my travels.

Colour: I’m really liking this shade because it’s not an obnoxious kind of pink – kind of like a natural flush, but just slightly darker? I usually try to opt for lighter colours because I don’t like blush appearing too intense on my face, so this one from Muji works just fine for me. If you are looking for a lighter colour, I would definitely recommend that you try Peach, because Rose is the darkest shade of the lot. You can also get this in the ‘crystal’ version, which is basically a shimmery version of the exact same shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Typical of Japanese cosmetic products, I wouldn’t say this payoff is strong. It is, however, pretty good, and possibly even better than some of its Korean counterparts. It takes me about 2 swipes each time to get the colour to show up as a natural flush on my skin, which isn’t too bad.

Staying power: I did realize that the colour on my cheeks didn’t really last quite as long as I had expected, and this was despite the fact that I always remembered to prime my skin and set all my makeup in loose powder. By mid-day, after I came back from lunch, I realized that the cheek colour had started to fade, and if I really want it to still look fresh for the rest of the day, it would probably require touching up in the afternoon. That was something I didn’t particularly like, because most blushes I’ve tried so far actually boast pretty good staying power.


Final Verdict

I think for SGD 9.60, the quality is not bad. It’s in fact a pretty good deal, considering that you can get a good blush for less than SGD10, and especially when you consider that it’s a product from Muji. In fact, I was initially very excited about having found this at a good price because I heard that this blush is so popular that it’s often sold out, and people actually have to wait to buy the blush after it’s been restocked.

It’s not an absolute must-buy for me because it’s not something that I would be raving about, but it does have its own legion of fans. Why? Because it’s pretty, pretty reliable, and pretty affordable blush, duh!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Cezanne Airy Touch Eyeshadow

I actually won this in a giveaway together with a few other Cezanne products – the best luck I’ve had with such contests in a super long time! I had been wanting to try their products for some time since the brand entered Singapore, so it was a neat stroke of luck.


Product Description

Color and pearl gradation: With the gradation effect of colors that blend well with your skin and pearls, your eyes appear larger, and depth is created.(Amount of pearls: The amount decreases from 1 to 3, and 4 is a matte.)Layer four colors to give your eyes a gentle, deep appearance.

High-quality tip with natural hair brush: The brush features natural hair that creates an unparalleled finish, and the puff is a thin-tipped type that makes it easy to spread the eye shadow to your eyes’ edges. It’s easy for anyone to create a soft gradation.

Uses airy powder that is resistant to dulling: This eye shadow features special processing that makes your skin resistant to dulling, so you can apply it in the morning and have a clear eye area until evening

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90


Ingredient List

None that I can find on the Internet – sorry folks! As usual, let me know if you are able to dig one out from the depths of the web.


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Packaging: As typical of Japanese makeup products, this eyeshadow palette looks so elegant even though it’s only a drugstore brand. I love how small this is and can fit easily into my bag, my pouch, probably even my jeans pocket.

Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, but not chalky at all. The powder is also not too loose, which is great because you won’t be expecting too much fallout from this eyeshadow.

Colour payoff & intensity: You know how I always complain about Korean brands’ eyeshadows being too faint for me to see anything? It seems like Japanese brands are not much better. In fact. this colour intensity is one of the lightest that I have seen. It hardly shows up on my skin (for reference, I’m a 21), sans the darkest shade (bottom right) that I assume is to be used as an eyeliner. One aspect I do appreciate, however, is the shimmery quality of the eyeshadow. It’s not too much that it looks gaudy, just sufficient to help your eyes shine.

Colour: Besides the lack of colour payoff, another thing that I did not particularly like were the colours. I was given 04 Cassis brown, which consists of purplish shades that would be much better suited to people who have cool undertones. I have warm undertones, so most of the time blue and purple shades look terrible on me, like I’ve been punched in the eye. I think 01 and 02 would be a much better fit if you have warm undertones just like me.

Staying power: Pretty average. I do have to point out though, I once tried using the darkest shade as eyeliner and ended up having it smudged on my lower eyelid. I think this eyeshadow may not work well if you have oilier eyelids, so take note to try and mattify them (with oil blotting paper or loose powder).


Final Verdict

To be honest, I was quite disappointed that this product did not turn out to be as good as I had imagined – I don’t think the actual product quality is super amazing or anything. It also does not help that I got a shade that I would try to avoid as much as I can. I don’t think I will recommend this if you are looking to switch things up and get a Japanese beauty brand’s eyeshadow palette.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] shu uemura tint in balm

I’ve always had good reviews for shu uemura’s products, so here I am with a review of another iconic product from the brand: tint in balm!


Product Description

tint in balm is one of shu uemura’s first lip products to offer high color pay-off with an incredibly lightweight texture, making it a must-have, easy-to-wear for all women. asian beauty insider: shuATELIER carefully selected colors that enhance asian skin tones. just as you change your outfits, swap in a new lipstick to dress up your state of mind.

Official Retail Price: SGD 42

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Ingredient List

Again, I’ve been trying but failing to find a proper ingredient list for this product, which is kind of strange because I would have thought a famous brand’s products would have made their ingredients listed more prominently across websites.

Do let me know if I may have overlooked any website/information!


The shade I got was divine wine – described as such on the SG website:

walk into any room feeling strong and self-assured. a deep burgundy red that conveys femininity and strong-willedness

Definitely sounds like the shade you want for times when you need a confidence booster!

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Packaging: It’s a pen-kind of applicator that requires you to click a button at the end in order to push the stick of balm out, which I guess is kind of fun until you might get a little tired of having to keep clicking. I do like that it’s quite clean and easy to carry around though – would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a lip product that you can easily put in your pockets and touch up on the go.

Colour: I’ve never really been a ‘red-lip’ kind of girl, because I feel that wearing a red lip makes me look really fierce. However, I do like burgundy red because I feel that it looks a lot less ‘loud’ than bright red, and conveys a certain feel of maturity – great for job interviews and presentations where you want to be viewed as confident but not too arrogant.

I also have to say that this lip balm has the BEST colour payoff I have ever seen. I thought the Innisfree one was the best that I would ever have, but this honestly takes the cake. In fact, I think the colour payoff is even better than that of some lipsticks I’ve used! It’s really so hard to believe that this is just a balm. It also applies smoothly with a very even colour application.

Staying power: This is one section that I feel a bit meh about, and it’s a pity because everything else about this product is perfect. Even though it’s a ‘tint’, I feel that the staying power is not as good as I had expected. It barely lasts through a meal (not oily or anything), so you definitely have to touch up. I understand that it is probably more of a lip balm, but still, it is slightly disappointing.


Final Verdict

SGD42 is nowhere near budget-friendly for a lip product, but it is expected from a brand like shu uemura. I do think the price is quite justified when you see how good the colour payoff is, but I would have definitely given this a higher rating if the staying power was better. I’m quite particular about it because a) tints are supposed to really stain your lips for the whole day, and b) I really hate having to touch up after eating because I’m so lazy.

If you are not very particular about staying power and would love the lovely colour payoff that comes with a really comfortable balm, then I would say that this is the product for you.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Cezanne Lasting Lip Color N

If there’s another country that does packaging just as well as Korea, it’s definitely Japan. Japanese cosmetic products are one of the prettiest, most delicate things I’ve seen, while Korean cosmetics are more on the ‘cute’ side.

I first saw Cezanne Cosmetics in Tokyu Hands a month ago and thought it looked really similar to Canmake, with the intricate packaging and sweet colours. I couldn’t believe my luck when I won a set of this brand’s products from Cleo Singapore’s FB contest, and was really excited to try this out, so you will see a few other Cezanne products’ reviews coming up as well!


Product Description

Beautifies your lips with translucent color for a just-applied finish. Retains moisture, protecting the lips from dryness and roughness.

Official Retail Price: SGD 12.90

 

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Ingredient List

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DICAPRATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CERESIN, PARAFFIN, SUCROSE TETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE, PROPYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, POLYGLYCERYL-2 LAURATE, GLYCERYL CAPRATE, TOCOPHEROL, BHT, CITRIC ACID, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, SQUALANE ROYAL JELLY EXTRACT, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, BARIUM SULFATE, RED 7, PIGMENT YELLOW 12, YELLOW 5 LAKE, RED 27 CI 69825, IRON OXIDES

One interesting ingredient you’ll see in this list is Squalene Royal Jelly Extract. A quick check online says that this ingredient is “POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin appropriately. However, it has caused inflammation and allergic rash when applied to the scalp.” (Source) So take note if you have sensitive skin!


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Packaging: I think for a drugstore brand, this packaging is really great. Its gold details don’t make it look cheap, which is a really tough job if you see how some other brands have tried and failed.

Colour: I’m under the impression that the Japanese are not big fans of matte lipsticks and prefer a glossy or creamy finish, because the lipsticks from Japanese brands I’ve seen so far don’t have matte offerings.

As you can see from the swatch, the colour payoff is quite okay – but only because I applied THREE layers. It’s even less intense than K-beauty products, but I think the result is that you get a very natural and soft look (truly MLBB lol). There’s a nice sheen that makes your lips look slightly plumper, and I have to say that this shade 102 (from the ‘brown’ series) is exactly the lipstick shade I am looking for! It’s definitely a shade to create fall looks, and especially flattering for people with warm undertones.

Staying power: It’s called Lasting Lip Color, so it should last – and it does! I have had experience with lots of bullet lipsticks with this finish that cannot even last through me drinking water, but this is impressive enough to survive a meal! It fades nicely so that you don’t get ugly patches of colour, and don’t have to worry as much about touching up.


Final Verdict

This lipstick falls into my category of ‘not bad, but not something I absolutely love’. The price point is really good, the products works as it should, but not exactly ‘holy grail’ status in my opinion.

If you are looking for an affordable lipstick that isn’t dubious and gives a lovely MLBB colour, I would definitely recommend this. If you are looking for something that gives more personality or has a wow factor, you might not be as impressed by this.


Rating

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