[THIS VS THAT] Buying K-beauty products on Shopee SG: Lowest Price Guaranteed

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored by Shopee in any way!!

I am purely doing this blog post because I buy lots of makeup and skincare products from Shopee. I find that there are quite a lot of stuff that is heavily discounted, and I do share this with friends, but I’ve had friends asking me about how much discount there is etc. I figured they wouldn’t be the only ones interested in finding out, and it would be cool to compile a list of popular stuff from Shopee and see how much you can save!

I’ll be comparing the prices of 5 products that have been identified by Shopee as Lowest Price Guaranteed so you can see the the maximum savings you can get. Most of the stuff are also labelled as guaranteed to be 100% authentic, so you don’t have to worry that you’re buying a counterfeit because everything is cheaper.


3CE Mood Recipe Multi Eye Colour Palette Eyeshadow

Shopee: SGD 31.90

Stylenanda Official Website: USD 41 (SGD 56.39)

Savings: SGD 24.49

While 3CE retails in Sephora stores, not all their products are available, so you have to order them from their international website – or not, with savings of more than SGD 20 on Shopee. WOW. I’m not sure how much this retails in their Korean stores but if you’re just looking to order it online, why would you not order this from Shopee instead right?


MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence/ Ampoule

Shopee: SGD 29.90

MISSHA SG: SGD 79.90

Savings: SGD 50.00

This gets more and more mind-blowing. This product from MISSHA is said to be a dupe for SKII – it is cheaper than SKII, but the original price is still rather difficult for anyone to fork out immediately. But savings of more than 50% on Shopee? HOW???


Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Fit Cushion

Shopee: SGD 25.50

Guardian: SGD 47.00

Savings: SGD 21.50

I’ve seen a lot of advertisements for this product on my Facebook feed and I do have to say that the videos always show this cushion working miracles on acne-filled skin. I always thought SGD 47 was pretty expensive… until I saw this on Shopee. Definitely putting this onto my wishlist.


Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling

Shopee: SGD 16.90

Soko Glam: USD 27.00 (SGD 37.19)

Savings: SGD 17.29

This brand has been popping up quite often, so I went to search more about it online and I found some really cool facts from Wiki:

  1. The company was founded by Herbert D. “Ted” Doan and James L. Herbert in 1981 as an investment project by Michigan State University.
  2. In 2009, it became a vendor of the Chinese government and has been engaged in researching China-specific food safety and plant health issues.

Anyway it’s not available in SG (I think), so if you want to buy from an ‘official’ site it would probably be Soko Glam… but Shopee beat it with savings of almost SGD 20. Whew.


MIZON Snail Repair Eye Cream

Shopee: SGD 13.40

Peach & Lily: USD 20.00 (SGD 27.55)

Savings: SGD 14.15

I rave quite a bit to my friends about snail mucin being a miracle ingredient, but products made from that are usually on the pricier side. This product is definitely more affordable, but it never hurts to get a bit more savings, right? 😉

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[REVIEW] COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol

One K-beauty brand that I’m super happy I discovered from watching beauty influencers’ (more specifically, Joan Kim!) Youtube videos is COSRX. This skincare brand has never disappointed, and I like how everything is so fuss-free and straightforward – kind of like a drastic change from the usual amazing packaging of K-beauty products, but not a bad change to have once in a while.


Product Description

The Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is a toner that works hard to hydrate and prep your skin for the next steps in your skin care routine and maintains your pores as a gentle chemical exfoliator.

This formula contains 69.8% Black Bee Propolis to soothe, repair and hydrate skin while inhibiting bacterial growth—perfect for breakouts and acne-prone skin. Natural AHAs and BHAs also aid in controlling excess sebum, clearing impurities and dead skin cells, and helping your skin cells renew so your skin becomes clearer and brighter while maintaining natural moisture-retention.

This is a great toner for sensitive, combination, or oily skin, and especially those dealing with breakouts and acne.

This product has a pH level of 4

Fragrance-free.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 26.90


Ingredient List

Propolis Extract, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, water, Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

I know this ingredient list sounds quite scary, especially when you see alcohol ranked 2nd(!) I had a lot of doubts when I was looking at this product, but the product description seemed to fit what I was looking for. I was hoping to buy a toner that could hydrate my skin while keeping my acne at bay, and this toner seemed to do just the thing, so I took a leap of faith and went ahead with this purchase.


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Packaging: I don’t really like my skincare products to look too frivolous, although I do love pretty makeup packaging. Having something clean and sophisticated gives the impression that it’s more scientifically-formulated, if you understand what I mean haha. I’ve brought this along on my travels and had no problems with leakages whatsoever. It’s not too bulky too, so it can definitely fit snugly into your luggage.

Texture: Like most other toners, it feels just like water, so it gets absorbed by the skin very easily. I’m not too big a fan of the smell, though.

Effectiveness: I have pretty mixed thoughts about this, but mostly positive.

So when I first started using this product, I was going through a lot of stress, bad eating, terrible sleeping habits (all thanks to school) and I felt like my skin might die if I didn’t use a toner that could at least promise to keep my skin looking like it won’t die any time soon. I’m not exaggerating when I say this toner SAVED my skin during those dreary, exhausting weeks. My internal organs might have been dying, but my skin was clearly surviving. It remained relatively clear for weeks with the occasional zits, but nothing drastic!  It was the best condition that I had seen my skin in for a long time, and I really was quite amazed.

However, after I used it for a period of time, it seemed a little like it wasn’t so effective anymore. My lifestyle habits have definitely been improving since then, so I don’t know why I still sprout acne patches so often these days.


Final Verdict

I hate having mixed feelings about a product that clearly worked for me, and which I would definitely want to recommend 😦

I might give this another shot in future with a new bottle (I just finished mine!) to see if I can still make this work for me, because this is honestly the best toner I’ve used in a long time. I do think this will work great for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin – I can truly vouch for this. I’m just slightly puzzled by the reduced efficacy towards the end of the bottle. Maybe something else in my makeup routine is messing my skin up rather than the toner, but it still shows that this toner is not 100% effective at preventing acne. Oh well.


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] CLIO Kill Cover Pro Artist Liquid Highlighter

I’m not much of a highlighter and contour person because I’m more concerned about getting the same dewy skin that all LANEIGE ambassadors have, but I realized that COVER FX has a Custom Enhancer Drops which you can add to your foundation to make your skin look like it’s glowing. That sparked my interest in liquid highlighters, so I bought this CLIO liquid highlighter when I was in Genting.


Product Description

Create a natural three-dimensional look with a silky-soft liquid highlighter!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD20.75 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

A full ingredient list is not available online, but it claims to have been made from “50% Plant-Derived Moisturizing ingredients”. I think it means that it’s made from naturally-derived ingredients and will help to moisturize your skin, and not chemicals that will dry your skin out in the long run.


The highlighter comes with a free blending puff for you to blend the highlighter on your skin, but I’m not a big fan of it because 1) it smells weird, 2) it doesn’t really do much. I prefer using my fingers or my brush because they both work much better.

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Packaging: The tube and lid packaging looks pretty similar to most other CLIO products. It’s convenient to carry around if you want to touch up on the go (you most likely won’t need to, trust me), and has a small click sound when you cap it back so that you know you’ve capped it back properly –  a feature which I really like.

Texture: It smells nice, and has a lovely texture as well. It’s not oily, and feels like something in between paint and cream. Apparently there is a silicon gel ingredient in the product, which helps it to spread very easily on skin. It is easy to blend if you don’t want a very intense look. The highlighter also doesn’t clog your pores at all, so you can freely use this on your oil-prone areas like the T-zone.

Colour payoff & intensity: It looks white in the photos, but this is actually a pink-based highlighter that is great for brightening dull skin. It doesn’t overly emphasize red spots despite its pink base. The payoff is fantastic (see photos above) – one swipe and you’ll get a lot of product and shimmer at one go. Not a fan of overly shimmery skin? You can always blend it out for a more even and subtle sheen.

I think the colour will be perfect for people with light to medium skin and warm skin undertones. If you have darker skin, you might find this highlighter looking too light and unnatural on you.

Staying power: A liquid highlighter will definitely last much longer than powder (based on personal experience), and a tip for making it last longer is by dusting translucent mineral powder on top, so that it locks your highlighter in without covering the glow. I use the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder and it works great. I’d say the glow can last about 8 hours plus without any touch ups, so you can be assured that your skin continues to glow throughout the day.


Final Verdict

I’m surprised that there are so few reviews and people raving about this product online, because it’s so easy and good to use. I’ve had people not really liking my Fenty Beauty highlighter result, but the glow from this highlighter is so natural that some people just asked if my skin was getting healthier (no mention of it being oily at all!) because I changed my skincare routine. I like to use this on my cheekbones and nose bridge, and am going to try mixing this with my foundation soon to see if it works just like Cover FX’s. If it does, I think this would be a great dupe that you should definitely buy.

I’ve been told that this CLIO highlighter is not sold in Singapore’s retail stores (yet), so you will have to order this online if you want to get your hands on this.


Rating

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

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5 Brands On My 2018 Wishlist

Last year, I had the opportunity to try out a wide range of brands, and my hope for this year, of course, is that I can explore and experiment with many other brands.

Here are my personal top 5 brands to try out this year.


NARS

One of the main reasons I really wanted to try this is because of the packaging. It’s black, simple and sleek – what’s there not to love?

Another reason is, of course, the Orgasm line of products. It’s a shade of pink that I seriously adore because it goes very well with my skin tones. It’s also close to millennial pink – a colour that’s very in-trend and flattering. I wanted to buy the lipstick last year at a Duty Free store at Incheon Airport, but they ran out of it 😦

This year, I have my eyes set on the blush and lipstick – let’s hope that it will become a reality.


Tony Moly

I was this close to purchasing Tony Moly products in Korea because their ambassador was Seo Kang Jun…! Our favourite pianist (read here for my opinion on this show) aside, this brand is actually famous for its cute packaging. I prefer sleek, minimalist packaging (see above) over cute ones, but I’ve heard of some pretty good products from TM.

For example, TM’s Petite Bunny Gloss Bar is Soko Glam’s Best of K-Beauty Award Winner in 2017, rated 4.5 out of 5 with 92 positive reviews on the Soko Glam website. That is honestly very, very impressive. I’m also interested in their lip tints, because the lip swatches look so good.


too cool for school

Again, I’m a true sucker for their packaging. There is so much old-school plaid, coupled with adorable doodles and illustrations.

They are famous for their egg skincare/haircare products (not even kidding), but I’m really not too keen on it. What really caught my eye is the BB Foundation Lunch Box. A lunch box, for goodness sake!


It’S SKIN

I walked past their stores quite often in Korea, but never really stopped to look at their products. I’m very curious about this Power 10 Formula. Having an essence targeted at a specific skin problem sounds like the kind of thing I need, but it also sounds like it will be an extremely expensive affair, haha.

I’ll probably get around to checking their prices soon, though I think there is a 99% chance I won’t be trying this at all this year 😦


Estee Lauder

There are so many products under this brand that I’ve heard raving reviews of but never had the opportunity to try. I’m particularly interested in Double Wear Foundation and Pure Color Envy, but the price is not exactly friendly on the wallet :X Ah well, we’ll see how things go.

 

K-Beauty Items For SGD10 & Less

K-Beauty, with a heavy focus on 10-step skincare regimes, natural make-up looks that uses more products than you can count, as well multiple celebrity endorsements, is often viewed as an expensive affair. Indeed, having to keep up with multiple award-winning K-Beauty products doesn’t seem to bode well for your wallet. Luckily, you don’t have to break your bank to get the best of K-Beauty, thanks to these affordable gems:


COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

(Watsons SGD5.20, 24 patches)

COSRX is the skincare brand that everyone is talking about, including Youtubers such as Joan Kim, who sings praises of their products in almost all her videos. COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patch is one of their star products, and has even had an entire Buzzfeed article dedicated to how effective it is. All you need to do is paste one of these patches on your pimples – the patches absorb oil and dirt from the zits so that they literally flatten and disappear overnight. Miracles do exist, and at an affordable price!

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Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint

(SGD8.90, 4.5g)

You know that a product is truly worth buying when it is awarded an accolade by one of the biggest K-Beauty curators. This tint from Etude House is a 2017 Soko Glam Best of K-beauty Award winner for its smooth application, vibrant colour payoff and of course, its lasting power.

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Etude House Drawing Eye Brow

(SGD5.90)

Everyone needs good brows, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive and complicated affair. This product from Etude House not only boasts a triangular-shaped pencil to help you draw from appropriate angles but also a brush to help your eyebrows look naturally on-point.

Read my review of this product here. 

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Innisfree Eco Flower Tint

(SGD10, 10ML)

Lip tints are a lazy people’s answer to surviving long days without any reapplication. Innisfree’s Eco Flower Tint ensures that your lips look as good as when you first applied it, with its long-lasting, beautiful tint. The product also tastes and smells as good as it looks – almost as though you have flowers blooming on your lips.

 Read my review of this product here 

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Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder

(SGD10, 5g)

What’s better than an affordable product? An affordable multi-purpose product!

A holy grail item for many beauty bloggers, Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder is guaranteed to win you over with its 10 different uses. Besides functioning as a finishing powder, you can also use it to blot oil from your face throughout the day, prime your eyes, and even freshen up by using it as dry shampoo and deodorant. Talk about maximizing your every cent!

Read my review of this product here.  

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 Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask

(SGD7.90, 70ML, Shopee)

Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic products are famous for their effectiveness in cleaning pores without being rough on the skin. Now, you can clean your pores while combating different skin concerns such as rough skin, dryness, dullness etc with the Color Clay Masks. With 7 different mask packs to choose from, this is a godsend for people with combination skin, or those who have multiple problems on the same face.

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[REVIEW] Etude House Precious Minerals BB Cream (Blooming Fit)

It hardly comes as a surprise that I use so many Etude House products, considering how affordable and good-quality they are, compared to a lot of other brands out there in the market. I’m not even a huge fan of the pink, princessy stuff which they brand themselves with, yet here I am singing praises of them haha, so I guess that tells a lot.

Personally, I think BB cream is probably the best makeup product invented. If you read it up on Wikipedia, BB cream ‘is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock’. It may sound dubious to have a product that can claim to do it all, but I’m vouching for its effectiveness as someone who is extremely lazy and cannot afford the effort to do a long and lengthy makeup routine. If you wake up feeling like your skin (or maybe your whole body) is dying, you’d be amazed at how BB cream can make you look alive, even when you’re dying inside.


Product description

A signature BB cream that gives a shiny and glossy look with mineral pearl ingredients.
3-in-1 formula with Whitening + Wrinkle care + UV protection (SPF30 / PA++) functions.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 25.90


Korean brands were the pioneers at promoting BB cream as a must-have, and yet buying BB / CC creams from Korean brands is such a HEADACHE sometimes because of the colour range. Fair enough (pun intended), they always sell such light shades because it’s meant for the Korean market, where fair skin looks like a given + something they deem a mark of beauty. However, it also makes things hard for everyone else who doesn’t have porcelain skin, and who struggle to find a right colour fit, even if they choose the darker shades.

This precious minerals series includes Perfect Fit, Cotton Fit and Blooming Fit. I’ll be reviewing the Blooming Fit, which I got in the Honey Beige shade (W24).124241_6f9bea8a-fca6-11e4-895f-813487772fbablooming_img2

Application is as simple as the picture makes it out to be. The BB cream comes in this convenient packaging where you can just squeeze out a small amount, and just apply it evenly on your face. In Korea, I was taught to gently pat the cream into my face instead of simply spreading it all over for maximum absorption + better coverage. I think it probably works better that way too, but it can be rather time-consuming.

I was also told that cosmetics bought in Korea have a different formula from those sold in other markets. I haven’t compared the one in Singapore yet, but the one I bought in Korea feels really very oily, which is not very pleasant because I have oily skin to begin with.

It’s advertised as ‘Brightening: Containing bright pearl layer to provide delicate brightening effect on skin and care darkened skin with sebum for clear and delicate skin tone.’  I do admit that it gives you a nice dewy look thanks to how shiny & radiant it makes your skin look, but it only lasts long if your face is not an oil well.

I’m glad though, that the Honey Beige colour works pretty well for me because it’s just a tad lighter than my original skin tone. The coverage is also pretty good, but I feel that it doesn’t have strong staying power. It does cover all the red spots as necessary so that your face has a more even colour tone, but doesn’t necessarily make your 3D pimples look any flatter – sadly.


Final Verdict

It’s value for money, and there’s really nothing to hold you back from trying this product UNLESS, UNLESS, UNLESS you have oily skin. I could probably use this for 6 months or more, but the major problem I have with this is the oil.

I realized afterwards that the Blooming Fit is actually marketed as containing optical oil that reflects light to regular directions to maximize gloss and shine. I honestly won’t recommend clogging your pores with more oil just to achieve this gloss and shine, especially if you live in a hot and humid country like Singapore.

Really, if you have oily skin, please just get another product from the Precious Minerals series, such as Cotton Fit, which promises matte skin. Take it from a fellow oily-skin peer.

I’ll update again if I do try the other BB creams in this series.

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You’ll like Etude House a lot if you’re a big fan of Krystal Jung ~


Rating

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

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bar

I first noticed LANEIGE’s Two Tone Lip Bar in a K-drama (thanks product placement, aka PPL). Although it first appeared in Descendants of the Sun, I was probably too distracted by Song Joong-ki to realize it, and only paid attention to its placement in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. It was hard not to notice it anyway, considering that Lee Sung Kyung was using LANEIGE products all the time. I’m not really complaining about this PPL though, because she’s their Brand Ambassador after all + she looks good in these products. You can also keep dreaming that you’ll meet a Nam Joo Hyuk if you sport an ombre lip effect.

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Product description

Two different colors meet and complete Two Tone Lip Bar!
And Two Tone Shadow Bar completes professional gradation makeup with a single touch.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 34.00


Ingredient list

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Mica, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Methicone, Fragrance

The first ingredient we see is Hydrogenated Polyisobutene. It sounds like just another chemical to an ordinary consumer, but if you google it, you’ll realize that it has a ton of userful properties:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is a synthetic oil that is used as a mineral oil substitute. It is an  emollient & moisturizer, and prevents water loss. It’s used for pigment dispersion in many cosmetic products and is a popular ingredient in sunscreens because it allows for SPF retention even after water exposure (like in waterproof sunscreens).

Studies were done to test the irritation likelihood of products containing Hydrogenated Polyisobutene and products with 1.44% concentration (a common level in most products) showed no irritation, according to RealSelf.com. Even up to concentrations of 4%, it was not irritating to skin or eyes. Products containing Hydrogenated Polyisobutene were also shown to have no phototoxic or photoallergenic properties.

It’s actually a synthetic oil used to disperse the colour pigments in the lipstick, protects your lips from the strong sun, and helps to moisturize lips – sounds fantastic!


I wanted to get a few other colours but Althea was out of them so I could only get hold of No.3 – Pink Salmon, which I honestly didn’t mind because it looked like such a great blend of pink and orange. It’s also from the older product range – the new one was launched in 2016.

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Pink Salmon

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New Range designed by Lee Sung Kyung

This is very easy to use, and also exciting to see the ombre effect that many K-stars rock on your very own lips, with just four swipes of one product – perfect for lazy people like me who want to try something different.

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How it looks like after a few uses

My few gripes about this product:

  • The pink is sometimes too light to be seen on my lips, but the orange looks fantastic, just as you see in the photo. Their advertising is not a lie! haha
  • I’m not sure this is supposed to work as a lip tint, but I sometimes get random orange stains when my lips are chapped, which looks rather weird.
  • The ombre effect doesn’t last very long if you tend to smack your lips / eat, because sometimes all that you are left with is orange, which you may not be entirely comfortable with.

 Final Verdict

K-beauty products may be most famous for their star power, but they are also well-known for being reliable and of a good quality, no matter the price. This product does not fail, given that it is supported by advertising heavyweights Song Hye Kyo and Lee Sung Kyung, and highly raved about for its novelty.

I have yet to try the other colours, especially the ones in the new range, but having tried the Pink Salmon one, I am more than eager to give the other colours a shot. I’m hoping that the new range has a better formula that will solve some of the problems I have with this older product, as listed above.

I browsed through LANEIGE’s website to read about its new range, but the product description is still a little vague:

1. “Combination of High Glossy and Semi Matte Lipstick”

Complete moisturized, sparkling and glamorous Two Tone Lip with new type of Two Tone Lip that has Two Tone Texture X Two Tone Color of actress’ volume lip secret. 

2. Artistic Color match expresses more vivid color

Express high pigmentation through artistic color match and upgraded pure pigment for vibrant lip makeup

3. Quick Touch Gradation

Exclusive oblique cutting by artist’s natural auto gradation

4. Soft and Moisturized text like sorbet

Creamy texture that is smoothly applied to lips and gives moisturized gloss

But I guess one can hope! Or if any of you have tried both the old and new ranges, and felt a distinct difference, do comment and let us know 🙂

So, is this product worth buying?

If you’re really keen on trying something new on your lips without going through too much trouble of blending different products, or burning a very big hole in your wallet – yes, definitely. If you’re looking for a lipstick that has longer staying power and maintains hydration in your lips, you might want to think this through.


Rating

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