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[REVIEW] TFS Finger Cotton Tint

I’ve always been a huge fan of TFS’ makeup products, so it is little wonder that I got back to buying stuff from them again. I do think that TFS in SG gets a lot less attention than they deserve despite selling some products worth holy grail status, so do show the brand some love if you’re looking to try something new ~


Product Description

  • Contain moisture oil complex to create moisturizing gorgeous and vivid lips without lump.
  • Cotton applicator with diagonal tip allow soft and delicate lip makeup with creamy texture at first then a semi-matte finish.
  • Apply a moderate amount from inside to outside lips gently.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13.23 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

Again, I’m not sure why I’m unable to find the ingredient list for this product anywhere on the web, just like a few others previously 😦 Ah well.


I had such a hard time trying to pick a colour – did I want to buy something more vibrant, or a wearable shade that I could pull off everyday? In such times of doubt, I went with the easier option – buy both!

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Packaging: It reminds me a lot of paint tubes, which is probably what they were going for when they designed this. I like that it’s easy to bring around and use, and is not too messy either.

Texture: Even though the shots make it look like it’s slightly glossy, it definitely dries down to a matte finish. It gets a little drying as the day progresses, but nothing too uncomfortable.

Colour payoff & intensity: The swatches in the photos were achieved with just one swipe each, which is honestly very amazing. I find the #08 Brown-presso is a lot more pigmented than #04 More Coral, which can probably be partly attributed to the fact that it’s a darker shade after all. I like to create a gradient look using these because I’m not too keen on

Colour: I’m so happy that I picked these two shades, because they are definitely complimentary to any occasion you can name. You can use #08 when you want to achieve a more mature look for an important event, and #04 for a casual day out, or even wear it to school!

Staying power: The staying power of this lipstick is pretty okay, but nothing really outstanding. I’ve had it last at least one meal and survive multiple rounds of drinking water, but what’s left is usually just small patches of colour on the lips. Do also note that it’s not transfer-proof, which is slightly disappointing 😕


Final Verdict

As usual, TFS has not disappointed with this lip product. I really like the colours available, but it would be great if they offered more MLBB/nude shades in future, as the current selection mostly comprises bright, vivid colours that not everyone may be comfortable with.

The staying power is not too bad, but again, nothing really noteworthy. It doesn’t actually promise to be long-lasting or transfer-proof, so I guess you can’t fault the brand for it. But I guess you would expect a lip tint to last longer, no?

I do think that it gets a bit too drying over time, despite being branded as a semi-matte lip product containing moisturizing oils. Maybe it’s just my lips? But the problem is not too serious, you can always prevent the problem of dried-out lips by applying lip balm before the lip tint.

This is a good product to try out if you love bright and bold colours, so do pop this in your basket the next time you visit TFS 🙂


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

One important step in all Korean skincare regimes is serum. If you’re not too sure what serum is, here’s a definition for you:

serum is a product typified by its rapid absorption and ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, together with its non-greasy finish and intensive formula with a very high concentration of active substances.

Essentially, it’s a product that contains a high level of nutrients that should be well-absorbed by your skin. It sounds fantastic, but not every serum is made equal.

The first serum I ever used was this Innisfree Green Tea Serum. What I tried was a small sample, but I loved it so much that I’ve actually purchased a full-size version of it.


Product description

A moisturizing and nourishing serum containing eco-friendly Jeju fresh green tea and green tea seeds

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 36


Ingredient list

The green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

The first thing that caught my eye (probably yours too) is the 75.9% green tea extract!! That is honestly one of the most impressive % of a key ingredient I’ve seen in any of my skincare products. Some products highlight certain ingredients as their key selling point, but their ingredient list will usually have other ingredients (e.g. water) as their top ingredient. This serum, however, is truly a green tea concentrate on its own.

You’ll also see many other natural ingredients such as green tea seed oil, prickly pear, orchid, tangerine peel, camellia leaf… and all ranked high on the ingredient list! Looking at this already makes me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.


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Packaging: Green for green tea – straightforward enough. I like that it’s not very bulky, and comes with a pump that makes it easy for you to pump a sufficient amount of serum out at one go.

Texture: It has a very thin consistency which allows for fast absorption by the skin. As a hydrating serum, it definitely feels almost like water (lol), and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on the skin.

Effectiveness: The serum smells strongly of green tea: not too overpowering, but definitely enough to convince you that it contains a strong percentage of green tea extract. I can’t say much about the nourishment, but when it comes to hydration power, I’m truly convinced that this product works.

I used to have very dry and even flaky skin for a period of time because I’m usually stuck indoors in a dry, air-conditioned room, and I was too lazy to even use moisturizer for days (yes, terrible, I know). However, after using this product for about two weeks, I noticed that my skin wasn’t as dry anymore. It is currently visibly more hydrated, and I haven’t had a flaky skin problem since then. My skin also feels more supple and hydrated throughout the day when I apply this – do take note that I usually apply this twice in a day (in the morning, and at night) to replenish the moisture in my skin.

I’ve had no breakout problems with this product, which is great for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin just like mine.


Final Verdict

This is definitely my favourite serum of all time.

It might be a tad difficult to convince anyone that their skin needs such a powerful boost of nutrients, but my favourite part about this serum is its hydration power.

I do believe that green tea extracts have a lot more benefits, of course. One of my favourite ingredients in facial masks is green tea (along with aloe vera) because it always leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed. It’s a little too early to say for now if my skin is truly benefitting from the nutrients in the serum, but I can vouch for its fast-acting hydration properties.

At SGD 36, this serum is not cheap. Frankly, I don’t usually buy such expensive skincare products (at least not in Singapore), but I made an exception for this because it’s been so effective.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Cream

I’m always on the lookout for great moisturizers (would deeply appreciate if anyone has good recommendations!), and I chanced upon this while I was drawing up my shopping list for Korea. It sounded pretty good, so it went straight into my shopping list, and eventually into my luggage.


Product Description

1. Energy from natural bedrock water
Bedrock water from the Blue Mountains, which contains natural energy gathered over thousands of years, helps to energize and moisturize the skin

2. Mineral water for healthier skin
Mineral water content helps skin maintain its optimal condition

3. Helps skin maintain more moisture, over a wider area for a longer period of time
Powerful Vitality Complex, derived from the extracts of plants that endure extreme climates, helps skin absorb and retain more moisture for extended periods

4. 72-Hour Moisture
Melts into skin upon contact and retains moisture for 72 hours

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 24.90 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance(Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Water, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Sea Water, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Callus Culture Extract, Rhizophora Mangle Callus Culture Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Callus Culture Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Callus Culture Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Phenoxyethanol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Adenium Obesum Leaf Extract

I always find these ingredient lists a mouthful, but it’s good to look out for certain ingredients as promised in their marketing. I’m assuming here that the ‘Australian Blue Mountain cave water’ is the ‘sea water’ listed, and frankly, it’s not present in high proportions.


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Packaging: Nothing very extraordinary, but I do appreciate the blue container because it reinforces the idea that it’s moisturizing – a little like LANEIGE, perhaps?

Texture: The first time I used this, it definitely reminded me of Innisfree’s Jeju Sparkling Moisture Cream. I didn’t really like the Innisfree one because it was too oily and I found myself breaking out quite a fair bit thanks to my daily usage of that moisturizer, but this is not too bad. It has a smooth texture that spreads easily across skin. Despite it being quite a rich cream, I like that it’s not overly oily because my skin is so prone to clogging. My skin manages to absorb it pretty well, which is definitely a good sign.

Effectiveness: First and foremost, a moisturizer’s job is to keep skin moisturized, so I’m pretty glad to say that it’s as good as advertised. I usually apply this cream right before I sleep in an air-conditioned room, which tends to be very dry, and wake up the next morning to skin that is still feeling quite moisturized and supple. When I don’t apply moisturizer on days that I’m feeling super lazy, I’d wake up to find my skin really oily from all the oil it secreted to keep my dry skin, well, not dry.

BUT. There were certain days that I found myself with slight acne the following morning after applying this cream at night. I’m not entirely sure if I can attribute the sudden emergence of pimples to this cream, but it’s definitely worth taking note of if you have acne-prone skin.


Final Verdict

I enjoy using this moisturizer quite a fair bit, but it still doesn’t come close to my all-time favourite – belif’s aqua bomb (which I will talk about in another post).

I think that creams like these are generally not recommended if you have oily skin (like me), even if they are marketed as suitable for oily skin. Even if they don’t clog up your pores immediately after one use, the risk is always there. However, if you have dry skin, this is definitely for you.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Innisfree Flower Cotton Ink

As I’ve often said, I’ve been on the hunt for my favourite Eco Flower Tint in Innisfree stores for a long, long time. So when I finally saw a lip product that resembled the tint in the 2018 Jeju Colour Picker, I knew I had to get it.

(Can I also just say that the entire collection is gorgeous? It’s inspired by pastel-coloured hydrangeas in Jeju ~ I really wanted to get the highlighter but it was out of stock 😦 Sigh.)


Product Description

For that soft, diffused just-blotted look, our medium coverage liquid lipstick dries matte, doesn’t budge, and feels soft and comfy on the lips.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15

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Ingredient List

Purified Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Propanediol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Ethanol, Isododecane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Red Oxide of Iron, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Red 202, Propylene Carbonate, 1,2-Hexandiol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Dimethicone, Yellow 4, PhenoxyEthanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stevioside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Hydrangea Macrophylla Leaf Extract, Perfumery

The good news: no potentially-harmful chemicals/irritants!

The bad news: hydrangea macrophylla leaf extract ranks low here, there aren’t many natural ingredients used in this product 😢


Having to pick just one colour when all the colours look fantastic is indeed torture. (Un)luckily, this product comes only in five shades, so you won’t have to rack your brain so hard. Alternatively, if you’re feeling generous, you could even buy all 5 shades!

I eventually went ahead with no.5 after swatching at a physical store. It’s a beautiful pink – not too much of a bright pink, together with a tinge of coral.

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Packaging: Very misleading – I got duped into thinking that it was my favourite Eco Flower Tint, all thanks to the packaging. Personal grievances aside, I thought that this product’s packaging is pretty good. it’s definitely compact enough to fit into any makeup pouch. What’s more, I love this little catch they designed in the lipstick – there’s a soft, satisfying click when you cap it back so that you know for sure you’ve capped it properly.

Usually, when I close the cap back after using my lipstick or concealer, I get a little worried that I didn’t really cap my products back properly and they will end up leaking everywhere. Thankfully this hasn’t happened to me yet, but it’s always nice to have a sort of guarantee and ease of mind, which is precisely what this

Colour: It looks like red in the swatch, but it actually applies pink on your lips. I would say it’s a coral pink?

Colour payoff & intensity: This lipstick’s colour payoff is amazing despite being marketed as ‘medium-coverage’ – just one swipe is definitely enough to coat your lips. It’s not too intense that you might end up having to blot off some lipstick – just enough to look naturally good.

Texture: It applies matte, but feels much softer and more comfortable than usual matte lipsticks. I definitely got reminded of Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip and Peripera’s Airy Ink Velvet, both of which also apply matte while leaving a nice blotted, cotton-like feeling on the lips.

Taste & fragrance: The moment I applied this, I immediately thought that it tasted like a bandung rose drink. It smells and tastes like a rose, which I’m not complaining about because it’s great.

Staying power: With a bold claim that it ‘doesn’t budge’, I put it to the test on a few different days to see if it can survive long hours and multiple drinking & eating. It’s definitely capable of lasting if you’re going without food and drink for a few hours and still holds up very well even if you’re drinking.

However, it does not hold up as well after eating a meal – most of the colour is usually gone after your food is gone as well, with only a very slight tinge of colour left on the lips. It was slightly disappointing because I was honestly hoping that it wouldn’t budge, as advertised.


Final Verdict

I love the texture and colour of this lip product. Colour-wise, I don’t really have anything similar in my Peripera and Colourpop collection, so this feels like a great addition.

The staying power doesn’t bother me so much that I’ll stop using it, mainly because I really like how the product settles nicely on my lips with minimal effort on my part. With some liquid lipsticks, I always have to use a cotton bud to wipe off excess around the edges (because I’m not using a lip liner, oops), but with this Flower Cotton Ink, you don’t have to worry too much about a messy application. The staying power is also not that bad in comparison to most products I use, just that it falls short of its claims :/

Overall, I think this is one good product to try if you’re a big fan of a soft, blotted lip look. I definitely am, so you can be sure that I’ll consider buying the other shades in future.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

Despite my love of matte lipsticks and my occasionally dry lips, I never really saw the need to use lip masks, much less sleeping masks. However, Friend A told me that she used this quite a fair bit and it wasn’t too bad, so I decided to try out a travel-sized version that I bought on Shopee for just SGD2.


Product Description

Sleep-in mask for the lips; gently melts away dead skin cell leaving lips moist and supple the next morning.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27


Ingredient List

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter, Synthetic Wax, Candelilla Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aromatics, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, CI 15985, CI 15850, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Fruit Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Sapindus mukurossi Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract,  Rubus chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Extract, Chenopodium quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside

I’m a little disappointed that shea butter doesn’t rank as high as I would have expected, as well as how low the fruit extracts rank in this ingredient list.


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Packaging: The full-size product’s packaging looks very similar to the Water Sleeping Mask, but I think the travel size one is also pretty good. In fact, the packaging + size are really very good for bringing along when you’re traveling, because it’s so light and easy to pack into your luggage.

Texture: There was a period of time I suspected that this was just lip balm because it felt exactly like it!! The texture is really smooth and feels a bit like wax (probably because of the shea butter). It doesn’t feel sticky on the lips, and you might not even remember that you applied this mask the previous night when you wake up in the morning.

Plus point: I also love how it smells and tastes like berries!

Effectiveness: This lip sleeping mask promises to remove dead skin cells from your lips – while I’m not too sure about that claim since I haven’t actually seen the dead skin cells (LOL), I do think that my lips feel more supple in the morning after using this. I’ve also had no allergic reactions, a good sign since my lips are one of the fastest to react to irritants in products.


Final Verdict

If your lips are in dire need of care no matter how much lip balm you apply every day, this product will come in handy for you. On the other hand, if you have no major issues with your lips, I personally feel that it is a little difficult to justify forking out SGD27 to take care of your lips.

It’s also a tad troublesome to remember to clean off the sleeping mask the next morning. As of yet, I haven’t had the experience of not cleaning it off before, so I can’t tell you what will happen if you don’t.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk

I didn’t have too great an experience with Etude House’s Dear My Blooming Talk lipsticks the last time I bought one, so I honestly bought this just for the cute dog packaging, which is part of their Chinese New Year launch.


Product Description

The matte tinting lips-talk expresses defining rich color as it softly and smoothly adheres to the lips while providing a moisturized finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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When I first started out playing with makeup, my first choice for a lip colour would have been either pink or red. These days, I’ve been veering towards more beige and nude shades for a daily look, so I naturally picked BE101 Skinny Beige. I’ve never been able to get myself to try a purple hue because… well, because i just think that it wouldn’t look great with my complexion.

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Packaging: It comes originally as just a bullet, and you get to choose a lipstick case to put the bullet in. I love the lipstick cases – so many to choose from! The one I have is from their CNY collection, but you can also choose from their usual collection if you’re not keen on doggies:

Texture: Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the lipstick bullet – it may look (and even smell) like the glass tinting lipstick, but definitely applies matte. It also feels comfortable on the lips because it doesn’t dry them out excessively.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’m actually really impressed by the colour payoff of this lipstick, because the Blooming Lips one I tried last time was the hardest, toughest lip product I had ever used. I could keep tugging and the colour wouldn’t come off evenly, which ended up leaving tiny coloured residues on the lips, and it looked really bad. This, however, applies smoothly so that you don’t have to keep struggling to get a good colour.

Colour: The colour may look red in the swatch, but rest assured that it’s definitely more beige in real life. This is easily one of my favourite nude lip colours, and is actually quite similar to TFS’ Moisture Touch BE03. I think it’s one of the most wearable colours in the launch as well, especially if you’re not too keen on reds and purples.

Staying power: The staying power of this lipstick is rather good – I’ve had it last at least one meal and survive multiple rounds of drinking water. I wouldn’t really expect this to last for one whole day in the office without any touching up though.


Final Verdict

This product has rekindled some faith in Etude House’s lip products for me. I think that overall it’s a pretty good product. It’s simple, straightforward, and does the job. It also helps that the price point is lower than that of a lot of other lip products.

If you are a beginner to makeup with no experience in liquid lipsticks, or just want to find something fuss-free that you can easily incorporate into a basic makeup look, this is definitely the product for you.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House FIX&FIX Pore Primer

This was the first primer I had ever used, thanks to a kind sales associate in Sasa who was the first person to tell me that I needed to use primer in order to save my skin.

If I recall correctly, I got this as part of a sales promotion for the Any Cushion.


Product Description

The gel-type primer in skin tone effectively covers pores and uneven texture, makes skin texture look smooth, and keeps makeup fresh for long hours.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90

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One thing that always troubles me when I’m trying to pick a product for targeted areas/problems is that I never quite know which one to choose because I feel that I have all the possible skin problems humanly possible. At times like this, my instinct is to go for something more all-encompassing, just in case.

I decided to tackle the issue of minimizing my pores instead of toning up my skin colour. I’ve always felt that my pores are too big and visible, so I thought it would be great if I could try and cover them up.

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Packaging: I didn’t think the tube packaging was too bad, not until I got hold of banila co.’s primer. I think this is great for bringing along when you’re traveling, because it’s so compact that it definitely fits nicely into your makeup pouch. It also allows for clean usage without a high risk of getting the tube extremely dirty. However, I do think that it would be a lot easier to get the product out with something similar to a shampoo bottle.

Texture: The texture may look like cream in the photos, but is actually gel-like in real life. It also tends to be oily, which may not be comfortable for most users.

Effectiveness: This primer really does give the appearance of minimized pores on application, so it definitely works as advertised.

Although it did help my makeup to stay on and stay fresh longer than I did without primer, I felt that it made my skin feel quite oily, especially after long periods of time. I’ve heard before that such pore primers could possibly clog up your pores because they ‘fill in’ your pores so that they look minimized and your face will naturally look smoother.

I think this ‘pore-clogging’ theory could have possibly been the case with this primer, because my face definitely felt more oily, and my pores more clogged than ever before. I was proven right when I had a mild case of acne breakout the next few days.


Final Verdict

If you’re looking at getting this to minimize your pores, I would advise you to think carefully about whether you have pores that get clogged easily, or if you have very oily skin, before going ahead to purchase this. In fact, you might want to reconsider ever getting a pore-covering primer in the first place.

I think that it would not have been as bad with the other products in this Etude House primer line that target skin tone problems, but it’s difficult to prove so too unless I get around to trying them out. In the meantime, I guess I’ll stick to my banila co. primer unless I hear more good reviews of this primer.

If you are looking to try a primer to help your makeup last and do not have any problems with oil control and clogged pores, I would definitely recommend this. Otherwise, I do advise finding other primers that will better suit your skin.


Rating

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