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[REVIEW] YSL Volupté Sheer Candy

I received this as a gift of sorts, and I was really eager to use this because I really like YSL’s lip products (which I personally wouldn’t have the heart to buy because it would burn a hole in my wallet).


Product Description

This ultra-light lip balm leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to 8 hours and is ideal for year-round use.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 54

 

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The shade I got was #2, Dewy Papaya.

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Packaging: I love the packaging of this lip balm. It’s classy & elegant with a touch of playfulness, which totally embodies YSL.

Taste: With a shade labeled ‘Dewy Papaya’, it’s not hard to imagine why this product would also have a tinge of papaya taste. The taste is not overpowering – just a slightly sweet flavour. It even smells a tad like papaya as well.

Colour payoff & intensity: As you can see from the swatch, the product is really sheer (it is called Sheer Candy, after all) so there’s not much of a colour payoff to describe or evaluate. However, there’s a tinge of gloss and shimmer that looks really great on the lips, especially if you’re going for a plump lip look. I find that it also helps to brighten up and ‘fill in’ the natural colour of your lips, which is another way you look at achieving a MLBB look.

Effectiveness: With regards to its properties as a lip balm, I think this product is not too bad. It does hydrate your lips as a lip balm should, although I’m not too sure about a promise of up to 8 hours. My lips tend to dry out very easily (which is also why I have problems using matte lipsticks sometimes), so you’ll have to take that into consideration as well.

Staying power: As with glosses and balms in general, I wasn’t expecting this to stay on my lips for a very long time. Most of it is usually gone after a meal, so be prepared to touch up every now and then if you’re using this.


Final Verdict

I honestly feel that I will love the dark pink colours even more, but the price is indeed a strong deterrent.

I personally think that many other brands also offer good lip balms with a good colour payoff and at a much lower price (for example, Innisfree), so you’re really paying for the brand name (and gorgeous packaging, of course) at that price. That’s not to say I won’t discourage you from doing it – it is, after all, a good product that does what it should.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Maybelline BABY LIPS® CANDY WOW

Maybelline is one of those brands you probably grew up knowing because your mum introduced you to it, or has been using it herself all these years. It’s an affordable drugstore brand that definitely offers good product quality. While it’s been introducing a lot more innovative products in its offerings these days to keep up with makeup trends (I noticed the inclusion of a few two-tone/gradation lip products), there are a few ‘staples’ that have definitely been in our makeup pouches at some time or another, and this lip balm is one of them.


Product Description

A Baby Lips first – your favourite lip balm now comes in candy‑inspired colour and a new retractable crayon format!

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 9.90

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Ingredient List

OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYBUTENE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, PETROLATUM, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, POLYETHYLENE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SILICA SILYLATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALUMINA, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL MYRISTYL ESTERS, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, AROMA / FLAVOR, LIMONENE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE, CI 45380 / RED 22 LAKE, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 15850 / RED 7, CI 75470 / CARMINE, CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE]

Shockingly, Octyldodecanol, the first item on the list, can actually be a human irritant – “strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne))”. Even though no evidence has been found for it irritating lips, it is still best to take note of this if you have sensitive skin in general.


I have the mixed-berry one as well, but I’ll focus on the peach one here because I use this more often. I’m a big fan of peaches (APEACH, anyone?) and peach-flavoured food, so it’s little wonder that peach-flavoured lip products are also a big hit with me.

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Packaging: The packaging definitely reminds me of Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense, because it also resembles a crayon. I find it quite compact, which is convenient for bringing around.

Texture: One obvious difference between this and Mamonde’s is that the product itself is glossier, while Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense actually applies matte. I like how it doesn’t feel overly sticky, which is usually the case with candy-flavoured lip balms. It applies quite evenly on the lips as well.

Flavour: If you’re wondering whether the product really tastes like peach – it does! I really do feel like I’m eating peach-flavoured candy when I apply this to my lips. It’s not overly sticky and sweet (which wouldn’t exactly be a nice feeling), but more of a subtle sweetness. If you’re not a fan of peaches though, you might want to give this a miss.

Effectiveness: As a lip balm, this has been very effective. It may be a bit hard to tell whether lip balms are very effective if your lips aren’t too dry in humid climates (like Singapore’s), but in dry climates (e.g. Korea’s winter season), this product truly shines. This lip balm will keep your lips sufficiently moisturized throughout the day and prevent them from cracking.

Colour payoff & intensity: This isn’t marketed as a lipstick, so don’t expect a full intense colour with this product. All it leaves on the lips is a slight pink, glossy shine. I do think that this would look great if you’re going for a more natural look, because it helps to enhance your lips’ original colour.


Final Verdict

At SGD9.90, I think this is a good deal. It’s relatively compact, effective, and tastes great – what more could you want in a lip product? Of course, I would love it a lot more if its colour intensity was greater, so that I don’t have to layer other lip products on top for a fuller look, but overall I would still say that it does its job as a lip balm pretty well.

Would I be keen to try the other flavours and colours? Yes please!


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] Innisfree Glow Tint Lip Balm

I recently went to Korea and was determined to stock up on one of my favourite lip tints – the Innisfree Eco Flower Tint but to my extreme horror, I couldn’t find it at ANY of the Innisfree stores I visited. I probably searched all the Innisfree stores in Myeongdong and yet there was no trace of the product line at all! It’s still listed on the international website AND the Singapore one, so why is it not sold in physical stores in Korea?? 😦

In my disappointment, I decided to try alternatives. I’m always been very impressed by Innisfree’s lip products, so I felt that it was still worth giving other products a shot. Considering that it was winter and my lips were drying out from the cold & dry weather, I went ahead to buy their lip balm.


Product description

1. Moisturizing lip balm with smooth texture 
This smooth melt-in textured lip balm provides the lips with rich moisture. 

2. For bright and beautifully colored lips 
Gentle colors saturate the lips and give a natural and yet beautiful look. 

3. Moisturizing oil from vegetable for long-lasting moisturizing effect 
Vegetable Oil Complex* provides moisture and nourishment while holing color to keep the lips moisturized and beautifully colored for a long time. 
*Vegetable Oil Complex: macadamia nut oil, almond oil and linseed oil

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11

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Ingredient list

[no.2] TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, PHYTOSTERYL/ISOSTEARYL/CETYL/STEARYL/BEHENYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, MACADAMIA SEED OIL POLYGLYCERYL-6 ESTERS BEHENATE, POLYETHYLENE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, OCTYLDODECANOL, TRIOCTYLDODECYL CITRATE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL TRI-POLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CERESIN, GLYCERYL BEHENATE/EICOSADIOATE, YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 6 (CI 15850), LIMONENE, FRAGRANCE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, RED 27 (CI 45410), DEHYDROACETIC ACID, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, CITRAL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL

This ingredient list was so long that I balked at having to put everything in, so I just picked the one for the shade I bought (no.2). Most of the ingredients which differ from shade to shade are mostly just due to the colouring and flavour.

Our top ingredient here is tridecyl trimellitate, which is rated as good by Paula’s Choice. it’s a synthetic ingredient added as a skin-softening agent and texture enhancer, which sounds pretty good for chapped lips. Our next few ingredients also serve almost the same purpose and have been all rated as dermatologically good for your skin, so you can definitely use this without much fear of irritation or swelling.


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Packaging: Doesn’t this product remind you of the Eco Flower Tint? :’)

Colour: I bought shade no.2 Camellia, the same shade in which I bought the Eco flower tint in. I find the pink very easy to wear on any day with any look, and it really helps to brighten up the complexion.

Colour payoff & intensity: This is surprisingly pigmented for a lip balm (see swatch above), which is also I guess why Innisfree proudly markets it as a lip tint.

Texture: It leaves a nice, moisturizing gloss on your lips without feeling sticky and gross.

Effectiveness: As a tint balm, I put both functions to the test in Korea – firstly to see how long it lasts, and secondly if the lip balm really helps in moisturizing the lips.

On the tint side, it does not perform as well as I would want. However, considering that it is a glossy lip balm, I think it does a fairly decent job with the lasting power. I find myself having to reapply every time after I eat or drink to get more colour on my lips, but the colour generally stays on (faintly) for a few hours.

As a lip balm, I think it has been pretty good. I always had to reapply lip balm almost every hour because the air in Korea was so dry, but I found myself reaching for this almost every day after I tried it for the first time. If I wasn’t overly concerned about the colour, the lip balm was capable of keeping my lips feeling decently moisturized for a few hours with no reapplication.


Final Verdict

If you live in a region that has low humidity but balk at the idea of having to reapply lip balm AND lipstick every hour, this product is for you. I think it’s priced affordably, especially considering its dual function.

I’ve never found the need to use lip balm in Singapore because of the high humidity, but I changed my mind after using this one.


Rating

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