[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: ✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Kakao Friends x ONTHEBODY Apeach Vitamin C Lip Balm

K-beauty products are well-known for being adorable, and I’m a huge sucker for adorable beauty products. I’m also a big fan of Apeach, so I immediately bought this lip balm in Olive Young when I saw it.


Product Description

  • Contains vitamins for a moisturized and vibrant lip.
  • The melting formula that melts at body temperature adheres on the lips without any irritation.
  • Does not contain mineral oil, paraben and animal-based ingredients.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 20.98 (Shopee)

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Ingredient list

List unavailable online – sorry folks! 😡 The only information I have for this is that it does not contain mineral oil, paraben and animal-based ingredients.


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Packaging: What more do I have to say? This is super adorable and definitely a must-collect item for any Apeach lover. Apeach’s head makes it a little hard for you to fit this  into your pocket nicely, but it’s still quite small and compact to bring it out daily.

Colour: It’s so faint that you can barely see it on my hand, and it’s not just my photography not doing it justice – it really is very hard to see much colour on skin. However, I was quite surprised at how my lips instantly looked more pink and healthy after I apply this lip balm, even though the colour doesn’t show up on my hand. Maybe it’s some kind of ingredient or technology in the lip balm that only works on lips, but it really is quite mind-blowing. It’s not an intense pink (like a tint that the Innisfree one can give), but rather a soft pink hue that really helps to enhance your natural lip colour.

The colour does get quite faint after meals, so if you are looking to keep that healthy lip glow going, you definitely have to touch up.

Texture: It’s not actually sticky at all, unlike some other lip balms I have tried. It feels like a moisturizing, buttery feeling on your lips.

Effectiveness: My lips feel more supple and less flakey even after staying in a dry, air-conditioned place for long hours with this lip balm. 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

I’m actually quite surprised at how well this lip balm works for me, because I was honestly just bought over by its packaging and didn’t really pay attention to whether this would be effective.

The price, however, is quite a deterrent. I am pretty sure that it did not cost me so much when I bought it in Korea, so it’s probably just certain sellers who are marking up the price.

UPDATE: I just checked and someone is selling this for SGD 11.50 on Qoo10. It seems much more reasonable, because I bought it at around 10 000 won in Korea if I remember correctly.

Overall, this is a great addition to any lip balm lover or Apeach fan’s collections, but if you’re quite neutral to both of them then this is probably just ~ another ~ of those beauty products with cute packaging.


Rating

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

[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: ✮✮✮

[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: ✮✮✮✮

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[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: ✮✮✮✮