[REVIEW] Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer

These were quite heavily promoted last year, so I gave myself an excuse to try them out when Etude House released a Xmas bauble with 3 mini lip lacquers (because Xmas collectibles are worth our money, right?)


Product Description

 Long-lasting lip locker keeps the lips matte and less smudged or smeared as rich color pigment is fixed fast upon application.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90


Ingredient List

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Matte Chic Lip Lacquer Swatch
RD303 IRENE RED
BR402 THANK YOU BERRY BROWN
PK005 ICING CREAM PINK

Packaging: I quite like the fact that the bottle is transparent, as it is very easy to see the exact colour of the lipstick. Let’s say you are in a rush and don’t have time to swatch your lippie, you can still choose a colour that you want accurately. I find this very useful, because a lot of lipstick packaging don’t tell you much, or even if they do, they tend to be misleading.

Colour: RD303 is the exact shade of red that Irene of Red Velvet (Etude House’s ambassadors) wears in their marketing material. While I do agree that it looks fantastic on her, I generally steer clear of bright reds like this because I’m not used to wearing such loud colours.

BR402 is a lovely MLBB shade that works well for most people, although I would say it probably works a little better for people with cooler undertones. I find that this is pretty similar to Urban Decay’s Vice Liquid Lipstick in the shade Naked.

PK005 is a special shade that can only be found in the Tiny Twinkle Xmas Ornament, so you won’t be able to find the full-sized version of it in stores (I think!). The colour looks super pretty when you swatch it like that, but for some reason it turns out a little darker on my lips. Maybe it’s just me.

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s very pigmented, but as you can see from the PK005 swatch, the application can get a little uneven sometimes. I find it a bit thick as well, but I think it’s a pretty common texture that you get from matte liquid lipsticks.

Staying power: I’ve seen some truly fantastic reviews about this lippie’s staying power, so I was pretty curious to see if it would work as well for me.

I was rather pleasantly surprised by the fact that this lasted me not only through a few bouts of water-drinking, but also all the way from lunch to the end of the day. It did feel a little dry as the day progressed, but nothing too uncomfortable.


Final Verdict

I’ve yet to try the other colours, but I have to admit that I am pretty impressed by the formulation of this liquid lipstick. It lasts for really long, and yet I didn’t suffer from the horrors of dry, uneven patches on my lips.

Could this be a dupe for UD’s famous Vice Liquid Lipsticks? I think it definitely comes close – the only aspect it lacks in is the number of shades available!


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Peri’s Cushion Lips

I was DEFINITELY not planning to buy another lip product anytime soon, but you know I am susceptible to good deals :X (don’t deny it, I’m sure you do that too). I saw this selling at SGD 12 at some Watsons fair and thought the colour was really lovely when I swatched it. Plus, it’s Peripera – their lip tints have never disappointed, so I was sure this would be great as well.


Product Description

Get bright, bold lips this summer! The formula dispenses through a soft cushion for controlled dabbing and application. Once applied, this vibrant stain does not budge!

Official Retail Price: USD 14.00 (Soko Glam)


Ingredient List

Methyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Red 6 Lake(CI 15850), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Yellow 6 Lake(CI 15985), Sorbitan Isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethyl Hexanediol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Red 7 lake(CI 15850:1), Fragrance, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

I thought the texture was rather similar to the Airy Ink Velvet, so I’m putting its ingredient list here for comparison:

Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Green Tea Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Lithol Rubine BCA, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrachlorotetrabromofluorescein, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Phloxine B, Hydrated Ferric Oxide, Sunset Yellow FCF, Tartrazine, Black Oxide of Iron

I’m pretty surprised to see that the lists are not identical, but you also see that this Peri’s Cushion Lips is missing the various seed oils, replaced instead by a very low proportion of shea butter. I’ll talk more about the texture of the product below.


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Packaging: It’s not the prettiest packaging I’ve seen from Peripera. Actually, I think it might be one of my least favourites. It’s not exactly cute, and looks a lot like my highlighters (the stationery product, not the makeup namesake LOL). It theoretically works the same as TFS’s Finger Cotton Tint, but it is a lot harder to control this. I find it very hard to squeeze the product out, and ended up squeezing more than I wanted on the first try. Definitely not my favourite packaging as well.

Colour: The actual swatch looks NOTHING like the one in the marketing photos. So disappointing. I was lucky that I got the chance to swatch this in person before I bought it, instead of ordering it online, because I would have been really upset if it turned out so different when I receive it. Someone should really call out these brands for showing swatches that are not off by a large margin.

Anyway, there were only 2 shades on sale – the other was some bright pink colour that I would probably never wear, so I went with this OR04. I find this colour to be similar to the MISSHA Matt M Lip Rouge’s Maple Latte shade, and this is quite flattering for my warm undertones. If you also have warm undertones, you would most probably like this shade as well.

The colour payoff is okay – it’s not super intense, and will probably take you a two or more layers to get a nice and even colour.

Staying power: I find it to be thicker than the Airy Ink Velvet, almost like a normal liquid lipstick. It dries down to a matte finish on the lips, but I didn’t like how it felt quite dry, and ended up showing all these tiny cracks and fine lines even though I had exfoliated my lips before applying.

I did appreciate the long-wear formula though, because it is definitely good to last for days when you can’t find the time to touch up. True to its words, the stain is hard to budge. I don’t think it’s completely transfer-proof though, so if you are looking to keep the colour as thick and bright all day long, you may be disappointed.


Final Verdict

This is just okay, I guess. I would love to wear this regularly but it really is quite dry for my already-dry lips, and I really hate seeing all these fine lines amplified.

If you are looking for long-staying lip lacquers with good colour payoff and comfort on the lips, I definitely still suggest the Airy Ink Velvet series over anything else from Peripera. It is little wonder that that is one of their star products, because some other stuff (like this product) are rather underwhelming.


Rating

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