[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

I’m having problems finding this, let me know if you see it around!


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] Memebox I’m Meme Tic Toc Lipstick Satin

I bought this partly because Hwang Minhyun was the brand’s ambassador for their Cashmere finish, and partly because I couldn’t resist these cute heart-shaped applicators!

I saw this all over my Instagram, all over my newsfeed, and I decided that I would finally put an end to this lippie-lusting once and for all by buying it.


Product Description

A heart shape lipstick collection comes with 10 colours, ranging from nude beige, cherry red to burgundy.


Intense pigmentation creates vivid, long-lasting colour payoff with a satin finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90

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Ingredient List

I’m having problems finding this, let me know if you see it around!


Packaging: It looks quite similar to the Cashmere one, the only difference being the applicator and product itself. It’s famous for its heart-shaped stick – so cute, right? In fact, I find the heart shape to be quite useful during application, especially if you are trying to do an ombre lip effect.

My only gripe about this packaging is that it takes quite a fair bit of clicking for the product to come out. Only 0.1mm comes out with every click, which is supposed to help makes things less messy – imagine if the whole stick comes out at one go when you don’t use as much! The downside to this, of course, is that you struggle with getting a decent amount of product out at the beginning, which made me rather annoyed.

Colour: I like to pick colours that are labelled as best picks haha, can’t quit the habit. I picked 007 Pink Bomber, a very gorgeous MLBB shade. It reminds me of moonshot’s cream paint lightfit, which I personally really love because the shades are so flattering for Asian skin tones. Pink Bomber is a shade that you can wear on any occasion, for any mood, and I dare say it is a very universal shade that fits most skin tones and skin colours.

Pro tip: if you can’t decide on a shade, go with the one recommended by the brand!

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s very pigmented, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise because it leans towards a matte lipstick, and most mattes definitely boast of high colour payoff.

Colour application is quite even, although I think it can be a little tough because the product is a bit like a crayon, so you might get small unwanted chunks of product here and there if you are not gentle enough.

Staying power: This product’s staying power is actually quite impressive! You don’t have to touch up after a meal because you ate most of your lipstick, which is always great. I’m guessing that it’s also because it’s quite matte (I don’t know why they call it satin though, maybe the formula is a little less dry than their actual matte lip crayon?)

Although this is more drying than the Cashmere finish, I still found this comfortable enough to wear the whole day without feeling like my lips were going to dry out and become raisins. I would still advise for you to prep with a thin layer of lip balm before you apply this product, just as a precaution.


Final Verdict

Everyone knows I’m not the biggest fan of matte-like lipsticks, but I found myself liking this a lot more than I had expected.

I wanted to make this a must-buy product, but I’m still a little annoyed by the clicking thing, which I feel is worse than the Cashmere one. Another downside is that having a heart-shape applicator/stick makes me extra conscious, and I keep worrying about whether I will ruin the beautiful shape after repeated usage.

I also feel that this still lacks a little in the hydration and comfort aspect when you compare it to alternatives from the same brand, or actually from any other brand that has similar offerings, although I do acknowledge that it is rather creamy.

If you are worried that this is not worth the pretty heart shape, don’t be! I think you should definitely go ahead with it, just that you should manage your expectations about how good this product may be.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] 3CE Velvet Lip Tint

So after my first experience with a 3CE lip product, I decided to try out their lip tints, which I reckon are very popular among beauty junkies.


Product Description

What it is:

A lip tint with a sherbet-like texture that melts into the lips and leaves a natural tinge with a matte finish.

What it does:

Velvet lip tint incorporates an oil-packed formula specially made to deliver a vivid and velvety matte texture. When this tint is applied, the lips are first encased with a layer of oil upon which pigments gently melt, resulting in a dewy sensation with a matte finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 23


Ingredient List

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: It looks very similar to my other lip tints (in particular, the CLIO one), so nothing much in particular that is really mind-blowing. I do find the 3CE tube to be much thicker than the CLIO one – probably because it contains more product as well.

Colour: I bought the shade #GOING RIGHT, which appears to be a very gorgeous MLBB shade. However, the real swatch shows that this shade contains a little more tinge of orange than I had expected. I personally also feel that it leans more towards a terracotta red – it’s great for me, because as of late I’ve been collecting lipstick shades like this, but you may want to take note of this if you are very particular about getting a colour that’s identical to the marketing photo.

The colour payoff is, of course, very good for a matte lip tint. It’s definitely better than the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color. The texture is waxy and applies evenly on the lips, which I really like as well.

Staying power: I wasn’t super impressed by the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color’s staying power, but I feel that this holds up better than its bullet lipstick counterpart.

You still get a fair bit of tint left even after an oily meal, although it’s not quite as long-lasting as you would expect from matte lipsticks. However, I’ve come to terms that 3CE lipsticks are not the best when it comes to long-lasting lipsticks that don’t budge.


Final Verdict

As beautiful as 3CE’s Instagram photos are, I sometimes still feel that the brand is a little overhyped for its quality and price. There are certainly other brands can offer the same type of product at a lower price, and probably with better staying power as well.

That being said, I still do enjoy using this lip tint from 3CE. It’s not bad, just that I wouldn’t strongly recommend that you buy it, because I don’t think it really offers anything that’s different or better than other brands.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

I got this in the Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face set, which also comes with the Kilawatt Highlighter ~


Product Description

THE stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss that feels as good as it looks. Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer delivers explosive shine, now in three universal shades handpicked by Rihanna herself to be the ultimate finishing touch to any look. Drench lips in Fu$$y, a soft romantic pink; glaze them in Diamond Milk, a shimmering wash of milky pearl that’s like a dewy highlight for your lips; or drip in the Fenty Glow, a perfect rose nude—we’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone. 

One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning shea butter enriches from within. Lips look instantly fuller and smoother, with a non-sticky formula that’s super shiny and has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 31

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Ingredient List

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tricaprylin, Cera Microcristallina/microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Vp/eicosene Copolymer, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mica, Sorbitan Oleate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables, Aroma/flavor, Parfum/fragrance, Tribehenin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lactic Acid, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene

Some key ingredients:

  • Polybutene: oligomeric oil
  • Microcrystalline Wax: wax derived from crude oil
  • Shea butter: moisturiser
  • Parfum/fragrance: potential irritant
  • Limonene: derived from peels of citrus fruits, potential irritant

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Packaging: I’m a big fan of the shiny lid and transparent case for you to see the sparkly, rose gold product – so beautiful! It also closes tightly so that no product leaks out, making this a very clean and neat lippie that you can bring along on your travels.

Colour: I don’t have anything like this in my lip collection, so I’m really impressed. Not quite nude, more like an apricot-rose gold colour that makes your lips look plump, hydrated, and absolutely glowing. Just look at all that glitter in the last photo! In fact, I think you can even use it as liquid eyeshadow, and your lids will look like they’re popping.

The colour payoff is not very strong, slightly thin (?) in my opinion, so it brings out the peach colour of your lips, rather than cover it. I do highly recommend this shade for people with warm undertones because it definitely complements, although it is quite a universal colour that should work well with most tones.

Staying power: I find that because of all the wax and oils in the formula, Gloss Bomb tends to be a little sticky on the lips. It’s not like a honey/glue kind of sticky that grosses you out – in fact, it feels like you applied sleeping balm on your lips.

Sadly, that being said, it didn’t necessarily equate to longevity on the lips. Sipping of water can take away quite a fair bit of product, and don’t bother expecting it to continue staining or tinting your lips throughout a meal.


Final Verdict

I feel that as with most other lippies (other than matte), the colour isn’t too much of a problem, just that you have to lower expectations regarding staying power.

I’ve seen some bloggers layer lipstick under the Gloss Bomb, so that you get a very striking (and lasting) colour, together with a glossy shimmer to give you kissable lips. It’s a very pretty idea that I want to try out as well!

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Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House Soft Drink Tint

In another episode of ‘Etude House killin’ it with the cute packaging’, I’m here to review one of their cutest lip products – the soft drink tint.


Product Description

Soft Drink Tint colors make the lips look refreshing like a burst of soda.

Official Retail Price: SGD 8

(I think official EH stores have stopped selling, you have to buy from websites like Shopee)

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Ingredient List

#RD301 Zero Red :
Polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, red No. 202, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate / vpicopolymer, steviosolate, glycerin, glycerin, butyleneglycol, polysorbate 20, polyglyceryl- (1), T-butyl alcohol, star anise extract (1) of red No. 104, phenoxyethanol, yellow No. 5, fragrance, capryliliglycol, 1,2-hexanediol, ethylhexylglycerin, propanediol

T-butyl alcohol: colourless oily liquid with a sharp alcohol odour, it is found in ginger
Propanediol: viscous, colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste

Is anyone surprised that you can’t find water in this list? I personally am, because most lip tints tend to contain a high percentage of water. 🤔


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Packaging: This is so, so cute. It totally resembles a soft drink bottle, so much so that you may be tempted to drink straight from it (please don’t). I like that it’s small and convenient to carry around, and also closes rather tightly so you don’t have to worry about leakages.

Colour: I find that the shade range is rather limited with just 5 basic colours, but I guess it is sufficient enough to cover most people’s preferences of red, orange, pink, purple, and clear.

The old me would definitely have chosen pink, but these days I’m gravitating towards reds (a sign of maturity/old age? idk), so I picked RD301. It is quite a bright red that’s great for people with warm undertones, but may tend to make your teeth look more yellow. It’s the kind of red that you’ll see many Korean girls sporting (please don’t ask me why, I have no idea), but again I don’t think this is a ‘universal’ kind of red, so use with caution! I think it may have been a little too bright for me because I prefer something darker, like brick red, but I can work around this by creating gradient lips so it looks more subtle.

For those who like a more muted colour, I definitely suggest picking BL601 to bring out your natural lip colour.

Staying power: If you see the last photo, that’s the stain it leaves behind after I tried my best to wipe off all the product. Of course, it’s not super intense, but I think it is a beautiful tint that will still help you to look made-up, rather than give away the fact that you just finished your lunch. I also have to give it props for leaving such an even stain – some products leave your lips all flakey and unevenly coloured, which looks super bad, but this tint from Etude House doesn’t do that.


Final Verdict

I used to be very biased against Etude House’s lip products due to one poor experience I had, but these days I’m really changing opinion, thanks to all these new lippies that are proving to be value for money.

In Korea, you’ll see a lot of young girls (secondary school/high school) going to Etude House to buy cosmetics, because they are cheaper and relatively easier to use for beginners. I have to admit though, the brand is very affordable, very accessible, and really produces items that are good to use. It’s like drugstore price, but at a much higher quality than you expect.

If you love a good, long-lasting lip tint, or are a total beginner when it comes to cosmetics, do get this! I promise you won’t regret it 🙂


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick

Reblogging an old post of mine! This lippie’s formula still remains one of my favourite – find out why!

THERAGEFFECT

THEFACESHOP has Suzy as its ambassador, and it’s not hard to see why. With natural beauty, elegance and a touch of innocence, Suzy is known in Korea as the nation’s ‘first love’. I liked her role in Dream High a lot, and it was because of her that I took special notice of THEFACESHOP as a brand.


Product description

• Layers of moisture create a protective barrier: Infuses lips with a serum containing 10% squalene, leaving lips feeling luxuriously moist layer after layer 
• Multiple layers of lipstick allows for smooth and vivid coloured lips: With the highly dense colour compact system, colour becomes more vivid and true to its original colour as it is repeatedly applied. 
• Shiny layering looks like a clear coating has been applied: Conditions lips and makes them look shiny and smooth with no visible wrinkles

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90

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[REVIEW] Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint

This isn’t a new product, but it sure is one that has been raved about by many bloggers and fans. I eventually couldn’t resist finding out for myself whether the hype over this project is justified, so I bought this in Korea and tried it back home in Singapore.


Product Description

The moisture tint expresses sweet color like ice cream as it refreshingly melts into the lips.

Official Retail Price: SGD 9.90

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Ingredient List

Water, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Trehalose, Pentylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Tromethamine, Polyacrylate-13, Titanium Dioxide, Polyisobutene, CI 15985, Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract, CI 17200, Silica, Alumina

It is little wonder that a ‘watery gel tint’ has a formula that, well, has water in the highest proportion. Some other good ingredients:

Glycerin: good for dry skin
Polysorbate 20: good for fungal acne
Titanium Dioxide: UV protection, good for sensitive skin


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Packaging: I’ve hardly seen an Etude House product that doesn’t deliver in terms of packaging. This one is adorably shaped like a popsicle, which I guess does a good job in delivering the idea of lips stained by the sweet syrup from popsicles. It’s relatively small, so it is also easy to carry around.

Colour: While the shade range is not the largest we have seen from lip tints, I think it is sufficient enough to cover most preferences, with pinks, reds, and oranges/apricots. The colour I picked, RD307, looks very red from the bottle alone, but in reality is a lighter shade of red that closely resembles watermelon juice.

Staying power: Do you want to know how insane this staying power is? After I swatched the product to take the photographs above, I found out that the pinkish stain is still visible the next day – now, how amazing is that?!

I’ve found that this lip tint is so long-lasting that you really don’t need to touch up at all even after oily meals. In fact, you could probably even last a whole day with just a few swipes in the morning before heading out – super convenient!

In addition, I really like that this lip tint actually helps your lips feel moisturized, instead of sucking the moisture away from the lips (this could happen to you too, so remember to always put lip balm!) and making it more dry than before.


Final Verdict

After just my first use, I now understood why this Etude House lippie is such a major hit around the world. It is very rare to find a lip tint that not only does not dry your lips, but faithfully keeps the colour intact even when you are eating the oiliest food in the whole world.

I also think this makes for a very good ‘starter product’, for people who are just starting out on makeup. It’s easy to apply, lasts long, and generally completes your look effortlessly.

Naturally, I hope to be able to get the other beautiful shades as well in the future – wish me & my wallet luck!


Rating

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

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