[REVIEW] The Face Shop x KAKAO FRIENDS APEACH Blossom Lip Tint

So I like APEACH, I like TFS, and I like lip tints – this combination is deadly enough to make me surrender into buying this.


Product Description

  • Glossy lips without any sticky feeling.
  • Fresh & tight application.
  • Excellent glassy gloss.
  • Adorable Sweet Apeach design! – Shake it and enjoy the flattery Cherry blossom glitters!

Official Retail Price: SGD 15.10 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

I haven’t been able to find a full ingredient list online, but let me know if you have a source for this!


They didn’t have many choices for shades and I really wanted APEACH so I went for a pink that I was used to buying for lip tints. This was how it looked like in the marketing materials:

It wasn’t too bright or obnoxious a pink, and I imagined that this would look very good when used for a gradient lip look, so I went ahead to pick this colour.

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Packaging: It’s hard to disagree that this lip tint’s packaging is waaaaay too adorable. Besides having APEACH printed on the tube, you have a tiny APEACH in a snowglobe – how cute is that!! It’s so gorgeous that you could probably use it as a decoration for your table, your shelf, practically anywhere that you bring this tint along with. It’s almost like having a pretty snow globe with you everywhere you go. It’s not heavy either, although I do think that it is slightly bulkier than most other lip tints I’ve used.

Colour: I would describe this colour as a strawberry pink, I guess? It makes for a very sweet and bright look, and you can see that the colour applies rather evenly on skin despite being so watery. The strawberry pink colour helps to pump your lips a little, and I found it to very good for creating gradient lips. The payoff is lovely as well, but I do think that I take more than one application in order to have a significant bit of colour on my lips.

I do also think that this may have a formula that is rather similar to Innisfree’s Eco Flower Tint. The colours seem to share similarities, but without the ingredient list for this lip tint, it’s tough to check and say for sure whether these two tints from different companies are close dupes of each other.

Staying power: I personally feel that lip tints should be very long-lasting (since they tint/dye your lips), but not all tints are made the same. This, however, has been fantastic beyond my expectation. I can expect to eat a full meal, drink water, and still expect to see about 70% of colour still on my lips. At the end of a long day in office, I still see traces of the colour even though I haven’t touched up even once. Now, how great is that?


Final Verdict

Cute packaging aside, we all know the K-beauty world is awash with lip tints. What really differentiates one tint from the next is definitely the colour shades, the staying power, and the price as well.

This lip tint isn’t the cheapest tint available out there, but I do think that for the gorgeous packaging, the sweet colours and the long-lasting power it boasts, this particular tint is definitely worth putting in your shopping cart, especially if you are a APEACH or Ryan fan.

Do take note, however, that this isn’t available in Singapore (if you are a SG reader) and I don’t think TFS SG will be bringing it in at all, so you will have to buy from an online retailer or some kind seller in order to get your hands on this.

UPDATE: TFS SG has brought the APEACH collection to Singapore! However, they’ve left out the sunscreen, so you still can’t get it here 😦


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Peripera Sugar Glow Tint

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I initially thought that this lip tint was a liquid blush when I first saw it on Peripera’s Instagram. So I went to Sasa, swatched this, and still didn’t realize it was a lip tint until I opened it up at home. I don’t know why I was under such an impression, but you now know how blur I can get 🙊


Product Description

  • A watery lip tint with rich color payoff.
  • Enriched with maple syrup, Manuka honey extract, and Muscovado sugar to moisturize your lips.

Official Retail Price: SGD 12.90 for 2 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Gylcerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Diglycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Sugarcane Extract, Polyglycerin-3, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Titanium Oxide, Allura Red AC, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Orange II, Fragrance, Ethanol, Propylene Carbonate, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Dextrin Palmitate, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phloxine B, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fast Acid Magenta

Peripera emphasizes its star ingredients here: maple syrup, Manuka honey extract, and Muscovado sugar – all meant to moisturize your lips. They do rank pretty low on the list so they’re not present in huge amounts, but probably enough to convince you that they should have an effect.


I used to love pinks, but eventually gravitated towards nudes and corals because I felt that they were more flattering for my skin tone. I got this in #3 Pink Melon, a peachy kind of pink.

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Packaging: I think the bottle is cute, but I’m not sure what this is supposed to look like. A maple syrup bottle?? Honey bottle?? Maybe, I don’t know. It is slightly bulkier than, say, the Airy Ink Velvets, but still lightweight and compact enough to stuff it down your pocket.

Colour: I started picking nudes and bright colours for different types of lip products – bright, intense colours for lip tints, and nude ones for lipsticks. I really like having a brighter, sweeter colour to do a gradient lip look, or if not just ‘juicy’ lips. This pink doesn’t really look like watermelon flesh or anything, but it’s a versatile colour that will complement most skin tones. As with most lip tints (or Korean, at least), there’s nothing to complain about the rich colour payoff. I do love how glossy the product looks on the lips, because it really helps to brighten up your face.

Staying power: I’m not super impressed by its staying power, and especially less so for a lip tint. It’s not sticky, but also not the most ‘dry’ formula there is, so when you eat or drink, a good portion of the colour comes off. I definitely cannot go through a meal and expect to see a full colour left, maybe just traces of it. If you are the kind of person who hates having to touch up every time you eat something, do take note of this.


Final Verdict

While there’s nothing really ‘wow’ about this lip tint, I’m such a sucker for Peripera’s affordable and high-quality products that I didn’t mind buying this at all.

If you already have a ton of lip tints sitting on your vanity table (yes, I know many of us are guilty of this), it probably wouldn’t hurt to buy one more, but it also won’t hurt if you don’t buy this – you get what I mean?


Rating

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

[REVIEW] CLIO Mad Matte Tint

I’ve been eyeing 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tint for a long time since I saw it online, but never got around to buying it. I’ve seen other Korean brands with similar product offerings, such as Etude House with their new Matte Chic Lip Lacquers.

I popped by a Sasa store in KL and saw that CLIO also had something similar – the Mad Matte Tint. The shades were a huge draw, and after swatching, I couldn’t help but add this lip product to my shopping basket.


Product Description

Matte lip tint that delivers vivid color pay-off as it looks and glides on with a thin and even layer

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.78 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

I wasn’t able to find the list online and had already thrown away the box by the time I started writing this, so I won’t be able to talk about this in detail 😦


CLIO specifically listed a few shades as MLBB, and #08 Chai Tea Latte was the first to catch my eye. I personally feel that it looks more like a brick brown than ‘chai tea latte’, but it’s absolutely flattering for many skin tones. However, it actually smells and tastes just like the tea latte I sometimes have for breakfast, which is quite a nice surprise.

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Packaging: As mentioned earlier, it bears much resemblance to the ones offered by other Korean brands. I like it a lot though – it looks chic, and is easy to bring around in a makeup pouch.

Colour: I absolutely love this colour!! I’m always on the lookout for MLBB lipstick shades that don’t make me look too washed out, and are also great for daily wear. This has to be one of my top favourites because it’s so flattering and easy to pull off. It’s not too bright a pink or red that may cause your makeup look to become overwhelming, so you can use this when you’re going for class or work without looking like you overdid it.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour payoff is great – one swipe and you’re good to go. In fact, I found it a bit tough to to do a gradient lip with this tint (as seen in the marketing creative) because the colour is so rich and intense that it immediately covers your entire lips. That’s not entirely a bad thing (I mean, who’s gonna complain about great colour payoff, right), but this is worth taking note of if you are planning to achieve gradient lips with this product.

Staying power: For a tint, I feel that this product’s staying power is not as good as I would have liked it to be. Drinking is fine, but you would not expect to see a lot of colour left on the lips after a meal. I also don’t think this tint is totally transfer-proof, so you’d have to expect to touch up after eating. However, it should be able to last you for a few good hours.


Final Verdict

I don’t know about you, but I’m always happy when I find lip products offering MLBB shades that aren’t too pricey, apply smoothly with great colour payoff, and have decent staying power.

I feel like this could be a dupe for 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tint for those who may not like how drying 3CE’s products may be, or are put off by the higher price point. The shades offered are actually pretty similar 🧐

As you can tell, I’m floored by the colour – I’ve never been so happy to pick a shade that suits me so well. I would strongly recommend this shade if you’re also looking for a wearable MLBB lip colour. And in spite of my love for #08, I’m honestly hoping that I’d be able to get the other shades in future…


Rating

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

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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 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: ✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Innisfree Vivid Fruit Tint

In my attempt to find my favourite tint from Innisfree, I chanced upon this lip tint that was relatively affordable. It reminds me a little of lip tints from Etude House, but nothing really surprising about that since both brands are under the same umbrella company.


Product Description

A multi-sized lip tint blender with a thin and smooth sensation for delicate makeup

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 6.50

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Ingredient List

WATER, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TREHALOSE, TROMETHAMINE, CARBOMER, RED 33 (CI 17200), GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, YELLOW 6 (CI 15985), RED 27 (CI 45410), FRAGRANCE, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, YELLOW 5 (CI 19140), CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL EXTRACT, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) FRUIT EXTRACT, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL EXTRACT, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT

I think it’s rather impressive that the ingredient list actually includes real fruit extracts (grapefruit, raspberry, orange, kiwi, & apricot!), although they’re ranked low on the list, meaning that there aren’t large traces of them.

In addition, I was searching the different chemicals included and found an interesting article on glycerin:

Glycerin is a compound that can be made from natural products such as vegetable oil, or can be synthesized from propylene alcohol. The result is an alcohol-based product that is an ingredient in many skin-care products. Glycerin, also called glycerol, can be used for both cosmetic purposes and as a treatment for medical conditions of the skin. Most people are very tolerant of glycerin, without experiencing irritation. The effects of glycerin on skin are a healthier, more natural-looking appearance.


They only have 2 shades available, which is a real pity. I picked Cherry, since I wasn’t quite too sure about making orange lips work for me.

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Packaging: It looks very similar to Innisfree’s nail polishes, but I’m not complaining. It’s simple and clean, with a transparent bottle for you to see the colour (though I have to admit that the dark red is very misleading). It’s small and easy to carry around, which is a plus point.

Colour: Don’t be fooled by how dark red the tint colour looks like from the bottle. In reality, the colour is much closer to that seen on the applicator. I’ve forgotten to snap a swatch, but if I had to describe it, it looks very similar to the official lip swatch given by Innisfree. It’s a bright pink that’s actually very similar to that of my favourite Eco Flower Tint #2!

Colour payoff & intensity: I feel that this tint’s colour is a lot more intense than the Eco Flower Tint’s. I got a bit of a shock when I first applied it because the colour payoff was really strong and I wasn’t looking to wearing such a bold colour. Another con is that the colour application isn’t very even, and often stains my teeth more than my lips, which is really troublesome.

Staying power: I have pretty high expectations for lip tints’ staying power, because it is, after all, a tint. Even after meals and long hours, there should at least still be a visible trace of colour on the lips.

While this lip tint manages to pass the test after one meal, I find that its staying power is actually pretty limited. Although you’ll see hints of colour on the cotton pad after wiping your lips with makeup remover at the end of the day, you’ll see close to zero colour on your lips after one full day.


Final Verdict

While I appreciate the initial colour intensity, I expected a much better staying power from Innisfree’s lip tints, so frankly I was slightly disappointed with this. The uneven application was also quite a let-down.

I wouldn’t say it’s a replacement for my favourite lip tint, but it definitely has its own merits. Its best selling feature is, of course, its affordable price. I think at a price of SGD6.50, this lip tint is worth buying if this is your first foray into makeup, or if you’re a bit tight on cash at the moment but still need a nice lip tint to complete your makeup.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Two Tone Tint Lip Bar

I previously bought the Two Tone Lip Bar, which I love the duo colours for, but had difficulty getting the ombre effect to stay. Since I still had hope that this would eventually work out for me, I bought this Two Tone Tint Lip Bar at the duty-free in Incheon Airport.


Product Description

Two-Tone Tint Lip expresses natural gradation by combining the features of defining tint and moisturizing lip balm

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 32 (Zalora)

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Packaging: Similar to the Two Tone Lip Bar, this comes in a rectangular bar that is compact and convenient for bringing around. I love the lever that you have to slide in order to bring out and keep the lip bar. I personally think that it’s more convenient than having to twist a lipstick bullet. I would even say this lever reminds me of an eraser (see photo below) 😂

Texture: Slightly sticky, but very hydrating on the lips, since it’s a lip balm.

Colour payoff & intensity: I like the colour payoff as it’s not very intense and looks quite natural. The red (colour) part stains your lips sufficiently, while the lip balm itself has no colour, which creates a nice gradient lip look.

Colour: Typical me bought No.03 because it’s marketed as Lee Sung Kyung’s pick, haha (I’m a fool for such marketing tactics sometimes). Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful cherry pink that I personally really like for a lip colour, so I guess it’s a win-win situation?

If you see my product shots, there’s a slight streak of red that’s run out. It’s not a manufacturing problem, just that I’ve been using it quite often. It’s a small problem – you can see from the swatch that the lines are not as even and well-defined, but you can rectify that with a few more swipes on your lips.

Staying power: As compared to the Two Tone Lip Bar, I feel that this one stays on longer and with better colour. It’s completely understandable, considering that this is marketed as a tint.

Effectiveness: Regarding the lip balm part, LANEIGE advertises that it uses the ingredients and technology of its famous Lip Sleeping Mask in the lip balm. I haven’t actually used the lip sleeping mask before so I can’t vouch for that, but I do like how moisturizing it feels, as well as the nice, healthy shine it gives to my lips.


Final Verdict

If I had to choose between the two different lip bars, I would pick this in a heartbeat.

I feel that the lip balm part helps the colour to apply and adhere much better to the lips. The Two Tone Lip Bar doesn’t feel quite as comfortable in comparison.

I find myself using this more often than I do with the other Lip Bar (oops). I love the other shades available and would definitely consider buying them, but I feel that a lot of them look too similar. No.8 is not really my style, so I’ll probably go with no.1 the next time for something different.

I think this is a little pricey – acceptable price point because it is LANEIGE, but not really the first thing I would have gone for. I got it for cheaper because it was from the duty-free shop, but I’m honestly not sure if I will pay the original price.


Rating

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