[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: ✮✮✮

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[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] Memebox I’m Meme Tic Toc Tint Lip Cashmere

I wasn’t a very big fan of the brand after a huge chunk of my matte lip crayon broke off, but I decided to give this another try because… well because they got Hwang Minghyun (Wanna One & NUEST) to front this, and I wanted to show some support 😂


Product Description

1. A tint that is moisturizing like a lip balm with a soft matte finish. A velvet-like textured tint that applies with a matte finish and keep the inner lips moisturized and smooth on the outside.

2. Soft cushion tip gives a touch of color and builds for more impact. Rich and high-pigmented moist formula gently and continuously wraps your lips without dryness or flakiness.

3. Natural-looking color. Various colors ranging from orange to red that instantly makes your lips look vibrant with a light finish in a single sweep.

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!


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Packaging: I quite like this new packaging style, it’s better than the one they had for the matte lip crayon. However, I have to say that it takes really long to click that button at the end for the product to come out when you first use it. It’s definitely a true test of your patience. The good thing is that subsequently, it gets easier: one or two clicks will be sufficient for the product to appear on the sponge.

Colour: I like to pick colours that are labelled as best picks by the brand ambassadors – I mean, they have to be good if the brand is pushing them so fiercely, right? So I picked 007 My Kinda Coral, and this is how it looks like on Minhyun:

I know it’s called ‘coral’, but I think it leans closer to a terracotta/brown-red shade. It’s super suitable for fall. In fact, it is a colour that will probably stay in trend for very long because these shades are so flattering, especially for Asian skin tones. I feel like I’ve weaned off my pinks & reds, so now all my new lippies sport a similar shade, but you can never have enough of your favourite colour, right?

I do think that this colour is also very similar to that of THEFACESHOP’s finger cotton tint‘s Brown-presso, but a tad more brown.

Colour payoff & intensity: I like how it’s not too intense a colour – make it sheer on the outer parts of the lip, and apply a few more layers on the inside to easily create a gradient lip look. You can also just apply a thin layer to get a natural-looking colour, or swipe a few more times for a full look. Either way, it will still look great!

Staying power: Based on experience, it does stay put through a meal, but don’t expect a full-blown colour. There will just be hints of colour, but enough to make your lips look great.

Also props to the comfortable formula: I expected this to be quite drying and uncomfortable after a while because it dries down to a matte finish, but it was so lightweight that I didn’t feel like I was even wearing lipstick at all!


Final Verdict

I’m definitely giving this brand another go, now that this lip tint has changed my opinion. The colour range is very good (all them MLBB shades!), so I’m definitely going to put the other shades on my shopping list.

The only problem is that these can be rather pricey in Singapore. I know, it’s less than SGD20 (standard price for many lip products these days), but it cost me less when I bought it in Seoul. Ah well, it’s just a price benchmark that you can ignore if you really want to try this out, and I highly encourage that you do, because a good lippie is worth it!


Rating

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

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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: ✮✮✮✮✮

mustbuy

[REVIEW] MOART Velvet Lipstick

I always find out about new Korean brands on Instagram (thumbs up to the brands that are doing a good job on Insta, you’re really enticing consumers like me :’)) and I saw this in my Explore page, I think. I’m always a sucker for lipsticks and MLBB shades, and I honestly liked their packaging, so I got interested in this new brand that recently launched in Singapore.

What was initially just interest eventually led to a purchase one day when I went to swatch the products for myself…


Product Description

#Fluffy#Fluffy soft and comfortable use #MattLipstick

Without dry and heavy, #Velvet_Texture makes softly contact to your lips

Vivid natural colour resists even using once.

#LongPersist #Hypersensitive #Lipstick

(I know the official description sounds very strange, but I’m guessing that it’s a direct translation from Korean to English)

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 20

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Ingredient List

Couldn’t find this, sorry about it!


I took very long to decide on a shade (what’s new though) and eventually picked R2 Cotton Rose. It’s a soft pink that I think would work great for both warm and cool undertones, making it a very versatile colour.

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Packaging: It’s nothing fancy, but I do appreciate a change once in a while from the cute packaging found on almost all K-beauty products. This kind of reminds me of the toy blocks we used to play as a kid? Actually, it does look a bit like someone took a block of wood and painted the bottom to show the lipstick shade. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining that it’s ugly, but rather a different K-beauty packaging compared to those I am used to.

Colour: I absolutely love this shade!! I still haven’t found a shade that I think is exactly the perfect MLBB colour I want, but this comes really close. It immediately enhances your lip colour if you apply one thin layer on your lips, and takes just a few swipes for a full lip look. The payoff is pretty good, and the colour slides off easily so you don’t have to tug hard for it to appear.

I am a little concerned, however, that the lipstick gives off a faint crayon smell. I’ve smelled that before on a few other lipsticks, which probably expired. I’ve checked my lipstick and it expires in 2021, so I have no idea what is up with this strange waxy smell.

Staying power: As a velvet lipstick, I don’t really expect amazing staying power. I do feel that this lipstick applies more matte than cream, but thankfully doesn’t dry lips out so much as matte products do. Don’t expect the full colour to stay on after a meal, most likely what’s left is just a bit of a ‘tint’. Be prepared, cos you’ll definitely have to touch up on your lipstick after every meal.


Final Verdict

I’m generally feeling quite okay about this lipstick – good, but not super amazing. I obviously love their shades because they are all so wearable, but one thing that bugs me is the smell of wax. I don’t know if it’s a common problem, but I do wish that MOART could do something about it. This can be a turnoff for consumers who are very sensitive to scent and particular about using something that could potentially be a chemical irritant.

Have any of you experienced this weird crayon smell before? Let me know!

Another thing: I feel that SGD20 is a little expensive for a lipstick that doesn’t really boast about its benefits or unique selling points. Other K-beauty brands sell cheaper than that, and with equally good, if not better product quality.

Overall, this is a product that I think it’s safe to try (unlikely to regret purchasing), but not a must-have. Now, if only this it were cheaper and smelt nicer (roses?)…


Rating

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

[REVIEW] shu uemura rouge unlimited supreme matte

I’ve always raved about shu uemura’s hard formula, which is literally the only eyebrow product I’ve been using for months. I’m also a big fan of their lip products because the colours are all so well-suited for Asian skin tones!


Product Description

  • superb matte effect thanks to carefully selected matte powders
  • ultra comfort feeling thanks to a combination of 3 active ingredients

Official Retail Price: SGD 38

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Ingredient List

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!


I had a phase where I loved pink lipsticks (okay I had to admit, that was when I first started using makeup and all I knew were red, orange, and pink lipsticks), and it explained why I bought this shade of bubblegum pink even though I’ve gravitated towards nudes and brick reds these days.

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Packaging: I think this packaging is pretty unique because I haven’t quite seen it in other brands. In fact, I think there have been brands that actually try to copy this metal-bullet-in-transparent-casing concept 🤔 Regardless of who came first, I really like how classy this looks – definitely befitting of a luxury brand.

Colour: As I mentioned earlier, pinks have gradually started phasing out of my favour a little so I ended up not really being a fan of this over time. In any case, I also found out that this pink was too light for me, and also that it was better suited for people with cool undertones, while I definitely needed something more ‘warm’.

However, I am a big fan of how good the colour payoff is. Of course, you might say “it’s a matte lipstick, you should expect good payoff from mattes”. That’s not entirely true tbh, you might be surprised at how some matte lipsticks can give the faintest colour possible.

Staying power: In the same vein, you would expect mattes to be long-lasting, so I would say this shu uemura lipstick doesn’t disappoint. You can expect this to last through one or two meals, but with just some tinge of colour left by the end of the day.

What really sets this apart from the pack, however, is the comfort it promises and actually delivers. It’s ultra smooth when applied on lips, with no chalky or waxy feeling. It’s very unusual, extremely comfortable, and definitely befitting of the name ‘supreme matte’. This is the BEST matte bullet lipstick formula I have ever tried, and I love it so much that my only regret about this is that I bought it in a shade that isn’t great for me.


Final Verdict

SGD38 is not exactly something my wallet can stomach all the time (I bought this at a cheaper price during a warehouse sale), and maybe it’s not something you would find affordable for a lipstick either. But if you are willing to pay it, I assure you that this formula is absolutely worth your buck. The supreme matte range has many other shades that are flattering for most skin tones, so pick it wisely!


Rating

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