[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] 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] 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] 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] Lily by Red Bloody Liar Coating Tint

This brand caught my attention because… well, because their ambassador is Hyunbin from PD101😅 I think I first saw this on Instagram, and got really interested in their lip products because the colours looked so vibrant and fresh, so I made a mental note to pick them up in Korea.


Product Description

#LIAR COLOR

The HD color capture system completes the juice makeup as soon as the high-color texture touches your lips. Produces a brilliant tone of face with vivid color.

#LIAR COATING

It is a Oil Drop Tint that oil-wrapped moisture capsules pop out on your lips, and gently polished with a glass-lined coating on the tint to make your lips moist.

#LIAR TATTOO

It is a tattoo tint that gradually permeates for about 10 seconds after application, and is uniformly and strongly coloured on the lips without unevenness.

Official Retail Price: SGD 10.00 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

I think the brand is not as prevalent yet, and I can’t seem to find an official website, so it’s a little difficult to find details such as ingredient lists 😦 sorry readers!


I stood in a Lalavla store for super long just to swatch and pick a colour, because all the colours were so pretty! I eventually decided on #1 Peach, because it’s such a healthy-looking colour.

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Packaging: Nothing super special, just your normal block of tint. I do think that the lid/cover is a little difficult to twist open though, it takes me quite a fair bit of effort to do it.

Colour: The packaging colour matches the marketing photos, but it turns out as orange in my photographs above. The swatch is a little orangey though, but when applied on lips, you will find that your lips look much more pink than orange – how strange, right? To be fair, I think it’s because this peachy shade is a little ambiguous, a bit of a mixture between pink and orange. Hence, the colours will tend to look different under different lighting.

Strange colour sightings aside, I really like how great this shade is in making your lips look full, plump, and healthy – kind of like a peach! You can apply just a thin coat of this tint if you like your original lip colour, and the colour will already look good.

Staying power: I thought I had already seen some of the longest-lasting lip tints ever, but it turns out that I was wrong. This, dear reader, is truly in its own league. This is what the marketing materials show:

Initially, I thought they might be exaggerating about the colour being so obvious after 6 hours. A lot of products claim to be long-lasting but fall below expectations, and I’m sure some brands and products come to your mind as well. However, I swatched my lip tint for the photos and 24 hours later, I still can see hints of it on my hand! That’s after multiple washing of hands, a bath, activities, etc. etc., so just imagine how many meals and drinks you can have without worrying that your lip colour will be gone!

In addition, I really love how hydrating this lip tint feels. Some lip tints actually dry out your lips (tbh I’m not sure why), so you have to use lip balm before application or your lips will crack and look nasty. This lip tint actually helps your lips feel well-moisturized: I can vouch for this, having used this in Korea’s dry winter and actually not having my lips crack at all.


Final Verdict

Could you imagine having vibrantly-coloured, healthy-looking lips the whole day without needing to touch up at all? Well, now you can!

Another huge plus point of this lip tint is that it’s affordable (much more so than the more established brands), although not as easily available for retail outside of Korea. If you’re unable to ship this product to your country, make sure to get these in Korea, or ask someone who’s travelling there to help you get it!! I think they are available in Olive Young and Lalavla (both are local beauty drugstores) and retail for about 6000 won, which is much cheaper than online prices.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] Innisfree Creamy Tint

I love lip tints, and I was trying to find one that was not too matte and yet had a strong colour that could last the whole day. I’m also a big fan of Innisfree’s lip products, so I decided to buy this one and try it out.


Product Description

A long-lasting, supple tint that combines the vivid color of lipstick and the shine of lip gloss.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 16

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Ingredient List

WATER, OCTYLDODECANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES , Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, SORBITAN STEARATE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL METHICONE , TITANIUM DIOXIDE(CI 77891), POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, ETHYLCELLULOSE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE/PPG-20 CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, RED 7 (CI 15850:1), YELLOW 6 (CI 15985), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, TROMETHAMINE, PROPANEDIOL, RED 28 (CI 45410), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, RED 33 (CI 17200), ILLICIUM VERUM (ANISE) FRUIT EXTRACT, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER WATER, CAMELLIA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT, BLUE 1 (CI 42090), OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT

I’m always very impressed by all these natural extracts that Innisfree has in their products. I know they are probably just like tiny traces since they are at the bottom of the list, but you have to give props to Innisfree for really living up to the brand promise.


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Packaging: Its very consistent with Innisfree’s usual clean and white packaging for lip products. I do like that the bottom part is translucent, so you can see clearly what colour the tint is without really sacrificing brand packaging consistency.

Colour: I got shade #02 Spring Strawberry Latte. Okay, I have to admit that I bought this when I was still in my ‘pink lipstick’ phase, where I wasn’t into nudes and burgundy and just wanted my lips to look pink. It’s probably a common phase that most people go through, idk. The colour applies as an orangey kind of pink, and I found out that it leaves a very nice peachy tint on your lips after the initial gloss wears off. It’s super pretty, and it looks almost like you applied two different colours with just one product.

I’m currently very tempted to get #1, #7, and #8. Let me know if you have them, and if the colours are as good as the marketing swatches!

Colour payoff & intensity: Lip tints usually don’t fail with the colour payoff, and neither does this one from Innisfree.

Staying power: This one definitely got my stamp of approval. Bonus points for fading to a peachy colour. It’s definitely a pleasant surprise, and I do wonder if it’s intentional. Either way, I still really like how this lip tint can last you for hours, even through oily meals. There’s also a sweet syrupy smell of strawberries, but that one doesn’t last as long upon application.


Final Verdict

Innisfree hardly ever disappoints with their lip products. I know it’s a little surprising because people naturally associate Innisfree with skincare, but take it from me that their lip products are seriously superior. It’s one of my favourite brands to shop lip products at, and I’ve collected most of their product lines, from lip balms, lip tints, to lipsticks.

This is another one that has definitely scored with me, and I’m sure that you will love it too. With a wide range of colours, there will surely be a colour that resonates with you.


Rating

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

mustbuy