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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: ✮✮✮✮

[SWATCH] LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bars

LANEIGE has been on a roll recently with their new product launches, but one of their most famous launches so far is probably their two tone products. Ranging from lip to contour, it seems like everything can be two-toned. A few other K-beauty brands have also jumped on the bandwagon as of late, but LANEIGE is probably one of the best-known pioneers of this trend.

I first bought the Two Tone Lip Bar thanks to PPL with Lee Sung Kyung, followed by the Tint Lip Bar. Both have a very nice sheen to them, but with different product features – the Lip Bar is a cream/stain lipstick, while the Tint Lip Bar is, well, a tint and balm combined into one. You can read my respective reviews on them, but in a nutshell, I prefer the Tint one for its better staying power and colour.

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I’ve got my eyes on LANEIGE’s latest Matte launches, because the colours look absolutely amazing ~ I’m particularly interested in #3, #4, #7, #8, and #9. I guess I just really like the pink shades because they look so flattering on any skin tone. Have any of you tried these shades yet? Let me know which ones work for you!

LANEIGE is definitely on a roll with these two tone products, and I’m excited to see what else they will be adding to this line in future. What could be in the pipeline after lipsticks, eyeshadow, colour correcting, and contour? Foundation? Blush? 🤔

[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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[SMUDGE TEST & SWATCH] Battle of the Mattes – Part I

I’ve always wanted to do tests on my cosmetic products to see exactly how they hold up. While doing a matte lipstick swatch for my Instagram account, I decided to smudge it once to see which ones are smudge-proof.

Products swatched and tested:

3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color

Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense

The Face Shop Finger Cotton Tint

Memebox I’m Matte Lip Crayon

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If I had to rank the products by how smudge-proof they are, it would be like this:

  1. Memebox I’m Matte Lip Crayon
  2. TFS Finger Cotton Tint
  3. Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense
  4. 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color

Are there are any other products you’d like to see being swatched and put through the smudge test? Comment and let me know! ~

How Much Is Your Lipstick Worth Per Gram? [PART I]

I’ve always been curious as to whether I’m getting the most value out of my lipsticks – I can’t tell whether some are rather pricey despite the small volume, or cheap precisely because of the volume. With this in mind, I started punching numbers to find out how much my lipsticks were worth per gram.

The first part of this series focuses on my bullet lipsticks, while more on liquid ones will come later.

DISCLAIMER: Some of these numbers may not be wholly accurate due to differences in prices – I obtained these prices from either official brand websites, other retailers, or individual sellers on selling platforms. Prices are also listed in SGD (Singapore dollars).


Korean brands

  1. Aritaum Wonder Stay Stick Tint: SGD 2.86 ($12, 4.2g)
  2. RiRe Luxe Glow Lipstick: SGD 3.14 ($11, 3.5g)
  3. banila co. Kiss Collector Luster: SGD 4.88 ($20.50, 4.2g)
  4. 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip ColorSGD 5.11 ($17.90, 3.5g)
  5. TFS Moisture Touch Lipstick: SGD 5.85 ($19.90, 3.4g)
  6. Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk: SGD 5.97 ($17.90, 3g)
  7. moonshot – lipfeat: SGD 8.29 ($29, 3.5g)

 

Other brands

  1. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick: SGD 9.71 ($33, 3.4g)
  2. shu uemura rouge unlimited supreme matte: SGD 11.18 ($38, 3.4g)
  3. Lancôme L’ Absolu Rouge: SGD 11.43 ($48, 4.2g)

Did any of these come as a surprise to you? Comment and let me know!

[REVIEW] Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk

I didn’t have too great an experience with Etude House’s Dear My Blooming Talk lipsticks the last time I bought one, so I honestly bought this just for the cute dog packaging, which is part of their Chinese New Year launch.


Product Description

The matte tinting lips-talk expresses defining rich color as it softly and smoothly adheres to the lips while providing a moisturized finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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When I first started out playing with makeup, my first choice for a lip colour would have been either pink or red. These days, I’ve been veering towards more beige and nude shades for a daily look, so I naturally picked BE101 Skinny Beige. I’ve never been able to get myself to try a purple hue because… well, because i just think that it wouldn’t look great with my complexion.

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Packaging: It comes originally as just a bullet, and you get to choose a lipstick case to put the bullet in. I love the lipstick cases – so many to choose from! The one I have is from their CNY collection, but you can also choose from their usual collection if you’re not keen on doggies:

Texture: Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the lipstick bullet – it may look (and even smell) like the glass tinting lipstick, but definitely applies matte. It also feels comfortable on the lips because it doesn’t dry them out excessively.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’m actually really impressed by the colour payoff of this lipstick, because the Blooming Lips one I tried last time was the hardest, toughest lip product I had ever used. I could keep tugging and the colour wouldn’t come off evenly, which ended up leaving tiny coloured residues on the lips, and it looked really bad. This, however, applies smoothly so that you don’t have to keep struggling to get a good colour.

Colour: The colour may look red in the swatch, but rest assured that it’s definitely more beige in real life. This is easily one of my favourite nude lip colours, and is actually quite similar to TFS’ Moisture Touch BE03. I think it’s one of the most wearable colours in the launch as well, especially if you’re not too keen on reds and purples.

Staying power: The staying power of this lipstick is rather good – I’ve had it last at least one meal and survive multiple rounds of drinking water. I wouldn’t really expect this to last for one whole day in the office without any touching up though.


Final Verdict

This product has rekindled some faith in Etude House’s lip products for me. I think that overall it’s a pretty good product. It’s simple, straightforward, and does the job. It also helps that the price point is lower than that of a lot of other lip products.

If you are a beginner to makeup with no experience in liquid lipsticks, or just want to find something fuss-free that you can easily incorporate into a basic makeup look, this is definitely the product for you.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

Colourpop is one of those brands I’ve seen almost everyone around me gushing about for its price and quality, so when friend A asked if I wanted to buy something in order to make a big enough order for free international delivery, I leaped at the chance.

After much scrolling of the website and reading of reviews by fellow bloggers, I whittled down my purchase to 3 products, and I’ll first review my favourite item, the Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick.


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 12 (Shopee), USD 6 (Colourpop site)

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Ingredient List

ISODODECANE, OCTYLDODECANOL, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, SILICA, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, TRIBEHENIN, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Isododecane? Sounds a tad fishy, but a quick check on Paula’s Choice will tell you that ingredient is safe and common.

Synthetic hydrocarbon ingredient used as a solvent. Isododecane enhances the spreadability of products and has a weightless feel on skin. All hydrocarbons used in cosmetics help prevent the evaporation of water from skin.

Among its many uses in beauty products, it’s not uncommon to see isododecane in long-wear lipsticks and foundations, where it helps minimize color transfer and lends itself to a lightweight, matte finish.

Again, most of the other ingredients listed are labeled as good on Paula’s Choice, so you may not need to worry as much about using this if you have sensitive skin.


If you’ve looked at all the shades available for this product, you’ll definitely understand how difficult it is to choose just one colour. Of course I wish I could have them all, but reality is cruel 😢

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Packaging: It immediately reminded me of Urban Decay’s Vice Liquid Lipstick, except with a thinner bottle. Having said that, I would say that it’s quite a common packaging for liquid lipsticks, so little surprise there on the resemblance. It’s generally quite well-made and doesn’t look too cheap.

Colour: Colourpop describes this as a warm rose, which is a very fitting description. The hand swatch looks a tad too red, so it’s better to refer to the applicator itself to see the true colour. It’s definitely an MLBB shade that is easily incorporated into any makeup look.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour is not super intense, as a matte lipstick might be, because it’s marketed as a blotting lippie. However, the colour payoff and intensity are definitely more than sufficient in covering your lips fully.

Texture: Despite being labelled as a ‘blotting lipstick’, which initially gave me this mental image of lip tints rather than liquid lipsticks, this is actually much closer to a matte liquid lipstick. In fact, this definitely reminded me of Peripera’s Airy Ink Velvet! The textures are very similar, with the velvety and airy feel on application. I dare say it can even be a dupe for Peripera (or is it the other way round? hmm)

I also like that it’s not drying – of course, it’s inevitable that at some point in time your lips will feel a little dry, but definitely nothing too uncomfortable.

Staying power: As with most liquid lipsticks, you should expect a decent level of staying power. While not totally transfer-proof, I do think this product stays on quite well through all the eating and drinking, and you should still have a fair amount of product left after a few hours.


Final Verdict

Friend A told me more than once that she loves this, and I absolutely agree.

Most of the time, I stick to lip tints rather than liquid lipsticks, because these liquid products are not always the easiest to work with, despite all their claims of being less drying on the lips, transfer-proof, etc.

This blotted liquid lipstick, however, is truly a life-changer in my make-up collection, and is slowly making its way to my list of most frequently used lipsticks. Feels comfortable on the lips, stays well, makes your lips look healthy – it feels like too much to expect from an extremely affordable liquid lipstick, but Colourpop has overturned my assumptions and managed to deliver in all aspects.

Am I repurchasing this in the future? DEFINITELY. I even already have a few other shades in my bag, waiting for me to check them out on one fine day…


Rating

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

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