[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] 3CE Velvet Lip Tint

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


Product Description

What it is:

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

What it does:

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

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 23


Ingredient List

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


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

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

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

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

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


Final Verdict

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

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


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

Having reviwed Colourpop’s blotted lip and satin lip, it’s about time I got around to reviewing another of their star lip products – matte lip.


Product Description

This thin, lightweight formula smoothly glides on the lips leaving SUPER intense pigment with a bold, ultra-matte look. It is very long-wearing and 100% kiss-proof AKA no transferring!

Official Retail Price: USD 6.50

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Ingredient List

ISODODECANE, DIISOPROPYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, ALUMINA, NYLON-12, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

There aren’t many ingredients in this list, and a quick check on most of them seem to be fine. Propylene Carbonate, however, has been classified as a human irritant for use around eyes, on skin, etc., so do take note of that.


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Packaging: Identical to the other Colourpop lipsticks. I find this a little problematic because the shades I buy all look pretty similar, and sometimes I can mix them all up. I have to look very carefully at the tube to see if I’m using the blotted, matte, or satin. It’s not a huge problem, just that it would have been great if Colourpop made some slight differences to the packaging for clearer distinction.

Colour: I was kind of prepared that the colour would turn out darker than the nudes and pinks I was used to buying when I saw the marketing photos, but the colour didn’t seem to fit me as well as I had expected. I think it’s a little too much of a dark brown for me, and it made my overall complexion look quite bad. It’s a bit sad because I really quite like this ‘dusty brown pink’ (as Colourpop puts it) :/

The colour payoff is, I think, the best among blotted, satin, and matte. It’s not very surprising, considering that it’s a matte lipstick, but still a noteworthy point.

Staying power: Best staying power I’ve had from a matte lipstick. Ever. I never had to worry about transfer, or having the colour disappear after a meal. In fact, I had the most amount of colour pigments left on my lips at the end of the day when I used this lipstick, and I absolutely loved the convenience of not having to touch up! My lips also didn’t feel uncomfortable at all with this formula – no drying out, no ugly cracking of lips, none of the horrors that usually accompanies matte lipsticks.


Final Verdict

Once again, Colourpop has not disappointed with its products. This is my favourite matte formula for liquid lipsticks thus far – my only regret is that the colour didn’t suit me quite as much as I wanted. Thankfully that’s not too big of a problem – I could always buy other shades in future…


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] MISSHA Matt M Lip Rouge

I know the matte lipstick trend is slowing dying out, what with everyone looking for glosses again, but I personally still prefer having something longer lasting because I’m always munching on something and I hate having to touch up often.

I have yet to try a lip product from MISSHA, so I thought I would give this matte lipstick of theirs a go when I was buying some other products on Shopee.


Product Description

Airy fit, matte textured lip rouge applies on softly for an even color and true matte finish. Color coating technology helps create vivid, glamorous colors on lips with a single touch. Provides UV blocking benefit to protect lips.

Official Retail Price: USD 15.00


Ingredient List

Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecanol, Hexyl Laurate, Titanium Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceresin, Polyglyceryl-2, Triisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diisostearyl Malate, Ozokerite, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Leontopodium alpinum Extract , Jasmine Extract, Mango Seed butter, Shea Butter, Sundrops Flower Extract, Ricinus Communis Seed oil, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin , CI 19140, CI 45410, CI 15850:1, CI 15850, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin , Perfume, Tropolone, Silica, CI 77019

My first thought when I saw this product was that it looked a lot like my Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lip-Talk, so I went to have a look at its formula:

OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), POLYGLYCERYL-2 DIISOSTEARATE, SILICA, MICA, SYNTHETIC WAX, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, POLYETHYLENE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, RED 6 (CI 15850), DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, FRAGRANCE, RED 7 (CI 15850), METHICONE, BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, PUNICA GRANATUM FRUIT EXTRACT, WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT

What I find interesting is that they definitely share a lot of ingredients in common, but Etude House’s lipstick contains an added butylene glycol, which is an alcohol that can cause skin irritation (if you remember my other posts about it in LANEIGE products).


One fascinating thing about this lipstick is that it actually offers SPF17. While we try to protect our skin from sun damage, we tend to forget that there is skin on our lips that should be protected as well, so this was quite a nice bonus.

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Packaging: Eerily enough, the packaging looks almost identical to that of Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited lippies. To be fair, the differences are quite obvious, but the design inspiration is definitely there as well. Whichever came first, I do like the simple and classy packaging that comes with no frills.

Colour: I thought the actual product colour matched the name ‘Maple Latte’ a lot better than the product shot provided by MISSHA, to be honest. It turned out to be a lot more orangey-brown that I had expected, because it just looked like pink in the official swatches. Actually, I won’t say that I dislike the colour it turned out to be because it’s actually a kind of brick-red that I got to love recently – great for people with warm undertones and are rather fair, just that when I bought this I was looking for something that could pull off a more ‘sweet’ and ‘feminine’ look. I think shades Love Dream and Dear Rose were more like what I was gunning for.

The payoff is great, and the colour slides off easily so you don’t have to tug hard on your lips for more colour. I do find that application can be a bit messy on your lips if you’re not careful because it can overrun your lip line.

Staying power: I have high expectations of mattes and I thought that this was quite okay, but nothing super mind-blowing. There aren’t any lipstick stains on my cup when I drink, but a fair bit gets off when I eat. You will still have some colour remaining by the end of a long day so you won’t have super pale lips, but a touch-up is still needed to look fresh.


Final Verdict

This is an okay lipstick – nothing in particular that I really liked, but nothing that I didn’t like about it also. I would describe it as the kind of staple in your lipstick collection that is good for an easy and predictable makeup routine.

My only minor regret about this product is that I got it in a colour that didn’t quite match my expectations. Ah well. Maybe I’ll get around to buying the pinks next time.


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: ✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

I’ve been wanting to try Sephora’s products for a long time, and when I finally went to swatch their lip stain liquid lipsticks in a JB branch, I was so impressed by the colours and staying power that I made a note to buy the exact same shade in Singapore.


Product Description

This must-have lip stain comes in bold colours and gives a matte finish that lasts for hours. Rediscover the Made In Sephora no-transfer Cream Lip Stain with its high-coverage formula and ultra-velvety texture. Infused with avocado oil, this lip stain delivers ultimate comfort, and it’s so easy to apply with its precision applicator that distributes just the right amount of Cream Lip Stain.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.00

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Ingredient List

Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aroma (Flavor), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Propylene Carbonate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzyl Alcohol. May or may not contain (+/-): Mica, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine)

The first ingredient here that caught my eye was the avocado oil – I guess they were serious about it! A quick check online showed that avocado oil is good for your skin and reduces inflammation & itching, so this might be good news for those with sensitive skin. Also noteworthy is the beeswax, which is great for moisturizing your lips so that the matte finish doesn’t dry your lips out. The rest are pretty common (& relatively safe) ingredients found in cosmetic products.


I’m always attracted by MLBB shades, so I swatched a few and decided to get just one: #05 Infinite Rose. It’s described as a ‘satin golden peach’, which honestly sounds very delicious.

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I’m not sure why I picked a shimmery shade, since I’m more of a block-colour person, but I really liked this shade! If you’re not keen on glittery ones, a close match would be Pink Tea or Nude Blush.

Packaging: Reminds me of KVD and Kylie lip kits. Very simple and straightforward, very easy to bring around.

Colour: I sometimes struggle with liquid lipsticks because they can get a little patchy, which makes the colour look bad, but this is great! If you see the swatch, the colour is very even. I think it resembles rose gold more than peach, and is very wearable in many occasions. You can wear it on its own for a sweet look, or apply on top of a darker shade to enhance it with the shimmer.

Colour payoff & intensity: It’s a little sheer, but it doesn’t mean that the payoff is bad. If it were any more intense, I think this could pass for a glitter lipstick instead. You can use just one swipe for sufficient colour, or another layer to enhance the pink colour.

Staying power: The combination of ‘lip stain + liquid lipstick’ is enough to raise expectations that this should be long-lasting – and it is! If I know that I’m not gonna have much time to reapply lipstick throughout the day, or if I’m just feeling lazy, I’d definitely consider using this. The transfer is minimal, and you should still have stains left on your lips at the end of the day when you remove your makeup.


Final Verdict

How did I take so long to finally get this lipstick from Sephora? Why did I not buy more shades??

A few gripes about this product would be that it still feels a little too drying for me if I don’t put lip balm beforehand, despite containing ingredients that should help to prevent this. Another is the price point – I feel that $19 is still a bit expensive for a relatively small tube (5ML), but considering that all it takes is a small amount at the beginning of the day to obtain good lips all day, it’s probable that you can stretch this $19 for pretty long.

I’d highly recommend this if you’re not too particular about the price point, or would love to try out many colours. Their shade range for this product is honestly overwhelming – and it definitely tempts consumers to get a few more than necessary.


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! ~