[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! ~

[REVIEW] 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color

I’ve seen this so often on 3CE’s Instagram (you probably do, too!) that I knew I had to get this if I ever stepped foot into Stylenanda Pink Hotel again, and lo and behold, I became the proud owner of one 😂


Product Description

  • Creamy texture
  • Well pigmented

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13.90 (Shopee)

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I really liked all the shades in this lippie collection – so suitable for fall, so fitting of the MLBB tag! I was wondering if I should get the one with 5 minis (which retails for 50 000 won in Korea) but instead settled on a full-sized #221.

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Packaging: The surface of the packaging is smooth, and it comes in a cuboid shape, which is quite unique because most of my lip products come in a cylindrical packaging. It looks and feels quite luxurious, and does not give a cheap, plasticky feel.

Colour: Look at how gorgeous the lipstick (and the colour) is! The lipstick itself looks like a terracotta red that reminds you of autumn, but in reality, it comes off as a beautiful dried rose pink.

Colour payoff & intensity: The colour application is not as smooth and its payoff not as great as I would have expected from photographs I have seen of the Stylenanda models on Instagram, which is slightly disappointing. It takes me a few swipes to get a really nice and even colour.

Texture: I’ve heard countless horror stories from friends about how drying 3CE’s matte lipsticks are, which was probably one of the reasons I refrained from buying it even though the shades all looked so lovely.

When I finally got around to using it, I realized how unfounded all these stories were. The lipstick applied matte all right (it should anyway!), but it felt comfortable enough without me feeling like my lips were going to peel off into tiny coloured pieces (it’s happened to me before with some other matte products, unfortunately).

Staying power: When it comes to staying power, matte lipsticks usually hold up quite well, and I think the performance of this 3CE lip product is fairly ok. It lasted through one meal and a few hours after, but mostly just left with faint traces of colour, so don’t expect to still have a full lip look after a hearty meal.


Final Verdict

My only regret about this is not buying more shades when I was in Korea because I realized that I couldn’t get it from Singapore’s Sephora stores only after I got back. I’m actually really surprised that they don’t stock it in Sephora because it’s one of their best-selling items.

I love the colour, period. I know a lot of brands have been jumping onboard the MLBB/autumn lip trend recently, but I would go so far as to say that 3CE has been one of the true pioneers of this trend. The quality is not as bad as people sometimes lament, the colours are extremely gorgeous, and the only thing I would really find issue with is the colour payoff. However, I think it is a problem that can be solved by a few more applications.

3CE, please stock this in Singapore’s Sephora!!!


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Ever since my amazing experience with Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani collection, I was pretty determined to get my hands on their Vice lipsticks.


Product description

This is Vice Liquid Lipstick—a waterproof formula so life-proof, it’s not going ANYWHERE until you take it off. (Just imagine the possibilities.) What makes Vice different? Our high-tech formula provides longer-lasting wear with ZERO transfer. Like our original formula, Vice Liquid Lipstick lays down intensely pigmented color. And the comfortable, nondrying wear sets it apart from other liquid lipsticks.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 30

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I was absolutely spoiled for choice at the store when I saw all the shades available. I remember being torn between Brat, Naked, Backtalk and Trivial. In the end, I chose Naked because it looked like a nice nude pink that I could pull off for everyday looks.

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It actually looked a bit streaky in the bottle after a while, especially if you don’t use it often. This came as a surprise to me because I haven’t had similar problems with my other liquid lipsticks.

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This is how the shade is advertised on the official UD website.

 

It appears as a much darker shade in real life – in fact, it looks a bit like Backtalk and Rapture. On the lips, however, it becomes a nice shade of nude pink.

I had very high expectations of this product because it’s advertised as being ‘life-proof’. Imagine if your lipstick could last through the whole day without any reapplication or transfer! It’s a tough promise to keep, but I’m quite happy to say that it was about as life-proof as I needed it to be. It lasted through hours of snacking (oops) and drinking, with minimal transfer to anything else.

The one issue I have with this liquid lipstick, however, is how drying it is. It promises to be comfortable and nondrying, but it left my lips feeling totally dried out the first time I tried it. The next few times, however, I learned my lesson and applied lip balm before the liquid lipstick. It did improve the situation, so I guess that’s the trick to it.

Another thing I learned was to apply just one layer and let it dry before you decide to smack or press your lips together. This lipstick’s colour payoff is as amazing as you can imagine, especially coming from Urban Decay; just one swipe is good enough for sufficient coverage. HOWEVER, you have to let that one layer of lipstick dry!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. If you don’t let it dry properly on your lips, you’ll find that the lipstick becomes a bit sticky and streaky on your lips, and the application doesn’t look as smooth as it should be, and you’ll end up wondering why this lipstick isn’t as life-proof as it promised to be.


Final Verdict

Life-proof? Check.

Nondrying? Meh.

I think this lipstick comes with its own tradeoffs. You either have a product that you’ll seriously love for its staying power, or one that you’ll have second thoughts about using because it makes your lips feel like you haven’t drunk water in 10 days. Of course, matte lipsticks are more or less guaranteed to make your lips feel like dried prunes, but if you are willing to put in the time and effort to use lip balm for this product, even matte lipsticks can be your go-to product every day.

I would definitely recommend this for the colour intensity and the ‘life-proof’ness. It is honestly one of my favourite shades, and I’m immensely glad I picked this colour after my huge dilemma at the store. I’m a bit iffy about how it feels on my lips though, as well as the price. $30 for one liquid lipstick can feel a bit like an overkill, but for the volume of product you can get, I think it’s probably still acceptable.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Memebox I’m Matte Lip Crayon

Frankly, I had never heard of Memebox before I went to Korea. I still didn’t know what it was after I returned, until today when I did a google search to write this post:

Memebox started in Seoul in 2012, bringing indie beauty and skincare brands to the Korean audience. With over 500 employees and selling 4,200 brands worldwide, Memebox is still growing every day, distributing globally in the US, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Our flagship stores are destinations for customers to experience the products first hand, with complimentary makeup services available at all locations.

I didn’t go to their flagshop stores either so I had completely no bias nor expectations for this brand. I bought this because I saw their products on sale in Lotte Department Store. I think I paid 8000 won for this lip crayon, but honestly, I don’t quite recall. All I remembered was being angry with their salesgirl’s lousy attitude (I’ll write more on that on my Korea travel blog).


Product description

The I’m Matte Lip Crayon boasts va va voom color so your pout will always look on point. It glides on as softly as flower petals and leaves a silky matte finish. The best part is its nourishing, moisturizing recipe of Shea Butter and Jojoba and Argan oils that prevent your lips from drying and peeling unlike other mattifying lipsticks. Plus, the retractable and curved tip makes application easy and mess-free.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.90 (Lazada)

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I bought #CY253 Blair, a nice deviation from my usual picks of nude pinks. I don’t recall why I didn’t buy Lora & Greta, which I’d be more inclined to buy based on my usual preferences. Maybe I saw red when I was angered by the salesgirl (haha) but either way, Blair was a nice terracotta red.

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The packaging really looks like a crayon! It feels matte, the same way the lipsticks apply matte on your lips.

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As you can see from the photograph above, it is a tad more red than pink, but it is a lovely colour that will be nice to wear in autumn (which is dominated by browns and dark reds).

The colour payoff is also very rich and intense – all it took was one swipe for me to get the photo above. It’s even more creamy than the Mamonde Color Balm, and feels very comfortable on the lips for a matte product. As with most matte lip products, it also promises long wear, and doesn’t dry your lips out at all.


Final Verdict

I find myself reaching for this lip crayon quite often because it’s so wearable and easy to apply, and I really want to buy all the other shades available because the colours are so gorgeous.  I regret not buying more that time, and I seriously wish Memebox would open a flagship store in Singapore as well.

I don’t always have good experiences with matte lipsticks, but this is one that I honestly want to keep repurchasing forever and pray that they will never, ever discontinue this product line.


Rating

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