My Top 10 Cosmetic Products of 2017

As 2017 is about to end, it is also time to do a round-up.

I started writing on THERAGEFFECT just this year, which was also when I actually first started playing around with makeup. I try my best to give honest and frank reviews because I’m not paid or sponsored to do any, and I hope they have been useful in your shopping decisions, or at least interesting to read 🙂 Although I generally don’t regret many of my purchases, I definitely have a few star favourites.

Here is my list of 10 products tried and loved in 2017.

Note: not ranked in any particular order 

1/ Innisfree Eco Flower Tint

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I’ve raved about this so many times that it’s no wonder it made my list of top 10 cosmetics in 2017. One of the best lip tints and lip products I’ve ever used, I wish this product will never disappear, and just maybeee add more shades?

2/ banila co. It Radiant Glow BB Cream

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Good coverage, no oily or sticky feeling, minimal oxidation – what more can I ask for in a BB cream? I’m still on my first tube for 4 months, and I’m probably only halfway through even though I use this almost everyday. My only worry is that I tried to repurchase this in Korea recently and they changed the packaging – let’s just hope that they didn’t change the formula (for the worse) as well.

3/ banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating

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If you haven’t been actively using primer, 2018 is the year you should start doing so. I used to be a naysayer until I bought one of these. Not only do they hydrate my skin and prep it for my makeup, it also helps my BB cream (see above) stay on longer. Again, my worry is that banila co. changed the designs for only 3 of the primers, so it could really mean that the formula is not the same anymore 😦

4/ shu uemura hard formula

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I bought this after long deliberation (months to be exact) because it is not the cheapest eyebrow pencil out there in the market. The lead pigment only comes off when in contact with the oils secreted in eyebrows, and I find that it really helps to shape and fill my eyebrows in easily. Only downside – you have to sharpen it at the shu uemura store.

5/ Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

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My face becomes an oil well very easily, so I bought this for sebum control. I ended up loving this powder for its ability to keep my makeup in place for hours, in addition to its commitment to anti-sebum.

6/ Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge

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Another star lip product from Innisfree, what is most impressive isn’t just long staying power and beautiful colour payoff. From personal experience, I can apply one layer of peachy-pink on initial application, which eventually leaves behind a brighter and more intense pink tint on your lips. I’m sure you’ll love the dual colours as well.

7/ THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick

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Another high-raved about product (raved by me, at least) that definitely topped my list. In fact, I love the formula so much that I bought 3 shades of this. I also appreciate how easy it is to apply to look ready – just one swipe and you’re good to go.

8/ THEFACESHOP Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

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I’ve experimented with many different types of eyeliners over the year because I’m not great at drawing so sometimes I blame it on the pencil. I had one of my liquid eyeliners smudge completely in Korea because my eyelids were too oily, but this pencil eyeliner has held up strong with zero smudging through long bouts of bad weather – highly impressive.

9/ peripera Ink The Airy Velvet

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Long lasting, soft colours and extremely affordable price are everything that makes peripera’s lip tint so famous. I was initially not very impressed with my first try of the product; now, I am a converted fan with 3 shades bought on 3 different occasions.

10/ IOPE Air Cushion

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How could I leave out this cushion that changed the way I look at compacts? IOPE’s Air Cushion provides much better coverage than you could expect from a compact cushion. Together with moisture and longwear properties to stay on your skin for hours without feeling like your makeup is flaking off, this cushion is one that you’ll definitely want to keep in your makeup pouch.


[REVIEW] Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

You might have already heard rave reviews about this product from beauty bloggers and Youtubers. I was pretty late to the game – I only heard about this from my friend after I told her that I was looking to buy a setting powder. I saw this selling on Althea for pretty cheap, so I thought I might as well give this a go.

Product description

This sebum control powder is designed to portray a soft and powdery complexion.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 10




I’ve heard of friends who don’t use setting powder, and I used to resist the idea of using it too because I wanted to preserve the ‘dewy’ (now when I think about it, it was probably just oily) look of my skin after I applied BB cream.

After using this, I’ve totally changed my mind.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my skin tends to get really oily as the day progresses, so I used to bring around oil blotting paper. Unfortunately, oil blotting paper is not exactly cheap, and I often ended up wiping off my makeup at the same time which meant reapplication again and again – the inconvenience was terribly irksome.

However, Innisfree’s powder serves not just as a makeup setting powder, but also as an oil-blotting powder. When I see/feel my skin getting oily (especially my nose and cheeks), I’ll powder the oily areas and ta-da, fresh again! You don’t have to worry about looking overly powdered either because the powder is translucent, giving your face a matte look without looking cakey. I think this oil-blotting function has helped to control my acne problem quite a fair bit, while keeping my base makeup in place.

I’ve also used this powder to make my lip products look matte and last longer. It works really well, without making my lips feel overly dried out. I suppose it does that to your face also (matte & long-lasting, without drying it out).

Final Verdict

I’m in love with this product so much that I have never actually tried another setting powder – in fact, I bought 3 more of these in Korea because they were selling these at just 3000 won each!

I don’t always trust online reviews that call products ‘holy grail’ items, but this is one that I’ve been thoroughly sold by. I’m not looking to change my powder anytime soon because one ‘box’ can actually last me for a few months, and partly also because this smells very nice, sort of like talcum powder? In any case, I see no reason to change from something as effective and affordable as this, so I strongly recommend this to everyone as well.


Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮