[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: ✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP x Kakao Friends Sweet Apeach Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Panthenol Soothing Gel Cream

This was one of the products I bought last year when THEFACESHOP released its collaboration with Kakao Friends’ Apeach. I’m a hugeeee fan of Apeach, so I bought this kind of like a collectible item. Nonetheless, I’ve also been wanting to try the brand’s Dr. Belmeur line for some time, so I guess I killed two birds with one stone this time round ~


Product Description

The gel-type cream containing 2.5% panthenol creates a moisture barrier to soothe sensitive skin and help provide longer-lasting hydration.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 42

 


Ingredient List

Water, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Alanyl Glutamine, Phytosphingosine, Soluble Proteoglycan, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Natto Gum, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Malachite Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Flower Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Amodimethicone, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

Some ingredients to take note of:

  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: good for soothing irritated skin
  • Parfum: potential irritant
  • Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice: good for moisturising and conditioning skin
  • Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract: to heal irritations and wounds
  • Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract: astringent and antiseptic qualities
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water: antioxidant
  • Malachite Extract: after-sun product
  • Natto Gum: moisturising

As you can see, it’s packed full of ingredients that really help to moisturise and soothe skin; ironically, it also contains ingredients that can  potentially irritate your skin as well. My advice is to test this out at a store for yourself if you have sensitive skin, just in case the irritant supersedes all the other ingredients on you.


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Packaging: How is this not cute??? Every time I open the tub, I’m like patting Apeach on the head. It is so, so, so adorable. If you are an Apeach fan and you don’t like this, please don’t call yourself a fan. Even if you are not an Apeach fan, you should still like this. It’s really one of the cutest skincare products I’ve seen in a long time.

Texture: It’s very aqueous, so it gets absorbed by my skin very easily. I didn’t think that it was actually very oily, although my device seems to tell me that it may be slightly oily. I’m guessing this may be because of the squalene present in the product (squalene is obtained from shark liver oil), although I can’t be sure.

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Hydration level went up by 2%, and oil level went up by 0.6%.

Note that I did not conduct the ‘after’ test immediately, but waited a while for the product to settle in.

Effectiveness: I love how cooling the product feels on my skin after application, and I’m guessing this has to do with all these extracts in it, especially the aloe vera one. My skin immediately feels hydrated for sure. I’m guessing that you don’t see a huge difference in my skin hydration levels above because it’s already quite well-moisturised.

I also like to use this on my face and arms when I get a little sunburnt from being out in the sun for too long, and it always heals by the very next day!


Final Verdict

Cute packaging aside, this soothing gel cream from THEFACESHOP has been a very good skincare product that I use quite regularly and interchangeably with my MISSHA snail cream.

SGD42 is definitely not cheap, especially considering its small product size (50ml), but really good skincare products hardly come cheap, unless you strike gold with some drugstore find. I probably wouldn’t call this a must-buy because you have similar, cheaper alternatives (Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera is still unbeatable at SGD5 tbh), but it is definitely not a purchase that will leave you wishing it was never made.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House Soft Drink Tint

In another episode of ‘Etude House killin’ it with the cute packaging’, I’m here to review one of their cutest lip products – the soft drink tint.


Product Description

Soft Drink Tint colors make the lips look refreshing like a burst of soda.

Official Retail Price: SGD 8

(I think official EH stores have stopped selling, you have to buy from websites like Shopee)

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Ingredient List

#RD301 Zero Red :
Polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, red No. 202, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate / vpicopolymer, steviosolate, glycerin, glycerin, butyleneglycol, polysorbate 20, polyglyceryl- (1), T-butyl alcohol, star anise extract (1) of red No. 104, phenoxyethanol, yellow No. 5, fragrance, capryliliglycol, 1,2-hexanediol, ethylhexylglycerin, propanediol

T-butyl alcohol: colourless oily liquid with a sharp alcohol odour, it is found in ginger
Propanediol: viscous, colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste

Is anyone surprised that you can’t find water in this list? I personally am, because most lip tints tend to contain a high percentage of water. 🤔


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Packaging: This is so, so cute. It totally resembles a soft drink bottle, so much so that you may be tempted to drink straight from it (please don’t). I like that it’s small and convenient to carry around, and also closes rather tightly so you don’t have to worry about leakages.

Colour: I find that the shade range is rather limited with just 5 basic colours, but I guess it is sufficient enough to cover most people’s preferences of red, orange, pink, purple, and clear.

The old me would definitely have chosen pink, but these days I’m gravitating towards reds (a sign of maturity/old age? idk), so I picked RD301. It is quite a bright red that’s great for people with warm undertones, but may tend to make your teeth look more yellow. It’s the kind of red that you’ll see many Korean girls sporting (please don’t ask me why, I have no idea), but again I don’t think this is a ‘universal’ kind of red, so use with caution! I think it may have been a little too bright for me because I prefer something darker, like brick red, but I can work around this by creating gradient lips so it looks more subtle.

For those who like a more muted colour, I definitely suggest picking BL601 to bring out your natural lip colour.

Staying power: If you see the last photo, that’s the stain it leaves behind after I tried my best to wipe off all the product. Of course, it’s not super intense, but I think it is a beautiful tint that will still help you to look made-up, rather than give away the fact that you just finished your lunch. I also have to give it props for leaving such an even stain – some products leave your lips all flakey and unevenly coloured, which looks super bad, but this tint from Etude House doesn’t do that.


Final Verdict

I used to be very biased against Etude House’s lip products due to one poor experience I had, but these days I’m really changing opinion, thanks to all these new lippies that are proving to be value for money.

In Korea, you’ll see a lot of young girls (secondary school/high school) going to Etude House to buy cosmetics, because they are cheaper and relatively easier to use for beginners. I have to admit though, the brand is very affordable, very accessible, and really produces items that are good to use. It’s like drugstore price, but at a much higher quality than you expect.

If you love a good, long-lasting lip tint, or are a total beginner when it comes to cosmetics, do get this! I promise you won’t regret it 🙂


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] peripera Blur Pang Milk Blur

I was running low on my primer, so I thought it would be a good idea to try something new. I saw this on Peripera’s Instagram, saved a photo of it, and bought this in Malaysia (cheaper due to exchange rate, not because Peripera intentionally lowers its retail price).


Product Description

The new Peripera Blur Pang Milk Blur Primer Collection includes 3 sweetly formulated textures for that airbrushed finish, like as if all your flaws were blurred away. This unique formula includes:

  • NEW ZEALAND COLOSTRUM: Contains colostrum that was milked within 72 hours in the pristine New Zealand. The freshness of first milk provides brightening and skin barrier strengthening benefits to deliver clear and soft skin textures, just like a baby.
  • JEJU GOAT MILK: Nourishes skin and an ingredient that is most similar to breast milk; contains 28% more of inorganic salt selenium compared to normal milk, for even healthier skin
  • VITA COMPLEX10: A complex of 10 vitamins including B5, B7, B9, C, E, A, B1, B2, B3 and B4 for healthy and more radiant skin

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12.50 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

For full list of ingredients and breakdown, check here.


I bought Banana Milk Blur, which promises “Coverage and Tone-Up boosting benefits”. It also comes in Peach and Pure Milk, but I felt like I wanted something that looked more natural, so Banana it was.

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Packaging: Simple tube, great and easy to squeeze out an appropriate amount of product as needed. I think it would have been cuter if it came in the shape of a milk carton or milk bottle though haha.

Colour: I feel that the colour of this Banana variant didn’t suit me very well. My skin is kind of ‘yellow’, and I have warm undertones, resulting in my skin looking even more ‘yellow’, thanks to the yellow-coloured cream. The other 2 variants would probably have done a much better job for my skin. This would be more suitable for people with neutral tones, and whose skin don’t have that strong a yellow tinge to it.

Staying power: I couldn’t really tell if it did stay on for very long (because it’s a primer that’s under foundation).

Coverage: There’s little to no coverage, so you can’t use this on its own as a colour corrector if you have blemished skin. However, if you have no pimples and just want to correct your skin colour, you can just apply it for a more radiant and even look.


Final Verdict

The primer actually feels a bit sticky when you first apply it, and it caused me to breakout on quite a few occasions. I think it may be the milk ingredient, so I’m staying away from it for a while.

For those who have sensitive skin, be careful about using this primer as well. I think there are other ingredients in this that may cause irritation and breakouts – really not worth the trouble, no matter how even-coloured your skin looks afterwards.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Althea x Titi Kamal Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist

I received this product from Althea, thank you for sending this over! I’m always up for trying new fragrances, although I don’t really buy them because I have trouble finishing up the ones I already have 😂


Product Description

Envelope yourself in a feminine mix of fruity and floral scents with Althea’s latest collaboration with Titi Kamal! The Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist is a sparkling mix of sweet orange and peach, followed by an ever-graceful echo of rosy floral notes. Not overbearingly strong, this gentle perfume lingers on the body for a long-lasting scent. It also has a non-sticky formula that feels comfortable on the skin, and it embodies the elegance and beauty of Titi in a bottle, perfect for the urban femme.

Titi Kamal is an Indonesian actress and singer with a knack for fashion and style. Best identified by her luxuriously long black hair, she’s a beauty icon that’s captured the hearts of fans all across Southeast Asia.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.60 (Althea)


Ingredient List

Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin

Key ingredients

  • Alcohol: potential irritant
  • Butylene Glycol: potential irritant
  • Glycerin: moisturiser to treat dry and itchy skin
  • Rosa Damascena Flower Water: same ingredient found in the Petal Velvet Sunaway

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Spraying on hand

I like the beautiful pink and floral packaging, it makes it very obvious that it’s a feminine scent that has floral (particularly rose) notes. I hope Althea creates a travel size version of it soon, because this is something that I would want to bring around but the current bottle feels a little too bulky for me.

Fragrance-wise, I am quite a fan of floral and fruity notes, making this a mist that I really do enjoy smelling. It’s not sickly sweet, and definitely not the kind of artificial, sharp smell that you get from cheap perfumes (you can almost imagine that smell in your nose, right?)

I also find that this fragrance lasts for very long: I once sprayed it in the morning, and found the smell lingering on for the rest of the day even after I’ve showered – not a bad thing, since I love the smell!


Final Verdict

Some brow-raising ingredients aside, I have to say that this body mist is something I would spray daily because it smells so refreshing and lovely, it does put me in quite a good mood.

I think SGD11.60 is a fair price to pay for 100ML of product, though it is a pity that you can’t have a whiff of this scent before you buy online from Althea. Maybe Althea should send sample atomizers with every order? IDK, just a suggestion!


Rating

✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise

When this product first launched in Singapore last year, I saw all sorts of promotional videos showing how effective this mascara is. So I thought okay, why not give this a shot? After all, Shopee was having a promotion for this at just SGD15 (SGD7 less than original price), and what’s the worst that could happen with a L’Oréal product?


Product Description

Take your lashes to paradise with intense volume and spectacular length.

The soft brush with 200+ bristles holds maximum formula to catch every lash while fanning them out evenly – no clumping! No more stiff, uncomfortable lashes, Lash Paradise gives you feathery-soft full lashes. Smudge-proof and Water-proof.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90


Ingredient List

ISODODECANE, CERA ALBA/BEESWAX, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/CARNUBA WAX, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DILINOLEIC ACID/BUTANEDIOL COPOLYMER, AQUA/WATER, ALLYL STEARATE/VA COPOLYMER, ORYZA SATIVA CERA/RICE BRAN WAX, PARAFFIN, ALCOHOL DENAT, POLYVINYL LAURATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TALC, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, ETHYLENEDIAMINE/STEARYL DIMER DILINOLEATE COPOLYMER, PEG-30 GLYCERYL STEARATE, CANDELILLA CERA/CANDELILLA WAX, PANTHENOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, BHT

This product appears to use quite a fair amount of wax, which I assume is to hold the lashes in place (hence it claims to be waterproof).

Denatured Alcohol is a cause for concern if you see it in your skincare because it can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts. Again, I think it is useful in a formula that should be waterproof and long-lasting. Fortunately it’s not going on your skin, but be careful if it does!


Packaging: Simple, but millennial pink is really all it takes to make this a beautiful product that you want to keep in your purse.

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After applying L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise
Left: before. Right: after

Effectiveness: The photos say them all. I am so, so impressed by a mascara that really adds length and volume, exactly the same way it’s shown in its promotional images. I would say I’m blessed with quite voluminous (and rather long) eyelashes to begin with, but this mascara really enhances my lashes so well!

Staying power: This is really very waterproof and long-lasting: I’ve worn this in the rain, more than 12 hours, under the hot sun, and braved cold wintery winds, and nothing has made this mascara budge, other than a good makeup remover. You can definitely count on this for the days that you know you’ll be sweating profusely, and don’t have to worry about your mascara running down even when you’re drenched head to toe in the rain.


Final Verdict

Sometimes I feel that I get less impressed with beauty products because I’ve seen so many and become desensitised, but this is truly, truly groundbreaking. I don’t know why this took so long to come to Singapore, because this is one mascara that really delivers as promised. No clumping, no running, and the most beautiful lashes that you could ever ask for.

The best part is, it’s selling at drugstore prices, so you don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet! This is definitely a good dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, so go buy this if you are looking for something good and affordable!


Rating

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

mustbuy

 

[REVIEW] Cezanne Mix Color Cheek

I don’t know about you, but I seriously love Japanese blushes. For starters, the packaging is always so beautiful, and the colours well-suited for Asian skin tones. I won this as part of a contest (as mentioned here) so I got to try this out!


Product Description

With the double gradation effect of colors and pearls, you can create a glossy, beautiful look that blends perfectly with your skin.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 17.90

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Ingredient List

MICA, TRIETHYLHEXAHOIN, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, TOCOPHEROL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER(AQUA), PRUNUS YEDOENSIS LEAF EXTRACT , ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT (ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS EXTRACT) , (+/-) , TALC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, TIN OXIDE, IRON OXIDES, RED 30, RED 7 , YELLOW 5

Some key points

Mica: creates a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. Because it is naturally produced it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, and is safe to use on almost all skin types with little to no side effects (source)

Methylparaben: used as a preservative in women’s cosmetics, may increase risk of breast cancer (source)

Rosemary leaf extract: protects skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals (source)


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Packaging: Looks like its eyeshadow’s packaging, but I ain’t complaining. It looks very elegant and beautiful, even though it is just a drugstore brand. I guess the Japanese just do their packaging really well!

Colour: Personally, I like this colour combination the best out of all the palettes. There is a good mix of pink and coral colours, which is very good for people with slightly fairer skin and warm undertones. It looks very natural as well, especially with the pearlescent glow that comes with every shade.

Colour payoff & intensity: Just like its eyeshadow equivalent, the colour intensity in this blush is close to zero. It hardly shows up on my skin unless I dust a few more layers, although I do have to point out that the pearl powder already shimmers very nicely with just one or two layers. It’s just the colour that doesn’t show up well, unless you are super fair. That being said, it’s not entirely a bad thing, because you get the appearance of naturally rosy cheeks more easily, if that’s what you are going for.

Staying power: I wouldn’t say the staying power is super good. Actually it’s very hard to tell also, because I can’t see much of the blush on my cheeks to begin with. You might have to touch up after a few hours if you want a more vibrant colour.


Final Verdict

Just like their Korean counterparts, I feel that Japanese blushes and eyeshadows often lack the colour intensity that their Western counterparts offer. The pro, of course, is that you can hardly go wrong with a more natural looking shade, but also limits the kind of looks you can achieve. This is especially so if you tend to have darker skin, because Japanese beauty products are even more limiting than the Korean ones when it comes to diversity.

If you have fairer skin (I’m a 21, and I already find that this doesn’t show up well), then this is definitely something you would want to grab. If not, I think this is still nice to use for the glow that it gives you, like a more natural-looking highlighter that doesn’t look excessive. At SGD17.90, I think it’s not too expensive, but of course there are other brands that offer cheaper alternatives that could work better for your skin tone.


Rating

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