[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: ✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Peri’s Cushion Lips

I was DEFINITELY not planning to buy another lip product anytime soon, but you know I am susceptible to good deals :X (don’t deny it, I’m sure you do that too). I saw this selling at SGD 12 at some Watsons fair and thought the colour was really lovely when I swatched it. Plus, it’s Peripera – their lip tints have never disappointed, so I was sure this would be great as well.


Product Description

Get bright, bold lips this summer! The formula dispenses through a soft cushion for controlled dabbing and application. Once applied, this vibrant stain does not budge!

Official Retail Price: USD 14.00 (Soko Glam)


Ingredient List

Methyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Red 6 Lake(CI 15850), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Yellow 6 Lake(CI 15985), Sorbitan Isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethyl Hexanediol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Red 7 lake(CI 15850:1), Fragrance, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

I thought the texture was rather similar to the Airy Ink Velvet, so I’m putting its ingredient list here for comparison:

Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Green Tea Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Lithol Rubine BCA, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrachlorotetrabromofluorescein, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Phloxine B, Hydrated Ferric Oxide, Sunset Yellow FCF, Tartrazine, Black Oxide of Iron

I’m pretty surprised to see that the lists are not identical, but you also see that this Peri’s Cushion Lips is missing the various seed oils, replaced instead by a very low proportion of shea butter. I’ll talk more about the texture of the product below.


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Packaging: It’s not the prettiest packaging I’ve seen from Peripera. Actually, I think it might be one of my least favourites. It’s not exactly cute, and looks a lot like my highlighters (the stationery product, not the makeup namesake LOL). It theoretically works the same as TFS’s Finger Cotton Tint, but it is a lot harder to control this. I find it very hard to squeeze the product out, and ended up squeezing more than I wanted on the first try. Definitely not my favourite packaging as well.

Colour: The actual swatch looks NOTHING like the one in the marketing photos. So disappointing. I was lucky that I got the chance to swatch this in person before I bought it, instead of ordering it online, because I would have been really upset if it turned out so different when I receive it. Someone should really call out these brands for showing swatches that are not off by a large margin.

Anyway, there were only 2 shades on sale – the other was some bright pink colour that I would probably never wear, so I went with this OR04. I find this colour to be similar to the MISSHA Matt M Lip Rouge’s Maple Latte shade, and this is quite flattering for my warm undertones. If you also have warm undertones, you would most probably like this shade as well.

The colour payoff is okay – it’s not super intense, and will probably take you a two or more layers to get a nice and even colour.

Staying power: I find it to be thicker than the Airy Ink Velvet, almost like a normal liquid lipstick. It dries down to a matte finish on the lips, but I didn’t like how it felt quite dry, and ended up showing all these tiny cracks and fine lines even though I had exfoliated my lips before applying.

I did appreciate the long-wear formula though, because it is definitely good to last for days when you can’t find the time to touch up. True to its words, the stain is hard to budge. I don’t think it’s completely transfer-proof though, so if you are looking to keep the colour as thick and bright all day long, you may be disappointed.


Final Verdict

This is just okay, I guess. I would love to wear this regularly but it really is quite dry for my already-dry lips, and I really hate seeing all these fine lines amplified.

If you are looking for long-staying lip lacquers with good colour payoff and comfort on the lips, I definitely still suggest the Airy Ink Velvet series over anything else from Peripera. It is little wonder that that is one of their star products, because some other stuff (like this product) are rather underwhelming.


Rating

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

[MISC] 6 Cutest K-Beauty Product Packaging

It seems like it’s not just K-idols that are attractive – K-beauty products are well-known for having some of the most adorable packaging around, and we all sometimes fall prey to buying products for the packaging (oops).

Here are 6 of the cutest K-beauty product packaging you can ever find (we have excluded special collaborations in this article). Be warned, I’m not responsible if you are tempted to buy all of them!


1. Peripera Peri’s Mini Fridge

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You might have heard about how good & affordable Peripera’s lip tints are, but did you know that Peripera makes the cutest packaging for their products as well? This mini fridge set contains miniature versions of Peripera products (that really work!), which is also a great way for you to try out all of Peripera’s famous products before you commit to buying the full-sized products.


2. MISSHA Wish Stone Tint Water Gel

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MISSHA’s water gel lip tint promises high coverage and vivid colours, but when you’re not using it as a lip tint, you can definitely put this on your table as a beautiful crystal display (works even better if you buy more of them to form a pile). When you’ve finished the lip tint, you can even customize this into a cute accessory piece – talk about killing two birds with one stone!


3. Etude House Soft Drink Tint

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We all know Etude House has some of the prettiest packaging around, but this really takes the cake. As if a soft drink tint isn’t adorable enough, it even comes in a vending machine packaging? Just take my money already!


4. THE SAEM Chocopie Hand Cream

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Choco pie is a very famous snack in Korea that most tourists would definitely buy as a souvenir to bring home, but a chocopie hand cream is seriously ingenious. It makes you wonder if the person who thought of this design was eating a chocopie at that time. What I do know, however, is that looking at this makes me hungry already.


5. THE SAEM Yam Yam Lip Syrup

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THE SAEM is clearly winning this packaging game with this lip syrup that reminds you of, well, syrup. Apparently it is infused with the scents of different syrup flavours, so you really feel like you are applying chocolate sauce on your lips. Too cute!


6. CHATEAU LABIOTTE Wine Lip Tint

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This is for all your alcoholics out there (yes, you, don’t deny it). These are formulated with French wine extracts, hence the wine packaging. You could probably buy lots of these to fill a shelf and pretend that you are a wine connoisseur who has a wine collection at home. Alternatively, you could simply whip this out in public and enjoy a few curious stares from people who think that you are applying wine as lipstick.

[TIPS] K-beauty products for makeup beginners

When I first started using makeup (which was actually in December 2016), I was absolutely confused. I bought my first makeup products in Korea, and I completely had no idea what I was looking for. BB cream? Eyeliner? Eyebrow pencil? Lipstick? Those were probably the only 4 I knew, and even so I didn’t know which brands and which products were good. I struggled through my first few products because the application wasn’t always great, and some products just didn’t do well on my skin.

In this post, I’ve recommended products which I personally feel are a) worth every cent, b) easy for beginners to use, and c) basic products that most people would use, so I’ve excluded stuff like highlighter, contour etc. Do read on! 🙂


Primer: banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating (SGD 25)

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I didn’t use primer early in my makeup journey, and if you’re on a really tight budget, I honestly think you can skip this step. While the brand is not available in Singapore (officially), you can either get it on Althea, other E-commerce platforms like Shopee, or even in Malaysia. This primer is really good for ensuring your skin stays moisturized and that your makeup stays in place – great for most skin types.


Foundation: Innisfree Skinny Fit Foundation (SGD 29)

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They weren’t joking about the skinny cover fit in this product, which is why I love using this. I think this foundation has really good coverage, stays on for long without much oxidizing, and feels very light on the skin. There are a few downsides of course, such as lack of shades available and low SPF, but generally still good for its price.


Setting powder: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (SGD 10)

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Never thought before that you need setting powder to lock in your makeup and keep oil under control? You’ll know what you’re missing out on once you get around to trying this. This is a holy grail product of most K-beauty bloggers. Perfect dupe for more expensive setting powders in Sephora, smells great, and is cheap!! One small tub can last you for months on end, so imagine how much value you’re getting out of your $$$$. This is actually much cheaper on sites like Althea, and of course in Korea (bought 3 for around SGD 10, just imagine). This powder sets your makeup for you to go from dawn to dusk, and prevents your skin from becoming an oil well.


Eyebrow pencil: Etude House Drawing Eye Brow (SGD 5.90)

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This eyebrow pencil from Etude House is another product frequently touted for its great quality and low price. This was the first eyebrow pencil I used, and I stuck to this for more than one year before I tried the Shu Uemura Hard Formula. I love it because it is seriously very cheap, can last for very long, and is super easy to use. If you thought drawing eyebrows is going to take you at least 30 minutes, this product will certainly change your mind.


Eyeshadow + Blush: Innisfree My Palette (SGD 8/colour)

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My colours look like I’m confused (I was, kinda – when I bought this, I was sneezing my head off at the store like no one’s business) but actually I found this very useful for doing a whole face of makeup haha. The browns, in particular, are very useful for doing both eyeshadow and contour. I like the pigmentation and how easy it is to blend, which is especially useful for beginners who can’t deal with chalky, tough eyeshadow (actually no one can).

This is slightly pricier at $8 per cube/colour, but I think that a nice brown is a good investment because it works as both eyeshadow and contour.


Eyeliner: TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner (SGD 15.90)

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Some people don’t do eyeliner, but some people live by it. If you’re a beginner, please don’t jump straight into liquid/gel liners. Even I still struggle with them and stick to pencils 90% of the time 😦 This one from TFS is one of my favourites because it really glides on your eyelids easily, and is smudge-proof & waterproof. No one will be able to tell that you’re just starting out in makeup if you get your eyeliner on point, and this product definitely can do that for you.


Lipstick: Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet (SGD 6.90)

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The truth is that there are many great lip products out there, but one that is particularly noteworthy is this product from Peripera, famed for its lip tints. Gradient lip? Full lip look? Last you from one meal to the next? This one’s got you covered for just SGD 6.90.


Total spending: SGD 100.70

This amount looks terrifying (yes, makeup is unfortunately really expensive), but I’ll further streamline this for you by cutting out the eyeshadow+ blush, and primer:

Total spending: SGD 67.70

It’s definitely still a big sum, but this is money that you can consider a good investment because you will use it well – trust me, these products won’t be left untouched on the shelf just after one use,  unless you bought a shade you don’t like.

Are there any products here that you also used when you first started doing makeup, or that you agree are great for beginners? Let me know in the comments!

[REVIEW] Peripera Sugar Glow Tint

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I initially thought that this lip tint was a liquid blush when I first saw it on Peripera’s Instagram. So I went to Sasa, swatched this, and still didn’t realize it was a lip tint until I opened it up at home. I don’t know why I was under such an impression, but you now know how blur I can get 🙊


Product Description

  • A watery lip tint with rich color payoff.
  • Enriched with maple syrup, Manuka honey extract, and Muscovado sugar to moisturize your lips.

Official Retail Price: SGD 12.90 for 2 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Gylcerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Diglycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Sugarcane Extract, Polyglycerin-3, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Titanium Oxide, Allura Red AC, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Orange II, Fragrance, Ethanol, Propylene Carbonate, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Dextrin Palmitate, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phloxine B, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fast Acid Magenta

Peripera emphasizes its star ingredients here: maple syrup, Manuka honey extract, and Muscovado sugar – all meant to moisturize your lips. They do rank pretty low on the list so they’re not present in huge amounts, but probably enough to convince you that they should have an effect.


I used to love pinks, but eventually gravitated towards nudes and corals because I felt that they were more flattering for my skin tone. I got this in #3 Pink Melon, a peachy kind of pink.

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Packaging: I think the bottle is cute, but I’m not sure what this is supposed to look like. A maple syrup bottle?? Honey bottle?? Maybe, I don’t know. It is slightly bulkier than, say, the Airy Ink Velvets, but still lightweight and compact enough to stuff it down your pocket.

Colour: I started picking nudes and bright colours for different types of lip products – bright, intense colours for lip tints, and nude ones for lipsticks. I really like having a brighter, sweeter colour to do a gradient lip look, or if not just ‘juicy’ lips. This pink doesn’t really look like watermelon flesh or anything, but it’s a versatile colour that will complement most skin tones. As with most lip tints (or Korean, at least), there’s nothing to complain about the rich colour payoff. I do love how glossy the product looks on the lips, because it really helps to brighten up your face.

Staying power: I’m not super impressed by its staying power, and especially less so for a lip tint. It’s not sticky, but also not the most ‘dry’ formula there is, so when you eat or drink, a good portion of the colour comes off. I definitely cannot go through a meal and expect to see a full colour left, maybe just traces of it. If you are the kind of person who hates having to touch up every time you eat something, do take note of this.


Final Verdict

While there’s nothing really ‘wow’ about this lip tint, I’m such a sucker for Peripera’s affordable and high-quality products that I didn’t mind buying this at all.

If you already have a ton of lip tints sitting on your vanity table (yes, I know many of us are guilty of this), it probably wouldn’t hurt to buy one more, but it also won’t hurt if you don’t buy this – you get what I mean?


Rating

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

What’s your favourite K-beauty brand?

The K-beauty world is amazingly diverse with so many different brands, so I wanted to do a fun poll on which one is the most popular among my readers.

Do take part and cast a vote for your favourite brand! 🙂

[REVIEW] Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet

This review is waaay overdue – I bought my first Peripera Ink the Airy Velvet last year in Korea and liked it so much that I bought two more from the same series. You might have heard about how good this product is and its value for money. It sounds exaggerated, and I was initially quite doubtful about the hype, but now I have seen the light (HAHA), and I hope that my review does justice to this amazing product.


Product Description

  • This lip tint glides on smoothly, offering vivid color and a soft, velvety texture to your lips.
  • The enriched formula keeps your lips moist and glossy without feeling sticky.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 6.90 (Shopee)

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Ingredient List

Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Green Tea Seed Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Lithol Rubine BCA, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrachlorotetrabromofluorescein, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Phloxine B, Hydrated Ferric Oxide, Sunset Yellow FCF, Tartrazine, Black Oxide of Iron

These are the ‘main ingredients’ found in each product regardless of the colours. For the longest time, I suspected that the formula for Peripera’s Ink the Airy Velvet (Or Airy Ink Velvet, whichever floats your boat) was exactly the same as moonshot’s Cream Paint Lightfit. A quick check of moonshot’s ingredients shows similarities, though I think that Peripera’s one contains more seed oils, while moonshot’s has more…wax? Which would explain the slight difference in texture between the two.


I intentionally picked 3 shades for different ‘moods’ and occasions – a bright coral, a brick red, and a MLBB shade.

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Packaging: I find the packaging really adorable. It reminds me of a dropper, although it doesn’t really function that way (real pity about this!). It’s actually a pretty small tube, which would explain its really low price point, but I personally really like this because it’s easy to bring around for touchups or for travel, and I don’t have to fret about not being able to finish them before they expire.

Colour: I bought three shades – #2, #7, and #10. My personal favourite is #7, because these days I gravitate towards brick red shades that are great for daily use, yet very empowering (if you know what I mean). #2 is a tad too bright for me if I apply a full colour, but looks very good when used as a gradient lip. #10 is a bit of a pity because I thought it would look great, but it’s more cool-toned than I thought, and cool tones generally don’t work well with my skin. Oh well 😦

Colour payoff & intensity: This is arguably one of the most pigmented lip creams/tints I’ve gotten from a K-beauty brand. I love the pigment, love the colour intensity, love the payoff. There’s nothing I can find fault with this because it’s truly so good. I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth when one smooth swipe is all I need to complete my lip look. It does make it a bit harder to do a gradient lip look with this, but I really appreciate the full, even colour application that Ink the Airy Velvet provides.

Staying power: Peripera is famous for its lip tints, so you can expect that all their lip products have some degree of staying power. This is one of the most lasting lip products I have used, and I am seriously impressed by how long it lasts. I could apply this for a normal work day, have lunch and eat snacks over 9 hours, and still have at least 80% of the colour left on my lips with no patchiness, no stickiness, and no dryness by the end of the day. How is this possible?? What sorcery has Peripera been working with these products?? Why aren’t the other companies producing magical products like these as well??


Final Verdict

Some people have called this their holy grail, and I assure you that they are NOT exaggerating about how fantastic this is. In fact, it is also one of my holy grail lip products because it is just so good.

Firstly, the price point is already enticing enough. Less than $10 for a vivid, long-lasting lip cream – now who wouldn’t want that? It also doesn’t help that they have an impressive range of colours for any preference and any mood, so you have an excuse to buy more than one without breaking the bank.

I highly recommend shade #7 (My Brown Coral) for those who love a good brick red (one of the most popular K-beauty trends to come). You’ll definitely love how sophisticated and elegant you can look with just a small tube of lip paint.


Rating

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