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[REVIEW] Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

Primer for the face, and now finally primer for the eye. I’ve definitely come a long way since my lazy days of applying nothing other than BB cream on my face.

I’ve actually always wanted to try eye primer because I love playing with eyeshadows, and I can’t do without eyeliner. My eyelids are always oily, so it really messes with my eye makeup as the day goes by. The UD one is waaaaay out of my budget, so I decided to try something more wallet-friendly from Etude House.


Product Description

Proof 10 Eye Primer supplies coverage to eyelids and around the eyes to enhance eye shadow color and integrity for a longer lasting, Perfect 10 look.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11.90 


Ingredient List

TALC, ISODODECANE, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, MICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, PEG-40 STEARATE, BEESWAX, PROPYLENE CARBONATE

I’m not very surprised that talc is included in this product because it is fantastic for keeping your makeup in place. A lot of setting powders would definitely have talc. If you look at UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, you’ll find talc in it too, except not in such large proportions.


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Packaging: I’m not exactly sure what this is supposed to resemble. A mermaid? A woman wearing a dress? LOL. But I do appreciate that it’s compact enough for me to pack into my makeup pouch, definitely handy when travelling.

Texture: It looks like BB cream/concealer in the product shots, but actually applies almost like sheer, nude glue. It really does look like glue, although thankfully it doesn’t smell like glue. I’ve found it a bit difficult to apply evenly on my eyelids – sometimes I get too much product on and it doesn’t dry fast, and sometimes I don’t get quite enough. It’s a tad frustrating, but nothing too hampering.

Effectiveness: I’ve often talked about how Etude House’s eyeshadows disappoint quite a fair bit with their colour intensity and payoff. I realize the missing key must be this eye primer. Take a look at the swatch shot below:

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I used the Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick to show the difference. You can clearly see that the one used on top of primer is definitely a lot more glittery, and it looks a lot better than the one applied on bare skin.

In terms of longevity, I’ve found that using this with my Clio eyeliner definitely works miracles. This eyeliner hasn’t been working too well since it’s on the verge of drying up, and it sometimes smudges when I sweat buckets. However, I notice that it’s been holding up a lot better whenever I apply this primer before I get to drawing my eyeliner.


Final Verdict

Can I call this a dupe for UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion? Yes, I definitely can.

At a fraction of the price, this Etude House product is definitely something you need if you’ve been spending all that money on your expensive eyeshadow palettes, and cannot afford to splurge any more money on primer.

I make sure to use this every time I decide to apply eyeshadows for the day because I know that it will effortlessly boost the intensity of my look. I’ll definitely repurchase this, but I’m hoping that it won’t be anytime soon…


Rating

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

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[REVIEW] Etude House FIX&FIX Pore Primer

This was the first primer I had ever used, thanks to a kind sales associate in Sasa who was the first person to tell me that I needed to use primer in order to save my skin.

If I recall correctly, I got this as part of a sales promotion for the Any Cushion.


Product Description

The gel-type primer in skin tone effectively covers pores and uneven texture, makes skin texture look smooth, and keeps makeup fresh for long hours.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90

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One thing that always troubles me when I’m trying to pick a product for targeted areas/problems is that I never quite know which one to choose because I feel that I have all the possible skin problems humanly possible. At times like this, my instinct is to go for something more all-encompassing, just in case.

I decided to tackle the issue of minimizing my pores instead of toning up my skin colour. I’ve always felt that my pores are too big and visible, so I thought it would be great if I could try and cover them up.

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Packaging: I didn’t think the tube packaging was too bad, not until I got hold of banila co.’s primer. I think this is great for bringing along when you’re traveling, because it’s so compact that it definitely fits nicely into your makeup pouch. It also allows for clean usage without a high risk of getting the tube extremely dirty. However, I do think that it would be a lot easier to get the product out with something similar to a shampoo bottle.

Texture: The texture may look like cream in the photos, but is actually gel-like in real life. It also tends to be oily, which may not be comfortable for most users.

Effectiveness: This primer really does give the appearance of minimized pores on application, so it definitely works as advertised.

Although it did help my makeup to stay on and stay fresh longer than I did without primer, I felt that it made my skin feel quite oily, especially after long periods of time. I’ve heard before that such pore primers could possibly clog up your pores because they ‘fill in’ your pores so that they look minimized and your face will naturally look smoother.

I think this ‘pore-clogging’ theory could have possibly been the case with this primer, because my face definitely felt more oily, and my pores more clogged than ever before. I was proven right when I had a mild case of acne breakout the next few days.


Final Verdict

If you’re looking at getting this to minimize your pores, I would advise you to think carefully about whether you have pores that get clogged easily, or if you have very oily skin, before going ahead to purchase this. In fact, you might want to reconsider ever getting a pore-covering primer in the first place.

I think that it would not have been as bad with the other products in this Etude House primer line that target skin tone problems, but it’s difficult to prove so too unless I get around to trying them out. In the meantime, I guess I’ll stick to my banila co. primer unless I hear more good reviews of this primer.

If you are looking to try a primer to help your makeup last and do not have any problems with oil control and clogged pores, I would definitely recommend this. Otherwise, I do advise finding other primers that will better suit your skin.


Rating

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

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.

[SAMPLE] Etude House Face Blur

Face Blur sounds exactly like the kind of option you’ll find on a camera, and that is precisely what this product is meant to do – smoothen and ‘blur’ your face so that it looks camera-ready all the time.


Product description

This lightweight cream provides multi-blurring effects for instantly refined and smooth skin. Skin’s texture is smoothed; pores minimized and complexion brightened.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27.90


This primer is very different from the banila co. one that I normally use. While banila co.’s primers have a gel texture, Etude House’s face primer feels more like a watery cream (in fact, kind of like sunscreen!) I was quite pleasantly surprised by how easily my skin absorbed it, and my face didn’t feel overly sticky or oily throughout the day.

The primer also has a white, pearly sheen to it when applied on the face. It’s meant to brighten your complexion but I find the colour a bit too white for me, and it causes my face to look more than 2 shades lighter than it should be. I would say that this is actually a pretty common, but very serious problem with K-beauty face products in general.


Final Verdict

Etude House’s Face Blur does a decent job as a primer, helping makeup to last longer in the unforgiving weather. However, I’m not too sure about other properties that it boasts, such as pore hiding. My pores are pretty big and that is a sure recipe for disaster. I often get blackheads, oily skin, and sometimes even cakey makeup all thanks to my terrible pores. I don’t really feel that this primer has helped to alleviate my pore problems, so I’m a little skeptical about its claims.

In addition, $27.90 sounds a bit pricey, as you are able to buy other highly-recommended primers at that price as well.

Generally, I have rather neutral opinions about this product, but I won’t put it on my shopping list anytime soon either.


Rating

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

[SAMPLE] banila co. Prime Primer Classic

Korean brands are always superbly generous with product samples, so I got a sample of the Classic version of banila co.’s primer, along with my purchase of the Hydrating one.


Product description

A translucent gel-textured primer that minimizes the appearances of pores and helps your makeup stay fresh all day long. This primer is a Korean favorite for being a silky, lightweight formula that not only provides you a smooth canvas for makeup application, but hydrates as well.

Recommended for normal to dry skin types.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 25 (from Althea)

Get $7 off your first order from Althea here!


I had high hopes for this because of how good the hydrating version has been for me, so hopefully, I don’t have too much of a bias in writing this.

The first difference I noticed was the texture. The hydrating primer is more gel-like and feels extremely comfortable when you apply it on your skin. The classic one feels a lot oilier and greasier on my skin, which I didn’t really like as much because my face tends to get really oily as the day progresses.

There’s also a tinge of fragrance in it, much like the hydrating primer, but nothing too overwhelming.

I tried to control the oil by applying my Innisfree No Sebum powder (which I love and strongly, strongly recommend! will write more about this next time). My makeup did last the whole day (through hot & humid weather), which is pretty amazing, but I could feel that my skin was considerably oilier than when I used the hydrating primer. I also found this out the hard way when I started having a few fresh pimples pop up the next morning, so…


Final Verdict

This product does work well as a primer, but I highly doubt it works on all skin types. If your skin tends to get really oily, this is definitely not the one for you. I guess that’s why the product description says that it’s for normal to dry skin types. I suppose if your skin is on the drier side or you’re using this in a dry climate, this would work pretty well. However, if you’re like me (skin tends to secrete oil to remedy dryness, pretty strange I know), this is a big no-no.

I honestly won’t recommend this for hot and humid climates. I still think the hydrating one is much better, although I’m hoping to try the other products in the range (especially Blur and Purity!)


Rating

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

[REVIEW] banila co. Prime Primer Hydrating

I only started using primer recently, after I was advised to do so due to my dry skin (which in turn led to excess oil production and clogged pores). I wasn’t very sure which primer would be good, but I had heard great reviews of banila co.’s primers. When I went to Korea, one of the brands I had to buy was banila co. (because we don’t have it here in Singapore, & also because Taeyeon is their ambassador), so I thought I might as well give their primer a shot.

The primers actually come in different versions for different skin needs. I picked the hydrating one, because my skin is really super dry no matter how much moisturizer I apply. The hydrating one is also recommended for people with combination skin.


Product description

Creates hydrating and illuminating skin by refining pores and wrinkles.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 25 (from Althea)

Get $7 off your first order from Althea here!


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This primer is easy to use – simply squeeze out a suitable amount, and apply on your face at the start of your makeup routine.

The primer leaves a rather cooling and hydrating feel on the skin once applied, which I quite liked. I don’t think the hydrating effect is that drastic though, so it’s best to still do proper hydration for your skin before applying this primer. It also smoothens the skin, making it easier for you to apply BB cream/foundation after that.

I’ve noticed that my skin doesn’t get so oily throughout the day after using this, and my makeup stays on longer as well. My acne problem (caused by excess oil production from dry skin) has also significantly improved.


Final Verdict

This product definitely lives up to its hype, thoroughly prepping your skin for your makeup routine, and helping it to last throughout the day.

My only issue with banila co.’s primer is the small quantity – 30ML is seriously very little, especially if you apply makeup almost everyday. The price is also not very affordable if you think about how you’re paying SGD 25 for such a small quantity that you’ll most likely finish after a month.

However, this has seriously won me over and I’m already looking at my next purchase. This has worked much better for me than other primer products, such as Etude House’s FIX&FIX Pore Primer (which I felt clogged my pores a little, and didn’t really cover up my pores that much as it promises).

I’m really hoping that banila co. will release a bigger sized version of this product sometime in the future.


Rating

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