[SWATCH] Powder blushes

Recently, I got hooked on buying blushes because I think they really help to complete your makeup look. It makes you look more radiant and in the pink (pun intended) of health.

These are 3 powder blushes that I bought not long ago, 2 from MISSHA and 1 from Muji. Apologies for the dent in my Muji one, I am a horrible klutz T___T

As you can see, the Muji one definitely pales in comparison when it comes to colour payoff. It’s not very surprising: Japanese beauty products have rather low colour payoff, and their Korean counterparts have been catching up (albeit rather slowly).

I really like the MISSHA cotton blushes – #My Candyshop is good for creating sweet and fresh looks, while #Sunny Afternoon helps in looking lively, thanks to the bright colour. The orange coral shade also comes with slight hints of shimmer, so you can apply it on your cheekbones for a nice pop.

On the other hand, I use the Muji blush when I want to create a more understated look that is natural – good for when I want to look like I have minimal makeup, but still want to look healthy even though I slept for less than 5 hours.

All three are nice blushes, so take your pick based on what you prefer!

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[REVIEW] 3CE Velvet Lip Tint

So after my first experience with a 3CE lip product, I decided to try out their lip tints, which I reckon are very popular among beauty junkies.


Product Description

What it is:

A lip tint with a sherbet-like texture that melts into the lips and leaves a natural tinge with a matte finish.

What it does:

Velvet lip tint incorporates an oil-packed formula specially made to deliver a vivid and velvety matte texture. When this tint is applied, the lips are first encased with a layer of oil upon which pigments gently melt, resulting in a dewy sensation with a matte finish.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 23


Ingredient List

See the full list here, together with information on safety and irritants.


Packaging: It looks very similar to my other lip tints (in particular, the CLIO one), so nothing much in particular that is really mind-blowing. I do find the 3CE tube to be much thicker than the CLIO one – probably because it contains more product as well.

Colour: I bought the shade #GOING RIGHT, which appears to be a very gorgeous MLBB shade. However, the real swatch shows that this shade contains a little more tinge of orange than I had expected. I personally also feel that it leans more towards a terracotta red – it’s great for me, because as of late I’ve been collecting lipstick shades like this, but you may want to take note of this if you are very particular about getting a colour that’s identical to the marketing photo.

The colour payoff is, of course, very good for a matte lip tint. It’s definitely better than the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color. The texture is waxy and applies evenly on the lips, which I really like as well.

Staying power: I wasn’t super impressed by the Mood Recipe Matte Lip Color’s staying power, but I feel that this holds up better than its bullet lipstick counterpart.

You still get a fair bit of tint left even after an oily meal, although it’s not quite as long-lasting as you would expect from matte lipsticks. However, I’ve come to terms that 3CE lipsticks are not the best when it comes to long-lasting lipsticks that don’t budge.


Final Verdict

As beautiful as 3CE’s Instagram photos are, I sometimes still feel that the brand is a little overhyped for its quality and price. There are certainly other brands can offer the same type of product at a lower price, and probably with better staying power as well.

That being said, I still do enjoy using this lip tint from 3CE. It’s not bad, just that I wouldn’t strongly recommend that you buy it, because I don’t think it really offers anything that’s different or better than other brands.


Rating

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

[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: ✮✮✮✮✮

[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! ~