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[REVIEW] TFS Finger Cotton Tint

I’ve always been a huge fan of TFS’ makeup products, so it is little wonder that I got back to buying stuff from them again. I do think that TFS in SG gets a lot less attention than they deserve despite selling some products worth holy grail status, so do show the brand some love if you’re looking to try something new ~


Product Description

  • Contain moisture oil complex to create moisturizing gorgeous and vivid lips without lump.
  • Cotton applicator with diagonal tip allow soft and delicate lip makeup with creamy texture at first then a semi-matte finish.
  • Apply a moderate amount from inside to outside lips gently.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 13.23 (Qoo10)

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Ingredient List

Again, I’m not sure why I’m unable to find the ingredient list for this product anywhere on the web, just like a few others previously 😦 Ah well.


I had such a hard time trying to pick a colour – did I want to buy something more vibrant, or a wearable shade that I could pull off everyday? In such times of doubt, I went with the easier option – buy both!

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Packaging: It reminds me a lot of paint tubes, which is probably what they were going for when they designed this. I like that it’s easy to bring around and use, and is not too messy either.

Texture: Even though the shots make it look like it’s slightly glossy, it definitely dries down to a matte finish. It gets a little drying as the day progresses, but nothing too uncomfortable.

Colour payoff & intensity: The swatches in the photos were achieved with just one swipe each, which is honestly very amazing. I find the #08 Brown-presso is a lot more pigmented than #04 More Coral, which can probably be partly attributed to the fact that it’s a darker shade after all. I like to create a gradient look using these because I’m not too keen on

Colour: I’m so happy that I picked these two shades, because they are definitely complimentary to any occasion you can name. You can use #08 when you want to achieve a more mature look for an important event, and #04 for a casual day out, or even wear it to school!

Staying power: The staying power of this lipstick is pretty okay, but nothing really outstanding. I’ve had it last at least one meal and survive multiple rounds of drinking water, but what’s left is usually just small patches of colour on the lips. Do also note that it’s not transfer-proof, which is slightly disappointing 😕


Final Verdict

As usual, TFS has not disappointed with this lip product. I really like the colours available, but it would be great if they offered more MLBB/nude shades in future, as the current selection mostly comprises bright, vivid colours that not everyone may be comfortable with.

The staying power is not too bad, but again, nothing really noteworthy. It doesn’t actually promise to be long-lasting or transfer-proof, so I guess you can’t fault the brand for it. But I guess you would expect a lip tint to last longer, no?

I do think that it gets a bit too drying over time, despite being branded as a semi-matte lip product containing moisturizing oils. Maybe it’s just my lips? But the problem is not too serious, you can always prevent the problem of dried-out lips by applying lip balm before the lip tint.

This is a good product to try out if you love bright and bold colours, so do pop this in your basket the next time you visit TFS 🙂


Rating

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

[REVIEW] TFS Inkgel Pencil Eyeliner

Besides BB cream and eyebrow pencil, the one product I can’t do without is eyeliner. Granted, my eyes are not that small, but eyeliner definitely helps to make your eyes look bigger, deeper, and a lot sharper than they normally do.

Thanks to my perpetual struggle with liquid eyeliner and the alarming rate at which I finish my eyeliners, I’m always on the lookout for new pencil eyeliners. I saw this product in Korea when I was buying a new shade of the Moisture Touch lipstick and decided to put this in the basket since it was TFS, and TFS’ products have never left me disappointed.


Product Description

Express deep and defined eyes with Automatic Pencil Eyeliner’s soft gel eyeliner and highly vivid ink-colour.
  • Deliver rich colour with one single glide of the creamy melting gel texture eyeliner.
  • The smudge-resistant eyeliner delivers neat, long-lasting eye makeup with no smudging from sweat and sebum.
  • The built-in sharpener is convenient. You can sharpen your pencil eyeliner anytime.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 15.90

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Ingredient List

TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE•MICA (CI 77019)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • ISODODECANE • POLYETHYLENE • ACRYLATES/STEARYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER • C18-36 ACID GLYCOL ESTER • SILICA • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • POLYISOBUTENE • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE • DIMETHICONE • GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA

A quick check on the ingredients shows that there’s nothing much to worry about, which is great news!


The names of many of the shades sound so delicious – I settled on Choco Latte, a chocolate brown.

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Packaging: A simple pencil, with a cap that clearly tells you what colour it is. It’s light and convenient to carry around in your makeup pouch.

Colour payoff & intensity: This product’s payoff is really good, in fact, much better than I had expected. It glides smoothly on the eyelids with a good colour payoff, so that you don’t have to keep tugging to get a decent colour (coughs at Innisfree). I think this brown is fantastic if you’re looking for something to make your eyes look bigger and more alert, without coming off as too fierce with dark black.

Staying power: I’m amazed at how waterproof AND smudge-proof this eyeliner is. I’ve probably got the oiliest eyelids possible, so I’ve been very impressed by how well this eyeliner stays put throughout the day no matter how much I sweat. On days that I know I have to sweat quite a bit in the hot weather, or with no guarantee that I’ll get time to touch up on my makeup, this is definitely the eyeliner that I go for. It also helps that it’s super easy to draw, almost like using a pencil or crayon.


Final Verdict

I haven’t said this before, but I’ll say it – this is my FAVOURITE pencil eyeliner!!

Although it’s not very cheap (sadly), I’d gladly fork out the money to repurchase this eyeliner in all the other shades because I love it so much. Easy to use, great colour payoff, and impressive staying power – these are the qualities I’m looking for in an eyeliner, and TFS’ Inkgel ticked all the right boxes.

I HIGHLY recommend this, with all my heart and in all sincerity. Once you try this product, you may never buy another type of pencil eyeliner again.


Rating

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

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[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! ~

[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Lovely Meex Pastel Cushion Blusher

Out of all the makeup items that I normally use, the one I’ve experimented with the least is probably blush. I was pretty happy with using my MISSHA one, but I sometimes felt like the colour gets very intense because of how much I tend to swipe at one go (I’m not the gentlest person out there), so I wanted to see if I could try something else.


Product Description

Cushion puff single-color blusher that expresses color smoothly with a gentle touch of enclosed puff

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 8 (Redmart)

 

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Packaging: Firstly, I have to say that while I try not to purchase cosmetics and skincare purely due to their packaging, this cushion’s one was really too cute. TFS has often had hits and misses with their collaborations (I’m not too keen on the ones they had with Trolls and Marvel tbh, but I love their Ryan and Simpsons collections).

Colour: I bought shade 02, which is a coral colour. I find that pink sometimes doesn’t work too well on me as a blush colour, so I thought coral was a better choice.

Colour payoff & intensity: As you can see, there’s glitter in the blush, which is really nice, but the colour isn’t very intense. I find that I usually have to build up about 2-3 layers to get a good colour payoff, but this blush is definitely buildable and looks very natural as a result.

Staying power: With regards to whether it stays on, I can assure you that it definitely does. I tend to get very lazy about contouring (got no energy for that in the morning), so I just use my blush to contour my cheekbones. I find that this works really well without making me look too gaudy, and has a nice shimmer to it as well. At the end of the day, my cheeks actually look almost the same as when I first did my makeup.


Final Verdict

I really really like this blush. Really.

I can’t find anything about this blush to complain about. Maybe if you like to do an intense job on the cheeks, this may not be your kind of thing because the puff makes it a little hard to plonk a huge chunk of blush at one go, but I think it makes for a very natural look, which I like.

Will I repurchase? Yes!

(In fact, I may permanently replace my MISSHA one with this…)


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮✮
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.

[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick

THEFACESHOP has Suzy as its ambassador, and it’s not hard to see why. With natural beauty, elegance and a touch of innocence, Suzy is known in Korea as the nation’s ‘first love’. I liked her role in Dream High a lot, and it was because of her that I took special notice of THEFACESHOP as a brand.


Product description

• Layers of moisture create a protective barrier: Infuses lips with a serum containing 10% squalene, leaving lips feeling luxuriously moist layer after layer 
• Multiple layers of lipstick allows for smooth and vivid coloured lips: With the highly dense colour compact system, colour becomes more vivid and true to its original colour as it is repeatedly applied. 
• Shiny layering looks like a clear coating has been applied: Conditions lips and makes them look shiny and smooth with no visible wrinkles

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 19.90

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I have to admit that I bought these on a whim. I hadn’t actually planned to buy any lipsticks from THEFACESHOP, but I tried them for fun at the store and was absolutely floored by the formula, so I bought not 1, but 2!

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I bought shades PK01 and RD04, which I thought were very nice and representative shades of pink and red respectively – what I planned was to use pink for casual, fun days, and red for more formal events.

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UPDATE: I recently purchased shade BE03. This is by far one of the best MLBB shades I’ve ever gotten.

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As you can see from the swatches,

  1. Colour payoff is INTENSE: This took just one swipe – can you believe it?!
  2. Incredibly moisturizing: just look at how the lipstick reflects light!

This always feels really good on my lips because it is incredibly moisturizing, almost like a lip tint. What they didn’t include in the product description (and totally should) was also how long this lasts. It actually manages to survive round after round of eating and drinking without transferring much.


Final Verdict

I love this so much that I keep singing praises of this to my friends, and even went back to THEFACESHOP in hopes of buying another shade (I ended up buying the Matt Touch lipstick, another amazing product that I’ll review next time). I don’t always sing such praises of lipsticks (which usually disappoint me with the formula and short staying power), but this is honestly worth all the praise I can give.

This product is the foundation of my trust in THEFACESHOP’s cosmetics, and now I know why Suzy can manage to look so flawless all the time.

As a testament to how frequently I use the lipsticks, you can see from the featured image that the tip is already ‘worn out’ by a fair bit. I really like how all I need to do is swipe this lipstick once and my lips are ready for a long day ahead, so I definitely recommend this with both my thumbs up.

The only issue I take with this product is that it’s definitely not one of the cheapest options you can get out there, but I think for the quality it offers, it’s definitely justifiable.


Rating

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

mustbuy

[REVIEW] THEFACESHOP Real Nature Masks

Korea is a paradise for buying cosmetics and skincare, and Myeongdong is the one place where you will find everything you want and need at the best possible prices. I bought 60 of these face masks for 29000 won (~SGD34.80) during one of their offers in one of TFS’ shops in Myeongdong this summer, which was about less than SGD1 per mask.

As these masks come in a variety of ingredients, I will be reviewing the ones that I have tried and tested individually.


Calendula

The mask sheet drenched in serum with soothing Calendula helps smooth dry, rough, dead surface cells.

I have had great experience with calendula as a skincare ingredient (thanks to my previous experience with Kiehl’s calendula toner), and had high hopes for this as well. This is also probably my favourite in this product line. I find that my skin feels very moisturized and smooth after using this, and it also helps that calendula smells pretty good. I am definitely repurchasing this.


Blueberry

The mask sheet with Blueberry essence (the gifted “super food”) replenishes skin’s moisture barrier to protect its energy and vitality and help create baby-soft skin.

I honestly didn’t like this one as much as the product description promises. I thought maybe it was just a one-off bad experience; unfortunately, it’s been the same with all the blueberry ones that I bought. My skin always felt very dried out and itchy after using this, and nowhere near moisturized. While I didn’t get extremely bad acne from this, I certainly won’t be buying this again, nor recommend this ingredient at all.


Mung Bean

The pore care mask sheet with Mung Bean essence purifies and helps tightens pores, leaving skin clean and smooth.

I have pretty neutral opinions on this. It’s not amazing, but not bad either. It really smells like green beans (which I do not enjoy), but it moisturizes my skin sufficiently. My skin doesn’t feel super smooth and tightened after using it either, but I do feel a slight difference. Not my first choice to buy again, but if it comes sold in a pack with other ingredients, I wouldn’t mind too much.


Cucumber

The moisture recharging mask sheet with Cucumber essence provides cool moisture to dull, dry skin to quench its thirst.

I’m no fan of cucumbers, but this is really good. My skin always feels super dry and dull, but it gets pretty moisurized after I use this. I like the nice, cooling feeling that this mask provides, and I would definitely stock up on this again.