Battle of the Drugstore Cleansing Waters; Malaysian Drugstore Version

I am not about to make grand announcements that this will be a series I will do regurlarly.

However, I do want to continue doing this with other products as well.

Anyway, this is a battle of the drugstore cleansing waters; Malaysian edition.

Just to be clear these aren’t Malaysian brand, just brands available in the Malaysian drugstore market.

I pitting 5 cleansing waters from 4 brands.

The Contenders!

The Contenders!

Will rate them based on;

  1. Effectiveness (how well makeup is removed)
  2. Gentleness (any irritation to my eyes, which aren’t sensitive to begin with, I rate it 0)
  3. Packaging (in terms of being easy to use and if its travel friendly)
  4. Taste (yes! this matters because I tend to remove lip products off with them as well)

Price seemed redundant because these are all affordable products at the drugstore. I based rating on a 5 point scale, 0 being the worst and 5 being best performing. I will also list price per 100 ml, and look out for additional notes on each product. A winner will be named at the end.

Before going on, I share below the look that I created for this experimentation. I did the exact same look for all the experiments.

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Products used;

Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Stila In the Light palette

Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner

Silkygirl Big Eye Collagen Mascara (Waterproof but easy to remove)

Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner

Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara

uptown visions Concealer (product and brand no longer available)

MAC Studiofix Powder NC45

 

How I put all the cleansing waters to the test is to generously soak it onto a facial cotton pad, hold it onto my eyes for 10 seconds making sure the entire cotton pad is constantly in contact with the eyelid. After 10 seconds, in one gentle and thorough swipe, makeup is removed with the cotton pad.

 

First up Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Pure Active

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Pretty well done.

Quite a lot of product on the cotton.

Quite a lot of product on the cotton.

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Average point: 2.25

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.60

Notes: This has alcohol in it and irritated my eyes a fair bit, hence the 0 points for gentleness.

 

Maybelline Micellar Water

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Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.

Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.

All the mascara on the cotton!

All the mascara on the cotton!

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Average point: 3.25

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 12.45

Notes: Although packaging is only received 2 points, it is actually the safest to travel with although not the most convenient to use.

 

Biore Perfect Cleansing Water

The product.

The product.

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Pretty effective although a tiny bit of mascara was left behind.

Most of the makeup off.

Most of the makeup off.

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Average point: 2

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.70

Note: The most bitter tasting and the one that hurts my eyes the most!

 

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

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So much makeup left behind. And you can see my eyes still wet from the cleansing water.

Not much mascara and liner on the pad.

Not much mascara and liner on the pad compared to the others.

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Average point: 1.5

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.45

Notes: Taste pretty bitter, only second to the Biore and irritated my eyes just as much!

 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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Not as effective as its blue counterpart.

Much of the makeup is off.

Much of the makeup is off.

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Average point: 2.75

Retail price per 100 ml: MYR 11.60

Notes: This didn’t irritate my eyes and it usually removes any residual makeup with a second swipe.

 

OVERALL SCORES

overall

Cheapest per 100ml, Simple Micellar Water (MYR 11.45)

Most expensive per 100ml, Maybelline Micellar Water (MYR 12.45)

Difference of one ringgit which is a tiny compensation given that the Simple scored the lowest.

SO my champion is………………………..

 

MAYBELLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If you are reading, I do hope you find what you were looking for or find some relevant information here to make a judgement call. This is solely my experimentation and my point of view, albeit being properly put to the test.

IN2IT Line Define (Matte Liquid Eyeliner) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

IN2IT is a cosmetic brand registered under Hong Kong based Asia Pacific Cosmetics Corporation but the products are developed in Southeast Asia using technology from Germany and Japan. The products are affordable and pretty widespread in Malaysia.

The product.

The product.

Description and ingredients.

Description and ingredients.

The bottle.

The bottle.

The nylon brush tip.

The nylon brush tip.

Swatch.

One could create the thinnest sharpest line!

One could create the thinnest sharpest line!

Water test.

As claimed it does peel off which means it is easy to remove. However, there is a little gentle rubbing needed to remove it. It doesn't exactly just melt off.

As claimed it does peel off which means it is easy to remove. However, there is a little gentle rubbing needed to remove it. It doesn’t exactly just melt off.

With Vaseline for the oil test. It does stay put but a little rubbing does move the product a little which isn't too bad.

With Vaseline for the oil test. It does stay put but a little rubbing does move the product a little which isn’t too bad.

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Liner used with this makeup.

Description: It is a liquid eyeliner with a brush applicator that dries down to a matte finish. Among the colours that I could see were, black, blue and brown. They also come in a box of two, one black and one coloured (buy 1 get 1 free). The one in this review is LM01 (all black). IN2IT claims that the liner has a peel off formula that is easy to remove.

Price: MYR 15.90 (the price is subject to in-store discounts and offers).

Where to buy: All major drugstores; Watsons, Guardian, and even Sasa.

 

Pros:

Long wearing (but I don’t have oily eyelids so this should be taken into account).

Does not come off with sweating (because I danced and perspired with it).

The thin brush applicator allows for detailed work.

Very cost efficient!

Hasn’t irritated my eye upon application and prolonged wear (I don’t have sensitive eyes and this ought to be taken into consideration as well).

 

Cons:

Because it can be easily removed, rubbing your eyes will cause the liner to flake off and fallout.

The formula doesn’t dry very fast and thus can be tricky for beginners (more so because it is a liquid liner).

 

Ratings:

7.5/10

I personally LOVE this product because it is very cost efficient and drugstore brands like this are constantly going on sale. In addition to that, this liner works well with my dance makeup because it does not melt when I perspire. However, I didn’t give it a higher score because, since it does have an easy-to-remove formula, rubbing your eyes with this eyeliner on is going result in fallout and missing gaps in your eyeliner. The other reason for not giving it a higher score was because liquid eyeliners aren’t usually very user friendly and especially if it has a very wet formula that doesn’t dry fast. So, make your choice! One of these two outcomes may happen; it will be MYR 15 that you’ll never get back or a discovery of a holy grail product.

Marie Beauty Eye Cream (False Eyelash Adhesive) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Marie Beauty Eye Cream is, I am guessing, named so because it is often used as adhesive to create double eyelids for women with mono eyelids. It is basically cosmetic adhesive and probably one of the cheapest ones available. I tried looking for the company info to no avail.

The product.

The product.

Brush applicator.

Brush applicator.

It appears translucent milky white (ahem) and dries down clear.

It appears translucent milky white (ahem) and dries down clear.

Description: It is an eyelash adhesive that comes with a brush tip applicator. It appears white and slightly translucent but dries clear. May appear to be a different colour due to its slight translucency. I have also seen the adhesive in black which would be good for individual false eyelashes.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 6 to MYR11 depending on where you buy it.

Where to buy: They’re usually available in costume jewellery, accessories shops and beauty supply stores.

 

Pros:

It is a strong eyelash adhesive. Unless your falsies are extremely unwieldy, they are not going anywhere with this eyelash adhesive.

It dries almost invisible so one could use it with clear band eyelashes without eyeliner to hide the band.

The brush tip applicator is extremely useful in applying a thin layer of glue to the eyelash band.

It is very affordable.

 

Cons:

It dries out very quickly so extra care needs to be taken to not leave the bottle opened for a prolonged period of time.

It is so strong that this eyelash can rip your own eyelash when removing false eyelashes. So caution needs to be exercised when detaching false eyelashes especially if too much of the glue is in contact with a person’s natural eyelashes.

It is very difficult to remove from your eyelid (and eyelashes).

 

Rating:

7.3/10

They’re cheap and they get the job done pretty well, both of which are great in my books!

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is a review for the Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick and I have the shade Mat6 (Maroon Red) which is the darkest red colour in the line. There are 4 other shades in this range, Mat2 (Sugar Pink), Mat 4 (Vivid Coral), Mat5 (Bold Red), and Mat7 (Nude Beige). I would advice deep, warm, Indian skin toned people like myself to avoide Mat2 and Mat7; these two colours will wash you out! I chose this colour because a deep red colour on the lips is a common constitute of classical Indian dance makeup.

The product.

The product.

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!

Shade number.

Shade number.

Swatch

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

Deep red colour! Gorgeous!

This is another picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. However, its tiny because this is a cropped picture from a group shot. You can still see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

This is a picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. I apologise for the tiny picture because this is actually a group shot that I cropped. You can see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.

Description: It is a long lasting matte lipstick that is devoid of taste and scent. There’s 4.2g of product in it; similar to the other Color Sensational lipsticks. The shade Mat6 is a deep maroon red colour which will flatter many skin tones albeit difference in intensity. It also does not appear completely matte.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 17 to 32 depending on where you buy and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth set up; Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Tesco, Aeon…

 

Pros:

It glides on smoothly and does not tug on the lips AT ALL!

Highly HIGHLY pigmented!

VERY opaque; it is a swipe-one-layer-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick.

Long lasting and as you have already seen, it leaves a stain on the lips.

Comfortable on the lips.

Does not emphasize fine lines and dry patches on the lips.

 

Cons:

It is not smudge proof and hence will transfer.

When wearing dark lipsticks that transfer, lipstick stain on the teeth is a highly possible phenomenon, as is with this lipstick.

 

Rating:

8.6/10

I simply LOVE this lipstick! When using it I’ll usually do the suck-a-finger trick to remove excess product from my inner lips to avoid teeth stains!

Let’s Bash Some PR Morons!

I may lose some valuable future PR packages/interactions/money but hey, I gotta do this! I WANT to do this!

I am a beauty blogger in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, a country where beauty influencers aren’t as saturated as it would be in a purchasing powerhouse like the USA. There are also people here that do not even understand the concept of a beauty blog; educated people!

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only male beauty blogger in Malaysia whose blog is predominantly makeup related. So, this small, almost inconspicuous corner on the Internet amounting to this minuscule little blog called FiercePaint, does, surprisingly, get more than its fair share of attention from company PR representatives.

You see, when companies are professional and contact me to offer free products, cash in exchange for a review or something to that likeness, they are zealously welcomed!!! It is when these PR personnel, go above and beyond to do their job that simply pisses me off! Oh the sneaky underhanded maneuvers these blood sucking demonic spawn representatives employ to share in on the little views I get- if only retribution was instant gratification!

(Granted, some people do not put in as much effort as some of us do but get, unduly, more views and followers. YES! I have deliberately digressed to roast “bloggers”. Quotation marked to allow your very own personalised interpretation of these words. Life isn’t fair; I have come to terms with that! That does not mean I have to shut up about it! *eyebrow raise* If you felt heat from this paragraph, well……………)

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Dubious methods some company PR personnel employ, don’t just annoy me, it flat out makes me angry!!! If a company condones such devious techniques then I am going to dissociate myself from them whether or not stakeholders are in the know of such asinine decisions.

 

It has happened before.

And I speak with evidence!

Please spare a few moments to read and examine attached text below.

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Outsource getting more followers? I don’t even get help to take pictures! Everything is self taught!

Even then, this is much less offensive compared to the next one only because this person, or company, or whatever else this particular account represents, has directed it to me.

On to Exhibit B.

Ladies, gentlemen, and every other gender option!

BEHOLD. IDIOCY EPITOMISED!

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You’re not even speaking to me anymore! You are speaking to my readers!!! What am I then? The sideshow freak that no one stops to look at because I’m not weird enough?

Let me also disclose the fact that this is a VERY well reputed company not just in Malaysia but several other countries in ASIA! YES! Safe to say that I HAVE NOT worked with them and WILL NEVER!

Now, I direct this to the person who sat down behind the computer and did this;

Dear homo sapien with the capacity of decision making lower than that of an amoeba,

If you are reading this,

YOU ARE IRREVOCABLY and IRREDEEMABLY DIM-WITTED if you had even the tiniest inkling of hope that this was going to be welcomed!!!

Anyway my rage has fueled but only a post because comments get moderated and there’s this wonderful option called delete and trash!

OR ELSE……………

*cue jaws music*

Bioré Perfect Cleansing Water (Makeup Remover) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Bioré is a cosmetics brand that predominantly focuses on skincare. It is owned by the Japan based company Kao Corporation. Kao Malaysia has been established since 1973. The Bioré Perfect Cleansing Water is supposedly created with micelle technology that would dissolve and remove makeup (including waterproof mascara) gently without the need to tug on your skin. It is also alcohol-free, oil-free, colourant-free and fragrance-free. All great for sensitive skin.

The product.

The product.

It comes in a pump! Every beauty addict can appreciate this!

It comes with a pump! Every beauty addict can appreciate this!

And a safety clip!

And a safety clip!

Description on the back.

Description on the back.

Description: Cleansing water for the purpose of removing makeup. Available in 90 ml and 300 ml bottles. The 300 ml bottle has a pump the 90 ml one does not.

Where to buy: All major drugstores (Watsons, Guardian, Caring).

Price: Anywhere between MYR 24 to MYR 36 for the 300 ml bottle and anywhere between MYR 11 to MYR 17 for the 90 ml bottle. Prices are subject to in store rates and, discounts and offers.

I have included pictures on how well the cleansing water works to remove makeup. 

I have concealer, foundation, powder, liquid liner, eyeshadows, mascara, lipstick and liquid lipstick.

I have concealer, foundation, powder, liquid liner, eyeshadows, mascara, lipstick and liquid lipstick.

Soaked for about 10 seconds and gently swiped off. Pretty amazing huh?

Soaked for about 10 seconds and gently swiped off. Pretty amazing huh? The matte liquid lipstick is still there though.

Pros:

It does the job quite effectively. However, removing matte liquid lipsticks requires a little more effort.

It leaves the skin feeling fresh and hydrated.

Does not have a sticky after feel as with some cleansing waters.

Doesn’t have an annoying scent or anything like that.

 

Cons:

It tastes BITTER!!! (If you have used it on the lips to remove long wearing lipsticks or matte liquid lipsticks, I’d suggest rinsing your mouth first before you do anything else. If you accidentally lick your lips after having used this you are going to regret it. This cleansing water tastes bitter! Very bitter!)

After using it for some time, it has started to irritate my eyes.

 

Rating:

7/10

This previously had a rating >8 but I have deducted points because it now hurts my eyes…

Product Empties #15

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 This is the famous Biore pore pack and boy oh boy is it satisfying to use! I don’t have visible black heads and so this isn’t something I need. But just using it and peeling it off is strangely therapeutic. I just wanted to see if I had all that problems on my nose to remove, which I had very little of. Won’t be purchasing this again.

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I have a confession to make. As much as I love using face masks, I have never really felt a big difference after using one except being rejuvenated and refreshed. I don’t want to be an unappreciative asshole because this was a gift, but more than feeling refreshed and rejuvenated I didn’t really see a difference with my facial skin after using this.

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Give this brand a try I say! Probably one of the best drugstore facial cleansers I have used in a while for its price. It’s MYR 12.90!!! This one in particular has dissolving micro-beads in it. I won’t be repurchasing this one but there’s another I am currently using which I will.

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I have reviewed this (post link here).

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I actually liked this brow pencil from Etude House but I dropped it and I’m guessing the product inside broke. Every time I sharpened it, the nib kept breaking off. I whittled it down until I couldn’t sharpen it anymore. Don’t think I will be repurchasing this.

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Gone….. ALL gone! See why I don’t like sharpening makeup pencils!!!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

Founded by Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, Too Faced boasts products that are paraben free, cruelty free and vegan although I’m guessing not ALL their products are vegan. Today I review the cult favourite Better Than Sex mascara.

This is the travel size one and comes in this box.

This is the travel sized product and comes in this box.

Nice pink tube...

Nice pink tube…

Big claims!!!

Big claims!!!

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Description: Travel size mascara. Comes in 4.8 grams of product.

Where to buy: Sephora (stores and online)

Price: MYR 45

Bare lashes.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

One coat.

Two coats.

Two coats.

Pros:

Thickens and lengthens very nicely!

Holds a curl pretty well.

Formula isn’t sticky or gloppy.

Very nice separation.

Doesn’t smudge on me (I don’t have oily eyelids).

 

Cons:

I DO NOT like the wand. It always hits my eyelids! I can’t get close enough to the bottom of my lashes without the bristles touching my eyelid.

The formula is grainy so at the second coat it the formula kind of balls up in some places.

I get fallout with this mascara.

A full tube costs MYR 90! I would NEVER buy a mascara that costly.

 

Rating: 6/10

I didn’t really like this mascara because although the effects on the lashes are amazing I cannot deal with the fallout. No… PASS!

Essence Lip Liner Review

(Initially I intended to just reblog but I see more use reverting it to draft, improving the post and then publishing it as a new one.)

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Essence is a company based in Germany that produces quality products at VERY affordable prices! And among their best products and definitely the most affordable ones are their lipliners (I am OBVIOUSLY giving it a high rating).

So pretty!!!

So pretty!!!

The shade names. Obviously I don't have all the available shades.

The shade names. Obviously I don’t have all the available shades.

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

Ooooo, so pretty!!!

And here come the swatches.

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Description; A standard lipliner pencil.

Price; MYR 7.30 (I usually say wait for a discount but at MYR 7.30, come on!).

Where to buy; Watsons and Mydin

 

Pros;

Very nicely pigmented.

Very opaque so it will even out hyper-pigmentation on the lips. Both lips will turn out the same colour with this lipliner (if applied all over the lips)!

Glides on smoothly without tugging on the lips.

Does not feather.

Leaves a stain on the lips even after it wears out.

Does not dry out the lips.

Lightweight on the lips so you’d feel like you’re hardly wearing anything.

The price is a huge plus point!

No strong odour or taste.

 

Cons;

It is not very long lasting.

It isn’t smudge-proof or budge-proof (meaning; it will fade away with eating and licking your lips). 

Double con here is that it is a pencil so it needs to be sharpened  and sharpening is tricky since it is so creamy.

 

Note:

These are very very creamy and that may be something not everyone enjoys. I do know the preference for a drier formula that perhaps lasts longer.

It is a pain to sharpen; can be worked around by placing the pen in the freezer for about 10 minutes… 

 

Rating: 9/10

It’s a preference thing! I love that these are as creamy as they are. Love ’em!

2 Years of Blogging; A Walk Down Memory Lane

Come 28th February 2017, FiercePaint turns 2!

TWO WHOLE YEARS!

It is surreal that I’ve made it this far.

1st of January 2015, I made a commitment to myself to do something beauty related.

My initial plan was to attend beauty school and learn makeup and hair part time.

But somehow, I didn’t want to limit myself as just a makeup artist.

Besides, I felt that there was little anyone could teach me about makeup that I couldn’t learn myself.

Somewhere along the way, I rediscovered YouTube and beauty blogs.

The light went on.

Something just clicked.

I looked out for options and decided WordPress was more user friendly. As much as Blogger allows very specific customisation, there were some things WordPress could offer me that Blogger could not.

I had to forgo monetising for ease of use.

Superiority of this decision is something I still debate on, but at the moment, in no hurry to resolve.

So…

Unabashed and unapologetic, I share my very first post!

https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/category/makeup-review/eyes/mascara-review-eye-makeup/silkygirl-lash-prism/

Let me now take this opportunity to THANK ALL OF YOU!

Whether you read carefully or skim to the end to post a comment;

or if you scan through for the specifics that pertain to your interest;

or if you just plain hit the like button on WordPress reader.

Whether you are blogger, a friend of mine, another makeup enthusiast, or just all the random people following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, NO matter who you are, if you read or follow FiercePaint in the tiniest semblance of that context,

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART,

I SINCERELY THANK YOU…

(of course you may imagine me holding your hand and looking into your eyes in profound gratitude!)

Whenever I come on to WordPress, there are a few things that almost make me feel like I literally got a hug…

…that tiny orange dot on the bell sign on the top right corner;

…whenever I catch a glimpse of my blog header picture;

and;

…as vain, self absorbed, insignificant and inconsequential as this may sound; whenever the Blog Stats climb up to another milestone.

I must applaud the beauty community on the blogosphere that is so unbelievably- yes that’s the word I am using- positive that I have felt nothing but welcomed!

Unlike YouTube trolls.

Speaking of YouTube…

My YouTube channel is doing ok considering the mere four videos I have up.

Published in 14th September 2015, here’s how my second video is doing;

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Well, f**k those 10 a@@h#e$!

And published in 27th April 2016, here’s how my third is doing.

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From Instagram, I offer you revelations;

I tried this beginner hand at “special fx” makeup. Take the quotation marks very seriously!

Some people actually thought this was photoshopped.

And…….

THAT’S A DUDE!

To wrap up…

as bad as everyone seem to think 2016 was, it was perhaps one of the best years of my entire life!!!

Welcome 2017!

I look forward to another sublime year!

PS: I know few people would sit through all that rambling but more than for FiercePaint readers, this post was for me to read and reread an indefinite amount of times.