Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner Review

Essence is one of my favourite makeup brands from the drugstore and perhaps even one of the most affordable here in Malaysia.

This is a review of the Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner (waterproof).

The product.

The wand.

Close up of the brush applicator.

Description: Waterproof liquid eyeliner with a fine brush applicator. Comes in 0.1 fl. oz/3ml product. Comes in only black and dries down matte.

Price: MYR 13.90 (and as always, look out for a discount or promotion)

Where to buy: Watsons and Mydin.

Swatch

Water test

It is waterproof duh!

Oil test.

With some Vaseline (This surprised me; it doesn’t move with oil! It only crumbles a tiny bit).

 

Pros:

Black and opaque.

Brush is fine for the sharpest application!

Doesn’t skip because the formula is pretty smooth.

Very affordable.

Pretty good staying power.

 

Cons:

Layering is a mess as it cracks when the skin moves.

Funky smell (or perhaps I got a bad tube)!

Crumbles off sometimes.

You can see it a tiny bit here. I do believe you’d be able to see it better if you watch the video. Just click on the picture and skip to to 3.03 see it.

Rating:

6.5/10

If you can get away with a single layer then this liner would be great! For me, since I do mostly use this with dance makeup or stage makeup, it needs to be done quite thick and thus it cracks. Pass!

Chu Lip, Lip Balm Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is going to be a short review because I have already written a first impression post on it (here). Here are some pictures! The one I have here is Apple Ginger and Tea Rose flavour.

So cute!

Easy to open tab! This packaging is one you will not complain about being difficult to open.

Love that lip shaped indent!

It used to be a perfect round dome!

Description: A egg-shaped lip balm enriched with olive oil, macademia nut oil, and rosehip oil. It doesn’t have any colour or tint to it. It has a lovely fruity flavour and tastes slightly sweet.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 15 to 25.90 depending on where you buy it and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Major drugstores like Watsons and Guardian.

 

Pros:

It glides on the lips smoothly.

It hydrates, soothes (because there is menthol added) and moisturises.

It smells and tastes pleasant.

It effectively remedies cracked lips.

Does not feel waxy or uncomfortable on the lips.

 

Cons:

The screw-cap has to be handled rather carefully because it can scrape the product and can be potentially over-tightened, spoiling the snap lock mechanism.

 

Ratings:

9/10

It is a fantastic lip balm! What else can I say?

Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick (12) Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

I did a first impressions post on this particular lipstick (post here) and I got to test it out properly because I was involved in a stage play that required me to wear some makeup. Background information on the brand is on the first impressions entry.

The product.

The product.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Shade name underneath the tube.

Shade code underneath the tube.

Swatch. Pretty colour!!!

Swatch. Pretty colour!!!

Description:

It is, like its name suggests, a matte lipstick with a velvety finish unlike a completely matte lipstick. There’s 4.2 g of product in the tube and about 27 different shades available. The one featured in this review is a muted rose pink colour (VML12).

Price: MYR 27 not factoring in possible discounts and offers. Just to give you all the information, I got this lipstick as a prize for entering a competition by Colours Cosmetics Malaysia.

Where to buy: Online at Golden Rose Malaysia official website; they only ship to Malaysia but the products are available worldwide. Information is a little scattered on their Malaysian website but I do know of a store in Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur, one in Alamanda Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan and one in Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang.

 

Pros:

It is opaque.

The colour is absolutely lovely and would flatter deeper, tanned skin tones.

Lovely vanilla scent.

It is one of that swipe-once-for-colour-payoff kinda lipstick.

Goes on absolutely smooth without any tug and isn’t drying.

Comfortable on the lips.

Wide selection of shades including even deep vampy ones.

 

Cons:

The tube cover is not so secure.

The twist mechanism is such that it actually allows the tube to be twisted up even without opening the cover. A downside because your lipstick can accidentally twist up and smear the insides of the cover thus spoiling the lipstick.

May not work for lips with lots of lines (ok, I’ll say it, wrinkles!!! *cue horror music*). This is why it didn’t work for my wrinkled lips; upon application the lipstick looked like a dream. However, when I started moving my lips and talking, within the first half hour, the lipstick moved around and settled into every crevice and line. I was able to see vertical thin patches of lipstick across my lips every time I smiled or talked.

Not very long wearing.

 

Ratings:

7/10

It is a beautiful lipstick but I did wish it didn’t settle in the lines in my lips. I have suggested it to some friends and they absolutely love it! She chose a darker shade and the darker shades seem to be a lot better!

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!

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…

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!

Maybelline Micellar Water Review

Coming at you with another positive review (such a YouTuber thing to say isn’t it?). This isn’t the first cleansing water that Maybelline has put out and I have reviewed the previous one (link here). Moving on…

The product.

The product.

Description on the back of the bottle.

Description on the back of the bottle.

Like most cleansing water, it comes in a squeeze bottle with a screw cap.

Like most cleansing water, it comes in a squeeze bottle with a screw cap.

Description: Micellar cleansing water that comes in a 200ml squeeze bottle with a screw cap. Foams up when shaken or agitated.

Where to buy: Most drugstores and supermarkets (wherever there’s a Maybelline counter basically).

Price: MYR 24.90 (drugstore product, would be stupid to pay full price! 😛 )

A small test

Foundation, powder, 2 liquid lipsticks, 2 pigmented eyeshadows, liquid liner and mascara.

Foundation, powder, 2 liquid lipsticks, 2 pigmented eyeshadows, liquid liner and mascara. Did let the liquid lipstick dry first before removing.

Pretty effective, with a couple of soft swipes. Didn't have to let it soak or anything.

Pretty effective, with a couple of soft swipes. Didn’t have to let it soak or anything.

Pros:

Light on the skin.

No sticky feeling afterwards.

Pretty effective at removing makeup; definitely one of the better ones I’ve tried.

Doesn’t irritate my eyes one bit.

Although slightly bitter, it isn’t as bad as the Biore one (review link here).

 

Cons:

Does have a bitter taste.

No pump so product tends to get a little bit wasted.

 

Rating:

8.7/10

Highest rating for a cleansing water so far. It is my current fave! It has two advantage over the Biore one; it isn’t as bitter and it doesn’t irritate my eyes (which started happening with the Biore one the more I used; the review has been updated).