Konglish Beauty

Etude House Follow Me Lip Tint

Posted in Etude House, Korean brands, lipbalm, lipstick, review by konglishbeauty on July 16, 2010

The latest product in the Etude House 2NE1 collection is a colour changing liptint balm called “Follow Me Lip Tint”. This is the type of tint which changes colour when exposed to air, much like the Smashbox O-Glow or Dior Lip Glow balms.



Update: Etude House Pudding Dia eyeshadow swatch

Posted in Etude House, eyeshadow, highlighter, Korean brands, review by konglishbeauty on July 15, 2010

Here are some quick update pics of the new Etude House Pudding Dia eyeshadow which I bought last week. The pic doesn’t show it, but this stuff is a fluffy aerated whipped cream, very comparable in texture to the Maybelline Dream mousse products. It’s in a sturdy glass pot with a tight fitting cap but I still think it will dry up pretty quickly (in my experience with mousse based products) so it’s definitely one to use rather than stash and save.

Here’s a blob of the stuff on my skin….… and then blended out.

As you can see, this is pretty high octane shimmer. Although the shade is suppsed to be pink, all the colours take on a pale shimmery frosty cast when blended out so they’re all much the same on the eyes. The lasting power’s ok but they did crease on me as is, so I wear it with UPDD for a solid 12 hour long lasting finish. Very pretty, lots of glitter and I like to wear it as an all over lid colour or a dot on the centre of the lid above the iris to create some dimension. I wouldn’t advise these as a brow or cheek highlight unless you’re after an Adam Ant look.

Review: Thierry Mugler Lip Lacker Plexi Gloss

Posted in Birthday presents, lipgloss, review, Thierry Mugler by konglishbeauty on July 13, 2010

What the hell is a Lip Lacker Plexi Glass? It’s Thierry Mugler-verse speak for lipgloss. You didn’t know that Thierry Mugler did lipgloss? Well Clarins better get on with promoting that make-up line pronto. (more…)

Review: PeriPera Wonder Lip & Cheek cream

Posted in blusher, CLIO, Korean brands, PeriPera, review, Uncategorized by konglishbeauty on July 10, 2010

I’ve been drawn to cream blushers more and more recently for a quick dab of colour on the cheeks. I think it’s as simple as they’ve been easier to reach for than my blush compacts which are nestled in a drawer so in the mornings the extra steps of opening the drawers, selecting a compact AND grabbing a separate powder brush is too much for my addled brain. What a hard life I do lead.


Review: Etude House Proof 10 Henna Fix Mascara

Posted in Etude House, Korean brands, mascara, Offtopic, review by konglishbeauty on July 9, 2010

Etude House has signed up the gorgeous girl band 2NE1 to shill for them this summer. There is a small summer collection of products available with special packaging showing the girls’ lovely mugs. The range is focused on longwearing products and is a repromote of some existing products (like the Code B gel eyeliners), some limited edition colour updates (Proof 10 Waterproof retractable eye pencils in gold, silver, aqua and glittery black) and the main point of my post, a new long-wearing mascara.

“Proof 10” is the name that Etude House gives to its waterproof long-wearing products and was actually introduced in a more extensive range last year. They stand up to their claims: whilst they might not survive a long strenuous swim in the sea, they’ll hold up through Korea’s heat and humidity and won’t run leaving big black marks around your eyes.

I really like this mascara and it’s the first truly good Etude House mascara I’ve tried. The others by the brand have been pretty miss for me overall. Individually they were good at lengthening, or thickening but I hadn’t come across an all-round great mascara which I was happy to use consistently. Etude House have introduced and discontinued quite a few different new mascaras in the past couple of years which seems to me to be a sign that none of them were spectacular.

I don’t really understand the “Henna” part of the title. Henna isn’t known for being particularly black…. sounds like a gimmick to me.

Good things first…

+ points:

  • Great lasting power, no smudging, flaking or running throughout the day.
  • Comes off fairly easily with eye make-up remover or cleansing oil. It’s no tube mascara but I didn’t have to rub vigorously or chip away at it to get it off at the end of the day.
  • Medium thickening formula which plumps up lashes.
  • No clumping. Layering more than 3 coats will start to gunk things up but a reasonable 2 coats is enough to get a lovely dramatic thick look without any clumps.
  • Great brush. It has a spiral design which looks a lot like the DiorShow Extase brush although I don’t have Extase so I couldn’t tell you if it’s an exact dupe. In any case, the brush is full enough to comb through nicely but the shallower grooves within the spiral holds a good amount of product.
  • Dark black formula

– points:

  • Not *quite* as thickening as I’d like for an evening look. I’d still reach for another more dramatic mascara for really bold or colourful eye looks.
  • Doesn’t hold a curl that well (although it doesn’t straighten them out either).
  • It starts to dry out after a month. I tossed mine after 8 weeks use as it got too dry for my liking. Seeing as I’ve a pile of other mascaras I’d like to try that’s no big deal breaker for me but it doesn’t show great value for money.
  • I like the brush but you’d really have to try it to see if it’s right for you… and the only way you’d get to do that is by buying the thing!
  • Expensive for an Etude House mascara 12,000원. I think it’s worth it though.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5. Definitely give this one a try. I’d even repurchase, not something I’ve ever said about an Etude House mascara before.

The 2NE1 special packaging and promo is temporary thing. You’ll notice that the packaging with the girls’ images are actually slip cover sleeves which slide on and off which makes me think that at some point they will be removed, so if you’re after the 2NE1 packaging I’d buy sooner rather than later.

I’m not known for being a huge fan of K-Pop (alright so I hate a lot of it!) but I do like 2NE1 for their style and image which is much more up my street than the simpering sweetness of Girl’s Generation. I think 2NE1’s management are missing a trick by not getting them over to London to do gigs at some gay nights and courting them to the fashion mags. (Jeremy Scott’s said to be a fan.) I thought “Lollipop” was a bad song but I love “Fire” especially the two different videos – a great way to get double airplay on the music channels.

Review: Missha Liquid Real Rouge lip colour

Posted in haul, Korean brands, lipgloss, lipstick, Missha, review by konglishbeauty on July 2, 2010

Today’s review is for Missha Liquid Real Rouge lip colour which is a product I ‘ve changed my mind about in the past year. It was one of the first lip products I bought when I arrived in Korea and discovered the brand. I bought a pink shade, loved it, used it up until I broke the tube (twisted it a little too enthusiastically when closing, literally broke the cap and the wand snapped off inside). It was really cheap so I wasn’t too fussed and put it on my repurchase list where it lay forgotten for glitzier more glamourous products for over a year.


NEW Etude House Pudding Dia Eyeshadows

Posted in Etude House, eyeshadow, Jill Stuart, Korean brands, review by konglishbeauty on July 1, 2010

Lookey… new Etude House eyeshadows with a strange name!

I swatched these in-store yesterday and bought the pink one to try out. It’s a pretty good cheap dupe of Jill Stuart’s Jelly eyeshadows: same texture, same cool watery feeling on application, great longevity but with even more glitter and sparkle. These are really pretty but extremely *bling bling bling* so don’t go anywhere near these if you fear glitter and shine. I would advise applying with a brush as I used my finger tip and then proceeded to leave a trail of glitter on anything I touched for hours afterwards.

These are definitely worth a try especially for the price but the colour selection is inferior to Jill Stuart’s. I don’t love pastels for my eyes but all the shades apply very similar so once on the skin they look more silvery and sparkly. The base colour doesn’t show up very well so my pink shade didn’t look very pink on my eyelids. Pudding is not a bad name for these as the texture is reminiscent of blamanche or some other whipped gelatine dessert concoction. The packaging is a glass pot with a plastic screw on lid.

Overall I like the shade I got for the glitter punch it packs but won’t get anymore. It’s bound to dry-up very quickly and I’d rather invest in a more interesting shade from Jill Stuart.

Review: Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek Creams

Posted in blusher, haul, Korean brands, lipbalm, lipstick, review, Skinfood by konglishbeauty on June 19, 2010

I recently hauled all 6 of the Skinfood Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek Creams which are multi-use creams which you dab on with your finger or a brush. They’re great as cream blushers and also as a matte look lip cream but they’re slightly drying on the lips so might need some balm or gloss paired with it.

They’re a good alternative to the pricier Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges but not a complete dupe. Texture-wise they feel smooth but not sticky and have enough slip to blend out lightly. On the cheeks they can leave a slight shine but that can be lightly blending away. I have oily/combo skin but I have no problem with these causing breakouts or clogging pores. They don’t have a silicone feel to them and they’re not greasy or oily. 

They’re medium pigmented so they don’t go on quite as intense as they look in the pan but are definitely not sheer. Overall I’d say that they’re easy no-brainer products to use. Most people intuitively will find it simple to just dab a touch of these onto the cheeks for a bit of colour.

I bought them thinking they were nice and have grown steadily to love them. For a start the colours are lovely. Of the 6, Apricot and Lychee are the palest but they work for a REAL no-make-up look on my cheeks and are great as a nude lip colour on me. They have good lasting power throughout the day and being finger-use products, I carry them around and touch-up if I need to. The devil-in-the-detail that makes me love them though are the fact that each is very lightly scented in its namesake fruit- an unnecessary but cute extra.

L-R: Pomegranate, Berry, Grapefruit, Apricot, Peach, Lychee

They’re a great price: you get 6g of product for 6000won which is plenty for cheap. These are so almost a 5 out of 5 from me except that……. the packaging is the downer. The product is in a metal tin with a sliding lid, identical to ELF’s Candy shop lip balms or Vintage Sister lip balms. It’s cute but it means that it conducts heat easily and there are numerous stories all over Korean make-up blogs that these Lip and Cheek creams melt in warm weather causing a right royal lip and cheek cream mess in bags. Summers in Korea can get pretty hot with temperature soaring well above 30 degrees. Nightmare. This is definitely not a product to carry around in your pocket.

If you can work around that somehow then these are are definitely worthy of a look. I’ll leave these at home in the warmer months or put them in a small baggy. I feel like stock-piling these as I don’t want to ever be without them.

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (I couldn’t quite forgive the packaging!)

Review: Banila Co “Deep The Eyes” Mascara and Eyeliner

Posted in Banila Co, eyeliner, Korean brands, mascara, review by konglishbeauty on June 18, 2010

Banila Co had a collection out a while ago called “Deep the Night” which was a seasonal winter collection with a few colour items. I bought the limited edition eyeshadow palette and also this mascara and eye liner pencil which I’m reviewing today. The mascara and eyeliner are permanent to the mainline collection and it’s taken me a while to get around to trying these as I wanted to use up some other products. (more…)

Review: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara

Posted in Japanese brands, Majolica Majorca, mascara, review by konglishbeauty on May 21, 2010

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Japan earlier this year (first time!) and whilst I was too busy to really do much shopping, I did manage to sneak into a Japanese drugstore and pickup some of the famed Japanese drugstore make-up products. I love exploring Asian make-up brands because ideas of beauty and beauty ideals are different between countries and this means that I see real new innovations and gadgets I haven’t come across before. In Korea and Japan, you’ll be hard pressed to find bronzers, fake tan or undereye concealers which you get in the West. What you will find are a vast superior range of sunscreens, BB creams, fiber mascaras and variety of baked mineralized eyeshadows and blushers that MAC can only dream of.

Majolica Majorca and Kate are the most popular of the Japanese drugstore brands and so I did a quick swoop of the aisles and grabbed a few things. I literally only had about 10 minutes to do my shop. Luckily being an avid reader of Musings of a Muse and Lotus Palace, I was able to hone in on a few things I’d been interested in trying.

I bought two MJ (as Majolica Majorca is popularly refered to) mascaras, the Lash Expander Frame Plus and Lash Enamel Glamour Neo. The Lash Enamel Glamour Neo is supposed to on its way out, to be replaced with a new version which is a damn shame as it’s a fine fine mascara and all reports suggest the new one is significantly and unsatisfactorily different.

I tried out the Lash Expander Frame Plus for a month giving it a good run every day. The main things about this mascara are that it’s a fiber mascara, it’s got a comb applicator and it’s very very tenacious.

If you peer carefully at my close-up of the comb applicator you might be able to see the fibers sticking out. The formula isn’t overly stuffed with fibers and as such I didn’t find wearing it irritating or uncomfortable. I would still advise caution if you’re a contact lens wearer but compared to MAC’s Fiber Rich mascara which I couldn’t stand, it’s completely wearable.

My favourite thing about this formula is that it’s a lovely intense black with a beautiful glossy finish. Even one light coat adds significant definition to the eyes purely from its depth of pigment. I also like the comb applicator particularly with the fibers in the formula as it means you can comb through, separate any stuck together lashes, remove clumps and also line up the fibers clinging to your lashes so they aren’t stuck at odd angles.

However I have no love for this mascara due to the quick drying formula. It’s so fast that I barely had time to comb through the lashes before it set hard and woe betide my lashes which happen to be lying in an undesireable position as it dries. Once dry, the finish on lashes is stiff and rigid so that’s that until you remove the mascara. If you dawdle for even one minute, getting a lash comb out of a make-up bag, you’re done for. It also means I couldn’t apply more than one or two light coats. Normally I like to load my lashes up but there was no option to do that here.

This mascara is definitely a lengthening not thickening mascara. I got next to no thickening with this so I turned to a different mascara for evening or bright eyeshadow looks. Unfortunately due to the stiff nature of the formula, layering with another formula was no go for me as everything formed a stuck together mess.

Removal of this baby is hardcore. I’m a cleansing oil user (Holy Grail: DHC) so most long-wear make-up doesn’t phase me but this mascara tested even my patience. Usually one step with the cleansing oil gets most make-up off but I had to get out a dual phase eye make-up remover to use on my eyes prior to using cleansing oil to get everything off. Even then occasionally I could feel bits of mascara still clinging on to my lashes. The Lash Enamel Glamour Neo is the same deal and I think MJ must employ car paint polymers in their mascaras or something to get them so shiny and so durable.

+ points:

  • Holds a curl well. I had no need for my usual HG Shiseido Mascara base with this.
  • Very black  pigment
  • No smudging, smearing or flaking whatsoever. It looked pristine at the end of the day.
  • Great comb applicator (which I’ve saved and rinsed to use with other products).
  • Shiny glossy finish to lashes.
  • No clump smooth formula.

– points:

  • No playtime whatsoever so very unforgiving in application.
  • Lack of playtime can lead to stuck together lashes.
  • No chance to layer with another product.
  • Leaves lashes stiff.
  • No thickening at all
  • A complete pain in the ass to remove.

Overall rating: 2 out of 5. I’d skip this and try the Lash Enamel Glamour Neo if you can get your hands on it.

Final note: am I the only person who thinks the name “Majolica Majorca” is a strange strange name????