A Review Of The K-Beauty Products I’ve Tried In 2020

Another year has gone by and it’s time for another mini review of all the K-beauty products I’ve bought and tried for myself this year! In a bid to save while shopping, I bought all of these products during sales periods on official platforms such as Shopee and Guardian. As with all things, your experience with these products may vary from mine. Read on to know my thoughts about these products!


Cell Fusion C Clear Sunscreen 100 Twin Pack, $44.90

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I recently learnt about the Cell Fusion C brand when I was looking for a new sunscreen to try. As I’ve acne-prone skin, I got the Clear Sunscreen as it seemed to be the most suitable for my skin type. This is a tinted sunscreen so it’s great for lazy days, but it will only work on those with fair to light skin. I had high hopes for this sunscreen but was left feeling slightly disappointed. Wearing this sunscreen on my face (with no other makeup on) seemed to make my face look even oilier throughout the day even though this is supposedly suitable for those with oily skin, so this is a miss for me.

Available at Guardian and Shopee.


CLIO Pro Eye Palette in 02 Brown Choux, $49.90

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I’ve seen the CLIO Pro Layering Eye Palettes all over Instagram for quite some time now and the immense popularity of these palettes has led the brand to expand its offerings, adding more variations of these palettes. The one in 02 Brown Choux makes for a good daily palette and I really like the colour combination. The glitters and shimmers are also pretty and pigmented! As the shades were warmer than expected, this is a palette that’s more suitable for those who enjoy using warm eyeshadows.

Available at Shopee and Watsons.


PERIPERA Ink V Shading in 01 Almond Brown, $17.90

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After seeing Korean makeup artist Pony use this product in one of her videos last year, I’ve been meaning to get my hands on this product for a while. I like this product and find that it works well for a natural-looking, subtle shading effect. It’s also quite affordable so that’s a huge plus!

Available at Shopee and Watsons.


I’m From Mugwort Essence, $56.60

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It’s my first time trying anything mugwort and this was a pleasant surprise. It’s no wonder there are so many great reviews of this online. It has a very lightweight, watery consistency with a slight herbal smell. This did help soothe my skin and reduce the redness on my face. I love this and it’s definitely worth a repurchase!

Available at Shopee.


Rom&nd Better Than Cheek in 03 Blueberry Chip, $18.90

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This blush is extremely small and compact, about the size of my palm. It’s very affordable during sales period (I got mine at $11.90 from the official Virvici store on Shopee) and with its compact size, you can easily hit pan on this small-sized blush. The downside is it’s not very pigmented and there’s quite some fallout when picking up the product with a brush.

Available at Guardian and Shopee.


A Review Of The K-Beauty Products I’ve Tried In 2019

Since 2019 is coming to an end, I thought it’d be good to do a review of all the K-beauty products I’ve tried this year that I’ve yet to review. Some of these products were launched this year while others have been around in the market for some time. As with all products, your mileage may vary. Ahead, my honest thoughts on the products I’ve tried.


Black Foundation in 17N1, $75

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This liquid foundation is lightweight and gives a semi-matte finish. Because this foundation is so lightweight, it felt extremely comfortable on my skin. After a couple of hours though, the drier parts of my face started to look patchy, so I don’t think this product will work well for those with dry skin. This product also has a strong scent that I’m not a fan of.
Available at HERA stores.

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Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream, $29.90

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This cruelty-free BB cream provides a natural and sheer coverage, great for a “no makeup” makeup look. This product helped brighten up my skin, giving it a healthy look. Although it does not provide much coverage, this product is enough to hide the redness from my blemishes. The downside of this product is that it only comes in one shade.
Available at selected Guardian stores.

Etude House

Play 101 Pencil in #21 and #34, $12

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The multipurpose Play 101 Pencils come in many shades and textures. I got one in brown and another in pink. According to the packaging, #21 can be used for your hairline and eyebrows while #34 can be used for your cheeks and lips. I tried using #21 on my eyebrows and #34 on my cheeks and lips. I found it difficult to use #34 on the lips as it did not go on very smoothly. I also had to go over my lips a few times with this product which was kind of a hassle. The pencils are not bad but they’re not fantastic.
Available at Etude House stores.


Skinny Microcara Zero in #01 Black, $16

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I’ve bought the innisfree Skinny Microcara Zero twice this year because I like it that much! I highly recommend this if you’re into simple, everyday makeup looks. This waterproof and smudge-proof mascara helps keep my eyelashes nicely curled. The mascara brush is also thin and coats each lash well. I also like that this product is relatively affordable as I tend to replace my mascara every few months in the name of hygiene.
Available at innisfree stores.


Ink Highlighter in #03 Beige Kitten Beam, $15.90

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When Watsons announced that they’ll be bringing in Peripera products, I knew I had to get something. Although Peripera is well-known for their lip products, I didn’t exactly want to get another lip product so I got their Ink Highlighter instead. This shimmery liquid highlighter is easy to use and gives a subtle, natural glow that nicely catches the light.
Available at selected Watsons stores.


Stained Glow Lip Balm in No.2 Rich Red, $33

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This is the lip product I’ve used the most this year; I really like it a lot. This tinted lip balm is moisturising, feels comfortable on the lips and gives a beautiful wash of colour. It also has a pleasant scent that’s reminiscent of strawberries.
Available at LANEIGE stores.


Cleansing Pop, approximately $6.28

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This portable cleanser comes in three versions to cater to those with dry skin, oily skin and sensitive skin. Each box of Cleansing Pop has 10 individually packaged sheets in it, with the size of each sheet being smaller than palm size. To use, I put the product in my palm and add some water to it, after which it will promptly disintegrate and turn into a foam-like consistency. I then apply it all over my face and cleanse my face like how I normally would. It removes makeup well but I recommend that you still use a proper eye makeup remover if you have waterproof eye makeup on.
Available at Luthione’s website or Korea’s Watsons stores.


Gold Solution Care Eye Cream, $58

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This eye cream claims to treat eyebags, dark circles and wrinkles. It has helped reduce my eyebags and dark circles with consistent use. It doesn’t burn my eyes, is moisturising and has a light, pleasant scent. Although it’s quite pricey, it works well.
Available at Sasa stores.


6 Brand New Eyeshadow Palettes to Get This Festive Season!

Christmas is coming and that means it is time for presents! It’s the season of giving so whether it’s for yourself or for your loved ones, how about getting an eyeshadow palette to help get by the end of the year with a pop of color?

Winter is here (in Korea) and as with every Christmas, comes a change in beauty trends. Whether we like it or not, Korea is always on point when it comes to beauty trends – Well, they are definitely not called the Mecca of Beauty for nothing. So here are 6 brand new eyeshadows that you should add to your collection for this festive season:

1) PeriPera’s Sugar Jelly Color Palette from their ASMR Collection (₩16,000)

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True to the collection’s name, this #ASMR line of makeup is sure to provide you with a memorable relaxation. With glitters of all shape and sizes adorning the eyeshadow’s packaging, the plushy-textured eyeshadow will definitely make your eyes sparkle as bright as the distant galaxy.

2) Holika Holika’s Star Luster Eyeshadow Palette (₩25,000)

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The 2018 galaxy trend doesn’t seem to be ending just yet. And how can a winter be complete without a pair of dazzling, dream-like eyes. As dreamy as the dark night’s sky, the Star Luster palette is filled with 12 different glitters and mattes that can help you paint a beautiful star field on your eyelids. Now we know why some people have galaxies in their eyes!

3) CLIO Pro Layering Eye Palette from their Adventure Holiday Collection (₩35,000)

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With the Adventure Holiday palette, it is safe to say that this season will be filled with many purple and pink tones! This funky-looking eyeshadow comes in a cute retro-inspired glitter packaging, and has 10 different shades to give your eyes the pop it needs to help you have eyes as bright as Mario’s. Just tell me how can we say no to this beautiful palette?

4) The Saem’s Love Me Multi-Palette (₩25,000)

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Glitter is not your thing? Step away from all the bling and go for a juicy/fruity look this Christmas by choosing a more toned-down Love Me palette from The Saem! Pair it together with the blush that’s in this palette for a healthy flush on your face. The palette comes with a huge range of pinks and browns, putting on makeup is no longer a hassle!

5) Vely Vely’s 365 9-Colored Palette (₩34,000)

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Prefer a versatile palette that can last you all year round? This all-in-one 365 palette is here to save your day (and time). With 9 different colors perfect for your everyday makeup routine, just mix and match anything and you’re ready to go. Psst, perfect for an easy Christmas look too!

6) MISSHA Color Filter Shadow Palette from their Line Friends Collection (₩26,800)

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This is one palette for the one in the clique that always goes crazy over cute stuff! Featuring the iconic Line Friend characters, this eyeshadow palette is basically shouting cute all over. Even the eyeshadow pans are in heart shapes, this is the perfect Christmas gift! What more can we ask for?