I fondly remember the times when I thought my Escentuals Buxom lip gloss was da bomb, with its minty cool feeling, sparkly shimmer and super pale shade of pink that even Hello Kitty would approve of. Thankfully I’ve levelled up my lippie game and now embrace all bright colours with open arms (and accompanying wobbly underarms too).
Innisfree Real Fluid Rouge
Available in 10 shades
Note: I’m slightly confused cos the above photo I pulled off the internet shows Shade 4 as being pinkish, but the one I got says shade 4 on the box but is slightly orangey-coral.
Before and after, wearing shade 8 (note that it’s not as vibrant as in their colour chart) 😀
Psst: I am frigging loving my curls – I finally got my Korean perm again, even without leaving the country. Done at The Comb Hair Studio at 12 Gemmill Lane. They’re having a special promo now for digital perm – just $168+ instead of the usual $340. DAMN cheap. (I’m not sure when the promo will end). If you’re keen on doing other services, quote my name/blog name for 20% off all ala carte non-promo prices.
The Packaging: A rounded tube measuring about 9cm tall (cap included). It twists open to reveal the attached sponge applicator. Nothing fancy with this tried-and-tested packaging.
The Scent: It has a refreshing zesty grapefruit-citrusy scent. Me likey. Too bad it doesn’t taste of grapefruit (or taste of anything for that matter. The Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge had this super yummy sweet taste that I love).
The Texture: It glides on smoothly. It isn’t too sticky but there is a certain level of hydration/gloss that allows you to slide your upper and lower lips together and smack them togetherly too. Now the colours seem rather bright and vibrant when swatched against the back of the hand, but somehow, when combined together with the natural colour of my lips, it seems to neutralise out into a slightly less vibrant, but perhaps some might say, more wearable daily colour.
The Verdict: It fills up the fine lines of the lips and helps give it a more plumped-up look. It doesn’t really stay on the lips (hello, stained cups and cutlery), but the good thing is that it somehow leaves the lips feeling more hydrated after it wears off. There were no signs of the usual chapped and flakey lips I’d experience with certain matte-finish products. The lighter shades leave a faint rosy tint, while the richer, more vibrant reds leave a distinctly pink tint. Overall, I’d say this is suitable for weekend usage, or perhaps for swiping on when you’ve got a sudden last-minute meeting/gathering and have no time to do some lip flake management beforehand.