Today I have swatches of lippies from two different Korean Brands.
It has been quite long since I got my hands on Korean lip products for real, I was so excited and pleasantly surprised by them. ;)
Holika Holika Heartful Moisture Lipstick in Baby Beige
Heartful Lipstick is a moisturizing type with sheer to medium coverage.
First of all, I am smitten by how adorable it looks!
The lipstick part is molded in a heart shape and it looks like it is going to maintain its shape with careful(?) applications. ;p
swatch on arm
Holika Holika Heartful Moisture Lipstick Baby Beige
The color Baby Beige is more like a pinkish nude and it is very wearable and actually perfect to pair with smokey eye looks. :)
It has a faint fruity smell and feels nice and comfortable on lips.
(My friend Pauline sent this to me from Korea. Thanks, Pauline! ^-^)
Next one is Etude House Plumping Tint in Volume Red which was included in the Makeup Box contest prize goodies. ;)
The most interesting part of this product would be the unique spatula applicator.
It is made of flexible silicone and it works great for applying just right amount of the product.
It feels more sanitary although I doubt it is actually more so than the usual doe foot applicators . ;)
The color Volume Red is a very sheer jelly type of Cherry Red/Pink.
In my opinion, this is more of a gloss than a lip tint.
The color is quite sheer and much glossier than conventional lip tint products and the lasting power is not there because of that.
It does leave a very pretty after-stain without the drying feeling.
I did initially have problems with the "plumping effect" of this.
It felt quite irritating when I first applied on my bare lips and it lasted for about 30 minutes or so, which made me think about all the other things we women undergo in the name of beauty. ;-/
(It also made me wonder about other things, too. ;p)
However, as you see in the picture, the finished look is so pretty and the plumping effect is nice even for someone like me who already thinks she has big lips.
So I tried it over matte lip balm, and this time it is so much better now I think I could use this frequently. ;)
Have you tried these lippies?
What do you think about lip plumping products in general? :)