Hi peeps~ sorry for the absence of 2 weeks, life has just been a bit stressful, but I got stuff lined up!
If you haven’t noticed yet, I tend not to review much lip products, mainly because I don’t really use lip products. Why you ask? I have pretty full lips and while some people like to draw attention to it, I’ve always liked the thin lips look, so I don’t tend to put anything on my lips to draw attention to how full they already are. Every time I put anything other than lip balm I feel like my head is just a big giant lip. I sometimes put on colours that are “my lips but better” and that’s about as much colour as I can handle on my lips.
So when the whole gradient lip look from Korean (in Chinese we call it the bitten lip look) got really huge and popular, I was quite excited. I remember when I was a little kid sucking on a lollipop would always leave my lips looking exactly like that. I tried a few times to achieve that look with regular lip stick/gloss, it never turned out the way I want it to. So I decided I just had to look into this lip tint thing that Koreans are so obsessed about.
And you can’s spell lip tint without Peripera! Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe they were the first Korean brand to come out with the lip tint and everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. So I actually didn’t do much research before I went out and bought these, it was kind of on a whim (I was in Taiwan, it was cheap, I got confused). I knew Peripera is a popular lip tint brand, and I’ve seen images of this particular one floating through the internet so I was determined to get these. Later I found out Peripera also made lip ink (creamier version of a lip tint), and those apparently have much better staying power. All well.
Now when I purchased these 2 I was actually looking for a more pinky shade, but that was not available at the store I was shopping at, probably because it was the most popular.
The colours I got was in no1 (cherry juice) and no3 (orange juice). I was looking for no2 (pink juice). In any case, as the names would suggest, no1 is a red and no 3 is an orange.
The consistency of these tints are very watery (I guess that’s why they call it tint water). You can see that it spread into the fine lines of my hand. I would say if you have a lot of texture on your lips, these are probably not the best. It definitely will accentuate the fine lines on your lips. Right out of the bottle it seems a bit over whelming. What I normally do is dab it with my finger, and focus the attention on the centre of the lips in order to achieve the gradient look.
Once the stain sets, the colour is much softer and gives a very nice healthy appearance to the lips without it being “BAM! here are my lips!” (if you know what I am saying…) I personally prefer the red colour over the orange one. The orange just seems a bit unnatural.
One thing I have to note though, I put on lip balm/vaseline on my lips like there’s no tomorrow, because it’s actually painful when my lips chap. This tint does not mix well with oils (lip balm/vaseline), so I actually have to put this on dry lips, and then top it with lip balm, but that ends up moving the colour around a bit (because oils can remove makeup), so to be honest, I am not really sure what I should do with these, because I can’t live without my lip balm, and these are definitely not moisturizing. I kind of wish I bought the ink ones because they seem to be more moisturizing, or at least be able to mix better with oils.
consistency: very watery, very liquidy, will settle into lines
scent: Both of these have a different scent, but both very fruity. I can’t exactly say the cherry one smells like cherry and the orange one smells like orange, but I am guessing that’s what they were going for. Aside from the fruity scent, it also has a very strong alcohol smell, so I suspect this probably is an alcohol base product.
colour: I’ve only noted 3 colours here, I believe there are a total of 5
Price: I honestly don’t remember how much I got these for…may have been around the $6 to $8 range. On jolse.com they are going for 6.98USD, which would be about $8 CND with the exchange rates now (so sad).
And as always, like all Korean branded cosmetics, these are also made in Korea.
Overall: I’d say this product is a 2/5. The performance of these were quite disappointing. I did like the colour, and it did help me achieve the look of the gradient. But, what I am suppose to do with my dry painful lips? I mean yes, I get that alcohol doesn’t mix well with oils, but I mean really what girl goes around without any lip balm/chap stick of sort? This will teach me to never just go buy things without doing research first.
I did try mixing this to vaseline to see if I can make it into a tinted lip balm, but that did not go well. It was a pretty big mess, and the water and vaseline mixture never really mixed. The colours became little dots in the vaseline and the tint was just very splotchy.