REVIEW: Sephora ร— Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday

Hello everyone!

Sephora Singapore just held their bi-annual Beauty Pass Sale and in a bid to retain my Black status (as you could probably tell from the drop in my beauty reviews, I hadn’t really been shopping for makeup), I made some obligatory purchases which included a pair of peculiar-looking eyeliners born from the collaboration between Sephora and Stabilo! Yes, you read me right – Stabilo, as in the stationery brand of highlighter fame (they had their chance to release face highlighters but they blew it!).

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners 2020

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners 2020

This partnership might come as a surprise to some but considering that even Crayola has ventured into cosmetics, it goes to show that the lines between the beauty and non-beauty industries are blurring. It also makes perfect sense for Stabilo to ink the agreement because as girls transition to women (or boys to men), the need for stationery supplies diminishes thanks to electronic devices. One possible way to win this demographic back would be to appeal to their needs and I’m sure everyone needs makeup at some point in their lives ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sprinkle a dash of nostalgia and we have a winner!

The eyeliner comes in 4 shades (Ink Splash, Back to School, Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday) and retails at S$15 each, or S$12 during the sale. Since I already have a staple black liner, my money went to the brown and blue (and I regret not getting the grey one now). Like the tip of your typical highlighter, the applicator is bevelled to allow for an alternation between thick and thin lines with an uninterrupted colour intensity and evenness from the start to the end of the application. The packaging is modelled after the original design of chunky Stabilo highlighers but maybe only two-third of the size (super cute!), making it convenient to bring around!

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (sealed, front)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (sealed, front)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (seal, back)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liners in Chocolate Break and Summer Holiday (sealed, back)

Rub test

Rub test

Call me bias but I don’t always have a good impression of merchandise sold under house brands so I had my reservations about these claims being translated into reality. (But eyeliners in the form of highlighters? Who can resist?!)

Pardon my unkempt brows

Chocolate Break

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break on primed lids

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Chocolate Break on primed lids

It was a challenge manoeuvring the tip.. This was the best I could do.

It was a challenge manoeuvring the tip.. This was the best I could do.

Ahh...the gaps

Ahh.. the gaps

Don’t laugh, but the name reminds me of how Ms Yeah created her makeup with cocoa powder in one of her many ingenious videos.

But unlike the sheer payoff of the makeup that she had concocted, Chocolate Break is highly opaque and pigmented. It has a darker undertone as compared to the colour reflected on the packaging, so it appears almost like black which makes it ideal for those who do not wish to deviate too much from wearing the standard beauty look.

There was no bleeding, and attempts to rub this matte dark brown swatch off my hand were largely unsuccessful. Even after 8 hours, the colour still remained reasonably vivid despite wetting my hands on a few occasions! This little wear test took me by surprise, so I decided to wear the eyeliner on my upper lash lines and run 5km around my estate to confirm its longevity the next day. Surely, my oily lids coupled with my acidic sweat would be able to melt the makeup away?

Post-run

Post-run

Fading away..

Fading away..

Left-side going strong!

Left-side going strong!

And you guessed it – the eyeliner budged quite a bit. But even though it barely survived the run, I was glad it didn’t transfer onto my lower lash line and give me panda eyes (throughout my run, I was so paranoid that my eyeliner would smudge and I’d attract a lot of unwanted attention from other park users!).

Summer Holiday

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday (S$15)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday on primed lids (and some of it somehow transferred onto my lashes)

Sephora x Stabilo Felt Liner in Summer Holiday on primed lids (and some of it somehow transferred onto my lashes)

A trip to a faraway destination might not be an option right now because of the coronavirus (I could have been in Bangkok ๐Ÿ˜ญ) but that does not mean you can’t feel like you’re on holiday at home (or while heading to the supermarket, whatever)! Transport the sea to your lash lines with this calming blue hue and you’re all set for a Zoom summer party (be sure to use a poolside virtual background while you’re at it)!

When tested on my hand sans primer, Summer Holiday revealed a pigmented coat of matte dark periwinkle colour (which is true to the colour of the packaging). It was mostly smudge-proof (but not as resistant as Chocolate Break to rubbing) and had a consistent product payoff. Again, the sceptic in me wanted to see if it could held up on where they were supposed to be, so I painted on the eyeliner and went for a run on another day.

Post-run

Post-run

Almost gone..

Almost gone..

Not too bad, but it smeared more than Chocolate Break

Not too bad, but it smeared more than Chocolate Break

Either my body had produced more sweat than usual on that day or this shade couldn’t really withstand humidity because it smudged more easily than Chocolate Break. There was hardly any product left on my lids after most of it migrated into the creases, or simply melted away with my sweat.

Opacity comparison with other brands of eyeliners I own

Opacity comparison with other brands of eyeliners I own

Based on my experience, both eyeliners yielded great results until they got exposed to moisture, so I wouldn’t want to wear it to watch tearjerker films, y’know, just in case. I also wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of the bevelled tip as it really takes some getting used to. Even as a seasoned eyeliner user myself, angling the tip correctly to draw straight thin lines (especially those feline flicks) posed as a challenge to me ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

It’s a pity that only a limited amount of colours was released because I could see how popular this would be if there were more to choose from! Perhaps if this is a success, Sephora might consider working with Stabilo again to come up with more interesting shades – this time, hopefully with a touch of fluorescence just like the highlighters ๐Ÿ˜

Unfortunately, I don’t think this range is released in the U.S., so if you’re living in the States, you might want to get someone to ship it to you from Asia or Europe (wherever Sephora has stores in).

What do you think of this collaboration? Let me know your views in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Sephora ร— Stabilo Felt Liners are now available at Sephora Singapore.

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REVIEW: APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic

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With only one week to go before we exit the Circuit Breaker, professionals including myself, who have to commute to our workplaces come 2 June, would have started mentally preparing for the unprecedented changes in our weekday morning routines. For beautyholics like me, the mandatory wearing of face mask will mean ditching the lipstick and placing more emphasis on the eyes – but there’s a problem. Nearly two months of going bare faced has likely rendered my eyeshadow application skills slightly rusty, and as vain as it sounds, I certainly do not want to risk being late to work just to redo my makeup!

Scouring the virtual beauty aisle on Shopee (really the ultimate lockdown boredom saviour ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป *cues heavenly choir sound effect*) during one of its flash sales had thankfully pointed me to a possible solution – the Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow by APRILSKIN. This compact eyeshadow palette is marketed as a timesaver as it enables the user to blend three (shimmery) shades at once.

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, front)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, front)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, back)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, back)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, side)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, side)

Such concept of having multiple colours in one pan isn’t new since Benefit Cosmetics,ย Laneige (albeit theirs is in the form of bullets) and many other Korean beauty brands were already ahead of the game. But as far as I can remember, no other reputable beauty brand has come close to offering two 3-in-1 colour combinations for under S$30 ($27 on Guardian and $24.30 on Shopee, or S$18.70 in my case). In fact, at 6 grams of product per palette (case in point: They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender contains 3.5 grams of product while Two Tone Shadow Bar only has 2 grams, and both cost a lot more!), this already is a clear winner in the price department.

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case, back)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case, back)

Stowed in a tight-fitting box, the rectangular packaging resembles an enlarged version of a mint candy tin box. It is about the size of my palm, small and slim enough to slide into my purse and carry on the go. The inside cover of the lid is reflective (even with its protective film stuck on) so it acts as a mirror.

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

Applicator

Applicator

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product without plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product without plastic film)

Size of applicator

Size of applicator

Boink boink!

Boink boink!

The eyeshadow pans, each measuring roughly 4 cm by 2 cm, are aligned vertically and enclosed in a plastic film to prevent them from staining the box. Right next to them lies the sponge-tip applicator which is highly encouraged to be used (much to my reluctance) for the product to bring about the desired results. The tip of the applicator is dome-shaped which doesn’t extend over the full width of the pan so unless you place it strategically, you won’t be able to pick up all three shades simultaneously.

The topmost colour combination is named “Pure” and it consists of everyday neutral shades including a champagne (for highlights), a beige with red undertones and a medium brown. The payoff was mostly sheer when swatched with the applicator. The lightest shade almost couldn’t be seen, and I had to press down and drag the applicator across my skin for some degree of pigmentation to be visible. However, applying with my finger gave more payoff (which is somewhat expected of shimmery shades) and the gradient also appeared more vivid and seamless.

Actual distribution of "Pure" in the pan (genuinely curious: what is the rationale for giving the lightest shade the biggest area?)

Actual distribution of “Pure” in the pan (genuinely curious: what is the rationale for giving the lightest shade the biggest area?)

"Pure" - swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

“Pure” – swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

How you should position your applicator on the pan to pick up all three shades at once

How you should position your applicator on the pan to pick up all three shades at once

Distribution of product on the applicator

Distribution of product on the applicator

"Pure" - swatched with the applicator

“Pure” – swatched with the applicator

How "Pure" looks on my primed lid (pardon my bare face as I didn't see the point in dolling up if I ain't going anywhere fancy)

How “Pure” looks on my primed lid (pardon my bare face as I was too lazy to put on makeup didn’t see the point in dolling up if I ain’t going anywhere fancy)

The colour combination “Chic” below would be more suited for a glammed-up look (but still appropriate for everyday wear) as it has a peachy beige (for highlights), a reddish plum and a deeper brown. As a whole, this is slightly more pigmented than Pure (still sheer in my book) and is also best applied with finger. However, the darkest shade did not seem to deliver much payoff – I had to run the applicator over my lids a few times before a faint brown emerged.

Actual distribution of "Chic" in the pan

Actual distribution of “Chic” in the pan

"Chic" - swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

“Chic” – swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

Distribution of product on the applicator

Distribution of product on the applicator

"Chic" - swatched with the applicator

“Chic” – swatched with the applicator

How "Chic" looks on my primed lid

How “Chic” looks on my primed lid

I wore both shades concurrently for 8 hours (I took the chance to wear them out to run some errands and was pretty sure I attracted bemused stares), and I must say both contributed a fair bit of fallout – some of which were shimmers – on my face. Surprisingly, despite having oily lids, the eyeshadows did not smear or wedge into my creases over time (Laneige’s Two Tone Shadow Bar is the biggest culprit when it comes to this – what terrible product ๐Ÿ˜ค) and actually stayed on throughout the duration of my wear test!

"Pure" and "Chic" - side-by-side comparison

“Pure” and “Chic” – side-by-side comparison

Swatch comparison (in terms of payoff) with Japanese (shu uemura) and American (ColourPop) eyeshadows

Swatch comparison (in terms of payoff) with Japanese (shu uemura) and American (ColourPop) eyeshadows

The downside of this product is its generally sheer wash of colour (typical of Asian makeup products and it is nice if you want a more natural-looking finish to brighten up your peepers) but to be fair, it still gave way better payoff than many Korean eyeshadows I have tried. Getting the placement of the eyeshadow on the lids right with the applicator would require some trial and error, so you’re better off using your fingers or a wide dense eyeshadow brush if time is of the essence. Furthermore, it would also be a pain to wash the applicator without further spreading the shimmers all over the surface of the tip.

However, I must say that the impressive longevity came as a pleasant surprise! This makeup concept, although questionable at first, has also won me over as I like how it would be able to streamline my makeup routine and allow me to get to the door quicker once in-office work is resumed ๐Ÿ˜Š

What are your thoughts on this makeup concept? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow is now available on Shopee and GUARDIAN SINGAPORE.

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REVIEW: K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

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Regardless of where we are in the world, there are bound to be specific sets of beauty norms that we are supposed to subscribe to. In Asia in particular, large almond-shaped eyes are prized for their exotic appearance while double eyelids are favoured over monolids as the latter causes eyes to look small, disinterested (or sleepy, for the lack of better words) and lacklustre.

Having been on the receiving end of criticisms about my less-than-ideal facial features for most of my life, the pressure to get a permanent fix has always been there. But the thought of going under the knife for non-medical reasons (especially for superficial ones like this) does not sit well with conservatives like me. Thus, I had already resigned to the fact that I would never be able to achieve well-defined eyelid creases, and that no matter how much effort is put into creating an elaborated eye makeup, it would ultimately be tucked away beneath my hooded eyelids ๐Ÿ˜‘

Eyelids: Now you see me, now you don't

Eyelids: Now you see me, now you don’t

That is, until Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid by K-Palette – a weightless formula which promises to create natural-looking eyelid creases – burst into my life. Unlike the many double eyelid products that you might have seen in the market (most of which are adhesive tapes which, in my opinion, do a terrible job of being discreet), this product comes in the form of liquid.

Hmmm… that’s just eyelid glue, isn’t it?

*finger wags*ย 

This is heaps better than your usual eyelid glue. This is a game-changer.

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid (~S$18)

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid (~S$18)

Over the years, double eyelid glue has gotten a bad rep for being a pain to use (higher chance of messing up the application and having to reapply), turning white upon contact with water or flaking off a few hours into wear so I would be lying if I said I wasn’t sceptical about this new product at all. Fortunately, none of these happened during my tryout and it was surprisingly easy to apply even for unseasoned users like yours truly!

For the uninitiated, K-Palette is a Japanese beauty brand best known for its highly-ratedย 1 Day Tattooย eyebrow liners and eyeliners so I think it is safe to say that you can also expect comparable performance from their latest addition.

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

Without any indication of what the product is sans its pretty hexagonal-looking see-through packaging, the unassuming design of the tube could easily be mistaken for a varnish of sorts, so it’s advisable that you label it if you don’t intend to keep the packaging. Like most nail polishes, this comes with white nylon brush attached to the cap as well for application on-the-go, and it’s perfectly sized to fit the smallest of purses. Also included is a Y-shaped fork which helps to reinforce the double eyelids.

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

As with many other foreign products from non-English speaking countries, essential information, such as the ingredient list and instructions (there are pictorial guides, but those aren’t sufficient for me), is written entirely in Japanese on the packaging so the onus is on the user to find out how the glue should be applied online (or using Google Translate? Ain’t nobody got time for that ๐Ÿ˜ถ).

But lucky for you, I’ve done all the necessary homework so you needn’t have to! And I strongly believe this step-by-step guide doesn’t just apply to this product, but other eyelid glues too ๐Ÿ˜‰

For starters, you’d need to decide on the location of the new creases. If you have hooded lids like mine, I would advise against forging the crease too far away from the upper lash line because it will look very unnatural (and your eyes may end up looking smaller and more tired than before because the hooded lids would be pushed down, if you get what I mean). I opted to have mine somewhere in the middle of the crescent, which is slightly above my natural crease line. Then, gently mark the lines with other sharp end of the Y-fork so the lids would crease more naturally after the glue has been applied.

Application

Application

The recommended number of coats by K-Palette is one for each lid, but being the kiasu person I am, I reckon my brush went over about thrice which took about three minutes in all to dry down completely. So yup, in the interest of time, stick to one or two coats at the maximum. Do ensure that the eye is fully closed during the application process because any slight bunching of the lid could ruin the whole thing.

Before and after glue dries down

Before and after glue dries down

The "Y" side of the fork is too daunting for me. I prefer using the other side ๐Ÿคฃ

The “Y” side of the fork is too daunting for me. I prefer using the other side ๐Ÿคฃ

Each swipe renders a white semi-viscous layer of glue which dries to a clear semi-matte finish. There would still be a sheen to it but it is only noticeable at a close distance (or not if you have sparkly eye makeup on). Once the tackiness is gone (very crucial as the creases may stick to each other if the glue is still tacky and you will have to start all over again), hike up the lids again with the Y-fork as you open your eyes and ta-dah! Double eyelids! ๐Ÿ˜

DOUBLE. EYE. LIDS.

DOUBLE. EYE. LIDS.

Not perfect yet as this was just one of the first few trials

Not perfect yet as this was just one of the first few trials

As a novice in using eyelid glue, I had one burning question which, for the record, no other websites had touched on (like, seriously? So everyone uses the glue on bare lids, aye? ๐Ÿ™„) – how should it be applied with eye makeup?ย  After a few rounds of trial and error, I can conclude that it should only be applied on top of your eye makeup, or as the final step. The drawback of this is that your bristles would be stained by the makeup though, so be sure to give them a little rinse under the tap before the next application.

With eye shadow on and I SWEAR I DID NOT MTXX (OR PHOTOSHOP) MY EYES. The world of difference eyelids make to the eyes! Now you know my eyes aren't actually small - they've just been overshadowed by my hooded lids >:(

With eye shadow on and I SWEAR I DID NOT MTXX (OR PHOTOSHOP) MY EYES. The world of difference eyelids make to the eyes! Now you know my eyes aren’t actually small – they’ve just been overshadowed by my hooded lids ๐Ÿ˜ก

What about eyeliner? Well, this depends on how budge-proof your eyeliner is (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner FTW!). I personally line my eyes after applying the glue because I’d be simply too lazy to redraw them ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sorry for the potato quality.. Taken with my S9 at night, about 12 hours into wear!

Sorry for the potato quality.. Taken with my S9 at night, about 12 hours into wear!

Having worn the glue out on several occasions already, I must say I’m extremely impressed by how long my double eyelids held up. In fact, it lasted the whole day without any of the flaking nonsense. And because the formula is also waterproof, you can cry your heart out at the movies without having to worry if the glue would turn white and fall off midway ๐Ÿ˜ถ

B-but how do I remove it at the end of the day?ย  Oh no, you don’t. It’s permanent! Isn’t that what we all want? MUAHAHAHA.

I kid (sigh!). Your makeup remover should do the trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

Is this something you monolid/hooded lid people would consider getting to enhance your appearance? Let me know in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid is now available on Lazadaย and Japalang Store.
PRODUCTS WERE SUPPLIED BY K-PALETTE FOR MY EDITORIAL CONSIDERATION. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.

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