PRODUCT: Botanical Magic Lip Tint
COMPANY: Nature Republic (Korean)
DESCRIPTION: This is a *very* subtle lip tint. Despite the bright orange color I selected, the tint is pretty neutral on the lip and definitely not vivid. The application is a sponge-like marker tip that is easy to apply, though I strongly recommend lip balm before or after as it feels a bit drying. The product box description is: "Marker-type tint for an easy and complete look, as if you're drawing with a pen."
It is somewhat like using a dry felt-tip marker on your lips. The single application is comfortable and easy and generous with mistakes (no need to fill in the full lip as it blends easily), so it's good for a fast hint of color.
Despite its subtlety, you can see from the ingredient analysis below that the product is chock full of fruit extract and royal jelly as an extra, probably leading to its fragrant scent.
INGREDIENT ANALYSIS: Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PPG-26-BTETH-26, ROYAL JELLY EXTRACT, THEOBROMA CACOA (COCOA) SEED POWDER, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, CITRIS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT, PYRUS COMMUNIS (PEAR) FRUIT EXTRACT, ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) FRUIT EXTRACT, SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM (TOMATO) FRUIT/LEAF/STEM/EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SOLDIUM HYALURONATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYLCERIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACIDE, FRAGRANCE ORANGE 4, RED 28, ACID RED 18
Overall, this lip product is good if you are looking for the bare minimum of color or going for an all-natural look.
SMELL: subtle floral/fruity
YAY OR NAY: Yay if you are looking for a subtle, botanical-based lip tint.
Rating Score Sheet
1/3: Wish I could turn back time and get my money back
2/3: Decent enough to buy again, especially if it's on sale
3/3: Shut up and take my money!
PRODUCT: Snail Solution Mask Sheet
COMPANY: Nature Republic (Korean)
DESCRIPTION: This is hands down my all-time favorite snail sheet mask. I bought a pack of 20 on a whim in Seoul's airport with the intent to share some as gifts but found them hard to part with. I ended up keeping most myself--they are that good!
If you've read my earlier posts, you know that snail-based mask sheets are a huge trend right now and, even though it may sound gross, snail filtrate (the excretion that snails leave behind) is excellent for softening skin, at least from an anecdotal perspective.
After cleansing, wear this mask after for 20-30 minutes before bed. As with all sheet masks, avoiding getting the product into your eye and remove immediately if you feel any irritation (some will tingle a bit; this is normal). I personally like to pat my face dry after using a mask and find I get a better effect in the morning.
INGREDIENT ANALYSIS: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Portulaga Oleracea Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Myrothamnus Flabelllifolia Callus Culture Extract, Propylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
This snail mask contains 2,000 ppm. This is important! A lot of masks and cosmetic ingredients don't list how much snail filtrate they have in them. Your first clue is how high snail filtrate or snail secretion filtrate is listed in the ingredients (generally ingredients are listed from the largest amount to least amount). But when it's listed the ppm, or parts per million, then you know exactly how much snail filtrate you're getting in the product. It's tell you the mass of a chemical or ingredient per unit of water (also listed as milligrams per liter, mg/L). 5,000 ppm would be great, but 2,000 isn't bad.
Overall, this mask is very pleasant and leaves the skin wonderfully soft the next morning.
SMELL: lightly fragrant
YAY OR NAY: Yay, for the best mask I've tested so far.
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With a background in molecular biology, I worked for decades as a scientist and science journalist. I use my background to look into the science of affordable and high-quality Korean skincare products. Then, I share my findings with you!