For the Lunar New Year celebrations, the colour red is used for decorations, traditional costume and gifts as it is a symbol of good luck and is supposed to ward off the evil spirits. Funnily enough, the product that I'm reviewing on my blog today is just that colour - what better way to start the Lunar New Year than sharing something red! A red lip tint to be exact ^3^
This review was requested by Weng Chin (hello!)
Sample size: 3 g
The product has a really long name and to make things easier I'm going to call it 'Tony Tint'. This was a sample product that was in my recent Beauty Net Korea haul (see my previous post) and it's a product that I've seen and heard about before. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of lip tints, simply because I prefer to use something that feels moisturising on my lips. But I must say that I love the way lip tints look on the lips!
The full size of the Tony Tints look like this:
Apparently these were endorsed by K-pop trio JYJ, hence the three different shades
The one that I have is the sample of the first one, #01 Cherry Pink (체리핑크) and even by just looking at it through the plastic, it definitely reminds me of a cherry!
A sponge applicator, similar to the ones used for lipgloss tubes
One swipe of the lip tint on the back of my hand
(Excuse the veins! They don't normally stick out so much)
The tint after rubbing it onto the back of my hand
A little goes a long way with this tint, but luckily not in a way that's overpowering or too pigmented on the skin. It's definitely much lighter than the initial swatch and it was really simple to blend. I love the way it looks and I can tell that it'd make a great product for gradient lips which is quite a trend right now. Also, I reckon it can also double as a cheek tint because there usually are cheek and lip tint combos, although this doesn't specifically state that it's for the cheeks too. However, I wouldn't be brave enough to apply tint over my cheeks as I prefer to have something way less pigmented so that I can build up the colour intensity if needed :)
For a gradient-lip look I decided to follow a tutorial to achieve the best results possible:
Credit: Beauty Net Korea
You may remember my Goo Hara (Damaged Lady - KARA MV) inspired look where I did a gradient lip but used red lip gloss and pink lipstick. With the lip gloss, the effect didn't stay put and I remember having to reapply my lip gloss because it kept mixing with my lipstick! With the lip tint however, the gradient effect was much more subtle and it made blending a whole lot easier. I would say that the best way to achieve a gradient lip would be to use lip tint and lipstick or gloss :)
I was curious to see how the Tony Tint would look if I used it all over my lips as a lip stain and here are the results:
The centre of my lips was already tinted from the gradient look
I must say that it makes a gorgeous cherry red as a full colour over the lips. It's not a colour that I tend to wear but it looks super pretty, especially on those who are fair-skinned (I wouldn't say that I am but I think it still looks good!) And the fact that it is a stain means that you won't need to reapply your red lippie or worry about it getting all over your teeth :D
Pros (+) and Cons (-):
+ Cute packaging (yay cats)
+ A little goes a long way with pigmentation
+ Sponge applicator, easy to use
+ Liquid is easy to blend
+ Bearable scent, not too overpowering
+ Contains jojoba oil for supple lips
+ For full size: 10 mL (7.99 EUR) approximately 10.8 USD. Decent price
- Stains fingers when blending
- Not a pleasant 'taste'
- Difficult to remove with (lip) makeup remover
Overall, I would recommend this product if you want to achieve gradient lips and/or if you want your lip colour to stay on longer. If you're worried about this not being as moisturising as lip balm or lip stick, you can simply apply some clear gloss or balm and you're all good to go!
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Disclaimer: Product was a free sample from an order purchased with my own money. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. All opinions stated by me are 100% honest.