Month: June 2014

3CE Haul & Review

I’ve long been a fan of Korean BB Creams because they just match my skin better and this little haul is an extension of my growing fascination with Korean skin products and cosmetics. I mean, have you seen the amazing skin on Korean women?! I want some of that!

The 3CE Counter @ Stylenanda

The 3CE Counter @ Stylenanda

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For those in the know 3 Concept Eyes, known more widely as 3CE, is one of the more popular brands to emerge from Korea. It’s the cosmetics range under Stylenanda; a trendy clothing company featuring floors and floors of funky fab fashion and something of a Korean version of the Swedish H&M around Asia.

Incidentally, Stylenanda is also available in Hong Kong. There are actually five standalone stores across the territory so you don’t really have to go as far as Korea for a fix. Hong Kong’s only four hours away from us here.

3CE @ Stylenanda

3CE @ Stylenanda

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MY HAUL

I’m going through a period of skin envy at the moment and have been gawking at pictures of dewy Korean celebrities so when Luxola announced that they were now stocking the 3CE brand, I took it as a sign that it was time to get me some of this precious Korean war paint.

I purchased my 3CE items during a Luxola flash sale of 25% Off. I honestly can’t remember which sale – all my Luxola hauls (yes, sadly there have been that many!) have caused me to lose track of time and reason but I did get a discount. And with Luxola, waiting for any sort of discount really is worth the wait because they are on sale every other day so you’ll kick yourself if you pay the full price at Luxola. You’ll be really sad to know that almost nobody does and if you have then you’ll feel rather foolish.

Trust me, just wait for at least 20% Off or better yet, hang out for an amazing 35% off deal if patience is your virtue. I personally settle at the 25% mark but have been, on occasion, patiently zen enough to score a full 30% off.

3CE Foundation

This is the foundation I picked up during the sale.

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The Glossing Waterful Foundation

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Shade: #Natural Ivory

Asian cosmetics have the most unusual names for their products comprising of a uniquely Asian twist on common English terms to convey function. Korean cosmetics are no exception.

This is 3CE’s Glossing Waterful Foundation which seems to suggest that it is a moisturising foundation.

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The Glossing Waterful Foundation

The Glossing Waterful Foundation is something of a cult product for this brand and comes in a heavyweight, frosted glass bottle with a dropper cap. The dropper is a hygienic way to dispense the foundation. It’s also the first foundation I’ve come across that deploys the pipette which I think is amazingly handy and easy to control.

Pipette-Style dispenser keeps things clean and precise.

The pipette dispenser is unique and keeps things clean and precise

Now, the celebrity promo shots for this product promise a very natural, dewy-skinned look.

Shade-wise, #NaturalIvory blended perfectly into my skin. Perhaps all too perfectly and coverage is really, really light on my wrist. It blends to almost nothing.

On my face, however, it hides nothing. In fact, the result is so lightweight I can’t even call it coverage. There’s also absolutely no oil control, has no effect on neutralising redness and has a zero brightening effect on me.

In all honestly, think it actually dulls my skin and makes my complexion look sandy instead of dewy. At its best, it’s really more of a moisturising tint but I struggle to even call it that. I’m coming away disappointed from this one.

I’m completely astonished at all the positive blog press that this has been getting because it doesn’t do anything for me. Have you tried this? What did you think? I need to be convinced otherwise because this may be the most under-performing base product in my whole stash 😦

The 3CE Waterful Glossing Foundation is RM108 from Luxola. I got this with the rest of this haul at 25% off this full price.

Swatches of the Waterful Glossing Foundation

Swatches of the Waterful Glossing Foundation

For your reference, this product comes in four shades but I can’t say how any of the other three shades might perform on my skin but I’m just not a fan of my bottle of #NaturalIvory. The resulting texture is all wrong for me.

It comes in four shades

It comes in four shades

3CE Lip Pigment

The other product in the range that everyone seems to be talking about is the 3CE Lip Pigment. I was really excited about this product but since it was my first time with 3CE, I held back and only picked up one shade – I chose #MellowPink because it was a safe bet for a first go.

3CE Lip Pigment

3CE Lip Pigment

For my next purchase I might pick up the trendier #ElectroPink or #Issue.

LIp Pigment Core Shades

Lip Pigment Core Shades

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A runaway best selling item that comes in some creative shades like #ElectroPink and #MinkWhite, these Lip Pigments are designed to be mixed around as you wish to produce another batch of shades.

Lip Pigment Mix Chart

Lip Pigment Mix Chart and some suggested mixes

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The impressive thing about these lip pigments is that they are very multi-functional and not restricted to use on the lips.

3CE encourages us to use them all over the face in these additional ways-:

  • On the eyes as a glossy colour
  • Mixed with face powder and used as a creamy eyeshadow or
  • Blended out gently on the cheeks as a cream blusher.
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3CE in #Mellow Pink

3CE in Mellow Pink

For the lips…

...or the cheeks!

…or the cheeks and eyes!

Out of the tube, it initially looks like the emulsion is split because the first swatch (far right) is just a very watery fluid with a hint of pink and none of the promised pigmentation but the texture improves with a few more squeezes of the tube and what I get on the third squeeze is a fully opaque cream product. Whew, it had me worried a bit there!

Swatched...

Swatched…

...and blended.

…and blended.

The Lip Pigment blends out easily and seamlessly. It’s completely weightless, non-greasy, comfortable and long-lasting. Without a cleanser, this swatch lasted on my wrist all day.

3CE Eyebrow Shaper

For some reason, I wasn’t able to select a colour for this 3CE Brow Shaper when purchasing this through Luxola and  foolishly thought that I’d wing this given the lack of choice.

That was a mistake. Turns out I’m not a fan of the shade #NaturalBrown – it’s not dark enough for me as a brow colour. Since I’m not going to use it, I’ll be passing this onto a sister or friend so I won’t be swatching it here but I leave you with some images of the packaging.

3CE Brow

The 3CE Eye Brow Shaper

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It’s all Korean to me!

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3CE Eye Brow Shaper in #NaturalBrown

Conclusion

So, here ends my first 3CE haul which turned out to be quite a mixed bag. Unfortunately, I actually only like 1 out of the 3 products that I purchased this time.

  • I’m savagely disappointed with the Waterful Glossing Foundation on me and have no idea what I should do with the remainder of it.
  • I like the Lip Pigment enough to pick up some more shades in a future haul.
  • I would consider the eyebrow pencil if I had the option of buying it in another shade. There’s a #GreyBrown that might be a better match for me.

Are you a fan of this popular Korean brand? What products have you tried, if any?

Are there any other products you’re interested in trying from 3CE?

I’d love to hear your experience or recommendations regarding this brand.

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3CE Cosmetics is available throughout Asia at Stylenanda and select independent boutiques across the region.

You may also want to try these online links…

Luxola

Hermo

Stylenanda Website

[Disclaimer: Products were all purchased by me. All images except where indicated by a credit link belong to the ShopGirl blog and may not be used without credit or a link to this blog. Commentary is my personal opinion. Consider at your own risk.]

 

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