Hi, friends! Today I’m doing a review of two products that Stylevana generously gifted me before the holidays. They contacted me at the end of November to see if I would be interested in trying two products from them. After browsing their website and realizing that Styelvana is an Asian (particularly Korean and Japanese) beauty retailer, I decided this was a brand I was in working with. I’ve been wanting to get into K-beauty more, and there are a decent number of online retailers that ship Asian brands to Canada, but I was happy to find out that Stylevana is now also shipping to Canada. It’s nice to have more choices and price comparisons! Of course, a big thank you goes to Stylevana for sending me these products for review. Even though I received these for free, all of my thoughts and opinions remain honest, as always.
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I decided I was interested in trying the Laneige Lip Glowy Balm and a 3ce Mood Recipe blush. Read on if you’re interested in hearing about either of these products!
LANEIGE LIP GLOWY BALM
The first product I received was the Laneige Lip Glowy Balm in the scent Pear. I’ve loved most of the Laneige products I’ve tried thus far, including their Lip Sleeping Mask, which is a staple in my evening routine. I’ve been wanting to try the Lip Glowy Balms since Laneige released them at the beginning of the year, but I already owned too many lip balms to justify buying it.
A lightweight, moisture-coating lip balm for hydrated, tinted, and kissable lips throughout the day. The perfect daytime partner in crime to the cult-favorite Lip Sleeping Mask, Glowy Lip Balm is pocket sized for easy, on-the-go application. The formula contains murumuru and shea butters that provide powerful hydration and lock in moisture longer.
The Lip Glowy Balm comes in four scents: Pear, Peach, Berry, and Grapefruit. It normally retails at $20 CAD, but Stylevana sells it for $5.99 USD, or roughly $8 CAD!
The three main hydrating ingredients included in this palette are shea butter, murumuru seed butter, and candelila wax.
The Lip Glowy Balms come in your typical plastic lip balm tube. The exterior is colour-coordinated based on their scents, and I think together, they would look very aesthetically pleasing. Inside, the lip balm has an plastic angled applicator. I’ve been using Glossier’s Balm Dotcoms for the last year, which have a blunt applicator similar to what you would see with a tube of toothpaste or handcream, and not a slanted applicator like you normally find with lip balms. I wasn’t a big fan of non-slanted lip balms at first, but after using the Balm Dotcoms for so long, I’ve grown used to it. However, now that I’ve gone back to using a lip balm with an applicator, I realize that I do still prefer it. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s definitely a nice touch.
All of the different scents have a slight tint, which may or may not show up on your lips. The pear scent has a very slight green tint, but it shows up clear on my lips – I doubt it would show up, even on pale lips. I’m obsessed with the way it smells, like pear candy!
The Lip Glowy Balms have a similar consistency to a lot of other tube lip balms – thin without being runny, and easy to spread. I find it to be a similar consistency to the Jack Black lip balms, but thinner than the Glossier Balm Dotcoms. It’s more slippery than the Balm Dotcoms, but not greasy. It does its job well as is very hydrating on the lips, but on the downside, I find that doesn’t last as long on the lips. The thickness of the Balm Dotcoms make them sit on my lips longer, and I find that I have to reapply the Lip Glowy Balms a little more often.
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimerdilinoleate, Hydrogenatedpoly(C6-14 Olefin), Diisostearylmalate, Polybutene, Phytosterylisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate,Microcrystalline Wax /Ceramicrocristallina / Ciremicrocristalline, Butyrospermumparkii (Shea) Butter, Sucrosetetrastearate Triacetate,Synthetic Wax, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer,Mica, Astrocaryum Murumuruseed Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera(Candelilla) Wax / Candelillacera Hydrocarbons / Ciredecandelilla, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Fragrance, Candelilla Wax Esters,Dehydroacetic Acid, Dimethicone,Methicone, Copernicia Cerifera(Carnauba) Wax / Coperniciacerifera Cera / Cire De Carnauba,Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate,Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 6 (Ci15850), Water, Propanediol, Bht, Lyciumchinensefruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus(Raspberry) Fruit Extract,Vaccinium Angustifolium(Blueberry) Fruit Extract,Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seedextract, Sapindus Mukorossifruit Extract, Vacciniummacrocarpon (Cranberry)Fruit Extract, Fragari Achiloensis (Strawberry) Fruitextract, Rubus Chamaemorusseed Extract, Phenoxyethanol.
3ce Mood Recipe Blush in Rose Beige
The other product I picked from Stylevana was a blush by 3CE. 3CE is a Korean brand I’ve been wanting to try since seeing them on Instagram this year, so when Stylevana said they would send me one of their blushes, I felt very fortunate to be able to test it out! Apparently, 3ce stands for 3 Concept Eyes – interesting!
A blush of exceptional color payoff and intricate application. One stroke is all it takes to leave a trail of natural color that adds depth to your makeup look. Subtle and rich colors melt into your skin’s natural tone, enhancing the beauty you already possess. Sebum controlling powders absorb sweat and sebum, allowing product to blend without clumping, imparting seamless colour that lasts all day.
The Mood Recipe blushes come in three different shades. It’s not a huge selection, but 3ce has many different lines of blushes, so there’s bound to be a shade that’s right for you. These normally retails at around $20 USD, but is currently on sale for $11 USD on Stylevana.
The packaging of the blush is fairly standard. Similar to the Laneige lip balms, these come in a plastic compact that’s the same shade as the powder inside, which I find aesthetically pleasing. The 3ce logo is emblazoned over a clear cover, which I really love because you can see the shade inside – a nice touch when most blush compacts have an opaque cover and you don’t know which shade you’re picking up!
The shade Rose Beige is described by the brand as a “mellow fall sunset in an elegant rose”, which is a bit dramatic. I like to call it a warm rosy peach! This shade looks really natural on the cheeks and makes my complexion look like I just came back from a light jog! I love myself a bright blush, but this type of natural blush shade is my absolute favourite because it goes with everything. I enjoy wearing this with a warm-toned eye look in particular. Rose Beige is a shade that would look flattering on fair to medium skin tones; if you have a deeper skin tone, this would likely look ashy.
When I swatched this shade with my fingers, I was impressed by how buttery the formula feels. It’s a very soft powder, so a brush packs up a lot of product when you dip into it. This blush is truly a joy to use. It’s super pigmented, but it blends like a dream. A little of the product goes a long way, but luckily, the shade looks so natural that it’s difficult to overapply.
I’ve been really enjoying these two products from Stylevana – both are high-performing products that I’m excited to use. As much as I want to try the other flavours of the Laneige Lip Glowy balm (peach?! grapefruit?! My jam!), I’m not running out to buy another one immediately. It’s a lovely formula, but it’s not hugely different from other lip balms out there, and I’m preferring thicker lip balms at the moment. On the other hand, I seriously love the 3ce blushes, and am definitely looking forward to buying more of their blushes, and their products in general…when I am off my low-buy!
Thank you again to Stylevana for sending me these products to test out. I’ve discovered some really great items to add to my arsenal!