December Week 1 K-beauty Makeup Launches

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hi all, these are the new K-beauty makeup releases this first week of December.

Most are freshly announced, or only available on their official Korean websites. These products can be purchased through using a buying service like the one provided by One of the first stores with international shipping to carry new releases is Tester Korea. At times, new releases will start popping up in their store within a couple of days, so make sure to check them out!

It's Skin Holiday Macaron Kits

It's Skin has 2 holiday gift sets. Each contain 3 macaron candles, 2 macaron lip balms, an ornament, and 1 macaron lip and cheek product. The sets retail for 29000 KRW here.
The Mint edition has a green apple lip balm, a pineapple lip balm, a lip and cheek in 02 peach gelato, and 3 candles in orange, yellow, and mint scents. Apparently you can smell 'yellow'. 
The Navy edition has a chocolate lip balm, a grape lip balm, a lip and cheek in 01 pink parfait, and 3 candles in pink, purple, and choco. I think they've won me over... colors should have smells. 

New at Etude House: Play 101 Sticks, Nails, Brow Peel Off Tints

The model in these photos is Pony Makeup Artist, who seems to be everywhere these days as she consults for many Korean brands like Memebox, and as seen here... Etude House. She is the spokesmodel for the newly expanded Play 101 line. The Play 101 line used to consist of pencils that could be used on the eyes or the lips. With this new release, there is now a stick foundation and brush (9000 KRW), a contouring duo, and multi-color sticks (12000 KRW) which can be used as blush, lip color, highlighter, or contour. What impressed me most is that the stick foundation has a range of 4 shades (12000 KRW) which is considered extensive by Korean standards. 
Continuing clockwise from the top left, the new Brow Gel Tints are a product that stains the eyebrows similar to a lip stain. The product is applied to the brow hairs, and turns into a gel, which is then lifted off the eyebrows (hopefully with no casualties), and leaves behind a stain. There are 3 colors in all. Executed correctly, i.e. if the product doesn't rip out precious, precious brow hairs, I think this product sounds like a hit.
Next there 10 new Play Nail nail polishes and nail stickers. The nail polishes (3500 KRW) are very shimmery and glittery and the stickers (3000 KRW) are inspired by outer space.
Click through to see all swatches and product photos. 

Son and Park Mascaras

Son and Park revealed they would be launching two new mascaras. At left is the Slim and Separating Mascara. At right is the Power Volume Mascara. The brush on the Slim and Separating is intended to lift, curl, and separate lashes, able to reach lashes from root to tip. The brush on the Power Volume Mascara is a volumizing one, intended to make lashes fuller. Both mascaras are already available at for 16000 KRW. They only come in one shade - black. 

Tony Moly BCDation Plus

Tony Moly adds to the BCDation line once more with the BCDation Plus. The base product (worn by spokesmodel Hyuna) is an upgraded formula that contains 4 types of encapsulated"energy seeds" and a collagen booster in the formula. It is supposedly incredibly thin. The product will soon be available at eTonyMoly.

Disposable Lip Tints

These new Magic Bar Aqua Tints are disposable q-tip lip tints. Each set comes with 20 tint-filled q-tips for 3000 KRW. They come in two shades - orange, and cherry, and will soon be available at 11st here.

The Face Shop Quick Hair Puffs

The Face Shop Quick Hair Puffs contain a dark brown or natural brown hairline shading powder in a compact case with a white puff dispenser. The product dispenses out of the puff for a no mess solution to wobbly hairlines. For a visual tutorial and review of a similar product, check out Angela from BeautyandtheCat's review of the Mamonde version of this product. Get ready for some pun! The product retails for 10300 KRW on The Face Shop Korea. Natural Brown is here, and Dark Brown is here.

Isa Knox x Bardot Collection

Isa Knox has collaborated with ice cream brand Bardot (ice cream, not famous French actress, what a twist!) to reveal a new cushion compact. The micro foam cushion compact contains 30 grams of product (2 15g. cushions) and retails for 38000 KRW. There are two shades, light beige, and natural beige. The finish is a dewy, brightening one. It will be available at Isa Knox Korea here.

Holika Holika Roll-On Skin GLOSS, Contour, and Highlighter

These new novel products are from Holika Holika. They have an innovative foam roller dispenser and the contents are quite interesting as well.
First, the Skin Gloss contains 30 ml of a high shine face gloss that also offers SPF 32 protection. It retails for 19000 KRW here.
The Face 2 Change Roller V-Shading Contour contains 18 ml of product and retails for 15000 KRW here. There is only one shade only.
The Highlighter product also contains 18 ml of product and retails for 15000 KRW here. Again, there is only one shade. I'm curious to see if these products are sheer and also how blendable they are.

New MAC Cosmetics Cushion Foundation

MAC Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact and the accompanying brush will be available on December 17th. There are 10 shades in all!!

If anyone has any questions about any of these products or want to know more about ingredients.... shoot me a note or tweet me @unsightlygimp. If you have a tip or news byte to share with me I'd also appreciate it. Do you have your eye on anything? I'm definitely planning to try the Etude Brow Gel Tints. I don't think I'd be mad at anyone for surprising me with the It's Skin macaron gift sets either. :)

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