February Week 2 New K-beauty Makeup Releases

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hi all, I hope you had a great holiday weekend. Here are the new Korean makeup launches announced over the past week.
Again as per usual, these products can be purchased using a buying service like the one provided by KoreanBuddy.com. They often show up at Tester Korea within a week or two as well.

Korean Nail Trends: Blushed Nails

Photo: DailyCosmetic, Sourced from instagram: @kkokoma_, @withshyan_official, @a.dorablee

One of the newer nail trends in Korea is called "cheek nails", also known as "blushed nails" or "peach nails". It's a trend that follows the hangover makeup trend. At-home nail artists create soft pink (the most popular color) gradients on their nails to mimic the look of blushed cheeks. There are over 1500 photos on Instagram sporting this new type of nail art. While pink and peach colors are among the most popular, some also use orange, and blue, and customize the art with glitter, water decals, and glass nail stickers. A representative from the nail polish brand Withshyan says that this look can be achieved using an eyeshadow brush. One can dab the uncured gel nail polish lightly with a soft sponge, which will help spread the gradient out into the desired shape. It's important to use nail art stickers or tape to help keep the shape of the design when working with gel polish that has yet to be cured.

The Face Shop Canada releases cushion with 6 shade range

Exciting news for those living in Canada. According to a thread on reddit (credit: /u/luxetrash) there is a new cushion foundation product by The Face Shop Canada called the Oil Control Water Cushion, and it has 6 whole shades. The cushion comes in the standard Ivory Beige and Natural Beige, but it also has 4 darker shades: Dark Beige, Light Brown, Apricot Beige, and Honey Brown. The cushion provides a matte finish for oily skin types and those that prefer no shine to their look.

Hera: 2016 Collections + Limited Edition Olympia Tan

Premium makeup and skincare brand Hera has new products out for 2016 including the new Rouge Holic Liquids below. These are liquid lipsticks with a satin finish. 
The colors range from:
105 Honey Love, 122 Fashion Pink, 135 Urban Rose, 141 Modern Pink
144 Candy Plum, 160 Stary Purple, 207 Sweet Coral, 316 Maximum Red
335 Velvet Red, 410 Maple Beige
32000 KRW each at AmorePacificMall.

New and available at TesterKorea (ships internationally) is this limited edition Olympia Tan set of a UV Mist Cushion and Rouge Holic lipstick (shade 141, a bright cool-toned pink) for about $68. The lipstick can be purchased separately for about $29 here.

Skinfood: Cushion, Primer, Lip Products, Palettes, and more

Vita Color Delicious Rouges (Luxe)

Vita Color Delicious Rouges (Luxe) are melting lip colors that moisturize the lips while giving vibrant color. They smooth down dry flakes, are supposedly long-lasting, and come enriched with a vitamins. There are 6 colors in the range: 1 Watermelon Crush, 2 Orange Shortbread, 3 Peach Cheesecake, 4 Cookie Box, 5 Cherry Tart, 6 a lip primer. 12000 KRW/3.5g

Pore Fit Pure Skin Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++

Pore Fit Pure Skin Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ this is a brightening, wrinkle care, and UV protection cushion foundation product that comes in 1 Pink Vanilla and 2 Nude Vanilla. It is a moisturizing finish that gives natural looking coverage and blurs pores. 20000 KRW/15g

Easy Dry Decal Nail Sticker

Easy Dry Decal Nail Sticker in Sweet Happening comes with dessert-themed nail decals. 3000 KRW/1 sheet.

Sugar Stick Cheek

Sugar Stick Cheeks are cream blushers that give natural flush to the cheeks. The product has a creamy-to-silky finish and is supposedly long-lasting. It contains sugar extract and vitamins A,C,E.  The shades are 1 Berry Waltz, 2 Peach Plz, 3 Winter Cherry. 9000 KRW/6.5g.

Pore Fit Pure Skin Primer

Pore Fit Pure Skin Primer is a pink-toned/golden shimmer balm primer that fills pores and smoothes over dry flakes while giving a slight shimmer to the skin. It helps makeup last longer and is infused with a vitamin complex of ingredients. 13000 KRW/10g

Mineral Sugar Blend Eyes

Mineral Sugar Blend Eyes are 6 shade eyeshadow palettes with shadows that are supposed to be soft and silky like spun sugar. There are 2 palettes: 1 Berry Chiffon that leans neutral to pink/mauve toned and 2 Orange Pound which is a warmer, full of toasted neutrals. 
See swatches here.
21000 KRW/1.5g*6

Vita Water Conceal Lighting Cushion SPF40 PA+++

Vita Water Conceal Lighting Cushion in 1 Light Skin and 2 Natural Skin provides coverage for dark and dull zones on the face like underneath the eyes easily with a cushion tip applicator. The concealer is infused with vitamins A, B, and C and brightening, wrinkle care, and UV-shielding ingredients. 11000 KRW/5.5g.

Nail Vita Alpha in Sweet Happening

Nail Vita Alpha in Sweet Happening - These new nail polishes by Skinfood come in 6 dessert-themed springy shades. The shades are from top to bottom: ARE06 Cherry Chok Chok Cake, ARE07 Fresh Sweet Pomegranate Jam, ARE08 Berryful Donut, ARE04 Tok Tok Grapefruit Soda, ACR07 Sweet Soda Candy, APK10 Fresh Peach Ade. 2500 KRW/10ml.

ICYMI: Son and Park Custom Cover Concealer Kit

This Son and Park Custom Cover Concealer Kit  (the brand was created by two celebrity makeup artists) flew under the radar when it was released at the end of December last year. It contains 3 cake type concealers - with a pink shade to color correct, a dark beige shade for the outer zones of the face and neck and a light beige shade to cover blemishes, freckles, and brighten. 24000 KRW.
The new 3CE Duo Cover Crayons are dual-ended pencil type concealers and color correctors.

Aritaum: Eyeshadow Palettes, Brow Pencils, Lip Tints

Styling Eye Palette

The Styling Eye Palettes by Aritaum each have 5 pans of neutral shimmery shades. The palettes have a kaleidoscope/glass shard design on them.
There are 4 palettes available: 1 Beige Beige, 2 Patal Burgundy, 3 Coral Brown, 4 Gray Brown.
10000 KRW.

Matte Formula Eyebrow Pencils

Matte Formula Eyebrow Pencils are traditional eyebrow pencils. They come in 4 shades: 1 Light Brown, 2 Brown, 3 Deep Brown, and 4 Gray Brown. 4000 KRW/3g.

Aritaum Jelly Bar

Aritaum Jelly Bars were released as a followup to the Honey Melting Tints from last year. The Jelly Bar formula is high-shine, gives volume and true color and is non-sticky. The Honey Melting Tints (which were MAC Huggable Lip Color dupes) were manufactured in Italy while these Jelly Bars were manufactured in Korea. There are 20 colors in the range. According to bloggers, the formula is not long-wearing but stays within the lip lines. 9500 KRW.

See blogger somevely's real life swatches below.

Colors in order below:
1 Ruby Star, 2 Sunny Apple, 3 Jealous Red, 4 Mangosteen Jelly, 5 Watery Cherry
6 Berry in Honey, 7 Candy Land, 8 Summer Squeeze, 9 Strawberry Pudding, 10 Pink Beam
11 Yam Yam Pink, 12 Kiss Of Fire, 13 Sweet Red Pumpkin, 14 Sweet Sparkling, 15 Orange Cocktail
16 Chery Orange, 17 Grapefruit Cake, 18 Peach Lady, 19 Melting Choux, 20 Cafe Macchiato

IPKN Spring Collection: Roman Holiday

Pictured above is Girl's Generation's Tiffany (thanks for the correction!) wearing the new Spring collection from IPKN. The Roman Holiday collection consists of an sparkly purple-toned eyeshadow quad called the Luxury Diamond in Eyes (35000 KRW) and two lip colors called Luxury Diamond in Lips in Happen Beige and Roman Holiday (a pink) (25000 KRW).
See true-to-life swatches of the eyeshadow quad here.

Apieu: New colors added to True Matte and True Glossy lipstick ranges

Apieu's True Glossy and True Matte lipsticks are not new but they've added three new colors. On the left is the one new True Glossy color called CR02 Julie, a coral pink. On the right are the two new True Mattes, CR02 Riley a neon matte coral, and RD04 Scarlet, a true red. Both formulas contain silk powder, rosehip oil, and chamomile extract to nourish the lips. 10000 KRW/4.5g.

BBIA Last Lip Mousse "Ssome Series"

BBIA is a brand that has grown through word of mouth over the past year or so. They've recently released two new types of lip products that have blown up on social media. They are these Last Lip Mousses - "Ssome Series" (Fun fact: Ssome means crush or attraction). And the Red Series2 Lipsticks. 

First the Last Lip Mousses (pictured above) Ssome Series are a soft satin/velvet matte finish. The colors are 1 Let's Date Ssome, 2 Heartbeat Ssome, 3 Let's Kiss Ssome, 4 Fiery Ssome, 5 Dreamy Ssome.

The Red2 Lipsticks are satin matte lipsticks that come in 5 shades as well. They are pictured on the bottom row of swatches above. The shades are: 06 Emotional, 07 Dreamy, 08 Active, 09 Alluring, 10 Exclusive.

All are available at Bbia.co.kr

Hanskin Bio Origin Royal Ampoule BB EX

Hanskin's new bb creams are heavy on the skin-conditioning elements. This is an upgraded formula of the original Bio Origin Royal Ampoule BB. This new Bio Origin Royal Ampoule BB EX cream contains Hanskins' bestselling ampoule Bio Origin The Ampoule Serum in it. The upgraded formula has a proprietary peptide complex called Clear-PEP, royal jelly, and taheebo tree bark extract to increase the moisture, brightening, and wrinkle care effect of the product. The SYN-HYCAN and antarcticine (a glycoprotein from the Antarctic) is contained. Unfortunately this product comes in only one shade, a light beige. 45000 KRW/40ml.

It's Top Professional Popup Cushion Moisture by It's Skin

It's Top Professional Popup Cushion Moisture
This is a foundation product that is conveniently contained in a compact for those with a preference towards a metal pop-up dispenser. Instead of a sponge soaked in foundation fluid, the foundation is contained in the compact beneath a metal plate, that when pressed, dispenses a small amount of fluid foundation. The It'sSkin cushion contains 10% green tea extract which is high in vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter. It gives moisture, brightening, anti-wrinkle, and UV-blocking effects as well. 20800 KRW/16g.

3 Concept Eyes Multi-Balms

3 Concept Eyes has announced two new multi-balms for lips, hands, face, etc. There is a clear balm in black packaging and a pink balm in pink packaging. Soon to be available at Stylenanda.

Thanks for reading!
If anyone has any questions about any of these products (ingredients lists, etc.), feel free to 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!
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