Pony Effect ” Deep & Pure ” Lip Tint review

Aaand – I’m back guys! 😄

We’re continuing where we left off with the Pony Effect review series ! This time, I’m here with a lip product, in this case – the PONY EFFECT “Deep & Pure” Lip Tint review.  As always, I’ve divided this review into several sections, so feel free to skip what you don’t want to read about 😊 :

Iiii – evo me konačno ponovo na blogu ! 😄

Nastavljamo gde smo stali sa serijalom Pony EFFECT. U ovom slučaju, u pitanju je recenzija PONY EFFECT “Deep & Pure” tinte za usne. Bez neke preduge (i dosadne ) uvertire, prelazimo direktno na stvar. Naravno kao i uvek, recenzija je podeljena na nekoliko celina , tako da možete preskočiti sa čitanjem onoga što vas ne zanima 🙂 :

Packaging / Ambalaža

The lip tint comes in a sturdy plastic tube with a standard doe foot applicator, nicely placed in a sleek cardboard box. Like with the rest of Pony Effect’s products, we have the same packaging color scheme – Rose gold & Navy blue. The front is in english and back in korean ( wish it was all in english, as for the shade name ). Now, the brand itself has a unique logo, in the shape of a sign for voltage (or thunder 😊 ). In this case, the color of the logo, represents the tint’s shade. You get 8.5gr/0.3oz of product ( a very nice ammount ), with a shelf life of 24 months after opening. The product is made in Korea by MemeBox.

Kao što vidite, tinta dolazi u elegantnoj kartonskoj kutijici, dok se sam proizvod nalazi u čvrstoj plastičnoj tubici, sa standardnim sunđerastim aplikatorom za nanošenje proizvoda. Kao i kod ostale Pony Effect kozmetike, pakovanje je dvobojno – kombinacija roze zlatne i teget. Spreda je natpis na engleskom a pozadi na korejskom ( što donekle otežava da zapamtite naziv nijanse na svakoj tubici ukoliko ne znate jezik). Sam brend ima karakterističan logo, u formi simbola za napon ( ili munju 😬). Boja logoa ovde označava koje je nijanse sama tinta. Dobijate 8 gr proizvoda ( više nego dovoljna količina) sa rokom trajanja od 24 meseca nakon otvaranja. Proizvod je napravljen u Koreji od strane kompanije Memebox.

 

About the lip tint product / Malo o samom proizvodu

 

So, as the title says, this is a ” lip tint ” or as some would say a “lip stain”. For those who aren’t so familiar with this kind of lip product, this is something that I would put in between a lip gloss and – depending on the lip tint’s color intensity/finish / pigmentation, and a liquid lipstick.

In a sense, I’d say – something of a hybrid. When it comes to the product’s consistency it’s usually more runny ( very watery or in a gel like form ) – compared to a lip gloss or a liquid lipstick. As for the product’s finish – it can be glossy or more with a matte or velvet finish. Their main purpose is to give the lips a nice subtle (or bold) color , with a longer staying power than a lip gloss or lipstick (since they “tint” or “stain” the lips). 

 

Kao što i sam naziv proizvoda kaže, ovde je u pitanju tzv. tinta za usne. Ukoliko se do sada niste susreli sa ovakvim konceptom proizvoda za usne, ovo je nešto što bih ja stavila u kategoriju hibrida – nešto između sjaja i tečnog karmina za usne. Po teksturi i konzistenciji, dosta je laganiji i ređi, u poređenju sa jednim sjajem ili tečnim karminom. Kada govorimo o samom finišu, mogu biti kako sa sjajnim finišem, tako i sa mat ili baršunastom završnicom. Osnovna funkcija tinte je da usnama daje jednu suptilnu ili pak smeliju nijansu, koja će se zadržati na usnama duži vremenski period naspram sjaja ili karmina ( s obzirom da imaju tzv. efekat “bojenja” usana ).

 

Functionality & Usability / Funkcionalnost i upotrebljivost

Lip tints are very popular in South Korea, I’d say even more popular than lipsticks and lip gloss. When you look at it, I completely understand why. It’s supposed to be more comfortable to wear and re-applying is also less often, because of its staying power. Looks very natural, so it’s great even for those who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup. Gives you a healthy look and brightens the face, all in all – in theory, it’s just a perfect product on the go.

You can wear them in two ways : a more western style – in several layers, the way you would wear a liquid lipstick, or wear it in a more asian style – rocking the famous “gradient lip” ( you apply a bit of foundation/concealer as a base to caunteract the pigment in your lips. Then you apply the tint just in the inner center of your lips, blending it outwards to the rims, to get that shear, fading effect ).

I didn’t use foundation on/around the lips on purpose, just to see the tint’s longevity… Also, I didn’t edit these pictures, didn’t clean the lip rims, fix discoloration, peach fuzz, blur, etc., so the skin you see around my lips is actually bare ( photos are taken with my frontal phone camera in HDR mode /13mp/ natural light ).

Tinte  su vrlo popularne u Južnoj Koreji, moglo bi se reći čak  i popularnije od karmina i sjaja za usne. U osnovi, tinte bi trebale biti mnogo prijatnije za nošenje naspram recimo tečnog karmina, postojanost je takođe po pravilu duža. Uz adekvatnu nijansu, možete postići jedan vrlo prirodan i svež izgled, tako da su odlične za osobe koje ne vole da nose mnogo šminke. Generalno, odličan proizvod za svaki dan i za sve uzraste.

Što se tiče same upotrebe tinti, možete ih nositi na dva načina : više zapadnjački – slojevito, na način kako biste nosili tečni karmin, ili u skladu sa azijskim trendom tzv. ” gradient” usana ( kao osnovu na usne stavljate puder/korektor, nebili neutralisali njihovu boju. Zatim nanosite tintu na centralni, unutrašnji deo usana, blendirajući proizvod ka samom obodu za jedan ombre efekat ).

Application & Impressions / Nanošenje i utisci

 

So, I got this lip tint in the shade “Beautiful”. Now, the color is described as a light coral pink, but when I look at the color on my lips in person, I would rather describe it as a fuchsia or magenta . The product is very lightweight, not as runny like some other tints, and pretty easy to apply. The doe foot applicator is also nice to work with ( I wasn’t too precise when test applying on purpose, and I’d say it came out pretty neat in pictures). Of course, if you don’t like these applicators, you can always use a lip brush with the product. The tint is pretty scented (some won’t like that) has a nice, fruity, cherry scent. When you lick your lips, they feel a bit sweet, but it leaves no weird after taste in the mouth, which is a plus. This tint has a semi-matte finish.

Uzela sam tintu u nijansi “Beautiful”. Boja je opisana kao koralno pink, mada s obzirom kako izgleda na mojim usnama, pre bih je nazvala magenta nijansom pink. Proizvod je vrlo lagan, ne toliko redak poput nekih drugih tinti i vrlo se lako nanosi. Dolazi sa standardnim sunđerastim aplikatorom za nanošenje proizvoda, na koji zaista nemam zamerki. Naravno, ukoliko ne volite ove aplikatore, uvek možete koristiti i četkicu za usne. Tinta je moram reći dosta parfimisana (nekima se to neće svideti) – vrlo prijatan voćni miris, poput višnje. Kada liznete usne, oseća se jedna blaga slatkoća ali ne ostavlja nikakav čudan ukus u ustima, što je super. Ova tinta ima polu mat finis.

 

 

Pony recommends for the product to be layered as a lipstick. By this I mean – one coat of tint / let it set/ remove any excess with tissue/ second coat /set/tissue again/ etc., repeating this with as much layers as you want. The product layers beautifully, had no issues with this. Starts a bit tacky as you apply it, but once it sets, you’re good. The color is very buildable ( 3 coats are ideal) and won’t accentuate the lips texture. I have to say, it is perfection on the lips – it doesn’t dry out my lips at all ( which can happen with some liquid lipsticks and tints). The product perfectly moves with the lips if it makes any sense 😀 . Super comfortable to wear, I literally forget I have anything on my lips. If you layer it as recommended, it really doesn’t transfer and it’s also smudge proof. Now, as for the staying power, you do need re-applying after a few hours, especially if you eat and drink (had no issues with  layering the product). But, you won’t loose the color more than 60 % (which is good for a tint) . The lips are pretty stained and you’ll need micellar water to rub it all off. The product gradually fades, it doesn’t flake. Re-applying is super easy. It also doesn’t bleed as you can see below. 

I went right to the rim’s edge on the upper lip and a bit above the lower lip’s rim, to see if it will bleed/move – Nope, it didn’t. Also, it didn’t fade a lot more after this.

Poni savetuje da se tinta nanese poput karmina. U smislu, sloj tinte / sačekati da se slegne proizvod/ skinuti višak boje maramicom/ sledeći sloj / i tako onoliko slojeva koliko želite. Boja tinte se lako nadograđuje, kada je prvo nanesete, malo je lepljiva ali onog momenta kada se osuši, više je ne osećate na usnama. Proizvod se divno pomera sa usnama, zaista nemate osećaj da vam se uopšte išta nalazi na njima. Ne isušuje, a 3 sloja su idealna da dobijete jednu ravnomernu, intenzivnu boju. Ukoliko ga nanesete kako je preporučeno, zaista nema transfera. Boja se takođe ne razliva, što je jako bitno. Što se tiče same postojanosti, moraćete da je dodatno nanosite nakon par sati, pogotovu ako ste nešto jeli i pili . Boja dosta ravnomerno bledi, ne kruni se. Svakako nećete nikad izgubiti više od 60 % boje (sto je za tintu sasvim oke). Neophodna je micelarna voda kako biste je u potpunosti uklonili. 

Ingredients / Sastav

 

Like most korean makeup, this is also a skin care infused product. The tint is enriched with a nourishing flower complex and hyaluronic acid. The tint is also a cruelty-free product , without ingredients like : sulfates, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, alcohol, mit, talc, mineral oil, tea, triclosan, coal tar, formaldehyde-releasers, dye ( does contain parabens ).

Kao i ostala korejska kozmetika, i ovaj proizvod je obogaćen sastojcima iz oblasti preparativne kozmetike. U ovom slučaju to je dodatak hijaluronske kiseline i nekoliko biljnih ekstrakata. Borba protiv znakova starenja je korejcima jako bitna i kroz dekorativnu kozmetiku. Proizvod nije testiran na životinjama i kao sastojke ne sadrži : boje, formaldehid, mineralno ulje, propilen glikol, katran, alkohol, sulfate, sodium lauril sulfat, triklosan, ftalate, metilizotiazolinon ( sadrži parabene).

 

The ingredients COSDNA list for one of the colors ( unfortunately, I couldn’t find the list for this exact shade on the website, but they all have the same base, just different coloring ingredients) :

Lista sastava ( nisam mogla da nađem na sajtu listu sastojaka za ovu nijansu, ali u osnovi sve se baziraju na istoj formuli, samo je razlika u korišćenim pigmentima ) :

As you can see, there’s hyaluronic acid, rose, damask rose and centaurena cyanus (although all pretty low on the list) – all three are good for hydration, some also known as ingredients high in antioxidants ( roses are rich in vitamin C ).

Hijaluronska kiselina, ekstrakt ruža i različak ( mada su svi dosta nisko na listi ) – sva tri sastojka su poznata po svojoj hidratantnoj sposobnosti kao i visokim sadržajem antioksidanata ( ruže su bogate vitaminom C ).

Any remarks ? / Ikakve zamerke ?

Have no issues with this product. Some won’t be satisfied with the staying power, I’m personally fine with it ( to be honest, having something on my lips that you can’t get off at all, would freak me out, so… xD ) . Again, It’s a matter of personal preference really. 🙂

Nemam nikakvih zamerki.  Neki možda neće biti zadovoljni sa njenom postojanošću ( mene iskreno ne privlači da na usnama imam nešto što se apsolutno uopšte ne skida, tako da… xD ). Što se mene lično tiče, ja sam zaista zadovoljna.

 

Do I recommend ? / Da li preporučujem ?

 

Absolutely !. I really liked this tint. It’s perfect for summer, especially with a nice tan. The ease of application, pigmentation, decent staying power – In general, I don’t see lip tints as products with more longevity than liquid lipsticks. So, I can’t complain much. If you like lip tints, or you want to try some, definitely check these out !. 🙂 I bought mine via TesterKorea for the price of 16,150 krw + shipping ( this varies based on the parcel’s weight ).

Definitivno !. Zaista mi se sviđa ova tinta, divna je za leto. Lako se nanosi, vrlo pigmentovana, zadovoljavajuća postojanost…Zaista nemam mnogo zamerki – Ja generalno ne vidim tinte kao proizvod duže postojanosti od tečnog karmina. Ukoliko volite tinte, ili želite da probate neku po prvi put, ove imaju moju toplu preporuku !. 🙂 Tintu možete poručiti preko sajta TesterKorea a cena joj je 16.150 krw + poštarina  ( visina poštarine zavisi od težine paketa ).

That’s it for my long review, hope you liked it ! 🙂

x

BelgradePixie

Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

” PONY EFFECT ” by PONY – Makeup & Artistry

 

Since a lot of you guys probably isn’t that familiar with the South Korean beauty scene, I’ve decided to write an introductory post regarding Pony Effect. This way you’ll be able to learn some interesting things about the brand and also its creator (followed by some product reviews from the makeup line in my upcoming posts). 😊

 

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The first Holiday Collection called ” That Girl”, november 2015/Photo by Pony Effect  via Pony Effect’s Official FB Page

 

Pony Effect is a makeup brand launched in winter of 2015 with their first holiday collection called „That Girl“. The brand was based on a previously very successful collaboration between Memebox – one of the fastest growing beauty companies in S. Korea, and one of the most sought out for Korean self-taught makeup artists at the moment named Park Hye-Min, more commonly known by her highschool nickname as – Pony.

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Makeup Artist Park Hye-Min a.k.a Pony  / Photo by Pony Effect / Via  Pony Effect’s official website

 

Pony has actually been in the beauty industry for quite some time. She started off almost 10 years ago, as an artistic graphic designer with a beauty blog as a hobby in her spare time. As the popularity of her blog started to rise, getting recognition for her knowledge about makeup and with the undeniable talent when it comes to her makeup skills, she decided to quit her office job and pursue her lifelong passion as a profession.

 

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Photo by Pony Effect / Via Pony Effect’s official website

 

Throughout the years, she has built a name for herself, working as a celebrity makeup artist, while writing several bestseller makeup books in the process . With international fame, offers came left and right, and by now, she can proudly say that she has worked with numerous brands in the industry, ranging from Etude House & Memebox, to the renowed pioneers as Dior and Shu Uemura . Despite closing down her blog, she is still very active on social media, sharing her skills and tips through beautiful makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel, called Pony Makeup (with over 2.4 million subscribers & counting) .

As someone who has followed her work for a while now, I also wanted to write about some of the focal points when it comes to her work and approach to makeup.

If I would have to describe her work in one sentence, it would be „ Light handed strokes and subtleness“ – Now, what does this mean?. First of all, like with most Asian makeup artists, strong contouring, heavy baking & highlighting, or knife sharp eyebrows – None of these ( mostly well-known drag techniques) are present in her work. You won’t see anything overemphasized  or too heavy when it comes to her makeup style.

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Photo by Pony Effect / Via Pony Effect’s official website

 

Just as a painter, she has a keen eye for colors, light and angles, she works on accentuating your facial features, without making you look unrecognizable. Her looks are very natural, fresh and youthful, filled with mostly pastel and earthy tones (I would describe some of her looks even as ” fairy ” like ), that can easily be transformed into a more dramatic, yet not overpowering nighttime makeup looks. She applies makeup with such an incredible ease and delicacy, basing everything on a simple mantra – Less is more. In her tutorials, she always tries to make her makeup looks as simple as possible for you to recreate them at home (You can also try her incredible celebrity transformations 😁 ).

When it comes to the products that she uses for her looks, you can see a huge variety, a lot of Asian but also European and American makeup brands, in accordance and respect to her international fan base, always mixing drugstore and high-end products. This way she shows you that you don’t necesarilly need only expensive makeup to look your very best, and it’s easier for people in different parts of the world to recreate her looks by using brands that are not only more affordable, but also more accessible. She also doesn’t empose her own makeup products in the tutorials ( like some other beauty gurus), which I also respect a lot ( Pony Effect as a brand, has a separate YouTube channel ).

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Photo by Pony Effect / Via Pony Effect’s official website

Her makeup brand is sleek, covers all the essentials you need in your makeup bag, with a pop of more boldly colors and shades, for when you feel more adventurous. Prices are I’d say mid range, but as for what I’ve tried so far – totally worth it ( for more about the products I’ve tried, you’ll have to wait for my next post 😉 ).

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Photo by  Pony Effect / Via  Pony Effect’s official website

In general, when looking at her work, her makeup channel and website, together with all of her previous campaigns & collections, I can say that I really love her sense for aesthetics and the color combos in her work (btw, she loves purple like me 😁 ). Overall, I find her as a fantastic makeup artist and a great representative of the ever so popular S. Korean pop culture.

What more can I say ? – In my opinion, sky’s the limit for this girl, and I’m happy to continue watching her grow as an artist. 😊

Hope you liked my post ! 😊

Enjoy your week guys!

X 💞

BelgradePixie

Important Note : I have received permission from Pony Effect to use the above mentioned images .

 

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Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

The Ordinary ” Hyaluronic acid 2% + B 5 ” Review

When it comes to The Ordinary brand, this is what I would call,  the basic, foundation brand from Deciem. This means,  you get products with a more simple, yet effective, combination of ingredients ( in compare to products from other Deciem skin care brands, and the evident, price difference among them). This is also the brand you should start with, if you’re a beginner when it comes to skin care education.  By this, I mean learning about ingredients, what something does for the skin, when to use it,  etc., pretty much knowing what you’re actually putting onto your skin. In that sense, this will be a slightly different review comparing to my regular ones, since you’ll be able to learn some basics about certain skin care ingredients. So,  without further adieu,  let’s get started! 😉

My first review in the Deciem series is The Ordinary -“ Hyaluronic acid 2 % + B 5 “ serum.  As usual, the review is divided into several sections :

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       Packaging

The  30 ml of serum, comes in a muted glass bottle with a dropper. It’s packaged in a mat white cardboard box with the instructions in english & french. I’m always scared when I order products in glass bottles, since they could break during transport, but in this case, don’t fear, you get a product packed in very good quality glass packaging, especially compared to its pretty low price. The design is very clean and minimalistic, very “medicine” style,  which I actually really like. This product,  as the rest from Deciem,  is made in Canada, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

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About the product &  the ingredients

This is an alcohol- free serum where the two main ingredients are hyaluronic acid ( in concentration of 2%) and vitamin B5. Now, I’ll explain what these two are and what they actually do, as simple as possible. 😉

Ok, so, hyaluronic acid is very popular in the skin care industry as we all know. Reasons? A great anti-aging ingredient, hydrates the skin, beats those free radicals, you name it. Hyaluronic acid binds water (1000 times its own weight), so it locks in the moisture, giving the skin back its plumpness, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles at the same time.

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When you look at it, it’s actually a large sugar, that in its plain form, can’t do a thing. You ask, why? The molecule is just too big, so it can’t penetrate the skin, just sits on top. Because of this, skin care companies use a hyaluronic salt called sodium hyaluronate and a more complex form,  sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer (it’s like a little bundle of those sodium hyaluronates). Because they are smaller, these molecules can actually penetrate the skin, and start their hydrating magic on our skin cells ( they’re actually even more powerful in water retaining & moisturizing than plain hyaluronic acid) .

Now, hyaluronic acid itself is not unknown to us. It’s in our joints, eyes, connective tissue, but mostly our skin. We all have it. The thing is that, as we age,  we produce it less and less, and the levels of this acid in our skin start to drop (that’s the bummer of getting old 😑).

So, what happens with your skin, when you use a serum with hyaluronic acid ? Think of your skin as a deflated beach mat, all shriveled up . When you start using a serum rich in humectants , it’s like you’re starting to inflate it, bringing back its nice, firm shape.

Next up is Vitamin B 5, a.k.a – Panthothenic acid. You probably used it a lot of times, you just know its other, more common form – Panthenol (an alcohol form that turns into this acid/vitamin after it penetrates the skin) . Vitamin B is also present in our skin, hair, nails, and even plants . Again, Vitamin B5 is also a powerful humectant (fancy for – retains moisture) like hyaluronic acid, widely used mainly to moisturize, soothe and heal, irritated,  problematic or damaged skin . Works by the same principles as hyaluronic acid, which makes them the perfect combo in a skin care product.

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Now for the ingredients list :

Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

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Application & impressions

This serum is meant to be used morning and/or evening, before your cream of choice (I use it before my cream and SPF in the mornings,  and before my vitamin C cream at night) . I think this is a great product for your morning routine,  since it’s very lightweight and pretty fluid. At fist, it’s a little bit sticky as you apply it, but that goes away as you massage it into the skin. There’s also no fragrance,  so it’s perfect for people who are sensitive to perfume. Little goes a long way, and the skin absorbs it like sponge – literally in a matter of seconds !. It really helped with my dehydrated skin this winter, especially my scaly areas.

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They used hyaluronic acid that’s not of animal origin and since Deciem also doesn’t test on animals, the serum is cruelty-free & vegan friendly.

All of their products are actually free from paraben, mineral oil, sulphates, animal oils, mercury, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, coal-tar dyes, formaldehyde and oxybenzone ( Jesus, writing some of these down was a pain 🙄 ).

All in all,  I see it as a good +1 product, that ” something”,  that gives an extra kick to your skin care routine when it comes to hydration, especially during winter.

Do I recommend?

Absolutely! It helped my dehydrated combo skin during these winter days, it’s great for people who have very sensitive skin,  and suits pretty much All skin types, whether it’s dry, normal, combo or oily. We all need good hydration. When it comes to the price, it’s very affordable ( 6,80 € /843 rsd) ,  so you won’t feel it on your budget. So, from me you get a 👍 to try it!

x

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.