My first Tosowoong MAKEON cosmetics experience!
I have to say Tosowoong is not a brand that I ever tried before. There’s no retail store selling this where I live, and this isn’t a brand that’s advertised itself very heavily outside of South Korea, so if any of you have had any experience with it, let us know!
I was recently contacted by the brand to try out some of its products, so while I haven’t had time to give everything a full trial-run, here are some swatches and initial thoughts!
Super Long Lasting Waterproof Gel Pencils
These are probably the most exciting part of the package for many people. They come in a nice range of shades, but all are metallic, and some more sparkly than others, although they aren’t exactly glittery.
The black, blue are slightly patchier and less pigmented and rhe green and burgundy less metallic but the rest of the shades are very smooth.
I haven’t given them a full-day’s test, but from the texture so far I think the lasting power is just fair; they perform like most colored liners and work well for a pop of color, or as a base for powder shadows, but don’t expect Urban Decay 24/7 performance, although these are quite affordable and come in fun colors.
Recommendations: Check out some of the paler shades like the beige and especially the peach, which is beautiful - almost like a pencil version of MAC Melon pigment - and very smooth.
Chokchok CC Creams
The brand also carries CC creams (compact and tube form) that both have an SPF50 with PA+++ which is very good UVA/B protection. I personally like the color-adjusting tube CC Cream much more because it’s just more hygienic - a personal preference - and you get more coverage and a satiny texture that lasts longer. The Shade I received (#3) is also very neutral and not too grey or pink, so it’s great for light-medium skintones (NC25-30/NW25).
The compact has a detachable CC-cream filled sponge and a sponge applicator a la Laniege’s Snow BB, but unlike the Laneige, the box does not include a refill pack, so the amount is not likely to last you very long. The coverage is very light, and the finish quite dewy, so I’d recommend it more for people who have generally good skin and who want a bit of moisture and glow but don’t need much concealing or correcting. Shade 21 is about the equivalent of a MAC NW20 or so.
If you need a bit of coverage, then go with the tube.
Special Mentions: S.P. Silk Touch Powder and Remover Stick
The silk touch powder is a translucent white powder that disappears into the skin, similar to most HD powders around. If you like those this is an option to check out. I’m afraid I can’t read the ingredients list as it’s printed in Korean, but I’ll say it’s more like MAC’s Prep + Prime Powder than Make Up For Ever’s silica-based HD Powder, so it’s more likely that this is a cornstarch-containing product (though I might be wrong).
What I’m unexpectedly impressed by is the “Nothing is Impossible” makeup remover stick!
This little white pencil comes with a waxy remover on one end, and an erasing sponge on the other end. Just go over makeup with the waxy end, and then use the sponge end to rub off the makeup. I don’t really think anyone is about to replace their makeup remover with a stick anytime soon, but this is definitely handy for bringing out to clean off makeup mistakes on the go.
(I’d recommend washing the sponge tip every couple of uses.)
Super Intensive Volumeup Mascara
This looks like a wet formula mascara (which I like) with a criss-cross bristle brush. I’ll need to give it a full testing before I can tell you how it performs, but the brush looks good!
The main con for this brand is probably the fact that it’s not widely available yet. There are a couple of places that do ship it (if you’re in Singapore, it’s available on Qoo10 at the link above), but it’s not on major Korean cosmetics retailer sites like Koreadepart.com.