We Made Lipsticks At Lab'i Lipstick Design Studio | Clozette


Lipstick is a powerful tool in a woman’s arsenal. It invokes a mood, a certain power, and much like a signature scent, its trace leaves a lasting impression. Being self-confessed devotees of lipstick, we decided to take a trip to the new Lab’i Lipstick Design Studio, the first of its kind in the Philippines, to try our hand at creating our own perfect tube.


lab'i interior


Co-founder and owner Eleanor Leung (who runs the business with her partner, Anli Wu) told us that Lab’i started "as just loving makeup and lipstick and being very passionate about buying lipstick all the time." The only frustration? She couldn’t find the perfect shade. After pitching the idea to her partner who she credits greatly as the other half of the business, Lab’i was born.


Both being health-conscious, it was important that the lipsticks didn’t only look good but they also had to be good for the wearer. Eleanor added, “A woman wears an average of five to nine pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. It’s on your lips, it’s close to your body and then you ingest it when you eat or talk. The lipsticks here are all about being healthy.” Which is why Lab’i’s lipsticks are created with organic and botanical ingredients, making it as much about skincare as it is about makeup. Formulated in Tokyo, they're designed to suit Asian complexions with each tube containing a capsule of vitamin E to nourish lips while delivering rich, vibrant colour.


lab'i pigments


With an impressive 150 shades, an array of finishes (from creamy, hydrating formulations to velvety mattes), moulds, and beautiful packaging, we were spoiled for choice when it comes to finding our match. When asked about her favourite shades, Eleanor said she loved all shades equally, though not all suited her. She cited one of their bestsellers, #99 (a gorgeous deep pink), as one of her picks. Personally, she has over a hundred shades in her private collection and is thinking of expanding to lip liners in the future to accommodate them all. But Eleanor’s philosophy on lipstick is that “lipstick is life and is every woman’s possession. I compare it to ice cream. It doesn’t matter — young, old, middle-aged... everyone loves it. It transforms you.” To find out about our experience at Lab'i, keep reading below. 


lab'i casing


Our lipstick habits


Amanda says: "As someone who can never leave the house without carrying around four (or more) lipsticks in my purse, the concept of a customised tube is definitely alluring. Reds, pinks, and purples are more up my alley than nudes so I walked in at Lab'i's Lipstick Lab with that vision in mind."


Blessilde says: "I’m naturally quite pale so every time I go out, I need a hint of colour on my lips, otherwise people start asking if I’m feeling unwell. I’m mostly drawn to bold reds but for the summer I wanted a my-lips-but-better (MLBB) shade. I haven’t had much luck in that department, I’m afraid, as the colours were either too dark or too warm."



lab'i colour guide


Planning our shades


Amanda says: "I was initially confused with my undertones since I lean towards a warmer spectrum upon checking how to determine which is what (see the chart as reference). But upon consulting with Eleanor and trying out a couple of shades here and there, we ended up with the conclusion that cooler shades suit me better. After playing with a couple of swatches, we went with shade #99 — a gorgeous cross between magenta and boysenberry that complements my naturally tanned skin. But that's just the beginning. After the colour matching (which was already fun on its own, to be honest), the real work began."


lab'i mixing


Blessilde says: "I favour a cooler undertone but it was particularly challenging finding my perfect shade as most nude-leaning colours tend to wash me out. After many tries, Eleanor opted to mix my perfect shade resulting in a warm terracotta. Before going with it, she also suggested I try their bestselling nude in the shade #127 and I ended up going with that. It was a rosy terracotta which was warm enough for the summer but not too warm, and the formula felt buttery smooth and luscious on the lips. I also appreciated how there was no rush selecting the right shade, and Eleanor was very gracious in terms of accommodating our preferences and critiquing how they sat against our complexion."



Lipstick chemistry (minus the chemicals)


Amanda says: "With Mulan as my favourite movie of all time, the concept of getting pigments from real flowers that are powdered and processed traditionally reminded me of the scene where Mulan was preparing for her match-making session. Now, I don't know about you but anything that makes me feel like a Disney character is a plus in my book. As for the scent, I opted for lavender which was made possible by actually infusing essential oils into the formula. For the finishing touches, I went for a cat-shaped tip (because who could resist such cuteness?) and a black and gold crane-embellished casing to match my usual edgy/Japanese-loving aesthetic."


lab'i lipsticks


Blessilde says: "One of the real highlights of the experience was putting our aprons on and doing some lab(i) work. We were given a set of tools and pre-measured ingredients ready for mixing. Eleanor guided us through the process with clear instructions for each step and she kept track of the proper amount of time allotted for mixing, heating, and pouring. There was something therapeutic about the entire ritual. Everything was treated with great care and attention and it’s a good exercise on being mindful not just with the process but with the choices that we make. My personal combination was: lavender essential oil fragrance as I love its calming effect, cat-shaped mould in honour of my two furry children, and a dainty white and gold casing with cranes and red flowers due to my love of Oriental-inspired designs."



Overall thoughts


lab'i lipstick shade 99


Amanda says: "Waiting for 24 hours for my lippie to fully set was pure agony but it was totally worth it. The best part of the entire experience was actually knowing what gets blended into the lipstick that I'm wearing and being at ease because of that knowledge. I can claim that it's enriched with Vitamin E because I added it to the formula myself. I can talk about what made me choose for each of its components. Overall, it made me feel that loving makeup and actually being a part of the process in making it definitely elevates how you value a product and what it means to you once you put it on. Not to mention how therapeutic the entire thing was. Whether you're simply looking for a unique yet relaxing me-time experience or want to have a nice bonding sesh with your best gals, I highly recommend jumping into the Lab'i experience."


lab'i lipstick shade 127


Blessilde says: "There’s really something to be said about being involved in the whole creation process of the lipstick. It really heightens the experience of wearing it knowing it was made consciously by the wearer. The formula was wonderfully creamy and nourishing — it glided on smoothly, had great colour, and I do think the vitamin E did wonders for how comfortably it sat on the lips. It was lightweight and deeply moisturising, and it felt even better knowing it was packed with the good stuff. Most of it came off when I ate so longevity is average at best but I wouldn’t mind reapplying it multiple times throughout the day. I highly recommend the experience for anyone who has even the slightest interest in lipstick or cosmetics."



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Following the rave reviews of the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Innisfree launched another version that’s twice as powerful, to the delight of K-beauty fans. The new Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x is definitely an upgrade as it contains Jeju Volcanic Cluster Spheres that promise to give you much-needed intensive pore care in just 10 minutes. This 10-in-1 bears the weight of the expectations set by its predecessor, but would it live up to it at all?

 


Packaging, texture, and fragrance


On the left is a hand holding a small brown jar of Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x, on the right is a photo of the opened jar, with its creamy grey content visible.


Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x comes in a 100ml dainty brown metal jar. Because its metal container is densely packed with the formulation, it’s a bit weighty for its size but it’s still portable enough to carry with you when you travel. The formulation is thick yet creamy but the Volcanic Cluster Spheres aren’t as uniform and abundant as I expected. I even mistook it as grains that resulted from clumping of clay. The scent, on the other hand, isn’t overwhelming. You could only really take a whiff of its fragrant and earthy scent when it's on your face. 


Application


Photos of a creamy grey clay mask swatched and spread on the back of a hand


The creamy formulation makes the mask quite easy to spread on your skin, even with just your fingers. Take note though, the mask dries quickly, especially if you apply it too thinly, so be sure to work quickly if you don’t want uneven patches. The clay provides a cooling effect that persists throughout the whole application. You can feel it tightening your skin just a bit, but it’s not tingly at all. However, I did feel an unpleasant burning sensation on my upper lip every time I tried the product, no matter how little I applied. After the 10 minutes of application, you’d see the mask turning into a lighter shade of blue-grey and clinging to the crevices of your skin.


A photo of half a woman's face with the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask spread on her it.



Results

The first time I used the product, I didn’t see an improvement with my pores at all. I continued using it at least once a week and I’m happy to say that at least, after three weeks, my pores finally looked a bit smaller. This Volcanic Pore Clay Mask doesn’t help with pimple breakouts though, but it doesn’t dry the skin and it leaves my skin feeling softer and refreshed after every use. Once, I mistakenly left it on for more than 10 minutes, and it didn’t do anything bad to my skin at all.


Final thoughts


Overall, Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x delivered pretty good results for me. It also worked on cleansing and the pore tightening pretty well. My dry combination skin also appreciates that it cleared up the grease in my T-zone yet left the dry parts of my skin more moisturised. Because of its smooth texture, there were barely any leftovers of the mask on my finger after application. If you have dry skin, however, I wouldn’t recommend this one to you as it might be too harsh.

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