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5 Must-Have Hong Kong Favorites

By Samantha, Asia/Hong Kong Contributor

Sam is a 16-year old junior with a passion for all things beauty, though she has a soft spot for lipstick and blush. She started off her collection with mostly Western brands but began to get more interested in Asian brands because they were so much more accessible.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sam speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, a little German, and, of course, English. In her free time, she enjoys photography, craft projects, and spending time with family and friends. She’s studying for the SAT this year and looks forward to applying to universities in the U.S. next year.


5 Must-Have Favorites from Hong Kong

As a high school junior, I stay up late doing homework and wake up early for school. I typically go for a fresh and polished look and look for products that are quick and fail-proof when I’m stumbling around at 6am, as well as long-wearing to make it through long days. I have luckily been able to find these qualities in products by brands that are locally available to me.

I’m lucky to have pretty good skin so since I do not need coverage all over, I prefer to spot conceal.  Canmake UV Stretch and Protect Concealer (1,000 yen) has a thick, cream consistency and is housed in a long tube with a doe-foot applicator. Its consistency covers amazingly well without being drying or looking cakey, whether I’m using it to conceal redness, blemishes or under-eye circles. This is the most long lasting concealer I have ever used, holding up exceptionally well at parties, concerts and even when swimming. When I remove my make up at the end of the day, I can count on this still being on my skin.

Marker-styled liquid liners usually have a felt tip applicator, but the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner ($13.50) actually has a brush that tapers off like felt tip applicators do. The thin brush tip makes creating really fine lines right by the lash line a breeze, but apply a little extra pressure and the brush flattens, creating a thicker line. The long, thin packaging gives you great control and makes winged liner quick and fuss-free.

Fairydrops Mascara ($18.00) has a very unique wand that resembles the wand of Rimmel Sexy Curves. I have to say, the first time using this was tricky and quite frankly, a little intimidating. The wand has three circular bumps that grabs my lashes, gives them a good coat of mascara, and deposits a lot of product near my lash line, making my lashes look fuller and my eyes more defined. The waterproof formula is creamy but dries quickly, so the occasional clump must be brushed out quickly, and does not smudge or flake on me.

You can spot Hope Girl from a mile away by its tell-tale leopard print packaging. The Milky Balm Lipstick in RD102 Watery Red (12,900 won) is a great, moisturizing sheer red that adds brightness and color to the face. It is a neutral red which should work well on a variety of skin tones and is extremely easy to wear, although it can also be built up for a stronger payoff. It does not stay on for very long, but as a sheer lip product, I don’t really expect it to. I can swipe this on without a mirror and use it to transition my look from day to night, making it a great lipstick for on the go.

Similar in concept to Benefit Benetint, I think that Lioele Blooming Pop Tint in Cherry ($13.60) multi-tasking lip and cheek stain is one of Lioele’s star products. The main thing that sets the Blooming Pop Tint apart from other lip and cheek stains I have used before is that it has a gel-like consistency, giving you more blending time before it sets. The stain just sinks into the skin, leaving a rosy flush that looks very natural and not streaky or patchy at all.

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Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer
Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer ($17.50 oz. for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-chrome nail polish that shifts from golden yellow to khaki green to blue flash with a metallic shimmer.” It’s predominantly a murky olive green-gold that brightens and darkens depending on the angle/lighting. The blue comes out, for me, around the edges of the nail when held at a certain angle. It’s a very cool effect and definitely something that’s hard to capture in a single photo! It’s definitely very similar to Chanel Peridot. They both look like oil spills in the bottle!  #507 has more blue pulled out than Chanel, which tends to be more gold-green and green; perhaps less multi-chrome.

#507 was opaque in two coats, and even though it’s a metallic, the threads apply evenly and straight without much effort. The lacquer flowed easily across the nail without pooling, streaking, or bubbling. I wore #507 for a week with minimal tip wear; the formula wears well without chipping and probably could have lasted for ten days. It had a good consistency that wasn’t too thick or thin, which allowed for better application.

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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NARS Misfit Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Misfit Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Misfit Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Misfit Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Misfit Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering ecru” and “rich emerald green.” The lighter shade is a pale yellow beige with a mostly matte finish, but it has a really soft, silky texture with a buttery, dense feel. It’s similar in color to Make Up For Ever #102 with better color payoff. The darker shade is a greenish-teal; it’s a little tealer/bluer than emerald green, but it’s very close. It has more of a matte color base with pale gold shimmer-sparkle on top. It’s the closest shade I have to Jealousy Wakes, which is greener; I think if you wanted more of a teal and found Jealousy Wakes too green on you, then Misfit would be more up your alley. It reminded me more of MAC Surf USA, which is a touch more teal. It’s soft, smooth, and very pigmented.

Both shades have excellent color payoff, and the two pair well with each other. There’s a good amount of contrast, so you can take it from light to dark and everything in-between. Plus, with the yellow in the beige, you can pull this shade to look greener when they’re used together. The wear of this duo was nice, too; normally, when I wear these without a base, it doesn’t quite last for a full eight hours, but Misfit wore for nine without fading or creasing, though the green shade did stain somewhat, so I took off half of point from application (which does include removal!).

NARS Misfit Eyeshadow Duo

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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