This month, VICE Cosmetics launched their latest collection in collaboration with BT21 by LINE FRIENDS. The collection features two new formulas boasting high quality and international standard products that are not only fun to look at, but are perfect for glowing, fresh, everyday looks.
Luckily, we here at KStreetManila were able to get our hands on the products and try them out this week. Here are our thoughts!
If there’s one thing we can say about the collection, it’s that they really came through in the product’s packaging. They are so fun to look at. The pop of colors and classic summer elements such as flamingos, beach balls, and of course the pool that characters such as Kooky and RJ are seen swimming in give off a fun, fresh, and summery vibe that we can’t help but want to include it in our makeup flat lays.
The choice to focus on more natural lip and cheek products this time around is a great addition to the already existing collection. It’s an understated product that caters to people that don’t necessarily wear a lot of makeup but still want to give off an elevated, fresh, and glowy look.
The standout of the two definitely has to be the Cheeky Blushes. These gel-like cream blushes have been on the rise lately in terms of trendy makeup staples, with several other brands coming out with the same type of product. What VICE Cosmetics has done to give their products a leg up, however, is the price point (a steal at P195 per piece) and the collectible aspect of having your favorite BT21 characters on the packaging.
The four colors do a lot in terms of catering to a wide array of skin tones. Shades Like Perfect Peach and Playful Pink work well with fairer skin while Sheer Plum and Everyday Nude fare pretty well with deeper tones. Everyday Nude can also double as a cream bronzer for fairer tones because of its neutral base. And while the initial application is pretty sheer, it has buildable coverage and blends well on both bare skin and foundation. The only substantial criticism of this product is that it does have a synthetic smell. But nothing too off-putting or long-lasting. Overall a great product that deserves a place in your makeup bag or vanity.
The Dewy Tint, however, felt more like an afterthought in terms of quality. The packaging has a standard feel to it with the bright colored caps and more simple BT21 character placements. Definitely less intricately designed than the Cheeky Blush, but eye-catching, nonetheless.
The tints are quite sheer and it seemed that layering did not do much to amp up the color, either. The gloss itself was not sticky and generally comfortable to wear, which is a plus. However, the tint did cling to dry patches and uneven areas, but most lip tints do this, so it wasn’t too much of a surprise. The staying power is notable as the swatch remained on my arm for much longer than expected (one day to be exact and even some residue left after showering!) but the gloss does come off pretty quickly.
Fresh Nude and Brick Red stand out from the four shades, with Merry Mauve and Rosy Pink feeling like almost the same shade. Fresh Nude is a more peachy apricot shade that gives you that hint of color, while Brick Red is true to the shade’s name: a warm-toned, wearable red. If you don’t have these shades yet, it’s worth checking out especially for fans of a glossier, more natural-looking lip.
THE FINAL VERDICT: This launch is a cute and exciting addition to VICE | BT21’s collection, I’m totally in love with the Cheeky Blushes and if you are a fan of BT21 you will absolutely love the design of these products. It’s definitely good quality and affordable for all. While I wasn’t head over heels for the tints, I did find that Fresh Nude and Brick Red are great shades to own for people who are looking for an affordable stain-cum-gloss product.
The collection launched exclusively on Lazada early this week and is currently available on BeautyMNL, Zalora, vicecosmetics.com, and Shopee. The collection will be made available in all VICE Cosmetics stores nationwide on August 24.
Thank you to Vice Cosmetics for sending us these products.