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I TRIED IT: KOREAN PEEL-OFF BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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Materials:

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel in Gray Brown, $14.50, etudehouse.com. A’Pieu Harutatoo Lip Tint in RD01, $5.40, koreadepart.com.

Process:

 

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With dreams of Cara Delevingne (and fears of Chewbacca), I picked up the brow gel and carefully painted it on using the small pointed brush. Once I covered the area, I looked ridic! My brows were extremely dark and goopy, like a Snapchat filter gone wrong. The instructions said to wait two hours so, after a Netflix binge, I peeled off the now dried-up gel from the tail end, nervous my hairs may come out with it. Phewf, I ended up with a nice tint—not as dark as the gel itself, thankfully—and no accidental waxing. The heads of my brows were a little intense, so next time I’ll focus on the tail end instead, where my brows are naturally sparser.

 

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Satisfied with my on-fleek brows, I was ready for the peel-off lip stain. The formula smelled like strawberry lemonade with the consistency of thick and sticky costume blood. I found it dried up quickly, so I slapped it onto my pout at high speed. This wait time was way shorter—just 10 minutes—but it felt like forever because I couldn’t close my mouth or else my lips would stick together. Also, TMI but it was hard not to drool. After the sloppy drying period, I peeled the layer of red sticky goodness off in one fluid motion. I was left with lips that felt wonderfully bare, but with a perfect natural-looking flush that lasted the promised five hours.

The next day, with my brows still strong and my lip stain re-applied, I felt slightly self-conscious about the new look. Before I could greet my students good morning, they pointed at my brows and shouted, “Teacher!” I couldn’t tell if they liked them or not until one student sweetly said, “Your brows are very nice!” Another pointed at my lips and smiled with a thumbs up. If I just got approval by trendy Korean teenage girls, I must be doing something right.

Findings:

1. Peel slowly. Forget the speedy Bandaid/waxing strip rip. The trick with peel-off products it to remove in one slow, fluid motion, so that you’re not stuck picking off any teeny bits left behind.

2. It takes time to save time. Although it took two hours on the weekend, my eyebrow tint saved me 10 minutes of prep time every day that week. For me, I way rather add this treatment to my Sunday chill time in exchange for less hectic mornings.

3. Novelty? Maybe… But why not? In Korea, if a beauty product isn’t innovative or unique, it won’t sell. These peeling products may seem a little strange, but Korea wouldn’t be at the forefront of the beauty industry if it wasn’t constantly shaking up the game.

Read the original article on FLARE.

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