I must admit I’m not really up with the current K-Beauty trend that looks like its really here to stay. A few years ago I was obsessed with getting cool Korean skincare products through Memebox, however I never used them and I’m honestly not sure where they ended up!
Recently, I was gifted a bunch of makeup products from Chosungah 22, a Korean makeup brand (made in Gangnam, South Korea – try getting that song out of your head now!) exclusively stocked by Mecca Maxima in Australia which I was very excited to try out !
The Real Cheek Smoother is a product I was immediately intrigued by. To use, you squeeze the product which appears on the cushion and you blend it into the cheeks. I’m a real beginner when it comes to cream and liquid cheek products so I have only used this once so far, but I found that the cushion end made it really easy to blend into the cheeks – and I just love the packaging!
The Jelly Lip Balm is one of my favourites and was from the beginning. The orange colour frightened me ever so slightly, but applied to the lips gave a beautiful light coral-pink tint. The formula is incredibly moisturising (it should be with a mixture of Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E!) and is something I have living in my handbag and am constantly reaching for at the moment.
The Juicy Punk Eye Crayon is a product I didn’t think I’d like but surprised me. I’ve never been great with eye crayons, but this is easy to blend on the eye and can be applied directly or via a brush easily. The colour itself is a shimmery Brown-bronze which surprisingly is incredibly flattering from the shade it appears in the pencil! Really complimentary to my blue eyes, and something really easy to use alone for every day.
I received the Dong Gong Minn Brow in Black Brown – which surprisingly suited me quite well as it’s the darkest shade in the range. Granted my brows were a tad darker than normal when using this, but it was definitely usable and something I’ve been reaching for since. The gel-like product appears both on the sponge end and as part of the spoolie. I’ve applied it multiple ways, but have found it works best for me using a normal eyebrow brush and accessing the product from the sponge end to build, then brushing through to add a more fibre effect. I’ve really quite been liking that, for a product I didn’t think I’d like! I’ve also picked it up one too many times absentmindedly thinking that it’s a highlighter – uni life!
After using this palette for a little while I can definitely confirm the mattes are great! The bottom two shades are definitely more pink on my eyes – I struggle to wear pink eyeshadow without looking sick, but these two I can easily pull off on a daily basis. I’ve used all of these shades multiple times now, and find that they blend quite well and last well on the eye – however they do need the pigmentation built up a little bit.
The 02 palette didn’t swatch as well initially as the 01 palette. The first shade I needed to build up a little – in the pan it feels quite hard, and applied more as a pure glitter than a shimmer shadow. The orange blew me away when I first swatched, however the darker two shades felt a little tougher in the pan.
The lighted shade is definite a true glitter – I’ve played with it a few times but am a definite newbie when it comes to glitter – I find it has a bit of fallout throughout the day but I’m not entirely sure if that’s normal with glitter or not! The foiled orange shade is a true warm toned blessing to my eyelids – it applies like it swatches and stays all day, and the brown shade I’ve enjoyed lightly in the outer third of my lid to create a gentle smokey effect.
Overall- my first impression of Chosungah 22 as a brand has been a good one! The Jelly Lip Balm currently lives in my handbag and I’ve been using both shadow palettes within my weekly makeup rotation. The eyebrow product was a real winner as well – the other two (Cheek Smoother and Eye Crayon) I definitely need to play around with more, but I definitely don’t dislike them!
Chosungah 22 are available at Mecca Maxima stores across Australia – or online here if you live in a Mecca-less area such as myself!