Battle of the *cheap Lip Tints

Welcome to the battle of the cheap and probably fake lip tints!

I was browsing in Shopee quite a lot this days and saw a lot of people selling lip tints. Some were korean* brands and some were locally made and organic. I was trying to aim the free shipping (worth P500) purchase and luckily this seller had these items so I decided to give these lip tints a try. My first recent lip tint was Missha Water lip Tint that I bough from Korea but since it was an authentic one, I decided not to include it here.

*korean – I know it’s just the knock-off because of their prices.

Here are the Lip Tints that I will be trying from left to right:

  • The Saem – Saemmul Water Candy Tint in Apple
  • KJM Cosmetics – Cheek & Lip Tint in Fused
  • The Saem – Saemmul Mousse Candy Tint in Red Mango

*photos grabbed from google

Round 1 : Swatch

First application

Patted with tissue

The Saemmul tints were very pigmented and the tints were easily absorbed. And even after patting it with tissue, the color stayed almost the same as to when it was applied. It also stains easily on my teeth so i remove it with tissue immediately as well. On the otherhand, the KJM tint has faded after 1 pat of tissue on my skin. For me, it’s a sign that the tint wont last that long if it cant stay on my arm after just a pat of tissue. You can also see how it looks like on my arm upon application. I’ts also the same as when I put it on my lips.

Winner: Saemmul Tints

Round 2: Texture

Honestly, I see no difference with the texture of the 2 Saemmul Lip Tints given that the other one is said to be Mousse. Both Saemmul Tints are just watery but pigmented and stains easily.

KJM, as you can see from the photo it doesn’t stain easily. I dont know if it’s because of the roll-on applicator or just the texture of the product. Maybe it’s just too watery or I dont know.

Winner: Saemmul Tints

Round 3: Claims & Reviews

Reading almost all of the reviews from different sellers of the Saemmul tint were 50-50. Some liked it, and some dont. And we had the same reviews with the 2 (supposed-to-be different tints) variants of lip tints that it’s just the same thing. I also read that some have inconsistent colors and foul smell.

KJM claims that a certain celebrity swears to used this brand. I have seen no negative comments about this product and certain colors would always be sold out. I dont know who the real resellers are and I’m not sure if I just got the wrong color (because the red ones were already sold out).

Winner: KJM Cosmetics

Round 4: Prices

  • The Saem – Saemmul Water Candy Tint in Apple P30
  • KJM Cosmetics – Cheek & Lip Tint in Fused P95 (discounted)
  • The Saem – Saemmul Mousse Candy Tint in Red Mango P40

Is price still a factor? Honestly for me, I would rather splurge a little for the quality rather than just the settling for the price. I believe that most of the time, you really cant buy good quality for cheap prices. There are a few OK quality but cheap one but rare is a good-great quality for the same OK price.

Winner:  The Saem – Saemmul Water Candy Tint in Apple P30

Round 5: Taste/Smell

The original Saemmul claims that the smell (or probably the taste of it) would be close to the name of the colors. Mine was Apple and RedMango but they both taste/smell the same, a bit sour and bitter. The taste was familiar to me and I remembered it was like my lip peel off tint that I have in draft for almost a year now.

KJM has a slight bitter taste as well but it doesnt have any strong scent on it.

Winner: KJM Cosmetics

Round 5: Staying Power

The Saem – Saemmul Water Candy Tint in Apple

Lasted after a few meal but leaves an obvious tint along the lip line.

KJM Cosmetics – Cheek & Lip Tint in Fused

Did not stain my lips that much, gone after eating as in bare lips.

The Saem – Saemmul Mousse Candy Tint in Red Mango

This lasted even after eating and the tint on my lips still remained not just the lip line. I even ate buffet for dinner but i still see red tint on my lips after.

Winner: The Saem – Saemmul Mousse Candy Tint in Red Mango


Although I know it’s fake and it’s probably not approved by FDA, I liked it. I dont know what it will do to my health since I am eating some of the tint, but so far, I dont feel anything yet. I will probably try the original ones when I go back to Korea this coming January!

Thanks for reading ♥

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