I love makeup. I live AND breathe for beauty. Even when I’m hungover after one too many late nights with dark circles and messy hair, I *need* makeup to make myself look pulled together. After all, how can I live without multiple coats of lip gloss, dabs of highlighter, filled in brows and layers of inky black lashes?
Enter Coma Makeup.
When I first moved back to Singapore last summer, the first thing I had to ask myself was where I could find all the cool beauty brands I’ve been using in the US. You name it: Milk Makeup, Glossier, Huda Beauty, etc. Even if a beauty product is not a US-based brand, I am still very keen to try it.
As someone who grew up lugging a handful of cult beauty brands since young, I felt the pleasure of being able to have them by my side. Now that there’s a place where I can find my favorite cult brands, I am grateful and happy that Coma Makeup is here to cure me from makeup FOMO.
What’s amazing about Coma Makeup is that they are on top of their game by bringing all the coolest and latest launches whether it’s Milk Makeup’s Kush High Volume Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance Palette, Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter Foundation and/or Glossier’s newest shades of Cloud Paint. In spite of how much I am comfortable with swearing by my go-to brands, I love how there are a lot of cult brands from Asia such as Rosé All Day (from Indonesia) and Velvet Vanity (from Malaysia). Alongside other great international brands, Coma Makeup also stocks beauty vlogger-approved brands such as Em Cosmetics, which is launched by YouTube’s #1 makeup artist Michelle Phan.
Filled with burning curiosity, I felt compelled to try out some of the hottest products from Coma Makeup:
Since its launch two years ago, I can’t stop obsessing with this brand. From its super luminous highlighters, pigment-powered lipsticks and Tumblr-esque aesthetic, I’ve been hitting up Sephora counters across LA and NYC just to snap up their products. Knowing that I can’t find it at home, I’m glad that Coma Makeup has been stocking them up, waiting for me to get my fix. If there’s one product that’s on my radar now, it’s the instafamous Kush Mascara. Given that marijuana is not legal in Singapore, the hemp-infused mascara is the safest way for me to get high. (Just my lashes, lor!)
Anyhow, what I LOVE about this mascara is that it actually doesn’t contain beeswax. So, extra points for being a vegan AND cruelty-free product!! When I applied it on my lashes, it immediately became thicker and voluminous. Not to mention, my lashes looked long, curly and fluttery like a fan. I had no issues with their applicator as the wand could reach the corners of my inner and outer lashes. Given that the formula isn’t waterproof, the only con is that a little bit of product moved beneath my bottom lids thanks to the heat and humidity.
Anywhere than that, I’m still wearing it and I’d happily repurchase it!
(P.S. my sister tried it on and said that it’s her favorite!)
Say what you want about Glossier, but nobody questions the power of Emily Weiss. Formulated to have a “no makeup” makeup effect, don’t expect this mascara to do any wonders for you. What it does is that on the days when you don’t want to apply any makeup, Glossier’s Lash Slick does the job to fake that “I just woke up like this” look, where it feels SO natural – even when you barely wear actual makeup.
Safe to say, it doesn’t lengthen or give much volume to my lashes. However, it enhances my lashes with subtle coating with a bit of minimal curl. Although the formula isn’t waterproof, it’s able to last long as it can withstand the heat and humidity.
Given that I really did not see much visual effects with this mascara, I feel that this mascara is appropriate for rainy days or the times when I wear eye gloss.
Anywhere than that, this mascara is great for those who have eyelash extensions or naturally long lashes!
Liquid lipsticks and I have an equally complicated relationship like Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande. Honestly, I have high expectations when it comes down to liquid lipstick. I go through SO many brands, shades and formulas to the point where I nearly felt embarrassed for having one too many tubes at home. Thankfully, Coma Makeup gave me a tube from They Talk About when I visited their showroom in May.
As one of the hot new Indonesian instafamous beauty brands, They Talk About built its own name on liquid lipsticks. Since IG famous brands are either a hit or miss, I figure that I’ll give it a try. Sure enough, I was quite surprised.
Smooth, creamy and moussy, this liquid lipstick clings without settling into fine lines nor does it dry out my lips. From the endless trips to the drinking fountain, poke bowls and mid-afternoon lattes, this lipstick REALLY lasted for hours! Even though it left behind some bit of transfer behind, I had to squeeze in a mini touch up.
Such a shame that I completely forgot to take a photo of the tube, but, here’s a selfie of me wearing it!
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When I moved out from the states, I knew that finding my favorite makeup products in Singapore would be a challenge as some brands don’t ship or sell their products here. 😭😓 Thanks to @comamakeup, I was so happy to find @glossier + @milkmakeup! What I didn’t expect to find was other awesome makeup brands from Indonesia like @roseallday.co + @theytalkabout. My beauty journey inspired me to write about this homegrown gem in @harpersbazaarsg. Link in bio. 😉 || #LivinLaVariNaDah #beautybloggers #harpersbazaarsg #makeupjunkie
If anyone’s looking for a great alternative on MAC’s Spice lip liner, this is the shade to go to.
Frankly, I haven’t heard of the brand prior to my purchase and to give the benefit of doubt, I decided to try it. As I’ve been obsessed with lip gloss since childhood, I always dreamed of having the perfect gloss that can give color, lasting shine and not feel too sticky. EM Cosmetics truly delivered it here with Truffle Haze, which is the only color on the site. Although I expected more shades, I am glad that this mauvey-based nude was available for purchase.
When I tried it on, it covered my lips and offered a high-gloss finish. Whenever I drank my water or ate my meals, the color and shine can outlast through each sip/bite. Even though it settled into the fine lines, the gloss was truly worth the purchase.
However, I wouldn’t wanna wear it alone as it washed me out. I highly recommend that you wear it with a bold liner or bright eye makeup. If you want to mix other lip colors, Truffle Haze will look great with Charlotte Tilbury’s Stoned Rose.
All in all, I think that this gloss is more flattering on cooler undertones and if you have a yellow-based neutral undertone like I do, I highly recommend using it as a base to mix it with other shades.
Is it hard for me to resist landing my second tube of Cloud Paint? Apparently, I gave into the temptation to purchase another tube! Instead of repurchasing Dusk, a pink-based brownish nude, I settled for Dawn, a red-based coral. I don’t own that many orange-based blushes (apart from Fenty Beauty’s Mimosa Sunrise highlighter, which I use as a blush), but I feel like it’s a nice change from the usual pink.
Initially, I was scared that Dawn might be too red on me as it’s opaque and bold. Much to my surprise, it turns into a sheer hue of pinky-red orange. Also, it shocks me that it’s really flattering as the undertones complement the yellow undertones of my skin. If this is your first time using it, try to squeeze in a teeny tiny dot and dab on three dots diagonally on your cheekbone.
Verdict? Well, Dawn can withstand humidity, fading and changes of skin texture all day long. If you want a blush that can last all day, go for Cloud Paint!
Apart from the products, I’ve had a very positive experience with Coma Makeup as they ship their orders on time despite the high orders for these products. Given that some items are very popular (e.g. Milk’s Kush High Volume Mascara), it’s best to purchase it asap as it tends to sell out very quickly. Anywhere than that, there’s a wide variety to try way more new products that can perform as well as the most popular items.