[Review] K-beauty lip balms/treatments (Missha, Laneige, Tony Moly, Nakeup Face)

Lip balms/treatments have always been a staple product for me and I’m sure I’m not alone here. I’ve tried many different types over my lifetime, most of which were from the drug store from brands such as Nivea, Carmex and Burts Bees. So pretty basic stuff which does the trick in terms of soothing my chapped lips.

Ever since discovering k-beauty, I have tried a few more. The packaging is so damn cute and colourful that I haven’t been able to help it. As well as being cute, they are also affordable. If you want to know how effective they are, please just keep on reading.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – Berry

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

This product has earned cult status big time! And there’s a good reason for it too.  It is marketed as a sleeping mask, meaning you put it on your lips before bed, but you can totally use it during the day as well.

I generally use this before bed and I love how it feels on my lips. It feels very moisturising and comforting. The texture is like a thick lip balm and I apply it sparingly with my fingers. A little goes a long way. I have only tried the berry one and I love its (very) subtle scent of strawberry. There are also other flavours to choose from such as grapefruit, vanilla and apple/lime.

Its key differentiator from other lip balms is that when I wake up in the morning, my lips still feel smooth and hydrated, as if it had created a barrier of protection which really does last. I don’t feel the need to apply lip balm in the morning before my usual lipstick whenever I use this the night before.

Effectiveness: 10/10
Packaging:  8/10 (Not a fan of jars)
Tint: Transparent
Price:  I purchased the mini set from Yesstyle.com which had the water sleeping mask for around $7. I recently purchased the full size for $19 AUD from bbcosmetics.com. Sephora AU now stocks Laneige and sells it for $26 AUD

Tony Moly Banana Lip Balm

Tony Moly Banana Lip Balm
Tony Moly Banana Lip Balm

Tony Moly has the cutest packaging in asian beauty. Period. As well as having great aesthetics with their packaging, they are also a massive powerhouse in innovation. Don’t let all the cuteness fool you!

This lip balm is on the thicker side so I tend to use it at night as the last step in my skincare routine. It’s easy to squeeze and is mess free to use. The lid is secure when fastened so no issues with leakage there. The texture is thick but glides on easily and isn’t greasy whatsoever. It’s very moisturising and I love the light banana scent which doesn’t linger. The scent reminds me of banana lollies. My lips also are still hydrated enough the next morning that I don’t have to apply more in the morning before lipstick.

Effectiveness: 9/10
Packaging:  10/10
Tint: Transparent
Price:  I purchased it from from bbcosmetics.com for $7 AUD.

Missha Wrinkle Care Stick Lip Balm SPF10

Missha Wrinkle Care Stick Lip Balm
Missha Wrinkle Care Stick Lip Balm

This product’s packaging is more conventional and it’s more similar to lip balms you’d find in the drug store.

This is more of a daytime lip balm because it isn’t thick and sits well under lipstick. You can certainly use this at night as well by all means. It moisturises the lips and it lasts for a few hours (if you don’t eat) before you would need to reapply. The packaging is elegant because it looks like a lipstick with the bullet tip, making it a breeze to apply. Something to note is that it has a fairly strong peach scent which eventually goes away.

Effectiveness: 8/10
Packaging:  10/10
Tint: Transparent
Price:  I purchased it from from ebay for around for $8 AUD.

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar
Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

I couldn’t resist buying a couple of these glosses. The packaging got me again but thankfully the products are pretty good too.

They are more alike to lip glosses where there is a slight tint to them. There is also a shimmer to them which gives your lips a nice healthy sheen.

I tend to wear them alone during the day when I’m makeup free. You could layer it with a lipstick too but you would lose that nice sheen. They do provide moisture the lips but not as intensely as some of the others in the post. If I wanted to really hydrate my lips at night for example, I wouldn’t use this product for that. But decent enough for during the day. The stick form makes it easy to apply and the slim design hardly takes up any room in a purse.

I bought two shades, juicy orange and juicy strawberry. The orange one is more vibrant and you can see an obvious tint on my lips. The strawberry one is very light on me and kind of washes me out. Probably a better option for fairer skin tones. I prefer the orange one. There is a slight fruity scent for both but it doesn’t linger. They also both leave a light stain on your lips which is nice.

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar - Left is strawberry, right is Orange
Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar – Left is strawberry, right is orange

Effectiveness: 8/10
Packaging:  10/10
Tint: Orange and pink
Price:  I purchased them from iherb.com for around for $7 AUD each.

Nakeup Face You Can Eat Lip Balm

Nakeup Face You Can Eat Lip Balm #Coral
Nakeup Face You Can Eat Lip Balm – #4 Coral

I haven’t tried anything from this brand before. These balms seemed popular so I thought I’d give it a go. I wanted to buy the clear one so that I could also use it as a glossy highlighter but that was sold out. I settled for #4 Coral and I’m glad I did.

This ended up being pretty transparent anyway though I am yet to try it on my cheekbones. As a balm for the lips however, it works great! It gives my lips a lovely sheen leaving it smooth and hydrated. This would be another balm for the day since it feels nice and light. Like the Missha, you could also layer this under lipstick too but I like wearing it alone. There is slight scent to it, which reminds me of the Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment, which I really like. This is also way cheaper and in my opinion, works just as well.

Effectiveness: 10/10
Packaging:  10/10
Tint: Transparent (on my lips anyway)
Price:  I purchased it from Jolse.com for around 11 AUD.

Let me know if you have tried any of these lip products and if any of them are your HG. Also if you have any recommendations for me to try, I would love to hear it!



[Review] Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

I have been using this cream for about 6 months now and now that its almost empty, I thought it was about time that I shared my experience with using it.

This cream isn’t a new release. But it was new to me and was the first korean cream I purchased and used as a sleeping pack. This cream can be used a couple of ways and is a packed full of great ingredients. The fact that traditional korean herbs (described as Hanbang) were used also spiked my curiosity. Who wouldn’t want to slather something on their face containing herbaceous ingredients used in ancient times. Also a big fan of Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid which are two of their starred ingredients. Gothamista recommended it in one of her videos so I gave into the hype and purchased it.


$36.95 AUD, purchased from stylestory.com.au

Ingredients (from StyleStory)

Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Lecithin C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Adenosine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, EGF 2-Nano, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide 3, Trehalose, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) Extract, Orchid Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phytosphingosine, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Fragrance, Honey


This product claims to reduce the visible signs of ageing, plump, brighten and soothe the skin.


The packaging on this cream is as divine as the cream. The traditional look of it with the pink paper on top and string makes it look really appealing and different.  You can see it here at stylestory. The jar is glass and is so elegant and simplistic. You get 50ml of product.

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream
Pretty glass packaging. The cream itself is light and silky.

How to use

I read that you can use the product in three ways, as a sleeping pack, moisturiser or massage cream (on your face).

I used this as a sleeping pack as my last step in my skincare routine, after my treatments. I don’t use an emulsion because I don’t need one.

I have combo skin and found that I had to apply the thinnest layer for it to work as a day cream. It also needs a minute to absorb which is why I chose to pack it on at night instead 🙂 Usually in a great rush in the mornings :(.

A little does go a long way. I normally scoop one spatula amount onto the back of my hand. Then I dot around my cheeks, forehead and chin and massage it in. I then pat it gently into my face to help with absorption. It needs a minute to completely absorb and dries down completely so don’t worry about waking up with a sticky pillow (eww). Its a little high maintenance to apply in my opinion, its not a slap on then go kind of product.

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream - texture
Stringy texture, like honey


Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream
Just patted in. Will completely absorb and look less moist.


Its consistency is quite weird, looks a bit like honey (but is white), so when you touch it, it drags up with your touch. Once patted in, your face feels incredibly soft and smooth. Kinda similar application method to the J-one Jelly Pack (which I think is also a little high maintenance to apply). When I woke up the next morning, you can feel it on your skin acting as a barrier when you go to wash it off. My skin feels nice, smooth and bouncy.


There is a slight fragrance, which I can’t put my finger on. It smells pleasant and doesn’t bother me which is saying something since I’m a bit fussy with scents in skincare and makeup. You can’t smell it once its absorbed into your skin.

Final thoughts

Rating: 4/5 (really liked it)

I am almost to the end of the jar and am a bit sad. You can probably already tell that I really like it! I loved how lightweight it felt on my skin and enjoyed checking out my face in the morning once I woke up. I felt like the claims rang true. It did brighten and hydrate my face but not sure about the anti ageing part. I probably have to buy it again to prove whether that part is true. I am currently testing out other sleeping packs but I do like this one enough to repurchase. Its quite a special product and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a not-so-average moisturiser.

Have you tried this interesting cream? Would love to hear your experience with it.