2019 Daiso Makeup Review: The Steals and The Fails

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It goes without saying that Daiso is a paradise for budget barbies. After all, it has almost everything you need — snacks, food ware and of course, makeup. However, the idea of using two dollar makeup may seem dodgy and not safe to use. Ultimately, these products are going onto our skin! Which brings us to the big question, are Daiso makeup products really good for what it is worth?

Beauty Insider gives you an unfiltered review of Daiso makeup products in 2019 to see which products are steals or fails. Read on to find out!

Espoleur Lip Gloss

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Firstly, we decided to test out the Espoleur lip gloss. With its vivid red shade, we were expecting a rosy tint and and a high shine gloss.

However, we were surprised to find that the pigmentation was close to zero no matter how many times we swatched it.

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Despite that, we did not completely hate this product. These are some of the reasons why we are loving this product:

  • Sheer, glossy finish
  • Non-sticky
  • Smooth texture

Overall, we have mixed feelings about this product. Although this product did not deliver any rosy tint, this product worked well as a lip balm that leaves lips feeling smoother. If you are looking for a cheap lip balm with a glossy finish,  this is the perfect product for you. However, we will not reconsider purchasing this again.

Espoleur Eyeshadow

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If you are looking for a cheap way to bring some colour to your eyes, try out the Espoleur eyeshadow. When we snagged this pink eyeshadow, we noticed sparkles in the shadow. So we were really counting on that nice touch of shimmer on our eyelids!

Unfortunately, our first swatches showed that there was no shimmer as promised. Additionally, the colour was too sheer for our liking.

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Even though the swatches on our hands disappointed us, we were surprised by the colour pay off when we applied the shadow on our lids. Aside from its pigmentation, these are some of the things we love about this eyeshadow:

  1. Easily buildable
  2. The colour pay off was not too bad
  3. Smooth application

Although the eyeshadow did deliver pigmentation, we were not loving this eyeshadow as the pink shades were almost unnoticeable on the eyelids. Despite that, this eyeshadow would still be perfect if you are looking for an inexpensive eyeshadow base. Shu Ann also reviewed a similar eyeshadow from Daiso. Check out what Shu Ann had to say about Daiso’s eyeshadows!

Espoleur Concealer

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For a two dollar liquid concealer, it was questionable about whether the concealer would actually do its job of covering up imperfections well. However, we decided to give this concealer the benefit of the doubt. After testing it out, our hopes that this product would be a hidden gem came crashing down.

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Here are some things we hated about this product:

  • Extremely difficult to blend
  • Weird smell
  • Very drying on skin

Here is what we love about this product:

  • Nothing (literally nothing)

Overall, it is safe to say that this liquid concealer brought us nothing but disappointment and it is a no-go on our list. The only redeeming point about this product is that it is two dollars.

Espoleur BB Cream

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BB creams are a crowd favourite for being an all-in-one multitasker. From evening out skin tones to protecting your skin from the sun, it is no wonder why BB creams have been so well loved! Having said that, BB creams can get expensive. So for a two dollar BB cream, we were curious about how it would fare.

Initially, we were not fans of the oily texture of the BB cream and we did not expect much from it. However, when the BB cream is blended out, it does not leave a sticky or greasy finish!

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Here are some of the reasons we were pleased with this BB cream:

  • Sheer finish
  • Waterproof formula
  • Does not dry out skin

Although there were some things we loved about this BB cream, this BB cream was too sheer for our liking. Overall, this BB cream did not make it to our list of must-buys. Looks like we will not be buying this BB cream again.

Daiso Mascara


Mascaras are a life-saving tool when it comes to adding some life to your eyes. For a two dollar mascara, we wondered if it could lengthen, volumise and curl our lashes well!

Unlike most mascaras, this mascara comes with a skinny wand with rubber bristles. Additionally, the mascara wand comes with double sides complete with longer and shorter rubber bristles to grip onto your lashes better.

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We loved this mascara for these reasons:

  • Does not clump lashes
  • Smudge-proof
  • Adds volume to lashes

Although we are impressed with this mascara, the only thing we are not loving about this mascara is that it is not waterproof. Overall, we find this mascara to be value-for-money as it does deliver voluminous lashes at an affordable price.  In short, this mascara has earned a spot on the top of our list.

Daiso Eyeliner


Whether you are going for a dramatic cat eye or a subtle fine line, an eyeliner is always essential to any makeup routine. When we first saw this eyeliner, we were a little skeptical as to how it would compare to our favourite eyeliners. Furthermore, we noticed about the product was that the felt tip was thick and stiff, which made drawing fine strokes a pain. However, when we tried it out, we were impressed.

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This product is on the top of our list because:

  • It dries matte
  • It does not budge easily
  • It is highly-pigmented

The only drawbacks we had with this eyeliner was that it was not waterproof and it can be a little difficult to apply with the stiff applicator. However, if you are looking for a cheap and quick eyeliner fix, this eyeliner is worth a shot. Even Mongabong approves of Daiso’s eyeliners! Check out her review below.

Daiso Eyebrow Pencil

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Always wanted on fleek eyebrows at the cheapest price possible? Look no further than Daiso eyebrow pencils! This pencil comes with a spoolie, so you do not have to waste the extra buck finding another spoolie. Additionally, the pencil itself came with an angled tip, which is perfect for achieving that clean, sharp tail easily.

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These are the reasons why we are raving about this eyebrow pencil

  • Glides on seamlessly
  • Highly-pigmented
  • Easily blendable using a spoolie

For a fuss free, fuller brow, the Daiso eyebrow pencil is the way to go. Although we tried looking for any flaws with this pencil, there was simply nothing we hated about it. We are definitely repurchasing this product!

Ellefar Cosmetics Blush

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Add a pop of colour to your cheeks with this inexpensive cheek blusher. The Ellefar Cosmetics Blush in Orange complements every skin tone, perfect for that sun-kissed glow! Plus, this blusher comes with a brush! Although we were skeptical about whether this blusher would deliver any colour pay off, we were taken by surprise!

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This is why the product are on the top of our list:

  • Easily buildable
  • Highly pigmented
  • Sheer, natural finish

The only drawback with this product is that it has a very chemical-like smell that may be quite off putting. Having said that, we would still recommend this blush if you are going for a natural-looking luminous glow. Plus, it is only two dollars. What is not to love?

Daiso ION Orchard

Address: 2 Orchard Turn #B4-47, Singapore 238801

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Contact: +65 6634 7801

Click here to find out more about Daiso’s locations.

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