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New brand alert: Too Cool For School

Hi folks! I was in Mall of Asia yesterday to watch Iron Man 3 on IMAX. I enjoyed the film! There were some cheesy parts but hey, it was funny and heart-stopping anyway. The third installment of the franchise showed a broken Tony Stark after New York (it's a direct sequel of sorts to Avengers). He can't sleep, he gets anxiety attacks, and on top of that he decided to challenge a terrorist called the Mandarin. All hell breaks loose as Tony finds himself on the run, fighting for his life - and his future with Pepper.

But I digress. :P What I really want to talk about is Too Cool For School, the latest Korean beauty brand to hit Manila! I was invited to the press launch last week but wasn't able to make it, unfortunately. I took the first chance I had to visit it yesterday while waiting for Iron Man 3 to start.

Now we're talking: a 3D pop-up of dinosaurs crossing a city

Multi-color Paint (P675)

So yes, the first and so far only store of TCFS is in Mall of Asia. It's on the second floor, a little ways across the stand-alone store of Etude House there (SM Department Store side). The brand is quite quirky and rather heavy-handed with the dino imagery - just the sort of thing I fall for! The products are quite promising with fairly affordable price points, with about P400-P600 as the average amount you should expect to shell out for per piece. There's nothing over P1,300! 

Too Cool For Skin BB Foundation Lunch Box SPF37 (around P900 if I remember correctly)

Pull-out lipsticks are at P715. Already pricey for a lipstick but the packaging - whoa

As you can see, everything is beautifully packaged. It's not cheeky-sexy-chic like Benefit or princess-cute like Etude House; it has a hipster, I-live-in-my-own-imaginary-world vibe. And I love it. I mean seriously, decapitated dinosaurs? Mascaras packaged in a box shaped like a skyscraper? Why the heck not.

Pressed powders

What's up with 1-day tattoo eyeliners? There's also an eyebrow pen. Around P470 per piece

I saw about three or four BB cream varieties at TCFS. The texture and pigmentation look nice on a hand swatch, but the shades are too limited - exactly one per variant, as a matter of fact. They are too light for morena skin so I hope the brand brings in more shade options in the future.

Multi-purpose balm (the purposes of which I have not yet divined) and a Marshmallow Puff (P279), which is another Beauty Blender hack. Bought that one!

Tinted eyeshadow primers called The Dino Platz Eyeshadow on Flatiron. It comes in this twinkly translucent shade and another in gold. I like!

Too Cool Art Class Blusher. These are pretty good, they come in Pink and Peach. Around P400+

Flatiron primers on top; Multi-Color Paints (red and peach) bottom

The tinted balms. I think this has three other shades available.

Brushes. Quality is average.

False lashes for only P195

Solid perfume in a cute tin case. P819

Rules of Pore mud pack. Inside you'll find green chalky tablets that you need to mix and crush with water before application.

Makeup remover wipes

So there you go! I didn't buy any of the color cosmetics (I know, boring) because I have a lot of new things yet to be reviewed. I did get the Marshmallow Puff (P279) though because I've always wanted to try that sponge shape, the makeup remover wipes (which were P555 for 70 pulls), and a jumbo pencil sharpener (incidentally fits my NARS lip pencils). I got a free box of samples - yay! - that I actually want to use.

We'll see! I'm definitely coming back when I get the chance, maybe for the Multi-Color Paint (red one), a balm just because of the packaging, and the tube blush in Peach. <3

What do you want to try? Have you visited yet/ tried the brand from Korea? Share!

Reader Comments (36)

I have been waiting for this brand!!!! EEeek! <3

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKira

wow too artsy packaging! ;) im excited about primers. :) the eye primers and maybe face primers. hopefully I can pay a visit to the store :) Thanks Liz!

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorelli

Cute packaging! I can't get over the blushers-as-tube paints idea. Not so steeply priced too! Too bad it's so far south.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Wow! The packaging definitely got me piqued! I want to see how the lipsticks are. Maybe I'll go visit one of these days.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPrudenceMD

Ooh! I am so interested in trying this stuff! :)

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYette

Waaah! So cute! I have a weekness for cute packaging!:)) Will visit the store once I visit Manila.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlian

This is something new to me. I'm loving the branding of this store specially the dino. The blusher's packaging looks like an acrylic paint tube, i must be careful with this one cause I might confuse it with my real paints. yikes. Thanks for sharing Liz!

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruth

I looooove the packaging! I am interested in the pull out lipsticks! My sister is a big Korean cosmetics fan! We will definitely visit TCFS when we drop by MOA.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Joyce Arbis

Their packaging are so cuute, well I guess that's a given to any Korean brand, haha! And their brand name is so sassy! hahaah I want to try their products :3

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternadine co

I love the packaging! It definitely brings out the "cool" vibes! I would love to try the BB creams. I'm a huge fan.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Hi Liz! Pat here from FN. ;) Anyway, it's good to know that we finally have this brand in the Philippines. I want to get my hands on that BB Foundation lunchbox--it was sold out everywhere in Seoul! I have the Art Class Blusher in peach, and I agree, it's quite lovely.

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Lately I've been thinking of trying out a liquid or cream blush and I think the Too Cool Art Class Blusher is soooo nice! BTW, could you recommend some other blush for dry skin? Thanks!!! :D

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVenj

I really hope this brand can be available in the U.S. I love the packaging and the products. It's probably one of my new favorite out of all the Korean brands.

Love the packaging! will visit their store soon! :D

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCristal18

I was in MOA and I did not see this! :(

I want the pink blush!

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChel Pablo

Thanks for specifying the location Ms Liz! That'll save me time when I go to MOA soon!

April 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I had so much fun checking out their stuff too. It was fortunate that I did not bring my cc with me, else, I might've bought a TON of stuff.

I might try the beauty blender-ish sponge you bought when I get the chance to visit again, as well as their grapefruit nail polish remover.

I love the artsy slash science lab slash bakery feel of their store. Will be looking forward to your reviews.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRae

I love the packaging. I've been an etude fan since last year. Will check out this branch in MOA.


April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKT

I love the packaging. I will take a peek when I go to MOA. Might get those beauty blender-ish things and the multipurpose paint!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

ang arts nang packaging, i wanna try the mudpack:)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

Oohhhh I'm drooling. Love the quirky packaging! My lemming list is getting longer and longer every week! Haha

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

finally, I don't have to order from GMarket to have Too Cool for School

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArya

saw the pictures on your instagram and i couldn't believe it! it's finally here!

during my trip to korea, my korean friend highly recommended this brand. when i did visit a store, i wasn't able to go around much because we were short on time but i did manage to buy a lip balm (since it was really cold there and my Etude House lip melted out of nowhere). it did the job but i didn't like the smell. what i really liked was their packaging! it's really hipster-ish as you put it. i'm still a bit wary about the quality of their products. seeing as it's fairly priced here, i might check their other products. thanks for the review! :D

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

ill definitely check that out later! the illustrations are very similar to elle girl. wonder if it's the same artist.. :)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCArizza Chua

Read about this brand recently! It's great they finally have a branch here been itching to try their blusher and lip crayons. They also have nice customizable palettes. The Multi-color Paint is so pigmented! Definitely should try that too

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

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