CLEO Tries: 4 Meitu Xiu Xiu Alternatives
We’ve all heard of Meitu Xiu Xiu, in fact I’m sure many out there are fans. I definitely am. And while there’s definitely lots to read out there about how altering your appearance is not necessarily the best for your self-esteem, I’ve personally found the occasional tweak and skin brightening courtesy of “MTXX” to be great for photos (and also amusing, not going to lie).
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To make sure we can all look our best for NYE, the CLEO team tested out a few alternatives to see whether other apps on the market can hold their own and help us take the best “new year, new you” selfies.
The app is pretty basic. It retouches your photos for you by placing a standard beautifying filter on them, so you can’t exactly make your eyes any darker or cheeks any rosier. It works fine if you’re going for a nicer “natural” look — but definitely is no MTXX. — Adora Wong, Writer
Beauty Mirror by Laneige
This app lets you try on Laneige products, and try out K-beauty trends, without actually messing around on your face. You can go step-by-step (from skin, to cheeks, to eyes for example) or go for their pre-made looks (which I found worked less well).
I was quite happy with the outcome to be honest, I enjoyed trying out looks I wouldn’t otherwise succeed so well in (this smokey eye is a case-in-point). Just not sure how well I’d actually do with the actual products. – Karen Fong, Associate Editor
I don’t know why but the retouching functions on this app seems very unnatural, and it has less features than Meitu. The app is also full of ads, which is a huge no-no for me. – Sophie Hong, Senior Features Writer
Makeup Plus by Bobbi Brown
I first found out about the app at a Bobbi Brown event, and while I actually wanted to try the brand’s Lip Crush range for this story, it didn’t allow me to add other makeup (i.e., blush, etc). And I gotta come clean, this app is from the same developer as Meitu Xiuxiu. But, still an alternative, right?
I had no makeup on and my eyes were swollen when I tried it (I cried while translating Taeyeon’s post about Jonghyun, don’t judge), and I was sure the photos would turn out terrible. And I was right.
Most of the preset filters didn’t do anything to hide my swollen peepers. I got this on my sixth try. To be honest, all the looks I tried were something I would wear IRL. Some were more natural than I expected (I had low expectations), but I’m just wondering why my brows were not filled out. Or were they? I can’t even tell. Maybe because it looks natural.