Earlier this year, an app called Meitu, made by the Chinese technology company of the same name, was discovered by Americans and Europeans and went viral. Photo apps like Snapchat and Instagram reign supreme in the West, but outside this sphere, there's a whole universe of popular photo editing apps like Meitu that most English-speaking people haven't tapped into yet. And if the viral – albeit short-lived – success of Meitu is anything to go by, it's only a matter of time before similar apps from East Asia break into the Western market again. So it's probably time to get to know what's out there.
We decided to test out three popular East Asian camera apps.
Francis and Amna's reactions to Snow:
Paul and Cassie's reactions to Snow:
Rachael and Ryan's reactions to Snow:
Francis and Amna's reactions to BeautyPlus:
Paul and Cassie's reactions to BeautyPlus:
Rachael and Ryan's reactions to BeautyPlus:
Francis and Amna's reactions to Foodie:
Paul and Cassie's reactions to Foodie:
Rachael and Ryan's reactions to Foodie:
So what app did everyone like the best?
Amna: I love Snow.
Francis: None of them, really.
Paul: Snow is my favourite, but Foodie is genuinely useful.
Cassie: I like Foodie the best but Snow second, because it's cute but I hate the face-changing effects.
Rachael: I love them all for various maybe bad reasons, but have to go with Foodie.
Ryan: Snow is clearly superior. It’s the Cadillac of apps you can take photos of your face with.