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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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    May 23, 2009

    Nail Polish Haul from transdesign.com

    Hi hi!!! 
    I recently ordered another bunch of nail polish from transdesign.com (the link is in my blogroll at the side)... and I ordered these before I realised that I would be receiving my ebay haul.

    The service is very good, and the delivery super fast.  I highly recommend buying from transdesign.com for China Glaze, OPI, Essie nail polishes. And check out the huge box!

    All the foam bits remind me of a lucky draw box... and it's so exciting to dig underneath, and find out what is inside.

    I found 2 boxes inside.... :)  YUMMYS.

    The blues - Agent Lavender (which is a pale blue really), Periwinkle in the middle, and the darkest blue is Blue Sparrow, glittery blue.


    The OPI, Grape Fit (from their latest Denim collection), and Breathe Life (which is apparently for some charity or cancer foundation).  Breathe Life is a pale turquoise, with goldish shimmer.  Very pretty.

    And Essie 's Mesmerise, a flat dark blue.  I have heard so much about this color when I saw it on the site, I had to try it for myself.  And I got another bottle of nail tek foundation, it costs US$4, but I bought it at my nail salon for S$30+ which is a total rip off, if you do the math.

    And more China Glaze, From the L, there is the Oh Street It Is (from the Sneakers Collection),  MOM's Chiffon which I will give to my friend together with the Sephora/two faced pressie gift, Japanese Koi (from some tattoo ink collection), and Strawberry Fields (from their Summer collection) bright pink with gold shimmer sooooooo pretty!!    I think I am on a orange and blue nail polish kick lately.

    And if anyone is wondering, I compared all the milky purple shades together.

    From L we have Done out in Deco, Grape Fit, and Do you Lilac It?  Might swatch them later.

    And I had this SUPER DELISH japanese sundae on Friday.  Peach slices, mochi, green tea ice-cream, jelly, red beans, a pretty mix mash of yummy bits.  And lotsa cream. 

    That's all, and thanks for reading!!

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    May 23, 2009

    Storage for too much nail polish and surprising discovery!

    Hi everyone!

    Kind of a random post here. Because of my recent nail polishing hauling, my 4 plastic drawers can't fit in any more new products.  And I had already thrown out one entire drawer full of polish that have dried up (usually those filled with glitter chunks), gave away polish that I don't use anymore etc. But the situation is BAD.. and I went to IKEA and bought this drawer thingy, which I am sure many of you would recognise it, cos it's so IKEA... you know?  Got the bf to lug it home, and got my bro to assemble it for me - guys come in real handy for situations like this.

    And then I spent maybe 2 or 3 hours organising my stuff, throwing out my old bed side table, organising, etc etc... and this is what I have by my bed now. I am too lazy to rotate the picture, but you get the idea.  A ittle lamp on top, fancy furry mirror which my sister bought in Japan earlier this year.  This is a HUGE improvement from my old bed side table which is filled with all sorts of stuff. Not pretty at all. So I am happy with my purchase.  I have only used up 4 drawers (2 for all my nail polish!!!) so far.  And the old plastic drawers thing which is on the shelf, I am using them to store my contact lenses and hair scrunchies stuff.

    In one of the drawers dedicated to my nail polish, I have all the misc brands (Sally Hensen, the odd bottles of Essie, The Face Shop, Barry M), top coats, nail files, chanel boxed nail polishes etc.

    And in this drawer are all my China Glaze, OPI and MAC nail polish.  I prolly still have space for another 20 bottles at least inside.  Cos the 2 boxes you see are empty, and I just left them there so I don't have to put the bottles all the way inside.

    So that's all I want to say about my new storage solution. This isn't a collection thing... and I do need to post my latest nail polish haul, and continue my little series on the overview of colours etc etc.

    And then I bought pressies for my BFFs at work!  One of them is moving to another school, and I got her something from COACH, to match her bag. Cute paper bag.  And another friend at work is having her bday next Sat, so I got her a Two Faced bronzed trio palette thingy, SUPER CUTE.  I think I am pretty generous when it comes to buying pressies for people I love!  :)  makes me happy.

    Because the Sephora bag they gave me is kind of cheap and ugly looking, I went digging around in my cupboard and found this sleeker looking Sephora bag which I think either my BF or the sis's BF got during one of the US haul... and I put her pressie inside instead.  And holly molly, look what I found inside the bag.  A BRAND NEW UDPP!!!  Now this bag has been lying around in my cupboard since last year.  I knew it contained some empty MAC boxes, but I didn't know the Urban Decay box has the product still in it.  But since I am using my TFSI (which is lasting me almost ONE year already).... I don't need to use it yet.  And I also have back ups of TFSI.. so.. I am happy!  :)

    Will post my latest haul from transdesign next.  Thanks for reading!


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    May 21, 2009

    Rave about fave brushes

    Hi!

    Just a quick post about 2 of my current fave brushes at the moment.  I got them sometime ago, but never used them on a daily basis til now.

    Introducing the Coastal Scents large face brush (same as MAC 134) and the Coastal Scents Deluxe fan brush!!

    Just to give you an idea of the size for the face powder brush, I put it next to a MAC blusher.

    This is a huge paddle shape brush.  I have been using it for setting my liquid foundation.  I use this brush to pick up my MSF natural, and the 'paddle/flat' surface of the brush picks up the powder, and I just dust it all over my face.  I didn't have to buff in the powder etc like I used to when I was using a kabuki brush.  And I find that the effect is smoother and gives a more flawless finish.  And when all my makeup is done, I use the same brush to pick up my MUFE HD finishing powder, and dust it all over the face.  This sets my whole face in HD quality for the whole day.  I don't know why.. it could be just me.. but when I used the whole buffing kabuki motion, I find that my pores look deeper.  Which is gross.  Maybe I am not supposed to BUFF in powder after using liquid foundation.  But... whatever.  I am loving this big baby now. 

    And the next brush, which is a soft fluffy fan brush is a chance encounter.  I wanted to use my Azalea blush - pictured above-- the other day, and I felt that my MAC 168 and MAC 109 is just too dense and would pick up too much of the bright fuschia colour.  And I didn't want the hassle of blending and building up color slowly.  So out comes this fan brush which is very soft and the 'thin' side of the brush picks up just a little colour, and the 'width' of the fan helps to spread the intense colour all over the cheeks evenly.  And then I just sweep the fan brush up and down my cheeks for blending.  So quick and easy.  I highly recommend this brush for pigmented colors.  I use this brush for Azalea, Dirty Plum, NARS Sin, Pink Swoon, Intenso, Petticoat MSF etc.... Loves this!!

    So what brushes have you been loving lately?


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    May 20, 2009

    NOTD: Purple and Teal

    HI!

    Just to share a 'nail look' which I painted on my sister's hands.

    OPI Do you Lilac It?   China Glaze For Audrey

    I painted the purple on all fingers except for the ring finger, which is the teal colour.  Just an idea suggested by the lovely fiend -- Thanks babe!!  I always like this combination of colours, and am even more inspired when I saw this (colour) picture in the Zara store featuring the very unique and/but (?) pretty Lara Stone.


    That's all, and thanks for reading!!

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    May 19, 2009

    Nail Colour of the Day: Purples

    OK, SORRY SORRY SORRY for showing such a 'in your face' picture of my foot.

    On my toes: Orly Charge Up - electric purple, though it looks blu-ish here.

    Nails: OPI Do you Lilac it?  - pale electric purple

    These I got from my latest nail haul, if you missed it, click here.

    Thanks for looking!



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    May 19, 2009

    Nail Colors Overview Part Two: Nudes/ Naturals

    Hi again!!  I don't know how many parts this series is going to be, but this part will be about nudes.  If you missed my blues/teals post, click here.

    FYI, I most likely will do another separate blue part though.  Too much of the blues! LOL.

    OK, so this will be about the nude colours.  Like liglosses, nude nail colors are tricky, and we are always on the lookout for the nude shade, my 'own skin tone only better' shade. Too pale, it makes your fingers and cuticles look dirty, and too brown, it just look blah.  So finding the perfect shade is hard.

    If you have seen OPI nail colors, they have a gazillion nude natural shades. Keep in mind that some of these nude shades are for applying over a french manicure, and they tend to be sheer, and very translucent.  These, I don't like.  The colors look pretty in the bottles, but they never turn out the same on your nails, even after 6 coats or whatever, and they apply streaky!!  That's because they are SHEER colors.  So the colour payoff is totally different.

    I love those THICK, CREAMY, OPAQUE nude shades.  You just apply 2 coats and you get the POP colour.  And in between the Sheer and Opaque creamy shade, you have the 'satin' looking ones.  Slightly see through if you apply the first or second coat, but if you are careful, apply a third coat, you will get a shiny opaque colour pay off.  Yes, that's what I have to say about nude colours. 

    My all time fave is OPI's Bare it in Trafalgar Sqaure.  Let Them Eat Ricecake, which I got recently is turning to out be another fave.  Both are equally thick and creamy, but Ricecake has a slight pink undertone, whereas Trafalgar Square is more milky beige.

    OPI Let Them Eat Ricecake  - Really opaque, slightly pink, and perfect for both toes and finger nails.

    This is Bare it in Trafaglar Square.  I might have mentioned before this is my 2nd bottle cos I love it so much.  I know my  mancurist hates to use this colour, cos it is such a pain to get even and smooth........ but..... I LOVE IT, and I have no problems applying it myself.   My cuticles look GROSS in the following pic.  Got to book an appointment asap.

    This is OPI Miso Happy with this Colour.  Pink colour.  And this is one of those in between textures which I rambled about just now.

    This is OPI Tickle my France-y which I got yesterday.  Another in between sheer and opaque texture.  Can you see how thick I had to paint it on?  This has a slight brown tinge.  But I like how this looks so far.  Gonna try this out on all my fingers later.

    And this is OPI for Sephora, Run with It.  A nude colour with gray undertone.  And it seems to have some glitter or shimmer bits, which is not very noticeable because it is the same color as the nail polish.   I like this because it has thick and creamy, and you just need 2 coats.

    Yup!  These are some of my fave nude shades.  I am kind of eyeing Sheer My Toys (or something like that) from OPI last christmas collection.  Hmmm...  Shall wait and see.  I can't remember if I ordered more nude shades from my forthcoming haul from transdesign. Hope this has been helpful. The sun is setting, so I can't take any more of these swatches in daylight.... I will update over the weekend!

    FYI, I have added blogrolls at the side of this site, and sort of group them by makeup, fashion, and I think I will add Youtube (my fave YT people), and also a blogroll just for nail polish resource and information.


    Thanks for reading!!!

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    May 19, 2009

    Nail Colors Overview Part One: Teals & Blues

    Hi!!  This is part one of a series of my nail polish overview.  I shall attempt to compare similar shades, and describe them as best as I can.  This first one is all about teals and blues/greens in my collection.

    For my previous post on green nails for work, click here.

    I painted two coats of each polish, no top coat, no base coat.  And no judgement ok!  I know I need a manicure really BADLY.  Ha ha... :p

    Teal:  Also called teal blue. a medium to dark greenish blue

    OK, first we have OPI Just Groovy.  This is a bright sky blue, cream finish.  I like cream finishes as far as 'weird' nail colors go.  And for some reason, Groovy Blue jumps out at me among rows and rows of reds and nudes.  I like this more on my toes, truthfully.  And I took a picture of it sometime back, as you can see in the smaller picture, taken with Flash.

    Next is China Glaze's For Audrey.  This is THE Tiffany blue/green shade which some girls on youtube are raving about.  And I think this sparks off the whole teal, peppermint, turquoise nail color trend.  I finally got this colour, and I have to say, it is the perfect pastel shade of teal/ turquoise.

    This is Barry M No 295 Turqouise, which is just that.  It is slightly bluer than For Audrey.  I like the consistency of Barry M nail paints. Thick, smooth, and you just need 2 even coats for the true colour to show.

    This is MAC Peppermint Patti which is limited edition from the Sugarsweet Collection.  This is much greener, and also a lovely pastel creme finish.  In terms of the consistency, you need 2 thick coats or even 3 coats for the opaque finish as compared to the first two polish.

    This is OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, which in my opinion, is a lime green colour.  But it isn't super thick and opaque, and you need about 3 coats for the true colour to show. And I think this colour makes Peppermint Patti look blue in comparison.

    And lastly, we have another Barry M, the number is 209 Spring Green which is a grass green.  Like a crayon.  Definitely not something I would wear on my finger nails.

    Here is an overview.  From the Thumb - For Audrey, Turquoise, Peppermint Patti, Gargantuan Green Grape, Spring Green.  Just Groovy is on the other hand, but you get the idea.

    My fave??  I really like the first three colours!!!

    That's all for now and I hope this has been helpful.  Thank you for reading!

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    May 18, 2009

    The haul that took 2 months

    HI everyone! I am super excited now.

    *You may want to skip the following LONG story.*  but the short story is my nail polish haul finally arrived.


    Sometime in March, I ordered 9 bottles of nail polish from ebay, a power seller at that.  Each bottle, plus shipping cost me an average of $5.50 each.  Which isn't cheap, but I can't get them in Singapore, and the OPI colours usually cost way more than $5.50 each.  (All $$ in US dollars btw) But I waited more than a month, and the package never arrived.  i refrained from leaving negative feedback as I was somehow very sure the seller did ship the package.  It was more likely that the package somehow got lost in the mail.  Or whatever.  But I contacted the seller 3 times, and I never got any reply.  Til one fine day, 2 weeks back, I left negative feedback on every single item which I didn't receive.  Which means she/he got 9 negative feedback.  That was my last resort, and I was prepared to never get my items ever.

    But that finally got a reaction from the seller, who contacted me almost immediately, and appealing for me to retract my feedback.  My response was unless I received my refund OR have the items re-shipped and I receive them, I would not retract.  And lo and behold, they all arrived this evening.  I am happy.  I will, of course, now have to contact the seller again, and try to retract the negative feedback.  Gosh.

    I also ordered another bunch of nail polish at transdesign.com (recommended by the lovely Misschievous), and  am expecting another nail polish haul in the next 10 days.

    END OF STORY.

    Now for the pictures.  Since I have already applied nail polish, I swatched them on my little sister's fingernails, no base, no topcoat, just 2 coats quickly applied.

    1. China Glaze For Audrey    ---  I will do an overview of all these peppermint, pastel teal colors soon.

    2. OPI You Blue My Mind   --- I will also compare all the metallic blues in my collection. (Chanel Blue Satin, MAC Naughty Nauticals)

    3. China Glaze Devotion  --- Purplish Silver Metallic colour


    4. Orly ---Charged Up

    5. China Glaze --- Grape Juice

    6. OPI --- Do you Lilac it *** again I will do an overview of all my Lavender nail polishes.  Right now this looks like MAC Rose Romance Love & Friendship nail lacquer.

    Grape Juice is from CG's Summer Collection, Purple with Silver Glitter.  I also ordered a couple of colors from this collection in my transdesign haul coming on the way.

    Do you Lilac it is slightly darker than Done out in Deco.  Will show some comparisions soon.

    Charged up -- Purple blue shade.  I like the cream finish.  And this reminds me of Essie's Mesmerise.

    7. China Glaze --- Cashmere Creme

    8. OPI --- You Tickle my France-y  *** Watch out for my overview of nude nail polish colours.

    9. OPI - Malanga Wine ** This is my 3rd or 4th bottle.  Most classic red. ever.

    Cashmere Creme - looks blah in the bottle, but is a nice shimmery nude shade.  Like a very pretty lipgloss color.

    This is from the OPI France collection last year, I already have You Don't Know Jaques and Parlez Vouz OPI.

    Some of the pictures are quite blur, and I do apologise.  I will post more nail stories and reviews over the weekend.

    Thanks for reading!!


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    May 17, 2009

    Style Warriors inspired look & updates

    HI!

    Just a look I did today, mainly purple and yellow.  MAC will be releasing the Style Warriors collection pretty soon and if you have seen the usual YT makeup gurus, there are many purple and yellow tutorials going on, and this is my take on it.

    I used mainly the Coastal Scents 78 palette for the eyes.

    Cheeks NARS Sin

    Lips Barry M 101 lipstick. and MAC Funtabulous Dazzleglass.

     

     

     

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    And this is another look which I did sometime back, I think I used mainly Barry M Dazzle Dust loose eyeshadow. Cheeks - MAC Dirty Plum.  Lips: Lavender Whip Lipstick.  Kind of worn off, cos I took the pics after I came home.


    Hope everyone had a fab weekend, and thanks for reading.

     

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    May 15, 2009

    Friendship Award


    Woot!

    So I got a shoutout/ nomination/ award by Sara also known as icyabstract, check out her blog for makeup reviews, from drugstore to MAC products, and also makeup tutorials.


    Well, thanks for the mention, and I look forward to more makeup rambling!

    So what you're suppose to do, is this:

    The Rules
    1. Take your award here
    2. Put the logo on your post
    3. Link the person who awarded you
    4. Nominate at least 7 other bloggers
    5. Add the links of those bloggers on yours.
    6. Leave a message for your nominees


    Hmmmm.....OK.  Here are my nominees.

    1. http://beautyproductjunkie.onsugar.com/ -  by the lovely atoxicsparkle, because this is where it all started!
    2. http://ceeme.onsugar.com/  - CCee, check out her super amazing makeup looks here.
    3. http://icyabstract.onsugar.com/  - can I nominate my nominator? Heh.
    4. http://q8dee.onsugar.com/ - for fashion updates


    Yup, that's all I can think of.  :)

    Not sure what to do now... so I shall get outta here.

    Have a lovely weekend!