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Reviews: Foundations

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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 05, 2011

    Rave: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for Skin Perfecting Base

    Hi hi,

    I need to devote an entry to the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.  I have been using it for the past 2 days.  Yup, only 2 days, I know, but I am completely enjoying the foundation, and I think that by the time I am done raving about it, I will be on my way to purchasing it over the weekend.

    What this foundation claims to do:

    A new-generation texture. An unprecedented sensory experience. A unique makeup result. Rapid and easy application. VITALUMIÈRE AQUA. Apply your makeup without thinking about it.

    Its soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture is a real surprise. Although it is exceptionally delicate and light, an incomparable “second-skin” perfecting result is achieved. The complexion appears amazingly even, fresh and energized. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if glowing from within. Bathed in light…

    Its formula, endowed with a UVB sun filter and mineral sunscreen, protects the skin from damaging sun rays (SPF 15). Its crystalline fragrance accentuates the sensation of freshness and pleasure on application.

    Retail: S$75, 30ml

    This is what I do on a normal work day.  Foundation, blush, brows and some lip color, if I remember.  I will list everything I use at the end of this entry.  Let's list the great things I love about this foundation:

    • Amazing smooth consistency, which makes it super easy to blend, and sets into your skin like nothing - this is the most striking thing I have noticed about the foundation.
    • Gives flawless, natural finish.  I did layer the foundation on areas where I have spots, like on my forehead and chin.
    • It sets quickly. I dusted powder after the liquid foundation, and then my face is set.
    • Adjustable coverage, I think it gives light to medium coverage, depending on how much you need.
    • Despite the lightness, it is very long-lasting! All pictures in this entry were taken around 12 noon, and I had applied my makeup at 6.30am in the morning.  This is the look after a good 5 hours in a humid environment.
    • Oil control - I needed to blot my face after about 4 hours.  But my face didn't look yucky greasy before blotting.   And after blotting, my face is all flawless and semi-matte again.
    • Despite the light coverage, I didn't find that I have to work harder to conceal problem areas.  In fact, after applying the foundation, my skin seems all even-ed out and cleared, and I feel like I didn't need to use much concealer at all to spoil the effects.
    • Use a primer like the Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base for extra long lasting effect, and set with a loose powder.
    • This is seriously my fave foundation of the moment.  I try out so many foundations, but seldom I feel so impressed this way.
    • I am in the shade B10, in case you are wondering.

     

    Click HERE to see how Lisa Eldridge uses this foundation to create a flawless base at Chanel Confidential.

     


    Rave about my new headphones: These are Sony headphones, they are a cool matte olive green, fits perfectly, and gives great sound quality.  I wear this to shut out noisy pple, and also to blast my thumping music!  Plus they also act as a headband for me.  And it matches my shirt today.  So frivolous, but I am loving it!!


    [All products used]

    Chanel Sheer llluminating Base, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Chanel Translucent Setting Powder

    Chanel Bronze Corail on cheeks & highlight

    Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

    Concealers: MAC Prep+Prime Eye Vibrancy, Highlighter

     


    Today, we went out for a dinner gathering and also celebrated Joey's birthday, here's a little glimpse of the little heart shaped cake we got for her:


    Pciture taken at 9pm, more than 12 hours after I first applied the foundation.

    Other than blotting, I didn't touch up my face at all today.


    Yes, I have just psyched myself into buying this foundation tomorrow.   I really love trying out foundations, and I don't mind having a load to rotate, because I know I will definitely use them up quite fast.

     

    That's all, and thanks for looking!

     

    posted by
    5/05/11

    LINGON BERRY!! :D hahahaha
    i had such fun today n ur skin looked flawlessssssssss! thats the FIRST thing that i realized when i saw ya'll today!


    posted by
    5/05/11

    You make me want to try out the foundation. Love the flawless finish on you.


    posted by
    5/05/11

    I've heard so much about this foundation, they say it's like applying a second layer of skin... It pricey but it looks really good on so I think I might have to try it out and see what it does for me :D


    posted by
    5/06/11

    do you use dior nude? if have how does it compare with the chanel foundation? thanks :)


    posted by
    5/06/11

    Hi Sophia, this looks like a great foundation :) I should get this one to try and I like your simple makeup in this post :) You look great :)


    posted by
    5/07/11

    I got this after reading ur review!


    posted by
    5/07/11

    Your skin looks beautiful! Do you know if there is a shade light enough for someone who wears NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia? I’d love to try it but like most foundations I don’t think there is a colour match for me.


    5/09/11

    @ chocfull - yes, this foundie is worth a try, I tried the sample and I loved it, then I bought the full sized. :)

    @ Tarry - wooots! how are you liking it so far?

    @ Melody10 - thanks girl! I know that this shade 10 beige pastel is the lightest, I think if there is any downside to this foundation, it's the the shade range is quite limited, if you are extremely pale or dark, it would be difficult to find a matching shade. :(


    5/09/11

    @ Ylangylang - aw, thank you! :)

    @ hotwater 7 - sorry, I haven't tried out Dior Nude (heard great things about it though) so I can't make a comparison!


    posted by
    11/30/11

    I'm debating between the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Lancome Teint Miracle & Guerlain Lingerie de Peau. They seem to have pretty similar reviews on MUA so I can't decide :( Which one do you prefer the most? & since all of them have SPF in them, I suppose they cause a white cast when you take photos with flash? Thanks :)


    11/30/11

    @cookiesncreammm - I don't notice any particular white cast when taking photos with these foundation on. Make sure you are not wearing any sunscreen underneath to avoid the white cast?
    I think the Chanel has best texture among the three, and it smells great!
    But all are great for that natural perfect skin finish.
    In terms of coverage, Guerlain and Lancome TM is slightly more coverage.
    It depends on your preferred price point (Chanel & Guerlain slight more expensive $10 more? as compared to Lancome TM)


    posted by
    12/10/11

    Hi, I'm deciding btw the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and the estee lauder double wear. which one would you recommend or any advice ? thanks


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