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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.

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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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    Posts for December 28th 2011

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    December 28, 2011

    Review: Shu Uemura Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation [Photos & Application]

    Hi hi

    This is my review of Shu Uemura's latest foundation - the Smooth Fit Fluid foundation.  I will be showing you how I apply it, my fave primer to use for it, and my overall thoughts on the texture, finish, and lasting power.  I had purchased this foundation in Hong Kong, for about S$58.  In Singapore, this might be about S$70+.

    I am using the shade 774 Light Beige - which is a pale neutral shade... though I do think it is a little too beige for my skin.  But everything blends out nicely, as you will see in the pictures below.

    Product description:

    Create smooth texture with control. Face Architect Smooth Fit fluid foundation from shu uemura provides just the right amount of coverage to allow skin to look flawless, yet natural. With a gliding formula that feels light on the skin it gives a semi–matte finish with a feeling of hydration for a natural look and comfortable feel.

    The foundation is house in a glass bottle and has a plastic cap and pump.  The pump dispenses the product in a sanitary fashion, and is probably my fave after the 'tube squeeze out type' for foundations.  Though the different ways of dispensing foundation highly depends on what type of foundation we are talking about.

    The texture & coverage:

    • It is very smooth, creamy and fluid (similar to Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, NARS Sheer Glow)
    • In terms of blending, I wouldn't use this foundation with an emolient base, like a BB cream, or the Shiseido White Lucent Spot Target, or the Shu Uemura instant glow skin perfecting cream-- because you might end up with a streaky mess - trust me, I tried, and I didn't like the combination.
    • In terms of coverage, the foundation has a medium coverage (5 on the 1--10 coverage scale).  If you want to layer and build up this foundation, do it layer by layer, don't pile on too much at once, to avoid streaks.  I use 1.5 pumps for my whole face --- 2 pumps would be too much.
    • Because the texture is so creamy and fluid, you should use apply it sparingly, and apply more if you need to.
    • Able to cover most of my faint spots, and gives an even-ed out complexion.  I hardly need to use any concealer.  (though that could be due to my current skincare routine).

     

    Finish:

    For the purpose of the review, I set it with a very normal neutral powder -- my Laura Mercier translucent loose powder so that it doesn't interfere with the actual finish of the foundation.

    The foundation has a rather dewy finish, semi-matte.  It makes my skin looks hydrated and healthy.  It also sets quite quickly.

    Bonus - It photographs very well, flawless skin finish!

    Lasting Power:

    The foundation is able to last me a good whole day (8 - 10 hours) and at the end of the day, I still look fresh.  In terms of oil control, it isn't the most oil-controlling foundation.  I need to blot very thoroughly every 4 hours or so.  But I like how the foundation looks and wears the whole day.  It never looks dry, never cakey, and did not oxidise on me.  I love in particular how smooth and fresh my face looks the whole day.  The dewiness (note --- NOT shiny glowy) is long lasting.

    Application - I prefer to use a 'dry' and light base for this foundation, and that's the Shu Uemura UV mousse base.  It evens out and brightens my complexion, and also tightens my pores.

    I prefer to use this foudation with a buffer brush, I did try with my fingers (as you can see in the pictures below which I took on a different day) as using a brush really blends out the foundation even more easily.  I think you can also see how nice and lovely the dewy look is, regardless of whether I use a brush or my fingers.

    Set with powder.

    I highly recommend this foundation, if you want a hydrating and dewy finish base.   I am very very happy that I bought this!

    It is very similar to foundations out that like Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, Nars Sheer Glow (but shu uemura has better lasting power), also and quite similar to Skinbase and Clarins Skin Illusion (but totally different consistency).

     

    I hope you find my review helpful.

     

     

    Thank you for looking!

     

     

     

     

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    December 28, 2011

    Illamasqua FREAK Eau De Parfum [Information & Photos]

    Hi hi!

    I wished for my cousin to buy me the Illamasqua Freak perfume when she went to Melborne recently.  Hehehe.  So she bought it for me for Christmas  :)  Super happy!

    I was a little disappointed that the illamasqua website ships the perfume to only very selected countries (excluding Singapore sadly), so when my cousin went to Melborne, I got her to keep a lookout for it for me.   Joey also kindly let me have a sniff of it as she has a sample, and I think I like it enough to take the plunge and get the perfume.

    Love the bottle, it is definitely one of the quirkiest ones in my collection (the other quirky one being the V&R Flowerbomb - hand grenade, anyone?) - a dark glass bottle that stands in at an angle, and a snail crawling up the sides of it.  The box that it comes in is inspired by the dark, mysterious vibe that this perfume gives off.   I am definitely storing the perfume inside its own box.

    The scent, as described in the brochure below: (link to the illamasqua Freak page)

    TOP NOTES

    BLACK DAVANA, OPIUM FLOWER AND
    BELLADONNA BEWITCH THE SENSES INTO
    UNCONTROLLABLE LUST AND PASSION

    HEART NOTES

    POISON HEMLOCK, DATURA AND
    QUEEN OF THE NIGHT BLOSSOM,
    CARESS AND KISS

    BASE NOTES

    AROMAS OF FRANKINCENSE, OUD AND MYRRH,
    ADDICTIVELY MESMERISES
    AND CAPTURES THE SENSES

    THE RICH AND DARINGLY PROVOCATIVE OPENING NOTES OF BLACK DAVANA CAST A MAGICAL SPELL OF DESIRE ACROSS THE SENSES TO CELEBRATE THE NIGHT. THE COMPELLING BURNT ORANGE BLOOM BASE IS HIGHLY PRIZED THE WORLD OVER FOR ITS ABILITY TO ENHANCE THE WEARER'S NATURAL PERFUME. THE SUBTLE MUSTINESS OF POISON HEMLOCK HAUNTS THE BACKGROUND TONE OF FREAK, ADDING ALLURING DEPTHS OF MYSTERY.

    DATURA, THE MOONFLOWER, HAS AN INTOXICATING SCENT THAT HAS LONG BEEN USED AS A HEADY APHRODISIAC. THE EXQUISITELY RARE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT BLOOMS FLEETINGLY FOR A SINGLE NIGHT EACH YEAR, AND COMPLETES THIS DARINGLY PROVOCATIVE CONCOCTION WITH ITS WARM, SOFT FLORAL SCENT TOUCHED WITH SWEETNESS.

    The Freak Film

     

    Loving my Freak!

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    December 28, 2011

    NEW DIOR ONE Essential Ultra-Detox Treatment Mask [Photos & Information]

    Available January 2012

    Introducing Dior ONE Essential Ultra-Detox Treatment Mask, an extension to Dior's One Essential range of skincare products.

     

    Younger Faster

    YOUTH IS A RACE BETWEEN REGENERATION AND THE ACCUMULATION OF TOXINS.

    Each day, billions of toxins accumulate, blocking good cell function and literally "asphyxiating" the skin. Cutaneous regeneration is slowed, and the skin no longer produces enough new cells to compensate for the on-going damage. Beaten by the signs of age and fatigue, the skin loses its beauty and radiance.

    BUT WHAT IF THE SKIN COULD REGENERATE FASTER THAN TIME ?

    This is the unique feat of ONE ESSENTIAL, an innovation crowned by 10 patents and 32 scientific publications. Dior Science has now demonstrated this through 2 studies with new protocols. By studying women closely for a year, Dior has shed new light on the extraordinary regenerative potential of ONE ESSENTIAL.

    — The 1st study compares the regeneration speed of stem cells in young skin and old skin. After several days contact with the ONE ESSENTIAL ingredients, the older cells regain the same regeneration speed as the young cells. — The second test demonstrates the development of signs of age in 40 women. Cutaneous impressions were taken of each woman at t=1 year and at t=1 year + 6 months of

    ONE ESSENTIAL application, and compares them with cutaneous impressions taken at t=0*.

    The results are striking. In one to two months, ONE ESSENTIAL is capable of repairing a year’s worth of damage to the skin!

    * clinical trial on 40 subjects after 6 weeks application of ONE ESSENTIAL

    A POWERFUL STRIKE, SUPERIOR TO THAT OF THE DAMAGE ACCUMULATED OVER TIME

    By recycling "toxic cells" in "new cells" which then add themselves to normally produced cells, ONE ESSENTIAL boosts the skin’s regeneration process, opposing the march of time*. The balance of "young cells/toxic cells" now swings in favour of the young cells, the sole creators of beauty. It is as though the skin has been "rebooted", and it seems to radiate a new youth.

    * tested in vitro


    ONE ULTRA-DETOX TREATMENT MASK

    ARMED WITH THIS EXPERTISE, DIOR SCIENCE HAS TAKEN INSPIRATION FROM ONE ESSENTIAL’S ANTI-AGEING PERFORMANCE TO CREATE A NEW, COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE SKIN CARE PRODUCT : ONE ESSENTIAL MASK, THE FIRST DIOR "SERUM IN A MASK", A VERITABLE, CONCENTRATED REGENERATOR FOR "ASPHYXIATED" AND TIRED SKIN.




    CAPTURE TOTALE

    ONE ESSENTIAL ULTRA-DETOX

    TREATMENT-MASK

    THE 1ST DIOR SERUM "IN A MASK", FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL DETOX EFFECT

    In certain circumstances, when the skin has accumulated too much fatigue (sleepless nights, various excesses), or has been subjected to too much external aggression (sun, wind, etc.), it can suffer from an "overdose" of toxins. To restore its radiance and original youth, it needs a deep, detox cure.

    The innovative texture of ONE ESSENTIAL MASK, a veritable galenical rupture, allows the incorporation of 10 times more DétoxinyleTM than ONE ESSENTIAL. This patented molecule, extracted from microscopic seaweed, is capable of stimulating proteasome, responsible for the elimination and regeneration of cutaneous toxins.

    In 10 minutes, its new generation gel texture delivers the equivalent of a bottle of ONE ESSENTIAL SERUM, which is deeply absorbed by the skin for total cell purification.

    ONE ESSENTIAL MASK : real "rehab" therapy for the skin! Bursting with active molecules, the skin gains a spectacular fresh start. It is deeply and totally detoxified. On the surface, it is freed from the signs of excess. Fresher, smoother, more matte, more luminous and plumper, it displays insolent perfection.

    Use once or twice a week :

    1. Apply a generous layer of the mask to the entire face.

    2. Leave on for 10 minutes. The serum-texture of the mask will gradually sink in to your skin.

    3. Remove excess product with the spatula using the technique below.

    4. Finally, apply the Multi-Perfection Concentrated Lotion if necessary, as a finishing touch to beautiful skin.

    5. Clean the spatula carefully with cool water after each application.


     





    Style Magazine (Jan 2012) issue describes the One Essential Mask as the 'equivalent of a spa vacation for the skin'.

    I have used this mask once, the cream has a very light easily absorbed texture.  The next morning, my skin feels really soft and smooth.  I will be providing a follow up entry if I see great results with this treatment mask.

    I am repeating myself here, but it is never too early to start on anti-aging skincare.  This treatment mask is a great way to start.  Something that you use once or twice a week as an addition/ enrichment to your existing skincare routine.

     

    Dior ONE Essential treatment mask retails for $150 [50ml].    Available at all Dior counters, January 2012.

     

     

    I hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading.

     

     

     

    P/S: Featured Dior product was given to me for consideration.