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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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    Posts for October 21st 2012

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    October 21, 2012

    LOTD: A Very YSL Smokey Purple

    Hi hi!

    In this entry, I will showcase a smokey purple eyes using YSL 5 Colour Harmony 04 palette.  I will talk you through most of what I did, along with my thoughts on the products used in this look.  Hope you find it helpful!

    I will also list all products used at the end of this entry.

    Let's start with some swatches & close ups:

    *** it is a little hard to capture the true color of the warm purples in this palette, so I adjusted the colors a little to make it show up truer to the actual color.  As you can see, in the first pic the colors showed up cooler which is not quite right. 

    I used the following shades as indicated in the picture below on my eyes.  My fave shades in this palette is probably the highlight shade (a very very cool toned pale lilac that shows up whitish on the skin, and both the lid shades).  I found the crease color a little dry and chalky.  I used a primer, followed by a colored base to make the colors more intense.  If you prefer only a wash of color on the lids, then you can skip the colored base. 

    For the colored base, I actually used the YSL pencil liner - which is very creamy and black.  I lined my eyes quite messily on my lids, and used my ring finger to blend out the liner, forming a blackish smudgy base, and then I used both the lid colors.  I do quite like the YSL pencil liner, but it is a little prone to smudging because it is so creamy.

    I will be featuring the lipsticks in a separate feature entry, so let's just leave it as a combination of a nude-peachy shade for now.

    I have been totally enjoying the Touche Eclat.  You may wonder why I use BOTH shades.  But if you look, 01 is a peachy pink tone (great for neutralising and brightening) and 02 is a beigy pale shade, which is great for highlighting.  I really only use these two under my eyes, and a little on the bridge of my nose.  There are many many similar products like this, but I guess what makes the Touche Eclat such a classic is the extremely smooth and translucent finsh.  And somehow the fat brush and it dispenses just the right amount of product without any clogging is just a winner.  

    On my cheeks, I am using the YSL Blush Radiance in 06, a bright pop of pink.  It is quite pigmented, and very very smooth.  I do like this blush, and it might be time I look into what other shades they offer in this range. 

    Some close ups:

    On my lower lashes, I used the YSL Faux Cils waterproof.  It is one of the first few mascaras I used even when I was still in school.  Back in the days when I didn't know anything about falsies, I depended on this mascara and LOTS of curling of the lashes to make sure I have big lashes.  This is still the same amazing mascara I have used like 10 years ago, and it is still the same.  Awesome mascara.

    and the lip combo:

    I didn't want a totally nude lip shade, so I went for a natural peachy look. 

    I love this look, the big lashes balance out the purple eyes.  

    More hair chat: I washed my hair this morning, and suffered through a walkathon and a rainy brunch.  

    Still LOVING how it takes zero effort for my hair to look this good. 

    I think I could get addicted to the whole treatment and hair pampering, and shall book myself in for a session every 3 months or so. 

    All products used:

    Foundation: Shiseido Radiant Lifting foundation & Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pearl) --- I want to give this foundation a more luminous glow.  La Mer Powder to set.  Laura Mercier SC 03.  YSL Touche Eclat 01 and 02. 

    Cheeks: DiorSkin Nude Tan 003 Zenith, YSL Blush Radiance 06

    Lips: YSL Rouge Pur 148, YSL Glossy Stain 07

    Eyes: Laura Mercier Eye Base Flax,  YSL Pencil Liner, YSL 5 Colour Harmony 04, Lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarlina

    That's all, and thank you for reading!

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    October 21, 2012

    Review: My DiorNude Skin Glowing Routine

    Hi hi!

    Of late, I have been trying out a bunch of Dior products, several from their latest Nude Skin base products, and also another bunch from their holiday Golden Bal collection.  Please give me some time to get through these goodies and feature them soon! 

    So in this entry, I will review the following two new Dior base products: 

    1. DiorNude Skin Glowing foundation (liquid foundation)

    2. DiorNude Skin Compact (powder foundation)

    Swatches of both products in this entry here. (link link link)

     

    I have already reviewed and featured the Nude Shimmering powder in this entry here. (link link link)

    For full collection information and technical information, click on this entry here. (link link link)

    Let's go through my routine, and I will sum up my thoughts at the end of this entry. 

    Step One: Sun protection & makeup base


    The DiorSnow BB Creme is one of my staples as a makeup base.  It comes with a powerful 50SPF and it has a very liquid foundation feel.  It immediately evens out my skintone as you will see below, and also means that it is a great for layering a natural finish foundation over it.  I also love using BB creams in general for priming my skin before foundation. 

    Step 2: Apply DiorNude Skin Glowing foundation.

    Here, you can see that the foundation gives my face a very natural glowy finish.  It doesn't look like I have applied anything over my prepped skin, but yet you can see the luminous effect, which I am loving of late.  I just think that an overly matte look is ageing and too drying.  A fresh radiant looking skin is never ultra matte. I just need to control the oily T zone, and I am happy with just a bit of shine on my face. 

    The foundation has a gel kind of texture and consistency.  I apply the foundation with a buffing brush, and it blends easily without any streaks.  The feel is very lightweight, and I just use concealer whenever I need to.

    I am using the shade 20, and it is very close to my own skintone.  I have mentioned in my swatch entry that I wish there is a shade 15 for extra brightening, but 20 is a true to my own skincolor shade. 

    Step 3: Concealing!


    I apologise for the blurry pictures here!  I like to brighten my undereyes.  I am using a apricot shade for the Dior Skinflash to neutralise my undereyes, and then followed by the spot concealer to brighten up the area.  I also use the same spot concealer for spot concealing.  It has a very very smooth full coverage texture.  It is quite pricey, but I highly recommend this spot concealer.  And it has SPF50 too.  Definitely one of my fave concealers. 

    Lastly, setting the foundation & concealer. 


    The compact foundation comes with two methods of application.  It has a sponge, and a brush.  

    I am using  the brush here because I am setting the foundation.  

    If I am touching up, I would use the sponge to pat my face.  

    If I am using the compact foundation as a foundation for light days, I would use a powder puff. 

    I know it all sounds so complicated, that is just how I am with applying my base products.   

    The brush that comes with the compact is pretty decent as a portable brush.. and it deposits the right amount of powder. 

    The compact has decent coverage, and I am enjoying it some days after I have a shower at the gym.  I would have a light layer of bb cream on my face, and I use this compact foundation to set the bb cream.  Then I would enjoy flawless smooth skin.  The compact is great for soothing over pores, and ensuring a smooth finish. 

    Here you can see the half face results.  The finished half of my face is very flawless and smooth.  There is a subtle glowy effect to my face, and even though I have used several layers of products, it doesn't look nor feel heavy at all.  I always like a fuller coverage for my base, and I find that such a layering routine is great for a long lasting fresh faced result. 

    I am quite impressed by this foundation.  It is great for women with a oilier complexion and who wants a fresh light feeling foundation.  If you like natural second skin finish foundations, you will love the DiorNude skin glowing foundation.  It is pretty long lasting on me, lasting through my 8- 10 hour workdays.  I don't find that it oxidise on me, and it didn't make me look like a oily mess even on hot days. 

    Overall, I am glad to have tried out both foundations, you should check them out too!

    For comparison's sake, 

    I would put the DiorNude Skin Glowing liquid foundation in the same categories of other liquid foundations such as 

    1. Burberry Sheer Foundation

    2. Clarins Skin Illusion

    3. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

    4. Lancome Teint Miracle 

    The liquid foundation retails for S$70 and the compact retails for $90, and is currently available at all Dior counters.

    I hope my overview has been helpful, and thank you for reading!!