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Posts for December 24th 2012

December 24, 2012

LOTD: Shu Uemura Unmasked Palette Pink

Hi hi

Today, I am doing a look featuring several products from the Shu Uemura Unmasked and Blossom Dream collection (more information here).  It is turning out to be a very matte warm smokey look.  I am quite impressed with the soft and very blendable matte colors from the palette.  I didn't use any of the pink shades from the palette (though I did try to use them as blushers, which worked just as well).   The warm matte smokey look went surprisingly well with the orange lips, as you will see in the pics below later. 

Here are some close ups of the products and swatches: 

Unmasked Pink Palette  - 

I think you can see the texture of the eyeshadows here, even in the swatches - they are very soft, creamy looking.  It is so finely milled you can't really any powdery fallout or particles at all. 

When I was blending the eyeshadows, I didn't have any issues with chalkiness, and all the colors are very pigmented. 

Here are swatches of the blush and the lipstick: 

The lipstick can be a little tricky to wear depending on your skintone - but your best bet would be to apply it from the tube, and blend out the edges around the lipline.  The formula is also a little tricky, because it might get streaky - so careful layering is needed. 

The blush is very soft and has a subtle pearlised glow.  It is very easy to wear, and suits light to medium skintones. 

Swatch of the bright orange lipstick on my lips. 

All products used - all shu uemura unless stated otherwise

Face - instant glow skin perfecting cream, smooth fit fluid foundation 774, set with Chanel ultra-fine loose powder

Lips - rouge unlimited Bright Orange

Cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, glow on P Soft Coral 

Eyes - NARS Primer, Unmasked Palette Pink, THREE Eye Doll pencil 07 (mad love the THREE pencil!!) 

Lashes - Natural Volume 01 

OMG -- just realised in this close up pic of my eyes, you can see clearly the only shimmering product I used on my eyes in this look - the THREE eye doll pencil which my gf gifted me.  Look at my lower eyelids. The little pink and golden bits peeking through my lower lashes. 

And the rest of the look - I am very amazed by the quality of these matte shadows - they look really smooth, and blendable.  There are two other palettes in this collection, I am not quite sure how they would perform, but I am very happy with the rich browns and pinks in this particular palette.  

That's all and hope you found this entry helpful.  

The collection will be available in Jan 2013. 

December 24, 2012

Shu Uemura 2013 Spring Unmasked & Blossom Collection [Photos & Information]


The beginning of a colorful dream, the beginning of shu uemura </span>

“when I opened a make-up box in Hollywood, I felt as if I had uncovered hidden treasures in a pyramid. it was this rush of excitement that made me determined to become a professional make-up artist.”

Shu Uemura

A few years later, he established his first cosmetic company and created the “unmask” cleansing oil and colorful cosmetics that would become shu uemura’s trademarks. in 1983, Mr. Shu Uemura opened the doors of his professional make-up artist’s atelier to the public in Tokyo, Omotesando district. the stylish space featured more than 3000 professional products such as high quality skin care products, make-up, and accessories. the sleek, black and white space showcased the kaleidoscope of colorful make-up, and open tester tables encouraged women to touch, play, and enjoy. the revolutionary offering of personal cosmetics from a professional’s selection sparked a sensation. 

"There are as many colors as there are women...”

From the moment colors are added to her purified canvas, beauty blooms from her face. A unique personal beauty lies within you and blooms like spring flowers along with your hopes, dreams, and ambitions, just like Mr. Shu Uemura’s color- filled dreams in Hollywood.

Shu uemura’s spring/summer 2013 collection is a return to our roots: a celebration of the re-opening doors for all women to the shu uemura atelier.

The atelier’s <span>secret color recipes are now shared with the entire world. Soothing shades in every possible combination sparks off infinite beauty inspirations to fuel the dreams that exists in every woman. 


For spring/summer 2013 shu uemura Chief International Make-up Artist Yuji Asano evokes the magic of dreams. a colorful array of pastel floral shades and diverse textures are inspired by glorious budding flowers that bloom when dreams comes true.

Combining matte and shiny textures in one make-up design, shu uemura enlivens the face with a fresh, awe inspiring and totally original beauty. the limited edition packaging features vibrant new interpretations of the legendary unmask logo design. 


eye shadow palette (limited edition)

Re-discover the joy of shu uemura’s professional atelier with three new special edition matte textured refills in charming pastel shades for your palettes. now everyone can easily achieve pro-level make-up gradation, color payoff, and ultra-smooth matte texture.

“matte texture gives a more soothing, warm, and soft impression than pearl or glitter textures. even when exposed to a strong light, matte texture maintains true color. pale, soft, and warm colors are best suited to matte textures.”

drawing pencils (limited edition)

play with pearly colorful eyeliners to draw defining lines. shades match eye shadow colors perfectly for both monochromatic color coordination and vibrant enhancement.

pearly gold

define with a glamorous pearly golden accent.

pearly white


glow on (new shades)

<span>5 new shades in pearl and matte texture for a complexion abloom with fantasy. from blissful pink to vibrant oranges, the range is newly enriched with vibrant dreams and feminine delight. 



The prelude to a beauty dream begins by adding an alluring tint to lips, the ultimate symbol of femininity. a combination of nudey pastel colors and 4 dreamy limited edition shades are offered in two different textures. 

professional make-up tips from atelier by Yuji Asano

“by applying two different textured lipsticks, dimensions of the lips are more enhanced. the contrast of each texture is enhanced and it reinforces the dimensional effect by applying the matte texture to the corners of the mouth, in the center, apply the shiny texture. dimensional <span>lips look intellectual and effervescent.” 


<span>Gloss unlimited (limited edition)

Rebirth of gloss unlimited </span>

This new shape memorizing lip gloss is designed to create unlimited mirror shine with “3D shape-memory technology” to give lips a high shine veil that maintain voluminous shine.

New applicator traps gloss inside the circle and slant oval shaped applicator fits perfectly with the lip shape to achiever precise application in one stroke by gradually evening out the gloss on your lips providing a new and sophisticated gloss experience.

The comfortable, light texture melts into lips through a moisture active complex formula that includes a new lotus flower extract nourishes and protect fragile lips and a special rich blend of botanical oils for moisture comfort. lips feel moisturized all day long.

Fresh, playful colors and nuance colors, 3 shades to mix and match different textures and colors to match your many daydream fantasies. 



False eyelashes (limited edition)

<span>Two dreamy lashes maximize your colorful make-up fantasy festivities. Dramatize your look with fluffy, colorful feathers or accentuate your eyes with feather-light lashes! 

<strong>Available January 2013. 



December 24, 2012

Illamasqua Sophie Powder Blush & all my Illamasqua blushers swatched!

I had ordered Illamasqua's Sophie blush online sometime back... a long long time back. Out of the 17 blushers they listed on their site, I have accumulated 12 Illamasqua blushers over the years, with a couple which are probably discontinued.  I will be showing you all swatches at the end of this entry. 

I love Illamasqua blushers because they are extremely pigmented, and they are very long lasting. Most of their blushers are matte - I only have 2 shimmering blushers from them - including Sophie.  The other one is Ambition.   I think I prefer their matte blushes - they blend into the skin beautifully, and even the palest pink shows up intensely on me. 

SOPHIE is described as a Golden Coral Shimmer.  The shimmer bits are more obvious in the pan and they don't really translate onto your skin.  Unless you pile on a lot of the blush - but then the coral would be too much... so when you apply this lightly, the shimmer bits don't actually get picked up.  

how it looks like overall - note you just need the tiniest amount when using these extremely pigmented blushers.

<strong>and an armful of all my illamasqua blushes and one lone bronzer swatched - 


close up by sections - 

Tweak - deep hot pink

Panic - true red (discontinued)

Ambition - neutral brown pink, shimmer

Sophie - golden coral, shimmer

Lover - Soft Apricot 

Tremble - Soft lilac pink 

Chased - Bright rose pink 

Hussy - Bright candy pink 

Bronzer Writhe -  Golden tan 

Rumor - Soft matte brown, contour shade

Katie (one of my faves!) - Soft Candy Pink

Naked Rose (one of my faves!) - Natural beige Pink 

Hope you find these swatches helpful, and thanks for reading!


December 24, 2012

Illamasqua Complement Eyeshadow Palette [Photos, Swatches, Step by Step]

Hi hi!

A while back, I had ordered Illamasqua Complement eyeshadow palette - I didn't know that it contains a cream eyeshadow!  But I love the combination of colors in this palette - the champagne color, the matte blending shade, and the dark metallic purpley brown shade.

Here are the shade names for your reference:

Slink  - the shimmering champagne shade

Focus - the metallic medium brown shade

Queen of the Night - dark deep purpley brown with purple shimmers

Forgiveness - matte reddish brown 

swatches - 

here is the placement of colors that I used in my eyelook - 


1. apply the creamy brown color on the lids as a base color, it is very blendable and very sheer once blended out

2. apply highlight and crease shades on the eyes 

3. apply the darkest shade on the lids

4. blend blend blend! 

close up of the complete look. 
lashes, brows, liner! 

and here's a weird facial expression to complete the look>

overall, a soft smokey look, not too dark, though you can definitely build up the colors more. 
I went for a orangey nude lipstick in this LOTD.

all products used:

Face - Illamasqua Skinbase foundation shade 04, Chanel ultra fine loose powder, Laura Mercier secret camoflage concealer SC03

Cheeks - Illamasqua Sophie powder blush, Rumor to contour 

Lips - Illamasqua Obey lipstick, topped with Chanel Extrait de Gloss Genie

Eyes - NARS Primer, Illamasqua Complement palette

Liner - Solone Gel-Like Smoody Pencil ES06 Red Wine
Lashes - Shu Uemura Natural Volume 01 

I hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

December 24, 2012

LOTD: The Body Shop Winter Trend Look

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Today I have a quick look to share with you, using mostly products from The Body Shop's Winter Trend Makeup Collection.  (click here for information and swatches).  I went for a metallic smokey look, a red lippy but I kept the rest of the face quite clean (no blusher). 

Let me take you through the eyelook:

1. prime my eyelids with the highlight shade as indicated - I used a fluffy eyeshadow brush (mac 224)

2. apply lids color as indicated - this shade can be prone to fallout - so I was careful to lay the eyeshadow onto my lids, and when they are 'pressed' onto my lids, I slowly blend out the edges. Blending out the edges where the highlight and lid colors meet so there are no harsh lines.  I used a Louise Young LY38 tapered brush for this step. 

3. apply the outer corner shade for some definition to the eyelook.  I used the same LY38 brush. 

4. apply a little inner corner highlight with the shade as indicated in the picture below.

5. I lined my eyes with MAC Pearlglide liner Petrol Blue (I wanted a pop of color, hence didn't use the matching metallic eye pencils from the same collection). 

6. Apply lashes, and fill in my brows. 

This is the finished look.  

On my cheeks, I dusted the Dazzling Rocks in Golden Copper on my cheeks. I used a matte contour shade (Illamasqua Rumor) on my forehead and sides of my face.  The overall effect is a warm and glowy look.  I don't think the Dazzling Rocks is too shimmering, if you buffed it lightly.  

A close up of the eye look, and the cheeks. 

And one more 'I dunno what is this' look.  Heheh.

All products used:

Face - Ettusais Mineral White BB Cream, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation 51, Lancome Dual Finish powder 

Eyes - MUFE Eyeshadow primer, The Bodyshop Smokey Moonstone palette, MAC Pearlglide liner in Petrol Blue, Ardel 120 lashes (I layered two pairs)

Lips - The Bodyshop Colorglide lipshine in 12 Ruby Sparkle

Cheeks - Illamasqua Rumor, The Bodyshop Dazzling Rocks in Golden Copper 

I hope you enjoyed this look, and thanks for reading!

December 24, 2012

The Body Shop: Winter Trend Makeup Collection [Photos & Swatches]

Work the party looks this season with The Body Shop's limited edition makeup collection of shimmering metallics.  

The collection comes in an array of smokey copper, smokey moonstone and some sparkly goodies.  I will be sharing with you some images and swatches of the items in this collection, and follow up with a LOTD in the next entry. 

For the eyes: 

Smokey Eye Palette  - Smokey Copper 

A palette of four on-trend eyeshadows in shimmery shades of copper and coffee, and a mini eyeshadow brush and mini eyeliner brush so you can touch up on the go.

  • Four warm shades
  • Mini eyeshadow brush
  • Mini eyeliner brush
  • Mirror
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Limited edition

Smokey Eye Palette - Smokey Moonstone 

A palette of four on-trend eyeshadows in cool shades of moonstone and espresso, and a mini eyeshadow brush and mini eyeliner brush so you can touch up on the go.

  • Four cool shades
  • Mini eyeshadow brush
  • Mini eyeliner brush
  • Mirror
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Limited edition

Metallic Definer Eye Pencil

Rock your party look with this metallic eye pencil. Ultra-soft and easy to blend, it gives a cool metallic twist to a classic flick. 

  • Water-resistant formula
  • Metallic colour
  • Smooth coverage
  • Dermatologist approved
  • Opthalmologist approved


Give your lips a kiss of shimmer and shine. Available in 4 luscious shades, this sheer lipstick gives a beautiful glaze of shine, shimmer and colour to lips. Your party lipstick sorted.

  • Dewy shine
  • Subtle shimmer
  • Sheer colour


Rock some sparkle this Christmas. This tub of shimmering copper and gold beads gives an irresistible dazzle to cheeks, temples and décolletage – anywhere you want to shine. It’s limited edition so catch it while you can.

  • Shimmering finish
  • Adds radiance
  • For face and body
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Limited edition


Made with soft, fluffy synthetic hairs, our limited-edition, chubby brush is designed to sweep a fine, even dusting of powder onto face and body. Its unique slanted design makes sculpting, layering and contouring a cinch. The perfect partner for Dazzling

  • Super-soft synthetic hair
  • Cruelty-free
  • Easy to use
  • For face and body


This limited-edition atomiser releases a fine shimmery powder to highlight the face, body and hair. Perfect for the party season.

  • Copper shimmer or Golden Shimmer 
  • Even application
  • Mess-free
  • Lightly scented
  • Limited edition

<strong>Swatches here:

I have the Smokey Moonstone palette - it is very pigmented, a little powdery, but the shades are all very metallic and creamy once you pat onto your skin/ eyelids. 


The metallic eye pencils are very creamy and pigmented.  I think they would be great as eyeshadow bases, and also for smudging under the eyes. 

And the lipstick, here we have 12 - Ruby Sparkle.  It is very creamy and sheer, the sparkles you see in the tube doesn't translate to the lips when applied.  Overall, a very easy to wear red lipstick, and the formula is creamy and moisturising. 

Next, we have the Sparkler, which comes in an vintage type of air pump dispenser.  There is a cap which prevents you from accidentally dispensing the sparkling powder everywhere.  It is very finely milled and slightly glittery.

And finally we have the Dazzling Rocks - it is quite pigmented, and reminds me of one of the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks, except that they are in these loose balls form.  I can dust them lightly as a face highlight, or pick up the darker shades to warm up my complexion.

Here in my swatches, I used a brush to pick up the powder, instead of doing a heavy swatch with my fingers.  This way, you get a better idea of how they work on the skin.  This is really really pretty!

I hope the swatches have been helpful.  Stay tuned for my LOTD!

Thanks for reading!

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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

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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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