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Posts for December 26th 2012

December 26, 2012

LOTD: The Ultimate Red Lips with GA Lip Maestro

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Here I will be showing you how both the red Lip Maestro look on me.  I did a simple look, just something shiny on the eyes, lashes and a clean natural complexion.  Definitely something appropriate for a formal event and also somewhere casual.  

I have many red lipsticks, but currently I am most excited by the Lip Maestro.  From the application, to the overall look and finish, it is such a pleasant experience wearing them.  Despite the richness of the formula, they don't feel heavy at all.  Definitely something attention catching when you wear these colours out, and I personally find them very chic.  I would also compare these to the NARS matte velvet pencils and Chanel Rouge Allure Mat Velvet in terms of the feeling, and the NARS pure matte lipsticks feel more matte compared to the Lip Maestros. 

For swatches in the previous entry - click here.

All products used (all Giorgio Armani unless stated otherwise)

Face - Master Primer SPF40 PA+++, Maestro Fusion Makeup 04 (I applied and built up 2 layers, but didn't set with powder), cle de peau concealer Ivory

* I am impressed again by how beautifully the Maestro foundation photographs.  It's really smoothing and makes my skin look flawless. * 

Cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, Mirco Fil Loose Powder (pink) to highlight the cheeks and add a subtle touch of pink

Lips - Lip Maestro in 400 and 402 

Eyes - NARS Primer, Eyes to Kill Intense 09 (applied on the lids with a MAC217 brush), THREE Eye Doll Pencil 07 

Lashes - two pairs of Ardel 120 layered 

Brows - Shu Uemura brow pencil 09, Shu Uemura brow manicure ash brown 



A special mention on this THREE pencil which you have seen me raving about in recent entries.  My gf gifted me with it recently, she has bought it during her holiday to Japan... and these pencils are pricey - but the formula and the color are definitely worth it.  There are all these tiny multi-color shimmers that make you look at it, at first look, it's a khaki gold pencil, but when you look closer there are little fine bits of pink and gold.  Once the pencil sets, it didn't budge at all.  

Hope you enjoyed this LOTD and quick overview. 

I have been enjoying color on my lips for the most part of this year.... I think it really adds to the whole look, and gives some personality to my regular makeup.  Let me know if you would like a more detailed rundown of my fave reds, and my fave natural color lippies for the year.  Right off the cuff, I can tell you there will be lots of NARs and Diors involved.   :p

Thanks for reading!

The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestros will launch in Singapore from Jan 2013.   I expect them to retail for about $50.

December 26, 2012

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400 & 402 [Photos & Swatches]

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I purchased two red Lip Maestro recently while I was in Hong Kong.  They retail for about SGD$50 each.  As I mentioned in my swatches entry - the brights and reds are way more suited for the formular and finish of the Lip Maestro - that rich velvety matte finish with a deep or bright red is really way more attractive than the usual nudes and beiges.  That's just my opinion of course.  And not surprisingly, everyone else seem to think the same way - all the gorgeous brights and reds were sold out everywhere in HK, only the browny nudes and tan shades were left.  

I thought I had to wait for the Singapore release of these Lip Maestros - cos 402 which is the red I really wanted, was OOS everywhere.  Imagine my surprise when I went back to the very same counter a couple of days later and the staff there told me they had stock for 402.  (FYI 402 is the shade on the ad campaign it is a bright bright red) and I quickly grabbed one for myself.  I had already purchased 400, a slightly deeper red. 

For collection information and more photos on the Lip Maestro, click my feature entry here.

For swatches of all the Lip Maestro swatches, click here.

The sponge tip applicator is longish and fine, making it quite easy for a precise application.  You really just need the tiniest amount of this and spread it evenly on your lips.  If you need more, then layer it bit by bit.  The overall finish should be quite velvety matte (I can't say this enough) and not all gooey, or else it will go all over your teeth. 

Here's a slap on type of swatch - it looks a little shiny due to the sheer thickness. 

But you see, the velvety matte finish comes through after I dabbed and spread the product a bit with my fingertips.  And this is how it looks like in the ad campaigns.  (link link)

Here's a comparison with other rich matte reds and similar products in my stash: 

Lancome Mat Cashmere 300 (from their Fall 2012 collection, Limited edition) review here  -- very similar in terms of texture and finish. but this is limited edition,  and comes in only this shade. 

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer in Cherry Lush - review here - has that same shade of bright red as 402 but it has this pinky red undertone whereas 402 has an orangey undertone.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque Dragon (discontinued) has the same depth and shade as 400 - Temptalia has a comparison - but both have very different finishes, Chanel Dragon has a satin finish, while 400 is of course velvety matte.

Lip swatches:

They are pretty long lasting, and really amazing.  As Lisa Eldridge says, she loves to wear a red lip when wearing just a tee, jeans and going out to run errands.  I agree.  Who says that a red lip, whether it's Chanel or Giorgio Armani, is only confined to special ocassions?  It really makes one look groomed and brightened up without having to do much. 

I hope this rundown has been useful, and I will be posting a LOTD entry next. 

The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro will be available in Singapore from Jan 2013. 

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.

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