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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.

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I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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    Posts for December 8th 2012

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    December 08, 2012

    NEW Giorgio Armani launches Lip Maestro‏ [Photos & Information]

    A Revolution in Lip CoLor

    intense, seductive, illuminating color. Giorgio armani introduces Lip Maestro: the next generation of lip color.
    the first truly luminous matte lip color, Lip Maestro is more radiant than a matte lipstick, more sophisticated than a gloss. the classic formulas have been reinvented for a flawless matte finish that is never dry. a glow that amplifies color, without masking it. a luxurious, velvet texture that glides onto lips for 4-dimensional volume. Lip Maestro bathes lips in long lasting, enviably chic color. Lips appear instantly plumped and radiant, incredibly smooth and wrapped in comfort. 

    Why is Lip Maestro so unique?

    "What's fascinating about this formula is that it’s a completely new generation. It is a 4D effect because you have this incredible depth of color that still remains matte but is very luminous. So you can get a really chic effect in deep luminous reds, amethysts or plums, and it's fascinating because it is long lasting and very comfortable.

    When you wear Lip Maestro, you almost need no other make-up. Lip Maestro, worn alone, can be the height of chic." 

    Is there a rule to matching lip color with skin tone? Can everyone wear red lipstick?

    "There’s only one rule in make up: be bold. Real beauty often comes from the unexpected.

    When we created the Rouge d’Armani 400, we created the perfect red because it’s a true red: not too orange, not too blue, so it suits everybody. It’s a huge success, so we did the exact same shade for Lip Maestro."


    - Linda Cantello, international make-up artist for Giorgio Armani    


    Intense Velvet Color Powered by Light the First Matte Lacquer

    An all-new formula for unforgettable lips. Lip Maestro has all the color and sophistication women desire in a matte finish combined with the luminous intensity of a lip lacquer. a fusion created exclusively by Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and made possible by a transparent “velvet” gel which diffuses light while providing a luxurious, matte finish for both depth and volume.

    Lips are not only illuminated, they are drenched in color, making Lip Maestro the biggest color innovation since Rouge d’Armani.
    extremely light, the velvet gel rolls onto lips for a no make-up feel. the sensual, non-sticky texture offers hours of hydration and comfort. With its sleek design and soft applicator, Lip Maestro can be applied at anytime for lips that are always perfectly finished. 

    Backlit Color

    For a truly saturated lip color that shines from within, Giorgio armani Cosmetics has created a revolutionary, color backlighting technology. Light interacts with pigments and is then bounced back, intensifying color. Your lips appear backlit, fuller and irresistible.

    Matte lip color is intense but can be dull
    the matte effect is classically achieved with fillers which create an irregular opaque surface texture which can absorb a part of the light and diffuse unevenly the rest. the finish is a saturated matte color which can sometimes result in a dull dry look on the lips.

    Luminous lip color is shiny but can look washed out
    the luminous effect is achieved through an extremely even surface. Light rays bounce off the mirror-like surface creating high shine, but also white reflections, obscuring the purity of the color (much like sun on the ocean).

    today, Giorgio armani Cosmetics introduces a new era in lip color with an innovative new base ingredient for a dual-action effect.
    one third of the formula is composed of a “velvet glowing sphere” network. 


    Color Backlighting

    Light bounces off the translucent spheres and is spread throughout the texture, fusing with the pigments.
    the network of soft-focus velvet glowing spheres vehicles light within the formula. the flow of light is reversed to backlight pigments.

    The result: an amplified matte effect and luminous color.

    Instead of a rigid, interconnected polymer chain, the formula is composed of a network of bouncy, soft and supple spheres that roll and morph with every lip movement, creating an unprecedented soft and fluid sensation.

    Put to the test

    Lip Maestro offers women softer more moisturized matte and luminous lips, with proven wear and comfort.

    Long lasting color protocol: instrumental test performed in France on 25 Caucasian women.

    Result: the formula’s color effect on lips lasted up to 8 hours after application.

    Hydration protocol: instrumental test performed on 25 Caucasian women.

    Result: the product has a significant effect on degree of moisturization, +16% approximately 4 hours after application. 

    Consumer tests

    protocol: two-week consumer use test performed on 67 women aged 30 to 50 years old.

    results:

    sensorial

    the product is comfortable on lips upon application for 91% of women the texture of the product is soft for 89.6% of women
    the product makes-up the lips in softness: 94% of women
    the texture of the product is not sticky: 85.1% of women
    the product is light on the lips, you don’t feel it: 80.69% of women

    Luminous matte
    this product delivers a matte effect: 98.5% of women
    this product creates a matte finish while very luminous: 83.6% of women

    Wear
    the product has good wear: 83.6% of women the product doesn’t stain: 94% of women
    the product doesn’t smudge: 80.6% of women 

    The Essence of Color

    With Lip Maestro, we wanted to create pure, vibrant colors that fit with every complexion. Outstanding, luxurious colors enhanced in a luminous matte formula.

    Linda Cantello, Make up artist for Giorgio armani Cosmetics

    For the first time in armani, intense color has a no make-up feel. ultra-light, Lip Maestro fuses with lips for exceptional comfort and wear. Concentrated pigments, permeate the gel formula, offering an incredible depth of color. no underlying white “base” means color stays true for a flawless, matte and glowing finish.

    There are 10 (out of 12) shades available in Singapore. 

    I had the chance to preview the Lip Maestro back in July in this event here.  They feel really smooth and velvety, and the color payoff is impressive.  I tried on a red, and it is really gorgeous.  I can see myself picking up a few shades. 

    For all my Giorgio Armani coverage, click here.

    The Lip Maestro will be available from 1 January 2013.


    Thank you for reading!