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Posts for September 21st 2012

September 21, 2012

Comparison of Chanel & Dior Taupe Brown Vernis

Hi hi!

Just a quick comparison and overview of my Chanel & Dior taupe brown nail polish.  I have accumulate a bunch of these in my stash for the past couple of years from various collections, and so I will quickly show you them side by side.

First off, these I often find these colors very easy to wear, they might look boring to some people, but I personally think that they are more 'classic' than the typical reds and pinks.  They (like the nudes) don't clash with your outfit, and don't take unnecessary attention away from your accessories and outfit. Whenever I wear a taupe brown (browny nude/ beige) you know, the more tanned nudes, I always get compliments and questions on what shade I am wearing.  OPIs and Essies have several dupes too...but that's another story altogether. 

The shades featured in this entry, and their availability

1. Chanel Particuliere - Permanent

2. Dior Trench - current season, Dior Nudeskin launch

3. Chanel Khaki Rose - Chanel's FNO special collection from 2 years aho

4. Dior Dune - Current season, Dior Nudeskin launch

5. Dior Bengale - current season, from Dior Golden Jungle collection 

6. Chanel Khaki Brun - same as Khaki Rose


Formula on all these is fantastic, I have showed them with 2 even coats, no topcoat, and pictures are taken when the polish is semi-wet, which explains the ultra high shine. 

First set of comparisons - the lighter browns, in particular Dior Trench and Chanel Khaki Rose.

I had first thought that Trench and Particuliere would be a total dupe of each other.. but Trench is slightly paler.  Khaki Rose is warmer in tone.  Dior Grege (not featured) is way paler, so I didn't include in this entry.  Dior Dune is the darkest among all I am comparing.

another angle to show you the nuances of each shade

Just Khaki Rose & Trench.

Second set with the darker taupe browns.   Khaki Brun contains some olive green tones, Dior Bengale is browner than Dune which looks more cool toned, even a bit of purpley undertone in shown in the pictures.  

I think they are all different, but of course, I would consider them to be in the same family, and if you have a favourite, you defintely don't need to own all of them. 

a last group shot!


I hope you find this helpful....and thanks for reading!

September 21, 2012

OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection: My Top Picks [Photos & Swatches]

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I got 4 out of the 12 shades released in conjunction with the OPI James Bond Skyfall collection (it seems any decent movie these days must have a corrosponding nail polish collection eh?).   Well, I love James Bond Danial Craig (total hubba hubba material) so I just kind of got a little suckered into getting a few shades from the collection.  Actually what I really wanted is the 18k topcoat (which I just saw on Temptalia that Zoya is also releasing a 18k topcoat... is that the next nail polish trend after the crackle/shatter/magnetic gimmicks?).

So anyway, I got 4 colors, one cream, and the rest have varying degree of shine and sparkle.  I passed on all the gunmetal shades, and it is very temping to collect all the colors just for the names alone...but....no no I shall be good.  Jennifer just posted a very useful swatch and review entry on this collection too, and she picked totally different colors from me so you will get a good feel of the whole collection, do check out her entry here here here. 

  FYI, I bought my OPI and Essies from Tammy here http://timtam00.blogspot.sg/

  OPIs are usually $10 each, Essies about $11 each, inclusive of normal postage. She stocks Orly and China Glaze too.  Fast response, and super fast postage.

Firstly, we have Casino Royale - a purple plummy eggplant purple... hmmmm... it is a warm purple.. not one of those royal cool toned purple.  From the name, I had thought that it would be one of the rich reds from this collection.  Anyway, it is super glossy, and I am very impressed by the color payoff, and the high shine finish.  

DIE ANOTHER DAY - A bright bright warm red, very metallic, reminds me of Christmas.  I didn't paint a topcoat in my swatch pictures, but you can see the almost mirror shine.  I suggest painting 2 even coats, and wait for each coat to dry to avoid any brush strokes. 

GOLDENEYE - I wanted this because when I saw pictures of it, I totally think that it would be a dupe for my favourite gold polish (SpaRitual Solstice) but this contains multi-color bits among the predominantly golden bits.  It is not as dense as Solstice but the overall look, after 3 coats is comparable. I like to use this on its own, but in Jenn's entry, she swatched it over a darker shade, and you can see a different effect. 

Here you can really see the true beauty of Goldeneye. 


Lastly, we have The Living Daylights, a multi color glitter topcoat.  Large bits of teal, silver, gold and orange glitter suspended in a clear base.  I literally slapped on the polish for the purpose of the swatches, but in reality, the polish is quite densely packed with the glitter, and if you 'arrange' the glitter bits as you are applying, you do get quite an even and dense coverage. 

This is what I want, but stocks aren't currently available yet. 

Can't wait to watch this in the theatres!


Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for reading!

September 21, 2012

OPI Germany Collection: My Top Picks [Photos & Swatches]

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I got myself four colors from the recent OPI Germany collection, and I have initially gotten two shades, but when I look at the nudes again, well, I couldn't resist. Besides, I would say 70% of the time I am often seen wearing a nude color on my hands... and the rest of the time I am wearing some funky shade or a red.  

The formula on all the colors I picked are super glossy, creamy and smooth.  I experienced no streaking, no bald patches and no bits and bumps.  It took me 3 seconds of getting used to the huge OPI brush, but I think I had missed how easy it is to just slap on the color over my whole nail in a stroke.  If you have tiny nail area or very short nails, I find that the huge brush can be a little cumbersome.  I really prefer the normal sized brushes like the Essie or Chanel ones. 

That aside, here we have the first shade:

DON'T PRETZEL MY BUTTONS - A very nude beigy nude, that prolly is a 99% dupe for some of my Essie nudes, and also my current OPI nudes..the consistency is just nice, and it seems to almost blend into my skintone, except that of course, it looks almost glassy because that's just how shiny the shade looks. 

MY VERY FIRST KNOCKWURST - a pinky pale nude, I love this as a matching pair on toes and fingers... very chic and very elegant.  Again, this creamy pinky nude is one of my all time fave shades, and I can't get enough of these.  Formula is the same as Don't Pretzel my Buttons. 

DON'T TALK BACH TO ME - I want to laugh when I saw the name, and that's probably what sucked me into this color.  I thought it looks the most unique among this huge collection, but when I got it... I think it looks just like Fiercely Fione, or that Shrek color, or the Fly color from the Nicki Minaj collection... it is sort of a muted limed green with very very tiny sheen bits.  The formula is very smooth, and no streaks at all.  I wished it is more mustardly yellow though. 

Lastly, we have SCHNAPPS OUT OF IT - A muted brick brown color that contains ultra fine silvery sheeny bits.  I love this, it is very 'conservative' and very very glossy.   It looks like it would be a very good lipstick colour too. And might also make a good nude tan color for darker girls. 


Overall, love the formula on the colors I have picked, there are many other colors in this collection, and if you visit the usual nail polish swatches blogs and all, I am sure you would have selected your faves too.  :)  

Hope this has been helpful, and if you have any colors in mind for comparison, do leave them in the comments below, if I have the shades, I might do a comparison entry in the near future.  

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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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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