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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

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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 January 2013

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    January 31, 2013

    Nicole by OPI: Four Kardashians Kolors [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi~
    This entry features four shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian colors which I got to pick at this preview event (mentioned earlier in this entry). They look quite Christmassy, but I felt like a metallic red, and all the glitters really appealed to me when I was playing around with the colors at the event. 

    So, without any further ado...let's move on to the colors: 

    All the polishes have a smooth formula, the glitter in this collection are quite fine, and the Nicole by OPI has the same wide brush that all OPIs polishes come with.  I personally find them a little too big and cumbersome, but they so spread across your nailbed very easily and makes for a easier application (wide brush saves you effort in painting from 'side to side' as one swipe can cover almost the whole nail). 

    Keeping up with Santa - a metallic red, this is very smooth and almost opaque in one coat.  I painted two coats here to show off the full color intensity.  The red is very classic, without any obvious cool or warm undertones.  It is just a very neutral red which will suit all skintones in my opinion.

    All is Glam, All is Bright - a silvery base gltter polish that contains darker blue-ish silver and red bits.  Reminds me of an ETK or something.  It is almost opaque in two coats, and quite smooth for a glittery polish.  Love how the glitter bits catch the light even though the pictures are taken indoors. 

    Look at me, Look at me - another silvery base glitter polish, with pink, red, teal (?) --- multicolor glitter bits.  Same consistency and formula as All is Glam All is Bright.  
    And lastly, Kardashing Through the Snow - cheeky name - and this is really made for the Christmas season.  A clear base, densely packed with fine red and green glitter bits. 

    Layered Kardashing through the Snow with Keeping up with Santa - very party appropriate, and I trimmed my nails shorter to rock this combination.  I prefer glittery bright on short short nails. 

    Formula on all four are impressive, and the two glitters provide enough coverage on their own.  Wear time is about 4 days, still looking good, without any tip wear.  (why I mention 4 days, because I seriously don't wear any color longer than that).  

    You can find Nicole by OPI nail polishes at selected Watsons, and they retail for $12.90 each. 

    Hope this entry has been helpful, thanks for reading!

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    January 28, 2013

    Review & Application: Dior Capture Totale Base UV SPF50 PA+++

    Hi hi 

    This shall be my review of the new Dior Capture Totale Base which I have been using for the past week or so.   It is currently available at all Dior counters and retail for S$100 each. It is made in France and contains 40ml of product. 

    First let's start with a quick overview of the Dior Capture Totale science:

    THE NEW CAPTURE TOTALE:
    A PROFOUND BEAUTY REVOLUTION

    FOR THE 1ST TIME AT DIOR, AN ANTI-AGEING TREATMENT THAT TARGETS THE DEEPEST STEM CELLS, IN WHICH SKIN DENSITY AND SUPPORT ORIGINATE

    In 2013, Dior has gained even more knowledge on stem cells. For the 1st time, a new population of stem cells with extraordinary powers of regeneration has been brought to light: hypodermic stem cells.

    These cells are the starting point for the biological lines, defined as "biological seams", that cross the skin from the deepest layer to the surface. But with time, these seams, or chains, composed of millions of cells that structure the global youth of a face, become deformed and break. The face then loses its ideal lines.

    Thanks to this unprecedented breakthrough, CAPTURE TOTALE treatments recreate a solid foundation for the skin under the impetus of these hypodermic stem cells. The face is once again graced with dense, structured skin and perfect support.

    REVOLUTIONARY AND UNRIVALLED STEM CELL EXPERTISE AT DIOR

    For the past ten years, the Dior Science has continued to push the limits of its knowledge of stem cells, these rare and precious cells with unlimited regenerative powers.

    In 2008, the fundamental role of stem cells in epidermal cellular renewal was brought to light.

    In 2011, the Dior Science team revealed that epidermal stem cells transmit cellular messengers. Their sphere of beneficial influence extends to all neighbouring cells including those of the dermis. Beneath their influence, the skin produces more matter (keratin, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid).

    Today, CAPTURE TOTALE has gone even further and has, for the 1st time, brought to light the key role of a new population of stem cells with extraordinary regenerative powers: hypodermic stem cells. From the deepest level of the skin, these cells create a foundation that allows for the construction of dense, perfectly structured skin. 

    CAPTURE TOTALE PROVIDES GLOBAL ACTION ACROSS THE SKIN, FROM THE DEEPEST LAYERS, TO THE SURFACE 

    Product description:

    Exceptional age-defying performance combined with the ultimate in protection.
     
    This light silky UV base provides unique comfort and melts instantly into the skin to:
    1. Correct all visible signs of aging through its age-defying action boosted with the Longoza-Cellular Complex
    2. Protect mother calls - deep down and boost their natural radiance through an ultra-powerful shield combining broad spectrum UVA/UVB filters - to provent the appearance of dark spots due to UV rays. With this maximum protection, the skin becomes visibly smoother and more radiant.  Day after day, the complexion becomes more even and youthfully luminous with a perfect finish. 

    Swatches: 

    The product has a pale beigy pink shade, and it blends perfectly into my skintone, with a slight brightening effect.  I also noticed that it makes my skin look smoother.  It is very comfortable to wear, and I do enjoy the light creamy texture.  I tried applying it with my fingers, but prefer to use a brush to blend it into my skin. 

    Here you can see how the product blends out.

    The Application & Coverage - 

    As I mentioned, the base is easy to apply with a brush, the consistency is very smooth.   The coverage is very sheer and light.  If you just want a high spf suncreen that also evens out your skintone, you really can get away with just this alone.  It also feels quite moisturising.  It lasts a good part of the day, but not the entire work day for me.  Hence on the second day I tried it, I used a liquid foundation over it -- the Dior Nude foundation - I didn't want to take away the natural coverage, but I needed something a little more lasting, hence the layering of foundation on top.  This combination gives me a  fresh coverage that lastes for 8 hours or so.  The coverage is still on the lighter side, but I felt safer in terms of coverage than wearing the base alone.  I also have the Totale Capture foundation.. but like I mentioned, I wanted to test this base out with a more natural finish foundation, hence I went for the Nude foundation. 

    Applying the base - 

    Applying the liquid foundation -

    I got to apologise for the lighting in these pictures, the camera was somehow washing me out in every pic even though I didn't change anything in terms of the setting and my photo-taking location.  

    Another extreme close up -- this is taken after lunch, and a walk in the HOT SUN - I must say, the base is pretty powerful in offering sun protection, and I can certainly do with the anti-aging and anti-dark spots properties.  

    Everything else on the face is Dior - the Diorsnow concealer, Bronzer in Aurora, and worn off lipstick in Incognito. 

    Bottomline - 

    I do enjoy the base, but I don't find it extraordinary in terms of any anti-aging results but then again it is not as though I am on a total anti-aging regime right now, and given the fact that I am only using this for a week, it's too early to tell.  I can only comment for sure on the finish, feel and lasting power. This base is great for providing impressive sun protection (50SPF PA+++), it has a brightening finish - great if you just want to wear this on its own, and look 'awake'.  Also, if you are looking into anti-aging bases, you can't go wrong with the Dior Capture Totale Base. I also believe that this complements the rest of the Capture Totale range, it is a great addition, very suitable for our hot hot days here. If you just want a 'regular' whitening/ brightening base from Dior, do check out my review on the DiorSnow BB Creme  (featured in this entry here) - that has greater coverage - after all, that's a BB cream, whereas this is a UV base.  Both contains the same amount of SPF though. 

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

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    January 27, 2013

    Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

    Hi hi!

    This entry features the famous Ettusais Quick Fix Powder - I was introduced to it a while back by my girlfriends who all raved about this powder that is awesome for touch ups, and making your face look fresh and smooth after using it.  When I was introduced to it again last Dec, I was super excited to try it out myself.  The Quick Fix Powder is usually limited edition, but I have seen it still on the shelves lately, so definitely check it out if you have been wanting to try it.  

    I personally love it for its compact packaging, the very fluffy & dense powder puff, and how it provides light coverage while touching up my skin.  It doesn't look cakey at all, and is super finely milled.   Highly highly recommend this Quick Fix powder!  

    It retails for S$28 for 6.5g of product. 

    Product description:

    This pressed powder instantly covers to even out skin texture and skin tone, hiding blemishes while preventing skin roughness with skin roughness preventing mineral powder. The Smooth Fit Coat that covers each powder particle helps powders fit onto skin beautifully so your make-up won’t look cakey after touching up. The Shine Prevention Powder also prevents shine from showing too quickly and helps for a longer lasting finish. Contains SPF 10 PA ++.
    A close up of the packaging:

    You can seen a fine smooth layer on my skin here:

    Here's my niece 'modelling' the compact.. heheh, she loves to explore what's in my makeup bag whenever we meet.  No surprises why I am her favourite aunt, huh?

    Hope you find this entry helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    January 27, 2013

    Nicole by OPI Love Your Life [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    The first color I wanted to try right away from my stash of Nicole by OPI colors is Love your Life - a sheer pink jelly base, with fine holographic glitter and larger pieces of light pink hearts!  Got to thank Sarah for spotting it and picking it for me! 

    I decided to pair it over a black instead of the typical pinky pale combo.  Love the results, the holo glitter bits show up beautifully over the black, especially so under sunlight, and bright lights. 

    The heart bits took some effort to pick up from the bottle, but they are quite easy to 'arrange' on the nails.   Super super cute!

    Nicole by OPI polishes retail for S$12.90 at selected Watsons. 

    Hope you enjoy the swatches: 

    and a blurred shot to show the glitter bits. 

    Hope you find this entry helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    January 27, 2013

    Shiseido Perfect Rouge & Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer: My TOP Picks [Swatches, LOTDs]

    Hi hi this entry features 4 colors I picked from Shiseido's latest Perfect Rouge - I have previously featured the new range and swatches in this entry here.  

    I wanted to go for something bold, yet classic, so here we have:

    RD142 - the color which is featured in the ad campaign

    RD514 - the classic Shiseido RED

    RS745 - a beautiful mauvey rosy almost plum shade

    RS509 - a sheer version of RS745, it contains silvery shimmer bits

    The Perfect Rouge are super creamy, and long lasting.  I love how the colors are so intense across the range, and they offer something for everyone, whether you want beigy nudes, pinky nudes, bold pinks and oranges, etc.  The Tender Sheer delivers super creamy color, and while they aren't as color intense as the Perfect Rouge, I must say that they quite pigmented as well. 

    Love the formula of these lipsticks, they are so easy to apply, and you get true color on your lips as what you see in the tube. 

    Here's a quick LOTD I did to complement all the lip colors - all products used will be listed at the end fo this entry.

    All products used:

    Face - Maquillage Styling Keep Base UV, Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation, Chanel Translucent Loose Powder

    Concealer - cle de peau beaute concealer

    Cheeks - Illamasqua Tremble blush, Shiseido Bronzer 02 medium, Shiseido Luminizing Face Satin Color PK107 (to highlight)

    Lips - as listed in the pictures above

    Eyes - NARS primer, Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in BR209, Shu Uemura Farfarlina lashes

    Brows - Shu Uemura brow manicure Ash Brown, brow pencil in Seal Brown 

    Hope this is helpful, and thanks for reading!

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    January 27, 2013

    Nicole by OPI: Introduction & Upcoming Modern Family Collection Information


    Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Nicole by OPI was developed to meet demand at the retail level for products with OPI’s high standards. With a strong focus on accessorizing fashion, Nicole by OPI serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.

    Since its official inception in 2007, Nicole by OPI has grown exponentially, with an increased international market presence planned for 2013. In the US and Canada, the Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers. Internationally, the line includes over 65 shades. Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, who has created every OPI nail lacquer since 1989 when the company entered the world of color, is also the designer behind every Nicole by OPI hue.

    In 2010, Nicole by OPI announced the brand’s first celebrity collaboration featuring lacquers inspired by Justin Bieber. Within less than two months, the line’s initial run of one million bottles sold out, and Nicole by OPI tripled this number to meet consumer demand. Since this successful launch, Nicole by OPI has partnered with reality television stars Kris Jenner and her five daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner to launch Kardashian Kolor. In January 2013, the brand will release two exciting new collections with celebrity and television partners Selena Gomez and ABC’s Modern Family. These new ventures bring excitement and notoriety to the Nicole by OPI brand, as seen most recently in top US national publications including Allure, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Lucky and Seventeen.

    In Singapore, Nicole by OPI is available in an extensive palette of 30 shades, and is available exclusively at Watsons. Price: $12.90 each 

    I have these ten shades, so expect a series of swatches coming up in the next few days!

    Nicole by OPI and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Announce Collaboration with

    Hit ABC Comedy Modern Family

    Nicole by OPI, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by ABC’s award-winning comedy, Modern Family. The nail line features shades created to capture the show’s colorful personalities, from a classic taupe named after family patriarch Jay, to a sparkly pink hue fitting for toddler Lily.

    “Modern Family is not only one of the funniest shows on television, it features a great ensemble cast of rich characters that inspired a range of shades, from pastel hues like sea foam green and periwinkle to brighter colors of cobalt and red-violet,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “From studious Alex to bombshell Gloria, to classic (and neurotic) Claire, to flirty Haley, there are shades to represent each of these uniquely fabulous women and everyone else in the blended family.

    “The Nicole consumer embraces the same spirit of diversity and individuality that’s apparent on the show,” explains Weiss-Fischmann. “The colors inspired by Modern Family offer a perfect way to express that spirit!”

    Modern Family is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and licensed through Fox Consumer Products. Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products added, “Modern Family is a series that has a massive following. In partnering with Nicole by OPI, we’re not only able to reach our show’s large fan base, but deliver a product that captures the trend-forward elements and unique characteristics of the series.”

    The Modern Family Collection available in Singapore includes:

    Am I Making Myself Claire?

    She’s Lily Something

    My Jay or the Highway!

    Stand by Your Manny

    Alex by the Books

    Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.

    Modern Family lacquers will be available beginning April 2013 for $12.90 each, exclusively at Watsons stores. 

    Here are some pictures I snapped at the presentation.
    Enjoy!

    Hope this sharing is useful, and thanks for looking!

    and of cos, I had to get busy swatching!  

    Sarah picked the colors, and I tried them on:

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    January 26, 2013

    Darling Diva Polish in Ringer

    Hi hi!

    I have another nailpolish to feature today - and be prepared for lots more nailpolish showcases in the next few entries!  :)

    This is Darling Diva Polish Ringer - a sheer jelly purple-ly base with shimmering bits.  They appear gold and reddish in my pictures, but the color description states "A sheer blurple jelly base with copper red to green shifting shimmer" - I don't detect the green, but the shimmer is definitely coppery red. 

    I decided to pair it with a complimenting creamy base, OPI Funkey Donkey - and the combo reminds me of MAC Trax eyeshadow - a warm purple with golden sheen.

    I love how the shimmer is subtle yet it shows up very clearly.  The formula is very smooth, and one coat gives you sufficient sheen and add dimensional to a creamy base.

    Darling Diva Polish retails for S$15, and they can be purchased from Mei Mei's Signatures. 

    More swatches:

    Pretty or what?  Love it!

    Hope these swatches have been helpful!

    Useful links:

    Mei Mei's Signatures FACEBOOK

    Mei Mei's Signatures online store  - she has an amazing array of indie brand polishes, and possibly every combination of glitter polishes you can think of.  Do check it out! 

    Thanks for looking!

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    January 22, 2013

    Pretty Serious Nail Polish in BSOD

    Hi hi!

    This entry features another indie nailpolish brand, Pretty Serious - and the shade I have here is BSOD - which stands for Blue Screen of Death - thanks to goggle search hahaha - which basically means the blue screen you see when your computer is dead... I am a MAC user, so I just get a sad mac face - which I hope I would never get to see!  

    Anyway, let's not digress - BSOD is a deep navy blue - and it is a jelly creme finish and consistency.  It also contains what looks to be like millions of tiny sparkly blue glitter bits.  The formula is smooth and a little thick, which I often notice in jelly formula polishes.  But it applies smoothly without any bald patches.  I love how the sparkles shine through, and even the slight uneven-ness in the base color (due to the jelly finish, not the consistency) adds extra dimensional to the overall look here.  It reminds me of a deep blue sea, and really pretty. 

    Actual color description: 

    All your friends will stop and stare at this beautiful blue jelly packed to bursting with blue glitter. Don't make the critical error of passing this one up!

    Pretty Serious nail polishes are made in Australia, and retail for S$16 each, inclusive of normal local postage.  They can be purchased from Meimei's Signatures.  Click here for the link to her store! 

    Useful links:

    Meimei's Signatures online store

    Meimei's Signatures FACEBOOK

    That's all I have for this entry, thanks for looking!

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    January 21, 2013

    LOTD: Lancome Color Design Palette Bronze Armour

    Hi hi!

    Currently totally admiring and loving this metallic bronze eyeshadow palette which my gf Jolyn gifted me sometime ago.  Glad that I finally pulled it out to play with, the quality is simplying amazing, and I love all the shades in the palette, and how they work so well together. 

    This is the Lancome Color Design Palette in Bronze Armour - which I believe is a US edition palette (shame, right?  Because I think our local editions of the Lancome eyeshadow palettes just somehow lack the pow-wow factor).  

    In my LOTD, I used all the shadows as labelled in the following picture:

    1 - The pale peachy shade all over my lids

    2 - The warm amber shade on my lids 

    3 - Medium bronze to blend into the crease 

    4 - Pale champagne shade which I dabbed lightly just under my brow bone

    5 - Dark brown which contains multi-color shimmer bits, it is brilliant and I used it to define my eyes 

    A close up of the sparkly and metallic goodness - 

    Swatches - no base - awesome, right??

    A close up of the eye look, I didn't go crazy with the crease color and the outer darker corners - which I would have done if I wanted a more smokey look - but I was going out for a work meeting (on a Saturday! Horrors) and I didn't want to dazzle work people with my makeup..but hey, it's a Saturday!  I did apply a black liquid liner closer to the roots of my lashes, to help the falsies blend in. 

    And the overall look - love the warm golden brown on the lids, and the colors all work so well together.  

    All products used:

    Face - Lancome Regenerie CC Cream, Lancome Teint Miracle Cream foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder

    Concealer - Laura Mericer SC-03

    Lips - Lancome L'Absolu Nu 311 (deep red, 2 layers and dabbed off excess)

    Cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, Lancome Blush Highlighter, MAC Cheeky Bronze MSF

    Brows - Shu Uemura pencil, brow manicure

    Eyes - NARS primer, Lancome Color Design Palette Bronze Amour 101 (color placement refer to pictures above, I followed the guide as shown) 

    Lashes - Katy Perry Eyelure 'oh so honey' and Lancome Hynose Star mascara lower lashes

    Thanks Jolyn for giving me the palette!  LOVES!! 

    Thanks for reading!

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    January 21, 2013

    YSL Spring Look 2013: La Laque Couture 35 Bronze Pyrite

    Hi hi!

    Today I am sharing with you one of the two polishes which will be released with YSL's Spring 2013 collection (the collection is due out early Feb at their ION store, and maybe a week later at Tangs Orchard). 

    Bronze Pyrite is a very metallic pale olive shade (why it's called bronze, I am not sure) but it certainly has the pyrite element - a search on google image on 'pyrite' yielded pictures of similar hued mineral substances.  Which is part of the inspiration for this collection - featured earlier in this entry.   It is a pretty unique shade in my stash, leaning in between silver and olive.   It also looks slightly different under different lighting situations, at times it's really pale and metallic, and when indoors, the shade becomes richer, and more dimensional. 

    The consistency is perfect, it is opaque in one coat - which is a good thing when these very foiled metallic polishes are concerned.  The paddle shaped brush allows for a very self-leveling application, and the brush strokes are not very visible when viewed from a distance.   

    This is another set of pic I took on a different day, it was cloudier and the color looks more olive-y and has a slight green tinge. 

    Just to compare another YSL 'Bronze' shade nailpolish - Bronze Aztec - which is way darker, and contains multi-color shimmer.  Both shades are just gorgeous, and the formula is impressive. 

    I am very happy with my YSL polishes, and I definitely see myself picking up Jade Imperial when the collection launches. 

    Hope this review and swatches have been helpful, thanks for looking!