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Reviews: Foundations

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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.

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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    April 12, 2014

    Flawless Base: How to Press & Roll Setting Powder with a Brush

    Hi hi!!

    This entry will focus on how I use this press & roll method using a brush to set my foundation.  I have mentioned this same method before in my foundation series.. but mainly using a powder puff.  Well, both methods work just as well, it depends much on your preference and whatever you have on hand to use.  But I will say that I normally use a big brush for compact setting powder/ compact foundation to set, and I use a powder puff when I am using a loose setting powder.  I think using a powder puff or even a sponge to pick up compact powder for setting might be too much. 

    Since we are on the topic of brushes and compact powder, here's my own guidelines on what I usually do - nobody really taught me this, just what I have heard, seen and also somehow learn along the way what to use with what.  

    - using compact foundation as a foundation: I would use a buffing dense brush.  This gives decent coverage and finish, and you can buff the powder into your skin. 

    - using compact foundation to set liquid foundation: I would use a fluffy large face brush.  This will give you a lighter coverage, covers more area of your face (quicker application) and also allows you to 'press and roll' I don't really BUFF when I am setting liquid foundation.  

    So here's the application - nothing much to say about this, you just literally press (lightly) and roll, and because the brush has a large surface aea, it works almost like a powder puff.  Your liquid foundation is set, and will last for the rest of the day.  Press and roll (instead of buffing) also means that you won't disturb the finish of your liquid foundation underneath - it wil just gently set your foundation. 

    Hope this sharing has been helpful!  If you have further questions regarding setting of foundation, brush choices, leave them in the comment below!

    Products featured in this entry:

    Koyudo flower kabuki brush

    Shu Uemura lightbulb foundation (review entry will be up soon)

    What are your fave ways to set liquid foundations?

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    March 11, 2014

    Review & Application: Rachel K CC Renew Routine

    Hi hi!!

    I have been testing out the new Rachel K CC Renew cream and powder for a couple of weeks, and now I am ready to share with you my base routine featuring these products. 
    I believe the products are now all available at Watsons.  Prices to be confirmed. 

    I will also try to give the differences between this new CC Renew range and the first launch of the Rachel K cc creams and powder at the end of this entry. The new CC Renew products boost more skincare benefits.

    CC Renew transforms your skin through instant skin perfection and long-lasting anti-ageing skincare.

    • The advanced color-correcting complex illuminates your skin and visibly minimizes all imperfections and dark spots instantly and over time. 
    • Deep Sea Water, highly concentrated in rich minerals, immediately and lastingly moisturizes dehydrated skin. 
    • The break-through Biomimetic Anti-Age Complex boosts the natural skin’s regeneration process to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to improve skin’s firmness 
    • SPF 35 / PA++
    • Skin type: ALL
    • Coverage: Sheer to Moderate
    • Texture: Featherweight
    • Finish: Natural Radiant
    • Oil free, Paraben free, Non-comedogenic, Dermatologically tested

    CC Renew Pressed Powder transforms your skin, revealing a naturally luminous, flawless and perfectly smooth complexion.

    Its unique color-correcting complex instantly perfects skin with the Organic Shea Butter and an antioxidant complex and Vitamin E deliver powerful anti-ageing benefits. Talc free, paraben free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested

    The new CC Renew Powder comes in 3 shades - Extra Light, Light and Medium - I use the shade Extra Light (I can go with Light, but usually I prefer using a lighter shade of powder to set my base). 

    The powder is very smooth and finely milled.  I normally use a brush to set or touch up my face with this powder - though the compact comes with a sponge. 

    Here's a swatch of the CC Renew Cream in the shade Light.  
    It also comes in 3 shades (which I have posted on my instagram a few weeks back).  The Renew CC cream has a slight grey tinge, which blends out into my skintone anyway.  It seems to have a lighter and more dewy texture compared to the old CC cream. 

    Here's the application: 

    As you can see here,  when the CC Renew cream is applied onto the skin, it becomes more skintone like, and blends into my skin nicely. 
    I usually use my fingers to blend it, though using a foundation buffing brush works just as well too. 
    And I usually use a light layer of foundation over it, but in this entry, I am showing you that the CC Renew cream alone provides enough coverage for my skin anyway. 

    As you can see in this half face comparison, the CC Renew Cream gives a very lightweight coverage, but yet it is able to even out my skintone.  The redness is somewhat neutralised, and the skin texture looks smoother.

    Next, I use the CC Renew pressed powder to set the CC Cream. 

    I use a large powder brush to do this step, by pressing the brush over the skin. 

    Here's another half face comparison - there's a more flawless and smooth finish.  I don't think it looks powdery or overly matte.  Actually after the powder and CC Cream set, the finish is a little bit glowy even. 

    And fast forward to this BOOMZ face, where you can see the glowy finish I am talking about previously.  It is an overall healthy finish - and note that I am only using both the CC Renew cream and pressed powder here (yes, I did touch up any spots with concealer but that's about it). 

    A close up of the skin: 

    Please pardon the crazy red cheeks, I was trying to illustrate the new Lancome Blush Subtil --- and they are some really intense blushes! 

    Overall thoughts: 

    •  This is one of the many CC creams that I have tried with  more coverage - that you can actually skip the foundation.  It doesn't slip and slide, and sets into the skin very nicely.  Like the old CC Cream which I also like, this new Renew CC Cream is actually lighter in formula, and is more glowy (old one is more matte in my opinion, and has more coverage).  So it really depends on your preference, if you like a lighter formula with decent coverage you will definitely enjoy the new CC Renew cream. 
    • It is also a great base prior to your foundation - I often use a BB or CC cream as a makeup base, because I feel that this combination always make my foundation last longer and gives me a more uneven smooth coverage.  Some of these new BB/ CC creams are also able to protect the skin and provide skincare benefits at the same time, so I really enjoy using them.  This is no exception, and did not give me any side effects at all the whole time I am using it. 
    • The CC Renew Pressed Powder, when compared to the older one, has less coverage, it is very good as a setting and touch up powder (while I felt  that the olde one could be like a compact foundation, and it is more matte too).  The glowy (but no shimmery by any means) finish of this powder is really impressive, and if you like that healthy complexion effect, I think you will love this powder.  
    • Overall, this is a very impressive combination, and if you have enjoyed the Rachel K range of CC Creams I think you will enjoy her new products too. 
    • The Renew CC Cream lasts me a good 8 hours of wear time, I usually have to blot twice.  

    CC Renew Cream is available at www.luxola.comwww.rachelkcosmetics.com, selected Watsons, SASA and BHG stores. 
    CC Renew Pressed Powders only available exclusively at www.luxola.com and www.rachelkcosmetics.com 

    Hope this review & application have been helpful, and if you have any questions, do leave them in the comments below!

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    February 16, 2014

    Review & Application: Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation

    Hi hi!! 

    This will be a review of the new Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation - I have been using it for just over a week, and I must say that I am super impressed by it, so I feel that I can give it a review now.  
    I am using the foundation in the shade 130 Ivorie. 

    The foundation is currently available at all Lancôme counters, and retails for S$138 (30ml).  It is definitely a higher-end luxe foundation, and the latest to join a new breed of serum based foundations.  This is the second serum based foundation that I am trying from Lancôme (the first being Teint Visioniare).  

    Overall, this is a foundation that sits very beautifully on my skin, and I highly recommend it.  The packaging of the foundation is a glass bottle in a pale antique gold bottle, with a pump dispenser. 

    Here's a close up swatch - the consistency is quite liquidy, and feels extremely smooth. 

    Before we move on, here is the product information: 

    Lancôme’s most luxurious serum-in-oil foundation: perfect blend of 45% active skincare ingredients and powerful precious essential oils. A renewed youthful complexion: sublime golden glow, smoothed and evened out, and visibly transformed. When used over time, bare skin improves. 

    The ultimate sensory experience : A divine serum in oil, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation transforms upon contact with the skin. Generous and luscious on application, its texture melts into the skin in perfect osmosis to become a fine, fresh and sensual oil. 

    Its delicate and refined fragrance reveals an opening burst of mandarin, bergamot and cardamom to energise the senses, just before the voluptuous and emblematic “Absolue Coeur de Rose™”. 

    To enhance and reveal all the radiance of Asian skin, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation is available in six shades specially created for Asian women.

    Here's the application process: 

    my bare skin  (I did have SPF50 sunscreen on) 

    I use 2 pumps of this foundation - and I will start by dabbing it all over my face. 
    I like this shade 130 Ivorie because it is slightly brightening and also helps neutralise the redness in my skin. 

    Here's a half face comparion, I have not set the foundation with any powder yet.  
    I think you can see how the foundation evens out my skintone, and also looks very smooth.  

    another shot of the finish, and comparison. 

    as a extra step, I will also use my fingers to further work the foundation into  the skin after I have blended it using my foundation brush.  I feel that this somehow sets the foudation even before I powder my face. 

    after I set with powder, and also wearing blusher. 
    I feel that this foundation really smooths out the skin, without looking heavy at all. 

    and some funky expressions of the overall face look.

    This is a foundation that I have been really enjoying, and I would know that my skin/ face look good throughout the day. 

    Overall thoughts: 

    In terms of coverage, the foundation provides a very lightweight medium coverage.  You can easily build up the foundation should you need more coverage, but I would recommend using a concealer instead.  
    As for oil control, oxidisation, etc etc, I don't have any issues with this foundation.  I have normal combination skin, and I just need to blot once throughout the day.  The foundation did not oxidise on me at all, and it stayed the same looking throughout the day.

    The finish is a radiant semi-matte finish, and it feels quite hydrating.  I am most impressed by the finish of the foundation.  The consistency is really easy to work with, and the foundation sets quite quickly.
    As for lasting power, I would say this foundation lasts a good 10 hours (more long lasting than Visionaire).  The foundation really does gives the look of a very refined skin. 
    It is a pricey foundation, but in my experience, it is worth the price tag for the performance and benefits.   I will not comment on the exact skincare benefits, as I am also using skincare etc so any improvement in skin condition cannot be solely attributed to the foundation alone.  But I must say that I am enjoying good skin days the whole time I am using it so the foundation might be a contributing factor. 
    I also think that this is a foundation that's suited for tired dull skin, this really did revive the skin and brings back the natural radiance of healthy skin. 

    Comparisons: 

    it is more long lasting and has a better finish than Teint Visionaire. 
    it is not as matte nor long lasting as Mat Miracle
    quite similar to Lightbulb in terms of finish and formula, but this is a bit more radiant just a tiny bit more lightweight
    I haven't tried YSL Youth Liberator serum foundation enough so I can't compare (only tried sampled the former foundie once), but I think they might be similar too.  (but don't quote me on that!)

    Let me know if you have other foundations that you want comparisons with!

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    January 30, 2014

    Review & Application: Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion Foundation

    Hi hi!!

    This is a review of the new (launching 7 Feb) Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion foundation.  

    The Evenfair Perfecting Cusion is a cushion-type foundation with optimal and long-lasting coverage.  It offers multiple benefits including suncreen SPF50 PA+++, brightening, wrinkle correction and improved skin elasticity.  In addition, exclusive traditional herbal hydrators in Evenfair Perfecting Cushion leaves skin hydrated all day long to create a more natural and healthy complexion.  Even the Perfecting Puff is specially designed for the product to pick up the right amount of foundation to apply onto the skin.  

    Housed in an elegant gold compact case, Sulwahsoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushin is the ultimate perfect foundation for every Asian woman, giving smooth and even coverage with luminous finish. 

    Here are some product close up & swatches:

    I am using the foundation in the shade Medium Beige. 

    Unlike the Laneige BB Cushion which I have tried and reviewed before, upon touching and swatching this you can immediately feel that it is a foundation that gives you more coverage than a normal BB cream.   This is ultra lightweight, and yet provides me enough coverage for daily wear. 

    And here's the application:

    I don't use the puff that comes with the compact - I simply prefer using a brush, and here, I am just 'stabbing' my foundation brush into the cushion itself, picking up product to apply onto the face.  I do have to go back and forth a few times to cover the whole face.  I reckon this cushion will last me about 3 weeks if I use it EVERYDAY, but since I am rotating and testing out a couple of foundations at any one time, I think this can last me over a month..which means the refill will def come in handy when I run out of it.  I can already feel that the product is running out quickly (as I can feel the brush does not pick up as much product as before compared to the first few times I used it). 

    You can see here even a thin layer of the foundation is enough to give enough coverage and make my skin look very smooth.  Because it is so lightweight, it is very easy to blend and also build up on areas where you need more coverage.

    Here's a quick half face comparison:
    As you can see,  the foundation does provide decent coverage. 

    and here, after setting and some concealer on my spts.  My eyes are looking a little puffy and tired from the serious lack of sleep... opps! 

    My overall thoughts on the foundation:

    • I am most impressed by the brightening and smooth finish of the foundation.  It makes me look healthy, and awake.  I don't really expect such coverage and finish from a cushion type foundie (usually liquid foundations give me such results) - so this is really quite a bonus. 
    • The foundation is also quite long lasting, a good 10 hours throughout the day. It never oxidise on me, nor make me look greasy at all. It just looks effortlessly flawless on me. 
    • I love the lightly herbal/ floral scent of the foundation. 
    • It is super easy to apply, and it does feel quite hydrating. 
    • I also find that my skin looks visibly brightening and more even after using the foundation for about a week. 
    • For comparisons, this might be similiar to foundations like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Shiseido Sheer & Perfect foundation, and a little bit like the Guerlain Tenue de Perfection. 
    • Great for fair to light medium skin tone ladies, as the shade range is very limited. 
    • I really enjoyed wearing it, definitely highly recommend!

    Hope this overview is helpful, and thanks for reading!

    Ending this entry with a video I found on Youtube on the Evenfair Perfecting Cushion foundation. 

    Evenfair Perfecting Cushion retails at SG$74 and is availabvle in four shades - No13 Light Pink, No21 Medium Pink, No23 Medium Beige and No25 Feep Beige.  It will be available from 7 Feb 2014. 

    Sulwhasoo is available at TANGS Vivocity, Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya and Robinsons Orchard.

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    January 30, 2014

    Review & Application: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

    Hi hi!  This entry will be a review of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation - I am using mine in the shade Shell - and I got this from a swap with my friend in Australia, Inta! Check out her beauty blog here

    Here is the product description: 

    Consider Immaculate the miracle foundation for oily skin. This breakthrough liquid to powder formula absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish—without the need for touch-ups. In a consumer study, Immaculate’s advanced formula was shown to target oily, acne-prone skin. 

    Breakthrough liquid-to-powder formula delivers an unparalleled matte finish with real longevity that lasts all day, eliminating the need for powder, blotting tissues or constant touch-ups.

    Cashmere Kaolinite Clay, an advanced new clay, offers exceptional oil absorption—absorbing 75% of its weight in sebum while retaining moisture in the skin. 

    The oil-free and water-resistant foundation goes on smoothly and dries down instantly to a soft, velvet finish that never looks dull or flat.

    Unlike matte foundations of old, Immaculate’s superfine treated pigments provide unsurpassed coverage without looking cakey or mask-like, or feeling dry on the skin.

    My shade Shell, is the fourth shade in the range - it is a light neutral shade with some slight golden undertone.  
    I have been using it for more than a month, and I am most impressed by its mattifying factor and lasting power.  Before I go into the details, here's some pictures of the application process.  

    I usually use the foundation over a sunscreen base (usually YSL UV Shield or Sulwhasoo Snowise BB base) because the foundation itself does not contain any SPF.   But in these pics, I am showing the application over bare skin. 

    The foundation itself is quite thick and creamy.. and it reminds me of my Chanel Mat Lumiere because it dries quite quickly and you need to clear the pump opening or else it will dry and clog at the opening.   Not much of an issue for me though. 

    Here's the application: 

    The warm tones of the foundation really helps to neutralise the pink and redness in my skin, especially around my nose and on my cheeks. The foundation is easy to apply and blend, and I usually use a buffing brush to work the foundation into my skin. 

    As you can see in the half face picture, the foundation immediately sets quite matte, and I don't really have to use a powder to set the foundation.  On a daily basis, I usually do set (cos I want the foundation to 'properly' set for the rest of the day, and also bearing in mind that I have a sunscreen base underneath).  However, let's say I use this foundation for a night out, I would skip the sunscreen base, and I can just use the foundation on its own. 
    I do however, use a FINISHING powder, in this case, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light to finish the foundation, as well as to add a subtle glow back into the skin. 

    Products used in this picture: 

    face - Hourglass Liquid Powder foundation, finished with Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light
    concealer - YSL touche eclat under the eyes
    eyes - Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage 
    liners - THREE Flash Performance Liners in 03 and 06
    lips - Hourglass Femme Rouge ICON
    cheeks - ADDICTION blush in Amazing
    brows - Anastasia brow powder duo, set with NARS brow gel in Piraeus

    Overall thoughts of the foundation:

    • The foundation offers medium to full coverage.  It is quite buildable, but I really suggest just applying a smooth even layer, instead of trying to build it up too much.  It is able to even out my skintone and cover up most of my obvious spots.. so sometimes I can just skip any other concealer if I am running out of time. 
    • The foundation is indeed one of the most mattifying ones I have used - other comparables include Chanel Mat Lumiere, Lancome Mat Miracle foundation.  It looks fresh for most of the day, without me having to blot at all.  It also doesn't look dull and flat despite the matte finish.  It just makes my skin look quite smooth and diffuses the look of pores on my skin.
    • I think that this is a foundation suited for people with quite oily complexion, and people who like to have a very matte foundation.  For me, I enjoy the smooth matte finish, but I would use a more radiant finishing powder to give me a slightly more radiant look. 
    • The foundation is able to last me a good 10 - 12 hours of a typical work day, and I never have to worry about my foundation looking faded or worn by the end of the day. 

    Hope this review has been helpful, and thanks for reading! 

    I have one more Hourglass entry coming up next... lippies! Stay tuned!

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    November 18, 2013

    Review & Application: Guerlain Tenue de Perfection

    Today, I am featuring the new Guerlain foundation - the Tenue de Perfection, which is a foundation that delivers long-wearing & skin correcting features.  I have been wearing it for the past 2-3 weeks, and in a nutshell, I think that this is indeed a great long-lasting foundation - one that's great for girls with normal to combination skintype. 

    A brief product description:

    Guerlain, the master of colour and texture, has dreamed up the perfect attire for the complexion: a velvety-soft foundation. Its Timeproof Complex blends into the skin for ultimate correction, comfort and flawlessly sleek wear. Silky-soft and sublime, the complexion has never been so alluring, even after the clock strikes midnight.

    I am wearing the shade 01 Beige Pale - a light neutral tone that matches my skintone. 

    The foundation has a gel-like creamy texture.  Here, I have blended it out lightly so hopefully you get an idea of how the foundation looks like.  I usually use 1.5 pump for my whole face.  

    Here's a quick application step by step before I share my overview: 

    Here's my bare face - again, note I am not using my usual camera..and it is my belief that I look kind of weird...not my usual angle and setup but 'normal' phototaking will resume in the next few entries! 

    So anyway, yup, my bare face - a few spots here and there due to some recent breakout (which has since subsided, everything is all recovered and I am back to  my normal clear days). 
    When I am using this foundation, I tend to go for a very very light base - such as the Ettusais Mineral White BB cream (more so for the SPF protection). 
    I also have redness and some general uneveness around my eyes and nose.

    I usually dab the foundation with my brush all over my face, and then start buffing and blending the foundation into my skin.  Like all Guerlain foundations, this has a slight floral scent. 
    The foundation has a dense/ thick consistency, and I do recommend you really work it into your skin for best results. 

    Here's a before/ after. As you can see, the foundation provides medium coverage - but there's not a very visible layer of coverage, I would say that it sits on the skin quite smoothly and is able to diffuse the look of imperfections of my skin. 

    Next, I will set the foundation with powder. Here I am using Guerlain Blance de Pearle (00) with a fluffy brush.  

    Here's a complete basic look - with brows and blusher. 

    and a super close up - 

    Overall thoughts:

    • The foundation goes on very well after you have properly blend it into your skin.  I really recommend using a brush, as opposed to your fingers, because you can achieve a much more even application and finish when using a brush.
    • The foundation is able to even out my skintone and the coverage is buildable medium.  I don’t suggest building it up to full coverage.. but on areas where I needed more coverage, I was able to layer another thin layer on without any caking nor streaking. 
    • The finish of the foundation is a satin finish – it is not matte, but not glowy or anything like that. 
    • I like how this particular shade brightens up my overall skintone. 
    • It is also very long-lasting (ie a good 10-12 hours), I did not notice the foundation oxidising on my face throughout the day, though it fades just slightly after the 8 hour mark.
    • The Tenue de Perfection is a decent everyday foundation for a flawless and long lasting base.  If you have normal to combination skin, I think you would like this foundation.  Dryer skin ladies might want to go for a more emolient base or perhaps skip the setting of the foundation to suit your skintype.  In any case, I find that the foundation sits nicely on the skin, and one can get away with not setting it with powder.  I just prefer setting all my liquid foundations in order to complete the application and make sure that my makeup is ‘sealed’ with setting powder.

    Comparisons to other Guerlain foundations I have used:

    the Papure Gold (which I think might be discontinued) - Tenue de Perfection has a lighter texture and provides slightly less coverage.  The Papure Gold is one of my trusted foundations for long wearing luxe foundations, and I think that the Tenue de Perfection is quite comparable in terms of the finish and longetivity. 
    the Lingerie de Peau - which is lighter in texture and coverage - if you want a more natural, slightly more glowy finish foundation, you would like the Lingerie de Peau more. 

    The Tenue de Perfection is very similar to:

    Lancome Mat Miracle 
    Chanel Perfection Lumiere

    Both long wearing, smooth (not dull at all) matte finish. 

    Overall, I recommend the Tenue de Perfection, it's one comfortable & impressive foundation that I do enjoy wearing!

    Hope you find this overview helpful and thanks for looking!

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    October 22, 2013

    Review & Application: MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV

    Hi hi!!

    This entry is a review & application of the new MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV foundation.  I have been using it for over a week, and I think I have found the perfection match to the MAQuillAGE Perfect Multi Base BB - I know that many of you are fans of the base BB, it is able to even out your skintone with a nice radiant finish.  The True Liquid Moisture adds coverage, longetivity without interfering with the same radiant finish.  The foundation also claims to be hydrating for 10 hours.. that I do enjoy, even though I have oily T-zone -- but I do enjoy a hydrating base, because I want my face to be hydrated throughout the day.  I would much rather blot away the shine than to have an overly matte face that can look dry and flaky/ dull especially if you are in an air-conditioned place most of the time. 

    Okay, and before I go into further detail about how the foundation feels on me, here are some swatches 

    and I have previously blogged about the information in this entry.

    Here's the application process: 

    I am going to pair the foundation with the bb base, as both products are supposed to be perfectly complimenting.

    So I usually dabbed the base all over my face, and then I buffed it out with a brush. 

    I have reviewed the Multi BB base in this entry here.

    The bb bas light coverage that evens out my skintone. 

    Then I dabbed the True Liquid Moisture all over again, like how I did for the bb base. As you can see the foundation is quite warm toned which neutralised the pink in my face. I am using the shade OC20, though I could also get away with OC10 too.  
    The formula of the foundation is almost like a bb cream, it is slightly creamy and also a bit gel-like.  It blends easily, and I have also used it once on its own, and it was able to give decent coverage. 

    So as you can see there's more coverage not, and you can still see the skin texture, it is not cakey nor too thick at all. 

    Another pic to show the true finish. 

    I set my face with SUQUU chiffon feel loose powder (my current fave) because I always set my foundations with loose powder.

    And then I applied blusher and finised the rest of the face. 

    And an overall finished look - I have been sporting this combo in a couple of LOTDs.. and I do find that it photographs very well. 
    More details on this LOTD in another entry. 

    My overall thoughts on the foundation:

    If you want to try a natural finish hydrating foundation, I think you will love this.  It doesn't feel greasy at all, and you do get a decent amount of coverage with this foundation.  Do you really need to use it with the Multi Perfect BB Base?  Well, if you like to have matching base and foundation, I think you will definitely enjoy this combination.  You enjoy the best of  both worlds in terms of coverage, finish and the hydrating factor.   But the foundation on its own is a great performer.  It is suitable for people with normal to dry skin.  The handy tube also makes it perfect for travelling, and great if you are going to somewhere cold and dry. 

    It is a foundation combo that also settled nicely and looks better and better throughout the day.  That's what impressed me the most about this foundation combo... initially after application, I am just like 'okay' with it, it didn't wow me or anything, but as I wear it throughout the day, I noticed that it sets very nicely and really makes my skin looks smooth and flawless.  That's the most impressive part of the foundation to me - how it sets and looks throughout the day. 

    For comparisons to recent foundations I have tried, 

    This is comparable to Lancome Teint Visionnaire in terms of the finish, but longer lasting.

    Also comparable to Armani Luminous Silk in terms of finish, but more slightly more coverage.  But the GA has a nicer more refined finish. 

    Quite similar in terms of texture and finish to Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. 

    Different from the Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation - which is better in terms of coverage AND finish. 

    Bottomline: 

    If you are looking into trying out a natural, hydrating and efficient daytime foundation, you will enjoy the MAQuillAGE True Liquid UV.  

    Hope this overview has been helpful, and thanks for reading!

    Leave your questions in the comments below, if I haven't addressed a particular aspect of it. 

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    October 13, 2013

    NEW MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV [Info & Swatches]

    Available Oct 2013 at all Shiseido/ MAQuillAGE counters.

    An ultra sheer veil of foundation that allows moisture to cling snugly to your skin, like a mask that protects your skin from dryness all day long. 

    Comes with 25SPF PA+++, available in 6 shades, and comes with a double-sided texture smoothing sponge. 

    6 shades - BO10, OC00m OC10, OC20, OC30, PO10

    Liquid foundation that works from without and from the outside.

    Skin from within 

    • A liquid foundation made of 80% beauty esscence, giving the effect of a Beauty Essence Moisturising Mask
    • Formulated with a new 'Moisture Essence Gel'
    • Sustains moist and lustrous skin for 10 hours
    • Makes even dryness-prone skin moist with its moist mask effect
    • Skin still feels supple and soft even after foundation is removed.

    Skin from the outside

    • Advanced sheer veil of less than 0.01mm that gives high coverage
    • Long-lasting and beautiful makeup
    • SPF25, PA++

    Other technology

    • Skin color sensor powder allows for an extremly thin application that can evenly cover skin problems such as unevenness from pores, age spots and freckles
    • Multi-directional Luminscent Powder and Lustrous Plus Powder gives skin a radiant texture
    • Time-controlled Powder and Transparent Highlight Powder helps to sustain moist and lustrous skin for up to 10 hours

    Application Technique 
    1. Use after balancing the skin with lotion, emulsion and makeup base.  Use with Perfect Multi Base BB for better coverage and makeup wear.
    2. Apply a pearl-sized amount for half the face.
    3. Make sure to apply sufficient amount for maximum UV protection effect.
    4. Apply with the fingers for maximum coverage.

    Foundation Magnetic Effect 
    When Perfect Multi Base BB and True Liquid Moisture UV are used together, the Melty Oil and Magnet Oil found in the two prodicts draw the foundation together for improved makeup application. 

    Swatches: 

    Hope this information is helpful, and I will have a detailed review posted in a couple of weeks!  Stay tuned!

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    September 13, 2013

    Review & Application: Shu Uemura Lightbulb Fluid Foundation & Sponge

    This entry will be an overview of the new Shu Uemura Lightbulb Fluid Foundation.  From production information, to application & review and also how I fell in love with it at first application during my preview session a couple of weeks back. 

    Just a few quick facts: 

    the shu uemura lightbulb fluid foundation is already available at all shu uemura stores & counters, and it is currently sold with the lightbulb sponge for S$75.  The sponge will be sold separately at $25 in December.   The foundation comes in 10 shades here. 

    First the product information: 

    Re-creating and maintaining the natural luminosity of bare skin is shu uemura's ideal of beautiful skin.  Makeup should be light, as if you are wearing nothing, yet create a flawless, beautiful and naturally radiant finish. 

    Turn on beautiful skin with the lightbulb.

    The lightbulb signals a new step in makeup, offering confidence to glow under any light.  The fusion of shu uemura's expert oleo technology and the tapping motion with the uniquely shaped the lightbulb sponge provide an artist's touch for the ideal finish. 
    Natural glow and coverage are fused into a reality from the master of beauty, shu uemura. 

    GLOW UNDER ANY LIGHT - perfect coverage & 12 hour moisture 

    When seeking higher coverage, natural glow tends to be lost.  However, now paradoxical benefits coexists thanks to shu uemura's expertise in oil technology and an original spinge that is carefully hand finished. 

    Tap the foundation with the sponge and discover 
    - natural glow yet high coverage
    - long -lasting moisture yet exquisite fit 

    The unprecedented combination of the lightbulb foundation and sponge empowers you to glow under any light whether outdoors or inside. 

    Beautiful Tools, Beautiful Finish 

    High Quality Material - top quality NBR material provided the best balance of high density, elasticity and soft comfort on skin.  
    It is so dense, hence allows for better transfer of the liquid foundation to the skin.  The anti-bacterial sponge is hygienic and durable with anti-UV protection yet boasts a softer touch, as well as a comforting sensation. 

    Shape & Size - As an extension of the fingers the lightbulb sponge was inspired by the traditional botan brush that was used for tapping and shu uemura's professional brush 20B, which is teh dieal size for applying foundation.  Also, to make application using the tapping method easier, the grips are nicely curved to fit the hands.  The angle of the curve is 10 degrees and well calculated from the viewpoint of an artist  to ensure the formula smoothes on skin and spreads as evenly and thinly as possible, leaving no trace or excess foundation. 

    Natural Glow + Perfect Coverage

    multi-glow oil complex: the synergising effect of different dimensions of glow - high reflection, a soft sheen and a strong mirror like glow - in multi-glow oil complex allow for natural glow from any angle. 

    buildable oil complex: cutting edge buildable oil complex is designed to allow the creation of an even, thin and buildable veil for total coverage control.  The exquisite balance of buildable oil and amino-acid coated pigments are designed to disperse the pigments evenly for an expert finish. 

    Swatches: 

    I am using the shade 564 - which is a neutral light shade of the foundation (the 300 shades are pink toned, while the 700 are warm toned - 500 is neutral --- and the middle number 554, 564, 574 denotes how deep/ light the tone is 574 would be the lightest of the 500 series)  --- Hope this isn't too confusing!  
    574 is also the perfect shade to neutralise any redness in my skin, and create an overall healthy smooth toned skin. 

    The fluid foundation is quite liquidy and extremely smooth. 

    It is recommended to dab the 'botan' end of the brush into the palmof your hand which warms up the product, and then tap the foundation onto your skin. 

    APPLICATION

    note that I did not use any primer in this set of application pictures.  I will eventually try this out with the shu uemura POREraser base (which I also have) - but on a daily basis when I am trying out the foundation, I always apply clear sunscreen prior to makeup, since this foundation does not contain any SPF. 

    and here comes the tapping motion -  the foundation has an extremely buildable coverage, though I must say, it already gives impressive coverage on first layer.  The sponge allows for very even distribution of the foundation, without leaving any streaks. 

    fast forward a couple rounds of tapping and dabbing motions later, this is the finish of the foundation. 

    ** note in all my foundation reviews, I am always sitting in front of a closed (closed because the AC is usually on, but no blinds, no curtains) window with natural sunlight, NO FLASH. 

    This is one layer of the foundation applied.  

    a half face comparison:  you can still see some patches of pink peeking through my skin, and I usually build up another thin layer for a more even finish.  

    extreme close up of the half face situation: 

    I think you can see quite clearly the coverage and radiant finish of the foundation.

    so I continued dabbing and tapping with the sponge on the rest of my face.  I look a little yellow here...but could be due to the overall lighting condition, you will see in the finished look that I don't actually look so yellow. 

    Overall finished look with bronzer, blush, brows and some lashes. 

    I did brightened up (not conceal) under my eyes, and also did a little spot concealing. But other than that, the foundation alone is able to cover all imperfections and minor spots.  If you have a breakout like I do at the moment, you definitely need a separate concealer. 

    The glowiness you see in the middle of my face and around my cheeks are not due to any extra face highlighter.  It's just my regular setting powder (Chanel Translucent loose powder) 

    My overall thoughts on the foundation:

    • The foundation delivers very impressively on two points - coverage & flawless finish.  If you like super matte finish foundations, you probably won't like this.  But you like a very glowy bright finish foundation that doesn't compromise on coverage, you will love this.  I usually have to use a makeup base to provide more coverage to a 'glowy' foundation but I don't need to with the Lightbulb foundation.  Somehow even without a makeup base, it is able to diffuse the look of my pores, and smoothes over almost everything. 
    • The coverage of the foundation is a medium to a full coverage - but but but yet feeling very lightweight.  You will never feel like you are wearing a layer of foundation with this - and like all new foundations these days too... lightweight plus coverage is the only way to go.
    • The foundation is fairly long-lasting, and I am talking 10 - 12 hours of humidity, out and about... I have to blot around 3 times throughout the day to reduce excess shine on my oily t-zone.  It also did not oxidise on me, nor break me out at all. 
    • Must you really use the lightbulb sponge with this foundation?    Honestly, I have only used the sponge 2 - 3 times in the two weeks I was using it.  This is because you really should wash the sponge after each use... and I don't have time to wash the sponge after each use.  So, even though it's recommended to use with the sponge.. I personally find that I can just as good coverage & finish with my regular brush method. 
    • You are getting a good deal for both the sponge & foundation at $75, seeing as the sponge alone will cost $25.  Or you  might wonder if they will start selling the foundation its own for $50?  Doesn't really matter to me, because I think $75 for a good performing foundation is a reasonable price, with or without the sponge.   I was also told that shu uemura is in the midst of developing a sponge specific cleanser in the near future.. that would be something I am keen on checking out! 

    • The foundation really photographs well.  It really does brighten up your complexion naturally, and reflecting just enough light to make your skin looks really healthy and glowy. 

    Comparisons to other foundations, and I am also naming a few which I have reviewed recently, cos I know I will be getting questions

    Illamasqua skinbase - that flawless coverage, but skinbase is slightly more matte, but equally long lasting
    Chanel Perfection Lumiere - again, flawless & long-lasting, but I find that the application of the shu uemura lightbulb easier and smoother
    Lancome Teint Visionaire - same flawless glowy finish, but shu uemura lightbulb foundation is longer lasting, and has more coverage
    NARS Creamy Radiant compact foundation - same glowy finish, but I have a feeling that the shu uemura one is more long lasting, and easier to build up more coverage if necessary
    YSL Teint Touche Eclat - shu uemura lightbulb has more coverage, and looks more flawless (I really need to have a proper of the YSL foundation up soon, and it's really quite lovely!) but shu uemura might win a bit just cos it's fragrance free

    * let me know if you have questions on other foundations for comparison!  

    I think the pictures below (no filter, no nothing) speaks for itself how gorgeous the lightbulb foundation looks.  Enjoy! 

    and a few extra bits: 

    I wash the sponge using my makeup store soap...though I was told the Daiso brush cleaning detergent works just as well.  The sponge takes a few more than normal squeeze and rubbing to get completely clean, so in my daily usage, I would prolly just use my foundation brush (easier to clean, and I think I get the same results). 

    previewing the foundation & why I fell in love with it on first application: 

    And this is the foundation photographed in dim indoor lighting, with my iphone camera... so you can see the foundation looks good in most lighting conditions. 

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

    Happy Weekend! 

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    September 04, 2013

    Review & Application: NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

    Hi hi!  This will be my review of the NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation - for information & swatches, please click on this entry here. 

    I have been using this foundation for almost 2 weeks, and I think I can share with you my overall thoughts and impressions of this foundation.  It is often easy to give my thoughts when I enjoy a particular foundation.  I have been quite diligent with my foundation reviews lately (pat myself on the back) and I have also started NOT wearing any base prior to foundation application...and slowly, I am starting to wean myself off wearing a base (unless it is for SPF protection)... it's like I have come full circle with my base routine.  When I first started wearing foundation, I just wore it on its own, never knew what a base/primer is for... then I started delving into the world of wearing primers etc..you name it, radiant base, brightening base, lasting base, oil-control base, smoothing base..... I also went through this long period of using a bb cream as a base  -- which I would still do if I feel like I want to have extra coverage, I want to look extra flawless and when I want to my makeup to last extra long.

    But I digress - the whole point of all that ramble is to let you know that I have more or less stopped wearing a primer/makeup base...and strangely, I am OKAY with it... I find my my skin has gotten used to go without a makeup base.  I am okay with the coverage of the foundation alone (I just add some concealer on areas where I need it), and sure, perhaps I might need to blot my face one extra time throughout the day, but other than that...it feels good to cut out one step of my makeup routine.  

    I have been enjoying the NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation - it gives you coverage, great finish & lasts a good 8 hours of wear.  Before I go into the details of how it wears, let's go through the steps of my application - I think you know the drill by now: 

    step one - my bare face!
    like I mentioned earlier, I will be showcasing the foundation without a makeup base, but if you feel like you need to, I recommend the NARS 
    Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

    (my skincare routine, click here)

    step two: dabbing the foundation on my face.
    because the foundation doesn't immediately sink into your skin, you have time to apply and blend it,
    so I just lightly dabbed it all over my face.  

    you can see that the shade match is pretty great, even though I usually wear Deauville - this one here is Mont Blanc.  
    But but but.... if you are already using NARS foundations, I think you are pretty safe sticking to your regular shade.

    step three: blending the foundation with a stippling brush
    no particular reason why I used a stippling brush, any buffing brush will work for this foundation.  
    I didn't use the sponge, simply because using a brush is more convenient for me on a daily basis. 


    here's a before/ after comparison:
    You can see clearly that the redness in my skin is neutralised (even though this shade has a slight pink undertone) and the overall complexion is even out.  You can also see that the foundation has a velvety smooth finish. 

    step four:  I just like to use my fingertips to lightly pat the foundation into my skin, and to smooth out any brush strokes left behind. 


    step five: concealer, brightening and adding a little extra coverage

    here I am using the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, which is quite multi-purpose for me. 
    I can use it under my eyes, around my nose, and also on some light spots. 
    lightly dab it over areas you want to cover, and blend in with fingertips. 

    and you can see the brightened areas

    step six: I use the NARS Loose Powder (shade Flesh) to set the foundation. It also adds just a tiny bit of coverage, and helps the foundation lasts longer.

    Just to show you how much foundation I have used up.  
    there is a dent... well, I had a minor accident with the compact, dropped a tub of concealer into it, that's why. 

    and the finished look
    (sans brows and cheek colors)
    you will notice the overall radiant finish, it is quite brightening, and the foundation is able to smooth over my skin,
    and render the look of pores much finer.


    another close up of the face skin texture, natural daylight, no flash
    around the cheeks and nose, you can see how the foundation looks glowy (even after setting with loose powder) 

    and the first time I wore this foundation, in this LOTD here

    Overall thoughts: 

    It is a very comfortable and easy foundation to wear, if you always think that cream foundations are too rich, or only for dry skin people, think again.  I have normal to oily t-zone complexion, and I don't notice any greasy feeling when using this foundation.  What I like most about this foundation is how lightweight it is, and yet gives a smooth radiant finish.  It has a medium coverage, which can be adjusted depending on the amount of product you use.  I like how your skin still shows through, in a very enhanced mannner.  
    With proper powder setting, the foundation lasted me a good 8 - 10 hours of wear, during which  I have to blot every 3 - 4 hours (again, this is an issue which you can rectify with an oil-control makeup base, which I totally skipped). 

    Overall the foundation delivers in every aspect of its name - it does give a radiant finish, it is compact (easy to pop in your bag for travel, or touch ups, if necessary, and it is creamy enough to glide over your skin surface).  I am guessing this might be comparable to the Chanel Vitalumiere Hyra (I am pretty sure the NARS one is less costly), and also comparable to Chanel Perfection Lumiere (well, to me at least) and lastly quite similar to GA Lasting Silk foundation. 

    The bottomline:  a great performer, which is a creamy & radiant foundation that's easy to use. 

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