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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



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

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

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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    January 04, 2014

    YSL Spring 2014 [Photos, Information & Swatches]

    Sharing with you the goodies I got from the YSL Spring 2014 collection.  Currently available (but mostly sold out, boo!)

    YSL SPRING 2014 January

    Collector Palettes 
    Flower Crush

    Iconic accessories of the Spring Look 2013, YSL creates two new collector palettes in a sublime case to give the eyes and complexion a glorious spring touch. 
    Exquisitely engraved.  Matte contrasting with the shiny gold compact, their graphic motifs project all the energy of a floral whirlwind, softended by the delicacy of their flowery shades.

    Pivoine Crush Palette
    Blooming eyes 

    "A vibrant harmony, the mixed hues of peonies, like an explosion of luminous colours.  The shades of Palette Ombres 5 Lumieres Pivoine Crush are like precious extracts of a bouquet for the eyes."

    Shadows, lights, pure colours.  Five couture shades and endless possiblities to be the artist of your own eyes.  Tones of fucshia pink, coral and black cherry to colour and play with contrasts.  A pearly champagnge shade to highlight and give spring freshness.

    The packaging is stunning.  The blush itself is smooth and I feel that much better quality to the regular YSL powder blushes.  It adds a slight tinge of color to my cheeks, and if you are any darker, this blush will only work as a highlighter for you.  On me, it's very peachy and very very natural.  Overall, a lovely cheek powder. 

    Rosy Blush Palette 
    Petal Cheeks

    "The very lightly coloured nude blush creates fresh radiance and subtly sculpts the cheekbones with powdery light-catching pearls.  Like an explosion of roses that light up the complexion with soft freshness."

    Like a precious, stylized petal, the marbled motif of the Rosy Blush Palette entwines two shades of pink that play on contrasts between matte and iridescence.  A blush and a highlighter, this nude pairing is perfect to highlight the cheeks, brighten the complexion and illuminate prominet and shadowy areas.  The innovative creamy-powdery texture blends in leaving an indefinitely satiny and subtle veil on the skin.  Sinfully radiant.

    I don't think this is a coral - but it is a very pretty pale pink that's not stark at all.  Very wearable and smooth formula. 

    Four New Shades of Rouge Volupte 
    Pure colour - Caressing comfort

    The radiant, intense shades of Rouge Volupte adorn the lips with a veil of pure colour infused in the texture of a silky balm that plumps, nourishes and beautifies the lips.  

    For the Spring 2014, it blossoms with 4 new, delightfully potent shades - 
    NO31 - Fuchsia Tourbillon (rose, more than a little)
    NO32 - Corail Jalouse (coral, to excess)
    NO33 - Rose Neilia (poppy, passionately)
    NO34 - Rose Asarine (red, to distraction)

    And a couple of other new goodies:

    Rouge Pablo - a one coater.  This is a red that's muted with a slight tinge of pink.  

    I have done a look with these products.  Can't wait to share.  Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    November 16, 2013

    Dior Holiday 2013: Diorific Vernis in 995 Minuit & 128 Winter [Swatches & Comparisons]

    Hi hi!!

    Taking advantage of my relatively neat looking nails/ fingers at the moment to swatch a bunch of polishes which have been sitting in my stash for a few weeks.  I feel like I am soooo behind in my updates.

    Here, we have the Diorific vernis from Dior Holidays 2013.  Both are beautiful, and contain mainly golden multi color shimmer bits in the polishes. 

    Minuit is a blackened red, while Winter is a sheer pearlised white.  Both contain the shimmer bits that add dimension to the overall shade.  I think that Winter is great as a topcoat over light color polishes like pink, or white, though in this set of swatches, I layered over Minuit.  The bonus for Winter?  Despite its sheerness, it layered to 3 coats without any streaking/ visible brush strokes. 

    Minuit is opaque in two coats, and it lasts me a good 5 days without chipping. 

    Swatches & comparisons here:

    Comparisons to two Chanel polishes that came to my mind, but they are not the same at all. 

    Taboo has an inky purple base, while Malice is smooth and redder.

    Have you picked up any of the Diorific vernis?

    Thanks for looking!

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    November 10, 2013

    Three Burberry Nail Polishes [Photos & Swatches]


    I got myself some Burberry polishes over this weekend... and these have just been launched at their Tangs store.  They retail for S$30 each for 8ml of product (as opposed to the usual 10-13ml that Dior/ Chanel polishes hold for around $38).  

    As expected, the Burberry range carries an extensive variety of neutrals from sandy nudes to ashy pinks.  There are also several shades of grey (warm, cool, shimmer and pale ones) and also an impressive stash of reds. 

    I picked 2 reds and one warm nude.  I wanted a dark metallic (metallic khaki) but the BA made a mistake and didn't include it in my purchase (which is by now, Out of Stock!!) 

    Here are some pictures of the bottles/ packaging:

    The bottle - super sleek and luxe with the heavy outer cap bearing the trademark Burberry beauty checks. 

    The brush is thick but flat making it perfect for me to paint my nails super neatly.

    Pardon the red stains around my cuticles, this is what happened when I swatched too many reds in a row. 

    Mink is a warm nude that's creamy and opaque.  Some of the  nude shades are a little sheer and streaky, so I went for this.  It looks a little like Deborah Lipmann's Waking up in Vegas. 

    And next is Burberry Poppy Red - a bright classic red.  A little like Marc Jacobs' Lola but less bright. 
    I love this color.

    And lastly, my fave of all, Oxblood.  It is not too dark, just a deeper red.  See how I am able to paint super neatly at the base?  This is all due to the brush. 

    And here are some pictures I took at the counter - 

    and a quick swatch of all the shades on a tape - 

    Hope you find this helpful!

    Thanks for reading!

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    November 10, 2013

    Three Marc Jacobs Nail Polishes [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    My foray into Marc Jacobs beauty starts with the nail polishes... beautiful bottled and very hefty in weight.  I picked 3 colors, two reds and a nudey neutral.  Marc Jacobs beauty is not available here yet, managed to get these through my friend Pearl.   I can't remember how much these are already, but the prices are comparable to other higher end makeup brands here. 

    I have been enjoying the reds, obviously.  They last about 5 days without chipping (but SERIOUSLY... I never wear the same color more than 3 days.  Longetivity of polishes has never been an issue for me - I am all about the color and formula).

    I regretted not picking up any lippies...and if I have the chance, I would want some of the beautiful lipsticks - they look and feel really luxe.  

    Some arty posey pictures of the polishes: 

    Delphine is a creamy milo color...not particularly unique. 

    The reds are just amazing... starting with:

    Lola is a BRILLIANT bright red that screams almost neon in this set of pictures.  It is opaque and solid in one coat.  

    And Jezebel - a deep red, again, fantastic formula. 

    Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking! 

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    September 21, 2013

    Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic & Magic [Swatches & Comparisons]

    A while back, I bought this pair of Chanel polishes from their 
    Fashion's Night Out 2013 (CHANEL Fall 2013 Nuit Magique) collection.   A beautiful pair of sparkling soft black & deep creamy navy blue shades...not that they are super unique, but I have collected all the FNO chanel sets since 2010... so I guess I can't pass this up. 

    A closer look:

    Cosmic is a soft black, super glossy and contains glassy silvery shimmer bits. 

    Magic is a deep one coater navy blue which has a slight tinge of green


    this is 3 coats of Cosmic - I think this is going to be my fave black. 

    just a quick comparison to Chanel Blue Rebel - I would say that they are 95% similar, indeed, if you just look at both shades, they are identical... but Blue Rebel is 'blue-r' and has a thinner consistency.  It also contains a slight grey tinge. 


    That's all, and thanks for looking!

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    September 12, 2013

    NCLA: Bel-Air Trophy Wife [Photos & Swatches]


    This entry features a NCLA polish -called Bel-Air Trophy Wife - cheeky name, but so apt for this glossy metallic shade.  It is neither gunmental, and not quite rose-gold, but somewhere in between.  The formula isn't streaky, two coats give you the perfect glossy molten metal shade on your nails.  It looks almost foiled.  I love it.  And it's quite unique.. cos you can't really tell what kind of metal it really is. 

    If you like shimmery metallic nail polishes.. you need Bel-Air Trophy Wife! 

    The luxurious NCLA is formulated in USA with high shine, quick dry and chip resistant formula. The Dupont flat brush allows for an easy, perfectly smooth application. The NCLA color range is a constant evolution, expansion and revolution. NCLA sets the trend! Luxury nail lacquers are "5 free". All NCLA nail lacquers are 100% free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor and never tested on animals. Each bottle is 15ml.


    a close up: 

    and a very true to life color picture:

    You can purchase NCLA polishes from Meimei's Signatures (click here) and she ships worldwide! 

    There's a 8% storewide discount going on now til 15 September, best time to shop!  (discount code meimei8)

    Hope this entry has been helpful and thank you for looking!

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    September 12, 2013

    Jindie Nails: Barbie's Nightmare [Photos & Swatches]

    This entry features another Jindie Nails polish - and it's Barbie's Nightmare - a Meimei's Signatures exclusive shade created for this Halloween season.  If you remember my review of Jindie Nails Barbie's Dreaming - they are both the same, the same creamy white base, with a whole host of star, moon, square and circle glitter bits.  But Barbie's Nightmare takes it a notch darker and quirkier with the black and red glitter shapes (Barbie's Dreaming has cutesy neon & pastel glitter shapes instead). 

    The application take a little getting used to, the polish is very densely packed with the glitter shapes so picking them up and placing them on your nails is not a problem.  The only thing I have to work with is to make sure that the creamy white base color doesn't streak as I am trying to place the glitter shapes in some kind of a neat way around the nailbed. 

    I suggest applying a smooth first coat, don't worry about the placement of the glitter shapes yet.  When you apply the second coat, then you try to 'place' the shapes strategically around your nails.  If you think you need a third coat (unlikely) you really just want to only place the glitter shapes like just plonk them on bald areas..don't swipe the brush up and down your nail bed already.  Finish off with a thick coat of topcoat. 

    I attempted twice, hence you might see different 'designs' - and it does look slightly lumpy.. but like I said, when it comes to these glitter polishes, practice is key, and somehow after a few times you will get the hang of the application and find a way which works the best.


    You can purchase Jindie Nails polishes from Meimei's Signatures (click here).  

    There is a 8% storewide discount going on right now til 15 September, so do check out, and it's great time to buy your fave indie brand polishes!  

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking! 

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    September 12, 2013

    The Nail Junkie: Jelly Apple [Photos & Swatches]


    This entry features a bright neon green polish from The Nail Junkie - Jelly Apple.  I have applied 3 coats in this set of pictures.  The formula is creamy and not streaky at all.  It also contains ultra fine holographic shimmer bits that gives the jelly creme even more dimension.  
    I was a little worried about how the neon green wears, but the cheerful jelly green is starting grow on me!

    This would be great as a 'jelly sandwich' manicure too, but I think I shall stick to rocking this cool neon jelly green shade on its own.  

    Hope you can see the extreme glossiness & smoothness of the formula in these pictures! 

    The Nail Junkie is artisan hand blended Big 3 Free Nail Polish from USA. 

    You can purchase this from Meimei's Signatures (click here)

    There is a 8% storewide discount from now til 15 September 2013.  Meimei's Signature also ships worldwide.  

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking! 

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    July 16, 2013

    Sephora Launches Its First-Ever Hot Wheels Nails Campaign‏

    Reinforcing its edge as the one-stop destination for fashion-forward nails, leading global beauty authority Sephora is bringing the hottest and most popular lacquers to consumers in a roving mobile on the back of a cargo truck for two weekends in July. 

    Come dress your fingers at Sephora’s first-ever Hot Wheels Nails Campaign. Reinforcing its edge as the one-stop destination for fashion-forward nails, the leading global beauty authority is bringing the hottest and most popular lacquers to you in a roving mobile on the back of a cargo truck for two weekends in July.

    As it makes its way around destinations such as Clarke Quay, Jurong Jem, Scape, Suntec City, Singapore Polytechnic, and Vivo City, customers are invited to hop onboard to enjoy complimentary express nail services, free ice cream scoops and hot discounts. There are also 3,000 goodie bags to be given away.

    In addition, customers will be able to purchase the bestsellers and new collections from Sephora, Nails Inc, Ciate and Butter London, including must- haves such as nail patches, and polish removers. 

    Catch the Sephora Hot Wheels from 11am to 730pm on July 19 -21 (Fri to Sun) and July 26 - 28 (Fri to Sun)!!

    To find out where the Sephora Hot Wheels Mobile will be, simply log on to Sephora's Facebook page to track the location of the mobile in real time. 


    The Sephora Hot Wheels mobile offers complimentary express manicures by trained manicurists. Choose from a plethora of colours from cult labels such as Nails Inc, Ciate, and Butter London.

    That’s not all – on-trend lacquers from Sephora’s very own ColorHit assortment are also available for your choosing. In addition, customers are invited to test out and play with the products at special corners set up on the roving mobile.


    A draw for manicure fanatics – enjoy a 10% discount off our popular Sephora ColorHit lacquer collection. Simply visit the Sephora Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sephorasingapore), ‘Like’ it, print out the coupon generated, and present it at the Hot Wheels mobile to enjoy this special offer! 


    The fun doesn’t stop here. Sephora invites you to bring the unique Sephora experience home with a free goodie bag comprising the Sephora Nail Polish Remover and Nail Buffer. There are 3,000 bags up for grabs – while stocks last.


    Beat the heat with a free ice cream scoop as you are getting your free express manicure! Sephora’s Hot Wheels will be dealing out 200 delicious scoops per location as a refreshing welcome treat. Just another reason to come soak in the fun! 

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    July 07, 2013

    YSL Nail Lacquer 103 Bleu Cosmique [Photos & Swatches]


    YSL Beauty recently launched an Asian exclusive nail color - Bleu Cosmique - which is a beautiful deep blue green metallic shade.  There is also this slight purple duochrome.  It's quite a unique shade in my opinion - many of the summer collections consist of the metallic blue, or peacock color, but I think this might be my fave of all. 

    One coat is sheer and blah, but the magic happens after you apply the second coat.  The color is instantly opaque and smooth.  

    Here are more pictures & swatches: 

     I used my iphone to take these swatches because it seems to be able to capture the color and finish the best given my artifical lighting situation. 

    Have you picked this beauty up yet?

    Hope this has been useful, and thanks for looking!