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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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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

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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    September 30, 2013

    Dior Vernis & Rouge in 999

    Hi hi! Today I have a couple of gorgeous iconic Dior Reds to share with you.  Both are numbered/ named 999 - an intense creamy true red.  Rouge Dior is an ultra-nourishing, long-wearing formula, in a haute couture color. This extraordinary lipstick does what most long-wearing lip colors do not. It dresses your lips in voluptuous, long-wearing color, while simultaneously providing definition, moisture and nourishment to the lips.

    This is a glamorous pairing, and the lipstick is truly a classic shade of red. 

    I have included two videos at the end of this entry, in order to appreciate the history of Rouge Dior's haute history and background, and also a behind the scenes of the Rouge Dior campaign starring Natalie Portman who is sporting 999 in the film. 

    The color is intense, and provides true color payoff with just one swipe. 

    The nail polish has a creamy formula and again, in one brush stroke is able to cover my entire nail with the rich red. 

    Here's a quick glance:

    And an overall look: 

    I had gone for a clean face using all Dior products, with long lashes to accenturate the eyes and a flush of color on the cheeks. 

    Will include a list of all items used soon: 

    Here are the two videos: 

    Rouge Dior - 60 years of attitude 

    Rouge Dior - the making of

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    May 04, 2013

    YSL Summer Manicure with Vert D'Orient & Jade Imperial

    YSL Spring and Summer collections see the release of two highly sought after polishes - Jade Imperial, and Vert D'Orient.  Supplies of both shades are extremely limited, though the stores do re-stock them time to time.  It is best to put your name on the reservation lists, to avoid any disappointment.  They retail for S$35 each. 

    I recently added Vert D'Orient to my collection, and it is beautiful.  I like the fact that it is dark enough, and has that milky muted tone which makes it look less green.  YSL polishes have excellent formula, and this is no exception. 

    I paired both shades together for the ultimate YSL SS2013 Jade manicure look. 

    Loving this combo!

    What's on your nails recently?

    Thanks for looking!

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    May 04, 2013

    Make-up artistry by Lancôme: Lessons in Colour Layering


    Lancôme
    creates the most electrifying mix & match colours. Three products, a multitude of shades in harmonies of fuchsia,
    orange and pink, for infinite combinations... Anything is possible, simply follow your desire!

    Thanks to the perfect affinity of their formulas, there’s simply no limit to the ways you can superimpose Rouge In Love and Gloss In Love. Associating their textures seems to create a magnifying glass effect which amplifies the expression of their pigments. Vernis In Love takes on the challenge of creating the most daring manicure imaginable.

    Love your lips!

    Apply Gloss In Love alone using the applicator tip to perfectly define the lip contour. Then kiss the Rouge In Love stick, placing it against the centre of your lips. Accentuate contrast effects by selecting a lighter shade for the central part of the lips: the lively pink of Flash n’ Fuchsia gloss collides beautifully with the fiery orange of Doux Farniente lipstick. Play around with the most daring of duos for a voluptuously plumped pout.

    Petal Effect

    Even the most delicate flowers assert their originality by pairing very pale tones with very dense pigments. Select two contrasting lipstick and gloss shades to recreate this surprising effect. Apply a light veil of a gloss such as Blink Pink then define the entire lip contour with the intense red of Under The Rose with a brush. Simply press your lips together to melt the two colours: a guaranteed petal effect!

    Burning heart

    Dress lips in softness with an initial layer of Rouge In Love before applying gloss to the centre, accentuating the cupid’s bow. Fall In Rose enhances lips’ intensity and goes beautifully with Under The Spotlight gloss. This heart of gloss at the centre of lips is sure to grab the spotlight!

    Mouth-watering tone on tone

    Choose two fairly close shades of Gloss In Love and Rouge In Love. For peachy-toned lips, first suffuse lips with shine using Peach Show gloss, then enhance the lip border by applying Rose’mantic lipstick with a brush. When you press lips together, the two textures blend to create an all-new orange shade that’s deep, lacquered and simply mouth-watering.

    Two-tone kiss

    With the current trend for mixed nail colour, why not apply the same principle to lips for an energised look? Just like a nail varnish base, apply an undercoat of Just Strass Gloss In Love to boost your lipstick’s colour. Apply a lighter, more luminous shade like Rose Flaâneuse lipstick to the lower lip and contrast with Be My Date! on the upper lip. The quintessence of colour block make-up... 

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    April 14, 2013

    Collection Avant-Première de Chanel: Starlet, Paparazzi, Cinema & Provocation

    This entry features 3 new Chanel shades from their latest collectiom, the Collection Avant-Premiere - centred around movies and stars...hence the names, and the very classic and glamorous shades.  All the formula on these polishes are richly pigmented, I applied 2 coats in each of these pictures which show the full color intensity of the polishes. 

    Do note that these polishes are part of the permanent collection.  Though there are news that Starlet is LE.  Provocation is a re-release from last year's Fashion's Night Out collection the Twin Sets.  (click here to see my full review and swatches) 

    These are the 3 I bought to complete the collection. 

    Cinema - tomato red, creamy.  A very soft focus glamorous red.

    Paparazzi - warm plummy rosy shade with gold sheen

    Starlet - peachy pink with fine shimmer 

    Swatches here

    all are 2 coats, no top coat. 



    I think Paparazzi is my fave, it is quite unique (to me).


    comparison of Chanel reds in my collection

    Pirate - most cool toned, almost jelly consistency

    Cinema - creamy, soft red, not as intense as Dragon, looks neutral toned compared to Dragon and Coromandel

    Coromandel - one coater (but I applied 2 coats here), brightest, with slight sheen

    Dragon - looks slightly cool toned here, but more neutral in real life, brighter than Cinema

    I must say that Cinema applies brighter than it actually looks in the bottle. 

    Hope this overview has been useful.

    Next on my Chanel list are the Les Beiges collection!  I want the brush and the powder! Then the summer polishes....

    Sorry that I haven't been able to blog much lately except spamming nail polish swatches, a little out of sorts and can't seem to get down to 'serious' blogging about makeup products and new launches.  I will be fully back soon! 

    Thanks for reading, happy Sunday!

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    January 05, 2013

    Dior Spring 2013: Nail Polishes in Gris Trianon, Rosy Bow & Tutu

    Hi!  

    As you have read from my earlier entry, the only items I picked up from the Dior Cherie Bow spring collection are the nail polishes.  I can't resist - the names and the cute pretty shades draw me in immediately when I first saw the collection.  (collection information here)

    Gris Trianon is described as a soft grey, Tutu is a delicate pink, and Rosy Bow is brighter pink with a hint of coral.
     
    Honestly, all three shades are not unique, if you own enough OPIs and Essies, you would have some of these shades in your stash.  Especially Gris Trianon (the Germany and Holland collection feature some grey-nude shades which are definitely in the same family, though not dupes).  Tutu is a dead ringer for OPI Mod about You.  Rosy Bow is a med-toned pink which if you are a pink lover, you would have some variants in your collection.  But I sort of collect the pretty ones, and this trio is superbly pretty...so I must have them! 

    It is also interesting to note that Dior has know printed the names and numbers of the polishes on the front of the bottle instead of the bottom (just like Chanel does).  I much prefer this way of labelling. 

    All swatches here are done with Nail Tek II base coat, and Seche Vite topcoat, and 2 coats of polish.   I had a quick look at the Dior counter just to make sure that the polishes are not of the streaky kind - they look thick and creamy in the bottle, and I am glad to confirm that fact with my swatches here.  All three are opaque in 2 coats - but do apply the two coats evenly, or else you might end up with some unevenness. 

    Gris Trianon - grey nude, neutral toned grey.  I don't have something like this from Dior... and last year's nude releases are nowhere near.  The nudes were truly skintone nudes, in various shades of beiges and tans.  But this is a grey, yet not a black and white grey like Illamasqua DWS (that's my idea of the perfect shade of grey). 

    Tutu - baby pink!!  Milky, white pastel pink.  This applies smoothly, and makes my skin look tanner than it really is.  If you have OPI Mod about You, you don't need this.   Very opaque like a ballerina's leotard, I would imagine. 

    Rosy Bow - a bright warm-ish pink, totally reminds me of OPI's Pink Friday.  Formula is great on this too, and I think this is a very flattering pink for light to medium skintones.  I think I will start wearing this first. 

    A quick comparison of Gris Trianon - just by looking, you can tell which family of nude it falls into. 

    I found it to be very similar in the undertone to Chanel Frenzy & Deborah Lippmann Waking up in Vegas, so I am showing them side by side. 

    Not the same for sure.  Frenzy is much lighter, and Waking up in Vegas is also slightly lighter but very similar. 

    I think I might even do a alternate manicure with all three shades this week.  

    What are you planning to get from Dior's Spring collection?  Please share! 

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

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    November 01, 2012

    Chanel Holiday 2012: Le Vernis 637 Malice [Photos & Swatches]

    You need Malice...as I have told many of my girlfriends. 

    It has the perfect consistency as far as Chanel polishes go.  It can be a one coater if you are in a hurry, and the color is just perfectly on trend this season.  A deep burgundy/red with the most subtle sparkling shimmery red bits. 

    I like that it is not as dark as Strong, and also more dimensional than Rouge Noir.  

    Together with Provocante, Malice is also my top picks for the dark vampy shades for nails this fall season. 

    It is also the only item I picked up from the Chanel Holiday 2012 collection.  

    If you want to see more from this collection, do check out the following links:

    Front Row Beauty reviews the Chanel Harmonie de Soir Quad  (click click)

    The Beauty Look Book reviews and compares Malice to other similar vampy dark reds (click click), all the eye products (click click), and all the glossimers (click click)

    Thanks for looking!

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    October 05, 2012

    Dior Holiday 2012: Diorific Vernis 751 Marilyn [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    This holiday season, Dior releases 4 nail polishes that are packaged in luxe vintage bottles, with a gold cap, and a round glass bottle. Retailing for $40 each, they are $3 more than usual Dior polishes.  The one which I am featuring today is in my opinion, the most iconic of them all, in terms of the color, and even the name - Marilyn.

    It is a true creamy red, and the formula is very smooth.  I wore this twice, and it didn't really stain my fingers.  2 even coats give you full color payoff, and I think this is a shade that will suit most skintones.  It is really an ornamental collector's piece that looks very beautiful sitting on your makeup counter, as I have shown here.  The color itself is not ground-breaking, to be honest.   

    I will not be doing any red comparisons...some of you might be tired of all the reds in my stash, I think I shan't bore anyone with the reds!  But I always have a bunch of them in my collection, because, sometimes, you just have the mood for a certain red, and it is nice to have choices. 

    This is how the bottle looks like up close.

    The brush applicator is the regular nail polish brushes... and totally unlike the usual Dior ones which are round and fatter.  I am guessing they are using a different nail polish manufacturer for this serious of nail polish, and hence the different brush.  Regardless, this brush is much easier to use and apply.

    2 coats. 

    Pardon my messy application! 

    Hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

    I have more nail polishes coming soon, stay tuned!

    Happy Weekend! 

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    September 21, 2012

    Comparison of Chanel & Dior Taupe Brown Vernis

    Hi hi!

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

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

    The shades featured in this entry, and their availability

    1. Chanel Particuliere - Permanent

    2. Dior Trench - current season, Dior Nudeskin launch

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

    4. Dior Dune - Current season, Dior Nudeskin launch

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

    6. Chanel Khaki Brun - same as Khaki Rose

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

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

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

    another angle to show you the nuances of each shade

    Just Khaki Rose & Trench.

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

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

    a last group shot!

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

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    September 05, 2012

    Four Dior Nude Nail Polishes: Charnelle, Grege, Trench & Dune

    Hi hi!  

    Dior recently released a collection of four nude polishes, designed to suit every skintone and to appeal to your nude polish preferences. 

    The lightest shade, Charnelle, is a sheer pinky beige, and if you apply it carefully, you get a even finish in two coats.  It is meant to be rather sheer and miky. 

    My favourite two among these would be Grege and Trench - the medium nude which looks browner than Charnelle.  Grege is an almost close to my skintone color, and something I would wear anytime, anywhere.  It really reminds me of Essie Brooch the Subject, and Deborah Lippmann Fashion. 

    And Trench, I have previously featured here - is a dupe for Chanel Particuliere - I can do a follow up comparison entry if anyone is keen.  It is slightly taupey, but no hint of purple.. it is just a milky light nude-y brown shade.  Both Grege and Trench applies true to color in 2 coats. 

    Finally the darkest shade, Dune, is a deep brown shade, that kind of reminds me of Dior Bengale.... again, I would do a comparison entry if anyone is keen. 

    Overall, I am a fan of nude creams, and I always get suckered into a nude collection. I am very happy to add these shades to my collection. 

    Meanwhile, enjoy the swatches and photos! 

    Jope this entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

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    August 05, 2012

    Chanel Fall 2012 Vernis: Frenzy, Vertigo & Suspicious [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi!

    This entry will feature all the Chanel Fall 2012 vernis, I bought all 3 of them - the colors were too yummy to pass up.  There is Frenzy - nude grey, Suspicious - bright pop of deep reddish pink and Vertigo - dark sooty purpley brown.  I won't be doing any comparison swatches in this entry, but I have paired each shade with the Chanel Mat Velvet topcoat for some variety. 

    Firstly, we have Frenzy - you are looking at 3 even coats for full creamy opaqcity. 

    This is natural glossiness, without any topcoat. 

    with matte topcoat

    I love the muted matte look.  

    Vertigo, with topcoat

    2 even coats for full color payoff. 

    The shimmer and sheen in this is very subtle, so it looks almost just like a purpley black brown shade. 

    I am thinking it looks like a darker version of Paradoxal (I should have painted Paradoxal next to Vertigo...but oh well).

    without topcoat

    Vertigo - matte

    Suspicious is really a deep reddish fuschia, but it is looking a little warmer (more red) in my pictures

    You can get away with one coat if you are in a hurry, but I painted 2 even coats. 

    I didn't use a topcoat, but after Seche Vite, it is very glossy and ultra smooth. 

    and with the matte topcoat - looks like of like marzipan. 

    My fave would be Frenzy, followed by Suspicious. 

    Which of these shades have you picked up?

    Hope these swatches have been helpful.  Thanks for looking!