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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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    March 18, 2014

    New Guerlain Spring 2014 & Quick Universal Brow Kit Demo

    Hi hi!!

    Today, I have a few new Guerlain items to share with you.  A few weeks back, I got to preview and play with some of the products in the collection. 

    Firstly, Guerlain reformulated their iconic Météorites Pearls - which are supposed to be more glowy and even better.  I have several of the older and special limited edition ones... and to me, they work as finishing powder- they are very subtle and gives the skin a nice glow.  The new Météorites Pearls have received very mixed reactions from various people, ranging from 'if it's not broken why fix it?' kind of scepticism, why less product in the new ones, etc or those who just raves about these new pearls because they all look so pretty (and actually more pigmented than the old ones in my opinion). 

    Each shade of Météorites Pearls begins with the same legendary combination of 3 colors which adapt to every skin tone and collectively work to beautify skin: mauve catches the light, pink refreshes and yellow counters dullness and corrects redness. These delicate and perfectly round pearls continue to be shaped by hand, with craftsmanship mastered by only 4 people in the world. Softer than ever, the new pearls allow for an even easier application and a more visible effect with every brushstroke. These precious pearls are contained in a beautiful metal tin, now marked with a new emblem of a reinterpreted rosette created with a light gradation of pink.

    • 02 Clair A harmony of green pearls for extra redness correction, white pearls to reflect the light and champagne pearls to adapt to the skin and gently illuminate it
    • 03 Medium A nude harmony containing beige and champagne pearls to naturally reflect light and even the complexion, combined with peach pearls to add a unique glow to the skin
    • 04 Doré The most smoldering harmony, this shade incorporates chocolate pearls with satin shimmers and vivifying fuchsia pearls that revive radiance and unifying beige pearls for deliciously beautiful skin
    I am most excited to try out their Universal Brow Kit, and I am quite liking it, it is a bit powdery, but when I am in the mood for a warm brow shade, I always use this palette.  It is fairly long lasting, and the inclusion of the highlighter shade is very thoughtful indeed.

    The indispensable finishing touch for radiant eyes, Guerlain’s new Eyebrow Kit structures and styles all eyebrows for a tailored yet natural look. Light, medium and dark powder shades can be mixed and blended to create a matching shade for every brow line, while the pearly-pink beige highlighter is swept under the brows to emphasis the eyes’ natural beauty. The kit also contains a double-sided applicator, making it a complete eyebrow kit for any look or occasion.

    Swatches:

    And comparison to my Anastastia brow powder - 

    And this is how I use the brow kit, I used a mixture of both the middle brown shades, draw the outline of my brows, and then filling them in. 

    A few more pics from the event: 

    Guerlain’s new duo eye shadow is the perfect accessory for creating statement looks. Inside the slender gold case are 2 stunning colors—one a pure color and one a luminous veil. For Spring 2014, Guerlain introduces its newest shade: a dazzling violet underscored by an elegant taupe.

    Each harmony of Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow is composed of four different and specially selected textures to allow you to mix and match for endless combinations. The newest harmony, Les Tendres, draws inspiration from the season: iridescent ivory, satiny nude and matte violet-plum shades express an ode to nature and renewal, while a metallic aquatic green adds vibrancy.
    Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique provides hydration and long-lasting color with one simple movement. With a push of the lever, luminous color with a second-skin texture is revealed from within a chic Art Deco cylinder.
    Guerlain’s new cream blushes melt instantly into the skin, leaving a satiny finish with a delicate violet scent. Available in 2 shades, a cheerful fuchsia and delicate pink, Météorites blush comes encapsulated in a perfectly round white and silver case, paying homage to the Météorites bubble.
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    November 20, 2013

    LOTD: Purple Smokey with Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Two Gossip

    Hi hi!  
    So today I tried out this little sleek Guerlain duo eyeshadow palette called Two Gossip (haha) - it consists of a rose gold glittery shade, and a deep royal purple metallic shade.  I was quite intrigued by the color pairing, and in my LOTD, I actually sweep the rose gold shade lightly in the inner corner of my eyes, and then I used the deep purple shade all over my lids.  Then i went back to the rose gold shade and pressed it on the centre of my lids, close to the lashline, for a light pop of shimmery color. 

    I do love how the purple shade blended up to my crease, and it seemed to look almost like a brown matte crease color.  I always think that a good formula eyeshadow is one that you can blend and buff and the color seems to take on a life of its own and be able to just blend itself out smoothly.  This Guerlain duo is one of those good eyeshadows.    Because the purple blended out to well, I didn't have to use any other eyeshadow on my eyes.  

    I kept the rest of the face & lips quite natural.

    Here's the complete look: 

    And a close up:

    another close up:

    All products used: 

    Face - Ettusais Mineral BB crean, Ettusais Mineral BB Liquid, Ettusais Mineral Plus BB powder to set

    Concealers - Touche Eclat under the eyes, cle de Peau concealer on spots

    cheeks - Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting around the cheeks and nose, Chanel Les Beiges, MAC Stereo Rose MSF

    lips - GA Rouge Ecstasy No 100 a natural beige 

    lines - The Face Shop gel pencil liner in black, Ardel Wispy lashes, Guerlain Ecrin 2 colors in Two Gossip 

    brows - Lancome brow pencil, MAC brow set Beguile 

    Hope this entry is helpful, and thanks for reading!

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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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    November 17, 2013

    Guerlain Crazy Paris for Holiday 2013


    Guerlain introduces the limited edition Crazy Paris Holiday Collection. Paying homage to Paris’ dazzling lights, the neon colors infused into this collection are as festive and fabulous as the city itself. In celebration of the reopening of 68 Champs Elysees, the legendary Guerlain flagship boutique reopening this winter, Crazy Paris is designed with a vibrant ―68‖ engraving. The limited-edition pieces in this collection are playful and incredibly charming, with colors that verge on exuberance. Crazy Paris celebrates all that makes the holiday season so exciting and unforgettable.

    I have here selected pieces from the collection and swatches: 

    Crazy 68 Rouge Automatique in 

    • Reflex (661) A bold neon pink

    Crazy Paris Eye Palette 

    Guerlain’s Holiday 2013 collectors’ palette is a complete eye makeup kit for all occasions, whether an office party or a night on the town. The grey and black matte powder liners – to be used wet or dry – are perfect for defining the eyes, while the four alluring shadows in beige, copper, white and festive hot pink can be used alone or blended together to create gorgeous, sexy eyes. The Eye Palette is enclosed in a sleek black lacquered case and opens to reveal a large panoramic mirror illuminated with the letters ―P.A.R.I.S.‖ in an electric pink.


    Crazy Champs Élysées Météorites Pearls 


    Guerlain’s Météorites Pearls intelligently capture light to create a more luminous and even skin tone in one sweep of the brush. For the Crazy Paris collection, Météorites Pearls offer a new combination of beige, purple white, gold and 2 pinks—all 6 shades work to create the collection’s iconic luminous finish, while the prominent pink and gold tones emphasize an energetic glow. The holiday Météorites comes encased in a sleek black metal tin.


    La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder 

    The 2013 edition of Guerlain’s holiday shimmer powder is truly stunning. Scented with the flirtatious La Petite Robe Noire, just one squeeze of the neon pink bulb fills the air with a loose light powder. As notes of black cherry, almond, Bulgarian rose and black teas unfold, the iridescent pink powder falls delicately over hair and body. Packaged in a revamped La Petite Robe Noire bottle, the powder creates a captivating glimmer, which highlights the face, shoulders and décolleté.




    I have used mainly Guerlain in this LOTD - the eyeshadow palette, and the lipstick.  I also used the black eyeshadow wet to line my eyes - and the shadows when used wet, become creamy and intense.  I am not too sure if I would wear all the shades together in the same look - the coppery warm brown and the pink isn't a combo I would wear, but the warm browns on their own I would wear.  While the palette looks really pretty in the pan,  I think that previous Guerlain palettes from their Holiday collections were better (think 2012's Liu palette for example).  If you are into the packaging, there is no doubt that this collection is gorgeous. From the meteorites, to the lipsticks, I think it's truly a collector's dream come true.  

    My top picks from this collection:

    1. Crazy Champs Élysées Météorites Pearls 

    2. the rouge Automatiques - great formula and colors

    Hope this overview has been useful!  
    Thanks for looking!

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    August 08, 2013

    LOTD: Guerlain Les Ombres Turanbot

    Hi hi!!

    Out and about today, in this LOTD which I super love!  Now I know why Guerlain Les Ombres Turanbot is everyone's fave Guerlain quad.. it is so easy to work with, and it such a flattering neutral (but not boring) palette! 

    3 of the shades are thos I can use all over my lids, with any one shade complimenting and layering over one another very easily.  I just had to use a lighter shade to do some browbone highlight, but other than that... this is a beautiful and user-friendly palette indeed.  The colors lasted on me beautifully the whole day. 

    Here's the color placement used in this eyelook:

    Love how the golden shade added more dimensional to the look: 
    I didn't use any eyeliner today. 

    And the best thing is, I used only my MAC 217 brush to achieve the whole look!  Super fuss free!

    A look in more true to life lighting - somehow standing at my usual spot today, I didn't like how the pics turn out, til I went to another corner (that explains the extremely warm lighting, sorry!)

    All products used: 

    Base - Clarins BB Cream, Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, Chanel Ultra Fine Translucent Loose Powder

    Cheeks - Guerlain Terracota 4 Seasons 00 Nude, Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder, Guerlain Blush Duo Pink Punk

    Eyes - Lorac Pro Primer, Guerlain Les Ombres Turanbot (color placement as shown)

    Lashes & Liner - Ardel Demi Wispies, No liner, Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara on lower lashes

    Lips - NARS Damage Sheer Lipstick 

    That's all, and thanks for reading! 

    Filed in: LOTD, Guerlain, NARS | Tagged with: Turanbot, LOTD, Guerlain, eyeshadows, nars
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    June 07, 2013

    NEW Guerlain Le Vernis Maxi Shine [Review & Complete Swatches]

    Hallo!

    This entry consists of the complete swatches of the 10 Guerlain Le Vernis Maxi Shine, and also my review of the polishes including the base coat & gel effect top coat.  

    For an introduction to the Guerlain Le Vernis collection, please click on this introduction entry previously posted here.

    Close up of the polish packaing

    Each of these polishes comes in rather thick glass bottle - there is a certain weight & elegance to the nailpolish overall. 
    The caps (both the outer and inner ones) come with the signature Guerlain 'g' embossing.  
    The names of the polishes can only be found on the box packaing, and not on the actual bottle - which only comes with the numbering system. 

    Here you can see how thick the glass bottle is.  I like the shape, and the overall feel of the packaging.  These make my Chanel ones seem *gasp* almost cheap by comparison.  But let's also look at the product itself, okay?  Hehe. :)

    Some close ups of the shades: 

    The brush is another impressive quality of the polishes - if Dior & YSL polish brushes come together and make a hybrid this would be it.  The Guerlain brush has the 'thickness' of the Dior ones, and the paddle shape of the YSL one. Together this means that it is very easy for you to create a very neat line at the base of your nail bed, the thickness of the brush which spreads and fans out nicely across your nail also make for a less streaky application.  

    For me, I just need to paint the polish once and it can cover my nail surface - that means, faster painting too! 

    Review of the basecoat and Gel Effect topcoat: 

    The basecoat provides a smooth base prior to color application.  It gives a healthy sheen to your nails, though I cannot really tell for sure if it does help in promoting the wear time of the polishes.  But to be honest, you probably won't purchase a $33 base coat, unless you want to go all brand matchy in your nailpolish (you know same brand base+color+topcoat).  So while it is quite nice, I don't really think this is a must have. 

    The Gel Effect topcoat surprisingly impressed me.  It is really mega shiny, and the dry time isn't too long - I would say after 5 mins your nails feel dry to the touch, and within the hour, completely dry.  I normally paint my nails at night, and for this, I waited about ten minutes before I went to bed.  There were slight marks on a couple of my nails where the topcoat didn't manage to completely dry in time, but the next morning I woke up with very glossy super shiny smooth nails. 

    The Gel Effect topcoat also protects the nail polish color, and  I wore the bright red color for several days.  The shine remains just as brilliant without fading, and dare I even say, prevented the dreaded red/ dark nail polish skid marks - you know what I mean - the little strokes of nailpolish color left on your papers while you are at work.  This is a great plus for me, because I really cannot stand nailpolish skidmarks. 
    Some of you are also asking me for comparisons of the Dior Gel Effect topcoat to the Guerlain one, well, I think that without a doubt the Guerlain one is the clear winner - both in terms of dry top, and the ultra shiny effect.  

    Here are a couple of pictures when I was wearing the Guerlain base+color+topcoat

    The pictures are taken with my iphone under an artficial light, but I think you can see how glassy and glossy the topcoat looks.  The colors themselves already look rich and intense, and the topcoat really enhances the formula even further. 

    121 - Rouge d'Enfer [true neutral intense red]
    125 - Vega [deep blacken red]

    The polishes generally lasted a good 4-5 days without chipping and tipwear.  I change my colors very often anyway, so I can't comment if the color will last more than a week (but why wear the same color for a week, unless you are rocking gelish nails).  

    The rest of my swatches are taken in natural day - and I was so clever that day, I forgot to bring out the base and topcoat with me during this mega swatching session, so you are really seeing just the polish swatches on their own. 

    Also note that I tried to show the color as true as possible to how they look IRL... and if they don't really turn up, I will explain - my brief color descriptions can be found in my introduction entry (link here).

    In all colors, I applied two coats of polish only.  

    00 - Lingerie  [sheer palest pink]
    Not streaky in my experience. 
    Very pretty and elegant sheer pink.

    260 - Jardins de Bagatelle [sheer warm pink with fine shimmery glittery bits]

    64 - Gemma [pale rose pink with satin sheen]

    463 - La Petite Robe Noire [pinky nude with satin sheen]

    263 - A la Parisienne [brilliant creamy coral]
    It is looking more red in my pictures.

    143 - Nahema [brilliant creamy orange red]

    121 - Rouge d'Enfer [true neutral intense red]
    MY ABSOLUTE FAVE.  
    The shade of red is just perfect and looks fantastic on all skintones.  TRIED AND TESTED!  :)


    165 - Champs-Elysees [bright rich pink]

    168 L'Heure Bleue [deep cool red]

    125 - Vega [deep blacken red]

    my top picks of the collection: 

    125 - Vega 
    121 - Rouge d'Enfer 
    165 - Champs-Elysees 
    168 L'Heure Bleue 

    The bolder and deeper shades really caught my attention - they aren't unique, but truly impressive in terms of the intense formula and really look beautiful on not just myself but also friends I have tried out on.

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

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    June 05, 2013

    NEW Guerlain Le Vernis Maxi Shine [Photos & Information]

    Hi hi!

    Another makeup house has released a brand new range of nail polishes (yay!!) - I always feel like a major makeup brand should always have their range of fragrance and nail polishes - you know, the whole works to beautify yourself from head to toe.  Currently already available, Guerlain has released 10 shades of maximum shine nail polishes - ultra glossy and in a range of ultra feminine shades.   These retail for S$33 each at Sephora and all Guerlain counters.  I have been playing with these for a few weeks, and I must say that I am really impressed by the quality and the overall packaging of the nail polishes. 

    Here are a couple of promotional images: 

    I believe this is in the shade 165 - the signature classic bright pink.  I love love this pink, and gotten compliments when I wore this shade. 

    The shade range and names - the words are a little small, but here's a list:

    * shade descriptions my own * 

    00 - Lingerie  [sheer palest pink]
    260 - Jardins de Bagatelle [sheer warm pink with fine shimmery glittery bits]
    64 - Gemma [pale rose pink with satin sheen]
    463 - La Petite Robe Noire [pinky nude with satin sheen]
    263 - A la Parisienne [brilliant creamy coral]
    143 - Nahema [brilliant creamy orange red]
    121 - Rouge d'Enfer [true neutral intense red]
    165 - Champs-Elysees [bright rich pink]
    168 L'Heure Bleue [deep cool red]
    125 - Vega [deep blacken red]

    Base Coat 
    Gel Effect Topcoat  [this is mega love]

    I will feature the swatches of the shades in a separate entry, and also review the base and top coats in another entry. 

    The brushes also come with a flat paddle shape brush - similar to that of Dior polishes - very full brush that is able to cover my nail bed in one single stroke.  The application of all colors was a breeze, the rich colors and smooth consistency allow the polish to go on easily.  
    The polishes dry quite glossy, with the exception of the brighter orangey almost neon looking shades such as A la Parisienne and Nahema - those dry to a cream-jelly type of finish.  However, the shades such as Lingerie, Rouge D'Enfer and Vega - all dry super glossy. 

    I will go through my top picks for the 10 shades in my swatches entry - which should be coming up later today. Stay tuned for that!

    Close ups: 

    Stay tuned for my swatches of the 10 polishes in the next entry! 

    Thanks for looking!

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    April 07, 2013

    Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzing Powder 00 Nude

    hi hi!

    So excited to share this with you!  When I saw images for Guerlain's four seasons bronzing powders - I know I want at least one of them!  I know they are not exactly new (it's actually new shade additions to their existing range) - but there's just something so luxe about the look of these powders...and I just need to own one to try out.  Generally I love Guerlain cheek products - and that's the category of products that I own most from the brand, they always smell so nice, and look so pretty! 

    I was even more excited, and super stoked when I was GIFTED this lovely amazing bronzer by my recent lovelies - Mabel, Eliza and Sara - we met up for dinner and catching up (ahem shopping shopping) last Friday, and after dinner, they popped this Guerlain bag on the table, and I was still oblivious to what was going on...cos come on, my bday was over 3 weeks ago, and even I am not so shameless as to think it is a belated pressie, but it is indeed, and I was just super super touched by their thoughtfulness - and being so spot on in picking out the exact item on my lemming list!   So thank you very much girls!!  :) 

    So here we have, behold the beauty of the Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzing Powder in the shade 00 Nude. 

    It comes in its own velvet pouch, and doesn't have a brush... the compact has a dome shaped cover, and the feel of the compact is quite heavy.  
    It is really luxe and just super awesome! 

    The powder is super smooth- and 00 Nude is the lightest shade among this range.  There's a pink shade there which I would pull of as a blush.  The other shades are really great for me, subtle enough to add warmth and dimension, and just a really great overall complexion enhancer. 

    Have you smelled this bronzer before?  I love the scent on it! 

    Swatches - 

    All four shades swatch very soft matte, and are very finely milled, as you can see from the pictures.   Note that my face after base makeup is slightly lighter than the back of my hand...and the colors would actually turn out more on my actual face color.  

    In terms of pigmentation, it is very soft, and easy to build up.  00 Nude is for those who are very light to light complexion.  Anything more than a MAC NC15-20 would not find this shade very useful on them, and would find the 5 other shades better (there's even one which is very tanned, called Ebony that comes with a red quadrant!). 

    I would compare this Guerlain 4 seasons bronzing powder to one of my all time fave everyday-easy to slap on- bronzer --- which are my Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow powder (from last summer release) in the shades 001 Aurora and 003 Zenith.  If you miss out on those, definitely check out the Guerlain ones.  They are very very similar. 

    I will most probably feature and compare everything in a later entry.. I just need more time to just sit and play makeup and take pictures...but that's really impossible at the moment.  But I do want to share photos and swatches quickly right now before another busy week begins! 

    Thanks for looking!

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    March 20, 2013

    Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City [Swatches & Comparisons]

    Hi hi!

    Thanks to Sarah, who help me purchase this Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City 'golden glimmer powder' when she saw it on sale at a Taka atrium a few weeks back, and it was on sale for only $35...and it is a HUGE pan of golden face highlight powder.  
    I haven't got a chance to take photos of this beautiful thing until now... and I am amazed by how the powder is made and set in the pan.. it glistens in the natural daylight, but nothing crazy glittery shiny, and it is quite pigmented and buildable (ie, if you use a fluffy eyeshadow brush you can get away by using this as a lid color as well). 

    I dusted it lightly on my cheeks the other day, quite pretty, and I do have to be quite light handed with it.  More pictures below! 

    Close up - with the full name of the product - it can be quite confusing trying to catch up with all the different editions of the various Guerlain terracotta powders/ bronzers, etc etc ... and see, how it contains 15g of product!  

    my only qualm is that the actual compact of the powder is rather 'plasticky light' - it doesn't seem to match the heavy weight and ornate design of the powder itself.  which is surprising because most of my other Guerlain face powders all have very sturdy and beautiful packaging. 

    Here's a size comparison - I am fully aware that it will take me forever to use anything up - but just to give you an idea. 

    Weight comparisons - 

    1. Terracotta Sun in the City 15g
    2. Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder 14.5g
    3. Meteorites Cruel Gardenia 9g

    And on to the swatches of some of my pressed Guerlain highlighters - these are rather heavy swatches, in real life you won't ever use a face highlight in this way, I am just showing the color differences.  They might not look so 'different' once blended out.  

    Hope you enjoyed this quick comparison and swatches!

    Thanks for looking!

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    December 22, 2012

    Bold & Dark Lips: Tom Ford Black Orchid & NARS Volga Lipsticks

    Hi hi!  Today I have two bold and dark lipsticks to show you.  I have been really into bold lippies lately, I would try all sorts of reds (I personally find reds more wearable than a bright bright fuschia pink on myself), and now it is about time to venture into the deep end, the dark aubergine colored lipsticks. 

    Behold the first one, the iconic TOM FORD Black Orchid, seen on many celebs, beauty magazines and beauty blogs (click here and here).

    Unfortunately it is not part of the collection we have here in Singapore, but I found mine at the Tom Ford counter at the Times Square Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.  They had 2 pieces left (no testers, I couldn't even swatch it) and I grabbed both, one of which I already sold to my gf. 

    This is my second TOM FORD lipstick... and my first in the revised black casing.  If you see in the first picture, the lipstick contains some subtle shimmer bits, which isn't really visible when you apply it on your lips. 
    The texture of Black Orchid is really smooth and creamy, and it glides on your lips.  I personally prefer to apply it straight from the tube. 

    Click here to see Lisa Eldridge demonstrates the wearing of this surprisingly wearable lipstick at least 4 different ways - as a stain, as a class lipstick, as blush, and with a gloss over.  

    Next, we have NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga.  I haven't heard many people talk about Volga.  It is very matte, and is a very deep aubergine shade.  I had bought mine during the NARS opening in Tangs, it retails for S$38.  It is a really blackened purple shade.  I haven't got to swatching it til now.  

    And here are two of the lipsticks: very different in terms of finish - and color too. 

    Volga is more plummy, while Black Orchid is a deep red. 

    I will also be showing you how you can wear a bold dark liplook without looking too stark/ harsh/ goth like in my LOTD pics. 

    swatches on my lips - pardon the slight dryness on my lips!  I probably should have exfoliated my lips before taking these pictures - another tip for wearing bold lip colors. 

    And how it looks like overall on my face - 

    Some tips on how to wear dark lipsticks: 

    1. I had blended the edges of the lipsticks with a cotton stick so it looks less harsh. 

    2. I really much prefer a softer look to wearing these lipsticks - hence no lipbrush, no lip pencil to line my lips.  If you need to define the shape of your mouth, go ahead and use a lipbrush to outline your lips.. but I don't need to.. hence I just prefer to slap it on. 

    3. Blot away first layer, and apply a second coat. 

    4. Have some color on your face/ cheeks - this will balance out the dark lips - some eye definition will work too, though I won't advise going for a full on matchy eyeshadow combo.  I just went for my usual defined neutral smokey eyes, but kept the lashes natural. 

    5. Be confident and rock it while you are out, even if it is out to a casual dinner/ lunch or running errands.  Dark lips are not for special ocassions. 

    a close up 
    and Black Orchid:  It is really not as scary dark as I had thought.  This is about two layers.  

    Click here to see makeup artist Mary Greenwell use Black Orchid on a very fair skinned model - and check out her application method.. Very easy, not intimidating at all. 

    All products used in this LOTD: 

    Face - Ettusais Mineral White BB cream, Guerlain Papure liquid foundation, Chanel Ultra Fine loose powder, Laura Mercier Concealer

    Eyes - NARS Primer, Gorgeous Palette, Ardel 120 lashes, Lancome Liner Plume Noir

    Cheeks - All Guerlain -- Terracotta bronzer, Meteorites Blanc de Pearle, Blush Duo Pink Punk 

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