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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

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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    August 25, 2012

    Urban Decay Naked Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup [Photos, Swatches & Initial Impression]

    I ordered my Urban Decay Naked Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (phew!! what a mouthful, I will just call it UD Naked Foundation in the rest of this entry okay?) ---- yes, I ordered it from Beautybay.com (about 28 pounds - at the most SGD$60...free international shipping).  

    Before I go into the details how I guessed my shade, here is the official product description:

    What it is:
    A weightless and virtually invisible liquid foundation that creates a luminous, demi-matte finish.

    What it does:
    This formula helps skin achieve a natural, illuminated and bright finish— like the beautiful skin you were born with. Naked Skin is formulated with light-diffusing spheres, transforming you to look professionally retouched. Buildable coverage allows women to customize their look. Available in a meticulously calibrated range of shades, Urban Decay’s precise shade numbering system does poetic justice to both warm tones (ending in “.0”) and cool skin tones (ending in “.5”). The finish is matte, never flat, and luminous, but not shiny.

    What it is formulated WITHOUT:
    - Parabens
    - Sulfates
    - Synthetic Fragrances
    - Phthalates
    - GMOs
    - Triclosan

    What else you need to know:
    This makeup loads skin with a list of nourishing ingredients including: Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant Green Tea and Sodium Hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption. Naked Skin is suspended in a sleek, sophisticated pump bottle, allowing more control and less waste of product.

    Suggested Usage:
    -Shake well.
    -For professional results use our Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush to apply and buff foundation to a true ultra definition finish.
    -Naked Skin blends beautifully and can be applied with fingers or sponge.

    I love the packaging, it is so sleek, and looks like the NAKED2 palette.  The foundation bottle is typical of most other liquid foundations (looking like Shiseido, MUFE, etc).

    I am using the shade 1.0, which is the lightest warm shade.  

    very fair bisque shade, with soft warm undertones

    and it is the perfect match for me.  

    I would rank this among my fave foundations, and if you like foundations like Clarins Extra Firming Foundation, Chanel Perfection Lumiere, Maquillage White Essence, you will like this foundation too.  Very light, there is decent coverage, buildable, easy to blend, and lasts the whole day on me. 

    p/s I am also currently testing out several foundations, all of which I am enjoying, and I will try to post them soon, I have already taken pictures and swatches... just in the midst of collecting my thoughts. 

    swatches on my hand

    and you can see that the consistency is quite light and fluid

    it really feels weightless on my skin

    and gives a very fine flawless finish

    and lasts very well through the day

    it did not oxidise on me

    see how flawless my skin looks here

    no re-touch, no whatever, what you see is what you get.

    visible pores around my nose area, but I've come to embrace them,

    and I think they have gotten to a point where I think they are at the smoothest

    if ultra definition is more perfect than just high definition, then I am sold!

    overall look 

    I really think it photographs VERY WELL. 

    In real life, it looks very smooth too. 

    Has a luminious type of finish that doesn't emphasise any oiliness or pores, IMO.

    all products used:

    Face - Urban Decay NAKED Skin foundation, Chanel Loose Powder, Laura Mercier Secret Camo concealer

    Cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, MAC Pink Swoon, UD Cream Highlighter Moonstone

    Eyes - NARS Primer, UD NAKED2 Palette (Bootycall on browbone, Suspect on lids, Snakebite on outer corner), UD Stash Liner and lower lash line

    Lips - Rouge Dior Nude 459 Charnelle 

    Really enjoy this foundation, and you should totally check it out when it launches at Sephora soon!  :)

    Hope you find this entry helpful!

    Thanks for reading!

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    July 30, 2012

    NEW Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup [Preview & All Swatches]

    Last week, a few of us got the chance to preview the new Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup at a classy and intimate press eventneedless to say, there was an air of anticipation for this special preview, and we were not disappointed.  Hosted in a scenic getaway villa at Capella, we were wowed by an afternoon of GA elegance, luxurious setting and treated to new GA products which will be launched later this year for Fall 2012 and Holiday 2012. 
    The star of the event is the Maestro Fusion Makeup - a new revoluntionary foundation (click here for the official information).  There was a makeup demonstration by a GA Spokesperson, followed by some informal discussion about what women are looking for in foundation (and makeup in general) and finally of course, time to test out the makeup products, and mingle with the other invited guests.  
    Here are some shots of the makeup demonstration - we could see how the foundation blends into the model's face like second skin, it doesn't look like she has anything on her face after application, but yet there is a subtle change, a radiance and a glow that wasn't noticeable before.  The GA spokesperson used fingers to blend the product into her skin seamlessly and evenly.
    Here are the end results, the eyes are kept quite natural, but a soft smokey look that goes with the flawless skin (no setting powder was used).  This is followed by slight cheek contouring (using a taupe eyeshadow mixed with the foundation itself, and blended into the sides of the face with the hands).  A bright pop of color on her lips (this range of 'matte' glosses will be released only early next year) to complete the effortlessly chic look.  Me likey. 
    Beautiful GA makeup all lined out on the central table in the room.
    This range of special edition glosses will be released next year.  
    The texture is divine and the colors are all gorgeous.  
    It feels like the texture of the Face Fabric which I have reviewed here. 
    A matte intense gloss.  
    I fell in love with a few of the shades. 
    and eyeshadow palettes
    and finally, the swatches you have been waiting for. 
    We were told 8 shades would be available for the Asian market. 

    I swatched every shade on display at the event.  (One shade, 5.5 seems to be missing)
    Quite a few of us were matched to shade #4, which is a light neutral shade. 
    Because the foundation is so adaptable and blends into your skintone, we all were able to wear the same shade. 
    I am also #4 in my other GA foundations, in case you are wondering. 
    and one last shot, taken outdoors (by the lovely pool!)
    The Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup will be released Oct 2012.
    I will be doing a detailed review and feature closer to the launch date after using it for a length of time. 
    Also watch out for a few GA LOTDs in the coming weeks, featuring several other products which I received during the press event. 
    Very excited.  :)
    Hope this sharing has been helpful, and thank you for reading.

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    July 30, 2012

    NEW Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup [Photos & Information]

    Fusion Makeup SPF 15

    Weightless perfection More than foundation

    Ten years ago, Giorgio Armani changed the face of make-up creating Luminous Silk foundation, a lightweight, silky fluid that brings a natural glow. Since then, weightless textures that you can blend and layer indefinitely to enhance your radiance became the signature Armani Glow.

    The expectations of women have always been at the heart of Giorgio Armani Beauty Research. The quest for transparency and coverage in a foundation seemed up until now practically unsolvable.

    In 2012, after eight years of research, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics introduces a new revolutionary foundation. 


    More than foundation

    An unforgettable and unique texture created by patented Fusion Technology. An ultra-fine oil-pigment suspension that perfects the complexion.

    This high slip fluid spreads evenly over skin for a blendable, faultless complexion worthy of a professional make-up artist every time. Maestro instantly ignites skin’s natural luminosity. No make-up feel guaranteed.

    “It’s a whole new generation of foundation that feels incredible, looks invisible and makes skin appear luminous every time. Anyone can wear it!!!”. (Linda Cantello, International Make-up Artist for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics) 


    Fusion make-up Breaking the rules of formulation

    The creation of a blendable ultra-thin oil-pigment suspension

    Traditional foundations are usually emulsions with water in oil containing fillers; those fillers can produce a visible masking effect. Maestro was created with five out-of-the box principles, delivering a result never seen before:
    – a water and powder-free base

    – totally non-comodogenic
    – 5 time-released oils evaporating gradually
    – smart pigment technology
    – an easy, fast, fresh and flawless application with an unforgettable sensory feel

    The Fusion make-up technology delivers the thinnest color film that blends perfectly and corrects skin imperfections without buildup. 


    5 oils, an exceptional selection – the perfect alchemy

    Oils are necessary for pigments to spread on the skin surface.
    Giorgio Armani Cosmetics evaluated the different oils on the criteria of density, volatility, nutrition and blending.

    Five volatile, semi-volatile and non-volatile oils have been selected one-by-one to create a precious clear mixture totally miscible presenting a time release action. Evaporating at different rates it provides an optimal combination of application slip and non-greasy feel, but with a moisture and comfort sensation all day long. The volatile “dry-oil” awakens skin with an immediate feeling of freshness, a cushiony oil provides a featherlight, glide-on textural sensation and a perfectly even distribution of the complexion perfecting pigments film.

    The non-volatile complex, including extracts of the lotus oil, which has anti-free radical properties and hydrating agents, remains on skin surface. 


    Maestro vs. traditional foundation

    Characteristics of a traditional foundation:

    – emulsion – 20% water in 80% oil. Foundation allows for a unified spreading

    of the fluid in order to avoid spots of color. BUT:

    – highly pigmented: 15% pigments. Pigments are contained in powdery phase that can create a mask effect.

     

    Characteristics of Maestro:

    • –  waterfree oils: 60% time-release translucent, non greasy oils for a fresh feel,

      a non-greasy finish and a pure color.

    • –  11% pigments for skin tone perfection. No powder so no mask effect.

    • –  low surface tension: for the fastest, easiest application.

      Extras:

      skin surface perfection due to soft particles selected to provide the thinnest

      correcting film and an extraordinary sensory feel. 

    Observation on an electronic microscope

    Fine lines and blemishes blur away in a bare-faced luminosity.

    Tested and approved by women

    Blends into skin on application: 100%*
    Easy to wear, you forget that you are wearing make-up: 100%*
    Easy to apply, gives rapid and perfect make-up result every time: 98%* It’s a pleasure to use this make-up product: 95%*
    Natural make-up result without make-up feel: 95%*

     

    Drop-by-drop application Made-to-measure coverage

    An elliptical shaped bottle and luxurious, black lacquered dropper delivers the fusion make-up drop by drop for custom-controlled make-up application. The liquid, ultra-fine texture immediately blends into the skin on application.

    Easy to apply, easy to build, easy to wear. Maestro gives rapid and perfect make-up results every time. 

     

    Smart pigment technology with faultproof color result

    Just a few shades to fit all skin tones

    The Maestro foundation is adapted to all skin tones around the world. The smart pigments are so fine that they fuse with the natural skin color. They are so fine and pure, that the rays of light will not be absorbed on the skin but there is a reflexion of the light, a perfect 360 degrees radiance. It might seem paradoxical that only a few shades are enough to cover the full range of skin tones but it becomes possible with the transparency of Maestro formula.

    12 shades are available in USA and 9 in the rest of the world.

     

    A new foundation as light as water, but waterless and perfectly homogeneous for no make-up feel and a moisture sensation. 

     

     

    The Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup will be launched at DFS Galleria in Oct 2012.  Prices are unavailable as of now.  

     

    My next entry will be swatches of this beautiful foundation, and sneak peaks of the preview event we attended last week. 

     

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

    images and information extracted from press file. 

     

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    April 01, 2012

    Haul: Guerlain Papure Gold Foundation [Swatches & Comparisons]

    Guerlain Papure Gold foundation is the latest to add to my stash of base products.  (that drawer is now officially overflowing)  This was purchased a few weeks  back, but I have only used it maybe 2 or 3 times, due to the fact that I am currently trying out other foundation routines which are scheduled for posting.  So I can only give a quick first impressions, and I will be trying this out later this month.

    It retails for S$116 (pricey!) but this is Temptalia's favourite foundation, so I think it would be interesting to give it a try.  Link to her review here.

     

    I have photographed the foundation next to other Guerlain foundations in my stash - the Lingerie de Peau, the Blanc de Perle, and finally the Papure.   They are all the same shape and size, but different color bodies.

    This is the product information for Guerlain Papure Gold foundation:

    "Guerlain introduces a foundation that revives and illuminates the skin, restoring luster and revitalizing in the long term, thanks to the exclusive double-sided Gold Radiance Pigment. The opaque side targets imperfections and dull zones, while the golden side reflects light. Combined with the regenerating properties of myrrh oil and the lifting and smoothing properties of peptides, long-term results include the diminishment of fine lines and smoother, softer skin. The luxurious golden flecks leave the complexion with an aura of vitality and beauty. Dull-skin zones are illuminated, while wrinkles and under-eye circles are subdued. Its shine and color combat sallow tones and lift lackluster complexions with a healthy golden glow. The light formula glides onto the skin without thickening, enveloping the face with a lightness that does not accentuate lines—subtly concealing spots, irregularities and dilated pores."

    Here's the thing about Guerlain foundations - I never quite am able to tell which shade I am in.   The Blanc de Perle is a tad too dark and beigy for me, the Lingerie de Peau is my exact match, and so is the Papure.  But the Papure and Lingerie de Peau are different shade numbers, and look VERY different swatched too.  The BA did tell me to pick a slightly lighter shade in the Papure too, so that's how I ended up with the shade I purchased.

     

    I have used  the foundation in this LOTD entry here.


    In the swatches you can see the different textures and consistency of the three foundations:

    Lingerie de Peau is the most liquidy [32 Amber Clair]

    Blanc de Pearle is a bit creamier [02 Beige Clair]

    Papure Gold is creamiest in consistency [00 Beige Ivoire]

     

    and because I spent xxx amount of money at Guerlain together with my gf -- she purchased the Papure powder foundation (same price), and I bought the Jasminora perfume... we got and shared between us this gift with purchase containing skincare products from their Blanc de Pearle range - there are a couple of sun protection products which she kept for herself, so this is what I end up with.

     

    I will be sure to post my review after I have used this foundation for 2 weeks straight!

     

    That's all, and thanks for reading.

     

     

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    March 23, 2011

    Review: Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

    Hi, this is an (overdue) review on the Clarins Extra Firming foundation.  I was wearing this foundation consistently everyday for about 2 to 3 weeks, but didn't get to properly talk about it til now.

    For product information and prices, click THIS ENTRY.

    I wear the shade Ivory 103, which you can see below:

    And this is a picture of me wearing it this morning - it's not the best picture, early morning, harsh flash, but I will try to explain to you the effects of wearing the foundation.

    Here are my thoughts during application:

    • The foundation smells GREAT, kind of fresh floral powdery.
    • In terms of coverage, I would say this is a medium coverage.  The texture of the foundation is smooth and creamy.
    • It blends nicely into my skin.  It takes a little while to settle into the skin.
    • I set the foundation with loose powder.
    • Overall finish is rather flawless, not thick, and it stays fresh throughout the day.  Not a flat out matte foundation, there is slight dewiness, not anything crazy shiny - I would say, luminious?  This is very useful, cos you want to look more awake than you really are in the morning.
    • Makes my skin look smooth too.
    • Oil control is so-so.  I have to blot a couple of times throughout the day to keep shine away.
    • I apply the foundation with my fingers most of the time.

    And here is how I look like after about 10 hours - it's quite humid today.  No touching up, and I blotted ONCE.  I must say my face looks fresh than it actually appears in this picture.

    • Foundation lasts decent for me throughout the day.  I like it as a great everyday foundation.  It is not overly rich, did not break me out at all in the 2 - 3 weeks I was using it everyday.  I still use this most of the time, but I got distracted by other new foundations along the way.
    • Some parts which I concealed probably look worn off in the above pic, but that's the concealer, not the foundation problem.

     

    Would I recommend this foundation?  Yes! Especially if you want a foundation which promises a natural skin firming effect as it contains oat sugars, and also a light reflecting one for skin luminising properties.

    The foundation retails for S$55 each.

     

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

     

     

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    February 08, 2011

    NEW: Clarins Extra Firming Foundation SPF15

    Well, this is a foundation for slightly mature women.  You can never start too early as far as anti-aging is concerned.  I have started using the Dior Totale Capture, and now this is another foundation targeted at firming and improving the skin texture.

    Clarins Laboratories have formulated Extra-Firming Foundation SPF 15 which is an exceptional, new foundation formulated with anti-ageing benefits to enhance the complexion and care for your skin.

    “Light-Optimizing+” complex

    Wrinkles and fine lines are optically “erased”.

    The soft focus effect is optimal due to the presence of microspheres that reflect light in all directions. This multitude of light reflections immediately creates a blur that optically “erases” imperfections.

    Unrivalled radiance

    The refractive index of these microspheres is similar to that found naturally in skin. It captures, diffuses and magnifies light, delivering exceptional luminosity.

    Oat sugars - for a natural skin-firming effect

    Part of a new generation of tightening agents, oat sugars are extracted from the plant kernel. They help firm, smooth and define features without leaving skin feeling pulled or appearing frozen.

    Day after day, features are refined and skin becomes firmer-looking.

     

    The texture is light and creamy.  Both shades seem to suit my skin tone, but in the following face shot, I am wearing 103 Ivory.

    First impressions: Medium buildable coverage.  Slightly dewy finish. Brightening luminous effect on my face.  If my skintone appears yellowish in the pic below, that's because I am facing the setting sun.

    You know I am a big foundation junkie by now.  I will post more thoughts/ detailed review and/or application methods etc this coming weekend, and give you my 'verdict'.  This is going into my makeup tray for the week.

    That's all, and thanks for looking!