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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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    February 03, 2014

    MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

    Hi hi~

    This entry is dedicated to MAC Lady Danger, which I think is one of MAC's 'famous' lipsticks - it is a warm orangey red that has a matte finish, but it's not one of the dry matte lipsticks... I found the texture to be quite creamy and the formula is easy to wear on me.  I actually have this brilliant lipstick almost a year, when I back to MAC a bunch of lipsticks... and this is one of the few that I picked out.  No wonder this is such a popular shade.  With a color like this, I often find that I don't need much else on the face and this color just makes me look fresh and radiant.  Today I wore it out with just a clean face, no eyeshadows, just neat brows and a little warmth on the face.  The lipstick itself doesn't run nor slip around due to its matte formula, and is pretty long lasting. 

    Here's a lip swatch, photobombed by my strands of hair... 

    (Today I also purchased MAC High Energy pro longwear lip pencil to go with this lipstick, and several other warm reds/ oranges in my stash.)

    and on the rest of the face: 

    I am wearing most Shiseido on the rest of the face.  Will post details of these other products soon. 

    Everyone needs MAC Lady Danger!

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

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    December 07, 2013

    Red Blushes: Comparisons & How to Wear Them

    Hallo!! 

    This entry started with NARS Exhibit A - I recently received it as a gift from NARS for being one year in Singapore. And it is one of the NARS blushes that somehow got away.  I had gotten it for a few of my friends, played with it at the counters, but somehow never bought it myself.  So when the chance for me to make a wish for a NARS product, it was easy for me to wish for this.  

    NARS Exhibit A is easily one of the brand's most infamous blushes (other than the more wearable Orgasm and Deep Throat) - simply because it is such a stunning shocking red.  How to rock such a bold red blush on your face, right? 
    But it turns out I have a couple more reds in my stash already - which probably explains why I didn't get it along the way.  

    My first red blush is Illamasqua Panic - which is since discontinued.  I bought it when the brand first launched, and it was described as a cherry red, the formula is smooth and never chalky.  It is so pigmented, you just need to gently tap the brush, and lightly dust on your cheeks for a pop of color. 

    My next one is a MAC blush - Devil - a blush that I bought for the name, and quite blindly.  Someone had CP it for me while in the US.  It is an orangey red blush, and also very intense.  It is a PRO shade, which means you can only get it at the PRO stores (we have none in SG). 

    I have included Dior NEW RED - because of the name... and it is also one of the bolder shades in the new Dior blush range. 

    All four reds here are matte, perhaps with the exception of Dior which has some very very slight sheen that translates into a velvet finish on the skin.  I guess when it comes to bold cheek colors, matte is the way to go.  You won't want a shimmery finish to mess up the intense color. 

    Heavy swatches - 
    Here you can see the undertones of the NARS, MAC and Illamasqua. 
    NARS and MAC look very very similar while illamasqua is cooler toned. 
    They look almost like matte lipstick swatches!  

    and blended out, here's when you can see how they might look like upon actual application - 
    I don't have any LOTD pics unfortunately.   You can see that the MAC blush is redder than the NARS, even though in the pans, it's the other way round. 

    Tips on Application:

    1. Use a light fluffy brush.  For example, NARS yachiyo brush, Hakuhudo yachiyo brush, MAC 187  or 188 brush.  These brushes have a very soft touch, and perfect to deposit color where you need it.  Again, just tap the blush pan lightly, and a little goes a long way.  
    2. Start with the most little... and add more color if you need it. 
    3. Avoid over highlighting and contouring.  Just let the bold blush speaks for itself on your cheeks. 
    4. Add a pop of bold lip color to match the cheeks, but just define the eyes with liner and lashes.  It's all about focusing on a couple of facial features at the same time. (cheeks & eyes/ eyes & lips/ cheeks & lips... you get the idea)

    Hope this has been helpful!  Do you have a fave bold blush in your collection?

    Happy Sunday!  Thanks for reading! 

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    June 08, 2013

    My Bath & Bodyworks Obsession & an Awesome Swap

    Hi hi!!

    Move over, Yankee Candles!!!  Over the past couple of months, I have accquired quite a little collection of scents from Baths & Body Works - thanks to Eliza who is always awesome with the speedy ordering whenever there is a sale - really the only tough part was picking out the scents, and resisting the urge to buy everything on there.  

    I love burning candles especially during the weekends.  A nicely scented room/ space perks up one's mood, I even do the same at times for my workplace.   So I have a stash of candles which I can use at home, and a little selection of room sprays which I can bring about with me to work, and also to quickly refresh the scent of my own room when I don't want to burn the candles.

    I got these sprays lately through an amazing swap with Naomi, another fellow beauty junkie I met from Instagram - she also has her own blog and YouTube channel (link here click click click!)  It is near impossible to purchase aerosol sprays and the hand bac online... so I was really really happy when she fuifilled my list of BBW items plus a few more extras! 

    Here are the room sprays which I received from her: 

    I also love BBW handbacs - you can easily find these enough from DYON at Scapepark (a bit overpriced but still..yummy scents!)  Mabel kindly gifted us with the Island Margarita one... omg... I am the most obsessed with the Island Margarita scent, it reminds me of my Vegas trip cos we spritzed our suite with this exact scent.... so this scent will always remind me of Vegas. 

    And Naomi also sent these BBW handbacs... I love the Bubblegum and Cookie Dough ones.  Aren't all the words and pictures super cute?

    Naomi also included two pairs of House of Lashes & my very first MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish - beautiful highlighter shade - and the formula is just perfect, reminding me of my Dior Amber Diamond. 

    So happy with my BBW collection, I have some more coming along the way, and I can't wait to share!

    Happy weekend everyone!

    Thanks for reading!

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    April 24, 2013

    Recent Favourite Combinations [Foundation, Makeup Removal & Hair!]

    Hi hi!

    It's starting to feel so rare that I am able to blog ramble on a weekday.  Even during the weekends, I hardly have any time to just sit and attend to blog matters, but when life catches up with you, I guess I just can't get out of it.  So for those who have noticed the recent 'absence', I do apologise, and I hope that the usual blog spam will happen soon.  I hope.  I hope.  Because I have so many things to share! 

    Just want to feature a few products which I have been liking lately, they are a little all over the place and I think that's the way I prefer to present this entry.   Hope you enjoy - there's some skincare, makeup and hair! 

    First off, we have this set of makeup removal and cleansing products.  I have been using the Shu Uemura clear brightening gentle cleansing oil.  I feel like this compliments my current (still Lancome) skincare rountine.  It cleans off my makeup completely, and it is very lightweight.  I didn't like the deep pore cleansing oil so much (the pink one btw) but this I really love.  I don't think I need to go too much into the efficiency of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils, and I always have one or two of them in my stash.  If you are looking for something that really takes off the heavy duty makeup after a long day, this is really a great performer. 

    As you know I usually keep 2 - 3 facial cleansers in my bathroom.  While I love my creamy foamy cleansers, I also like to try out 'alternative' cleansing products.  Namely cleansing balms - they are very big in the UK - and I like the idea of a cleansing balm.  It is supposed to be very calming, cleansing and when used with a muslin cloth, even exfoliating.  I have heard great raves about the Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm.  I ordered mine from feelunique and here's  the product information - 

    Perfectly balanced daily cleansing for skin that craves clean.

    Benefits of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm:
    - Thoroughly cleanses and moisturises the skin.
    - Helps to purify and minimises the appearance of open pores.
    - Calming for sensitive skin.
    - Revitalising for dull and mature skins.
    - Can be used as a rescue balm, i.e. on dry elbows or knees, or as a lip balm.
    - Doubles as a soothing mask if left on the skin for ten minutes.

    Key ingredients and what they do:
    - Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E: Balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores.
    - Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts: Rejuvenates and revitalises the skin. 
    - Jasmine, cedarwood and Rose: Helps to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins.

    I don't use it with a muslin cloth though -- but I have just ordered some from feelunique in a separate order, and I shall try it out soon.  I really love this - it is so soothing, and so luxe and smells really awesome.  Even I just massage this into my skin, it just leaves my skin feeling so soft, and clean after rinsing.   It looks a little messy from the picture below, there's this layer of oil (Moringa I think) and smells really relaxing. 
    This is always sold out at feelunique, so grab it while you can! 

    And another item which I recently discovered is the Ettusais peeling milk - this is a gentle exfoliator that doesn't have any scrubby beads.  I have this for quite some time.  When I got to learn about its properties at a Ettusais event a couple of weeks ago, I came home, and quickly took it out to try.  
    Basically it is a milky liquid that you rub onto dry skin, and it will rub off the dead skin cells.  I particularly like to rub it around my nose area, that seems to be the most 'tough' area, and after I rinse my face, the skin feels super smooth.  I usually follow up with a extra nourishing mask or face cream, cos that's when the skin is in the best condition to absorb products.  Highly recommend this product if you are looking for a different sort of skin exfoliator. 

    Next, a couple of hair products.  I have other hair products to feature -but I will mention those in a products I have used up entry.  But here, we have a new shampoo which I have been using and loving for the past couple of ... days.  haha.  I saw this earlier in the week while I was at Guardian.  It is Ancient Secrets Moroccan Argan shampoo.  And it is only about $11 or $13 - very affordable. So far, I love everything about this shampoo.  It leaves my hair super soft, not weighed down at all and even more shiny.  I normally don't use any conditioner after shampoo cos I like the squeaky clean hair feeling after shampoo.  This leaves my hair clean without being 'too squeaky' if you know what I mean. 

    And one some days, when I feel like I need to make my hair look a little more sleek, or when I want my hair ends to be more tame (esp after a big DIY blow dry), I will rub a tiny drop of the TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum just at the ends of my hair.  It is a great lightweight hair gloss serum, that makes your hair super shiny, and also tame flyaways.

    These are some cheek products which I am rotating this week.  Finally, I am able to tear myself away from the URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED palette.  I decided to break out the Guerlain 4 seasons terracotta bronzer in 00 Nude - it is the perfect bronzer for my light complexion.  It gives the perfect amount of warmth to my skin without being visible.  The powder is so smooth, and it blends into the skin just amazingly.  I would compare this to my DiorSkin Nude Tan bronzers - very natural, and very very fine quality.  They are very similar with their quadrants of pale bronzing shades.  LOVE LOVE LOVE. 

    Next, is a scary bright red blush - I just have to dab ever so slightly into this blush - MAC Devil powder blush - it is a pro only shade though.  It makes my face looks healthy, and I just buff it into oblivion onto my cheeks, so I end up with a very naturally warm flushed cheeks - you can't even tell that I am wearing a RED blush. 

    Note that I have just shown below very very light swatch - this is a really pigmented blush, and I always proceed with caution.  Hehe.

    And next, I am loving this pair of base products. 

    I have been trying out and loving the MAQUiLLAGE Perfect BB Base.  It is very smooth, and lightweight.  I love how it evens out my skintone. I will give this a full review in a separate entry, so you can see how it applies on me. 

    And finally, I recently ordered the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation (at drugstore.com via spree).  I just eyeballed the shade online...and it turned out to be a just perfect match for me.  I could probably go half a shade lighter, but it's nothing some setting powder can't fix. 
    Like the name suggests, it feels like nothing on my skin, and yet it makes my skin look very smooth after I applied it over the base.  And it lasted on me very well throughout the hot and humid days.  I would even compare this to NARS Sheer Glow in terms of the consistency and finish.  Highly recommend this foundation.  And it is so affordable! 

    I hope that this entry is helpful and somewhat interesting!  

    Just want to rant about something I came across today.  I received an email from a certain company, asking me where's my blog entry for xxx product, because she didn't see it on my blog....well, that's because I haven't posted it yet.  (DUH)
    Was it intentional?  No.  I simply have no time to be switching products all the time.  When I am busy, I always just fall back on whatever is on my table.  I don't recall signing up for deadlines when they want to send this xxx product to me.  I will mention it when I am ready to feature it, after having used it.  I have never subjected myself to some deadline crunching blogging/ reviews and I have a million of other blog entry ideas of my own without having to accept "FREE" products to sustain my blog. For some reason, I got very peeved by this kindly email reminder.  I am in a good mind to send back this xxx product, and tell the person that when I am ready to try it out, I would jolly well fork out my own $18.90 to buy it, and use it if I want to.  

    Well, that's just a temporary mood damper..I would just continue doing whatever I do, and ramble on whatever comes to my mind.  

    Thanks for reading, and staying through to the end of this longish entry! 

    Can't wait for the weekend already. 

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    March 22, 2013

    Updated Brows Routine using Eyeshadows

    Hi hi!

    This is an updated eyebrow routine, something which I have been using for more than a month.  And I have been loving it.... This routine is something totally different from what I have been doing for years - which is my trusty Shu Uemura pencil..I wanted a stronger look, and when I went to Junry (at MAC Vivocity) recently to trim my brows, she showed me how to do it..which is exactly what I wanted to go for... that very strong, defined and thick eyebrows look.  I find that with a pair of fairly strong thick brows I can get away with very little else on my face...and also such brows will make me look younger.   Of course, I can't ever replicate her expert method, but its something which I have managed to replicate for myself and I shall share with you how I do it. 

    I am surprised that I actually love using eyeshadows for filling in my brows.  The matte shadows in the UD Naked Basics palette is perfect, it is a small palette, easy to hold in my hand as I do my brows, the big mirror also allows me to see what I am doing.  I use a MAC 212 short handled brush for doing the brows...it is a straight / square liner brush.  Finally I set my brows with a brow manicure/ mascara / gel thing from Shu Uemura in the shade ash brown. 

    A few points to note before we proceed: 

    My brow shape is really my own preference, I know some girls prefer a thinner brow shape, and I know also some people prefer to match their brows to their hair color.. for me, I kind of like the clash in the hair/eye/ brow colors.  Let me illustrate - I am quite fair, and my hair is super jet black.  So I can't possibly have matching black brows - which will be too harsh.  So my ideal brow color would be something quite light and ashy, so sort of match my overall skintone.  And I am usually wearing some sort of contact lenses, which are usually very very black in color, but in this set of pictures I am wearing brown lenses. 

    Also with this palette, you can adjust how dark or how light you want your brows to go.  In this tutorial, I have them on pretty dark, which means I used more black eyeshadow to fill in the brows.  If you want a lighter color, just use the medium matte brown in Faint.  
    I have also tried using the MAC Fuildline for brows in Redhead - that's a very warm light brown, and if I am in the mood for light brown brows, I also use that.  It is very long lasting and didn't budge at all through a hot and humid day. 

    So here's the palette and the brush - 
    I usually go back and forth between Faint and Crave, so mix and match. 
    I use Naked2 to do blending and neared the start of my brows cos there's where you don't want any harsh colors. 

    Here are the steps - I think they are very self-explanatory.  I apologise for the large fonts... didn't occur to me how clashing they look on here.  Opps. 

    I usually can draw longer and cleaner lines, but if you are still practising, shorter strokes might be easier.  Basically you want a very defined line for this outlining stage.

    So now you have two parallel lines... slowly join them at the end of the brows.  As you can see, I don't really follow any RULES of the proportion, I just sort of go with my gut instinct and where the brows naturally taper at the end.

    And the overall look - where brows and cheeks take the centre stage in this very clean look.  I have more details on this LOTD in a later entry. 

    What's your brow routine and fave brow products?  Please share!

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

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    June 13, 2012

    Nails Story: MAC Beth Ditto Collection [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

    I chose two colors from the MAC's Beth Ditto collection - well, one of them is a gift, and I got the other myself.  I had quickly swatched the colors on a piece of tape when I was at the counter, and the other two colors seem to run quite sheer, and potentially streaky.  These two have the kind of creamy milky, even on the thicker side in terms of the formula, which I much prefer. 

    I also like that they both look so complimenting together.  A pastel milky yellow, and a creamy milk pale orange - it seems like I can't get enough of these pastel shades lately. 

    Here is a picture of the rather creepy looking Beth Ditto with her made-up hand below: 

    And the names of the colors?  Love them! 

    All swatches here are taken with Butter London top coat and base coat, and 2 coats of colour. 

    Near Beth Experience

    These can be a little tricky to apply.  You need to work fast, and also let each layer dry first.  Otherwise the polish is prone to bald spots and a gunky surface.  Even in this pictures, they look a little gunky, because I didn't really wait for each layer to dry, and my nail surface isn't the smoothest right now.  The glossy topcoat does help to make everything look smoother and shinier though, so I really recommend using a good topcoat. 

    Also, I personally think these stark milky pastel shades best suit short nails.  They also tend to make your skin look tanner. 

    Life and Beth

    A very pastel true pale orange 

    no hint of pink and red 

    It was a little difficult to capture the true shade though, because the color keeps showing up darker.

    a few comparisons

    as you can see here, any mistake or nicks is magnified like 10 times on this type of milky color

    a good idea might also be to use a sheer sheen pearlised topcoat to make the color look less 'flat', or look more flattering..

    but I kind of like this bright crayon shades 

    I can't seem to get enough of creamy pastels...

    I am excited for a couple more MAC nail polish releases coming in the rest of the year.  

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

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    May 16, 2012

    Nails Story: MAC Peachstock [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

    Hi!

    I had purchased this a couple of weeks back but because of my extensions, I never got to swatching and applying the shade on my own nails.  Now that the extensions are off, there will be a slight backlog of nail polish entries up on the blog. I have a ton of other stuff to slowly feature as well.  Time just seems to be zooming by lately!

    Not quite sure what this MAC collection is (shock horror!), but it is a collection of lipglass, lipsticks, and nail polish - they take all their best selling shades, and come up with matching exact shades in the products mentioned.   So you have St Germaine lipglass, lipstick, nail polish, Russian Red, Ravishing, Myth, Angel, etc etc.  If you stalk Temptalia, you would also know that some of  the shades are only exclusive to certain regions (Russian Red, sadly isn't available here, or else I would have gotten that too).

    So I got only one nail polish - in the shade Peachstock - which is ironically lost in my drawer of lipsticks, I think I had earlier B2M for a Peachstock, and never worn it.  Anyway, Peachstock is a peachy nude color.  The consistency of the nail polish (at least I know for this shade) is extremely creamy and smooth.  I also swatched St Germaine at the counter, but with all the OPI milky pinks in my stash, I just didn't feel like shelling out the $$ for anymore MAC polishes.

    I really like this nude shade - the consistency is really important here - 2 even coats give you perfect payoff, and you have very naturally professional groomed looking hands. It's hard to believe, but I can never ever get enough of nude nail polish, they are all the same.... yet not quite.  As you will see in my comparisons, there isn't an exact dupe.  And I am only comparing with the 'darker' nudes, and not the off-white type of nudes (think Essie Topless & Barefoot, or even beigey nudes like RBL's Grunge or Deborah Lippmann's Fashion).

    Bottomline - if you love nude, you need this nail polish.

    Photos & swatches:

    swatches are done with Nailtek II, 2 coats of color, and Seche Vite topcoat

    comparisons - the closest is probably the CND Desert Suede

     

    I hope this has been helpful, and thank you for looking!

     

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    April 26, 2012

    Moving my INGLOT eyeshadows into Z-Palette

    So when I received this large Z-palette recently, I immediately thought of fitting all my INGLOT eyeshadows inside.  I am sure many of you are no stranger to the Z-palettes.  They are quite sturdy, comes with a clear cover, so you can see everything inside, and they fit all magnetised pans of eyeshadows.   I have an old large Z-palette that houses all my MAC neutral eyeshadows, and since I also have a substantial number of INGLOT ones, I thought instead of having them in various 5 pan and 10 pan palettes, I can try to put them all into a large palette, and I can bring them along for travels.

    Introduction to Shopping-District.Net link here

    [But.... I realise, I need a larger palette to fit ALL my INGLOT eyeshadows together]

     

    You can buy Z-palettes from various places (I have seen them sold at the Scape flea stalls too), but I received mine from Shopping-District.Net.

    Click click click here for where to buy it!

    I know my inglot eyeshadows look in mint condition - don't judge!  They are superbly pigmented, and a little goes a long way.  :o Haha.  Between these, and my MAC shadows, and my GA ETKs, I think I am set for life!

    Anyway.... the INGLOT pans are magnetised, and they pop into the palette easily.  I also want to add that it is easier to shift them around in the palette compared to the original INGLOT palettes, which are individual wells, and they are notoriously get to get out of... nicked eyeshadows, and flying palette covers are the common complaints that people usually have about the INGLOT palettes. I don't hate them, but sometimes it is good to have alternative storage solutions, so when you are travelling or have to bring your makeup around, you can bring them along.

    So they fit 18 INGLOT eyeshadows -- and I still have 3 or 4 lying around, and my rainbow matte ones can't even in it.

    Maybe the Pro size palette might be better...

    This is my first Z palette - it is quite beaten, and I have it for a few years already.  It contains all my MAC neutrals, 90% of them anyway.  After I filled it up, I kind of stopped buying single mac eyeshadows, because I would be thinking, I have no more space for one or two more eyeshadows!

    You can see the sides of the palette is a little shabby, but overall, the palette is still holding up well, and this is quite a well-used palette, so I know the palette has been through some tough handling and done its fair shair of travelling.

     

    That's all, and thanks for looking!

     

    p/s Pink Z palette was given to me by shopping-district.net


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    March 03, 2012

    LOTD: Smokey with NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow

    Hi!

    I need to put my Lhasa to use, because my girlfriend says she LOVES it, I haven't had much time during the week to do any decent eyelook,  And I also wanted to use my YSL Glossy Stain, but because this eyelook was turning out to be quite dramatic, I decided to use a nude lipstick OVER the YSL stain instead -- which made the whole lip combo LASTED THE WHOLE EVENING AND NIGHT!

     

    Useful links:

    NARS Lhasa entry here

    YSL Glossy Stain entry here

    CandyDoll nude lipstick entry here

     

    What I did - all products used will be listed below:

    I swept Lhasa eyeshadow all over my lids - it is a rather purple-y and yet sort of silvery brown/taupe eyeshadow, and then I decided to take it further by using a darker shade to add more depth to the outer corner of the eyes.  Before I know it, the eyelook was turning out to be quite the full-blown smokey eyes.

    I wanted to keep it very clean nonetheless, hence I left the lower eyelids all bare.

    Strong brows to pull the whole look together for me.

    I slapped on my CandyDoll nude lippy to neutralise the YSL Glossy Stain, and the end results is this bright pop of pink that somehow matches my eyes and my top for the day.

     

    All products used:

    base - Laneige BB cushion, Shu Uemura Smooth Fit foundation, Shiseido white lucent brightening skincare powder (this deserves another entry!)

    cheeks - NARS Torrid blush

    lips - YSL Glossy Stain #11, and Candydoll nude lippy in Ramune Pink

    eyes - MUFE eyeshadow primer, NARS Lhasa all over the lids, MAC Bloodline pigment for outer corners

    Lashes Shu Uemura Farfarlina

    Printed top from River Island

    I styled my damp hair with Bumble & Bumble styling lotion (for some volume and slight hold) and then used my GHF flat iron to straighten and smooth the hair.

    as seen on instagram

     

     

    That's all, and thanks for looking!

     

     

     

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    January 21, 2012

    Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian Eyeshadow [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

    Thanks to Hazel, I got my first Le Métier de Beauté eyeshadow in the shade Corinthian.   (I had previously ordered their Nordstroms anniversary nail polish set before) -- they are most famed for their beautiful Kaleidescope (kind of their version of eyeshadow palettes) but unless I have the chance to check these out in person, I shall stick to something small and safe.

    I soon realised, Corinthian is a pretty much raved shade of taupe eyeshadow.  It is very pigmented, and smooth.

    It retails for USD30 (gulps).

    Description from their website:

    A full range of complimentary and highly-blendable shades, used alone or in combination, to give radiant dimension to the eyes. Superior fine-pressed quality gives true buildable color—smooth together for subtle gradations or layer colors on, one atop another, in semi-translucent layers for a perfectly dimensional effect. Goes on perfectly even. Our quadruple milling process transforms pigments to luxurious weightlessness, strong coverage and their truest, most vibrant color.

     

    The packaging is along the lines of Giorgio Armani and NARS (think sleek minimal black boxes and chic font, and the rubbery packaging).


     




    A rather heavy swatch on my hand.

    It is a rather intensely metallic medium brown / taupe color, and another one of those all over the lids color for me.


    I decided to do a little comparison with my other eyeshadows.

    group shot of some pretty single eyeshadows which I didn't depot

    beautiful.  sighs.


    and some which I thought might be similar


    comparison swatches

    I am a little glad we don't have LMDB here in Singapore, or else, I might just go a little crazy over their stuff (in particular, their nail polishes).

     

    I hope this entry has been helpful (helpful = to remind you that we don't need 328093890238490 shades of 'taupe eyeshadows'? or helpful in stirring up some unknown lemmings for more things to add to your shopping list?)  Either way, thanks for looking!

     

    :)