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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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    May 04, 2013

    YSL Summer Manicure with Vert D'Orient & Jade Imperial

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

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

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

    Loving this combo!

    What's on your nails recently?

    Thanks for looking!

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    April 21, 2013

    YSL Summer 2013: Marrakesh Sunset Palette [Swatches & LOTD]


    Hi hi

    This entry features YSL Summer 2013 collection - the Marrakesh Sunset Palette - it is a beautiful 5 colour eyeshadow palette. 

    "The new must have collector for Summer 2013. A stunning gold case with opulent Moroccan arabesque deesign. Motif engraved with golden satin contrasting against shiny golden reflects. Sublimed in bronze, gold and copper hues reflecting the rays of sunlight with a striking note of violet."

    When I first saw pictures of this palette online, I was captivated by the motif, and the combination of neutrals and violet colors, so I quickly did a look with the palette, using all the colours in it. 

    Here are some close up pictures of the palette: 

    And the palette itself:  all the shades are shimmery.

    1. a violet with blue and purple shimmer bits
    2. medium brown with golden shimmer
    3. peachy shade with light pink shimmer
    4. golden shade 
    5. and in the middle, pale pink toned champagne with silvery sparkles

    swatches - 

    The look - unlike Lindsay Wixson who is wearing the violet shade as the main lid colour, I used the violet as an accent shade on the lower eyelids.  I used the peachy and golden shades on the eyelids.  To give the eyelook more definition, I used the medium brown on the outer corners.  I used the champagne on the lower inner corner. 

    I like how the shimmer in the eyeshadows show up in the pictures, though I probably over-blended the colors on my upper lids.  But this is a look which I am most comfortable with, and would wear anytime. 

    This is not my first YSL 5 colour palette, and I find that the eyeshadows seem quite hard and dry - perhaps I am used to creamier powder eyeshadows (eg, Burberry, Inglot, Lorac, etc) - but I think that to make the YSL colours show up more on the eyes, you need to use a base, preferably a colored one, and really build up the colors to your desired intensity.  The Marrakesh palette is beautiful, and it offers neutal lovers a variety of shades, along with a pop of color.  It is certainly a collector's item if you are a YSL makeup fan, but I don't think the colors in the palette are very unique (quite dupeable, unlike some of their other palettes that have really unique & multi-dimensional shades).  

    * see the violet I have used under my lids, you can see the blue and purple shimmer bits yah? * 

    All products used:

    Face:

    YSL Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare brush (still loving this!), YSL Teint Eclat foundation (shade B20), Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder (shade 10), 

    Concealers:

    Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, YSL Touch Eclat (I mixed No 1 and No 2) under the eyes, set with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder (shade 02)

    Lips: YSL Glossy Stain No 12

    Cheeks: Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette (LOVE LOVE), Illamasqua Writhe bronzer (awesome for adding extra ormph to cheeks) 

    Eyes:
    Prime with NARS eyeshadow primer
    Use colored bases, on the eyelids Chanel illusion d'ombre in Emmerville, base for violet shade is MAC Pearlglide liner in Designer Purple
    YSL Marrakesh Palette 
    Liners - Heavy Rotation Black Liquid Liner (winged out slightly)
    Customised lashes
    Brows filled in with Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, and brushed with Shu Uemura brown manicure in Ash Brown

    Finally, set the face with NARS Light Reflecting pressed powder. 

    Here you can see how the darker brown adds definition to the outer corners of the eyes. 
    And you can also see the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette doing its magic on the face contours.  
    I usually dust the bronzing shade all over my forehead, and around the cheeks.  The highlighting shade in this palette is very wearable and gives my face a very noticeable glow. 

    I believe the YSL Summer 2013 Collection will be available next week.  Hope this review has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    February 28, 2013

    NEW Dior Addict Shimmer Vernis & Gel Coat [Photos & Information]

    Available at all Dior Counters, 1 April 2013. 

    4 new shimmer Dior Vernis and a Gel Coat, released with the new Dior Addict Gloss. (click here for more information)

    Let’s talk about nails!

    A new, addictive accessory joins the new Dior Addict Gloss, taking the magic down to your fingertips. Dior Vernis gets some "Shimmer" with 4, new, star shades inspired by the must-have gloss shades, Spring Ball, Princess, Diablotine and Délice.

    Wanted: Dior Gel Coat.

    Mirror Shine Manicure

    This visionary topcoat produces the perfect, ultra-shine finish of a professional style, gel-effect manicure. Smooth and elegantly curved, nails are lacquered with exceptional, long wear shine that dramatizes their glittering sparkle. 

    Available at all Dior Counters, from 1 April 2013. 

    Dior Vernis S$37

    Dior Gel Coat S$37

    I will have swatches of the polishes up soon!  Stay tuned!

    Thanks for looking!

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    February 28, 2013

    NEW Dior Addict Gloss [Photos, Information & Swatches]

    At all Dior Counters, 1 April 2013.

    “Colour is indispensable to beauty. Lipstick is a fashion accessory.”

    Colour. Every single colour. It was obvious to Christian Dior.
    In the creative backstage frenzy, Dior Addict is a declaration of love for fashion, and an electric whirlpool of colour.

    2013, new colour manifesto: Dior Addict Gloss is the new touch of shine and fashion. This creative, addictive accessory lets you have fun with the latest trends. Ultimate shine plays with different effects, turning heads and attracting attention. 

    With a burst of laughter and a slick of gloss, the Addict icon plays with her reflection; edgy, sparkling and casual. In front of the mirror, she has fun creating her own colour manifesto. It is a passionate and magical game that carries her into the glossy whirlpool of 24, new, totally fashionable shades. Texture effects, style effects, and amazing mirror-shine lips.

    An object of desire

    Style has been captured in a vibrantly colourful and dazzling bottle. Witness a magic, psychedelic merry-go-round of vivid and elegant shades. Dior Addict Gloss: a new weapon of seduction to delight the lips of every fashionista, and give an incredible energy boost to your look. Each colour has its own fashion effect, making it beautiful and unique, addictive, and as sexy as a pair of stilettos.

    A magic formula...

    ... provides lips with incredible shine and complete comfort. Its secret: the Mirror Shine Complex, an unrivalled procedure perfected by the Dior Research team.

    Polarised crystalline micro-particles organize light reflection by sliding beneath a layer of mini mirror plaques. Thanks to the way in which they rotate, these micro-particles ensure optimal light diffusion, creating the magic of a perfect mirror.

    The gel treatment formula, enriched with spheres of hyaluronic acid, plumps and hydrates for an even more intense, full-lipped effect.

    Lips are bathed in light and enjoy an almost indecent degree of comfort for an all-round colour explosion. Irresistibly attractive; this is a highly desirable pout.

    Color Party

    A staggering range of colours created by Tyen offers, to the nearest shade, a vibrant and spectacular "Color Party."

    Whether extravagant or demure, avant-garde or classical, daring or discreet, lips display a seductively fresh, pop look.

    24 shades. 3 special effects.

    A sparkling backstage “colorama”.
    -The Shimmer effect: a star effect that accentuates the mirror shine of Dior Addict Gloss with stylish, glittering appeal
    -The Pearly effect: extremely fine mother-of-pearl particles bathe the lips in a soft intensity -The Pure effect, like a shot of pigment; from the milkiest nudes to the most avant-garde lacquers.

    Glitter Fever

    The "Shimmer" shades
    A fun, sensual collection for lips that do as they please, both night and day. Meticulously dosed glitter is carefully chosen to match the gloss, for a spectacular shimmering effect. Stylish, tailored shine for your lips.
    The Dior Addict icon's fashion manifesto. 


    4 It Shades – 4 Stars    

    "Spring Ball": a cool, soft, nude shade is both delicate and light, with all the glamour of Monsieur Dior's cherished ball gowns. 

    "Princess": a bright, vivacious and joyous pink with all the mischievous elegance of a princess dressed by the Couturier. 

    "Délice": a vivid, racy coral winks suggestively, inducing desire like a voluptuous scent... 


    " D i a b l o t i n e
    ": This strong colour insolently displays the sensual red of a fiery temptress, or, of a Trafalgar dress, straight out of a Dior show. 

    Fashion-Mixer

    Mix and match: new possibilities abound to make your look more sophisticated and to accessorize your style.

    4 shades of Dior Addict Lipstick and 4, more sophisticated shades of Dior Addict Extrême, are recreating the 4 "it-shades" of Dior Addict Gloss. 


    With a subtle glimmer thanks to their texture blended with fine, mother of pearl particles, these shades deliver delicate colour and delicious volume. Shine is present yet acquires a patina in this sensual blend. In hues of chic beige, tender pink and fresh orange, this delicate spectrum provides softness.

    Pur Manifesto

    The "Pure" shades

    Play with light and vary the shine effect with a wardrobe of finishes. Bright red becomes a translucent cordial; pinkish- beige charms with a milky effect, and bright pink dazzles with a vinyl lacquer finish.
    Voluptuous, full lips for an iconic French kiss. 

     

     ***************

    Yesterday, we had the chance to preview the new Dior Addict Gloss, and the makeup artist was on hand to demonstrate the mix-and-match lip combination - using complimentary shades, you can create a more dimensional and interesting lipstick look, and nothing crazy like a color-block look..it's more like a subtle ombre effect.  Definitely something to try out. 

    Hope this sharing has been helpful! 

    There will also be 4 nailpolishes released to match the 4 IT shades, click here for more photos & information!

    At all Dior Counters, 1 April 2013.  
    Dior Addict Gloss S$44 each

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    February 23, 2013

    NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers: Information & Review

    Hi hi

    This will be a review of the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers - which will be available here in March at the NARS Store at Tangs Orchard.  It will retail for S$42.  We have a total of 5 shades launched here, but before I go on about the shades,

    here's the product information:

    Ideal for all skin types, the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer boasts a luxuriously smooth texture enriched with hydrating skin care benefits.  When applied to camouflage darkness under the eyes and reduce the appearance of redness and skin imperfections, the multi-action formula provides medium to high buildable coverage in a natural, radiant finish with long-lasting results. 

    A single stroke keeps complexion looking fresh and creaseless all day - going on smoothly and blending easily.  Light diffusing technology blurs imperfections and fine lines, and evens skin tone without masking skin's natural color. 

    Skin glows with new radiance over or under foundation - and looks beautiful even when bare.  Perfect as a complement to Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++ or layered with Sheer Matte and Sheer Glow Foundation. 

    Crease proof - Long Wear - Non Comedogneic.  
    Dermatologist tested.  Paraben Free, Alcohol Free, and Fragrance Free. 

    Shades from lightest to darkest:

    Chantilly - Light 01 
    True Ivory shade for fairest complexion 

    Vanilla - Light 02  ** This is my shade ** 
    Tiny cast of pink for the fair complexion 

    Honey - Light 03
    Warm peach undertone for light to medium complexion

    Custard - Medium 01 
    Yellow understone for light to medium complexion 

    Ginger - Medium 02 
    Golden undertone for medium complexion 

    (Cafe makeup has swatches of ALL the 10 shades available at narscosmetics.com on her blog)

    Product close ups: 

    The wand applicator is long, and picks up enough product (for me at least) with just one single dip. 

    How I apply it:

    I dotted the concealer (after my foundation) on areas where I need to cover, note that I don't have particularly dark eye circles or anything, so I am only using a bit of the concealer to brighten up the area, not so much to cover any darkness.  I am mentioning this because I can't comment for myself how good it is at concealing under the eyes.  But I can tell you it is excellent for covering spots.  

    Do check out Sarah's awesome review on the NARS concealer - she loves it for undereye concealing. 

    After dotting the areas, I usually use my foundation brush to blend it into my skin - this is the fastest way, but if I want to be really precise about it, I would use my fingers, or a tiny fine brush to really 'photoshop' away the spots I want to cover. 

    I find that the concealer also works well over powdered skin - there are times when I want to touch up after I have already applied my bronzer/ blush, and I just dot a little over a spot, and it blends smoothly too. \

    The concealer is able to cover redness and dark spots, and never looks cakey at all.  

    The concealer offers maximum coverage, and is very creamy.  It dries and settles to a powdery/velvety smooth finish, not cakey at all.  
    For comparisons to my other fave concealers - this is creamier than the Laura Mercier secret camouflage (same amount of coverage), feels like the cle de peau stick concealer (same coverage and finish, but in a creamy liquid formula).  It also reminds me of the DiorSnow White Reveal Instant Spot concealer - but at almost half the price.  Actually among these other concealers I have mentioned, the NARS one has the lowest price point - which is a good thing!  I love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - and really highly recommend it. 

    After concealing - but I have not set my face with powder yet.  Please note that I usually only use concealers AFTER my foundation because I find that way, I use less product - the overall skin is already even out, and I only use a concealer to touch up little areas. 

    Here's a comparison of the other shades of the concealers - but again, i would like to point you to Cafe Makeup's complete swatches - color accurate and she has the full 10 shades featured. 

    There is quite buzz going on about the new NARS concealers - just like their setting powders - and I can see why, the quality and formula of these products are truly impressive.   

    I feel like doing a NARS base feature entry soon and test out this routine, since I think I have the 'complete' NARS routine in my collection (maybe except the primer).
    NARS Sheer Glow, Loose Powder, Concealer, Finishing Powder --- there you have it!

    I hope this entry has been useful and thank you for reading!

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    February 16, 2013

    NARS Spring 2013 Runway to Reality: A Counter Party at Tangs [Details]

    Hi everyone!

    Sharing with you details of the NARS SS2013 counter party happening at Tangs Orchard.  You will get to play with NARS makeup, check out their SS2013 collection, and learn lots of runaway looks and trends at this event! 

    Counter Party Details:

    Timing 

    28 Feb 2013, 7pm
    or 
    1 Mar 2013, 7pm 

    RSVP   event@narscosmetics.com.sg

    Fees S$30 for one participant,  S$50 for two.  

    Thank you!

    ** Fully Redeemed ** 
    Let me know if you are keen by dropping a comment below, I have slots for 5 readers to experience a one to one exclusive makeover by the NARS Makeup Artists at Tangs Orchard, whereby you will get to experience the SS2013 runway looks on yourself, and learn how to make the trendy runway looks wearable. 

    Here are the details, and what you need to do:

    Timing

    30-45 minutes each session, from 21 - 24 Feb 2013

    Place

    NARS boutique, Tangs Orchard


    There will be a counter party that weekend, but you will get to experience this exclusive makeover before everyone else.  :)

    Please leave your name and email below, so I can help you with the RSVP!  

    Thanks!

    Filed in: SS2013, NARS | Tagged with: SS2013, nars
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    February 12, 2013

    Clé de Peau Beauté SS2013: Eye Color Quad in 209 Sapphire [Swatches & LOTD]

    Hi!

    This entry features the brand new cle de peau Eye Color Quad released with their SS2013 collection.  The palette 209 Sapphire contains 4 shades, 3 of them are rich earthen hues, and rich deep Sapphire shade to create chic and elegant eyelooks. 

    The palette and the casing are sold separately - the case comes with two applicators, a mirror and a pouch.  You pop the palette itself into the case, or you can also just pop the palettes into larger palettes that you already have.

    For photos and swatches of the other Eye Color Quad 210 Aquamarine, click on this entry here.

    Here's a closer look at the palette - cle de peau eyeshadows are very soft and contain skincare benefits to achieve delicate depth and refinement. 
    There is a slight overspray of the cle de peau logo on the eyeshadows - but they rub off after the first use and don't actually offer any color payoff during application. 

    A closer look at the colors: 

    Swatches: 

    And the overall look - I tried to recreate the look that the cle de peau makeup artist did on me during the makeover - though I did make the look way more intense myself.  It is just much easier to slap on the colors on yourself than on someone else, in my opinion, simply because I know how much I need to make my eyes pop.  

    I love how the paler shimmering shades in this palette serve to accentuate the eyes, and contrast with the blue to really add dimension to the eyes. 

    Colors I used:

    1. Apply the palest champage shade on the brow bone. 

    2. Apply the medium brown shade on the lids up to the crease.

    3. Define the eyes with a dark blue eyepencil (I used Burberry Midnight Blue eye pencil), and go over this line with the Sapphire blue eyeshadow, I also smudge the line and make it look thicker. 

    4. Do the same for the blue on the lower lids, going in all the way to halfway of each eye. 

    5. On the inner corners, and just under the blue, dabbed the pale champage shade to give the eyes a pop, and more 3D looking. 

    Finish up with mascara and/or falsies. 

    Here's the overall look againg - it is something which I have been enjoying, a natural eyelook with a colored liner.  

    All products used: 

    Face - Rachel K CC Cream Fair, cle de peau Brightening Powder Foundation (NEW), cle de peau Concealer

    Cheeks - cle de peau blush color from their Voyage Palette (a peachy pink shade) * swatches & photos here, Shiseido Bronzer 02 to contour

    Lips - cle de peau Lip Luminizer 221 Sweet Nougat 

    Eyes - NARS Primer, cle de peau Eye Color Quad in 209 Sapphire

    Liner & Lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarllina, Burberry Midnight Blue pencil liner

    Overall, a very sophisticated take on neutrals and colors.  The palette really calls to mind the beautiful shades of the Mediterranean, very summery. Definitely enjoyed using the palette to create this look.   Do check out the collection which is already available at all cle de peau counters.  :) 

    Hope you enjoyed this entry! 


    Thanks for reading!

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    February 11, 2013

    Clé de Peau Beauté SS2013: Eye Color Quad in 210 Aquamarine [Swatches & LOTD]

    Hi!

    This entry features the brand new cle de peau Eye Color Quad released with their SS2013 collection.  The palette 210 Aquamarine contains 4 shades, 3 of them are rich earthen hues, and an aquamarine blue. 

    For my review on the 209 Sapphire palette - click on this entry here.

    The palette and the casing are sold separately - the case comes with two applicators, a mirror and a pouch.  You pop the palette itself into the case, or you can also just pop the palettes into larger palettes that you already have. 

    Here's a closer look at the palette - cle de peau eyeshadows are very soft and contain skincare benefits to achieve delicate depth and refinement. 
    There is a slight overspray of the cle de peau logo on the eyeshadows - but they rub off after the first use and don't actually offer any color payoff during application. 

    In my LOTD, I used the following shades:

    1. Apply blue all over my lids. 

    2. Apply the deepest brown on the outer corner - I wanted to give my eyes more definition other than just the blue on my lids, and also elongate the shape of my eyes.  

    3. Apply the shimmering brown on the lower lids, and the gold shade closer to the inner corners of the eyes.

    Overall, a very simple look which is made more interesting with the use of the aquamarine shade on the lids.  The eyeshadows are very soft, and easy to blend.  They are also easy to build up if you prefer more color intensity. 

    Here you can see the shimmers of the eyeshadow, they are very pretty, and go on the eyes very smoothly. 

    Here's the overall look. 
    I couldn't find a good picture of the eye closeup though. 

    I like the use of the brown shade on the outer corner of my eyes, it is done more 'far out' than I normally do,
    and I think it serves to really give the illusion of deeper and longer eyeshape.  

    and the pop of blue on the lids. 

    All products used: 

    Face - Rachel K CC Cream Fair, cle de peau Brightening Powder Foundation (NEW), cle de peau Concealer

    Cheeks - cle de peau blush color from their Voyage Palette (a peachy pink shade) * swatches & photos here, Shiseido Bronzer 02 to contour

    Lips - cle de peau Lip Luminizer 221 Sweet Nougat 

    Eyes - NARS Primer, cle de peau Eye Color Quad in 210 Aquamarine

    Liner & Lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarllina, NARS Larger than Life stylo liner (black) 

    Overall, the palette offers neutral loves a little variety in the inclusion of the aquamarine blue - and if you like a cooler toned blue, stay tuned for my next entry on the next palette in the collection.   Do check out the collection which is already available at all cle de peau counters.  :) 

    Hope you enjoyed this entry! 


    Thanks for reading!

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    February 10, 2013

    Clé de Peau Beauté SS2013: Enriched Lip Luminizer 221 Sweet Nougat [Photos & Swatches]

    Overflowing with intense light and moisture, lips speak with dramatic allure.

    3 limited edition released with Clé de Peau Beauté SS2013 makeup collection, the enriched lip luminizers are bathed in luxurious luster, and lips become fuller and more stunning with each use.  Inspired by the Meditterranean, these new shades are sumptuously textured and brilliantly radiant to spotlight your lips this season. 

    Click on the Clé de Peau Beauté website to see more information on their SS2013 collection.

    and this video of the collection inspiration, fronted by Amanda Seyfried. 

    (descriptions my own) 

    221 Sweet Nougat - natural rosy blush 

    222 Sugar Candy - natural peach

    223 Raspberry Ripple - natural pink 

    Swatches I took of all three in store: 

    Packaging - the lip luminizers, refillable,  come in a separate casing/body, which you 'pop' the lipstick into.  They are not retractable though, so when you twist the product out, be sure to not to 'overtwist' - I find the click sounds very useful to gauge the amount needed, often for me 2 'clicks' are sufficient each use. 

    Swatches of 221 Sweet Nougat - it is a my lips by but better shade - I love the texture of the cle de peau lip luminizers, they are extremely creamy and luxurious to wear on your lips, so indulgent, and the sleek packaging just makes touching up a totally chic affair. 

    On my lips - it seems to look a little lighter, but it could be due to the artificial lighting - but you can see how soft and creamy the lipstick is.  

    and overall, on the face 

    everything all I used are from cle de peau, complete makeup breakdown will be available in later entries.  Stay tuned! 

    The cle de peau lip luminizers retail for slightly over S$100 each, quite pricey in my opinion, however, if you want to splurge on a very luxe and quality lip product, you won't be disappointed with these. 

    Hope this is helpful, and thank you for reading!

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    February 09, 2013

    Clé de Peau Beauté SS2013: Luminizing Face Enhancer 13 Sand Beige [Photos & Swatches]

    Beautiful, ever changing light dances across your face.  Light so fascinating, you're captivating at any angle.  With just one application, Illuminating Beads manipulate light and infuse skin with breathtaking radiance. 

    Clé de Peau Beauté launches a new Luminizing Face Enhancer in 13 Sand Beige - awash in the light of the Mediterranean, two skin-kissed shades in sandy beige and gold give skin a healthy glow. 

    The packing of the Luminizing Face Enhancer is just super sleek and chic.  Shiny metallic faceted casing opens to reveal the powder, which is glistening with golden particles, and contains shades of golden browns and beiges. 

    Close up of the elegant compact:

    There is a little overspray of the golden particles.  The powder itself is very smooth and ultra finely milled.  I love the combination of  the browns and the peachy beige shades.  There is also a subtle scent of the signature CPB products.  It comes with a handy little brush if you wish to use it on the go, but I would use a powder brush to apply this product. 

    During my CPB makeover with their SS2013 collection, the MA applied  this powder under my eyes, on my nose as well as at the top of my cheeks to brighten my whole face.  It was very shimmering, but overall, I didn't look like a disco ball.  I wouldn't apply it under my eyes personally though.  The shade is highlighting enough, and also offers just the right amount of color for me to add a little bit of color to my cheeks. 

    The overspray shimmer bits are mostly gone after I swatched the compact.  Here you can see how velvety soft the powder is. 

    Swatches on my hand - it is a very soft glow and not as shiny as it looks in the pan. 

    Here's how it looks like on my face - I dusted the Luminizing Face Enhancer at the top of my cheeks. 

    Everything else on my face is also Clé de Peau Beauté - full breakdown will be available in a later entry. 

    The Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer retails for S$140 and available at all CPB counters (Takashimaya and Tangs Orchard). 

    Hope this entry has been useful, thanks for looking!