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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

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Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

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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



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.

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I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.




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    April 20, 2014

    NEW Lancôme Lip Lovers: Lippies for Every Look, Every Occasion!

    Lancôme unveils the new must-have from the In Love range: Lip Lover.

    Following on from Rouge In Love, the ultra-addictive versatile lipstick, Gloss In Love, the brilliantly styled light-catcher lip gloss and Baume in Love, the phenomenally subtle moisturizing balm, Lip Lover is just the product trendsetters everywhere have been waiting for! An essential accessory for every occasion to bring out the personality of every look. Lip Lover is the perfect match for lips. Colour, shine and care all in one quite simply lip-changing!

    One of a kind, its hybrid formula combines refined colour effects, "made-to-measure" shine and lasting comfort... Lip Lover truly beautifies every smile with its infinitely adjustable shades that can be customised to suit every mood! Adorns lips with the je ne sais quoi that invites a kiss...
    All your lips need is love. 

    A declaration of love for pink

    Forget everything you thought you knew about pink... Lancôme reinvents the emblematic colour of femininity with its biggest ever palette of pinks specially created for lips: 18 feel-good shades divided into two colour families. 

    Basic Chic shades

    From pink-beige all the way to rosewood, a palette of delights built around the theme of pink! 10 fresh and delicate shades for a subtly lip-beautifying effect. From soft nudes to intensely pigmented shades, the Basics are resolutely Chic.
    For example? Casse-Noisette, a ballerina pink with all the grace of a dance step, Beige Adage, a light- infused flesh tone to match the pink in cheeks, or why not Corail Cabriole whose subtle orange accents serve to brighten every complexion... 

    Creative Chic shades

    A cascade of 8 resolutely pop shades to offer a daring twist to every look... A sparkling range infused with all the charm of coral, raspberry and deep purple, including a range of mouth- watering delights such as Pas de Prune, an intense magenta to electrify beauty, Rose Gracieuse, a radiant shade with ruby tints, Belle de Rouge, a vibrant shade for mischievous lips, or Bordeaux Tempo, a deep and utterly bewitching purple. 

    The star shades

    These Lip Lover range shades are simply indispensable. If you had to choose three essential, universal shades to keep all to yourself and at all times:

    Rose Attrape-cœur, a delicate peony pink guaranteed to win hearts.
    Framboise Étoile, a ripe raspberry shade, for delectably irresistible lips.
    And of course Lip Lover itself, a radiant fuchsia you can't help falling in love with... 

    Colour, Shine, Lipcare... The perfect alchemy

    The comfort of a balm. The refined colour of a lipstick. The shaping shine of a gloss. Lip Lover excels in all areas!

    Lip Lover has a trio of best assets:
    - Colour: infused with lipstick pigments, the shades melt into the intensity of lips' natural

    colour to truly reveal their beauty. Deep colours, without ever feathering.

    - Shine: "made-to-measure", subtle and re-plumping shine that can be built up and intensified layer by layer; a little, a lot or all the way! Its secret: an ultra-shiny, non-sticky silicone-infused oil allowing for a glide-on texture that smoothens out any irregularities on application. Fixed to the pigmented layer by adhesive polymers, the shiny film remains at the surface, protects colour and perfects it with a mirror-finish effect as well as preventing feathering.

    - Lipcare: emollient and moisturising agents make up no less than a third of the formula. The on-lip result is 8hr moisturisation and lips are nourished as well as instantly comforted thanks to this exceptionally soft and generously rich formula. A declaration of love for lips!

    A genuine innovation to leave lips flawlessly kissable: Lip Lover is equipped with an intelligent bi- phasic formula. Its emulsion separates on application so the pigmented phase can fuse with lips while the glossy film rises to the surface to sublimely coat lips...

    Lip Lover beautifies lips: 85%* A genuine lip-perfecter.

    Lip Lover does not dry lips out: 91%* Stays pleasant to wear for hours.

    Lip Lover offers an instant sensation of comfort on lips: 85%* So comfortable you instantly forget you're wearing it.

    Lip Lover creates intense, radiant colour on lips: 90%* Lips are dressed in intense and radiant colour.

    Lip Lover procures a truly shiny colour result: 91%* Its shine brings out the intense vibrancy of every shade. 

    An addictive fragrance

    Two shade families, accompanied by two brand new ultra-feminine fragrances...
    Lancôme swathes the Basic Chic shades in a delicate, romantic fragrance: fresh rose petals are made mouth-watering with a hint of vanilla and juicy raspberry. For the Creative Chic colours, a deliciously voluptuous composition: heart notes of opulent rose perfected by powdery iris and violet accents... Totally addictive! 

    The arrow applicator: from the lips straight to the heart    

    Flaunting clean lines and metal finishings and an irresistible click on closing...
    Lip Lover reinterprets the codes of the In Love line with a built-in transparent window meaning the shade within remains visible. To beautify lips in a single stroke, it is equipped with an innovative applicator that makes all the difference: thanks to its elongated arrow shape, curved profile and supple material, it precisely hugs lips' shape to better envelop them in flawless colour and even shine.

    All it takes is a stroke from one corner to the other and back to apply just the right amount of product. The arrow tip can then be used to perfect the corners and define the contours.
    Lips' new best friend, Lip Lover leaves lips utterly kissable. For even more boosted volume, dab a lighter shade over the centre of the lips using the applicator. So simple! 

    My Top Tips & Tricks:  Matching the Colors for every occasion! 

    Colours that I recommend for everyday use for work, school, etc... 
    These shades are easy to wear, you don't need a mirror and these shades add a fresh glow to your look without clashing with the rest of your makeup.  I would also recommend  these shades to balance out an intense eyelook.  

    314 Casse-Noisette: A warm beigey nude
    334 Corail Cabriole: A bright wearable coral - featured in this look below
    321 Rose Contre-temps:  A soft pink 

    What is a great Sunday shade?

    When it comes to Sunday makeup, some people prefer to keep it simple, some people want to dress up, whichever the case, I think that you can't go wrong with a pop of color on your face, especially if you are not going to do much on the eyes.  Here's my top picks for a Sunday shade - relaxed, colorful and just refreshing...

    My top picks:
    351 Pas de Prune: a slightly purpley pink that's still wearable (magenta) - featured in this look below
    336 Orange Manege: bright juicy orange 
    337 Lip Lover: bright neutral pink 

    Shades for glamorous night out

    For me, I like to bold lip to stand out when I am out at night.  Most people would go for the smokey eyes, and leave the lips almost bare, but I like to go for maximum impact (without looking like a clown of course..)  The great thing about the Lip Lovers is that there is sufficient pigmentation, you can build up the colors as you wish, and the glossy factor gives a more casual feel to the lips (as opposed to matte finishes).  You can wear these bolder shades as a stain - by blotting with a tissue just so lightly, so the color remains but most of the shine is taken away.  You can also concentrate most of the color in the centre of the lip, as I have shown in the first glamour look. It is really up to your preference. 

    My top picks for a glamorous night out: 

    the REDS:  353 Rose Gracieuse - featured in the first look
    356 Belle de Rouge
    362 Bordeaux Tempo - deep bewitching purple - featured in the second look

    Wearing the Lip Lover, with a slight ombre effect - the color more concentrated in the centre of the lips.

    I am wearing a soft smokey look in all these looks - which is my default look when I am wearing eye makeup, but it is really up to you how you want to match your eyelooks to your lip colors, there's no hard and fast rules, just go with your mood and pick a Lip Lover to suit yourself for the day! 

    With these Lip Lovers, looking effortlessly chic anytime of the day has been made super easy.  There are 18 shades, we are totally spoilt for choice.  I love the creamy smooth texture, the light floral scent, and that they have soft fine shimmer (but not at all shiny shimmery).  They last me a good 4 - 5 hours, leaving behind a satin stain.  

    I am glad to try out all the Lip Lovers, and I am still working through the complete set of swatches plus a couple more looks to share with you.  Hope you find these inspiration for looks and color picks useful.  

    Thanks for looking! 

    Lip Lover is available in 18 shades and will be sold at all Lancôme counters in Departmental Stores from mid- May 2014 onwards at $40. 

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    January 04, 2014

    YSL Spring 2014 Gloss Volupte [Photos & Swatches]

    YSL January 2014 

    Gloss Volupte 
    Invitation to a Kiss 

    YSL offers a new sensorial experience on the lips.  A revoluntionary gloss, a nectar of pure color that is not sticky and twice as creamy as a classic gloss.  It melts into an impalable film of extreme shine.  The innovate, patented applicator in the form of a kiss espouses the lips. Intuitive application for an irresistible invitation to lock lips. 

    Concealed in a precious jewel crowned in gold and belted by a silver band engraved with the legendary Cassandra Logo.  It unveils its colours in transparency and attracts the eye like a powerful magnet.  

    Four intensely sensual shades, true invitation to a kiss. 

    No1 Gold 
    No3 Rose Fusion - dazzling coral 
    No14 Rune Organdi - Dramatic black cherry
    No19 Rose Orfevre - tender pink 
    No49 Terriblement Fuchsia - vibrant fuchsia 

    Just quick look overall - 
    More details on this whole look will be posted in a separate entry. 

    The glosses are really nice and luxe, reminds me of  the Lancome Gloss in Love, but a tad less pigmented, but had more beautiful shimmer.  Overall, if you are a gloss fan, you need to check these out.   They feel very smooth and not sticky at all.  I also think that they make your lips look smoother.  The pink creamy one is a tad streaky, but the shimmery ones are truly outstanding. 

    Hope this has been helpful and thanks for looking!

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    November 22, 2013

    NARS x Guy Bourdin Collection: All the Cinematic Lipsticks [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi 

    Ever since I previewed the NARS x Guy Bourdin collection in this collection (click here) I knew I wanted all the lipsticks in this collection.  There were beautiful eyeshadows, polishes and blushes but the most outstanding items to me are the Cinematic lipsticks - they have brilliant color pigmentation in an intense creamy formula - and you get a gorgeous nude, classic red and the bright pink...every color family is covered in this 5 lipsticks. 

    Limited edition and created exclusively for the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection, Cinematic Lipstick delivers intense color saturation with a gorgeously glossy shine. Creamy and comfortable, featuring an innovative blend of lip conditioners and antioxidants known to hydrate, nourish and protect lips.

    I find these lipsticks quite long lasting and creamy.  They are so comfortable to wear and the colors are true to what you see in the tube.  I am glad that I got all of them, because I can see myself (and my sister) wearing all these lipsticks. 

    Goodbye Emmanuelle

    Hot pink

    Last Tango

    Dusty rose

    Future Red


    Short Circuit

    Fire coral

    Full Frontal

    Rose violet

    Everything in this LOTD will be listed in a separate entry: 

    I am thinking that I need backups for the reds.  

    Did you get any of these cinematic lipsticks?

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

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    October 16, 2013

    NEW MAQuillAGE True Rouge [Photos & Swatches]

    MAQuillAGE releases 4 new shades of True Rouge this fall season - from natural corals to wearable rosy reds.  The True Rouge have some of the most moisturising formula of lipsticks I have ever tried, and they never fail me when I want to go for natural rosy flushed lipcolors.  They are easy to apply and literally glides onto your lips to create moisturised smooth lips.
    While they might not be the most intense in terms of color range (all the colors are variants of your lips but better shades) you will not be sick of dressing up your lips in 20 enhancing shades.

    Product description: 
    Glamorous shine and color, rich moisture, with a true lasting finish.
    When they become all in one, it makes the ultimate, truly ideal rouge.

    A new collection of radiant rouge enhance your allure. With one touch, Red Pearl Natural Highlighter adds alluring beauty to your lips.

    Here's a close up - 

    Swatches on my hands - 

    OR380 Sweet Fresh - Peachy Orange

    PK381 Elegant Rose Pink 

    RD382 Warm Coral Red

    RD583 Lustrous Blush Plum Rose

    You can see how buttery creamy they are: 

    and on the lips: 

    And in this LOTD, I am wearing RD382 - a soft rosy shade that goes with any eyelook and is very flattering too.  These lippies last about 4 - 5 hours on me before they start to lose some of their lustrous shine.  Because of their buttery smooth formula, re-application is a breeze and total comfort. 

    Hope you find this entry helpful and thanks for looking! 

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    September 28, 2013

    NEW Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy CC Lipsticks

    [Available in Singapore 1 NOV 2013]
    retail price SG$43 




    With Rouge Ecstasy, the Giorgio Armani laboratories are pushing the boundaries of exceptional even further with the first “CC” lipstick, an incomparable skincare lipstick that combines high-impact colour with the ultimate comfort of a moisturising balm.

    Rouge Ecstasy, an intense care lipstick

    Rouge Ecstasy is a unique, multi-purpose lipstick. It offers the comfort and softness of a balm combined with exceptional colour intensity. This sensory, velvety soft, everyday lipstick coats the lips in saturated, ultra-luminous shades with impeccable hold.

    The lips are repaired and beautifully enhanced day after day, perfectly hydrated and adorned in fresh vibrant colours with a perfectly defined outline.

    The quintessence of a lipstick, balm and lip pencil.

    Rouge Ecstasy: unprecedented “CC” technology

    “Care” & “Colour”: a new innovative hybrid product that marks the birth of a new era in lipstick.
    Rouge Ecstasy offers a unique blend of moisturisers with the skincare properties of a balm  the Melting Cream Complex  combined with vibrant colours.

    Exceptional comfort, optimal hold and a fresh, intense, saturated and luminous colour spectrum.

    Moisturising, nourishing and emollient agents. 
    Smoothing, repairing and toning properties.
    A balm for impeccable performance.

    The Melting Cream Complex’s soft and even consistency creates a protective layer  a shield effect  on the surface of the lips, which prevents water from evaporating and locks inmoisture. This complex is an optimal balance of “creams” and shea butter (for a lip-repairing action).

    With more moisturisers than a conventional lipstick, the lips are hydrated and protected for six hours.

    The Melting Cream Complex also contains a water-attracting agent that captures external moisture to lock it in the cell tissue of the lips like a balm.

    From the fourth week, the lips are revived, healthier, smoother and firmer. They have never been so beautiful.

    Bare lips sensation and extreme softness 

    Rouge Ecstasy offers a luscious sensory experience with its extremely light formula. Application transforms into a gentle caress. The Melting Cream Complex melts on contact with the lips.

    Rouge Ecstasy delivers intense, infallible colour.
    The lips are protected, the colours bright: the Melting Cream Complex allows fewer pigments for the same colour intensity.

    Application is simple, precise and effective. The colour hugs the lips, creating a perfect, flawless outline. The texture stays put thanks to spherical powders that absorb oil leaving only the required amount on the lips. Your smile is enhanced for hours.

    Coloured light refraction: Kaleidoscope Pearls
     Luminous – Bright – Intense
    The Rouge Ecstasy formula: 

    The Armani laboratories’ patented technology,
    Kaleidoscope Pearls  a new generation of exclusive translucent and multi- faceted pearlisers  
    diffuse colour that is brighter than ever and constant coloured light.

    Through multidimensional refraction, the light on the surface of the lips changes the colours appearance.

    A bold accessory: Rouge Ecstasy 

    A sophisticated design, red lacquer, streamlined lines and an exclusive magnetic closure at a click.
    Rouge Ecstasy is an object of envy in a dazzling, all-red case.

    Red. Vibrant and elegant, the colour of passion. 
    The ultimate signature of the Rouge Ecstasy Woman. 

    Rouge Ecstasy reveals all the force of colour and ultra- femininity at a click.

    An Explosion of 12 Ecstatic Colours

    Giorgio Armani’s style naturally complements this new generation of “second-skin” effect lipsticks.
    All of the Rouge Ecstasy shades bear a name that evokes a particular memory or association for Mr Armani. Italy and Milan of course, East and West, Hollywood movie stars...

    Rouge Ecstasy is available in 36 luminous shades, a broad palette of intense and vibrant colours to enhance and satisfy every desire without exception.

    A new story is being written for an even more seductive appeal.

    Three expressions of colour seduction in 36 shades:
    (12 listed below will be available in SG)

    Incognito, a selection of second-skin beiges and browns. 

    100 Androgino
    508 Daybreak

    Fatal, bold and sophisticated reds and purples

    400 - Four Hundred
    401 -Hot

    Eccentrico, a collection of corals and pinks from the most pastel to the most eye-catching

    502 Scarlatto
    302 Tokyo
    303 Dragée
    504 Flesh
    505 Orchid
    506 Blush
    307 Tangerine
    509 Boudoir

    Wear Rouge Ecstasy on your lips and they will feel just as bare. It’s the Lip Colour for everyday wear. 

    [Available in Singapore 1 NOV 2013]
    retail price SG$43 

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    September 13, 2013

    Three Beautiful Shu Uemura Red Lipsticks!

    Shu Uemura launches new shades to their Rouge Unlimited range of lipsticks - and these are three beautiful RED lippies - the formula is the most buttery and creamy consistency among those I have tried out.  They aren't the most long-lasting granted, but application is a breeze because it is so smooth and creamy.  If you have been struggling with matte/ dry lipstick formula, and you want something that's super moisturising and yet packs in decent colour payoff, you will love the rouge unlimited. 

    These 3 red lipsticks belong to the 3 categories of red -

    a warm orangey red (Sweet Devil),
    true red (Lacquer Red)
    and finally a rosy cool toned red (Spiky Rose).  

    I will show you close ups and swatches in the rest of this entry. 

    lip swatches 

    red makes my camera/ lighting a little wonky, but I think you get a good idea of the comparison here
    my top pick is Sweet Devil Rouge!  
    It's such a beautiful orangey red without being TOO orangey and just tiny bit see through enough to for my lips to look like 'lips' if you  know what I mean... cos some orangey lippies can be very bright and neon, not exactly my preference - but my sister loves that sort of formula for her pigmented lips.  


    mostly shu uemura products on the face 
    no eyeshadows 
    clean strong brows 
    Lightbulb Foundation reviewed here
    Natural Volume lashes 

    Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking!

    Happy Weekend!

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    September 08, 2013

    NEW YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes [Photos & Swatches]

    It is not everyday that not one, but TEN brand new YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE GLOSSY STAIN REBEL NUDES land on your desk, all for my swatching and review pleasure.  

    I have also previously posted swatches & review of all the YSL Glossy Stains I own, in this entry here

    The Product Story: 


    A renewed promise of freshness, shine and hold.  With no undercoat and no sticky feeling.  An infusion of natural colour in a stroke, to vibrate and shine.  The radiant smile of a woman who refuses to compromise.  A battle between beige and boring. 

    2012 - Rouge Pur Couture Vernis begins to revolutionise lip makeup.  A shock signed Yves Saint Laurent.  A revelation.  Applied with a brush.  The lasting quality of a lipstain together wit the extreme shine of a gloss and the sophistication of a lipstick.  A texture even lighter than liquid silk.  Soft and shiny, fresh.  With the added value of supreme hold.  LIke a calligrapher, it meticulously defines lips with a perfect stroke of colour.  31 shades like a sublimely nuanced manifesto.  Day or night, no more taboos, no more compromises. 

    2013 - Act 2 of a major technological revolution.  For women who want to wear nude shades that are bolder, more radiant and vibrant than ever before, Yves Saint Laurent launches Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebal Nudes.  Luminescent lip colour thanks to an exclusive new formula.  

    Eight blinding nude shades, including Nude Provocateur, Violine Out of Control, Corail Mutin, Fuchsia Tomboy... because at YSL, nudes are never boring.  They are presented in a multiple variations of colour and light.  Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebel Nudes affirm, define and underline.  Colour becomes a luminous vibration, a wave loaded with all-new pearl pigments. 


    Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebel Nudes is an exceptionally innovative lip makeup.  Not only does it benefit from the Lifeproof Colour Emulsion technology, but it is also enriched with the latest asset, all-new pearl pigments, for unique coloured radiance and unprecedented luminosity. 

    The high-performance formula is paired with an equally revolutionary brush, concealed in the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebel Nudes bottle.  With its wide designm it ensures good retention of the product and even application in just one stroke.  The pointed tip maximises the precision of the lip's outline.  Its special, instantly recognisable slant charges up just the right amount of colour and makes application even more precise.  The polyamide bristles are set firmly in a smooth base.  With ample bristles that are very compact, the brush has a sponge effect, offering an even distribution of the colour. 

    SWATCHES & COLOR DESCRIPTIONS:  (I have also included matching YSL Lacque Couture shades for layering purposes)

    101 Nude Provocateur - sheer beige nude  (No22 Beige Leger)
    102 Corail Mutin - orangey coral, with slight golden sheen (No 21 Taupe Retro)
    103 Pink no Taboo - pinky coral (No 21 Taupe Retro)

    104 Fuchsia Tomboy - warm bright pink, with slight golden sheen (No 12 Rose Renaissance)
    105 Corail Hold On - quite similar to 102, but more peachy pink (No No 25 Rose Romantique)
    106 Beige Anarchist - warm sheer beige (No 12 Rose Renaissance)

    107 Naughty Mauve - Mauvey peachy pink, very unique with a golden sheen (No 22 Beige Leger)
    108 Violine Out of Control - pale violet, slightly sheer, very wearable purple (No 25 Rose Romantique)
    109 Fuchsia Fugitive - Reddish Pink with golden sheen 
    110 Reckless Pink - pale sheer pink with golden sheen 

    As with the YSL Glossy Stains, the Rebel Nudes also leave behind stains on your lips, making them long lasting. 
    And I tried to minimise the stain as I swatched all ten shades in one go.  Not easy, believe me. 

    And here are some pictures of the application process - really like how the brush moulds to my lips. 
    All the ten shades are on the sheer side, thought the reddish pinks are more pigmented. 
    The sheer nudes are great if you want a long lasting gloss/ sheen to your lips, and also to make your nude lipstick last longer.  I do find that applying this Rebel Nudes over my regular lipstick extends the wear time. 

    and a comparison of all the ten shades - note that the color payoff depends largely on your original lip color.  
    In close up pics, you can see the sheen on some of the shades, especially 107, 109, and 110.  

    My top picks are 104, 107, 109, 110. 

    Hope you find the swatches helpful and thanks for looking! 

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    September 06, 2013

    Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks [Swatches]

    Passed by Sephora at Great World City today, and I saw the new URBAN DECAY Revolution lipsticks on display.  These are so new, I don't think anyone has swatched them yet.  So... it's playtime for me!  

    The lipsticks retail for S$33 each, very affordable for the saturated creamy shades.  It seems like 12 of the 22 shades are available for our market here.  I didn't note the individual names of these shades though.  

    The packaging seems sturdy and sleek, and they also come with the matching shade of 24/7 lip-pencils (sold separately of course). 

    Swatches here:  I swiped each shade 2-3 times across the back of my hand.  The more vibrant reds tend to stain a tiny bit upon removal.  


    Will you be picking any of these up?

    Hope the swatches have been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    August 24, 2013

    Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited

    Hi hi!

    A while back, I attended a preview for the new Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited, and these glosses have a 3D shape-memory gel technology provides & maintain super high shine by 3D elastic gel network. 

    The glosses have a skin loving formula
      • moisture complex for nourishment & protection
      • botanical extract oil for moisture comfort

    The innovative applicator provides appropriate amount of bulk in one stroke with exceptional comfort & precision.

    I have 4 shades here to show you: 

    The applicator - which makes application a breeze! 

    the AT shades are actually the Artist shades - which are meant for layering and mixing to create and customise unique shades. 

    The glosses feel very smooth, and not too sticky. 
    I love this WN 20S shade, a berry wine, and it is simply gorgeous. 

    and a pink gloss (I had applied a little pink in the middle of my lips before I apply the gloss.  I used shu uemura's PK356) to create the ooooo OMBRE lips - well, I don't think the idea of ombre lips are any new...  I am sure lots of girls have done this before, and I don't really get what the whole 'trend' is all about, cos to me, it has been around all the time.

    I didn't swatch the other two shades on my lips, seeing as they won't show up much anyway.  But they are perfect for layering over your fave lipsticks.

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    August 08, 2013

    NARS Baiser de Feu Bold Lip Kit [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    This entry features a trio of NARS lipsticks - the Baiser de Feu bold lip kit - three lipsticks in the same colour family but different textures & formula.  I love it!  They are all wearable versions of a plummy pink.  My fave is probably the Velvet Matte lip pencil in Damned... followed by Damage which is my lips but better (rosier) shade.  Note that only Damage lipstick is full sized, while the other two are deluxe sized products. 

    The set also comes with a NARS tote bag which is not pictured, but if you follow me on IG, you would have seen it sometime back. 

    Quick swatches here:

    Lip swatches:

    COMO lip gloss contains fine golden shimmer bits.

    Wearing Damage lipstick in this LOTD 

    Hope this quick entry is helpful, and happy super long weekend! 

    Thanks for reading!