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January 10, 2015
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Chanel Spring 2015: La Romanesque, Tenderly & Desirio

Before I start, I want to thank everyone for your lovely comments and feedback to my 2014 round up entry!  It is so heartwarming to have readers who have read my blog for ages to take the time to leave your comments, in a way, it's kinda like keeping up with an old friend - something familiar and relatable.... and I really thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I guess that's why I feel like my blogging mojo is back today, and I managed to post quite a few entries up.  I really can't be updating during the week, and I really hate to schedule blog entries... so I will just post everything whenever I am done with composing them.  Hope you have enjoyed the spate of new entries!

I picked up three items from the recent Chanel Spring 2015 makeup collection.  The first item that really caught my attention is the Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque.  It looks a bit blah in the tube and in my pictures it look even more blah, kinda like a dull pink/ almost even orangey in certain lighting. On the model in the ad campaign though, it is a vibrant shade of deep rosy pink. Once applied it is a beautiful rosy purpley pink.  The color is deep but yet velvety soft.. and I really love the Rouge Allure Velvet formula.  This is no exception, so I had to get this.  

I also got the polishes in Tenderly and Desirio.. but I won't be swatching them for the blog (partly cos I am sporting some gelish nails too..so I can't take proper nail polish swatches) but I did try them at the counter - Desirio is a rich creamy pink that is very similar to La Romanesque while Tenderly would take 2 coats or even 3 thin coats to look nice and even.  The Camelia blush thing that came with this collection is beautiful, but I didn't feel the urge to haul it.. partly cos it seems to blend into nothing on my skintone... and it look kinda like too dusty for my liking.  Perhaps if it is in a warmer peachy shade I might have been more suckered.  

A close up pic:

on the rest of my face, I am using 

base - Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, set with Izu loose powder
cheeks - RIMMEL LONDON Santa Rose blush
lips - Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque
eyes - MAKEUP STORE Spirit
brows - Innisfree Eco Gel eyebrow 
liners - MAC Fluidline Eye pencil in Black Brilliance

Note that the foundation actually takes some time to set into a more flawless finish that diffuses the look of my pores. Loving this foundation more and more.  Long lasting and nice natural finish. 

I really love the lippie, and I can't wait to try out the polishes!

Hope you find this entry helpful and thank you for reading! 

August 06, 2014
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NARS Audacious Lipsticks, Fall 2014 Collection & Coming to Sephora!

NARS will be releasing a brand new collection of lipsticks, called the Audacious lipsticks - and I am super excited for this launch, because after all the brand started out with a core collection of lipsticks, and more importantly, NARS makes some of my all time fave lippies... The new Audacious formula is creamy, intense and uber chic - housed in a sleek metal casing and the lipstick bullet itself swirls upwards (instead of the usual 360 degree turn upwards - you got to use it to know what I mean).  I had the chance to play with the lippies a few weeks ago, and hmmm let's just say I am glad these are permanent, because my shopping list might be getting a tad out of hand! 

Here's the official information on the lipsticks: 

NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars launched his namesake brand with a collection of 12 unforgettable lipsticks. Now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, NARS pays tribute to its beginnings with the launch of The Audacious Lipstick Collection: lipsticks so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is absolutely audacious.

The innovative, pigment-rich formula delivers an intense, full-coverage finish in a single stroke, while nutrient rich ingredients are known to smooth, moisturize and volumize. The 40-shade collection features a full range of provocative hues from neutral nudes to striking reds and bold pinks.

Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure, the specially designed sculpted bullet is embossed with the NARS logo.

and naturally I gravitate towards the reds and nudes - all the lipsticks are named after women... you might find some familiar names in there! 

Here are swatches of a few that caught my eyes - one swipe, intense payoff... LOVE LOVE LOVE! 

And if you are shopping for Fall 2014 makeup collections, the next section would be useful - swatches of the goodies in this collection.   There is also a collection of Night Series eyeliners (black with various color glitters - and these have super intense colors and long lasting wear). 

A bold, yet tender palette, dramatic enough to seduce the darkest hour – NARS Cosmetics introduces the captivating scene of the Fall 2014 Color Collection and the new Night Series Eyeliners.

Eyes shine in amethyst and quartz shadows while intense black liners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl provide intriguing depth. Lips smolder in warm reds and cheeks are softened with a wash of glistening pink.

The Night Series eyeliners glide on smooth with ultra-saturated color in a single swipe while luminous micro-pearls set in jet black color light up the night.

The unnamed swatch in the pic below is Matte Multiple in Mauritanie

and in the last bit of good news, NARS will also be launching at Sephora Singapore this coming mid-September! This means that all the sephora exclusives NARS sets including these ones below, will be available! 

Lots of new stuff happening, so do stay tuned!  

That's all, and thanks for reading!!

August 03, 2014
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NARS x Philip Lim 3.1 Nail Polish Collection & New NARS Nail Polishes

Hi hi!!

A couple of weeks back, I previewed a few up coming NARS collections, among them the newly formulated Nail Polish collection - which will replace their current range.  The new polishes have the same creamy opaque formula, but with improved brush applicator, and the cap actually 'detaches' much like the Chanel and Dior ones.  You will also be happy to know that most of the permanent shades are brought forward into the new range, with 19 new shades that really complete the color variety of the new one - think mint green, sky blue, shades of nudes which weren't previously seen. 

And while we are on the topic of NARS polishes, we will also be getting the new Philip Lim 3.1 collaboration - a limited edition series of 6 or 7 shades which are rich and intense, from the milky creamy white of Anarchy to the rich jewel tones.  These colors are very fall appropriate - and if you like dark polishes, you will love these shades. 

a happy group pic - and you can see in the corner there, the new brush applicator that's slightly paddle shaped for a more precise and handy application. 

Here are some bits of official information before we get into some swatching & playing:

NARS x Philip Lim 3.1 Collection

Effortless elegance. Phillip Lim articulates his signature style with a limited edition nail collection inspired by colors that exist in shadows.  Rich jewel tones and contrasting nudes evoke the modern mood of the season.  

Shutter - Deep Green
Crossroads - Deep Violet
Arnachy - Alabaster 

ICONIC COLOR. NAILED.

Swatches of the three shades mentioned above: 

All swatches are shown with a base coat, and 2 coats of color - the formula on these shades are equally creamy and intense, almost a one coater, but two coats would give you a true opaque application.  For Crossroads and Shutter - they apply much darker than shown in the bottle, and look almost black.  I would say you don't need both (there's also a rich chocolate in this collection that also borders on almost black).    But if you love all the blackish dark shades, these would surely call out to you.  
Anarchy is a very classy white that isn't pure white (like Chanel's Eastern Light) it is creamy buttermilk kind of white.  The formula is thick and creamy and two coats give you a very opaque payoff without any streaks. 

and next, we have the permanent shades - 

Knockout color. Genius formula. Introducing the new NARS Nail Polish, formulated for nothing less than pure color perfection. Wildly chic, this brilliantly curated palette of extended wear enamels features a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts.

Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

The comprehensive 43-shade collection includes 19 new shades and 24 fan favorites for a full range of lacquered looks. Base and Top Coats complete the chip-defying, color-enhancing trifecta for an iconic nail look with serious staying power.

  • Arabesque Sheer pink with pink glitter
  • Fearless Bright pink violet
  • Kalymnos Lilac

Swatches - again, shown with a base coat, and 2 coats of color, though I applied 3 coats for Arabesque. 

Arabesque looks great on its own when you want something different - this is already in their current/ old collection - the glitter bits are quite densely packed, so 3 coats give you a healthy pink flush as the base and some serious bling bling. 

Fearless is a beautiful vibrant purple pink.  I love this shade - I don't normally reach for bright pinks on my nails, but when I wore this shade, I kept it on for 4 - 5 days (I usually get sick of the same color after 24 hours.... hence my nails are usually no painted, or I just switch colors every other day) - and after 5 days, there was barely any tip wear. 

Kalymnos is a lilac purple with the most subtle silver sheen.  Two coats give you full color payoff.  
Both Fearless & Kalymnos are part of the 19 new shade additions to the nail polish collection. 

And here's a round up of the swatches: 

That's all I have for this entry - still trying to get back into the swing of regular blogging, but failing miserably as you can see... I am sorry (again) and for those of you who are still following me, thank you so so much... and I promise I will be back whenever I have exciting stuff to review and share with you! 

Happy Sunday!

January 04, 2014
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YSL Spring 2014 [Photos, Information & Swatches]

Sharing with you the goodies I got from the YSL Spring 2014 collection.  Currently available (but mostly sold out, boo!)

YSL SPRING 2014 January

Collector Palettes 
Flower Crush

Iconic accessories of the Spring Look 2013, YSL creates two new collector palettes in a sublime case to give the eyes and complexion a glorious spring touch. 
Exquisitely engraved.  Matte contrasting with the shiny gold compact, their graphic motifs project all the energy of a floral whirlwind, softended by the delicacy of their flowery shades.

Pivoine Crush Palette
Blooming eyes 

"A vibrant harmony, the mixed hues of peonies, like an explosion of luminous colours.  The shades of Palette Ombres 5 Lumieres Pivoine Crush are like precious extracts of a bouquet for the eyes."

Shadows, lights, pure colours.  Five couture shades and endless possiblities to be the artist of your own eyes.  Tones of fucshia pink, coral and black cherry to colour and play with contrasts.  A pearly champagnge shade to highlight and give spring freshness.

The packaging is stunning.  The blush itself is smooth and I feel that much better quality to the regular YSL powder blushes.  It adds a slight tinge of color to my cheeks, and if you are any darker, this blush will only work as a highlighter for you.  On me, it's very peachy and very very natural.  Overall, a lovely cheek powder. 

Rosy Blush Palette 
Petal Cheeks

"The very lightly coloured nude blush creates fresh radiance and subtly sculpts the cheekbones with powdery light-catching pearls.  Like an explosion of roses that light up the complexion with soft freshness."

Like a precious, stylized petal, the marbled motif of the Rosy Blush Palette entwines two shades of pink that play on contrasts between matte and iridescence.  A blush and a highlighter, this nude pairing is perfect to highlight the cheeks, brighten the complexion and illuminate prominet and shadowy areas.  The innovative creamy-powdery texture blends in leaving an indefinitely satiny and subtle veil on the skin.  Sinfully radiant.

I don't think this is a coral - but it is a very pretty pale pink that's not stark at all.  Very wearable and smooth formula. 

Four New Shades of Rouge Volupte 
Pure colour - Caressing comfort

The radiant, intense shades of Rouge Volupte adorn the lips with a veil of pure colour infused in the texture of a silky balm that plumps, nourishes and beautifies the lips.  

For the Spring 2014, it blossoms with 4 new, delightfully potent shades - 
NO31 - Fuchsia Tourbillon (rose, more than a little)
NO32 - Corail Jalouse (coral, to excess)
NO33 - Rose Neilia (poppy, passionately)
NO34 - Rose Asarine (red, to distraction)

And a couple of other new goodies:

Rouge Pablo - a one coater.  This is a red that's muted with a slight tinge of pink.  

I have done a look with these products.  Can't wait to share.  Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

November 16, 2013
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Dior Holiday 2013: Diorific Vernis in 995 Minuit & 128 Winter [Swatches & Comparisons]

Hi hi!!

Taking advantage of my relatively neat looking nails/ fingers at the moment to swatch a bunch of polishes which have been sitting in my stash for a few weeks.  I feel like I am soooo behind in my updates.

Here, we have the Diorific vernis from Dior Holidays 2013.  Both are beautiful, and contain mainly golden multi color shimmer bits in the polishes. 

Minuit is a blackened red, while Winter is a sheer pearlised white.  Both contain the shimmer bits that add dimension to the overall shade.  I think that Winter is great as a topcoat over light color polishes like pink, or white, though in this set of swatches, I layered over Minuit.  The bonus for Winter?  Despite its sheerness, it layered to 3 coats without any streaking/ visible brush strokes. 

Minuit is opaque in two coats, and it lasts me a good 5 days without chipping. 

Swatches & comparisons here:


Comparisons to two Chanel polishes that came to my mind, but they are not the same at all. 

Taboo has an inky purple base, while Malice is smooth and redder.

Have you picked up any of the Diorific vernis?

Thanks for looking!

November 10, 2013
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Three Burberry Nail Polishes [Photos & Swatches]

Hihi!

I got myself some Burberry polishes over this weekend... and these have just been launched at their Tangs store.  They retail for S$30 each for 8ml of product (as opposed to the usual 10-13ml that Dior/ Chanel polishes hold for around $38).  

As expected, the Burberry range carries an extensive variety of neutrals from sandy nudes to ashy pinks.  There are also several shades of grey (warm, cool, shimmer and pale ones) and also an impressive stash of reds. 

I picked 2 reds and one warm nude.  I wanted a dark metallic (metallic khaki) but the BA made a mistake and didn't include it in my purchase (which is by now, Out of Stock!!) 

Here are some pictures of the bottles/ packaging:

The bottle - super sleek and luxe with the heavy outer cap bearing the trademark Burberry beauty checks. 

The brush is thick but flat making it perfect for me to paint my nails super neatly.

Pardon the red stains around my cuticles, this is what happened when I swatched too many reds in a row. 

Mink is a warm nude that's creamy and opaque.  Some of the  nude shades are a little sheer and streaky, so I went for this.  It looks a little like Deborah Lipmann's Waking up in Vegas. 

And next is Burberry Poppy Red - a bright classic red.  A little like Marc Jacobs' Lola but less bright. 
I love this color.

And lastly, my fave of all, Oxblood.  It is not too dark, just a deeper red.  See how I am able to paint super neatly at the base?  This is all due to the brush. 

And here are some pictures I took at the counter - 

and a quick swatch of all the shades on a tape - 

Hope you find this helpful!

Thanks for reading!

November 10, 2013
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Three Marc Jacobs Nail Polishes [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!

My foray into Marc Jacobs beauty starts with the nail polishes... beautiful bottled and very hefty in weight.  I picked 3 colors, two reds and a nudey neutral.  Marc Jacobs beauty is not available here yet, managed to get these through my friend Pearl.   I can't remember how much these are already, but the prices are comparable to other higher end makeup brands here. 

I have been enjoying the reds, obviously.  They last about 5 days without chipping (but SERIOUSLY... I never wear the same color more than 3 days.  Longetivity of polishes has never been an issue for me - I am all about the color and formula).

I regretted not picking up any lippies...and if I have the chance, I would want some of the beautiful lipsticks - they look and feel really luxe.  

Some arty posey pictures of the polishes: 

Delphine is a creamy milo color...not particularly unique. 

The reds are just amazing... starting with:

Lola is a BRILLIANT bright red that screams almost neon in this set of pictures.  It is opaque and solid in one coat.  

And Jezebel - a deep red, again, fantastic formula. 

Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking! 

September 21, 2013
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Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic & Magic [Swatches & Comparisons]


A while back, I bought this pair of Chanel polishes from their 
Fashion's Night Out 2013 (CHANEL Fall 2013 Nuit Magique) collection.   A beautiful pair of sparkling soft black & deep creamy navy blue shades...not that they are super unique, but I have collected all the FNO chanel sets since 2010... so I guess I can't pass this up. 

A closer look:

Cosmic is a soft black, super glossy and contains glassy silvery shimmer bits. 

Magic is a deep one coater navy blue which has a slight tinge of green

swatches

this is 3 coats of Cosmic - I think this is going to be my fave black. 

just a quick comparison to Chanel Blue Rebel - I would say that they are 95% similar, indeed, if you just look at both shades, they are identical... but Blue Rebel is 'blue-r' and has a thinner consistency.  It also contains a slight grey tinge. 

Comparisons: 

That's all, and thanks for looking!

September 12, 2013
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NCLA: Bel-Air Trophy Wife [Photos & Swatches]

Hi!

This entry features a NCLA polish -called Bel-Air Trophy Wife - cheeky name, but so apt for this glossy metallic shade.  It is neither gunmental, and not quite rose-gold, but somewhere in between.  The formula isn't streaky, two coats give you the perfect glossy molten metal shade on your nails.  It looks almost foiled.  I love it.  And it's quite unique.. cos you can't really tell what kind of metal it really is. 

If you like shimmery metallic nail polishes.. you need Bel-Air Trophy Wife! 

The luxurious NCLA is formulated in USA with high shine, quick dry and chip resistant formula. The Dupont flat brush allows for an easy, perfectly smooth application. The NCLA color range is a constant evolution, expansion and revolution. NCLA sets the trend! Luxury nail lacquers are "5 free". All NCLA nail lacquers are 100% free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor and never tested on animals. Each bottle is 15ml.

Swatches 

a close up: 

and a very true to life color picture:

You can purchase NCLA polishes from Meimei's Signatures (click here) and she ships worldwide! 

There's a 8% storewide discount going on now til 15 September, best time to shop!  (discount code meimei8)

Hope this entry has been helpful and thank you for looking!

September 12, 2013
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Jindie Nails: Barbie's Nightmare [Photos & Swatches]

This entry features another Jindie Nails polish - and it's Barbie's Nightmare - a Meimei's Signatures exclusive shade created for this Halloween season.  If you remember my review of Jindie Nails Barbie's Dreaming - they are both the same, the same creamy white base, with a whole host of star, moon, square and circle glitter bits.  But Barbie's Nightmare takes it a notch darker and quirkier with the black and red glitter shapes (Barbie's Dreaming has cutesy neon & pastel glitter shapes instead). 

The application take a little getting used to, the polish is very densely packed with the glitter shapes so picking them up and placing them on your nails is not a problem.  The only thing I have to work with is to make sure that the creamy white base color doesn't streak as I am trying to place the glitter shapes in some kind of a neat way around the nailbed. 

I suggest applying a smooth first coat, don't worry about the placement of the glitter shapes yet.  When you apply the second coat, then you try to 'place' the shapes strategically around your nails.  If you think you need a third coat (unlikely) you really just want to only place the glitter shapes like just plonk them on bald areas..don't swipe the brush up and down your nail bed already.  Finish off with a thick coat of topcoat. 

I attempted twice, hence you might see different 'designs' - and it does look slightly lumpy.. but like I said, when it comes to these glitter polishes, practice is key, and somehow after a few times you will get the hang of the application and find a way which works the best.

swatches: 

You can purchase Jindie Nails polishes from Meimei's Signatures (click here).  

There is a 8% storewide discount going on right now til 15 September, so do check out, and it's great time to buy your fave indie brand polishes!  

Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking! 

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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.

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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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