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August 03, 2014

NARS x Philip Lim 3.1 Nail Polish Collection & New NARS Nail Polishes

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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

<span>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.  

</span>Shutter - Deep Green
Crossroads - Deep Violet
Arnachy - Alabaster 


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.

<span><span>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 31, 2014

YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Collection [Photos & Swatches]

YSL will launch La Laque Couture Spicy Collection which features 5 new shades and an extremely brilliant top coat which can give a glamorous look to any nail polish.  I will be sharing with you swatches of the entire collection in this entry. 

YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Collection

  • 41 Eau de Rose - pale beigy nude, two coats, not streaky at all. I like the pastel peachy undertone.
  • 42 Safran Sultan - mustard spicy yellow, slightly muted
  • 43 Opulente Cannelle - rose wood shade, very universally flattering.
  • 44 Ambre Gingembre - I call this the curry shade, a warm ginger latte type color.  Very interesting, very unique.
  • 45 Piment D'Ailleurs - pink deep rose red, again, very flattering across different skintones.
  • 46 Poivre Noir - deep darken red with just a tiny hint of purple
  • 47 Feuille d’Or (Top Coat) - a golden broken glass bits effect, quite smooth, and buildable to your preferred density

All colors are shown without topcoat and basecoat.  Two coats for each color, and one coat of 47 Feuille d’Or  on the accent nails.

The formula on all the color shades are very smooth, and glossy. 

Hope you find these helpful, and thanks for looking!!

November 16, 2013

Illamasqua Nailpolish in Charisma

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I am sure many of you know by now that Illamasqua is now available in Singapore at the newly opened Robinsons Orchard...the nailpolish retails for S$19 each, pretty reasonable considering the colors and quality of these polishes.

Here I have Charisma to show you (in the background is a whole bunch of Illamasqua top selling products which I can't wait to feature, soon!!)

Meanwhile, enjoy this stunning red (with a mauvey tone).  I love love this color and application is a breeze, as always!


Happy Sunday!

Thanks for looking!

September 21, 2013

Bright Happy Yellow with Butter London Cheeky Chops

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This entry features a couple of Butter London goodies, one is a bright milky yellow shade - Cheeky Chops, and also Horse Power - which is their nail fertiliser (a nail grower strengthener).  I haven't used a proper cycle of the Nail Fertiliser (you are recommended to reapply a layer every day for a week, for four weeks).  I think I will most probably use it as a base coat though, as I have done here. 

Cheeky Chops is a creamy milky yellow - it is bright, but nothing glaringly so.  
The formula is smooth, and not streaky.  Two coats give you full color intensity. 


You can buy Butter London polishes & nail treatments at Sephora Singapore for $22 each, and they also come in sets where you pick your own nail color along with the prescribed base and topcoats for around $55-9 or around that price.  

If you are looking for a great bright yellow which is not streaky, check this out! 

Hope the swatches have been helpful and thanks for looking!

July 07, 2013

Dior Fall 2013 Mystic Metallics: Nail Polish in 382 Destin [Photos & Swatches]

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One of the offerings from Dior's Fall Makeup collection is this pinky nude polish with a silvery metallic sheen - Destin.  It is such a pearly finish, very classy and feminine.  

Two coats give full opaque colour payoff, and I like how it looks nude-y and also greyish at the same time.  

This might look like Zoya's Pasha which I have, but I didn't compare them side by side.  But they are along the same family of a dark-ish nude with this pearly metallic sheen.   If you like a more interesting neutral shade for your nails, do check this out! 

Dior polishes retail for S$38 each and this collection will be available from 1 August 2013. 

Hope these swatches have been helpful and thank you for looking!

May 04, 2013

Make-up artistry by Lancôme: Lessons in Colour Layering

creates the most electrifying mix & match colours. Three products, a multitude of shades in harmonies of fuchsia,
orange and pink, for infinite combinations... Anything is possible, simply follow your desire!

Thanks to the perfect affinity of their formulas, there’s simply no limit to the ways you can superimpose Rouge In Love and Gloss In Love. Associating their textures seems to create a magnifying glass effect which amplifies the expression of their pigments. Vernis In Love takes on the challenge of creating the most daring manicure imaginable.

Love your lips!

Apply Gloss In Love alone using the applicator tip to perfectly define the lip contour. Then kiss the Rouge In Love stick, placing it against the centre of your lips. Accentuate contrast effects by selecting a lighter shade for the central part of the lips: the lively pink of Flash n’ Fuchsia gloss collides beautifully with the fiery orange of Doux Farniente lipstick. Play around with the most daring of duos for a voluptuously plumped pout.

Petal Effect

Even the most delicate flowers assert their originality by pairing very pale tones with very dense pigments. Select two contrasting lipstick and gloss shades to recreate this surprising effect. Apply a light veil of a gloss such as Blink Pink then define the entire lip contour with the intense red of Under The Rose with a brush. Simply press your lips together to melt the two colours: a guaranteed petal effect!

Burning heart

Dress lips in softness with an initial layer of Rouge In Love before applying gloss to the centre, accentuating the cupid’s bow. Fall In Rose enhances lips’ intensity and goes beautifully with Under The Spotlight gloss. This heart of gloss at the centre of lips is sure to grab the spotlight!

Mouth-watering tone on tone

Choose two fairly close shades of Gloss In Love and Rouge In Love. For peachy-toned lips, first suffuse lips with shine using Peach Show gloss, then enhance the lip border by applying Rose’mantic lipstick with a brush. When you press lips together, the two textures blend to create an all-new orange shade that’s deep, lacquered and simply mouth-watering.

Two-tone kiss

With the current trend for mixed nail colour, why not apply the same principle to lips for an energised look? Just like a nail varnish base, apply an undercoat of Just Strass Gloss In Love to boost your lipstick’s colour. Apply a lighter, more luminous shade like Rose Flaâneuse lipstick to the lower lip and contrast with Be My Date! <span>on the upper lip. The quintessence of colour block make-up... 


April 14, 2013

Collection Avant-Première de Chanel: Starlet, Paparazzi, Cinema & Provocation

This entry features 3 new Chanel shades from their latest collectiom, the Collection Avant-Premiere - centred around movies and stars...hence the names, and the very classic and glamorous shades.  All the formula on these polishes are richly pigmented, I applied 2 coats in each of these pictures which show the full color intensity of the polishes. 

Do note that these polishes are part of the permanent collection.  Though there are news that Starlet is LE.  Provocation is a re-release from last year's Fashion's Night Out collection the Twin Sets.  (click here to see my full review and swatches) 

These are the 3 I bought to complete the collection. 

Cinema - tomato red, creamy.  A very soft focus glamorous red.

Paparazzi - warm plummy rosy shade with gold sheen

Starlet - peachy pink with fine shimmer 

<strong>Swatches here

all are 2 coats, no top coat. 


I think Paparazzi is my fave, it is quite unique (to me).


comparison of Chanel reds in my collection

Pirate - most cool toned, almost jelly consistency

Cinema - creamy, soft red, not as intense as Dragon, looks neutral toned compared to Dragon and Coromandel

Coromandel - one coater (but I applied 2 coats here), brightest, with slight sheen

Dragon - looks slightly cool toned here, but more neutral in real life, brighter than Cinema

I must say that Cinema applies brighter than it actually looks in the bottle. 

Hope this overview has been useful.

Next on my Chanel list are the Les Beiges collection!  I want the brush and the powder! Then the summer polishes....

Sorry that I haven't been able to blog much lately except spamming nail polish swatches, a little out of sorts and can't seem to get down to 'serious' blogging about makeup products and new launches.  I will be fully back soon! 

Thanks for reading, happy Sunday!

April 11, 2013

Daring Digits Speicher

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This is another Meimei's Signatures exclusive shade - Daring Digits Speicher (link here!)  When I saw this, my thought is 'shatter glass' I love the irregular flakes and also the combination of the blue holo bits.  It seems so cliched to swatch them over a black, but this really shows up the complex glitter and color combination. </p>
The base itself is clear..it is a little on the thick side.  The bits are all evenly and densely packed in the bottle, so even a single coat gives you serious sparkle. </p>
Color description:
A delicate clear base polish with lots of thin gold and silver flakes in irregular size with blue iridescent flakes and blue/purple duochrome micro-shimmers.

close up of the bottle

Shown here with my fave Nails Inc leather effect black - Love how the blue bits pop and the clashing texture/ finish! 

Each bottle of Daring Digits contains 16.5ml of product, and retails for S$12.50 at Meimei's Signatures. (link here!)

I hope that my swatches have been useful!

Thanks for reading!

April 11, 2013

Daily Lacquer "Michiru"

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Here we have Dai
ly Lacquer's Michiru
from their 'Outer Planet' Collection.  I really love this combo of glitters.  The mint base, the mixture of blue, white, green and turquoise bits is just too cute.  You can purchase Daily Lacquer polishes from Meimei Signatures. (link here!)

Color Description: 
A lovely mint/aqua colored crelly polish filled with blue hearts, blue holo gllitters, green dots, and blue holo moons.  Michiru is the essence of soft beauty and she loves her beautiful Haruka with silent intensity.

Close ups - 

I applied a sheer color base to make the base more even.  Here, I used two coats (yes that's two coats!) of Essie Turquoise & Caicos - bad Essie, but perfect sheer base for Michiru.

I applied two coats of Michiru, and didn't apply any topcoat.  I had used this combo last week, with a topcoat, which smoothes the surface of the polish.  So if they are looking a little gritty here, you know why.  A topcoat will just smooth everything out. 
I didn't have to fish out the glitter bits, because they are all quite evenly distributed in the base. 

Shown here is a sample bottle for my review purposes.  The actual retail bottle (comes with cute bow on the cap) is 13.5ml, and retails for S$15 each.    Each bottle is handmade, and there might be slight variations with each batch.

You can purchase Daily Lacquer from Meimei Signatures.  (link here!)

I hope these swatches have been useful, and thanks for reading!

April 11, 2013

Nails Inc Leather Effect is LOVE!

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A couple of weeks back, I spotted these Nails Inc Leather Effect nailpolishes at Sephora (they were all launched at Sephora, along with Butter London and Ciate polishes)...and I picked up the Leather Effect ones, I had swatched them in store, and think that I like the 'leathery' effect - they feel a little grainy to the touch.  

It is quite interesting, and potentially a love/hate nail trend.  I have never really paid attention to the current "textured" nails trend... so I was pleasantly surprised that I like this after swatching them.

A topcoat is not necessarily with these Leather Effect nails.  They dry pretty fast like a matte polish, and as they dry, the leather effect starts to form. 

I bought my leather nailpolish in two classic shades which I know I would wear often - nude and black.  After all, these are the usual leather colors, no?


What do you think of these leather effect nail polish?

They last a good 4-5 days without any topcoat, and retail for S$22 each.

Hope these swatches have been useful, and thanks for reading!

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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.

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 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.

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