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Reviews: Foundations

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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

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

Final Disclaimer

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

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

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

 

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    February 02, 2013

    Four Rich Colors from Nicole by OPI

    Hi hi 

    this entry features the last of the Nicole by OPI polishes I collected from the event I attended last week.  The four shades are all very rich autumnal shades.  

    For other Nicole by OPI entries, click on the following links

    Do Good Feel Good 

    Four Kardashian colors 

    Love your Life

    Colors featured in this entry: 

    1. Cocoa a Gogo - a metallic frosty warm chocolate brown, the formula on this is awesome, it is very smooth, and almost a one coater.  I applied two coats for extra measure... and it doesn't look streaky at all. 

    2. Just Busta Mauve - a sheer shimmery brown base with blue, red, orange glitter bits.  It is a little sheer and thin, hence I applied 3 coats to achieve a fuller color payoff.  Very smooth, and very densely packed with the glitter bits.

    3. Shoot for the Maroon - a thicker shimmery deep dark red base with multi-color shimmer - this reminds me of several other similar shades in my stash (think Zoya Valerie, Julienne, etc) The formula is much better than Just Busta Mauve, because you get a really opaque look in just 2 coats. 

    4. Sensational Scarlet - a jelly finish red with larger holographic glitter bits, opaque in two coats, still with the jelly finish.   It feels and looks very textured without topcoat, so you really need to slap on the topcoat to seal in all the goodness.  I showed them here with and without topcoat, and you can see the difference. 

    Hope you find these swatches helpful. 

    Nicole by OPI polishes retail for S$12.90 at selected major Watsons. 

    Thank you for reading!

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    February 02, 2013

    Nicole by OPI Do Good, Feel Good

    Hi hi!

    This is Nicole by OPI's Do Good, Feel Good - a soft baby pink, it's quite smooth and easy to apply.  The first coat looks streaky but a second coat evens out the whole look.  It is not as stark as OPI Mod about You (too much white pigment) and will work great as a base for pastel glitters and so on.  I love this shade, to me, it is as wearable as a pink nude, and the soft delicate shade makes it extremely work appropriate. 

    For more information on Nicole by OPI click on this entry here

    If you want to check out some shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian collection, click here. 

    And if you are distractd by that pretty glittery shade in the background, I have an entry dedicated to it here

    Swatches: 

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    January 31, 2013

    Nicole by OPI: Four Kardashians Kolors [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi~
    This entry features four shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian colors which I got to pick at this preview event (mentioned earlier in this entry). They look quite Christmassy, but I felt like a metallic red, and all the glitters really appealed to me when I was playing around with the colors at the event. 

    So, without any further ado...let's move on to the colors: 

    All the polishes have a smooth formula, the glitter in this collection are quite fine, and the Nicole by OPI has the same wide brush that all OPIs polishes come with.  I personally find them a little too big and cumbersome, but they so spread across your nailbed very easily and makes for a easier application (wide brush saves you effort in painting from 'side to side' as one swipe can cover almost the whole nail). 

    Keeping up with Santa - a metallic red, this is very smooth and almost opaque in one coat.  I painted two coats here to show off the full color intensity.  The red is very classic, without any obvious cool or warm undertones.  It is just a very neutral red which will suit all skintones in my opinion.

    All is Glam, All is Bright - a silvery base gltter polish that contains darker blue-ish silver and red bits.  Reminds me of an ETK or something.  It is almost opaque in two coats, and quite smooth for a glittery polish.  Love how the glitter bits catch the light even though the pictures are taken indoors. 

    Look at me, Look at me - another silvery base glitter polish, with pink, red, teal (?) --- multicolor glitter bits.  Same consistency and formula as All is Glam All is Bright.  
    And lastly, Kardashing Through the Snow - cheeky name - and this is really made for the Christmas season.  A clear base, densely packed with fine red and green glitter bits. 

    Layered Kardashing through the Snow with Keeping up with Santa - very party appropriate, and I trimmed my nails shorter to rock this combination.  I prefer glittery bright on short short nails. 

    Formula on all four are impressive, and the two glitters provide enough coverage on their own.  Wear time is about 4 days, still looking good, without any tip wear.  (why I mention 4 days, because I seriously don't wear any color longer than that).  

    You can find Nicole by OPI nail polishes at selected Watsons, and they retail for $12.90 each. 

    Hope this entry has been helpful, thanks for reading!

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    January 27, 2013

    Nicole by OPI Love Your Life [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    The first color I wanted to try right away from my stash of Nicole by OPI colors is Love your Life - a sheer pink jelly base, with fine holographic glitter and larger pieces of light pink hearts!  Got to thank Sarah for spotting it and picking it for me! 

    I decided to pair it over a black instead of the typical pinky pale combo.  Love the results, the holo glitter bits show up beautifully over the black, especially so under sunlight, and bright lights. 

    The heart bits took some effort to pick up from the bottle, but they are quite easy to 'arrange' on the nails.   Super super cute!

    Nicole by OPI polishes retail for S$12.90 at selected Watsons. 

    Hope you enjoy the swatches: 

    and a blurred shot to show the glitter bits. 

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

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    January 27, 2013

    Nicole by OPI: Introduction & Upcoming Modern Family Collection Information


    Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Nicole by OPI was developed to meet demand at the retail level for products with OPI’s high standards. With a strong focus on accessorizing fashion, Nicole by OPI serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.

    Since its official inception in 2007, Nicole by OPI has grown exponentially, with an increased international market presence planned for 2013. In the US and Canada, the Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers. Internationally, the line includes over 65 shades. Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, who has created every OPI nail lacquer since 1989 when the company entered the world of color, is also the designer behind every Nicole by OPI hue.

    In 2010, Nicole by OPI announced the brand’s first celebrity collaboration featuring lacquers inspired by Justin Bieber. Within less than two months, the line’s initial run of one million bottles sold out, and Nicole by OPI tripled this number to meet consumer demand. Since this successful launch, Nicole by OPI has partnered with reality television stars Kris Jenner and her five daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner to launch Kardashian Kolor. In January 2013, the brand will release two exciting new collections with celebrity and television partners Selena Gomez and ABC’s Modern Family. These new ventures bring excitement and notoriety to the Nicole by OPI brand, as seen most recently in top US national publications including Allure, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Lucky and Seventeen.

    In Singapore, Nicole by OPI is available in an extensive palette of 30 shades, and is available exclusively at Watsons. Price: $12.90 each 

    I have these ten shades, so expect a series of swatches coming up in the next few days!

    Nicole by OPI and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Announce Collaboration with

    Hit ABC Comedy Modern Family

    Nicole by OPI, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by ABC’s award-winning comedy, Modern Family. The nail line features shades created to capture the show’s colorful personalities, from a classic taupe named after family patriarch Jay, to a sparkly pink hue fitting for toddler Lily.

    “Modern Family is not only one of the funniest shows on television, it features a great ensemble cast of rich characters that inspired a range of shades, from pastel hues like sea foam green and periwinkle to brighter colors of cobalt and red-violet,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “From studious Alex to bombshell Gloria, to classic (and neurotic) Claire, to flirty Haley, there are shades to represent each of these uniquely fabulous women and everyone else in the blended family.

    “The Nicole consumer embraces the same spirit of diversity and individuality that’s apparent on the show,” explains Weiss-Fischmann. “The colors inspired by Modern Family offer a perfect way to express that spirit!”

    Modern Family is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and licensed through Fox Consumer Products. Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products added, “Modern Family is a series that has a massive following. In partnering with Nicole by OPI, we’re not only able to reach our show’s large fan base, but deliver a product that captures the trend-forward elements and unique characteristics of the series.”

    The Modern Family Collection available in Singapore includes:

    Am I Making Myself Claire?

    She’s Lily Something

    My Jay or the Highway!

    Stand by Your Manny

    Alex by the Books

    Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.

    Modern Family lacquers will be available beginning April 2013 for $12.90 each, exclusively at Watsons stores. 

    Here are some pictures I snapped at the presentation.
    Enjoy!

    Hope this sharing is useful, and thanks for looking!

    and of cos, I had to get busy swatching!  

    Sarah picked the colors, and I tried them on: