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September 27, 2015

The Nude Lipsticks Edit

Hi hi!!

In this entry, I have a few nude lipsticks to share with you.  These are a staple in everyone's makeup collection - and there is always a nude colour to suit every skintone.  But these days, wearing a nude lipstick is not the same as, I would say, 5 years aho, when nude lipsticks are often little more than a shade of concealer pale hue on your lips...doing your makeup no justice at all.  Pale nudes only look good in editorial shoots, and seldom flattering in real life. 

Then we have the My Lips But Better nudes - these nudes mimic the natural colour of your lips, but perhaps a tad pinkier/ redder/ browner, and so in this way, I feel that such colours really match every eye makeup look that you do.  A neutral lipcolor will make you look refreshed without going the bold route like a red lip, it is easy to throw on, and you can easily collect a few in your makeup bag to rotate for the week. And a bonus?  I think they wear off quite well, since they sort of blend into your own lip color, so you don't end up with the awkward worn off lip look midway through lunch or drinks.  They just give your lips a healthy looking boost. 

Here I have a few to show you, missing a couple here and there because I can't gather them in time when I shoot these pics. 

I have been wearing such universally flattering nudes lately, and only reaching for my bold lippies on days that I felt like it.  Other than that, I just want to enhance my lip shape, and just keep the rest of the face quite clean. 

I also prefer to go for a more rosy brown shade of nude, as I think that is the closest to my own natural lip colour.  I tend to steer away from the very pinky or very peachy/ coral nudes. 

Some honorable mentions even though they are not pictured here are - either cos they are not currently in my recent rotation, or they are missing/ hiding in one of my makeup bags:

1. MAC Bora lipstick (from the Julia Petit collection, this is limited edition though)
2. NARS Audacious lipsticks in Anita and Anna 
3. Tarte Matte Tint in Exposed 

And the rest are pictured here: 

They come in a variety of finishes and formula, but one thing in common, they are all neutrals with shades of pink, brown and even a little bit of red thrown in.  
I tend to prefer the matte to satin finishes in these lipsticks, but if you like glossy ones, I think there's a lot out there too, or refer to the new Dior Addict lipsticks which I just featured - link here. 

1 - Stila Liquid Lipstick in Dolce dries matte, and has a terracota shade to it.  A warm brown that suits olive medium skin tone.  I kinda like this shade, but I need to have the mood for it.  The formula is good, it is quite creamy to apply and doesn't feel too drying. \

2 - Stila Vinyl lipgloss in terracota - which is redder and darker than Dolce, and it is the only glossy lippie featured in this entry.  It is quite pigmented, and I think it will go well if you line your lips, and go over with this intense gloss. 

3 - BM Pop of Passion in Pop Candy - this is a pinky one, quite neutral in tone, and the formula reminds me of a MAC cremesheen lipstick. Quite moisturising, and I think this comes in a quite a few other shades too.  I haven't used this enough to see if it's long lasting though. 

4 - Burts' Bees Lip Crayon Sedona Sands - like the Fresh lipbalm in Nude, this like a tinted balm, it is very lightweight, and not drying at all.  The colour payoff is not very intense, and I think it gives a natural sheer wash of colour on your lips. 

5 - MJ lipstick in Infamous - this is quite creamy and intense, and is a rather deep rosy and a little bit of brown shade.  I would describe this as a mature pink, though neutral enough to match with a smokey eye, or wear on its own with more neutral eyes. I think this is quite a universally flattering shade. 

6 - MJ Anais - This is one of the nude lipsticks that come in the recent new MJ nude lipsticks collection.  This is less intense compared to the formula of the existing MJ black lipsticks, and this is quite a beigey nude without being too pale.  

7 - Stila Color Balm in Isabelle - this has to be one of my faves along with the Tarte matte lip tint in Exposed. They both have that minty scent and sensation upon wearing, and super comfortable.  I really like this colour too and it is really comfortable to wear.  

A close up of the Stila Liquid Lipstick in Dolce.  Beautiful!!! 

And some of the neutral lippies as shown on a very bare face that I am prepping for another chatty entry, coming soon! 

All these lipsticks are available at all Sephora stores, in case you are wondering, and I hope this list of recommendations have been helpful.

p/s - these lipsticks and more have been given to me by Sephora Singapore to try out way back in June, and I am only picking the few that I have actually used and able to talk about in this entry.  

Thanks for reading!! 

August 16, 2014

Four Beautiful MAC Matte Lipsticks

Hi hi!!

I have been on a MAC Matte Lipsticks kick lately...sort of rediscovering them.. after straying all over the place with a lot of NARS, YSL, some Chanel and Dior...well, everything else really.  Haha.  So the other day, I was clearing and de-cluttering some of my old makeup, and I kept aside enough MAC empties for me to exchange for 4 MAC lippies.  

I immediately zoom in on the bright shades - refer to my previous MAC exchange here - that I got Lady Danger and that was the start of my discovery into some of these awesome creamy matte lippies.  
I had a few on my mind - such as Candy Yum Yum, and some of the retro-matte shades - which are even 'matte-r'.  
Then a couple of days ago, I purchased Kinda Sexy - it is one of those famous MAC nude lipsticks that many people talk about but I have never gone to check it out in real life. 

These matte lippies are very very long lasting, and the bright shades tend to stain the lips a bit, which doesn't really bother me, since I will take of all makeup at the end of the night.  The color payoff of all these are just really impressive. 

So here we have 

1. Flat Out Fabulous - a deep pinky purple - along the same lines as my Shu PK376, NARS Funny Face - that rich intense not quite pink not quite purple, yet so brightening and flattering on me.  I love these deep rich shades.  And it is so matte - just really chic in my opinion.

2. Candy Yum Yum - think along the lines of NARS Schiapp, Chanel Diva (which I bought but have yet to use!), and I recently got Kelly Yum Yum too.  A very bright intense cool toned pink. 

3. Relentlessly Red - a neon shade, that leans between Red, Coral, Pink all at the same time.  It is like a amped up version of Chanel Genial (if you remember this brillian shade or Rouge Allure)  I love this.  A bit drying and certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but this is very long lasting, and I love it on me.  Sometimes I apply a little balm after applying this shade just to add a bit of 'glide' to the formula, not so much as to add shine. 

4. Kinda Sexy - a warm nude that's super flattering.  Not too nude. I love this. And it is a creamy matte like Lady Danger.  

Swatches on my hand - 

And on my lips - 

Matte lipsticks tend to settle in your mouth lines... but I don't mind.  I kind of like the lines of my lips.  They look quite cool.  Haha. 

And here's how two of the shades look on me overall - Flat Out Fabulous and Kinda Sexy. 

Also played with some other nude lipsticks when I was at the MAC counter the other day so I snapped a pictures of the swatches:

I am loving these lippies lately!  

Which are your recent fave MAC lippies?  Please share! 

Hope you like this entry, and thanks for looking!

February 23, 2012

CandyDoll Cosmetics: Pretty Nude Lipgloss & Lipstick [Swatches & Initial Impressions]


A while back (okay, maybe last week) I received a bunch of CandyDoll Cosmetics to try out.  I have seen this brand retailing at our Watsons before, and the most outstanding feature of CandyDoll is the very 'kawaii' blonde Japanese girl fronting all their products.  While I certainly don't fall into that category of being 'kawaii' nor dolly, I do like and appreciate the aesthetics of her large eyes with fluttery lashes, and her full nude lips. I love my nude lippies, and if I were to take these products out of their usual Jappy cutesy context, you can see that they are actually very wearable, and suit everyone who likes nude lipsticks even if you may not necessarily be going for the innocent cute little girl look.

I have two of their best-selling lip products, the Lipstick in Ramune Pink and a nude gloss -- Milk Tea Beige.

The lipstick is very smooth and easy to wear.  It is nude, but not chalky on my skintone and over my lipcolor.  It has a satin dewy finish that makes my lips look soft.  In terms of the color, it is the perfect nude which leans neither too peachy  nor pinky -- just the right amount of pink+beige.  I really like this shade of nude, and it isn't streaky when I slapped it on my lips.

The lipstick is very creamy, and slightly sticky.  It is very pigmented for a lipgloss, and you can wear it on its own because it is so intense in pigmentation.  It also makes my lips look smooth and plump after application.

Both products have no scent and contains no shimmer bits.   I am most impressed by their color and texture.


The lipstick retails for $25.90 exclusively at Watsons.


Photos & Swatches:


I know I have plenty of younger readers out there who are very interested in CandyDoll cosmetics (when I posted the product pictures on my instagram, a flurry of comments came in from people who wanted to know where I got them from) so I know they definitely have a strong following out there.  I am glad to try out a brand which I probably wouldn't have because I sometimes feel like it is way out of my age market, and also, the whole image thing just doesn't fit in with me.  However, these two nude lippies have changed my mind (a little) and I think I can pull them off easily.

If you are in the market to look for good nude lipsticks and lipgloss, you can start checking out CandyDoll (esp if you don't want to go high-end or the department store brands, and when the drugstore brands don't often offer good pretty nude lip products  -- I often find the drugstore nude lippies are too pinky, too frosty or simply too chalky pale).  These CandyDoll nude lippies remind me of the kind of nude colors you find at MAC.


I will be showcasing some of their base & cheek products soon.   Stay tuned!



Hope this has been helpful.



That's all, and thanks for looking!




January 18, 2012

Soap & Glory Fabu-Lipstick in Naked Beige [Photos & Swatches]

Soap & Glory Fabu-Lipstick in Naked Beige is a natural 'my lips but better' color.  It is a color that is almost exactly the same as my own natural lip color, and the texture of the lipstick is very moisturising (but not sheer balmy like say, for example, a Chanel Rouge Coco Shine or one of those sheer smoothing lipstick.   It is quite pigmented, and smells similar to a MAC lipstick.

The packaging is lovely, and again, very typical of a Soap & Glory product.  I like the metal bullet, and how the monogram logo of the brand is embossed on the body of the lipstick itself.

It lasted prolly 2 - 3 hours on me, which is okay, since the color is easy to wear, and you can just slap it on without looking into a mirror should you need to freshen up the color throughout the day.

I am very happy with Soap & Glory bath and body products, and the two makeup items I have from them.  I think these will sell like hotcakes once they are available in Singapore (and we know their prices are quite reasonable -- no harm or great loss for anyone who wants to try out a brand makeup brand).

Click here for Soap & Glory Blush entry

Click here for my UK Swap goodies entry


Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking. :)




July 07, 2011

Lost & Found: Lavshuca Lipstick is my Lips but Better!

Hi hi!

This is lost and found, because I literally found it in one of my book bags while clearing out my work space yesterday.  Jolyn helped me got the Lavshuca creamy lipstick maybe a month or more ago, when she was in HK.  I have never noticed nor realised the existence of Lavshuca whenever I go to HK, so anyway...all this time, I had thought that I must have thrown it away by mistake, and while it was nagging at the back of my mind that I might have thrown away something brand new by mistake, I soon got very distracted by other goodies to play with... still, I was very happy to be reunited with this item yesterday, and decided to swatch it and also wear it out.



I think you can tell from this picture how creamy the texture of the lipstick is.  It reminds me of my CDP lipstick [another MIA item, btw, dunno where it is currently hiding] and while it is smooth and creamy it is not thick nor heavy. The color is just a nice pinky nude, not too pale. This is best descrived as a my lips but better color.

Pardon the appearance of my dry lips.


Thanks Jolyn for the CP!



Thanks for looking!



March 19, 2011

MAC Viva Glam Gaga II [Swatches, Comparisons, News!]

A few weeks back I ordered both the MAC Viva Glam Gaga II lipstick and lipglass set from Fatin's Nordstrom spree.  Thanks babe!! :)

Both items cost ard S$42 inclusive of shipping and handling.  Which is a pretty good deal, and even more so, they aren't out in Singapore yet.   I am fully aware that both lip products are not exactly unique in their colours.  But I am a sucker for Gaga, and for a good cause, why not grab both at the same time.  And I also admit that I have not been using my Viva Glam Gaga I lipstick and lipglass that much either.  There are things which you just buy, no questions ask, ok?

In this entry, I will also be showing how the Viva Glam Gaga II looks like in comparison with recent nude lipsticks I got recently.

If you are interested in previous nude lipsticks overview entries, click on HERE, HERE, and HERE.

(I clearly have an obsession with nude lips, ain't I?)

The Marquise'D lipstick is really a nice "my lips but better" shade!!  this is the first time I am swatching it, and I think this will be one lipstick I am popping into my bag for everyday use!

And just to share some press release information -- I had previously tweeted about this:

Following Lady Gaga’s exciting Viva Glam announcement, M·A·C launches the exclusive Viva Glam site www.vivaglam.com, with videos and messages from Lady Gaga herself! Submit your email address and join the Twitter conversations today (via #macvivaglam) to join the countdown to March 17th.

On March 17th this site will metamorphosize into a highly interactive global network where Viva Glam Gaga fans can upload their glamorized photos, share HIV/AIDS information and interact with all their friends via Facebook and Twitter. As part of the Viva Glam experience, participants will also take part in an amazing fashion collaboration with Lady Gaga and her stylist! This collaboration is confidential at this time, but stay connected to www.vivaglam.com where Gaga will reveal the details over the next few months.


That's all, and thanks for looking!

September 19, 2010

Four New Lipsticks! (NARS, YSL, Illamasqua & Revlon)

I was digging through my lipstick stash the other day, and decided to break out a bunch of new lipsticks to wear.  Purchased them all in the past year, but just never felt the need to open them yet, til now.... and they are all very similar peachy nude beige colours, maybe that elusive "my lips but better" shade? And all of a sudden, I found 3 lipsticks that look so alike to one another.  There are more lipsticks which I have yet to even start using, but that's another story altogether!

Btw, this makeup look is what I do 90% of the time during the week, just foundie, powder to set, and cheek colors.  Here I am using NARS Madly and also NARS Abyssinia eyeshadow all over the lids.

Got this Revlon lipstick in soft nude from a little spree which Faezah organised a few months back!

Very soft and creamy texture, and super easy to slap on and good to go.

Got this NARS lipstick in Belle De Jour when I was in HK, it is kind of highly raved in the makeup coummunity, quite like the signature color to get from NARS, and since it is a nude color, I just got it.  The texture, though looks matte in the tube, goes on very moist and creamy, very similar to the Revlon lipstick --- maybe just a little peachier... not that it is any obvious at all.  And it is not drying on the lips at all.  Very impressed with how it wears.  I can foresee this color being a major staple in my LOTDs.

This Illamasqua lipstick Iris (from rouge deluxe) CP for me during one of her US trips, and it is called Obey, a very peachy coral shade.  It is very matte, and dry, goes on almost chalky on the lips.  It really pops out on your lips, due to the white pigments, and so might be a little tricky when it comes to complimenting your skintone.  I would either put a gloss or lipbalm over, to make it less stark.  But it looks beautiful in the tube!

Lastly, we have YSL Rouge Pur in 148, Tea Rose, which I bought in the YSL moving out sale last year.  This is also another 'famous' lipstick, and if you watch YT videos, is  the Lorraine trademark lipstick choice.

All the four lipsticks look very similar to each other, except that Obey is the brightest of all.  I look forward to having them in my bag, and touching up whenever I can remember to!

What goodies have you found in your stash lately?  Share!

Thanks for looking~

November 30, 2009

Superdrugs Haul Part 3 (All the rest)

If you are interested to read about Part 1 and Part 2...

A bunch of lipsticks and back up stuff.  My HG liquid eyeliner (which I can't find in SG), Revlon and GOSH lipsticks.

Yup, this wraps up the whole Superdrugs haul... She got a few stuff for herself, such as the Batiste dry shampoo, Boots shampoo, more Barry M eyeliners etc etc... but these babies are from my long list to her!  :)

February 14, 2009

Nude Lips -- An overview

Hi hi!!

Just want to ramble about nude lips.  I don't wear lip products on a daily basis.  While most people would swear by some lip product as one of their must-haves, something they must have if they can only take one MU item to a deserted island, but not me.  The main reason being, I can't be bothered to reapply iipstick throughout the day.

But I love nude lips, I am always interested to look at the perfect shade of pink and beige lipstick.  For someone who don't wear lipstick all the time, I have amassed quite a number of lipsticks.  Some I got for free when I back2mac my empties, and some I just buy because they just look so pretty.  There is only 1 lipstick which I bought for a 2nd time because the first one actually RAN OUT.  That is my all time fave, Blanketty.

Here are some of the stuff which I will be showing in this post:

L to R - Blanketty, Ahoy There (LE), Relaxed

L to R: Fleshpot (Pro), 2N (LE), Hue, Faux



This is Fleshpot which recently became a Pro colour.  My lips is looking kind of flaky, it's the tissues which i used to wipe off layers and layers of swatching.  Haha.

Love my nudies!!!!! Which one is your fave??

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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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