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January 10, 2015

NARS Holiday 2014 Lippies: Burning Love & Deadly Catch

Hi hi!! 

A very belated entry showing a couple of NARS goodies from their Holiday 2014 collection - which might still be available - and I love this duo combo of a slightly deeper red.  I just noticed that the lipstick is called 'hardwired' - which seems that it is a new formula?  (like how they have sheer lipsticks, matte lipsticks, and cinematic lipsticks...and I am not too sure what to make of this 'hardwired' label).  I can only assume that 'hardwire' might refer to how intense and creamy matte this particular one is.  The color is rich and true to how it looks like in the tube.. and the finish is a creamy matte that's long lasting and easy to wear, making this Deadly Catch one of my top picks from the collection. 

Next, we have Burning Love lipgloss - which is a matchy gloss to Deadly Catch, in terms of that similar deep red shade.  The lipgloss is intense enough to wear on its own as a color.. but it will go well over the matte lipstick too.  It is not too sticky, and wears very well on the lips because of its decent color payoff.  Think of it as a juicy rich red on your lips.  Nice! 

I did not take close up lipstick swatches, but I did feature Deadly Catch in this set of LOTD pictures.  

Highly recommend this couple of red NARS lippies!  
What did you pick up from NARS holiday?  

I can't wait for Summer collections already!

Hope you find this entry useful, and thanks for reading! 

January 26, 2014

NARS Lipsticks in Trans Siberian & Scarlet Empress

I picked up these two NARS red lippies during the party which I hosted at NARS back in December.. and finally got down to taking pics (and start using them).  It is my personal goal to eventually collect all the red lippies from my fave makeup brand, I think I have more than ten NARS reds..and I don't think I am halfway close. 

I got these two shades: 

Trans Siberian (semi matte) - Ruby Rose, looking like a deep true red on me  LOVES

Scarlet Empress  (a little sheer, but still creamy) - a deep plum red (can't find this on the NARS Site... what's happening?) 

and an overall look - more info on this look in another entry.

Wearing Trans Siberian and NARS everything else. 

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. 

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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!

January 27, 2013

Shiseido Perfect Rouge & Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer: My TOP Picks [Swatches, LOTDs]

Hi hi this entry features 4 colors I picked from Shiseido's latest Perfect Rouge - I have previously featured the new range and swatches in this entry here.  

I wanted to go for something bold, yet classic, so here we have:

RD142 - the color which is featured in the ad campaign

RD514 - the classic Shiseido RED

RS745 - a beautiful mauvey rosy almost plum shade

RS509 - a sheer version of RS745, it contains silvery shimmer bits

The Perfect Rouge are super creamy, and long lasting.  I love how the colors are so intense across the range, and they offer something for everyone, whether you want beigy nudes, pinky nudes, bold pinks and oranges, etc.  The Tender Sheer delivers super creamy color, and while they aren't as color intense as the Perfect Rouge, I must say that they quite pigmented as well. 

Love the formula of these lipsticks, they are so easy to apply, and you get true color on your lips as what you see in the tube. 

Here's a quick LOTD I did to complement all the lip colors - all products used will be listed at the end fo this entry.

All products used:

Face - Maquillage Styling Keep Base UV, Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation, Chanel Translucent Loose Powder

Concealer - cle de peau beaute concealer

Cheeks - Illamasqua Tremble blush, Shiseido Bronzer 02 medium, Shiseido Luminizing Face Satin Color PK107 (to highlight)

Lips - as listed in the pictures above

Eyes - NARS primer, Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in BR209, Shu Uemura Farfarlina lashes

Brows - Shu Uemura brow manicure Ash Brown, brow pencil in Seal Brown 

Hope this is helpful, and thanks for reading!

December 26, 2012

LOTD: The Ultimate Red Lips with GA Lip Maestro

Hi hi!

Here I will be showing you how both the red Lip Maestro look on me.  I did a simple look, just something shiny on the eyes, lashes and a clean natural complexion.  Definitely something appropriate for a formal event and also somewhere casual.  

I have many red lipsticks, but currently I am most excited by the Lip Maestro.  From the application, to the overall look and finish, it is such a pleasant experience wearing them.  Despite the richness of the formula, they don't feel heavy at all.  Definitely something attention catching when you wear these colours out, and I personally find them very chic.  I would also compare these to the NARS matte velvet pencils and Chanel Rouge Allure Mat Velvet in terms of the feeling, and the NARS pure matte lipsticks feel more matte compared to the Lip Maestros. 

For swatches in the previous entry - click here.

All products used (all Giorgio Armani unless stated otherwise)

Face - Master Primer SPF40 PA+++, Maestro Fusion Makeup 04 (I applied and built up 2 layers, but didn't set with powder), cle de peau concealer Ivory

* I am impressed again by how beautifully the Maestro foundation photographs.  It's really smoothing and makes my skin look flawless. * 

Cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, Mirco Fil Loose Powder (pink) to highlight the cheeks and add a subtle touch of pink

Lips - Lip Maestro in 400 and 402 

Eyes - NARS Primer, Eyes to Kill Intense 09 (applied on the lids with a MAC217 brush), THREE Eye Doll Pencil 07 

Lashes - two pairs of Ardel 120 layered 

Brows - Shu Uemura brow pencil 09, Shu Uemura brow manicure ash brown 



A special mention on this THREE pencil which you have seen me raving about in recent entries.  My gf gifted me with it recently, she has bought it during her holiday to Japan... and these pencils are pricey - but the formula and the color are definitely worth it.  There are all these tiny multi-color shimmers that make you look at it, at first look, it's a khaki gold pencil, but when you look closer there are little fine bits of pink and gold.  Once the pencil sets, it didn't budge at all.  

Hope you enjoyed this LOTD and quick overview. 

I have been enjoying color on my lips for the most part of this year.... I think it really adds to the whole look, and gives some personality to my regular makeup.  Let me know if you would like a more detailed rundown of my fave reds, and my fave natural color lippies for the year.  Right off the cuff, I can tell you there will be lots of NARs and Diors involved.   :p

Thanks for reading!

The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestros will launch in Singapore from Jan 2013.   I expect them to retail for about $50.

December 26, 2012

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400 & 402 [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi

I purchased two red Lip Maestro recently while I was in Hong Kong.  They retail for about SGD$50 each.  As I mentioned in my swatches entry - the brights and reds are way more suited for the formular and finish of the Lip Maestro - that rich velvety matte finish with a deep or bright red is really way more attractive than the usual nudes and beiges.  That's just my opinion of course.  And not surprisingly, everyone else seem to think the same way - all the gorgeous brights and reds were sold out everywhere in HK, only the browny nudes and tan shades were left.  

I thought I had to wait for the Singapore release of these Lip Maestros - cos 402 which is the red I really wanted, was OOS everywhere.  Imagine my surprise when I went back to the very same counter a couple of days later and the staff there told me they had stock for 402.  (FYI 402 is the shade on the ad campaign it is a bright bright red) and I quickly grabbed one for myself.  I had already purchased 400, a slightly deeper red. 

For collection information and more photos on the Lip Maestro, click my feature entry here.

For swatches of all the Lip Maestro swatches, click here.

The sponge tip applicator is longish and fine, making it quite easy for a precise application.  You really just need the tiniest amount of this and spread it evenly on your lips.  If you need more, then layer it bit by bit.  The overall finish should be quite velvety matte (I can't say this enough) and not all gooey, or else it will go all over your teeth. 

Here's a slap on type of swatch - it looks a little shiny due to the sheer thickness. 

But you see, the velvety matte finish comes through after I dabbed and spread the product a bit with my fingertips.  And this is how it looks like in the ad campaigns.  (link link)

Here's a comparison with other rich matte reds and similar products in my stash: 

Lancome Mat Cashmere 300 (from their Fall 2012 collection, Limited edition) review here  -- very similar in terms of texture and finish. but this is limited edition,  and comes in only this shade. 

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer in Cherry Lush - review here - has that same shade of bright red as 402 but it has this pinky red undertone whereas 402 has an orangey undertone.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque Dragon (discontinued) has the same depth and shade as 400 - Temptalia has a comparison - but both have very different finishes, Chanel Dragon has a satin finish, while 400 is of course velvety matte.

Lip swatches:

They are pretty long lasting, and really amazing.  As Lisa Eldridge says, she loves to wear a red lip when wearing just a tee, jeans and going out to run errands.  I agree.  Who says that a red lip, whether it's Chanel or Giorgio Armani, is only confined to special ocassions?  It really makes one look groomed and brightened up without having to do much. 

I hope this rundown has been useful, and I will be posting a LOTD entry next. 

The Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro will be available in Singapore from Jan 2013. 

Thanks for reading!

October 05, 2012

Two Iconic Red Lipsticks from YSL [Photos & Swatches]


I seem to can't get enough of red lipsticks, right?  And these two from YSL are just simply beautiful and perfect.  In terms of formula, they are rich, intense, and totally creamy.   They are practically identical, and I would consider them neutral reds. 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 Le Rouge - I was told this is their signature red shade, and it is no wonder why.  The color is univerally flattering and totally le smoking hot.  

YSL Rouge Volupte 17 Red Muse is a slightly, just a little bit cooler red, and the rouge volupte formula is famous for their ultra creamy and smooth texture.  My younger sis loves this range of YSL lippies, and I have a feeling Red Muse is going to be one of her all time fave reds.  

A quick comparison. 

These lippies are very smooth and creamy.  Slapping them on take some decisive swipes and careful application so that I don't end up smearing them all over my lips.   If you are not used to wearing these strong reds, it is best to line your lips with a pencil, and use a lip brush.  

I blotted them off with tissue after taking the photos,  What reminds is a beautiful matte stain that looks equally beautiful.   

I am falling in love with this pair of YSL reds. 

Lip swatches and LOTD: 

On the rest of my face: 

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, Touche Eclat 01 and 02 under my eyes, Dior Snow spot concealer

Cheeks YSL Blush 06, Guerlain Terrecota Bronzer

Eyes: Burberry Trench eyeshadow, Pale Barley eyeshadow

YSL Black Pencil liner

Ardel 120 lashes 


YSL is now located at ION basement, and you can also order YSL from the TANGS eStore. 

Hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

September 10, 2012

Saks.com Haul: Lancome Rouge in Love 170N Sequins D amour [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

Hi hi!

This is another goody I purchased from Saks.com, it is the US edition of the Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick (USD$25 each).  The US editions, if you aren't aware, are a different formula from the Asian editions we get around here.  Our Asian version is extremely smooth and creamy, but it lacks the full intense color payoff of the US edition.   So I am very very curious to try the US edition ones....and this particular shade, 170N called out to me, because I saw it being featured in a Lisa Eldridge video (her re-creation of makeup done on Kate Winslet for the Titanic red carpet link link link).

170N Sequins D’amour is a neutral to warm toned red lipstick.  NARS Jungle Red which I featured in the previous entry is a slightly deeper neutral red, while NARS Dragon Girl and Chanel 31 Cambon are both cooler toned reds.  This is a really classic shade, and I really really love the texture and the amazing color payoff.  I would definitely want to purchase more colors if I have the chance, in perhaps neutral shades. 

It is so creamy, and I would apply it straight from the tube.  However, I noticed a little of color feathering at the edges of the lip shape.. so you might want to use a lip liner and/or blot off the first layer, and re-apply a second layer.  Hence, when applying it on your lips do watch out for the bleeding/ feathering issue. 

I am just super in love with this classic red shade!

Close up on my face...

Again, it is a red that brightens up my face, and really makes for a chic classy red.  Loves loves! 

Just a quick comparison, for you to see the different undetones.

Because my own skintone is rather light and  neutral, I think I could pull off both types of red. 

That's all, and I hope you find this entry helpful!  

Thank you for reading!

December 12, 2011

LOTD: NARS Joyous Red Semi-Matte Lipstick [Plus Wearable Red Comparisons]

Quick comparisons of wearable red lipsticks in my stash.   By 'wearable' I mean red lipsticks that are rather sheer in texture, perhaps with some shine, and also reds with a tinge of coral, pinks or brown so red doesnt scream quite so brightly.

I think that NARS Joyous Red is a buildable wearable red.  If you swipe it 2 - 3 times across your lips, you do get quite an intense finish, but it doesn't scream BRIGHT red, due to the orangey brown undertones and the subtle gold glimmer.

I pulled out a bunch of reds that I can think of... that falls into this 'wearable' red category (so that leaves out the intense rich reds like Illamasqua Sangers, Chanel Dragon, MAC Ruby Woo, etc etc) and so we have the following:

I am aware that the Chanel shades shown below aren't exactly red, I am including them because these lipsticks have very very SIMILAR texture and finish to the NARS Semi-Matte lipstick.  That soft velvety matte finish and feeling as it glides on your lips/ skin.

A sort of lame LOTD where I don't have much makeup on, and I just slapped on the lipstick on its own.

Pardon the messy wet hair.

Another LOTD where I had on full eye makeup and cheeks etc etc..

[picture taken at Zoukout 2011...hur hur]



Everyone must have a red lipstick (or many) in her stash!  Which is your favourite red lipstick?



Hope this has been helpful, 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.

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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