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May 04, 2012

DIOR Summer 2012: Nude Tan 001 Aurora & 003 Zenith [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

I purchased both the Dior summer bronzers yesterday (10% + 5% off at Robinsons) - I don't think the summer collection is displayed at counters, because testers aren't in stock yet.  But a look at both the bronzers, I knew they would be totally wearable on me, and hence, I should get them both.  I managed to save more than $10 on each of these bronzers, so that made it an even sweeter deal.

This year's bronzers come with a mini kabuki brush which you can use to buff the product on your face for a healthy natural glow.

001 Aurora has the same name as last year's summer bronzer which never made it to Singapore.  It is a light tan bronzer with a rosy tinge.

003 Zenith is a slightly more tan and beigy bronzer

(and where's 002 and 003???)   oh well.

Both bronzers are finely milled, and super smooth.  The shimmer is extremely subtle, so there is no danger of over-applying this product.  And both bronzers are just as light and natural, and in my opinion, suit light to medium skin tones.

I would apply the bronzers with a kabuki brush, or a large powder brush, on my cheeks, and up to around my temples (as I will demonstrate below).

I hope these swatches help, if you are not sure if you should get them, seeing as the testers aren't out yet, and seeing as they are limited edition, and if you are thinking of these bronzers.... you better go grab them soon before they ran out.

Comparison of the packaging - the actual compact of the bronzer is smaller than last year's bronzer, but both contain the same amount of product 10g.   The box is huge, because of the mini kabuki brush that it comes with.


The mini kabuki brush - soft and dense enough and I like the little velvet roll it comes in.  Handy for touch ups.

The sleek and elegant casing, very compact, and closes with a little magnetic snap.  I like the compact casing.  Sturdy and just so chic!

two of them side by side

the best shades remind me a little of the Guerlain matte bronzers

the NUDE embossing contains very very subtle shimmers

but overall, the bronzers are quite velvety matte

close up pictures & details

001 Aurora


003 Zenith

and comparisons

You can see that all three bronzers are very natural looking, and look like they have a satiny finish.  But when I was outdoors, I could see the slightest shimmer bits that glisten golden pink in under the hot sunny afternoon light.  It is a really skin enhancing type of bronzer, and not the sun-kissed/ sun-burnt type of intense bronzers which you might typically think of.

I have often used 001 Aurora (the 2011 edition) as a blush, and it gives me a natural blush, not rosy blush, but just some color to my cheeks, and a subtle radiant glow. It's very wearable, and easy to use.

How I apply the bronzer

I am using 003 Zenith in this look.

p/s: eyeshadow I am wearing is Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon, Lipstick is Lancome's Rouge in Love 243,

Katy Perry by Eyelure falsies, Chanel Kabuki brush

Step One: buff it from sides of my face, to apple of the cheeks

Step two: buff it around the forehead (at the sides)

and the overall look

Product description - link here


Customised for a radiant healthy glow

With the aim of a natural and radiant tan, Dior creates a new healthy glow makeup product with a bare skin effect for all skin tones, all year long.

Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder is nestled in a precious round case in white bronze, engraved with the Dior canework motif and decorated with the embossed NUDE logo. This incredibly chic object is now a must in all tanning routines, accompanied by a mini kabuki brush.

The Nude Tan formulas contain translucent mineral prisms that adjust to the skin tone and the surrounding light. The skin tone is enhanced with a sheer, natural finish. Inside the Diorskin Nude range, with the Nude Tan powders, active mineralised water is enriched with a sweet orange extract to boost microcirculation*: with each application, the skin glows with vitality and looks more and more beautiful.

To achieve the illusion of a complexion glowing with vitality, the Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder offers a range of original shades. It combines two < colour and radiance > tones with < skin shades > for a result that matches the original skin tone, yet provides a surprisingly natural, radiance-boosting effect. Rosy harmonies add a touch of freshness and an anti-dulling effect, while apricot harmonies ensure a healthy glow, infused with sensuality.



I hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading!



Came across this beautiful Dior ad "Secret Garden" - Versailles ---- can anyone tell me which nail polish are the girls wearing?? I need!

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July 03, 2011

Haul: Illamasqua Writhe Bronzer [swatches]

I order this bronzer though MissJo-Spree and recently collected it after my US trip.  There was a 20% off and this bronzer is already in their 30% off summer shop.  So there was mega savings and totally justified yet another bronzer in my stash.

Behold, Illamasqua Writhe Bronzer - it has a golden sheen to it, and is super pigmented, like all Illamasqua products are.   Love the engraving on the powder!

I probably will do another entry with swatches of all my bronzers, and my overall impressions of each one.





Just some links, in case you are interested:

How to Bronze for Fair Ladies

Dior Aurora

Dolce & Gabbana Animalier

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiance Powder

Chanel Bronze Corail & Bronze Rose


What are your favourite summer bronzers?


Thanks for looking!




June 01, 2011

Haul & LOTD: Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder

So I got another bronzer today, and this is something I probably only started lemming for a week or so [as opposed to the Chanel bronzers which I lemmed for months].  I guess I can attribute this lemming to Temptalia, Cafe Makeup and also seeing this bronzer in action, in this video by RAEview. Warning: don't watch her videos, or like me [or maybe not] you will be amazed at her tutorials, her forte is creating wearable looks, using most products from a particular new release.  For example, she would review & do a tutorial using most of the products from the Chanel Summer Collection, Lancome Summer Collection, Guerlain Summer Collection and also Dior...basically she specialises in designer makeup, and I am suckered by all these quality, artistic, beautiful makeup items...  :o


The packaging is the highlight of the product, it reminds me of an Inglot palette with the magnetic studs which you can slide and the mirror and compact are 2 separate pieces.  I am quite surprised it didn't come with a brush though - like a brush that comes in its own velvet pouch or something.

The powder itself.

And it smells amazing, like Jasmine flowers.  All Guerlain face powders are heavily fragranced in a good way.  And the scent lasts, even though you have the product for a while.

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Gorgeous or what?

The powder feels velvety smooth, and a light swipe of the powder yields  a nice golden glow.  It is shimmery, but not anything chunky or too loud.  But it is very pigmented, and reminds me of the smoother MAC MSFs.  Like Comfort.  I would use this as a light blush all over the highpoints of my face, for a soft sun-kissed highlight.


I wish I could photograph this beauty under bright sunlight, but we all know it rained crazily this afternoon, and I am just glad there is enough natural daylight for me to take these pictures.


I just grabbed a few selected bronzers to do some compare swatches.
please take note all swatches here are done using a small face brush, not with my fingers, so you get an idea of how the application is like.
I tried to swatch this next to my Chanel bronzers, but there is no comparison.  The Chanel bronzers are way more subtle in their glow/shimmer factor.  The Chanel bronzers are more powdery, and more blush like, in my opinion.  And on top of all that, I couldn't take any decent pictures of the Chanel swatches next to the Guerlain bronzer, hence no showdown pictures.  :(
some chaos behind the scenes, and well, don't they all look lovely together??
my little modest stash of Guerlain face and cheek powders, all of which I love!
A quick LOTD that showcase the bronzer:
On eyes:  MAC Mega Metal eyeshadows [tweet me, centrestage, sexpactations], MAC Powersurge, MAC Liquid Blast Aqualine
On lips: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Electric Coral gloss
Face: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, Guerlain Meterites Pressed Mythic, Guerlain Blush G, Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder
I dusted the Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder at the top of my cheeks, a bit around my temples, and also slightly under my cheeks.  I used the Blush G right on top of my cheeks.
I also used a MAC 187 / duo stippling brush to apply all cheek products.  I have been LOVING this brush for applying cheek products lately.  And I have 3 or 4 of these duo stippling brushes, shall put them to good use everyday!
think this picture below shows the 'sublime radiance' on my skin heheheh.

An indulgent little purchase, no doubt, and yes, while it is so beautiful, I don't think it's that UNIQUE that you have to run out and buy it, but if you are into quality makeup, beautiful packaging, and well for want of a better word, 'collecting' makeup items... then maybe you want to check out the new offerings at Guerlain.  The eyeshadow palette is nice, but in my opinion, you would just be paying S$87 for a single eyeshadow, cos all the different colors are in one pan...and the gold overlay just goes away after a swipe of the product.  The new automatique lipsticks are pretty too, and I had previous swatched them ALL in THIS ENTRY....but, well, it is easier for me to say no to lipsticks, even though, I do spot some pretty shades in the range.
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--- I don't like to say that I am collecting makeup, because I am very selective about what I want to own, and most of the time, I do use them everyday, and not just reserve them for 'special occasions' --
I have been very impressed by all the summer collections so far, and I am already looking forward to the fall collection [esp the CHANEL] ! ! !   :)
That's all, and thanks for looking!
March 23, 2011

NEW Shu Uemura UV Base Mousse Sakura Collection [Swatches]

This entry will feature the Shu Uemura's new UV Under Base mousse sakura collection.  I had already mentioned the concept behind the sakura collection, and this collection also marks the one year anniversary of the release of the UV Under Base Mousse - which is a 20 times iighter mousse texture.  It is a marvel of innovative technology, and the light mousse is empowered with 'silcoat' smoothing technology which is diffused into the liquid foaming stabilizer to maintain the balance between the water and gas phase.  The 'silcoat' technology also allows the mousse to retain more UV filters, providing amazing SPF protection.

CLICK HERE to view the swatches and pictures of the rouge unlimited sakura collection.

Besides sun protection, the upgraded moisture feel is also due to the innovative ingredients including aquatoril, hyaluronic acid and betaine.  Complexion is render poreless after application.

The original UV under base mousse comes in 2 permanent shades, Beige and Pink.  This special collection, a new Limited Edition shade is introduced, which is the BB Beige shade. The same formula but in a slight darker tone.  Each of the base mousse retails for S$78.

As you can see, the special packaging of the products in the above poster shows the sakura in bloom, beautifully captured by Mika Ninagawa (I will be posting more promo pics at the end of this entry).  All the under base mousse will be released in this LE packaging, so if you want this on your vanity table, be sure to head down to Takashimaya on 28 March to check out the collection -- which will be launched islandwide from 1 April.  I heard that quantities for the BB Beige shade is extremely limited.   So... if you have been using this product, you might want to make a quick trip to your Shu counter!

Let's look at the products up close:

And blended out - all three shades blended into my skintone seamlessly - don't think you can tell the difference:

And close up swatch pictures:

I will review the mousse base soon!

And the sakura collection also features a foundation compact case, which also has the images of the sakura.  This retails for S$25 (just the case).

And some behind the scene pictures of the campaign photoshoot. which features the artistic vision of Mika Ninagawa and Yu Yamada - who also fronted the original UV under base mousse images.

That's all for now!  These products remind me of a whole stash of Shu Uemura products in my stash which I have been neglecting far too long - I actually started out using mainly Shu Uemura products (love their eyeshadows, brushes and blushes---and ZOMG lashes!!).  Shall try to do a couple of Shu Uemura -centric LOTDs soon, featuring the new lipsticks and mousse.  Stay tuned!


Just to recap:

  • The under base mousse is S$78 each, the powder compact case is S$25, and the LE rouge unlimited is S$35.
  • Sakura packaging for all products is LE.
  • BB shade is LE, the other two shades are currently part of the permanent range.
  • Launch dates: 28 March at Takashimaya Shu Uemura counter, From 1 April at all other counters


That's all and hope this has been helpful.  Thanks for looking!

March 23, 2011

NEW Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Sakura Collection [Swatches]

Shu Uemura will be releasing 5 new shades to the current Rouge Unlimited collection, in a special pink tinted packaging that is reminiscent of cherry blossom (sakura).  The new shades will be launched 28 March exclusively at Takashimaya, and the rest of Shu counters from 1 April 2011.


The Rouge Unlimited range of lipsticks are high-pigment lipsticks which gives true color pay off, rich in texture and has ultra-smooth application.  It lasts up to 8 hours of moisture and colour.

They come in the following shades, and retail for S$35 each.

PK341, PK356, PK332, PK339 and BG932

I had the chance to preview and play with two of the shades, which are beautiful!  Let's take a closer look at the lipsticks:

And swatches (and judging by the shade numbers, this is the only beige shade in the collection, while the rest are all variations of pink)


And we love lip swtches!

The campaign images for the latest Shu Uemura Sakura collection is a collaboration with Mika Ninagawa, featuring the Japanese cherry blossoms.  Mika Ninagawa is a world-renowned photographer and film-maker.  A breathtaking collection of images celebrating the sakura, the delicate symbol of Japanese springtime, adorns the packaging of this limited-edition series.  Experience the dream-like, kaleidoscopic vision of prettiness captured by Mika's lens.

I will be featuring several more products from the Sakura collection, but in subsequent entries.  But for now, let's enjoy a couple more images from the collection.

Behind the scenes shot of Mika Ninagawa

We were also surprised with this exclusive cherry blossom candy which Shu Uemura specially bring in from Japan for the press media and us bloggers.  The container is super super pretty in the same packaging images as the rest of the products (base products) in the same collection --- which I will be featuring in the next entry.  BEAUTIFUL and TASTY!

That's all, hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for looking!


I will be doing LOTDs with these lippies and all Shu Uemura products over the weekend. Stay tuned!  Excited!


Thanks for looking!



ps Shu Uemura products were given to me for consideration.

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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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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.

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