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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



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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    March 18, 2014

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!!

    I ordered the Hourglass Radiant Magenta recently from Net A Porter (hurray for free shipping!!) and this is described as a golden fuchsia, it doesn't look that radiant, on me, this turns out to be quite a warm pink shade.

    I am loving all the Ambient Blushes, and using them very often lately.  They look really nice on the skin, and gives a long lasting flush of color.  When I use these blushes, I find that they blend so well into my skin, nothing that is powdery nor overly shimmery.  It just looks like skin. I highly recommend these Ambient Blushes if you can get your hands on them! 

    A groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color. 

    Close up and swatches: 

    That's all for this quick entry, and thanks for reading!

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    March 14, 2014

    Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Colour Correcting Powder [Photos & Swatches]

    Last week, I purchased the new Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Colour Correcting powder in the shade 003, which contains a pale icy blue section.  I use these powders as a finishing/ touch up powder, they give your skin a subtle glow, and just enough coverage.  I believe this range, or rather this product in particular is an Asian only release, and they are limited edition, so grab yours quick if you like these color correcting face powders.  
    This retails for S$90. 

    Here are some close ups: 

    Swatches - as you can see, 003 is slightly brighter as compared to 001 (but I doubt they would look that different IRL when applied on the skin). 

    Here is a LOTD where I applied the powder as a finishing powder. 

    I really recommend these powders!  They are quite luxe and versatile in my opinion. 

    Hope this entry is useful, and thanks for looking! 

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    February 03, 2014

    MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

    Hi hi~

    This entry is dedicated to MAC Lady Danger, which I think is one of MAC's 'famous' lipsticks - it is a warm orangey red that has a matte finish, but it's not one of the dry matte lipsticks... I found the texture to be quite creamy and the formula is easy to wear on me.  I actually have this brilliant lipstick almost a year, when I back to MAC a bunch of lipsticks... and this is one of the few that I picked out.  No wonder this is such a popular shade.  With a color like this, I often find that I don't need much else on the face and this color just makes me look fresh and radiant.  Today I wore it out with just a clean face, no eyeshadows, just neat brows and a little warmth on the face.  The lipstick itself doesn't run nor slip around due to its matte formula, and is pretty long lasting. 

    Here's a lip swatch, photobombed by my strands of hair... 

    (Today I also purchased MAC High Energy pro longwear lip pencil to go with this lipstick, and several other warm reds/ oranges in my stash.)

    and on the rest of the face: 

    I am wearing most Shiseido on the rest of the face.  Will post details of these other products soon. 

    Everyone needs MAC Lady Danger!

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

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    January 30, 2014

    THREE Flash Performance eyeliner pencils 03 Eye Sense & 06 Eye Kon


    One of my purchases from Tokyo are these THREE eyeliner pencils.  They cost around SG$40 each, and in my opinion, worth every cent - I now own 6 of these pencils, and they are all equally beautiful.  They last well, doesn't smudge and contains the most beautiful shimmers in them. 

    The packaging is black and chic, and comes with a smudge tip on the other end. 
    I picked a golden brown shade with the prettiest golden shimmer bits, and a deep purpley red with multi-shimmer bits. 

    swatches - taken with  my iphone cos I forgot to use my camera to snap a shot!  :o 
    But you can see the shimmer bits - and they don't move or fall all over your lids!  The quality is just impressive. 

    Here's how they look like on my lids - 

    The 06 Eye Kon is a great shadow color liner for under the eyes, and both shades are great to jazz up an otherwise neutral eye look. 

    and my little expanding family of these THREE liners: 

    That's all, and thanks for reading!

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    January 30, 2014

    Review & Application: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

    Hi hi!  This entry will be a review of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation - I am using mine in the shade Shell - and I got this from a swap with my friend in Australia, Inta! Check out her beauty blog here

    Here is the product description: 

    Consider Immaculate the miracle foundation for oily skin. This breakthrough liquid to powder formula absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish—without the need for touch-ups. In a consumer study, Immaculate’s advanced formula was shown to target oily, acne-prone skin. 

    Breakthrough liquid-to-powder formula delivers an unparalleled matte finish with real longevity that lasts all day, eliminating the need for powder, blotting tissues or constant touch-ups.

    Cashmere Kaolinite Clay, an advanced new clay, offers exceptional oil absorption—absorbing 75% of its weight in sebum while retaining moisture in the skin. 

    The oil-free and water-resistant foundation goes on smoothly and dries down instantly to a soft, velvet finish that never looks dull or flat.

    Unlike matte foundations of old, Immaculate’s superfine treated pigments provide unsurpassed coverage without looking cakey or mask-like, or feeling dry on the skin.

    My shade Shell, is the fourth shade in the range - it is a light neutral shade with some slight golden undertone.  
    I have been using it for more than a month, and I am most impressed by its mattifying factor and lasting power.  Before I go into the details, here's some pictures of the application process.  

    I usually use the foundation over a sunscreen base (usually YSL UV Shield or Sulwhasoo Snowise BB base) because the foundation itself does not contain any SPF.   But in these pics, I am showing the application over bare skin. 

    The foundation itself is quite thick and creamy.. and it reminds me of my Chanel Mat Lumiere because it dries quite quickly and you need to clear the pump opening or else it will dry and clog at the opening.   Not much of an issue for me though. 

    Here's the application: 

    The warm tones of the foundation really helps to neutralise the pink and redness in my skin, especially around my nose and on my cheeks. The foundation is easy to apply and blend, and I usually use a buffing brush to work the foundation into my skin. 

    As you can see in the half face picture, the foundation immediately sets quite matte, and I don't really have to use a powder to set the foundation.  On a daily basis, I usually do set (cos I want the foundation to 'properly' set for the rest of the day, and also bearing in mind that I have a sunscreen base underneath).  However, let's say I use this foundation for a night out, I would skip the sunscreen base, and I can just use the foundation on its own. 
    I do however, use a FINISHING powder, in this case, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light to finish the foundation, as well as to add a subtle glow back into the skin. 

    Products used in this picture: 

    face - Hourglass Liquid Powder foundation, finished with Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light
    concealer - YSL touche eclat under the eyes
    eyes - Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage 
    liners - THREE Flash Performance Liners in 03 and 06
    lips - Hourglass Femme Rouge ICON
    cheeks - ADDICTION blush in Amazing
    brows - Anastasia brow powder duo, set with NARS brow gel in Piraeus

    Overall thoughts of the foundation:

    • The foundation offers medium to full coverage.  It is quite buildable, but I really suggest just applying a smooth even layer, instead of trying to build it up too much.  It is able to even out my skintone and cover up most of my obvious spots.. so sometimes I can just skip any other concealer if I am running out of time. 
    • The foundation is indeed one of the most mattifying ones I have used - other comparables include Chanel Mat Lumiere, Lancome Mat Miracle foundation.  It looks fresh for most of the day, without me having to blot at all.  It also doesn't look dull and flat despite the matte finish.  It just makes my skin look quite smooth and diffuses the look of pores on my skin.
    • I think that this is a foundation suited for people with quite oily complexion, and people who like to have a very matte foundation.  For me, I enjoy the smooth matte finish, but I would use a more radiant finishing powder to give me a slightly more radiant look. 
    • The foundation is able to last me a good 10 - 12 hours of a typical work day, and I never have to worry about my foundation looking faded or worn by the end of the day. 

    Hope this review has been helpful, and thanks for reading! 

    I have one more Hourglass entry coming up next... lippies! Stay tuned!

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    January 19, 2014

    Haul: Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage & A Little Chat

    So many people raved about the goodness of this amazing TF Cocoa Mirage, and so one fine  day, I finally decided to buy it.  I have tried out a couple of other TF quads (Cognac Sable, Burnished Amber)  before, and found their shimmery shades to be quite impressive, but other than that, I haven't found the urge to actually buy one myself.  If you look across the color range of the TF quads, Cocoa Mirage is not going to be one that grabs your attention immediately.  It is very understated, and is the only quad that consists of mostly MATTE shades.  And when I swatched them, I found that each of these matte shades are very creamy and pigmented.  I also like that the only shimmery shade makes a nice layering combo with the matte ones.  They blend very easily, and the fact that they are housed together in one neat palette just seals the deal.  And a bonus?  I used a mixture of the matte brown shades to fill in my brows today, and it works! 

    There are other smiliar mostly matte creamy eyeshadow palettes of course... for example Urban Decay Basics palette, and in terms of quality and color range, you can also build your own neutral matte from Inglot (I think the creaminess and pigmentation is very comparable to Inglot eyeshadows). 

    Some close ups of the palette - 
    You can see how smooth the eyeshadows are even in the pan... 


    I think this is quite a warm matte palette... and while they are matte, they are by no means flat/ chalky/ powdery at all. 

    I used the palest shade as a brow bone highlight, and blended all the other shades together on my eyes.  Overall, a very easy failproof (safe, very comfort zone) type of smokey eyes.  Can I do this look with the gazillion of other neutral eyeshadows that I already own?  Of course!  But do I want a TF palette that I can use for everyday smokey neutral look?  Yes! 

    Skin is looking a little crappy due to a post camp trip... but sorted that out quite quickly with my Aseop parsley seed mask & followed up with Clarins Lotus Face Oil (bam, overnight, skin is cured and back to 'normal').  

    All products used:

    face - Sulwhasoo Snowise BB Base, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, set with Chanel Loose Powder

    concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy finish

    brows - Shiseido brow compact, set with MAC beguile brow set

    eyes - TF Cocoa Mirage, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner 

    lashes - falsies from Japan (no brand), YSl Faux Cils

    lips - NARS Satin Lip Pencil Timanfaya, Larger than Life Gloss Bimini (from the Spring 2014 Collection)

    Tee - Cheap Monday Graffiti 

    *** later on in the day I used NARS Short Circuit as an OMBRE (wooooo OMBREEEE!!) stain in the centre of my lips.  Suddenly felt the whole full lips and eyes thing very heavy going. 

    pics below taken with my iphone5

    Things we do... take selfies while getting ready.  

    A close up pic of the lippies I used: 

    I have been making a few 'good deal' purchases lately, for example, this pair of Tom Ford shades that I randomly saw at Tangs for ONLY $129!!!  

    A close up of the outfit from this LOTD - my new Cheap Monday graffiti tee, old navy rockstar skinny jeans, new look studded flats, Givenchy Pandora.  Comfy and nice! 

    Another similar outfit I wore a couple of weeks back, red checkered shirt (on sale, Zara) paired with white tee, old navy boyfriend pants, River Island flats, studded bracelet, MK rosegold watch, same Givenchy bag 

    New camera!  Haven't gotten to play with it much yet, but I love how cute and compact it is!  Canon Powershot N ($399).
    Graphic tee in the background is from ASOS.

    Also got myself a new pair of running kicks from my recent trip tp JPO, a plain all black NIKE Free Run 5.0 - this is men's size.. cos I have big feet.  Comfy, and cushiony.  Goes with my jeans and running gear. 

    And in view of the upcoming NARSissist Palette, I arranged this little stash of my NARS neutral eyeshadows.  Not pictured are 5 more singles, which aren't exactly in the neutral famliy.  

    I already have these shades that will be in the NARSissist Palette...
    Coconut Grove
    Ashes to Ashes 
    Brousse #2

    These are the other shades in the palette which I don't already own (mostly from existing eyeshadow duos). 
    (All About Eve #1)
    (Madrague #2)
    (Madrague #1)
    (Bellissima #1)
    (Bad Behaviour)
    (Dogon #2)
    (Pandora #2)

    and the rest show in the pictue are:
    Mississippi Mermaid

    And wooohooo!  I finished another loose powder - Chanel Loose Powder.  Took me a few years and some straying... but I am done with this!  One of the best loose powders out there.  Sets my makeup for the day.  

    Hope everyone have a great week ahead!

    Thanks for reading! 

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    November 16, 2013

    Illamasqua Nailpolish in Charisma

    Hi hi!!

    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!

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    September 12, 2013

    The Nail Junkie: Jelly Apple [Photos & Swatches]


    This entry features a bright neon green polish from The Nail Junkie - Jelly Apple.  I have applied 3 coats in this set of pictures.  The formula is creamy and not streaky at all.  It also contains ultra fine holographic shimmer bits that gives the jelly creme even more dimension.  
    I was a little worried about how the neon green wears, but the cheerful jelly green is starting grow on me!

    This would be great as a 'jelly sandwich' manicure too, but I think I shall stick to rocking this cool neon jelly green shade on its own.  

    Hope you can see the extreme glossiness & smoothness of the formula in these pictures! 

    The Nail Junkie is artisan hand blended Big 3 Free Nail Polish from USA. 

    You can purchase this from Meimei's Signatures (click here)

    There is a 8% storewide discount from now til 15 September 2013.  Meimei's Signature also ships worldwide.  

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking! 

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    September 04, 2013

    Review & Application: NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

    Hi hi!  This will be my review of the NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation - for information & swatches, please click on this entry here. 

    I have been using this foundation for almost 2 weeks, and I think I can share with you my overall thoughts and impressions of this foundation.  It is often easy to give my thoughts when I enjoy a particular foundation.  I have been quite diligent with my foundation reviews lately (pat myself on the back) and I have also started NOT wearing any base prior to foundation application...and slowly, I am starting to wean myself off wearing a base (unless it is for SPF protection)... it's like I have come full circle with my base routine.  When I first started wearing foundation, I just wore it on its own, never knew what a base/primer is for... then I started delving into the world of wearing primers etc..you name it, radiant base, brightening base, lasting base, oil-control base, smoothing base..... I also went through this long period of using a bb cream as a base  -- which I would still do if I feel like I want to have extra coverage, I want to look extra flawless and when I want to my makeup to last extra long.

    But I digress - the whole point of all that ramble is to let you know that I have more or less stopped wearing a primer/makeup base...and strangely, I am OKAY with it... I find my my skin has gotten used to go without a makeup base.  I am okay with the coverage of the foundation alone (I just add some concealer on areas where I need it), and sure, perhaps I might need to blot my face one extra time throughout the day, but other than that...it feels good to cut out one step of my makeup routine.  

    I have been enjoying the NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation - it gives you coverage, great finish & lasts a good 8 hours of wear.  Before I go into the details of how it wears, let's go through the steps of my application - I think you know the drill by now: 

    step one - my bare face!
    like I mentioned earlier, I will be showcasing the foundation without a makeup base, but if you feel like you need to, I recommend the NARS 
    Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

    (my skincare routine, click here)

    step two: dabbing the foundation on my face.
    because the foundation doesn't immediately sink into your skin, you have time to apply and blend it,
    so I just lightly dabbed it all over my face.  

    you can see that the shade match is pretty great, even though I usually wear Deauville - this one here is Mont Blanc.  
    But but but.... if you are already using NARS foundations, I think you are pretty safe sticking to your regular shade.

    step three: blending the foundation with a stippling brush
    no particular reason why I used a stippling brush, any buffing brush will work for this foundation.  
    I didn't use the sponge, simply because using a brush is more convenient for me on a daily basis. 

    here's a before/ after comparison:
    You can see clearly that the redness in my skin is neutralised (even though this shade has a slight pink undertone) and the overall complexion is even out.  You can also see that the foundation has a velvety smooth finish. 

    step four:  I just like to use my fingertips to lightly pat the foundation into my skin, and to smooth out any brush strokes left behind. 

    step five: concealer, brightening and adding a little extra coverage

    here I am using the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, which is quite multi-purpose for me. 
    I can use it under my eyes, around my nose, and also on some light spots. 
    lightly dab it over areas you want to cover, and blend in with fingertips. 

    and you can see the brightened areas

    step six: I use the NARS Loose Powder (shade Flesh) to set the foundation. It also adds just a tiny bit of coverage, and helps the foundation lasts longer.

    Just to show you how much foundation I have used up.  
    there is a dent... well, I had a minor accident with the compact, dropped a tub of concealer into it, that's why. 

    and the finished look
    (sans brows and cheek colors)
    you will notice the overall radiant finish, it is quite brightening, and the foundation is able to smooth over my skin,
    and render the look of pores much finer.

    another close up of the face skin texture, natural daylight, no flash
    around the cheeks and nose, you can see how the foundation looks glowy (even after setting with loose powder) 

    and the first time I wore this foundation, in this LOTD here

    Overall thoughts: 

    It is a very comfortable and easy foundation to wear, if you always think that cream foundations are too rich, or only for dry skin people, think again.  I have normal to oily t-zone complexion, and I don't notice any greasy feeling when using this foundation.  What I like most about this foundation is how lightweight it is, and yet gives a smooth radiant finish.  It has a medium coverage, which can be adjusted depending on the amount of product you use.  I like how your skin still shows through, in a very enhanced mannner.  
    With proper powder setting, the foundation lasted me a good 8 - 10 hours of wear, during which  I have to blot every 3 - 4 hours (again, this is an issue which you can rectify with an oil-control makeup base, which I totally skipped). 

    Overall the foundation delivers in every aspect of its name - it does give a radiant finish, it is compact (easy to pop in your bag for travel, or touch ups, if necessary, and it is creamy enough to glide over your skin surface).  I am guessing this might be comparable to the Chanel Vitalumiere Hyra (I am pretty sure the NARS one is less costly), and also comparable to Chanel Perfection Lumiere (well, to me at least) and lastly quite similar to GA Lasting Silk foundation. 

    The bottomline:  a great performer, which is a creamy & radiant foundation that's easy to use. 

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

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    September 04, 2013

    NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation [Info & Swatches]

    This entry introduces the new NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation.  I am very excited to try out this foundation, a cream compact foundation sounds really neat and easy to use.  And NARS' Radiant Creamy Concealer is such a fantastic product, that I have high hopes for this foundation - I think when it comes to 'radiant', NARS has it down pat.  

    Review & application here

    Note that the Cream Compact foundation and the casing is sold separately.  Each purchase of the foundation refill comes with the sponge, and the compact comes with a huge mirror inside. 
    Personally, I have not used the sponge to apply this foundation.  I prefer to dab the product on my face, and use a buffing brush to blend out everything.  But I will go more into how I apply in my review entry. 

    I think around 10 shades will be released in Singapore. 

    Some detailed information:

    New NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation brilliantly evens skin with a lightweight, luminous finish. Combining the supple feel of a cream foundation with the sleek ease of a portable compact, the Advanced Emulsion Technology formula may be applied wet or dry for artistic versatility. Blending seamlessly with weightless medium buildable coverage, skin feels soft and comfortable with moisture levels boosted by 80% after 12 hours, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhancing skin's radiance.

    Test Results:

    • 90% noticed their skin looked brighter and more radiant
    • 95% felt their skin was smoother
    • 93% felt the appearance of dry skin was improved

    We have liquid foundations, a powder version and a tinted moisturizer. Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is, in a way, a combination of all of them. It’s a cream, so it’s moisturizing, and supplies all the coverage of a liquid foundation. It’s like the best of all worlds.  -- François Nars 

    "For perfectly illuminated skin that looks airbrushed, apply with a dry sponge for maximum effect, a damp sponge for more glow or stipple on with your finger for problem areas." -- Christopher Mayes, Lead Trainer

    Here are some close ups of the product itself:

    The compact has a tight lid - which is essential because if you don't close it properly, the foundation will 'dry' out. 

    I was given the Mont Blanc shade to try out, which has a light pink undetone - and I am usually a light neutral undertone... but as you will see in my review entry, I think the shade difference is quite negligible. 

    A quick swipe across the surface - it feels very moist and wet to touch, and quite 'hard', it is not a cream compact that is so cream you can dip your fingers inside, like a cream tub of foundation.  

    Once applied on the skin, you will feel like the foundation has a silky and moussey texture.  It is very smooth, and dries/sets to a semi-matte radiant finish. 

    Here's everything blended in. 

    If you like cream foundations, do check out the NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation.  My review & application entry is posted here.  

    Thanks for looking!