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January 21, 2013

YSL Spring Look 2013: La Laque Couture 35 Bronze Pyrite

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Today I am sharing with you one of the two polishes which will be released with YSL's Spring 2013 collection (the collection is due out early Feb at their ION store, and maybe a week later at Tangs Orchard). 

Bronze Pyrite is a very metallic pale olive shade (why it's called bronze, I am not sure) but it certainly has the pyrite element - a search on google image on 'pyrite' yielded pictures of similar hued mineral substances.  Which is part of the inspiration for this collection - featured earlier in this entry.   It is a pretty unique shade in my stash, leaning in between silver and olive.   It also looks slightly different under different lighting situations, at times it's really pale and metallic, and when indoors, the shade becomes richer, and more dimensional. 

The consistency is perfect, it is opaque in one coat - which is a good thing when these very foiled metallic polishes are concerned.  The paddle shaped brush allows for a very self-leveling application, and the brush strokes are not very visible when viewed from a distance.   

This is another set of pic I took on a different day, it was cloudier and the color looks more olive-y and has a slight green tinge. 

Just to compare another YSL 'Bronze' shade nailpolish - Bronze Aztec - which is way darker, and contains multi-color shimmer.  Both shades are just gorgeous, and the formula is impressive. 

I am very happy with my YSL polishes, and I definitely see myself picking up Jade Imperial when the collection launches. 

Hope this review and swatches have been helpful, thanks for looking!

October 06, 2012

YSL La Laque in 01 Rouge Pop Art & 28 Bronze Aztec [Photos & Swatches]

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This entry features a couple of YSL nail polishes... I have a few from their past limited edition collections, but I think these are the first ones I properly got from their permanent collection.  I selected a classic red (to match the Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Rouge Pop Art), and a metallic shade which is truly gorgeous. 

01 Rouge Pop Art is a gorgeous bold red.  I have countless red, but this is BOLD... it is blindingly bright, and the color is really beautiful.

28 Bronze Aztec is nothing like the name and the color in the bottle.  It is a blackened base with an olive golden sheen.  The shimmer are so fine, they are very very smooth.

Both look opaque in one coat, but I applied 2 for maximum pop in this pictures. 

Each YSl Nail Polish retails for $35, and you can get them from the YSL store at ION basement, or order directly from Tangs eStore.

Now... on to the details and swatches:

The bottle is sleek and square, I like the clean lines on the bottle.. and the names printed together.  

The cap is shiny but not fingerprint magnet type. 

I love the brush most of all (besides the formula), it has a curved tip, and is quite flat.  This means that you can get perfect smooth lines at the base of your nails, because the curve actually fits the base of my nail shape.  


It is a little hard to capture the red without my camera going a little crazy, the red is that bright. 

I think this is best on short nails like mine. 

The shimmer is very very fine on Bronze Aztec, and you got to see it to believe it. 

But this is a gorgeous metallic shade, and if you want to pick a dark shade from YSL, I highly recommend this color! 

My fave shot of Bronze Aztec here.


Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for reading!


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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 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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