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October 12, 2013

Three Giorgio Armani Reds in 400 [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!

In this entry, I will be featuring 3 red Giorgio Armani lippies.... they are all numbered 400, across the different ranges of lip products the brand has.  

shade 400 is a true red that leans quite neutral, and I think will suit every skintone.  The shade of red is rich and creamy - in the lip maestro, it is velvety matte and intense.  In the flash lacquer, it has high shine and smooth color payoff.  And in  their latest rouge ecstasy, 400 is a creamy classic lipstick with a satin finish. 

You might be able to do the perfect bombshell red lips if you use the lip maestro as a base (cos it is so long lasting), apply the rouge ecstasy as the color and add the flash lacquer as a top glossy coat...but that would be a little over the top..  For me, I think that the flash lacquer is a wearable classic red for those who don't want the intensity of the rouge ecstasy and lip maestro.

Here are swatches: 

and swatches on the lips in the same order: 

Wearing everything Giorgio Armani on my face in this look - I will have a breakdown in my next entry. 
I am wearing the Rouge Ecstasy in 400. 

Happy weekend! 

September 30, 2013

Dior Vernis & Rouge in 999

Hi hi! Today I have a couple of gorgeous iconic Dior Reds to share with you.  Both are numbered/ named 999 - an intense creamy true red.  Rouge Dior is an ultra-nourishing, long-wearing formula, in a haute couture color. This extraordinary lipstick does what most long-wearing lip colors do not. It dresses your lips in voluptuous, long-wearing color, while simultaneously providing definition, moisture and nourishment to the lips.</p> <p>

This is a glamorous pairing, and the lipstick is truly a classic shade of red. 

I have included two videos at the end of this entry, in order to appreciate the history of Rouge Dior's haute history and background, and also a behind the scenes of the Rouge Dior campaign starring Natalie Portman who is sporting 999 in the film. 

The color is intense, and provides true color payoff with just one swipe. 

The nail polish has a creamy formula and again, in one brush stroke is able to cover my entire nail with the rich red. 

Here's a quick glance:

And an overall look: 

I had gone for a clean face using all Dior products, with long lashes to accenturate the eyes and a flush of color on the cheeks. 

Will include a list of all items used soon: 

Here are the two videos: 

Rouge Dior - 60 years of attitude 

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Rouge Dior - the making of

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July 18, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang [Photos & Swatches]


True story.  When you buy something at Superdrugs, it inevitably becomes all sticky and gunky from all the security stickers and tag they slap onto their makeup items, and when you peel away the tags to open the product, you are left with this horrid sticky residue.  Sigh. 

To be honest, this wasn't on my radar at all while I was browsing the shelves.  Then my dear enablers (hahaa you know who you are!) told me to get these Apocalips from Rimmel, and so I went a swatching, and I was like, erm I think I need to get at least one, so I can also know what everyone is raving about, you know?  And the only colour which I could possibly justify buying is another BRIGHT RED.  It's like, I have this bright red for comparison, and I know my sister would share it with me, we can get wear out of it, etc etc. 

So anyway, these Rimmel Apocalips are very intense lip lacquers - they are all very pigmented, and slightly sticky.  The color of this red, Big Bang - is extremely creamy and very very IN YOUR FACE.  But it is a beautiful red.  I probably applied it a bit much in this set of pictures, so a more wearable version might be to blot away the excess, and wear it as a vivid stain.  That's how I would wear it.  

This costs about SGD$10 each.  Ehhhhhh cheap right?  Amazing.   They remind me of the luxe lip lacquers from Giorgio Armani & Shiseido (another story, another entry). 

Swatch on my hand: 

Swatches of all the 8 shades they have:

Swatches on the lips:

and one on the face - please pardon my worn look.
(wearing Koh Gen Doh Moisture foundation, and a bit of bronzer on the cheeks) 

Bottomline - if you have the chance - grab these!

Thanks for reading!

June 08, 2013

GIVENCHY Le Rouge Couler Intense 306 Carmin Escarpin [Photo & Swatches]

recently launched a collection of lipsticks for Spring Summer 2013, Le Rouge - a semi-matte lipstick encased in genuine leather.   It is a long lasting lipstick-as-accessory delivers intense colors and a semi-mat finish all in one stroke. And as the first lipstick to come in real leather, it imparts a soft, supple touch and sensual feeling.  I bought this at Sephora for $49 each - and I picked Carmin Escarpin - a true warm red which just pops. </p> <p>Some close ups of the packaging - 

The leather detail, the stud, the sleekness of the metal - I just couldn't pass up getting at least one to try, and especially one in RED to match the overall packaging of the lipstick. 

Product description from Givenchy's website 

Le Rouge transforms you into a style icon with its signature semi-mat finish and genuine lambskin leather case.

Each shade is specially concentrated with intense color pigments for easy one-stroke application that lasts throughout the day. This lipstick defines, plumps, and moisturizes lips with its unique lightweight shaping formula and non-sticky texture.

<span>Lips are sensuously dressed in radiant semi-mat color that is soft to the touch.

SUPER LUXE packaging!

Ingredients Information - 


Set in silica beads that are gradually released for moisturized lips throughout the day


Envelops the lips with a comfortable creamy texture that nourishes


Colors more radiant and highly concentrated for easier one-stroke application


Micro-spheres glide into the fine lines of lips and lock in moisture growing 50x larger. Lips are plumper and revitalized


The combination leaves a fine non-sticky finish that feels bare to the touch

Swatches - 


Overall look</strong> - please pardon my tired looking face, I just came back home from camp.. on my face, I am wearing Diorsnow Concealer (yes I lightly applied the concealer all over my face for an even and smooth finish, an accidental discovery which works well super well), NAKED flushed palette on my cheeks, and nothing much else. 

Have you picked up any of the Givency Le Rouge yet?

Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking!

May 11, 2013

Lancôme Vernis in Love: Jolis Matins [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!

Good morning!  Hope everyone is enjoying this Mother's Day Sunday.  :)

Today, I have the upcoming Lancôme Vernis in Love - Jolis Matins shades to share with you.  These polishes retail for S$30 each, and contains 6ml of product.  

These shades are the 'In Love with Morning' shades - very fresh, classic and wearable.  
I love the brushes on these polishes - they are paddle shaped, like the YSL and Loreal polishes. 

The formula and consistency of these polishes are quite impressive.  The color payoff is very intense, and application is a breeze, thanks to the brushes.  I didn't have any problem with visible brushstrokes and streakiness. 

Just a close up of the brush - and how it is able to cover my nail in one stroke.  

and now for the swatches: 

All swatches are taken with a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat.  
(except for 010M Cristal Quartz, which is shown on its own)

010 M Cristal Quartz 
just a clear polish to give your nails a shine 
020M Pure Narisse 
A sheer cream shade, perfect for a french manicure, or just to give your nails a groomed chic effect
Bonus: this is not streaky at all despite the sheerness.  Application is a breeze. 

311M Jolie Rosalie 
A creamy warm pink. 
Perfect summer shade, great if you want to show off the healthy tan. 
The formula is extremely smooth and creamy.

Rose Plumetis
A rosy light pink with a subtle sheen.  It is very opaque and creamy.</p>

105M Corail in Love
A true coral which is not too orangey - salmon pink.  
It is showing up a little muted here, but it's slightly brighter in real life. 

154M  Miss Coquelicot 
A classic bright red, neutral undertone that suit all skintones.</p>

and lastly, we have 179M Madame Tulipe
a rich deep red, with a cooler undertone.  I love this shade. </p>

a comparison of both the reds

My top picks among the Jolis Matins: 

311M Jolie Rosalie
<span>154M  Miss Coquelicot 
<span>179M Madame Tulipe

</span></span>Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for looking!

May 04, 2013

LOTD: Quick & Wearable Reds


Just a quick LOTD with my somewhat matching red nails and lips.   This took me about 10 minutes to slap on, and out of the house I went. 

I skipped the primer, and focused on having neat brows and a pop of color on the lips.  I know there's nothing really 'new' to this LOTD..but I rotate my products all the time, so it's nice to experience different product combinations. 

All products used: 

Face - Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation, set with Lancome Teint Miracle loose powder

* the lack of a primer here is interesting, I got to see how the foundation works on its own, and I am glad to report that it settles very beautifully and flawlessly on its own too.  

Cheeks - Clarins Mosaique Bronzer, GA Ecailles face and cheeks duo 

Brows - Urban Decay naked basics palette, Shu Uemura brow manicure

Lips - Lancome Rouge in Love 174B Crazy Tangerine 

Nails - Lancome Vernis in Love 154M Miss Coquelicot 

Ring - ARTY Rose Gold 

Top - H&M (old) 

Hair was scrunched up and slept in most of the day, so they seem a little fluffier than usual. 

Lenses - Blincon 

March 29, 2013

NARS Satin Lip Pencils: Luxembourg & Palais Royal [Swatches, Review & LOTD]

This is the last installment of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils  (I hope! that's if I don't buy more, but I think I have all the shades I love!) - featuring my absolute top picks from the new range.  These are available from 1 April 2013 at S$37 each. 
Luxembourg - Vivid Watermelon

Palais Royal - Sangria (same color description as Seduction blush heheh)

I fell in love with the look of these two when I saw them... and after wearing them, I love even more!

I notice there is staining with the bolder and intense red / pink shades.  But it is a nice stain.  I don't personally find them drying on me... and certainly the satin dewy finish of the lipsticks fade after about 1 hour or so.  In terms of overall longevity, they are about the same as the Pure Matte Velvet lip pencils.

Other entries in this series:

Foralise & Rikugien (the natural and nude)

Majella - the deep true red

YU - the hot pink 

Swatches - I wanted to show the difference in the red tones of Majella and Luxembourg - Majella is a true deep red, whereas Luxembourg is a deep pinky red. 

I wore Luxembourg out last night, and it lasted very well and wears off pretty well throughout drinks and desserts.  Because it stains, you can't really tell where it's faded and intact which is always a good thing. 

Lip swatches!

Palais Royal is just mad love!  It is not scary blackish plum (like Volga) and I think it is along the same line as TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID --- shucks, as I am typing this I wish I had taken a comparison swatch - but my feeling is Black Orchid might be a tad more purple-y. 

Here's Luxembourg overall: 

and Palais Royal overall:

All products used (all NARS unless stated otherwise) 

Face: YSL Radiant Skincare brush, Sheer Glow foundation shade Deauville, Loose Powder shade Flesh, Creamy Radiant concealer, Light Reflecting Loose powder to finish

Cheeks: Laguna Bronzer, Gilda Blush

Eyes: Pro Primer eyeshadow base, Alhambra eyeshadow duo, Larger than Life pencil in Via Veneto on upper eyelids and Rue Bonparte to tightline lower lids, Makeup Store Chocolate Cheesecake pencil for lower eyelids

Brows filled in with Urban Decay NAKED BASICS eyeshadow palette, and brushed with Shu Uemura brow manicure in Ash Brown

and here's what I mean by the staining:</p>

Hope you enjoyed my mini series on the NARS Satin Lip Pencils!

Cafe Makeup has a comprehension overview of ALL the shades available, click here to check it out! 
I personally love the more bold and intense shades in this range, somehow the formula just lends itself very well to the reds and the pinks.  I am not so much caught by the natural shades, but then again that's just me.  There's definitel something to suit everyone's preferences among the shades we have, and do check it out at the store when it launches!

<p>Thanks for looking!
February 17, 2013

NARS Dovina Nail Polish [Swatches & Comparisons]

Hi hi!

I picked up NARS Dovina on a quick whim (I think I have a collective NARS entry which I should post soon, plus reviews and features of their new releases).  It is a beautiful classic red, brighter and creamier than Jungle Red.  It is opaque in one coat, though I applied 2 coats in my swatches.  I used this over the CNY weekend, and I just love it.</p> <p>Of course, it is one of the many classic reds I have in my stash, but I always like to own a classic red from every brand of nailpolish I have, and I am glad to add Dovina to the collection.  Besides, I think NARS polishes have great formulation across the whole shade range, and so far I have very good experience with  my NARS polishes (I have about 15 or slightly more currently). 

A few comparisons to my current fave reds which might be in the same category:

Here they are: It is the closest to the YSL red in this set of comparisons, I didn't pull out my Illamasquas, Diors and Essies for this comparison.. but I think you get the idea. 

Which is your fave red nail polish?  

Hope this entry has been useful, thank you for looking!

January 31, 2013

Nicole by OPI: Four Kardashians Kolors [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi~
This entry features four shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian colors which I got to pick at this preview event (mentioned earlier in this entry). They look quite Christmassy, but I felt like a metallic red, and all the glitters really appealed to me when I was playing around with the colors at the event. 

So, without any further ado...let's move on to the colors: 

All the polishes have a smooth formula, the glitter in this collection are quite fine, and the Nicole by OPI has the same wide brush that all OPIs polishes come with.  I personally find them a little too big and cumbersome, but they so spread across your nailbed very easily and makes for a easier application (wide brush saves you effort in painting from 'side to side' as one swipe can cover almost the whole nail). 

Keeping up with Santa - a metallic red, this is very smooth and almost opaque in one coat.  I painted two coats here to show off the full color intensity.  The red is very classic, without any obvious cool or warm undertones.  It is just a very neutral red which will suit all skintones in my opinion.

All is Glam, All is Bright - a silvery base gltter polish that contains darker blue-ish silver and red bits.  Reminds me of an ETK or something.  It is almost opaque in two coats, and quite smooth for a glittery polish.  Love how the glitter bits catch the light even though the pictures are taken indoors. 

Look at me, Look at me - another silvery base glitter polish, with pink, red, teal (?) --- multicolor glitter bits.  Same consistency and formula as All is Glam All is Bright.  

And lastly, Kardashing Through the Snow - cheeky name - and this is really made for the Christmas season.  A clear base, densely packed with fine red and green glitter bits. 

Layered Kardashing through the Snow with Keeping up with Santa - very party appropriate, and I trimmed my nails shorter to rock this combination.  I prefer glittery bright on short short nails. 

Formula on all four are impressive, and the two glitters provide enough coverage on their own.  Wear time is about 4 days, still looking good, without any tip wear.  (why I mention 4 days, because I seriously don't wear any color longer than that).  

You can find Nicole by OPI nail polishes at selected Watsons, and they retail for $12.90 each. 

Hope this entry has been helpful, thanks for reading!

October 06, 2012

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

Hi hi!

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 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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