Luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin is known for his ostentatious red-soled shoes inspired by the showgirls he has always admired. To complement his embellished stiletto offerings, Louboutin launched his beauty label in 2014 with lipsticks and nail polish for the woman who has everything. The over-the-top makeup packaging – with its weapon-like spike handle, bejewelled caps and gilded finish – give the products a collector’s item status. Prices match the form too: a lipstick costs $142. Beauty junkies in Singapore know what they want, and Louboutin Beauty is clued in. In June, it launched its first beauty counter in the city at Tangs Orchard, and it looks like a decadently delicious Parisian Boudoir of a femme fatale.
Nothing is more disappointing than spending hours in a salon to get that perfect hair colour, and having it dull after the first two washes. The creators of haircare label Infuse My. Colour saw the frustration that many had with their faded colour, and set out to offer a solution. “We are hair colourists who decided that it was time to call out colour fade and lacklustre pastels on blondes, for good,” says co-founder Rob Forgione. “Infuse My. Colour delivers gorgeous tones without drying the hair out or making it feel grainy. They are calibrated to deliver tones that are always appealing.” In Asia, where bleach-bottle blondes and daring bold shades are popular, Infuse My. Colour’s bestsellers are the Cobalt, Platinum, Ruby Shampoos, and Treat Conditioner. The range is made to intensify and maintain salon-fresh hair, and to lightly dye light and bleached hair in a fuss-free manner. The Cobalt Shampoo (left) maintains the cool, ashy tones in hair, and adds depth to brown colours. It also gives bleached hair a mint-green denim shade. …
The latest eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay’s uber iconic Naked range, is Cherry. Cooler in tone with plums and pinks, it is complemented by neutrals from beige to a milky brown. The shades are generally more subtle than the last Naked Heat palette, thus more suitable for everyday looks. For those with smaller Asian eyes, line and gently blend the pinks on the upper and lower lash line to softly define eyes. See the swatches here.
The spanking new 460 sq ft Hera boutique is a shining jewel of an addition to the luxurious Ion Orchard’s Basement 1, which has become a dedicated beauty floor of the mall. Local fans of the premium South Korean make-up brand known for its bright lipstick colours and fashionable aesthetic have long traipsed to Seoul to get their fix. Now, they can make their way downtown Singapore to snap up the full 250+ SKU range of Hera’s products which include skincare items. To add glamour to the occasion, K-drama superstar and the face of Hera, Gianna Jun graced the opening of the store. The opening of the boutique was also accompanied by the launch of its latest third-generation UV Mist Cushion (for dewy glossy skin, S$68), Lip Gel Crush (shiny, bright colours, S$45), and the Exceptional EDP (S$108 for 30ml). Hera’s first boutique in Singapore is located at ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #B2-37, Singapore 238868.
The long-awaited standalone Hourglass Cosmetics counter has finally launched with a flourish at the newly-revamped Tangs Orchard, in Singapore. Fans of its minimalist, complexion-perfecting lit-from-within candle light glow products can now pick up Hourglass’ full range of products, including skincare and limited edition sets at Tangs. These include the Confession Lipstick Collection (S$560), Lash Instrument makeup tool (S$122), as well as the Graphik Eyeshadow Palette (S$92). Previously, Hourglass was only available in selected Sephora stores scattered around the island. We also have our eye on the limited edition Ambient Lighting Edit – Unlocked (S$140). Vanessa Eckels, Hourglass’ Global Artistry Trainer shares her favourite makeup tips and products with The Beauty Gazette. If you only have three minutes before getting out of the house…I recommend that you pick up the Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light (S$76). This product was inspired by the Hourglass founder’s glamorous mom, who has pink light bulbs all around her house because it makes everyone look good. That’s the power of light which we try to capture with Hourglass products. This …
All about the lips. A fresh spin on the good old lip balm in a tin, Laneige’s new line of Tin Tint Balm (S$26 each) offers intense colours and moisturisation. Infused with ingredients in the brand’s popular Lip Sleeping Mask, the balm melts onto lips and stains it for long-lasting colour. Glossy and lightweight, the Tin Tint Balm is available in 8 shades of pinks, reds and corals.
Luxury label make-up brands are a hit or miss. The most prominent and fashionable logos could be emblazoned on the products, but the formulas may be as useful as a toy make-up. Giorgio Armani Beauty, however, has made its way into the hearts and makeup pouches of the most critical makeup junkies. Apart from its sleek, bright scarlet packaging with the iconic GA logo, the products are luxuriously formulated for women on-the-go. My Armani To Go Cushion offers a satin-matte finish, lightweight, medium coverage, and moisturising skincare ingredients with SPF23. The label’s lipsticks are also a hit, especially the iconic rich red #400. The award-winning Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick is packed with pigment, with a velvety-matte texture that is not drying. Also relatively long-lasting. Another of the brand’s bestsellers is the Luminous Silk Fluid Foundation. As its name suggests, it cocoons the skin with a comfort and lustre like liquid skin. Easy to blend, with medium to high-coverage and offering a glow, the formula is also award-winning and lightweight. To satiate demand for its coveted …
The sets of Chanel’s fashion shows are immersive and experiential. Karl Lagerfeld lets his imagination take flight for the shows; the mis-en-scene complements the clothing and accessories, transporting fashionistas to imaginary worlds where they would need every single piece he offered. Lagerfeld has taken his guests everywhere from the Chanel airport and grocery store, to futuristic spaces complete with a rocket, and magical forests. So when Chanel Beauty launched its CoCo Game Center Pop-Up in Singapore to give its latest beauty launch a fresh spin; it is with little wonder that the brand went all out. The Instagram-worthy space, inspired by an 80’s game arcade, is located at the Luxe Art Museum on Handy Road from now till 6 May, 11am to 9pm daily. Play Chanel beauty-themed old-school computer games, check out the testers, and pick up the brand’s latest launches including the Rouge Coco Lip Blush, and Chanel Cruise 2018 Makeup Collection. Register here to get a slot. Pictures: Chanel
When it comes to handy makeup products for on-the-go use, Laneige often comes up tops. The brand has its pulse on what busy women need to rule the world, and looking flawless while at it. The first of its kind, the Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base (S$43), nicknamed the Double Cushion, is an all-in-one concealer and foundation. Flip it open, and the sponge on the left dispenses a lightweight concealer to hide spots and dark eye circles. While the cushion on the right is soaked with a buildable liquid foundation. The formulas blend and layer easily, have a semi-matte finish, and contain SPF 34 PA++ as well as SPF 50+PA++ respectively. The tear drop-shaped puff applicator is easy to use too. The tapered edge with a flocked velvety texture blends the concealer on well, while the spongier and wider side picks up more foundation for medium to full coverage of the face. The casing is also slimmer than most cushion compacts, so it can be slipped into the season’s tiny cross-body clutches.
South Korean skincare label Mamonde’s new Pure White Active range is focused on skin-brightening. The star ingredient of this line is the rejuvenating magnolia flower extract, magnolin, to boost the skin’s translucence and luminousity. The key product in the four-piece line is the Essence, which contains violet brightening and colour-correcting capsules suspended in a clear, skin-firming gel. Lightweight and refreshing on the skin, the Essence also keeps skin supple and prepares it for makeup application.