You would never have thought that there would be a connection between photographic film, and skincare. But in 2007, Japanese film manufacturer Fujifilm made a stunning diversification into the beauty business with the launch of Astalift. Tapping on its assets such as R&D in collagen and nanotechnology, it created beauty creams that were effective in delivering antioxidants to the skin. Today, its skin-firming and brightening skincare formulas, as well as supplements, are some of the best in the market. This May, Astalift launches its new makeup range Flarosso to complete its line of products. It comprises of quartet shadow palettes ($65), lipsticks ($46), blush (S$55), and a highlighter (S$55). The brand says it has incorporated technologies related to photography to colour correct the skin for perfect selfies: an overlay effect of yellow, magenta and cyan colours for more vibrant shades. Stay tuned for a video review snippet that will be updated in this post, this weekend.
Luxury South Korean beauty brand Sulwhasoo’s latest limited edition range is adorned with plump peaches and spring flowers illustrated in a classical style. Symbolising longevity and vitality, the gold-accented designs are available on the First Care Activating Serum EX, Perfecting Cushions, Lip Serum Stick (which look brightly coloured but are actually very moisturising balms that give lips a hint of pink/coral). Also look out for the blush/highlight palette which comes with pretty embossed florals. The Peach Blossom Spring Utopia is a good buy for makeup collectors, or those who’d like to add some old-world Eastern glamour to their vanity.
Luxury Korean label Hera has finally joined the stable of Amorepacific beauty brands available in Singapore. It will make its debut at Takashimaya Department Store with a standalone counter on May 10. In Singapore, K-drama star Gianna Jun is the face of Hera Makeup. The line is known for its luxurious lipsticks and cushion compacts. The ranges available at the Takashimaya counter also include the skincare and Homme lines. A limited edition collection by Edith Carron will also be sold at the counter. Launched two decades ago in South Korea, Hera is known for its sleek and stylish aesthetic. It has been an official sponsor of Seoul Fashion Week since 2015. Prices start from S$43 for a lip tint; to S$75 for the cushion compacts and S$380 for a jar of night cream. Photos: Hera
Lipsticks are a bestselling category for many beauty brands. Because nothing brightens up a face so much as a pop of colour on the lips, and making a woman feel more confident instantly. To make their customers feel extra special, Guerlain has gone all out to up the ante on the packaging of its luxurious Rouge G lipsticks. The hefty bullet case with a quality crystal-clear flip-up mirror – designed by jeweller Lorenz Baumer – now comes in a variety of 15 opulent designs: some even come ensconced in leather. Watch this for a sneak peek. Of course, as with all quality lipsticks, the formula is still as smooth, pigmented, and moisturising. The Rouge G retails at around S$70 a pop.
Haze season is slowly creeping back into the humid sticky Singapore air. To protect skin from the fine particles of pollutants, French beauty label Yves Rocher has launched its new Elixir Jeunesse line. Formulated with the aphloia plant from Madagascar because of its ability to repair and protect itself, this skincare range promises to protect cells from stress while repairing collagen fibres. Free from parabens, mineral oil, silicone and colourants, the range comprises of an essence, micellar cleanser, eye cream, detoxifying mask, as well as night and day cream. Prices start from S$19 for the micellar cleanser.
One of the latest labels launched at Sephora Singapore is mid-priced beauty brand Pixi Beauty. Founded almost two decades ago by Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand, Pixi Beauty has a wide range of skincare and colour cosmetics. Infused with vitamins, minerals and botanicals, prices of the formulas start from S$15. They include the refreshing Rose Caviar Essence with rose petal bits suspended in the formula, and the Teen Vogue-approved alcohol-free Glow Tonic that exfoliates with glycolic acid and soothes with aloe vera.
To complement its popular Mon Paris floral-fruity fresh fragrance, YSL Beaute has launched a prettily embossed highlighter palette. In a translucent pink shade with subtle and sophisticated shimmer, the collectors’ item retails at S$105 (with a mini Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, mini Mascara Vinyl Couture, and mini Mon Paris Couture 7.5ml). Exclusively available at Tangs, Tang Plaza Singapore.
Yves Saint Laurent’s beauty range has long been a staple in the beauty arsenal of glamorous stars and their makeup artists. The Touché Eclat pen is a classic highlighter/ concealer that hides flaws while accentuating the contours of the face with a natural-looking finish. Many beauty gurus swear by the Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow primer; and the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are deliciously, decadently, sexy. YSL Beaute does not try too hard with its makeup range, just quality products that work for timeless, classic beauty. No crazy neon colours, highlighters that beam to the moon, or other fads. Our new YSL Beaute favourites attest to this. The Encre de Peau Le Cushion (the new version is emblazoned with the iconic YSL logo) gives skin a soft satin-matte finish, with lightweight and build-able coverage. This formula is unlike the dewy high-shine texture of most cushions that really only works on those with already flawless skin. Another must-have from the brand: the Couture Variation Palette with 10 complementary shades so you can create a variety of …
This Christmas, Skin Inc offers a limited edition skincare set unlike the others. Sticking true to its axiom of marrying beauty with technology (from its custom-blend formulas based on information from personal online surveys, to products created with data analytics intel), Skin Inc’s Selfie Essential Set will soon be sold together with HP’s new Sprocket 2-in-1 smartphone printer and instant camera. The Selfie Essential Set comprises of the Pure Revival Peel for exfoliation, the Pure Recovery Dew gel-to-liquid moisturiser, and the Pure Serum-Mist (a TBG favourite) for an instant glow, so #nofilter is needed. Priced at S$48, the set is worth S$79. While the Holiday Detox is boxed with the My Daily Dose of Vitamins ABC Serum (with Vitamins A,B,C) alongside the Pure Revival Peel, and Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask (another TBG favourite). Priced at S$98, value of S$162. The Bundle of Glow set contains the My Daily Dose of Glow Serum (with Vitamin A, chlorella and hyaluronic acid), as well as the Pure Revival Peel and Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask. Also priced at S$98, …
One of the best things about Christmas sets are the savings. At Clarins, its gift sets make good value-for-money presents for your BAEs or stocking up on beauty essentials. The Beauty Gazette‘s picks for your X’mas shopping list: Double Serum Double Serum Duo set , S$200 (worth S$250). Super Restorative Super Restorative Luxury Collection, S$328 (worth S$410). Body Contouring and Slimming Body Shapers, S$102 (worth S$146). Worthy limited edition ones: The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette, S$68 Holiday Eau Dynamisante, S$82 (worth $S121)