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
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.
For quick and easy make-up, Laneige has produced a series of two-toned Contouring and Correcting Bars for on-the-go make-up perfection. Like the brand’s bestselling Two-Tone Lip Bars, the duo colours blend seamlessly onto skin upon application. Creamy and ergonomically shaped, these make-up sticks are easy to blend with fingertips, or a kabuki brush. Here’s how they work: The transparent Primer no.1 prepares skin for make-up application, and is for use all over the face. No.2 Pink Coral is good for concealing dark circles while brightening the area. No.3 Purple Blue brightens the skin, good as a highlighter. No. 4 Mint Lemon hides dark circles, adds the appearance of volume to cheeks, and conceals redness. No. 1 Cacao gives skin a natural-looking contour for sharper-looking features. No. 2 Almond offers a more dramatic contouring effect. Available at all Laneige counters and boutiques at S$38 each. Pictures: Laneige
A refreshing gel-textured formula, the Laneige Perfect Renew Eye Serum (S$65 for 14ml) is made to moisturise and firm the eye area. It contains rejuvenating ginger water and lavender oil to keep skin supple for longer; a perfect non-oily base for concealer make-up on the under eye area. This product kept my eyes looking brighter, more awake and youthful.
You’ve probably heard of a perfume wardrobe; but what about a mask wardrobe? Mamonde’s new set of Flower Facial Masks remind us of just that. Available in a variety of textures, these masks have different functions and are each themed with a different bloom. The Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask is concocted with the Evening Primrose and capsule beads for an intensive treatment of dehydrated skin. (The fragrance may be a little too strong for the liking of some though.) While the Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask contains calendula extracts and petals to soothe and moisturise normal skin. The refreshing floral scent is light and calming. Both sleeping masks – like Laneige’s bestselling Sleeping Masks – have a viscous and refreshing gel texture to seal moisture into the skin while you sleep. There is no need to wash it off till the next morning. As its name suggests, you can sleep through the night (or afternoon nap) with it on. The Petal Purifying Bubble Mask is blended with rose extract, and bubbles upon application on skin to lift …
Luxury Korean beauty brand Sulwhasoo has upped the ante on its cushion offerings. Come January 2018, it will be launching the second-generation of its bestselling Perfecting Cushion EX that first debuted in 2013. Infused with the subtle fragrance of ginseng (its extracts are a key skincare ingredient), the formula also moisturises with hyaluronic acid-boosting beta glucan and protects with antioxidants. The new Perfecting Cushion EX boasts quick and even fuss-free coverage to give you a more flawless-looking complexion. Each pat of the thin flocked sponge dispenses just the right amount of product on the skin, so you spend less time blending it out. Tip: patting the sponge on skin; instead of gliding it on the skin and pulling it – gives you more coverage and less wrinkles. Coverage is medium to high with a dewy radiance, and long-lasting. The new cushion will also be available in four additional lighter and deeper shades (ivory beige no.17; honey pink no.31, sand beige no.27, and amber beige no.37), bringing the total number to 10. Both no.37 and no.31 are …
K-Beauty Mamonde’s new Brightening Cover Cushion duo are additional options for women who want more out of their cushion compact foundations. The Brightening Cover Powder Cushion is formulated for those who prefer a velvet-matte finish, lightweight, and more coverage. The Cover Fit Puff the Powder Cushion comes with is slightly thicker and more porous, so it picks up more product for buildable coverage that mattifies skin at the same time. Made for those who usually prefer to finish their foundation application with a dusting of loose powder. While the Brightening Cover Watery Cushion moisturises the skin with a narcissus bulb extract, gives skin a dewy finish and lightweight coverage. Available in five shades that brighten and even out the skin tone, $32 each. Buy from Mamonde Tangs VivoCity and Isetan Tampines.
There are many reasons to love the year-end Holiday launches. And limited edition shades and value-for-money deals are just a few of them. Laneige’s year-end collection for 2017 ticks all the right boxes. First up, you get a good deal. Like this Holiday Sleeping Mask Set ($39): A set of three mini sleeping mask jars for plump skin. Next, the colours are pretty. Case in point: The Holiday Ideal Shadow Quad – Flash Gold Pop (S$42) : Sparkly and pearlescent eyeshadow for the office and drinks. Holiday Cushion Blusher – Roly Pink Pop (S$32): For an airbrushed flush and glow. Holiday Two Tone Tint Lip Bar – No.1 Lovely Pop and No.2 Chic Pop (S$32 each): Laneige’s signature two-tone lip bar, infused with its Lip Sleeping Mask ingredients to keep the pout moisturised and hydrated. The two looks that you can create from this set of makeup are wearable for both the boardroom and that Tinder date. Available at all Laneige stores, Lazada and Zalora. Photos: Laneige
When you’ve had a late night and have to wake early (and look alive), all you need is skincare that would plump up and smoothen the skin immediately before makeup application. Laneige’s Time Freeze Essence Ex (S$90) and Intensive Cream EX (S$95) seem to do just that. The Essence is a viscous serum which feels like a lightweight day moisturiser. Containing hyaluronic acid, it quickly adds a layer of satin smoothness and suppleness to the skin. Thus creating a perfect smooth base for foundation application. The Intensive Cream is best used on drier skin. The rich water-and-oil formula boosts the absorption rate, keeps skin moisturised for longer while smoothening the appearance of fine lines immediately. Good as a night cream as well. Add these to your bag of quick skincare-fixes for the Morning After.