Lipsticks are the new eyeshadows. At least at Shu Uemura. The brand has always been known for its wide range of beautiful eyeshadows: metallic, glitter, matte. Now, it has expanded its lipstick colour range, to an impressive 155 shades. Encased in an acrylic bullet, the colours come in six textures. These include two new ones: amplified and amplified matte with extra pigment. All the lipsticks have also been reformulated with tsubaki (or camellia flower) oil, so that it feels extra moisturising on lips. For these textures, the colours are intense, with additional slick. Even for the matte version, there is no need to put on a coat of balm beforehand for smooth application. The Rouge Unlimited lipsticks are priced at S$42 each.
Francois Nars launched his iconic eponymous makeup label 25 years ago. This year, the brand marks its anniversary with 60 new lipstick shades. To commemorate the 12 signature shades with their enigmatic names, Nars has also encased them in a red velvety bullet so you can pick them out straight: * Honolulu Honey (neutral beige, satin finish) * Blonde Venus (cool beige, matte) *Morroco (warm cinnamon, matte) *Casablanca (bold coral, satin finish) *Funny Face (bright fuchsia, matte) *Heat Wave (bright orange red, matte) *Jungle Red (vivid blue red, satin) *Trans Siberian (rich ruby rose, matte) *Red Lizard (full-on red, matte) *Shanghai Express (warm brick red, matte) *Transeurope Express (deep rose, matte) *Scarlet Express (rich blue red, matte) Flattering, intensely pigmented, and traffic-stopping; Nars lipsticks should be a staple in your makeup bag.
At S$142 a pop, Christian Louboutin Beauty’s range of Rouge Louboutin lipsticks are arguably one of the most expensive in the market. But are they worth it? TBG does a quick review. With its hefty packaging, luxe matte black finish, and intricately carved cap threaded with a black sheer voile ribbon; the Rouge Louboutin lipsticks are clearly collectors’ items. Much like the namesake designer’s iconic red-soled heels. The lipsticks come in three textures: Silky Satin (20 shades), Velvet Matte (18 shades), and Sheer Voile (9 shades). Our pick is the super-pigmented Velvet Matte line which offers intense opaque colour, as well as a soft sheen. The bullet glides on easily for a coat of rich colour. We like how there is no drag. If you prefer a formula that is more wearable for everyday looks, go for the Sheer Voile options. It is translucent, glossy, and moisturising. The colour is poppy too. Another plus: the bullet has a more elaborate pattern. Watch a review here. Photos: Christian Louboutin Beauty
There’s something about getting your hands on makeup with pretty packaging. Even better if the beauty items are classics that belong in your regular routine, so you get maximum mileage out of the limited edition collection. (That is, if you bear to use them instead of storing them away carefully.) YSL Beauty’s seasonal range is a case in point. This February, its Heart & Arrows collection will literally make your heart palpitate a little faster. Sparkly hearts embellish the iconic Touche Eclat pen, while the Rouge Volupte Shine is printed with bold scarlet ones.
The new lip formula by South Korean beauty brand Hera is not for the faint-hearted. The colours are bright and pigmented; even though the texture is a relatively watery liquid. Fortunately, a spade-shaped applicator with a fine tip makes spreading the lip colour on precisely, easy. The sponge-tip soaks up just enough liquid to dispense a thin layer that stains the pout. Just two coats will give lips an intense shade, and high-shine. The dry-down is not immediate though; so give it some time before you drink. Hera Sensual Tint is available in 10 flattering shades.
Hera’s lipsticks have always been the brand’s most iconic products. The technology behind the formulas, top-notch. The smooth glide, even distribution of skin tone-flattering colours, and long-lasting formula make the Rouge Holic range a winner. The matte-textured options go on with a velvety finish, and stains the lips evenly even; after a meal. While this matte lipstick is non-drying, exfoliation is a must for the perfect pout. The cream version is more moisturising, has a glossier finish, and the colours look more intense. All in reds, corals and pinks that complement pink and yellow-toned fairer skin.
Think of it as a shadow for the lips. Urban Decay’s new powdery matte Lo-Fi Lip Mousse is perfect for a fuss-free pout. Just dip fingertips into the pot and pat on lips. Keep it subtle for the gym or easy lazy days. Or layer it on for a stylish bolder “undone” look with a little ombre effect. Just blend the colour from the inner lip towards the outer lip with fingertips. The colour is subtle upon application, but easily buildable and stains for a natural and long-lasting effect. Glide the mousse on cheeks and lids to add more colour to the face. This product comes in a handy little pot (much like eyeshadow) and easy to slip into the tiniest of bags for on-the-go touch-ups.
This range could just be one of the best lipstick balms on the market. Laneige’s new Stained Glass Stick lippies are very moisturising with a melt-on texture that coats lips evenly with a hint of colour. Each shade is flattering on Asian skin tones, and has a high-shine finish that is rarely achieved by a lipstick/balm formula. The slim lipstick bullet makes application easy-breezy. Although the Glass Stick is not very long-lasting, it stains the lips to keep the face from looking washed-out. Available in 10 shades. The light blue No.1 Blue Topaz goes on clear, while the rest glide on with varying shade of pink, coral, red and plum.
Nothing makes us more excited than quality, mid-prices cosmetics. Popstar Cosmetics, a two-year-old label founded by Singapore-born makeup artist and photographer Donald Chiu, is TBG’s new favourite. With a keen eye for visuals, Chiu’s work has been featured in the advertising campaigns of Brand’s such as Shiseido, Shu Uemura and Make Up For Ever. The artist dreamed up Popstar Cosmetics so that his clients could recreate the glamorous makeup looks on magazine covers and advertisements on their own. “I often have clients telling me that they want a certain look in magazines. But it is not possible to do so with just the products advertised or mentioned in the magazines,” says Chiu. “To recreate the rich colours and textures of the makeup shown in print, in real life, I often need to improvise. I once had to use a cream eyeshadow on lips because the colour was more vivid and durable.” His vision for Popstar Cosmetics was crystallised: make-up that glows onscreen, and on the skin. The products seem to have delivered on the brand’s …
The new Lacque Supreme liquid lipsticks by Shu Uemura are very good. And by that I mean long-wearing glossiness, translucent-but-rich-pigment kind of very good. Formulated with an oil-in-water emulsion, it feels moisturising and lightweight. Blended with a polymer coating used in pharmaceuticals and food, this liquid lipstick gives lips a high-shine that even lasts through meals of oily food. The colours are even and bright with one dip and two to three coats. The angled tip of the applicator makes it easy to slick on this gel-textured lipstick. Watch this clip to see the beautiful shine and colour. TBG’s picks of the lot: RD05 PK06 CR01 WN05 Available in 16 shades, S$43 each.