As 2018 draws to a close, The Beauty Gazette lists its favourite picks of 2018. All tried and tested, found to be effective, and loved.
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.
The hype is real. Hourglass Cosmetics deserves to be in the makeup pouches of the most critical beauty junkies. As compared to many other luxury/ masstige beauty labels, Hourglass Cosmetics’ product launches are few and far between. The bold colours in the collection are mainly limited to its lip line. Yet, makeup addicts are obsessed with Hourglass Cosmetics simply because the products work. Its award-winning Veil Mineral Primer is silky-smooth and keeps makeup on through the day, partying, drama, and drinks. The super-fine Veil Translucent Setting Powder takes away the shine, without adding any cakiness, and adds a luminousity to the skin. While the new Caution Extreme Lash Mascara is a dream to use. The highlighting, blush, and contour products are legendary; as they also add a glamorous soft glow to the face. And when they are all thoughtfully packed together in a single palette; you’ve got the perfect travel glam kit. Up next on our wish list: the new Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette in Unlocked.
Limited edition sets from luxury label Cle de Peau Beaute make some of the best collectors’ items. This year’s range comes adorned with beautiful Alice In Wonderland illustrations by Italian artist Daria Petrelli. The exclusive items include: Stick Highlighter in Light Me Refining Pressed Powder with fine glitter Satin-metallic Eye Color Quad in 318 Tea Party Lipstick Cashmere in 504 Follow Me, and 505 Paint Me Slip down the rabbit hole and take a closer look at the collection here. Now available at Cle de Peau Beaute boutiques and counters.
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 …
In a market where products are rejuvenated every couple of years to keep up with consumers’ fickle tastes, the formula of the classic YSL Beauty’s Touche Eclat has not been revamped for years, apparently. And for good reason. The sleek highlighter click-pen conceals dark circles and dusky areas of the face (corners of the mouth, sides of the nose) seamlessly. And it adds a glow to the cheekbones, cupid’s bow, décolleté, and anywhere else you want the light to hit. Now, YSL Beauty has bottled the soft candle-lit glow you get from the Touche Eclat pen, into a tube of foundation. So you get a soft iridescence to the skin, and light to medium coverage with this light and hydrating easy-to-blend gel-cream textured All-In-One-Glow Foundation.
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.
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.