Few mascaras get the stamp of approval on The Beauty Gazette, But the new Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara is one of them. It makes fine, short and straight lashes curl, look longer, thicker and fuller. It does not clump too much if you comb through the lashes carefully. Or if you love the bold, edgy and clumpy lash look, this is the mascara for you too. The long-lasting formula does not smudge in humid weather either. And the best part… it is easy to remove with micellar water and you don’t lose any precious lashes while you’re at it.
As part of its revamp to modernise its 146-year-old heritage, Shiseido has re-centred itself in the world’s largest makeup market: the US of A.
If you do not spend more than an hour away from Instagram (yes, I think that’s about right for most of this site’s readers), you would have noticed the social media coup Giorgio Armani Beauty has had in the last couple of days. It invited some of the most beautiful Instagram celebrities to attend the Venice Film Festival, decked out in couture Giorgio Armani, and of course, a face of Giorgio Armani Beauty. Languishing in the luxurious interiors of water taxis boating to the party, or posing on the red carpet… By linking Giorgio Armani Beauty to a night out at the glamorous film festival with Hollywood stars and the most beautiful gowns, this move has completely made the beauty label so much more covetable. Feel like reaching out for your GA Beauty Lip Maestro and Luminous Silk Foundation to feel like these leading (social media) ladies yet?
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 …
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The new YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation Stick is a winner. Foundation crayons are usually a miss. Because they are solid, the texture can be too dry. So when you apply it directly onto the skin, it drags, is patchy and streaky; and difficult to blend. But YSL Beauty’s new formula is nothing like that. It is creamy – but not too soft to make a mess – so it glides on the skin, and is easy to blend. Leaving skin with a satin-matte finish, it offers medium to high coverage. It is relatively long-lasting too. Draw strokes on cheek bones, along the nose bridge, chin, forehead, and blend with fingertips. Perfect for touch-ups at mid-day, travelling, or mornings where you are pressed for time and can only wear makeup at the back of a car.
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.
The makeup colours by Korean beauty brands are not always pastel, light and subtle, as Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Lip Squeeze range proves. Calling it a “tint” is an understatement. The colours are pigmented and intense, while the formula is creamy. A tiny blob goes a long way, and is best applied with fingertips or a lip brush. First squeeze the product on the back of the hand, and pick the colour up in small portions for even application. The Creamy Tint is surprisingly long-lasting and has a satin-shine finish. Watch this clip to see how the product works.
The wildly successful eponymous label by beauty blogger Huda Kattan is now available in Singapore at Sephora. With her beautiful Iraqi features played up with clever makeup techniques – that makes just about any Kardashian wannabe swoon – Kattan is her own ambassador for the range of eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, and fluttery false lashes. Based in Dubai, Kattan’s range is packed with beautiful shades that are best suited to women with dusky skin, large feline eyes, and full lips. Her new Desert Dusk palette is clearly inspired by a romantic Middle Eastern 1,001 Nights theme. Smooth and pigmented, the burnt bronze and neutral shades are perfect for every occasion. Highlighters and liquid lipsticks are also par for the course for Kattan’s fans to get that Jasmine-on-the-magic-carpet look.
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.