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.
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.