Autumn 2018 Makeup
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.
You can always tell the difference when a cosmetic brand is made with the thought process of a beauty industry veteran. After all, some of the biggest beauty brands today were the brainchild of top makeup artists of their generation. The eponymous brand of makeup guru Charlotte Tilbury seems set to be a classic beauty brand for years to come. At least based on the formulas reviewed for this post. The Magic Cream has legendary status. Apparently Tilbury uses her special custom-made blend to perk up and firm the tired skin of supermodels and celebrities backstage. Whipped with shea butter, aloe vera, camellia seed oil, damascena rose, sunflower seed oil, the cream seems heavy at first touch but blends so well into the skin. No need for an additional serum layer underneath. With SPF15, you don’t even need to layer sunscreen on top (unless you intend to spend long hours under the sun). As a base for beautifully made-up skin, Tilbury created the Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer. Use it three ways: under …
Inspired by #travel #wanderlust #bornfree #wishuwerehere Insta posts, Urban Decay has launched its new Born To Run eyeshadow palette. With 21 bright hues in matte, metallic and iridescent textures, this palette is handy for travels as it lets one create a wide variety of eye makeup looks. From sunset dinners in Santorini to beach parties in California, the palette has you covered. The shadow formula gets a little powdery when the brush dips into the pan; but tap off the excess and it goes on smoothly with minimum fall out. The colours are pigmented, but as with all shadows, best used with a primer. To complement the range, there are three limited edition bold Vice Lipstick shades: a glittery coral pink, a plum and a mauve pink. As well as three 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils to match the shades in the palette.
You would never have thought that there would be a connection between photographic film, and skincare. But in 2007, Japanese film manufacturer Fujifilm made a stunning diversification into the beauty business with the launch of Astalift. Tapping on its assets such as R&D in collagen and nanotechnology, it created beauty creams that were effective in delivering antioxidants to the skin. Today, its skin-firming and brightening skincare formulas, as well as supplements, are some of the best in the market. This May, Astalift launches its new makeup range Flarosso to complete its line of products. It comprises of quartet shadow palettes ($65), lipsticks ($46), blush (S$55), and a highlighter (S$55). The brand says it has incorporated technologies related to photography to colour correct the skin for perfect selfies: an overlay effect of yellow, magenta and cyan colours for more vibrant shades. Stay tuned for a video review snippet that will be updated in this post, this weekend.
Japanese label Three Cosmetics’ skincare infused foundation line has been extended with the new – interestingly named – Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum (S$85). Containing botanical oils and extracts, the foundation is also made with fine powders that mattifies the skin while lending it radiance. A serum-infused foundation that supplements the skincare routine is always a good idea. Lightweight and relatively long-lasting, this foundation gives the skin a more matte finish than Three’s Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation. Ideal for those with an oilier skin texture or living in humid conditions. Available in ten shades, the Angelic Foundation is also free of skin-irritating UV-absorbing agents, parabens, and mineral oils. To complement this “bare-skin” makeup routine, Three also launches the Airlift Smoothing Wand concealer stick (S$55) and Ultimate Diaphanous Loose Powder (S$75).