Armani Beauty has made its mark with its liquid lipsticks, foundations and molten eyeshadows. The colours are beautiful and striking; like the brand’s iconic fashion collections. But its skincare range? Almost non-existent until the recent launch of the Crema Nera range. And the star is the luxurious Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream. Lightly scented with a refreshing floral, the formula is gel-cream that is easily absorbed into the skin. It immediately gives skin a reflective sheen, and suppleness See how it works here.
ReFa’s most recent product to hit shelves is the CAXA Ray (S$350), a device inspired by the traditional Chinese treatment Guasha.
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.
Lightweight, anti-ageing, gel-textured, ginseng. You won’t usually see these few words in the same sentence to describe a serum. But Sulwhasoo’s new Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum is exactly it. This anti-ageing formula is surprisingly light with a cushion-y gel texture, making it suitable for even younger skin (mid-20s onwards), and for use in the summer or humid climates. The ginseng scent isn’t overpowering like it can be with most formulas containing panax ginseng too. This serum promises to firm, smoothen and add radiance. I find that it keeps skin especially supple, so that the application of foundation is smoother.
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.
To enhance the instant lifting and sculpting effects of its bestselling platinum-plated rollers, Japanese beauty label ReFa has extended its skincare line. Interestingly, the latest formulas immediately tighten, firm, and moisturise the skin. Few products promise and deliver on that. The products are also lightweight and easy to layer so that you can use them in tandem with the facial tools. TBG’s picks: Expression Booster Serum (S$95) with hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin, colloidal platinum and marjoram extract Expression Rising Lotion (S$100) containing phytopolyamine from soybean, as well as marjoram and juniper extracts Expression High Tension Mask (S$80 for 4 pcs) wraps around the jawline and neck with double ear loops. The fabric mask is soaked with angelica keiskei, growth factors as well as citrus and chamomile extracts. Watch to see how it works.
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.