Amorepacific’s Laneige changed the masking game when it launched its Sleeping Mask in 2002. Busy and stressed out women could finally fall asleep with a beauty mask slathered on, and without being worried that they would wake up with “over-treated” skin and irritation. Now, Laneige has upped the ante on its bestselling Sleeping Mask. The new skin-brightening White Dew Vita Capsule Sleeping Mask comes with a separate sachet of Vitamin C powder to be blended together, for a more intense moisturising and skin-whitening treatment. This keeps the formula fresh and more effective. The gel mask soothes and envelops the skin in a thick layer, as each capsule is a generous 0.3ml. The lightweight packaging makes it easy to slip the mask into a beauty travel pouch, and keep your face bright, even, and hydrated while on the road.
The idea is so simple and not exactly new, but effective. To boost the effects of its new Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel from its signature Ceramide range, Elizabeth Arden attached a roller applicator to the product. So as you squeeze the tube, the gel formula oozes onto the roller-applicator which you apply onto the skin in upward strokes to firm and lift. Coat skin with the gel, then gently massage it into the skin. It immediately makes the skin feel tighter and more supple. If you prefer lightweight hydration on your skin, you could also use this in-lieu of a moisturiser. This formula also primes skin well for make-up, as it leave skin smoother, firmer and moisturised enough for foundation to set nicely on it.
Here’s a new multi-purpose, one-size-fits-all neutral eye palette by Make Up For Ever. Comprising a value-for-money 18 shades in three textures: matte, metallic and a subtle sparkle. Good for everyday looks and a compact makeup kit for travel. Watch this to see how it wears on the skin.
Paris-based designer Yazbukey is back working with Shu Uemura on a limited edition collection. For Spring/Summer 2018, the Yazbukey x Shu Uemura range launches with 16 Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick shades (four quartets of reds, plums, pinks, nudes) and four edgy metallic lip liners (in gold, silver, rose gold, bronze). Yazbukey – known for her quirky lip-shaped plexi-glass jewellery – first collaborated with Shu Uemura in 2015 on a range of colourful makeup. Watch this to see moving swatches of the nude lipsticks. The formula is long-lasting, creamy, and opaque in two to three coats.
A multi-tasking cosmetic product is a lifesaver. Especially when you need to travel light; or you’re a busy mom who has little more than 5 mins to look decent every morning. It Cosmetics’ CC+ is a colour correcting cream infused with an anti-aging and hydrating serum; as well as SPF 50+ sunscreen with both UVA and UVB blockers. It spreads on skin like butter, blends beautifully with warm fingertips, and gives skin medium to full coverage. None-sticky finish and gives skin a subtle glow. It is relatively long/lasting too. We would recommend preparing skin with skincare before makeup application, but if you don’t have the time to layer on the beauty potions before foundation, the next best thing to do is reach for It Cosmetics’ CC+.
Released earlier this month, Aesop’s latest In Two Minds skincare range was created to balance combination skin. And we’re talking about the oily T-zone and chin, with dry and flaky cheek areas, kind of combination skin. Three years in the making at the brand’s lab in Melbourne, In Two Minds comprises of a cleanser (S$43 for 100ml), toner (S$45 for 100ml), and a hydrator (S$80 for 60ml). Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop’s Innovation and Research Manager says the products were a result of observations of its customers’ skin in the past decade, especially those in warmer climates: “They were finding it increasingly difficult to manage this challenging and often reactive skin type.” The cleanser is a gel-based low-suds formula that is mild but contains witch hazel, sage leaf and salicylic acid for gentle yet thorough cleansing. The toner is a refreshing blend of chamomile, witch hazel, niacinamide and panthenol. It softens and primes the skin for a dose of the lightweight hydrator, which feels rich when dispensed but disappears into the skin with gentle massages. This …
Luxury Japanese skincare label Cle de Peau Beaute has launched a premium anti-ageing serum. The product is formulated with a “4D-Boosting Technology” that “sculpts” the face and enhances the skin’s natural collagen production. It also reduces the appearance of puffiness, sagging, pores, and expression lines. Formulated with coix lacryma-jobi ma-yuen seed extract to firm and keep skin supple; licorice root to firm; raspberry extract to strengthen skin barrier; as well as an exclusive ingredient that regulates cell behaviour. Although this serum has a rich texture, it is easily absorbed and does not leave a sticky afterfeel Immediately after application, I also felt a slightly warm sensation. Skin was instantly plumped, and felt firmer and tighter. Use this in-lieu of cream on hot and humid days.
The athleisure range of clothing – sportswear that takes you right from breakfast to gym class and then to brunch – is increasingly popular because it fits right into busy, go-getting women’s lifestyles. Now, Clinique is launching its FIT makeup range to literally fit into this segment in the beauty market. Packaged in handy sizes, these can be slipped easily into a gym bag. Fuss-free and easy to use, the formulas make one look and feel good in a jiffy; with or without a session of spin class. TBG took three products for a roadtest through a sweaty hike in the depths of a tropical jungle. The Matte On The Mat Workout Makeup SPF 40/PA+++ is a tinted sunscreen with a matte finish. The watery texture spreads easily. The Post Work-Out Glow Without The Workout Lip + Cheek Flush gives skin a natural-looking tint, so it looks exactly like how it would look after exercise. The tint looks dark when squeezed out of the tube but when blended out, it looks translucent. While Lash Longer Out …
Make Up For Ever’s Artist Color Shadows are good investments. The generous value-for-money shades (S$24 each) have good pay-off and minimal flaking. For best results, use the shadows with the brand’s Step 1 Eye & Lip Primer. It is one of the best formulas we’ve ever tried: it smoothens and tightens the lid area, so the eyeshadow won’t skip upon application and blends beautifully. Also makes the colour look more intense and last longer. You could use it as a lip primer too. To get even more Insta-worthy eye makeup, now you can customise your favourite MUFE shades in a palette. Available in five sizes (for a single colour, a duo, and three, six, twelve), palette cases start from S$4. Made of tin, they are simple lightweight, fuss-free, hold just the right amount of eyeshadow, and come with a quality mirror for touch-ups.
Inspired by the “Shameless” tattoo on his buff chest – a daily reminder to remain true to himself – Marc Jacobs has launched a new foundation that does not cake up the skin. Available in an impressive 29 shades (S$74 each), the Shameless formula gives skin buildable medium-to-full coverage. It also offers “flashback-free SPF”, or encapsulated SPF that keeps your skin looking naturally beautiful in front of camera flashes, instead of chalky or ashen. So you can look Insta-ready at all times. This oil-free long-wearing formula which blends easily for a second-skin finish, also contains moisturising and soothing snow mushroom and blue daisy extract. The product gives skin a beautiful glow, while allowing its natural texture to come through. Watch it in action here.