REVIEW: K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

Hello everyone!

Regardless of where we are in the world, there are bound to be specific sets of beauty norms that we are supposed to subscribe to. In Asia in particular, large almond-shaped eyes are prized for their exotic appearance while double eyelids are favoured over monolids as the latter causes eyes to look small, disinterested (or sleepy, for the lack of better words) and lacklustre.

Having been on the receiving end of criticisms about my less-than-ideal facial features for most of my life, the pressure to get a permanent fix has always been there. But the thought of going under the knife for non-medical reasons (especially for superficial ones like this) does not sit well with conservatives like me. Thus, I had already resigned to the fact that I would never be able to achieve well-defined eyelid creases, and that no matter how much effort is put into creating an elaborated eye makeup, it would ultimately be tucked away beneath my hooded eyelids ūüėĎ

Eyelids: Now you see me, now you don't

Eyelids: Now you see me, now you don’t

That is, until Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid by K-Palette – a weightless formula which promises to create natural-looking eyelid creases – burst into my life. Unlike the many double eyelid products that you might have seen in the market (most of which are adhesive tapes which, in my opinion, do a terrible job of being discreet), this product comes in the form of liquid.

Hmmm… that’s just eyelid glue, isn’t it?

*finger wags* 

This is heaps better than your usual eyelid glue. This is a game-changer.

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid (~S$18)

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid (~S$18)

Over the years, double eyelid glue has gotten a bad rep for being a pain to use (higher chance of messing up the application and having to reapply), turning white upon contact with water or flaking off a few hours into wear so I would be lying if I said I wasn’t sceptical about this new product at all. Fortunately, none of these happened during my tryout and it was surprisingly easy to apply even for unseasoned users like yours truly!

For the uninitiated, K-Palette is a Japanese beauty brand best known for its highly-rated 1 Day Tattoo eyebrow liners and eyeliners so I think it is safe to say that you can also expect comparable performance from their latest addition.

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

Without any indication of what the product is sans its pretty hexagonal-looking see-through packaging, the unassuming design of the tube could easily be mistaken for a varnish of sorts, so it’s advisable that you label it if you don’t intend to keep the packaging. Like most nail polishes, this comes with white nylon brush attached to the cap as well for application on-the-go, and it’s perfectly sized to fit the smallest of purses. Also included is a Y-shaped fork which helps to reinforce the double eyelids.

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid

As with many other foreign products from non-English speaking countries, essential information, such as the ingredient list and instructions (there are pictorial guides, but those aren’t sufficient for me), is written entirely in Japanese on the packaging so the onus is on the user to find out how the glue should be applied online (or using Google Translate? Ain’t nobody got time for that ūüė∂).

But lucky for you, I’ve done all the necessary homework so you needn’t have to! And I strongly believe this step-by-step guide doesn’t just apply to this product, but other eyelid glues too ūüėČ

For starters, you’d need to decide on the location of the new creases. If you have hooded lids like mine, I would advise against forging the crease too far away from the upper lash line because it will look very unnatural (and your eyes may end up looking smaller and more tired than before because the hooded lids would be pushed down, if you get what I mean). I opted to have mine somewhere in the middle of the crescent, which is slightly above my natural crease line. Then, gently mark the lines with other sharp end of the Y-fork so the lids would crease more naturally after the glue has been applied.

Application

Application

The recommended number of coats by K-Palette is one for each lid, but being the kiasu person I am, I reckon my brush went over about thrice which took about three minutes in all to dry down completely. So yup, in the interest of time, stick to one or two coats at the maximum. Do ensure that the eye is fully closed during the application process because any slight bunching of the lid could ruin the whole thing.

Before and after glue dries down

Before and after glue dries down

The "Y" side of the fork is too daunting for me. I prefer using the other side ūü§£

The “Y” side of the fork is too daunting for me. I prefer using the other side ūü§£

Each swipe renders a white semi-viscous layer of glue which dries to a clear semi-matte finish. There would still be a sheen to it but it is only noticeable at a close distance (or not if you have sparkly eye makeup on). Once the tackiness is gone (very crucial as the creases may stick to each other if the glue is still tacky and you will have to start all over again), hike up the lids again with the Y-fork as you open your eyes and ta-dah! Double eyelids! ūüėĀ

DOUBLE. EYE. LIDS.

DOUBLE. EYE. LIDS.

Not perfect yet as this was just one of the first few trials

Not perfect yet as this was just one of the first few trials

As a novice in using eyelid glue, I had one burning question which, for the record, no other websites had touched on (like, seriously? So everyone uses the glue on bare lids, aye? ūüôĄ) – how should it be applied with eye makeup?¬† After a few rounds of trial and error, I can conclude that it should only be applied on top of your eye makeup, or as the final step. The drawback of this is that your bristles would be stained by the makeup though, so be sure to give them a little rinse under the tap before the next application.

With eye shadow on and I SWEAR I DID NOT MTXX (OR PHOTOSHOP) MY EYES. The world of difference eyelids make to the eyes! Now you know my eyes aren't actually small - they've just been overshadowed by my hooded lids >:(

With eye shadow on and I SWEAR I DID NOT MTXX (OR PHOTOSHOP) MY EYES. The world of difference eyelids make to the eyes! Now you know my eyes aren’t actually small – they’ve just been overshadowed by my hooded lids ūüė°

What about eyeliner? Well, this depends on how budge-proof your eyeliner is (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner FTW!). I personally line my eyes after applying the glue because I’d be simply too lazy to redraw them ūüėā

Sorry for the potato quality.. Taken with my S9 at night, about 12 hours into wear!

Sorry for the potato quality.. Taken with my S9 at night, about 12 hours into wear!

Having worn the glue out on several occasions already, I must say I’m extremely impressed by how long my double eyelids held up. In fact, it lasted the whole day without any of the flaking nonsense. And because the formula is also waterproof, you can cry your heart out at the movies without having to worry if the glue would turn white and fall off midway ūüė∂

B-but how do I remove it at the end of the day?¬† Oh no, you don’t. It’s permanent! Isn’t that what we all want? MUAHAHAHA.

I kid (sigh!). Your makeup remover should do the trick ūüėČ

Is this something you monolid/hooded lid people would consider getting to enhance your appearance? Let me know in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

K-Palette Futae Labo Real Double Eyelid is now available on Lazada and Japalang Store.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for bite-sized beauty updates!

REVIEW: shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros. – Rouge Unlimited in RD187 & PK 375, Invincible Superstar Premium Curler & Dual Stamp-Me Liner

Hello everyone!

A few days ago, I posted my review on the Peach’s Eye & Cheek palette¬†and as promised, this second part will see me blabbering on about the rest of the items I’ve gotten from this collection. Read on to find out how two shades of the lipsticks, the eyeliner and eyelash curler from the¬†Super Mario Bros. collaboration fare in my book!

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros (PART II)

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros (PART II)

click here¬†to read my review on the¬†shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros¬†PEACH’S EYE & CHEEK PALETTE

#1 Dual Stamp-Me Liner

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Dual Stamp-Me Liner (US$34 / S$45)

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Dual Stamp-Me Liner (US$34 / S$45)

Clear indication on the body of the pen for easy location of the stamp end

Clear indication on the body of the pen for easy location of the stamp end

Super Star motif on the inside of the box

Super Star motif on the inside of the box

It's not stated on the website, but I suppose "Hidden Star" is the name of the shade

It’s not stated on the website, but I suppose “Hidden Star” is the name of the shade

The felt tip on the liquid eyeliner end

The felt tip on the liquid eyeliner end

See the eyeliner in action

See the eyeliner in action

Thick-winged eyeliner

Thick-winged eyeliner

Classic eyeliner flick

Classic eyeliner flick

Available only in one shade (a jet black with pinpricks of multicoloured glitter), the dual-ended eyeliner offers a stamp on one side and a felt-tip liquid eyeliner on the other for regular use. For clarity, I’ll talk about the latter first.

Unlike most eyeliners, this wasn’t love at first application. For a start, it skipped and dragged slightly on my lid, and while it is great that the felt-tip has a firm texture for a more controlled application, it felt somewhat scratchy. The ink somehow does not flow consistently and bleeds quite terribly on every first use so I have to test the eyeliner on the back of my hand before applying it to the lids every time. Although those problems would have been curtailed on subsequent uses (within the same application), some pressure still has to be exerted upon the applicator – which I try to avoid because it pricks – for a more pigmented finish.

The eyeliner didn’t budge an inch on my upper lid after eight hours of wear but it smudged on my lower lid (partly because I was watching a comedy and I tear up easily when I laugh ūüėā) and that was even with a layer of eye shadow beneath it to supposedly prevent it from running. I tried to smudge it further with my finger to balance out the unintentional smokey eyes but it stubbornly stays put!

But looking past these flaws, its coverage is remarkably opaque for a liquid eyeliner. Apart from that, it is waterproof, dries down moderately fast with excellent staying power. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you would be a whiz with creating an intense cat eye and other graphic looks!

The pattern on the stamp end

The pattern on the stamp end

Super Star stamp on the temple

Super Star stamp on the temple

Super Star stamp on the cheekbone

Super Star stamp on the cheekbone

If your attempts to draw perfect stars on your face have always ended in failure, listen up! You can now achieve them in just one simple step with the Super Star stamp!

Truth be told, the stamp feature initially felt like a gimmicky tactic to market the eyeliner so I was half-expecting a blotchy mess from it. But, boy oh boy, was I blown away by the precision and pigmentation it delivers in a single punch! Not only did it hold up to my longwear tests (by rubbing and showering with it), it had very minimal bleeding on my sandpaper-rough face too which contributed to crispness of the stars’ corners. The stamp is fairly easy to use and does not require much pressure to get a clean and even impression (plus pressing the stamp down too hard would also cause the rim to leave an imprint). The ink stays all day without distorting the shape and, on top of that, removes effortlessly with my Sephora cleansing wipe.

Granted, the idea of makeup stamps may not have been pioneered by shu uemura (see Milk) but I’ve not seen any with a hollow middle like this one which gives users the liberty to fill the stars with whatever colour they want for a more rockstar appeal¬†√† la Kat Von D ūüė̬†That said, if only there were more designs and colours to choose from! A sparkle or snowflake imprint would have been so apt for the festive season, don’t you agree?

Stamp and eyeliner (two strokes to show continuity of ink flow) swatches. The first pass of the eyeliner is directly below the star. Notice how it bleeds more than the one next to it?

Stamp and eyeliner (two strokes to show continuity of ink flow) swatches. The first pass of the eyeliner is directly below the star. Notice how it bleeds more than the one next to it?

Compare finish and pigmentation with eyeliners of other brands (pardon the redness of my wrist caused by rubbing my lipstick swatches off too vigorously)

Compare finish and pigmentation with eyeliners of other brands (pardon the redness of my wrist caused by rubbing my lipstick swatches off too vigorously ūüėĚ)

The line-up of lipsticks in this collection includes five popular shades¬†from the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte series¬†(PK 375, PK 376, RD 187, BG 954 & OR 570)¬†and two limited edition Sheer Shine shades (Stage Cleared & Saved Peach) in translucent dark fuchsia plastic casing housed in light pink box graced by an enlarged pixel art of Princess Peach. The packaging in this collection is to die for but the inner video game nerd in me is totally geeking out over the various 8-bit Super Mario graphics plastered all over the (all-pink ūüėć) lipsticks in particular. Oh, would ya just look at that?

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte (S$38)

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte (S$38)

Super Mario motif on the inside of the box

Super Mario motif on the inside of the box

The lipstick packaging

The lipstick packaging

Furthermore, the lipsticks come largely in my favourite finish ūüėĀ In my first shu uemura Rouge Unlimited review, I had declared my desire to try their Supreme Mattes and this collection just about provides the opportunity to do so! To cut a long story short, I loved the finish so much that I actually hit the store to purchase another shade despite having sent me one as a PR sample already.

Swatches of 4 out of 5 Supreme Mattes (BG954 not pictured) from this collection

Swatches of 4 out of 5 Supreme Mattes (BG954 not pictured) from this collection

#2 Rouge Unlimited in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in RD 187

RD 187 is a vivid red with blue undertones and has a “superb matte effect” which shu uemura attributes to their careful selection of matte powders. This lipstick applies with some slip and has the ability to smooth out fine lines without stripping away the moisture so exfoliating prior to application wouldn’t be absolutely necessary. The colour goes on evenly without tug and infuses the lips with fullness and sensuality in spite of the minimal shine.

Lightweight with a comfortable texture, it has a medium coverage but is buildable to a full opacity. It stays put throughout the day where unctuous and heavy food and drinks are not involved and fades evenly when they are without the tell-tale ring of colour around the lip line. Also, it is neither drying nor hydrating.

Swatch comparison for RD 187 with reds from other brands

Swatch comparison for RD 187 with reds from other brands

#3 Rouge Unlimited in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

(single swatch)

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in PK 375

PK 375 is a muted plum with pink undertones. Non-glossy, it envelops the lips in a soft matte colour which applies with some tug. This shade gives a medium coverage but is, once again, buildable to a full without weighing down the lips. It has a reasonable wear time (about the same duration as RD 187) and most of it managed to last through the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Burger I had for dinner the other day, albeit with some of it settling visibly into my lip natural crevices.

As compared to RD 187, this actually has a much drier consistency with a slightly powdery texture which could explain its tendency to emphasise any signs of dryness and imperfection. Nevertheless, this self-purchased lipstick still wears rather comfortably (the texture isn’t bothersome) and is overall¬†neither drying nor hydrating.

Swatch comparison for PK 375 with rosy pinks from other brands

Swatch comparison for PK 375 with rosy pinks from other brands

#4 Invisible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler (S$30)

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler (S$30)

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros Invincible Superstar Premium Curler

Super Star motif on the inside of the box

Super Star motif on the inside of the box

Putting the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler to the test

Putting the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler to the test

The curler managed to capture most, if not all, of my upper lashes

The curler managed to capture most, if not all, of my upper lashes

Before and after using the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler + mascara (side view)

Before and after using the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler + mascara (side view)

Before and after using the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler + mascara (front view)

Before and after using the Invincible Superstar Premium Curler + mascara (front view)

Touted as the Holy Grail of eyelash curlers, the critically acclaimed shu uemura eyelash curler takes on a special appearance for this collection as it gets an all-gold treatment with a polished Super Star charm on a detachable gold beaded chain. For the uninformed, the “uniquely curved” eyepiece is designed to be universally fitting on most eye shapes while the shape of the silicone pad gives an elongated sweeping curl. In addition, the durable hinge at the center of the curler “regulates the amount of pressure applied to the lashes which ensures safety”. Unlike the eyelash curler in shu uemura’s regular line, this does not include a replacement pad (and neither does the brand sell them separately) so despite being priced the same, the limited edition is essentially marginally more expensive without it. But hey, what’s a few dollars more for a rare packaging like this?

Having already owned a shu uemura eyelash curler from the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration years ago, I have a set of expectations in mind and this works just as well as the one before – or even better. It grabs every strand of my lashes (including the hard-to-reach ones on the inner and outer corners of my eye) without pinching despite having problematic hooded eyes. Suitable for beginners, it doesn’t require much effort to give the lashes a natural curl which held up for more than an hour bare (but could be shorter with mascara on). For this, I could actually feel the impact of the curler on my lashes even without squeezing it much.¬†The sharp edges of it left a small impression on both corners of my lid but they fortunately went away after some time.¬†However, I¬†still¬†find the eyelash curler slightly too big for my eye although that’s certainly not enough a reason to stop me from using this amazing tool.

Generally, the products in this collection – especially the lipsticks – perform up to par even though prices are steeper than usual. It’s a worthy expense if you like Super Mario Bros or cute, limited-edition packaging. Just don’t get the eye and cheek palette.

Without a doubt, shu uemura stole the show with this totally rad throwback collection and judging from the overwhelming response it gets everywhere (most of it are sold out in the U.S. as well as at Tangs and Sephora online), I guess the public agrees too!

Wearing every shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros product I have! Which side do you prefer?

Wearing every shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros product I have! Which side do you prefer?

What are you favourite products from the shu uemura × Super Mario Bros. collection? Did you get anything? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a poll!

 

Thanks for reading!

shu uemura √ó Super Mario Bros is now available on the Sephora Singapore (online), at TANGS and shu uemura boutiques islandwide.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for bite-sized beauty updates!

REVIEW: Palladio Rice Paper in Translucent, Natural & Warm Beige

Hello everyone!

The hottest month of the year might have gone by¬†but the agony still remains¬†for people with naturally oily skin especially in a hot and humid country like Singapore. Our dewy makeup turns into a greasy mess within a short span of time as¬†our complexion vigorously produces a surplus of oil enough to fry an egg.¬†It’s surely impossible to¬†stay matte without the help of blotting papers to soak up¬†the shine but with so many choices available, looking for the best one for your skin at the right price can be arduous and time-consuming. Hence, to help you with your selection,¬†I would like to bring your attention to the newest kind of blotting papers in town by Palladio ūüôā

Palladio Rice Paper (S$6.90)

Palladio Rice Paper (S$6.90) – love the vintage oriental packaging!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Palladio Rice Paper

These rice papers, like your regular¬†blotting papers, are the quick fix for removing excessive oil on the face when outdoors. Housed¬†in a handy little cardboard dispenser¬†packet that fits into the smallest purse or pocket, each of these 40 on-the-go rice paper tissues pulls easily from the box despite their stiffer texture. The pieces don’t stick to one another so you won’t pull out more than what you need. Measuring twice the size of the packaging, they are big enough to dab¬†the entire face so you would only need one piece at a time!

They are made from natural rice to provide great oil-absorbing functions and can actually do more than the usual job of blotting sheets. Each side of every piece has its own purpose Рthe matte side blots away excess oil while the powdered side provides occasional touch-ups. You can choose from three Asian-friendly shades Рin Translucent, Natural or Warm Beige Рto match your skin tone or foundation.

Three shades available in Translucent, Natural and Warm Beige

Three shades available in Translucent, Natural and Warm Beige

In Natural

In Natural

With a flap that locks easily into the slot on the side of the box, there is just nothing to dislike about the packaging.¬†The blotting papers can also be simply retrieved without having to yank the cover open (and potentially damaging it). Furthermore, for¬†the price of just S$6.90, it’s easily one of the cheapest high-quality blotting papers around in Singapore and maybe everywhere else.

Perhaps incorporating a reflective material on the inside cover would be ideal for people who want to check themselves while touching up their makeup with the powdered side of the rice paper.

Matte side

Matte side

The matte side reveals a yellowish and grainy and seemingly¬†coarser¬†texture¬†akin to that of recycled paper¬†but feels fairly soft and gentle on the skin. At times, I would use this side to prep my skin before applying¬†makeup so as¬†to¬†prevent the makeup from becoming cakey.¬†It also does wonders in¬†ensuring that the skin stays shine-free for hours. When outdoors, using this¬†removes any sign of oiliness on my T-zone with minimal interference with my makeup.¬†Occasionally, it does take off a little of my¬†foundation especially when I had forgotten to blot my skin for a long time, causing it to be sticky. But that slight patchiness can be easily fixed with…

Powdered side

Powdered side

..the powdered side! The rice powder is hardly noticeable. Yet, it gives a very natural and smooth finish to the skin and compensates for any uneven makeup caused in the process of blotting. Although¬†the sole purpose of the powdered side is to touch up your makeup, it also does a reasonably¬†good job in absorbing excess facial oil at the same time. Hence, if you’re on a tight schedule, you can kill two birds with one stone by using only the powdered side of the rice paper.

Touching up makeup with the powdered side

Touching up makeup with the powdered side

My natural skin tone leans slightly towards Warm Beige¬†but¬†I can afford to go one shade lighter with makeup on. I’m not sure why there aren’t shades catered to darker skins because obviously the ones available are way too light. Perhaps Palladio can consider having a more diverse range of shades now that they have entered the Asian markets.

Blot away!

Blot away!

On the nose..

On the nose..

One downside of these unique blotting papers is probably the rigidity of material which kinda impedes its malleability, so it tends to miss the oily spots around the inner corners of the nose.

The amount of oil my face is capable of producing within just an hour of makeup application -_-

The amount of oil my face is capable of producing within just an hour of makeup application -_-

Like traditional Japanese calligraphy papers, these rice papers are strong and highly absorbent Рthey do not tear or rupture easily upon contact with a ridiculous amount of oil no matter how many times you run over your face with them.

Stay matte - effortlessly!

Stay matte – effortlessly!

I used to think that blotting papers are a waste of money because facial tissue papers could do a similar job but¬†these dual-function rice papers are a game changer. I make sure I¬†slip a packet of these into my handphone pouch every time before I leave the house. If you’re in doubt, just give it a try. I mean, it’s only S$6.90! How much damage would it do to your wallet? ūüėČ

Thanks for reading, lovelies!

PALLADIO¬†Rice Paper¬†IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL LOCAL GUARDIAN OUTLETS FOR S$6.90 EACH. It is also available on Palladio US website,¬†Ulta¬†and¬†Paula’s Choice for US$4. FOR UPDATES ON UPCOMING local EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT PALLADIO BEAUTY SINGAPORE ON FACEBOOK.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE PRESS SAMPLES BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

REVIEW: Bell√°pierre Cosmetics Get Started Kit – Mineral Foundation in Ivory, Mineral Blush in Desert Rose, Mineral Bronzer in Starshine, Lipstick in P.I.N.K & Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Hello everyone!

Powder¬†foundation may be¬†my first foray into makeup but truth be told, I haven’t been using one in¬†donkey’s years¬†since taking a liking to¬†liquid foundation. However, thanks to a slew of mineral makeup launching in the market, my makeup routine¬†could be¬†changing altogether.¬†Mineral makeup is known to be a lot kinder to the skin because of its non-comedogenic nature. Knowing that many of you are also suffering from troubled skin like me, I thought it’d be great¬†to shine the spotlight on a mineral makeup brand I was recently introduced to..¬†and that’s¬†Bell√°pierre Cosmetics!

Bell√°pierre Cosmetics is an¬†American brand¬†specialising in¬†producing luxury mineral makeup, makeup accessories and skincare products that¬†are suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.¬†Not only are their products¬†cruelty-free (as is evident from the Leaping Bunny certification on their packaging), they are also¬†non-clogging (as with any other mineral makeup) which I find to be extremely crucial¬†for the hot and humid weather we have in Singapore. Although not as mainstream as say, bareMinerals, their products¬†have been lauded by online critics (here and here)¬†for their great coverage and lightweight texture. But being the sceptic I am, these reviews don’t carry much¬†weight.¬†I have to see to believe!

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit

One of their bestsellers is the Get Started Kit, put together with beginners in mind. Customisable to different skin tones (in fair, medium, dark or deep). it contains two shades of 5-in-1 foundation, one blush and bronzer and three key brushes for flawless application of the products. This kit basically has all the essential products needed to get you started with the Bellápierre range.

Contrary to the description written on their official website, there isn’t¬†any step-by-step instructional DVD in my¬†kit but I was fortunate to have Aviram, Bell√°pierre Singapore resident makeup artiste,¬†to guide me on how to use the products through his video demonstrations. The videos aren’t specifically addressed to me nor¬†do they contain any¬†highly confidential matter, so I believe he won’t mind sharing them if requested!

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit (US$170 / S$230)

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit - powder makeup

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit – powder makeup

Opening the sturdy paper box revealed¬†the products¬†neatly arranged and tightly secured in a plastic cast to prevent damage in transit. Product labels at the bottom of the pots are also cleverly displayed face up so that you don’t have to remove them one by one¬†to find out what they are. However, I personally find the paper box outmoded (I can’t quite put my finger on it.. maybe it’s the black colour and tacky font) and underwhelming to the extent that I’d actually¬†transfer the products to a more presentable-looking box if I were to gift this kit to someone else.¬†For the price of US$170, surely the packaging could be designed to look¬†more luxurious or¬†contemporary?

Perhaps.. just perhaps, throwing in a cosmetic pouch for easy storage would help to make up for the lack of visual appeal (since the box does take up quite a bit of space).

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit - brushes

Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit – brushes (Angled Blush Brush – S$40, Powder Brush – S$40, Concealer Brush – S$25)

Nevertheless, these shortcomings are negligible in comparison with the impressive spread of makeup tools and products this starter kit offers. In fact, I was quite amazed to find three quality face brushes (and bristles Рwith the exception of that of the concealer brush Рwell-protected with plastic brush guard, no less) for different purposes in there.

Let’s now take a closer look at every product in the kit, followed by two additional items¬†which Bell√°pierre had included for my consideration. A short tutorial will also be incorporated in the review for the benefit of those without the instructional DVD.

Prices reflected in the captions are individual prices of the products. 

1. Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory (US$65 / S$95, also available in small size at S$60)

Mineral makeup, as you might already know, tend to be much more expensive than traditional ones.¬†Unfortunately, Bell√°pierre is no exception and seems to be priced on the higher end of the scale than other popular brands around. But judging from the unwavering support¬†Bell√°pierre has received from customers around the world, there must be something really unique about their products. My bet is on their Mineral Foundation which,¬†apart from being a foundation, also functions as a concealer, SPF, finishing powder and setting powder. Don’t we all love versatility?!

On top of that, this 5-in-1 crowd favourite contains just four ingredients which Bellápierre (and, to be fair, many other mineral makeup brands as well) claimed to be natural. They are Mica for creating a healthy and effervescent glow, Zinc Oxides for their anti-inflammatory qualities, Iron Oxides for their rich pigment and resistance to moisture (hence allowing the foundation to be long-lasting), and Titanium Dioxide to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation.

I’m no Chemistry expert, so I did some research on¬†the properties of these so-called skin-loving minerals to learn more about what I was going to apply on my acne-prone skin. While mineral makeup¬†is frequently touted¬†as a ‘natural alternative‘ to conventional cosmetics by¬†marketers, some studies have raised concerns¬†about¬†these nano¬†particles having unlimited access to our tissues and organs and may¬†harm our cells¬†in the long run. But then again, these are just speculations and there are no reports of such incidents thus far.

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Another major reason why I’ve always preferred pressed powder to loose powder is the potential mess the latter can leave behind (and it doesn’t help that I’m allergic to dust too), hence I had always tried to avoid mineral makeup. True enough, the moment I peeled¬†the protection¬†seal off the sifter jar, I could instantly spot tiny powder particles¬†scattering in the air under the sun¬†rays that were shining through my windows. That was when I realised I had to dab my brush into all the face¬†makeup¬†in a plastic bag¬†or risk turning my room into a horror movie setting.

I have to reiterate that¬†this is a common problem with all loose powder makeup and not an isolated case¬†by any means,¬†so I don’t blame¬†Bell√°pierre at all. If you have¬†better ways of applying mineral makeup without creating much of a mess, please share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation - using Powder Brush no. 23

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation – using Powder Brush no. 23

The Mineral Foundation comes in 10 shades with Ultra being the lightest and Double Cocoa the darkest. Like what Aviram usually does for his customers who are unsure of the shade which best matches them, he personally picked out Ivory, the second lightest shade, for my typical fair Asian skin tone.

In order to get some of the mineral powder on the sifter jar, I put the lid back on the pot, turned it upside down and tapped on it a few times. The tiny amount of powder that managed to pass¬†through the sifter¬†should be enough to correct minor flaws on the face. Sad to say, it barely concealed¬†hyperpigmentation as I had to apply a thin layer of concealer beneath the foundation to hide¬†most of them. Other than that, it does a fairly decent job in providing a beautifully even and natural finish on other areas that are not plagued by dark spots. *sobs*¬†Why am I not blessed with good skin? ūüė¶

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation - using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bell√°pierre Mineral Foundation – using Concealer Brush no. 16

Switching to the concealer brush, I applied a layer of the foundation on my undereye to conceal my dark circles and it managed to lighten the inner corners and creases to some extent. Although the dark circles were still visible, I looked less like a zombie and more like a person who merely lost three hours of sleep that night.

2. Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose (S$60)

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose (US$45)

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Complementing the look is a peachy soft pink blush in Desert Rose retained in the pot by a twist-and-lock sifter. It is one of the four shades available in the mineral blush range. Bellápierre mineral blushes are said to be talc-free, paraben-free and suitable for all skin types and conditions.

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bell√°pierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Three words for the application of this blush: Less is More.

As it was my first time experimenting with¬†blush in loose powder form, I didn’t know how much of it my brush had to pick up to achieve my ideal intensity so I guess I had dabbed more than necessary.¬†Clearly unprepared for what came next, I was slightly taken aback by intense pigmentation it lent my cheeks at first¬†but I then realised the striking pink patch could be blended out easily with the powder blush.¬†The final result is amazing!¬†I love the pop of colour on my cheeks and how it seems to blend seamlessly into my foundation.

3. Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine (US$40 / S$60)

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Protection seal

Protection seal

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - finishing it off

Bell√°pierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – finishing it off

No doubt, the Bell√°pierre Get Started Kit has quite a number of promising products but¬†if I have to name a favourite, it’s got to be this lovely bronzer. Seriously, doesn’t it remind you of Tinkerbell’s glitter?!This brown bronzer gives life and adds dimensions to my pale face with its¬†gorgeous golden finish. Contrary to my usual practice, I didn’t have to add any highlights to¬†my cheekbones because the bronzer alone was already enough to contour my face to near-perfection¬†with its shimmery qualities.

Like the blush, the mineral bronzers come with four shades to cater to different skin tones or moods! ūüôā

4. Mineral Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K (US$20 / S$40)

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K - after applying eye and brow makeup (not from the Bell√°pierre brand)

Bell√°pierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K – after applying eye and brow makeup (not from the Bell√°pierre brand)

Let’s be honest here – who else had thought that the concept of mineral makeup is only limited¬†to loose powder? Formulated with natural waxes and mineral pigments,¬†iron oxides and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Bell√°pierre lipsticks are the answer to natural sun protection for your kissers while imparting¬†a ravishing wash¬†of colour to¬†spice them up.

P.I.N.K coats the lips with a rich,¬†opaque layer of¬†retro hot pink and¬†a touch of shine. It glides on weightlessly¬†and leaves a¬†creamy and moistened texture¬†to ensure that the lips stay hydrated under the blistering heat.¬†Furthermore, it is long-lasting and goes well with all skin tones – definitely a shade that would become a staple in anyone’s makeup rotation!

Your favourite MAC lipstick shades - now with mineral ingredients!

Your favourite MAC lipstick shades – now with mineral ingredients!

5. Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony (US$15 / S$30)

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

The shimmer powders are¬†the most versatile and cost-effective product in the¬†Bell√°pierre collection. It can be used as an eye shadow using the tip of your finger, eyeliner using a wet thin brush, or lip gloss when accompanied with¬†Bell√°pierre’s clear lipstick base. With¬†over 50 vibrant shades to choose from, it is easy to find one that matches your preference!

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bell√°pierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony (right lid)

Before (left lid) and after (right lid, raw)

Harmony is a rusty brown – a colour which I reckon most people would be comfortable using as an eye shadow. True to the description provided on the website, it is highly pigmented and does not budge an inch on sweaty eyelids.

A single¬†pot can probably last at least a year since only¬†a¬†tiny¬†amount of shimmer powder is¬†needed for each application if used correctly. It is certainly a useful and value-for-money product with the only downside I can think of being slightly time-consuming (especially if time management isn’t your forte) as water has to be added to adjust the consistency and intensity to my liking. I guess to save time, you can try storing a pinch of the shimmer powder in a separate pot and add your desired amount of water so that you won’t have to repeat the same process everyday ūüėÄ

Bell√°pierre Cosmetics

Bell√°pierre Cosmetics

Final look

Final look

I have never used any mineral makeup prior to Bell√°pierre so I can’t do a comparison with other brands. From my personal experience with¬†Bell√°pierre, however, I must say that whatever I had heard about mineral makeup being able to deliver¬†a breathable and natural feel is all¬†true. But until there is mineral makeup in compact form, I would probably be using less¬†of it (maybe not the bronzer.. too pretty to resist)¬†because I shudder at the thought of having to vacuum my room more often than usual.

If the mess doesn’t bother you at all, do give Bell√°pierre a shot (psst.. get the Get Started Kit¬†as it’s well worth the money)! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with the results. What’s more, Lazada is offering Bell√°pierre¬†products at a discount of up to 27%. If you happen to pass by their outlets, do check with the sales representative for special promotions for the day as well.

Are you a regular user of Bellápierre products? Do share with me your favourites in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! ūüôā

Bellápierre Cosmetics is available on Bellapierre.com, LAZADA.SG and at Century Square (#01-09), Jurong Point (#01-K7), One-KM (#01-K4) and Suntec City (#01-313) shopping centres. More information about their Singapore outlets can be found on their Facebook page.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE PRESS SAMPLES BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

[NEW] REVIEW: shu uemura Skin Purifier Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil

Hello everyone!

Following the introduction of the Anti/Oxi Skin Refining cleansing oil in 2013, shu umera has been making further improvements to the formula to combat against rising threats to the skin. With the haze becoming a frequent occurrence in Singapore, they have empowered their¬†latest anti-pollution breakthrough, Anti/Oxi+, with¬†the new green trio¬†– papaya extract, moringa extract and green tea extract¬†–¬†to remove pollutants including PM2.5 from the¬†skin.

Special thanks to shu uemura for gifting me these lovely eclairs (baked by Two Bakers), modelled after 6 of their best sellers! They are DELISH.

Special thanks to shu uemura for gifting me these lovely eclairs (baked by Two Bakers), modelled after 6 of their best sellers! They are DELISH.

PM2.5 refers to air pollution particles that have a diameter less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of human hair and therefore allowing them to penetrate the skin and bring about the acceleration of skin ageing. This can be prevented with moringa extract, a nutrient-rich herb known for its incredible purifying power with a mechanism similar to that of water purification plants. Besides capturing and clearing away harmful pollutants, moringa extract also counteracts oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals.

shu uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollution & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil (150ml)

shu uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollution & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil (150ml)

Product close-up

Product close-up

The ageing process of the skin can also be impeded with green tea and papaya extracts. I believe there needs no further explanation on the benefits of green tea but not many know that green papaya (unripe) is a great source of vitamin A. The enzyme papain in it also helps to break down inactive proteins and eliminate dead skin cells, thereby acting as a potent yet gentle natural exfoliator for the skin.

This revamped cleansing oil is set to be making its debut in Singapore tomorrow in replacement of the preceding formula.

Size of 150ml bottle

Size of 150ml bottle

As with other shu uemura cleansing oils, using this is straightforward and lazy-proof because it removes even the most stubborn makeup such as waterproof mascara and eyeliner (and now matte liquid lipsticks, maybe) with just a single wash. And the most amazing part? It does not loosen your lash glue, if you had eyelash extensions, that is!

Decided to do a trial run on my wrist with two new Velour Liquid Lipstick shades before removing my face makeup!

Decided to do a trial run on my wrist with two new Velour Liquid Lipstick shades before removing my face makeup!

Look how the cleansing oil emulsifies with the lipsticks!

Look how the cleansing oil emulsifies with the lipsticks!

Some of it instantly got washed away under the running tap

Some of it instantly got washed away under the running tap

After drying my wrist with a towel

After drying my wrist with a towel

Who would have thought that a simple activity like makeup removal would¬†be so simple and beneficial to the skin? As much as I love putting on makeup, I cannot deny that removing it is a pain because they have been increasingly resistant to water and oil.¬†Therefore, many a time I would nonchalantly head to town with my bare, unflattering face. But¬†not anymore! ūüėÄ

As I had¬†only used¬†cleansing¬†wipes all my life, I wasn’t quite¬†fond of the idea of cleansing my face with my makeup on because the thought of messily smearing¬†my face with dissolved makeup¬†just grossed me out.¬†But¬†it really isn’t as bad as I had imagined. While most cleansing oils would only be effective with dry hands, this new Anti/Oxi+ can be used with wet hands because of the added water-swellable micelles. If this doesn’t make it extraordinarily easy to use, then I don’t know what is! In fact,¬†I’ve began to enjoy the removal process so much that I actually look forward to removing my makeup now. Thick makeup don’t care¬† ūüėÜ

Now, I'm about to use it on my made-up face..

Now, I’m about to use it on my made-up face..

Take about 2 pumps on the palm

Take about 2 pumps on the palm

(optional) Lather it on the palms

(optional) Lather it on the palms

Massage it gently across the face

Massage it gently across the face

Notice that my lipstick has started to fade away?

Notice that my lipstick has started to fade away?

Moving on to my eyeliners..

Moving on to my eyeliners..

Massaging the sides to make sure I get hold of the makeup on hidden areas

Massaging the sides to make sure I get hold of the makeup on hidden areas

Clean and fresh face once again!

Clean and fresh face once again!

Besides¬†the functionality, the rhythmical fragrance of the oil also contributes to the addictive cleansing ritual. It awakens your senses at first touch with a refreshing top note of elemi, mandarin and ginger, followed by¬†a stimulating and comforting middle note of lavender, cardamon and geranium during massaging and finally a healing base note of gualac wood after washing.¬†If I were to associate the scent to something more distinguishable, I’d say the combined scent is quite close to wheat grass, maybe? Basically, it just feels like I’m in the meadows the whole time! Absolutely invigorating and comforting ūüôā

The recommended number of pumps stated on the bottle is 3 to 4, but I personally think 2 pumps would be¬†sufficient for the whole face. All¬†the makeup that come in contact with the cleansing oil are then merged into a¬†thin brown film on the face. Upon rinsing with water, the cleansing oil is emulsified and the makeup gets washed off¬†the face completely, leaving behind a veil of moisture. At this point, my face would normally feel tight (no thanks to my combination skin type) but I haven’t had this experience¬†since I started using this cleansing oil. TERRIFIC!

Also, not forgetting that a bottle of 150ml¬†can last for months. Already I’m about a month into my oil cleansing routine and yet there is still 90% left?¬†Whee!! No doubt, this has made it to my beauty favourites for May! ūüôā

Are you excited for this new product by shu uemura? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

The anti/oxi+ Pollutant & dullness clarifying cleansing oil will be available at all singapore shu uemura stores and counters for S$55 (150ml) and S$125 (450ml) from 1 june 2016.
DISCLAIMER: PRODUCT FEATURED IS A PRESS SAMPLE BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

[NEW] REVIEW: Sigma Beauty Brow Goals Brush Set, Brow Wax & Brow Powder Duo in Medium

MEDIA PREVIEW

Hello everyone!

Over the past few years as a beauty blogger, I have reviewed¬†mainly cosmetics such as lipsticks and eye shadows but never beauty tools like makeup brushes¬†because apart from the silly thinking that they weren’t all that important, they are¬†also not¬†as visually interesting¬†and fun to write on. In fact, makeup brushes¬†are pretty much the unsung heroes of the beauty¬†world. Although we¬†depend greatly on them to create winning looks,¬†our #makeupoftheday is often accredited to the cosmetics used instead. I think it’s time we give credit where credit is due!

Like many makeup rookies, I¬†mainly relied¬†on brushes that came with my¬†eye shadow palettes when I first started out because I wasn’t ready to invest in professional brushes yet.¬†It was only after a series of minor eye infections caused by the prickly and stiff bristles that I switched to using proper ones from Sigma Beauty, an¬†international online beauty store founded in 2009 in the United States.

sigma

Sigma Beauty¬†is no stranger to the local beauty scene as they have been available¬†for a couple of years on websites such as Sephora¬†(previously¬†Luxola)¬†already. They are¬†best known¬†for their high quality yet relatively affordable face and eye shadow¬†brushes¬†which¬†are usually bundled for the convenience of beginners¬†who don’t know where to start. Now, adding to the makeup essentials¬†is the Brow Goals Brush Set¬†which has every brush you’ll ever need to achieve perfect brows!

Sigma Beauty

Sigma Beauty (Brow Goals Brush Set + Brow Wax + Brow Powder)

The Brow Goals Brush Set (US$63 value) consists of four versatile brushes perfect for your brow needs. It will be launching on 18 April 2016 and will retail for just US$50. The brushes are:

Sigma Beauty Brow Goals Brush Set (US$50)

Sigma Beauty Brow Goals Brush Set (US$50)

To create a pair of natural-looking and neat arch, these brushes work best with Brow Wax and Brow Powder Duo by Sigma Beauty.

Brow Wax (US$11)

Brow Wax (US$11)

Brow Powder Duo (US$14)

Brow Powder Duo (US$14)

Brow Powder Duo in Medium

Brow Powder Duo in Medium (for dark-haired people like me)

Brow Powder Duo (under natural lighting)

Brow Powder Duo (under natural lighting)

Brow Powder Duo - the darker shade

Brow Powder Duo – the darker shade

Brow Powder Duo - the lighter shade

Brow Powder Duo – the lighter shade

Brow Wax helps to keep runaway brow hair in place while Brow Powder enhances the natural colour of your brows for a fuller appearance. As a rule of thumb, opt for a (fill-in) brow powder that is one shade lighter than your hair colour because powders tend to look harsher and more pigmented than say, gel.

Rather than doing a review on each brush like how I would usually do for my lipsticks, I thought it would be more beneficial if I demonstrate the steps I take in creating my everyday brows (because I prefer my brows to look as natural as possible without forcing them too far off their original shape).

1. Groom

My natural brows, unfilled. I have rather sparse brows as they were once wrecked by an inexperienced beautician when I was in Chengdu. It took me nearly three years to regain some hair on both ends of my brows.

My natural brows, unfilled. I have rather sparse brows as they were once wrecked by an inexperienced beautician when I was in Chengdu. It took me nearly three years to regain some hair on both ends of my brows.

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

It is necessary to comb through the brows to flatten and smooth them before applying any colour. Featuring a spool-shaped tool, the Brow and Lash Brush grooms not only the brows but also helps to pull through lashes for separation and exactness. The width of the spool is slightly greater towards the bottom to capture more brows at the thicker area so I only had to brush through them once.

2. Wax

Sigma Beauty Brow Wax

Sigma Beauty Brow Wax

If brushing does little to tame the brows, applying wax may do the job. This brow wax from Sigma contains a clear wax formula that stays pliable after application. It can be used before adding colour to the brows to keep them in place, or after to give them a smoother finish. It can also be used on bare, unruly brows for an effortless off-duty look. Wearing this wax gives my brows a neater appearance without even having to apply any colour to them.

3. Line & Fill

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Medium

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Medium

With three different shades (Light, Medium and Dark) to choose from, there is bound to be one that matches your hair colour. Each Brow Powder Duo contains two shades of eyebrow powder that blends to create a seamless effect.

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Medium

Sigma Beauty Brow Powder Duo in Medium

Sigma Beauty Angled Brow Brush

Sigma Beauty Angled Brow Brush

Sigma Beauty Angled Brow Brush

Sigma Beauty Angled Brow Brush

Using an Angled Brow Brush, I dabbed on some of the darker brow powder¬†and proceeded to line my lower brows with it. The brush has a short and slightly stiff angled brush head for greater control. The lines around the brows will serve as a guide to prevent them¬†from looking¬†overdrawn with excessive amount of brow powder. Nobody wants to look like a drag queen, am I right? Then, with the same brush, I applied the¬†lighter one to the¬†tail of the brows¬†because too much of a uniform colour would cause the brows to appear stark. I certainly don’t want all the attention to be on my brows!

Once the outline of the brows have been established, I filled in the brows using sketching motion, starting from the head, to achieve a more natural, hair-like effect. The same technique is likewise applied on the tail, albeit with the lighter shade.

Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush

Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush

Define your eyes with the small, steeply-angled brush head of this Winged Liner Brush which enables precise control of eyeliner on all eye shapes. I had used this on my brows instead to give it a subtle extension at the tail.

4. Highlight

Sigma Beauty Highlight Diffuser Brush

Sigma Beauty Highlight Diffuser Brush

Using Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow in Sin

Using Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow in Sin

Sigma Beauty Highlight Diffuser Brush

Sigma Beauty Highlight Diffuser Brush

The simplest trick to make the brows “pop” more is to highlight the outer half of the brow bone beneath it. The Highlight Diffuser Brush used for this step features an angled dense brush head that flawlessly¬†blends the highlight¬†to the eyeshadow shade.

Opt for a highlighting shade that is shimmery yet also corresponds to your skin colour, just like the shade Sin I have picked out from one of my all-time favourite eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay. It really does make a truckload of difference to your eye makeup because it somehow brightens up your eye area further, giving you a more refreshed look.

5. Even out

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash Brush

Finally, blend out all the products you have applied to your brows with the Brow and Lash Brush once again to¬†soften any harsh or uneven edges. Once you’re done, you will get a perfectly sculpted pair of natural-looking brows!

Completed look

Completed look

Completed look

Completed look

With an inexpensive¬†price tag and superb quality brushes, Sigma Beauty has proven time and again to give other premier brands a run for their money. I’m glad buying basic makeup tools like brushes has become less of a privileged affair, so every penny-pinching beauty addicts are able to afford them now!

After spending long hours outdoors.. the brows are still pretty much intact!

After spending long hours outdoors.. the brows are still pretty much intact!

What are your thoughts about Sigma brushes? Will you be getting this set when it launches?¬†Share them with me in the comments below! ūüôā

Thanks for reading!

The Brow Goals Brow Set by Sigma Beauty will be available on SIGMABEAUTY.COM from 18 April 2016 at only US$50.