REVIEW: M·A·C × Patrick Starrr (PART II) Floral Realness Full Face Kit in Me So Fleek – Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me, Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home, Lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey! & Lipglass in Queen P

Hello everyone!

If having a cosmetic line is any indication of success in one’s YouTube career (I mean, it has to be, judging from the announcements of new makeup lines we are inundated with by beauty gurus almost on a monthly basis 🤷🏻‍♀️), Patrick Starrr has hit a home run by scoring an unparalleled five collections – which will be rolled out over the course of this year – with the world’s most influential makeup brand, M·A·C.

Following his holiday collection last December, Patrick returned with a second instalment (we are well into the third as we speak) that had a floral theme to it just in time for spring. And to make our lives easier, he had specially curated two kits for the entire face, each comprising a Lipstick, Lipglass, Eye Shadow Quad and Powder Blush Duo, all of which are not sold separately. But don’t worry, at under US$50 per set (with a US$97 value), they won’t break the bank either.

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr (PART II) - Floral Realness (lol he looks like me in my cover picture above)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr (PART II) – Floral Realness (lol he looks like me in my cover picture above)

Available in on-trend hues of Me So Fleek and the natural everyday shades of Me So Chic to choose from, this collection covers both ends of the style spectrum with colour schemes that cater to the adventurous and sophisticated crowds. Consolidated in a box alongside a face chart, the products – which are individually wrapped in purple crepe-like paper to prevent breakage in transit (but failed – you’ll know why) – are designed in pink packaging with a kaleidoscopic floral motif that serves as the backdrop for Patrick Starrr’s signature.

Inside the Me So Fleek kit

Inside the Me So Fleek kit

It was tough choosing between the two worthy contenders but my daredevil nature eventually led me to pick the Me So Fleek kit which is centred around deeper and more unconventional and contrasting hues. Me So Chic may look generally fuss-free and easy to work with, but it lacks variety in my opinion.

Eye Shadow X4: Stay With Me

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Eye Shadow X4 in Stay With Me

Reading stories about makeup arriving broken in the mail might have geared me up for this dreadful nightmare since most of my purchases have to be subjected to long-distance air travel before they reach me. But for it to happen to an order that seemed to be far more protected from shock was certainly what I would have least expected.

So, imagine being so psyched about your order only to find one of the shades in the eye shadow palette crumble into a powdery mess, and it had somehow spilled over on to the case and ruined the aesthetics of it. Unlike fixing a snapped lipstick, reconstituting a broken eye shadow can be a real pain in the neck because modifying the formulation with an additional ingredient (e.g. rubbing alcohol) to revive the product will not only affect its performance, but it also is just a temporary fix. Hence, I’m leaving the damage as is and review it in its flawed state.

According to M·A·C, these eye shadows are ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearer. They can also be used wet or dry but personally, these work better dry because the colours (apart from All’s Rosy) lose a ton of their intensity when applied damp.

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Stay With Me: Too Faced Rebel · M·A·C × Rossy De Palma Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow · Juvia’s Place The Masquerade

The said victim of this misfortune is In Living Pink, a muted warm peach described by M·A·C as a pinky coral with gold micro-shimmers and Frost finish. Perhaps because it has disintegrated in the pan, the texture felt incredibly soft and smooth like baby powder, which could also explain why the loose heap exacerbates and breaks down into even finer particles every time it is utilised.

When applied, it renders great colour payoff and blends very well without sheering out too easily. The shimmers are rather fine and not chunky (but you can definitely tell they are there) so they add a beautiful sheen to the lid without being too in-your-face. Unfortunately, because of the mess it causes on the palette every time I dab my brush into it, I feel compelled to knock some scores off its grade.

Swatch comparison for In Loving Pink

Swatch comparison for In Loving Pink

Hickie is described as a bright pink with pink micro-shimmers and Frost finish. This hot pink has a semi-rough texture which looks kinda matte at first glance. Although applies with nearly sheer coverage on the first coat, it builds up to a more opaque pigmentation with three or four coats (which is also when the shimmers begin to be more conspicuous). As this shade is being blended out, it loses its intensity very quickly (the pigment couldn’t even hold up past 1 cm when I swatched it on my wrist) and can turn out to be quite patchy especially when applied on larger surface areas. Hence, in order for the colour to show up more vibrantly, I had to employ the pat-and-dab technique a few times on my lid.

Swatch comparison for Hickie

Swatch comparison for Hickie

All’s Rosy is described as a dirty midtone pink with a matte finish. Although a repromote from the Padma Lakshmi collaboration, this version appears to be slightly different as it has more of a muted brown-toned plum hue to it and without the gold pearl. In terms of application, this doesn’t apply as pigmented and, on top of that, has the tendency to ball up. It also gives a semi-sheer coverage with a mildly dusty and uneven consistency which renders it a bit more difficult to work with. This shade blends out fairly easily and adheres well on the bare skin.

Swatch comparison for All's Rosy

Swatch comparison for All’s Rosy

In The Shadows is described as a vibrant dark blue with cobalt-blue micro-shimmer and Frost finish which appears almost metallic-like due to its densely-packed shimmers that reflect light to add sparkle and glamour to the eyes. This electric blue has a lightly creamy texture and a finely-milled formula which goes on opaque on the lid with little effort. Although it packs a punch of pigment (which makes it not-so-forgiving towards mistakes during application), it can also cause quite a bit of fallout on the face, so it is best to apply it before putting on foundation (so that any stray specks of the eye shadow can be erased with ease). This shade blends out exceptionally well without sheering out too much.

Swatch comparison for In The Shadows

Swatch comparison for In The Shadows

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Below is what I had come up with using the aforementioned palette because I felt that the suggested look on the given face chart had placed too much emphasis on the blue that it sorta overshadowed the other shades. Furthermore, this look is less intimidating and more suitable for everyday wear.

My face before applying eye, cheek and lip makeup

My face before applying eye, cheek and lip makeup

First shade - All's Rosy

First shade – All’s Rosy

All's Rosy as the base colour

All’s Rosy as the base colour

Jumping straight to the deepest colour next - In The Shadows

Jumping straight to the deepest colour next – In The Shadows

In The Shadows to define the eyes

In The Shadows to define the eyes

Bravely applying In The Shadows in the inner corner of my eyes as well which, if not careful, would have really ruined the whole look

Bravely applying In The Shadows in the inner corner of my eyes as well which, if not careful, would have really ruined the whole look

Then, going into the Hickie pan

Then, going into the Hickie pan

Filling Hickie in the centre of my lid to create an ombré with the blue

Filling Hickie in the centre of my lid to create an ombré with the blue

Blend harsh edges with the help of some All's Rosy on the brush

Blend harsh edges with the help of some All’s Rosy on the brush

Last but not least, the messiest pan on the palette - In Living Pink

Last but not least, the messiest pan on the palette – In Living Pink

In Living Pink to make the eyes pop a little bit more. You can also use this as a topper above the more pigmented shades

In Living Pink to make the eyes pop a little bit more. You can also use this as a topper above the more pigmented shades

Duplicate the whole process on the lid onto the lower lash line

Duplicate the whole process on the lid onto the lower lash line

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow → with eyeliner (As you can tell, Hickie had started to fade the moment I tried to blend it with In The Shadows)

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow → with eyeliner (As you can tell, Hickie had started to fade the moment I tried to blend it with In The Shadows)

Powder Blush Duo:
Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home - Soft Coral Pink (top shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home – Soft Coral Pink (top shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home - Soft Coral Pink (top shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home – Soft Coral Pink (top shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home - Soft Coral Pink

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home – Soft Coral Pink

The powder blush duo (0.35 oz / 10 g) comprises a soft coral pink (top shade) and a muted pink plum (bottom shade) with Satin and Matte finishes respectively, and it was the vast contrast in both shades that sealed the deal for me in deciding to purchase this kit. Both blushes are pressed very densely in the pan so do not kick up any excess and dirty the mirror within.

The soft coral pink is a muted warm rose with sparsely-distributed silver shimmers that aren’t very obvious and do not catch every light. The blush goes on fairly pigmented when pressure is applied, and yields quite a lot of product as compared to the muted pink plum when swatched on my wrist although it somehow does not show much on my cheek (which, in all fairness, could be due to the fact that I had used a tapered brush instead of a buffing one). It has a smooth and silky texture without being too powdery or dry on the skin. Sheer on the first pass, its opacity can be built up with more layers without emphasising the pores or rough texture of the skin.

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home - Muted Pink Plum (bottom shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home – Muted Pink Plum (bottom shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home - Muted Pink Plum (bottom shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home – Muted Pink Plum (bottom shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home - Muted Pink Plum (bottom shade)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home – Muted Pink Plum (bottom shade)

The muted pink plum, on the other hand, is a muted cool plum with a flat matte finish. Even though it appears deeper than the other shade in the pan, it is actually somewhat lighter and sheerer on the skin but is moderately buildable to a semi-opaque coverage. This shade applies with an uneven consistency unless on a sticky and moist surface, and would leave harsh edges if pressure is not applied uniformly on the skin. Hence, to get a more consistent payoff, you may have to sweep the brush lightly on the cheeks back and forth a couple of times. This shade blends out easily and does not appear dry or cakey on the skin despite its being a matte.

Swatch comparison for Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

Swatch comparison for Powder Blush Duo in Take Me Home

Lipstick: Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Hey, Boy, Hey!

Hey, Boy, Hey! is described as a dirty pinkish plum with Retro Matte finish which is notoriously known to be incredibly drying. However, it was not entirely the case for this medium-dark reddish purple which, even though isn’t slippery on the lips per se, applies with very minimal tugging and skipping. This lipstick deposits an evenly, semi-opaque pigmentation (but buildable to full coverage in just a few strokes) across the lips with a consistency that is negligibly streaky. Although some product did settle into my lip lines, the formula generally did not suck out all the moisture off my lips like the other Retro Mattes that I own (I’m looking at you, Ruby Woo) and leave them chapping like crazy at the end of the day. This shade adheres to the lips very well and stayed on for more than 5 hours.

Swatch comparison for Hey, Boy, Hey!

Swatch comparison for Hey, Boy, Hey!

Lipglass: Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipglass in Queen P

Queen P is described as a neon pink with blue pearl. This warm fuchsia has a glossy finish infused with a mix of blue and purple shimmers. As someone who absolutely loathes the tackiness of lip glosses, this is actually quite wearable and lightweight despite the thick consistency. The texture isn’t exactly tacky to the point that it makes me want to remove it the very instant I put it on, and it has the ability to camouflage any imperfections on my lips.

Fairly pigmented (enough for me to properly line my lips) with a semi-opaque coverage, this Lipglass can be used on its own or as a lip topper. When used in conjunction with the lipstick, the shimmers blend into the purple without altering its colour much or moving it while giving the lips a luscious and juicier shine, as well as a fuller appearance. Queen P is neither drying or hydrating and it stayed on my lips for about 2 hours (until I took a sip of my drink, that is).

Hey, Boy, Hey! + Queen P

Hey, Boy, Hey! + Queen P

Hey, Boy, Hey! → Queen P → Hey, Boy, Hey + Queen P

Hey, Boy, Hey! → Queen P → Hey, Boy, Hey + Queen P

As the brains behind this partnership, Patrick Starrr had, no doubt, put a lot of thought into developing such coherent collection while still living up to the high standards of the brand. But quite frankly, the choice of colours for both kits didn’t quite blow me away because I’ve already seen similar schemes (of the eye shadow quad in the Me So Chic kit especially) a couple of times in past M·A·C collections. That aside, just judging based on the quality alone, the Me So Fleek kit is certainly a bargain at this price so if you haven’t own anything from M·A·C yet, now is the time!

What do you think about this collection? Did you snag any of the kits?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr (Part II) Floral Realness Full Face Kits are now available on MACCosmetics.com and M·A·C ION Orchard Outlet.
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REVIEW: shu uemura × Super Mario Bros. – Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette

Hello everyone!

Before the internet became a household fixture, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was a huge phenomenon which provided hours of enjoyment for children cooped up in the house all day (like myself). Through the NES, users were introduced to a whole new world of video games. The “Jump Man” in Donkey Kong in particular received so much attention that it was eventually made into its own game called Super Mario Bros. Today, the character is undeniably one of the things that is synonymous with the ’90s.

This year, the Italian plumber – who recently turns 32 – gets his big break in the beauty world when he was invited to collaborate on a holiday makeup collection by shu uemura. Released on 1 October in the U.S., this 25-piece Super Mario Bros-themed collection offers lipsticks, palettes, cushion cases, cleansing oil and many others presented in packaging that will hit you gamer girls right in the childhood.

Having grown up with Super Mario Bros, saying that I was excited for this launch would be an understatement. I was literally counting down the days until this collection finally makes its appearance at the local shu uemura counters on 15 November!

But sounds like Christmas came early this year as shu uemura Singapore had kindly sent me a few products to blabber about here 😍 In this first instalment of my two-part review on this collection, the spotlight will be solely on the Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette (which has sold out in the U.S., by the way 😨).

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach's Eye & Cheek Palette (S$128)

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette (S$128)

Goomba motif on the inside of the box!

Goomba motif on the inside of the box!

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach's Eye & Cheek Palette

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach's Eye & Cheek Palette

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach's Eye & Cheek Palette

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette

Inspired by Princess Peach (a character in the Mario franchise), the limited-edition eye and cheek palette includes a dual-ended brush, six eye shadows and two glow ons (shu uemura’s version of blush that enhances the natural glow of cheeks) embossed with some distinctive elements of the game. The shades, organised in quads of purple and brown hues, are specially curated to create two highly-achievable monochromatic looks and are exclusive to the palette.

Made with acrylic plastic with a glossy surface, the palette is pink on the outside with pixel art of some notable characters and items of Super Mario, and white on the inside. It is thin yet sturdy and doesn’t take up much storage space. Upon opening the lid, you will be greeted with a removable transparent sheet of plastic with the names (or rather purpose) of each product placed on top of the pans to guide application and perhaps, to prevent the inbuilt mirror from getting dirtied by powder residue.

From top row, left to right: IR pink, S mauve, P plum, G gold light, ME orange, ME bronze eye shadows (1.0 g x 6 / 0.03 oz) // bottom: dreamy peach, brave orange glow ons (3.5 g x 2 / 0.12 oz)

From top row, left to right: IR pink, S mauve, P plum, G gold light, ME orange, ME bronze eye shadows (1.0 g x 6 / 0.03 oz) // bottom: dreamy peach, brave orange glow ons (3.5 g x 2 / 0.12 oz)

☆ Eye Shadows ☆

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach's Eye & Cheek Palette eye shadows

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette eye shadows

The base shade on the first half of the palette is described as a pink with an iridescent finish which, according to shu uemura, “offer(s) glimmering reflections of changing colors”. It is a light wash of cool pink with finely milled shimmers which have a gritty texture to it. Sheer in coverage, it acts as a lightening and smoothing agent for the shade applied atop it. It can also be used on its own for a dewy look. This feels smidgen dusty and is prone to sheer out when applied dry. Hence, you would get better results (i.e. colour intensifies and a more pronounced shine) when used with a wet brush. Otherwise, if you don’t want to leave a water stain on the eye shadow, perhaps using a dense brush would help the colour show better on the lid.

Compare Base with other similar shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light (Plum) and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes

Compare Base with other similar shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light (Plum) and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes

The styling shade is described as a mauve with a shimmery finish. It appears more of a violet to me with warm undertones and has a slight metallic sheen to it. This shade is safely one of those eye shadows that appears dull when applied, but comes alive when light hits it. It applies sheer at first but is buildable to a semi-opaque coverage. It isn’t too soft or firm in the pan which gives it a smooth and blendable texture. The edges also diffuse rather well without losing much intensity. I experienced a negligible amount of kickback in the pan when I dabbed it with my brush but there wasn’t much fallout on me.

Compare Styling with other similar shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light (Plum) and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes

Compare Styling with other similar shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light (Plum) and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes

The defining shade is described as a plum with a pearl finish which, as defined by shu uemura, lends a “silky shimmer of light for luminous radiance”. This deep violet contains chunkier purple glitter and has a drier and somewhat uneven texture so undoubtedly there would be fallout during application. Moderately dense and generally patchy in consistency, it sheers out quickly when blended but can be built to an opaque coverage if used with a dense brush. The metallic sheen becomes rather glaring as the eye shadow is piled on. Similarly, this applies noticeably better with a dampened brush. Occasionally, I would use this shade alongside the browns to give my eyes a smokier look.

Compare Define with other similar shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light (Plum) and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes

Compare Define with other similar shades from the Kat Von D Shade + Light (Plum) and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Apply the base colour all over lids with the shader side of the dual-ended brush

Apply the base colour all over lids with the shader side of the dual-ended brush

With the same end of the brush, apply the styling shade above the base

With the same end of the brush, apply the styling shade above the base

Define the eyes while still using the shader brush

Define the eyes while still using the shader brush

Apply styling colour along the lower lash line with the precision end of the brush

Apply styling colour along the lower lash line with the precision end of the brush

Using the same brush, add definition along the outer corner of the eye and do a little bit of crease-cutting on the upper lid. Blend out harsh edges with shader brush.

Using the same brush, add definition along the outer corner of the eye and do a little bit of crease-cutting on the upper lid. Blend out harsh edges with shader brush.

From plain to glamourous!

From plain to glamourous!

The base shade on the next half of the palette is described as a gold light with glittery finish which adds “abundant sparkles for glistening glamour”. It is a cool-toned pale gold with a powdery smooth texture. The glitter in this eye shadow is more sparkly in appearance. Although it also seems more scattered, it was fortunately not messy to work with. It may offer sheer coverage but as a base colour, this packs a punch of glow even on the first layer and piling on the product will only build up the shine. I find that this shade applies more smoothly and evenly with the finger tip. On top of that, it can also be used as a lid topper to enhance the sparkle of the main eye shadow colour.

Compare Base with other similar shades from TheBalm NUDE 'tude, Urban Decay Naked Heat and Juvia's Place Nubian 2 palettes

Compare Base with other similar shades from TheBalm NUDE ‘tude, Urban Decay Naked Heat and Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palettes

The styling shade for the second look is described as an orange with a metallic finish which is supposedly “smooth like liquid with a metallic glow”. It is an orange with brown undertones and has micro-glitter distributed uniformly to give a nice, frosted sheen. This shade applies evenly and goes on semi-opaque on the first swipe when used with a finger or dense brush (dry or dampened – it doesn’t really matter). Buildable to a completely opaque coverage, it is lightweight and blends fairly well on the lid. It may feel a bit gritty in the pan but there is hardly any kickback and fallout. If I have to pick a favourite in this palette, this will be it!

Compare Styling with other similar shades from TheBalm NUDE 'tude, Urban Decay Naked Heat and Juvia's Place Nubian 2 palettes

Compare Styling with other similar shades from TheBalm NUDE ‘tude, Urban Decay Naked Heat and Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palettes

Lastly, add some definition to the eye with a metallic bronze. This warm-toned brown has faint multicoloured micro-glitter that seems more loosely incorporated into the product. The eye shadow has a powdery smooth consistency with rich pigmentation. It is best applied with a dampened brush for maximum coverage and colour intensity. However, it would require a firmer hand to completely diffuse the edges.

Compare Styling with other similar shades from TheBalm NUDE 'tude, Urban Decay Naked Heat and Juvia's Place Nubian 2 palettes

Compare Styling with other similar shades from TheBalm NUDE ‘tude, Urban Decay Naked Heat and Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palettes

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Apply base colour all over the lid with the shader brush

Apply base colour all over the lid with the shader brush

Using the same brush, pack on some colours with the styling shade

Using the same brush, pack on some colours with the styling shade

Define the eye by adding a darker shade on the outer corner

Define the eye by adding a darker shade on the outer corner

Cut them crease with the darkest shade on the palette!

Cut them crease with the darkest shade on the palette!

Be extra - apply defining shade on the inner corner to add emphasis to the center of the lid

Be extra – apply defining shade on the inner corner to add emphasis to the center of the lid

Line the lower lash line with the styling shade

Line the lower lash line with the styling shade

Followed by the defining shade on the outer corner

Followed by the defining shade on the outer corner

Don't forget to blend out the edges!

Don’t forget to blend out the edges!

From girl-next-door to femme fatale 🤗

From girl-next-door to femme fatale 🤗

When glam meets edgy

When glam meets edgy

☆ Glow Ons ☆

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach's Eye & Cheek Palette blush

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros Peach’s Eye & Cheek Palette blush

Dreamy Peach is a warm pink with flecks of gold shimmers even though it appears to have more orange undertones in the pan. This Super Star and Super Mushroom-embossed blush has sheer pigmentation and can be built to a semi-sheer at most. It blends quite easily owing to its soft texture but has the tendency to sheer out on normal or drier skin (I had swatch it on my wrist a couple of times and it fades away quickly every time). It doesn’t cause any kickback in the pan nor leave any noticeable dents even after multiple uses and that is great if you, like me, don’t want to ruin the cute embossing on the glow ons 😁

Darling Princess (3-4 swipes)

Darling Princess (3-4 swipes)

Darling Princess Darling Princess (3-4 swipes, blended out)

Darling Princess Darling Princess (3-4 swipes, blended out)

Brave Orange is a pale neon orange with yellow undertones topped with accents of gold shimmers. It comes with Fire Flower and the iconic Question Mark Block embossed on it. Soft and lightly powdery in texture, this blush feels luxuriously smooth to the touch and is buildable to a semi-sheer coverage. I actually find this more pigmented than Dreamy Peach and surprisingly, does not camouflage into my Chinese skin tone nor look too yellowish on me. It can be doubled as a bronzer for lighter skin tones to give a subtle contour. However, it does have the tendency to cling onto the drier areas of the skin which could be why it applied slightly uneven on me and needed some effort to buff out the unsightly streak.

Adventure Princess (1 swipe)

Adventure Princess (1 swipe)

Adventure Princess (3-4 swipes)

Adventure Princess (3-4 swipes)

Adventure Princess for contouring (using Sigma F04 Extreme Structure Contour™ Brush)

Adventure Princess for contouring (using Sigma F04 Extreme Structure Contour™ Brush)

Adventure Princess for contouring (using Sigma F04 Extreme Structure Contour™ Brush)

Adventure Princess for contouring (using Sigma F04 Extreme Structure Contour™ Brush)

Two looks (without the lipstick, yet!) side by side. Which one do you prefer?

Two looks (without the lipstick, yet!) side by side. Which one do you prefer?

As a Japanese brand serving international markets, shu uemura has managed to strike a balance between bold and delicate with this palette to cater to people on either ends of the preference spectrum. While it delivers a relatively lighter wash of colour with a touch of glitter when used as-is, these attributes can also be easily amped up on the lid with your finger tip or a dampened brush. That said, the choice of shades (especially the glow ons) seems to gear towards lighter skin tones in general.

And in case you didn’t catch the price earlier, this would set you back a whooping S$128 so unless you are obsessed with Super Mario or don’t mind splurging a few hundred dollars on a high-end product (made with top grade ingredients and presumably state-of-the-art technology, no less), I honestly don’t think this is worth burning a hole in your pocket for in terms of the price per ounce for each product in this palette.

What are your thoughts on this adorable palette? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll!

 

Totally unrelated to this palette but what are some of your favourite NES games? Apart from Super Mario Bros, I was hooked on playing Antarctic AdventureIce Climber, Circus, Duck Hunt, Bubble Bobble, Popeye and Bomberman 😆 There should be more but I can’t remember their names at the moment. Just listening to the 8-bit music of these games brings back so many childhood memories!

Anyhoo, thanks for reading and stay tuned for part two of this collection 🙂

shu uemura × Super Mario Bros is now available on the Sephora Singapore (online), at TANGS and shu uemura boutiques islandwide.
The product featured in this review was editorially selected. All opinions, as always, are genuine and uninfluenced.

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REVIEW: Bellápierre 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 Bellápierre Cosmetics!

Bellápierre 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!

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre 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, Bellápierre 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!

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit (US$170 / S$230)

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit - powder makeup

Bellápierre 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).

Bellápierre Get Started Kit - brushes

Bellápierre 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 – with the exception of that of the concealer brush – well-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 Bellápierre 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

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bellápierre 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, Bellápierre 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 Bellápierre 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.

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bellápierre 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 Bellápierre 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!

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation - using Powder Brush no. 23

Bellápierre 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? 😦

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation - using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bellápierre 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

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose (S$60)

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose (US$45)

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre 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.

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bellápierre 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

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine (US$40 / S$60)

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Protection seal

Protection seal

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - finishing it off

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – finishing it off

No doubt, the Bellápierre 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! 🙂

4. Mineral Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K (US$20 / S$40)

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

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

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K – after applying eye and brow makeup (not from the Bellápierre 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, Bellápierre 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

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony (US$15 / S$30)

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

The shimmer powders are the most versatile and cost-effective product in the Bellápierre 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 Bellápierre’s clear lipstick base. With over 50 vibrant shades to choose from, it is easy to find one that matches your preference!

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre 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 😀

Bellápierre Cosmetics

Bellápierre Cosmetics

Final look

Final look

I have never used any mineral makeup prior to Bellápierre so I can’t do a comparison with other brands. From my personal experience with Bellápierre, 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 Bellápierre 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 Bellápierre 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! 🙂

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.