REVIEW: M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70’s Sunset, Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink/Mossy Green & Lipsticks in Apricot Gold & Nude Fudge

Hello everyone!

These days, with influential figures like Rihanna paving the way for inclusivity in the beauty world, and an extensive spectrum of hues being held up as the standard to meet for every international beauty brand deliberating over new product launches, dark-skinned people seem to have it easier when it comes to makeup selection. But instead of pushing out tens of similar products to please everyone (especially people of colour) which makes little sense logistically, M·A·C decides to partner with American-Indian Padma Lakshmi on a collection that is mainly dedicated to brown skin. And quite frankly, I’ve never encountered any makeup specifically developed for brown skin that does not look great on other skin tones.

Padma Lakshmi for M·A·C 2018

Padma Lakshmi for M·A·C 2018

Padma Lakshmi is an author, TV personality and a former fashion model. But as glamorous as her credentials may seem, her life has been far from smooth-sailing. Growing up in Los Angeles in her teens, she had to cope with racial taunts and persecutions which heightened her insecurities of being a minority. Living with endometriosis also meant that she would experience chronic pelvic pain (among many other issues) during her menstruation, causing her to be bedridden every month for a week and as a result, miss out on important occasions throughout the years.

Instead of wallowing in self pity, Padma concentrates on leveraging her shortcomings for the betterment of life. In the hope that no other sufferers would slip under the radar like she had been, she co-founded The Endometriosis Foundation of America, a non-profit organisation which focuses on bringing awareness of the disease to the general public and helping to find a cure for it. Her choosing not to cover up the seven-inch scar on her arm inflicted by a car accident is another testament of her bravery to break the mould in the entertainment industry which is often unforgiving towards any forms of imperfection. Now, turning her struggles as an brown-skinned girl into a makeup collaboration with M·A·C, she has created a 17-piece collection that caters to darker skin tones, yet complements fair complexions at the same time and effectively hitting two birds with one stone.

MY HAUL!

MY HAUL!

Breathtaking lipstick packaging

Breathtaking lipstick packaging

Released in March, the gold-emblazoned collection with Mehndi-inspired design includes 6 Lipsticks (Sunset Rose / Nude Fudge / Mittai Pink / Sumac / Apricot Gold / Blue Blood), Cremesheen Glass in Nefertiti, 2 Powder Blush Duos (Moon & Shine / Melon Pink), 2 eye shadow quads (70’s Sunset / Desert Dusk), 3 Powerpoint Eye Pencils (Iced Heather & Kerala Sun / Indian Ink & Mossy Green / Bordeauxline & Molé Brown) and 3 brushes (#168 / #275 / #213) – out of which 4 across different product categories will be reviewed in this post.

Eye Shadow X4: 70’s Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70's Sunset (US$33)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70’s Sunset (US$33)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70's Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70’s Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70's Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70’s Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70's Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70’s Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70's Sunset

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Eye Shadow X4 in 70’s Sunset

70's Sunset swatches using damp brush and dry finger

70’s Sunset swatches using damp brush and dry finger

Picking the right eye shadow colours can be a tricky business for most Asians since our non-existent eyelid creases and limited lid space do not allow for much leeway in creativity. The wrong choice of eye shadow can easily ruin our overall look, and too much makeup can also overwhelm our teeny-weeny eyes. But what other options do we have apart from boring ol’ neutrals? The answer – if I may jump the gun – lies in this specially curated palette of four unusual yet harmonious shades in a luxurious gilded case (with a push-to-open latch) which by far has the best colour combination that M·A·C has ever produced in the history of my makeup-obsessed life.

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to 70’s Sunset: Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette · M·A·C × Rossy de Palma Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow · Urban Decay × Jean-Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette

Sand & Clay is described as a midtone cool beige with a matte finish. Although rather low-contrast against my skin, this no-frills warm-toned apricot is pigmented with a delightfully smooth and even consistency, adhering well to the lids with no fallout when applied. Semi-opaque on the first pass, it is buildable to full opacity with the next layer and can simply be diffused around the edges. It can act as a base for heavy colours to build on and bring out the eyes. When used wet, the colour becomes darker with a tinge of glossiness. But once blended out, it loses its intensity and becomes as vibrant as its original dry state. Either way, this shade didn’t crease on my lids.

Sand & Clay swatch comparisons

Sand & Clay swatch comparisons

Cardamom is described as a cool light green with white frost and Veluxe Pearl finish. Infused with silver microshimmers, this shimmery pale cool-toned green has a smooth texture with very minimal fallout even though it has seemingly sparse particles. Sheer upon application, it is not quite visible on my lid unless hit by direct light. This shade works best as a topper or when applied at the inner corners of eyes to add a pop of sparkle or downplay tired-looking eyes. Adding it on the lower lash line can also help camouflage dark circles when light reflects off the eye shadow.

That said, only when it is wet that it can be used to its full potential. In its moist state, it transforms to a slightly metallic finish, and shimmers become visibly more densely packed which makes it more pronounce on the lid. Despite it being more rigid when wet, I was still able to blend it out with ease.

Cardamom swatch comparisons

Cardamom swatch comparisons

Mumtaz is described as a copper with gold sparkle and Veluxe Pearl finish but a swatch reveals it to be more of a cool berry than the rose-pink in the pan. A colour that defines the socket of the eye, it packs a lot of pigment while providing a smooth and even consistency. The intensity lightens a great deal when blended out even though it is still buildable to your desired level of impact. The texture certainly feels grittier when it is dry so some fallout and kickback are expected. To get around this issue, the eye shadow can be applied wet but the tradeoff would be that it would form harsh edges that are almost impossible to diffuse.

Mumtaz swatch comparisons

Mumtaz swatch comparisons

All’s Rosy is described as a midtone plum with gold pearl and a matte finish. This eggplant purple has microshimmers of a somewhat lighter colour and is cooler than Mumtaz in undertones. Although offers pigmented payoff, the texture can be a tad chalky. It is prone to leave fallout due to its loose consistency but on the plus side, it makes it easier to blend out the edges and add a little more depth to the eyes. That said, this shade is best applied wet as it intensifies the colour and it would also be more manageable when the shimmers become more densely packed. But doing so would take you awhile to soften out the harsh edges.

All's Rosy swatch comparisons

All’s Rosy swatch comparisons

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Primed my lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Primed my lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Starting with Sand & Clay

Starting with Sand & Clay

Sand & Clay as the base colour

Sand & Clay as the base colour

Followed by Mumtaz

Followed by Mumtaz

Mumtaz to define my eyes (and to create a subtle ombre!)

Mumtaz to define my eyes (and to create a subtle ombre!)

All's Rosy is next

All’s Rosy is next

All's Rosy for an added depth, and to complete the ombre

All’s Rosy for an added depth, and to complete the ombre

Cardamom as the finishing shade

Cardamom as the finishing shade

Wetting the brush so that the shade would be more prominent on my lids

Wetting the brush so that the shade would be more prominent on my lids

Cardamom on the inner corners to add a pop of sparkle to the eyes

Cardamom on the inner corners to add a pop of sparkle to the eyes

Complete the look with some colours (can be in the same sequence as those on the lid) on the lower lash line

Complete the look with some colours (can be in the same sequence as those on the lid) on the lower lash line

Voila! A look that's not too subtle and not too heavy!

Voila! A look that’s not too subtle and not too heavy!

Optional: line the eyes for maximum impact (I'm using the Rollerwheel Liquid Liner which I had reviewed some time ago)

Optional: line the eyes for maximum impact (I’m using the Rollerwheel Liquid Liner which I had reviewed some time ago)

Finished!

Finished!

Powerpoint Eye Pencil:
Indian Ink/Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil

M·A·C is known to boast a plethora of eyeliners just like it does for lipsticks. Powerpoint Eye Pencil is one of its many ranges which promises waterproof, long-wearing in metallic, shimmery or matte finish. From experience, this range of liners does not give the most pigmented of colour but it does stay on the lid for as long as I want it to, and it does take a bit more effort to remove it. Although I’m not really a fan of the application, it was just too hard to pass up on the offer of having two shades for the price of one (to be exact, they’re 50 cents more than those in regular packaging but whatever). Furthermore, that green is GORGEOUS.

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink

Indian Ink is described as a pure black which is a complete lie (seriously, who does all these inaccurate descriptions on the website?) because anybody with a normal vision would be able to see that it is a cool-toned navy blue. The first stroke of this matte liner gives a sheer coverage but it is buildable to semi-opaque coverage with three passes. The texture glided moderately smoothly across the lid without tugging the skin and deposited enough colour for it to be prominent enough atop the eye shadow. As expected, it didn’t budge or smudge on my lower lid throughout the nine hours I had it on despite the oily surface.

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink & Mossy Green

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Indian Ink & Mossy Green

Mossy Green, on the other hand, is described as a deep green with a slightly metallic finish. This stunning cool-toned army green has tiny gold flecks which are aren’t conspicuous unless viewed up-close. It glides smoothly and has a lightly creamy texture. Smudge-resistant, it provides semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke and is buildable to a full coverage. But much as I love this shade, it unfortunately doesn’t translate well on the lid especially on eye shadow because it kinda appears greyish? Nevertheless, this shade wore well on me for over nine hours.

NOTE: I just remembered that I do have blue and green eyeliners somewhere in my stash so check back soon for some comparison swatches of this eye pencil!

Lipstick: Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Apricot Gold

Apricot Gold is described as a midtone peach nude with Amplified finish. This terracotta orange glides on the lips to instantly brighten the face and give a glistening texture that feels both lightweight and comfortably moisturising. I can see it working beautifully on dark complexions as well, which could jolly well be true judging from its sold-out status online. But it accentuates lip lines and doesn’t really apply evenly especially on the wrinklier areas such as the inner corners of the lips. Still, it’s a lovely everyday colour which was able to withstand a light meal. It wore well on me for about five hours before fading to a stain.

Swatch comparison against Apricot Gold

Swatch comparison against Apricot Gold

Lipstick: Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge (US$18.50)

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge

Nude Fudge is another universally flattering shade described as a midtone neutral with a matte finish. This medium cool-toned rosebrown tugs slightly during application but offers an even and opaque coverage. It has a smooth and creamy texture that isn’t too drying despite it being a matte, which is a plus for my flaky lips. On top of that, it is also able to conceal imperfections pretty well. Similarly, this shade wore well on me for about five hours before some product noticeably settled into the cracks. But it didn’t make my lips look awfully parched so I’m willing to close my eyes to that. With such commendable application, it beats me why it hasn’t been wiped off the shelves yet.
Swatch comparison against Nude Fudge

Swatch comparison against Nude Fudge

The overall great quality and uniqueness (I’m lovin’ all the greens – such novelty!) of the products in this collection, as well as the element of surprise in them makes this collaboration one of the best that M·A·C has done so far. I like how certain shades appeared to be impractical for daily use but turned out to be subtle enough for those who shy away from bold colours and yet made a world of difference to the look. Definitely my best makeup purchase of 2018. I’m kinda bummed out that it isn’t given much airtime to garner enough hype before the next collection (*cough* Patrick Starrr *cough) was rolled out.

What do you think of this collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

M·A·C × Padma Lakshmi is now available on MACCosmetics.com and AT ion & vIVOCITY tangs OUTLETS.

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REVIEW: Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

SAMPLE

Hey everyone!

Aging is unarguably one of women’s greatest fears. As the age of thirty draws near, I can literally feel my face becoming droopy and less resilient at the jowls. However, my main concern have always been my eyes because the delicate skin around them makes the area terribly prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Just so you know, the eyelids are one the few body parts which will reveal one’s age first. Therefore, some precautions have to be taken to prevent premature sagging around the eyes, especially since I work with eye makeup on a regular basis. And removal of eye makeup is notorious for causing premature wrinkling.

But much as I try to avoid doing things that would potentially cause the skin to stretch over time during makeup application, sometimes it’s just inevitable that the lids are tugged with say, drier eye pencils, or even from frequent eyeliner use. Thus, apart from having products dedicated to skin care, I think it is also essential to have some specially for the eyes as well to sort of reverse the damage you have done to the sensitive skin around them. And that’s where I feel Clinique’s latest eye treatment cream comes into play!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (S$79)

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (S$79)

If a woman can do at least four things at once, her skin care should too. NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment does exactly that for women. An advanced eye treatment that visibly brightens, lifts, smoothes crepiness, and diminishes fine lines to crow’s feet. Plus, a boost of hydration that helps repair dehydrated skin, which is susceptible to cellular damage. Utilizing “smart” technology, NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment is fortified with a cocktail of potent ingredients that help to keep skin calm, comfortable, and receptive to ingredient benefits.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

I am usually a lot more cautious and selective when shopping for facial products due to my mildly sensitive skin which would occasionally break out in a rash (although it’s a lot better now). But with Clinique, I am confident that I won’t suffer from adverse reactions to their products because they are all allergy tested and 100% fragrance-free (and also the world’s first to do so). That means every product (formulated without known allergens) is tested – 12 times on 600 people – and if even one of those 7200 applicants incites an allergic reaction, the laboratory  starts all over.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment - 15ml

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment – 15ml

The eye treatment is packed with numerous beneficial ingredients to help rejuvenate your eyes. Some of the ingredients are as follows:

Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract – soothes the skin

Algae Extract – helps keep skin soothed and calm and make it more receptive to repair

Hydrolyzed Rice Protein and Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract – support skin’s natural repair process

Sodium RNA – helps eradicate the appearance of damage caused by stress, UV and other harmful assaults

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 – helps to diminish lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin

Whey Protein – helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles while helping skin to look and feel firmer and more resilient

Plum Extract – brightens full and fatigued-looking skin

Morus Nigra Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract and Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract – help restore radiance and luminosity for a more even-toned appearance

Ascorbyl Glucoside – helps counter dullness in the under-eye area

Glucosamine Ferment – helps promote cell renewal at the uppermost layers of the skin to gently diminish the appearance of surface dullness

Hyaluronic Acid – attracts and binds moisture to thirsty skin

Cucumber Extract, Sunflower Extract and Barley Extract – help keep skin perfectly hydrated

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

I don’t have a huge issue with wrinkles (so no comments on that aspect) but I did notice my eye bags getting worse progressively (though very gradually and not considered serious yet – phew – I thank my lucky stars) due to late nights (can’t help it because I’m busy all the damn time) so this launch was pretty timely. I put it to the test to see if it helps combat my problem and it has been close to 2 weeks since I started using the product.

Now, I don’t have any pictorial evidence to show because the change is honestly not very visible so it couldn’t be captured on camera. But I did indeed feel a slight improvement to the appearance of my eye bags. They seem less puffy and my eyes generally feel more awake now (making my eyes appear bigger than before HAHA!)

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

A teeny weeny bit pumped out for each eye will do (also because it’s quite expensive, so use sparingly and make it last). As it has a thinner consistency, I usually apply it before my face cream so that it can penetrate the skin better. I apply it day and night around the eye area, including the lids. In the day, I would let it settle fully for at least 10 minutes (it definitely takes a shorter time than that. I just like to be extra cautious) before I proceed with my makeup routine.

As it is lightweight and oil-free, it doesn’t leave a greasy and sticky residue after application. In fact it has such great absorption properties that it doesn’t feel like it’s there anymore after a few seconds! It is colourless too once you spread it out. Therefore it’s suitable for all skin types and ethnicities.

However, you’d feel a very slight tingling sensation with every application. It’s absolutely bearable, though (not because I have high pain threshold. It really is!), and it dissipates before you even know it.

Application

Application

Tadah, gone!

Tadah, gone!

Sure, there doesn’t seem to be a need for me to use this product but, as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. I believe that the skin will prevail against aging if we take care of it early in life 🙂

So what are your thoughts on this new product? Do share with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (S$79) is now available at Clinique island-wide.

REVIEW: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in Black & Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet

SAMPLE

Hey everyone!

Despite being one of the oldest and most trusted brands within the cosmetic industry, Clinique has never rested on their laurels. They just keep getting better and better with new products regularly being developed to cater to the needs of every individual (including men), as well as to address specific aspects of skin care. Therefore, after launching a range of improved face, cheek and lip products that were such a hit with the market, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is next on their docket. Yup, that’s right! Clinique has recently brought forth a series of eye products consisting of a mascara, eyeliner and an eye serum (which will be covered in the next post).

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34)

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30)

I’m really excited about this new lineup! Eye makeup is something that resonates with me for it was what evolved me into a more confident person. Growing up, I was always dissatisfied with my small, uneven Asian eyes and I hated how they would narrow into a slit whenever I smile. Likewise, my self-esteem was further battered by the taunts from my peers (although I knew they were just joshing around) because of my appearance. Therefore when I discovered the wonders of makeup in my late teens, I invested quite a lot in eye makeup products to enhance the shape of my eyes and I guess that’s what got me started on them!

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Get the drama of liquid eyeliner without the drama of putting it on. Introducing NEW Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, an error-proof pen that creates a clean line in one steady and simple sweep. This liquid liner is a tapered, precision brush that easily paints on pure, deep colour in a continuous, even and defined line. Use the tip to create an ultra-thin line or hold the brush flat for a bolder thicker line. NEW Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen promises 12-hour smudge-resistant and transfer proof wear that can be used effortlessly in three different ways to create a bold and dramatic look.

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34)

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34)

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

The pen glided on very smoothly on my tiny lids and was very comfortable to apply. With the very consistent and pigmented output, achieving the perfect cat eye is easier than you can imagine. The colour dispensed is matte and opaque and the tip is supple and soft, making it pretty easy to create a precised lining along my waterline. It didn’t poke nor tug my lids and I didn’t have to press it down too much to get the product out. It dried almost instantly after application (give it 8-10 seconds), perfect for days when I’m in a hurry.

Considering the warm and humid weather in Singapore (plus my tears of joy in between from laughing too hard while watching some comedy clips), I was astonished that it never smudged one bit even after 12 hours of wear. Therefore, do expect some difficulty in removal.

Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Lusciously plumped, full-bodied and thick lashes are just a wink away. Introducing NEW Clinique’s Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara that creates bold, volumized and luscious lashes with just a few strokes of an over-sized brushed. To create fine and faint lashes into bodacious and bold lashes, our volumizing brush fattens up lashes without weighing them down.

The Chubby Stick family just got bigger with the newest addition of NEW Clinique’s Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. Add a hint of colour to maximize your sultry lash look with NEW Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet (Black). These sexy and fun blackened pop colours create the perfectly styled lashes to complete your look in a buildable formula.

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30)

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30)

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara - no falsies!

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara – no falsies!

I don’t have the habit of putting on false eyelashes at all so when it comes to purchasing mascaras, the essential qualities I usually look out for are lash-lengthening and volumising. Not surprisingly, this mascara fulfilled all my requirements because my lashes really looked longer, more intense and visible. The product applied evenly on my lashes and had even attempted to separate them without leaving any clumps. The formula is amazing – it doesn’t overload upon application and it also allowed a buildable volume from the root of the lashes after each stroke. It took me just 4 full strokes to achieve my look. On top of that, the brush of the mascara managed to catch all the lashes from the inner to the outer corners of the eyes, giving my lashes the extra lift to stay in position.

Having said that, I’m not really fond of the oversized wand (ironically, the unique selling point of this mascara) because I find it a little too big for my short and sparse eyelashes. It was a challenge for me to manoeuvre the wand without inadvertently hitting my lids (which happened way too many times). I guess if you have a wider pair of eyes, the size of the wand shouldn’t pose a problem for you.

But ultimately, I have to say that the pros definitely outweigh the cons for this. It doesn’t leave any (zero, I swear!) small grains under my eyes after application! Okay scratch that. Not a single speck of fall out at all even after 12 hours! I was absolutely impressed by this because fibre fallout is a very common problem I encounter with mascaras in general. It is also not waterproof hence removal was a breeze as well.

So should you get it? Hell yes!

Comparison with other mascaras I have

Comparison with other mascaras I have, applied in left-right motion

Check out the intensity and the smooth appearance of the Clinique mascara! The wand that has a cluster of fine bristles that grip on to each lash, giving you a beautiful fringe of well-defined lashes. It also didn’t feel as sticky and heavy as my Urban Decay mascara (which could be due to it being waterproof).

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Finished look

Finished look

Both products are ophthalmologist tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact wearers. They are absolutely, 100% fragrance-free.

What do you think? Would you consider buying any of these products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading and do check back for another Clinique review 🙂

tHE clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34) and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30) are now available at Clinique island-wide.

REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Hello everyone!

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As a beauty junkie, I experiment with my looks from time to time using several makeup brands and it’s through these experiences that I discovered the cosmetics lines that would be the mainstay in my beauty regime. For instance, I rely on MAC lipsticks to give my lips colour but when it comes to eye makeup, I switch to none other than Urban Decay to give my peepers some depth (though Tarte and Too Faced are creeping up my list, that’s a different story for another post 😀 *hint*).

I remember owning my first eyeshadow palette 3 years ago when I started out on (proper) makeup.  It wasn’t a full colour palette because I didn’t know how to work with bold shades. I wanted colours that were more neutral and easier to blend with (as I think I suck pretty much at colour combination). Therefore, I eventually decided on Naked 2 which was the latest palette from UD then.

Fast forward to 2015, I have more than 10 eyeshadow palettes from various brands in my possession. But those of UD are still my ultimate holy grail because of their great pigmentation and good mix of matte and shimmery shades. Plus, UD is known to be cruelty-free and vegan, including their complimentary brushes that come with their full palettes! So what’s not to love about UD? 🙂

Of course, the highlight of this post isn’t my vast collection of eyeshadows, but the latest Naked eyeshadow palette rolled out by UD this summer! Nope, it isn’t Naked 4 (it’s ok, that’s what I thought too). It’s the Smoky palette!

Smoky? *scratches head* Doesn’t UD already have it long ago?

No, dearies, it’s not the Smoked palette. I know, I know. It is a little confusing but trust me, you will catch on because these two products are worlds apart! I will go into that later. But first..

The familiar font of NAKED that immediately catches your attention

The familiar font of NAKED on the packaging that immediately catches your attention

Back

Back

Unveiling what's inside the box

Unveiling what’s inside the box (minus the faux flowers of course hehehe)

This palette comes with a lookbook with detailed steps on achieving a pair of sultry and smoky eyes in 4 ways!

Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (US$53/ S$83)

Along with the truckload of samples I got from Sephora.com!

Along with the truckload of samples I got from Sephora.com! Key in code “HOTHAIR” upon checkout to get them 🙂

This purchase made me so happy because of all the freebies! But I could have gotten a bag of many mini branded fragrances instead if not for the fact that alcohol-based products are prohibited for air shipment -_- Dammit, why don’t the Sephora outlets in Singapore shower their customers with as many samples as their US counterpart? 😕 *greedy*

Back of the palette

Back of the palette

Side of the palette

Side of the palette

The transparent case is made of hard, uniform plastic material featuring floating smoke effect to exude a sense of mystery.  On the surface are the words “Naked Smoky” printed in gunmetal foil. It also has a magnetic closure for convenience .

Eyeshadows

Eyeshadows and full-size mirror

The Naked Smoky palette consists of High (champagne shimmer with micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic gray), Dagger (medium charcoal with micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet-black satin), Smolder (deep plum-taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink-taupe) and Thirteen (light beige satin).

Swatch

Swatch

My favourites are Dirtysweet, Radar, Dagger, Smolder, Password, Whiskey and Combat. Great neutrals, don’t you think?

With High (brow bone), Thirteen (base), Bittersweet (corners), Combust, Radar, Daggar and Whiskey

With High (brow bone), Thirteen (base), Bittersweet (corners), Combust, Radar, Daggar and Whiskey, primed with Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion.

All my Naked palettes prior to this purchase have been extremely satisfactory but for the Smoky palette? Not quite. The colour payoff for the mattes (e.g. Smolder and Password) are mostly weak and sheer although they are generally darker than those in Naked 1, 2 and 3. I had to apply at least 3 layers to make the colours show. But having said that, you may enjoy this palette if you have issues working with eyeshadows that appear too pigmented.

The shimmery ones, on the other hand, have impressive consistency and the glitters are very micro and evenly distributed. The metallic finish for Bittersweet and Armor are too frosty for my liking but the rest are rather muted. Never thought I would say this but I really prefer the shimmery to the matte ones for this palette!

One thing about the eyeshadows that stood out was the fallout. I mean, the very minimal fallout, perhaps because of the thinner texture of the eyeshadows. I usually have my eyes done so that I can cover the fallout with my foundation thereafter but nope, nothing much to conceal! I guess UD finally hit the nail on the head this time!

Palette comparison with Smoked palette

Palette comparison with Smoked palette

Swatch comparison with Smoked

Swatch comparison against Smoked with just 1-2 swipes

The Smoked shades are a lot more pigmented and heavy (even the lightest matte ones!) as you can see.

Moving on to the complimentary dual-ended eyeshadow brush, the bristles are similar to what you have in the first 3 Naked palettes – smooth to the touch of a finger but slightly prickly on the lids because they are too sturdy. I don’t really use the provided brush anyway so I’m not bothered by it.

Naked Smoky Dual-ended Brush

Naked Smoky Dual-ended Brush

Naked Smoky Dual-ended Brush

Naked Smoky Dual-ended Brush with smoke effect

Smoky Smudger Brush on one end

Smoky Smudger Brush on one end

Tapered Crease Brush on the other

Tapered Crease Brush on the other

On the whole, this palette is a good investment if you’re looking for a set of not-too-heavy shades to do your smoked eyes. The colours are relatively easy to work with (except that the mattes could be a bit more pigmented) and I’m always very tempted to blend all of them on my lids (HAHA, Singaporean kiasu mentality, I guess. Anyone else does the same??). It’s definitely way better than the Smoked palette which I felt were too dense to the extent that it gave me panda eyes on many occasions and I ended up having wipe some off (and ruining my makeup in the process).

Is there ever going to be an end to this Naked series? I mean, since we already have bronze-hued, taupe-hued, rose-gold and now smoky-toned palettes, I wonder what’s going to come next! What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading, lovelies!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is now available on Sephora.com and Urbandecay.com. It will be released in Singapore on 20 August 2015.