REVIEW: M·A·C × Aladdin Lipsticks – Princess Incognito, Rajah & Whole New World

*blows off dust* …hello everyone?

First and foremost, I owe everyone an apology. This review was meant to be posted in the same month the collection was released, but my day job (and a pretty impromptu vacation) got the better of me. Thus, this post had been sitting in the draft for nearly three months now. Seeing that most of the items are still in stock online, I guess, it’s safe to say that I’ve not broken the rule of timeliness.

Plus, it’s only a matter of time before this collection gets shifted to their Goodbyes section so hopefully this review comes in handy for you deal scavengers!

Launched in May, this highly-anticipated (but y’know, I’ve learnt to take overzealous beauty announcement reactions with a pinch of salt) collection includes four lipsticks (Friend Like Me / Rajah / Princess Incognito / Whole New World), three Lipglasses (Diamond in the Rough / Jewels on Jewels / Magic Carpet Ride), a Crystal Glaze Gloss in #1 Wish, pigment in Rose, two Powder Blush (Your Wish is My Command / Always One Jump Ahead), a 9-pan eye shadow palette (Princess Jasmine) and a Technakohl Liner in Graphblack.

Inspired by the intricate patterns and complimentary turquoise and gold hues of the Kingdom of Agrabah, the packaging was unmistakably created with Princess Jasmine in mind (though I wish they had done more to the design like inverting the colours and make it similar to the box, perhaps? I don’t know, the gold just screams “Gerard Cosmetics” to me).

Once again, no prize for guessing what products I zoomed in on…

Never enough of lipsticks…

Overview of swatches

#1 Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

Princess Incognito is described as a neutral pinkyrose with a matte finish. Contrary to the colour depicted on the website, this applied mid-reddish beige on my lips which I thought would be too light on any skin tone darker than medium. The consistency felt fairly thick with a smooth texture and it went on with a fully opaque coverage. Despite its slightly drying formula, the product did not settle into or emphasise the lip lines. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this if you have naturally dry lips, as this may exacerbate chapped lips over time.

This shade was previously sold out when I first drafted this review, but has now been restocked.

#2 Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

Rajah is described as a muted red berry with a matte finish. This is the darkest shade of lipstick in this collection, one which I felt had the strongest association with Princess Jasmine. Even though this brownish red tugged on the lips a little, it was generally easy to apply. Minimal swipes (I’m talking about 2-3) could easily give you a full coverage but don’t be fooled by the appearance. It may look moisturising but it’s actually quite drying. The pictures speak volumes – you can tell how patchy it is on my lips in their relaxed state, and how my lip lines are emphasised. Don’t expect this to last the whole day on the lips – it faded to a tint after 4 hours, further emphasising the wrinkles of my lips.

Swatch comparison for Princess Incognito and Rajah

Swatch comparison for Princess Incognito and Rajah

#3 Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

Whole New World is described as a bright blue pink with a matte finish. This popular vibrant shade of cool fuchsia remains sold out on site, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. If you don’t want to settle for basic, this is it. Not only does this shade stand out rest, it also has a purple shift and a slight blue metallic sheen to it. Application-wise, it went on with a very smooth consistency, evenly coating my lips with an opaque colour. The product felt slightly drying but there was no emphasis on my lip lines and it even made my lips look hydrated for a long time! Furthermore, I thought this shade would look absolutely gorgeous on olive skin tones!

Swatch comparison for Whole New World

Swatch comparison for Whole New World

As a matte lipstick fanatic, this collection definitely ticks all the boxes. I was glad M.A.C had decided to do without lipsticks of predictable and tacky finishes that are “shining, glittering splendid”. Yay!

But since this collection revolves around a movie about characters of Arabic and/or Middle Eastern ethnicity, one would expect the products to be catered to medium to dark skin tones. Sadly, products like the powder blush (which is ridiculous – only one shade available and yet it wouldn’t even compliment Princess Jasmine’s skin tone) and Princess Incognito are just further proofs of M.A.C’s poor curating practices for their limited-edition releases. Perhaps they just didn’t see the need for that since sky-high profits are usually guaranteed for Disney collaborations.

And maybe it’s just me but I’m starting to feel the “limited edition fatigue”, especially when it comes to M.A.C. because they’ve been pushing out way too many collections (with products that are nothing out of the ordinary) that it’s becoming impossible for me (and my bank account) to keep up. Does anyone else share the same sentiments? Let me hear you in the comments below!

What do you think about this collaboration? If you’re too lazy busy to write a comment, simply take a quick poll below!

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M·A·C × Aladdin is now available on MACCosmetics.com.

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REVIEW: ColourPop × Disney Designer Crème Lux Lipsticks – Ariel, Belle & Tiana

Hello there.. I’ve been on hiatus for far too long 😝 *inserts work rambles* 

But fret not, the wallet remained hard at work to feed my makeup addiction and keep the stash updated with the latest products. Scores of beauty collections might have come and gone during my absence from the blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean I am not allowed to talk about them! Plus, according to a recent poll I did on my Instagram, many of you don’t seem to mind reviews on past collections, so here goes 😁

Last September, The Walt Disney Company and ColourPop teamed up on limited-edition fairy tale-themed collection featuring some of the original Disney princesses in their Premiere Series forms (don’t know about you but I’m just not diggin’ this style 🤷‍♀️) gracing the packaging of their respective kits. The line-up consists of a 15-pan eye shadow palette (It’s a Princess Thing – seriously meh choice of shades), six Crème Lux Lipsticks (Belle / Ariel / Snow White / Tiana / Jasmine / Cinderella – each designed to match the skin tone of the featured princess), three Ultra Glossy Lips (Bibbidi / Boo / Bobbidi), six Super Shock Shadows and two Super Shock Highlighters (each with name inspired by the soundtrack of the movie in which the princess was starred).

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses' autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses’ autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

Due to popular demand, this collection was restocked several times and I only managed to get the lipsticks during its second run because procrastination happened 🙊

#1 Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (I’ve moved to a place that doesn’t allow me to have a workroom, so hopefully this explains the background 🤣)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

Ariel is described as a peachy beige nude with a Crème finish. Unlike the swatches provided by ColourPop, this has more coral undertones than depicted (i.e. more orange than dusty rose) so I did not find it very flattering on my yellow skin tone. Otherwise, this hydrating, highly pigmented MLBB shade is perfect for daily wear – even without a full face of makeup – as it blends nicely into the lips while still intensifying the natural lip colour so as to draw attention to the lips. The formula, as with other Crème Lux Lipsticks, has a buttery smooth texture and has a nice slip when applied. However, it tends to bleed a little, and reapplication is definitely needed after a few hours of wear as it is not transfer-proof.

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

#2 Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

Belle is described as a rosy berry with a Crème finish. Despite the darker hue, this medium reddish mauve with brown undertones is extremely wearable in actual life and would look absolutely flattering on any skin tone. It is vibrant enough to make a subtle statement but when paired with bold looks, it totally screams rocker chic. Belle delivers full-coverage pigment with a creamy consistency and is lightly matte in appearance. It is slightly more long-lasting so it tends to be more drying (still bearable nonetheless) than the other shades.

#3 Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

Tiana is described as a deep oxblood red with a Crème finish. Silky smooth in application and soft and lightweight (akin to a lip balm!) in texture, this cool reddish purple (more red undertone than purple in my opinion) gives an amazing colour pay-off (the colour matches that of the bullet too!) that does not bleed into the fine lines. Tiana isn’t very dark from a neutral perspective and certainly complements any skin tone, but I must say it would look best on medium to dark ones. has an impressive staying power which is such a rarity for matte-ish deep berry shades like this (M.A.C, are you taking notes?). But once it does wear off (I’m talking about at least 6 hours of wear), it fades to an even pretty tint. I can’t recommend this beauty enough!

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

Despite the affordable prices, ColourPop has never been one to disappoint when it comes to quality, and I am glad that even after four years in the business and getting all that recognition, this hasn’t changed a bit. And this collection is just another example to add to the list. Psst.. I can’t wait to try their expanded line of eye products!

What do you think about this collaboration? Let me know your views in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

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ColourPop × Disney Designer is now available on ColourPop.com.

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REVIEW: CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01, Make Keep Base, Make Retouch Base, Nose Shadow Highlighter, Lasting Lip Color N 402, Gokuboso Eyeliner R & Glamourlush Curl Mascara

Hello everyone!

Forget expensive shipping costs (and *cough* traveller’s fees). Thanks to local drugstores like Watsons stocking up on foreign beauty essentials on the cheap, products that could only be purchased while abroad previously are becoming more accessible than ever! Joining the ranks of Florida-based Palladio and Japanese cult-favourite drugstore brand Canmake is CEZANNE, which has been sold at selected Watsons stores since the beginning of the year (yes, I know I am slow again).

Some of CEZANNE products

Some of CEZANNE products

Established in 1964, CEZANNE was created with the intention to offer high quality yet affordable cosmetics to the Japanese beauty community through a three-pronged approach – being kind to the environment, skin and on your wallet.

A trendsetter in environmental sustainability, the brand adopts a refillable system which enables customers to reuse their cases. Additionally, metal pins are not used in the manufacturing of the packaging to allow for easy disposal, and packaging is also standardised to be simple and straightforward to reduce wastage and cost.

To minimise the probability of allergic reactions, patch tests are performed for all of their products (excluding nail polish remover) so those with skin concerns can use them in confidence!

Here are some CEZANNE products I was introduced to at their launch party in June! Please pardon my brief review (or lack thereof) on the face products – due to time constraints (damn early morning classes left me with very little prep time every day so I decided to skip out on the face makeup 😅) I couldn’t put them on long enough to form a fair judgement on their longevity and wear. But I will update this space once I’ve tried them all!

1. UV Clear Face Powder 01

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01 (S$17.90)

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01 (S$17.90)

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01 - original state (right) & spread out (left)

CEZANNE UV Clear Face Powder 01 – original state (right) & spread out (left)

Available in shades 01 (Light) and 02 (Natural), the UV Clear Face Powder provides the skin a silky smooth and semi-matte finish that helps to conceal minor blemishes and even out skin tone. Formulated with SPF28/PA+++ to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, this face powder also doubles as a setting powder as it prevents makeup from melting by absorbing the excess sebum on the face. It also comes with a built-in mirror and a high-quality powder puff for targeted application.

2. Make Keep Base

CEZANNE Make Keep Base (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Make Keep Base (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Make Keep Base

CEZANNE Make Keep Base

CEZANNE Make Keep Base

CEZANNE Make Keep Base

CEZANNE Make Keep Base

CEZANNE Make Keep Base

A non-sticky primer to be used before foundation application, the Make Keep Base absorbs sebum and is formulated to be water- and sweat-resistant to reduce shine and slip, thereby helping with the longevity of the foundation. Apart from that, it also contains SPF28 PA++ for protection against the harshness of UV rays, as well as light-scattering ingredients to make pores appear less conspicuous. This supposedly fragrance-free (it actually smells like the bandung drink) primer yields a non-powdery finish, and yet is smooth to the touch but can be quite a pain to use due to its extremely runny texture.

To use, shake the bottle well and apply an appropriate amount of the Make Keep Base and spread it lightly and evenly on the entire face.

3. Make Retouch Base

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base (S$9.90)

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base (S$9.90)

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base

CEZANNE Make Retouch Base

The Make Retouch Base provides shine control and can be used over and under makeup. It comes with a brush tip attached to the cap for a more precise application so you won’t have to worry about ruining your makeup with your fingers (although you would still have to pat with fingers after application).

There was a very faint craft glue smell when I first applied it on my hand, but it dissipated after a while, leaving with no smell at . Somewhat milky in texture at first, the product dried down to a slightly powdery but not exactly transparent (there was still some translucency) finish within seconds, giving the skin a soft-focus effect and smooth appearance.

4. Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10 (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10 (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10 - rub test

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10 – rub test

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10

Real-life wear test - not much change after more than 12 hours!

Real-life wear test – not much change after more than 12 hours!

Small-eyed people would most likely agree with me that eyeliners are the single must-have beauty staple because these godsent stuff literally open up the eyes and add definition to the otherwise two-dimensional feature. But it can be a challenge finding one that offers fantastic opacity in one stroke and yet does not smudge in this blistering heat of Singapore without burning a hole in our pocket. Well.. ladies, the search is finally over.

Admit it, we’ve all had our fair share of disappointing eyeliners that should be sold at the watercolour pencil section instead, and we can’t complain much about it for the price we paid for (*cough* Thai brands I’m looking at you). But the Gokuboso Eyeliner proves that even drugstore eyeliners can be as solid as upscale ones. The opacity of the ink, for one, caught me by surprise because I was expecting a really light wash of black out of it. Despite the affordable price tag, application was incredibly smooth and the thickness of the product stayed consistent from start to finish. Most importantly, this ah-mazing eyeliner is highly resistant to smearing – it did not bleed or fade an inch even after more than 8 hours of wear!

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10 - swatch comparison

CEZANNE Gokuboso Eyeliner R 10 – swatch comparison

5. Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara - AFTER application

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara – AFTER application

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara - BEFORE and AFTER

CEZANNE Glamourlush Curl Mascara – BEFORE and AFTER

Available in black, the Glamourlush Curl Mascara is one of the four mascaras by CEZANNE specifically to add long-lasting curl and volume to lashes using a classic tubular wand that helps separate and lift each individual lash from the root, so every single strand is amplified to make the eyes the focus of attention. Clump-free and smudge-proof, this mascara is resistant to water (thus a great mascara to cry in) and rubbing (although I do not recommend you do this), and can be layered up for a more dramatic effect. Granted, the packaging does feel a little cheap, but the quality of the product is definitely up to the mark because my lashes did look fuller and a lot more balanced and uniformed after just two passes!

6. Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter (S$15.90)

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter - BEFORE (left) and AFTER (right)

CEZANNE Nose Shadow Highlighter – BEFORE (left) and AFTER (right)

No matter how affluent we are, we have this innate desire for things that offer a bigger bang for our buck. That’s why we’re often drawn to palettes rather than singles despite knowing that less than half the selection would be utilised eventually, and suddenly it doesn’t seem like we’ve saved much after all. Do your wallet a favour and opt for this no-frills contour kit that features just two sculpting shades you’re bound to use – one of a fine-grained white pearl for highlighting purposes and another of a beige-brown that blends softly with any typical fair Asian skin (sorry, dark-skinned ladies 😞) for a more natural finish.

The darker shade, which I foresee myself hitting pan really soon since it takes up only a-third of the compact, adds dimension to the face (more specifically, the bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows and cheekbones) by emulating shadows. The pigmentation, however, isn’t as buildable as I’d like it to be so I felt there wasn’t a noticeable difference to my face even after three swipes.

Complementing it is the lighter shimmery shade, which is strangely given a lot more emphasis in this kit, as it helps to add glow (that turned out rather beautifully) to areas where light would naturally hit, such as the top of cheekbones, center of forehead, nose bridge, center of chin and top of cupid’s bow. The compact also conveniently includes a small dual-ended applicator (brush to apply the bronzer and sponge-tip to diffuse the highlight) to allow touch-ups on the go.

7. Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402 (S$12.90)

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402 (S$12.90)

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402

CEZANNE might have brought in a whole range of products, but at the end of the day nothing truly excites me more than a wide array of lipsticks, especially when they are packaged in such pretty Victorian-styled tubes! #suckerforprettypackaging

With more than 10 conventional shades to choose from, there is certainly one for each skin tone. I was gifted 402, a cool-toned medium red (surprisingly not as dark as it seems on the bullet) with a shot of luminous shine that applied like butter on the lips. The glossy finish was sheer at first but buildable to a semi-opaque coverage with 2-3 more passes without settling into the lines. The moisture of my lips was retained and throughout the wear I did not feel a hint of dryness or urge to lick my lips.

But much as I love how feminine this colour makes me look, this lipstick unfortunately does not live up to my expectations in the longevity department because it transfers and budges way too easily (a typical trade-off for moisture, so no surprise there).

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402 - opacity comparison

CEZANNE Lasting Lip Color N 402 – opacity comparison

Based on what I’ve tried and tested so far, CEZANNE’s strength appears to lie in their eye products but seasoned users may disagree (their face products perform pretty well too according to most reviews I read online), so I suggest you head down to your nearest Watsons outlet and try their products out for yourselves!

What are your thoughts about CEZANNE and their products? Let me know your views in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

CEZANNE is now available on watsons.com.sg and in all local Watsons outlets.
Products were supplied by CEZANNE for my consideration but all opinions and expressed are my own.

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REVIEW: Erborian Pink Perfect Crème, BB Crème & CC Crème

Hello everyone!

My badly chapped lips have been protesting against my reluctance to drink adequate amounts of water every day so this week’s beauty review shall be pertaining to the face instead. How timely, because I have been meaning to talk about the Erborian products I had received to try out. Plus, my used-to-be trusty Benefit Big Easy BB Cream – which I had bought THREE tubes of (mind you!) from the U.S. site in anticipation of its complete demise – has started to fail me by oxidising on my skin (and this has never happened to me before so how is that possible? Someone enlighten me!) 😭 My desperation for a good replacement was real!

Thank you, Erborian Singapore! You're a lifesaver 😩

Thank you, Erborian Singapore! You’re a lifesaver 😩

Founded by scientist Hojung Lee and beauty expert Katalin Berenyi in 2007 and then acquired by L’Occitane International in 2012, Erborian – which name derived from “Herbs of the Orient” (how creative!) – is a premium skincare brand that combines Korean skincare expertise and French luxury to take you one step closer to achieving “baby skin”. Their unique formula contains natural ingredients and cutting edge technologies from Seoul, as well as fragrances from France.

I was sent the 15 ml version of the Pink Perfect Crème, BB Crème and CC Crème which are about three-quarter of my palm and hence small enough to fit into a typical travel toiletry bag. This trial size is also created with first-time users like myself in mind, so you can sample them before committing to the full 45 ml size that is available on their website. Very thoughtful of them 😌

Pink Perfect Crème

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème (15ml / S$24)

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème (15ml / S$24)

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème (click to view in full)

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème (click to view in full)

All of the Erborian tubes come with this pointed opening

All of the Erborian tubes come with this pointed opening

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème - straight from the tube

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème – straight from the tube

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème - blended out

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème – blended out

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème - on the face

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème – on the face

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème - on the face, blended out

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème – on the face, blended out

Enriched with Diospyros Kaki Leaves (the dry leaves of persimmon) for its anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkle properties, this lightweight pinkish cream (don’t worry, the pink dissipates when it is spread out) hydrates and refines the skin texture, forming a dewy second skin-like finish that blurs out pores and minimise the appearance of other imperfections once it melts into the surface. At the same time, the skin is rejuvenated with the Vitamin E and fatty acids from the Pumpkin Seed Oil in the creme to help skin fight the first signs of aging.

The cream has a muted Ginseng scent and may feel somewhat thick and greasy at first (in fact, that shouldn’t be the case if you just apply one dot of the cream to the main areas – a little goes a long way!) but it loses viscosity after a few swirls on the face, leaving only the right amount of shine to impart a radiant complexion and to prime the face for a smooth makeup application.

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème swatch comparison

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème swatch comparison

BB Crème

Erborian BB Crème (15ml / S$26)

Erborian BB Crème (15ml / S$26)

Erborian BB Crème (click to view in full)

Erborian BB Crème (click to view in full)

Erborian BB Crème - straight from the tube

Erborian BB Crème – straight from the tube

Erborian BB Crème - blended out

Erborian BB Crème – blended out

Erborian BB Crème - on the face

Erborian BB Crème – on the face

Erborian BB Crème - how much I usually apply

Erborian BB Crème – how much I usually apply

Erborian BB Crème - on the face, blended out

Erborian BB Crème – on the face, blended out

Available in two shades – Clair and Nude for fair and medium skin tones respectively (but somehow Sephora online only stocks Clair) – the number one bestselling BB (Blemish Balm) cream in Europe is a lightweight, multi-purpose foundation infused with SPF 20 (which quite honestly, isn’t something to write home about as it falls below the minimum SPF of 30 as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology for protection against skin cancer and sunburn, so don’t depend on it to save your skin from the sun!) and Ginseng Root to improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. On top of that, Ginseng Root also has antioxidants to boost skin immunity to fight against harsh environmental factors that contribute to skin aging.

Upon squeezing out the content from the tube, my nose caught the distinctive earthy smell of Ginseng which, fortunately, is still pretty pleasant. When worn on its own, it gives a moisturising and velvety (almost learning towards matte) finish that provides ample coverage without caking on, and conceals what the Pink Perfect Crème could not to a certain extent. But if applied on top of the Pink Perfect Crème, it leaves the skin glowing with luminosity that lasts for hours (to be precise, more than 8 hours on me). Usually, I would need to set my foundation with translucent powder to reduce the tackiness but with this BB cream, this step is no longer necessary. The consistency of the cream is slightly on the runny side which delivers an even coat when blended in with fingers (I’ve not applied it with a brush or beauty blender because the tube is so adorably tiny, I don’t want to risk wasting any of it 😂), and eight small dots are plenty for the whole face! Most importantly, this does not oxidise over time! 👏🏻

But much as I adore the BB Crème, I found the shade Clair to be a little too light for my skin tone, so much so that I have to always finish with some bronzer to avoid looking washed out. Hence, the claim that the two shades are complementary to all skin tones seems a bit far-fetched…

Erborian BB Crème swatch comparison

Erborian BB Crème swatch comparison

CC Crème

Erborian CC Crème (15ml / S$29)

Erborian CC Crème (15ml / S$29)

Erborian CC Crème (click to view in full)

Erborian CC Crème (click to view in full)

Erborian CC Crème - straight from the tube

Erborian CC Crème – straight from the tube

Erborian CC Crème - blended out (see how it changes colour?)

Erborian CC Crème – blended out (see how it changes colour?)

Erborian CC Crème - fully blended out

Erborian CC Crème – fully blended out

Erborian CC Crème - on the face

Erborian CC Crème – on the face

Erborian CC Crème - on the face, blended out

Erborian CC Crème – on the face, blended out

Side-by-side comparison, with and without Erborian products

Formulated with SPF 25 and Centella Asiatica for its powerful multifunctional properties (including anti-ageing, skin-rejuvenation and wound-healing), the CC (Colour Correcting) Crème has encapsulated pigments that instantly brighten the skin with Vitamin B3 to strengthen the skin barrier and Adenosine to improve skin elasticity. It has semi-sheer coverage (depending on the amount used) which helps conceal fine lines reasonably well while providing a healthy-looking complexion.

Similarly, the CC Crème has a slight Ginseng smell with a hint of floral notes. Also available in two shades Clair and Dorè for fair and medium (or universal on Sephora) skin tones respectively, it has been receiving rave reviews from the critics, as well as flying off Sephora’s virtual shelves in the U.S. Despite the limited shade selection, Erborian claims that they are enough to provide an even complexion for a diverse range of skin tones through its colour-matching capability. And as far as I’m concerned, this hews pretty close to the truth.

The cream, which emerges to be entirely white when it comes out of the tube (and, to be honest, it did freak me out a bit the first time I tried this), magically transforms into a shade that matches my skin tone (albeit not perfectly as it appears a bit darker) when I blended it out with my fingers. Naturally, my initial reaction to this was, “What kind of sorcery is this?!” but after combing through Google results, I found out that this could have been possible by reacting with the pH level of my skin, so the discrepancy in the colour of the CC cream could have been resulted from it adapting to the pH of my fingers 🧐 Hmmm.. perhaps using a silicone makeup sponge (as opposed to the traditional beauty blender which will soak up most of the product) would yield a much closer match to my skin tone? I will update this space if I ever get the chance to try this!

Best used on its own or before BB cream (or concealer) to even out the skin tone or neutralise redness, this CC cream has a luminous finish and feels comfortably lightweight, making it an ideal choice for a natural look. Although the shade is not stated anywhere on the packaging, I am quite sure what I’ve gotten is in shade Clair which, according to Erborian UK, is more suited for pink or beige skin tones. The other shade, Dorè, would probably complement those with slightly golden skin (i.e. orange undertones).

As this is my first-ever CC cream, I do not have any basis for comparison. If you’ve tried CC creams from other brands, feel free to share your experiences with me in the comments below 😊

No filter, no Photoshopping - this was how my face looked after applying Erborian Pink Perfect Creme, BB Creme and CC Creme!

No filter, no Photoshopping – this was how my face looked after applying Erborian Pink Perfect Creme, BB Creme and CC Creme!

With mostly positive experience gained from using these Erborian products, I guess it’s safe to say that they have met, if not surpassed, my expectations. They are my go-to on days when I want a more natural look, or when I feel absolutely lazy to work with my brushes since these blend as perfectly with the fingers! However, I must emphasise that these generally do not provide full coverage and hence would not do wonders on textured or severely blemished skin.

Now, I’m hoping to maximise the usage because this bride-to-be has invested most of her money in her future home and thus cannot afford to buy a $50/$60+ makeup right now 😂 But if the day ever comes when I have to repurchase these products (especially the BB cream), I would be sure to set aside some funds for them!

What are your thoughts about Erborian and their products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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Erborian is now available on Erborian.com.sg and on Sephora.sg.
Products were supplied by Erborian Singapore for my consideration but all opinions expressed are my own.

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REVIEW: shu uemura Laque Supreme – BG04, RD05, PK05, CR03 & WN05

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The matte lip trend has enjoyed a resurgence and much longevity over the past few years. But as the Spice Girls sang in their hit song, “Too much of something is bad enough,” and if you’re already sick of the wrinkly and shrunken lips effect, shu uemura has gotchu. The brand recently (okay, like 8 months ago..) expanded its Laque Supreme line with 11 new shades (adding to their 5 most-coveted existing shades), as well as a packaging makeover! Even before trying the product, the ombré packaging had already struck a chord with me. Look how pretty it is!

shu uemura Laque Supreme

shu uemura Laque Supreme

shu uemura Laque Supreme

shu uemura Laque Supreme

Debuted in 2015, this long-lasting liquid formula delivers an intense shot of pigment and high shine of a gloss – thanks to a new special technology* embedded in it – with a fruity scent whilst keeping lips hydrated and shiny throughout the wear. Since it doesn’t dry down completely, the product is bound to transfer. But to what extent was the question.

Shades available in Singapore: RD01, RD05, WN03, WN04, WN05, CR01, CR02, CR03, PK04, PK05, PK06, PK07, BG02, BG04, BG05 & OR01.

Now boasting a total of 16 captivating shades ranging from iconic lacquer-red to better-than-bare nude that are sure to flatter Asian skin tones, these shades were selected by defining the colours that are most beautiful for shine and that allow the lips to become the focus of the face. That said, perhaps what didn’t really change was the ergonomic-shaped applicator affixed to the cap. Ideally-sized for our delicate Asian pouts, the applicator is absolutely perfect for drawing precise lines especially along the cupid’s bow!

*Shu red-dye complex, a mixture of red dye and red pigment is added to achieve deep color intensity

Below are five of the latest additions to the Laque Supreme line (courtesy of shu uemura Singapore) together with my honest opinion about them, as always!

BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

shu uemura Laque Supreme in BG04

BG04 is a medium dusty rose with brown undertones and a glossy finish. Although hydrating and causes zero feathering, it has sticky (as with the every other shades in the Laque Supreme line, but this somehow felt a lot more tackier) and thick consistency which weighed down my lips a bit. Sheer on first pass, it took about two to three layers for it to become reasonably pigmented. If you’re patient enough, it can also be built to a medium coverage by waiting for the previous layers to dry before applying the next coat.

This shade is lovely but pity about the below-par longevity on the pout – it vanished completely (without leaving any stain) with only a light pat of tissue paper on the lips after my dinner. With hindsight, that can be a good thing because you won’t get that awful ring-around-the-mouth look. But whatever it is, don’t ever wear this shade to a buffet because reapplication will be a bitch!

RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in RD05

RD05 is a vivid red with blue undertones and a glossy finish. The applicator picked up a lot of product from the tube and glided on the lips smoothly without tugging to deliver a semi-sheer colour that was buildable to medium-to-full coverage (by employing the same technique mentioned above). This shade appears a lot more pigmented and even in texture than the others, and has the ability to blur out any dried specks of skin or imperfections on the lips while enabling crisp edges. Truly long-lasting, it faded to a stain after a heavy meal.

PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in PK05

PK05 is a cool fuchsia with slight berry undertones and a glossy finish. Despite its sheer payoff, it yields an even consistency and does not leave streaks of distinct pigment on the lips when more than one coat is applied back-to-back. Apart from that, it is also buildable to a medium coverage. It clung onto dry patches and hence, accentuated some of the flaws on my lips but felt moderately hydrating on me. This shade faded to a stain after a heavy meal.

CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

shu uemura Laque Supreme in CR03

CR03 is a medium coral with red undertones and a glossy finish. Runnier in consistency, this shade yields a sheer coverage which seems promisingly pigmented initially until it is spread out – the colour loses most its intensity and blends into the lips (but without bleeding or settling into the lines). Therefore, those with naturally pigmented lips should stay away from this shade because the colour will most likely not show on yours. Although adding more coats (atop those that have dried a bit) does help to build its opacity to a certain extent, the result ends up appearing messy and streaky. This shade leaves a very subtle stain on my lips after my dinner and was moderately hydrating on me.

WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05 (US$31 / S$43)

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

shu uemura Laque Supreme in WN05

WN05 is a warm burgundy with a glossy finish and is by far, the most disappointing one from this range probably because I had such high hopes for it! The texture is almost like CR03 but worse – clings onto dry areas and delivers a very patchy and uneven application which intensifies once it dries because some parts would appear visibly darker than the rest. The first two passes yield a sheer, just-bitten effect, but is once again buildable to a medium coverage if you don’t layer on too quickly.

Among the five shades here, WN05 leaves the most noticeable stain (and therefore is the most long-lasting), so much so that it took me a couple of washes (or rather, scrubs) for it to be removed entirely.

Longevity test - all shades except CR03 and BG04 withstood the wrath of my Simple makeup wipe

Longevity test – all shades except CR03 and BG04 withstood the wrath of my Simple makeup wipe

[Under natural lighting] I don't own many glosses, so I'll do a finish comparison instead with other brands

[Under natural lighting] I don’t own many glosses, so I’ll do a finish comparison instead with other brands

In general, the Laque Supreme line is definitely a few notches above regular glosses due to the moisturising effects, more intense pigmentation (mainly the lighter shades) and higher longevity it (mostly the darker shades) offers. Even though the texture is still too tacky for my liking, it adheres well to the lips so when hair gets stuck in it, it doesn’t drag any product over my face. And I believe that is a major bonus for anyone – like me – who shuns lip glosses. I think so long as nothing comes in contact with the lips, these are still pretty much low maintenance.

What are your thoughts about the Laque Supreme line? If you have been avoiding lip glosses, would you be keen to give this a shot? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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shu uemura Laque Supreme is now available on shuuemura.com.sg, shuuemura-USA.com and in all local shu uemura outlets.
Products were supplied by shu uemura Singapore for my consideration but all opinions expressed are my own.

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REVIEW: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks – Spanked, Freckle Fiesta & Saw-C

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Since flying the flag for shade diversity through its 40-strong foundation range, Fenty Beauty has been touted as the game-changer in the beauty industry, bringing public excitement and anticipation for its next releases to a white heat. But as someone who isn’t too huge on palettes full of sparkly eye shadows, and liquid lipsticks (many of mine dried up within one year of purchase), my attention was naturally diverted to the line of bullet lipsticks which dropped in December last year.

Available in 14 universally-flattering shades, the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks come in an ultra slim reflective hexagonal tube with a long-wearing, petal-soft matte finish that promises weightless and intense pigmented colour on the lips. According to Glamour, the lipsticks were designed to enable a more controlled application – the bullet can be used upright on the top lip and upside down to fill the bottom lip (although I don’t find this feature particularly groundbreaking – isn’t this how lipsticks are normally applied? Or was I the only one doing that all along? 😂). As interesting as they sound, because this brand had disappointed me the first time around (and also S$28 for just 0.06 oz / 1.7 g of product is a lot of money), I wasn’t inclined to pay full price for them. So it was only when Sephora held their annual sale in May that I got my hands on a few of the shades – only three, to be exact, but I do feel kinda tempted now to add more of them to my collection 👀

Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Spanked is described as a dusty rose with a matte finish. Initially, I was rather sceptical as to how this yellow-toned mauve-pink would apply on my lips because it seemed a little dry in the tube. But there was nothing of that sort when I ran the bullet over my lips for the first time – the coverage was incredibly full and opaque with a hint of hydrating sheen so the texture didn’t look entirely flat. The lipstick deposited a uniform and (comfortable) thick coat of intense colour without weighing the lips down or emphasising the lines, thus rendering a second layer unnecessary. If the payoff is found to be too dark, it can be toned down by blotting it off with a tissue or by pursing the lips without removing too much product or causing any patchiness! This shade lasted for most of the six hours on me when I wore it out.

Swatch and finish comparison for Spanked

Swatch and finish comparison for Spanked

Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

Freckle Fiesta is described as a spiced terracotta with a matte finish. This yellow-toned burnt orange is one of the more popular shades that flew off the shelves on launch day. Like Spanked, Freckle Fiesta glides across the lips without skipping or tugging to deliver an even and pigmented coverage opaque enough to conceal whatever flaws there are on the lips on the first swipe without settling into the lines. It also lasted a decent chunk of the day. That is, even after a pretty heavy meal!

Swatch and finish comparison for Freckle Fiesta

Swatch and finish comparison for Freckle Fiesta

Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C (US$18 / S$28)

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C

Saw-C is described as an exotic tangerine with a matte finish. This bright orange has a strong yellow undertones, and sadly tugged a little at my lips during application. The payoff is vibrant and pigmented, but has a slightly patchy and drying consistency which is fortunately only visible upon close inspection. It doesn’t deliver as much opacity as the other two lipsticks, but it can be built upon to achieve full coverage – although not without the extra patchiness and product settling into the cracks. But if you were to disregard its shortcomings, this shade is actually pretty fascinating and unique (I don’t have anything similar in my ever-growing lipstick stash), and I think it complements dark skin tones very well!

Swatch and finish comparison for Saw-C

Swatch and finish comparison for Saw-C

Fenty Beauty might have let me down with their foundation and Match Stix previously but these Mattemoiselle lipsticks have restored my confidence in them with their insanely pigmented payoff and superior longevity in just a single application – an extent of which I’ve not encountered with other brands, even my favourite M·A·C. I’m certainly open to welcoming more of them into my stash – but only when the prices are discounted, of course.

What do you think of the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks? Did you get anything from this range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

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The credibility of Kat Von D might have taken a hit for her stance on vaccinations, but we cannot deny that her makeup brand is still one of the most successful in the industry after many years into the beauty business, owing to the high-performance and cruelty-free products in wildly unorthodox colours that it has been producing.

To celebrate a decade of fearless artistry, Kat Von D Beauty dropped a 10th Anniversary collection and in honour of her Latinx heritage, the launch was planned to coincide with Cinco de Mayo (5 May), a culturally and historically significant day for the Mexicans. The line includes an eyeshadow palette, a Metal Crush Highlighter (Gold Skool), Studded Creme Kiss Lipstick (Santa Sangre), an Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick (Gold Skool), a brush set, Tattoo Liner (Trooper) and a train case comprising everything in this gold-drenched lineup – but in very limited quantity. My eyes were set on the eyeshadow palette (though now I kinda regret not buying the gold liquid lipstick as well).. because nobody can get enough of rainbow beauty things, right?

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (US$52 / S$76)

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (US$52 / S$76)

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette [I got mine off the KVD website]

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette [I got mine off the KVD website]

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Finger and brush swatches of all shades (Click to view full size)

Finger and brush swatches of all shades (Click to view full size)

Encased in a reflective gold packaging graced by an original artwork hand-drawn by the talented Kat Von D herself, the limited-edition eyeshadow palette features 16 blendable shades (mostly of warm hues) inspired by and named after 16 of Kat Von D’s muses – people of all backgrounds, ages, genders and skin tones, some of whom had worked behind the scenes.

The bold selection of shades were specially handpicked for this commemorative collection, are vegan (as always) and of finishes designed to “power your self-expression with insane pigment and effortless blendability”. What I love about the palette (apart from the fact that it comes with a mirror) is that the shades are arranged almost in sequence as in the colour spectrum, and this spoke to the OCD in me. But annoyingly, their names are not printed on the palette so I had to keep referring to the box for them.

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Kat Von D 10-Year Anniversary: ColourPop × Shayla Perception · Kat Von D Saint and Sinner. The comparison swatches shown below are the same as those on my Perception review.

Adele is described as a chocolate brown. This deep cocoa brown has a matte finish with very sparse and unnoticeable gold shimmer. Smooth to the touch, there was amazingly no kickback when I dipped my finger or brush into the pan (which is rare for dark shades). The application was slightly sheer and streaky but was buildable to a semi-opaque coverage. When blended out, however, some of the product wouldn’t budge while those that did balled up slightly. On top of that, the overall intensity was also reduced. In its wet state, it becomes a hard film that is nearly impossible to blend. For comparison swatches, please refer to the image after the review on Malice.

Malice is described as a vermilion red. This burnt orange has red undertones and a matte finish which feels a little powdery. There was a bit of kickback in the pan when I picked it up with my brush, but it didn’t have any fallout when I applied it to my lid. This shade provided an even consistency and was easy to blend without sheering out too much so it didn’t take me long to build it to full opacity. It delivers almost the same, if not a slightly more intense payoff when used wet.

Swatch comparison for Malice and Adele

Swatch comparison for Malice and Adele

Ashley is a described as a peachy orange. This bright orange has yellow undertones and a matte finish. Finely milled to a powdery smooth texture, it goes on pigmented on bare skin without being chalky. The harsh edges can also be diffused easily without becoming muddy or sheering away. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Gina is described as a mustard yellow. This matte warm yellow has orange undertones and it becomes darker (almost leaning towards orange) when more product is piled on. Finely milled with a smooth texture, this shade adheres well to the skin while providing great pigmentation. I had no issues diffusing the harsh edges when applied wet or dry. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Egypt is described as a gold glimmer. Infused with glitzy chunky shimmer that appears loosely scattered when applied, this muted warm gold does not feel as gritty as it seems in the pan. It goes on very smooth and pigmented on bare skin skin, delivering an opaque payoff without the need for a primer. When I blended out the colour, it didn’t sheer out or lose much of its sparkle. When used wet, the shimmer becomes more condense, enabling the shine to be a lot more pronounced. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Alexandra.

Sylvia is described as a honey beige. This pale warm beige has orange undertones and a matte finish. The payoff is mostly sheer, and in order to achieve some opacity, a lot of product have to be patted on. Like most of the shades in this palette, it has a smooth consistency which blends out seamlessly. Unfortunately, the colour is matches my skin tone too well to make any impact so I don’t see myself using it often. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Nancy.

Lala is described as an olive green. This deep moss green has yellow undertones and a semi-opaque matte finish, and is a splendid addition to my limited repertoire of green eyeshadows. But as much as I adore this shade for its uniqueness, it sadly does not perform up to my expectations. Besides having a lightly chalky consistency, it also tends to emphasise the texture of my skin and ball up when I tried to blend it out, resulting in a patchy and distressed-like texture. These issues, however, seem to minimised when product is used wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Leafar is described as an emerald glimmer. This cool vibrant green has blue undertones and a metallic finish owing to its densely packed fine shimmer. Although pressed relatively loosely in the pan (as I could feel the product lifting off when I swirled my finger in the pan), the amount of kickback is pretty minimal. Smooth in texture, this shade adheres well to bare skin and blends out easily without affecting its intensity. It goes on semi-sheer on first pass but once more product is piled on, its opacity and vibrancy are out of this world. Leafar works beautifully dry and wet. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Melanie is described as a rosy cream. Matte in finish, this pale cool beige is probably one tone away from being completely white – it is so light that it disappeared the instant I swatched it on the paler part of my wrist. This shade is mostly opaque, and it applies fairly pigmented without any fallout. I was also able to diffuse the edges easily.

Swatch comparison for Melanie and Alexandra

Swatch comparison for Melanie and Alexandra

Alexandra is described as a rose gold glimmer but it appears more of an iridescent orange with yellow undertones and a slight pink shift to me. This shade is the shimmery and slightly darker version of Gina although it appears more peachy in the pan. Very finely milled with a smooth and seamless consistency, this shade goes on opaque and blends out effortlessly without losing much intensity. Furthermore, a little of this product goes a long way – it delivers incredible payoff without having to jab your brush into the pan.

Swatch comparison for Egypt and Alexandra

Swatch comparison for Egypt and Alexandra

Nancy is described as a taupe mauve. This muted terracotta has brown undertones and a matte finish. Finely milled to a smooth, even and endearing texture, this shade applies mostly opaque on the lid and is fairly easy to diffuse. There was some kickback in the pan, but negligible enough not to cause any mess. It does, however, tend to become increasingly greyish when more product is added atop each layer.

Swatch comparison for Ashley, Gina, Sylvia and Nancy

Swatch comparison for Ashley, Gina, Sylvia and Nancy

Catherine² is described as an orchid glimmer. This mid-tone lavender has pink undertones and loose shimmer which renders it a metallic finish. At certain angles, however, it appears eggplant purple with a hint of grey. This shade applies sheer and requires many layers before it stops allowing my natural skin to show through anymore. Additionally, it does not spread out very well as the product tends to concentrate at the part where the brush touches first and it didn’t budge an inch when I tried to blend it out.

Swatch comparison for Catherine²

Swatch comparison for Catherine²

Kelly is described as a blue-brow glimmer. This warm brown has loosely scattered cyan shimmer and a duochrome finish to boot. The shift on my finger after I dipped it into the pan looked seamlessly stunning but it didn’t quite translate well on my lid – the shimmer was seemed like it was on a separate layer from the main product and the sparkle was too ostentatious for the shift to be noticeable. Packing on more product made them more cohesive until I blended it out (as the shimmer along the edges once again distanced itself from the brown). Eventually, the problem was resolved by applying the product with a dampened brush. Not only did that keep the shimmer and the brown together, it also intensified the shine. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Carolyn.

Sarah is described as a cool greige (a mix of grey and beige). This cool mauve has grey undertones and it applies sheer and streaky. The product clings on uneven surfaces and is barely buildable. But once it is blended out, it fades to nothingness. You might think that this could probably work better when used wet. WRONG! It hardened and darkened to a dirty purple when I applied it with a dampened brush and it was a Herculean task to diffuse it at all. How did this horrible shade make it into the palette?

Swatch comparison for Sarah

Swatch comparison for Sarah

Carolyn is described as a muted teal but, I don’t know if it is just me but it seems a little too dark to be qualified as “muted”? This matte shade has a strong blue undertone and looked promisingly opaque on the first pass. But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when the product started losing its intensity and sheering out (except for that little area where the brush first touched) upon being diffused. Apart from that, this shade also has a mild rubbery and stiff texture with an uneven consistency which caused it to ball up when I ran my brush through it on my lid.

Swatch comparison for Lala, Leafar, Kelly and Carolyn

Swatch comparison for Lala, Leafar, Kelly and Carolyn

Chad is described as a cobalt teal. This vivid cobalt blue has a matte finish and possibly nanoscopic gold flecks as well (but I wasn’t sure if they were originally there or were transferred from the one of the shimmery shades my finger had touched previously). It has a consistency similar to that of Carolyn – uneven and patchy with the tendency to cling onto rough surfaces. The harsh edges were also a challenge to diffuse because the product just refused to budge. This shade left a stain that took me a few scrubs to remove completely, so use sparingly if you can!

Swatch comparison for Carolyn and Chad

Swatch comparison for Carolyn and Chad

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

In the suggested look below, I will be attempting to apply every single shade in the palette onto my lids.

My made-up face, sans eye shadow (I know I had gone a little overboard with the bronzer here lol)

My made-up face, sans eye shadow (I know I had gone a little overboard with the bronzer here lol)

Malice

Malice

Malice

Malice

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Adele

Adele

Adele

Adele

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Coating my upper lid with concealer

Coating my upper lid with concealer

Alexandra

Alexandra

Alexandra (on top of the concealer)

Alexandra (on top of the concealer)

Catherine²

Catherine²

Catherine²

Catherine²

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly

Kelly

Chad

Chad

Chad

Chad

Carolyn

Carolyn

Carolyn

Carolyn

Leafar

Leafar

Leafar

Leafar

Lala

Lala

Lala

Lala

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Melanie

Melanie

Melanie (disappearing into my skin)

Melanie (disappearing into my skin)

Melanie

Melanie

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara

Based on what I have gathered, it is safe to say that the warms are the stars of the palette. They deliver intense colours and are easy to blend. That said, I find the orange hues a bit repetitive. The cools, although provided additional visual interest with shades like Lala and Carolyn, have been lacklustre due to their patchy consistency and poor blendability. But in general, this palette is still relatively easier to work with as compared to those I have tried by other brands because the shades don’t need to be damp for them to show on my lids – they are already pretty pigmented on their own!

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