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NEW: L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadows

Following the success of the Color Riche Gold Collection released by L’Oreal last Christmas, I am pleased to announce that L’Oreal had brought in different colours of their highly-raved La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadows into Singapore.

I picked up just 5 colours as the darker shades felt a little gritty and less pigmented as compared to the lighter shades.

swatches in natural light (L-R: Hourglass Beige, Forever Pink, Purple Obsession, Endless Chocolat, Flashback Silver)

swatches with flash

Some EOTD featuring a couple of these new shadows:

Eyes: Virgin (UD Naked Palette) on browbone, L’Oreal Hourglass Beige on entire eyelid, L’Oreal Endless Chocolat on wide outer-V, Darkhorse (UD Naked Palette) on narrow outer-V right up to only the crease, Clio Gelpresso Eyeliner in 07 Golden Black , Clinique High Impact Mascara

 

Eyes: L’Oreal Hourglass Beige on browbone (sheer wash), L’Oreal Forever Pink on entire eyelids, Naked (UD Naked Palette) on outer half of upper lids, Darkhorse (UD Naked Palette) on narrow outer-V, Clio Gelpresso Eyeliner in 07 Golden Black , Clinique High Impact Mascara

Another look featuring Bronze Divine (or Bronze Goddess) from the Color Riche Gold Collection for a fun smokey look:

 Eyes: L’Oreal Hourglass Beige as highlighter, L’Oreal Bronze Divine (Bronze Goddess) on inner part of lid, UD Darkhorse (Naked Palette) as contouring colour on outer-V, UD Creep (Naked Palette) on crease, Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense #01 Intense Black, Clinique High Impact Mascara

I have worn these shadows for up to 12 hours without any creasing with Urban Decay Primer Potion beneath. In conclusion, I ADORE these shadows – they are versatile, easily blendable and provides great shine without being too overly shimmery for day time. A sheer wash gives a soft subtle sheen to the lids whereas the shadows pack a helluva punch when packed on. These are definitely worth checking out and are worth every single penny I paid for them. If I could only choose one to purchase, I’d definitely go for Hourglass Beige because it is great as a sheer wash, as a highlighter or as an eyeshadow colour on its own. These retail for $14.90 each.

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EOTD: Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo – 203 Coffee Shop

Received my Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Coffee Shop (what a cute name!).  Was considering between a couple of duos when I finally decided on this due to the number of raves in MUA.

Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo – Coffee Shop

swatched in direct sunlight

this shot shows the shimmers better

 I took the liberty of swatching it against other Urban Decay Naked Palette eyeshadows which I think look similar. Toasted has more of a metallic/frosty sheen as compared to the light tan shade in Coffee Shop whereas Darkhorse applies a little khaki-greenish against the rich chocolaty brown of the Coffee Shop duo. Not dupes at all!

I used Sin (from UD Naked palette) all over the browbone as a highlight, the sandy tan from Clinique Coffee Shop duo on the eyelid and lastly, the dark chocolate brown shade on the lashline and low outer V. The shadows from the duo are also generously swept on the lower lash line in the same order.

Other products used: Red Cherry Lashes #523, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Caviar Ink, Milani Liquif’eye Eye Pencil in Brown on lower water line, Clinique Lash Power Extension Visible Mascara in Black on lower lash lines

My thoughts:

Honestly, I generally do not have good experiences with Clinique eyeshadows. For instance, my trio in Nude Deluxe lacked pigmentation and felt very gritty to touch. It was virtually impossible to show up on the eyes even with UDPP. Also, a lot of Clinique eyeshadows are made for the conservative work environment and therefore could lack the vast colour variety we are used to. This duo, however, is able to take you from day to night depending on how much you use the chocolate-y brown shade. The Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Coffee Shop does not consist of the most unique shades but these are definitely good quality neutrals that are nice additions to my stash. The Urban Decay Naked palettes are gorgeous but sometimes they look over the top with their shimmers but that is not the case with Clinique, making it a perfect choice for offices or dress-down days. The pigmentation is also commendable – this duo really wow-ed me with the ease of application and blendability because the colours are so soft.  The beauty of this duo is the finish and texture – I love how soft the shimmers are, as you can see they are hardly visible on the eyelids, only adding the subtlest pearly sheen to the eyes.   The only downside is the lack of a suitable highlight shade in this duo but that can be easily remedied with using your own. Clinique does offer eyeshadow trios that come with a highlight but I find it difficult to pay more for a highlighting colour that may be easily dupe-able. Nonetheless, I’m really happy that I bought this duo and I am pretty sure it will be getting a lot of use! I am looking forward to trying out their other eyeshadow duos.

Price: 

$34 / 2.2g

FOTD: Dior Spring 2012 – Garden Roses

This FOTD is specially done for HS as she had requested for it when I posted the comparison for Dior Garden Roses vs. Purple Crystal.

Face: Diorskin Radiant Base 001, Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream #01 Fresh, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder 01, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Météorites Pressed Powder on nose bridge and cheekbones

Eyes: Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – Garden Roses, Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Pencil 01 Black Diamond, Milani Liquif’eye Eye Pencil in Brown, Maybelline Volum’ Express mascara on lower lashes

Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On M Pink 33E

This look is easily achieved just using fingers because the shades are so soft and blendable. I did not use any brushes at all for this look to keep things quick and simple. These colours are very pretty with just the right amount of shimmers and translucency and hence do not look OTT for daytime. In fact, the shimmers are rather subtle on the eyelids.

I hope you enjoy this look, and thank you for reading!

FOTD: Coffret D’Or Jewelcious Eyes 02 Pink Topaz

Another recent EOTD using the Coffret D’Or Jewelcious Eyes in 02 Pink Topaz that I picked up during the last Kanebo sales!

This is the loveliest palette out of the others, and I especially like the combination of white, light pink, pale rose-gold and medium gray. The light pink in the centre of the quad is meant to be an accent shade that is meant to be patted on the centre of the lids. It is also the most glittery of all and feels slightly gritty to the touch. However, all these shades apply softly and smoothly without any fallouts.

I absolutely love how the light pink glitter shade adds dimension to the eyes without being OTT which makes it perfect even for conservative work environments. Unlike how some Japanese shadows add too much glitter to the eyes, these Jewelcious shadows add just a subtle-enough shine.

Face: Coffret D’Or Beauty Lasting Liquid UV Foundation #BE-B, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder, Guerlain Meteorites – 01 Mythic

Eyes: Coffret D’Or Jewelcious Eyes – 02 Pink Topaz,  Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Pencil –  01 Black Diamond, Milani Liquif’eye Eye Pencil in Brown on lower lashlines, Kiss Lashes in Juicy Volume 02, Heroine Kiss Me Volume&Curl Mascara on lower lashes.

Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb, NARS Laguna Bronzer (cheek contour)

Lips: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF15

FOTD: Lunasol Aurorized Eyes – 02 Light Variation

It is finally my off day today and I decided to wear Lunasol Aurorized Eyes in Light Variation that I picked up during the last Kanebo Sales.  On my days off, I like to wear minimal eye and face makeup unless there it is a special occasion or outing so as to give my skin some time off too.

Lunasol Aurorized Eyes – 02 Light Variation

It consists of a flesh-toned beige, a pale pink, medium warm-toned brown, a butter yellow and the palest lilac. Most of these shades are shimmery and apply with a high shine, almost glossy finish and are so finely-milled that they feel like butter under the warmth of my fingers. The exceptions though, are the brown and the lilac. The brown shade feels a little hard to my touch but it was not difficult to pick up the powder whereas the lilac acts as an accent shade that is dabbed onto the centre of the eyelids to draw light and attention. It is very glittery and sparkly with minimal color payoff.

The last picture shows off the high-shine finish best of all. For this look, I merely used 3 colours: the butter yellow, the pale pink and the brown as a powder liner. I love how this combination turns out despite the subtlety of the colours.

Since I received a Benefit package today, I decided to finish off my cheeks and lips with some Sugarbomb blush powder and Benetint Lip Balm.

Face: Feverlet BB Cream, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Light Golden, Heroine Make Smooth Cover Powder on undereyes, Lavshuca Loose Powder on rest of face.

Eyes: Lunasol Aurorized Eyes 02 Light Variation, Milani Liquif’eye Pencil Liner in Brown on waterlines, Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black Onyx

Cheeks: Benefit Sugarbomb

Lips: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm

I was drawn to this palette like moths to light and I do not regret my purchase at all. As with all other Lunasol palettes, this was well-made and of high quality.  My only gripe is that some of the colors may look similar on the eyes unless care is taken to pack them on. Nonetheless, this palette  is extremely versatile and a worthwhile addition to every makeup stash 😀

EOTD: L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Goldmine

It had been such a busy busy month and I trust that everyone had enjoyed a very lovely Christmas as well as the start to a new year! I have been so caught up at work (leaving home early and returning home only after dark) so much so that this blog has been sorely neglected. Also, my old laptop had broken down unexpectedly and I lost a lot of photos that I had taken originally for this blog.

Anyway. I have recently been ridiculously obsessed with these L’Oreal Infallible Colour Eyeshadows ever since I had picked them up in end October. And not long after my last post, I went to pick up Goldmine which I had initially skipped (swatched here) and I have been wearing it a lot for the last month or so. Like seriously. It is permanently placed on my dresser within easy reach and it is just so easy to slap on and go (which was exactly what I have been doing when I was rushing in the mornings).

Eyes: L’Oreal Infallible Goldmine on inner 2/3rds of eyelid, Buck (from Urban Decay Naked Palette) on outer 1/3rd of lid and Darkhorse (from Urban Decay Naked Palette) on outer V, Heroine Make Volume&Curl mascara, Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Pencil in Black Diamond, Milani Liquif’eye Eyeliner Pencil in Brown on lower waterline.

This is like my favourite combination because the browns add a subtle definition to the eye contour without overpowering the gorgeous yellow-golden shimmery goodness of Goldmine. Definitely worth picking up if you have not!

Do check out Jacqueline of My Beauty Hoard who has a very beautiful EOTD where she used Goldmine for a pretty gold with a pop of green look!

Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – 05 Les Gris

A semi-smokey holiday look that I did with a grey-toned palette from Guerlain:

05 Les Gris

swatches

This is a beautiful palette for dramatic smokey looks because of the mixtures of deep teals, smokes and greys. The shimmers are spectacular especially under low lights which make your eyelids look like they were drenched in liquid diamonds.

Face: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 – 01 Warm Ivory, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural – Light Medium, Amazing Cosmetics concealer – Light Golden

Eyes: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – 05 Les Gris, Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Pencil –  03 Midnight Blue, Clinique Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

Cheeks: Jill Stuart Mix Compact Blush – 09 Little Bouquet

Lips: Lavshuca Moist Melting Rouge – PK5

FOTD: Lunasol Xmas Collection 2010

I know Lunasol recently released a new Xmas collection for 2011 which I am not planning to get because I have too many neutrals in my stash (as can be seen in previous posts), and the latest Lunasol release actually kind of reminds me of the past year’s (2010). Lunasol’s Xmas collections are always produced to satisfy generic mass demand so I am not surprised that it is a neutral palette as well. Anyway, this prompted me to retrieve my 2010 Xmas palette to use because honestly, I’ve only used it less than 10x or so during the past year ever since I bought it and very much lesser for the blush and lip gloss *ashamed*

I have also reviewed it here before.

Lunasol Xmas 2010

Face: Kanebo Lunasol Modelling Water Liquid Foundation YO-02, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden, Guerlain Météorites Perles – 01 Mythic

Eyes: Lunasol Xmas 2010 EX01 Sheer Gold Beige Brown palette, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Caviar Ink, Clinique Lash Power Mascara – Black Onyx on lower lashes, Bébé Poshé Dazzling Eye Liner – Metallic Copper on lower waterline

Cheeks: Lunasol Xmas 2010 Coloring Cheeks – Sheer Gold Beige Pink

Lips: Lunasol Xmas 2010 Full Glamour Lips Gloss –  EX18 Sheer Gold Beige Pink

If you are keen on the new Lunasol Xmas 2011 Party Coffret, you may want to check out BirkinBagBeauty.

Thanks for reading!

EOTD: Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad Q12 Wood Tones

Decided to try out the Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad that I had picked up from the Shiseido sales some time this month and also provide my thoughts on the palette:

Shiseido Silky Eye Shadow Quad Q12 Wood Tones

Swatches:

It consists of a dark chocolate brown with a myriad of green/gold glitters, a warm coppery brown, a dirty gold and a pale ivory gold highlight.

When worn:

My Thoughts:

I had high hopes for this palette because the colours swatched beautifully with the exception of the darkest chocolate brown shade which was a little gritty and not as pigmented as the rest. The textures of the shadows were soft and smooth even though they lack pigmentation. The soft feel of the shadows make it very easy to blend so using fingers work just as well in creating this look.

Despite these, I’m not too fond of this palette because these colours appear muddy and dirty when blended on the eyes. The darkest brown also looked too similar to the medium brown and wasn’t dark nor pigmented enough as a contouring/crease shade. There was also an immense amount of glitter fall out from all the shades, more so than any other palettes I’ve tried. Would I recommend this palette to anyone? Probably not because the colours are not exactly unique and very easily dupe-able and it takes too much effort to make this palette work. There are also many other better and cheaper palettes that are similar to this.

FOTD: Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – 10 Rue Des Frances-Bourgeois

Had time to play with the goodies from the last Luxasia sale from 3 days ago!

10 Rue Des Frances-Bourgeois

swatches

This is a very warm neutral palette consisting of a mixture of matte, pearlescent and shimmer shades. The colours in this palette reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay Naked Palette but there weren’t any absolute dupes. The matte highlighting shade in the top left corner matches my NC20 skin perfectly and makes a great powder base. These shadows don’t swatch well at all and appeared rather chalky but the colours translated perfectly onto the eyes. The soft texture also makes blending a breeze and as such, I was able to use all 6 shades at one time using only one shadow brush and one blending brush.

I also used the Guerlain Parure Aqua Radiant Feel-Good foundation today along with this look.

Eyes: Guerlain Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – 10 Rue Des Frances-Bourgeois, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Black/Brown, Maybelline Volum’ Express Mascara, ZA Impact Lash Volume Mascara (lower lashes)

Face: Guerlain Parure Aqua Radiant Feel-Good Foundation, Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – Light Golden on undereyes, Guerlain Meteorites Perles – 01 Mythic as setting powder

Cheeks: MAC Well-Dressed, Terra del Sol #7 as highlighter

Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine – 57 Adventure

This is a lovely palette to own because it is simply so easy to whip up a neutral yet sophisticated eyeshadow look with this. The shadows feel smooth to the touch but are rather powdery. However I experienced zero fall outs with these and that was a pleasant surprise. They also blend extremely well using a regular fluffy blending brush. Pigmentation was not the best (with the exception of the gold centre shade) and you might have to go re-dip your brush in the shadows for more but I find this is what is so beautiful about these palettes. I am not a fan of very pigmented shadows as they take a little more effort to blend (think Urban Decay) so if you are in a rush for time, Guerlain is a great option because of how easily they blend without much work.