Epion Star Facial

Facials may seem like a frivolous indulgence, but over the past year i’ve been visiting the Epion Clinic i’ve come to realise facials and aesthetic treatments can not only be a powerful ally as you combat aging, but also make you feel happier and confident resulting from clear, beautiful skin.

Result driven courses of treatments help you reap the benefits of skin ‘Care’. For me it’s been clearer skin with far less breakouts; and of course, youthful features thanks to tighter facial muscles and refined skin texture.

It’s not been easy attaining good skin, I’ve been religiously pampering mine since I was 28 yrs (I did start quite late!). But as I pass through the mid thirties I realised I could do a little more than just rely on lotions and potions, some professional help was missing in my long term plan.

That’s when the Epion Clinic was referred to me by a friend.

I remember the very first day I met Dr. Melvin Tan an ophthalmic-trained aesthetic physician. Apart from the fact that he is very easy to talk to, his no bullshit approach to beauty made me feel very comfortable. Personally I like it when someone clearly defines what can and can not be achieved. I mentioned that I had no intention of having any fillers or botox (to this day I am still filler and botox free!) and my concerns were lifting my facial muscles that are now slowly but surely taken hold of by gravity.

I was recommended the Star Facial. The Clinics signature facial for tightening the muscles, refine the skin and also to bring out that much needed glow. The Star Facial is recommended as a pre-event treatment as it delivers instant results of glowy skin, apart from the significant long term effects.

This signature treatment consists of a Hydra Facial, Infrared Light Therapy and a pampering 24k Gold Mask.

THE STAR FACIAL

Epion clinic, star facial

The session begins with a relaxing cleanse. The skilled therapist at Epion thoroughly strips off any makeup and grime that’s present to prep skin for the first step of this Facial.

Hydrafacial, is the process of clearing up all the congestion of the pores and then super-charging with hydrating serums and peptides to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin.

The pores are deep cleaned with a vacuum extraction and skin’s gently exfoliation. The process takes about 15-20 minutes. The skin then gets a ‘blast’ of serum (a combination of hyaluronic acids and peptides) to help soothe and plump up with moisture.

The second phase of the treatment is, Infrared (red) light therapy, to stimulate the lower levels of the skin and help boost regeneration. As with everything in life, skins natural ability to renew and repair itself slows down with age, becoming less capable of regenerating collagen and repair elastin fibers that make up the structure of the skin. Using the Sciton Skintyte machine, Dr Melvin Tan pulses the skin to encourage collagen growth and tighten the skin. This helps with improving firmness with regular treatments.

The red light treatment generates heat in the lower levels of the skin, stimulating the growth of new collagen.

For my treatment, the targeted areas are the lower cheeks and the forehead, places where the skin has evidently lost it’s ‘fullness’.

Epion clinic, Hydra facial

The 24k Gold mask is then mixed and applied to the entire face (eyes and mouth) and left on for about 20-30mins. Once set, this can finally be lifted off the face (with no discomfort) to reveal radiant skin.

I’ve had six Star Facials this past year, and have noticed my skin breaks out less thanks to the constant clearing of congestion in my pores. My cheek muscles are definitely firmer and the lines on my forehead less severe. I’ve been recommended a more intense lifting treatment next, the Thermage. Maybe my next step, for now though , i’m really pleased at how my skin looks. Dr. Tan has been noticing the changes as well!

FAQ’s

How often do you need to repeat the treatment and frequency?

For noticeable lifting and firming a course of 4-5 is recommended by the Doctor. Preferably done monthly.

Is it painful? 

The only step with any discomfort is the Infrared Light Therapy. Is it unbearable? No. But it does take a bit of getting used to.

What made me choose Epion clinic?

Personal recommendation by a friend.

When it comes to aesthetic treatments I trust a friends recommendation more than anything. Also Dr. Melvin Tan is an expert in the field and is one of the five regional faculty members of the Allergan Medical Institute. He travels across the region training doctors on facial beauty and injection techniques (his speciality). If there’s anyone you want to trust with your face (especially if you are looking to Botox or fillers) Dr. Tan would be the one.

Why choose Epion Clinic?

I believe overall just feeling comfortable is key. Specially when your health and wellbeing is in someone else’s hands. All medical procedures are administered by Dr. Tan himself and there’s no compromise on safety. Also bedside manner is important when it comes to choosing someone for treatments and Dr. Melvin Tan is one of the most easy to talk to. He instantly puts you at ease.

Bottomline

Overall I think there’s no shame in trying to improve the way you look. Whether it’s going in for botox or just sticking to laser treatments. It’s up to you.

I am very happy with my results. My skin looks so much better now. Less pigmentation and breakouts with firmer skin.

I would suggest making an appointment for a consultation and take it from there, the treatments are well worth the money.   

 

*Not sponsored.

 

CHANEL Cruise 2019 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Three years in a row, CHANEL Cruise has been my favourite collection each year. It’s that final drop as summer hits and loaded with great colours for summer vacations. Usually the nail polishes are my first pick, glorious shades that work superb for sunny manicures and powders that are eventually must-haves in my makeup bag.

Lumiere Et Contraste is based on light and shade. The glow on summer skin with depth to make the features pop. I love smokier eyes for summer paired with nude lips and glowy skin. Isn’t it pretty much summer makeup 101?

Here’s the list of newness that’s Chanel Cruise 2019,

Duo Bronze Et Lumiere Clair & Medium

Les 4 Ombres Lumieres Naturelles

Ombre Premiere Gloss Lunaire & Solaire

Stylo Ombre Et Contour Pure Flesh, Metallic Flash & Vague

Rouge Coco Gloss Fraicheur, Aurora

Rouge Coco Flash Lumiere & Contraste

Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Warm Beige

Le Vernis Afterglow, Open Air & Purple Ray

Duo Bronze Et Lumiere described as ‘matte’ bronzer/pearlescent highlighter duo. This comes in two shade variants, one intended for fair complexions (Clair) and Medium for medium skin tones. The formulation for the bronzer seems new, incredibly fine, luminous and blends like a DREAM. It almost feels a cream-powder hybrid when swatching.

The undertones are very neutral and work perfectly for a bit of sculpting. I love that the bronzers aren’t flat, there’s definitely some golden shimmer, for a more satin luminous finish.

The highlighters in these are equally stunning. Both with golden shimmer.

Clair overall has a slight peachy rosy undertone that makes it beautiful for fairer skin tones. I don’t think the bronzer in this will ever work for anyone, perhaps those with an alabaster complexion, even so as a finishing powder at best.

Here’s a look at the swatches.

Clair contains a peachy pink powder and a peachy pink highlighter with golden shimmer.

Medium is a neutral brown with a gold shimmery highlight.

I rounded up a few comparisons to see how these compare with my current stash.

My go-to is the Givenchy (which looks pretty beat up now!) and is my perfect shade. A mid tone warm brown with no orange tones. In comparison the Chanel is the deepest of them all, with hardly any yellow. probably why this works so well for some sculpting. It’s also much less warmer compared to everything else.

I also included the (NEW) Tom Ford Soleil bronzer Gold Dust which will be reviewed next along with the Soleil 2019 collection. It’s a peachier gold with a fantastic formula.

For the eyes it’s neutrals again (I feel like CHANEL’s been churning out neutrals non stop these days!). This time an easy to use no fuss combination of matte browns, shimmering taupe and bronze to help define this seasons sultry smokey look. The colours are easy to work with and the textures are beautiful. As always Chanel shadows are very easy to blend and always allow effortless application.

Lumieres Naturelles is one of those palettes that can definitely be an everyday staple. I found myself dipping into shade 3 and 4 the most, a quick eye look with some subtle contouring and bronzy lid.

Also within the collection are three eyeshadow pencils that can be used on its own or as eyeshadow bases. Metallic Flash is a shimmery silvery taupe and Vague a satin medium brown.

These glide on easily and can be smudged out with a brush or fingers before they set. They are pretty much budge proof then on for long wear. I notice a little creasing and fading around 5-6 hours later since I have very oily lids but overall they last much better than most cream pencils.

Also in the eye category are two interesting gloss toppers Solaire & Lunaire. Personally I shy away from high maintenance makeup. Specially in weather that’s pushing over ninety degrees! But I find myself drawn to Solaire. There’s noticeable gold flecks suspended in the gel that catches the light beautifully. If you skip eye makeup, a light veil of this looks sophisticated and fresh. A waterproof mascara is a must of course.

When testing these out I also added some to the tops of the cheek bones for a wet highlight effect and decided I prefer to wear them this way. When placed strategically these are gorgeous on the skin (as you’ll see from the look I created for the collection).

For the lips I was sent the two Rouge Coco Flash lipsticks. These are a brand new lipstick launch for 2019. An instant love for me. I have been accumulating quite a few and live for these glossy, vibrant shades. As expected from a glossy formula they don’t last as much but I don’t mind reapplying time to time so these work perfectly fine for me. Overall sheer lipsticks are my go-to for summers warm months and they look great applied.

Lumiere is a soft peachy rose and Contraste a deep neutral mauve. The pay off as you can see is quite sheer but they are somewhat buildable and look beautiful on the lips. The deeper shades do show up better, especially if you have pigmented lips.

The nailpolishes are always high on my wish list and the three new additions did not disappoint. I found they are sheerer in terms of pigmentation, though with two medium coats deliver a satisfying result. Purple Ray is my must-have and a gorgeous shade for summer, so is Open Air. I love how paler, neutral toned shades like Purple Ray compliment my warm skintone as I tan. Definitely something to check out when you visit the counter.

Afterglow is a beautiful neutral toned sheer beige with subtle golden shimmer. I wasn’t sure how much I was going to love this but it’s one of those polishes that can look great for a barely there groomed look.

As always the wear is approximately 4-5 days.

Moving on to a look I created with some of the collection.

I used the Duo Bronze Et Lumiere in Medium for the cheekbones, the eye gloss Solaire with Lumiere on the lips. I wanted to experiment with a slightly different look since I always post the brown neutral eye looks.

The gloss is absolutely gorgeous for summer, but obviously crazy high maintenance and creases if you apply too much. But as you can see topped over the highlighter it gives the most incredible wet glow. It’s probably one of my favourite looks so far!

Bottom Line

My must-have from the collection is the Bronzer duo Medium, the lipstick in Lumiere and the nailpolish Purple Ray. I would also add Vague to the mix as it was a great everyday shade that I’m sure you’d grab often. Just perfect for those rushed days when you need something on the eyes that wont take much time.

What are your favourites from the collection?

CHANEL Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint | Review, Photos & Swatches

Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint

This summer CHANEL adds a brand new foundation to it’s base portfolio. The Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint. Using a patented microfruidics process, this new skin tint features cutting edge technology to deliver a result that mimics ‘nude’ skin. Imperceptible, like a second skin and luminous for that gorgeously dewy healthy look.

The pigments are suspended in an aqueous phase (92%). Which releases a wave of freshness on application as it hydrates the skin with a high dose of water, vegetal glycerin (read vegan) and tamarind extract. The other 8% is the oily phase, containing pigment capsules which burst once applied.  Encapsulating pigments in this manner enables the limiting of extra ingredients such as emulsifiers and helps deliver that exceptionally weightless feel.

Water-Fresh tint

Packaging

The packaging is a clear pump version with a signature black cap. It’s elegant, perfectly travel friendly (lightweight and less prone to damage) and pretty much a summer essential for your upcoming holidays.

The foundation comes with it’s own brush for application. Densely packed with a tapered edge & designed to give the best results with this base. The quality of the brush is pretty good. It’s washable, and is quite sturdy. Unlike some of the flimsy brushes that come free with products.

Application Tips

According to the demo videos i’ve seen online, Lucia Pica (CHANEL Global Creative Makeup & Colour Designer) dispenses the product to the back of her hand and blends the product with the brush to burst the micro droplets, after which it’s applied to the skin.

I’ve been working the other way around and found that pumping the product to the back of my hand and picking up product (water, micro-droplets whole) and then blending the solution on the skin itself works great and minimizes wastage. One observation was, you run through the product easily. And my method helps with getting most of the product on the face without wasting it on the back of your hand!

The finish of this is sheer and incredibly glowy. Very similar effect to the dewy Korean cushions from a few years back. The difference would be the CHANEL version almost feels like a gel foundation and sets. Working quite well with warmer humid weather of summer.

The extra thin layer means no excess product that can end up seeping into fine lines.Therefore I believe this will look amazing on mature skin, specially with it’s luminous youthful glow.

As seen in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ I appreciate how it evens out the redness around my cheeks and leaves my skin looking natural but perfected, & even-toned. If you are looking for more coverage, sadly this isn’t buildable and should suit only those who require light coverage. Overall the feel is, it’s very much like a tinted moisturiser. But a grown-up fancy version with slightly more coverage. For added coverage I usually pair this with my Clé de Peau Beauté concealer to any blemished areas I need extra concealing, leaving the healthy skin to shine through.

As far as longevity goes, it lasts pretty well on my combination skin. Doesn’t move around once (lightly) powdered. I would highly recommend this especially if you tend to wear minimal base during the day and prefer a natural look (like myself).

Here’s one last look on how this looks on the skin, outdoors. It’s absolutely imperceptible with a youthful glow when you compare the skin on my shoulders to the cheeks.

(P.S- this photo is not retouched in any way)

Bottom Line

It’s a great summer foundation. It does feel light and airy on the skin as it claims. Sheer coverage means it’s pretty easy to get a decent shade match too.

This comes in six btw. Light. Medium Light. Medium. Medium Plus. Light Deep & Deep.

The only problem I found with this was you really run through it fast! I have only used it about 7 times and it’s already at the 3/4 mark. I wish it would last a bit longer. But will gladly repurchase once I do finish this bottle as my skin loves it!

Shade matching

For reference I’m a MAC NC35 and the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint Medium is my match.

Ingredients :

Aqua (Water). Hydrogenated Polydecene. Glycerin. Methyl Gluceth-20. Peg-75. Pentylene Glycol. Octyldodecanol. Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract. Phenoxyethanol. Butylene Glycol. Polyhydroxystearic Acid. Sodium Carbomer. Disteardimonium Hectorite. Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum. Aluminium Hydroxide. Propylene Carbonate. Amodimethicone. Disodium EDTA. Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate. Alcaligenes Polysaccharides. Parfum. Lysine. Magnesium Chloride. Ethylhexylglycerine. BHT. [+/- (May contain)CI 77007 (Ultramarines). Cl 77492, Cl77499 (Iron Oxides). Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide). Mica]

 

Pricing & Availability

At all Chanel Boutiques from the 25th April and counters from the 3rd May islandwide.

Retail price-  SGD106.

*Sample provided by Chanel beauty for review consideration.

 

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Collection 2019 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Les Beiges Chanel

Each summer Chanel releases the Les Beiges collection. A mix of beauty essentials especially curated for sun kissed golden skin. The Les Beiges powders in limited edition packaging are my favourite, but the lip balms and summer eye quads are usually equally enticing!

This year, Chanel will be launching a 9 pan eyeshadow palette, a new shade addition to the Les Beiges Healthy Glow lip balm and a whole range of Les Beiges powders in beige packaging with the name Chanel in a handwritten style.

Also in the mix, there’s an even more exciting foundation launch, the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint featuring microfluidics technology (to be reviewed soon).

Todays post will be focused on the colour collection, i.e the eye palette and the lip balm seen above.

Chanel les beige

Les Indispensables is a ‘natural eyeshadow collection’. A host of neutrals in a perfectly curated mix of mattes, satins and shimmers. It’s your wardrobe of essentials for all day, and night.

The palette clearly leans neutral, the colours and tones working harmoniously to enhance the beauty of nude skin.

I find the formula and payoff of the mattes similar to last years Clair-Obscur nude palette. The textures are silky and sits on the eyes like a second skin. They don’t feel powdery or dry. They blend very easily and create an eye look with no harsh lines; perfect for fool-proof application.

The paler shimmers go on smooth, (there’s one beige and a pale pink) creating simple elegant strokes of highlight adding depth to the eye looks.

The right side of the palette contains a cluster of rich neutrals in rust tones, earthy browns and taupe grey for added depth along the lash line and crease.

Here’s another set of swatches.

les indispensables swatches

 

I’ve been testing several eye looks with these over the Chanel Longwear Eye Primer. It extends the wear of all eyeshadows and creates a smooth canvas for application. (Something I absolutely recommend investing in). The colours never faded throughout wear and looked as fresh as it was applied till I removed them approx. 7 hours later.

My overall verdict on this palette is that it’s perfect for an understated sophisticated makeup look. Perfectly suited for the discerning clientele they cater to.

Personally I think it’s one of those palettes that can be a work horse in your collection, effortlessly churning out a multitude of natural eye makeup looks from soft defined eyes to smokier versions for the night time. Even the ‘red’ in the palette is the most wearable one i’ve ever seen!

 

 

For the lips, Healthy Glow Lip Balm adds the perfect hint of colour. A universally flattering warm brick red for a stained effect.

The texture is creamy and hydrating for maximum comfort. Perfect for a hint of colour but essentially a lip balm that’s great all day every day.

Swatches,

On to a look created with the collection.

I swapped out the balm and used a (new) nude Rouge Coco Flash instead. The colour is Casual (worn over a lip that was filled in with a nude lip pencil).

Bottom Line

If you missed out on the last matte nude quad Clair-Obscur (reviewed), this new 9 pan palette is well worth picking up. It allows a lot more variety in looks while still satisfying that need for everyday mattes.

If you’ve been deciding between the previous NARS Skin Deep palette (reviewed) and this, the two are actually quite different. I’ll add a swatch set for easy reference, but overall the Chanel is the safer bet for fairer complexions that prefer neutral tones over warm. I also see this palette appealing to the mature customer that prefers subtle definition over bold look too.

What are your picks from the collection? I’ve already been testing the new foundation and without giving too much away, I can say it’s not disappointing! Definitely something to look into if you prefer sheer coverage with a radiant finish.

Review to be up soon!; but i’ll be posting some of my initial thoughts on Instagram first. Follow me there, same handle BubblyMichelle

xx 

chanel les beiges

 

Collection details

Les Beiges Fresh Water-Tint – SGD106

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Shade N10, N20, N30, N40, N50 – SGD82

Les Beiges Healthy Glow (LE) Shade N10, N20 – SGD89

Les Indipensable Eye Palette – SGD139

Les Beiges Lip Balm – SGD52

Available May 3rd onwards, all Chanel counters. Pre launching at Boutiques April 25th.

NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette | Review, Photos & Swatches

It’s always exciting reviewing NARS launches. I think their formulations are some of the best in the market.

Late last year they revamped their entire eyeshadow lineup and improved on their already impressive shadows which was exciting as a fellow ‘Narsisist’! See swatches/ first impressions of their single shadows here. Fittingly, I’ve been spotting a bunch of new palettes now out with this new formula.

One of which is this new neutral palette called Skin Deep, I knew I had to have it ASAP. The good ones really go out of stock FAST!

I love how the palette has some everyday basics in larger pans. It’s been designed in a way that the most used neutrals are set in a larger pan since they are most likely to be the first to be used up. In addition, these powders can be applied to any part of the face anyway, you don’t need to restrict yourself to using them solely as eyeshadows! Some shades make interesting blush colours (especially) for deeper skin tones, or work even as contour.

On the top row each contain 3.5g of product in comparison to the ones on the bottom two rows which are just 1.4g each (for reference their single shadows usually contain 1.1g but look much larger than these small ones, strangely). I have a feeling the numbers are a bit off on this unless the pans are deeper.. who knows.

At first glance I also noticed a couple of the shades are actually some of the older popular single eyeshadows sitting beside the new ones. Bali and Coconut Grove have been two of my OG faves. Newly launched Sophia is also included in the larger pan.

I honestly don’t mind the repetition. Overall the mix is really versatile and that’s all that matters in my opinion. In any case, a majority of the shades are new (although some can be very closely duped with existing NARS shadows).

 

NARs Skin Deep palette swatches

 

The formula of these when swatched were on par with the new reformulated shadows from October. Some, such as Faster Pussycat, Basic Instinct were (almost) creamy to the touch and swatch like butter!

 

NARS skin deep swatch

 

Here’s another swatch set in direct sunlight.

 

NARS Skin Deep

 

Taunt – is a matte cream beige

Sophia – is a medium rosy matte brown

Whipped – is warmer reddish matte brown

Undressed – is a medium cool taupe

Icon – is a lustrous champagne

Basic Instinct – is a warm rose gold

Coconut Grove – is a medium deep matte brown

Centerfold – is a lustrous taupe

Calender Girl – is a dull bronze

Faster Pussycat – is a rich coppery red

Unbuttoned – is a deep brown with red shimmer

Overall the eyeshadows are well pigmented and apply smoothly. Even the mattes blend like a dream. Honestly, I can’t pick a single dud in here. NARS really set the standard high with this palette.

Skin Deep, is one of those palettes that’s perfectly curated. There’s a matte highlighter/ base shade, a few transition options and shimmery pop colours. Literally no guess work with all the shades just laid out perfectly. I have to say it makes life easier to not have to fish for a neutral beige or dig out a matte brown.

For todays makeup I added a blue winged liner for some contrast inspired by my blue manicure. My aim was to not make this neutral eye look boring. And the blue really compliments the warm coppery lower lash line.

Also making an appearance is the latest NARS face palette Fireclay on the cheeks and highlight points. Hopefully reviewing this next.

 

 

Here’s a closer look. My hooded eyes make it a bit difficult photographing the lid space without looking sleepy.  But here’s my best take! You see the eyeshadow placements more clearly.

 

 

Products used, Icon and Basic Instinct in the inner corner blended towards the center. Undressed and Whipped in the crease for depth and transition. Bali in the outer corner. Faster Pussycat on the lower lash line.

For eyeliner I used an old NARS navy blue eye pencil topped with the single shadow Outremer for extra pop.

On the lips i’m wearing a nude lip liner with Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

Cheeks & subtle highlight via the Fireclay palette. It’s a 100% NARS look!

Bottom Line

Can’t recommend this palette enough! Even though the colours in here can be duped by other NARS singles in my stash, the convenience of having them all together, already curated and ready to go is money well spent. I know i’ll be packing this on practically every trip now on.

I love that there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers which play very well together and the overall neutral tone makes for easy everyday eye looks since it doesn’t lean too red or warm.

If you already have a tonne of palettes, you probably won’t need this one. But I can’t hide the fact that it’s one of the best eyeshadow palettes i’ve seen in quite some time with really good quality & value for money and (i’ve tried a fair few to say the least)! PLUS it’s totally wearable for all skin tones, including the deeper complexions which is wonderful.

Bottom line, I’m enjoying it loads, and it’s something I wouldn’t want you to miss out on if you are thinking of grabbing this.

P.S – If you haven’t been to my Instagram, drop by and follow me there. All the latest makeup launches and makeup looks are always shared there first! xx

 

Available at NARS boutiques (Ngee Ann City) and Sephora Singapore (retailing at SGD90).

 

 

 

 

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe | Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford has just launched a bunch of new liquid lip colours. I’ve seen them pop up on online but will only be launching in Singapore in March.

After testing them these few weeks i’m ready to share my thoughts. So far I received 3 shades to try, two from the matte finish range (10 shades in total) and one from the vinyl finish (a range of 10 as well).

The packaging is absolutely stunning. True to the Tom Ford aesthetic, these feel weighty & luxurious (made in glass, similar to the ones by Clé de Peau).

Jaguar – A vibrant peachy pink coral

Overpower – A bright neutral red with pink tones

Infuriate – A rich burgundy with a hint of plum

The matte Lip Lacquer Luxe is a highly pigmented formula. The two I tested, both Jaguar and Overpower were opaque in a single swipe. What I loved the most was they did not accentuate lip lines, instead set to a pretty soft focus effect for a saturated, high impact lip.

TOM FORD lip lacquer luxe

The flocked doe foot applicator tapers off to a blunt pointed tip which makes defining the lip contour easy. It only didn’t seem to work as well with the vinyl formula, (possibly due to the thicker consistency) and left an uneven edge that needed to be neatened up with a q-tip.

The vinyl finish is an amazingly rich formula. Hands down the most pigmented liquid lipstick i’ve ever come across. The texture is thicker which made it slightly harder to achieve a neat edge with the applicator as mentioned previously. Needless to say this formula is high maintenance. The only way to beat it was to apply the bare minimum without any excess product that could potentially move around. I’d even go a step further and line the lips for additional safety. These migrate over time.

Overall the vinyl looks beautiful and glossy on the lips, a statement lip to say the least, but SOO much work!

In terms of lasting power the mattes are pretty good, they are not budge proof, but relatively transfer resistant once set. Luckily they last well enough through a meal so touchups aren’t a must unless you are really particular. Happy to report these did not dry out my lips one bit. Always a plus when it comes to matte lipsticks.

With the vinyl finish I didn’t wear it an entire day to test, but during the time of testing it did get on my teeth, so i’m guessing this would most likely only survive regular drinking and not an entire meal?

I also like that these lipsticks aren’t hard to remove. I’ve had some mid range matte liquid lipsticks wear like glue! The hardest part is taking them off at the end of the day. The struggle!

Luckily the Tom Ford Lip Lacquers come off easily with Bioderma. Minimal staining on the mattes with a little bit more on the vinyl I tested. Possibly since it was a very deep shade.

Overall the Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe has been the best matte liquid lipstick in terms of finish and comfort. The major winning point is that it doesn’t dry out my lips and make them peel.

Digging up a few shades for comparisons I picked from matte and cream formulas in my stash.

NARS Powermatte Flame from the latest CNY limited edition is an almost neon coral. More pink in comparison to Jaguar.

Chanel Seduisant is a slightly more pink coral, but less vibrant.

Chanel Libere is more warm in comparison to Overpower. less pigmented but similarly vibrant.

YSL No.12 is a true red, more matte on the lips but completely weightless.

Chanel Melancholia (Fall 2018) is a muted burgundy, less pigmentation to Infuriate and is a matte.

NARS Powermatte Warm Leatherette is lighter and more violet in comparison.

Givenchy Framboise Charmeuse is similar once worn. Less in intensity and gloss factor. But a lot easier to wear.

My all time favourite formula for matte liquid lipsticks so far has been the YSL Tatouage colours. They have an extensive shade range and I love them for their weightlessness. They do actually feel like nothing on the lips and don’t feel tacky which is something I hate when i’m wearing a liquid lipstick. Another plus, they are also transfer resistant and wear very well during the day.

 

Comparisons within the Tom Ford Liquid Lipstick formulas.

I pulled out some of the older Tom Ford releases for a quick comparison.

The Lip Lacquers and the Lip Lacquer Extreme that released last year are more matte and don’t transfer at all. They are more similar to the YSL Tatouage lipsticks.The Lip Lacquer Luxe feel almost hydrating when worn.

The Patent Finish Lip Colours from a few years back are a thinner formula that’s similar to the Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl, same high gloss effect yet a less opaque, and thinner consistency (they are more gloss than a liquid lipstick). Also the click pen version is not one of my favourite types of packaging.

The latest Winter Soleil release carried new Soleil Lip Lacquers in white packaging. They are a nourishing gloss formula, less pigment and thinner formula. Nothing like the Lip Lacquer Luxe.

Bottom Line

I think the mattes are truly worth grabbing. Even just one. The colours are pretty and the red (Overpower) is possibly the most beautiful red I own (and I have a LOT of reds!).

Even though they are priced almost 50% higher than the average luxury lipstick, I highly recommend these if they are within your budget. Totally worth the splurge.

Pricing and Availability

Retailing at SGD 80, March onwards.

Find them at Takashimaya, Tangs, Robinsons Raffles City.

 

 

 

YSL Beauty Heart & Arrow Rouge Volupté Shine (Limited Edition for Spring 2019)

In time for the season of love, YSL Beauty launched a collectors edition of Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks in 4 juicy shades. For this launch their iconic golden packaging comes stamped with the signature YSL heart in the same colour as the lipstick inside.

The packaging is cute, and instantly caught my eye. It’s sure to sell out fast!

 

YSL valentines day 2019

 

If you weren’t a YSL lover before, this limited edition collection is certain to make you take a second look. Luckily what’s inside is just as good since YSL is most known for their lipsticks!

 

 

Of the 4 shades I received 3 from the YSL PR team.

No. 12 Corail Dolman – A vibrant coral

No. 15 Corail Spontini – A medium peach

No. 45 Rouge Tuxedo – A strawberry red

They all come in the sheer Rouge Volupté Shine finish which is a balmy texture with impressive shine. If you love an easy to wear, hydrating formula this ticks all those boxes. I find the darker shades apply more evenly unlike No.15 which was slightly patchy as I layered on to build up more coverage. With a sheerer formula, lighter shades are harder to wear on my pigmented lips and most often look patchy and need more work blending to get that even look.

In terms of wear these lasted surprisingly well. I’ve tried Rouge Volupté Shines before but never noticed it’s longevity. The creamy finish hugs the lips for a good 3-4 hours after which it fades very evenly leaving a sheer wash of residual colour.

 

 

I also pulled out some similar lipsticks in my stash for a quick comparison. My favourite formulas from Tom Ford & Bobbi Brown. Both very balmy hydrating versions that suit dry lips well.

The YSL is clearly much sheerer in terms of pigment. It’s buildable with several swipes but I think my favourite way to wear them is with a lip liner. I can enjoy the lipstick without feeling like there’s too much product sitting on top.

As far as comfort and hydration go, I couldn’t pick a ‘better’ formula, maybe Bobbi Brown is slightly more nourishing and balmy. But all are equally pleasant to wear and never drying.

 

 

 

Lastly sharing a quick look I did for Valentine’s day using shade 15 and 45. I’ll add in the product list in the end for those of you interested.

I wanted to shoot a beauty look that used all YSL colour. But I don’t have any of their blushes, so I swapped in some NARS instead.

 

Eyeshadows used – YSL Gold Attraction Palette (holiday 2018)

Blush – NARS Gina

Foundation – Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick

Mascara – NARS Climax

Bottom Line

I really love them. The shades the formula, absolute winners. If you have pigmented lips or a deeper complexion, No. 15 is harder to wear and can look patchy. Other than that, the red and coral shades should work for all skin tones and look beautiful worn.

Pricing & Availability 

At all YSL beauty counters from 1st Feb.

Retails at SGD 52.