Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2018 | Review , Photos , Swatches

It seems the best summer beauty comes from Tom Ford each year. Of course the white and gold packaging is hard to resist, but what do you do when everything is soo good and you can’t pick??

Tom Ford summer 2018

The collection this year includes,

11 Ultra Shine Lip Color (SGD76)

2 Soleil Lip Color Sheer (SGD76)

1 Soleil Lumière Lip (SGD76)

Soleil Contouring Compact (SGD180) 

Soleil Sheer Cheek Duo (SGD119)

Soleil Illuminating Glow Stick (SGD88)

2 Soleil Cream and Powder Eye Color (SGD90)

Shade and Illuminate Eye Color Duo (SGD61)

The Soleil Ultra Shine Lip Colors are incredibly juicy saturated lipsticks with the comfort of a balm texture. For a glossy lipstick, I find the payoff of these beyond impressive. Two strokes for full-on saturated lips.

The formula doesn’t feel heavy or over emollient. The perfect light airy feel of a summer lip.

These are great as an everyday lipstick, they don’t make my lips peel or dry out. Therefore, all i’ve been reaching for these past weeks!

Wear time would be around 3-4 hours depending on the shades you choose. The darker ones seem to wear better and stain the lips.

Here’s 7 of the 11 shades released. The colour range is in fact pretty good, with something for everyone!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour

On to swatches!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour Swatches

Luscious – A neutral mauve rose

Rapturous – A warm berry pink

Ravenous – A blue based medium pink

Exuberant – A bright coral

Lavish – A light peach

Bare – A nude with pink tones and fine shimmer

Nubile – A warm rose nude

Here’s one more set of swatches taken in store!

 

Next up, complexion offerings of the Soleil collection.

Tom Ford Sun struck review

Among the brand new additions is a double ended Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick in the shade Sunstruck. Similar in size and design to the one’s released by Dior last year (which I also happen to love).

The product consists of a bright apricot blush and a bronze highlight. A balmy formulation for glossy sun-kissed summer skin.

Tom Ford Sun struck swatches

The blush shade as evident is saturated and vivid. The kind of effortless, summery, healthy flush we strive for. The colour blends well to achieve a very natural looking flush, no harsh edges or colour streaking.

The highlight shade looks wet on the skin with very fine sparkle that’s noticeable once blended out.

Wear time of this depends on wether you set with a powder. On it’s own I find I can get about 6-7 hours wear without noticeable fading.

For those who favour a powder formula for the cheeks, this year we have another addition to the Soleil Sheer Cheek Duos. Exotica Flora. Unlike the blush highlight combos of previous seasons, this years addition comes with two blushes! A bright coral and a pink.

I’ve swatched this alongside some of the other Sheer Cheek Duos. As you can see the colour payoff is beautiful but does require a light hand on application.

Tom Ford Exotica Flora

Exotica Flora (as seen above) has the most brightening effect among the duos. I love that the colour of these are buildable and should work great on all skin tones alike! Especially the medium to deeper complexions!

On the cheeks these maintain an ethereal translucent quality and always seem to blend into the skin without any powderiness.

Bottom Line

If I had to pick favourites from the collection, it’d be at least one of the lipsticks, either Exuberant or Ravenous. Sunstruck Shade & Illuminate Stick and the Sheer Cheek Duo.

They are best of the collection.

Of course, this time around there’s nothing I consider a miss and the quality was top notch! If you are in the mood to spend, the Tom Ford Soleil collection is exactly where you should begin!

*This post contains some PR samples and some products purchased by myself.

 

 

 

 

Eyes Of Tom Ford Collection | Preview, Photos & Swatches

Tom Ford Fall 2017 is an exciting one! Be it dressing up the eyes with the new Private Shadows or choosing the perfect Kohl eyeliner to suit your mood. The Eyes Of Tom Ford gives women a range to express her mood with the looks she creates.

The shadows are created with the Tom Ford colour palette to deliver a luxurious look, wether you go for vibrant bold colour or subdued neutrals.

Tom Ford Private Shadow

If the words ‘limited edition’ make you giddy with excitement, you are in for a treat! These single shadows come in 30 shades.

Choosing favourites doesn’t get any easier as there’re 5 different finishes to choose from!

Ultra Suede – Completely matte

Suede Finish – Demi matte

Sateen Finish – Lustrous pearl with a glowing sheen

Vinyl Finish – Highly pearlised metallic chrome

Pailette – Glittery pearl

Tom Ford Private Shadows

As you can see the colour range is pretty wide. Literally something for everyone. Warm neutrals, pale pinks, deep burgundy to teals (featured below is just 12 of the 30 to be released).

Tom Ford Private shadows

At the time of preview there were only 12 shadows available for swatching. None of the  glitters were in sadly (which was what I was looking forward to the most!) However what was available did not disappoint.

On to swatches!

Tom Ford Private Shadows

Silverscreen (sateen finish) – A deep steel grey with a high pearlised finish. (One of the best shades in terms of pigmentation and texture)

Nightcast (ultra suede) – The blackest matte black.

Purple Reign (vinyl finish) – A medium opalene purple. Contains a very soft silvery blue sheen.

Videotape (suede finish) – A deep burgundy with the finest silver and pink glitter.

Smoked Opaline (sateen finish) – A pearlised dull khaki green.

Photographic (vinyl finish) – A high pearlised teal blue.

Tom ford private shadow swatch

Vertigo (ultra suede) – A neutral medium grey. (the swatch seen here is distorted, the true colour is a neutral grey)

Naked City (ultra suede) – A light cream with good pigmentation.

Hush (suede finish) – a light pink in a soft satin finish.

Exposure (sateen finish) – A light pearlised pink with good pigmentation.

Loveshade (suede finish) – A soft burnished rose.

Warm Leatherette (vinyl finish) – A golden bronze.

Of the twelve shadows I swatched, the ones that stood out were, Photographic, Silverscreen & Nightcast in that order. Exposure was also a colour worth a mention as the texture was quite nice and pigmented.

Overall I really liked the pigmentation of the deeper, more vibrant shades. The lighter colours were somewhat underwhelming to me. However this is purely my personal opinion based on the fact that lighter shades could be easily duped as the pigmentation or formula of those were not exactly extraordinary.

Next in the collection are the newly repromoted Kohl Intense pencils. I’m already a fan of the existing formula and the addition of new shades sparked my interest!

Tom Ford Kohl intense

Swatches!

The new shades are Tourmaline and White Smoke. Both a matte finish.

Overall the quality of these are soft & smudge-able. A formula that can be smoked out for a beautiful sultry look.

Last but not least, three new, limited edition mascaras. Each of them designed to create a distinctive lash look.

For lashes with a heavy, lofty, featherlike effect Shutter Lash Mascara is the one. The customised dual fibre brush helps add volume to achieve maximum lash impact! I believe the formula also includes tiny fibres to bulk up the lashes to a full look.

For defined, and well separated lashes, there’s the new Fullscreen Lash Mascara. It’s unique brush design uses a mix of fibres to coat lashes from root to tip for length and separation. If you already have dense lashes and looking for definition and length this is for you!

The mascara that sparked the most interest though was the Spike Lash Mascara. Featuring a moulded wand that creates a spiked lash effect as though ‘risen from the water’. The wand pulls the lashes together for an editorial, wet lash look.

Here’s a closer look at all three side by side!

Overall the collection is a winner in my opinion. I just love the fact that there’s such a extensive selection dedicated solely for the eyes. If you love playing up the eyes like I do, it’s pretty much irresistible.

Some concerns that I did have though were, how often do we reach for single eyeshadows? As a makeup junkie I do tend to go for the palettes more. That being said, I also do enjoy collecting single shadows that are accent shades (such as Photographic) that I might not have in my massive collection of neutral palettes. Therefore, the Pailette shades and the Vinyls would be worth swooping in on me thinks.

Also another great way to shop is singling out the ‘lid shades’. Colours that you generally like to wear as an all over lid option for day to day. Won’t it just be useful to have a few in singles? I tend to do this with Dior Mono Shadows. Having single lid shades in singles just makes sense!

As for the khols, the TF ones in particular make for great bases when doing smokey eyes. They smudge so well and blend out like a dream. Whatever you put on top just grabs on to the creamy formula for a long lasting makeup look. My top recommendation is my favourite shade Espresso. This is my go-to liner in most of my daily eye looks. I smudge this very close to the lash and top with a single eyeshadow and I am done! I love that this brown is not red toned or too light. It’s my favourite brown liner of all time.

Prices & Launch Dates 

The collection is said to launch later this week.

The Private Shadows (LE) will retail at SGD50, Kohl Intense at SGD52 and mascaras (LE) at SGD70.

P.S- I’ll be sharing an eye look with my selection of Private Shadows later this week! So check back or subscribe to be notified when I post! xx

 

NARS Man Ray Holiday 2017 | Preview, Photos & Swatches

Each year, the beginning of the festive season is marked by the viewing of the NARS Holiday Collection. It’s the BEST NARS launch of the year, featuring loads of exciting gifting options offering a variety of colours and possibilities. To me it’s quite literally Christmas coming early, the opportunity to swatch all the new products with the NARS team early October!

This year François Nars offers a collection that’s inspired by Man Ray. An American visual artist who’s renowned for his photography. His artistic captures adorn the gifting collection with elements of his work running through the packaging. Beautiful makeup wrapped in the best way possible!

Since i’m planning on sharing some reviews and a makeup look later on, i’ll be keeping this post pretty brief, containing mostly swatches from the preview and some first impressions. Just enough to get your wishlist finalised so you won’t miss out on the best bits when it launches Nov 1st!

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017

As always the NARS holiday launch is a formidable one. The Colour Collection featuring sultry plummy burgundy eyes with bright cheeks, and intense lip lacquers to tie this glamourous look together.

Among the most highly anticipated products is the new lip embossed highlighter, Double Take. An all new formula by NARS. If highlighters are your weakness, you should know this looks like liquid metal! A powder formula that swatches as smooth as a cream!

NARS Double Take

If the cool lip embossing hadn’t sucked you in, rest assured this outstanding formula will win you over. What you see here is one swipe that’s incredibly pigmented & ultra smooth!

NARS Man Ray

Moving on to the eyeshadows. There’s two options to choose from. Debauched containing a satin plum & deep aubergine (with violet micro glitter) and Montparnasse with a pale satin gold and burgundy combo.

NARS Holiday 2017

The colours aren’t exactly new or groundbreaking, but the formula of the two were quite good. Between them, Montparnasse swatched better with a smoother finish, giving you a more classic eye look for the festivities. Debauched on the other hand delivers a more smokier eye, perfect for the daring NARSissist.

NARS Man Ray

For lining the eyes, this collection includes two ultra smooth Velvet Eyeliners, my eyes went straight to Nagoya. A rather unique shade of purple. I love that it was a cream finish with zero shimmer. Just a statement colour to create some drama.

Santiago too was of excellent quality. Both in fact make wonderful additions to any makeup collection! You won’t be disappointed with these.

……moving on to some cheeky goodness! Intenstly & Fetishized.

NARS Holiday 2017

The blushes had to be the most interesting offerings of the collection. There’s a pale matte orange (so fun and cheery colour for fairer skin tones) and a vivid satin coral pink.

Both swatch smooth and with good payoff.

Last but not least, a new formulation of gloss for intense shine and maximum impact!

NARS Holiday 2017

Ranging from the rather unique sheer gold to shocking pink, to the nudes and vampy reds, Nars pretty much covered all bases.

If I had to pick one though, it’s Off Limits for me. The intense colour and fun sparkle is always a good choice when it comes to Christmas parties.

Added bonus, it’s guaranteed to stand out from the usual reds that everyone else will be wearing!

NARS Anita Man Ray

Also in a seasonal special edition packaging is this years Audacious Lipstick shade, Anita. It was the first product I reached for and best believe, this one’s a must have!

Anita is part of the initial Audacious launch, therefore an existing shade, which also happens to be a best seller. I didn’t swatch this, but there’s swatches a plenty on the net. Including my very first Audacious lipstick post from 3 years ago!

Next up, my favourite part of the launch! The Gifting Collection!

As always, showcasing amazing artwork by the featured artist, in this case, Man Ray. The palettes seen here are The Veil, Love Game and Glass Tears. Two for the eyes and one complexion palette.

NARS holiday 2017

My first pick of the palettes would be Love Game. A stunning mix of neutrals combined with jewel tones. A palette that’ll take you from day to night!

NARS Love Game Palette

All shades swatched with good payoff, including the mattes. They’ve obviously perfected the formula over the years!

Here’s a look at swatches.

NARS Love Game

Next up, The Veil. A combination of a bronzer, blush and highlight.

If you feel the need for an all in one palette, the Veil would be your best bet. A complexion mix that should work great on fair to medium tones. My favourite would have to be the highlighter, Surreal. It’s slightly more rose tone in comparison to Double Take. If you plan on getting The Veil and Double Take, you wouldn’t necessarily be duplicating the highlighter.

Among the three powders in here, everything but the bronzer swatched with intense pigmentation! Please note the bronzer is the newer formula which is a sheerer build-able colour.

Adding more options for the eyes is the Glass Tears palette.

Glass Tears

Filled with sultry smoky shades, (a palette that’s ideal for evening makeup looks). There are two mattes (the cream & black) with 4 shimmery satin shades. They all swatch pretty impressive and would highly recommend this if you do wear bolder eye make up!

Next up, The Kiss. A golden pouch containing 4 new Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. Unfortunately I hadn’t snapped a pic of the pouch.. but here’re the swatches!

The kiss man ray

My eye instantly went to the gorgeous shimmering pink! Are you Spellbound too?? How amazing would this look with smokey eyes? (insert multiple heart eye emojis!)

If a unique collectible is what you are after, I’ve saved the best for last. Two gorgeous lipstick coffrets in a stunning magnifying case.

There’s a set of neutrals and a mix of reds to choose from. Both equally enticing to me!

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017

NARS Man ray holiday 2017

That rounds up all the swatches for the Holiday Preview.

There were also mini stocking stuffer kits containing minis of NARS best sellers which I never swatched. I shall share those on Instagram later on!

Top Picks

The best buys from this collection would be the Double Take highlighter, the Love Game palette which is excellent quality (and value) and the Audacious Lipstick Coffrets (which happen to be limited to very few pieces). You might want to snap them up as they land. The packaging it definitely something special!

So far the release dates are 1st Nov, with a  majority of the collection available at the stand alone boutique at Takashimaya. Come Wednesday, run, not walk!

UPDATED

Price List

The Colour Collection (NARS boutique, Tangs Plaza & Robinsons The Heeren)

Photogloss Lip Lacquer – SGD40

Blush – SGD50

Duo Eyeshadow – SGD52

Velvet Eyeliner – SGD36

Overexposed Glow Highlighter – SGD65 (NARS boutique & select Sephora outlets only)

Gold Anita Audacious Lipstick – SGD46 (NARS boutique & select Sephora outlets only)

 

The Gifting Collection (NARS boutique, Tangs Plaza, Robinsons The Heeren)

The Veil Cheek Palette – SGD80

Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette – SGD80

Love Game Eyeshadow Palette – SGD85 (Select Sephora stores)

Les Amoureux Lipstick Coffret – SGD85

Noire Et Blanche Lipstick Coffret – SGD85

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set – SGD90 (Select Sephora stores)

Love Triangles (mini blush & lipstick duo) – SGD36

 

 

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder 2017 | Review, Photos & Swatches

It’s been a year since the initial Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder collaboration and guess the excitement hasn’t died yet.

In my review of the last launch I mentioned it was possibly the best makeup launch of the year. And I stick to my guns when I say, this year was just as GOOD!

With the addition of new and exciting products, I was (and many of you) have been waiting eagerly to get busy applying this loveliness on our faces.

So luckily (lucky me) press goodies arrived just in time, and I packed all my new VB and took it along on holiday this summer for a full 2+ weeks of testing!

Victoria Beckham makeup

From last years launch my top favourites were the Eye Metal in Bitter Clove, the Eye Kajal Duo Black Saffron/Vanille and the Modern Mercury Highlighter (Click here for the reviews).

Which explains why I practically leaped in joy to see new additions to the Eye Metals and Kajals!

This year I received, The Skin Perfecting Powder, Eye Kajal Duo in Java/Vanille, Eye Foil in Blonde Gold, Eye Matte Duo in Noir/Vanille, and the gloss in Desert Heat.

Victoria Beckham makeup

Skin Perfecting Powder. A translucent powder that sets makeup, blurs pores for a smooth airbrushed effect.

Eye Kajal Duo Java/Vanille. A dual ended kajal with medium brown and peachy beige.

Eye Foil Blonde Gold. A shimmering liquid champagne gold for a high metal shine.

Eye Matte Duo. A deep black and cream matte shadow.

Lip Gloss Desert Heat. A neutral brown nude.

Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham

From last year to this year, packaging changed slightly. Instead of the ridged matte black, we now have a pebbled leather effect on all but one of the powder products. Standing alone, the Skin Perfecting Powder released in a weighty gold (metal) case, obviously appealing to the customer with expensive taste.

The Eye Foil Blonde Gold was repackaged into a pot rather than the initial lip gloss style tube. Even though I’ve had mixed feelings on this change, I do love that the new packaging allows a lot more product to be picked up one go; for an even INTENSE metal look.

It’s the perfect topper to enhance your evening eye makeup! Therefore, still madly in love with this unique product.

Among the new releases, the Eye Kajal Duo Java/Vanille was a sure shot winner. I loved the first release in Black Saffron.

Victoria Beckham Java Kajal

On first swipe I was relieved that the formula hadn’t changed. It’s as silky and smooth as the black and just as smudge-able. Since my daily look involves smudged brown liner, this was obviously my new go-to 😉

below I put together a bunch of my (best) black and brown liners for comparison. As you’ll see, the warmth and tones are different in every one.

Victoria Beckham Java Vanille

My initial thoughts on the colour was that the red undertones were too pronounced. Although since I do wear my VB Kajals as a base for eyeshadow I find this works really well smudged closer to the lash line and topped with my new favourite bronzy brown shadow (Dior fall 2017 Bronze), a deep brown with warmth and soft red shimmer.

Bottom line, these kajals were made for smudging (for a worn in look), as the Tom Ford eyeliners which I also adore. Oily eye lids will most certainly need a primer before these go on and setting with a translucent powder or brown eyeshadow is recommended.

Among the mix of newness, the new lip gloss Desert Heat was somewhat of a let down. Although the colour was quintessentially Victoria, the formula looked and feels quite regular. Overall, if this was blind tested, i’d probably assume it was ANYTHING but a Victoria Beckham gloss.

My thoughts are, unless you love a nude gloss and can’t have enough, probably skip this. I most likely would not reach for it as often as my Brazilian Nude lipstick, which is pricey but fully worth the money in my opinion.

Skin Perfecting Powder

Onto more exciting things! The Skin Perfecting Powder was the jewel of the collection, quite literally! The metal gold packaging, so weighty and luxe, it just appeals to every luxury makeup collector.

What I love is that it does feel (and look) very much like something Victoria Beckham would use daily, a wonderfully rare expensive powder that makes you look like a superstar!

But is it?

What I can say is, in comparison to other translucent (colourless) powders, this doesn’t over mattify or dry out skin or emphasize flakes. It’s a very sheer powder, just enough to set makeup and leave a slight sheen. The finish is quite sublime. I would recommend this to anyone without major sebum issues, specifically for dry and normal skin types.

As a person with combination skin, I feel it doesn’t work hard enough to keep the oil under control. However, that being said, I do love it and use it most days, simply for the fact that it doesn’t make my skin look white (as most other translucent powders do) and blurs out the pores and other little lines around my face.

Ingredient list,

Zea Mays (Corn) starch. Nylon-12. Polymethylsilsesquioxane.zinc stearate. caprylic/capric triglyceride. Isostearyl Neopentanoate. Silica. Caprylxl Glycol. Hexylene Glycol. Phenoxyethanol. [+/- Mica. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Iron Oxides (CI 77492). Iron Oxides (CI 77491). Iron Oxcides (CI 77499)] <ILN43787>

Last but not least, an entirely new product by Victoria. The Eye Matte Duos.

For testing I received Noir/Vanille. My usual smokey eye combo in the smallest palette ever.

As far as matte black shadows go, the texture was quite good. It didn’t feel dry to the touch and quite pigmented as would a high end shadow. The beige too, of similar quality, very silky to the touch and not at all patchy.

I believe the overall quality to be good. Packaging wise too, easily fits into a makeup bag and ideal for touchups.

However, I do own a load of other matte blacks and matte beiges… therefore do I really need it? The answer is, probably not. Although if you do fancy your smokey eye duo in fancy packaging, this would be the ideal choice!

Something extra special, to have and to hold.

Now on to a quick look I did while in Mykonos 😉 Of course my beach look is very simple, but I used the beautiful Java Kajal duo as the star of my makeup, so you see how I normally wear this!

Bottom Line

From what i’ve tested I believe the Eye Kajal Duos to be my favourites. Even though I don’t use blues much, I need to get my hands on the Saphir/Vanille duo as well before it sells out! It’s a great product and in my humble opinion, and a worthy addition to any makeup bag!

Also on the ‘love list’ is the Eye Foils in the new packaging. I apply these with my fingers, and like that I can pick up more product than before (as opposed to the old wand type applicator). Such a great way to add extra oomph to simple golden eye looks when I wear red lipstick! If you generally opt for minimal eye makeup this is a fool proof way to amp it up and look like a pro.

P.S- Do check out this review for Blonde Mink (cream blush) which is on my shopping list as well!

Pricing & Availabilty

This time around the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder collection will be retailing exclusively at Sephora Singapore.

Eye Foils – SGD70

Eye Kajal Duo – SGD58

Lip Gloss – SGD55

Skin Perfecting Powder – SGD102

Eye Matte Duo – SGD85

 

 

NARS Summer 2017 Launches | Review, Photos & Swatches

It’s summer! And NARS is on top of the game with several enticing launches to get us through the hottest months of the year.

The collections have been steadily making their way to the counters, and by now everything i’m reviewing will already be in stores. As the current trend, i’m a little late even though I previewed this collection ages ago..  but hope this review and swatches will be helpful nonetheless!

The collections for summer 2017

NARS summer 2017

Floral Redux Collection (June) 

2 Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Sets in Tribulation & Mustang (SGD90 each)

Fox Dancer Mini Multiples Coffret (SGD70)

Angel Pride Cheek Palette (SGD110)

Highlighting & Bronzing Collection (July) 

Bord De Plage Palette (SGD90)

3 Velvet Shadow Sticks in shades, Corfu, Nepal & Dark Angel (SGD45 each)

Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Collection (June)

4 shades –  Seaside, Laguna, Casino & Falaises

Kicking off with the hottest item from summer… the highlighter/bronzer palette Bord de Plage that’s practically on everyones wish list!

This palette comes with 4 gorgeous highlighters and two bronzers.

NARS Bord de plage

Rivage is a ivory with a silver opalescence, Crique is a pale gold, Corniche is an oyster pink with cool silver opalescence and Galet is a warm coppery gold. On my tan medium complexion the colours that work best are Corniche & Crique. Don’t think i’d be dipping into Galet much often as I noticed the base colour shows up way too gold and dark on my skin.

NARS Bord de Plage

These new highlighters come in a new water activated formula, where a wet brush would transform it to a molten metallic look that’s absolutely mind blowing. If you prefer your highlighters more discrete, wearing this dry with a very light hand would be my recommendation, although overall, I still find this to be quite intense even applied dry (as seen in the swatches).

The bronzers included in here make for a good travelling, however for daily use i’d still prefer a full sized pans as these strips don’t accommodate my regular bronzing brushes without sneaking into the highlighter pans. The formula is a soft matte, that bronzes the skin with a very natural finish. The powder is harder pressed but I find they are undetectable on the skin and never look powdery or artificial.

Along with the palette there’s three new shades of Velvet Shadow Sticks launching as well. I have two to share with you today.

NARS Velvet shadow stick nepal corfu

Nepal which is a satin warm pink and Corfu, a shimmering taupe.

I find this particular cream shadow great as a base/primer for powder eyeshadows. They are easy to apply, set quickly and hold makeup in place for hours!

Worn on their own, I always see some creasing, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with oily lids unless you plan on setting with a translucent powder. It’s a matter of taking precautions to ensure longevity.

Between the two shades, Nepal’s too close to my skin tone to show up on my lids. I do enjoy the warmth this gives the eyes but most likely wouldn’t purchase this for myself. I’d go for Corfu instead, which is a great everyday shade with just enough shimmer to keep the eyes interesting and elegant.

Next up, the mini multiples of the Fox Dancer coffret.

NARS Fox Dance

If a full sized multiple is something you’d never use up, this cute limited edition set of minis is the perfect solution!

The kit comes with 4 shades ranging from a pink champagne to a striking raspberry red to warm terracotta .

The colours blend beautifully onto the skin for a natural dewy glow that’s ideal for summer. Skin looks fresh, glowy & youthful.

I love that the mix of colours make it wearable for all skin tones. Although on their own, a majority of the shades work better for paler skin types. This is when you get creative and mix your own colours and i’ve been loving Remember Me and Fox Dance as a duo. It also helps blend the more ‘scary’ shades better for a wearable day time look.

My preferred method of application is just patting and blending with the fingertips though with Fox Dancer I use a foundation buffing brush (with synthetic bristles) better suited for a soft diffused look.

Here’s one more look at this stunning coffret.

NARS Fox Dancer

Last but not least, the Mustang Velvet Lip Pencil kit.

A set of 4 matte lippies in a red colour scheme that’s got you covered no matter what your red lipstick mood might be.

As seen below, everything comes neatly packed in a pretty vinyl pouch which makes for easy storage and also doubles up as a summer makeup bag.

NARS Mustang swatches

Here’s a closer look at the pretty shades!

NARS Mustang swatches

Left to right there’s Lesbos, a warm bright red, Bonifacio a deeper berry red, Rouge Immortel a muted coral red and Rouge Palatin a carnation pink.

If you are a long term reader of BubblyMichelle you’d know the NARS Velvet Lip Pencils are one of my all time favourite formulas. They are ultra comfortable on the lips and very long lasting. The pigmentation is always superb too and apply smoothly for a matte formula.

Within the set, I have found a new favourite, Lesbos which will be my go-to summer red!

On to some swatches!

 

Lastly a look I created with this collection!

The whole focus is on the bright lip (Lesbos) and limited work on the eyes.

For highlight i’ve used Crique mixed in with a little bit of Rivage. It’s lightly dusted on the top of my cheekbones and bridge of my nose.

Bottom Line

The palettes and value sets are my top recommendation. Specially the mini Multiples which I believe will be absolutely well loved this summer.

Bord de Plage is also an excellent buy if you don’t already own Blanc de Sable from a few months back.

Do you think you’ll be picking up anything from the collection? Do share your favourites in the comments below!

 

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Cushion Foundation Review

The Chanel Les Beiges summer collection is something I look forward to each year. I just Love, love, LOVE the limited edition bronzers and all those gorgeous eyeshadow quads that hit the counters each summer.

You could imagine my excitement when Chanel decided to drop the cushion bomb this time around. It was a must-have-at-any-cost kind of situation, so I made a quick trip to the counter the second it landed.

The packaging is the same chic beige packaging of their Les Beiges collections although with a slightly bulkier box. Inside there’s a protective flap that keeps the foundation sealed in with a sponge securely fitting on top. Everything is just sleek and beautifully presented in a very elegant case.

Chanel Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation

What’s interesting about this Chanel cushion is that the foundation is dispensed through a mesh, not the typical sponge where the liquid is soaked in. This design is not uncommon but I do favour it over the sponge as it can be wiped clean with an antibacterial wipe now and then for sanitising.

Chanel Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation

According to Chanel Beauté, ‘the foundation is an aqua-gel foundation with a unique mesh delivery system. It provides natural, sheer medium buildable coverage. “Healthy Glow Booster” mineral pigments instantly deliver a fresh radiant glow. Together with soft-focus powders they create an optimal reflection of natural light for a more even-looking complexion along with visibly diminished colour and surface imperfections. Skin is luminous with a fresh, natural dewy finish. 

The water-based formula creates a moisture cushion on the surface of the skin for a refreshing sensation and unique texture with a Hyaluronic Acid derivative that helps provide comfort and hydration all day long.

The product is a very fluid formula, which feels quite watery on application. It also has a slightly cooling effect as mentioned above, which actually makes application quite refreshing. Once applied, the texture stays dewy and feels gel like and slightly tacky even after it has dried down and settled in.

I also like that the product is lightly scented with camellia, which is typical of most Chanel bases.

Personally I love this scent (even though I don’t favour scented products in general), it’s not powdery at all and feels very mild yet adds an element of luxury to the ‘chore’ of application!

Chanel Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation

The sponge that comes with the foundation is washable and quite good quality. I love that it can be used for on the go touch ups, though find it sheers out the coverage quite a bit in comparison to using a brush (which is my preferred method for a light to medium coverage). A gentle tap picks up enough product to saturate the applicator and blend in seamlessly. In the photo above i’ve used too much pressure, which is why the product is practically oozing out from the edges!

Application

I use a foundation buffing brush to apply this cushion. I find it’s easier to blend and also adjust the coverage. The sponge applicator absorbs quite a bit of the product as well, most of which never ends up on the face! Given this cushion foundation doesn’t come with an extra refill (as the Dior does) i’d like to be quite frugal with my new foundation!

There’s also the hygiene factor, and being a germaphobe, I can’t bare the thought of using a sponge more than once without a proper wash! Therefore a brush will continue to be my preferred method of application, of course cleaned after every use.

Coverage & Finish

In general without any layering, the cushion delivers a light to medium coverage. Anything over medium is a bit of a long shot.

I find it evens out the skin tone easily & covers redness for a glowy natural look. It is the most skin like finish i’ve ever seen.

Below is a quick comparison of my bare face / foundation + my usual Charlotte Tilbury powder. The finish before powdering looks almost wet, a very glowy K-beauty effect. Of course after setting (as seen in the ‘after’), it still retains the luminous sheen which is visible on the cheek.

The watery formula also makes blending very easy and perfect for days when you only have a few minutes to get ready. It’s next to impossible to get visible, unblended lines or uneven coverage. This formula is really idiot proof.

Here’s a quick look at some swatch comparisons.

As you can see the cushions are all deeper in colour than my regular Chanel Perfection Lumiere shades. Mostly because they all oxidise, including the Chanel.

I decided to pick up shade 40 in the cushion for the simple reason it’ll suit my tanned skin better once summer kicks in. Also I like the warmth. It doesn’t look muddy on my complexion and for now i’m pairing it with a slightly lighter setting powder.

Wear & Longevity

What I absolutely love about this foundation is that it survives well in warm conditions. Even though most foundations break down and get quite oily within a few hours of application, I find this to really last and keep looking fresh through the day without greasing up my t-zone or dehydrating my cheeks.

All the reasons why I believe this was absolutely created with summer in mind.

Other Observations

I find the packaging is quite good and doesn’t leak when travelling (I flew back home with this and not a drop had seeped out) and as long as the lid is firmly shut, the liquid should remain contained under the mesh. This makes it great for packing on beach vacays, gym bags and also your daily makeup pouch for touchups, any time anywhere.

Bottom Line

If a whole lotta coverage isn’t your primary requirement and have near flawless skin that requires very little coverage, this is for YOU. Also recommend it to anyone who prefers light coverage  (regardless of skin condition) & usually look for a glossy, dewy, skin like finishes.

This is honestly a great product to fake good skin! No one could tell i’m wearing foundation. Specially since you can always see your skin peeking through. This is as natural as it gets, but with some coverage just to look more polished. PERFECT for summer.

Ingredient List

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polysorbate 85, Silica, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Alcohol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, KA-lanchhoe Pinnata Leaf Extract, Peg-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20-Ether, Phenooxyethanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sobitan Laurate, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfume (fragrance), Stearic Acid, Alumina, Tocopherol Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xantham Gum, Aluminium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, BHT, Maltodextrin, Potasium Laurate, Tocopherol, [+/- (May Contain) CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides),CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Mica

Pricing & Product Info

Chanel Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation retails at SGD 88 for 11g.

Currently available at all Chanel counters in Singapore.

 

 

 

Clé de Peau Beauté S/S 2017 Cream Blush Review

Among the many spring collections possibly the most exciting blush release has to be the new potted cream blushes by Clé de Peau. I managed to get my hands on these as soon as they hit counters and was pretty much all I wore when I travelled to Singapore and Venice. I love the ease of brush free application, plus these fit into the tiniest of makeup bags which is always a good thing! They just had to come with me.

Cle de peau spring 2017 cream blush

Packaging

The packaging of these blushes are identical to their cream shadows. Small pots, but contain a fair amount of product (6g).

I like that the screw top is also quite secure, and judging from the cream shadows i’ve had for a few years now, it prevents the product from drying out.

Formula

Among the 4 shades available, the one that instantly caught my eye was the brightest!  Persimmon Orange! and since I’m a lover of pink, I decided to pick up Fig Pink as well. I literally could never walk away from a counter with just ONE blush.. Specially when it’s a new product release. Right?

I discovered the texture to be similar to the cream eyeshadows. They are balm like with amazing pigmentation. I believe it’ll take months of continuous use to make a sizeable dent in these and therefore, a product that will ‘last forever’!

The tiniest bit is required for a soft luminous blushing glow. I try to use as little as possible and build up from there. Luckily these blend very easily and any ‘clown cheeks’ can be fixed with some more blending and setting powder.

What I love about the formula is that the blush contains the finest shimmer, almost a sheen when applied. The result is a very healthy, natural look. The product does set, but doesn’t dry to a powder either so the sheen last throughout the day unless you decide to set it further with a powder or a powder blush to extend wear (although these last on their own quite well, and i’m talking aaaalllll day!).

Swatches!

Cle de peau cream blush swatches

Apart from the blushes I purchased, I also received a little sample of the 4th blush shade Peach Beige. Therefore included here!

Fig pink is a medium muted pink. Not too warm or rosy.

Persimmon Orange is a bright, almost neutral orange.

Peach Beige is a neutral rosy beige.

Here’s what a combination of Persimmon Orange and Fig Pink looks worn. I used the orange towards the outer corner of my cheek and the pink as a ‘pop’ towards the centre. (Please excuse my otherwise naked face, I always feel so weird without mascara.. )

I believe my mug shot captures the finish of these gorgeous blushes perfectly. They melt into the skin and look so natural!

Bottom Line

The Clé de Peau Cream blushes are absolutely wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone! And for the price you pay (SGD65) they will last quite a while.

My top recommendation would be Fig Pink, an elegant pink that looks great on it’s own to elevate the complexion. I also use this as a base under nude blushes too for an extra tint of pink. The result is very natural and long lasting.

P.S- a quick note for anyone sensitive to fragrance (me included) these cream blushes are quite heavily scented (to my dismay..) Although what’s great is this scent isn’t noticeable on application, it just lingers in the pot.

Availability

I purchased mine at the Tangs Clé de Peau counter. At the time all but shade 1 was sold out, but I hear they restock regularly.

Lastly, hope you found todays review useful, and happy mid week! ❤