cle de peau beauté ss2017

May 8, 2017  |  Cle de Peau, Product Reviews  |  No Comments

Let me start this with some real talk. I’ve never thought of Cle de Peau Beauté as a brand that – when it comes to makeup – really pushes the envelope. Their branding and positioning is pure department-store-luxury, with products that are dependably high quality…if a little safe.

And I mean that in the best possible way. I’ve never been let down by any product I’ve purchased from Cle de Peau, but I’ve also never been really surprised.

Till now.

Everything from Cle de Peau Beauté’s SS2017 collection impressed me, but like I said in my earlier Instagram post, there were a couple of stand-out products that really changed the way I thought about their ilk. The biggest OMG moment for me came from the Radiant Stick Foundation.

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This is not like any stick foundation I’ve ever tried. It is so ridiculously lightweight. And I’m not saying this as a person who thinks stick foundation is still that heavy, pore-clogging tar they used to use in the 50’s. If you follow me, you’ll know I regularly use the Ultra HD one from Make Up For Ever which is already very lightweight and comfortable.

So if I’m saying the Radiant Stick Foundation is light…it’s light. So light that every time I use it, I find myself thinking that it feels more like skincare than makeup. In fact, I’d actually describe it as a tinted, hydrating cooling gel in stick form before I’d call it a foundation. Either way, it’s an incredibly unique formulation and one that really challenged what I thought a stick foundation should feel like.

Coverage wise, it is most conventionally described as being sheer and slightly buildable. Personally I find it goes a little deeper than that: every time I use it, I’m surprised at how something this sheer can make me look so good. It genuinely feels like I’m being rewarded for taking care of my skin – I mean, if I usually need medium coverage but can somehow achieve good results with this super sheer foundation, it must mean my skin itself has improved, right?

Deep down, I know this is just an illusion – my skin hasn’t improved dramatically since last week – but I’m not mad. Let’s face it, a sheer foundation with the technology to trick me into feeling better about my skin is kind of magical.

Here it is swatched next to my favourite Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer, both in Ivory.

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Next up, I need to talk about the new Cream Blushes. Let me start by saying I do not like cream blushes. At all.

Here’s a bit of insight into my makeup routine: like most people, I do my base first and then apply blush over it. But I have dark red acne scars on my cheeks and it usually takes so much time to correct and spot-conceal everything that by the time I’m done, the last thing I want it to blend out a cream blush over all that work and have it just…undo everything. Which has been my experience with any cream blush I’ve ever tried and why you’ll notice I mostly stick to powder ones unless i’m having a very rare phenomenal-skin-day.

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This formula however, has been a game-changer for me. It’s considered a cream and comes in a pot and everything, but once you touch it you’ll realize it’s actually quite solid and dry. Not in a bad way – it’s very silky to the touch – however it’s not wet in the least, and that makes all the difference when it comes to a product that isn’t going to dissolve the base products you’re applying it on top of.

I’ve sampled so many other cream-to-powder blushes and these are just by far the best I’ve tried. To me these are not so much cream blushes as they are a spreadable powder blush which you can apply with your fingers (my preferred application method). The texture is so user-friendly that it can even go on over powder! I received 01 Cranberry and 02 Pale Fig as press samples, and the moment I tried them ran out to purchase 04 Perfect Peach as well (03 Persimmon was too orange for my skin colour).

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I’m no less impressed with the quality of the Eyeshadow Duos and Lip Luminizer I tested from this collection. They meet my high expectations of luxury makeup and are brilliant staples for going from zero to polished with very little effort. The eyeshadow duos have proven to be perfect for elegant looks, and in terms of fool-proof texture remind me a little of older SUQQU shadows – you can just slap these on and end up with great results.

As for the Lip Luminizers (at least with the one I tested), they are hydrating, glossy and on the sheer side which also make them perfect for quick but pretty looks. I love that it’s shaped very precisely for easy application – slim and perfectly angled – but you do need to be careful about twisting up the product because it doesn’t twist back down again. This doesn’t bother me because it seems designed for controlled application, which I much prefer to a bullet that you can over-extend and break if you apply too much pressure.

Here’s a look I did with everything I’ve mentioned. I’m wearing the Eyeshadow Duo in 101 Grounded, Cream Blush in 02 Pale Fig and Lip Luminizer in 239 Ice Honey.

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Have you tried anything from this collection, or are you eyeing anything up? I’d love to hear what you’ve got your sights on!

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This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: suqqu designing colour eyes #104 natsusango

April 27, 2017  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  1 Comment

This is the second of two looks I created with SUQQU UK’s exclusive Summer 2017 collection designed by Jorge Balzaretti. You can see the first look, in which I used Designing Colour Eyes #103 Kisui here. I also posted a review with swatches here. For anyone interested, the collection launches at Selfridges today (Thursday, 27th April) and I have ordering info at the bottom of this post.

The Designing Colour Eyes quad I used for this look – #104 Natsusango – is a pretty easy sell. So far everyone I’ve spoken to who plans to get something from the collection has this on their wishlist, and I’m not surprised. It has a matte nude blending/base shade, matte warm brown, a matte black and an iridescent pink topper…essentially, 3 foolproof neutrals and one transformative shimmer. You just can’t go wrong with a combo like this one.

I paired it with Pure Colour Blush in #102 Tsuyakagerou and Extra Glow Lipstick in #105 Hamadaidai, both of which are also part of the UK-exclusive Summer 2017 collection.

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I started with the lightest shade all over as a base, and worked the warm brown through my crease with a fluffy brush. Then, I patted the matte black over my mobile lid with a flat eyeshadow brush, and blended it out using a mix of black + brown that I picked up on the same brush I used for my crease. To finish the look, I dabbed the pink glitter shade all over my lid, focusing on the inner corners a bit more.

Applying the iridescent pink shade over everything really changed the colours and morphed otherwise basic neutrals into beautiful dusky purples. It was magical transformation that reminded me of beloved earlier quads like Awafujisukashi, though less subtle since the shadows in this quad are very pigmented/glittery rather than sheer/shimmery.

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While overall application was a cinch, I must confess that the extreme pigmentation of the matte black shade threw me off initially. I picked up way too much on my brush and ended up with a smokier eye than I’d initially intended. Thankfully, the shadows all blended like a dream so it wasn’t hard for me to cover up my “mistake”, but I’ll have to remember to be more gentle when picking up colour next time if I want a more subtle look!

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As you can imagine, the colour combo was extremely intuitive to use, and I’m pretty sure anyone who picks up this quad is going to be able to execute beautiful looks with it right off the bat. I really, really wish SUQQU would make Natsusango (or something similar) a permanent offering because it’s just so versatile. I love that it can deliver everything from work-appropriate neutral looks to flirty date night looks to ultra-smokey looks with very little effort. I’m so glad I brought it with me to LA, because I can already tell it’s going to be a completely indispensable workhorse quad.

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Pricing & Availibility: Designing Colour Eye quad (£46) #104 Natsusango, Pure Colour Blush (£30) in #102 Tsuyakagerou and Extra Glow Lipstick (£25) in #105 Hamadaidai, will launch as a limited edition, UK-exclusive summer collection on the 27th of April at Selfridges and on the 11th of May at Harrods and Fenwick.

The collection is available online at Selfridges, but keeps going in and out of stock so if you are able to go down to a counter in person, I recommend doing that. For international purchases, I suggest emailing emailing SUQQU UK directly at suqqu.london@eqpuk.com or suqquuk@eqpuk.com for product information.

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

brow pow-wow

April 26, 2017  |  Makeup Tutorials  |  No Comments

I’m always flattered but flustered when people ask me how I do my brows – I never know how to answer because the truth is that I do very little to them at all. Personally, I like a more natural look (which is a nice way to say I barely tweeze) and on a whole am not a huge fan of the whole Instagram-brow, so my focus is usually on enhancing what’s there rather than creating a whole new shape.

There are pretty much only 3 brow looks I rotate through depending on my mood, the rest of my makeup and how much time I have. So when Make Up For Ever sent me their brow product collection and asked me to illustrate a few looks from their new pro-approved brow product campaign, these were the ones that I chose because they’re what I honestly wear myself.

1. Natural
When I want a fresh, natural look to pair with light makeup, I usually just brush my brows with brow gel – either clear or tinted – to give my brow hairs some hold and a touch more volume. I’m using Make Up For Ever Brow Gel in 0 here, which has tiny fibres in the gel to fatten up sparse brows while holding hairs in place.

Brow gels are probably the easiest and fastest way to do *something* to your brows so they aren’t completely bare. I also like to layer clear gel over softly filled-in brows for more hair definition.

make up for ever brow gel natural brows

2. Full
This is currently my de-facto brow look: filled in and more defined, but with a slightly wild, carefree vibe. I usually do this with powder or a pencil*, but for this exercise tried it with Make Up For Ever Brow Liner in 40 and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. I initially thought it was just for people who wanted to patiently draw in individual hairs but even my fast, slapdash application yielded good results. All I did here was to colour in the sparser areas of my brows, with a heavier application in the centre of my brows and a lighter touch around the edges.

My tip for recreating this look would be to either first deposit the bulk of the product into the middle of your brows, or wipe the applicator off on the back of your hand before doing any edge work so that you don’t get any blobs of colour.

*Honorable mention: I use Make Up For Ever’s Pro Sculpting Brow in 40 which I reviewed here. I’m actually onto my third one now, because it’s the only pencil-type brow product that is foolproof enough to work for me!

make up for ever full brows brow liner

3. Sophisticated
I usually only wear my brows like this when I do very dramatic eyes, but I just wanted to keep the looks consistent for clarity so please excuse the incongruence of this look! This was created with Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (a mix of shades 25 and 30) which in my opinion is a great product on its own but pushed into “must have” territory by its exceptionally smart packaging: it comes in a tube rather than a pot so it’ll never dry out on you.

Here I used a stiff angled brush to trace the natural outline of my brows before filling them in with short, light strokes. I also brushed them thoroughly with a spoolie to distribute the product and soften up the edges. My advice when doing the initial outlines would be to trace just on top or slightly inwards from your natural brow line rather than outside of it. Visible hairs around the edges of your brows is what will keep them from looking too stencilled-on and artificial.

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I hope this post was helpful to anyone thinking about upping their brow game! If you need a little more guidance, Make Up For Ever Singapore has kindly offered my readers a 2-for-1 deal on mini brow makeovers at Sephora! $15 will get both you and your BFF a brow trim + your choice of any 1 of their 6 Brow Show looks. All you have to do is book your appointment at either Sephora ION (6836 5622) or Sephora Ngee Ann City (6341 9017) at least 3 days in advance and quote “EMILY” to get the deal. If you do make an appointment, I’d love to hear which of the looks you chose!

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.