Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in Intensity 01

Hello everyone,

I know Valentine season has been over, but I just want to share with you that my husband bought me this Tom Ford make up item for my valentine gift. There’s no chocolate or roses this year, just a make up product that I have lusted for a long time. We had a nice dinner on Valentine’s day and it’s always nice to spend time with my loved ones.

Onto the review, Tom Ford shade and Illuminate only comes in one shade in Asia. I believe there are more shades retailing in the USA but sadly only one shade is available here in Asia. This product retails at $100 and it’s available in Tangs Orchard.

The Packaging:

I won’t be talking much of the packaging in this post. The packaging of Shade and Illuminate is the same as the eyeshadow quad. I have shown you the packaging and has talked about it into details in my post of Tom Ford Quad in Cognag Sable and Monica’s post in Golden Mink.

The Color and Texture:

This is actually my first cream bronzer and highlighter, so I can’t compare it with other brand’s cream bronzer/highlighter. I find blending the bronzer with a brush works much better with me. I tried blending with my finger before but it turned out to be patchy. But then I tried blending the bronzer with my Real Technique Stippling Brush and it works very well. 

The bronzer match pretty well with my skin. It does not look yellow and give my face a more sculpted look when photographed. The highlighter does not really shows up when swatched on my arm but on my cheek (in real life) looks quite obvious. I really like the color of the highlighter. It has a very fine shimmer that gives my face a radiant look especially on my cheekbone.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate can be used after you applied your liquid foundation (before your setting powder) and also can be used on top of your setting powder. I personally like to use the bronzer underneath my setting powder and use the highlighter after I set my face with setting powder. It really depends on personal preferences.

The Swatch:

The Look:

I created a simple look with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate. In this look, I swiped two layers of bronzer underneath my setting powder and top it off again with another 1 layer of bronzer on top of the powder.

Final Thought:

Honestly I don’t think I love this product as much as I want to. This product does the job pretty well but maybe I just like powder bronzer better than the cream one. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is a nice item to collect but I think you can find other brand that gives you the same result without needing to pay as much as $100. I am not disappointed with this product but I am also not WOWed.

What cream bronzer have you tried? I would like to explore more so please leave a comment below :)

 

Thank you for reading!

By: Meryl

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Natural

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to show you my new lipstick from Dolce & Gabbana, it is the Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Natural. I have seen this lipstick in few beauty blogs such as The Beauty Look Book & The Black Panties. Recently Saks Fifth Avenue had free shipping to countries in Asia, so when I saw this lipstick I knew I had to get it.

There are few colors that I am lemming for, but for my first purchase I will stick to a safe shade. I choose Natural because I know that shade won’t goes wrong. So let me show you what this lipstick looks like :)

The Packaging:

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick comes in a slender, reflecting case in a gold color. The case feels heavy and it looks luxurious. I really like the Dolce & Gabbana writing on the lipstick. This lipstick’s packaging is slightly longer than most of my lipstick such as Chanel Rouge Allure/Rouge Coco and Dior Extreme Lipstick.

The Texture:

Before I am talking about the texture, I just want to mention the look of this lipstick from the top of the tube. This lipstick looks so adorable; its outer rim is a rich cream color and the inner rim is a sheerer color wich supposed to be the gloss. I am deeply in love with this idea of mixing a rich cream color with a gloss together. The result is a gorgeous looking lipstick on the tube with a gorgeous formula.

As the name says, this lipstick is a fusion of the classic rich cream color and a glossy lipstick. The pigmentation of this lipstick is not as pigmented as cream lipstick such as Chanel Rouge Allure , but it is way more pigmented than Rouge Coco Shine. I would say the pigmentation of this lipstick suits for ladies who wants a nice glow on their lips without being too much. This lipstick is also very creamy, moisturizing and does not peel my lips. This lipstick lasts on me for only about 3 hours ( I drink quite often everyday) and I would need to re-apply this lipstick again. I don’t have any issues with the lasting power as I am happy to re-apply this lipstick again. It makes me happy to open the lipstick cap and see that cute double rim shape :)

The Swatches/ The Look:

Final Thought:

Overall I am very satisfied that I have acquired this lipstick. This lipstick as a unique formulation in a luxurious packaging. The color pay off is suitable for ladies who loves nude/natural looking lips.

Have you tried any D&G lipstick before? What’s your opinion?

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

 

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in 01 Golden Mink

Hi everyone!

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in 01 Golden Mink (10g/.35oz) is my first Tom Ford product and yes I have been looking this item for a while and decided to splurge myself. It is quite pricey 100AUD for an eye quad, I’m just hoping its worth the price.

In terms of packaging, this is one of the best looking palette ever exist and looks super expensive (it is expensive tho! ;p) also inside there is a bigger mirror compare to any other palette.

I wanted Enchanted in the first place but David Jones didn’t have it so as a neutral color, this eye quad and also Cognag sable got my attention, but I decided to get Golden mink even though I’m not a big fan of shimmer eyeshadow. Anyway Meryl has reviewed Cognag Sable here. Aren’t their gorgeous? I just love looking at this palette.

Can’t help myself to take couple more pictures. Color wise this eye quad is so wearable, for daily routine I skip the shimmer and just use the 2 bottom colors. Only that combination, some friends at works said it was a great look!

Here’s the swatches of the quad under natural lights, without primer of course and have experience no fall out for the shimmer colors. This quad is very easy to blend also texture is very smooth.

Conclusion, I’m happy with my purchase and definitely not my last Tom Ford Eye Quad! Any suggestion for my next Tom Ford eye quad?

Thanks for reading :)

By: Monica

NARS Light Reflecting Powder Review & Comparison with MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Hello all,

Recently NARS has just launched Light Reflecting Powder in Singapore. Many of my instagram friends go crazy over this powder and it really tempted me to grab this product. NARS Light Reflecting Powder is retailing at S$50 in Singapore and available at Tangs Beauty Hall Orchard.

Few months ago, I also bought MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Both of them looks similar in the pan; pressed and has a white color. Both also looks translucent when swatched. I will do a comparison of both products in this post. Please keep reading :)

The Packaging:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder comes with a fabric pouch with NARS logo in it. It also comes with a face sponge to apply the powder. The packaging of the powder looks like NARS bronzer, it has the same size and the casing has rubbery feeling.

Comparison with MAC:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder has 7g/0.24oz of product and MAC Transparent Finishing Powder has 6.3g/0.22oz of product. NARS Reflecting Powder retails at S$50 and MAC retails at S$30-40 (can’t remember the exact price). Nars provided a pouch with a sponge while MAC does not provide anything in the box.

The Texture:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder & MAC Transparent Finishing Powder can be used as both setting powder and touch up powder. Both products are translucent and looking white in the pan. However, NARS Reflecting Powder has a shimmering glow when swatched.  The texture of NARS powder is softer and blends much better on my skin. MAC ‘s texture is fine but it’s not as soft as NARS. When I swatch NARS powder at the counter, I was a little bit worried that my face would look oily as it has a very fine shimmer. But after trying it on my face, I am happy to say that I am satisfied with my purchase. You can see my look below.

I applied Chanel Perfection Lumiere lightly with my fingers. There was nothing on top of it.

On my left cheek, I applied NARS Reflecting Powder on top of the Chanel Foundation. You can see that after applying the powder, my face looks glowy and more fresh. It actually helps to whiten my skintone a bit too, makes my skin looks healthier.

On my right cheek, I applied MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder on top of  the Chanel foundation. I have been wearing this powder for few months now and have no problem in applying it by brush/sponge. This powder works for me as a setting powder & a touch up powder.

Lasting Power:

My skin type is combination skin; I have a normal-dry cheek and an oily T-zone area. Usually during office days, MAC Finishing Powder lasted for 5-6 hours on me and after that I need to touch up my face. After 6 hours my T-zone would be very oily and it’s the time when I re-apply my MAC Finishing Powder.

The Look:

Conclusion/Final Thought:

After comparing both products, I have to say that both products have their advantages. For ladies who wants a more natural looking/matte looking, MAC Finishing Powder would be a better choice. MAC provides a very natural matte finish. Whereas for ladies who wants more glow on the face, NARS would be a good choice.

From price point, although NARS’ price is more expensive, I personally don’t mind paying a more expensive price because I love the glowy finish so much and I love my healthy looking skin. I also love the pouch that NARS provide, it makes the product looks more sleek.

 

So ladies, what powder do you currently use? Let me know so I can discover more :)

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

In love with Khaki Shades? Guerlain Coup de Foudre might be your choice!

Hi all,

Guerlain has released its spring collection and one of the eyeshadow quad caught my attention.  The colors look so lively but yet still wearable. Lately I have been drawn into khaki greens and I thought Coup de Foudre would be a good addition to my collection. One thing that always stops me from buying Guerlain is the hefty price tag, but last week I picked this in the airport so this costs less to me. I paid for S$75 for this.

The Packaging:

Coup de Foudre has the same packaging as other Guerlain Quads. It’s in a hefty golden case that’s reflective. The packaging is so luxurious and it comes with velvet pouch too.

The Color & Texture:

Coup de Foudre has a very nice color combination. Who would have thought you can combine coral with khaki eyeshadow? Only Guerlain does it right! :) There are 4 colors in this palette; a khaki green mixed with silver and has a metallic finish, a coral with a hint of pink with a metallic finish too, There’s also a frosty green and lastly a grey with a hint of deep green.

The texture of this palette is excellent! It’s very smooth, buttery and glides on nicely on my arms when I swatch it. The pigmentation is satisfying, the color shows up nicely on the first swipe. I don’t experience any fallout when I swatch the eyeshadow. What I love most from this quad is the metallic finish look which looked different with other brands metallic finish. For me, Coup de Foudre swatch has a very nice finish that looks expensive.

Final Thought:

Guerlain has once again come out with an excellent eyeshadow for spring! The textures glides on beautifully and blends nicely! What more can I say? I love it! :)

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

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