Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Sophie

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Hello everyone,

As you know, I am such a big fan of Illamasqua powder blush. Previously I have reviewed Illamasqua blush in Hussy, and today I have Sophie which has different finish compared to Hussy.

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IMG_5477Sophie is a peachy shade with golden shimmer. On the pan, somehow it reminds me of Nars Orgasm blush. Both of them have the rosy peachy pink – rosy shade and the shimmers too. However after comparing these two, I realized that Nars Orgasm is more shimmery and it looks more rosy; whereas Sophe emphasized more on the peachy pink shade rather than the rosy shade.

Sophie has a beautiful texture; it is nicely pigmented and it feels very smooth. The swatch is true to pan on the first swatch. The peachy pink shade is suitable for many skintones and the shimmer in this blush is just nice to give you that beautiful glow without making you look like a disco ball. It is very easy to build up the color and the texture is not chalky.

In the swatches below, you can see the difference when the blush is blended and when it is swatched. When it is blended, it looks natural with the glow from the shimmer. I absolutely adore how beautiful is the peachy pink glow of this blush.

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In the picture below, I also did a comparison swatch between Illamasqua Sophie and Hussy. They are quite similar in color, but hussy has more color pigments compared to Sophie.

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Overall, I think Illamasqua blushes are worth every cents I have paid. I bought this for £ 18 in the UK which is approximately SGD36 (based on current exchange rate) and the quality is superb. I love the shade and I love the glow this blush provides.

I really can’t wait till Illamasqua opened their first counter in Singapore very soon!

 

Here are some other Illamasqua products I have reviewed previously:

Illamasqua Neutral Eye Palette

Illamasqua Blush in Hussy

 

I’d like to know what you think of Illamasqua blushes if you have tried it before. Any thoughts?

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

By: Meryl

Illamasqua Neutral Palette

Hello everyone!

October is a pretty exciting month for me as finally Illamasqua is going to open in Singapore soon. Today I have Illamasqua Neutral Palette to be reviewed. I bought this palette when I was in UK last year and I just realized that I have not used this palette yet. Illamasqua Neutral Palette consists of 4 eyeshadow shades with shimmery and matte shade.

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Packaging:

Illamasqua’s packaging has always been simple. It’s just a black casing with “Illamasqua” written in it. It feels lightweight. I think Illamasqua doesn’t really emphasize in their product packaging but more to the colors that they bring.

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Shades & Texture:

Illamasqua neutral palette consists of 4 shades; 3 of these are matte and one of these are shimmery.

  • Stealth is a matte cream white
  • Vintage is a glittery gold shade
  • Obsidian is a matte mocha
  • Wolf is a matte dark grey-khaki green

These four shades have great color payoff. It is creamy and very well pigmented. I love all these four shades because with these shades, I could create many looks. It’s a great day to night palette and I would say that this palette is perfect for those who loves simple make up yet sexy.

What I love most about the shades is the versatility and the softness of each shade. Each shade in this palette has equally great color payoff and texture. The shimmery gold shade has a bit of fallout when applied, but fallout can be avoided with finger dabbing technique.

 

 

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Swatches:

The swatches here were taken outdoor. For every shade, I swiped once and the shade comes out true to the pan. I must say that the pigmentation is really good. Look at that shimmery gold there, it looks dazzling and it is a gorgeous color!

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I did a make up look with this palette for my weekend outing :) Hope you like the look I created.

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Thank you for reading!

 

Have a great weekend ahead!

 

By: Meryl

 

 

 

Burberry Spring 2013 Blushes – Hydrangea Pink & Coral Pink

Hi all!

I went to Hongkong last week for a very short trip. When I saw this blush in Burberry Beauty counter in Hongkong, I immediately swatch it and decided to grab these two. It is very hard for me to decide one blush between these two especially it is retailing at a cheaper price in Hongkong compared to Singapore. I have not seen Burberry Spring 2013 products in Singapore, but the SA told me that it should be available in March.

I am so excited to share my Burberry Spring 2013 picks. I am a big fan of Burberry blushes, hence it’s so exciting for me to see that Burberry is releasing two new shades for spring 2013. Burberry has one of the nicest blush texture, it’s matte yet it blends very well on the skin.

I won’t be talking into details about the packaging of these blushes as it’s the same as other Burberry blushes.

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Firstly, I’m going to talk about Hydrangea Pink.

Hydrangea Pink is a fuchsia pink. This blush is very pigmented. You need to be careful when applying this blush on the cheek. with one swipe, you’ll see the color very obviously. This blush is matte, no shimmer at all.

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Now onto the second blush, Coral Pink. Coral pink is slightly lighter than Hydrangea Pink.  As the name says, Coral pink has a coral undertone. The pigmentation is just as good as Hydrangea Pink. One swipe is perfect to get the color to pop on your cheek.

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The Swatch:

In this set of pictures, the swatch is taken under indirect sunlight.

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This is one layer of blush- not blended

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Hydrangea Pink – Coral Pink (not blended) -Hydrangea Pink – Coral Pink (blended)

Comparison with Illamasqua Hussy:

I have heard that Hydrangea Pink looks similar with Tom Ford blush in Narcissist. Unfortunately I don’t have that blush to be compared.  I don’t own many matte blushes, most of my blushes contains slight shimmer. However I own one bright matte blush from Illamasqua – Hussy.

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Hydrangea Pink – Illamasqua Hussy – Coral Pink

Illamasqua Hussy looks different with both Hydrangea Pink and Coral Pink. When compared, Illamasqua Hussy leans towards coral more than Hydrangea Pink and Coral Pink.

Final Thought:

As usual, Burberry blushes never disappoints. The texture is very fine, soft and blends beautifully. It lasts with me for about 5-6 hours depending on my activity. For ladies who loves pink cheek, these products are definitely worth checking!

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

Uk Trip Haul :D

Hello guys!

I have been shopping a lot during the holiday! UK has plenty of makeup brands that I could not find in Singapore and I took the chance of getting those things! I know I’ve been a bad girl during the holiday. When I reached home after the holiday, I felt guilty looking at my new stuffs :( But anyway I enjoyed my holiday so much and now I should work hard to pay off those shopping damages LOL :D

Suqqu

This is Suqqu counter in Selfridges Manchester. I didn’t take more pictures as I was too excited to look for products here. I had fun swatching many products. There are many items that are not available there because I think it sold out pretty quickly.

Here are my Suqqu haul; 2 eyeshadow, 1 blush and 1 eyebrow palette.

Illamasqua

These pictures are also taken in Illamasqua counter in Selfridges Manchester.  The Illamasqua counter there is very happening with 3 SAs that have dramatic makeup and dresses! The thing that gets me most excited is to see their blushes. I have Illamasqua blush in Hussy and I love it to bits. I had fun swatching at the blush counter and decided to pick

I purchased three items from Illamasqua; a blush, an eye palette and a cream highlighter.

Chantecaille

I picked this Chantecaille Classic Palette in Harrods. This palette was on sale together with the Tiger in the Wild palette. Chantecaille products pricing are so expensive even after the price reduction. I paid (£50 or £75, can’t remember exactly). Honestly I bought this only because I want to collect a product from a brand that I have never had before. I will do a review about this palette soon (I hope :) )

Drugstore Haul from Boots & Superdrug

I had fun in both Superdrugs and Boots mostly in between Christmas – New year because they are having generous promotions. I bought quite a number of products there as they are having a “Buy 2 get 3″ promotions and I will get a free goodie bag when I buy 5 products or more. Gosh I could not control myself and bought there things with me. I know I am a bad girl when it comes to shopping but I’ll give myself an excuse since this is a year end holiday :p

Real Technique Brushes

Sleek Eye and Blush Palettes

Miscellaneous brands – Maybelline Color Tattoo, Revlon Lipstain, Max Factor lipfinity, Loreal Eyeshadow, Rimmel Eyeliner, etc.

Model’s Own and Barry M are one of those brands that excites me the most in Boots and Superdrug. Their glittery nail polishes are to die for! Barry M nail polishes were about £3-£5 each and Model’s Own were about £5 each.

That’s all I have for you :)

I have many things to be reviewed and please be patient with me LOL.

Thank you for reading.

 

By: Meryl

 

 

 

Tom Ford Blush in Flush

I am so excited that Tom Ford is opening its counter in Tangs Orchard!

I am such a blush addicts that everytime I heard people are raving about a brand, I need to try the blush. I have read many positive review about the quality of this blush. I bought Tom Ford blush in Flush from Tangs Orchard when they are having 12% rebate for the cardmembers. This blush is retailing for SGD 85. It’s a very expensive blush for me and I am expecting a very high quality product for the price I have paid.

Firstly I’d like to talk about the packaging. It’s made of gold metal casing that feels quite heavy. There’s a velvet pouch given for every blush. There’s a “Tom Ford” logo embossed at the front of the blush. Call me superficial but this kind of luxurious packaging always call my name and I always fall into temptation on getting this blush. There is no small brush or applicator included in this blush.

Flush is a peachy coral blush with fine shimmers. The texture is very soft, pigmented and it blends beautifully on my skin. The moment I touched this on the counter, I can feel that the formula is awesome. It is so pigmented that you only need to dab your brush once (or twice) lightly and gently pat it on your face. You can always build up the color if you think the color does not pop enough.

In the swatch below, you can see how pigmented the blush is. On the left is one swipe of the blush, and on the right side is one swipe of the blush and blended.


I have swatched some blushes that might look similar.

I would say that there’s no exact dupe to Tom Ford Flush. The closest would be Nars Deep Throat, but Nars seems to be sheerer than Tom Ford flush. I have reviewed all the blushes swatched above except Nars Deep Throat. You can find the review for the blushes here:

Chanel Blush de Horizon

Nars Orgasm

Illamasqua Hussy

Bobby Brown Peony

I have created a look with Tom Ford flush:

The products used in this look:

Guerlain Terra Azzura by Emillio Pucci, YSL Lip Stain no 7, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill no 25, Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black, Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil

Final Thought:

Tom Ford blush delivers what I have expected from a high end blush. The texture are not disappointing; blends very nice, the pigmentation is superb and the packaging looks luxurious. The only downside I see is the price. Tom Ford products are very expensive but that might be the reason why people are lemming about it too ;)

Have you ever tried any Tom Ford blushes/ products before? Tell me what you think :)

 

Thank you for reading.

By Meryl

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