Another product I adored from the Holiday 2012 collections are the eyeshadows from Lancôme's TresOR collection - the Sparkling High Fidelity Eyeshadows are truly little treasures.
I received one shade, Fil D'Argent for review purposes but I loved the colours and formula so much that I purchased one more - the box on the left is the press sample packaging while the box on the right is what retails. These retailed at SGD$36 at all Lancôme counters islandwide.
I LOVE the casing - packaging is always just a bonus feature for me but these little cases are really pretty.
Just when you're done oohing and aahing on the outside, the ooh-and-ahh version 2.0 commences when you take a look at what awaits you inside.
Looovely looovely loooooovely. The eyeshadows were pressed to resemble woven mesh fabric - like glistening sequins on a glitzy dress. When swatched, you can tell that there tiny micro-sparkles are enmeshed in the silky eyeshadow - the micro-sparkles are smooth and create a subtle sparkling effect on the eye. Lancôme recommends that these eyeshadows can be used either wet or dry.
These are swatches of all 3 shades I managed to take during the preview. The shot below is a better shot of the 2 shades I have with me right now, Fil D'Or and Fil D'Argent.
The formula of these eyeshadows are stellar - very smooth and wonderful colour payoff. I like using these wet or with a damp sponge applicator - I usually use a brush with all my eyeshadows but I felt with these, they glistened and glowed the best when used with a sponge applicator.
Fil D'Argent is a warm taupe with very little grey or purple tones. Fil D'Or is a rich bronzed gold.
I used both the shades recently in a similar style - the Lancôme Petit Trésors all over the lids, paired with a deeper shade in the crease. I think I like them both paired with a warm bronzey brown in the crease, after experimenting with a few shades.
Here, I paired Fil D'Argent with a wash of Make Up Store Jubilee (blackened gold) in the crease.
Base: Olay White Radiance Sunblock; Smashbox Hydrating Primer; Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in 743 Rich Beige; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage Concealer in SC-&; Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder in Golden Orange.
Eyes: Lancôme Petit Trésor in Fil D'Argent; Make Up Store Microshadow in Jubilee; MAC Prolongwear Eyeshadow in Carefree (browbone highlight); Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black; Clio Gelpresso (waterline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline); Lancome Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara
In this shot, I paired Fil D'Or with MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadow in Spectacle Of Yourself in the crease.
Base: Same as listed above
Eyes: Lancôme Petit Trésor in Fil D'Or; MAC Mega Metal Eyeshadow in Spectacle Of Yourself; MAC Prolongwear Eyeshadow in Carefree (browbone highlight); Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black; Too Faced Perfect Eyeliner in Perfect Peacock (waterline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline).
Cheeks: NARS Gold Member Creme Blush; Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge
I was tempted to pick up the other shade in the Petit Trésor range too and the lipstick in L'Absolu Rouge in 375 which was also released in the Holiday collection, pictured in the collage below (click to enlarge)
With much restraint, I stopped myself ... only to allow myself to be tempted by the lure of the metallic eyeliners from the same collection - I picked up Taupe Brilliant with the kind help of Elaine and Lynn who purchased it in Hong Kong for me and I cannot wait to see it!
I love the Petit Trésor Eyeshadows - perhaps even more than the new Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Mono eyeshadow formula and hope that they will release more shades in this gorgeous finish. Totally worth the money (even cheaper in Hong Kong, I hear)!
Hope you had a fab Christmas and are all happily gearing up for the New Year festivities :)
A little while ago, I received some products from CLIO's Art Collection. In this entry, I'd like to focus on the Art Blusher and Art Eyeshadow 1.5 (I'll feature the Twisturn Eyeliners in a separate entry).
The Art Collection was created in 2005 and was very popular in Korea after its inception - the packaging features art work by various artists and was declared as a best-selling range instantly. While the packaging is a draw, I really love the eyeshadow trio and the blush and can understand why this collection drew rave reviews.
Before I move on to the blush and the eyeshadow, here's a quick look at the lipstick and lipgloss.
Available in 6 shades - Red, Pink Beige, Orange Coral, Vanilla Pink, Paris Pink and Grace Pink, the Art Lipstick (SGD$23.90) contains sunflower oil and kernel oil to keep lips moisturised.
The Art Lipgloss (SGD$23.90) is also available in 6 shades - Nude Cherry, Glow Orange, Pink Shot, Glam Cocoa, Lucid Peach and Apricot Peach. The highlight of the gloss apart from its Vitamin C and E enriched formula is the dual-sided applicator - one side is a flocked padded applicator while the other is a spatula. Chantana has clear pictures of the applicator and swatches of the lipgloss in Glam Cocoa HERE
Moving on to the Art Blusher and the Art Shadow 1.5 - I love these!
The Art Blusher (SGD$33.90) is available in 4 shades - Peach, Pink, Rose Pink and Orange Peach. It is available in either a single solid colour or a marblelised variation. The blusher I received is in 4Rose Pink and is a single, solid shade.
It comes packaged with a semi-circle shaped flat brush with very soft bristles - the brush is not scratchy but I prefer using my own blush brush with this blusher for a more controlled application.
The blush itself reminds me of the Mineralised blushes from MAC. The texture is smooth with no grittiness at all and when worn, it has a lovely glow to it. Rose Pink is a medium rose shade interlaced with very fine golden micro-shimmer that makes for a very glowy cheek.
In the swatch shot above, I swatched it a little more heavily so that you can see the glowy, iridescent blush.
And finally, we have the Art Eyeshadow 1.5 - these are available as Duos (SGD$23.90) or as Trios (SGD$25.90). As with all baked eyeshadows, thesecan be used dry (for a natural look) or wet / foiled for greater intensity. there are 14 shades available in all.
I received mine in a versatile colour combination - 405 Forte Gold Green.
Forte Goldgreen is a lovely trio of a Khaki Olive Green, a pinked brown and a white-gold. All 3 shades had excellent colour pay off, with greater intensity when used with a damp brush.
I liked how the trio was more or less pretty evenly split - some baked eyeshadows have an obscene amount of one shade in particular and a way smaller portion allocated to another (and more often than not, the shade I like the most will be in the teeniest section!). A regular sized eyeshadow brush (I'm using the flat eyeshadow brush from The Body Shop) fits perfectly in the different sections without messing up the other shades.
Here is a simple look I pulled together using the Art Blusher in Rose Pink and the Art Eyeshadow 1.5 in Forte Goldgreen.
I used the Khaki Olive Green all over my lids, the pinked-brown on my crease and the white gold on my browbone; I used all of the eyeshadows with a damp brush.
Base and Foundation: Olay White Radiance Sunblock; RMK Creamy Polished Base in 00; Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in 734 Rich Beige; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage Concealer in SC-7; Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder in Golden Orange.
Eyes: CLIO Art Eyeshadow 1.5 in Forte Goldgreen; CLIO Gelpresso in Golden Black (waterline); Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black (upper lashline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline); Dollywink Volume Mascara in Black.
The Burbery Beauty Lip Velvet Long Wear Lipsticks (SGD$43) have been out for a while but I never really had the chance to take a good look at them. While at the recent Burberry Beauty Vintage Gold event, I managed to swatch them all and have picked a favourite :)
I know that No.301 Pink Apricot exists but it doesn't seem to be in the display - it might be sold out (I forgot to ask; there are 2 testers of No.303 instead).
The packaging is very very sleek - a deep grey (Jet Grey perhaps?) in a matte finish, embossed with the iconic Burberry check. This sets it apart from the Lip Cover and Lip Mist range which both feature a shiny casing.
The lipstick bullet itself also features the iconic check. There's something very alluring about the finish of the lipstick bullet itself - very polished, luxe and really does make you think of fabric.
Here are the swatches of all 11 colours in the display:
My favourite shades of this lot would be No. 304 Redwood, No.307 Rose Pink and No.310 Military Red. No.304 looks like a great brown-pink shade that I really enjoy wearing - this kind of shades tend to go welll with practically anything. No.307 is a great deep rose that is very feminine while any self-respecting red lipstick lover will definitely want to own No. 310 Military Red - bold, sophisticated and very alluring.
I love how these swatch and apply - very smooth, plush and almost weightless. I have naturally dry parched lips so with long-wearing lipsticks like these, I must soak my lips in lip balm before application.
The Maybelline Colour Tattoos are all set to launch in Jan 2013 in stores and will retail at SGD$15.90 each. They were soft launched a event at SCAPE last weekend and here are the swatches of all 8 Colour Tattoos that will be launching in Singapore.
The terrain of Colour Tattoos all laid out to be loved ... :)
My personal must-have shades would be Bold Gold, Tenacious Teal, Audacious Asphalt and Bad To The Bronze. I'm really liking how Edgy Emerald looks but I'm going to rummage my stash to see if anything comes close!
The iconic Aqua Eyes eyeliner pencils are featured in a kit for Holiday 2012 - 5 travel-sized coloured pencils accompany a retail-sized eyeliner pencil in jet black. The Aqua Eyes Collection retails at SGD$65. While the travel-sized eyeliners are a great way to sample the various shades (there are 25 in total), they are also rather tiny.
#12L Blue with Green Highlights and #3L Iridescent Navy Blue are beautiful beautiful.
And then we have the stars of the collection - the Holodiam Powders (SGD$41 each).
These are formulated with synthetic mica, mineral pigments and a glass base for a highly iridescent, pearlescent and prismatic effect. They might look gritty but I swear - so so so smooth, you wouldn't believe they are glitters. They feel like smooth pigments going on.
These are packaged in sturdy little clear jars that shows you the beautiful colours inside - something I always appreciate with eye makeup. They are packaged with sifters but I prefer using them without the sifters - I usually take a little with my brush and work them on the lid of the jar - this way, I can better control the amout that's getting out and on my brush (somehow I minimise spillage this way)
There are 4 shades to choose from - 301, 302, 303 and 304. Each shade reflects light differently, creating different chamelon-like effects.
Usually, the prismatic effects are best noticed when such products are swatched or applied over a black base. The Holodiam Powders show off their characteristics even without a dark base, as you will see in the set of swatches below.
MUFE has some suggestions on how you can use these with this step-by-step tutorial:
I love how this backstage shot captured the plethora of colours on the model's eyelids.
MUFE Singapore also demonstrated the use of the Holodiam Powders, using MUFE Aqua Cream in Black as a base.
In the final look you can see how the colours reflect differently depending on angle and lighting!
The Holodiam Powder can be used even for a normal glimmery eye look. I used 302 over the MUFE Aqua Shadow Pencil in 0E (Black) all over my eye lids and blended it upwards into a gold browbone highlight colour.
I misted my brush with a little MAC Fix+ (or you can use MUFE's version of Mist & Fix) and it lasted the whole evening with zero fallout - I can get my chum Elaine to vouch for that. In real life, the turquoise tones are more vibrant and jewel-like.
The rare toothy grin because I really liked how the Holodiam Powder applied and stayed on - smooth and no trouble at all.
Foundation, Concealer & Powder: Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in 734 Rich Beige; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage Concealer in SC-7; Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder in Golden Orange
Cheeks: NARS Torrid; MAC Shell Pearl
Eyes: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black; MUFE Aqua Eyes in #12L Blue with Green Highlights (waterline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline); Lancôme Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara
Disclaimer: MUFE Holodiam Collection products featured were provided for consideration. This entry contains information and some images extracted from a press kit furnished by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.
For Holiday 2012, The Body Shop premiered a festive-looking colour collection featuring 2 eyeshadow palettes, metallic eyeliners, glossy lipsticks, all-over shimmer pearls and all-over sparkler atomisers. In this entry, I'd like to feature the Smoky Eyeshadow Palettes and the Colorglide Shine Lipsticks.
Let's start off with the Colourglide Shine Lipsticks (SGD$22.90). Though the packaging is very simple and no-frills, the metallic silver and gold casing keeps it looking chic.
It's been a while since I've tried a lipstick from The Body Shop and I really liked how comfortable the formula was - all the lipsticks are smooth, including #12 which is a red with gold sparkle - no grit at all. The formula really glides on lips for a glossy juicy pout.
Of the 4, #12 and #13 had the most opaque payoff, with #12 being slightly more opaque and lasting through a meal for me. Of the lot, #13 is my favourite - a lovely rose pink.
The Smoky Eyeshadow Palettes (SGD$39.90)are available in 2 variations as is usually the case. For Winter Trend 2012, we are presented with Smoky Copper and Smoky Moonstone. Each palette comes packaged with 2 brushes - a flat eyeshadow brush and a slanted eyeliner brush. Both are of good quality and rather similar to the full-sized brushes available in the regular brush range.
Each palette comes with instructions on how to use the 4 colours in the palette.
Unlike last year's palette which featured a sparkly creme eyeshadow and a matte shade that doubles up as an eyeliner, all 4 shades in Winter Trend 2012 palettes are highly pearlised.
I thought I would like Smoky Copper, with my love for bronzes and rose golds but really, Smoky Moonstone is my prefered palette of the 2.
That said, both palettes swatch and apply well - there is something about the formula that makes it feel almost creamy-tacky and they adhere to skin well. All shades are well-pigmented and are smooth. My preferred method of using these is with a slightly damp brush over a good base for the best color pay-off.
The swatches you see below are dry swatches, on dry skin with no base.
Smoky Copper is very warm but Smoky Moonstone isn't too cool-toned which makes it very wearable. In both palettes, the first shades seem rather similar - a pearlised off-white but the 3rd shade in both palettes are riveting - awesome metallic payoff.
Here, I've used Smoky Moonstone on 2 occasions - I changed the colour placement and used different lipcolours in both the looks.
Here, I used the 3rd shade all over my lids and used the deeper 4th shade in the palette in my crease and beyond. I used a gold base to warm up the 2nd pale gold shade and used that as a browbone highlight. In this shot, I have on Colourglide Shine #12 - a rich red with minute gold sparkle.
Foundation, Concealer & Powder: Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in 734 Rich Beige; Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage in SC-7; Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder in Golden Orange
Cheeks: Benefit Bella Bamba
Eyeliner & Mascara: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black; Lancôme Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara; Clio Gelpresso in Golden Black (waterline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline)
In this look, I used the 4th deeper shade all over my lids and used the 3rd metallic shade buffed out on my crease and beyond. Similar to the first look, I warmed up the 2nd pale gold shade with a gold base for my browbone highlight. In this shot, I have on Colourglide Shine in #13 - a beautiful glossy rose pink.
Foundation, Concealer and Powder: Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation in 734 Rich Beige; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-7; Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder in Golden Orange.
Cheeks: NARS Torrid
Eyeliner & Mascara: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black; Lancôme Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara; Clio Gelpresso in Golden Black (waterline); MUFE Aqua Cream in Black (lower lashline).
Finally, the Maybelline Colour Tattoos have arrived on our shores - they were being sneakily paraded on Instagram and on Facebook at an earlier sneak-peek event and now they are ready to burst onto the scene. Tomorow, Maybelline will be showcasing them at whole-day event at SCAPE. Here are the details (click to enlarge)
The event will be held at SCAPE Hubquarters, Level 4, from 12-6pm. There is a nominal entrance fee of SGD$5 but there Goodie Bags up for grabs. The event is set to be a fun, fashion-themed one and the Colour Tattoos are also going to be retailing at a special price. Which sounds like a fun Saturday afternoon - so grab some girlfriends and head out!
I currently have 3 Colour Tattoos - Tenacious Teal was my first and was gifted my my chum Amy. Mossy Green and Gold Shimmer are new additions to the line which we bought via a recent US CP.
I can't wait to check out the other shades! Painted Purple and the 4 earthy shades look really fab!!!
Watsons has brought in the revamped Essence nail polishes that feature a different bottle shape, a different brush shape and a different volume. Together with these, Watsons has also brought in some of the Special Effects Topper polishes like shatter polish and glitter.
I picked up a couple of things from the Essence counter and here's a look at the polishes first.
The Nail Art Special Effects Topper was the last piece standing - it is 02 Circus Confetti (SGD$4.50).
I haven't used it yet but you can tell from the bottle shot that it is in the same vein as Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday and a tonne of other similar polishes that followed it like OPI Rainbow Connection, Milani Gems and so on. I swatched it on the nail wheel and it applies well - not patchy and no bald spots. All the glitter in it seems to be hexagon-shaped - green, blue, gold, silver, red, purple, pink, orange, with a smattering of more tiny multi-coloured hex glitter in the mix. More on this in another entry :)
The re-designed Colour & Go (SGD$2.90) bottles are cute - shaped like a little vase with a bigger bottle cap that is easier to hold. The bottles hold more polish now - 8ml, up from the previous 5ml but what I like most is the more ergonomic design of the bottle cap and the new brush.
The new brush has more of a rounded tip which makes polish application easier. As is the case with the other Essence polishes I own, the formula was smooth, flowed easily on the nail and was not streaky.
The range is limited - there were reds, pinks, corals, oranges, a yellow and gold. What happened to the glitter ones, the blues, greys, teals and all the other funky shades they had? But I spied 2 red shades I liked and they came home with me.
Fame Fatal (which I think was also available in the older packaging) is a bright scarlet while Do You Speak Love is a deeper crimson.
I've been wearing Do You Speak Love since Sunday morning and I really like the shade - it's deep and yet bright and very attractive.
In lower lighting, it looks deep and vampy but it brightens when light hits it. The photos below feature 1 coat of China Glaze Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula, 2 coats of Do You Speak Love topped off with 1 coat of Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat.
*** Do You Speak Love is a little deeper than this in real life; it tends to photograph more vibrant.
I also tried to move away from a squarish nail shape to a more oval one - I think I prefer this oval shape although the square shape seems to be easier to create/maintain.
The made-in France polishes are of great quality and it's always nice to see new collections on our Watsons shelves. I was too late and missed out getting Grumpy from the Snow White collection - the affordable price-point and the more-than-decent polish quality makes these a popular choice. I love these as much as I love my other polishes but I just wished the new Colour & Go range available here featured more exciting colours. Soon perhaps! Till then, you might want to check out the new polishes in the Essence display - I do notice they re-stock often so you might see something delicious!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!
The Metro Ladies Night 2012 took place last Friday evening and despite the heavy downpour, Metro Paragon was PACKED - I had a tough time navigating through the crowds but I managed to shop a little!
It was a nice affair - live music and Christmas songs by Claressa Monteiro kept shoppers entertained throughout the evening ...
While the ladies went hauling hauling hauling - the action really was concentrated in the Fragrance and Beauty counters
Like I mentioned in my earlier posts, some beauty brands like Clarins, Kose and Shu Uemura had demonstrations at the counter. Over at Shu Uemura, the goal was to show the ladies how the eyeshadow palette from the Mon Shu Collection could be used to create a very simple smokey eye in 5 minutes - for added drama, the Karl for Shu Premium Lashes were used during the demonstration.
One of the highlights of the evening at the Shu Uemura counter was the auction of the Mon Shu Doll
I had an auction ticket too! And I was the first one to get the bids going :P
After a little bidding war and lots of giggles (and it was almost sold to me when I stuck out my ticket to take this photo!), little Mon Shu finally went home with this lovely lady - see that victorious smile?
I snuck downstairs to the Metro Trim Shoppe for a while - I don't celebrate Christmas but I always like browsing around the Trim Shoppes at department stores. Ornaments get prettier and more elaborate each year and sometimes I give in to temptation and pick up something that I keep in the car or hang in my room.
Surprisingly, many of the ornaments in the Metro Trim Shoppe were between SGD7.90 to about $9.90. My favourite ornament of all was this pearl-encrusted bauble. I didn't manage to purchase it but I'm still thinking about it and I think it will look lovely in the passage-way to my washroom :)
And here is what I purchased during the Metro Ladies Night - I was modest, restrained and a little practical this time :)
I looked at my previous Metro Ladies Night haul and funny thing is, it's actually very much similar. In During the Metro Ladies Night 2010, I made a mostly-Dior haul and picked up a Pierre Cardin wallet (which I'm using right now!). This time, my haul consists of mostly Shiseido makeup and a Pierre Cardin keyholder! Creature of habit they say ...
The Pierre Cardin keyholder was out of sheer necessity - the one I have right now went kaputz on me so I really needed this. This Pierre Cardin one in bright pink was already on an extreme markdown (previous season collection I believe) and for a well-made keyholder in genuine leather from a reputed brand for SGD$29 is too good.
To be honest, I don't have much makeup from Shiseido at this point - an eyeshadow trio, some of the older potted-versions of the cream eyeshadow and a couple of the Shiseido Shimmering Rouge lipsticks (I have one from the Summer 2012 collection still in the packaging!) make up most of my Shiseido stash. The Shimmering Cream Eye Colour has been on my wishlist for a looooong time and I've been lusting for the new Lacquer Rouges for a while too. The Metro Ladies Night was a perfect opportunity to pick these 2 up.
I'm totally late to the Shimmering Cream Eye Colour (SGD$32) range that was launched in late 2011. Of the lot, SV810 Tin was one of those I've had my eye on - it is beautiful beautiful! It is a beautiful iridescent green-tinged silver with flecks of silvery micro-shimmer in it. It absolutely glistened under the light when I swatched it. I adore creme shadows, especially long-wearing ones like these as they boost the intensity of eyeshadows when layered atop. I see myself using this for a great number of eyeshadows I have but one combination I'm dying to try out is the similarly green-pink silvery toned Madre Perla from Giorgio Armani's Eyes To Kill range. I wanted to get a couple more of these cream eye colours but seeing the stash I have now, that will have to wait!
The Lacquer Rouges (SGD$43) are a more recent release, making their debut in Aug 2012.
A beautiful palette of colours ranging from a flesh-toned beige, corals, pinks and dramatic reds. I picked RD305 Nymph - a dusty rose that is one of those colours I can wear with practically anything.
The texture doesn't quite seem uniform across all the shades in the range - some seem more opaque with a creamier texture while one or two shades have a shimmering, juicy finish. RD305 Nymph has an opaque creamy texture that delivers saturated colour. It tends to photograph a little more bright pink but I love the dusty rose shade.
And while I was at the Shiseido counter picking my shades, I got totally distracted by this - the Limited Edition Camellia Compact (SGD$60). One swatch and it came home with me.
Ok first of all, I love how the compact looks - that shiny red and black packaging just reminds me of those luxe Japanese lacquer bowls (very expensive!). It comes with a brush in a separate case - the brush is very similar to the brushes that are found in the Shiseido bronzers - very soft and smooth-feeling.
And then the palette itself - very very pretty.
The 6.5gm cheek compact features 3 shades - a soft white for highlighting, a perky Spring Petal Pink and a dramatic Rich Reddened Rose. The 3 shades can be used individually or all blended together for a softly glowing cheek.
As you can see, although the shimmery, glittery overspray is completely brushed away after the first use, the 3 shades are softly laced with delicate micro-shimmer - so rather than sparkly, glittery cheeks, you get a soft, radiant glow. I love how smooooooth and finely-milled the powders are - almost creamy feeling.
And here is how it glows when the 3 shades are blended together.
You can definitely adjust the final shade by concentrating your brush more heavily on one or 2 particular shades. I totally appreciate how this is something that is definitely workable on a variety of skintones.
And here's the great thing - the shades don't smudge and merge into each other even if you swirl your brush everywhere so you're not really going to ruin that camellia-layout. Isn't that great?
I know I'm going to thoroughly enjoy these 3 products - really happy with these!
I had a really nice evening at Metro Paragon during the Metro Ladies Night last Friday - music, shopping, the store decked out in festive baubles, all the Holiday beauty collections proudly on display - it really was a nice atmosphere to be in. Getting out of the carpark and the wet weather was a royal pain but the loot in my bag totally overshadowed that!
I've enjoyed the Metro Ladies Night twice already - back in 2010 and now in 2012 - and if you have yet to experience it, look out for the upcoming ones!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!
Each year, Shu Uemura celebrates the spirit of art and beauty with its artist collaborations - for Holiday 2012, Shu Uemura collaborated with legendary fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld to create a colourful collection with a unique edge, giving rise to the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Mon Shu Collection.
The Mon Shu collection is a symbol of Mr Lagerfeld's personal brand of finesse and Shu Uemura's Tokyo flair - a marriage of Euro Chic and Japanese Pop which is an ode to the mutual admiration and friendship of over 2 decades between the brand and Mr Lagerfeld.
Mon Shu Uemura means "My Darling Shu Uemura" - she is indeed Mr Lagerfeld's little darling given how he personally hand-sketched her using Shu Uemura products and even outfitted her in his iconic white shirt and black tie. The animation below depicts how Mr Lagerfeld created little Mon Shu
And once created, Little Mon Shu escaped from his sketch book to bring beauty and holiday cheer to girls the world over ... I love the electro-swing music used as the background score!
Let's take a closer look at the Mon Shu Collection, starting off with the 2 main attractions - the Eye and Cheek Palettes (SGD$98 each)
Each palette comprises 6 pans of product - 2 Silk Smooth Eyeshadows, 3 Pressed Eyeshadows and 1 Glow On Blush. The palettes are in 2 variations - a cool and a warm combination.
The Smoky Velvet Palette has Little Mon Shu Girl against a striking red background and she hints at the shades within - she has on a mossy green eyeshadow. The palette features shades of glitter black, green, icy aqua, silver and sparkle gold beige eyeshadows with a dusty rose pink blush.
The Prestigious Bordeaux Palette on the other hand features a warm, rich colour combination. Little Mon Shu Girl sits againsts a silver background but this time, sports a purple eyeshadow look. This palette features a glitter wine-purple, deep coppery brown, pastel purple, soft cocoa, rich bronze gold sparkle eyeshadows and a deep coral rose blush.
I've played around with the palettes and I will try to post a look soon. What I appreciate in these palettes is that the quality of the eyeshadows is very much similar to the regular singles available in the Shu Uemura Colour Atelier collections - rich, smooth, with good colour payoff. Without doubt, my favourite shades in both the palettes are the 2 sparkle eyeshadows in gold beige and bronze gold - beautiful payoff that glimmers on the eyes.
Next up, the Painting Eyeliner in Blackish Satin Purple (SGD$36)
I think Shu Uemura couldn't have picked a better name for this creamy gel eyeliner - it does indeed have a satiny appearance to it. The shade, rather than blackened, has a touch of coppery micro-shimmer in it. The formula glides on very easily and dries down budge-proof.
I love the Shu Uemura eyelash curler - it's a perfect fit for my eyeshape and lasts and lasts for years. This year, Shu Uemura dresses up their iconic eyelash curler with a Mon Shu Girl hanging charm and replaces the traditional black pad, with a more festive looking red pad. The Shu Eyelash Curl and Karl (SGD$28) also comes with a replacement pad in red.
The Mon Shu Collection features 4 Rouge Unlimited lipstick (SGD$33 each) in varying hues from statement reds to coy nudes to suit different moods and looks - all 4 lipsticks are ultra glossy and glide smoothly on lips.
Mon Shu Red is one of my favourite shades in this collection - the super bright red is made a touch more wearable given the shiny, juicy look it imparts.
This is not the first time Shu Uemura has released Nail Colours and in keeping with the theme, the Nail Colours created for the Mon Shu Collection feature a striking red called Shu Shu Red, a glittery black called Karl Black and a neutral beige called Royal Beige (SGD$28 each). Each bottle of polish comes with a little strip of nail stickers featuring the spotted-jacquard design of the Mon Shu theme, the SUKL logo and of course, Little Mon Shu Girl herself.
Here is a closer look at Shu Shu Red ... I love the name! :P
The brush is a little slim but the polish flows easily across the nail so polish application is not difficult.
The striking red has the slightest touch of orange in it, making it a very bright scarlet shade. The polish has a slight jelly finish to it - very squishy and super shiny and takes 2 thick coats or 3 thinner coats for full opacity. With 2 thinner coats, I could see a little of my nail line.
Swatches are with 1base coat of China Glaze Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula, 3 thin coats of Shu Shu Red and 1 coat of Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat (pardon the little bits of henna peeking through on my palms).
I liked the red a lot and decided to savour the colour without the nail stickers but you can view the nail art creations by the Shu Uemura team on the Shu Uemura FB HERE
There are other products outfitted with the Mon Shu Girl motif in this collection
Tsuya Skin UV Under Base Youthful Radiance Mousse (SGD$65) in a peach hue.
******************************************************************************************* The Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced (SGD$130) - this cleansing oil is one of Shu Uemura's most popular and is infused with Green Tea extract and Gingko Lead extract.
The Mon Shu Mini Brush Set (SGD$125) is adorable - it features 4 silver-silver handled brushes - 1 goat hair cheek brush, 2 eyeshadow brushes in nylon and sable and 1 lip/eyeliner brush - all encased in a silver brush case.
The Shu Uemura Mon Shu Girl Collection is already available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide. If you're keen on watching the Mon Shu collection in action, there will be a live demonstration at the Shu Uemura counter at Metro Paragon, this Friday 23 Nov 2012 during the Metro Ladies Night - the demonstration will take place at 7.30pm.
Also, have you seen Little Mon Shu Girl? The folks at Shu Uemura are giving you a chance to bring Little Mon Shu Girl home - simply make a purchase FROM ANY FRAGRANCE OR COSMETIC BRAND at Metro during the Metro Ladies Night and you will receive an auction coupon. Bidding for Little Mon Shu Girl starts at SGD$20 and rises in multiples of SGD$5.
And like me, if you're wondering why her eyes are red, here's the answer from the folks at Shu Uemura .... her red irises against the whites of her eyes are actually symbolic - they represent the flag of Japan.