shu uemura UV Under Base Mousse review, swatches: Pink Purple & Beige | OB for shu uemura (Summer 2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

shu uemura - ob UV under base brightening mousse whitefficient pink purple

The product: OB for shu uemura UV Under Base

   ↳ Brightening Mousse SPF 30 PA ++ in Pink Purple

   ↳ POREraser Mousse SPF 35 PA +++ in Beige

I’ve been trying to put together a review of the YSL Tie and Dye topcoats all week, but — no dice. (I think I took way too many photos; seriously.) In the meantime, here’s a review for something that really blew me away this month!

shu UV under base beige, brightening pink purple

(how cute are these?!)

The POREraser UV Under Base Mousse in Beige

To start off with: shu’s Beige Under Base (SPF 35 PA +++) is made to even out skin tone and texture, reduce redness, and minimize the appearance of pores.

It’s kind of like — you know how makeup primers tend to be a clear layer of silicones, while paint primers are there for adhesion and tint? The POREraser is more like the latter, not only filling pores but creating a more even tone, too. I’d say its pore-filling prowess is less than a heavy “filler” (think Benefit The POREfessional), but it’s worth it for the lighter feel and silicone content.

Try this if: You’re looking for something to even skin tone without “flattening” the face. Use before your foundation —  or instead of, if you’re around a NW20-30!

shu uemura UV mousse swatches review - beige, pink purple

shu uemura UV under base – POREraser/beige (L) and brightening/pink purple (R)

The UV Under Base Brightening Mousse in Pink Purple

Here’s the one that really steals the show for me. Like the POREraser Under Base, the Brightening Mousse was created to be a weightless way to even out skin tone and texture — but with a brightening benefit, too, both in immediate effect and long-term reduction of imperfections.

With SPF 30 PA ++, this primer is phenomenal at brightening up a fair to medium skintone (perhaps a deep skintone, too, if used sparingly), and works particularly well with yellow undertones. You definitely need to spread this one out (the shu website recommends applying a walnut-sized amount with their pentagon sponge) and make sure to cover all exposed skin, but it is absolutely, definitely worth it.

Try this if: You already have a sheer-to-medium foundation that you love, but want something to help “pick up” your complexion without relying on shimmer or sheen.

shu uemura POREraser beige, whitefficient brightening swatches review

shu uemura UV under base swatches – beige (L) and pink purple (R)

The verdict?

shu uemura’s POREraser Under Base is great, but the Brightening Mousse – wow. From the spot-on Pink Purple shade (which really does have pink-purple undertones) to the wonderfully unique mousse format, it absolutely blew me away. 

I don’t feel like these are absolute must-haves (perhaps because I personally don’t wear an all-over base), but at $46 CAD, the shu bases are a very novel, wonderfully packaged product.

Availability: At Holt Renfrew & select Sephora boutiques (Canada); shuuemura.co.uk (United Kingdom). The bases are permanent, but the packaging featured here is limited edition!

See the brightening mousse: featured in this OB for shu uemura teaser post & used as a base for this blue eyeliner look.

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ob for shu uemura, Summer 2013 | Coming Up

Friday, April 12, 2013

ob for shu uemura cleansing oil teaser

Just a quick preview of a few products that will be up on theNotice (hopefully) soon! I haven’t photographed & tested the three cleansing oils that I have yet, but I’m loving the two UV mousses – they’re not ‘cone-free, but the results are fantastic. Good enough to tempt me into wearing them around despite my silicone intolerance, eep!

Availability: online at shuuemura.ca ($10 off any purchase over $50 with ARTOFSHU), shuuemura-usa.com (free shipping on all orders over $50), and in-stores at Holt Renfrew & select Sephora boutiques.

Here’s what’s in the collection…

ob for shu uemura collection

ob for shu uemura

the cleansing oils

  • fresh pore clarifying gentle cleansing oil (pink packaging), $79 CAD
  • high performance balancing cleansing oil advanced formula (yellow), $79 CAD
  • cleansing beauty oil premium A/O advanced formula (green), $89 CAD
  • whitefficient clear brightening gentle cleansing oil (blue), $89 CAD

the UV under base mousses

  • POREraser – pink (pink), $46 CAD
  • POREraser – beige (yellow), $46 CAD
  • BB mousse – BB beige (green), $46 CAD
  • brightening mousse whitefficient – pink purple (blue), $46 CAD

ob for shu uemura spring 2013 collection teaser

coming up

rouge unlimited lipstick

  • ob princess coral, $36 CAD
  • ob dream orange, $36 CAD
  • ob sakura pink, $36 CAD

pressed eyeshadow refill – all matte (M), $19 CAD/ea

  • light blue 630
  • light green 434
  • light purple 716
  • salmon beige 132

pastel eyeshadows - ob for shu

  • yellow beige 814
  • medium brown 852
  • medium brown 864
  • dark brown 896

cases & lashes

  • ob compact case (fits one Face Architect powder refill), $19 CAD
  • ob duo custom case (fits two eyeshadows), $11 CAD
  • sakura flower mini false eyelashes, $32 CAD
  • ocean beads mini false eyelashes, $32 CAD

ob for shu lashes and cases

Clarins Palette Eclat Face Blush & Powder review, swatches, photos | Clarins Rouge Eclat, Spring 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Clarins Palette Eclat - Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 face palette

The product: Clarins Palette Eclat Face Blush & Powder

I’m not always the best at reviewing things right when they come out, and the Face & Blush Powder in the Clarins Rouge Eclat collection was no exception.

That said, the tardiness is entirely my own issue — it says nothing (nothing!) about the product itself.

Clarins Rouge Eclat Face & Blush Powder review

Like many of Clarins’ other limited edition face powders, the Palette Eclat is a gorgeously intricate pressed powder marketed as a “Face & Blush Powder” — that is, you can use it sheerly over your entire complexion, or focus the product on the cheeks as a highlighter, bronzer, or blush (depending on your skintone) with a denser brush.

Because I’m quite pale, I tend to use face-and-blush duos just on my cheeks, as warm blushers — you can see it used as a contouring blush in:

(If you have a medium-deep complexion, Karen’s review on this blush at MABB is a can’t-miss!)

Clarins Palette Eclat review, swatches

Clarins Palette Eclat swatches: more pink vs. just beige.

I’m in love with the scent of this season’s Clarins powder (it’s very noticeable, for a face powder; exquisitely blended powder and violets), but it’s definitely not the only thing to be smitten with. The matte finish blends in seamlessly with the skin, and the strips of colour are insanely pigmented — I thought they’d be an overspray, but they go right down & really influence the tone of the powder.

With a focus on the coloured strips, you’ll get an intense pink cheek, with a little bit of a yellow/orange lean; with only the solid beige, you’ll get a soft, natural peach.

Clarins Palette Eclat hand swatches

Clarins Palette Eclat Face Blush & Powder swatches: just beige / just pink / whole pan

Clarins Palette Eclat individual swatches

Clarins Rouge Eclat collection Face Blush & Powder swatches

Here’s the stunner, though: with a swipe across the whole pan, you’ll see a gorgeous peachy pink. (Imagine what would happen if you took a drop of fluorescent hibiscus pigment and diluted it with 10 drops of neutral-warm skin tones… and then add an extra five points for awesome.)

(FOR AWESOME.)

Clarins face powder review - Palette Eclat

The verdict?

If I could give a verdict as, “eeeee!”, I totally would. I am crazy about this powder — the price is reasonable for what you’re getting; the pigmentation and versatility are gorgeous; the design and scent are perfection. 

I find it hard to write reviews for products wherein I literally cannot find a single bad thing to say about the product (because there’s a dearth of such products, not because they’re hard to write), but… well, this is one of the few. You need this. 

Get it at:Nordstrom; Clarins counters. $35 USD/$40 CAD.

P.S.: See all of our Clarins Palette Eclat features here!

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Clarins Rouge Eclat (Spring 2013) | Collection Preview, Overview, & Details

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 preview

I’ve been extremely remiss about posting things on time always recently always (let’s be honest), so this preview is rather late! I’ve been playing around with the Clarins Spring 2013 Rouge Eclat collection for a good month or so, but I do actually have reviews & a look coming up for you soon — I promise.

(Actually soon this time, not the ,”in the distant future but I promise to tweet and Instagram about it,” kind of soon!)

Availability: on counters now & online at Nordstrom.

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 model

The inspiration

“Like the iris…

The  Clarins woman is natural, elegant, modern. Her make-up embodies the freshness and softness of spring: a delicate velvet-smooth complexion and eyes enhanced with plum and shimmery grey tones.

The focus is on the lips with Rouge Eclat, the first age-defying lipstick by Clarins. Finally, a lipstick that offers more than just colour! Inspired by the multicoloured tones and satin feel of the iris, it veils the lips in youthful, radiant shades…”

Claring SS13 pre-teaser

The collection

Clarins Spring Rouge Eclat complexion

Poudre Multi-Eclat Mineral Loose Powder – new product

With its silky, featherlight feel, Poudre Multi-Eclat veils the skin in softness, enhancing the beauty of the face and décolleté. The translucent texture of this mineral powder even, smoothes and matifies the complexion in one step.

Face & Blush Powder in Palette Eclat - limited edition

Instant Light Brush-On Perfector – permanent

Clarins Rouge Eclat eyes

Wonder Perfect Mascara - permanent

Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Iris Blossom - limited edition

Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick launch collection

Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in 17 Watermelon and 18 Sweet Plum - new shades

Gloss Prodige in 09 Water Lily and 10 Vibrant Rose - new shade & limited edition, respectively

Clarins Gloss Prodige, Rouge Joli

Rouge Eclat Lipstick - new product

Satin Finish Age-Defying Lipstick: The highly nourishing cream texture glides onto the lips. It’s so smooth and fine, you won’t notice you’re wearing lipstick… but you will notice the subtle fragrance of red fruits with notes of blackcurrant and liquorice, the signature scent of all Clarins lipsticks!

Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick 1-5

01 Nude Rose, 02 Sweet Rose, 03 Petal Pink, 04 Tropical Pink, 05 Pink Berry

Keep reading for the rest of the Rouge Eclat shades & more photos! »

Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection review, photos, swatches: for all your Pale Pink & Santorini needs!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The product: Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection

Lovingly boxed up at Sephora this Holiday season is the gorgeous Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection. While I think the name is a little awkward (is it the Goddess collection? Is it the Goddess Beauty collection?), the products themselves more than make up for it.  

The Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

Also included is a small tube of Korres’ Volcanic Minerals mascara, in Obsidian Black. I have to say, I love the packaging of this one — even though it isn’t full-sized, the design is great. Slim, easy to handle, and intricately patterned, the rich brown hue just feels very Korres (as it probably should!)

The brush is fairly standard, as is the product itself. I can get a full day’s wear out of this, if you define a full day as 6 hours, but I do have to sweep under my lower lashes with a cotton bud at least twice before hitting the 12 hour mark. It leaves my lashes feeling (and looking) full & a little heavy after just one swipe, dropping the curl a bit but going on clump-free enough to make up for it.

Water, Iron Oxides, Synthetic Beeswax, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Butylene Glycol, C1836 Acid Triglyceride, Carnauba Wax, PVP, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Nylon 12, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum, Tocopherol, Cotton Extract, Magnesium Ferment, Sunflower Seed Oil, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Grape Seed Extract, Zinc Ferment, Potassium Ferment, Thyme Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Ferment, Sulfur Ferment, Agropyron Repens Root Extract. 

The Cherry Lip Gloss in (Pale Pink)

If you thought this looked familiar, you’re not wrong: Pale Pink is numbered as Cherry Lip Gloss #23. If you think back to last Holiday season, though, you might remember seeing a similar product on theNotice — Light Purple, incidentally also #23.

Check out swatches and photos behind the cut, but the two are the same gloss, re-imagined. The new version has less chunky shimmer and more pigment, but while it’s slightly easier to wear than Light Purple, I still find it to be a little too milky & shimmery for my liking.

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Seed Oil, Anise Alcohol, Aroma, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Lauryl PCA, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sweet Cherry Seed Oil, Bitter Cherry Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. +/- CI 15985, CI 45410, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891.

Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection swatches

The Magic Light/Face Contouring Powder Trio (in Santorini)

And, finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for!

The Santorini cheek trio is absolutely gorgeous — easily one of the most beautiful pressed powders in my collection, just based off the way it looks in the pan. The detailed top does wear off, but the shimmer goes right down, so what you see (product-wise) is what you get.

Shimmery and glowy, this trio is optimal for light skintones of any temperature. It’ll fit a much broader range, though; cool to warm skintones from fair to medium should be able to pull this off without a hitch.

The blush and bronzer are warmer and more pigmented than the highlighter, but both build up & sheer out easily. My issue with the palette, though, is that for as luminescent as it applies… it’s pretty glittery, at least for me. The glitter isn’t hugely obvious in indoor lighting, and photographs absolutely beautifully, but it is there if you go looking for it — which I can’t stand.

I can still see this on my cheeks after a good 12 hours of wear (and a nap!), but I like my shimmer a lot more subtle than most bloggers. Every other review I’ve read for this face trio has described the shades as finely-milled and glowy–and have even recommended it for use as an all-over face powder–so do my little neurosis in mind.

Talc, Dimethicone, Corn Starch, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl, Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Soybean Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Tetrasodium Edta, Sunflower Seed Oil. +/- Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake. 

The verdict?

This set was originally $42, which made it a good deal — but it’s been marked down to $29 USD/$39 CAD, which absolutely makes it a great one. (In Canada, the price works out to just $9.75 per product. Yep, that $36 cheek trio just got a whole bunch cheaper.)

Paraben-free and just so, so pretty, the Goddess set is a great gift for a natural beauty lover – even if that beauty lover is you. It’s not perfect in my mind (I think the cheek palette is just too glittery for that), but I think my shimmer-sensitive eye is alone on this: most other bloggers describe Santorini as a sheer product with a gorgeous “natural glow,” after all.

One last note: this set includes a mini Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Primer (10 mL), which is a great way to give Korres primers a proper try before committing to a whole tube. Check out a full review here.

Keep reading; I’m not done yet! »

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