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Make Up Store Summer Moonshadows – Copper & Mahogany

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Got reacquainted with a brand I have a lot of love for – Make Up Store. I was first captivated by their eyedust and shimmer back when I just started beauty blogging, and it’s no surprise that I’m updating my cobweb of a blog with some eyeshadows I’ve found lovely to use!

Make Up Store Moonshadows in Copper & Mahogany

Make Up Store Moonshadows in Copper & Mahogany

The two moonshadows I’ve used in this look are from two different summer collections – Enigma, and Mystic.

Make Up Store Summer 2016 - Mystic

Make Up Store Summer 2016 – Mystic

Make Up Store Summer 2016 - Enigma

Make Up Store Summer 2016 – Enigma

The Make Up Store Moonshadow’s a new addition to their already spectacular range of eyeshadows – microshadows, cybershadows, stardust (replacing the eyedust) and it is simply amazing. Moonshadows are pigmented, long lasting and holds a unique design – a base color, with two other colors sprinkled across it. This means that you can mix two or more colors for a customized color, and that you can use one single moonshadow to create a dimensional eyeshadow look if you wished to.

Copper

Copper

Mahogany

Mahogany

The colors you can pull off from just one palette... (Left, Copper. Right, Mahogany)

The colors you can pull off from just one palette… (Left, Copper. Right, Mahogany)

Left, before make up. Right, after using Make Up Store's Ultra Light Foundation in Leche.

Left, before make up. Right, after using Make Up Store’s Ultra Light Foundation in Leche.

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The Moonshadows lasted really well throughout the day (this close up shot was actually after 6 hours and an eyelash extensions outside) – and I had on their eyeliner in Awesome Performance as well, which compliments the orange-copper base I had on. make-up-store-moonshadows-summer-2016-5

I also used a bit of the purple shimmer from the Mahogany palette in the middle of my eyelid, and finished off the look with their Make Up Store Lipstick in Nude Beige, a creamy nude which was perfect for this!

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Happy Holidays with Lancôme!

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It’s mid October, and do you know what that means?

It’s almost Christmas! 

(found online, hehehehe)

(found online, hehehehe)

Yes, I’m serious.
My design work for Christmas starts now. I’m sure various marketing departments have had things planned since March or even January. And as for me, I think about gifts all the time – when I see something I think someone would like, I’ll mentally note it down and remember to get it for a special occasion! So why not think about Christmas gifts now, right?

I definitely wouldn’t mind if you’ve been thinking of a gift for me, my dear friends. XD  (joking, lah)

Anyhoos, my first Christmas treat of the year happens to be a facial and makeover treat from Lancôme!

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone back to Lancôme Beauty Institute for a facial. For starters, the one previously at Grand Copthorne Hotel is no more – and a new LBI has been set up at the stunning La Maison Lancôme, which is their first standalone flagship store at Capitol Piazza (which I briefly mentioned in my previous post about the Advanced Genifique range of products)!

Other than La Maison Lancôme at Capitol Piazza, facials are also available at Robinsons Orchard, The Heeren.

Lancôme Beauty Centre
Robinsons Orchard

250 Orchard Road, THE HEEREN
Singapore 238855
Tel: (65) 6736 1529
10.00 am – 9.00 pm daily
Lancôme Beauty Institute
La Maison Lancôme
13 Stamford Road, #01-12 Capitol Piazza
Singapore 178905
Tel: (65) 6384 0571
10.00 am – 9.00 pm daily

{ La Maison Lancôme, Capitol Piazza }

I love La Maison Lancôme – it’s incredibly gorgeous, and it has beautiful art deco style elements all over the place!

The art deco inspired frames specially imported from France (the cost of freighting them over was astounding)

The art deco inspired frames specially imported from France (the cost of freighting them over must have been astounding)

Absolue is Lancome's luxury range of anti-aging skincare for skin regeneration and replenishment, and the products in this range are often finished with a touch of gold - which is why this corner has plenty of gold elements!

Absolu is Lancome’s luxury range of anti-aging skincare for skin regeneration and replenishment, and the products in this range are often finished with a touch of gold – which is why this corner has plenty of gold elements!

HydraZen, UV Expert, Blanc Expert, Rénergie... I love Lancome!

Hydra Zen, UV Expert, Blanc Expert, Rénergie… I love Lancome!

Another corner of the store which is absolutely enchanting - the sparkling fragrance enclave will draw you in at once!

Another corner of the store which is absolutely enchanting – the sparkling fragrance enclave will draw you in at once!

The fragrances are actually encased in caps, which are attached via a string of crytals and are actually part of the chandelier hanging above it! I think it's damn cool cos it looks like there's a whole constellation on the board!

The fragrances are actually encased in caps, which are attached via a string of crystals and are actually part of the chandelier hanging above it! I think it’s damn cool cos it looks like there’s a whole constellation on the board!

{ The Facial }

The facial room is hidden right beside the fragrance chamber, and while it isn’t a super huge area, they made sure to fit in their customized therapy bed, which is spacious and heats up if you’re feeling cold – and it’s exactly the same at all outlets and treatments that I’ve experienced!

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If you find it hard to fall asleep at night, you’ll understand how important the right lighting is – and Lancôme understands that. The lighting in the facial room is ambient, soft and relaxing once you enter – and actually changes color to correspond to the different steps during the facial!

{ Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Treatment }

To visibly reduce wrinkles
A high-tech triple-effect treatment with instant results. Ultrasound provides cutaneous cell metabolism with an intense boost,
gentle stroking movements smooth and lift the skin, and the serum’s concentrated ingredients refine and plump skin instantly.
Wrinkles are softened and skin is visibly younger. | 80min ($280)

My therapist starts by gently removing all traces of prior makeup / skincare with Lancome's gentle cleansing milk which smells really nice! I love that.

My therapist started by gently removing all traces of prior makeup / skincare with Lancome’s gentle cleansing milk which smells really nice! I love that. As you can tell, the lighting is kinda hard to capture correctly, so you’ll get very little pictures of the process, sorry!

My therapist communicates really well, and took the initiative to explain every single step to me without asking. But when she noticed that I was nodding off, she let me rest! From what I was told, you have to be properly trained and obtain a certificate before performing treatments at Lancôme!

“Our therapists undergo stringent training procedures developed by the International Lancôme Beauty Institute in France to ensure that each massage technique moves to the rhythm of music therapy.

For every new Institute treatment, Lancôme commissions the Centre International de Musicothérapie to compose an exclusive soundtrack suited to the treatment. With the combination of targeted efficacy of products and use of machines, skin is able to absorb better as the essential ingredients penetrate deeply.”

The next step of the treatment was to exfoliate my skin gently, with a scrapper tool. It works by actually vibrating, so the therapist didn't have to press it against my skin too hard - It didn't feel abrasive at all and in fact my skin was very much moisturized with the Tonique Douceur, which was generously applied area by area before the scrapper went by.

The next step of the treatment was to exfoliate my skin gently, with a scrapper tool. It works by actually vibrating, so the therapist didn’t have to press it against my skin too hard – It didn’t feel abrasive at all! In fact, my skin was very much moisturized with the Tonique Douceur, which was generously applied area by area before the scrapper went by.

The next step was followed by the application of 4 different types of serums - Hydra Zen, Rénergie, Absolue & Génefique! Not all at once, of course! Each serum is first applied generously over the face, before an ultrasound handheld device is used to massage over the serum, enabling it to penetrate better into your skin! The lights changes color every treatment - it was pretty interesting!

The next step was followed by the application of 4 different types of serums – Hydra Zen, Rénergie, Absolu & Génefique!
Not all at once, of course!
A serum was first applied generously over the face, before an ultrasound handheld device was used to massage over the serum, enabling it to penetrate better into your skin – then wiped off, and this repeats with the next serum in line. 
The lights changes color every treatment – it was pretty interesting!

My skin felt really moisturized and supple post facial – and it wasn’t irritated at all! This treatment doesn’t include extraction – Lancôme caters to ladies of all ages, and usually the younger ones would come in for Anti-acne treatments, which has extraction as one of the steps. Before you start, Lancôme will actually run diagnostic tests with their machine to recommend a treatment most suitable for your current skin type!

Facial Promotion!

To put you (or your loved ones) in a good holiday mood, Lancôme’s offering the Youth Activating Treatment for you at just $120
and get this – IT’S FULLY REDEEMABLE FOR PRODUCTS! Which means your facial is free!
Reserve your facial appointment early, before 20th Oct and receive early bird gifts worth up to $103!  

{ Lancome Makeover Service }

Before I left the house, I actually started packing my make up into a bag – it’s what I usually do because you’ll have to touch up if you’re going out, right?  I had to stop myself instead! Since we’re headed to Lancôme, it isn’t really necessary to do so as they already have all the cosmetics you’ll need in-store!

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If you wish to, you can actually book a makeover for yourself (whether you have booked a facial or not!). I’m familiar with Lancôme’s make up so I wanted to do it myself – I found the boutique assistant extremely helpful though – she automatically figured out which product I’ll need next, and suggested accordingly!

For foolproof coordination, simply go along with the suggested items on the tables which are placed according to theme!

French mood, oui?

French mood, oui?

I was looking for a lipstick, and she recommended the latest L'Absolu Rouge Definition range to me!

I was looking for a lipstick, and she recommended the latest L’Absolu Rouge Definition range to me!

This series of lipsticks are matte, and really moisturizing for the texture! I picked 280, a rose-pink shade which I really liked.

This series of lipsticks are matte, and really moisturizing for the texture! I picked 280, a rose-pink shade which I really liked.

I love the led lights on the mirrors! This allows for better application of make up and prevents you from overdoing it.

I love the LED lights on the mirrors! This allows for better application of makeup and prevents you from overdoing it.

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Selfie! On my face: Lancome Teint Visionnaire in O-02, Eyebrow pencil, Liner Plume, Hypnose Palette for eyes, Blush Subtil, and L’Absolu Rouge Definition in 280!

La Maison Lancome is pretty well lit by the sun though - it has full length windows which allows light in and I really like it! It makes the whole place feel super cozy and inviting.

La Maison Lancome is pretty well lit by the sun though – it has full length windows which allows ample light to stream in and I really like it! It makes the whole place feel super cozy and inviting.

Makeover Service Promotion!

Get more tips and tricks on how to achieve trendy holiday looks – book yourself a session at just $120 per pax!
Come with a friend, and enjoy it at $180 per pax ; ) All fully redeemable for products – so essentially, your makeover is free too!
Reserve your makeover appointment early, before 20th Oct and receive early bird gifts worth up to $103!  

{ La Palette 29, Faubourg Saint Honore }

I was passed the special Christmas Palette which has yet to be launched – and my heart jumped when I saw how beautiful the colors in the palette were!

Love at first sight! 29 Faubourg Saint Honore is where Lancome Labs are, in Paris. ; )

Love at first sight! It comes with an eye brush at one end, and a lip brush at the other. 
29 Faubourg Saint Honore is where Lancome Labs are, in Paris. ; )

A closer look

A closer look

Shining, shimmery and splendid XD

Shining, shimmery and splendid XD

The lip colors in the palette were actually separated by a flap cover, which was really thoughtful as it prevents product cross contamination!

The lip colors in the palette were actually separated by a flap cover, which was really thoughtful as it prevents product cross contamination!

The first color with a bigger well is actually a lip balm/primer which goes on your lips before the colors do!

The first color with a bigger well is actually a lip balm/primer which goes on your lips before the colors do!

EOTD with the palette!

EOTD with the palette!

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Gold and brown shades are always easy to use - and they help to define your eyes to help them stand out better!

Gold and brown shades are always easy to use – and they help to define your eyes to help them stand out better!

{ Christmas Atrium at Paragon, 29 Oct – 4 Nov }

Like I said, it’s never too early for Christmas, so prep yourself if you’re looking to gift some facials or makeup this Christmas, because Lancôme will be having their Christmas Atrium at Paragon from 29th Oct – 4th Nov 2015!

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What to look out for at Lancôme’s Christmas Atrium 

Facial & Make Over deals! 

Register online @ http://www.lancomesg.com/happy-holidays to do the Youth Activating Facial Treatment at $120 per pax (fully redeemable for Lancôme products) or Holiday Makeover at the Paragon Atrium for $120 per pax or $180 for 2 people (fully redeemable for Lancôme products). Yes you read that right – they are fully redeemable for makeup products, so essentially your makeup session / facial treatment is a super good deal!

Lancome’s Christmas Sets 

Some of the worthy Christmas Sets you should really look out for:

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For the Génifique Loversset1

ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE YOUTH ACTIVATING DUO PRESTIGE SET
S$216 (worth $328)

Our No. 1 Youth Activating Duo for youthful- looking skin & eye contours. Instant radiance & reduced eye puffiness.

Set Contains:

  • ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SERUM 30ML
  • ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE YEUX LIGHT-PEARL 20ML
  • Advanced Génifique Serum 7ml
  • Advanced Génifique Eye Cream 5ml
  • Génifique Mask
For the Consciousset2
RÉNERGIE MULTI-LIFT ANTI- WRINKLE CREAM PRESTIGE SET
S$155 (worth $276)

 

Tightens the most difficult zones of the face. Re-plumps and lifts with anti-wrinkle benefits.

Set Contains:

  • RÉNERGIE MULTI-LIFT DAY CREAM 50ML
  • Rénergie Multi-Lift Cosmetic Water 50ml
  • Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-PlasmaTM Serum 10ml
  • Rénergie Multi-Lift Night Cream 15ml
For the Fragrance Loversset4
LA VIE EST BELLE EDP 50ML PRESTIGE SET
S$145 (worth $178)

Life is Beautiful with La Vie Est Belle. Set Contains:

  • LA VIE EST BELLE EDP 50ML
  • La Vie Est Belle Purse Spray 10ml
For the Mascara Loversset3

HYPNÔSE MASCARA BASIC SET
S$50 (worth $82)
Set Contains:

  • HYPNÔSE MACARA
  • Mini Khol Eye Pencil
  • Bi Facil Eye Makeup Remover 30ml

 

Revisiting Kate Cosmetics – Super Sharp Liner, Slim Gel Pencil & Quick Eyeliner + Tutorial!

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JCosme’s (Japanese Cosmetics) my first love! I remember the first time in Japan when I spent HOURS in a drugstore trying out make up and then carting them back home to use. Back then, Kate Cosmetics wasn’t even in Singapore, and it caught my eye with its packaging and choice of models and advertisement style – hip & adventurous, with an attitude to boot!

I’m so glad that Kate is now easier to get in Singapore, because their makeup have been much raved about (even before they arrived on our sunny island), and are worth picking up for a try!

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I cycle through my makeup stash so very often, and I’ve recently rekindled my love for Kate’s eyeliners.

From Left to Right: Introducing the Kate Sharp Liner, Gel Pencil Liner and Quick Eyeliner!

From Left to Right: Introducing the Kate Super Sharp Liner, Slim Gel Pencil and Quick Eyeliner!

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Kate Super Sharp Liner is the star product of Kate’s eyeliner family – with its super fine and flexible felt pen brush tip, you get better control while creating super fine lines! The latest renewal has been given a longer lasting formula, and is touted to be fade and smudge resistant! It’s available in 3 colors – BK-1 DenseJet black (which now comes with a spider design on it to signify that it can draw fine lines like that of a spiderweb), BK Natural Black & BR Deep Brown.

Kate Slim Gel Pencil is an automatic gel pencil – you rotate the bottom to dispense more product, and it rotates out in very small increments to reduce product wastage. If you love Kate’s gel pot liner (which I do!), you’ll love this as it deposits a deep, intense color and can even be used on the waterline. The skinny tip of this gel pencil eyeliner allows you to tightline with no extra skill required! Comes in 2 colors, BK Black and BR Brown!

Kate Quick Eyeliner is an all time favorite – there are days when you feel like using liquid eyeliner and this is the one to reach out for if you like drawing thick eyeliner like I do! The felt pen tip is sturdy and lets you fill in eyeliner easily, yet retains its shape well enough to draw a cat-eye flick if you want to. Also available in 2 colors, BK Black and BR Brown!

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I very often get questions on how to draw eyeliner, so here’s a quick one with Kate’s Quick Eyeliner, which has a broader felt tip for you to draw thick to thin lines easily, and also how you can further define it with the slim gel pencil!

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Step 1: Apply your eyeshadow first before drawing on eyeliner! You wouldn't want eyeshadow to cover up a prettily drawn eyeliner, would you?

Step 1: Apply your eyeshadow first before drawing on eyeliner! You wouldn’t want eyeshadow to cover up a prettily drawn eyeliner, would you?

Step 2: Draw a line that extends slightly upwards and beyond your eye shape to give it a cat eye look. I know some people who stop here, but I like my eyeliner thick! This will be the bottom of my flick.

Step 2: Draw a line with Kate’s Quick Eyeliner that extends slightly upwards and beyond your eye shape to give it a cat eye look. I know some people who stop here, but I like my eyeliner thick! This will be the bottom of my flick.

Step 3: Starting from the end of the tip, draw inwards close to your eyelids!

Step 3: Starting from the end of the tip, draw inwards close to your eyelids!

Step 4: FILL IN THE EMPTY AREA!

Step 4: FILL IN THE EMPTY AREA!

And Voila! Cat eyes!

And Voila! Cat eyes!

You can stop here, but I like to define my eyes further – especially if your brow game’s strong or if you’re headed out for the night!

Step 5: You'll find that the slim gel pencil is skinny enough to go between your lashes, and it deposits color really well too. If you have trouble with drawing one straight line along your lashes, you can also just dot it along your lower lash line until it forms a line, and gently use your pinky finger or a Q-tip to rub it gently and "connect the dots". For this part, you don't draw your waterline YET.

Step 5: You’ll find that the slim gel pencil is skinny enough to go between your lashes, and it deposits color really well too. If you have trouble with drawing one straight line along your lashes, you can also just dot it along your lower lash line until it forms a line, and gently use your pinky finger or a Q-tip to rub it gently and “connect the dots”. For this part, you don’t draw your waterline YET.

Step 6: After you're done with the lashline, you go IN to your waterline - pull your lower lid down ever so gently, and draw along the waterline. It's super easy with the slim gel pencil!

Step 6: After you’re done with the lashline, you go IN to your waterline – pull your lower lid down ever so gently, and draw along the waterline. It’s super easy with the slim gel pencil!

Step 7: Do the same - lift up your upper eyelid and repeat step 5 (between your lashes to color in any beige gaps) and then step 6 (along your upper waterline), and Voila! The final look!

Step 7: Do the same – lift up your upper eyelid and repeat step 5 (between your lashes to color in any beige gaps) and then step 6 (along your upper waterline), and Voila! The final look!

Here’s a little gif animation of how different it looks if you tightline your waterline! I especially love doing this when I’m wearing lighter colored contact lens as it really makes my eyes pop. If you have amber brown eyes, you’ll look incredibly stunning!

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There are many ways of drawing eyeliner of course, this is just the way and look I’m super used to – there are more looks out there you can find with a quick google search – here’s a chart I found online!

image credit to google (sorry i can't rem which site I found this!)

image credit to google (sorry i can’t rem which site I found this!)

I do sometimes do the double wing liner when I feel like it – and I find that Kate’s Super Sharp Liner is the easiest tool for me to create this look!

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Step 1: Draw the cat liner the way you usually would. WIth Kate's Super Sharp Liner, I find that I can go extremely close to my lash line without accidentally making it look too thick at the front!

Step 1: Draw the cat liner the way you usually would. With Kate’s Super Sharp Liner, I find that I can go extremely close to my lash line without accidentally making it look too thick at the front!

This is thinner than I would usually go!

This is thinner than I would usually go!

Step 2: Using Kate's Super Sharp Liner still, draw a line parallel to the top liner and connect it to the lower lid.

Step 2: Using Kate’s Super Sharp Liner still, draw a line parallel to the top liner and connect it to the lower lid.

Step 3: Change of tool! I'm using Kate's Slim Gel Pencil Liner here again because it gives a softer look than the super sharp liner.

Step 3: Change of tool! I’m using Kate’s Slim Gel Pencil Liner here again because it gives a softer look than the super sharp liner.

Step 4: Tightline if you want to, for both upper and lower waterlines!

Step 4: Tightline if you want to, for both upper and lower waterlines!

And after a bit of tidying up, this is how it'll look like!

And after a bit of tidying up, this is how it’ll look like!

It’s a bit of a coincidence, but I was talking about eyeliners over tea with a friend and she mentioned that she loves Kate’s eyeliners, and I told her that I was using it the very same day! Hehe. We both agreed that the eyeliners, which are all MADE IN JAPAN, are definitely worth a try!

Kate Cosmetics’ liquid eyeliners (Super Sharp Liner & Quick Eyeliner) both retail at $17 SGD, and the Slim Gel Pencil goes at $20.50 SGD each. You can find Kate Cosmetics at selected NTUC Fair Price, SASA & Watsons outlets!

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Palette 1 – Nudes & Palette 2 – Artistic 2015

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It’s not hard to love good make up, and Make Up For Ever, as an artist’s brand, does it extremely well. I’ve liked most of their releases, especially their pigmented Artist Shadows. The Artist Shadows come in a combination of 5 different textures – Matte, Metallic, Iridescent, Satiny and Diamond and in an amazing array of colors, making them a popular pick for make up artists!

It can be a little hard for you to decide on the colors you want (the Artist Shadows are sold as refills, which you can insert into purchasable empty palettes) and let’s face it – as non make up artists, it would take you ages before hitting pan on an eyeshadow!

For Fall 2015, Make Up For Ever has launched 2 Artist Shadows Palette, 1 (Neurals) & 2 (Pop colors) consisting of 9 x 1.8g of eyeshadows encased in a cardboard box (way to go, better than plastic!). I love palettes. I really do! And even better since it comes with a huge actual mirror (not those filmsy plastic ones) which is really useful when you’re traveling!

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It’s been a while that these palettes have been out, and I’m honoured to have been asked to collaborate with Make Up For Ever to get 6 looks done to showcase just exactly how good their eyeshadow palettes are – and of course, to try it out myself. I’ve been reaching out for the neutral palette very often, and at $69 SGD, it’s really value for money since you get 9 eyeshadows, and crazily pigmented ones at that.

{ 9 Artist Shadows Palette 1 – The Neutrals }

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Palette 1 consists of 9 neutral colors, and the colors are placed for you to use from top down if you’re unsure of how to use palettes like this – or if you’re a pro, mix and match any way you want! This palette is here to stay in MUFE’s permanent line, and also in my make up stash, as it is one of the most well pigmented palettes I own to date! The colors are vibrant and nice and don’t end up looking muddy on lids!

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And here are 3 looks you can do with this palette:

Chic Eye Look with MUFE's Artist Shadow Palette 1

Chic Eye Look with MUFE’s Artist Shadow Palette 1

Neutral Eye Look with MUFE's Artist Shadow Palette 1

Neutral Eye Look with MUFE’s Artist Shadow Palette 1

Smoky Eye Look with MUFE's Artist Shadow Palette 1

Smoky Eye Look with MUFE’s Artist Shadow Palette 1

{ 9 Artist Shadows Palette 2 – Pop Colors }

This palette would appeal to many like it did to me – the eye-catching pink, blue and purple has definitely captured my attention! And I hope you purchased it before it went out of stock, because it’s limited edition! It retails at the same price, $69 SGD.

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Look at that duochromed brown with a blue tinge *heart eyes*

Look at that duochromed brown with a blue tinge *heart eyes*

And here are 3 more looks done with the Artist Palette 2! I was pleasantly surprised by the pink, although I wish that the purple was a little deeper and a more violet hue as compared to the pink.

Playful Eye look done with the Artist Shadows Palette 2

Playful Eye look done with the Artist Shadows Palette 2

Bold Eye look done with the Artist Shadows Palette 2

Bold Eye look done with the Artist Shadows Palette 2 (My favorite combi! That blue!)

Sultry Eye look done with the Artist Shadows Palette 2

Sultry Eye look done with the Artist Shadows Palette 2

All eye looks were done over MUFE’s eye prime, which creates a matte flesh-toned base for your shadows and prolongs its wear life.

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I would also recommend looking at MUFE’s fantastic artist brushes – they are made of synthetic hair, but oh-so-soft that you wouldn’t believe it. I couldn’t stop brushing it over my hands because it was just too smooth!

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Both Artist Shadow palettes are available at Sephora Singapore stores for $69 SGD, and if you quote EVONNZ when you make a purchase at Sephora ION or Ngee Ann City before 2nd Sept, you’ll receive a deluxe sized gift! 2 days left to enjoy this offer – be quick – and my recommendation? GET BOTH!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Comparison, Swatches, FOTD

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What? Another Naked palette?

Just when you thought that you’ve had enough of Urban Decay’s palettes… they come out with yet another irresistible one.

Enter the Naked Smoky Palette – 12 beautiful shades ranging from the warms, cools, to the neutrals!

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“The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Naked Smoky—loaded with ALL the essentials you need for the perfect neutral smoky eye. A true range of shades. The perfect brushes. And detailed tutorials.”

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I know, I know. Do we all really need another one?

If you are looking to do comparisons, or if you have yet to even own a single 1 of these Naked palettes, then you’re at the right place. Swatches coming right up to help you decide on a palette – and if I’m able to, sway you towards buying the Naked Smoky, because honestly, I only own the Naked 3, and the Naked Smoky is such a well balanced palette that I would have headed out to purchase it if it wasn’t given to me.

So here you go, swatches and comparisons of all the Naked 12-pan palettes!

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Off the bat, you can see that Naked Smoky is just a little different from her other siblings – she appears to be much more pigmented, offers a better range of shades (naked 3 is basically a palette of warm-hued eyeshadows), and also seems to be placed a little differently – instead of going from the lightest to the darkest shades, the darkest shades are now in the middle of the palette, so you can start working your way in from either the left or the right side of the palette for your ideal smoky eyes!

The other 2 palettes after the flocked-coated Naked1 took on a tin-can look. Naked Smoky was given a new name-fitting outlook with a grey translucent plastic casing with swirls imprinted on to look like smoke. I adore this so!

The other 2 palettes after the flocked-coated Naked1 took on a tin-can look. Naked Smoky was given a new name-fitting outlook with a grey translucent plastic casing with swirls imprinted on to look like smoke. I adore this so!

The double-ended brush included in Naked Smoky was catered for a specific purpose – to create smoky looks easily – has a tapered crease end on one side, and a smudger brush on the other.

Naked Smoky Palette  Tapered crease brush end

Naked Smoky Palette Tapered crease brush end

Naked Smoky Palette Smudger brush end

Naked Smoky Palette Smudger brush end

Surprise! The palette even comes with an instructional sheet!

Surprise! The palette even comes with an instructional sheet!

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These are a great add on for the ones unclear of how to tackle smoky looks, but I find video tutorials most helpful! There’s a list of them below ; )

Before we start, I’ll like to say that all swatches are done both WITH and WITHOUT primer. I’m using Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden here, which is a nude matte shade.

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You might have noticed that this Primer Potion packaging looks a little different. Well, it’s the new one!

Previously when it was just in a tube with a wand, people complained.

When it was a squeeze tub, people complained still.

The old, the mini and the new.

The old, the mini and the new.

So now we have the best of both worlds, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion now comes in a packaging that features BOTH a SQUEEZE TUBE and an applicator wand. I hope everyone’s happy now, hahaha.

Squeeze tube... and a wand!

Squeeze tube… and a wand!

Alrightttt let’s get going with the arm swatches!

Urban Decay Naked Palette 1

urban-decay-naked-1The palette that started it all. Coveted by many, it’s actually pretty well-balanced a palette too, and also the most similar to the Naked Smoky!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette 2

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The 2nd palette which got the beauty world abuzz with everyone doing comparisons of Naked 1 and Naked 2. Till date, there are still many undecided between them both!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette 3

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This palette – my very first Naked Palette – is oh so pretty! It was completely different from Naked 1 & 2 as it offered warmer, more wearable hues. Did a post on this, you can read that here.

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P.S. Not sure why the swatches look so different from then and now, but in anycase, just use primer lor.
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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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Colors in the palette include:

  • High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter)
  • Dirtysweet (medium bronze)
  • Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle)
  • Slanted (light metallic gray)
  • Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer)
  • Black Market (jet-black satin)
  • Smolder (deep plum-taupe)
  • Password (cool taupe matte)
  • Whiskey (rich brown matte)
  • Combust (soft pink-taupe)
  • Thirteen (light beige satin)

Nine colors are new, while 3 are exclusives from previous palettes (Armor & Blackmarket from Vice, Radar from Vice 2). Each pan contains 1.3g of eyeshadow each which are made in USA, while the brush in made in China & everything assembled in Dominican Republic.

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette will be available in all Sephora stores this 20th August, and retails for $83 SGD.

There’s no queue line this year, BUT the first 100 customers to purchase the Naked Smoky Palette will receive exclusive GWPs, only at Sephora ION!

Here’s a look I did with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette for an evening out with the girls! I do like making up for special occasions – what’s the point of having all these glorious make up lying around, right? Hehe.

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Here’s the list of Urban Decay products I have on my face for the above look: 

  • Naked Skin Foundation in shade 2.0 
  • Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light/Warm
  • Brow Beater & Brow Tamer both in Neutral Brown
  • Naked Smoky Palette (Smolder, Black Market, Thirteen, Combust, Dagger & Armor)
  • 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion
  • Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Spandex on the lower lid
  • Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Fetish 
  • Revolution Lipstick in Naked 

And another simpler, everyday look you can achieve with the palette (I didn’t use primer for this one):

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I’m sorry I don’t have a tutorial for you, but if you are looking for tutorials, here are some helpful videos online! There are plenty actually, but these are some of my faves (and asian ones that you guys can relate to):

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