Sunday, October 31, 2010

Benefit holiday set

I am back in town!!! ^^

yesterday i paid a visit to sephora near my house because i have a 40 dollar voucher that is almost expired. 

I ended up purchasing more than i thought i would. 

A few weeks back when i got my copy of benefit's fall/holiday 2010 catalogue, i have planed to get one of their holiday limited edition set or palette. Benefit's sets are always really worth it. You will pay littler money then if you buy them separately. (that's the reason why i hardly ever buy benefit's items separately) 

So for this holiday i purchased "Some Beauty To Love" set, which looks like this:

I did not know that they have this set. because in the catalogue they only have this one:

The boxes look really similar, but i am glad that they have a completely different things inside.

So, instead of some kind a gorgeous (that i HATE) and high beam (that i already have), this is what's inside: 

- A full size of benefit coralista powder box
- A full size of benefit eye bright
- A generous sample size of benefit bad gal lash
- A sample size of that gal face primer

This is such a perfect set for me. I have never had any of these and also been dying to try these out. 

This set's value is most probably twice of what i paid. 

Coralista Blush 

I have been waiting for this to come out in a set for almost a year. A lot of people say that this is really comparable to NARS Orgasm blush, so here is a them side by side:

They kinda look pretty similar in pan, but this is the swatch:

Yea, they are pretty different. Coralista is in cooler tone pink if you compare it with orgasm. 

I like both, but they are certainly NOT comparable. 

I have to say that benefit's powder boxes packaging are mostly pretty, but they are not ergonomic. I like to use a big fluffy brush for my blush, like MAC 134 or Sigma 150. The problem is, they don't fit in benefit's powder boxes. The brush that benefit provide is too scratchy and bad quality!

A Little Bit of Bad Gal Lash

I heard a lot of good reviews about this mascara. That's why i wanted to try this so BAD. 

And here is how the brush looks like :

That Gal Face primer

I think this is supposed to give your skin a brightening effect by putting some illuminator in it. when blended this primer will leave your skin looking dewy 

Eye Bright

Instant eye brightener. you can use this in the inner corner of your eyes to open up your eyes a bit or even on your brow bone to highlight. 

I do have benefit high brow, which is made specially for brow bone highlighting. 

so here is swatches of both side by side:

left to right: That Gal, Eye Bright, High Brow

They are pretty similar. There is only a slight of different undertone. Eye bright is slightly more pink than high brow. 

In conclusion, i think this is a very "worth-the-money" set. I do recommend you guys to pick this up while they still have some stock left. I think this will sell out pretty fast ^^

That's all for today, i wished you all have a great monday >_<


Couture MACqueen

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shu Uemura with Aya Takano

Like every holiday collection, shu uemura will work with a japanese artist to create a whole CUTE limited edition line which mostly has a makeup palette. 

So this year Shu Uemura chose to work with Aya Takano. A japanese pop artist that is always inspired by manga and american science fiction

This collection consists of:

sparkly paint crayon, 2 sets of eyelashes, 2 makeup palettes, 3 lip duo tint and gloss, limited-edition cleansing oil, blush tint, a mini brush set, and a makeup bag. 

Firstly I got 2 of the lip duo tint and gloss. I am pretty sure that they came out with 3 of these, but when i checked the US website there are only 2 of these. 

I got the "harmony pink" and the "love apricot"

left to right: love apricot, harmony pink, when both of them are stacked together

They are packed in this cute stackable jar. The gloss is in the top jar and the lip tint in the bottom jar. 

I must say that i won't necessarily call this a lip tint. It has the consistency of a matte lipstick. Even the makeup artist called this matte lipstick. So, let us all agree that this is lipstick. Okay?? ^^

i'm so sorry for the crappy quality of picture. I'm too lazy to take my usual camera, and i took these pics in my house in hong kong, so no good lighting.

left to right: harmony pink and love apricot

harmony pink: the lipstain / lipstick has a decent pigmentation. It is rather a neutral pink. 
The gloss has a bit of pigmentation.

love apricot: the gloss is basically just clear with sparkles. 
The picture doesn't do any justice for the lipstain / lipstick. It is a very nice peachy nude. LOVELY.

Okay, now for the palette,

This is the main thing that i wanted from this collection ^^ 

last year shu uemura came out with 2 palette with tsumori chisato. I have to say, both of those palette are not well put together. This time with aya takano they actually have one palette that is very neutral and wearable for everyday. 

it is the Bowwow! Magic Queen Palette

The palette has 3 eyeshadows (gold, taupe, and bronze), a black gel liner, a gold cream highlight, a very pale peach blush, a double ended sponge tip applicator, and a double ended liner and blush brush. 

Again I'm so sorry about the crappy picture that can't do any justice to the actual products, but here is the crappy swatch:

the blush doesn't really show up in this pic, but it is actually pigmented with a slight glitter.

Okay, i need to add, IF you are in Hong Kong, you need to buy Shu Uemura. I have just convert all of the prices. Last year when i bought this kind of palette from the tsumori chisato collection in singapore, i paid about HK$ 775 (after converting). I only pay HK$ 480 for this one.  Rumor has it that it is even cheaper than if you buy it in japan. 

After purchasing a certain amount of money, i got the makeup bag and a view other items for free, so this is the makeup bag:

Anyway, beside the aya takano collection, i did purchased their platinum makeup palette. It is damn expensive in Singapore. In Hong Kong I paid half the price of the price in singapore. So do the math! I'd be stupid not to buy it here.

So this is how it looks like:

It came in with 16 pcs of square double sided tapes for eyeshadows and a mirror if you want your palette to have a mirror on one side.

each side can hold 8 eyeshadows or 4 blushes. You can customized the palette how ever you want it. 

So that's all for Aya Takano 

Enjoy your day... ^^


Couture MACqueen

Foundation review - Giorgio Armani - Lasting Silk UV Foundation

Hi everyone, sorry for the silent treatment, but i'm back with a review for Giorgio Armani Foundation

So last saturday i went to times square at hong kong and found that they have a Giorgio Armani makeup at lane crawford. 

For sometime i have heard that Giorgio Armani's foundation is really good, but there isn't any in Indonesia. 

When i was at the counter i didn't really know which one is the one that people rave about, so i just let the makeup artist find the one that is suitable for me. 

Here is what she told me:

the "lasting silk UV foundation" is for oily skin


the "luminous silk foundation" is for dry skin (after doing some research by myself, this is actually an oil-free foundation, so i might want to try this one as well >_<)

Well, my skin tend to be more oily around the T-zone area and quite dry everywhere else. I hate looking oily, so of course i went with the lasting silk UV foundation. 

I am pretty upset with the makeup artist in that counter because she only apply the foundation on half of my face. I asked her to apply the foundation to the other half of my face but she looked at me like she didn't understand what i was saying (the main language in Hong Kong is Cantonese, but i can't speak cantonese so i asked her in english) although i am pretty sure that she understand cause i've been speaking english to her. 

Anyway i was really in a hurry so i purchased the foundation and the corrector. They both looked quite decent with the store lighting. The most upsetting thing is that when it is under direct sunlight, i can definitely tell that it is NOT my shade. I look awful with half of my face darker and more orange than the other. 

I was so angry! I was not anywhere near that counter to go back and exchange it with another shade, I do not bring my makeup remover, i wasn't done for the day (so i went out for half of the day with a crazy face), and there is no drugstore near me either. 

The next morning i tried to apply this "too dark and orange" foundation in the hope that i can still work this foundation. IT DID NOT WORK. When i first apply it, it looks quite okay, only slightly darker than my skin, but within 5 minutes it oxidized on my skin. My face looked horrible. So i wiped off the foundation and went back to my MAC face and body foundation. 

and i know this is supposed to be a review only for the foundation, but i wanna talk a bit about the corrector. IT IS ORANGE! scary!

Anyway, i am still persistent  that i want to try this foundation, so i purchased another one in the shade that is suggested by temptalia's foundation matrix. I really recommend people looking at this before they purchase any foundation, because it is quite accurate.  

I made the purchase at Giorgio Armani shop at elements mall (kowloon area). 

The makeup artist here is nice and she actually apply the foundation in my whole face! YAY for that ^^

So, i am in shade no 4.5 and i am NC25 for MAC studio Fix fluid. In case you are wondering, the first shade that i bought is in no 6.

okay, so now for the pros and cons


1. This is a really light weight foundation with good coverage. 

I have to say that this foundation have a decent medium coverage that is build-able. Surprisingly this foundation is so light weight. It doesn't look cakey or thick on skin. 

2. Long wearing as promised.

I have been testing this foundation for a while, and I am impressed with the long wearing property. I applied my makeup at 8 in the morning and usually took it off by about 9 at night. It doesn't look like when i applied it in the morning, but it doesn't crack or look crazy. The foundation is definitely still there, not like MAC face and body that will disappear in the end of the day. When freshly applied it will be more towards satin finish, but by the end of the day it will be slightly dewy not oily. 

3. SPF 20.

Will not give your face the ghostly white effect on flash photography, but give a little bit of protection. 

4. Blends easily.

I use my MAC 190 foundation brush. With a lot of foundation this brush will create a lot of streaky-ness. Not with this foundation though. 

5. It doesn't break me out.

My skin is prone to breaking out when i try a new foundation, but this one hasn't broke me out yet. I will keep this post updated if i did break out. 



2. It oxidized pretty quickly

My advice if you are going to buy this foundation:

1. Check temptalia's foundation matrix before going to the counter.

2. Check makeupally's review for this foundation and specified on your personal skin type to see whether this foundation will suit your skin.

3. Go to the counter and try the shade on half of your skin first, but DO NOT buy first.

4. Let the foundation sit on your skin for about 15-30 minutes and then go and see the foundation in direct sunlight. (DO NOT TRUST DEPARTMENT STORE LIGHTING)

5. If it matches perfectly to your skin then you can consider buying it. 

I hope this is helpful for some of you that are thinking to splurge on your foundation. 

As for the sigma review part 2, i hope you guys are patient enough to wait because there is some technical problem for that post. 


couture MACqueen

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review - Sigma Premium Brush Kit (Part 1)

Hey everyone,

I decided that i wanted to do this full review for Sigma Premium Brush Kit, just because i haven't seen that much beauty blogger do an in depth review for this set ^^

I will try my best to compare it with MAC's or other brushes that i have. But just keep in mind that i don't own all of these brushes from the kit in MAC's version. 

Before i get started, i need to make a disclaimer:
I'm pretty much a new beauty blogger. So sigma in no way contact me or give me this brushes for free. All of the brushes that i'm about to show to you guys are bought with my MOM's money. (she bought this for me as a gift, thank you so much mommy). This is my honest review. 

Okay, so, first thing first. I got this set a few months back when sigma has just launched this set. The coding in my brushes are still the old code which correspond with MAC brushes. I have used this brushes for months. So, I'm able to tell you pretty much everything (from a consumer point) you need to know before buying these brushes.

Let's get started then ^^

The first thing that i want to cover is purchasing, shipping, etc. 

This set costed me US$ 149 

Well, in term of price I think these brushes are more on the cheaper side. I mean, come on. If you compare this with the MAC version, it will be approximately US$ 500 (including the brush roll). 
That's a crazy difference (I still love my MAC brushes, don't get me wrong ^^) 

first, u guys need to know that i live in the south east Asia, which usually when i buy stuff from the US i might pay more for the shipping cost compared to the price of the products itself. 
So, sigma offered 3 different shipping cost:
1. 18 dollars for shipping in 2-3 weeks (i use this one)
2. 42 dollars for shipping in 2 weeks (damn expensive)
3. 45 dollars for shipping in 1 week
i am really glad that i never chose the second or third options. 
so i placed my order on the 7th of April, the next day i got an email that my brushes were already shipped, and i received my brushes on the 15th. Which is approximately about a week time. 
so this is a plus for me.

Enough of the rambling, let's jump on the product review.

Brush Roll
I don't have MAC's brush roll, but i have seen one. I have to say MAC's brush roll is not even comparable to Sigma's. MAC's is so flimsy, it's made out of nylon. Sigma's one however is made from synthetic material and has a stronger body. It's a really nice material and easy to clean. I feel my brush will be safe in this brush roll.
okay, so again i forgot to take pic of this, so i'm gonna show you the picture from

Dimension: 46cm(width), 26cm(tall) *without the snap button*

Large Powder - SS134 / F20

described as: Large paddle-shaped brush with fluffy and rounded tip. (Natural Hair)

what to use it for: bronzer, blusher, setting powder, sometimes i even use this as a high light brush.

i accidentally rubbed off the branding and code >_<

dimension: approximately 17.4 cm (overall), 4.8 cm (bristles), 5.4 cm (ferrule), 3.4 cm (bristle thickness)

MAC's comparison: 

- MAC's bristle is a little bit wider 
- Sigma's is denser 
- Sigma's handle is shorter 

left to right: Sigma, MAC

-Now, to me this is the most obvious difference. It might not look like they have so much difference, but the Sigma's one is definitely thicker. With that being said, the SS134/F20 is not as practical as MAC 134. The thickness made it hard to contour or highlight with. But as a setting powder brush this still works fine. 

ramble: If you are only interested in a dupe for MAC 134, i recommend you to just get a crown brush. They have a better dupe for MAC 134 which is "Jumbo Chisel Powder Brush C309" click here to see crown brush

recommendation: Not recommended 

Lip - SS316 / L05

described as: compact synthetic lip brush protected by a metal cap.

what to use it for: apply any lip products to create precision

dimension: 17.8 cm (total length when cap is used as the picture above), 0.7cm (bristle) 10.25 cm (when capped)

MAC's comparison:

-The shape of Sigma handle is not as elegant as MAC 316 (personal preference)

- The biggest disappointment of all is at the bristle. MAC 316 has a longer bristle, with that being said, MAC 316 is more comfortable to use. I find when i use Sigma SS316 / L05, my lips often get scratched by the ferrule 
- Sigma SS316 / L05 bristle is also not as soft as MAC 316

ramble: LOL, i think i started this review with 2 of my biggest disappointment, but i promise it will get better ^^. This doesn't happen to me, but i watched one review that said his cap doesn't fit nicely on the end of the brush, so basically, he can't make it into a full size brush. (maybe he's just unlucky, but mine fit perfectly)

recommendation: not recommended

Tapered Face - SS138 / F25

described as: Large domed brush with tapered tip (Natural Hair)

what to use it for: the side is usually used for sculpting and shaping and the pointed tip is used for blending, highlighting, or setting powder. 

dimension: 19.8 cm (length), 5.1 cm (bristle), 3.7 cm (thickness of bristle)

MAC's comparison: I do not own the MAC version of this brush

ramble: i really love this brush for setting my foundation with powder. not so much on blending products on your face.

recommendation: recommended

Duo Fiber Powder / Blush - SS131 / F15

described as: medium size tapered duo fiber brush (the shorter hair: natural, longer white hair: synthetic)

what to use it for: to apply highly pigmented blush or even to apply foundation 

dimension: 18.6 cm (length), 4.2 cm (bristle), 2 cm (bristle thickness) 

MAC's comparison: 

i can't find any significant difference in both of the brush. I use them pretty much for the same stuff and did not see any difference

ramble: i am satisfied with this brush, although it shed a bit, just like any other brush

recommendation: recommended

Powder / Blush - SS129 / F10

described as: Medium round brush (Natural Hair)

what to use it for: all-purpose blush and face powder brush

dimension: 18.9 cm (length), 4.1 cm (bristle), 3 cm (bristle width)

MAC's comparison: 

I do not own a MAC 129 brush in regular version. All i have is the special edition. short handle 129. From what i can see, Sigma SS129 / F10's bristle is not as wide as the MAC's version. It is also not as thick. I would probably say, that this is more comparable to MAC 116. Although i don't own that one as well. 

ramble: to be honest with you, i rarely reach for this brush. I'm most likely to use Sigma SS131 / F15 for blush. But what i like about this is that it packs on colour really nicely. The bristles are soft, and because this is somewhat thinner and not as wide as MAC 126, this brush offer more precision in blush application.

recommendation: it's an okay brush 

Tapered Highlighter - SS165 / F35

described as: tapered cheek highlighter (Natural Hair)

what to use it for: the tapered point make it a great brush for highlighting and contouring. But what i use this brush the most for is for powder foundation. I heard some people use this with liquid foundation as well. 

dimension: 17.8 cm (length), 3.5 cm (bristle) 

MAC's comparison: 

- Sigma SS165 / F35 has a shorter but thicker handle

- MAC 165 comes to a more pointed tip
- Sigma SS165 / F35 is fluffier
- Sigma SS165 / F35 shed more when deep cleaned

ramble: This is probably my sigma brush that i use the most. The difference within the MAC and Sigma for this brush are not that big of a deal for me. Do keep in mind that MAC 165 is a limited edition brush, so you can't get this at their permanent line. Anyway, I use Sigma SS165 / F35 almost everyday. I use this for my powder foundation, highlight, contour, and sometimes even blush. (I don't like to use too many brushes in one day, because i'm just too lazy to clean them at the end of the day) 

recommendation: highly recommended 

Large Concealer - SS192 / F65

described as: large synthetic concealer brush (Synthetic Bristle)

what to use it for: concealing larger area. This brush is also ideal to blend in any cream blushes or cheek stain

dimension: 17.3 cm (length), 2.7 cm (bristle) 

MAC's comparison: I do not own the MAC version of this brush

ramble: to be honest, i really rarely use this brush. I usually use my (clean) finger to blend concealer over larger area. It's just so much more practical and fast. I only use this when i'm doing makeup on someone else

recommendation: It's an okay brush. Nothing really special

Large Fluff Brush - SS227 / E50

described as: an extra large paddle-shaped brush with fluffed and rounded tip (Natural Hair)

what to use it for: eyes and cheek highlight. Use for applying or blending powder products

dimension: 16.4 cm (length),  1.7 cm (bristle) 

MAC's comparison: 

- MAC 227 has longer handle 

- Sigma SS227 / E50 is more fluffy than the MAC 227

- Both work as great. But i prefer MAC 227 for highlighting my eyes and Sigma SS227 / E50 for blending colour and face highlighter. 

ramble: this is one of my must have brush. I use this every day  

recommendation: recommended

Part 2 will be next ^^