Shupette’s Silk Cushion Cheek Color (Pictures & Swatches)

Here’s more kitty lovin’ coming your way!

I know back in the day when I went on my non-stop Lancôme rampage (because we would be kindly given a whole slew of items that were released) I felt a little apologetic about talking about one single item without a ‘break’ in between though these days I seem to feel it’s more therapeutic this way.

Do I make sense?

Because, in case of this, if I were going to talk Shupette, why not just lay it all down consecutively for a whole week even so those who wish to know are able to check it out all at one shot without (much) disturbances, yeah?

It makes filing and the whole flow so much easier too. Tell me it’s not just my OCD-self….

 

I mean I doubt you all would want to be jumping around from kitty cat to a bath product, to maybe some hair stuff, makeup and back to little ole kitty cat, yeah?

I guess it loses that momentum somehow… so anyway, my point is, this is kitty cat week so cat ladies, sit tight and hang tight!

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This next kitty cat product (okay, am I annoying you by saying kitty cat?) is one that I’m actually a little undecided about. It’s really just me sorting my own feelings because those who have tried this product end up really liking it and so do I, actually, it’s just that it comes with a couple of catches and tiny hoops to squeeze through but I guess I don’t mind.

So anyway, this product here is a cheek product, a rarity within Shupette’s very extensive collection. You would think there would be a couple more cheek options within this cutesy collection given that’s the easiest to market to a youthful audience but no, there’s only 1 cheek product in 2 color variations.

What’s up with that, Shu?

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Though to appease us a little, I would say that the formula of said cheek product that was included within this collection is quite glorious.

It’s one of those formulas you can’t quite explain because it’s so interesting and cool yet it works incredibly well at the same time. Though as a personal conflict, the only beef I have against it is that it’s part-cream.

You know me, cream products and I don’t always get along.

I seem to have conflict with many many things in this beauty realm – cream cheek products, lip pans… I’m bothersome, I know.

But anyway, as I was saying while this is a little bit of a cream-like product, it’s not actually cream either so this is where I started to open myself up to the product and accepted it a little.

It’s a bit of a dense cushy mousse-like product that swatches creamy but blends on to a smooth powder-like finish on the skin. It’s not tacky on and in no way shiny or greasy either.

If I had to compare it to something, I would say it vaguely reminds me of those Maybelline bouncy blush things that were all the rage a little while ago.

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Housed within a really simple and functional packaging with a clear top (I like this aspect) so you can easily see the product, simply twist off the cap and voila.

For all the incredibly state-of-the-art packaging we’re seeing these days, something about a plastic and simple case like this feels mildly nostalgic. Or I could just be over-thinking, as I always do.

As I had mentioned, this comes in a miserable selection of 2 shades – Orange and Pink – and the shocker is that I chose Pink.

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So cute those kitty cat paw prints!

I’m the sort who would rather opt for coral / peach / orange first before I settle for pink but given how cutesy (and pastel-hued) the Shupette Palette is, I figured the Pink shade would be more of help to pair up some looks.

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Here’s a closer look at the intriguing texture of the product.

Again, it’s like a smooth dense mousse but slightly creamy and rather smooth once swatched. The formula isn’t slippery or greasy at all, which makes it quite nice but given how I like to use this (over my whole getup – yes, even powder), it proves to be a bit of work to properly blend it all in.

A little more dabbing, blending and even more blending to even the color out is required but it’s possible to wear this color over your already-done base without disturbing the foundation, powder or concealer.

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That said, I think that would be the little hiccup I have with this guy – that it takes a tiny bit more refining and time than if I were to simply swirl and dust a powder blush on with a brush but the result is truly well worth it because the flush this lends seems to look so natural (and so adorable too) that I can’t help but reach for this more often than I would like.

I’ve tried using a stippling brush and a couple other options with this but I figured the best way around it is still using my fingers.

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There’s just something so special about this (and cream products, mainly) that hugs the skin so closely that it seems to replicate a cheek flush most naturally and perfectly.

Much as I love powder blushes for their ease I will agree that creams do have that advantage over that natural factor and somehow it’s just different when you’re using a cream product as opposed to a powder, but the hassle that it comes with often turns me away.

It’s nice, though, that this one lessens a lot of those hassles (and thicky creamy greasiness, though no less elbow grease, heh!) and has actually opened me up to using it and preferring it more than even my powder options most times.

It works great for workdays with a full out look and weekends for a natural look, I’m really enjoying it if you can’t already tell!

Have I already mentioned that this blush just lasts and lasts through the day? I don’t bother setting it with a powder (or another blush) on top; I simply dab this on, blend, and voila! Unless you are very oily and would have to dust some powder on for a peace of mind, I think this trooper can last you through your everyday too.

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Lip color is one of the lip pans from Shupette Has It All Palette

It’s a pity this is Limited Edition, really, and from what I have seen of it (on BritishBeautyBlogger, here) apparently there isn’t a whole lot of product in it either but I’m sure it’ll be nice while it lasts.

I hope to see more of these Silk Cushion appearances in Shu Uemura collections to come and, of course, in more colors please!

 

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Shupette’s Silk Cushion Cheek Color retails for S$45 each and are available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide.

This is Limited Edition

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Look Feature: Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful (the pink one)

The other woman blush, Blissful is the equally beautiful but slightly less loved of the two Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush I own.

Incase you haven’t caught up on my little Tarte blush overview or seen the Look Feature of Blissful’s peachier sibling within my stash (Achiote), you can head on over to catch up with those first.

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

So… about Blissful.

Tarte describes this universally flattering shade as a warm peach, which again is quite far from what I see in the pan but oddly enough, Blissful does turn up a little peachy once on my skin.

Though my skin has this ability to make all true pinks look similar on and make all borderline peachy-pinks warm, ditching all sense of pink-ness in them.

On me, I would say Blissful is best described as a pink-coral. I do see nuances of pink, definitely more so than Achiote but it’s got that warmth coarsing in it.

I believe that warmth is also what makes this blush a bit of a chameleon and while pink, would be a shade that warmer and deeper skintones can pull off as well.

I would say Blissful is quite a good place to start if you are completely new to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes, or if you are completely new to blush in general and want that one shade you know would suit you no matter.

I don’t see how you can go wrong with this because even here, I have layered Blissful on a fair bit so it wouldn’t seem too washed out once the camera flash hits it and even then, it still doesn’t look clown-ish.

The versatility of this shade coupled with the ease of use of these Amazonian Clay Blushes, I think they would be perfect for some one new to cheek color be it if you are hauling it for yourself or getting a gift for a friend!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush retails for S$45 each and is available at all Sephora Singapore stores. This is a permanent item.

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Look Feature: Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Achiote

Remember how I mentioned in my little Tarte blush round-up (of my wee collection) that the 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blushes look a lot better worn as opposed to swatched on the hand?

Well, here you go, a little look at how I like to wear it on my cheeks.

As far as blush goes, I personally prefer a soft touch of color, nothing too intense.

That’s an odd statement because a smack of blush isn’t always the best look for anyone anyway, but some people can get away with more prominent sweeps of color… Though sadly, I’m not one of those.

The pictures snapped here are taken indoors with harsh camera flash to light it up, hence it could wash some color out. Thankfully you can see a good amount of it still, but lets just say everything looks nicer in person. Heh!

Tarte describes Achiote as a shimmery golden pink, though in my terms I feel it leans more coral than pink.

On me, Achiote wears as a very natural healthy flush – a good mix of pink and coral thrown together.

As a personal preference, I like to wear corals on my skintone because they are more flattering or perhaps easier to wear, as opposed to pink. Sometimes pink feels a little ‘dressy’ to me, unless it is a soft cool pastel wash, but eitherways corals give a more effortless and casual look. A look I usually prefer.

So anyway, with all that said, this is how Achiote wears on me.

If you are a fan of natural coral flushes, this could be a shade to look into if you don’t already have it. The 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blushes aren’t total wow-ers but they are nice to have should you be looking for a blush to rely on.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush retails for S$45 each and is available at all Sephora Singapore stores. This is a permanent item.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush – Blissful & Achiote (Swatches)

Heya, throwing up some entries I have done up but left sitting in my ‘drafts’ since this is going to be a busy busy week (weeks?) for me at work but I didn’t want to leave this space empty.

More Japan mentions and new / upcoming things to come when I get time back on my hands. Till then! :)


I’ll be frank, don’t kill me but… prior to the Tarte package from Sephora, I have never gotten my hands on these widely popular Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes from the brand.

I know these were quite a hit the moment they were launched and I was intrigued, yes, but given that Tarte wasn’t available locally (then) and the hassle it took to acquire them… I guess I just passed them up. After all, there was enough makeup distraction otherwise.

Now that Tarte is easily available to us, all it takes is a run to Sephora (which is conveniently scattered across Singapore too), so here I am finally giving these superstars a go.

The 2 shades I have on hand are Blissful (the more pink-toned one) and Achiote (the peachier pink).

While, from the case, they look fairly distinctive and different, they actually are pretty close from the pan and when swatched.

The key-point of this product, aside from its cute product-packaging matchy-matchiness, is the long-wearing claim.

I didn’t notice a 12-hour long wear during my short and few experiences with this blush, though that could be due to me layering them too lightly on for a more natural look.

Though I do notice these sticking around a little longer than some of my other powder blushes, still lending a flush even after a warm and icky lunch session where it always feels like my makeup is melting away. I have read that the deeper and more intense shades tend to stick around longer, so perhaps it is because these are the more natural and lighter shades – as with the nude-lip logic, deeper and intense colors tend to ‘stain’ better!

Apart from the long-wearing aspect, these Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes are also nutrient-rich, infused with natural clay harvested from the Amazon River – hence its name!

While skincare benefits are the more immediate thing I look for when scouting for a blush, it is still something nice to know and consider.

Those with oily skin will be pleased to know that Amazonian Clay minimizes oil in and around the pores, allowing this blush to combat sebum and stick on for a little while longer.

On the otherhand, dry skin users will benefit from the nourishing and hydrating properties found within the clay.

On top of all that, the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush is also free from Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan. Phew!

Now, lets get to the colors shall we?

I did some hand swatches with these and for some odd reason, these blushes didn’t swatch very potently and well via finger-swatching thus the intensity seen here is a few layers combined. Though they do, somehow, pick up and blend well with a cheek brush.

Blissful –

Blissful is a soft pink shade that leans a little warm, so you don’t get a frosty cool dose of pink if you are wary of shades like that.

It seems to warm up a little more on my skin and ends up blending out to be a very natural shade, fool-proof almost.

Achiote –

The slightly peachier sibling of Blissful, Achiote looks very similar in the pan and while it doesn’t look a mile of a difference once swatched it is notably a little peachier on. There is a stronger hint of warmth as opposed to a flush and I find myself reaching for this a little more often – I’m quite a peach-fan, as opposed to pinks.

Overall,

I don’t know what I was expecting with these and for some reason (note: I never really read reviews or searched these up), I expected the Amazonian Clay 24 Hour blushes to be a little more pigmented as opposed to being natural and sheer – which they are. Though I don’t mind this, I was just a little taken aback.

The sheer and natural quality allows for you to easily blend on a soft flush without ever having to worry about overdoing it. Though if you are layering this you could.

I think they are nice to have around in one or two shades you will reach for on a daily basis to use since they are quite no-brainer and they seem pretty hardy to throw about in your makeup pouch if you’re doing your makeup after the gym and such.

I can’t say I am super impressed by these and I am still a little perplexed over the hype they kicked up but… they are not bad products. Nice natural and soft flushes that are available in quite an array of shades, not bad and worth a look!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 24 Hour Blush is available at Sephora Singapore for S$45. These are permanent

I’ll post up some face shots with these soon, to better showcase them! Thanks for reading!

Lancôme Blush Subtil – Preview & Swatches

Today, I want to talk about and showcase a couple of beautiful Lancôme blushes! These are relatively new but not all that new to the scene either as there have been a couple of mentions floating about online.

New to Lancôme, these blushes were launched together with a series of products aimed at helping you put your best face forward. I haven’t gotten down and dirty with the rest of the items yet but to give you an idea, the products launched with are:

  • Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation, will get to this soon!
  • Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact, a re-promotion, not new – my favorite compact powder evarrrr
  • Le Correcteur Pro, an eye-area correcting palette

Though back to this!

Available in 6 colors, these Long Lasting Powder Blushes from Lancôme are fairly impressive in both their pigmentation and texture.

I don’t know what I was expecting but perhaps knowing Lancôme’s more sophisticated take on color, I was assumed that these Color Veils would be… well, veils!

I assumed it to be like Dior’s take on cheek color which makes a hot fuschia in the pan translate to a soft wash of pink on the cheeks – it’s a good and bad depending on what you’re after!

Though, that is Dior.

These Lancôme Blush Subtils on the other hand will certainly leave you quite pleased no matter if you’re a full-on blusher sort of girl or if you prefer the barely-there-flush.

There is one confusing aspect of these Blush Subtils – to me only, maybe? If you run a google search you would see another Lancôme blush variant that goes by the same name but is perhaps a different formulation.

Though I am assuming this is where the whole USA / Western / Asian boundaries mix and mess up the makeup realm a little since the other variant is spotted on the Lancôme USA website with a whole lot more colors than the 6 we have here (and in a seemingly different pan too).

So just a heads up incase you get a bit of makeup confusion searching these up.

Infused with a new Translucid Technology, named TRANSLUPEARL™, the new Blush Subtil combines a silky, smooth, creamy formula with a high transparency and high fidelity color.

SILKY, CREAMY AND SMOOTH –

Replacing the classic talc formulation in Blush Subtil with a oil-coated talc, this gives the powder a much smoother and well-binded texture so the blush does not appear chalky on nor is it dry and powdery to the touch.

The oil-coated talc also functions as a barrier for the blush pigments, allowing them to wear longer on your skin as it prevents perspiration from easily breaking down the blush, causing it to fade away.

HIGH TRANSPARENCY AND COLOR –

Transparency is what helps prevent the blush from applying too ‘white’ or ‘ashy’ on certain skin types, or appearing too chalky. Thus, a good amount of transparency fillers allows this blush to work better across varying skintones and also to show up more naturally as well as blending seamlessly.

the color intensity of these blushes are also pushed to the max, to compliment the transparency of it so the blush does not go on too light of a wash.

To help you along with blush application, Lancôme also has a little chart on how blush placement can compliment a certain face shape / type!

So, with all that technology explained, these Blush Subtils do feel creamy and smooth to the touch, even though they are a powder blush. They have a buildable intensity however I feel, for my skintone, it works perfectly fine as per usual blush applications. I don’t even feel I need to do much for it to show up nor do I have to be overly careful with application.

The range of colors available cover much of the blush spectrum be it a dusty pink, a cool bright bubble-gum pink, a mandatory coral, a shimmery golden-strewn coral-pink or that loud tangerine shade.

It’s hard to imagine that Lancôme had somehow gotten most bases covered with just 6 colors!

Amongst these 6 shades, Lancôme had thrown in a nice variety of finishes from satins to shimmer with a particular one that has a lot of gold thrown in.

Though what impressed me most is even with that amount of sheen and sparkle, the texture of the blush is still refined and smooth allowing the blush to enhance the skin in a prominent yet sophisticated manner. You’re certainly not getting gritty or metalic cheeks (in fashion of some less-than-perfect formulation of MAC MSFs) here, I can tell you that!

I happen to have that particular gorgeously sheened one on hand and had featured it in this post, you can have a look at how lovely it glows without being sparkly or gritty.

I will give you a closer look at the 2 shades I have on hand in another post though in the meanwhile, here’s a swatch of the whole gang.

The lighting conditions were a little iffy at the venue I was previewing these blushes hence I apologize for the quality but this should be a good gauge as to how pigmented and smooth these blushes look on.

They blend smoothly on and adhere ‘closely’ to the skin, giving a second-skin finish – the look of a very natural flush.

Well yes, save for that hawtpink (021) and sizzling orange (032) but I’m sure those can be worked into a look be it natural or loud!

This shot slightly captures the sheen and shimmer some of the colors carry. While evident, they are done in a subtle manner, mainly for highlighting and adding dimensions to the face.

My personal favorite right now would be 030, which is smacked right there in the centre of swatches, because of how natural yet glowy a color it is.

Though I will get to showcasing the 2 in my stash in another post. I’ve got some comparison swatches coming up in that post too so stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, the Lancôme Blush Subtil retails for S$60 and is available at all Lancôme counters. These will be added to the permanent collection.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Do you notice the little grey blurb above? I’ve finally decided to list prices or key information on a product’s availability within that grey ‘price’ b
lurb for easier referencing hence all future price and product information (retail value, where to purchase, permanent or not) will be included in there. Unless I forget, that is!

Haul: the Two from THREE (Flash Performance Liner & Blush)!

I’ve heard nothing but raves and positive sentiments about THREE’s eyeliner products so when the opportunity presented itself, I just had to grab me some THREE products!

Special thanks to Eliza for hovering over the THREE counter snapping and swatching all their products for us! Aside from the liners, there is little news about the rest of their range (blushes, lipsticks etc) so while we were intrigued it’s all quite a mystery and hit-and-miss situation to us.

So with that, I settled with a very simple and humble haul of one eyeliner (cause I really don’t need anymore) and a blush – all of which have received some mentions online.

Better to be safe? Heh

Starting with the liner, named Flash Performance Eyeliner, these are raved to last well through the day and come in an assortment of lovely shades.

I exercised control and only picked up one from the eight colors available.

The THREE Flash Performance liners are pencil liners with a sponge-tip applicator on the reversed end to help with smudging and blending them out if you prefer.

The smudger was surprisingly dense and different from the usual sort that I am used to. This feels like a solid piece of rubber for some heavy duty smudging, instead of the foamy and soft sort I often see.

While I rarely smudge my liners with these, this time around the color I picked worked best drawn over the lids and then smudged out for a softer look.

The shade I picked is 07 Eye Doll, a medium…. well, I’m not sure how to describe.

It’s mostly olive but yet very neutral, has some gold reflects along with shimmery pink ones within. It’s generally neutral with a hint of murky along with shine.

In short, it’s beautiful; here see:

Aren’t those little flecks of pink just beautiful?

While it isn’t my usual deep dark shade for me to line my eyes with, or bold / bright enough to be used as an accent liner, this is lovely all the same and how I like to use it is messily drawn on then smudged out – gorgeous!

I promise you a LOTD one day though I’m guessing it’s not going to photograph as well and complex as it looks in person, which is sad. Though this shade is a true beauty, no doubt about that.

Another item that I threw caution to the wind and hauled would be the Color Veil for Cheeks.

I don’t know what made me want these THREE blushes given I’ve not heard much about these. Perhaps it’s curiosity?

Regardless what it is, I am glad I went ahead and picked this up because I love it, from the simple and sleek packaging to the color and the way it diffuses a flush on the cheeks. It’s so perfect!

The blush I have here is 19 Love Kick, quite a kick of color in comparison to the rest of THREE’s Color Veil shades available.

While this looks extremely bright and vibrant in the pan, what I like about the Color Veils is (as the name hints at) these go on like a soft veil on the skin. They are pigmented, but in a way that nicely diffuses color on the cheeks no matter what brush you use.

It’s beautiful, it’s delicate but yet it shows up. I can’t say enough about these and after my experience with Love Kick, I’m kicking myself for not picking up more!

Though I blame it on the lack of swatches online and inaccurate swatch images via THREE’s website. It makes it such a gamble to buy these Color Veils without seeing them in person!

In that hand swatch they are still swatched on rather heavily, here is how it looks (as a soft diffused flush) on the cheeks.

It’s so beautiful and hardly any blending is required for that soft look! If you’re a blush junkie, I highly urge you to give THREE’s Color Veil for Cheeks a look if you haven’t.

Of course, a good number of their Color Veils look relatively light in tone and Love Kick is one of their more pigmented and stronger ones, their target market is obviously for fairer skintypes. Though Love Kick would be able to show up nicely on skintones till about an NC 35 or maybe even 40 if you layer it a little!

It’s so soft and diffused it probably wouldn’t look patchy on either.

So that wraps up my first encounter, and certainly not the last, with THREE. I need more Color Veils in my life but I shall pace myself, perhaps give their lip products a little peek too in the mean while…

Thanks for reading!

Do you have anything you love from THREE to recommend?