LOTD: The Maquillage BR722 Eye

I’m reusing a couple of pictures featured in a prior LOTD post… because why not, right?

I scrolled back to my old mention about this dearly beloved eyeshadow palette from Maquillage, the BR722 palette released last Fall, which I have given countless mentions about online (by this I mean Instagram mainly) because I love and reach for this very often.

So much more than you would imagine given the other options available.

If anything, I reach for this more than another equally beloved palette, the Lancôme Fraicheur Rosee one, because they serve varying purposes.

The Lancôme one is more appropriate for dressier eyes (e.g. if I have a girly get-together, event or something after work) while Maquillage’s is perfect for the everyday – the colors are all wearable and easy to slap on / blend together.

So with all that said, I thought it was about time I introduced how I wear the Maquillage palette.

 

Frankly speaking there are many ways you can do it if you feel up for swapping color placement daily but for me, the way I see this palette is pretty straight-forward and it’s a no-brainer in my usual makeup style to decide what goes where.

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As I said, you can always mix it up but it’s easy slapping on 5 colors for me (I kid you not), or 4 at least, especially when they’re so beautifully neutral but with enough sparkle. It also helps that the shadows are just the right sort of pigmented – enough to lend shine, sheen and color but nothing that results in extra blending for that seamless… blend.

Enough talk, here’s the face (which you have already seen) but focus on the eyes this time, okay?

And then a close-up, which I didn’t post earlier.

The way I use this palette is quite simple and it’s a method I try to use for all eyeshadow palettes when I don’t feel up for experimenting. It’s like my ‘safe’ color placement.

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  1. First I apply the top left color as a wash all over the lids (just under the crease)
  2. Then I apply the top right color to the outerhalf of the lid, for some color and warmth
  3. Next, using another fluffy brush I blend the shimmery mid-brown (bottom centre) shade on the outer-half and blending it into the crease
  4. For added definition, I use a pointed brush to dab some of that dark sooty charcoal shade into the outer-v (just a little)
  5. Lastly, I dab some of that satin bone white shade on my browbone with a fluffy brush

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Tada, it’s pretty straightforward isn’t it?

So, that’s that for this pretty random and impromptu post featuring one of my most used eyeshadow palettes to date.

It’s a simple brown palette that is a dime a dozen but the way this Maquillage palette shades work so perfectly and easily together for the everyday eye makes it truly of workhorse status. One that I can’t live without now even though browns / neutrals aren’t rare pokemons in the eyeshadow world.

I think I’ve said enough.

Tell me, what’s your favorite go-to eyeshadow palette for the everyday?

Thanks for reading!

 

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Swatches: YSL Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette (from Fall 2014)

I’m going to be really quick with throwing this entry up because, who knows how long this palette is going to stay in stock for!

Incase you haven’t heard, this is YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette, or also known as the Leather Fetish Palette, from YSL’s Fall 2014 (Leather Fetish) Collection.

See, the problem with having both an authentic French collection name and an English translated name (to cater to the masses) is having about a million and one renditions to the way people refer to the product.

This little guy also goes by Fetiche Couture, fyi.

I fell in love with this palette at first sight and I feel that this is the perfect way that Limited Edition should be done.

You get glamour from the sleek gold trims, you get some punk and edginess from the contrasting soft leather surface, you get smokey from the beautifully deep shades while still getting wearability from the soft shimmer in the champagnes and browns to balance everything out.

It is absolutely perfect, which is also why I was surprised to find out (about early last week) that this palette was still in stock at our YSL boutique! I can’t say if it’s still there right now but I would urge you to hurry down (or call) to find out!

Before I plonk on more words, let’s take a moment to admire the beauty that is YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette.

If your only impression of YSL’s Eyeshadow standards are from before their range revamp then let me say, put what you know aside. After YSL had reformulated and relaunched their eyeshadow palettes, they have been nothing but an absolute beauty to work with.

I don’t own any from the normal range to talk about but I will pick one (or some) up eventually given that I do have my eye on a few of them. But those are permanent so they can wait.

This one right here though is not and it is such a perfect combination of colors that I am a little surprised they didn’t pop a combo like such into their permanent line up. It is sexy, sultry yet mature and wearable all at the same time, while being decked out with leather.

That’s some killer combo right there!

So, as we were saying… the eyeshadows are smooth to the touch. Not to the point of being creamy but even for the shades with some shimmer strewn in, they didn’t feel gritty.

Some fall out did occur with the lightest champagne shade of the bunch but that is due to the more prominent flakes of shimmer for a particular effect, no biggie to me.

The pigmentation was also pretty awesome and if anything, these reminded me of Lancôme-style eyeshadows. They are nicely pigmented, enough to stand alone yet still effortlessly blend together without looking like a one-tone muck of color. The pigmentation is decent without being overly intense that the shadows are too difficult to work with / needs more precision and time.

I also appreciate the different eyeshadow textures and how they have played around with the shimmers within Palette Fétiche. Hence, like I had said earlier, if you’re a fan of smokey shades, neutrals or just totally suckered by how gorgeous this is, then you NEED it.

Yes. Need.

It is the perfect Limited Edition, and here’s another photo to show you why ;)

Enough of me yabbering about it, I’ve said my piece so if you’re curious about this gorgeous piece, then do drop by YSL to check this out and bring it home with you! It is Limited Edition so don’t hesitate!

The rest of the Fall 2014 collection is absolutely beautiful too, so give that a look while you’re at it. It is perfect pieces for you to channel your inner-rockstar, especially when it’s all sweater-weather of late. I think it’s not too awkward to be busting out your hoodies and leather jackets!

I’ll be good and post looks on it soon but I just felt I had to do a quick shoutout on here becuase talking about it on my instagram alone (and neglecting a mention on my blog) felt like I was betraying this space. Funny, I know.

So here you go, a quick mention but do check back or follow me on my instagram for looks to come using this sexy palette!

Thanks for reading!

Do you have this palette already? Are you planning on getting it?

 

YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition and available at YSL counters island-wide. I’m not sure of the price, sorry about that!

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Lancôme Rambles: New Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes (Swatches)

Heya!

Thanks for the patience on here while I collect my thoughts in the midst of work madness, along with my words that seem to have left me somewhere along the way.

Though I wanted to quickly put up this mention and throw some spotlight to these pretty underrated but incredibly awesome offerings from Lancôme.

The Lancôme Woman…

Before I start though, I guess I wanted to ramble a little about Lancôme as a brand. From what I see, at least, Lancôme is best known for some of their skincare products – most notably Genefique and Visionnaire. However skincare aside, the brand has constantly been reinventing its makeup range that to date, I dare say their offerings are pretty darn awesome for the Lancôme woman.

By that – the Lancôme woman – I mean someone who is mature but youthful, dares to thread gently in color but likes to embrace sophistication, doesn’t mind sparkles but likes to do it subtlely. After all, when it comes to portraying Lancôme in makeup, it is always about an effortlessly put-together look that is easy to achieve and understatedly classy. Never flashy.

Thus they may not throw out the most striking of blues or have sparkliest of shimmer / glitter, nor would they have the most strikingly matte red lip look but it is always easy, effortless and frankly quite perfect.

So to put them against the hip and happening ranks of other brands out there, they may feel ‘plain’, ‘simple’, or always similar in their own ways but yet if you truly ask me to grab something that I know works, somehow a good number of the products always tend to be Lancôme offerings.

So anyway, long story short I just wanted to throw that out there because I just felt a little odd about why some of Lancôme’s staple and pretty awesome pieces aren’t as widely talked about or raved as much as items from other brands when they are just as good or even better.

Case in point?

These Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes.

There is more to the range, as I have talked about here but these three new additions bring with them a mix of textures for all y’all neutral lovers.

Because you can never have enough neutral palettes in your stash, right am I?

Off-hand I don’t have proper home-shots of these palettes in better light so you’ll just have to prevew it here via a warm ambient lighting but it’s good enough! I color adjusted them as slightly as possible but just enough for true-er tones to show.

What makes these 3 newcomers so different from what was already available?

Well, a new mix of neutral tones aside, these 3 palettes contain a more diverse mix of textures – featuring smooth satin shades amongst equally soft pearly or shimmery tones, to create a more dimensional eye look.

The earlier range of palettes are generally made up of shimmery or pearly tones, which are thankfully very fine and smooth allowing them to be easy to work with. Though if you are a fan of something more understated than you would have craved a smoother satin or matte finish amongst the shades, the darkest defining tone aside that is.

So, here is a small capsule collection to answer your call!

ST7 Brun Au Natural

DR6 Gris Au Natural

DO8 Taupe Au Natural

Of the lot, it’s no surprise that Taupe Au Natural and Brun Au Natural caught my eye first. As much as I think Gris Au Natural is a lovely and murky take on neutrals, I just didn’t think that it is a neutral I would reach for often enough.

After some pondering, I settled on Brun Au Natural because I felt the Taupe variant is a little too close to my beloved Lancôme Hypnôse Palette in Fraîcheur Rosée, no matter how pretty and sparkly that second from left swatch is.

Though I don’t have the palette on hand to swatch and show but I will soon!

After all, I still have more Lancôme lovelies to talk about first so that can wait, since it is permanent after all.

These Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palettes are permanent and retail for S$90 at all Lancôme counters island-wide.

Thanks for reading!