Asia Exclusive Whitening Base Makeup

Whitening makeup is usually an Asia exclusive, especially in tropical countries like my own, where the sun is always glaring.

Chanel Mat Lumiere Compact

Chanel White Essential Compact

Chanel Mat Lumiere Fluid

Chanel White Essential Fluid

Diorskin Forever Compact

Diorsnow Compact

Diorskin Forever Fluid

Diorsnow Fluid

Shiseido The Makeup Mattifying Compact

Shiseido White Lucent Foundation

Lancome Photogenic Lumiessence Compact

Lancome Blanc Expert Compact

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Blanc Expert Liquid Foundation

Estee Lauder Cyber White EX Powder Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Estee Lauder Cyber White EX Gel Crème Makeup

Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch Compact Foundation

Yves Saint Laurent White Mode Foundation

Za Skin Beauty Two-way Foundation

Za True White Plus Foundation

L’Oreal True Match 2 way Powder Foundation

L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl 2-way Foundation

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Foundation


Chanel Mat Lumiere – Foundation

Chanel Mat Lumiére SPF 15 05 Faience

$60 well spent. ($70, without voucher).

The colour match was really good too! I was about to buy shade 20 but the sales person told me to get 05.

I realise I’ve been getting the wrong shades for foundation. The next time I buy MAC, I’ll look at NW15/ NC15 instead.

Eye of the day

· Urban Decay Primer Potion

· Lunasol Sheer Contrast Eyes Lavender Coral

· Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner on waterline

· Kate Mascara Base

· Covergirl Lash Blast

· Testimo Eyebrow Pencil GY-17

Face of the day

· Beaute De Kose Ultimation Makeup Base

· Chanel Mat Lumiere 05 Faience

· Ipsa Concealer 01 under eyes

· M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Light Medium

· Lavshuca Loose Powder Glow

· Guerlain Meteorites Poudre De Perles 10 Nacre Des Mers (highlight)

· M.A.C Lipstick Viva Glam Cyndi

Lunasol Holiday Party Coffrets

Since many years ago, Lunasol started launching coffrets during the festive season. The coffrets typically comes with 5 items and include one limited edition eyeshadow palette and a clutch. Lunasol eyeshadow palettes are to die for and usually these coffrets comes with good value.

Lunasol Tender Glow Collection Party Coffret 2011

  • Party Eyes TG EX01 Tender Glow Beige Brown
  • Cream Cheeks EX04 Tender Glow Pink
  • Full Glamour Gloss N EX19 Tender Glow Pink
  • Skin Contrast Face Powder (mini size) 01 Glow
  • Clutch

Lunasol Holiday Luxury Party Coffret 2010

  • Crystal Eyeshadow Palette – EX01
  • Coloring Cheeks Palette – EX01
  • Crystal Lip Gloss N – EX18
  • Three-dimensional curling mascara No 01
  • Bright Silver Party Clutch

Lunasol Holiday
Party Coffret 2009

  • Lighting for Eyes White Lighting EX05
  • Geminate Eyeliner White Lighting EX03
  • Full Glamour Gloss White Lighting EX11
  • Shining Powder N White Lighting EX03
  • Pouch

Holiday Party Coffret 2008

  • Lighting for Eyes Soft Silver Lighting EX04
  • Geminate Liner Soft Silver Brown EX02
  • Contrasting Cheeks N Soft Silver Rose EX01
  • Nail Finish Soft Silver Lighting EX16
  • Clutch

Lunasol Pink Silver Lighting Holiday Party Coffret 2007

  • Lighting For Eyes EX03
  • Geminate Liner EX01
  • Full Glamour Gloss EX06
  • Shining Face Color EX01
  • Gift box

Lunasol Golden Lighting Holiday Party Coffret 2006

Lunasol Holiday Party Coffret 2005

Limited Edition Packaging

Usually beauty brands would collaborate with artists to create limited edition packing of their usual products, and often I am fascinated with such packaging and love to compare it to the original design. I would be more interested if the limited edition one was designed by an artist or designer.



Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX, original packaging

This is the product laneige is famous for, the sleeping mask. This is the 3rd version of this product. The first version was around for quite long, and then there was the 2ndshort lived version that was replaced with this alcohol free one after a short period. I just bought one for myself to try.

Summer 2011

Winter 2011

They have this right now. It started from mid November this year. It’s in collaboration with illustrator Sanna Annukkafor Christmas, along with several other best sellers.


Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura often has collaborations for their famous cleansing oils. Sometimes it’s for the whole series, sometimes it’s only for a certain product.

Shu Uemura High Performance Cleansing Oil, original packagings

Collaboration with artist Ai Yamaguchi:


Hana Kotaba, 2005


Collaboration with artist John Tremblay.

Tokyo Kamon Girls, 2009

This was in collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno. I have the brightening one and finish using it! I’m keeping the bottle for refills in future.


They collaborated with Lisa Kohno, winner of Shu Uemura Art Award 2009, for a few items and one of them was the cleansing oil in premium A/O advanced formula.


Collaboration with Wong Kar Wai, for the brightening version of the cleansing oil.



Their limited edition designs are mainly on their best selling Mild Cleansing Oil and Washing Powder.

FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil, original packaging

FANCL Washing Powder, original packaging

I used to be a user of the mild cleansing oil but after I tried Shu Uemura’s I was a convert. Sad to say, I never got to try out any of the Fancl Limited Editions, because they only started having pretty limited edition bottles after I switched to Shu Uemura, in mid 2009!

Fairytale series by German illustrator Irma:

Princess, Aug 2009

The Little Mermaid, October 2009

Cinderella, January 2010

Snow White, March 2010

After the Fairytale series, they launched the Dance Series by Lianco:

Hula Dance, July 2010

Samba Dance, October 2010

Ballet Dance, October 2010

Flamenco Dance, January 2011

Japanese Dance, March 2011



MAC has plenty of collaborations but one of my favourites was a very limited one with Indian fashion designer Manish Arora in 2008. I managed to get 2 blushes from this collection. One of them is a regular colour but I love it! I’ve hit the pan and stopped using it because I do not want it to finish. Other collaborations include Liberty of London, Fafi, A Mei, Heatherette, Dame Edna, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Wonder Woman, Venomous Villains,though they are not artists per se.

Barbie × M.A.C, February 2007

A Mei × M.A.C, January 2008

Fafi × M.A.C, February 2008

Heatherette × M.A.C, March 2008

This has got to be the prettiest collection ever with the bright sparkly packaging and the loud colours.

M.A.C Pink Swoon Blush, original packaging

Manish Arora × M.A.C, October 2008

Dame Edna × M.A.C, December 2008

Hello Kitty × M.A.C, February 2009

The makeup world went crazy when the word was out, that the Hello Kitty collection was confirmed. I was no exception.

Liberty of London × M.A.C, April 2010

Venomous Villains × M.A.C, September 2010

Wonder Woman × M.A.C, February 2011

Base Makeup

Base makeup includes Primer, Concealer, Foundation, Loose Powder, 2 Way Cake and Highlighters.

Paul & Joe Protective Primer, Paul & Joe Primer

I currently only have 3 primers. The other one is from Beauté de Kosé.

So far I’ve not found the perfect face primer.

Inuovi cream concealer, Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer, The Bodyshop Tea Tree Concealer 01, Murad Acne Treatment Concealer 01, DHC Acne Care Concealer 01, M.A.C Studio Sculpt Concealer NC20, Lunasol Under Eye Concealer 00, Coffret D’Or Stick Concealer Light Beige, Za Concealer Perfection 01, Coffret D’Or Magicflat Concealer, IPSA concealer 1.

Technically, I should split this into 2 categories – eye and face concealer. Concealer meant for the eye area is not meant for face and vice versa. Eye concealers need to be hydrating to protect the delicate eye area, while face concealers to conceal blemishes need to be oil free and not clog pores, best with healing properties like salicylic acid or tea tree oil and such products can be drying and should not be applied on the eye area. Of course there are concealears meant for the general area and not a target spot, and those can be used anywhere. There are also concealers meant for pores, more like pore smoothners.

For most concealers, I use the lightest shade. So far, I cannot use cream or stick concealers as they cake up on me, everywhere. I can only use liquid type concealers. The Rimmel, Bodyshop, MAC Studio Sculpt and Coffret D’Or ones cake on me. The murad one, however, didn’t cake that much. So far, the best concealer for face amongst these are the DHC and Za ones. The DHC one has better coverage and lasts longer, but the anti acne properties do not show up. The Za one has less coverage. I’m not particular about having 100% full coverage and for me, as long as the overall look doesn’t look raw I’m fine. But of course, if I can achieve a perfect canvas, that’s be great.

For the eye area, my favourite is IPSA which I have repurchased. It doesn’t cake and the coverage is enough for me. My eye rings are not that serious so it depends on how your condition is like. The Lunasol one is alright too, but the colour is too light. I have it in 01 as well but that one’s too dark. Za can be put under eyes too but the coverage is very sheer. I’ve also gotten the Paul & Joe under eye concealer in the lightest shade before but it was too dark for me so I gave it away.

Maquillage Moisture Cream Foundation OC10, Vichy Normateint 03 Ivory, MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC20, Paul & Joe Protective Fluid Foundation 01

The maquillage cream foundation was a free gift. It isn’t perfect for me as my skin doesn’t accept the cream readily and it seems like a thick layer sitting on top of my skin throughout and could be scraped off even. However, it isn’t that bad. The Paul & Joe foundation has the same problem, but worse I feel. The Vichy one could be too drying at times. The MAC SFF is the most lasting one but the only gripe is the colour being too yellow.

Top: Paul & Joe Loose Powder 01, Lavshuca Loose Powder Beige, Lavshuca Loose Powder Pink, Chacott Finishing Powder 751

Bottom: Anna Sui Pressed Powder 01, Ettusais Day Protect Powder Light Beige

The best loose powder here is the Ettusais DPP which has some sort of coverage. The powder is finely milled and does not cake up over time. However, it’s been discontinued and the current loose powder Ettusais have is inferior.

The Anna Sui Pressed powder is alright too, actually.

The Chacott Finishing Powder has the best value at $29 for 170g from Taiwan. It’s not bad, and reviews say oil control is the best. I shared half of it by weight with my friend 2 years ago and still have not finished using it!

The Paul & Joe and Lavshuca ones has no coverage. It’s a translucent powder meant for finishing. The Paul & Joe has simmers to create a glow. However, if I have my foundation all done and all I need is a velvety finish, Lavshuca does the best job. This packaging has been discontinued already as I got these 2 or 3 years ago.

Top: M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Light Medium, Za Two Way Cake 21, Maquillage Beauty Lasting UV OC10 (in Alexander Wang limited edition casing), Maybelline Angelfit Foundation (currently refilled with L’Oreal True Match), Laneige Sliding Pact

Bottom: Paul & Joe Powder Foundation, Paul & Joe Protective Powder Foundation, Chanel Mat Lumiere & Mat Lumiere Extreme, Majolica Majorca OC10, IPSA Pure Protect Foundation O10 in Majolica Majorca Limited Edition Casing

The MAC and Laneige is more like a pressed powder, but it has more coverage and can be used on its own. The MAC MSFN gives a very nice finish and I use it to save my makeup if my foundation looks disastrous. The Laneige I have was a discontinued version. I don’t exactly like it that much.

The Za was the foundation I first used when I was 16. It’s already, but just a bit too cakey. I got the Maybelline and loreal ones from the expo sale. It’s ok as a foundation but there are better ones. The Majolica Majorca one was too dark for me and that’s the lightest they have. I bought it online, because I got it way before it was launched in Singapore.

The Paul & Joe Powder foundation and Protective 2 way cake were the best I ever had! The perfect colour, perfect finish, perfect coverage and perfect lasting. However, it’s being replaced by newer versions as Japanese makeup brands loves to update their range, and the new ones were bad. When I was unable to get it again, I bought Chanel Mat Lumiere. However, I didn’t quite like it as much but had to do with it. It got used up VERY quickly and I got a refill, the Mat Lumiere Extreme. It’s not good, so I stopped using it.

My next staple foundation was the IPSA one. It’s really good! Almost as good as the old Paul & Joe ones. I started using Maquillage when my IPSA ran out. It’s not bad too, but IPSA is better. Maquillage doesn’t cover pores well and can cake.

Paul & Joe Face Colour 01, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Perfect Topping, Guerlain Meteroites, Guerlain Meteorites

The pressed meteorites was a limited edition product. I like it. It makes foundation look better. The traditional meteorites are the BEST highlighters you can find. Do not ever buy dupes, get the real thing. The Paul & Joe face colour is not much of a overall skin highlighter but good for small areas like the eyes and nose. The M.A.C MSF is good too.

Maquillage Stick Foundation BO10, Beauté de Kosé Ultimation True Satin Liquid Makeup BO-20, Beauté de Kosé Ultimation Makeup Base, Beauté de Kosé Loose Powder Makeup, Beauté de Kosé Ultimation Loose Powder

These are recent purchases. The stick foundation is not in my usual colour but I decided to give it a try anyway. It’s from a sale and it’s very cheap. The Beauté de Kosé liquid foundation is lightweight in texture and my skin can still accept it if I don’t use too much. I bought 2 loose powders, the Beauté de Kosé one has slight coverage and is very velvety and soft in finish, while the ultimation one is translucent and shimmery, somewhat like the Paul & Joe loose powder.

Makeup MUST haves!

eye primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion

this is irreplaceable. i’ve tried others like Paul & Joe, NYX to name some and it’s just not the same.

eye liner: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

the other alternative is Kate Gel Liner but the difference is that Kate’s dries up TOO quickly. Long before the Kate gel was introduced in Singapore, I used to buy it online. I think it was 2006 then. I bought it from Hong Kong on Adam Beauty and as you know, flights are very drying and my eyeliner arrived DRIED UP. However, I could still dig some out and use it though it was dry, and even so, it was still way better than any I’ve tried. I have the stila smudge pot and Benefit creme liner too but it’s just CMI. i’ve tested the maybelline gel too and it’s just not quite up to it. The brush was bad too! It looks like the Kate brush but it’s different. Only Bobbi Brown is similar or better, and it doesn’t dry up so quickly!

mascara base: Kate Mascara Base

I started using this product since a LONG time ago a well. It was 2006 or before that. When i first used it, the packaging was a round tube but now it’s a rectangle tube. I’ve been through numerous changes in packing for this, but it’s still just as good. I’ve repurchased this several times! It makes sucky mascara better (unless those incorrigible sort). However I seldom use it nowadays because I’ve found my HG mascaras that is good alone without a base. But if I need an extra boost of length and volume, I turn to this. Trust me, other mascara bases may look similar but they are DIFFERENT!

volume mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast

lengthening mascara:  Majolica Majorca Lash Expander

overall mascara: Diorshow

I started using Mascara since 10 years ago and I’ve been through a lot so I dare claim I’m an expert when it comes to this.

Amongst the many I’ve tried includes the popular maybelline (tried a few types), Fasio, Dejavu Fibrewig, and also more expensive ones like Benefit, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Urban Decay, Anna Sui etc.

My lashes are above average in length but I still like lengthening mascaras.  My favourite is the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander and I’ve used it since 2007 probably. I’ve also been through so many changes in packing for it but it remains as good. It separates very well, lengthens very well, and when fresh, it dries quickly too. I loathe mascara that takes forever to dry. Some people claim that it’s though to remove but I bed to differ. A good eye makeup remover does everything.

The covergirl lash blast is touted as a volume mascara but I feel it has a good overall effect. The brush is very unique and very large so it’s not suitable for people who lack the skills of applying as it could get messy, especially people with barely there eyelashes because it may be hard to apply. However, it’s fine for me. I get it from and it’s very cheap! I get waterproof because I need that.  I find that this mascara can reach out to every single strand, and it helps my lashes stay curled up and doesn’t weigh it down at all.

The Diorshow is great as well. I would call this a traditional mascara as the brush is the normal type. The other 2 has a comb and barrel type wand respectively instead. It separates, volumises and lengthens the lashes. It holds up lashes very well too and retains the shape. I find it very important for mascaras not to weigh down lashes as that’s what happens to most lousy ones.

Eyebrow Pencil: Coffret D’Or

yes there are differences between the types of eyebrow pencils. A good one should not show up when you try to draw on your hand but only shows up when you draw it on your brow. I think it’s because the pencil is harder and your brows, where hair follicles are plenty,  has a different texture from your hand, so somehow the pencil only shows up on such texture. but anyway, it also means that it will last longer and doesn’t smudge off even if you sweat or something! and even if your brows are full, it is important to shape them with pencil, for a more polished look.

I’ve been using this product since it was still branded as T’estimo. The other dupe for this would be Kate, which is their drugstore sister brand.

Eye concealer: Ipsa

Eye concealer and face concealer are DIFFERENT! do not use the same product, unless desperate or unless it’s meant to be. for me, my face generally does not accept concealers well. It will always cake up, be it face or eye concealer. Especially so if I use creamy concealers. Some may say creamy gives best coverage and creamy should mean it spreads well, but for me, yes it gives coverage and spreads well but it cakes. Like the MAC studio sculpt which is highly raved, I can’t use it for my eyes. It cakes. I can only use liquid type concealers, texture somewhat like a high coverage liquid foundation, but then, such concealers often have poor coverage. Ipsa’s one is just enough for me, and it doesn’t cake on me, so I love it!

Eyeshadow palette: Lunasol

I’m so in love with Lunasol quads and I have 7 of them. It’s not cheap but I still need to get them. The colours are shimmery but not like a disco ball. The texture is so smooth and colour payoff is good.

Highlighter: Guerlain Meteories

I’ve tried other dupes like etude house but it doesn’t match up. The finish is very soft and subtle, it perfects the foundation! Another close competitor is the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish. I have that in Perfect Topping, but it can get too shiny sometimes.