Friday, 22 May 2015

Shu Uemura Fall 2015

Shu Uemura is collaborating with graffiti artist Oyama Enrico Isamu for its Haute Street Vision of Beauty Collection Vol. 2, a 14-piece street art-inspired collection to be released on 1 August in Japan. Pics below by Shu Uemura Japan. There will be two limited edition Haute Street Palettes (6500yen each), Tint in Gelato in 4 shades (2800yen), neon Eye Color Pencils (2500yen, 2 variations). See more pics from the press preview on Mode Press.

Pics below from Mode Press.

Pic below from Yuukisahara.

Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Café Parisien

Paul & Joe does it again with the adorable kittens and gorgeous floral blooms for its upcoming Fall 2015 makeup collection, debuting on 1 August in Japan. There will be three Lipstick CS #93, #94 and #95 alongside new refillable lipstick case designs. Pic below from Paul & Joe Beaute's Instagram.

Pic below from nekonohitoyo.

Pics below tweeted by Osadanna.

Pic below by Tomoichi.

Pic below by Nao.

Pic below by Abe Sawako.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Three Fall 2015

Here's another pic of the THREE Fall 2015 collection, tweeted by Voce. The collection theme is "Somewhere Inbetween", designed to showcase the multi-faceted allure of modern women. Due out on 12 August in Japan. Looks like bordeaux is a popular color amongst Japanese brands for this autumn.

Below is the ad visual. Pic from Mikamata.

Pics below by Kazuming88. Looks like there will be four new eyeshadow palettes, each containing 1 cream and 3 powder eyeshadows.

Pic below by isookorea.

Pic below by Abe Sawako.

Jill Stuart Haircare Line

Jill Stuart will launch its argan oil and honey and fruit oil-based haircare line on 3 July in Japan. It includes Shampoo N, Conditioner N, Hair Oil and Hair Mask N, all scented with a white floral aroma. The shampoo is silicone-free and weakly acidic. Pic tweeted by Abe Sawako.

THREE Fall 2015 New Base Makeup and Tools

Three will release this new cream foundation, foundation primer, heart-shaped sponge and brush on 16 September in Japan. Pic tweeted by Voce. The color makeup collection will be an extensive one with eyeshadow quads, more Lip Jam glosses and lip crayons, and nailpolishes. See it here on Nao's Instagram.

Jill Stuart Fall 2015

Here are more details of the upcoming Jill Stuart Fall 2015 collection, due out on 31 July in Japan.

1. Rouge My Dress (3000yen): Crystal floral bouquet scented lipstick that melds like a cream on the lips with a deeply hydrating, soft focus effect that smoothens out the surface of the lips. Available in 9 permanent shades and 1 limited edition shade. 01 Lady Fascinator, 02 Pezzottaite Necklace, 03 Romantic Ruffle, 04 Flower Katyusha, 05 Ruby Earrings, 06 Garnet Brooch, 07 Formal Banquet, 08 Classy Pumps, 09 Red High Heels and 10 Blooming Tiara.

2. Ribbon Couture Eyes #9 Elegant Silk and #10 Beige Mohair (LE, 5000yen)

3. Mix Blush Compact N #9 Graceful Bouquet (bordeaux rose) and #10 Candle Symphony (candlelight beige coral) (4500yen, LE)

4. Nail Lacquer R #43 Cotton Pearl (classical cotton pearl, LE), #44 Sweet Actress (deep bordeaux) and #45 Love Shower (pure magenta) (1500yen)

Suqqu Fall 2015

Suqqu will release its Fall 2015 collection on 7 August in Japan. It includes:

1. Blend Color Eyeshadow #20 香薔薇(Kaoribara, bordeaux and greyish beige), #21 宵萩(Yoihagi, khaki and bordeaux brown)and EX26:夕蒼(Yuuaoi, navy and orange gold, LE)(6800yen). These feature a new 'watery matte' cream base for a darkened petal effect and shades with various types of gold pearl for an 'antique pearl' effect.

2. Cheek & Face Color EX01 (pink and peach beige) and EX02 (coral and powder pink). (7000yen, 7.2g, LE) This helps to give an elegant, clean, fresh effect when used as a face powder, and a gently flushed rosy effect as a blush.

3. Plump Lipstick in clear pink (4000yen)

4. Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist #11 飴色(Ameiro, coral beige), #12 紅蜂蜜(Benihachimitsu, coral pink) and #13 茜薔薇(Akanebara, clear bordeaux, veil glow type). (5000yen)

5. Gel Eyeliner Pencil 01 Black, 02 Dark Brown and EX01 Bordeaux (LE). (3200yen, 0.13g)

6. Nail Color R EX11 乳白桃(Nyuuhakutou, milk beige pink) and EX12 蝶輝石(Choukiseki, greyish pearl pink) (2500yen, 5ml)

The eyeshadow shades look very typical of Suqqu while the new creamy matte base sounds promising. Hopefully, these will look much more appealing in real life.

Beautique promotions on Surratt and Koh Gen Doh

Beautique at Takashimaya is running several promotions from 21-24 May. With $120 purchase of Surratt, receive a free Lipslique (selected colors, usual price $50). With $120 purchase of Koh Gen Doh, receive a free Maifanshi Coral Beige lipstick. There is also a 5-piece Koh Gen Doh gift with $200 purchase of either Koh Gen Doh or Surratt, but this is for VIP Members only.

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush and Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

The Stila Summer 2015 collection introduced a new Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer (US$28), Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush (US$26) plus five new vibrant shades of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (US$22). I loved the look of this collection with its unabashedly bold hues and the elegant matte gold packaging that's a welcome departure from the brand's usual boring black and silver. Stila's quality has been highly erratic and uneven, since it left the Estee Lauder stable and changed owners a couple of times, so it's useful to check up on their product reviews so that one can avoid the absolute stinkers like their Eyes Are The Window palettes.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer and Watercolor Blush are made in South Korea - yet another indicator of Korea's current influence in the Western beauty marketplace. The Perfecting Primer is a water-based stick primer that helps to hydrate, cool and smoothen the skin while reducing the appearance of pores and redness. The cooling sensation is refreshing and the light balmy formula melds into the skin without feeling heavy or clogging, although the pore and redness reduction effect wasn't that significant. It was a good base for my Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion Foundation, but the combination did not offer good oil control (which is not unexpected as the foundation is a more hydrating formula). This would be great for travel, as the packaging is sturdy with an inner plastic cap to help keep the primer from drying out. The gel stick can be a lint magnet though. It has a light aquatic scent that disappears quickly after application.

Below is the list of ingredients, which does include alcohol and silicones. There is also a host of plant and fruit extracts, including lemon, pumpkin, carrot, corn silk and aloe lead.

The Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Poppy is a cheerful translucent coral red without any shimmer. The waterproof gel formula is also designed to be cooling on the skin with buildable, color-true pigments. The mesh net dispenser is supposed to help deliver the appropriate dose of product for one application, but I usually just take a small dab from the product clinging to the underside of the cap so as to avoid touching the mesh net. The pot comes with a sticker advising one to shake well before opening.

Water Poppy looks very vibrant in the pot but it is actually quite easy to work with as it sheers out nicely to give a healthy, natural looking pop of color. It also layers smoothly without rubbing off the foundation underneath or any flaking. If you are intimately familiar with Korean brands, the Perfecting Primer and Watercolor Blush won't look particularly groundbreaking but they still feel relatively unique and fresh in the Western marketplace.

Below is the ingredient list. This contains carmine, so it's not vegan-friendly.

The Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi was the dud of the trio for me. The shocking pink shade is similar to MAC's famous Candy Yum Yum. It dries down matte without making my lips feel uncomfortable or overly dry. However, the shade was too loud for me, even when patted on with a fingertip to sheer it down. The dealbreaker was that it clung way too tenaciously to my lips and required frantic, vigorous rubbing to remove after a meal caused some of it to wear off. If you don't plan on eating, it might suit you for all-day wear.

Swatched below from left to right are the Water Poppy blush (blended out and unblended), and the Amalfi lipstick.

Other product used for this look include Innisfree Ampoule Intense Cushion Foundation #21, YSL Full Metal Shadow #3 Taupe Drop, Addiction Eyeliner Pencil 01 Blackjack, Kate Lasting Eyebrow W BR3 and Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara.