Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Albion Tight Film Foundation

Amidst the sea of new foundation launches, Albion has offered up an intriguing new Tight Film Foundation SPF30 PA+++ (6000yen, 30g) which is designed to make the face appear slimmer thanks to its "Memory Filming Polymer" that forms a lifting net over the skin. It has an innovative jelly texture that is lighter than traditional cream foundations and wraps like a thin veil. Available in six shades, the reviews on appear to be mostly positive, with several remarking on its impressive lasting power. I'm not sure if it will be available at Albion counters in Singapore but this just launched in Japan on 16 February so it could make an appearance later this year in Singapore.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

Bobbi Brown will debut its new Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 PA++++ (6900yen, 30ml) on 10 April in Japan. Available in 11 shades, it contains extract of cordyceps sinensis, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine for boosting energy. According to the ingredients list (available here), it also contains extracts of watermelon, apple, lychee seed, artemia and lavender oil (which can be a skin irritant). It provides broad spectrum sun protection with the inclusion of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and octinoxate.

Canmake Be My Baby BB Cream

Due out on 4 April from Canmake is their new Be My Baby BB Cream SPF50 PA++++ (20g, 640yen). It is supposed to be resistant against sweat and sebum, and contains hyaluronic acid for boosting skin's moisture content. It has a light texture and provides natural-looking coverage of pores and skin discolorations. Pic from Maquia.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Shiseido Haku Melanocool White Solid

Shiseido's HAKU celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with the launch of Melanocool White Solid on 1 March in Japan. This is an emollient solid cream that is meant to be stored in the refrigerator (not in the freezer) and melts like butter on the skin, keeping it thoroughly hydrated. Simply use the included spatula to scrape two pearl sizes for one application. It is formulated with Shiseido's patented 4MSK complex (4-methoxysalicylicate) to suppress the formation of melanin, extracts of ginseng, green tea and Angelica acutiloba, plus hyaluronic acid and glycerin. The regular size retails at 10,000yen for 45g while the 10g trial size is 2300yen. HAKU has reigned as the number one whitening beauty serum in Japan for the past 9 years with more than 17million units sold.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sofina Primavista Liquid Foundation UV

Sofina will launch a new Primavista Liquid Foundation UV SPF25 PA++ (30ml, 3200yen) on 21 April in Japan. Available in 7 shades, it has a long-lasting 'soft fit' formula to help conceal pores and other skin imperfections. For use in all seasons.

Esprique March Releases

Esprique will release two limited edition Rich Fondue Rouge (2500yen) and Sakura Blossom Loose Cheek (2300yen) in PK802 (girlish pink) and PK803 (coral) on 16 March in Japan. Watch their new TV commercials for the new CC Pore Cover Perfect Base and powder foundation here.

Addiction Summer 2015 Pink Holiday

Addiction will launch its Pink Holiday collection for Summer 2015 on 15 May in Japan. It includes:

1. Ready To Wear Palette Pink Holiday (6200yen, LE)

2. Cheek Polish: 3 new shades Reflection (light beige highlighter with silver pearl), Sensually (sexy rose with silver and gold pearl) and Pink Holiday (light pink highlighter with gold pearl) (2800yen)

3. Nail Polish: 2 new shades and 3 LE shades. Pink Holiday (clear laddish pink, LE), Crystal Yellow (LE), Crystal Blue (LE), Blue Ribbon (chic modern deep blue) and Swept Away (moss green) (1800yen)

4. Body Oil (40ml, 4500yen): Formulated with camellia oil, organ oil and other botanical oils, this can be used on the face, body, nails and hair for boosting tired skin and alleviating dry patches. The oil has a light texture and a fresh juniper berry scent.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Suqqu Summer 2015

Suqqu will release two limited edition Eye Color Palettes (4800yen) and a Color Lip Protector SPF20 PA++ (3500yen, 2g) on 1 May in Japan. The 'Summer Gradation' eyeshadows are in the trio format introduced last autumn, and named EX01 紅掛空 (bordeaux and orange gradation) and EX02 夜彩空 (navy and light brown gradation), supposedly inspired by the colorful summer skies. No pics available of the palettes yet unfortunately, but in the meantime, you may wish to check out the queen of all Suqqu palette collections spanning 2006 to 2014. Now that's a major lifetime achievement!

Paul & Joe Summer 2015

I wasn't too swayed by the oddly retro colours of Paul & Joe's Menagerie collection for Spring 2015 but look at this stunning Gradation Lipgloss #2 (2500yen) that they have in store for Summer 2015! Due out on 1 May in Japan, the collection theme appears to be Midnight Sangria and it will include eye colors (2800yen) as well as nail polishes (1600yen). Pic tweeted by Nao.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Extreme Compact Foundation

According to Abe Sawako, Chanel's new Perfection Lumiere Extreme Compact Foundation is slated for release on 17 April in Japan, along with this Le Tissage blush. The foundation reportedly provides flawless longlasting coverage of pores.

The Collection La Perle de Chanel has just launched at all counters in Singapore. I couldn't resist picking up the Harmonie Levres Lip Palette in Arabesque (S$86, 5.5g). The cream blush in #80 Invitation is another standout piece, a soft baby pink sprinkled with micro shimmer. However, after checking online, it seems like this is actually a re-promote as Invitation was released in 2014. The collection is not Asia-exclusive as it can be found on the Chanel US website.

Crabtree & Evelyn Caribbean Island Water Lily Home Fragrance

Scenting my home now is this new Crabtree & Evelyn Caribbean Island Water Lily Home Fragrance Reed Diffuser (S$115), launching in February in Singapore.

Designed to evoke the restorative calm of a Caribbean island getaway, it comes beautifully packaged in a sleek glass bottle filled with seashells sourced from the Philippines, encased in a solidly constructed wooden box with a vintage style clasp. The box will probably be re-purposed to store my accessories, although the baby seems to want to fill it with his toys instead.

The airy green floral scent is refreshing without descending into generic forgettable blandness. It is composed of top notes of lemon, peppermint and sea air accord with a sweet feminine heart of casuarina, orange blossom and jasmine, rounded off with warm base notes of cedarwood, sandalwood and marine accord. The scent throw reaches two to three metres, sufficient for most small and mid-sized rooms.

Press sample sent for consideration.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Jill Stuart Summer 2015

Jill Stuart serves up a colorful juicy fruits-inspired collection for Summer 2015 on 17 April in Japan. The star product is the new Forever Juicy Oil Rouge (8 shades of which 1 is LE, 2800yen) in a strawberry-shaped packaging and plumped up with various beauty oils.

Forever Juicy Oil Rouge 01 Forbidden Apple, 02 Petit Raspberry, 03 Peach Saunter and 04 Gathering Cherries

Forever Juicy Oil Rouge 05 Apricot Dream, 06 Mango Swing, 07 Bashful Plum and 08 Strawberry Date (LE)

Ribbon Couture Eyes 06 Indigo Tweed

Ribbon Couture Eyes 07 Gelato Cotton (LE)

Ribbon Couture Eyes 08 Mixed Berry Crepe (LE)

Layer Blush Compact 08 Juicy Dessert (LE)

Nail Lacquer R #38 Blueberry Breath and #39 Kiwi Confiture (LE)

Nail Lacquer R #40 Pine Bouquet, #41 Guava Road and #42 Grape Foundation (LE)

Stay True Gel Liner (4 shades, 2300yen)

Paul & Joe Gel Foundation

For this spring, Paul & Joe will introduce a new Gel Foundation (5800yen) and L'Atout Eclat Foundation Primer (4000yen) on 1 April in Japan. The Gel Foundation is made up of 80% water and supposedly melds seamlessly onto the skin. It also contains marine collagen to help hydrate, forming a moisturising veil over the skin. Pics below from Biteki.

The Foundation Primer contains lavender pearl to counter the yellow tones predominant in Japanese skin, giving skin a natural glow and translucency.

Read an in-depth review of the Gel Foundation on British Beauty Blogger. While the foundation and primer formulas are new to Paul & Joe, they seem to have doppelgangers in Sonia Rykiel's Fresh Gel Foundation and L'Atout Eclat Perfection Treatment Makeup Base, which is also based on lavender pearl. Both brands are made by Albion cosmetics, so it's not that surprising.

Maquillage Spring/Summer 2015

Maquillage will launch new shades for eyes and lips in its Spring/Summer 2015 collection on 21 March in Japan. It includes:

1. Dramatic Rouge: 5 new permanent shades and 2 limited edition shades. (3000yen)

2. Essence Glamorous Rouge NEO: 2 limited edition shades (2300yen)

3. True Eyeshadow BL250 (limited edition, 3.5g, 3500yen)

The brand renewal started in late 2014 appears to have paid off for Maquillage. Since introducing its new Dramatic Rouge, Maquillage's lipstick sales have increased by 2.6 times in Dec 2014, compared to the same period a year ago.

CNP Laboratory Launch

CNP Laboratory, South Korea's #1 cosmeceutical brand, has just arrived on Singapore's shores, rolling out at 30 Guardian Health & Beauty stores with an initial range of 20 products. Established in 2000 by dermatologists from Korea's largest dermatology clinic network and currently owned by the LG Group, the brand takes its name from the founding dermatologists (Cha and Park).

Designed to address typical Asian skin concerns such as acne, dullness and hydration, the line is formulated without problematic ingredients such as alcohol and mineral oil. A number of the products are also paraben-free.

In the pic above is the A-Clean range for oily to normal skintypes while in the pic below is the Dual Balance range for normal to combination skintypes. The A-Clean line includes a Purifying Foaming Cleanser (S$38.70, 150ml), Active Freshner Toner (S$42.90, 150ml) and All Control Moisturiser (S$56.50, 60ml). The Dual Balance line includes an Anti-Oily Toner (S$48.90, 150ml), Water Balance T/U Serum (S$58.70, 60ml) and Waterlock Moist Cream (S$68.40, 50ml).

For daily cleansing, CNP also offers the Cleansing Perfecta (S$34, 150ml) for removing stubborn and waterproof makeup, including foundations, BB creams and sunblocks.

The Daily Peeling Foam (S$48.90, 100ml), a polyhydroxy acid-based, sulfate-free cleanser that is gentle enough to be used every day, works via an oxygen bubble cleansing method to help exfoliate skin while moisturising it thanks to the inclusion of soothing allantoin.

The pic above shows the Daily Peeling Foam freshly applied while the pic below was taken about 3 minutes later. After wiping it off, my skin was visibly more radiant and smooth to touch.

For deep hydration and repairing of the skin during nighttime, there is a Propolis Deep Moisture Pack (S$48.90, 80ml) and Mugener Deep Soothing Pack (S$58, 80ml).

For acne-prone skin, CNP offers a two-step Blackhead Clear Kit (S$14.10 for 3 sets), with one nose strip for dissolving blackheads and sebum, and a second nose strip with witch hazel and zinc PCA for tightening the pores and controlling sebum production. Personally, I still prefer the immediate visual satisfaction of conventional nose strips that yank out those offensive blackheads and clogs!

Shown below is the Blemish Dual Spot (S$40.90, 3.5ml x2) which has a acne spot treatment (with tea tree oil and licorice extract) on one end and a liquid concealer on the other end.

In the sheet mask category, CNP has a Quick Soothing SOS Mask and a Power Brightening D-Day Mask. These are rather pricey at S$6.80 for 1 sheet or S$30.10 for a box of 5 sheets, but they are actually two-step masks that come with a dose of their intensive enriched ampules which are to be applied before using the masks.

CNP also offers three ampules - Propolis Energy Ampule with concentrated honey essence and hyaluronic acid for powerful antioxidant and moisturising effects, Mugener Ampule with snail mucus extract for soothing, and VitaSolution Whitening Ampule with stabilised Vitamin C for brightening the skin. These range from S$40.90 to S$47.20 for 15ml. All the ampules have a superbly light, watery texture that absorbs well without any greasy residue.

CNP Laboratory can be found at Guardian stores in Ngee Ann City, Ion, Vivocity, Paragon, Plaza Singapura, JEM, Bugis Junction, Marina Bay Sands, 313@Somerset, NEX, Bedok Mall etc. The full list of locations is here.