When skincare brands venture into makeup, it’s easy to peg the collections as boring and expected. Not these four. Each offers a different answer to a woman’s everyday makeup needs. And each one is exciting, yet practical.
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The luxe Japanese brand defines beautiful skin as translucent and supple. And its makeup wants to give you the same translucency its skincare aims to.
Albion co-created a cosmetics line with European fashion brand Elegance in 1986. But only in 2016 did it bring its award-winning bestseller, Elegance La Poudre Haute Nuance Face Powder, to Singapore. The water- and oilresistant pressed powder, which brightens skin, became an instant sellout.
Now, Albion has extended its makeup range to include blushers, lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balm, eyeshadows, eyeshadow primers, eyeliners, eyebrow pencils, mascaras and eye makeup remover. $24-$188
Elegance Nouvelle Eyes eyeshadow palette has four long-wearing, crease-free and fade-resistant colours. In six variants, $74 each.
Elegance Emotional Face is a powder blusher that forms a film on skin so the colour doesn’t fade as easily. In four shades, $74 each.
Elegance Lip Gloss is sheer and can be applied on top of your lip colour to make it appear clearer and brighter. In six shades, $45 each.
Elegance Eye Clear Color Base is a foundation/ primer for eyelids that makes fine lines look less obvious. $54
Japanese photo giant Fujifilm owns Astalift. Its signature ingredient is astaxanthin, an antioxidant and red pigment found in algae. It’s the same algae flamingoes eat that gives them their distinctive red/pinkish hue.
The makeup is supposed to give you photoready skin. Called Flarosso (from “flamingo” and “rosso”, Italian for red), it uses pigments which are ground so finely that they diffuse any type of light, from harsh to soft. It has eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, highlighter, blushers and brushes. $46-$77
Flarosso Luci Blush lets you build colour on your cheeks. It gives a creamy, even finish. In five shades, $55 each.
Flarosso Tirabaci Lipsticks are creamy, with intense colour payoff. In six shades, $46 each.
Flarosso Kumanofude’s Powder Brush and Blush Brush are made in Japan by expert craftsmen. They cost $77 and $51 respectively.
Flarosso Intenso Eyeshadow has a pearl finish that blends easily into skin. In five shades, $65 each.
The drugstore brand is known for its fuss-free cleansers and sunscreen. Its SPF50 makeup bases give you easy, uncomplicated sun protection. They’re gel-based, oil-free and sweat-resistant, and minimise the appearance of pores while absorbing excess sebum. The result: Makeup lasts longer. The bases cost $19.90 each.
Oil Control Base UV is a sheer gel to keep an oily T-zone matte.
Bright Up Base UV is a soft pink with pearl pigments to brighten dull skin.
Covering Base UV is nude and offers more coverage for blemishes.
The French mineral thermal water brand targets skin which experiences problems such as eczema, acne or sensitivity.
Vichy launched its Dermablend range – including a concealer, setting powder and a correction foundation for acne- and rosacea-prone skin – in 2017. It now has a second foundation, the Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation, which covers flaws, even birthmarks and hyperpigmentation. $25.50-$39.90
Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation gives twice the coverage of regular foundations. It won’t come off with sweat, water or rubbing, and is suitable for sensitive skin. In six shades, $39.90 each.