The latest Autumn/Winter 2017 makeup products may look ordinary from the outside, but with each season, the formulas and shades change.
Eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushers and eyeliners undergo a revamp and while there are hits, there are also misses. When brands are trying out new tech methods or creating new shades for their latest products, it may not necessarily translate into a successful one. We tested some of the season’s newest releases and found some hits, while others missed the mark.
Dior Metalizer Eyes & Lips (678 Bronze Tension), RM106
If you are looking to add an edge to your look, Dior’s Metalizer will do the trick. Dior’s all-new eyes and lips cream shadow adds instant metallic shimmer to your eyes and lips even with just a light application. I found this shade a little too dark for my liking (would opt for the lighter shades like the copper power and plum reflexion next time), especially for the lips – I’m a little too old for the goth look, I think. Even though it is supposed to be for “long-wear”, it didn’t last more than an hour on my lips even though I didn’t eat anything. I had a drink but I didn’t find any trace of it on my drink glass … so where did it go? The colour worked better as an eyeshadow and it lasted a lot longer too. The best thing about the Metalizer is the texture which is really light and very easy to apply. – S. Indramalar
Mamonde Flower Pop Eye Brick (3 Burgundy Pansy), RM99
With its soothing, autumny shades, I had high hopes for this baked eyeshadow palette. But wait, what IS baked eyeshadow? In a nutshell, it is a formula literally baked from a cream to turn them into solid form. The process creates a creamier, velvety texture, while colours derived are said to be thicker and more pigmented, hence lasting longer. So what is this product really like? Well, the soft, pearlescent texture does feel smooth to the touch and pigment pick-up is strong. However, I found that the eyeshadow does not glide over eye lids as smoothly as I had hoped for, and blending the shades can take a while. Having said that, the staying power of the four light and translucent colours is pretty good, even after a long day at work. – Wong Li Za
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, RM185
They weren’t kidding about this product being long-wearing – I had it on from 9am to 1.30am (about 17 hours) and it looked as fresh as it did when I left the house. It definitely gave my skin great coverage, was easy to apply, wasn’t greasy at all and provided my complexion with a velvety-matte finish. Just for fun, I got fully made-up for a few hours out in the sun, and the pool, and guess what? The foundation stayed on during the swim! There are 35 shades that will hopefully cater to most skin shades, as I would recommend this product for anyone who needs their makeup to last an entire day, way into the night, without touch-ups. – Nasa Maria Entaban
Etude House Dear My Matte Tinting Lips-Talk (PP501), RM56 (lipstick & case)
This is a matte lipstick that’s supposed to be moisturising at the same time. It also claims to last throughout the day. The packaging is a little bit too cutesy for my taste, the one given to me had lobsters against a yellow background, but you can switch this around with whatever other cases they have. It glides on smoothly and has a nice texture. I was surprised at how matte it looked and intially thought it would end up drying my lips, but it didn’t. And yes, it remained throughout the day, even while eating, so barely any touch-ups were needed. Overall, this is a nice matte lipstick and for this price, you can get all the colours and cases, and switch it around when you get bored. – Dzireena Mahadzir
Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, RM48 to RM98
I’ve tried all sorts of mascara wands, including ball tip, tapered comb and cone taper. In terms of mascara – I have experimented with them all, right from those that help thicken, curl to voluminise lashes. What I like about this product is it helps contour and lengthen lashes. Plus, it gives a nice fanned-out and thickened lash look and it certainly gives a new sexy to those wanting fluttery lashes. However, the trouble (no pun intended) with the mascara is it has a strong chemical-like scent. While the mascara holds well, it can be difficult to remove it. I tried using two different types of deep cleansing makeup removers and both weren’t effective in removing it. – Sheela Chandran
Burberry Cat Eye Liner (Jetblack), RM155
I’m currently in the mood for painting on cat eye makeup most mornings so this is very timely. It’s Burberry, so my expectations were high and for RM155, my expectations soared. It’s a dual-ended long lasting eyeliner and shaping shadow. One end is the eyeliner and the other, an eyeshadow sponge dipped into a brownish gold eyeshadow powder. My first impression of this eyeliner was great as the quality of the brush is good, making it easy to paint. It also didn’t fray and is one of the blackest eyeliner shades I’ve seen. I’ve always used an eyelid powder primer which helps keep the eyeliner in place. When lining the waterline of my eyes and applying this eyeliner on my lids to draw the wing, some of the black colour “bleeded” slightly. And over time, there were transfers of black pigment onto the under eye area. This was surprising as waterproof eyeliners are meant to stay put! Also, if the brand excludes parabens from its future products it would be a nice move. – Sandra Low