A Peek at Laneige’s bumper crop of new products for Spring 2014!
This January-February, Korean beauty brand Laneige, widely known for their hydrating skincare and BB creams, is launching a whopping:
7 Pure Radiant eye shadow quads
6 Pure Radiant Blushes
20 Serum Intense Lipsticks
2 new cleansing oils (woohoo; love cleansing oils)
They’re all above for your viewing pleasure, though I wasn’t able to swatch all 7 Pure Radiant Eyeshadow palettes. As with many premium Japanese and Korean eyeshadows, these are made with ultra-fine silky pigments and translucent creamy textures. Even the sparkly shadows go on like a smooth glittery veil, and are quite different from grittier products like MAC Lustres.
The thing you want to note is all but 1 eyeshadow palette are varying degrees of pearlescent/metallic shades.
4 Serene Purple - half sparkly, half matte
6 Classy Mood - all matte neutrals
Of these 7, I picked Palette 2 Shine Gold, a neutral beige-brown-gold quad, pictured alone above. Will definitely do a pictorial with this soon!
Most of the moisturizing Serum Intense lipsticks are a buildable semi-opaque texture and most are a creme finish (no sparkle or pearl, with a soft glossy sheen), and range from soft to very vivid:
If you want to be totally on-trend or are just a K-style fan, try the 3 bright lip shades above, which were specifically created for actress Song Hye Kyo!
Of these, my pick was R17 Red Flame. I really liked LR03 Pink Lightning, but it’s always easy for softer shades to look good. I wanted to see how the stronger colors performed in this formula!
Out of the 6 Pure Radiant blushes, only one has visible sparkles. The rest are a “luminous-matte” (velvety with just the faintest glow so they don’t look too flat and dull). These blushes are designed to diffuse light, blur fine lines, and brighten the skin for a lit-from-within look instead of looking like obvious powdery makeup. The colors look strong but remember they go on quite soft and can be built up if needed.
5 Glow Pink - soft beige mauve with silver specks
2 Baby Purple - this pale purple-pink is more a highlighter or blush-base than an actual blush. Tip: If your pretty pink blusher keeps showing up peach or tawny on your face, applying a very light dusting of pale purple first as a base.
6 Natural Shading - this is not a blush, but a light ochre beige for porcelain-skinned girls to contour/bronze with. If most bronzers look dirty or muddy on you, check this one out. (It’s too light for other skin tones though.)
My pick was the most versatile pink in the range, Angel Pink. It’s a cotton candy pink that goes on soft and complements most eye and lip colors (unless you’re wearing strong orange-tones).
Cleansing Oils - Launching Feb 2014
More cleansing oils are always welcome in my universe.
I use them not just for quick thorough makeup removal but also to deep-clean my skin after workouts or if I’ve been out and sweating for hours. It’s the best way to get oil, waterproof makeup and grime off the skin with minimal rubbing and tugging.
(Even with gentle cleansing waters, I find the friction needed from cotton pads to break down and remove makeup can be quite harsh on sensitive skin.)
The Laneige oils will come in 2 formulations (250ml at S$48):
Fresh Brightening Cleansing Oil - packed with Vit C, grapefruit oil, apricot seed oil and baby’s breath (a floral) extract for light exfoliation, skin rejuvenating and gentle purification. If you have dry or sensitive skin, or don’t wear a lot of heavy makeup, this would be a nice one to try first.
Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil - this is the hardcore oil for clogged and oilier skins or people who wear a lot of waterproof makeup. It’s enriched with virgin coconut oil, mugwort extract, centella extract, marshmallow extract, verbena and lavender to deep clean and work on stubborn sebum and pores.
I decided to try Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil since I like using cleansing oils for deep cleansing massages every week or so!