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Shu Uemura Duo UV Under Base Mousse

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Shu Uemura UV UB MousseJapanese brand Shu Uemura has recently reformulated its unique lightweight makeup primer, the UV Under Base Mousse. The supplier claims its texture is “20 times lighter than normal liquid or cream makeup base”, which should make it ideal for those of us with oily skin.

While the base itself is not exclusive to duty-free, the Shu Uemura Duo UV Under Base Mousse set, which includes two vials of the primer in Beige, can only be found in travel-retail (and it’s a fairly new release too). As you would expect from the Asian brand, in addition to its smoothing properties the base also offers high UV protection of SPF 30 PA+++.

According to the brand, these are the product’s features:

  • Improved makeup staying power
  • Improved colour vibrancy
  • Provides SPF protection against harmful UV rays
  • Unique ultra-light mousse texture

I haven’t tried this primer yet, but I know many people use Shu’s high-protection sunscreen as a primer – surely this one must be as good as or even better? The only thing this set isn’t is cheap: it retails on board Singapore Airlines for S$115, which in today’s rates corresponds to more than $80. In the UK each bottle sells for £28 (around $40), so you won’t be making a massive saving – however, it is still worth it if you can’t find the primer in your local market.

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September 17th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Clarins Instant Light Kit

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Clarins Instant Light KitPart of the Travel@Clarins range of duty-free exclusives, the Clarins Instant Light Kit includes a 30ml tube of the brand’s Instant Light Complexion Perfector in shade 00, a product that combines the effects of a primer and a highlighter to leave skin beautifully glowy; an Instant Light Perfecting Touch pen in shade 02, Clarins’ version of Touche Eclat or other similar highlighting pens; and a free 5ml sample pot of Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, a silicon-based primer that compared well against the best available in the market and is great if your skin doesn’t have problems with ‘cones’.

I bought this set at London Gatwick airport, where Clarins has a dedicated travel-retail boutique, and while I don’t remember exactly how much I paid, I’m sure it was something around £25 (about $38 in today’s exchange rates) – a real bargain considering what you get in the kit.

Click on the picture below for a larger version of the set’s contents, or on the picture on the right for the packaging.

Clarins Instant Light Kit

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August 31st, 2010 at 12:01 am

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MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++

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Mac Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ MAC Cosmetics is to launch its own version of a BB (Blemish Balm) cream exclusively in duty-free shops. For those who aren’t familiar with BB creams, these are lightweight tinted moisturisers that help to correct imperfections and are very popular in Asia. MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ is supposed to work as an all-in-one colour corrector, primer, UV protector and hydrating cream and is recommended for all skin types.

This is what the company has to say about the new product:

While MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ was developed to perform a multitude of tasks, the ultimate result is the same: flawless skin. Use it as a makeup primer, to provide a subtle glow and correct colour imperfections, while at the same time providing UV protection of SPF 35. Apply to skin before foundation for a smoother application and enhanced wear throughout the day.

The lightweight, creamy formula of MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF 35 PA+++ glides on effortlessly and forms a protective barrier against external aggressions, making it ideal for use in conditions that may cause stress the skin.  Apply it to freshly cleansed skin and it immediately evens out and illuminates the complexion, making skin imperfections less noticeable.

The new MAC BB cream will be available only at select travel-retail and duty-free locations in Asia and the US from May, which means only a few airports should stock it. The suggested retail price in the US is $30.

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March 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am

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