Malaysian makeup brand Duck Cosmetics has recently launched a very special collection to mark the release of Marvel Comics’ new X-Men: Dark Phoenix film (releasing in cinemas June 6). It comprises two eyeshadow palettes and four lipsticks.
Named Rise Of The Duck, this collection comes in an amazing packaging with gold glitter. When the palettes are put together, the visuals on the packaging form an “X” – a nod to the film itself.
“We worked feverishly with formulators to create the shades for the palettes and lip colours, bringing to life the look and personality of the two sides to the main characters Jean Grey and the Dark Phoenix,” read the brand statement.
Each palette offers a mix of matte, shimmer and crystallised duo-chromatic colours. While “Ember” features intense shades of the unbridled Dark Phoenix, “Ashes” features subtle shades to create looks of the poised Jean Grey.
According to the brand, the lipsticks are power-packed with intense pigmentation that glides on in a velvet matte finish. They are formulated with a soft blurring technology that reduces the visibility of the lips lines.
Available shades range from deep fuchsia to rich maroon and warm brown. There is even a nude tone that can be worn from day to night for all occasions. Simply classy, elegant and feminine.
For many years, if you had darker skin, you wouldn’t have had the luxury of finding a foundation shade to match your skin tone.
What was sold by high-end brands or mass market brands were liquid foundations that were limited to either six to eight shades, and the darkest shade was still very light in tone.
Even those that came in powder form came in a variety of light colours. The darkest shade beauty brands offered were also still too fair and the result was a pasty complexion.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation swatches. Photo: Fenty Beauty
With the changing times and the movement for inclusivity which has been unfolding in the fashion and beauty world, there are now more models of various sizes and skin tones appearing on runways and in advertising campaigns.
This led to the beauty industry seemingly having an epiphany that darker skin toned women were always treated differently from fair skinned women. The result was beauty brands coming out with more variety in makeup to suit different skin tones.
Rihanna was the first, with the launch of her Fenty Beauty foundation – the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, that comes in a mind-boggling 40 shades.
Suddenly, anyone who had a tan or darker skin tone could get to a Sephora – where Fenty Beauty is exclusively sold – to shop for the perfect foundation to suit their skin tone.
After that, several brands began churning out a range of shades for darker skin tones and for those in-between tones.
There were also brands that came up or rather, marketed foundations that would suit any skin tone or basically a sheer foundation that simply covered imperfections.
One of them was Danish beauty brand Gosh Copenhagen Cosmetics – sold exclusively in Sasa – which launched a technologically advanced and affordable primer, the Primer Plus Skin Adaptor Chameleon.
This primer comes out white but turns into your skin colour as you apply it, covering imperfections beautifully and making skin seem even-toned and flawless. It’s a primer but also a skincare product that you can just wear on its own like a foundation that suits any skin tone.
Here’s a look at some of the popular brands:
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
This is a soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage, in a boundary-breaking range of 40 shades. The oil-free matte and light-as-air foundation is resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores.
Duck Cosmetics All Covered Make-Up Foundation
Created for combination to oily skin, this Malaysian brand offers a foundation that provides medium to full coverage. Its mousse-like formula is light and blends easily, and is designed to complement the warm and neutral skin shade undertones of Asian skin.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, this formula looks invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. It feels like a second skin but still provides medium coverage that looks natural.
NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation
Lightweight and waterproof this comfy liquid formula, suitable for all skin types, comes in 45 flattering tones that don’t transfer. Every creamy shade glides on smooth, delivering matte coverage and colour that stays true for up to 24 hours.
Turn to Page 2, where Star2 spoke to three Malaysians about the foundations that they’re currently using and what they would like beauty brands to come up with.
Love the glamorous looks in Crazy Rich Asians? You can now be inspired with the makeup as Malaysian beauty brand Duck Cosmetics has just collaborated with Warner Bros. to create a makeup set based on the best-selling novel and movie.
When Warner Bros. came out with an idea to collaborate for a major Hollywood blockbuster, Malaysian beauty brand Duck Cosmetics jumped at the opportunity.
This collaboration has resulted in the Duck Cosmetics Beauty Chapter Set, a makeup set made exclusively for one of Hollywood’s favourite movies and best-selling novels, Crazy Rich Asians.
So, it’s time to unleash your inner artist and show off your best beauty skills as Duck Cosmetics is up for another adventure in bringing glamour to you.
Unlease your ‘Crazy Rich Asian look’ with the Beauty Chapter Set by Duck Cosmetics.
Packed in a luxurious green and pink packaging, this hard box design which takes inspiration from the movie poster is made to complete every woman.
From pool parties to soirees, what is a nicer way to treat yourself than this Beauty Chapter Set — the new make-up book that will create million dollar make-up looks with five beauty essentials and extra tips to make you look stunning as ever.
Those sultry night outs or even when the tropical destination wedding calls for a million dollar look – this five course meal that comes in a form of make-up essentials would help.
The Beauty Chapter Set is inspired by the characters from Crazy Rich Asians movie, so create looks like the au naturale, golden girl of the hour or sultry sexy siren using the All-Eye-Ask Smokey Eyeshadow Palette, a Matte About You Primer and not one, but three of Duck Cosmetics’ lip products which are LipstickWitU in Earthy Rachel, Glossip Girl in Sincerely Cece and Matte Decisions in Simply Paige.
Transform yourself into Rachel Chu, a down-to-earth and intellectual woman with a sweet makeup look that portrays a wholesome femininity, which would make you the star across the crowd by using Matte Decisions in Simply Paige and a pop of Bundt Cake on your eyes.
If you’re the kind of woman who likes a classy-dollar vibe just like Eleanor Young, add some Glazed Pretzel from the All-Eye-Ask Smokey Eyeshadow Palette and the stunning Glossip Girl in Sincerely Cece to get that golden girl of the hour look.
For a hot date, embrace your elegance with a classy look like Astrid Leong by adding the glam Cherry Mousse on your inner corners and go with LipstickWitU in Earthy Rachel.
The Duck Beauty Chapter Set retails at RM350 and is available at Duck Cosmetics store in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Suria KLCC, all FashionValet stores and online.
Packed in a luxurious green and pink packaging, this hard box design, which takes inspiration from the movie’s poster, is made to complete every woman.