Unboxing: Hera Rogue Holic Cream And Rogue Holic Matte | Clozette

HERA has launched two new lines in their Rouge Holic Range. Treat yourself to HERA Rogue Holic Matte and HERA Rogue Holic Cream. 

Treat your lips to a moisturising product through their Cream line, which features a glide-on melting texture that's oh so easy to apply. The line also features 24 vibrant colours that are buildable and can be layered on to go from a sheer wash to a vivid pout.

Meanwhile, the matte line, which features 10 shades, delivers a flawlessly matte look that's saturated with pigment. Despite its longlasting power, it's lightweight and doesn't dry the lips as it's enriched with moisturising Black Cumin Butter. 

Excited to give these a swipe? Check out our video first for swatches!


The secret to a great makeup look lies in its foundation — literally! But finding the right base product is like finding your soulmate; you know that they're the one you want to spend the rest of your life with but they're not exactly easy to find.

No need to worry, though, because we've got you. Here's our ultimate guide to finding the right foundation according to your specific needs. Think of us as your beauty matchmaker as you tick the points below!

Check how it looks in different lighting settings

Woman looking at a mirror

Since we spend most of our time in different settings throughout the day, it's best to check how a foundation looks under different light sources. Foundations with SPF usually give off a white cast so flash tests using your phone camera are helpful in checking if your base has too much light bouncing off it. You can also see how good the shade match and finish are under natural daylight, as proven by the best selfies taken using this light source.

Using this method, you can also see how the colour blends to your neck and jawline as the varying shadows and highlight points get focused on under different lighting. If the foundation looks great on both daylight and artificial lighting, then you have found your perfect match.

Find out your undertones

3 different foundation bottles

LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation in Ivory with Cool Undertones, USD47; DIOR Backstage Face & Body Foundation in Neutral, USD40NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Medium Dark with Warm Undertones, USD49

Your skin tone is either cool, neutral or warm. Not sure which one yours is? Check the veins on the inside of your wrist. Blue means you have cool undertones, green means warm, and if you can’t tell whether your veins are blue or green, you’re most likely neutral. Lucky for us, most foundation products will indicate the undertones for each shade. Another code for  “cool” is “pink,” while “warm” can be described as “yellow” or “golden.”

Know the right formula for your skin type

A foundation stick, a foundation cushion, and a bottle of liquid foundation

HOURGLASS Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, USD46LANEIGE BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50, USD34FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, USD34

Finding the right foundation doesn't just stop at the perfect shade match. If you have oily skin, opt for a foundation that is oil-free or water-based, lightweight and has mattifying properties. If you have dry skin, choose formulas that are rich, hydrating and moisturising for your skin. Lastly, if you have sensitive skin, foundations with added skincare benefits can be less irritating and come off as milder and nourishing on the skin.

The deciding factor should be the finish and longevity 

A compact foundation in between two tubes of liquid foundation

GUERLAIN Météorites Baby Glow Sheer Liquid Foundation, USD54; MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Powder Foundation, USD45; TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15, USD39

Once you've nailed the shade and the formula down, it all comes down to the actual performance of the product — finish and longevity. Lightweight foundations such as BB and CC creams or tinted moisturisers are perfect for those looking for sheer coverage. If it’s the dewy look you’re after, use liquid formulas with illuminating properties that leave a satin-smooth finish. And if you're still not over the matte trend, a shine-control foundation is the one for you. 

Lastly, make sure you read reviews when it comes to longevity. Full coverage foundations tend to last longer than sheer ones, but it all comes down to your preference. Base your decision on whether you're okay to do touch-ups, you're particular with your products' ingredients and the overall performance that you're looking for in a foundation. 

(Cover photo from: Genzel)

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How hard can it be? That's the first thing that came to mind when I was challenged to try this beauty experiment. The thing is, I only started getting serious about my skincare a couple of years ago and I've never really given much thought as to how omitting this significant part of my routine would change the way I do things. This is only in consideration of the fact that my skincare routine is dynamic at best, with me trying to change up products and methods once I feel like my skin has grown immune to a certain way of doing things. 


However, one thing that I actually forgot to consider is my long relationship with cleansers in the first place. Ever since I was nine years old, at the brink of puberty and the beginning of my 'problematic skin' era, cleansers were the skin care products I used without even knowing what skincare was. The idea of cleaning your skin with a product containing 'acne fighting beads' and 'anti-acne properties' was so appealing to my pubescent self that it sort of continued on to the present, especially now that I know the importance of proper cleansing post-makeup and pre-skincare ritual. 

So how exactly did I deal with a week of no cleansers? Read on to find out.

My current cleanser stash

So far, I have at least eight cleansers that I use in turns, with some of my most favourites in the photo below. Most of my cleansers are either from local organic brands like Human Nature and the rest are from Japanese brands like Senka, FANCL, Kose and Rosette. I find that these deliver the best results when it comes to dealing with dirt, keeping the skin moisturised — plus, they have skin-nourishing benefits and they don't make you break the bank. 

A variety of Japanese skincare products

The five-day experience

For five days in a row, I only relied on reverting back to good ol' beauty soaps for my cleansing routine. At first, I thought, "How bad can it be?" That is until I actually got into it.

I'm a pretty heavy makeup user and giving up my oil cleansers really took a toll on how harsh I have to be to make sure my skin was clean enough. And even if I really took my time in cleansing using soaps, I still found traces of makeup clinging onto my cotton pads while I'm toning. Given this, I had to adjust my makeup routine to a bare minimum — meaning no eye makeup, skin tints over foundations, and definitely no cheek and lip tints — to make sure that I wouldn't put much toll on my skin when the time to remove the products came. 

I also felt like my serums were not working as well considering how dry and dull my skin got from cleansing with soaps. It just felt flat and not even supple to the touch, losing that refreshed glow I usually have whenever I'm finished cleansing with proper cleansers. Thankfully, even though I have sensitive skin, the change in the routine didn't really cause me massive breakouts. 

A hand holding a jar of cleansing balm

Final thoughts

I must say that after this experiment, I realised how much I missed using cleansers and why they are so important when it comes to one's skincare. Just like having a good base to your makeup, cleansing properly and effectively serves as the foundation for your skincare routine and prepping your skin with a reliable cleanser really changes the way products work their magic. Not to mention the iffy feeling of not being able to take off all the gunk away from your pores after a long hard day. After five days of shelving my beloved cleansers, I'm glad to have them back! 

P.S. We battled out some cleansers to see which one would come out on top!