Germany's number one cosmetic brand is back in Manila! Operated for a few years and gone for about two years, ArtDeco is available to us again, but this time, in a more posh home in Beauty Bar. I wasn't really that familiar with the brand; I've just been seeing its ads in our top local glossies for the past few months and I've been curious ever since. So when I got an invite from Beauty Bar to attend their workshop and learn more about the brand, I immediately said yes.

Makeup artist Carmen Reyes lead the workshop using ArtDeco cosmetics on a model, doing a daytime look first and then bumping it up to a nighttime look. 
 Model after the ArtDeco make-over
Aside from seeing how the products look on the model, we were able to play with them too. Here are some of the products I was able to try and my initial thoughts on them. 

ArtDeco Long-lasting Foundation (P1,350.00)


This oil-free long-lasting foundation gives every skin type a naturally matte, even complexion. It's amazing how light this feels yet it offers decent coverage. I particularly like that its oil-absorbing elements reduce shiny skin areas and refine pores, which is just perfect for our humid climate. It has SPF 20 to protect the skin against UV rays and hyaluronic acid to maintain skin's moisture levels. 

ArtDeco Fixing Powder (P1,250.00)

In contrast to conventional powders that usually has coarse-grained texture, this powder feels light and appears invisible on skin. The micro-fine powder particles melt together with the skin and perfectly fixes the make-up and leave a delicate transparent matte finish. This might be a good affordable alternative to the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder I consistently keep in my kit.

ArtDeco Eyeshadow Base (P450.00)

Sometimes, skincare and priming products excites me even more than makeup. I'm just so glad there are products out there that make my work easier by making the final result last longer! ArtDeco shadow base has a soft mousse texture that hardly creases. The skin-toned base (almost the same shade as MAC's Painterly) gives powder eye shadows staying power and makes colors more vibrant. I like that upon application, it neutralizes any redness or eyelid discoloration.

ArtDeco Hot Chili Lip Booster (P895.00)

I've been an avid fan of lip plumpers since the fad started out in the early 2000. I can't recall how many tubes of glossy plumbers I've bought to desperately make my super small lips millimeters bigger than they are. I've got myself a bit too many only to realize the sting that I feel after each application (from all five brands I've tried) didn't only plump up my puckers, but dried them out as well. After realizing that, I stopped using -- until ArtDeco made me try their Hot Chili Lip Booster.

When Carmen handed me the tube, I was hesitant. To try or not to try. Well, how can I resist makeup if it's staring me right on? I gave in.


My lips aren't normally this plump. Thanks lip booster! 

I didn't remove the lip booster until I accidentally did, at dinner. So let's say I had about 3 hours of this plumping action on my lips and yet it didn't dry them out unlike all the others I tried before. I'll sure be back in Beauty Bar for some more of these babies!

ArtDeco Mosaic System



The heart of the ArtDeco makeup line is the “Système Mosaïque” or Mosaic system -- a refillable system where you can compile your ArtDeco favorites in a magnetic box. You can put in ArtDeco concealers, eyeshadows, brow shaders and blushes in a customizable palette. You can combine and collect your favorite colors as you please, replace old brushes, add new trend colors, and integrate brushes and applicators whenever you like. I've got two eyeshadows in my mosaic system as of the moment and I'm excited to fill it in with more!

The Artdeco counter looks and feels a lot like Smashbox, only with more color and selection! 

I'll be posting a more in-depth review on some of the ArtDeco products I brought home with me soon. For now, you can visit them in all Beauty Bar branches nationwide. They have a complete and varied cosmetic line from primers to color makeup to nail lacquers!

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