Fred Farrugia Makeup Is Driving Me Matte!

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Wearing Fred Farrugia Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 06 in lips and Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02 on eyes

Heya, princess of power. Who needs a He-Man when we’ve got Fred Farrugia? Here’s a closer look at a few of his products, including the modular makeup we talked about the other day.


Shout it with me now, “I HAVE THE POWER!!!”


The Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duos in 04 (a matte red) and 06 (a matte hot pink) are really rocking my world. This probably won’t come as a surprise, but each one comes with a creamy semi-matte lipstick and a pigmented lip powder. πŸ™‚ Fred designed them to be used together. Using either fingers or a lip brush, apply a layer of the cream lipstick first, patting the matching lip powder directly on top. The result? A vibrant, highly pigmented, long-wearing matte lip look.

I can’t believe how easy these are to apply (I used my fingers in these pics). They’re non-drying and hang around all day long, even withstanding She-Ra sized meals! I just wish they weren’t so blasted tough to remove (not a big problem, though)… Good ol’ Kirkland wipes can’t take ’em down, but Clinique Take the Day Off Balm can.


Another standout: Powder Blush in 07. It’s like a darker, more intense NARS Orgasm (a shimmery golden peach). The pigment in this peach does NOT mess around. The color leaps onto brushes that get anywhere near it, and even a small amount delivers a pretty flush. Skin also agrees with it, lapping it up like a sponge. But a word of caution: it’s so intense, SO VIVID, that it can be a little tough to control. My mantra’s been dilute, dilute, dilute!


If you like the way you look wearing glossy eye creams, you might really dig the Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02. It comes with a shimmery purple and a glittery gray, both of which deposit lots of pigment and shine. I must say, I love how easy they are to blend and apply, but neither one lasts very long on my skin. And they move around A LOT, making their way into creases almost as soon as they’re applied. I see them probably working better as bases for powder shadows than as standalone eyeshadows. I guess they just like having company. πŸ™‚

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Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 06

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Wearing Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 04 on lips, Powder Blush in 07 on cheeks and Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02 on eyes

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Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 04

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Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02

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Clockwise from bottom: Powder Blush in 07, Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow/Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow Duo in 02, Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 06, Semi Matte Lipstick/Matte Lip Powder Duo in 04

fred farrugia makeup swatches
Swatches on NC35 skin: 1. Powder Blush in 07, 2. Pearlized Creme Eyeshadow from 02 eye duo, 3. Twinkle Cream Eyeshadow from 02 eye duo, 4. Semi Matte Lipstick from the 06 duo, 5. Matte Lip Powder from the 06 lip duo, 4+5. Matte Lip Powder from the 06 lip duo layered on top of the Semi Matte Lipstick from 06, 6. Semi Matte Lipstick from the 04 lip duo, 7. Matte Lip Powder from the 04 lip duo, 6+7. Matte Lip Powder from the 04 lip duo layered on top of the Semi Matte Lipstick from 04 duo

What’s the verdict? See anything you like?

Nutella to the rescue!

These little Nutella travel packs just might be the greatest invention since the Internet!


My buddy Marisol gave them to me, so I’m saving them for a rainy day. I tote them around in my purse for…emergencies, you know, just in case. It’s a lot easier than carrying around a jar and spoon (which I’ve done).

I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday today. What did you wear on your lips?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. oh my, everything looks fierce! they seriously need to make these available in north america!
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  2. phuongk says:

    your lips are on fire! i absolutely loveee the bright lips on you. HOT HOT HOT.

  3. Molly says:

    You look so hawt! I LOVE the red matte lips!

  4. snoopysteph says:

    That makeup line seems so interesting, from the type of product (lip powder?) to the packaging. Neat!

    Today I wore Frankly Fresh from the Liberty of London release. The perfect nude for me, yay!

  5. Aly says:

    WOW those lips look so firece! LOVING the lip colour on you. And the design is just genius

  6. Jules says:

    WANNTTTTT those lip colors. anywhere to get them online…?

  7. Amee says:

    I want that eye shadows palette..can u tell me how do i get that in india πŸ™
    i dont wear dark lippies so not attracted by lippie… πŸ™‚
    karen, u looking fab girl πŸ™‚
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    • Karen says:

      I’m not sure… I bought this in Italy and have only seen it available online at the Sephora France website. Maybe check on the Sephora France site to see if they ship internationally.

  8. Shelley says:

    What is that on your cheeks in the first pic? Looks pretty!

  9. Rae says:

    Ooooh, are those ever lovely! The shadows don’t sound too thrilling, but the lipsticks look as awesome as single-serving Nutella packages (which I totally tote around with me too, LOL! Nothin’ like a spoonful of Nutella.)
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  10. knownever says:

    I love the lip powder idea. I think Laura Geller does one too and it seems like a really convenient and novel idea. Plus those colors are awesome.

  11. leo says:

    Ok, it’s decided, I must have the lip duos!! πŸ˜€

    oh, and if you like nutella minis you would LOVE this:

    the perfect snack: nutella, grissini and cold tea!

    (I must be the only Italian that does not like Nutella… πŸ™ )

  12. inaya says:

    karen! what is the glowy goregeousness on your first picture? what blush and highlighter combination are you using? please please let me know of the original product; and a mac dupe for it

  13. kali says:

    I want to try those lip duos so bad! You look amazing with a red lip btw. And the Nutella.. I love those packs! They’re adorable. =) I got some when I was in Italy.. One of the hotels added them to the room service every breakfast.
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  14. Marina says:

    Those lipsticks are GORGEOUS! I love matte lipsticks a lot but I wear light shades, but maybe I should try something like this πŸ˜‰ Revlon also makes great matte lipsticks.
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  15. Tiffany says:

    love love love the lip duos! and I love the mini nutella as well – last time I was in a delta crown room I stole about 2 handfuls of those minis πŸ™‚

  16. How do you like the texture of that matte powder on the lips? And OMG where can I find those Nutella packets?
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    • Karen says:

      I like it. I think part of it might be because I grew up in the 90s, which was a time when matte lips ruled. My friends and I would always pat translucent powder on top of our lipstick to create a matte texture.

  17. Nina says:

    im a total fan of matte makeup! πŸ™‚ i wish theyd have this here in the US!

  18. Vonnie says:

    lips in 04 look AMAZING!! I like that color for your skintone πŸ˜€
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  19. Dijana says:

    omgggg i love the lip colours too!
    Karen, they look amazing on you!
    I hope somebody figures out where these are available online! hehe because i want it, and this makeup line is probably not available in Canada… πŸ™

  20. Appu says:

    The Red Matte Lips are Hot!! And I want that Nutella…never seen it anywhere here πŸ™
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  21. Kim says:

    I could never wear the 06, but it looks seriously great on you. You look like you’re ready for a vacation on a tropical island (your shirt adds to the mood!). It’s a really fun, happy color. πŸ™‚

    The Nutella packs are very cute. You never know when an emergency will arise. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I usually carry a corkscrew, just in case!

    My lips have been rocking the Raspberry Superbalm. I can’t seem to get enough moisture, or sleep, lately.

  22. Sophie says:

    Is it me or Is Fred Farrugia a maltese name? I should know there are loads of people with the surname Farrugia in malta O.O

  23. Rachel says:

    I love the lips! Wow! Is there anywhere online that us US ladies can buy these??

  24. Aracely says:

    I am so happy that I have family in the other side of the pond that can acquire this for me. πŸ™‚ Karen, ty for the She-ra flashback you have given me. God I miss that show.

  25. Lucie says:

    Oh my! Those lips! Ravishing darling. I must get my hands on that red, it practically burns the retinas!

    Today I traded in my usual Ruby Woo for nude lipstick; I was going for a sort of grungy, heroin-chick look with plum rimmed eyes and no foundation or blush. Nude lipstick neveer seems to look right on my pigmented lips, but Too Faced ‘Totally Nude’ has enough colour in it to not look washed out. Love it!

  26. steph b says:

    You know, now that I think about it, I have had a number of Nutella emergencies that I didn’t recognize as such. If only I’d had a spare Nutella packet, all would have been right with the world. I love these. I pick them up at World Market. They have a great rewards program with many coupons.

    Today I wore Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Lipgloss in Delicate Mauve. Love this stuff — slightly thicker so it feels really plush on your lips and sticks around well.

    • Karen says:

      Most of my Nutella emergencies involve either an empty jar and/or tears, LOL!

      I love the food section at World Market, btw. They have this really yummy canned mushroom pate…NOM.

      Oh and a quick Q regarding the gloss — what’s the scent/taste like?

  27. Jess says:

    That lipstick looks HOT!! I think I need it!! It looks great FAB on you. I highly doubt we have Fred Farrugia here in Australia though, hopefully I can find them online somewe.

    Now I have a huge craving for Nutella!
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  28. amy says:

    I love the hot pink matte lips and the colour reminds me of NARS Schiap, except that Schiap is quite drying. Speaking of Nutella, Though the red is lovely, I like the pink better. I have the strange desire to whip up a batch of crepes with a thick spread of nutella on top.
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  29. Saffron says:

    Wait wasn’t this the guy who did those AMAZING color stories for Lancome back in the late 90’s? Like the spring/summer one with the iridecents layered over black and dark blue lipstick? And I remember a holiday one with shades of pure matte red (on the eyes too!) with these black lace appliques for your eyebrows. This was all during my formative makeup years and holy cow the best stuff I could have laid eyes on. It’s hard to imagine Lancome putting out the most imaginative makeup stories but it was true. I can’t wait to see this come to the states.

    You are rocking that matte hot pink, can’t wait to see this line come to the states!

  30. Shanda says:

    Love the packaging.

  31. Cynthia Belisle says:

    Has anyone heard of these products becoming available in the United States??

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