私の個人の意見としてですが、ジルスチュアートのスウィートネス コレクションは、今年発売された全てのコフレの中で、最もお買い得だと思います。7,500円(税抜き)で、ミックスフェイスパウダー コンパクト 101マシュマロパフィー、ジルスチュアート オリジナルのフェイスパウダー用ブラシ、ジェリーアイカラー N 103スノーパフェ、ジェリー リップグロス 101シュガーキッス、ネイルラッカー N 106ロマンティック マカロン、ネイルアートスティッカー＆グリーティングカード、エメリーボード、そしてオリジナル ポーチが入っています。もしジルスチュアートのコスメ商品に興味があるけど、まだ試したことが無いという方にとって、このクリスマスコフレはジルの商品を試すには最適だと思います。
The Jill StuartSweetness Collection is, in my opinion, the Christmas coffret that provides the best deal out of all of the coffrets released this year. For 7,500 yen (tax), you will receive the Mix Face Powder Compact in 101 Marshmallow Puffy, an original Jill Stuart face brush to apply the face powder, the Jell Eye Color N in 103 Snow Parfait, the Jelly Lip gloss in 101 Sugar Kiss, the Nail Lacquer N in 106 Romantic Macaron, a Nail Art Sticker set and greeting card, an emery board and a Jill Stuart original pouch. If you are interested in Jill Stuart's beauty line but have never had the chance to try their products, the Christmas coffret is a great way to sample their makeup.
The original pouch is very frilly and princessy, just what you would expect from Jill Stuart Beauty. I am not a girly girl so the design has no appeal to me but the pouch is quite large and great for storing makeup.
The Jelly Lip Gloss is quite similar to Lancôme's Juicy Tubes except that its formula is thinner, slightly less sticky, and contains finer shimmer. 101 Sugar Kiss goes on mostly sheer but it is jam-packed with magenta shimmer and also has a somewhat milky-appearance on the lips.
I have reviewed two different shades from the Jelly Eye Color N collection before and you may read the reviews here (07 Jewel Flash) and here (08 Crystal Sky). 103 Snow Parfait is a pale rose pink but the pink and gold shimmer in the Jelly Eye make it look warm-toned.
I have yet to try any of the nail products from the Sweetness Collection but I can say that the nail stickers are quite thin and should be easy to use, the emery board is your typical nail-file emery board, and the Nail Lacquer N in 106 Romantic Macaron is a beige-pink shade with fine pink shimmer and a pearly sheen.
The Mix Face Powder Compact in 101 Marshmallow Puffy is crumbly in the compact but incredibly soft (like marshmallows!) and immediately melts into the skin once it has been applied. All of the four shades in Marshmallow Puffy are sheer and extremely shimmery. It is so shimmery that I doubt many will actually use this product and it is most definitely not work appropriate or appropriate for the more mature woman. Although it is described as a face powder, I think Marshmallow Puffy would work best as body shimmer and I highly recommend applying it to your neck, arms and legs, and perhaps, just a dab under your eyes.
The brush for the Mixed Face Compact comes in a lovely (and useful) case. Since it is made of metal, it should not damage easily and its compact size makes it a great travel product. I only use synthetic brushes, however, and I do not think that this is a synthetic brush, so I hope Jill Stuart will consider releasing eco-friendly and cruelty-free brushes in the future.
Overall, the Sweetness Collection is a decent Christmas coffret. It is not spectacular but it gives you a lot for your yen and I can see myself regularly using some of the products. It is important to note that all of makeup in the Sweetness Collection is scented and the Marshmallow Puffy, which I found slightly drying, contains mica.
次はスックのクリスマスコフレです！ SUQQU's Christmas coffret is next!
Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon is probably the most talked about lip color this season in all of the Japanese beauty and high fashion magazines. Released two weeks ago, the gloss is described as an orange-red but looks more like a blue-based red in both Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque campaign and in person. So highly pigmented, (and personally, the most pigmented gloss that I have ever encountered) Dragon, on the lips, looks exactly like the amazing, deep pure-red shade that it appears in the bottle. The shine in the gloss also prevents the lips from looking too severe which is a common problem women have when wearing a bold red lipstick. The other wonderful thing about the Rouge Allure Laque is that it is slick, sticky-free and feels quite light. Chanel beauty and red lipstick fans will absolutely love Dragon but anyone not interested in an ultra-bold red shade should probably look to the other 7 shades offered in the collection. The only downside of the Rouge Allure Laque is the price but given what it delivers, 4,305 yen (plus tax) is a somewhat fair price for a Chanel-brand lip color (in Japan) since it is no different from, or perhaps even better than, a high-quality lipstick.
Shu Uemura's winter collection, in collaboration with the much-loved fashion designer Tsumori Chisato, is the cutest Christmas collection released this year. The "Wish Upon a Star" Collection features eye palettes, false eyelashes (this is Shu, afterall), highlighters, lipsticks and glosses, makeup tools and pouches, all in ultra-adorable, kitty packaging. To be honest, I had no interest in the actual makeup part of the collection since all the products came in warm tones but the cat motif and design of the packaging spoke deeply to the cat-lady in me, so I reserved the Duo Color Highlighter in Golden Snow and the Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Venus Pink.
The Duo Color Highlighter in Golden Snow ("Stardust" in Japan) contains a light, peachy-pink powder and a pale yellow-gold shade that both contain fine white shimmer and are mostly sheer. On my skin, the two pressed-powders work better as a very subtle bronzer or blush than an actual highlighter. Golden snow adds a slight warm glow and some sparkle to my face but other than that, however, I cannot really say much about the actual makeup aspect of the highlighter. As I said before, I really only purchased this product for its packaging and doubt I will be using it in the future. The case design is very whimsical and cute but the case itself is made out a chunky, sort of cheap kind of plastic and for 5,040 yen (including tax), I was hoping for something thinner, sleeker and of better quality.
The Rouge Unlimited in Venus Pink (an Asia-exclusive shade) is a bright, almost-coral pink lipstick full of gold shimmer. Though it is fairly pigmented, it is also slightly drying and accentuates the cracks in my lips even after they have been moisturized. I find that adding a sheer gloss over the lip color improves its lasting power and appearance but without any help, Venus Pink does not evenly distribute across my lips and looks very unnatural. It is definitely better suited for someone with a warm skin-tone and pale lips. But I am not completely disappointed with the lipstick because it does come in a really cute case (though it is also that cheap chunky plastic) and I do not have a shade like Venus Pink in my lip makeup collection. 3,465 yen (including tax).
今日はEn in Tokyoの1周年記念です。もう既に１年が経ってしまいました。時が経つのは早いですね。いつもこの小さなブログを読んだり、コメントして下さる方、有り難うございます。これからもよろしくお願い致します。
Today is En in Tokyo's 1 year anniversary. I cannot believe that it's already been a year! A big thank you to all of you for reading and/or commenting on this little blog. I hope you will continue to drop by.
Ayura's Night Harmonition Room Collection was one of the first Christmas coffrets released this year. The 3-set coffret includes the Night Harmonition Natural Spray, Night Harmonition Aroma Oil and an Ayura-original aroma pot. The Night Harmonition fragrance contains notes of aromatic herbs, frankincense, linden tree (lime) and bitter orange. The frankincense and lime are particularly noticeable in the long-lasting but not overly powerful "natural spray," which is a mature, unisex perfume. Though it is not something that I would normally wear, I do like Night Harominition as it settles. The Ayura-original, electric aroma pot has a very attractive pattern and heats up the aroma oil almost immediately. To use the pot, simply fill the aroma basin with some water, add a drop of aroma oil and turn on the pot. The aroma fragrance will fill your room within minutes. I find the Night Harmonition oil to be quite soothing and great at night when I want to unwind. Overall, I am very pleased with Ayura's Room Collection and look forward to testing out some new oils in the aroma pot. 6,090 yen (including tax).
マックのスタイルブラック コレクションのミネラライズ アイシャドウ ブルーフレームは渦巻き状になった黒とダークブルーのベイクドミネラルシャドウにきめ細やかなブルーのラメがたっぷり入っています。ブルーフレームは大量のラメが入っているので、ざらつくのではないかと思っていましたが、驚く程に柔らかく薄いシャドウです。そのまま使う、もしくはグリースペイント スティックを使わずに付けると非常にシアーでいくらかぼんやりしていますが、柔らかな青いキラキラがあります。でもマックのグリースペイントのような黒いベースの上に使うと、ブルーフレームは驚くほどの青さと輝きを放ちます。それはメタリックのような仕上がりと素晴らしい輝きです。非常に力強くハッキリしたシャドウ(ベースと一緒に使うと)なので、非常に大胆 or 夜のルックに適しています。ブルーフレームはシャイで内気な方にはオススメしませんし、マックのグリースペイント スティックと一緒に使うことを強くオススメします。スタイルブラック コレクションのミネラライズ アイシャドウは日本のマックのカウンターで各2,940円(税込み)です。
MAC's Mineralize Eye Shadow in Blue Flame from the Style Black Collection is a swirl of black and dark blue baked-mineral shadow filled with delicate blue shimmer. I was expecting Blue Flame to be gritty and rough due to the abundance of glitter but it is a surprisingly soft and thin shadow. Applied dry or without the Greasepaint Stick, it is quite sheer and somewhat dull, save for a soft blue twinkle. But when used over a black-base such as MAC's Greasepaint, Blue Flame is an amazing explosion of intense blue color and shine. It has an almost metallic finish and marvelous dazzle. Because it is such a powerful, loud shadow (when used with a base), it works best for those going for a very bold or night look. I would not recommend Blue Flame to the shy and timid and I highly recommend using this shadow with one of MAC's Greasepaint Sticks. One Mineralize Eye Shadow from the Style Black Collection costs 2,940 yen (including tax) at MAC counters in Japan.
（来週から、クリスマスコフレや新アイテムのレビューを始めます。） （Christmas coffrets and product reviews begin next week.）
MAC's Greasepaint Stick in Black is perhaps the most coveted item from the Style Black Collection. It is a multi-purpose black crayon that can be used as a liner, an eyeshadow and eye primer. Though it goes on completely black, it also contains a hint of fine purple shimmer. A sharpener is hidden in the base of the stick and the crayon itself is waterproof.
The Greasepaint Stick reminds me of a creamier and smoother eyeliner kohl. It glides across the lid without the slightest bit of pressure and works great for a smokey eye. Though it can be used as an eyeliner, the crayon is so thick that it is very difficult to draw a precise line. Despite it's name, it is not very greasy and settles rather quickly. It does not smudge or fade after it dries but this also means that if you are going for a smokey-eye look, you will need to smudge and blend quickly before the crayon settles. As a shadow, I feel that the Greasepaint Stick is a bit dull because its sparkle is so subtle but as a base/primer, it works like magic. The crayon really brings out and intensifies the colors of eyeshadows worn over it, that would look sheer and less brilliant without it. This is most definitely a must-have product if you have purchased or plan to purchase one of the Mineralize Eye Shadows from the Style Black Collection. It is important to remember to use a proper eye-makeup remover as Greasepaint will not come off easily. The Greasepaint Stick in Black is 2,940 yen (including tax) at MAC counters in Japan.
MAC's Style Black Collection was one of the most anticipated point makeup collections for the fall/winter season. Many Style Black products were sold out (through reservation) a week before they even appeared at MAC counters in Japan. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few makeup items from the collection and one of those items happens to be the Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack.
The Penultimate Eye Liner is a liquid, pen-type liner. When it comes to eyeliners, I find that the pen-liner is the easiest to use and the most precise out of all of the liner-types (pencil, gel, liquid liner with brush). It requires the least amount pressure and it only takes one or two strokes across the lid to achieve a bold line. When I am in need of a nice black line along my eyes, I reach for Kanebo Kate's Super Sharp Liner which is an incredibly thin and sharp pen-type liner. Penultimate in Rapidblack is slightly thicker than Kate's Super Sharp but it is also more pigmented. The Super Sharp Liner in Black is far more sheer than Penultimate and occasionally requires a few additional strokes to achieve the proper thickness and pigmentation for a natural or bold line. The Penultimate in Rapid Black comes out jet black so you only need one stroke to get a proper line. The ink also dries faster, so it is less likely to smudge or rub off, and lasts all day long. If I had to choose between the two liquid liners, I would definitely go with MAC's Penultimate though it costs almost three times as much as Kate's Super Sharp (in Japan).
It is very difficult to find many of the products from MAC's Style Black Collection but the Penultimate in Rapidblack may be one of the few Style Black items still in stock on the MAC website and at MAC counters across the world. In Japan, the liner costs 2,940 yen (including tax) but goes for almost half that price in other countries.
-Facial Treatment Essence (30ml) SK-II's most popular product, a balancing treatment essence containing over 90% pure pitera (a nutrient-rich antioxidant found in sake yeast) that smooths and renews skin -Skin Signature (15g) An anti-aging, moisturizing cream that helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and firms skin. -Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask (1 mask) A 2-sheet mask containing Saccharomycopsis (also known as "pitera") that soothes and softens skin, as well as improve elasticity. -MF Quality Cotton N (10 sheets)
and a booklet/diary with detailed instructions on how to use and when to apply the products. The 1-week trial kit cost 1,000 yen (including shipping) which is the standard price for drugstore skincare trial kits and a fairly good deal considering that just one SKII 3D sheet mask costs over 2,400 yen.
Carefully following the instructions, I used the 3D Redefining Mask the first night I began SKII's week-long Skin Power program. The mask was chalk full of milky-white essence that was extremely soothing. The design of the mask also made it very easy to apply to and keep on my face. (It comes in two separate sheets: one to wear over the forehead and eye area and another for the nose on down.) The next morning when I looked in the mirror, my face looked brighter than usual; my skin was smooth and hydrated (but not oily or sticky); and the redness from my rosacea was visibly toned down. The only disappointing aspect of the 3D Redefining Mask was that the holes for the eyes and mouth were very small and the actual price of the masks is quite high.
My experience with the Facial Treatment Essence and Skin Signature cream were not as pleasant, unfortunately. I noticed that, as soon as I applied the Treatment Essence, I felt a prickly sensation and the cream, except when applied after wearing the 3D mask, dried out my skin. Itchy, tiny red bumps began to show all over my face, which also felt more tight than firm in an almost painful way, and I had to quit using the trial kit. After reading many other reviews from others who participated in the Skin Power campaign, I have found that most either love these two products or have experienced some kind of allergic reaction to them.
If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend testing the Treatment Essence before making a purchase. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably avoid the product. I also think that anyone suffering from dry and/or sensitive skin should stay away from the Skin Signature cream. However, SKII's 3D Redefining Mask is an excellent product and I highly recommend it to anyone willing to pay 14,175 yen (including tax) for 6 masks. For a cheaper alternative, InnerSignal's Rejuvenate Mask comes at 6 masks for 8,400 yen (including tax). Though both are on the pricey side, they are some of the best sheets masks on the market.
While cleaning up my makeup drawer, I discovered a Lancôme Fatale mascara I had purchased a long time ago. Somehow it had gotten stuck in the back and I had forgotten all about it. Fatale was never released in Japan but I found it at Donki Hote one day and bought it for only 2,000 yen. (The average Lancôme mascara costs around 4,000 yen in Japan.)
What sets Fatale apart from other Lancôme mascaras is its Ampliform 3D Comb that adds dramatic, "femme-fatale" volume to the lashes. At first, I did not care for the brush but now that I have gotten used to it, I kind of like it. It is more like a 3D hard comb that you gently run through your lashes. If you allow too much product on the comb, you may end up with clumpy lashes and mascara on your face, so a steady hand and some practice is necessary. Though Fatale is advertised as a volumizing mascara, it does add some length and will keep your curl. It lasts all day and I have found that it does not smudge as much as Hypnôse. But what I like most about it is how it defines my lower lashes and leaves me with doll-like eyes. Unfortunately, Fatale was recently replaced with the Ôscillation mascara, so it is no longer available at Lancôme counters anywhere. It is quite similar to Hypnôse in that it gives you very thick, very black lashes so if you cannot find Fatale, I recommend trying Hypnôse or Virtuôse, if you are looking for something a little less dramatic.
Fairy Drops is a drug-store mascara, well-known for its attractive packaging and name, developed by a former news anchor from Los Angeles. Waterproof, the mascara promises to provide rich volume and curl to the lashes without any clumping. The brush also has a unique teardrop-shape, designed to catch and coat every lash.
After using the mascara, I found that Fairy Drops gave my eyelashes a delicate, pretty, "fairy-like" appearance. It added volume to my lashes but was light enough to help maintain their curl. While the mascara did not produce as dramatic results as Hypnôse or Virtuôse, I do think it they were more dramatic than what I have seen from some of the other drugstore mascaras. However, it did little in terms of lengthening (though it never promised it would) and despite its claims, did clump quite a bit. At the end of each day I wore the mascara, I had dark circles under my eyes and my eyes itched, likely due to the fiber-like formula. I do not think I will purchase Fairy Drops again because of the problems I have experienced but I may try the Platinum version in the future. 1,575 yen including tax.
The Nude Bon Bon Lip Gloss line is one of Elizabeth's most popular makeup collections. Just like Maxi Bon Bon, the glosses have a brush-tip applicator, are fragrance-free and contain palmitoyl oligopeptide and jojoba oil to keep lips plump, hydrated and moisturized. They come in four work-appropriate, "nude" shades: 1 Feminine Beige, 2 Nudy-Concious, 3 Rose Happiness, and 4 Elegant Beige. Both 1 Feminie Beige and 3 Rose Happiness contain pearls while the other two glosses do not. I recently purchased 3 Rose Happiness at Donki Hote.
Rose Happiness is an attractive, dark pink-beige shade that turned out to be too light to look completely natural on my lips but would look great on those with paler lips. The gloss is very pigmented and thick with a creamy but sticky-free texture. The formula and color makes lips look plump, shiny and alluring in a still work-appropriate way. The white shimmer is so fine that it gives just a hint of a sparkle. Unfortunately, the gloss pigment does sink into and accentuate the lines and cracks in your lips so I do recommend applying a primer, cream or base before applying the gloss, to make the color look even across your lips. Wearing Maxi Bon Bon under Nude Bon Bon will also give you extra milky-looking lips and improve the lasting-power of the gloss, which is not so great. Aside from the somewhat poor lasting power, however, Nude Bon Bon Lip Gloss is a very nice gloss. And at just 630 yen (including tax), it's a steal.
I recently purchased a lip gloss from Elizabeth's Bon Bon brand which is a cosmetics line that targets OL's and career women searching for work-appropriate makeup. The Maxi Bon Bon lip gloss and treatment is a fragrance-free, emollient gloss that is supposed to provide moisture, shine and volume to the lips. It can be worn alone or over/under another lip color and comes in two shades: 1 Clear and 2 Pure Pink. The gloss ingredients include palmitoyl oligopeptide (an amino-peptide that stimulates collagen and elastin to combat aging), mineral oil, royal jelly extract, and jojoba and avocado oil.
Maxi Bon Bon in 2 has a slight pink tint that turns up clear on my lips. The applicator is a short brush rather than the typical gloss sponge and the essence itself is quite heavy but not sticky. Though I am not sure that you could replace your regular lip cream with the Maxi gloss, its moisturizing and hydrating properties are similar to petroleum jelly-type creams and makes lips look extra plump and shiny. If you are looking to add greater shine and long-lasting power to your lip color, I highly recommend applying the gloss over your lipstick. If you want extra-juicy, milky lips, apply the gloss under a separate lip gloss color. It does a wonderful job of preventing gloss pigment from seeping into the cracks and wrinkles of your lips. Maxi Bon Bon is 840 yen (including tax). Though I do not think it is a must-have item, I do think the gloss is quite useful and may buy it again.
For their Precious Pearlescent collection, The Body Shop released two baked-mineral Blush Trios. 01 Cool Dusk is a pink, cool-toned palette of three shades while the equally beautiful 02 Warm Sunset consists of three warm shades. Like the Eye Trio shadows, the Blush Trio powders are satiny smooth and blend right into the skin, leaving a gorgeous pearly finish. The Body Shop recommends 01 Cool Dusk for fair to medium skin and 02 Warm Sunset for medium to dark skin but you can control the intensity of the blush by what shades you choose to mix together. I find that the darkest shade in 01 Cool Dusk to be much to red for my skin so I stick to using the two lighter shades to create a sun-kissed look on my cheeks. The only complaint I have regarding the Blush Trio is that there is not an equal amount of each shade and my palette contains very little of the lightest shade but a lot of the deepest shade which I cannot use. While at The Body Shop, I even picked out the 01 Cool Dusk palette that had the most of the lightest shade. Other than that, however, I am very happy with the palette. The Blush Trios sold at The Body Shop stores in Japan are 2,625 yen (including tax). If you are looking for a cheek brush to apply the Blush Trio, I highly recommend purchasing the high quality and cruelty-free Face and Body Brush from The Body Shop.
The Body Shop's Eye Trio in Moonlight Lustre is one of two baked mineral eyeshadow palettes in The Body Shop's Precious Pearlescents fall point makeup collection. This is the first baked mineral palette that I have ever used. Brilliant and blendable, the shadows are well-pigmented and silky smooth with a pearly finish. They maintain their color and luminescence throughout the day and softly glow like moonlight at night. The shadows in Moonlight Lustre include the shades forest green, shimmering grey and lilac. Each shade can stand alone but combined, they produce an especially stunning smokey-eye. Though Moonlight Lustre is a cool-toned palette, it is suitable for all skin colors and shades. To achieve The Body Shop's autumn look, apply the grey shadow to the eyelid, the forest green shadow to the outer corner and the lilac shade to the inner corner of the eyes. Complete the look by lining the lower eye line with the Metallic Eye Definer in 10 Brilliant Blue. Or you can do what The Body Shop staff did for me and apply the lilac shadow to the eye hole as a base, forest green to the eyelid, and shimmery grey below the eye, and line your eyes with the 12 Shimmering Steel Metallic Eye Definer. One Eye Trio palette is priced at 1,575 yen (including tax) at Body Shop stores in Japan which is quite a steal. I have always overlooked The Body Shop's makeup collections but now that I have had the chance to try Moonlight Lustre, I am very interested in what else they have to offer.
According to all the popular high fashion and beauty magazines, metallic eye-makeup is in this season. The Body Shop recently released a new line of metallic eyeliners, called the "Metallic Eye Definer," for their 2009 autumn makeup collection. The Metallic Eye Definers come in five bright shades: 10 Brilliant Blue, 11 Vibrant Emerald, 12 Shimmering Steel, 13 Burnished Amber and 14 Glowing Amethyst. After being impressed with just how smooth the liners apply, I decided to purchase three in 10, 11, and 12.
上から下：12シマーリングスティール、11ヴァイブラントエメラルド、10ブリリアントブルー From top to bottom: 12 Shimmering Steel, 11 Vibrant Emerald, 10 Brilliant Blue
The Metallic Eye Definer contains natural waxes and marula oil which are responsible for its creamy texture and moisturizing formula. Because the liner glides on the eye line with little to no pressure, anyone will find it easy to use. It is also blends well and looks great with The Body Shop's Eye Trio shadows. At the same time, the Metallic Eye Definer rubs off easily, due to its smoothness and blend-ability, and (despite what The Body Shop claims on their website) smudges. Since it is not waterproof, however, you will not have any trouble removing the Definer and all you need is a tissue on hand to re-touch your makeup. For the fall makeup campaign, the Body Shop model is wearing 10 Brilliant Blue with the 01 Moonlight Lustre Eye Trio palette. When a Body Shop staff member did my makeup using their fall point makeup line, she paired Moonlight Lustre with 12 Shimmering Steel which looked quite nice, as well. I have also seen other staff wearing 11 Vibrant Emerald with the same palette and I highly recommend all three liners if you are looking for something to wear with Moonlight Lustre. In their youtube video, The Body Shop's makeup artist Chase Aston has paired the 02 Sundown Glow Eye Trio with 13 Burnished Amber. I personally found 14 Glowing Amethyst to be a bit dull compared to the other liners but Aston has also used the shade with Moonlight Lustre. One Metallic Eye Definer costs 1,575 yen (including tax) at The Body Shop stores in Japan.
MAC's "Lipglass" in Eclectic Edge is a marbleized lip gloss of purple and pearl white released with MAC's Colour Craft Collection last June. It is a pretty purple-pink on the lips containing pink, purple, and white shimmer. Unlike MAC's Dazzleglass, the shimmer in this lipglass is fine and has a nice soft sparkle while the the pearly sheen of the gloss makes lips look plump and juicy. Though the gloss is not highly pigmented, it is not completely sheer, either, and you can control the pigmentation of Eclectic Edge by mixing less white gloss with purple gloss. You can also wear the lipglass over another lip color. (I like to wear it over Maquillage's Moisture Rouge in RS304 to give my lips a warm lavender hue and MAC's Creme Sheen in Lavender Whip for bold lavender color). Despite its thick and heavy texture, the gloss is not that sticky and like most of MAC's lip color products, smells like crème brûlée. MAC's Eclectic Edge Lipglass retails for 2,730 yen (including tax) in Japan but goes for over 1000 yen less in most other countries.
So, I finally got my hands on FANCL's blush in Rose Pink. (You can read a more detailed review of the quality of FANCL's blushes here.) Rose Pink is very similar to Pink Bronze, except that it is a slightly pinker blush with white shimmer while Pink Bronze is a hint more yellow/orange and contains gold shimmer. On the skin, the differences are even more subtle, though you can tell that Rose Pink is the more shimmery of the two. I personally prefer the pink color of Rose Pink and the pearly finish of Pink Bronze. Both give off a very natural, sun-kissed look but seeing that we are entering fall, Rose Pink is probably the more appropriate shade with its white pearls. 950 yen (including tax).
FANCL's Mild Cleansing Oil has been ranked as the best oil-based, makeup-removing cleanser by @cosme for quite some time and after having the chance to try the remover myself, I have to say that it comes at no surprise. Simply apply one pump of the cleansing oil to your (dry) eye-lids, massage, rinse and watch your makeup melt away. As most of my eye-makeup is water proof, I have always had to rely on a wipe off remover in addition to an oil cleanser to wash my makeup away. But with FANCL's Cleasing Oil, my make-up removing routine no longer requires Lancôme's Bi Facil or YSL's Démaquillant Yeux's help. Just one step and I'm makeup-free.
Mild Cleansing Oil is thinner than most oil cleansers and does not leave a greasy residue or clog pores. It is gentle and does not sting nor leave the eyes dry. The remover is alcohol-free, fragrance-free and free of many other potentially-irritating ingredients. It is one of the best affordable makeup removers that I have ever used. However, it does cloud the eyes but since it does a much better job of removing makeup than DHC's Cleansing Oil and Bioré's Perfect Oil, I am willing to put up with a little temporary discomfort.
For a limited time, FANCL is selling Mild Cleansing Oil in blue bottles with a mermaid princess print designed by former Marie-Claire Germany art director and fashion illustrator, Irma (who also maintains a very fun blog, by the way). If you purchase a pack of two limited edition Cleansing Oils at local FANCL stores, you will receive a free mermaid badge/pin. One bottle of Mild Cleansing Oil costs 1785 yen (including tax).
When it became time for me to replace my mascara, I picked up Sana's Extra Large Mascara at Donkihote. The water-proof, fiber-type mascara promises "extra large," curly lashes and contains vitamin E and tuberose extract. I purchased the mascara expecting some very dramatic results.
While the Extra Large Mascara wand was certainly "large," the results it left were not very "big." The mascara separated and lengthened my lashes to an extent but provided little volume. I also had to go through my usual routine of using both a metal and electric eyelash curler to get my lashes curled. One positive aspect of Extra Large is that it does not flake very much and is nylon-free, but it is otherwise a very typical fiber-type mascara. And there are other fiber or film-type mascaras (such as the Wink Up Maxigrade and Heroine mascaras) that come at a cheaper price and do a slightly better job for volume. As for the vitamin E and tuberose extract, SANA only claims that they were added for eyelash "treatment" purposes but does not specifically state what they are supposed to do. The Extra Large Mascara is one of the more affordable mascaras at 1,500 yen (without tax) but for real dramatic results, I think I am still going to have to rely on Lancôme's Hypnôse and Virtuôse mascaras.
Addiction is not for the shy and timid. While most Japanese makeup companies veer on the sheer side, Kose's new makeup brand is all about the smokey eye. I picked up two eyeshadows from their point makeup collection last weekend: Missa and Sugar Angel. Missa is one of two shades used in Addiction's smokey eye look. The other is Crow which is a very deep, sparkly blue but even though I initially intended to purchase the shade, I was so drawn to Sugar Angel that I chose the sparkly white shadow over it instead.
Addiction's eyeshadow powders have an incredibly soft and creamy-texture. In fact, their shadows are some of the softest powder-type eyeshadows that I have ever used. They also last a long time (which is why you will need a decent makeup remover). Due to their creamy texture, I recommend using a sponge tip to apply the shadows instead of a regular brush. And since they are highly pigmented and very smooth, you need very little shadow to achieve a bold eye. There are 4 eyeshadow types in the Addiction eye makeup collection: Matte (M), Pearl (P) Metallic (ME) and Sparkle (S). Missa is a matte shadow while Sugar Angel is a pearl-type shadow. All the eyeshadows contain rosa centifolia (cabbage rose) flower extract but no added fragrance.
What is interesting about Missa is that it looks far more purple on the skin than it does in the container. It is a deep plum shadow and possibly my favourite purple shade to date. Most matte purple shadows that dark are dull on the eyes but the purple color in Missa really comes through when applied. For a medium purple, just take up a tiny bit of the shadow with a sponge tip and draw it across the lid. For a smokey purple eye, simply use more shadow and smudge, smear and blend above and below the eye with your fingers.
Sugar Angel is a very pearly white with white shimmer that looks more frosty on skin than sparkly. It works wonderfully as both a base shadow or highlighter and as an eyeliner, and is the perfect shade for winter. If you are going for something artsy and different, sprinkle the shadow on your lashes right after you have applied mascara and it will look as though tiny snowflakes are caught in your eyelashes. You can also combine Missa and Sugar Angel for a beautiful, sparkly medium-plum though Sugar Angel can go with any shade.
I am very pleased with my Addiction eye makeup experience. I highly recommend both Missa and Sugar Angel, though Sugar Angel in particular because it is so versatile and great for any skin tone. Addiction is a quality makeup company that offers some of the softest and most pigmented powder-type eyeshadows I have ever tried. The only downside to brand is that they lack a great range of colors but they are going for a particular aesthetic which is deep, mysterious and bold. I think that anyone who is tired of sheer, safe-makeup will appreciate what Addiction is trying to do for beauty in Japan.
On the first of last month, Sonia Rykiel released 25 different shades in their new lipstick line, Sublime Lipstick. The lipsticks are moisturizing, somewhat waxy, well-pigmented and have a beautiful dewy sheen. I received samples of the new lip product in 13, 14 and 02. 13 is an orange-y, red-clay shade similar to Magie Deco's BE331 . 14 is little darker and slightly more red with gold shimmer. 02 is the lip color used in the lipstick campaign that looks cherry-red (Maraschino cherry-red) on the lips and contains red shimmer. The shimmer in both 14 and 02 are fine and so subtle that is is barely noticeable. Personally, I do not care for 13 and 14 but love 02 and may purchase the shade in the future. Unfortunately, the lipstick colors do come off easily and have a strange, clinical smell that is off-putting.
And I have to say, I am very disappointed that Sonia Rykiel chose both 13 and 14 for their Sublime Lipstick samples. 13 and 14 are very similar shades, even though one contains shimmer. There are golds, grays, plums, and pinks in their Sublime collection and the lipstick samples are a great way to showcase the range of colors that they have to offer. Women who cannot wear 13 are unlikely to find 14 workable, either, and if Sonia Rykiel wants to get as many women interested in their new lipstick line as possible, they should have chosen a different color for their samples.