The Purple Gradation palette closely resembles the photo on Lunasol's website. When applied, the eye shadows, though smooth, were a bit lighter than I expected but the darker purple (on the bottom left) turned out to be rather beautiful. The white-looking shadow on the left is a shimmery highlighting base. Although I'm not a fan of shimmer, the base shadow created a soft sparkle that was just right. Lunasol is well known for its high quality makeup and I would say that the Layer Bloom Eyes reflected this, as well. I guess my main complaint would be that the sponge tips accompanying the shadows were a little rough, like the Chanel palette I reviewed last month. I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone who is interested in a subtle but pretty look. I believe that all of the palettes are on the sheer or light side, so if you are looking for something that will make you stand out, you should probably forgo them. If you are interested in the Purple Gradation palette, I highly recommend testing it out first. The shadows may not show up very well depending on your skin color. Several other brands are releasing similar purple palettes this and next month, including Fasio, Lavushca, Maquillage and RMK, so if Lunasol is unavailable in your location or doesn't work for you, you may want to check those others out.
The Full Glamour Lips S in 03 Lucent Purple, on the other hand, didn't quite look like the photo in Lunasol's catalog. It is more pink than purple and only the shimmering particles in the lipstick give it a (very) slightly purple shine. It is also very sheer. Although it is supposed to compliment the Purple Gradation eye shadows, I would say that Shiseido's The Makeup Sheer Gloss Lipstick S12 Violet Cool (which is not available in Japan) is a much better match. That said, it is a cute, pretty lipstick and the quality is excellent. My lips are almost always chapped and S applied very smooth and moisturizing. Out of all of the lipsticks that I have used, it may very well be the best for dry lips. The glitter in the lipstick also gives it a pretty shine that is not overdone. Lips S in Lucent Purple may not be the purple lipstick that I was hoping for but I am not disappointed with what I got.
Did the Limited Edition palette and lipstick from Lunasol's 2009 spring collection live up to the hype? Probably not. But am I satisfied? Yes. I can see myself regularly using these products for my day look in the spring. The Lunsaol women kindly offered some samples from their upcoming base makeup collection coming out next month, so expect to see a review of their foundations and primers in the near future.