The Palette Liberté in Indigo Royaute (known as Indigo Charm in the US) is an eyeshadow quad of blues and golds released as part of Lancôme's Declaring Indigo Collection, one of the few fall makeup collections that has captured my attention this year. As with most Lancôme eyeshadows, the Indigo Royauté powders are finely-milled, smooth and very pigmented. From left to right, Liberty is an electric, deep royal blue. Audacity is a pearly bronze-gold. Charming is a bright, almost-metallic gold and Declaration is a sparkling indigo. Liberty and Declaration look quite similar in the compact but because Declaration is an indigo hue, it has a somewhat purple finish on the eyes.
Although it is very easy to go wrong with blue shadows, as they have been overused in the past, the blue shades in Indigo Royauté are very fashion-forward. They are bold, chic and mysterious. The gold shades, meanwhile, add a wonderful touch to the eye line and also look great alone. My only complaint about palette is that the accompanying sponge tips are somewhat rough. I prefer using Lucky Trendy's Tina's dresser eyeshadow tips instead.
For a limited time, you can receive a Declaring Indigo Kit pouch with any Lancôme Japan makeup purchase totaling 8,400 yen or more. The pouch was designed by Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan's most well-known avant-guarde artists today. Since they are in limited supply and were released over a month ago, the pouches may no longer be available at most Lancôme counters. Like all of Lancôme's pouches and purses, the Declaring Indigo Kit is of high quality and great for storing your latest beauty items.
If you are interested in couture makeup, makeup trends for fall and winter or high fashion, you must check out the October 2009 issue of SPUR. This latest issue from the fashion magazine has an extended feature on beauty, including an in-depth look into Shiseido The Makeup's fall collection, an article on how to achieve hybrid makeup looks and a review of what is hot on the runway right now. Fans of Gucci, Paul Smith, Marc Jacobs, and Anna Sui will also love this issue.
I recently purchased the Jill StuartJelly Eye Color N in 07 Jewel Flash. Jewel Flash is a bright lilac shadow that, on the eyes, looks exactly how it appears in the container. The pink and purple shimmer give the Jelly Color an especially wonderful sparkle. Though both 07 Jewel Flash and 08 Crystal Sky are supposed to be purple shades, Jewel Flash is much more purple as Crystal Sky has a tendency to look a like a dull grey or brown under indirect light. I personally prefer Jewel Flash -it is great for a sweet, dainty, fairy-like look. But others may choose Crystal Sky instead because it a slightly more grown up shadow. You can read a more detailed review of the Jelly Eyes and Crystal Sky here. It can be a challenge to remove the glitter in the Jelly Eyes so I highly recommend using a wipe-off makeup remover in addition to a wash-off type makeup remover.
EX05 is an antique gold that actually looks quite natural on the eyes. It is a shade that goes particularly well with darker eyeshadows, is perfect for summer, and contains fine shimmer that adds just a little sparkle to the eyes. Gold eyeliners can be often too bright for day or for anyone over a certain age but EX05 is just subtle enough that it is still work appropriate and looks great on women of most ages. If you are new to makeup and want to try a non-traditional eyeliner color, this shade might be right for you. The Eyeliner Pencil WP is 2,415 yen including tax. The sharpener (which is 367 yen with tax) is sold separately.
For their 2009 Summer Makeup Collection, Lunasol released the Shining Pencil in EX01 Gold and EX02 Silver. I purchased the pencil in EX01 gold which is a light gold shade packed with gold pearls. The Shining Pencil is not a traditional eyeliner and is in fact, more like a highlighter for the eyes. The pencil crayon itself is sheer but the gold pearls gives the skin a super sparkly and glossy appearance when applied. You can use it to line the eyes or wear it over an eyeshadow to make it twinkle. Although the shimmer is incredibly beautiful, it is so sparkly that it may be too sparkly in some circumstances. The pencil is not a substitute for eyeliner and should only be used if you want to add more shimmer to your eye makeup. The pearls do stay in place, so they will not fall into your eyes or get stuck in your eyelashes, but they are difficult to remove if you do not use proper eye makeup remover. The pencil itself is short and thick but so smooth that it just glides over the skin.
Most will probably find the Shining Pencil in gold too light and sparkly. Although it is a wonderful product quality-wise, it is not a must-have makeup item and definitely not something you would use very often. The Shining Pencils are in limited supply and were released in May but you may still able to purchase them from Lunsaol counters in your area. 2,415 yen with tax, sharpener included.
The Glitter Petal Eye Mousse Pot was released in March as part of the Stila Japan x Barbie collection. Compared to Stila's Shadow Pot, the Barbie Pot is more mousse-like in texture while the Shadow Pot is creamier and smoother in composition. Glitter Petal is a deep pink with a soft sparkle that is much more subtle than the shiny Shadow Pots. Although it is a cutesy color, it is not necessarily an inappropriate shade for work as it does look quite natural. Pink shadows have a tendency to appear either invisible or red around my eyes, most likely do to my strong pink tones, but because the mousse sits on top of the skin rather than completely blend in like a regular powdered eyeshadow, when applied, the shadow looks almost exactly like how it appears in the container. If you want a bolder shade, you can also combine Stila's Shadow Pot in Lily with Glitter Petal for a cooler pink with greater sparkle.
If you know pink shadows work well for you, the Barbie Eye Mousse Pot in Glitter Petal is a very nice eye makeup product. It would look especially wonderful and really pop out on darker skin tones. Unfortunately, now that Stila will leave Japan by the end of the month, it will be difficult to locate this product. It should also be noted that, unlike the Shadow Pots, the Barbie Mousse Pot contains a rose fragrance. It has not irritated my eyes but I do find it a little annoying.
Along with my Stila purchases, as a parting gift, I received another Stila memo, a Stila folder and little charm. I hope Stila will consider returning to Japan when things begin to look up again. Their Barbie Face Shimmer Powder is still my favourite highlighter ever and one of my favourite makeup items that I use all the time.
Alima Pure's Azure, Aubergine and Aegean Luminous Shimmer eyeshadows are quite bold, not that it needs pointing out. Azure is a deep blue with green shimmer while Aubergine is a deep purple with purple-pink shimmer. Aegean is a bright teal shade with green shimmer that looks almost aqua. All of the powders are quite pigmented even when dry.
For some reason, Azure looks grey in the swatch photos but it does, in fact, retain its blue color even when wet. I think the light reflecting on the shimmer caused it to look more grey than teal, which is why I have taken an additional photo of the shadow.
I cannot decide which Alima eyeshadow I like best. All of them are really wonderful. Aegean is definitely eye-catching, both in the container and on the eye and Aubergine is quite exquisite, too. One full-size jar (.08 oz/2.5 g) of the Luminous Shimmer eyeshadow is 9 dollars (USD) and samples cost only 1 dollar each.
Each Alima Pure order also comes with 3 free samples chosen to coordinate with your purchase. They come in tiny ziploc bags, which is quite common for mineral makeup samples. The three samples I received were the Luminous Shimmer eyeshadow Smoke, Shimmer eyeliner Masquerade, and Satin Matte eyeshadow Aloe. I have never used a mineral eyeliner before and am excited to test Masquerade out.
This is my last post on Alima Pure products for a while. I hope you have enjoyed this series. Next week is Stila, Lancôme, Jill Stuart, and Sonia Rykiel point makeup reviews and maybe something on Addiction, too.
Alima Pure's green shade shadows Meadow and London are both Luminous Shimmer eyeshadows while Atlantis is a Pearl Luster eyeshadow. Meadow is a light green shadow with gold shimmer. When wet, it can look more gold than green in direct light. Atlantis is a paler shade that also contains gold-green shimmer with an almost metallic-finish that the other Pearl Luster shadows seem to have. Though described as emerald on the Alima website, London is a beautiful deep forest green with green shimmer. When wet, it is even more green in person than it appears in the photos.
All of the shades are quite stunning and look wonderful even when applied dry. Atlantis is definitely a more subtle shade than the other two and Meadow is much more bold when wet than it looks in the container. One full-size jar (.08 oz/2.5 g) of each eyeshadow is 9 dollars (USD) while samples cost only 1 dollar per shadow.
Alima Pureのアイシャドウもファンデーションやブラッシュパウダーと同様にハイクオリティです。アイシャドウには３つのタイプがあり、 Luminous Shimmer、Pearl Luster、Satin Matteです。Luminous Shimmerシャドウは綺麗な輝きのキラキラがたくさん入っています。Pearl Lusterはメタリックに近い感じで、Luminous Shadowsよりもキラキラは弱めです。私はSatin Matte Shadowsのサンプルを買いませんでしたが、先日買ったSatin Matteのブラッシュに似ているだろうと思います。 Much like their foundation and blush powders, Alima Pure's eyeshadows are high quality. There are three different types of eyeshadows: Luminous Shimmer, Pearl Luster, and Satin Matte. Luminous Shimmer shadows are packed with very fine shimmer for a pretty sparkle. The Pearl Luster shadows look almost metallic and contain fair less shimmer than the Luminous powders. I did not purchase a sample of the Satin Matte shadows but I imagine they are similar to the Satin Matte blushes I reviewed the other day.
Cedar looks like a mix of old gold and deep green with green shimmer. Eden is an antique gold shade with green shimmer. And Zen is a metallic grey with a hint of green pearls. If you are going for a sheer or minimalist look on the eyes, apply the eyeshadow powders with a dry brush. For bold and long-lasting color, apply the shadows to the lid with a damp brush. The shadows appear highly pigmented when applied wet and should last for a very long time.
I am very impressed with the performance of the Luminous Shimmer and Pearl Luster eyeshadows and have become a complete Alima fan. If you do not care for mineral makeup foundations and blushes, I highly urge you to at least try Alima's eyeshadows. One full-size jar (.08 oz/2.5 g) is 9 dollars (USD) and samples cost only 1 dollar each.
In addition to ordering base makeup samples from Alima Pure, I also ordered samples of their blushes and eye shadows. The blushes I ordered were Tulip, Apple Blossom, and Rosa. Alima carries two different types of blushes: Satin Matte and Luminous Shimmer. Satin Matte gives has an airbrushed quality to it while Luminous Shimmer adds a soft glow to the face. Tulip and Apple Blossom are Satin Matte blushes while Rosa is a Luminous Shimmer blush. Like the foundations, the blush powders are soft and finely milled.
Though they look very similar in their containers, there are some subtle differences between Tulip and Apple Blossom. Tulip is a cool pale pink and just a hint lighter than Apple Blossom on the cheeks. It can be used to complete a delicate, porcelain doll-look. Apple Blossom is a deeper pink that looks like a natural flush on the face. Apple Blossom would work well for those trying to achieve a natural or minimal/no-makeup look. Unfortunately, both blushes are so pale that they probably only appear on light complexions. Rosa is a darker blush. It has a deep reddish-pink color with a lot of beautiful shimmer. The shimmer appears much more subtle on the skin because it is so fine but it gives a nice, gentle glow to the face. Personally, Rosa is a little too dark for me and reminds me of my rosacea, though a more shimmery, prettier version of it. I think it would work best on light to medium complexions but not on a pale or medium to dark face. The nice thing about Alima is that they carry a large range of blush shades, so whatever your skin color or shade, you should be able to find a blush that works for you.
I think I will be purchasing a full-size jar of Alima Pure's Tulip blush when I run out of the sample although I do like Apple Blossom. A full-size jar (.16oz/5g) of one of Alima Pure's Satin Matte or Luminous Shimmer blushes is 15 dollars (USD), while samples cost only 1 dollar each. I highly recommend purchasing and trying out the samples first.
Alima Pure is an eco-friendly, cruelty-free mineral makeup company based in Portland, Oregon. Their products are BDIH-certified, that is their products are certified natural cosmetics, and have been featured in magazines such as Nylon, Coco Eco and Natural Health. Their products are mostly sensitive-friendly and do not contain irritants, such as bismuth oxychloride, talc, dyes, and fragrances.
賞を受賞しているAlima PureのSatin Matte Foundationはどんな肌のトーンにも幅広いカラーを展開しています。Coolは日焼けで火傷しやすいピンクのトーンの肌の人向け。Neutralは黄色でもピンクでもないピーチィ(黄桃)トーンで日焼けしやすいですが後で赤くならずに焼ける肌の人向け。Beigeは日焼けしやすいですが黄色みの強いピーチィカラーの肌の人向け。Warmは日焼けしやすいピーチから黄色のスキントーンの人向け。Goldenは濃い黄色で少しピンクやベージュが入った日焼けしやすい肌向け。Oliveは日焼けで黒くなりやすくピンクや黄色みのないベージュの肌向けです。ファンデーションの色は白に近い0からエボニーの9まであります(自分のスキントーンと色が良く分からないという方には、AlimaのChoose Your Foundation Colorのページを読むことをオススメします)。私はCoolの0とNeutralの0のサンプルと、顔の赤みを消すためにColor Balancing PowderのPistachioを注文しました。
Alima Pure's award winning Satin Matte Foundation has a fairly wide range of shades for every skin tone. Cool is for easily sunburned skin with pink-tones. Neutral is for peachy skin tones that are neither particularly yellow nor pink, that may burn easily but then tan. Beige is for those who tan easily and have more yellow in their peach-colored skin. Warm is for peach to yellow undertones that tan easily. Golden is for rich, yellow, easily-tanned skin with a little pink or beige. Olive is for those who tan easily and have beige skin without any pink or yellow. The foundation shades run from 0 almost white to 9 ebony. (For those of you unsure of your skin tone and shade, I highly recommend reading Alima's Choose Your Foundation Color page.) I ordered a sample of 0 in Cool and 0 in Neutral, as well as their Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio, to diffuse the redness in my skin.
While most color correctors or balancers used to hide red skin go on too yellow or too green, Pistachio looks very natural and can even be worn alone if you do not want to wear foundation over it. Though it did not completely conceal the redness in my skin, it did diffuse it to a great extent and my bumpy, red rosacea cheeks looked more like a healthy, smooth, natural blush. The only downside to the corrector was that it sunk into my pores and made them more noticeable.
Although the powders may look a bit chalky or heavy in the jar, they are fine, soft, and incredibly light. I felt a slight tingling sensation when I first put on the Satin Matte Foundation but it did not itch like other mineral makeup foundations that I have tried in the past. Neutral was a slightly too dark and yellow for me but Cool 0 was a pretty close match to my skin tone and looked natural on my face. The foundation has an air brushed quality to it that is neither matte nor overly shiny. Although Alima offers finishing powders, I do not think they are necessary. The Satin Matte Foundation has a soft, subtle glow that resembles a toned-down version of Stila's Barbie Face Shimmer Powder in Pink Doll. The coverage is sheer to medium-light, although you can probably increase the coverage by applying more powder to your face. My pores did not look as large as they did when I only had the Pistachio color balancer on, but I think making pores appear larger is a characteristic of all mineral foundations. I did not use a primer or makeup base before apply the foundation however, and the pores were only noticeable from very up-close. When I checked how the foundation looked hours later, it was mostly unchanged. The one minor annoyance I have with the powders is that they can get very messy but that is to be expected for all loose-powder makeup.
Alima offers samples of their foundation shades for 1.50 dollars (USD) a piece. Each sample comes in a small plastic jar that is filled to the very top. The Color Balancing Powders come in slightly smaller jars for 1 dollar each. Once you are finished with the makeup, you may send the empty jars back to Alima for recycling. If you send 5 full-size jars back to Alima, you will receive a free eyeshadow with your next purchase. Please check their Jar Return Program page for more information.
I am very pleased with Alima Pure and plan to purchase a full size jar of their foundation and color corrector when I have used up their samples. Their powders are light, natural-looking and very affordable. If you have very pale skin and have never found a foundation light enough for you, you should definitely order a foundation sample from this company. One full size jar (.24oz/7.5g) of the Satin Matte Foundation sells for 20 dollars while the full size Color Balancing Powders(.16oz/5g) are 15 dollars each. Alima Pure donates a portion of their profits to green organizations every year, so you can also feel good knowing that your makeup purchases are helping to support a good cause.
Funtabulous is one of the latest Dazzleglasses offered by MAC in their spring Double Dazzle collection. It is a fuchsia shade with violent shimmer. The gloss is slightly less bright and more natural-looking on my lips but for the most part, closely resembles how it appears in the bottle. The formula is quite thick but not sticky and has that wonderful crème brûlée smell that many MAC lip products seem to have. As Funtabulous is an eye-catching, "dazzling" shade, it is not very work-appropriate but great for the weekend or a night on the town. Since the color does wear off somewhat quickly, it is probably best to apply it over another lip color for long-lasting color, especially if you have (naturally) light-colored lips. Be sure that your lips are completely healed before you apply Dazzleglass. I had a very tiny crack in the corner of my lip and the shimmer in the gloss made it really sting.
There have also been complaints that the Dazzleglass bottles are smaller and contain less product than other MAC glosses despite being more expensive. I do not understand why MAC is charging more for less but hopefully they will listen to some of the feedback they have received from their customers. I purchased Funtabulous through the US MAC website for 18 dollars (USD) but the gloss is 2730 yen, over 950 yen (10 dollars) more expensive at MAC counters in Japan.
(For some reason the swatch of Funtabulous on the Japanese MAC site looks completely different from what is displayed on the US MAC site. The swatch on the US site is a much more accurate representation of the Dazzleglass shade.)
The latest lip product from Lipstick Queen is the Chinatown Glossy Pencils, inspired by New York City's Chinatown where Lipstick Queen's offices are located and Poppy King's favourite film by film director-producer Roman Polanski. Likely due to the shea-butter in their formulas, the lip pencils are moisturizing on application and very glossy. They are also "jumbo"-sized, well-pigmented and have good lasting power. Each pencil comes with a cap and sharpener.
I ordered the Mystery Glossy Pencil through the Barneys online store. (Lipstick Queen is still not available in Japan but I hope they will make an appearance in Tokyo soon!) Mystery is a brilliant plum purple that comes in a lovely film noir-print box. Unfortunately, my lips are already quite pigmented and turn the gloss into a bold, vampy brown-red that is not very appropriate for a day-look. This is a shame as Mystery is a beautiful shade on its own but perhaps others will have more luck with this color. The pencil product also dries out the lips after a while, so I recommend either wearing a lip balm or liquid gloss over it.
I do like the idea of the Glossy Pencils and am still interested in some of the other shades (Thriller and Crime). But I have yet to try out one of Lipstick Queen's Big Bang glosses, which are exploding in popularity right now, and may try one of those first. One Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil costs 20 dollars (USD).
Benefit recently released a collection of three new fragrances for the summer season and I received a sample of each Crescent Row eau de toilette with an order from Sephora.
Laugh with me Lee Leeはライトなウッディーフローラルの香りにカシス、メロン、シトラス、ブラックバイオレット、ユリ、ジャスミン、ブロンドウッド、琥珀、サンタルがブレンドされています。かすかにフレッシュでクリーンな香りで、ユリとメロンの香りが引き立っています。肌に付いてから少し落ち着くとより一層甘い香りがします。でも、それは他のライトなフローラルフレグランスと非常によく似ています。
Laugh with me Lee Lee is a light, woody floral fragrance with a blend of cassis, melon, citrus, black violet, lily, jasmine, blonde wood, amber and santal. It is a subtle fresh, clean scent with a noticeable lily and melon-aroma. It smells more sweet as it settles. But it does resemble a lot of other light floral fragrances out there.
Something about Sofiaはオリエンタルフローラルの香りでマンゴ、フリージア、ユリ、ジャスミンサンバック、ボタン、マスク、白キャラメルとバニラビーンの香りが含まれています。このフレグランスはとても甘く、３つのフレグランスの中では一番のお気に入りです。まず、マンゴーとバニラの香りがしますが、肌に付いて落ち着くとピーチ＆クリームに少々のスパイスを振り掛けたような香りになります。甘いですが、そこまで甘くて子供っぽい香りではないです。
Something about Sofia is an oriental floral fragrance with notes of mango, freesia, sheer lily, jasmine sambac, peony petal, musk, white caramel and vanilla bean. It is quite sweet and my favourite of the three fragrances. At first, it smells like mango and vanilla but as it settles, it is more like peaches and cream with a dash of spice. Though it is sweet, it is not an overly young, sugary fragrance.
My Place or Yours Ginaはウッディーオリエンタルの香りにピンクペッパー、ベルガモット、みかん、ボタン、ワイルドラズベリー、白ユリ、パチョリ、トンカビーンとバニラビーンの香りが入っています。このフレグランスを好きか嫌いか、自分にも良く分かりません。とても甘い香りでピンクペッパーとラズベリーの香りが際立っています。最初にこのGinaを試してみた時には特に気に入ったというわけではなかったのですが、２～３回使うとだんだん好きになってきました。何らかの理由でこのフレグランスはあまりフレッシュな感じがしませんが、他の２つのオードトワレよりも香りが長持ちします。
My place or Yours Gina is a woody oriental fragrance with pink pepper, bergamot, tangerine, peony, wild raspberry, white lily, patchouli, tonka bean and vanilla bean. I have very mixed feelings about this fragrance. It is quite sweet and the pink pepper and raspberry really stand out. When I first tested Gina out, I did not care for it at all but after a second and third time around, I am beginning to like it. For some reason, it just does not smell very fresh to me though it does last longer than the other two eau de toilettes.
None of the scents last for a very long time but none of them are overpowering, either. I do not think that perfume snobs will care for any of these scents but those who are looking for something light and inconspicuous may want to check the Crescent Row Collection out.
The sample scents came in a very adorable box and each eau de toilette for sale is housed in a beautifully-designed container. Each fragrance has a corresponding a poem, as well. One of the aspects I love most about Benefit Cosmetics is their cute packaging. However, I do not see myself actually purchasing any of these fragrances though I will continue to use the samples for now.