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.