リップスティック・クイーンのFired Upグロスは今私が一番気に入っているグロスです。Fifteen Minutes of Fameのようにツヤがあってベタつかないですが、ポップアートグロスよりもクリーミーで潤いを与えてくれます。リップスティック・クィーンによるとシアーだそうですが、他のブランドのグロスと比べると結構発色があります。Fired Upグロスは唇を明るくて若々しいマラスキーノ・チェリー レッドにしてくれるので、ピンクで赤みのある私の頬と良く合います。私は薄いモーブ色と明るい紫色のシャドウと一緒に使うのが好きで、暗めのアイライナーとも良く合います。このグロスは毛先の付いたスクィーズタイプのペン(修正ペンや筆ペンのようなタイプ)なので、とても使いやすいです。私はリップスティック・クィーンがこのグロスのラインで他の色を販売してくれることを強く願っています。このFired Upグロスは本当にオススメですし、特に唇が乾燥しがちな方にはピッタリです。１つ18ドル(税抜き)です。
Lipstick Queen's Fired Up Gloss is my most favorite lip gloss at the moment. Like Fifteen Minutes of Fame, it is shiny and non-sticky but even creamier and more moisturizing than the pop art gloss. It applies sheer according to Lipstick Queen but it is still fairly pigmented compared to other lip glosses from other brands. Fired Up turns my lips a bright, youthful maraschino cherry red that brings out the natural pink and red hues in my cheeks. I love wearing it with subtle mauve and lilac shades and it also goes well with dark eyeliner. The gloss comes in a squeeze pen with a brush tip and is very easy to use. I really really hope that Lipstick Queen will consider releasing other shades with this same lip gloss formula. I highly recommend Fired Up to everyone, especially those who suffer from dry lips. One Fired Up Gloss is 18.00USD (without tax).
リップスティック クィーンのポップアートグロスFifteen Minutes of Fameはとても発色が良い、薄くて軽い付け心地のリップグロスです。ツヤがありますがベトつかず、潤いがあるので乾燥した唇の上から付けても大丈夫です。またキープ力もあります。このグロスは筆ペンタイプのアプリケーターに入っています。私は大抵の場合、筆ペンタイプのグロスで上手くいかないことが多いですが、ポップアートグロスFifteen Minutes of Fameでは今のところ困ったこともなく、似たようなアプリケーターのスティラのリップグレイズよりも遥かに使いやすいです。11 Minutesは明るいパープルで、唇に付けると深いフクシア色になります。このカラーは私の肌の色とへーゼルカラーの瞳をより引き立たせてくれます。一流の品質を持つリップスティック・クィーンのリップグロスは、新たな色を私のコレクションに追加させる気を起こさせます。多分、薄いピンクかサンゴ色を試してみると思います。ポップアートグロスFifteen Minutes of Fameは$16.50 USD(税抜き)です。
Lipstick Queen's Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pop Art Gloss is a highly pigmented lip gloss with a thin, lightweight formula. It is shiny but not sticky and moisturizing enough to wear over dry lips. It also lasts quite long. The gloss comes in a click pen applicator with a brush tip. I often have trouble with pen-type glosses but have yet to struggle with Fifteen Minutes of Fame and find it far easier to use than the Stila lip glazes, which come in a similar apparatus. 11 Minutes is a vibrant purple that turns into a deep fuchsia on the lips. The shade does a wonderful job of bringing out the blue in my complexion and the hazel color of my eyes. The top-notch quality of Lipstick Queen's lip gloss has made me want to seek out new shades to add to my collection. Perhaps I will try a pale pink or a coral next. One Fifteen Minutes of Fame gloss is $16.50USD (without tax).
A few weeks ago I received another wonderful package from my poupée friend Gillanek. Inside this package were delectable Polish sweets, dazzling jewelry, fabulous cosmetics, and a few lovely surprises.
Tofinekのキャラメルウエハース、Delfina P. チョコレートとワイルドストロベリーのルースリーフのお茶です。日本でオランダのウエハースを見付けましたが、Tofinekの様な美味しいシナモン風味ではありませんでした。Delfina P.チョコレートの名前の由来は、美しさと聡明さで有名だったポーランドのデルフィナ・ポトツカ伯爵夫人から来ています。（ショパンのミューズでもあり、恋人だったという噂もあるようです。）ルースリーフのお茶は、甘いハーブティーで、少し野イチゴのすっぱい後味があります。
Tofinek caramel wafers, Delfina P. chocolate, and loose-leaf tea with wild strawberries. Although I have found the Dutch version of these wafers in Japan, they do not have the delicious cinnamon-like flavor that the Tofinek wafers have. The Delfina P. chocolate is named after Polish Countess Potocka, famed for her beauty and intellect. (She was also a muse to Chopin and some suspect they may have been lovers.) The loose-leaf tea is a sweet herbal tea with the slightly tart aftertaste of wild strawberries.
This is the Polish fashion and shopping magazine Hot. Gillanek was kind enough to include English translations of many of the articles. The gorgeous dress the model is wearing on the cover is a C.M. Nadarzyn design and the colorful necklace is from MaknaDesign. Just exquisite!
Beauty content also fills some of the pages of Hot and there are some nice editorial shots, as well.
これは、 Haiku Fristajl（俳句フリースタイル）というバンドの"Kazik na Wakacje" (夏休みのカジック君) というシングルCDで、メンバーの一人で有名なジャズボーカリストのSojkaさんのサインが入っています。Haiku Fristajlは、ポーランド語に加えて日本語で俳句を詠んでおり、とてもモダンなサウンドを奏でています。
This is an autographed copy of "Kazik na Wakacje" (夏休みのカジック君) by Haiku Fristajl (Haiku Freestyle) signed by one of the members of the band, renown jazz vocalist Sojka. Haiku Fristajl actually sings their haikus in Japanese in addition to Polish, and have a very modern sound.
This is a handmade bracelet with Polish ambers from the sea. The way the amber beads glow in the sunlight is absolutely stunning. The earrings are from Galeria Centrum in Warsaw. They have the same lovely antique-like design as the earrings with the purple stones that Gillanek last sent me.
Last month, Bobbi Brown added four new shades to their Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow collection. One of the new shades, 12 Moonstone, is a pale olive green with green and gold shimmer. It is crease-resistant and quite thin and smooth on the eye. It settles immediately, so there is no need to worry about smudging, and is very sparkly. Unfortunately, the shadow is also sheer (almost transparent) and the shimmer seems to overpower what little color there is, if any. The shimmer is also a little chunky and rough. Moonstone does not perform very well as an eye shadow on its own and it would be best to wear it over a more pigmented shadow, or use it as a liner under the eye. For better a performing cream-type eye shadow with more color, I highly recommend Shiseido's Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow in H7 Green Exotique. One Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow is 3360 yen (including tax).
THREEコスメティックスは去年の秋に日本でデビューしたオーガニックメイクとスキンケアのブランドです。スキンケアでは"ナチュラル"、メイクアップでは"エッジィ"なアプローチを強調しています。ポイントメイクの中で最も人気のある商品はシマリング カラー ヴェールです。他のルースパウダー用のアイシャドウと違って、シマリング カラー ヴェールはドライではなく、肌につけるとすぐに浸透していきます。パウダーはとてもソフトでスムーズ、非常に上品なクオリティです。乾いた状態でもそれなりに発色が良いですが、より発色を良くして長持ちさせるためには、少し濡らして使用すると良いです。お望みのルックに仕上げるために、ほんの少しのパウダーを使うだけで大丈夫です。このシャドウにはラメが一杯入っていて輝きのレベルが凄いです。シマリング カラー ヴェールは職場環境には全く適しませんので気を付けて下さい。 THREE Cosmetics is an organic makeup and skincare brand that debuted in Japan last fall. While emphasizing the "natural" in skincare, THREE takes an "edgy" approach to makeup. Their most popular point make up product is the Shimmering Color Veil. Unlike other loose powder eye shadows, the Shimmering Color Veil is not dry and melts right into the skin once applied. The powder is incredibly soft and smooth, and of superior quality. Though fairly pigmented dry, to increase its power and longevity, apply the shadow wet. You only need a tiny bit of powder to achieve whatever look you desire. The shadow is chock-full of shimmer and the sparkle is intense. Shimmering Color Veil is definitely not for the office.
20 Ziggy is described as a dark khaki brown with light gold shimmer. I do not think I have ever seen such a sparkly eye shadow before. It feels incredibly light on the eye and though it is very shimmery, it does not irritate at all. Ziggy probably works best for a smokey eye look, especially for brunettes. It is important to use makeup remover when removing the eye shadow and I highly recommend wiping it off with a cotton ball or pad first, because the shimmer is very difficult to remove.
I do not usually care for loose powder eye shadows because of the mess but the excellent quality of THREE's shadows has changed my mind. I would love to try a white or pale pink shadow next. One Shimmering Color Veil is 3,675 yen (including tax).
ブリーミングドリームアイズのパレットには４色のアイシャドウが入っています：アイベース、ニュアンスカラー、シャドウカラー、アイグロスです。アイベースはまぶた全体に塗り、ニュアンスカラーは目頭から目の中央にかけて目尻から目の中央にかけて使うシャドウカラーと馴染ませます。アイグロスは下瞼に使用します (使用方法を見るには、HOW TOをクリックして下さい)。ニュアンスカラーとシャドウカラーはパウダータイプのシャドウで、アイベースはクリームタイプ、アイグロスはグロスそのものです。そのラメ入りのグロスは最初ベト付きませんが、時間が経つと少しベタつきを感じます。 The Blooming Dream Eyes Palette comes with four different eye shadows: an eye base, nuance color, shadow color and eye gloss. The eye base is applied to the whole eye hole while the nuance color is applied to the inner corner of the eyelid and blended into the shadow color, which is applied to the outer corner of the eyelid. The eye gloss is used to line the base of the eye. (Click on HOW TO to watch the MM tutorial.) While both the nuance color and shadow color are powdered eye shadows, the eye-base is a cream-based shadow and the eye gloss is an actual gloss. The sparkly gloss is not sticky at first but feels a bit sticky over time.
The shadows for the Midnight Dream (2) palette look much brighter when applied but fade rather quickly. The eye gloss just seems impractical but the pearly eye base is quite pretty in a subtle way. There is a lot of shimmer in these shadows and some might find them too sparkly for work. I do like the purple and pink shadows but wish they were a little more pigmented. Overall, the Blooming Dream Eyes palette is more of a collectible item for MM fans than a must-have palette. One limited edition Blooming Dream Eyes is 1680 yen (including tax).
The Candy DollPeach Pink cheek color is a sheer, slightly frosty pale pink blush. Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time trying to photograph the cheek color on my skin. It looks quite subtle on pale skin and would work better as a highlighter on darker skin tones. I do think it would be interesting to try to use it as an eyeshadow for a natural or minimum makeup look but the blush is just not worth the 1260 yen (including tax) in my opinion. Candy Doll has released an additional cheek color since my review of the Strawberry Pink cheek color. Carrot Orange is an orange shade that, combined with Candy Doll's latest highlighter Cream Beige, is supposed to create a cute and fresh summer look.
ランコムのヴィルトゥーズ プレシャスセルは日本で 発売された最新のランコム マスカラです。普通のヴィルトゥーズ マスカラとは違い、ヴィルトゥーズ プレシャスセルは、ヒアルロン酸とリンゴから抽出された細胞エキスパンテノール（プロビタミンB5）を配合しており、まつ毛の再生と強化を手伝ってくれます。すでにヴィルトゥーズ マスカラを良くご存知の方は、ヴィルトゥーズ プレシャスセルを使うとすぐに、こちらのほうが薄くて滑らか、殆どダマになったり滲んだりしないことに気づくと思います。私は蒸し暑い日に1日中ヴィルトゥーズ プレシャスセルを付けていたことがありますが、まだパンダ目に悩まされたことはありません。チューブとファイバータイプのマスカラのように、ほんの僅かにマスカラがポロポロと落ちますが、外出する前に注意してティッシュで余分なマスカラを拭い取れば問題ないです。オリジナルのヴィルトゥーズ マスカラがまつ毛をボリュームアップさせるのに対し、ヴィルトゥーズ プレシャスセルはまつ毛を長く、1本1本を際立たせます。個人的にはオリジナルのヴィルトゥーズ マスカラの方が劇的な結果を得られて好みですが、多くの方はプレシャスセルの質感が与えてくれる柔らかくて羽のようなまつ毛を好むのではないかと思います。両方のマスカラ共に1日中まつ毛をカールさせるキープ力は素晴らしいです。私は元々まつ毛が太くて長いので、ヴィルトゥーズ プレシャスセル マスカラのトリートメント効果については語ることが出来ませんが、オイルタイプのメイクアップリムーバーを使えば簡単に落とせますし、他のランコムのマスカラよりも簡単に落ちます。 Lancôme's Virtuôse Precious Cells is the latest Lancôme mascara released in Japan. Unlike the regular Virtuôse mascara, Virtuôse Precious Cells contains hyaluronic acid and panthenol (provitamin B5) plant cell extract from apples to help regenerate and fortify lashes. Those of you familiar with the old Virtuôse will immediately notice upon using the new mascara that the Precious Cells formula is much thinner and slicker than the original Virtuôse formula, and that there is little to no clumping or smudging. I have worn Virtuôse Precious Cells outside all day in hot and humid weather and have yet to suffer from raccoon eyes. Much like tube and fiber-type mascaras, there is just the tiniest bit of flaking but by carefully tissuing off any excess mascara from your lashes before you step outside, the flaking can be eliminated. Whereas the original Virtuous thickened lashes, Virtuôse Precious Cells lengthens and separates. I personally prefer the more dramatic results of the original Virtuôse but many will likely prefer the soft, feathery lashes that the Precious Cells formula seems to produce. Both mascaras do a wonderful job of keeping your eyelashes curled all day. I cannot speak to the treatment properties of the Precious Cells mascara as my lashes are naturally long and thick, but I can say that the mascara comes off easily with any oil-based makeup remover and is much easier to remove than the other Lancôme mascaras.
I am torn over whether I should continue using the regular Virtuôse or switch to Precious Cells. I like the volumizing properties of the regular Virtuôse but with Precious Cells, I never have to worry about smudging, clumping, or dark circles under my eyes. One Virtuôse Precious Cells mascara is 3,990 yen (including tax).
Chanel's Rouge Coco also happens to be one of my favorite lipsticks of the season. Though slightly less pigmented as Rouge Volupté (but still very pigmented nonetheless), Rouge Coco is incredibly smooth and even after it wears off, leaves a beautiful stain that lasts for hours. The formula is so light and buttery that as soon as it is applied, it melts into your lips and feels as though you are not wearing anything at all. I purchased 31 Cambon after seeing the shade on model Kira Nakagawa in an issue of Voce (image on the left) and I highly recommend the shade to any pale-faced, pink-toned, dark-haired gal interested in the Chanel lip color line. Cambon is a youthful, cherry pink-red, named after 31 rue Cambon in Paris where the House of Chanel is located. The lipstick is on the expensive side but considering its performance and wearability, I would say that Rouge Coco is a wise investment. One Rouge Coco shade is 3,750 yen (including tax).
Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupté is probably my most favorite lipstick at this moment. Rouge Volupté is highly pigmented, silky-smooth, creamy, and almost moisturizing. Its lasting power is fairly decent and the lipstick even has a little shine. Like Gloss Pur, Rouge Volupté has a starfruit-like scent. 29 Rose Opéra is one of the newer shades released as part of YSL's 2010 Spring Point Makeup collection. It is a bright and cool rose-pink shade that I would not normally wear but looked so beautiful in Voce magazine that I just had to have it. It is a great color for spring and even if you do not care for bright lipstick shades, I highly recommend that you at least check it out. The Rouge Volupté packaging is also very luxurious and decadent, and the cap even has a mirror to help you apply your lipstick whenever, wherever. YSL is quickly becoming my favorite makeup brand when it comes to lip makeup.
Two months ago, high-end skincare company Ignis released four different masks in their Treasure Mini Esthe Line. Since I suffer from both dry and irritated skin, I decided to give their Mini Esthe Mask Smoothing a try. Mask Smoothing is a mask to both hydrate and calm the skin. It comes with a packet of powder, gel, and a mixing bowl and spatula. To make the mask, pour the powder into the plastic mixing bowl, add the gel and mix the ingredients for about one minute. The mixture should have a fluffy texture and light green color. Apply the product to your face with the spatula after you have gone through your regular skincare routine and leave it on for 3 minutes. Use the spatula to remove the product or tissue it off when you are done. Do not wash off the mask with water.
Mask Smoothing is incredibly cool on the face and quite soothing. It has a lavender scent that is somewhat strong but not overpowering. After removing the mask, I noticed that some of the redness in my face had dissipated although that might have been due to the green color of the mask (as green neutralizes red). Though the mask ingredients do contain ethanol and menthol, which my skin often cannot tolerate, they did not irritate at all. This could be because the mask is not applied for very long. I used the mask right before going to bed which is what I recommend unless you plan to spend the day relaxing at home. My face did feel slightly sticky before going to bed but was smooth by morning.
The mini-esthe mask is rather expensive though cheaper than some of the other high-end masks such as SKII's sheet masks. There is more than enough product in Mask Smoothing for two or three masks but because the mask ingredients come in packets and cannot be stored once opened, you cannot use the mask ingredients more than once. I cannot say that the results were dramatic enough to convince me to use it again but Mask Smoothing does seem like it would be a nice cosmetic treat for your skin on a hot day. One Ignis Mini-esthe Mask Smoothing is 1575 yen (including tax). For those of you interested in sheet masks, Ignis has also released the Nature Water Mask which is a sheet mask for regular skincare use.
038 Eggplant is one of three new eyeshadow shades in Addiction's 2010 Spring Collection "Pastel Rainbow." It is a classic, royal purple that is chic, modern and fashion-forward. It contains silver and red shimmer and has a lovely pearly-finish. The shimmer is very subtle and disappears within an hour or so of wear but the shadow itself is soft, well-pigmented and does not fade easily. Eggplant is great for a smokey eye and a wonderful eyeshadow to add to your makeup collection if you like purple hues. One Addiction shadow is 2,100 yen (including tax). All of the eye shadows in the Pastel Rainbow collection are limited edition colors. Addiction also offers another great purple shadow called Missa, which is part of their permanent collection.
On February 25th, Addiction released their 2010 Spring Collection "Pastel Rainbow," as well as two limited edition sets. The Campaign Addiction set which I purchased includes, one lipstick in 018S Poupée, one eyeshadow in 036P Limoncello, a blush in 09 Acid Pink, a mini-size Misty On skin refresher, one mini-size lipgloss in 003 Dream Pillow, and an original Addiction pouch. Poupée, Limoncello, and Acid Pink are all limited edition shades.
The original Addiction pouch is a sturdy and stylish, silver clutch with a fair amount of padding to keep your cosmetics safe. It is quite small and only large enough to store a few products, such as the Campaign Addiction set, but it is well-made and attractive enough to carry with you around town.
The Addiction lipstick in Poupée is a medium-pink lip color that applies sheer. It is waxy, shiny and moisturizing but because it is only somewhat pigmented, you will need to wear a lip concealer or primer if your lips are not naturally pale and you want the color to really show. In my case, it only makes my lips look slightly lighter and pinker but I do like the shade.
Limoncello is a bright, lime-green eyeshadow with a pearly gold sheen. It is fairly pigmented but can look almost subtle on pale skin. You can build up its intensity by applying the shadow wet but Limoncello is not quite as dramatic or as intense as it appears on the model in the spring campaign. The eyeshadow powder itself is very soft, smooth and has great lasting power as with all of the Addiction shadows that I have reviewed in the past. It is a perfect shade for spring and if you are fond of green, it is a great shadow to have in your makeup collection.
The Blush in Acid Pink is a rose-pink face color packed with fine white shimmer. The blush gives the cheeks are nice healthy flush, a pearly-pink sheen and a pretty sparkle that is only really noticeable up close. The face powder itself is soft and somewhat pigmented (though may not show on darker skin tones) and instantly blends into the skin. This is just the right blush for spring and summer.
The lip gloss in Dream Pillow is a pearly-white gloss with white shimmer. The gloss is neither thick nor sticky and applies sheer. It leaves the lips shiny and just a little sparkly. You can wear it over another lip color for some shine.
Misty On in travel blend is an organic, juniper berry scented skin refresher that also contains rosa centifolia extract and rose water. The mist is supposed to help refresh your skin and mind. When you are tired and in need of feeling "refreshed," spray Misty On 20-30 cm away from your face. This is not a product that I would purchase separately and would have preferred it if the Campaign Addiction set included another lip gloss instead.
Overall, the Campaign Addiction set from Addiction's 2010 Spring Collection is a decent point makeup set for spring. The only disappointment is the Misty On skin refresher which seems out of place. While I do see myself using most of the products, I do not know if I would call this a must-have coffret. If you are only interested in one or two of the products, I recommend forgoing the set and purchasing the products separately. The Campaign Addiction set is 7,980 yen (including tax).
Last month, I received a fabulous package from my Poupee friend Gillanek. In it were Polish souvenirs, chocolates (just in time for Valentine's Day), stationary, a handmade bookmark, a music CD and other goods.
The beautiful stationary in the back comes from Warsaw and the building it depicts is the Palace of Culture and Science. Knowing that I am a tea-fanatic, Gillanek also sent an assortment of fruity Polish teas.
This incredibly adorable bookmark was hand-made by Gillanek. I read a lot and never seem to have enough bookmarks. It will be great to be able to mark my pages with a hand-crafted, personalized bookmark. Gillanek also wrote on super cute kitten stationary.
Gillanek was kind enough to include detailed descriptions of the Polish landmarks in each postcard. The top two and bottom-right postcards show landmarks in Poznan including the Town Hall (top-left) and the Opera House (top-right). Everyday at noon two billy-goats (that you can see in the bottom-right postcard) bump heads above the large clock in the clock tower of the city hall. The bottom-left postcard shows the city center of Warsaw. Poland seems to be full of beautiful architecture.
The Terravita chocolate is white chocolate with apricots (my favorite). The Danusia chocolate on top has a long history of almost 100 years. It is produced in the picturesque city of Krawkow and is named after the beautiful courtier in Nobel laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel, Krzyzacy (The Teutonic Knights). What I find interesting is that it tastes more like a truffle than a chocolate bar.
This eyeshadow trio comes from the Polish cosmetics brand Inglot. I think it is called Integra and this palette is palette 39. The light grey and white shadows contain shimmer while the dark grey shadow is matte. They are all very soft and smooth. I wish we had Inglot in Japan.
This bear is the mascot of Polskie Radio (Polish Radio) where Gillanek worked. The scarf around his neck has the summer radio logo which was when Gillanek had her first broadcast. She also sent some adorable kitten stickers.
Last by not least is the CD "Shuruvath" by the Polish singer Michal Rudas who Gilannek interviewed at the radio station. His style is a unique blend of pop, soul, classical Indian and bollywood. Shuruvath is his debut solo-album and each piece is filled with passion. Michal has several music videos on youtube and you can also sample some of his songs at his myspace page.
Gillanekちゃん、可愛らしくて心のこもった贈り物をどうもありがとう！ Thank you, Gillanek, for all the lovely and thoughtful gifts.
The soy yogurt face pack "Tama no Koshi" from the Moritaya tofu company has been one of the top selling facial masks on the Daimaru Department store webshop. It contains a mixture of soy-based yogurt, lactoferrin (LF) and royal jelly to brighten and soften the skin. To use the mask, apply a generous amount of the product to the whole face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Because the mask is quite thick and sticky, it is recommended that you use a cotton ball or pad to remove some of the product before washing it completely off with water.
Though the mask is advertised as a mild skincare product free of dyes or parabens, it contains alcohol and fragrance. After I washed off Tama no Koshi, I found that my face was completely covered in large red bumps. Though my skin did feel softer, it was itchy and irritated and took a couple of days to completely recover. According to reviews at @cosme, may others have also had poor experiences with this mask. There are a number of positive reviews of Tama no Koshi but my own experience makes me reluctant to recommend this product to anyone. Tama no Koshi is 1,575 yen (including tax) not including shipping.
The Cheek Color is very pigmented and Strawberry Pink is a bright, youthful shade that does indeed resemble the dainty pink cheeks of a porcelain doll. The powder is mostly matte but has a subtle shine when blended into the skin. It is also very soft and feels very light. I am not sure if Strawberry Pink is a work-appropriate shade but it is definitely not the right shade of blush for women of a certain age. (The new blush, Peach Pink, is much friendlier.)
The Marshmallow Purple Highlight has a dash of shimmer and a creamy texture. When used over or mixed with the Strawberry Pink blush, it softens the pink shade and gives the cheeks a pearly air-brushed and doll-like quality. The differences between Strawberry Pink with the highlighter and without Marshmallow Purple are very subtle, however. But I do think you should consider purchasing the highlighter if you decide to get your hands on Strawberry Pink. Alone, I think Marshmallow Purple is too subtle to work well as a highlighter and only recommend it if you plan to mix it with a blush.
I did take some photos of swatches but they do not capture just how pigmented and bright Strawberry Pink is. The swatch on the top is Strawberry Pink with Marshmallow Purple and the swatch on the bottom is just Strawberry Pink. I think the photo of Tsubasa wearing the blush on the Candy Doll website is a very accurate representation of what the cheek color looks like on the face. Both the Cheek Color and the Highlight Marshmallow Purple are 1,260 yen each (including tax).