Last Friday, Jill Stuart Beauty released their Spring 2010 Point Makeup Collection, including two limited Jelly Lip Gloss shades. I picked up the Jelly Lip Gloss in 17 Cherry Pop. For some reason, Cherry Pop looks quite orange in the February edition of Maquia and very magenta in the February issue of Voce but it is a more youthful and attractive raspberry shade. The lip gloss is somewhat pigmented to give your lips a nice pink-red tint and contains pink shimmer. It is slightly sticky and thick like all of the Jelly Lip Glosses but leaves the lips looking shiny and plump. I am quite pleased with 17 Cherry Pop although I do wish it were slighter more pigmented. I think it would work well for both a day look and a more dressed-up night look. One Jelly Lip Gloss is 2,310 yen (including tax).
03 Princess Sapphire is one of four new Jewel Crystal Eyes palettes released as part of the spring collection. It is also my first Jill Stuart eyeshadow palette. All of the shadows are quite sheer, although the pink and black are slightly more pigmented. If you are pale person, the salmon and lavender will not show very well on your skin. The shadows are slightly crumbly at first but are very soft and blend right into the skin, much like the Mix Face Powder Compact in 101 Marshmallow Puffy from the 2009 Christmas coffret. The glitter in the shadows is quite large, which means that Princess Sapphire is a very sparkly palette. But like all shadows with large shimmer, the shimmer falls off your lids and gets everywhere. Jewel Crystal Eyes is very cute palette but not a practical one. If you already own a Jill Stuart palette, I would not recommend purchasing one from this series. In fact, I would only recommend the Jewel Crystal Eyes to the most avid Jill Stuart fan. If you would like to try a more pigmented Jill Stuart eyeshadow, I suggest trying out one of their Eye Color shadows which are of better quality than the palette shadows, in my opinion. Like most Jill Stuart Cosmetics products, the Jewel Crystal Eyes is scented. One palette is 5,250 yen (including tax).
Here is the Anna Sui Lip Rouge G in 200 swatch that was requested. As I wrote in my review of the lip color, 200 is extremely sheer and practically invisible (and was invisible when I tried to use the flash option). This is why I think it would be more appropriate to call Lip Rouge G in 200 a tinted lip treatment and not a lipstick. You can also tell it is quite glossy and shiny, especially when the light reflects off the lip color on the left side of the photo.
Friday last week, Givenchy released their 2010 Spring Point Makeup Collection in Japan, including 16 Le Prisme Eyes Mono shades. In each Le Prisme Eyes Mono compact are four shadows of the same shade, each with a different finish. Starting clockwise from the top left, you have a Light Pearly shadow, an Intense Pearly shadow, a Sequined shadow (a shimmery shadow) and Matte shadow. A teardrop-shaped sponge-tip to apply the shadows is included it each Le Prisme, as well as instructions on how to work the different shadows. The compact also magnetic to keep the case from inadvertently opening. Some find this makes it difficult to open the compact but it has not been much of a problem for me.
シャドウは驚くほどに滑らかでシルキィ、柔らかく肌にすぐ馴染みます。ル・プリズム・アイズ・モノがどれほど発色が良いか、私が買った02 New Look Mauveの色が非常に薄いので難しいです。私の明るい肌ではほとんど見えませんが、やや暗めから暗めの肌の方が色がよく見えると思います。私の場合、シャドウの発色具合で決断する前に、少し暗めのカラーを試さないといけないと思います。シャドウの質感(ライト パーリィ、インテンス パーリィ等)の説明は正確ですが、スパンコールがいくらかキラキラしており、これは私の好きな感じに近いですが、とてもキラキラしたメイクが好きな方には物足りないかもしれません。ル・プリズム・アイズ・モノは香りが付いていますが、そこまで強くはありません。ル・プリズム・アイズ・モノは3,780円(税込み)です。
The shadows are incredibly smooth, silky, soft and blend instantly into the skin. It is hard to say how pigmented Le Prisme is because the shade I purchased, 02 New Look Mauve, is a very subtle shade. It barely shows on my pale skin but the color would probably show better on someone with a medium to dark skin tone. I think I will have to try a darker shade before making any final judgments on the pigmentation of the shadows. However, the descriptions of the shadow finishes (light pearly, intense pearly, etc) are accurate though the Sequined shadow is only somewhat sparkly, which is closer to my tastes but perhaps too subtle for those who like very shimmery makeup. It is important to note that Le Prisme Eyes Mono is scented, however, the fragrance is subtle. One Le Prisme Eyes Mono is 3,780 yen (including tax).
On the 7th of January, Anna Sui Cosmetics released their 2010 Spring Point Makeup Collection. The collection included new lip colors, nail polishes and limited edition eyeshadow palettes. I purchased the new Lip Rouge G (Glossy) in 200 and the Eye Color Accent F in 01. Lip Rouge G is a lipstick that emulates the smooth texture and shine of a gloss. It is so moisturizing that you could wear it over dry lips without applying a lip jelly or cream to soften your lips first. Though 200 is a purple shade, Lip Rouge is extremely sheer and only gives the slightest purple tint to the lips, which makes it a rather disappointing lip color. I think it would be more appropriate to describe Lip Rouge G as a glossy lip treatment like Lipstick Queen's Medieval than an actual lipstick. In fact, it is quite similar to Medieval except that Lip Rouge G is creamier, shinier and heavily scented. 2,940 yen (including tax).
The limited edition Eye Color Accent F in 01 is less disappointing. All of the shades are quite soft and blend well into the skin. Both the lavender-white and pink highlighting shadows have a pearly shine while the black shadow is matte and the green sparkles with white shimmer. The eye shadows are fairly pigmented and can be used to produce some colorful looks. So far, I have used the shadows with The Body Shop's Metallic Eye Definer in 11 for a brilliant green look. I do wish that quad was larger and not scented but I am otherwise fairly satisfied with my purchase. One Eye Color Accent F costs 2,625 yen (including tax).
Till the end of the month, cosmetic purchases at a limited number of Anna Sui boutiques totaling over 5,250 yen come with an original Anna Sui clear purple pouch. The quality of the pouch is quite similar to that of a promotional item (furoku) in a fashion or beauty magazine.
As for other non-beauty-related items, she sent me a Strawberry Shortcake pen, an Eeyore mobile strap, an adorable hair bow and a black candy-bead pony tail holder. (For more detailed photos of these individual items, please check my poupee.)
Knowing that I am a complete tea-fanatic, she also sent me an assorted selection of Greenfield teas, some Ukrainian hard candies and postcards of famous landmarks in her native country. From the top is the Marrinsky Palace, then we have the House with Chimeras (also known as Gorodetsky's House) and at the bottom is St. Nicholas' Church at Askold's Grace.
All of the items came this beautiful handcrafted bag.
Utoshiちゃん、素敵な贈り物をありがとう！ Thank you again, Utoshi-chan, for all of the lovely gifts.
SUQQU's "Yukihana" Christmas Makeup Kit A may not offer as many products as the Jill Stuart Sweetness Collection but the sleek design, quality, and wearability of Yukihana makes it my favourite coffret of the season. The coffret includes a limited edition Blend Eyeshadow palette in EX-06 Maiyuki, a limited edition Eye Lucent in EX-03 Yukigasumi and a SUQQU original pouch.
The Blend Eyeshadow in EX-06 Maiyuki contains four shades: a sheer and shimmery pink-beige (a "Light Color" for the entire eye socket area), a well-pigmented dark brown (the "Key Color" to apply along the edge of the eyelid), a pearly off-white/beige (an "Eyeshadow Base" to be applied to the whole eyelid), and a fairly-pigmented, glimmering brown (an "Enhancer" to create a natural gradation between the Key Color and Light Color). All of the shades contain white pearls. The Blend Eyeshadow also comes with a brush and a double-sided sponge-tip. The powders are quite soft and blend well and Maiyuki can be used for both day and night. Try pairing the shadows with a sheer lipstick or milky gloss for day and go for a smokey-eye and bold lip color for night. The brown shades are particularly great at enhancing brown and hazel eyes.
SUQQU describes the Eye Lucent in ex-03 Yukigasumi as a "subtle and radiant shimmer like snow to your eyes" and I think that is a fairly accurate description. The frosty, pale-pink eyeshadow goes on completely sheer but leaves a subtle but pretty white sparkle on the skin. The texture is so thin and smooth and the shimmer so fine that the shadow instantly melts into the skin as soon as it is applied. Yukigasumi works well as a highlighter under the eyes and I personally like to use it on the area right above my lid. Eye Lucent also contains a sifter to keep you from spilling out too much powder and a small puff to apply the shadow.
Though the coffret may seem a bit expensive considering that it only contains 3 different products, each product in SUQQU's Yukihana Christmas Make up Kit A is top-quality and very usable and wearable. Ever since the Christmas coffret was released, I have been wearing the Blend Shadow in Maiyuki and the Eye Lucent in Yukigasumi almost every time I step outside. 8,400 yen (including tax).