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.