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Reader Request: My Majolica Majorca Palettes

April 9, 2009

A few weeks back one of my lovely readers requested that I post photos of my Majolica Majorca palettes, so here they are! Majolica Majorca is a Japanese drugstore brand that makes some beautifully-packaged (and great quality) products~unfortunately they can be a bit hard to come by in the States, but Sasa usually has a decent selection.

In the photo above we have (from Left to Right) the small compact which can hold two eyeshadows or a single blush, the larger compact which can hold four eyeshadows, two blushes, or two eyeshadows and a blush, and to the far right we have the cute little drawer that the blushes originally come packaged in.

Close-up of the larger compact.

So these are the two shadows I have in my larger compact–a pretty mermaidy green shade, and an icy pal lavender, both Maholica Majorca of course. They’re nicely pigmented, albeit a little chalky, but not really two shades that I find myself reaching for all that often.

Swatches of the Eyeshadows

Close-up of the smaller compact.

So housed within the smaller compact is one of my favorite blushes. It’s a tiny strip of nothing (the same size as the two shadows put together) that’s so narrow that it’s pretty difficult to use as a blush, but it’s worth the trouble as it’s this silky smooth, pigmented peachy coral shade with gold shimmer that’s exactly what I wanted and expected Nars Orgasm to be (only Orgasm disappointed me).

Are you a Majolica Majorca fan? Check out my Majolica Majorca mascara revew, my first mascara review ever! 🙂

Castledew Diacut Eyes (9 Colors) Palette in #902 Planet Shine Star Review & Swatches

February 20, 2009
Castledew Diacut Eyes (9 Colors) Palette in #902 Planet Shine Star

As I’m sure some of you remember, this beauty of a palette was a gift from the always-sweet Digital Angel, who managed to catch me by surprise with this package–a pretty rare occurrence I assure you!

The outer encasement of the palette is like a large glittering jewel and just so much fun. I love having this sitting on my vanity so that I can admire it each morning as I’m doing my makeup, whether I’m using it or not.

Top Row: Crystal Yellow, Miracle Violet, Crystal Pink
Middle Row: Crystal Peach, Miracle Pink, Miracle Khaki (which according to Castledew is spelled Kaki–who knew I was misspelling it all these years?)
Bottom Row: Planet Grey, Planet Deep Brown, Planet Black

Having found Castledew’s Pearl Up Eyeshadows (also gifts from Digital Angel!) to be very pigmented, I was expecting more of the same from this Diacut Eyes Palette, so I was a little disappointed on that front. That’s not to say that this palette is a dud by any means–it’s just that the shadows tend to be on the sheer side.

Swatches in the same order as above.

The palette sports a gorgeous array of shades including pink, purple, brown, gray, black, green, and cream and is glitter central, just the way I like it! The palette’s downfall is that due to the relative sheerness of the shadows, the glitteriness tends to overpower whatever look you’re attempting to great and so you see more shimmer than any actual color.

However if you do have the patience to layer the color on you can get a pretty nice wash of color! I created the look below using 2-3 layers of the purple shade. While the pigmentation could be a little better, I really love the packaging of this product and was so excited to have the opportunity to play around with this palette. Thank you so much Digital Angel for being so thougthful and sending this to me!

Stila The Precious Pearl Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches Plus 2 EOTD’s

February 12, 2009
Stila The Precious Pearl Palette ($40)

What it is: Stila’s The Precious Pearl Palette features six new silky smooth eyeshadow shades that are infused with genuine crushed pearl. A natural wonder, pearl minimizes the appearance of fine lines and leaves skin with a youthful, radiant glow. It also contains minerals and proteins which nourish the skin leaving it smooth and soft. These six must-have eyeshadow shades, that can be worn alone or together, create an endless number of brilliant looks. They are tucked inside a vintage-inspired compact with real mother-of-pearl detail.

The Packaging: In a word, stunning! It’s also luxurious, chic, rather petite, and all in all just oh so unique and precious. Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette is easily one of the most beautiful compacts that I own.

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White Gold (soft creamy white with gold shimmer). Soft Pink (light pink with pink and white shimmer), Mid-tone Pink (neutral warm pink with pink shimmer), Deep Blue (dark blackish navy with blue shimmer), Green (intense mermaid green with blue and green shimmer), Gold (deep gold with yellow and gold shimmer)

The Shadows: Stila’s pearl-infused shadows are silky smooth, highly pigmented, and blend like a dream thanks to their rich, dense, almost creamy consistency. I loved playing with the tester at Sephora because the shadows just felt so beautifully decadent on my fingertips.

So you’d think this would be a rave review, no? Well it is to some extent but I do have a few reservations about this palette.

For one thing, while there isn’t much fallout from these shadows thanks to their silky/creamy nature, the little fallout that I do experience irritates my eyes just the tiniest bit–perhaps it’s the crushed pearl? I’ve read about a few others having the same issue so I know it’s not just my imagination! In addition, while this palette seems to look gorgeous on just about everybody to tests it out, on me I feel as though the colors tend to look a little muddy. I so want to love this though because there are so many aspects of it that I’m crazy about.

Here are two simple looks I created using my Precious Pearl Palette:

What are you thoughts on this one?

Awake Reflectance Eye Stardom Palette in E-2 Glowing Gold Review, Swatches, and FOTD

January 21, 2009

Taryn’s lovely package of Japanese goodness contained this beautiful Awake Reflectance Eye Stardom Palette in E-2 Glowing Gold, and since I’ve been using it non-stop since receiving it, I figured it was time I reviewed it for you!

Taryn and I had been discussing this palette at some point–she told me she thought I’d look good in these shades, and of course being the stubborn mule that I am I was skeptical! Jen looking good in anything other than pinks and purples? Say it ain’t so! But of course Taryn, with her Yoda-like makeup wisdom, new best!

While this isn’t necessarily the palette that I reach for when I’m going for a bright, night-out-on-the-town type look, it is the first palette I grab when I’m in need of a professional, work-appropriate but not too boring look. All of the shades pair together beautifully to create a subtle, understated eye that’s polished and subtle, yet has enough pop to be noticed.

Swatches Under Different Lighting
L to R: Shimmering white, light taupey gold, coppery gold, brown with tons of gold flecks

Each of the shadows is beautifully pigmented and wonderfully shimmery without being gritty or too glittery. Check out the simple (and very understated) eye I created using the palette below!

I just had to add in closing that I absolutely love the little eyeshadow brushes that Japanese palettes often come with. They’re so much better than the rubbish that high-end cosmetics companies such as Chanel and Guerlain include in their palettes, and are actually useful–what a concept!

Drugstore Discoveries: L’Oreal Paris Wear Infinite Pressed Eyeshadow Quad in 218 Accentuated Taupe Review, Swatches, and a FOTD

December 16, 2008
L’Oreal Paris Wear Inifite Pressed Eyeshadow Quad in #218 Accentuated Taupe

While hunting around for Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Energy Cocktail Intensive Care, a product the gorgeous Aleksis had suggested I try, I stumbled across this lovely little quad marked down to $4.95 or so in one of 50% off clearance bins. This was the only piece of non-junk in there, so of course I scurried off to the register with my little treasure! Well more like I scurried and SO trailed reluctantly, grumbling the entire way, to get it for me.

Which reminds me–all the Lumene stuff was marked down by 50% and so I got the Energy Cocktail for less than $10! I would’ve picked up another but there were only two left, and one of them had obviously been opened and tested–gross! One of my major pet peeves is when people open and test products that aren’t testers.

Quad Open–it works out to less than $1.25/shadow!

To be honest I don’t own all that many drugstore items, particularly eyeshadows. I tend to avoid them like the plague because past experience has taught me that they can be chalky, unpigmented, and just all-together difficult to work with. So when did drugstore quad packaging get so pretty?

Swatches: soft ivory, grayish taupe, plummy mauve, charcoal/black

L’Oreal’s Accentuated Taupe quad consists of two satin-finish (ivory and taupe) and two matte (plum and black) shades, making this a great work-to-play palette. I picked up this palette primarily for the taupe shade in the upper right hand corner–it reminded me a little of my MAC Smoke & Diamonds and the texture just looks so velvety and delicious–and it is! These shadows far exceeded my expectations–the satin ones are velvety smooth, and the matte shadows are relatively easy for me to work with, which is saying a lot–remember this matte shadow fiasco?

If you can find one of these in your CVS clearance bins, definitely pick it up! The quad is a serious bargain at under $5 and should you decide not to keep it for yourself, it makes a great stocking stuffer!

Don’t mind the fact that I look like I got ridiculously tan–the weather’s miserable yet again and so I have no lighting whatsoever!

To get this look: Use the ivory shade on the inner half of the eye, then the matte mauve shade on the outer half. Accentuate your crease using the taupe shade, working from the outer corner of my eye upwards then inwards. Smoke out the outer edge of my upper lash line with the black shade, then carry it down to the lower lash line, then top that with the ivory.

Revlon Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow in #765 Head in the Clouds: Review, Swatches, and an EOTD

November 18, 2008
Revlon Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow in Head in the Clouds

So first of all guess how much I paid for this little palette Guess!!


I’ve had my eye on this for months but refused to pay $9.99+ for what I knew would be a mediocre, not-so-pigmented shadow palette and decided to wait it out until it went on sale–and of course it did! PLUS Walgreens was having a buy one get one half off sale on all Revlon, and so I paid $2.58 for this palette, and then picked up a second one to give as a small gift for $1.29! I may just go back and snap up all of the other palettes to test out.

The Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow palettes are essentially what the name implies–palettes of four sheer loose shadows that come with a rather horrible-quality brush. But crappy brush aside I happen to really like the travel-friendly packaging.

The palette opens up to reveal a good sized mirror and four little pots of loose shadow that when closed are capped so as to make for mess-free travel. One downside is that in their effort to create less powder mess Revlon made the openings through which you access the loose powder shadows ridiculously small–as in so small no normal brush will be able to get at the shadows! You can use the enclosed brush (yuck!) or do what I did and just use a crease brush.

Look closely and you’ll notice two wells in front of the shadows that are meant for mixing the shades–how thoughtful!

Head in the Clouds Swatches
(dry on top, wet on bottom)

Head in the Clouds consists of four angelic shades: sheer lavender/purple, soft taupey gray, mermaid green, and an off-white shimmer. As the palette name indicates all of the shades are rather sheer, although they can be applied wet for a tiny bit (really not much) more pigmentation.

If you’re expecting MAC-quality pigmentation you’re going to be unhappy with this palette, but if what you’re looking for is a sheer wash of color, run out and get this palette today! To be honest I’d heard that this palette was horribly unpigmented and so was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised to find that while the shades are sheer they definitely do show up (at least on my paler skintone) and look beautiful on.

All in all I’d say it was $2.59 well spent!

Head in the Clouds applied with a slightly damp brush over MAC Paint Pot in Fresco Rose.

Dior Holiday 08 Swatches: Silver Smoke 5-Colour Eyeshadow and Dior Chic Palette

November 8, 2008
Dior Chic Palette: bronzey brown, ivony, brown with green sheen, silver, plum, gray
Silver Smoke 5-Colour Eyeshadow: deep gunmental gray, pale lavender, opalescent white/pink, white pearl, silvery taupe

Dior Chic Palette ($49.50)
What it is:
A couture-inspired palette featuring six eyeshadow shades.

What it does: Dior Holiday Collection Makeup Palette contains six oh-so-wearable shades in a palette inspired by Dior’s latest must-have handbag and accessory collections. The case features the iconic Dior insignia, golden grommets, and luxe leather-like details for a Sephora-exclusive product that is beautiful on the inside and out.

What else you need to know:
Shades include:
– Shimmering bronze
– Ivory sheen
– Brownish green sheen
– Light mauve gray sheen
– Plum sheen
– Shimmering grayish black

All in all a very versatile and wearable palette, but nothing too exciting for me. I actually loved all of the shades in this palette except for the brown/green–I know this look shade is flattering on many but it’s just not something I can pull off. I do think this Sephora-exclusive limited edition palette would make somebody a great holiday gift though!

5-Colour Eyeshadow Set – Silver Smoke ($54)
What it is:
A seductive palette of five rich, versatile eyeshadow colors paired with a mini mascara.

What it does: Dior’s 5-Colour Eyeshadow assortment allows you to create a multitude of makeup looks from the simplest, to the most sophisticated, depending on your mood. Diorshow Mascara is the original cult classic, inspired and used by professional makeup artists. Wiggle the extra-large brush at the base of lashes and sweep upward for a perfectly plush, sophisticated look.

Set includes:
– 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Silver Smoke (light lavender/ opalescent pink/ shimmering gunmetal grey/ white pearl/ silvery taupe)
– 0.17 oz mini Diorshow Mascara in Black

As you’ll see in my swatches, while this quint does contain lavender and pink shades, they all end up looking like variations on silver because they’re light and opalescent. This is a gorgeous palette though–I tested it out on myself, using the lavender as my primary lid shade, the pink as highlighter, the gunmetal as my crease shade, and the silver to smoke out the gunmetal and it created a rather fabulous smoky eye. The individual shades aren’t all that special and easily dupeable, but as a palette with the mini mascara this gets a thumbs up!

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Palette in 01 Pink Quartz: Review, Swatches, and EOTD

October 21, 2008
Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes in 01 Pink Quartz

A big thank you to Taryn for being so sweet and generous and sending me my first Jill Stuart (which BTW will be launching in the US soon!) product, along with a million other wonderful products that I’ll be reviewing for you all!

I’m a pretty pretty princess with a pretty princess compact!

Giant sucker for packaging that I am, I’m so enamored of this palette it’s ridiculous! Picture Gollum (click here if you have no idea what I’m talking about) crouching over this palette whispering “my precious…”-thus is the extent of my infatuation.

The palette consists of four super glittery shadows that are beautifully pigmented with a nice smooth consistency. The glitter may be a bit much for a lot of you ladies, and this palette definitely isn’t something that I’d recommend for an office-look, but for a fun shimmery palette this is great!

Pink Quartz: Soft peachy nude, baby pink, lavender, browny taupe

For those of you who love pinks, this set of coordinating shades is really beautiful. The peachy nude shade makes a great brow bone and inner eye highlighter, the pink a soft and romantic all over shade, the lavender a pretty pop of color, and the taupe a wonderful stand-alone shade or liner. I was seriously surprised by how much I liked the taupey shade, since I usually avoid anything even remotely brown like the plague.

Swatches (same order as the palette)

While the palette as a whole is a bit more glittery than what I’d usually go for, I love it! I’m thinking the various shades may work better coordinated with other more subtle shadows I already own to help tone down the heavy glitter, but all in all this one’s a winner in my book.

I couldn’t decide if I liked the idea of using the taupe shade as a liner or not, so I did one eye with and one eye without to check out the difference.

With Taupe

Without Taupe


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Kose Visee Jewel Crush Eyes Eyeshadow review and swatches here.
Click here to see my current favorite Japanese eyeshadow palette!

Marimekko for Avon Eyeshadow Palette and All Over Face Palette in Poppy Bouquet Review and Swatches

October 3, 2008
Marimekko for Avon All-Over Face Palette ($10) and Eyeshadow Palette ($8)
plus two free brushes (blush brush and dual-ended liner/shadow brush)

Marimekko for Avon Eyeshadow Palette in Poppy Bouquet ($8)

Avon’s newest makeup release brings us internationally renowned design house Marimekko’s famous floral motif in the form of four gorgeous face and eye palettes. Seriously these palettes are quite possibly the most beautiful cosmetics I’ve seen in MONTHS!

Swatch of Poppy Bouquet Eye Palette

The Marimekko Eyeshadow Palette in Poppy Bouquet consists of an icy silver, dark navy/teal, and pinky lilac shade. Each of the shades has a gorgeous fine shimmer (I know it’s hard to see in the photo which really is a shame) interspersed throughout it and pigmentation is spot on as well. All in all a bargain at $8, especially since it comes with a free dual-ended liner/shadow brush ($2.99 if purchased separately).

My only complaint is with the packaging. While the plastic floral outlines do make for quite the dramatic effect, some of the enclosed areas are so small that they’re virtually impossible to get at, which can be rather frustrating.

Marimekko for Avon All Over Face Palette in Poppy Bouquet ($10)

I’d have to say that my favorite items is this All Over Fave Palette in Poppy Bouquet though. Who could resist all this shimmery pinky goodness in poppy form?

Swatches of Poppy Bouquet All Over Face Palette

Again I’m not crazy about the plastic dividers, but since all the colors are meant to be swirled together they’re not as much of an issue in the face palette as they are for the eyeshadow palette. Swirled together the three shades combine to form a soft rosy pink with a subtle sheen that’s perfect for a clean daytime look. I promise that the scarier mauve/brown shade in the center completely disappears!

EOTD to come shortly! Have you tried either of these for yourself?

RATING: 3.5/5

Laneige Snow Radiant Eyes in 06 Romantic Match: Review and Swatches

September 17, 2008
Laneige The Secret of Snow Crystal Snow Radiant Eyes in#06 Romantic Match

Say hello to my Laneige Snow Radiant Blusher‘s little sister–isn’t she just oh so petite and cute? I should’ve taken a family photo!


The mirrored compact opens to reveal three strips of shimmery baked goodness. Overall I’d have to say that while some Laneige products haven’t worked out so great for me, I’ve never really been disappointed in the quality of their products, and this pretty trio is no exception. The shades are shimmery without being gritty, are nicely pigmented, and since they’re baked can be applied both wet or dry depending on the desired level of intensity.

Swatches: light shimmery champagne; purple with strong blue undertones; lavender


To achieve the above look I used the lightest shade to highlight the inner contours of my eyes, the lavender shade all over my eyes, and then just the tiniest dab of the darkest shade on my outer corners. I was going for a monochromatic look since I needed a conservative look, so unfrotunately you don’t get too much of the other two shades.

The shades turned out to apply a little more sheerly than I’d originally anticipated, but they made for a soft look that I really liked. Next time I’ll have to try applying them wet to see if that ups the intensity!

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Check out Laneige’s Snow Radiant Blusher in 01 Snow Prism here-it’s gorgeous and definitely worth a look.

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