Japanese Brands

KATE Gradical Eyes S in BG-1

KATE Gradical Eyes Palettes are nothing new as they were released a year or two ago but for Spring 2009 KATE extended the line to release a new shade. I believe that this is the first time that KATE introduced a new shade to the collection, either that or I haven’t been paying much attention.

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Now I should mention I have pretty much all the shades from the KATE Gradical Eyes Palettes and I believe they were released for Spring 2007, correct me if I’m wrong. At the time I got them I was really quite pleased as they were pigmented and had some great colors however woe followed soon after. Out of all my KATE palettes, and I’m a big KATE fan mind you, Gradical Eyes is probably the worst ones they have in the line up. The texture of the shadows are a bit too chalky and don’t blend too smoothly. Anyway, the reason I’m telling you all this was because it would take alot for me to indulge in any new shades they released but this Spring they caught me! The newest shade release is BG-1 and it’s simply stunning! I seriously couldn’t resist the shade and I convinced myself it would be a great palette regardless of the crummy formula.

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Wrong, but I’ll get into that shortly.

KATE Gradical Eyes Palettes contain a base shade of shadow, a contrasting shade, and a lid shade all in a powder formula. It also includes a highlighter or a base if you like in a cream formula. I’ve grown to hate these style of palettes as I don’t like the cream and think it’s an utterly wasteful item as I never use it. The basic application is applying the lightest shade as a base, the medium shade all over the lid and crease, and applying the darkest shade on the lid which you’ll blend slightly upwards. The final step is using the cream as a highlighter for the highbrow. Using the creamy shade as a base makes the shadow crease and just causes a major mess so I stick to using it as a highbrow highlighter.

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As I mentioned above the lure of the newest shade got a hold of me as it’s quite pretty. The shade selection is called blue-green by KATE but for me it’s pure aqua. I’m a big lover of aqua which is why I decided to indulge.

Ado…even a new shade can’t take away from how crummy a formula the shadows are. Although all the shades are pretty and plenty pigmented they still blend badly. You can’t contrast much of your look as the shades are difficult to blend and end up turning into one big gob of aqua. Meh.

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Although the palette is gorgeous shade it’s not worth purchasing in my humblest as the formula is simply too crummy to work with. KATE makes some great palettes but it’s an epic fail for the Gradical Eyes line.

No likey.

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Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara

You probably remember me blogging Fairy Drops Mascara way back when! Well, Fairy Drops now has a website…whoa…and it’s introduced a brand new version of it’s popular mascara which is called Fairy Drops Platinum…double whoa.

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As far as I can see Fairy Drops Platinum is about the same formula as the regular Fairy Drops but has a different applicator. The brush applicator on this new version is slightly curved to fit the contour of the eye better plus I believe the new version may be a fiber based mascara but I can’t verify. It retails for 2,200 yen and may be discounted by 20-30% in Japanese drugstores but again I can’t verify.

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I did find it decently priced online for $28 USD however after shipping it may not be such a fab deal. But if you having a lemming you can pick it up from Japan LA for yourself.

Although I love the regular version of Fairy Drops Mascara I’m unsure I’ll pick up Platinum or not. Current conversion rate from yen to usd is working in our favor so if you have a friend or family member you might want to ask for a cp.

Looks interesting to say the least!

Want it cheaper? Try out Rimmel Sexy Curves!

Anyone have a try?

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Up and Coming at Musings

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Be curious no longer! Look inside the Muse’s schedule to see what’s up and coming at Musings!

I have a packed schedule and a slew of things to get to so brace yourself as they are all up and coming as soon as the Muse can get them to you! Here’s a peek at what I am working (and testing out now) on!

KATE Spring Collection 2009 Review
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss Review and Swatches
Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Review and Swatches
Eye Wrinkle Cream Round Up: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in the Eye Cream World
Stila Indian Summer Review and Swatches
More Kenzo Skincare Reviews
Pacifica Bath and Body Collection
Dior Summer Collection 2009
More Dianne Brill Reviews
More Taiwanese Brand Cosmetic Reviews Plus a Taiwan BB Cream you won’t want to live without!
My brand new Etsy Musings Category!

This is just a sneak peek for what’s ahead! Believe me their is a ton more to get too! I’ll be pumping the reviews out as quickly as my little hands can get to ‘em!

If you have suggestions of product reviews you’d like to see e-mail ‘em or comment below! I’ll be happy to consider your suggestion for use!

Hope you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming posts!

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Pieces of Life: Yen versus USD

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Good news awaits you on the yen!

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Much to the Muse’s delight USD is holding it’s own against Yen for two whole weeks now. I’ve been following it closely and it’s been converting almost even for the past two weeks. I’m hopeful it’ll keep through the Summer so we can take advantage with not only Summer Collections but most important Fall Collections.

At the moment the conversation is equal to USD which isn’t particularly a great sign for the economy but is a nice relief from past conversions. I’ve been holding out on my Japanese Spring haul due to crummy conversion but now I can indulge!

Bless be!

The moral of the story is if you haven’t hauled Spring yet you may want to now with the conversion rate going as it is. It’s really anyone’s guess how long this will last so take advantage while you can.

Off the topic of Yen, Won is still converting wonderfully well too so if you’re wanting to haul from Korea now is a good time.

Friendly note from your resident currency converter and makeup junkie hehe!


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Stash Spotlight: KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes

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KATE is one of Kanebo’s many sub-branch cosmetic lines available within Japanese drugstores in Japan and if you’re lucky in various parts of Asia. Many of you already know most of this already but for those new to Asian brands a few quick facts about KATE lay ahead.

KATE is a rather inexpensive, mid-range priced cosmetic line that sports a variety of edgy compacts and cosmetics with fantastic color payoff and quality. The line is darker and has a certain flair that many Japanese cosmetics don’t sport. Where as many of these brands sport kawaii, girlish, or very feminine packaging, KATE brings the edge to it’s brand.

One of my very favorite items from the line are the KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow palettes!

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KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes contain two contrasting shades of shimmering, pigmented shadow in a small slim line case. The shadows are silky smooth with fantastic color payoff and most important pack a nice shimmery finish that the Muse favors!

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I’m a big lover of these little guys and I believe I’ve collected all the shades that KATE has released so far. I’m ever hopeful when a new collection pops up that they’ll either add to the current catalog of Dual Carat compacts or introduce a similar line up as KATE is known for revamping there palettes while keeping certain aspects of the old.

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They are a true favorite with this Muse as you can see from my vast collection!

How about you?

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What’s your favorite KATE palette?

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