Japanese Brands

Shiseido Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss Review

Ho-hum! The Muse roped herself into purchasing a Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss a few months ago and as she tested it she remembered why she avoids Maquillage like the plague.

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Maquillage is a brand of make up exclusive to Japan that’s distributed by Shiseido, actually it’s one of several brands brought to you by our dearest Shiseido! Oh why oh why can’t the US catch up with this stuff?

Anyway!

I purchased Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss on a whim in hopes that it would be better then Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Gloss but of course I should have known it’s about the same thing with very minor differences.

Now I originally didn’t like the formula of Neo Climax at all so I thought maybe by some slim chance that Diamond Tear Gloss had some sort of improvement on it but honestly I should have known better considering that Diamond Tear Gloss was released prior so if the formula was going to get better it would have gotten better with Neo’s introduction.

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Diamond Tear Gloss has since left the shelves of Japanese drugstores I believe and has been quietly replaced with Neo Climax at least I believe it has however if you’re wanting it you can still nab it on E-bay or online shops. Mainly I hate the texture of the gloss because it has a bit of a silicon feel to it which in the long run actually allows the gloss to stay in place for hours but still feels very uncomfortable on which is my main beef with the product. Aside from the strange formula and texture the gloss does have a pretty good finish and nice shine plus is pigmented enough to wear alone as a lip color if you so please.

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The applicator is the standard plastic tip which is very good as it fits well to the contour of the lips and glides the gloss on nicely without making a mess! Normally I prefer plastic spatulas however in this case the applicator is very good and not nearly as bad as the one on the Lavshuca Conc Rouge Gloss.

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Many raves support the product including it’s great staying power but ado the Muse can’t get passed the uncomfortable silicon feeling on her lips and the raves just don’t hold up to that rant!

Not a stash for the Muse but sadly a trash! I don’t see myself making much use of this and I imagine it’ll end up in the same pile as my Neo Climax!

The Muse recommends nabbing yourself a nice lippie or gloss from Kiss or KATE and skip the Maquillage! You’ll thank me for it later!

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Sana Make Essence Concealer Review

We all got pretty damn excited last week when I posted about the Sana Make Essence Concealer (CLICK!). It wasn’t the concealer that got us so hyper but the packaging and the cute little bear prancing around the packaging with angry dark circles under his ickle eyes! Awww the cuteness was too much for everyone to bear (pun intended hahaha…”everyone to bear…” get it? The Muse is hysterical isn’t she? And corny as bloody hell!)!

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Of course, buying into the bear’s kawaii image was easy enough for the Muse! Who wouldn’t get sucked in by a bear being depressed about his dark circle eye problem. After all, who better, then a cute little bear to relate to our problems of dark circles under our unrested eyes…right?

Wrong.

Sana Make Essence has the cute bear going for it but that’s about it. Sadly, this doesn’t work worth a damn and the Muse is still suffering from dark circles and in need of a something WAY more pigmented to conceal her under eye woes.

Jenn, from Japan, kindly pointed out that bear and circle are actually the same word in Japanese….who knew right? Which explains why Sana went with the bear image however I personally think Sana was trying to suck in schmucks like the Muse who dig cute packaging!

Awww who could resist this little guy?
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So what is this stuff anyway?

It’s a yellow based concealer that actually has the potential to be great but somewhere along the way it fails miserably. The concealer comes in a small squeeze tube with a needle nose applicator for application. You can squeeze a bit out on your finger or dab some on with the applicator, it’s entirely up to you how you use it. As we all know, I hope we all know, yellow is normally a good solid color for concealing dark circles. If you have particularly bad dark circles you’ll want to seek out a strong yellow based concealer. In this case, Sana Make Essence, isn’t yellow based but actually yellow in color which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I’ve used completely yellow concealers before and had successful results at concealing my dark under eye circles.

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One of the main problems with the product is that it isn’t pigmented enough to conceal anything. The concealer does lighten the area a tiny little bit but as far as concealing dark circles that’s not happening anytime soon. The formula is nice enough in that it’s not too thick nor is it too runny but just about perfect in it’s consistency however it does seem quite a good deal drying when applied. I did notice that it has a rather interesting texture that’s partially silicon feeling. If it was pigmented enough to conceal it’s texture would be nice for filling small lines however it fails terribly at actually concealing so anything else that could possibly be good about this is killed off in the long run as it doesn’t perform it’s most basic and primary function of..simply..concealing. One of the second problems with the product is the scent. I suppose they were going for fresh scented? Or maybe not? But it has a faint plastic, just out of the tube scent that’s rather off putting.

Sadly, the only thing that’s awesome about Sana Make Essence Concealer is the packaging and the nice price. At 800 yen the concealer is super cheap but honestly it could be free and it would still stink! If you’re really lemming it you can get it around the Internet with a price tag that’s jacked up around $4-$5 on top of retail but I seriously don’t recommend it.

The Muse no likey and says skip this one! Not worth your money and just doesn’t do what it promises!

Although the bear is prancing around happy and dark circle free the Muse sure isn’t!

Happy dark circle-free bear! Yay! (the Muse thinks he used something else to conceal those dark circles!)
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Coffret D’Or’s Fluffy Shine Eyes Review, Swatches, and Photos

If you read Musings daily you might know I’ve been in mourning for the better part of a year over my dearly departed T’estimo.

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T’estimo was cut from Kanebo’s line up last year and replaced with a new brand entitled Coffret D’Or. Now Coffret D’Or has alot going for it but the Muse’s love for T’estimo knew no bounds and she shunned Coffret D’Or for the better part of an entire year.

Recently her eye was caught and held by Coffret D’Or’s Fluffy Shine Eyes which was released as part of the Fall line up. Now these looked interesting enough to remove my veil of sadness.

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Turns out I was right these are superb! I only tried out one shade but I’ll be indulging in the other four shades shortly as they are very good. Fluffy Shine Eyes are basically little pots of cream mousse eyeshadow which contain a nice healthy amount of shimmer and glittery bits and pieces that the Muse loves!

The finish is on par with Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color and Visee Aqua Shining Eyes. If you like shimmery shadows I highly recommend trying one or two shades out, you won’t be disappointed. The texture is a tiny bit gritty but blending is still easy as the formula is a cross between a soft mousse and a cream which creates ease of application. The shadow feels a bit spongy and if you press down on it you’ll come away with plenty of product to do one eye as a little goes a long way. My only real compliant is having to dip my fingers into the pot to use the product as this is a hands on experience and no makeup brush will help you blend and apply the shadow properly aside from your fingertips.

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The color selection I choose is 03 which is very similiar to my favorite Visee Aqua Shining Eyes in GD002. The shade is a beige gold with plenty of golden shimmer. If I looked fast I’d say that the color was identical to looks I’ve creating using GD002.

I’m normally a big hater of cream shadows but since falling in love with Visee Aqua Shining Eyes I have broadened my horizons and tested the waters on cream shadows. I’m quite pleased that I indulged in Coffret D’Or Fluffy Shine Eyes as I liked the product immensely.

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Although I simply loved the finish on these and the lasting power I have to remember I have quite a bit of space to work with on my eye which leads me to be unsure whether these are worth picking up if you have a tight Asian double eyelid. I think monolids can benefit from using these because you have a sincerely good area to work with however I worry that the formula is a bit gritty and will get caught between double lids and make for a rather uncomfortable experience with the shadow getting caught between the lids.

I’m heading to the theater tonight and have no time to change so I just wore my good makeup and clothes to work. I thought that the Fluffy Shine Eyes in 03 was a rather perfect shimmery eye for a night out!

To create my look I used the following:

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Cheeks
NARS Blush in Super Orgasm

Eyes
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black
MAC Technakohl in Black
Coffret D’Or Fluffy Shine Eyes in 03
Lorac Visual Effects Mascara
Sana Make Essence Concealer (Review coming soon!)

Lips
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Dior High Shine Lipstick in Gispy Red

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I paid retail for my pot which is probably converted to around $10-$13 USD or less and I have seen these for about the same amount on online shops such as Adam Beauty so if you’re lemming them the price raise isn’t too bad compared to Japanese drugstore retail.

The Muse approves these and highly recommends nabbing one! Her only compliant is lack of shades and the fact that she has to apply with her fingers plus she her worries about double lids.

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Lavshuca Holiday Collection 2008: Lavshuca Antique Collection

Lavshuca has updated it’s site with the brand new Holiday/Winter Collection for this year but don’t get too hyper as it’s nothing exciting that you’ll have to have!

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Last year I truly enjoyed the Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes released however this year nothing seems to be truly catching my eye but I will be indulging just so I can review the items for you here at Musings.

Why Lavhusca has succumbed to some of thee most boring shades I’ve ever seen in my life lately is truly beyond me. Spring, Fall, and now Winter are a total devastating disappointment for me. Excuse the Muse while she jumps off the nearest bridge in woe!

The Antique Collection consists of two color variations in a gift box for 1,890 yen each. Each gift box contains a lipgloss and a brand new duo eyeshadow in the style of the older single shadows from Lavshuca. It appears that Lavshuca has taken the initiative to start implementing much of it’s new style packaging in this collection so I think it’s safe to say you’ll see many of the older items become obsolete since they are fully embracing the new aubergine look and leaving behind the lacy white look from the past.

It looks like you can create a brown or a black look with the collection. The first duo contains one black shade and one paler shimmering white or pink shade while the second has a lighter brown shade and either a pale shimmering pink or a cream white (just assuming colors from the pictures). Honestly, you can probably recreate the looks with these gift sets from any number of other items you have in your collection if you collect Lavshuca so it’s not something you absolutely have to run out to get unless you’re a serious fan and collector. The only thing that I find oddly appealing is the little draw gift boxes these come in! Go figure! I’m already thinking up items I can put in them as storage.

Honestly, if you look close enough at last year’s Winter Make palettes from Lavshuca Holiday Collection 2007 you can probably create about the same look as this year!

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Also released with the Holiday Collection are brand new stick eyeshadows which you can use to line and shade eyes. Again, another ho-hum item for me and nothing I’m getting to excited about! Believe it or not I’d be more excited to see some sort of cream shadow released to replace the Lavshuca Jelly Eyes from a few years ago! Those were kinda fun and I regret not trying them out for myself at the time!

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Although the collection fails to tempt me I will get the two gift sets to review here at Musings. I look forward to Spring 2009 and hope that Lavshuca can redeem it’s downward spiral it’s been on lately for the Muse!

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Anna Sui Christmas Collection 2008

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Tis the Season for a new Anna Sui Collection!

The Anna Sui website has been updated with the Christmas Collection which includes new nail polishes, new duo eyeshadows, and a few new shades of shimmer/glitter vials!

Honestly, as cute as the collection is I’m not particularly thrilled as the colors just aren’t what I like for a Holiday collection but they are limited edition which does up the appeal but ado even that doesn’t tempt me.

Two limited edition pouches with four nail polishes for 4,200 yen each are available.

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Three limited edition eyeshadow duos are available as well at 2,500 yen each. These look darling but honestly the shades aren’t what I’d called Holiday friendly. Now if it was Spring or Summer I’d probably be all over these but I look for more shimmery, lighter colors come the Holiday!

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And finally four new shades of the shimmer/glitter vials are available for 2,000 yen each. The shades are blue, silver, purple, and an off gold. These aren’t appealing at all to me either.

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It looks like a perfectly nice selection but I think I’ll be skipping on a majority of it as it just doesn’t hold any interest for me. The selections are available within Japan only however a few select online shops do have the line available for purchase if you’re feeling a desire to own it for your very self!

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