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Canmake’s Late Summer Release: Sunset Beauty

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While most Japanese brands are busy releasing and selling Fall Collections, Canmake’s released a late Summer Collection entitled Sunset Beauty. I recently reviewed Canmake’s Spring Collection and wasn’t too pleased with the eye quads I had purchased so I think I’ll be steering clear of this collection.

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Canmake has taken a note from Lavshuca and has yet again revamped it’s eye shadow packaging. They are taking the quad business very seriously lately and have released three new multitasking eye shadow palettes with the collection entitled Color Stripe Palette. I was delighted to see that the applicator is a dual end which has a brush on one side and a sponge applicator on the other side. Hey, sue me, I get excited about the little stuff in life! The palettes do sport a bronze look to them but you can easily take these looks well into the Fall season with you. As you may have noticed I mentioned these were multitasking that’s because you can use each quad as an eyeshadow, highlighter, and blusher.

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Although I won’t be indulging in these palettes since I was burned with the Spring Collection my eye did roam over to the new Pop n’ Jelly Gloss shades. I generally like Canmake’s glosses plus the price is nice as well!

I know many of you have expressed a keen disdain for Canmake but I normally like many of the items in the catalog as the price is really nice and the quality isn’t too bad. I could see myself indulging in the glosses but I think the quads are a no go!

The Color Stripe Palettes are 880 yen each and the glosses are 540 yen.

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Check out my review of the Canmake Spring Collection by clicking here featuring the Four Shiny Eye Palettes!

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Lavshuca Fall Collection 2008

I’m not sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that most of the Japanese Fall Collections are turning out to be a snore this year.

One collection in particular that’s a devastating disappointment is Lavshuca’s Fall Collection. Yet again Lavshuca decided to revamp it’s eye shadow palettes with an array of rather boring shades. I thought I had all I could take with the Lavshuca Noble On palettes released for Spring but now I have another weak assemble of strange duo shadow palettes to contend with.

I feel like Lavshuca is trying just a little too hard lately. The original palettes released were such a gorgeous array of shimmering shades that just worked but lately each new design and color releases seem to be rushed with little thought. The only redeeming collection from Lavshuca in a while now would be the Summer palettes which I will be reviewing shortly.

These shades just look strange to my eye and I’m debating with myself fiercely whether I should be indulging or not. Sometimes cosmetics remind me of a great author. I’m a big reader and I love many fine authors. I find myself buying a new book release from an author that I know has long since lost it in the hopes of gathering that special feeling I felt the first time I read a book by that writer. And so it goes for cosmetics as well! For the sake of collecting I find myself picking up various pieces from collections even though I know they won’t be as great as they were the first time I was lured in by their brilliance.

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Original Lavshuca Palette
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In this case I’m wondering if I’ve learned my lessons when I purchased all the Lavshuca Noble On palette releases!

These could very well turn out to be amazingly good but for once I think I’ll sit back and wait for a review prior to being the “first kid on the block” to purchase them!

I’ll keep hope alive that the Lavshuca Winter/Holiday releases hold a special magic that the Fall releases have failed to give me!

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Click here to view my review on the Lavshuca Spring 2008 Collection featuring the Noble On palettes!

Get a sneak peek of the Lavshuca Summer 2008 palettes that I’ll be reviewing soon!

Check out the Lavshuca Winter Make palettes from the Holiday Collection!

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Coffret D’Or On Sale!

BoBoDave has a few steals and deals on Coffret D’Or’s original release collection. The prices are about $3-$4 higher than what you’d pay in drugstores but still much better in comparison to some sites that charge $10 or more on top of retail.

In particular the 3D Lightening Shine Eyes caught my eye for the reasonable price. Of course this doesn’t include shipping but still not a bad deal at all either considering that Ichibankao charges $44 USD per a palette!

3D Lightening Shine Eyes HK $180
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This is a private sale available via e-mail only however you got your dear old Muse here to share it with you!

In order to take advantage of these sales you simply have to e-mail a list of the items you’d like to the following address [email protected]

After that they will invoice you for your purchases and after payment they will ship. I’ve ordered from BoBodave about 5-6 times or more and always had a good experience with the customer service and fast shipping times however I have read many poor reviews as well but I’ve personally never experienced any problems with them!

Other items on sale:

Coffret D’Or Foundation HK $200
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Coffret D’Or Full Styling Rouge HK $176
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I don’t have any reviews on Coffret D’Or sadly as I am still in mourning over my beloved T’estimo so I haven’t really delved into the delightful world of Coffret D’Or quite yet. However, do click around below to find out why I’m missing T’estimo so much!

Happy Shopping!

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Click here to see why I was raving about the T’estimo Fall Collection for 2007!

Read more ravings about the T’estimo Spring Collection for 2007!

Click here to read a brief introduction to Japanese Cosmetics featuring T’estimo!

Read why I love T’estimo’s Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush!

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Gransenbon Pore Cover Veil

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Grasenbon has introduced a new Pore Cover Veil that sports an SPF of 25 as part of it’s late Summer releases. Although I do not have large pores I am very interested in this as a pre-foundation prep plus the benefits of such a high SPF sound wonderful.

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The formula contains light reflecting pigments to give the illusion of smaller pores. The veil is perfect for use as a prep or on it’s own!

I think I’ll be purchasing this for a test run!

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Canmake Four Shiny Eyes Review

Canmake is one of my favorite inexpensive Japanese brands. They make pretty nice quality items with a cheap price tag! What more could a girl want right? Right.

I’ve tried many of their items and I’m particularly fond of their very cute eyeshadow trios. They have a series of different shadow selections that range from trios, duo shadows, and various other shimmery, glittery items for your eyes!

I own a majority of the items they sell under the eyeshadow category and I’ve always been very pleased with my collection of Canmake goodies. Imagine my delight when I heard that for the Summer they’d be releasing Four Shine Eyes! The palettes come in three shade choices which are 01 which is an off pink selection of shadows with a brown liner, 02 which is a teal blue green variation with brown liner, and 03 which is a brownish, gold, beige combo with a brown liner.

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As I mentioned earlier on in my post the brand is cheap so obviously quality isn’t fantastic however it is good. The shadows in the general catalog are shimmery and sheer but color can be built up and with a little work you can create a beautiful eye look!

Sadly, as much as I adore Canmake I do have to give the Four Shiny Eyes a big thumbs down. I was shocked, surprised, and disappointed with how bad these were. I’ve had great experience with the line up till now so it was a bit of a big let down that something brand new to the line would turn out so poorly.

The design on the Four Shine Eyes is similar to Kiss palettes prior to their revamp. Canmake’s Four Shiny Eyes are made up of two contrasting shades of shadow, a base/highlighter, and a liner all housed in a cute clear crystal case! I was very excited to get my hands on these as they are different and unique to any prior eyeshadow releases I’ve seen come up from the line before!

As you can see below the Kiss palettes are similiar in style to these!
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The Four Shiny Eye packaging shows how Canmake has evovled! The packaging is unique to any other palette they carry.
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However, my excitement quickly died a quick death when I realized how terrible to texture of these were. Like many Japanese brands these sport a particularly chalky almost creamy texture which makes blending very difficult. Although this formula has never really bothered me in the past I felt like these were quite difficult to work with. The shadow kept balling up on me as I spread it on my lid and the end result was a messy, uneven application.

The staying powder was pretty much non existent considering that within 30 minutes of application the shadow was literally flaking off my eyes into tiny balls. I had major fall out to begin with as I applied and it got even worst as the day progressed. By the time my work day ended I was lucky to have a bit of shadow in place. They creased badly even with a nice layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath!

What makes this even more heartbreaking is the fact that the Four Shine Eye palettes are an awesome and cheaper dupe of Visee Jewel Crush Eye Palettes. The color variations in each palette are almost identical to Visee’s palettes. Each Four Shiny Eye Palette is 680 yen each where as the Visee palettes are 2,300 yen each. These would have made a fantastic little dupe if you were looking for an inexpensive color selection that was comparable to Visee’s popular Jewel Crush Eye Palettes.

Pretty similar to Visee Jewel Crush Eye Palette in E-3!
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Colors are a good dupe of E-4!
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Almost identical with E-2!
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Sadly, even though the colors are similiar the quality is not. The chalky consistency of the formula is made with oily Asian eyelids in mind however they fail dramatically in creating a good shadow and you get a cross between cream and chalk which blends into little balls of shimmer that quickly become fall out on your cheeks and face. In this case Canmake should take a note from Majolica Majorca’s Majolook palettes which sport a similar formula of eyeshadow but one that blends evenly, builds up in intensity, and stays put for hours at a time!

Although most of this was a disappointment I was delighted, as always when it comes to Japanese cosmetics, with the packaging. The cases are tiny, compact, really cute, and easy to store plus they come with a good little face chart in the back of the compact! I love how Japanese cosmetics always give the little extra instructions on use! I wish more American brands would take the time out to give us the courtesy of applying small application tips and tricks onto the packaging of products!

Nifty diagrams make for easy, breezy application!
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Although the palettes are cute, inexpensive, and appear to be typical Japanese drugstore findings they fall flat in a major way and I can’t help but give them a big thumbs down! Actually they were so bad I only got around to trying 02 which is the teal blue variation. The other two remain unopened untried. If anyone is interested in them e-mail me at [email protected] as I’m willing to sell them off!

Count the Muse disappointed on these! Don’t waste your time! Pick up some of the older line up from Canmake or save your pennies for other palettes! Although new and exciting in design they sport nothing inside that redeems them!

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