One of favorite companies, Kose, has some great brand branch offs that I adore. Kose, like Kanebo, is made up of several companies that make some wonderful high end cosmetics.
Some of these companies you may be familiar with they consist of Visee, Fasio, Beaute de Kose and one that I’ll be discussing today, Esprique Precious.
Esprique Precious has a great line up of various cosmetic items and the one I’ll be reviewing today is the Esprique Precious Illuminate Nuancer Pearls.
These pearls quite remind me of Guerlain’s Meteorites at a fraction of the cost. These come in two color variations 01 and 02. 01 is the color I have and I’m currently wanting 02. 01 is a sheer, shimmering, iridescent powder while 02 appears to have a bit of color to it and almost a bronze look!
The brush the pearls come with is very soft and full and it offers a nice area of coverage on your cheekbones and face when applying plus no shedding which is a pet peeve of mine
I give these quite a good, solid review and recommendation they work fantastic at lightening up your face and giving a soft, dewy glow after blush application or you can always use these on a fresh bare face for a bit of a soft, light to your cheeks!
When you run the brush across these you don’t pick up a ton of powder which pleases me as I hate the messy application I sometimes run into when using Meteorites and the loads of powder one stroke of my brush comes up with! With the Illuminate Nuancer pearls I end up with a very fine layer of powder that I can stroke on gently and not end up with tons of fall out!
If you’re fair skinned these will work wonderfully at making your cheeks glow, if you’re medium skin they will give your skin a dewy look, and I assume if you’re a bit of a dark skin tone you’d notice a bit of a shine to your face (a nice shine).
The shimmer isn’t insane in this powder so no worries about looking like you have a ton of glitter on your face. It’s just a very fine shimmer that all mixes well with the iridescence of the powder to create a glowing look!
I personally use mine as a sort of finishing powder to complete a look. After blush application I apply a quick stroke or two of this and I’m looking pretty and bright! It does a good job of waking my face up and I like to stroke some under my eyes which makes me look like I had quite a few hours of sleep when in reality I haven’t!
For the life of me I can’t remember where I purchased these. It could be JpMon! But I will give you a rundown where you can purchase them!
Adam Beauty has these in both colors for $29 plus reasonable shippings costs.
JPmon has these for $36 plus shipping costs.
These have become a must have in my morning makeup routine! I recommend grabbing some for yourself and giving them a whirl! They are most definitely Muse approved!
I dunno whether to laugh or cry that Majorca Majolica already has news of it’s Spring Collection!
Jeez, Halloween hasn’t even past yet!
The good news is your number #1 source for all good things Japanese has posted the update about Majorca Majolica’s newest line up!
Click yourself over and visit with Iris and let her tell you all the delights that MJ has in store for us come January (Yes, I said January).
Now that the Muse has taken care of a majority of the collections here in the states she’s ready to pursue her Japanese Brand Wish List!
I really want to hear all about what you guys are lemming from Japan this year
Here’s what I am wanting:
The two new limited edition Christmas palettes from Lavshuca are so definitely on my wish list! The Japanese take all the extra steps to make a palette perfect in my opinion and in this case I’ll explain how. This palette is cute right? But are you thinking that maybe it’ll be a bit messy having eyes and lips in one place? That’s how the Muse’s mind works and when I originally seen this I was thinking oh wow love it, cute, but it’s going to be messy
Have no fear the palette is completely organized and mess free. The lip side of the palette has a clear plastic hinge that lifts up for application and flips down when not in use. Tell me is this mess free and awesome? The Muse loves the Japanese and bows to their superiority in making all things cosmetic perfect
These retail for about $15 each and can be seen on the Lavshuca website!
They are most definitely on the Muse’s wish list!
The two Elegance Christmas Coffrets are on my wish list as well! Each kit comes with a gorgeous eyeshadow, blush, lipgloss, and case! These are a bit steep at about $78 each but I’m really loving the look of the eyeshadows in these kits! These are on the Muse’s “maybe” wish list! The only thing preventing me at this point of purchasing both is the price tag!
Elegance Christmas Coffrets 2007
Kesalan Patharan’s My Dear X-Mas Coffrets are also on my wish list. Dear Dream seems somewhat more appealing to me than Dear Wish so it may come down to purchasing just one of these! Each Set is $65 USD (Can anyone verify the price for me in Singapore please?).
Kesalan Patharan’s My Dear X-Mas Coffrets 2007
Anna Sui’s Christmas collection is delightful and I’m lemming just about all of it! On my wish list are the two separate makeup kits which include a pouch, gloss, and blush (peach and pink color options), the loose powder glitter, and the glitter mascara overcoat are all on my wish list!
Anna Sui Christmas Collection 2007
Anna Sui Christmas Set $45 Each USD
Anna Sui Glitter Mascara Overcoat $25 Each USD
Anna Sui Loose Gitter Powder $18 Each USD
I’m sure there are more items that will pop up and make their way onto my wish list but for now these are the items I’m really wanting!
I’m eagerly awaiting Majorica Majolica’s website update because I know I most definately want all of the Christmas items that will be introduced!
The Muse will update you as her list gets longer and her wallet continues screaming in absolute agonizing pain!
Want any of these items?
Something else on your Japanese Cosmetic Wish List?
Tell the Muse all about it!
Sometimes I think I need my mate Betsy on board to keep this blog updated Without her you wouldn’t get this special little treat I’m about to give you!
The Muse hadn’t checked Biteki’s site in a bit and it appears, thanks to Betsy for alerting me, that the Holiday Collection pull out is up and available on the site.
Biteki is a Japanese magazine that is sadly not available here in the US! Sometimes if you happen to be lucky you can nab older copies on E-bay or the Muse wanders through drugstores in Chinatown in hopes of nabbing a copy! On a rare occasion you can get a copy that’s…..wait for it….6 months to a year old *sigh*
However, the good news is you can always visit the website! The Muse just happens to be picky and likes to have a hard copy of the mag in her hand!
The good news is the holiday collections are up and on the site! You can check them out by clicking here. 17 pages of pure Holiday bliss! This features US and Japanese brands so you get a little mix of great and wonderful!
Sincerely, take a look at the site because it really does give a great break down of holiday “It” collections! I truly wish the US offered a better beauty magazine that did this!
Of course Betsy should be taken out and beaten for making the Muse’s wish list triple! But I love her so I’ll forgive her! Just this once.
Enjoy the Holiday Previews in Biteki! And let the Muse hear all about your wish list!
My comment box and my ears are open!
Update: Duh! I just noticed that Rouge Deluxe also has a feature on Biteki and also Voce! Click here to have a peek!
If I may, allow me to introduce you to a wonderful little Japanese Brand entitled Canmake.
Canmake is pretty much the bottom of the line in regards to cosmetics. It’s a cheap and cheesy little brand that packs a baby punch of goodness
It’s cute, usable, and inexpensive. If you’re on a budget we are heading into the land of sweet cosmetics that will cost you a few dollars and leave you left over money for lunch! Yay! Canmake kinda reminds me of a time when I was 10 or 11 and Bonnie Bell was the epitome of fine cosmetics and if you had a lipgloss from Bonnie Bell you were the height of fashion, style, and sophistication (or maybe that was just me feeling this way hmmm).
MuseTV Presents: A Spotlight On Canmake Cosmetics
Canmake has both an English and a Japanese site. For some odd reason or another I enjoy visiting the Japanese site more than the American site, don’t ask me why, we’ve already established I could be mental. Canmake’s site is pretty darn helpful as they have diagrams for application all over the bloody place! I love user friendly sites don’t you? This isn’t something you’ll find in any brand stateside so enjoy the helpfulness of the Japanese and take advantage of the great tutorials and how to’s on some of these sites because I personally find them very helpful and just awesome!
Canmake has a HUGE catalog of goodies and I only have a few of the items they carry! The entire line is pretty darn big. They carry a little bit of everything. Glosses, Blushes, Skincare, Perfume, Etc…
One item that I failed to mention in my video that deserves a good healthy rave would be the Cheek Gradation. Basically this is a highlighter not a blush, which means don’t try wearing it by it’s lonesome, it’s not nearly pigmented enough to make any difference on a bare skinned face. Apply your blush and afterwards apply the Cheek Gradation of your choice and Presto! Chango! You’ll glow and elude a soft dewy look! Yum!
The Gradations I’ve used are 01, 04 (we’ll take more about 04 in a second), and 02. Basically the Gradations give me a soft sparkle after using my blush and a cheaper Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick effect. I liked all the ones I have but my favorite would be the limited edition color 04. I don’t normally like a bronzed look and 04 gives the appearance of being a somewhat bronzy color however, upon using it, you’ll find out that it’s the most pigmented of all the Gradations that Canmake makes. It could possibly be used alone as a blusher (I haven’t tried that yet). 04 oringally started out as a limited edition shade but my little eye spies it on both the Japanese and the American site so if you have the means try and grab this gem! The Cheek Gradations run about $7 bucks each and hey if you’re really wanting a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick but the price seems just a little too much right now…spend $7 and get yourself a Canmake Cheek Gradation and call it a day The Muse loves them and recommends them fully!
Canmake Cheek Graduations
01, 04, and 02
Canmake makes quite a few different shadows, most of which I’ve tried. Sadly, you can’t expect too much from a Canmake shadow. Shadows are a good texture but they are very, very sheer depending on which shadow series you end up purchasing!
The first shadows I’ll discuss are the Eye Nuanace Trios. These are tiny circular palettes that include three very workable shades! I should say that if you aren’t a fan of pigmented shadows or you like a sheer, no nonsense, minimalist look, these are great! I’ve used these on many occasions when I am just not up for a full on eye makeup look! The trios always have colors that work well together so if you enjoy colors that are neatly organized you’ll love these! I have six of these and my favorite of the lot is 11. The combos of green and yellow are just lovely and it goes on for a pretty nice look!
Canmake Eye Nuance
03, 14, 11, 12, and 09
Oooo this guy got left out of the group picture my mistake Canmake Eye Nuance in 15
Overall, I’d say for around $5 you get what you pay for. If you have the means to get them do add them to you cart however, don’t pay more than retail for them! That’d be a waste!
Next up on the eyeshadow line would be a favorite of mine, the Metallic Eyes single shadows. These little guys are great! They pack a nice sparkle to them and are pretty nicely pigmented for the price of $4.50 or so! I use these as a highbrow highlighter or an all over color wash. They go on pretty heavy with the first stroke and you can build the intensity as little or as much as you like! I give these a high recommendation because they do exactly what they promise!
Canmake Metallic Eyeshadow
01, 11, and 08
Another that falls into my favorite list is the Glitter Eye palettes. These are pretty cute palettes. What I failed to mention earlier is the packaging these all come in is really tiny and small so it makes great for toting around! Now the Glitter Eye palettes are a favorite however, you have to be aware that some colors are more pigmented and others are very sheer. These are a tad on the grainy side, think the middle color in the Lunasol Geminate Eye Palettes, of course it’s not nearly as bad as that but as you get deeper into these palettes it gets a bit grainy. Most of the colors I can’t use alone for a look unless I really want a minimal no makeup look but I do use them as washes of colors to prep my eye area or as a highbrow highlighter and they work a treat! Purchase 06 or 05 if you want to wear these alone as those are the most pigmented I’ve come across for these! For $5 a pop these are worth getting one or two of just to try! The Muse recommends them!
Canmake Glitter Eye Palette
06, 05, 04, 01, and 02
Almost done with shadows! Two more to go
Next up the Dual Sparkle Shadow from Canmake. These are very sheer, so sheer they may be transparent. I don’t get too much sparkle from these but the good news is they do a great wash of color to prep my eye area for something that packs a better punch. I can’t say I don’t recommend buying these because I actually do. At about $4.50 you can’t afford not to at least try one or two! The colors offered are pretty nice and the shadows have a good, smooth texture to them.
Canmake Dual Sparkle Shadow
03 and 02
Finally on our list is another favorite of mine! The Glow Twin color are pretty darn pigmented for the price of $5.50 each. These are fantastic for a really, super quick make-up look! Darn good multitasking shadow in that you can create a simple look, use them as highbrow highlighters, use them as color washes, or even dip a blush brush in and powder your cheeks with them for some sparkle! The texture is very smooth and almost creamy when applied. I find that the top color has a bit more shimmer than the bottom color. The bottom color almost appears matte in texture compared to the top! I really like these and give them a big thumbs up
Canmake Glow Twin Color Shadows
03 and 02
Canmake has a really nice size line of glosses! I’ve only tried the Lip Essence and it goes right onto the recommendations list. It’s one of the few Japanese Brands that I’ve seen a sponge applicator with, as much as I like the spatula style applicator, sometimes it’s nice to have a sponge one
Canmake Lip Essence
Colors: Lip Essence and 02
The gloss is nice and slick minus any tacky, sticky feelings! The colors are very nice and you can wear them alone for a nice wash of gloss, shine, and a tiny bit of color. My favorite is 02 it gives me a nice reddish pink kissed look! $6 or so each and the Muse says it’s a steal for a great gloss!
Our Canmake Spotlight comes to an end with the Super Glitter Liner! Looking for a cheap inexpensive glitter liner? Well, here it is! Works just as well as the MAC Glitter Liners, or Too Faced, or Pop, or any of the other designer brands that put out Glitter Liners
Canmake Super Glitter Liners
01, 03, and Limited Editon 04
These liners are about $5 each and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to your lower and upper eye line! Wanna get the most bang for your buck? Use them as a liner, use them to smooth onto your lashes for a bit of sparkle, use by patting ont your shadow for some extra POP!
Another fine product from Canmake!
That’s all for today my friends! I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about my favorite inexpensive brand of cosmetic, Canmake! If you have any questions do give a shout and I’m happy to answer