Summer Collections 2008: KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Review

Can I tell you how strange it is for me to review a Summer collection? I’m so in Fall mode that I forgot how to enjoy Summer!

Fall comes way to early for us beauty bloggers! Sheesh!

However, I did think I should stop and smell the flowers, take in the sun, and enjoy a nice Japanese Collection this week!

I hate to think how long I’ve been hanging on to KATE’s Summer Collection without reviewing it. It’s been months I’m sure since I got it and I’m just now getting around to the review. You’ll forgive your Muse for being so lack with Summer won’t you?

KATE is a Japanese brand and one of Kanebo’s sub brands that contains a healthy amount of edge to it that I simply adore!

One of my favorite products from KATE are the Dual Carat Eye Shadows. I own every single color that KATE has put out thus far and with the Summer Collection they released three new colors.

Before I show you the new colors I think a review of KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadows is in order as I’ve never really done a detailed review on the palettes before. Each palette contains two shimmerings shades of shadow in a tiny compact with a sponge tipped applicator. A majority of Japanese eye shadows almost always have the same formula with a few in between that have a completely different consistency. KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadows have an almost identical texture and formula as most of these brands however I do feel like it has an added something that makes the shadow superior to others I’ve tried before.

Each shade contains a healthy dose of shimmer and sparkle which I love. The formula is a similar chalky, creamy texture as most major brands however I feel like these blend much better due to the silky consistency of the powder. The shimmer is equally silky and gives a certain sparkle to the eye which make these my favorite duos!

This Summer KATE extended the Dual Carat Line to include three new shades which were GD-1, WT-1, and BK-1. The shades aren’t typical Summer in my opinion but this didn’t stop me from purchasing all three and lavishing major love on them.

Before I get on to the color selections I think it deserves to be mentioned that all the looks you’ll see below are done exclusively with the palettes and using nothing else aside from mascara. I think not using extra products gives you a better review and idea of how the palette looks on without adding in extras if that makes sense. So each look I created was using the palette and nothing more!

I’m particularly thrilled with GD-1 which sports a shimmering gold and a shimmering creamy white. If you’re getting a bit older and seeing a bit of baggage under your eyes or a few lines here and there or you’re just tired and seeking something to brighten up your eye area GD-1 will sincerely do wonders with your eyes! I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror after applying this. It made me look years younger, wide awake, and gave a beautiful pop to my lids. I used the creamy white as an all over wash on my eye and the gold on my lid. This is a particular good way to use it if your eyes are extremely wide and buggy like mine. However, I think it’s flattering on Asian eyes if you apply the creamy white as a color wash and the gold in the corner of the eyes both outer and inner!

WT-1 is my least favorite of the three shadows. It’s a very nice combination of a white and creamy light taupe color however the colors are too similar so you can’t really see much of a contrast when they are applied together. I tried sporting the white as an all over color wash and applying the taupe to my lid however it appeared I was wearing only one shade. A tad disappointing but I can definately make use of both colors as a highlighter for my highbrow, as a color wash, or simply alone as a shadow instead of together. Together they don’t work so well but alone they really wake up the eye and bring out a certain delicious natural look!

Now my second favorite (or possibly first) is BK-1 which is the ideal palette for a smoky look plus heaps cheaper than shelling out for Bare Minerals Rocker Chick Kit. KATE already released a duo like this previously in the Dual Carat collection however I felt like this one was different. The other version, the number/name of which escapes me at the moment, is a bit darker where as this is a lighter grayer version. If you already have the previous color I’d still recommend indulging in this one as well. I created an uber awesome smokey eye look with this color!

I purchased these at retail which is maybe $9-$10 USD per a palette? Perhaps a bit more I can’t recall. A friend in Japan got them for me and airmailed ’em over! However, I’ve seen them online for $15.50 USD or a bit less depending on where you shop (see my Japanese Cosmetic Buying Guide for further information about where you can purchase these!). At a cost of $15.50 USD I do believe they are worth. They are pigmented, beautifully shimmery, and are good quality eye shadows.

The Muse Approves the new KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadows for purchase! Definitely grab ’em! They are a must have in my humblest and the colors will work well into the Fall and Winter.

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KATE Glamtrick Palette Review

KATE Gel Mascara Review

KATE Spring Collection 2008 Review


KATE Glamtrick Palette Review

I’ve gotten alot of comments mentioning KATE as not being pigmented enough or not the best quality, etc…

This made me want to do a review of my own on KATE because it’s one of my favorite Japanese Brands and I think the quality is fantastic!

One of my favorite products in the KATE lineup are the Glamtrick palettes. They are sincerely some of the best quality palettes I’ve come across Japan side. The colors blend fantastically and the smoky eye looks you can create are truly fabulous.

KATE has an edge about it that other brands don’t and this reflects in the darker color selection available from KATE. In particular the Glamtrick palettes sport darker colors used to create very interesting smoky eye looks.

The Glamtrick palettes contain a total of five colors. One light shade of shadow, one dark contrasting shadow, one base, one liner, and a shimmering shade used over your completed look.

The palettes are at 1600 yen (about $16 USD) and in my personal opinion give alot of bang for your buck!

In order to create each look I used the lightest shade as a base on my entire lid, I proceeded to stroke the next medium shade from my lid to my crease, after this I packed on the darkest in my crease and on half of my top eye lid. To complete my look I lined my bottom and lower lash line with the shadow liner and dusted on a bit of the sparkling/shimmer shadow on top of the entire look and Bob’s your uncle the perfect smoky look!

Created Using BU-1

Created Using GD-1

Created Using BR-1

Created Using GN-1

Created Using BK-1

KATE has an entire line of various palettes but I thought I’d share the Glamtrick ones with you as they are my favorite in the line! The palettes make creating what I called a “colored” smoky eye look goof proof and they take the smoky look to a new level with interesting shades instead of your standard gray/black look.

KATE’s Glamtrick palettes are most definately Muse Approved for their inexpensive cost, quality and pigmentation, and ease of use!

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KATE Spring Collection 2008: Review and First Impressions

I’m really lagging behind with this review! I meant to do it last week but Fafi took up residence on my blog and I was obsessing over it so this particular collection got shoved behind!

The good news is I’m here this morning to review it for you, babble a bit, and give you my 1st impressions of the KATE Spring Collection for 2008!

My original impression of the new KATE line was a bit of a snore. I was on a bit of a Spicy overload as I have practically every single palette in the Spicy line so new ones did kinda make me take pause and wonder did I need these? I guess it got the better of me and I did end up indulging in some of the new line up!

One item that particularly caught my eye was the newest color in the Glamtrick palettes. In keeping with the current flair of green that’s splashed all over the place KATE released a greenish Glamtrick palette that I am absolutely in love with at the moment! This palette contains an assortment of shimmering shades to make up that perfect green eye look and if you’re so inclined you might want to dab a bit of purple in somewhere to create the coveted green and purple look that’s so popular at the moment! The palette contains 4 shadows total and one liner color. The colors are a range of greens, silvers, and white while the liner is a deep dark forest green. The entire affair is pure perfection in my eyes and I’ve been eager to try this out since getting it!

Glamtrick in GN-1

Speaking of palettes the newest ones to grace KATE’s line are the Line Spicy N Collection. Nothing to new about these aside from colors. The line consists of two shadows and two liners that you can interchange to create some very simple yet bold looks! I got two color selections from the give offered.

You don’t absolutely have to run out and get these. They are very nice color combos but aren’t something you have to have if you currently have a large wish list I’d say push these to the bottom! I ended up purchasing them because in all honesty they are cheap as stale chips so I firgured I might as well! But if you’re unable to get them at retail I suggest picking up the newest Glamtrick instead!

The two color selections I purchased were GD-1 and PK-1. PK-1 contains a shimmering pink eyeshadow and a beige shadow with complimenting liners of white and beige while GD-1 contains shimmering shadows in gold and brown and liners in blue and white.



KATE also introduced a square cut eye liner which I am in love with. This is a very chunky square cut liner that contours perfectly to the lash line. I love it simply because it creates a rather gorgeous smoked out eye without the need for smudging it yourself. The liner is quite thick so you can create a large outlandish line or you can rub it along your lash line for a very smokey look! This is most definately worth picking up and is truly a gem of a liner! Ideally you can create a thin line with it if you desire but it’ll take a bit of work however using it as a tool for creating a thick line or just for smudging some liner on is absolutely perfect! I adore that this eliminates one step in creating a smoked out liner look! When “smoking” my liner I normally line and then proceed to smudge with a q-tip, brush, or finger however with this liner I can smudge as I walk it across my lashline! Sheer perfection! Good job with this KATE!

I ended up purchasing the newest KATE Gel Mascara as well which I’ve already reviewed in a prior post! Click here for details!

Last but not least are the newest colors in the Powder Gel Liner! I already have a majority of the gel liners and these new colors particularly caught my eye. Both are metallic, shimmering shades of gold and silver and simply gorgeous! I’ve already used the gold in a few of my past FOTD’s from last week and the week before! I’m super chuffed with these. The liner formula is absolutely dreamy and a bit different from past KATE gel liners. It’s almost like applying a thin layer of powdered shimmer onto my lashline! So pretty and unique! For my Maquillage lovers you’ll be happy to know that they did similar color releases with their Spring line up! I was debating on the KATE and the Maquillage ones for a while and just ended up with KATE because it was cheaper plus I’ve tried them before and was happy with the results!

Overall, the collection has some really great items in it! I highly suggest nabbing the new square cut liner, the gel liners, and the new Glamtrick palette!


Review: KATE’s Newest Gel Mascara

After much debate I decided to purchase some of KATE’s newest Spring Collection this season! One item that particularly caught my eye was the new Gel Mascara. I have the latest gel mascara that was released this winter but I decided I’d like to try out the new formula as curiosity got the best of me!

I’ll be featuring some of KATE’s new palettes in an upcoming post but for now I’ll be reviewing the mascara for you!

I’m not particularly sure if I love or hate the new formula so this is a bit of a mixed review. First of all one of the most surprising factors of the new mascara is the applicator. This doesn’t have the standard brush applicator, in it’s place we have a new short comb applicator. To me it just looks like a stick with little ridges set into it. It’s in no way like the standard MJ Lash Extender comb applicator it’s far slimmer.

The good news is if you’re Asian and your lashes are very tiny this may very well be your ideal mascara as the applicator has a special knack for pulling lashes out and forward for beautiful volume! I purchased one of these mascara’s for my sister as she was curious about the original gel formula and this really works well on her minuscule lashes! She has really tiny baby lashes and the applicator worked them out and up very well!

KATE’s New Gel Mascara with the new applicator

New vs Old (KATE’s new applicator featured on top while KATE’s old standard brush applicator is shown on the bottom)

The applicator also works well at capturing lashes in the inner corner of the eye. The lashes in my inner eye are always difficult to get at but this fits right in and takes them from limp to fab!

The texture is the same as the original gel mascara to me but maybe a little bit lighter. If you’ve never tried the original formula it basically a very light texture that feels very natural on!

I’ve found a lighter hand is best when applying as I did notice it was clumping up a bit while applying. I think a combination of the applicator and the clumping turned me off slightly. I’m not particularly a fan of the new applicator unfortunately. I’m not entirely sure why I’m not loving it as I adore the Bare Escentuals brushless mascara which is almost the same concept as this plus I really love the old Kate Gel Mascara!

I think it’s an ok update to the line but I’m not quite at the stage where I can’t live without it. Slightly good news is that someone did comment in my Visee Aqua Shining Eyes FOTD (Click!) and asked if I had done something different with my lashes! So maybe, just maybe this is actually doing something good for my lashes!

I may feel differently after using this more but at the moment I’m undecided!

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Japan’s Spring Collections 2008

Many of the Japanese Spring Collections are popping up soon and if you’re a fan at all you’ve most definately been visiting with the Muse’s most gorgeous mate Iris. If not why are you still here reading this? Click here to see what juicy gossip Iris has on the Japanese Beauty front!

I see several collections I want something from but I’m pretty shocked that I don’t see more! I think I may be over-eating on the cosmetic front lately because I’ve been quite picky about what I purchase as of late.

Jill Stuart Spring Collection 2008
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My First Impression: Good news we don’t have to jump on this bandwagon to quickly as Iris reports the palettes are all permanent, no limited. My humblest opinion is the colors are staring to bore me. God I can’t believe I said that. I love JS as much as the next girl but why do they keep releasing similar shade palettes each collection!? They’ll be a matte version as well which is horrifying for me as I detest mattes with a passion! Facts are facts I’ll end up purchasing these because I’m a collector but I just want something new and exciting from the line and lately that hasn’t been happening!

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RMK Spring Collection 2008
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Now this interests me. It’s rather different for RMK and I’m already jumping around begging our mate Row from Mostly Makeup to purchase me some of this! The shadows remind me of Rimmel’s U Stir It Up Cream Eyeshadow except these are powder! I’m not too excited about the shadows those are kinda take it or leave it but I’m loving the blushes!

Paul and Joe Disney Collection
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Here’s another that I’m racing around in circles for! As soon as I seen this I was emailing Iris about it! I’m definately wanting a majority of the collection especially the face powders! How cute!

Visee Spring Collection 208
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Another I’m quite excited about! The Metallic Loose Powder is definitely on my wish list! And of course I’m wanting the new Jewel Crush Eye Palettes!

Lunasol Spring Collection 2008
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I’m on the couch about these. They look nice enough but I’m not so thrilled! I know many of you are extreme followers of Lunasol and as much as I adore it I have to say a no on these possibly as I can think of a few other items I want far more!

Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008
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Lavshuca has some interesting new eye palettes out that are shaped like our beloved Eye Color Select palettes. The difference? These colors are not particularly fabulous and are limited to three shades instead of four. These are entitled Noble On Color Eyes. Perhaps these are nicer upon viewing them in person but they all look the same aside from the middle color! So muddy and beige…not very spring like really. Hmmm. You know I’m a devotee of Lavshuca and of course these will be in my cart but I’m slightly worried how great they’ll actually be when I get my hands on ’em!

KATE Spring Collection 2008
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I’m all Glam Tricked out so I can do without any of KATE’s new collection. Nothing even makes me blink an eye! Although I’ll be excited to see the new video on the site when it’s up! I love the KATE commercials :) Click here to visit with Eru to see some of KATE’s past commercials (The Muse finds Eru’s passion for all things kawaii quite enchanting)!

I believe that’s about it right now. As I said earlier I must be getting picky or the collections just aren’t that brilliant! I’d really kill for a little wow right now but the Japanese never fail me and I’m positive Summer will bring something amazing! Or I’ll change my mind once I have some of these items in my hands!

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