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Shiseido Maquillage Watery Clash Eyes Review

Shiseido has quite a few different brands available exclusive to the Japanese market one of which is Maquillage. I know I’ve mentioned that before and many of you already know it as you’re as passionate about Japanese Cosmetics as I am however I thought it deserved a remention in my introduction because I have quite a flow of newer readers visiting with me lately and I thought that’d be a nice little way to introduce this review plus give them a little info about the brand.

Maquillage is not my favorite brand in the Shiseido line (I’m sure you can guess which my favorite is…go on comment and tell me!). For me Maquillage is a hit or miss sadly. Some products are really good and some aren’t so great. The price range is lovely, the packaging is fabulous, but the actual products are sometimes too sheer or not particularly the best quality in the world. I’m not that big a fan of the shadow compacts, the liners, or the glosses. However, I do give a better portion of my money to Maquillage on a rare occasion!

Today I’m reviewing Watery Crash Eyes from Maquillage. I don’t follow Maquillage as much as I do other Japanese brands so when something new is released I know of it but not when it was released so I’m unsure which collection these are from.

A very sweet friend of mine did some personal shopping for me in Tokyo last week and she picked up Watery Crash Eyes as a request from me. Sadly, I’m not quite so into it. The lemming for this came from the fact that it reminded me of Chanel’s Ombre D’eau Fluid Eyeshadow but the Maquillage price is much more affordable. The color selection isn’t vast by any means and this particular product is only offered in 5 colors. I got the PK213 which is a beautiful baby pink color.

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Now I can’t fairly give this a poor review. The reason for that is the product is actually good and the problem is that I’m just too bloody picky with cosmetics.

The texture and formula is wonderful as it blends a real treat however a few things I don’t like about it are the finish which is more of a shine than a shimmer if that makes sense, I’m also not loving how much I need to use to get color onto my lid as this is very sheer, and finally I’m just not enjoying the total look it created for me.

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As I was saying it blends very well, just dot and smooth on. The texture is thick and creamy. All and all I see no problem with the formula however it’s lack of shimmer kind of disappointed me. I should mention that I’m not a fan of cream shadows and honestly the main reason I had purchased this was because it not only reminded me of the Chanel but also Visee’s Aqua Shining Eyes so I was kinda hopeful this would be as good a quality as both of those.

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The product is sheer so you have to do at least three layers to get some color onto your lid. One layer will not do much of anything. I noticed that it doesn’t dry fast either which is a good thing because if you mess up while blending you can easily go back and smooth your finger around a bit more without worrying about it being dry and messing the entire look up. This is particularly nice as well when you’re layering the color because you’re not packing color onto an already “dry” look.

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My final look when I was done layering and blending wasn’t exactly great. No pop sadly. But as I said I can’t give it a bad review because the formula is very good (especially the fact it stays wet so long before setting which makes for ease of application). I’m just a nitpicker because I enjoy a bit more shimmer and the look I achieved was more of a shiny, neutral look!

If you enjoy simplicity without shimmer or pop this might very well be something you’d enjoy using. For myself I’m not loving it at the moment but I’m going to continue using it to see how I feel after a few weeks!

Here’s what I created using Watery Clash Eyes:
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Here’s what I used:
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Eyes:
Maquillage Watery Clash Eyes in PK213
Visee Mascara

Lips
Bobbi Brown Lip and Cheek Rouge in Pink Raspberry
Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in Pink Popsicle

Cheeks:
Bare Minerals Blush in Fruit Cocktail

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Summer Collection 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina

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I’m a big fan of the Aube Frutina Lipglosses that were released last year and the good news is this year they are making a guest starring appearance in Aube’s Early Summer release Collection!

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My very beautiful mate, Iris, reported on these earlier in the month and I felt myself getting all hyper at the prospect of not only new colors but from what I’m understanding new flavors!

BLESS BE the Japanese have heard my prayers and have answered them! Flavored Lipgloss! Hooray! Hooray! I’m one for ranting at the lack of flavor in a majority of gloss brands on Japanese shores so this is exciting!

Each gloss is LE and scented in exotic combinations but I’m not entirely sure if they are “flavored” as well! So here’s to hoping right?

Orange is orange and rosemary scented, Pink is berry and mint (mmm sounds great), dusky pink is plum and lemongrass, and finally the beige is apple caramal and chamomile (please see Rouge Deluxe for the original information about these releases!).

Each gloss is 2100 yen each and well worth the price tag in my opinion. The color selection looks fabulous compared to last year’s glosses. They appear almost frosty this time around however sometimes the swatches aren’t so brilliant so can’t go by that until I actually see them in person.

Since I enjoyed these so much I thought I’d combine a mini review here from the glosses I do have from the previous release!

I really like these and they definately fall into a favorite category for me. One thing I really like about them is the applicator. The applicator is a sponge but it’s a large sponge and for some reason or another it saturates really well with the product so you get a nice bit of the gloss on it for smoothing onto your lips! I’m not sure if it’s the applicator or the formula but it just smooths on amazingly well for a gloss! I always struggle with sponge applicators as I’m constantly redipping where as with this I only need one dip and I’m good to go! These are a tiny bit on the sheer side so I definately suggest layering them to deepen the color on your lips as one stroke will get you a nice glossy look but not enough color to really pop so a bit of redipping and building the color up will give you an excellent pay off and beautiful look!

The texture is not sticky or tacky at all. It feels perfect on and has a pretty good water base because the gloss just slides on beautifully creating a very natural feel on your lips but NOT the type that’s sliding off onto your chin!

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Sadly, as with almost all Japanese glosses I’ve tried, these lack any taste or flavor. I enjoy flavor in my gloss but this is great if you’re hating that. The color selection last year came in about 12 shades I believe and a few were LE but not all. These new releases will all be LE so that’s a plus!

The packaging is definately pleasing as each gloss has tiny crystals in the top! Very pretty!

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These particular shades being released appear more pigmented! We shall see! Very excited for the collection to hit shops so I can lay my greedy hands on some!

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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.

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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!

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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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Givenchy Japan Spring Collection 2008

Here are a few releases on the shores of beautiful Japan that won’t be available stateside.

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I’m debating with myself whether I need these. The price scares me slightly as it’s about $20 USD more then what I’d pay here in the US but both items are gorgeous aren’t they?

A very beautiful friend of mine is doing my shopping for me as she lives in Tokyo but it’s so difficult for me to decide if I really need these!

Ugh choices, choices!

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Korean Cosmetic Brands

One of my readers had requested I do an entry on a few brands to look out for in Korea. I don’t purchase many Korean brands but I do enjoy looking out for exciting new Asian Brands as you know be it Japanese, Korean, or Chinese.

Korea is a place that is near and dear to my heart simply because of it’s vast entertainment selection. Aside from Japanese pop culture I’d say that Korea definately holds plenty of appeal for me in the entertainment field. I adore Korean dramas as you may already know and some pop music as well (I’m more of a J-Rock girl but popular Korean music definately gets some of my attention).

Do keep in mine prior to reading this that the post will probably create some hardcore lemmings so don’t hold the Muse responsible icon wink

One of my all time favorite Korean brands which I haven’t be able to locate anywhere aside from Korea would be Clio.

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Clio reminds me of Bourjois Paris with it’s cute packaging and baked eyeshadows and blushes. I’ve done an entry on Clio prior to this but it deserves a revisit in this post. Clio is actually made in Italy but distributed in Korea. As I mentioned I haven’t seen Clio distributed anywhere else in the world aside from Korea but I could be wrong! From what I understand Sasa carries the line but I’m not sure where else in Korea you can purchase it.

The line contains plenty of beautiful, funky cosmetics that are sure to appeal to those who love a bit of color. If you’re looking for a natural, neutral look Clio isn’t something you’ll want to look into however if you love a bit of color this will be something you’ll enjoy!

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Price is midway in my opinion with blushes running from about $19 USD and eyeshadows at around $14 USD. I’ve had little success locating Clio in online shops or on E-bay so if you want the line you’re either hopping a plane to Korea or asking a mate to pick you up some!

Overall, it’s possibly one of my favorite brands. I own about 6 of the shadows or so and two of the blushes (I wish I had more) and they are all very pigmented, silky, and beautiful more so then Bourjois Paris if possible.

Should you happen to be wandering around Korea another cosmetic line to keep your eyes on would be Laneige. Laneige falls into the luxury group of cosmetics in my opinion but the price is tiny in comparison to some lines. Laneige sells outside of Korea and can be found in Singapore and China however some of the better items pop up in Korea and later are distributed to other countries at later dates. I haven’t seen Laneige in Japan but again I could be wrong.

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Palettes are about $23-30 USD some lower. Prices vary from country to country and of course it remains cheapest within Korea.

The line is extensive, covering point, base, skincare, and other bits and bobs. It definately has some very interesting items and if you have access it is worth looking at!

Next up Etude….

Let me introduce you to Etude. Now Etude is truly an awesome line. It’s girlishly sweet with some seriously awesome packaging. It definately falls into a favorite category for me. The brand is available in drugstores and price wise isn’t too bad. The range is very extensive and includes a variety of cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, and other bits.

The beautiful commercials and adverts are especially appealing and cutesy! In the video below I’m especially in love with the makeup from the Peach collection which is a new collection for Spring!

Palettes range from $9 USD and up which isn’t bad at all. The shadows fall into the MJ line in my opinion which means they are pigmented as you make them out to be. It takes a bit of work to build up color but in the long run you can get a beautiful look using them!

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The new Pore Erasing Peach Base is something to keep your eyes out for. It quite reminds me of Benefit’s Erase Paste but looks like it’ll work much better plus it’s only $11 bucks!

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Etude is definately Muse Approved for purchase! If you’re in Korea you’ll definately want to keep your eyes open for products from Etude’s range!

Banila Co is another girlish brand that I adore! The new Spring Collection looks much like Clio’s dual shadows but the price is a bit lower at about $9 USD per shadow. The highest item cost wise is about $20 USD.

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The line also includes a variety of items from base cosmetics, point, tools, skincare, and even body care!

Banilia is available in drugstores and quality is excellent for the price!

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A higher end of cosmetics within Korea is Vidi Vici. Vidi Vici is created by Lee Kyung Min a famous makeup artist in Korean. The line for me is a bit unappealing due to the elegant packaging. I’m more for cute packaging which could be why Vidi Vici fails to wow me. The line up is geared more towards the working class lady and has that air of elegance minus the kawaii feel about 90% of cosmetics in Asia incorporate into their collections! As you may have suspected the price range is also geared towards the mature woman.

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Last but not least is VOV. VOV for me has the feel of Kose as some of the palettes resemble those in the line even the Spring Collection has the feel of Visee with it’s mirrored compacts! The prices are about the same as Kose as well with palettes ranging from $17 USD or so. The line up is appealing to all with it’s beautiful compacts and color combinations.

The line isn’t as extensive as some brands but does have it’s fair share of point, base, skincare, etc….

Overall, it’s definately geared towards the fresh twenty something but the Muse isn’t twenty and she adores it!

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Well…That’s all folks!

I hope you enjoyed this little adventure into Korean cosmetics! Do feel free to share some of your favorite Korean brands!

I’d especially love to hear from those of you within Korea about prices, favorite brands, etc…..

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