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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 musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com 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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Summer Collections 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina

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Aube Gloss Frutina are an absolute staple item of mine and even though I’ve reviewed them prior to this I thought they deserved a revisit considering a new selection has been released for Summer (Visit with Carleen and check out my love of Gloss Frutina at Girl Gloss!)

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The original Gloss Frutina line up from last year included a healthy dose of shades where as this year the collection was cut down to a mere four shade selections. Even though the shades were limited this season they did have their own unique difference that the prior release did not sport.

This year the collection was not only scented with exotic fruit and food flavors but included a pleasant taste as well. I’ve quite fond of mentioning and re-mentioning the fact that many Japanese gloss brands fail to flavor their glosses. I’m always shocked to hear how many people actually hate flavored glosses where as I always love them and prefer my glosses have some sort of flavor. The new glosses range from orange flavoring to apple flavoring and more so I was quite in nirvana when I heard about this!

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The formula on these pretty much remains the same as the previous release with very minor differences. Although in the packaging the gloss appears to be a creamy lip color and pigmented that’s not the case. The texture is quite a good deal thicker and creamier than the prior release and I’m actually enjoying this formula much better. Pigmentation isn’t fantastic sadly although you can build sheer color up on your lips the best bet is to stain your lips prior to use to get the most out of the gloss. Each gloss contains a very faint shimmer of gold or silver but nothing overpowering just enough to give your lips a delightfully shiny, shimmery look.

The packaging has changed very slightly with the glosses sporting a brand new pinkish lilac top. This new top is quite lovely considering it matches the palettes beautifully. It still contains the same crystals embedded into it as well which is a nice, elegant touch. The prior release was identical aside from the fact that top was silver.

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As I mentioned earlier these do have a gorgeous scent and flavor. EX03 is a creamy shimmering coral shade that tastes like Blood Orange and Rosemary. The idea of combining oranges and rosemary may sound unappealing but I assure you the taste and smell is very pleasant! EX04 is a gorgeous, popping true pink that tastes like Berries and Mint. EX05 shimmering, nude, natural plum beige combination that tastes like lemongrass and plum. And lastly EX06 is a nude beige that tastes like caramel apple.

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My favorite of the four shades would have to be EX04. It’s such a beautiful pop of pink and with a very sheer layer of lip stain under it my lips look quite gorgeous sporting this!

Aube did a rather great job with the new line up of Gloss Frutina and I’m glad I indulged in all four colors as they were well worth adding to my beauty stash!

Aube Gloss Frutina are most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Click here to see my original review of Aube Frutina Glosses!

Click here
to visit with Janice on Specktra and see my review of Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eye Palettes!

Click here
to find out why I’m loving Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes!

It’s hot outside but you can keep yourself cool by exploring my Winter 2007 review of Aube’s Holiday Collection!

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Summer Collection 2008: Paul and Joe Flirt

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The new Paul and Joe Summer Collection 2008 entitled Flirt is available as of June 1st within Japan and at your local counters (if you’re lucky enough to have a counter around).

The collection isn’t anything wow aspiring so it’s safe to say I won’t be partaking but definately check back soon as I’m sure the Fall Collection will be something great!

This collection consists of a variety of new mascaras, leg powder, lotion, etc….a bit of a snore for me. The mascaras are actually new as of May so that could be considered a late Spring release and the leg items are released as of June.

I’m not really loving it but I thought it deserved a mention!

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Check out my major haul of yum from the Paul and Joe Disney X Collection by clicking here!

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Shiseido Kesho Wakusei Summer Collection Line Up

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Shiseido has you all covered on the Beauty on a Budget front for the Summer! If you’re wanting a cheap, inexpensive nail polish for the Summer you’ll find just what you need from the Shiseido Kesho Wakusei selection this season!

From what I can understand 5 new color selections are available at 450 yen each.

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Loving this post? Search around my blog and you’ll run into more of Kesho Wakusei entries and reviews! Who doesn’t love cheap, cheesy brands right? The Muse says if it’s Japanese it’s all good! No questions asked.

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The Muse on Etude House’s Blog!

A few weeks ago I had reported to you that my article on Etude House’s Spring Collection was published on a popular Korean media site.

Today a very kind reader, jkim, brought to my attention that I had made an appearance on the Etude House’s official blog plus made a second appearance at The Daily Cosmetic.

Jkim was totally gorgeous enough to translate the entire article for me and I’m eternally grateful to her for it! Thanks lovie! The Muse hearts you in a major way right now!

I thought I’d share with what was said in the article! I’m EXTREMELY proud of the large community of Asian readers I have at Musings and it just tickles me that I’m recognized for that on Etude House’s blog and The Daily Cosmetic!

Check it:

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Etude House Breaking Down American Walls!
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American Women Learn About Etude House Through Blogs

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Etude’s famous Korean cosmetics are slowly breaking down the steep walls of Asia and
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Five years ago, Etude created the Etude House brand within Korea with a new concept
and products that recaptured women’s hearts. Now, for the last two years, the company
has successfully entered various Asian markets.

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But it hasn’t stopped there. Now, with American women learning about the products
through various American blogs, Etude House is beginning to transform itself into a
global brand.

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In particular, for a domestic (Korean) brand to move beyond Asia and reach American
consumers is extremely rare but it’s proving itself not to be an exception even to a
cosmetics powerhouse like the U.S.

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Etude House products shown here in an American blog

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Referring to herself as a “Cosmetic w. (whore)” for her obsession with makeup, this
woman reviews an average of 80 products a month on her blog. The Etude House
products she reviewed came from this Spring’s new Peach line, which included the Pore
Erasing Peach Base, blusher, eyeshadow, lipgloss, etc. In all, around 10 products -
practically the entire line. There are nearly 140 comments total on all of her entries
regarding Etude, proving the popularity and interest of these products.

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In her review of the Peach Skin Pact and Pore Erasing Peach Base, she sang its praises
by saying, “It’s wonderful, brillant primer and the price is ridiculously inexpensive for
such a great product” (sic). Ji Eun Yang, a college student who visited this blog, said
“I’m really proud of the fact that Korean cosmetics are starting to gain recognition all
over the world.”

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The Etude marketing director stated, “In today’s world, where ‘global’ is a big buzzword,
we were able to reaffirm the possibilities for Etude’s international ventures,” adding, “We
plan to develop fresh new products that will win the hearts of not only Asian consumers
but of those in the entire world.”

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If you have a language pack installed you should be able to see the characters if not you’re likely seeing lots of question marks! Just read between the question marks for the English translation!

You can see the original story, in all it’s glory, by clicking here!

A big, big thanks to jkim for bringing this to my attention and for doing the translation!

I look forward to bringing you future reviews on all good things Korea! As you already know I love me some K-Drama icon wink So expect more K-Drama reviews too!

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