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Majolica Majorca Spring Collection 2008 Reviewed

This is probably my most exciting entry to date in my Japanese Spring Collection review! It’s the Majolica Majorca Spring Collection for 2008 and boy am I excited to tell you about it!

I’ve noticed I have quite a few new readers lately so I’ll briefly explain that MJ (or MM to some folk) aka Majolica Majorca is a smaller branch of Shiseido. It’s an inexpensive brand that can be found in drugstores in Japan. Although it originates in Japan it does find it’s way across the board into China, Taiwan, Singapore, Etc…..although sadly never the US.

The Spring Collection brings us three new palettes that are entitled Majolook Trick On Palettes. The palettes are a bit different from the standard Majolook Palettes and are quite interesting to say the least.

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Where as the regular Majolook palettes come with a combination of powder eyeshadow and cream liner or powder eyeshadow and cream highlighter these palettes are a quad of powder shadows minus the cream liner or cream highlighter.

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The palette is actually broken down as follows:

2 Powder Eyeshadows
1 Powder Eyeliner (Can be used as an eyeshadow as well if you’re inclined)
1 “Trick” On Powder

The Trick On powder is an interesting texture in comparison to the other shadows in the palette. It’s a light shimmering powder that can used as a highlighter or on top of the darkest eyeshadow shade. It’s a lighter formula when compared to the other shadows in the palette. I used it as a highbrow highlighter and in the inner corner of my eyes for a bit of pop!

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Of the three palettes introduced only GR741 (The aqua variation) is limited edition. All of the shades are definately worth picking up in my humble opinion as you can create some rather beautiful looks using these.

As I’ve said in previous posts these aren’t super duper pigmented however with a bit of work you can create beautiful eye looks with them. This morning I used the GR741 and I created a rather nice look that I’ll be uploading later today! It’s probably the most pigmented Majolook palette I own! The deep greenish aqua shade is gorgeous and very beautiful! It’s definately my favorite of the three released and if you get nothing else this is well worth your cash if you love bold shades of eyeshadow!

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As you can see GR741 is beautiful! Starting from the bottom left hand side is the highlighter color in a soft iridescent baby blue color, next to that is the deep aqua green liner, above that is the cream colored “Trick On” color, and next to that the base color in a lighter beautiful greenish aqua color! I created a rushed look with this today and it came out ok but I’m looking forward to taking my time next run with it and seeing what I can create! As I said above it’s quite possibly the most pigmented Majolook palette I own!

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This is my 2nd favorite color combination of the three palettes released. It contains a beautiful array of browns and pinks which I find I really love lately! Starting at the left hand side we have a beautiful cream color sparkle to use as a highlighter, next to that a lovely chocolate liner, on top of that the “Trick On” powder is a shimmering bluish white, and next to that the main base color is a lovely pink!

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Out of all three palettes, BR742 is the one I liked the least but it does have some redeeming factors. The browns and greens are surprisely reminding me of Spring. Starting at the bottom left hand side we have iridescent bluish white shade, next to that a really deep dark brown, on top of that an iridescent pale green, and next to that a beige brown! Even though it’s not my favorite I definately see the potential to create a rather nice greenish look for Spring with this palette!

A new lash extender was released with the Collection and I’m sure as you already know from reading my past posts I’m a big lover and supporter of MJ Mascara. This particular release is rather good and I’m glad I didn’t pass on it. It feels very natural on and doesn’t make my lashes stiff at all.

It feels like I have some sort of Lash Conditioner on and the formula is very interesting in comparison to past releases for that reason! According to Iris at Rouge Deluxe the new formula contains “gloss oil” which in my humblest opinion can definately be felt when it’s on. I found this a very interesting release as it’ll be beautifully light during the Spring and Summer! Who wants stiff, dark lashes in warmer months right? Something light and natural is perfect and this new formula definately accomplishes that! A hearty rave for this! And of course as with all releases it’s long wearing and smudge proof!

The other items released in the collection that I skipped on were Honey Balm Swirl Lipglosses. These weren’t so appealing to me as I already own some of the Honey Plump Balms.

The Majolook palettes are 1575 yen each and the new Lash Extender is 1260 yen. Sadly expect to pay a huge jack in price if you’re shopping non-retail. A few shops have jacked the price up considerably. Although it deserves to be sad the palettes are worth the price increase!

Overall, the new Spring Collection from MJ most definately gets a YAY from me and a Muse Approved sticker!

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Maybe I’m bias and just a lover of MJ in general but this is most definately a favorite for me this Spring!

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Ettusais Glitter Princess Collection Review

Yay! It’s Monday! Who would think Monday would be so exciting right!? It’s exciting because I have some new goodies to show you as Japanese Spring Collection Week continues from last week!

This morning I wanted to show you Ettusais’s Glitter Princess Collection with an FOTD however the FOTD part is a bit late coming so I’ll upload it later today!

However, I can show you the small haul I got from this collection now!

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A few other Spring Collections made a dent in my wallet but Ettusais Collection I sorta skipped on! As cute as it was I didn’t get too crazy in my selections and only ended up hauling two glosses and an eyeliner from the items that were released.

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The collection consists of 5 Glitter Eyeliners and 3 Lipglosses, you can see my original post about the collection by clicking here.

The liner I got was the pink one. I decided on the pink because I truly don’t have too many pink liners in my collection and I thought it would look great with gold shadows and such. The other liners were tempting but I was trying to practice some sort of willpower as I purchased the entire lot of MJ Jeweling Eye Pencils this Fall and I was thinking to myself do I really need the entire 5 color selection of Ettusais Glitter Pencils? I think not. Best stick with one!

Yay for me keeping my word and getting only one!

The color is actually very nice and as predicted goes well with gold as I used it this morning to create a beautiful gold and pink look. The amount of glitter in the pencil is ok. Not really good or great but just ok. The pencil is at first a bit difficult to apply as the texture is hard but it warms up quick enough and slides on pretty well with minimal tugging. The liner color is a deep funky pink while the glitter within is silver.

In all honesty the color reminds me of a lipliner rather then an eyeliner pencil but it’s still a really cool color to have in my beauty arsenal!

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Overall, it’s rather an inexpensive yet nice pencil at 1050 Yen (about $10 or less USD). You’re not blowing a whole lot of cash on it and it has some pretty good sparkle and color pay off. I’m just not sure I liked the texture though as it went on rather cakey but it is a nice color as I said and does have a good amount of sparkle to it!

I’d say skip it if you can’t get it retail! If you have the means of getting it at cost then pick up one or two colors to try it out for yourself!

The other two items that I ended up with were the pink and red lipglosses. These I’m very happy with aside from some minor ranting which I’ll get to shortly.

Each has a nice, healthy dose of shimmer to them and the applicator is your standard spatula style which I love as you can really load up on gloss with this style of applicator (gotta love the Japanese!).

The swirls in the gloss are actually not for design only. You have two styles of swirl in the gloss one of which is a pigmented lipshade. If the applicator happens to hit it you’ll get a nice tint of colors to your lips as well as gloss! The other swirl is a dose of glitter and again if the applicator happens to hit it you’ll get a bit of a silver tinge to the your lips when applied!

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The formula is highly glossy, shiny, and very water based for a moisturizing, beautiful finish to your lips. If you love glosses that feel wet all day this be the gloss for you!

Minor rants.

The pretty swirls will get messed up after dipping in a few times with the applicator *sniff*! That stinks but what can you do?

And my biggest rant of all would be the lack of flavor to the gloss. Sigh. Why oh why don’t the Japanese flavor glosses? It’s rare I’ve run across a gloss that was flavored Japan side! Why!? I really miss the flavor but I guess it prevents me from chewing the gloss off! I’m sure I’ve ingested my fair share of gloss to last me this lifetime so I guess the lack of flavor is a good thing right?

The glosses are worth picking up if you have the means of getting them at retail which is 1575 yen (about $15 USD) if not I’d say they are safe to skip! As nice as they are paying jacked up costs for them isn’t worth it!

This mini collection form Ettusais is quite a nice selection of goodies but not one of the best I’ve run across this Spring so I’ll have to refrain from sticking a Muse Approval Seal on it!

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Kesalan Patharan Spring Collection 2008: Spring ColorVeil

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Kesalan Patharan website has been updated with the newest Spring Collection and it looks very promising which means I’ll definately be bugging friends to get me some of this!

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The base creator looks very nice which consists of a Nuance Color, Highlight Color, Cheek Color, and Shading Color. Knowing me I’d just dip my entire fluff brush in it and just smooth it over my face to lighten and freshen up my look!

Two selections are available for the Base Creator which are the Orange and Pink. Both shades are LE and 4200 yen each.

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Three lipglosses have been introduced as well which are LE and 2300 yen each. They all look super nice! The colors are very vibrant and bold! I’m loving these and particularly liking the darkest shade of pink.

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Lipgloss Color Selections:
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Other items available are new colors of the Facecolor N palettes in a brown and blue selection:

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They also happened to update with some new brow powders and such but these don’t really hold much interest to me!

The real star of the show are the gorgeous, bold, vibrant glosses! At least for me these are definately appealing!

Overall, it’s a very nice set of goodies!

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Gransebon Spring Collection 2008: LoveSomeLady

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Gransenbon has updated it’s site with a very tiny Spring Collection! From what I’ve seen they are only introducing three new colors in the Grand Eye Eyeshadow Palettes.

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I don’t think these are LE so no use going crazy trying to locate them! Appears they may become part of the general catalog but sadly I’m not completely sure.

The new palettes are Apricot Chai, Lady Grace, and Mermaid Tiara.

To be honest I’m not jumping around in excitement as these look like palettes I already have in the series so I may safely skip!

For your viewing pleasure some of the Grand Eye Eyeshadow Palettes from my personal collection:

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Japanese Spring Collection Cosmetic Week Concludes

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It’s sadly the end of the week and I have to bring a close to Japanese Spring Collection Week!

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I wish I had more time on the weekend to update but I find I get too busy to blog during the weekends so you guys will have to wait until Monday for more goodies!

The wait will be worth it! I promise sweet treats for next week’s entries!

Sneak Peek for next week:

Majolica Majorca’s Spring Collection
KATE’s Spring Collection
Ablion Epirse Spring Collection
Ettusais Glitter Princess Collection (Click here for details)

And much, much more!

If you missed any of my posts this week here’s a break down of what I’ve covered so far:

Click here to see KATE’s New Gel Mascara Reviewed!

Click here to read about Lavshuca’s Spring Collection!

Click here to see the Kiss Chocolatier Spring Collection with an FOTD!

Click here to see Lavshuca’s new Noble On palettes in action!

Click here and here to see some of the new Magie Deco, Jill Stuart, and Lunasol Palettes from the Muse’s mate and reader, Betsy!

If you’d like to discuss any of these brands, have any questions, or anything else do post ‘em here! The Muse is all ears!

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