Spring Collections 2009
KATE Gradical Eyes Palettes are nothing new as they were released a year or two ago but for Spring 2009 KATE extended the line to release a new shade. I believe that this is the first time that KATE introduced a new shade to the collection, either that or I haven’t been paying much attention.
Jump ahead to see the newest shade!
Now I should mention I have pretty much all the shades from the KATE Gradical Eyes Palettes and I believe they were released for Spring 2007, correct me if I’m wrong. At the time I got them I was really quite pleased as they were pigmented and had some great colors however woe followed soon after. Out of all my KATE palettes, and I’m a big KATE fan mind you, Gradical Eyes is probably the worst ones they have in the line up. The texture of the shadows are a bit too chalky and don’t blend too smoothly. Anyway, the reason I’m telling you all this was because it would take alot for me to indulge in any new shades they released but this Spring they caught me! The newest shade release is BG-1 and it’s simply stunning! I seriously couldn’t resist the shade and I convinced myself it would be a great palette regardless of the crummy formula.
Wrong, but I’ll get into that shortly.
KATE Gradical Eyes Palettes contain a base shade of shadow, a contrasting shade, and a lid shade all in a powder formula. It also includes a highlighter or a base if you like in a cream formula. I’ve grown to hate these style of palettes as I don’t like the cream and think it’s an utterly wasteful item as I never use it. The basic application is applying the lightest shade as a base, the medium shade all over the lid and crease, and applying the darkest shade on the lid which you’ll blend slightly upwards. The final step is using the cream as a highlighter for the highbrow. Using the creamy shade as a base makes the shadow crease and just causes a major mess so I stick to using it as a highbrow highlighter.
As I mentioned above the lure of the newest shade got a hold of me as it’s quite pretty. The shade selection is called blue-green by KATE but for me it’s pure aqua. I’m a big lover of aqua which is why I decided to indulge.
Ado…even a new shade can’t take away from how crummy a formula the shadows are. Although all the shades are pretty and plenty pigmented they still blend badly. You can’t contrast much of your look as the shades are difficult to blend and end up turning into one big gob of aqua. Meh.
Although the palette is gorgeous shade it’s not worth purchasing in my humblest as the formula is simply too crummy to work with. KATE makes some great palettes but it’s an epic fail for the Gradical Eyes line.
How about you?
Fan of Gradical Eyes?
Not so much?
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I gave you the deets on what to expect from our beloved Shu a few days ago! Here’s one further image of the brand new Shu Uemura Cream Eye Shadows!
Yummie right? These look incredible and knowing Shu they’ll be pigmented in a major way!
The shadows are already available at Nordstrom and will launch shortly on the Shu site.
Wish list anyone?
I know, I know we’re all terribly upset with Jillian Dempsey for being married to a man with better hair than our own. What do you think that’s like in the morning at the old Dempsey house?
Wake up, frizzy scary morning hair and your husband is sitting next to you cool, calm, and collected with nice smooth wavy brown locks. Oh the agony. Jillian, honey, I don’t envy you anymore!
Anyway, Jillian actually holds her own in the makeup world. She’s responsible for what used to be Deluxe Beauty…god I miss Deluxe. As of late Jillian’s taken the world of Avon by storm with little collections being released here
I must say up until now quite a bit of what she’s done has been pretty nice color wise and quality wise. Taking all that into consideration I was excited about the new Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Avon Collection that’s available this March.
Jump ahead for the details!
Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Avon Collection includes some key pieces for creating a little piece of Spring this season with shades of tranquil blues and pastel sky tones. The shades of the new Jillian Dempsey for Avon Celestial Eyeshadow shades kind of remind me of Bobbi Brown’s Surf Palette. Two shades are available in Moon Sand and Sunset Sky one of which is an ocean hue and the other a sandy gold. You can probably see what I mean about the Surf and Sand type of vibe I get from the two shadows. Quite nice. Each shade is baked and has a twinkling, shimmery finish. Likey! These are $8 USD each but I guarantee that Avon will offer a nice little steal on them sooner or later.
Follow up your sparkling eye look with Avon Big Color Glossy Lip Pencil which is a liner and gloss in one pencil! This is a moisturizing formula that glides onto lips leaving behind a shiny finish. They are $6 USD each and available in Glossy Celestial, Glossy Rose, Glossy Sand, and Glossy Sunset.
As the weather grows warmer a cream blush is always in favor! Check out Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color that will release with Celestial Spring in two shades for $8 USD each. With names like Icy Pearl and Tropical Peach the Muse can feel the love!
They’ll also be a new nail color release and an exclusive mascara created by Jillian Dempsey.
You can learn more about Jillian and her Avon Collections by visiting www.avon.com/jilliandempsey
I’ll be reviewing the Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Collection shortly for you, keep your eyes peeled!
Yesterday, I reviewed a few pieces for you from the Etude House Precious Mineral Project Collection. Today I’m diving deeper into the collection with a review of the new Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence.
Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence is simply a nice way of saying primer. All that makeup essence stuff makes it sound more important than it really is it’s simply a primer you use prior to foundation application. Yes, yes before you think it, before you even say it out loud, the answer is yes. Yes, Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence is kinda sorta a dupe of Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer.
Major differences do separate the two so even though in appearance they look the same just about everything else including the color and formula is vastly different so please for the love of this Muse don’t go around saying what a great dupe Etude House Makeup Essence is for Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer.
I should get it off my chest first and foremost that this will sadly not make your foundation last longer. Some primers have the ability to allow makeup to last a good deal longer, some keep makeup fresh, and others just act as a really great prepping too. In this case, Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence is simply a great prepping tool.
The formula is a watery texture that feels cooling on the skin and absorbs easily. It does have a creamy peach iridescent finish but it’s not noticeable on the skin in my opinion. Even fairer skin than my own probably won’t notice any sort of finish to the primer as it just absorbs clear or at least I thought so. I did notice that it tends to feel a little bit sticky until it dries down. It wasn’t really unpleasant but a little annoying having to wait a sec prior to applying my BB Cream.
Hmmm I guess I don’t sound completely overjoyed over this particular primer but it’s just nothing to get too excited about and I’ve tried far better primers that multitask at keeping my makeup fresh and long wearing plus prep my skin prior to foundation. This primer simply preps and offers no other bells and whistles. For it’s price it’s probably worth trying out but honestly you can safely skip it if you’re purchasing within the US for a higher price.
I liked it ok but I didn’t love it and probably won’t purchase it again. Although the Etude House Precious Mineral Project Collection is turning out very well so far I wasn’t loving this primer and think you can safely skip it.
The Muse already has her UK patrol looking out for Bourjois Paris Mineral Radiance.
Brand new from Bourjois Paris Mineral Radiance is a hot pressed formula that lightweight and silky with a matte, flawless finish. The powder is enriched with Vitamin E for healthy skin coverage. The powder also contains radiance boosting quartz and purified minerals for a luminous finish. The powder is available in five shades.
That’s a mouthful.
The Muse thinks it looks kinda boring and just like Bourjois Paris Pastel Teint Essential Pressed Powder, shrug! But that doesn’t sway me from wanting it as I think I need to experience “radiance boosting quartz”, that stuff sounds important and stuff!
Honestly, I have a funny feeling this may be an interesting, glorified shimmering powder but we must wait patiently until it’s located across the pond so I can bring it all the way back here and review for you!
For now just gag over the few pics I squirreled up! Love me much?
Babble Bourjois in the comment box!
I can’t deny that the release of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection disappointed me. I really wanted some festive, flirty Spring Collection that was filled with sweet shimmering shades. Instead we got a round up of plenty of base makeup items with little of the collection concentrating on any point pieces.
But fear not. Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection is solid gold base makeup and more than makes up for it’s lack of color with an amazing selecton of good quality base makeup for a nice price tag.
Even though I suffered some disappointed with it’s release I can’t deny that the release of Etude House Mineral Skin Project was probably one of the better collections released from Etude House as of late. Lately, collections have come and gone without really capturing my attention but this definitely caught my eye since I’m a fond fan of Etude House BB Creams.
Today I’ll be reviewing two of the items from the collection and continuing my review later this week with the rest of the items I got. The two items I am concentrating on today are Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream and Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact.
Until now the concept of “mineral” makeup in liquid form was rather confusing to me. I really didn’t get the point. Granted I imagined the formula included minerals in it’s ingredients but the finish was quite the same as any other liquid foundation I’ve come across. I’m mentioning this because I was quite delighted with the finish of the Etude House Mineral BB Cream. It’s a rather strange little product as it’s obviously a liquid cream however it’s finish is that of a mineral makeup and gives my skin a buffed on look that’s quite flawless and very, very pretty. I won’t say this dries down to a complete matte finish but it looks very matte and the complete effect looks quite like I used a mineral makeup. It’s interesting to say the least.
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream has all the benefits of a normal run of the mill BB Cream as it offers an SPF of 30, anti-aging ingredients, and whitening benefits. Everything and the kitchen sink is offered with this BB Cream as with many others. I can’t speak for anti-aging but it does whiten and brighten skin and the added benefits of SPF 30 are always a bonus. The box proclaims it offers sheer coverage but I personally think it offers medium to heavy coverage with proper application. A little goes a very long way so a few drops do me well at offering beautiful coverage while erasing dullness from my skin and making my skin literally glow with health. Truly it’s near perfect coverage. The cream comes in two variations one light and one darker (although the darker shade isn’t that dark). Although the cream should adjust to your skin tone I do think that it’s best used on fair to medium complexions but not dark, tan, or olive tones. This is a Korean product so it’s especially suited to Asian skin especially if you have yellow undertones as the product has a good deal of soft beige to erase yellow tones and even out the complexion.
There isn’t anything particularly special about the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact but I fancy it anyway as it’s a perfect follow up for setting the BB Cream. The powder comes housed in a very simple pink compact with a large mirror and a soft sponge. This comes in three shades, I got the lightest and although I’d probably do better with the 2nd shade I didn’t mind so much as I felt like it went well with the lightest shade of BB that I selected. It blends out well on my skin and sets my makeup for long wear. It has an SPF of 30 as well which is fantastic.
Both products promise “sheer glowing skin” and honestly that’s exactly what they deliver. You’d never know it during application as both products just seem your run of the mill BB cream and powder foundation. But don’t let the formula fool you, the results speak for their self as my skin was glowing this morning. I’ve always wanted to be able to use mineral makeup but never really found a brand that didn’t match me itchy or make me look like I had a mask of makeup on. This gives me the look of mineral makeup in a liquid formula, likey!
A few things that deserved to be mentioned……
Wasn’t loving the price on any of this. I was shocked how expensive it was by Korean cosmetic standards. I’d honestly pay double for it since the quality is there but I couldn’t help but raise a brow at the price as normally Etude House is a good deal cheaper. The compact was 14,500 won and the bb cream was 13,500 won, as you can see not your typical price tag for Etude House but regardless well worth it. Secondly, I normally adore the pump style tube that Etude House favors for it’s BB Creams but I had a terrible time getting it to work this time and for some reason nothing was coming out. 3 dozen pumps later and a squeeze or two of the tube it finally started to flow, phew! For a sec there I thought I was going to have to slice into the tube to get to the cream! Sadly, the pump on the jar doesn’t unscrew as it’s glued on so I couldn’t even just unscrew the top to get to the product. Bit ranty about this! As you can see in my photos my tube of BB cream is rather flat and a little bit wrinkled up since I was struggling with it!
Wearing the BB Cream layered with the powder on top! The blush is also from the collection but I’ll be reviewing that later this week!
Aside from my minor rants I’m Muse Approving both Etude Hose Precious Mineral BB Cream and Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream for purchase.
I was lucky enough to have a very sweet person purchase these for me. If you’re wanting to purchase these I suggest checking on E-bay, Facial Shop, or G-Market to purchase although prices on the first two probably won’t be too kind!
Overall, even though I started my review with rants, woe, and general disappointed I must end it with a big wow at how impressed I am altogether with how amazing my skin was looking today thanks to the cream and powder.
Any of my Korean readers try yet?