If you follow me around Cozy you might have noticed I posted about these on the Bobbi Brown thread!
If not you got me babbling about them here on my blog!
These are an interesting concept and since my obsession with Bobbi Brown lately you know that I want to try these out but the price makes me cringe slightly!
First of all these are completely well thought out as the color selection is vast so it’s not a flash in the pan money making scheme. They actually considered this a while prior to releasing them. I love that they have a nice good array of color.
What are they?
Basically you’ll be purchasing an empty quad or trio which you can fill with any combination of blushes or eyeshadows of your own personal choice!
Items available are shimmer eyeshadows, shimmer blushes, and standard blushes and eyeshadows.
The shimmer shadows and blushes are of course something I am highly interested in trying out for myself!
At the moment there are at least 30 shades of shadow available. That number is without the shimmer shadows so the choices and variety are fantastic!
Price wise is where I am slightly raising my eyebrows. An empty quad or trio is $10 USD…mmm not too bad but nearly twice the amount of a standard MAC quad. Blushes are $22 USD each and Eyeshadows are $20 USD.
Break that down with a quad and you’re looking at say over $90 USD for one blush and three eyeshadows.
Bobbi I love you, I really love you but I don’t love a $90 palette!
If you went the cheaper route and decided on a trio one blush and two eyeshadows would run you over $70 USD!
As much as I am wanting these the price tag is just a tiny bit too high for the Muse!
Love ‘em, yes. Price Tag, not feeling it at all!
Tell the Muse!
Tis here ladies!
MAC Dazzleglass is live and kicking on the MAC website! Click!
Each gloss is $16.50 USD which is about $2.50 higher than a normal lipglass. I obviously have too much time on my hands because I noticed that a standard Lipglass is 4.8g/0.17oz and Dazzleglasses are 1.92g/0.06oz. Interesting that they appear bigger but obviously the content inside is not plus the price is higher hmmm!
I forgive MAC as these look splendid to me! Despite warnings of stickiness and a few poor reviews I’ll be racing out to buy a few of these today!
How about you?
Not into ‘em?
Tell the Muse!
I got my very first Cosme Decorte haul a few days ago! This isn’t really a review as of yet just my general impressions of the items. I’ll follow with a review and FOTD shortly.
Mmmm……..Not sure what I think of this quite yet. I really love how beautiful the palette is for sure. It’s an array of five colors which includes a beautiful gold sparkling base that I’m loving. The four other colors are two accent colors one deep mustard and one cranberry, one nuance color which is a bubblegum pink color, and finally a shading color which is a dark chocolate brown.
The palette is entitled Classy Sexy and if the colors are anything to go by that’s exactly the look you can pull off with this! A beautiful, classy, slightly sexy eye look!
I’ve never been tempted to order any of the palettes prior to this as they carry a high price tag of $55 USD or so which seems absurd to say the least, hell even Givenchy and Chanel is $5-$6 cheaper than this!
But I did come across a rather large stash of Magie Deco on one of the shops I was discussing in my prior Guide to Japanese Cosmetics Shopping post. I got this from Facial Shop and I ordered the palette for $44.99 USD which is a damn deep discount.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the palette as of yet. It’s very beautiful but I do feel a slight tinge of disappointment at the price tag.
The palette itself is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful shiny pink mirror compact with gold edging that’s very elegant. Inside are the five shadows and two brushes. And still after all this I’m wondering at the price tag! I guess I have to try it to see if it’s really worth it in the long run!
I also picked up a Fairy Eyes which is a shimmering cream shadow. This is pretty brilliant. Yes, I normally have a deep dislike for cream shadows but I couldn’t resist one that was so full of sparkle, shimmer, and shine. I got mine in a frosty white and after swatching it I’d say the sparkle and shimmer is just right and I’m looking forward to using this as an all over wash with a beautiful black liner for an understated, yet elegant look! This normally retails for $20 USD or so but I got it from Facial Shop for $17.99 USD! Mind you the prices also include shipping so obviously you can see it’s a super deal!
I’ve been wandering around the Cosme Decorte website for ages and I literally drool at the model images and looks created using the products but I fail to have the same wow aspiring feeling I did when I finally got a palette for my own! Maybe the color selection is the problem? I’m unsure!
The instruction booklet is available both in Japanese and English which I appreciate greatly. I wish they included an eye chart but I imagine I can get tons of inspiration off the website as they have many great eye charts available to look at!
All in all I am liking the items but haven’t yet felt any love for the palette! I’m hoping once I try it out for myself I’ll feel quite differently!
Review and FOTD to follow very soon so keep your eyes open!
Own any of these palettes?
Want to try ‘em?
Tell the Muse!
I get a crumb load of questions asking me how to shop for Japanese Cosmetics.
Where can I buy Japanese Cosmetics?
How much do they cost?
Any online shops I can buy them from?
Where do you get your Japanese Cosmetics?
I was going to do this post a very long time ago but I just never really had the chance and it was long forgotten on the bottom of my draft pile of blog entries that never got posted!
I’ve tweaked it a bit and rewrote most of it so here it is in all it’s glory!
First of all many Japanese brands are unavailable within the US, UK, and Europe in general. I’ve discussed a few various brands available in a few countries such as Korea, Japan, etc…this particular post will be a guide for purchasing Japanese Cosmetics but in a future post I may cover a few other countries.
If you’re purchasing Japanese Cosmetics online you’ll have to educate yourself a bit on prices and also arm yourself with a few tools.
My first suggestion is install a Chinese and Japanese Language Pack for your browser so you can view various Japanese Websites and get prices on various items prior to purchasing. Downloading and installing these packs will also unable you to copy the text and paste it into a translation tool which helps when trying to figure out what is going on at certain sites.
Click here to download the Japanese Language Pack
Click here to download the Chinese Language Pack
Note: For viewing Taiwanese, Hong Kong, and a few select Chinese sites you may need to install the Traditional Chinese Language Pack as these countries, cultures, and regions use a traditional, more complex form of character than other sites.
I’ve actually found that it doesn’t matter too much which Language Pack you choose however I have all three installed as I find it does make it a tiny bit easier during the tedious translation process!
The reason I recommend this is because most online shops charge anywhere from $5 USD all the way up to $12 USD on top of retail prices. Prices are a good deal higher online then if you happened into a drugstore in Japan and purchased the item yourself!
I almost always pay retail for my Japanese Cosmetics because I have some sincerely beautiful, wonderful friends that live in Japan and do shopping for me. However, on occasion, I am forced to buy items online. In cases like this I want to be sure that I am getting the best deal possible so I do alot of homework prior to purchasing items.
You should also keep in mind that many drugstores in Japan discount various items 25-30% which means the retail prices online do not reflect the discount.
T’estimo Palettes are shown on the Kanebo website at the price of $30 USD or so however upon purchasing one in a drugstore in Japan the actually cost would be $20 USD or so due to the drugstore discount.
This means it’s an open market for online sellers to charge you $30 and upwards for a palette they paid $20 USD or so for.
Currently, the Yen is very, very strong so you might want to Google around a bit and see if you can locate any Taiwanese shops that sell Japanese Cosmetics as the cost is a bit lower.
I highly recommend JPmon which is located within Taiwan. I’ve done a “how to order” from JPMon on another tutorial page you can find that article by clicking here and here. You’ll be happy to know that the prices measure up pretty nicely with what you’d see on Japanese sites however not the discount you’d get within a Japanese drugstore as mentioned above!
I’ve ordered from JPmon many, many times and I’ve always been very pleased with their services so I highly recommend purchasing from them! If you have a few online friends or friends in general into cosmetics doing a bit of “spree” with friends can cut shipping costs and each of you can split the total cost of shipping which always helps!
Another important tool you’ll need is a currency convertor. This is especially helpful for converting Yen to your currency of choice. This is good tool to have when you’re browsing various Japanese websites and looking at prices to see what the original cost of an item is versus what the online shop you’re buying from is charging. I use XE for conversions. It’s not the best convertor in the world but it does an ok job and is off a few cents at most.
Click here to bookmark XE.
Finally the last tool you’ll need is a translator. This is especially helpful for figuring out what certain items are for, what the details are for an item, etc…
Babel Fish does an ok job with translations but definately not word for word as the language is so complex that “literally” translating it into English (or your language of choice) doesn’t always mean you’ll understand exactly what is going on!
Click here to bookmark Babel Fish.
Babel Fish is especially useful as it translates both simplified and traditional Chinese plus Japanese as well!
I don’t use Babel Fish as much as I do a simple add on for Firefox entitled Translator. It works a treat and makes translating full websites a snap!
You can download this extension by clicking here!
Not many shops online sell Japanese Cosmetics but there are a few that I’ve used in the past and have had great experiences and success with!
Those sites are, as follows:
- sh1.yahoo.edyna.com/hijapan (I’m sorry but I do not have a tutorial for ordering from Hi Japan but maybe I’ll do one in the future!)
The best possible prices are located at Adam Beauty and JPMon in my humble opinion and Facial Shop also has some incredible deals as well!
Other places you might see Japanese Cosmetics from would be E-bay. E-bay has many sellers that sell various Japanese Cosmetics. I find asking for a deal on shipping, asking for lower prices, etc..sometimes works with E-bay sellers. Remember to be courtesy when asking and reasonable. If something is marked as $39.99 USD and they want $9.99 shipping don’t go and ask them to give it to you for $20 with Free Shipping. I think you understand my point?
I also find that dealing with the same E-bay Seller over and over again makes the chances of scoring a deal from them easier!
Please keep in mind prior to purchasing cosmetics that freshness is important! I find in some cases some online shops do sell older items. This is particular true of BoboDave on occasion and Hi Japan. The good thing about this is that some items, such as LE, are still available from these shops but the bad thing is the product is older. Keep that in mind prior to making your purchase! This is one reason I do not shop at Strawberry.net. Items are awfully old and beyond shelf date!
Below is a list of links for various Japanese Brands that I adore (I’m sure I left a few out!):
I think I pretty much covered everything you need to know about ordering Japanese Cosmetics. If you need any help do comment and I’ll happily help in anyway I can!
Good Luck and Happy Shopping!
Just a friendly little reminder about BPAL!
The New Atomic Luau Lounge oils are being removed on the 23rd of April so now might be a good time to place an order!
It’s rare BPAL does blends like this which are fruity in nature so if you’re seeking a beautifully fruity, summery blend you might want to check these out!
I ordered the entire Bar series which included:
Blue Fire: A papaya, blueberry, lemongrass, and gin blend!
Golden Wave: A tangerine, gin, passion fruit, guava, and tonic blend!
Rangoon Riptide: A pineapple, mandarin orange, raspberry, passion fruit and rum blend!
Screeching Parrot: A rum, apricot, pineapple, pink lime, and ginger blend!
Te Po: A Jamaican Rum, almond, orange, sugar, lime, mint, black cherry blend!
Upa Upa: A rum, coconut, pineapple, vanilla blend!
They all sound quite yummie and I’m eagerly awaiting their arrival! The Collection ends on April 23rd as I mentioned above so you might want to wander on and grab a few or all!
I also ordered several sets from the Stardust series as I haven’t had a chance to try out two of the blends from the collection which are Fairy Wine and Fairy Market. Eager for those two to complete my collection!
Anyway a little BPAL babblings for those of you that adore the Lab as much as I do!
Clueless about BPAL?
Click over here for my introduction on what BPAL is, where you can buy it, etc…!