I’m hittin’ up my blog roots today with a little Japanese makeup review. Been ages since I delved into the world of Japanese cosmetics hasn’t it? If you’ve been hanging with me for a while, you probably remember days of old when Musings was all about Japanese makeup. Things have changed considerably as I found that reader’s appreciated hearing about local brands, counter, drugstore, etc….so I’ve tried to diversified alot with Musings and cover various brands from abroad as well as cosmetics easily located within the US.
Today, I thought a little Lunasol love was in order!
Jump for my Lunasol Star Shower Eyes Review!
Little background history….
What is it?
Lunasol Star Shower Eyes are a permanent collection of eyeshadow palettes that feature two shades of contrasting shadow, a shimmery over shadow, and a powder liner.
Lunasol Eye Shadow Palettes are pretty much always high quality all the way around as far as I’m concerned. A friend of mine in Japan got me Star River by mistake, I’m not a purple lover, but it turned out pretty nice. I’m quite eager to get the rest of the shade selections as well particularly the green variation. The shadows are nicely pigmented but not overly done but very buildable for better color pay off. As with most Asian shadows, these sport a slightly creamy smooth formula. Yes, its very much a powder, but it still comes across with a bit of a creamy, buttery formula that makes blending very simple and easy. The colors you’ll get are a lilac purple, a white, a shimmery gray, and a deep blackish purple.
The lilac purple and white as used as the two main shadow to contrast with. I’m not partial to the correct way of contrasting with the shadows as its suggested to use the purple within the crease and the white on the lid, this is the proper way to contrast if you’re Asian as its most flattering on Asian eyes. However, I’d personally probably use the white within the crease and the purple on the lid…but…I will say that the purple within the crease actually blends out very nice creating a nice way to offset the black liner. The shimmering gray shadow can be patted on top to complete your look and finally line with the black. The overall look can be played off very softly or with a heavier hand you can get a bit more pop and sizzle to the look.
Not sure I personally like the purples in all honesty but this is a matter of personal preference and not so much anything that’s bad about the palette. Aside from the shade selection, I’d say you can’t really say much bad about Lunasol on a whole. You get what you pay for and that would be quality all the way around.
Who might like it?
- Anyone who adores how purple looks on their lids!
- Women who like a sophisticated, polished look for work.
- Anyone who isn’t suavey when it comes to blending and desires an easy yet elegant palette to work with.
- Japanese cosmetic lovers.
Who might not like it?
- Anyone who isn’t interested in purchasing makeup abroad and dealing with air mail, etc….
- Anyone who doesn’t like purples.
- Anyone not interested in dishing out $48 or more on a palette.
Although the purple isn’t my favorite combination I’ll be purchasing the remaining four shades available in the Lunasol Star Shower Eyes as I like the overall palette and the way it performs. Its a very nice palette and offers a polished, elegant look that can be played up or down. Lunasol Geminate Eye Palettes remain my personal favorite but I’d say Star Shower Eyes hold a second place particularly because of the subtle sparkle of the shades and the idea of the palette is very close to what you could achieve using the Geminate ones. I’m grateful these aren’t LE as I can slowly collect the other shades since I felt pressured with Geminate to grab all of them at once before they disappeared, now I can simply take my time to grab the others.
Adam offers the best price for the palettes at $51 USD and about $2 for airmail shipment. He’s trustworthy and very fast to ship as well. I am not affiliated with his site, just recommending a place to purchase.
Great palette and worth a haul particularly for newbies to Japanese makeup.
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