April 18, 2011

Banila Co Two Eyes Shadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Banila Co is an interesting brand available exclusively in Korea. Some of the items they create are pretty brilliant and they have some sincerely wonderful eye palettes that I adore.

Most notable to the brand is their baked shadows and face powders. I have quite a few of their baked powders however none of their shadows so last year I went ahead and indulged in one. I’m actually happy I didn’t decided to grab several shades as I would normally do because the one shade I did try was a tad disappointing.

Take a peek!

A duo of baked shadows!

One of the first things that really caught my attention about the Two Eyes Shadow was the the shade I selected. The duo is made up of a peachy shade and a pink one. The colors were so playful and seemed ideal for pairing together that I instantly fell in love!

The formula isn’t quite a traditional baked shadow as it seemed loosely packed compared to other such formulas so it does kick up a fair bit of dust when I swipe my shadow brush over it. Needless to says such a formula does cause a few woes with fall out as well but nothing too bad.

Like I said I was quite attracted to the colors and on some levels I really enjoyed them where on others I didn’t (tell you why in a sec). Both the pink and the peach are very subtle in the color department so you do need to build up the shade with a sponge applicator to get a bit of pop as without the aid of such you’ll end up with very little color on your lid. The finish is a tad to frosty shimmer for me (can’t believe I said that) but can be blended out for a nice wash of color if you have a little patience to work with the colors.

I do think the pigmentation was a tad disappointing for me and was the main problem with the product however it does do a nice wash of color and when applied properly I can easily blend out harsher shimmer or frost and end up with with a kiss of shimmer and color.

The fact that it’s sold in Korea could prove an issue for some who aren’t keen on airmail charges and shopping online or dealing with jacked up prices.

  • Anyone who enjoys baked shadows (this isn’t the typical baked shadow formula but baked it is none the less).
  • Those who like very subtle shadow color pay off (nothing too dramatic here, just the barest wash of color that can built up for more pop).

  • Those who dislike false advertisement (looks damn pigmented in the container but damn disappointing when applied as the color is misleading and looks pigmented but isn’t).
  • Those who want bolder shadows.
  • Those who dislike shopping online, dealing with airmail, and possible jacked up prices (Banila Co is a Korean brand that is available exclusively in Korea).

As I mentioned above I’m quite glad I only indulged in one of these at the time as it’s not particularly cheap compared to other Korea cosmetics and the formula isn’t really anything that got me too excited. I really love the shade selection in this and thought it would prove to be a great contrasting look but sadly the shades run together and aren’t easy to tell apart do to the subtlety of the shadow formula.

Well, it isn’t a complete bust but I’m sure glad I didn’t decide to indulge in several shades at once as I would have been way more disappointed.

If you’re interested in exploring a Banila Co you can do so at www.banilaco.com

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Eli

    Wow! A really nice combination! Would love to see it on your eyes 🙂

  • nicci

    hey muse! it’s actually pretty common to find korean based cosmetics in the states — not many people know but if you head to most major asian/korean supermarkets, they sell korean brands and they are legit! prices aren’t too jacked up and no ridiculous shipping fees.

    i actually headed to my local h-mart and picked up some things from laniege. just thought you would find this interesting if you haven’t already known!

    love the site btw!

    • the Muse

      hi nicci yup I know. I live in New York so we def have our fair share of brands around various parts of Jersey and the city. Sadly, color cosmetics are kinda rare to find though from brands such as Banila Co, Etude House, etc…these items I don’t see around here. Alot of skincare though 🙂

  • Robin

    Maybe it will work better with both shades blended together and used as a blush? I have an old stila blush duo with similar shades that looks beautiful on.