February 13, 2019

Lunasol The Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
3 stars out of 5

Lunasol The Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition 10-pan palette that launched with the Lunasol Spring 2019 Collection in two shade selections. This launched early in January in Japan and I’ve been playing around with it for about two or so weeks now as well as debating whether or not to review it since it is quite costly. Lunasol isn’t a cheap brand to begin with but I was pretty shocked at the price on the Beige Eyes Palette as it’s almost at the $100 mark with secondary sellers marketing it up even further at prices of $120 to $148 USD. That’s a lot to pay for a single palette on the secondary market.

I did pay retail since I had a friend who lives in Japan purchase it for me so, after shipping and such I probably ended up spending a little bit over $100 on this. I decided to review it since a lot of you had requested that I bring back Japanese makeup and beauty reviews which I haven’t done in a while partially because they can be difficult to get. And also, because the secondary market pricing is just terrifying at times.

This was actually a no brainer pick up for me and I admit to even wanting to go one step further and indulge in the second shade selections they offer. It’s a rather special release as Lunasol prepares to celebrate their 20th Anniversary but also, because I’ve never seen them do such a huge palette prior to this. I’ve been collecting now for about 10 or 12 years and this is one of the largest palettes I own from the brand.

The Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette arrives in a slim rectangle compact featuring a nicely sized mirror inside, ten eyeshadows, and a dual-sided brush and applicator to apply. It’s elegant and simple packaging. Each shade is 0.03 oz for a total of 0.47 oz of product.

I think there’s just too few great taupe eyeshadows in the world so I settled in and purchased the Noble Beige shade selection. This palette is filled with quite a few gorgeous taupes as well as some lighter creamy beiges and neutrals. Lunasol Lighting Eyes is one of my favorite products from the brands for a really simple, natural eye look and I think some of the lighter shades in this palette are quite similar to the shades in those singles. There’s a lot going on here for such a simple palette. I think most people will find it boring and highly uneventful. I think others might find it challenging to use these shades together since they tend to run together. And you’ll find diehard fans that will adore it.

I haven’t seen a lot of promotional images for the palette personally. I’m highly curious about the looks they are going to do using it and also, curious what fans and others will create using it. I found it a little challenging to use since the shades do run so closely together it becomes difficult to get any contrast from them when using three or even four in a look. Most of what I’ve seen is Lunasol signature bare eye look in advertisements. A model that has mannequin-like skin, a complete bare eye look with a tiny smudge of liner on her lash line, and nude lips. Very chic, very no nonsense, yet elegant. I imagine that’s the ideal look they hope you’ll achieve with the palette. Nothing dramatic, but something subtle and fresh. I went a tiny bit bolder and smudged a good deal of taupe all over my lid and sort of faded it out with a lighter taupe and used a bit of a lighter beige to highlight with and lined with the deepest shade. I don’t think Lunasol expects you to use the shades that way. I imagine they want some lighter and fresher. In reality, they likely want you to use the lighter shades as an all over color wash and the darker to line eyes with.

But in the end it doesn’t really matter does it? You should use the way you feel most comfortable with. Even though the shades are so alike they run together you can still get some really interesting looks out of this palette. It’s not a palette you’ll be using several shades in one look but one you can take a single shade from and create an elegant day look in seconds.

These eyeshadows are actually a lot more firmer compared to many other Lunasol palettes I have which tend to have a powdery yet silky texture. The lighter shades due lack pigment but they are use mostly to highlight or as an all over color wash. However, at this price no wants sheer that’s for sure. The darker are the pigmented of the bunch and the firmest. They apply well but can be a tiny bit patchy. As I expressed above there’s a lot going on here for such simple shades. You have some pearls, some mattes, some satins, it’s a lot to take in especially combined with shades that are so much the same. After using it a few times I became a lot more comfortable with the different finishes and the shades being so much alike.

It’s not the best Lunasol Eyeshadow Palette I own. It is however, different for the brand. It does create some great looks but at this price it did need to be perfect which it was not. The shadows aren’t the typically soft, slurry texture of that I know and love from the quads, the blending can be patchy at times, and the shades run together which makes it challenging to create looks. I don’t doubt I’ll make use of this palette but I wanted perfect for my $100.

Is the Lunasol The Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette on your wish list?

Where to buy

Ebay

Lunasol The Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition Spring 2019 launch that’s available in two shade selections. This is probably one of the latest palettes I’ve seen from Lunasol! It contains ten shades in a variety of finishes (matte, pearl, satin, and sparkle) that are 0.03 oz in size each. It’s also probably one of the most expensive palettes I’ve purchased from them as well. I choose the palette Noble Beige which is an all taupe palette with lighter creams and neutrals thrown in. It’s a gorgeous palette but the shades did run together and proved challenging to contrast with. The formula wasn’t perfect at this price and not exactly one I know and love from the brand. There was some difficult blending shades and they came across a little patchy. With a little work I was able to create some nice looks but as I expressed in my review at this price I expected perfection!

Pros

  • Creates gorgeous, elegant looks with patience.

Cons

  • Shades are too similar making it hard to create a contrasting eye look.
  • Some shades seem a bit drier causing patchy application.
  • A good deal of shades are sheerer and best for highlighting.

Who

Lunasol The Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is a good pick if you have money to burn but sadly, for those wanting the quality and performance that Lunasol is known for might want to sit this one out!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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‘.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  • Eraser

    I’ve had my eye on this for a while too. I usually buy Lunasol from Ichibankao and I think their price is better, but I’d have to double-check. Lunasol is one of my favorite lines and their eyeshadows are TDF. I love their natural yet sophisticated Japanese aesthetic.

    • Isabella Muse

      Ichibankao has good prices on certain items but can have really inflated ones at times but Adambeauty’s are much better/cheaper.

  • Christina

    Yeah, that’s why I passed on this palette. Considering I’m fair, the first half would blend right into my skintone and the second half would all look the same except for the darkest beige. I’ll admit, it does look pretty nice on you, though. Lunasol is probably one of my least favourite brands from Japan; I find the eyeshadows are more subtle and sheer even for Japanese formulas. I am, however, always drawn to their collections for some reason. It just looks pretty…

    • Isabella Muse

      The first half of the shades is very disappointing for this price. Thankfully they don’t blend completely away but act best to highlight with or as a topper but still at $90 bucks kinda sucks. I actually love Lunasol but I think it is grossly overpriced considering their are cheaper kanebo brands that have formulas as good as you’ll find in a Lunasol quad. KATE cough cough.

      • Christina

        Yes, that’s probably what it is. Lunasol is nice, but not necessarily nicer or better than Kate or Visee. Speaking of Visee, I’m awfully tempted by the new Nudy Luxe spring eyeshadow palettes with the feather design. They’re right up your alley being very natural and soft looking. I’m a sucker for packaging and love the feather design on it. Haha!

        • Isabella Muse

          exactly! Ok, so, I’ll throw them a bone and say that they are a little more elegant and sometimes their shadow formula is a tiny, little bit better but all in all, I can get the same thing from KATE for much less! I’m riding on the fact that this an anniversary palette and that’s why they think they can get away with charging ¥10000 for this but in reality, they are just really expensive :-/ I love those! and looking forward to the release! They are launching this weekend but someone said on reddit they were in drugstores already! I can’t pull it off but I like the BE-1 shade! It’ll prob look chalky on me though!

  • kjh

    This is gorgeous for a one-note, and I like that note. If you want slight variations on a theme, this seems perfect. But, with difficulty sourcing, price, and low buy, think I’ll stick with BM Aurora, which probably has some dupes and closes, and could give many of the same looks. Thanks for reviewing a Japanese palette. We do rely on you for that.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks girl ;-D I’m always happy when people want to hear about jbeauty!

  • Renu

    Yes, please definitely bring back J-Beauty here, Musey! You’re the one who is SOLELY responsible for my getting into Japanese (and Korean) skincare and makeup, and you’re also responsible for a good chunk of my money going on Dokodemo and YesStyle. More Japanese beauty for sure!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay! I’m always so happy when people tell me this as I really miss reviewing J-Beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurie

    I would never pay that much for a palette, even if it had twice the number of shades. This almost reminds me of one of Clinique’s monochromatic palettes that always look better in theory than in actuality.

    To me, the best taupes come from Bobbi Brown, often in her Ltd edition palettes. I own three and love them. En Taupe from Zoeva disappointed me immensely. One palette I did break my no-buy for is the new Marc Jacobs palette. When I watched Mel Thompson’s video, I saw that it will work on my pale skin. That was why I passed on the Dose of Colors Pretty Cool palette, which featured shades a little too dark for me.

    I have not had much luck with my Asian palettes, in part because what is considered “cool” in Korea and Japan never seems to have quite the right undertone. But I love your reviews on products like this if for no other reason than it’s nice to know what’s out there.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks I’m glad you like the review even though j/k eyeshadow doesn’t typically work for you!!!!!! I have a few spring reviews upcoming that might surprise you and change your mind ;D

  • Amy

    The colours actually really appeal to me as a workhorse palette that I could combine with other things. But not with that performance at that price tag.

  • Paris B

    I was eyeing this but haven’t had the time to go and look for it. But I do think it’s more colours than I can comfortably handle. I like their quads and the light shades are too similar I feel. Still it is a departure from their normal collection and that makes it interesting!

    • Isabella Muse

      It really is a lot different from what they normally go with! I wish the shades were a bit different though! Sort of caught between loving and hating that about it!

  • Noemi

    Beautiful. I am going to Japan in two weeks and I will probably purchase the Beige one. Thank you for the review.