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I <3 Purpleness!

November 20, 2010

As promised, here is the beauty blog for today! After mauling over which item to post up first (I made a lot of purchases) I decided to go with the easiest one – Integrate rainbow grade eyes in VI 708.

For those who don’t know, Integrate is a sub-brand of Shiseido. Japanese people really like their brand branches. Integrate is however, the less expensive end of the Shiseido line, much like Kate for Kanebo or Fasio for Kose. I love buying these cheaper Japanese brands because they are not only cheaper, they have the same quality of product as their more expensive counter part. Aside from the cheaper looking packaging, I really don’t see a difference between the cheaper sub-brands and the more expensive lead brand.

In the case of Integrate Rainbow Grade Eyeshadow palette, not only is the product great, the packaging is adorable in and of itself! Although another eyeshadow palette is the LAST thing I would need, I was unable to resist this one. I was also tempted to get the pink one, but controlled myself and only ordered one. I got this one off of ebay for around $19 (if I remember it correctly) with shipping.

I absolutely love this grayish purple colour, so I justified the purchase by telling myself that I have yet to have a grayish purple palette, or any grayish purple shadows for that matter. And how can I not have one when I ❤ purples!

It always makes me feel good to use a made in Japan product.

The packaging is cute, but it feels cheap. I fell in love with the heart shape of the actual shadow part. On the lid there is also a very tiny mirror up top (if you can see it; it’s got the reflection of my camera).It comes with an applicator as well. I love the Japanese applicator because they have a wide end and a narrow end, which is basically all you need to do an eye look. When ever I use this palette I only use my fingers and the applicator, I an totally see myself just throwing this in my bag if I ever go travel, I don’t think I will ever get bored of this  colour.

Here’s a closer look at the shadows and the applicator. The palette is a base colour (top left), a sparkler (bottom left). In the heart shape, there’s 3 different tones of the same purple. They are lovely purples, and they go together sooo well. The quality of the shadow is really smooth, it may not be as pigmented as say MAC but I think that’s just what Japanese eyeshadows are like. The Asian people really like the “there but not there look” (IMO anyways).

And here are some swatches!

I’ve used this palette several times now, and I absolutely love it! I haven’t taken any pictures of the eye look (cuz I am lazy and I am usually rushing in the morning), but I’ll try to do one soon.

That’s it for now, until next time live well and shop LOTS!

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MAC Tartan Collection

November 06, 2010

I saw these MAC shadows online before they were released and was immediately attracted to them. Then on a random day a friend and I decided to go to The Bay and look at MAC stuff. My friend noticed that the MAC ladies were doing something in the back, while I was looking at the Villains collection (it was quite sad, as all of them were basically sold out). in any case my friend nudged me and whispered, “hey look…” I didn’t finish listening to what she said and gasped. Although my first look was not these beautiful shadows, but the blush set, because they were so damn adorable. But I soon forgot the blushes when my eye caught these shadows! The MAC lady joked and said to me “I saw you guys sneaking around there” and told us (really just me) that we can pre-order them. i stood in front of the shadow display (they were brand new, not touched) and I did not want to touch them! They were so pretty, I was almost not willing to swatch them. Nonetheless, I did, and then I failed and pre-ordered these two.

Aren’t they just the prettiest things?? I was also tempted to get the peachy Follow Your Fantasy, but in the end, I could not justify three of these shadows, and was unwilling to give up the plum Semi-Precious or the pink A Wish Come True. Although, now I kind of wish I had gotten the peach rather than the pink…All well! they are probably all sold out by now…

Semi-Precious is the first one I was attracted to,just cause I love plum and have not found any plums that don’t look dirty in swatches. This was a beautiful plum.

A Wish Come True (these are some really stupid names, I am sorry to say), is a light pink. The after thought is that I am not sure why I got this colour…I do have something similar..I think the colour combo of the light pink shadow and hot pink lines are too hard to resist.

Here are some swatch pictures. I did not want to ruin the pattern on the shadows so I used my finger and stayed within a tiny little square, and succeeded in not ruining the shadows! YEH! Anyways..swatches at different angles. These shadows are silky and pigmented, they kind of remind me a lot of Japanese eyeshadows (which I also heart) I have yet to use these shadows on my eyes (again didn’t want to ruin them) but if I do eventually do a look I’ll be sure to take some pictures and do a blog about it. So without further ado, here are the swatches 🙂

close up

At a different angle

close up

I can’t wait to use these to eyes!! At the same time, I really don’t want to ruin the pattern on them!! OH the irony!

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2010 in Make-up-holic

 

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