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!
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!