I think even color provides me with a form of therapy – else I have no idea on how I can explain feeling so inexplicably happy when I saw blue and white all over Shiseido MaQuillAGE’s Spring / Summer 2014 makeup that was sent to me!
I mean, that’s beside receiving a beautiful white rose on top of all that on Valentines’ Day itself!
Thank you, Shiseido!
What to expect in Shiseido’s Spring / Summer Base & Point Make (this is how they refer to it in Japan!):
- True Liquid Long Keep UV (liquid foundation in a tube, $60 SGD)
- Beauty Keep Base UV (base / primer, $60 SGD)
- Essence Glamorous Rouge Neo (Lip gloss, 6 new Colors, 2 limited shades $43, SGD each)
- True Rouge (Lip stick, 2 new colors, $49 SGD each)
- True Eye Shadow (2 palettes – Pink or Blue, $69 SGD each)
- True Highlight (Limited Edition highlighter with a brush, Price $56 SGD)
Sooo… photos and swatches!
First and foremost…
True Liquid Long Keep UV
Liquid Foundation with SPF 30PA +++
The foundation comes with a sponge for better application – the sponge has two different surface textures!
Available in 6 shades, the foundation is supposed to be ultra-thin and lightweight – it diminishes pores and shine as it selectively absorbs only sebum and solidifies for a matte and smooth finish (claims to last up to 13 hours!). Contains ingredients like Super Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin so your face is well moisturized!
I was given OC20, which turned out to be just a little too pink and very slighttttlyyy dark for my face – I think I could go with OC10 instead! Seems like my peels and lasers worked : p Brigher complexion, woohoo! The foundation is pretty opaque so you really need just a very tiny amount!
Gives skin bright luster and radiance - creates three-dimensional and translucent finish!
This highlighting powder comes in the same form and shape as the True Cheek blush which was launched last year – it basically powder in a portable tube casing and comes with a horse-hair brush already in it!
I’ve always loved the cheek blush cos it’s so convenient to bring around and the fluffy brush is a nice difference from the flat brushes compacts usually have. This spring, the True Highlight is Limited Edition so there are no refills purchasable, but you can always buy the cheek refill to use the brush with when you run out of it! *genius* (okay la, not really haha)
Like the True Cheek, it comes with a tube to protect the brush when you want to slide it back into the tube, preventing frays and snagging.
It gives a soft shimmer all over – but be sure to tap away excess before applying on your face, as you can’t control how much product is picked up when you pull it out of the tube!
Eventually if you need to dip it into the tube again to get more powder, just twist it and the brush will automatically have powder swept on it. ; )
Essence Glamorous Rouge Neo & True Rouge
A gloss to instantly plump up your lips and a moisturizing lip stick with lasting shine, moisture and color!
“The Essence Glamorous Rouge is moisturizing and provides intensive care for the lips – it hydrates and seals in moisture with the Moisture Holding Essence. An Elastic Gel film envelopes dry lips like an essence mask, to maintain perfect fullness for hours.”
“It spreads with a light dewy texture and smoothly adheres to your lips – it is also scented with Essential Aroma Rose, and includes shimmering pearls to help achieve a gloss-enhanced finish. “
The colors I got are RD406 (for the lip gloss) and PK701 (for True Rouge). To be, both are beautiful colors which complement each other when layered together! I love how dainty the lip gloss tube is too! The rose scent isn’t too overpowering upon application.
True Eye Shadow
Available in Fresh Pink or Elegant Blue
Super glad that I received the elegant blue, cos it made me really happy! I love blues, and this palette is just so pretty!
Like most Japanese palettes, this one came with instructions – even the applicators are labelled perfectly!
I wouldn’t say this palette is pigmented (typical of Japanese eyeshadows) but it’s just so gorgeous! Shade 1 and 4 are actually infused with multi-colored shimmers – I see flecks of pink and green in them! *MAJOR LOVE FOR SUCH EYESHADOWS* And look at that lovely taupe, which is shade 3!
4 is an eyeliner shade – they are numbered by appliation steps – basically The japanese apply it in a gradient manner and you layer and gradient them from lightest to darkest, top to bottom:
- Luminious Highlight base – use the largest tip and apply all over upper eyelid
- Main Color (the blue!) – use one side of the smaller tip to apply it approx 2/3 of your eyelids
- Harmonizing Shadow (the taupe!) – using the other side of the smaller white tip, apply it 1/3 of your eye area, nearer to your lash line.
- Eyeliner color – the tip for 4 is extremely unique – it’s an eyeliner pointed tip which allows for precise application with lines that are not too harsh, and I love it! This makes the palette so complete – You can just throw this in your bag and you don’t even need to bring along eyeliner cos this palette already has it!
- Under-eye Highlight Base – Apply below eye, on top of your concealer to set it – skip this set if you already have concealer set.
(p.s. – really happy with my graceous lashes! I did them before Chinese new year, so it means it’s been well over 3 weeks without touching up and they’re still going strong! If anything, they look wispier and even more natural for me.)
The eyeshadows are very typically Japanese – soft and harmonious but that also means it’s work safe, super easy to apply – not much blending skills needed! From time to time I enjoy soft palettes like these – and with 4 colors in a pan (5th is a setting powder) there’s definitely more than one way to apply the eyeshadow.
The MaQuillAGE Spring/Summer 2014 make up collection will be launched in Singapore on 1st of March, at all Shiseido counters! ; )
[ Collection was captured with the wonderfully color accurate Fujifilm XM-1 + kit 16-50mm lens! ]