Apr 22, 2014

KATE: Colorcious Diamond in BK-01

Aloha~ As you know I'm very, very, excited to review this post since it's my holy-favorite make-up product from KATE Kanebo Japan. It's a Fall-Winter 2013 trend which released as Colorcious Diamond Eyeshadow Trend that came out in 5 shimmering palette colors that grabs my attention the most.

So, what makes it distinct with other KATE eyeshadow series? According to KATE global website or if you want to check in their Japanese website:
The shine of colored diamonds creates wide eyes


A 5-shade eye shadow palette featuring the shades and shine of colored diamonds to create beautiful, lustrous, and wide eyes as the shades are applied.
I should say that Colorcious Diamond is more glittery and shimmery than other KATE eye shadows; it is heavily equipped with light-glitter powder eyeshadow with an impressive-cutting palette shaped like an unprocessed gem. The net weights around 2.8 gr with a sponge applicator inside the palette. There's an information about the product in the back of outer hard-plastic cover with slight information on how to application, ingredients, eye shadow's color information, etc. Colorcious Diamond trend color was starring Meisa Kuroki as brand's spoke model with a 15-second CM for commercial adv.

It's like typical KATE eyeshadow series; a Black-lacquer sturdy plastic case inserted with sponge applicator. The only difference is the shape of the pan and outer packaging design. However, KATE never fails to impress it's loyal consumer with it's typical trademark "edgy, mysterious, sleek concept." Nevertheless, for newbie user, KATE concept seems boring and less-innovated comparing to Korean make-up brand which often creates totally different new trend. Instead of it's superb formula and finishing result, (according to Japanese market price) it's categorized as 'Drugstore Product' with Yen 1.600 tag for the eyeshadow. Okay, let's compare to SUQQU or other Japanese Beauty Department Store product, KATE wins over the category with formula almost similar to high-end product. I guess that's KATE core concept.

Where did you get that? Unfortunately you can't get it here in Indonesia, therefore you gotta Pre-Order or browse around the net to find Online Shop who already has ready stock (in some case, they won't provide your desired color/product.) Mine was PO from IroIroShopu for IDR 215k (One of my expensive makeup ever T_T ) but worth the splurge. I always been in love with Japanese makeup because the price is worth the result. Time to save again for next PO, baby...

IroIro's packaging



Which color did you choose? It's BK-1, mostly consist of dark-black palette chart. If you can see in back hard-cover of the outer packaging, there's slight information about the color chart or you can check from above photo: 1. Highlight Color consists of pearly white powder highlighter; 2. Light-tone Frosty-Champagne gradation color; 3. Mid-tone Frosty-Pale Rose often look like Pale-Blue gradation color; 4. Dark-tone Frosty Grey gradation color; 5. Deep Color in dark Grey for liner or contouring. Overall, I should say all colors are light-weight and not too vivid; just like typical Japanese make-up color. Whereas the 3 embossed gradation colors seems to be the accent of the palette.

How about the pigmentation, texture, and formula? Let's start from pigmentation; like I already write down before, KATE Colorcious Diamond color is light-weight aka less-pigmented ever since the main formula of the product is the glittery-powder that accentuate the eyes like diamond dust. BK-1 is mainly covered in Black spectrum. For easier understanding, let's see below chart:

The texture is powdery (but a bit buttery) and equipped with hint of light-weight glitter. Whereas the formula stays for a day, yes, it lingers on my lid until end of my working day. Don't assume it as water-proof formula since it tends to have lots of glittery powder. In summary, Colorcious Diamond is best used during night time event since it's formula sparks dazzling glitter for accentuation. (Below photos may vary depends of your computer screen and my camera resolution :P )

My verdict?
KATE Colorcious is total splurge-worthy product. Even though it doesn't deliver amount of color yet it gives dazzle sparkling with it's gradation powder eye shadow. Best use at night event but day time event may take place if you just put modest application like 1 color application for lid's color. In my opinion, glittery product like this tends to show fine line around your eyes, so better wisely apply light or nude color for safe way. Goes well without primer but primer application works best with this kinda formula. For Japanese make-up sucker like me, this product won my heart for it's bewitching packaging *?* but seems that their low point is to re-create same color formula over and over again. Might look boring for some people. For more review, you can check Madokeki Review. However, I do hope you enjoy reading my verdict, fellas! Cheerio for now

Apr 11, 2014

SKIN FOOD: Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher #4

It's already April, which means: SPRING! Love is in the air, people. Sakura, Rose, and other flowers blossom. Let's welcome Spring with the essential flowery and soft-pastel nuance for your daily attire like this SKIN FOOD Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher to complement your look ❤

This is my first attempt to grab a SKIN FOOD's product ever since I don't get familiar with this brand before. However, when I first saw SKIN FOOD's Spring Make Up Collection 2014; Milky Rose, I don't need no time to fall in love especially with the cream blusher. It's simply because I love it's adorable Pastel Rosy packaging :D

Let's get along first with SKIN FOOD; basically it's like another Korean make-up line despite it's main concern is to give nutrition to your face or shortly categorized them self as "Food Cosmetics", so if you're into healthy and concerned skin care & make-up line then SKIN FOOD can be your option. For further information please check here or Korean website here.

Milky Rose Series
Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher Color options
There you go, the SKIN FOOD Milky Rose Make-up line for Spring 2014 consists of Moist Make-up Fixer, Lip Lacquer, Nail Lacquer, Nail Sticker, Soft Cream Blusher and Point Make-up Remover. The Spring 2014 trend is inspired by Shrubs of Roses or Peonies (I guess). Derived from Rose Essence in which enhanced your beauty with Rose's benefit and successfully portrays the flowery theme of Spring. Thus Milky Rose with typical soft-milky pastel color represents the femininity and breeze of Spring mostly with its pinky array. However, the Soft Cream Blusher is the one that caught my attention.

There are total 6 colors for the Soft Cream Blusher, I did request for No.2 (Milky Rose) which seems to be the most popular color of all, but...the OL Shop was out of stock T_T huaaaa. Finally I decided to take the No.4 (Orange Rose) which ends up being my favorite Cream Blusher ever! I don't know whether the Milky Rose already promoted in Indonesia counter or not since I bought it from OL Shop Beautyglowing FB Fanpage or check Instagram for more update. It was cost for IDR 100k for the Cream Blusher with Net 3.5gr content, but the bad thing is the OL Shop doesn't provide all of it's product's line. So, how about the product formula? Let's move on to the verdict.

Made simply from sturdy pink lacquer tube with Flowery Rose in the Outer lid with brief explanation of the Cream Blusher on the back lid in Korean, okay doesn't give so much information at all. There's a room for mirror inside the cap, guess it helps a lot in case you don't find any mirror around. Quite handy for traveling and light-weight. Even though some people might find it too girly or childish packaging.

The Cream Blusher seems to be so creamy when first swipe it out straightly from the tube, but when you rub or apply it in equal amount in your cheek, voila, it turns matte and powdery.

SKIN FOOD Soft Cream Blusher No. 4 is Coral-Pink blusher with more Pinkish tone. When first saw it in official picture, it came to mind  "Eww, not my color tone at all" but when tried to apply it directly on my cheek I absolutely fell in love with the finishing. The color seems so vivid in the tube but ends up a little bit chalky and less vivid after rub it generously in the cheek.

The staying formula lasts for a day and (I guess) it's waterproof. BUT, my favorite formula after all is it's ROSE SCENT! The fragrance sticks in your cheek after applied, so it won't evaporate easily. The Rose scent might be too strong for some people and hypo-allergic person, however for girly-stuff sucker (like me) I find it amusing and pleasant.

Applied in my cheek; No filter

My Verdict
First of all, for somebody whose asking my current pict (I know you won't read this) there you go~ Furthermore, the SKIN FOOD Soft Cream Blusher is not-so-soft at all imho; just like typical creamy blusher with a good side it turns bit more chalky and matte after application. The color is quite vivid at the tube but slightly turns more softer (even it becomes too light) after application in the cheek. The rose scent is like a love-hate relationship; a little bit too strong for hypo-allergic person but totally indulge girly-stuff sucker like me. Travel-friendly and light-weight; with a embedded mirror inside. I could find that the blusher size is too small comparing to other product and less hygienic in case you forget to wash your hand. However, I think it's worth the purchase. Overall, I LOVEEEE SKIN FOOD ROSE ESSENCE LINE; truly resembles Spring's air and ambiance and thinking of to get another product instead. I guess other people in another part of the globe are enjoying Spring right now, too bad I should face the heat of Dry Season in Jakarta, yah.....slightly different lah. Hope you enjoy my review, fellas. For now, cheerio!

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