New to the Kate makeup line-up are the Real Create Eyes eyeshadow quints and Cream Cheek cream blush pots for Spring/Summer 2012.
Like the brand’s other eye palettes, this new offering is a lightweight compact that contains several colour pans that lend versatility and dimension to eye looks.
I received Real Create Eyes in GN-1 from the brand to review and liked the presentation of the colours at first sight – it reminded me of confectionery! ;)
In the palette are a translucent white gel-crème with multi-coloured sparkles, a deep olive brown, a mushroom taupe, a mint green and a pink-beige that reminds me of MAC Pink Opal pigment. They all contain shimmer, though the two wider pans are more pearlescent in finish.
The cream is a huge disappointment. While I like the rainbow shimmer, the texture is going to alienate many with oily lids. The first time I tried it, I thought I could apply it over a done eye for added sparkle but it ended up smearing and destroying my eye look. The second time I tried it, I applied it sheerly on the lid. It held up slightly better but I’d say it’s best to avoid it, unless you’re going for a semi-glossy look that’s not going to be crease-free. I suppose you could use it to add a glow to your lips or cheekbones, so it’s not completely useless.
The other colours fared much better. The harmonious tones blend seamlessly into one another and I could create a variety of looks with them, ranging from a simple fresh eye to a smokey one.
They aren’t extremely pigmented but office ladies will rejoice at how wearable they are. That said, the intensity of the deeper hues can be built and do pop over dark bases. They work well with the included sponge-tip applicator and fingertips.
I particularly enjoy their smooth texture and how they don’t cake when layered. They actually remind me of the much-loved but sadly-discontinued T’estimo eyeshadows, also made by Kanebo.
I also received Cream Cheek in PK-2. The cream blush is housed in a glass pot whose small circumference might be restrictive where reaching the product is concerned. It will accommodate a fingertip (or two!) and a cream blush brush (the kind with a dense head).
PK-2 is a flattering pink-peach that works well with several eye looks. Though it veers warm, it pairs well with GN-1.
The smooth texture is a plus and the softness of tone means you’ll be hard put to go wrong with it. It isn’t as pigmented as Heavy Rotation Creamy Cheeks or Canmake Cream Cheek but it imparts a very natural hint of colour to my cheeks. It doesn’t fade very much on the skin but it seems a tad fainter at the end of the day. It won’t be hard to touch up, though – it can be worn beneath and over powder.
For this blush to show up better, you’ll have to layer it by dabbing it on (it doesn’t need much blending out as that will only cause it to disappear). It might not show up on some skin tones as it’s very sheer, so do try it at the display before purchasing.
In Singapore, the eyeshadow palette retails at S$27, while the cream blush is priced at S$20. Quite dear, if you ask me; Kate is a drustore brand, after all. You do get 5 colours with the palette but it’s hard not to baulk at the price of the blush.