New to the Shiseido Maquillage makeup range is True Eye Shadow.
Part of the Maquillage Fall 2012 collection, these eyeshadow quints complement the Maquillage True Rouge lipstick line.
The packaging is quite a deviation from past Maquillage shadow compacts. A shiny translucent shell-pink case accented with a gold clasp, it has a certain luxe touch that’s reminiscent of high-end Japanese eyeshadow palettes.
VI762 comprises complementary cool-toned colours. The medium taupe pairs well with the lilac and pale pink-beige, while the deep charcoal adds definition to the eyes. All four colours are shot through with finely-milled rainbow shimmer.
I was surprised by the seemingly boring matte flesh-toned shade but it finishes a look nicely by softly brightening the undereye area.
The shades are generally sheer to semi-sheer in colour payoff.
I used my press piece following the brand’s steps and had my doubts as I did my eyes, the colours being less strong than I prefer.
However, the finished clean-and-neutral look did open up my eyes.
To create a night-time look, I smoked it up with the deepest shade.
Above are the two lighter colours over Make Up For Ever Eye Prime and the darker ones over Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BK912 Caviar, demonstrating how they pop nicely over good shadow bases (I recommend slightly tacky or similarly-coloured ones).
While I’m not too fond of the colours on their own, I appreciate their ultra-smooth texture. The taupe and charcoal exemplify this – they glide beautifully over deeper bases for a more intense look but are never harsh in appearance because of their softness, which also aids in blending/diffusing colour.
In the eye look above, I applied Caviar on the mobile lid, blending it into my socket indent. I then applied the charcoal over it and blended the taupe in the contour area.
VI762 is an easy palette to wear: Not only are there clear visual instructions on the plastic insert that indicates both placement and applicator use, the soft colours blend well – you’ll be hard-put to make mistakes with them.
Already available at the Shiseido counters, this palette retails at S$69.
Image source: Shiseido Maquillage