An Eye Inspired by Lunasol Pure Petal Eyes in EX01 Fresh Pink

 The first time I ever saw the product visual of Lunasol Pure Petal Eyes in EX01 Fresh Pink, I was very much taken with it. Part of the brand’s Summer 2012 collection, this eyeshadow palette features a pink/brown combination whose depth called out to me. As such, I eagerly anticipated its launch here.

I finally saw it last week but was left very much disappointed because the real thing is far from the stock visual – the actual palette is predominantly pastel in tone and as not rich as in the collection visual. It’s also paler than what’s shown above.

I couldn’t stop thinking about the depth of colour in the photo, so I decided to raid my stash to recreate those hues. I ended up re-discovering my Dual Carat eyeshadows from Kate (also by Lunasol’s parent company, Kanebo!).

Top to bottom, left to right: BR-3, RD-1, BR-1 and BR-2

These are old but I’ve no qualms about using them as I keep my shadows in excellent condition. They do kick up quite a fair bit of powder, so the compacts aren’t as pristine as I’d like them to be. I actually had two sets of this collection, so in love I was with these sparkly lovelies, thanks to my makeup fairy Iris. ;)

With a little blending and mixing, I managed to recreate the shades that I’d fallen in love with.

Ironically, I went with a fairly tame look, despite the strength of colour I’d reproduced. I liked it, nonetheless and thought it was a refreshing change from my usual smokes.

On the eyes were:

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax – I purchased this when the brand first launched here and have used it consistently since then. I absolutely love its smoothness and how it keeps my shadows fresh.
  • Kate Dual Carat Eyes in BR-3, RD-1, BR-1 and BR-2 – These shadow duos are true gems in the multi-dimensional way that they sparkle.

For the rest of the day’s look I’d used:

  • Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++ – I like how this applies evenly and has an-almost moisturising sensation despite being water-resistant.
  • Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation in 110 Honey – The smooth and comfortable feel of this foundation, together with its soothing cucumber/melon scent, make this a winning base product for me.

  • Clarins Concealer Stick in 04 Deep Beige – The salmon tone reduces the appearance of tired circles.
  • Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector in 00 Light Beige – This brightens the undereye area and works wonderfully as a base for eyeshadow bases.

  • Heroine Make Eyelash Curler – This curler curls adequately and doesn’t pinch my skin but it tugs at my lashes, causing pain at their roots (ouch!). Strangely, it works very well post-mascara – it doesn’t pull and curls firmly without much stress on the lashes. Perhaps mascara buffers the tension on the lash follicles?
  • L’Oréal Lash Architect 4D Mascara – I like that this lengthening mascara is smudge-proof, yet can be easily removed.

I later added a little more of the reddened fuchsia to the corner of the eyes, blending inwards. I like the accent of the deeper tone and how it gives my flat eyes some dimension. :)

Image souce: Lunasol


  • Iris says:

    Great job recreating the shades from the (misleading) Lunasol visual, you definitely do not need to shell out $77 for that quad when the Kate duos do such an excellent job! Massively impressed that you have hit pan on one of the duos too :-)

    • makeupmag says:

      Hey Iris,

      Xie xie! I LOVE the Dual Carats and it’s all thanks to you that I have them. *hug*

      I’ve hit pan on more than one item (yep, it’s possible, heh!) but I’m a long way from finishing anything. :P

  • germs says:

    looking really radiant, Mag! i love how you carried off the pink on your eyes, most of the time i just end up looking like i wailed my eyes out. i see products in your list that i love too – the Clarins Skin Illusion has got to be my all time favourite, and i just got myself some Chubby Sticks which i quite like so far. awesome post :)

    • makeupmag says:

      Hi Germs,

      Thank you! I think it’s the combination of the foundie and sunscreen. Reds and pinks aren’t hard to wear if they’re paired correctly and blended well. Try it again, please and blog about it! :D

      Clarins base products are very good; glad that this came into Singapore. If you’re a fan of Clarins makeup, though, do note that the colour range will be discontinued (bases are safe).

      I’m looking forward to the new Chubbies!

  • plue says:

    I used to love then detest this particular Kate e/s, particularly it’s so sparkly and a bit too gritty!

    I haven’t seen the new Lunasol Summer, but if it’s paler than the visual, it’s a no go for me. A bit disappointed though, as I was looking forward to owning it. I have seen the other one, the one with a blue shadow and it seems quite fresh and pretty, though I am not sure how much would I use the quad since there’s a blue in it.

    • makeupmag says:

      Hey Plue,

      Yes, I know the grief from the sparkle fall-out! It helps to press the pigments in over a semi-tacky base.

      Me too – was ready to plonk down $ for the palette but oh well…

      The other quad is pastelly-pale too, so no for me.

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