This is the first part of my Tokyo purchases. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I went to Tokyo, Japan with my family last week so I stocked up on items and brands that aren’t available here in Manila.
For this post, I’m going to cover the items in the top left photo.
First up are eye liners and mascaras.
Because not many Japanese brands caught my fancy, I made sure that I still try a few eye liners and mascaras made there. I’ve been reading good reviews on K-Palette’s 1 Day Tattoo eye liner and Majolica Majorca’s Lash King mascara. I’ve yet to try the K-Palette eye liner, but the Majo Majo Lash King has earned the top spot on my mascara list. It was love at first try as it lengthened my eyelashes, separated them, and made them longer-looking than ever. False eyelashes have been a go-to solution (on special occasions) for my straight, short, and sparse eyelashes, but Lash King had people asking whether I was wearing falsies. It’s that amazing. It has tiny hair that sticks itself to the eyelashes making them look fuller, longer, and somehow kept them curled the whole day. But I also have to give credit to the Shiseido eyelash curler, also picked up in Tokyo, but will be featured on another post.
Another brand I decided to try is Heroin Make. I’ve tried the eye liner, but haven’t opened the mascara yet as I don’t like having several mascaras open at the same time since they expire quickly. The Heroin Make eye liner is ultra-thin and fool-proof and has since become a regular in my eye makeup routine. It’s now my go-to for tightlining because it’s easy to use and it can quickly tightline as well as fill out sparse lashes with short quick strokes.
As for the K-Palette eye liner and Heroin Make mascara, watch out for those in a future post.
In Manila, Topshop stores don’t sell makeup so I made sure to pick up a couple items from them. Honestly, I got wide-eyed at the Topshop beauty section because I felt that their theme appealed to me – ie. pink lipsticks, gold highlighter, light pink with bronzer duo, etc. The packaging is also cute, although I rarely fancy cute packaging. The haul includes 2 cream blushers, 1 highlighter, 1 powder blush/bronzer duo, and 3 lipsticks.
So far, I’ve tried the Break of Day blush/bronzer duo, Morning Dew cream blush, and Stardust highlighter. I’ve only tried them once and so far, so good. The cream blush has excellent pigmentation and requires a slight dab to get maximum color. The highlighter lends a golden glow which are best dabbed lightly on the cheeks and brow bone, but I’ll be careful applying this on my nose or elsewhere on my face because it’s quite gold to the point of unnatural. Now that I think about it, it’s reminiscent of Nars Albatross and to think I purchased this because I thought I didn’t have a gold highlighter. Nevertheless. Anyway, the blush/bronzer duo was the first thing that caught my eye with the haphazard sort of melting bronzer. There was another shade, but it was more coral. Now that I think about it, I should’ve gotten that instead because the pink in Break of Day almost has undetectable color. I’ve tried almost scraping my blush brush to get a nice pink color on my cheeks, but it has only appeared as a light, powdery pink. I didn’t notice anything special when I combined the two colors. But, I’ve only tried them once so I’ll give you an update again on my next few tries.
Break of Day Blush/Bronzer Duo
I haven’t tried the lipsticks yet, but here are some shots of the tubes up-close.
From left to right – Pillowtalk, Innocent, Beguiled
(edit new photos: 7/16/13)Left to right: Innocent, Pillowtalk, Beguiled
I didn’t know Maybelline had a primer and this one caught my eye with their promise of poreless baby skin. Lol! I know I’m just wishful thinking, but still. I tried this once and I did achieve poreless, but not baby skin. Seriously? It made liquid foundation glide like butter and eventually blended my sunscreen along with it. It was fine though as I top my foundation with Snoe Poudre Phenomenom (which I forgot to post somehow last June, tsk). Must do another try because even though it initially made me poreless, my skin looked rough as the day went on. So, again, I must test this more in the coming days.
The Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush is something that always got me curious in our local counters. Several times I’ve tried to caress the bristles and wondered why it’s special. So when I had the chance, I grabbed this from a Shiseido counter in Tokyo hoping that it will transform the way liquid foundation will look on my skin – in a positive, ehem, perfect way. Lo, and behold, on my first try, it amazed me. I usually used a Marionnaud (blush) brush to blend my liquid foundation, other times it’s an Ellana foundation brush, the former being okay leaving some streaks and cakiness on my undereyes, the latter, uhm, let’s just say I have no use for it anymore except to sit on my brush container. With the Shiseido brush, my liquid foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear – known for its heaviness), looked immaculate and blended well with my skin. No streakiness, no cakiness, just nice skin. Wow, that sounded like an ad. But truthfully, it is, what it is. Despite its size, my foundation application time became shorter because I didn’t have to blend as much and worry about looking like I slapped on liquid foundation using a toothbrush.
Honestly, at this point, Majolica Marjorca’s Lash King (available in local counters) and Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush just made my Japan trip worth it.
That’s it for now. Watch out for my next initial reviews on my Tokyo haul.
Thanks for dropping by!
*Oops, I forgot to include the Palgantong powder so that will be on another post.