Friday, 17 April 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and FOTD with Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow 19 Awafujisukashi

This sample size Benefit Roller Lash mascara was a freebie with my recent order. When I first read about Roller Lash and its "hook'n'roll" brush that supposedly catches, lifts and curls the lashes thus doing away with the need for an eyelash curler, I put it down to Benefit's usual over-the-top marketing tactics. While their bestselling They're Real mascara (earlier review here) did work well for me, the claims for Roller Lash seemed too good to be true, especially when it comes to stubbornly straight and weak Asian lashes.

The slightly curved brush has a row of shorter bristles on one side, which is not that revolutionary. The mascara formula strikes a good balance between not being too stiff/gunky and not being too wet/gloopy. After testing this out for a week, I have to say that I'm truly impressed at its lifting power. I've used this several times without curling my lashes in advance, and each time, Roller Lash adds noticeable curl to my lashes and lifts them up from their usual downward pointing position. Both looks below were done without using an eyelash curler.

With its jet black formula, Roller Lash provides good definition, lengthening and volumising effects, although it does start to clump if over-layered. I also liked how easy it was to use on my extremely sparse lower lashes. My lashes stayed curled for the whole day without any flaking or smearing. It was easy to remove with my current Neutrogena eye makeup remover, although there was one incident in which five lashes came off on the cotton pad and caused a minor panic. I haven't noticed any other lash loss since then, so it could just be a one-off thing.

Overall, I'm still sufficiently impressed to consider purchasing this once my sample dries up although I probably will not as I still have a massive stash of mascara samples to work my way through. Like virtually any mascara, this generates a serious division of views as reflected in the MakeupAlley reviews so your mileage may vary (but that is pretty much the case for any cosmetic product).

What I'm much less impressed by are the trio of palettes released by Suqqu for Spring 2015, which I ordered from Selfridges. These looked so beautiful in the pan with glorious shimmer but when applied, the color payoff of some shades is completely sub-par. Take for example, the periwinkle blue in #19 Awafujisukashi which pretty much fades to a muddy, washed out grey, regardless of the base. #18 Sakuraori is the best of the lot but its orange shade can be a tad hard to pull off. EX25 Haruhinata was also disappointing in its sheer level of pigmentation. Both Wondegondigo and Color Me Loud have more positive reviews of the quads, if you're considering them. Sara of Color Me Loud has also posted swatches of the new summer trios on Instagram and they look really promising.

Below is a second look done with Awafujisukashi. For this look, I'm also wearing Ellis Faas Skin Veil S102, which has received rave reviews from some of my favourite bloggers. I received samples of this in four shades with my last B-Glowing order (another e-tailer that I highly recommend). I can see why this is so beloved, as it blends effortlessly, with good coverage and does not show up dry patches or look mask-like.

This is the first FOTD post I've done in over a year, so I hope it's helpful! I would like to resume posting product reviews but can't promise that I can do so with any regularity. We've been in Illinois for about a month now, but we are going home for the summer and then moving to another apartment after we return here. I'm looking forward to finally settling into a more permanent (and nicer) place, and getting all of my stuff out of boxes. Right now, I'm mainly focusing on using up stuff, burning through all my candles (which have gone around the world with me only to end up back in the country that they originated from), taking Lush baths every other day and also trashing all the products that have expired. I should do a no-buy but that never lasts for long.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Lunasol Sheer Breeze Collection

The Lunasol website has been updated with the Sheer Breeze Collection, due out on 15 May in Japan.

Check out their four makeup and fashion style suggestions here.

Canmake Perfect Multi Eyes and new Cream Cheek

Canmake will launch this Perfect Multi Eyes (780yen) on 7 May in Japan. These can also be used on the brows and as eyeliner.

Another new shade of Canmake's popular Cream Cheek was just released on 10 April. This is #14 Apple Cream Red, described as a red tone akin to baby cheeks. See swatches on MakeupAlley by Beauty in Translation.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Suqqu Lustrous Glowing Skin Video Tutorial

Here's a makeup tutorial by Suqqu makeup artist Noriyuki Yanaka on how to create lustrous glowing skin using their new Lighting Liquid under their Frame Fix Liquid Foundation N and finished off with the Glow Loose Powder.

Below are the official visuals of the Eye Color Palettes EX-01 紅掛空(Benikakesora) and EX-02 夜彩空(Yosaizora) to be launched on 2 May in Japan.

On 5 June comes this Base Makeup Kit (8500yen) which includes your choice of any Suqqu foundation, Chiffon Feel Loose Powder (4g), Make Fix Mist R (15ml) and a pouch.

HABA Summer 2015

HABA will launch its summer collection on 29 May in Japan. It includes:

1. Long Fit Powder (Lucent Pink): Contains sebum-absorbing powders (2484yen)

2. Liquid Eyeliner in black: Resistant against sweat, sebum and water but easily removed with warm water. (1404yen)

3. Silky Eye Color: Marshmallow-like cream that transforms into a powder when applied. (2 shades, 1620yen)

4. VC90 White Stick (3456yen, 3.6g)

HABA seems to have filled the preservative-free beauty niche vacated by FANCL in Singapore. Its products are free of parabens, mineral oil, artificial flavours, petrochemical surfactants and chemically synthesized tar colorings.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Coffret D'Or Summer 2015

Coffret D'Or will release its Summer 2015 color makeup collection on 2 June in Japan. It includes four Soft Glamorous Eyes palettes (3500yen) and 8 new shades of Premium Stay Rouge (2500yen). This is the second phase of Coffret D'Or's ongoing rebranding effort, which started in March 2015 with its new base makeup line.

Each palette contains a cream eyeliner shade (marked as "3" in the diagram), which contains black pearl pigments. "1" is the highlight color, "2" is the medium color, "4" is the blending color and "5" is the nuance color.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Maquillage Holiday 2015

Maquillage will release this Snow Beauty 2 powder (6505yen) on 21 September in Japan. It comes with two different powder puffs and is designed to be used both day and night, to keep skin looking polished. It contains m-tranexamic acid for skin brightening.

RMK Summer 2015

The official visuals for RMK The New Lip collection for Summer 2015, to be released on 1 May, can be viewed on Fashion Press.

Body & Soul Cosmetics Relaunch in Japan

Body & Soul Cosmetics has just relaunched in Japan in the Loft and Tokyu Hands stores with a trio of mineral-based suncare products, a UV Aqua Cream, UV Aqua Mist and UV Aqua Spray. Each product is available in two scented, Night Blooming Jasmine and Island Breeze. The full makeup range is slated to follow in July. Originally launched in 1996, at the height of its success, Body & Soul retailed in Barneys New York and Sephora stores in the US. It was also briefly available in various Asian countries including Singapore. I have vague memories of it, including owning one of their lip glosses in a tin but the brand never seemed to evolve much from its vintage styling. It'll be interesting to see how this new revival performs in the ultra-competitive Japanese market. Of all the beauty brands that have become defunct over the years, this was certainly not one that I expected to be resurrected.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Addiction Pink Holiday Video

Here's the behind the scenes video for the shooting of the Addiction Pink Holiday collection for Summer 2015. Collection details can be viewed here.

Video for the earlier Pink Sand collection for Spring 2015.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

SKII Pink Flower Coffret

On 10 May in Japan, SKII will release this Facial Treatment Essence Pink Flower Limited Edition Coffret (20500yen) which includes the FTE (217ml), 30 cotton pads and a cotton box.

Paul & Joe June Releases

Paul & Joe will launch their new Smudgeproof Mascara (3000yen) and Waterproof Mascara Duo (3500yen) on 1 June in Japan. Easily removed with warm water, the Smudgeproof Mascara comes in 4 shades: Noel (black), Brown, Blue Hibiscus (LE) and Pink Sandbar (LE). The mascara duo comes in 2 shades (black and brown) and contains hydrolyzed silk protein and olive oil for nourishing the lashes.

Anna Sui Summer 2015

Here are more pics of Anna Sui's new nailpolish line coming up on 4 June in Japan. There are 50 Nail Color N shades (1200yen, 8ml), plus six Nail Art Pen shades (1200yen, 2ml). The tea rose-scented nail colors come in the following finishes: glitter (G), Chocolate Chip (C), Matte (M), Fuzzy (F), Non-Pearl (N) and Shimmer (S).

Ettusais Summer 2015

Ettusais will release the following products on 21 May in Japan:

1. Aqua Foundation SPF20 PA++: Available in two shades, this is supposed to be very light textured with sebum-absorbing powders, organic rosemary and chamomile extracts, mineral-rich spa water and hyaluronic acid. Composed of 65% skincare ingredients. (1500yen, 30ml)

2. Vacances Nail Color: 6 LE shades (240yen)

3. Gel Color Coat: 1 limited edition shade and 2 new shades.PK4, RS2 and BE2 (cocoa cream). (950yen)