Sunday, 14 October 2012

Integrate Pure Big Eyes

On my trip to Japan, I picked up three of the Integrate Pure Big Eyes palettes, which were released earlier in June this year. These retail for 1575yen each, with 8 palettes in the permanent line-up plus a limited edition blue/pink palette.

Each palette consists of: (in anti-clockwise direction) a Clear Highlight Base (top left corner), Medium Colour (bottom left), Deep Color (bottom right), Liner and Pure Shining Pearl. The Pure Shining Pearl shade is recommended for highlighting the inner half of the lower eyelid.

Above is BE332 and below is OR334.

The first palette I tried was PK333, which was labelled with a sticker stating that it was popular in the drugstore in Harajuku where I purchased it. The plastic packaging is very lightweight. It sounds cheap if you tap your nail against it, but nevertheless, I like the simplicity of the mirrored lid and the clover and hearts design.

The eyeshadows are formulated through a new "silky and clear coating" method through which individual powder particles are coated with a moisturising oil, to give it a texture that melds easily onto the skin. And indeed, the texture is truly impressive, gliding on like a dream and producing excellent colour payoff in just one pass of the sponge applicator.

Compared with the other Japanese eyeshadow palettes in the same price category that I've tested recently like Majolica Majorca Jewelling Eyes #66 Lavender Sugar and Lavshuca Lav Heart Eyes PK1, Pure Big Eyes PK33 beats the others hands down with its silky texture and ease of use. There is no need for multiple layering just to get the eyeshadows to show up like how they look like in the pan. The Pure Shining Pearl shade has a more glittery finish and can result in some fallout.

Using Too Faced Shadow Insurance as the base, I applied the light pink shade over the browbone area, the medium pink shade in the crease, the medium brown shade along the lower lashline and outer half of the crease, the dark brown shade to line the upper lashline and outer half of the lower lashline, and the glittery white shade along the inner half of the lower lashline.

The eyeshadows wore amazingly well without any creasing or fading over more than eight hours. The shade combination is typically Japanese office lady-friendly, sweetly feminine and easily flattering. The refined shimmer is gently illuminating without being over the top.

For more reviews of the Pure Big Eyes series, do check out Alice's blog and Yuki's Lazy Channel. You can find the Pure Big Eyes palettes on for US$20.


Anonymous said...

nice lip colour, which rouge did you wear?

Haru said...

sorry, this was too long ago so I can't remember!