Review: Makeup: Shiseido The Makeup eyeshadow quad

by Paris B on · 8 comments

in Eyeshadow,Product Reviews

Shiseido has a few different lines under its belt but the one that is sold internationally is The Makeup. This line comes in a brownish purple packaging and is found all over the world.

My review is on the Shiseido The Makeup silky eyeshadow quad in Flora and Fauna.

I love the colours in this quad. They are bright and have some really nice green shades which is my favourite colour for eyes.

The quad comes in an oval shaped case with brush and sponge end applicators. I like how Japanese brands always include brush end applicators and their applicators really work at a pinch! I find the case a little bulky. It could be slimmed down further I think. There is a large mirror in the top cover which makes it easy to use if you are in a hurry.

The colours are a deep green, golden pink, light yellow green and yellow. The colours contain little shimmer and go on with an iridescent tone so it doesn’t look flat. I have a problem using the pink in the palette though. I’m not good with pink on the eye area. However, I reckon it can be used as a blush if you can get your blush brush head in there. The quarters are actually quite small.

The texture of the eyeshadow is smooth. Very smooth and very fine. It goes on like a dream and on my skin, it looks pretty much like what you see in the picture but a little lighter. On darker skin I’m not sure how much will show up.

But after all the love I’ve given this, there’s a snag. I’m allergic to Shiseido eyeshadows!!

I’ve tried Shiseido eyeshadows in The Makeup, PN, Maquillage and Majolica Majorca. Only Maquillage did not pose a problem with my eyes. I don’t even have very sensitive eyes at worst of times.

When I say allergic, I mean that my eyes feel uncomfortable using these eyeshadows. My lids feel heavy and my eyes feel tired all the time until I remove the eyeshadows and then I feel fine. I’m not sure why Shiseido eyeshadows make me feel this way, but they do and its a pity because they are really good stuff. However, I’m the only person I know who has this reaction to Shiseido eyeshadows so don’t be scared off!

Shiseido The Makeup silky eyeshadow quads retail at RM114 which I think is a fair price because you get 4 very useable colours. Too bad I can’t use them!

Pros: Silky smooth texture, Nice colours

Cons: I’m allergic

[rating:2.5/5] because I’m allergic

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Nikki May 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

ooohh I’ve seen this and I love their shiseido models. I’ve always been staring at their model’s face and great eyemake up they have…it’s pricey but if its nice? It’s worth it :) thanks for this darling


Nikki May 5, 2008 at 10:17 am

i’m so sorry by the way for the allergies, I totally would understand you, i’ve got a lot of products i’m really lovin but doesn’t work for me due to my allergies


jojoba May 5, 2008 at 4:43 pm

oh i had no idea you are allergic to shiseido stuff. did you find out about this because of this quad??? i personally like the older quads but they aren’t pigmented enough for me like most japanese mu so i eventually gave up on these old love. i think i need to do a review on these too. man, i have too many reviews piled up to do!


Monstro May 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm

This looks great–I am also partial to green! Too bad about your allergy.
I’ve only tried the Maquillage eye shadows and didn’t have a problem. Will have to test this out.
Funny thing about the lack of pigment with japanese colours–I’m never impressed by how they always appear lighter than the actual colour. But they always look great on my skintone anyway! And since this one appears the way it does, that sure sounds promising. Thanks for the review!


ParisB May 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Nikki: You’re welcome! I don’t know what it is in Shiseido that doesn’t agree with my eyes :( But yes this one’s pretty.

Jojoba: I found out about my allergy to The Makeup from this one yes. But I was previously already allergic to PN.

Monstro: Ooh greenies unite! :) I’m going to write a bit about Japanese eyeshadows some time when I have the time. I don’t think they are lacking in pigment, its just the way their eyeshadows are milled and maybe its to cater to what their market surveys say about the women in general. Like you, Japanese style works for me, so I’m sticking with them! :)


lazeny April 8, 2009 at 3:17 am

It’s really sad about your allergies, as I found out the shiseido makeup quad has lovely colors and applies on well and silky.

I recently purchased the shiseido makeup eye shadow quad in Desert Winds. The consultant suggested to me this color set as I lean towards the neutral earth tone colors. I’m very happy w/ it and you’re right it’s smooth and silky when applied – and the color combinations are gorgeous. I’m very happy w/ this purchase and I’m planning on getting another set.


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