Have you noticed how every new movie these days has a 3D version of it? Aren’t they tired of it yet? I personally refuse to watch anything in 3D – gives me a headache and when I realise, after suffering through wearing heavy 3D glasses that feel awkward and uncomfortable, that most of the movie doesn’t give the 3D experience, I feel cheated.
Fortunately, the Kanebo Lunasol 3 Dimensional Eye palettes deliver
I love my Japanese makeup but there are many who don’t because it is perceived to be too sheer or too shimmery. Japanese makeup, for the most part, seems to accentuate rather than colour. I like that and I find its not as easy to make mistakes too!
The Kanebo Lunasol 3 Dimensional Eye palettes from last year are a slight departure, in the pigment department. These palettes are pretty pigmented, which is always a nice surprise. Plus, they also have that lovely iridescent shimmer that somehow only Japanese makeup seem to be able to perfect – the one that makes your skin softly shine without looking like a glitter ball exploded in your face.
I had my eye on 05 Deep Beige for the longest time since I had a peep at it and sometime late last year, I caved and got it. Its a very neutral eye palette but one that can pack a pretty punch. Plus, I get something ridiculous like 8 shades of varying textures in 1 very compact palette. What’s not to love?
Apologies for the obviously used, messy looking palette. Its well used as you can probably tell, as I pull this one out every so often when I want a clean sophisticated look, or a look for work or just when I’m boggled and too tired to be creative.
The palette is a standard sized Lunasol palette with a bronzed metallic looking cover. Its just metallic to look at though as its quite light. Each palette comes with 2 applicators – a dual ended sponge tip applicator and a dual ended sponge/brush tip applicator. I usually toss my applicators at the first opportunity but with Japanese makeup, I usually keep them. They perform at a pinch, and the brush ends are usually of very good quality even for a small dinky thing like that.
Like most Japanese eye palettes, the colours are gradiational and from the same colour family. For 05 Deep Beige, we’re talking taupes and deep grey-browns. Absolutely beautiful shades!
Kanebo Lunasol 3 Dimensional Eye palette – 05 Deep Beige
You can see that there are 2 pans in there that contain 3 shades of colour of slight variations but with 3 different textures. The 2 solid colours are shimmery. The one on the top right, is a shimmer gold-cream that is best used as a highlight. The one on the lower left with the name Lunasol imprinted in it is a shimmer light taupe that is surprisingly pigmented and makes a very pretty lid colour all on its own. The shimmer shades are what gives the 3D effect to lids.
The top left pan houses an almost glittery gold-cream, shimmer cream and iridescent cream shade. These shades can be used alone or you can just brush over all 3 shades and get a combination of textures. You could use this on its own, or use it as a highlight powder.
The bottom right pan houses a matte deep grey brown that is almost black, shimmer grey-brown and a lighter more glittery grey brown. I prefer to use these 3 colors separately. The matte deep grey brown works well for lining while the other 2 deep shades work well for shadow and contour. What this palette is good for also, is for a smokey eye.
The colours are relatively soft to the feel, but aren’t too powdery when used with a brush. I don’t experience fall out of shimmer or glitter or colour. They stay on my lids even without primer (I don’t have oily lids) although if you have oily lids, a lid primer solves that problem.
Here are the swatches to give you an idea of what it looks like on skin. I swatched these with my finger with just 1 pass.
Kanebo Lunasol 3 Dimensional Eye palette 05 Deep Beige swatches Clockwise from Top Left: Shimmer gold-cream, Shimmer white, Iridescent shimmer white; Shimmer light gold cream; Glittery grey brown, Shimmer deep grey brown, Matte grey brown black; Shimmer taupe
Pretty pigmented colours, wouldn’t you say? The top trio is pretty sheer but they are mostly for highlight anyway. The shimmer single shades are almost creamy on skin and are so easy to blend and apply. You could use fingers or just a brush and it works well. The only colour I’d say is a bit more patchy is the matte black so I use it more to line, or I mix up the colours and then the texture is less patchy.
Here’s how I wear it most of the time.
I usually use the deep shades in the lower right pan on the outer lid, then in this one, I used the shimmer cream-gold on the inner lid and blended with the deep shade. Then, I took a fluffy blending brush, brush it across the 3 light shades in the top left pan and use it to blend and tie all the colours together. Its simple, quick and makes for a lovely defined, I might say 3D eye Definitely one of my favourite eye palettes of all time.
In a nutshell
The Lunasol 3 Dimensional Eye palette in 05 Deep Beige is one of the 5 shades of the 3 Dimensional palettes available in the range. Each palette contains 2 pans that have 3 shades in them, so you have a total of 8 shades of varying textures in one very compact palette. The applicators included are of quite high quality and are definitely useable. I like the textures and colours in Deep Beige. The colours are safe and neutral and can be lightened or deepened depending on your preference. The colours are quite pigmented and its nice that the shimmer shades are not too shimmery. On skin, they just glide on, looking creamy with a lovely shine without glitter. I’d say this palette is a winner from Lunasol. I hope they don’t discontinue this!
Pros: Safe and easy to use colours, Many shades with different textures in one compact palette, Shimmer shades are creamy on skin and not too glittery, Easy to blend colours without fall out, Pigmented colours
Cons: Pricey, Some may find it too shimmery
Who will like this: Anyone who likes Japanese style eyeshadows, Anyone looking for a neutral compact eyeshadow palette that is wearable daily or to create an evening smokey eye look
For the sake of completeness, here’s how I usually look when I wear Deep Beige.
Ok sometimes I don’t look so happy But I usually go light on cheeks (I used the Lunasol blushes) and kept the lips a neutral sort of rosy that isn’t too bright nor too nude (can’t remember lipstick now… sigh!)
Its a gorgeous palette and I absolutely love it so I will highly recommend it if you don’t shy away from shimmer. Its surprisingly easy to use and looks good whether you use just 1 shade or do an elaborate smokey eye. Definitely check it out
Do you do 3D movies? Have you tried anything from Lunasol that you like? I had one of their first eyeshadow palettes (Skin Modelling). Wasn’t terribly impressed with it and the later palettes that had chunks of glitter in them. I ignored the brand for a while, but I feel they have redeemed themselves in my eyes with their Fall 2011 collection and I’ve been keeping an eye on the brand since. The products are pricey but ultimately the results are worth it
Lunasol 3 Dimensional Eye palettes come in 5 shades Price: RM185 Availability: Kanebo Lunasol counters and salons