I had Shirley ask me in a comment below how Coffret D’or compared to Lunasol and what were the differences between the two. My simple answer at the time was that they were 2 totally different brands and therefore 2 very different products.
I only have the eyeshadow palettes to compare so I will compare these two. I have reviewed the Lunasol and Coffret D’or palettes separately so you might want to read my thoughts on each palette there. This will be a purely comparison post. If you are interested please continue reading.
Coffret D’or is a new brand by Kanebo Cosmetics. It was created to replace T’estimo and Revue which is Kanebo’s mid-price range brand for colour and base makeup products. The colours tend to be targeted more at the younger crowd of women in their 20s-30s. So, the colors are brighter and more shimmery.
Lunasol is also relatively new but is targeted at women in their 30s and older who might want something less shimmery and brightly colored and something more sophisticated. The products are also slightly more expensive.
The eyeshadow palettes
I have the Lunasol Skin Modeling eyeshadow palette (RM160) and the Coffret D’or 3D Highlighting eye palette (RM120).
Based on the exterior packaging, I find that the Lunasol palette packaging is more simple and understated. The eyeshadow palettes come in a bronze coloured palette with metallic finish and looks quite classy. The top and bottom of the palette has a metallic feel which completes the look.
Coffret D’or palettes have a shiny finish on the cover with a faux jeweled cross shape on it. It risks looking tacky but will appeal to the young and young at heart. The bottom part is black plastic which cheapens the look.
Both palettes come with useful sponge tip and brush applicators which actually work well, so I have nothing much to say about that.
I did a side by side swatch of the 2 palettes I have. The amount of lighting is the same.
You can see that the texture of the Lunasol eye palette tends towards an understated shimmer. Coffret D’or on the other hand, has outright shimmer. On the eyes, Coffret D’or will certainly attract more attention than Lunasol in this regard.
In respect of how it feels, I find that Lunasol is more finely milled and smoother compared to Coffret D’or which feels a little gritty, especially the darkest shade. I think its to do with the amount of shimmer in the product. Products that are more shimmery tend to feel more gritty. However, Coffret D’or’s eyeshadow doesn’t fly all over the place unlike how some other brands do so that is very good.
An example of shimmery but gritty texture is in Lunasol’s Geminate eyeshadow palettes. These palettes have a lovely texture in 4 of the shadows. The middle shade which is a shimmery highlighter is highly shimmery and gritty. I wasn’t quite impressed with the Geminate collection although many were, so I did not get any. But I might change my mind later.
As for colour pigment, I find that both brands are quite evenly matched. Lunasol has a few different styles of eyeshadow palettes, having been around a little longer. Some of their palettes are more pigmented than others. The one I have (Beige Pink Skin Modeling Eyes Palette) is on the slightly sheerer side. Its good for me as I need it on those days when I can’t use too intense colours for the eyes. Coffert D’or is newly launched and only have one eye color palette to date which I found pigmented but slightly sheer. I have done a brief run down of the different colours available when I tested the product at the counter recently. I’m sure the product range will increase as the brand grows.
Both Lunasol and Coffret D’or’s staying power were good for me. I don’t have super oily eyelids so I never usually have problems anyway, and I don’t use an eye base. There was minimal fading of color and the intensity of the eyeshadow colour stayed the whole day, looking as fresh as it was when I first applied it.
At the end of the day I’d say that each brand has its own strengths and weaknesses, depending on your personal likes and dislikes, and they are quite different. I like Lunasol for the grown-up feel it gives me and Coffret D’or for the girly feel. Lunasol satisfies my need for sheer understated colour while Coffret D’or allows me to show my bright creative side.
Neither brand is better. They are just different.
And for now, I’m loving them both!