Fact #1: I’m tardy.
Fact #2: Am feeling blah.
Ok so Fact #2 has nothing to do with Fact #1 which is really a fact, because I’ve had the Coffret D’or Beauty Sharp Designer blush since January and I haven’t reviewed it. Won’t make excuses though. Although Fact #2 might have something to do with it.
This blush is one of the Kanebo Coffret D’or offerings for Spring 2011. If you see the picture taken in January when it first arrived, it looks scary shimmery. But in actual fact, it looks pretty much as you see in this picture taken not too long ago. Its a duo – blush and bronzer in one and comes in a sturdy plastic compact.
The Japanese seem to be very modular. Many Japanese cosmetics come separate from their palettes/cases and in many cases, you may never need the palette/case because the plastic is sturdy and firm. In this case, its the same. The blush alone comes in a sturdy see-through plastic case that you can use right off the bat without purchasing the blush case. However, I’m a little particular about how things look so I also purchased the case.
And this is what the Coffret D’or case looks like. You might be interested to know that the case fits eyeshadow palettes and blushes and come in 2 colours – black and white (locally, we only get black)
As I have noted, you don’t really need this.
Another thing I would note is that I can’t swatch this blush. Not because its too pretty (its pretty isn’t it? 🙂 ) but because its just doesn’t show up. The texture is hard to the touch and fingers don’t get me anything at all.
Kanebo Coffret D’or Beauty Sharp Designer blush #03 Rose Red
However, with a brush, it deposits quite a lovely shade of colour on the cheeks without being shimmery or glittery at all. You will have to layer it a bit to get the colour to show up but that’s alright with me. I don’t really use the bronzer bit (I don’t know how!) which doesn’t show up too brown on the skin. I do use the white and beige mixed as a highlighter. Like everything in this palette, its very subtle.
One of the best things about this blush is the brush that comes with it. Like many Japanese brands, the brush included is very nice. Its firm and soft on the skin and works very very well with this product. I take this blush when I travel because I know I won’t have to carry a blush brush. Don’t toss it!
In a nutshell
Sheer powder blush and bronzer palette that can be layered for more colour intensity. Texture of the blush is sheer and the brush included picks up and deposits colour quite easily. The blush palette and case is sold separately. You may like it if you are like me and like Japanese makeup or sheer colours. You may not like it if you have tanned skin or prefer pigmented blushes.
Pros: Sheer colour can be built up so mistakes are minimized, Brush included is excellent, Sturdy and well made quality
Cons: Some may find the colour too sheer
I will admit to a bit of disappointment the first few times I used this. Like a couple of other products, this product works better with a natural bristle brush as opposed to a synthetic brush. I believe its to do with the way a natural bristle is formed, unlike synthetic bristles which are too smooth to hold onto colour. Once I started using a natural bristle brush and the brush included in this palette, I’ve been much happier with this product 🙂
I’m not sure if this product is limited edition. It sure looks like it is but nothing I’ve read thus far indicates that it is. If you know, please let us know in the comments 🙂
Kanebo Coffret D’or Beauty Sharp Designer Blush palette retails at RM108 and comes in 3 shades. The case retails at RM25. I purchased mine online for US$43. Coffret D’or is available at Kanebo counters