I love green eyeshadows. I think they are one of the best shades for Asian skins and to complement brown eyes. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself! Its one of the easiest way to ease into colours other than the usual browns and beiges.
The problem is in getting the green subtle enough to wear in a formal or semi-formal setting. RMK has quite a versatile green palette that, in typical Japanese makeup fashion, goes on sheer and more subtle than it looks in the pan.
Left: RMK Mix Colours for Cheeks Right: RMK Mix Colours for Eyes (Shiny) EX-04 Green
If you aren’t a fan of sheer shimmer colours for eyes, then I will tell you that this will not be for you. However, if you like having a subtle wash of colour, with just enough shimmer to perk things up and give that wide-eyed look, then you might like to take a look at this.
I can’t get swatches off either of the eyeshadow palette or the cheek palette. The texture of the powder shadows are quite hard to the touch, and with fingers, they swatch on the skin as practically nothing. It is truly disappointing if you are a tactile sort of person.
I was a little apprehensive at this point. However, I realised that these products work very well with natural hair brushes. Any brand, any sort of hair, cheap or expensive, so long as its a natural hair bristle, you will have absolutely no problem picking up colour on your brush. That was a relief!
The Mix Colours for Eyes EX-04 Green eyeshadow palette comes with 4 colours – light shimmer green, dark green, light shimmer blue and shimmer silver-green.
The same is true for the Mix Colours for Cheeks which comes in light pink, pink, orange and brown. Toru Kobayashi, RMK Makeup Artist told me that the orange-brown shade goes with the green palette, while the pink shades goes with the blue eyeshadow palette. I however found the orange/brown too strong and warm on my skintone, so I blend the colours, avoiding the brown and use a pop of pink on the apples of the cheeks. It looks much better that way on me.
I only used 2 shades on the eyes – the dark green layered over with the light shimmer green. As you can see, the colour is not crazy intense. Just a sheer wash of colour to brighten the eyes the way the Japanese brands prefer their makeup to look. On cheeks, I used the Mix Colours for Cheeks with all colours mixed first, then layered over with just the pink shades.
The overall look is light, fresh and simple if that’s a style you might aim for.
In a nutshell
These limited edition palettes are very slim and portable and are useful for creating a light natural look. You do need to use a natural bristle brush for best effect and to pick up colour. Colours are not as intense as they look in the pan, which can be a plus or minus point depending on the looks and styles you prefer.
Pros: Colours are light and sheer, They last all day on my skin, They are office friendly and easy to wear.
Cons: Some might find them too sheer, The cheek colours can be hard to use on fair skins, No applicator provided, Requires the use of a brush for best results
The palettes are actually very small and come in very slim, sleek metal packaging.
They are very portable although you do need to carry brushes with you. There is no fear of powdery flyaway textures, and it isn’t very fragile. The eyeshadow also comes in a blue-purple combination which was used on me for my RMK makeover, and which allows you to ease into blue eyeshadow without that dreaded 80’s colour blocking look :)
Do you like wearing green eyeshadow? Or are you still feeling your way around it? :) Have you tried anything else from RMK you think I should try? I have also tried the new Pressed Powder N and oh my! That is love! I’m definitely getting a refill when the time comes :D
RMK Mix Colors for Eyes comes in 2 shades – EX-03 (Blue) and EX-04 (Green) and retails at RM135 each. RMK Mix Colors for Cheeks comes in just 1 shade and retails at RM135 at all RMK counters. These are limited edition for Spring Summer 2011.