I’d been waiting for this particular Lunasol collection for a long long time, primarily because of the eyeshadow palette. The new Lunasol Autumn/Fall 2011 collection features a rather interesting eyeshadow palette which they call “Three Dimensional Eyes”.
Fascinating, don’t you think? I thought you could end up with having something like 8 shadows in one compact which would have been all sorts of wonderful. But it isn’t quite that way really. I learned from Higashimura-san, Lunasol makeup artist how one maximises the use of this new eyeshadow compact and its not hard at all 🙂
I’ve got a few more pictures below if you are interested, including one of yours truly looking remarkably like an anime, giant limpid eyes and all 😛 But if you aren’t, there is a Kanebo Lunasol roadshow going on at North Court MidValley Megamall until Sunday 11 September, 2011 so you can go and check out the brand and Autumn/Fall 2011 collection there. If you’re still here, let’s go! 😉
I had a quick eye makeover by Higashimura-san, using the compact you see above 03 Mysterious Beige which is, you know, neither mysterious nor beige 😉 First, he applied the soft lilac over the whole lid. Then, he used the beige where your crease may be. The colours are soft with shimmer and give a very soft look. Nothing dramatic, which is representative of most Japanese makeup.
The 2 tri-coloured pans you see have 3 textures in them – matte, satin and shimmer – and come in 2 shades – light and dark. Using a pencil or flat liner brush, take the matte dark grey-brown and use it to line your upper lashes. Take the shimmer dark grey-brown and use it to line your lower lashes. The shimmer helps open up your eyes.
For the light pan, take the shimmer and use it to highlight the inner corner of the eyes and to line the inner portion of the lower lid. Use the matte and satin shade on the brow bone. The overall effect is subtle and when liquid liner and mascara is added, more dramatic. Here’s a picture I took late at night, after I’d gone home just to give you an idea of how it looked.
Products used Clockwise from Top Left: Lunasol face brushes (love!), Eyelid Primer, Lunasol Full Glamour Liquid Lip, Three Dimensional Eyes palettes
The eyes are dramatic and defined, yet colour is subtle. I have noticed that most Japanese makeup is done this way. For some reason, it makes my eyes look HUGE! And like that of a Japanese anime, don’t you think? LOL! 😀 And I love it of course. Japanese makeup was my first love and I’m slowly going back to it even if many people find it too shimmery 🙂
There are 5 colours in the new Three Dimensional Eyes range.
(1) Neutral Beige (2) Soft Beige (3) Mysterious Beige (4) Cool Beige (5) Deep Beige
Higashimura-san’s favourite of the lot is 05 Deep Beige as it gives a gorgeous smokey look. I will be picking that one up soon heh heh. Its not that dark, but it does apply a lovely neutral grey-brown with shimmer which may or may not grab your fancy. Its also the same palette as used on the Lunasol model for the Autumn collection.
The one on the right, not on the left. *snigger* 😉
Higashimura-san also waxes lyrical about the Lunasol Eyelid Base which comes in Neutral and Light. It helps even out your eyelid colour and helps shadows stay on longer, and to make colours look brighter. Your regular eyeshadow base 🙂
My imagination however, was captured by the absolutely gorgeous in a take-my-breath-away manner, of the Lunasol face brushes.
I’d never paid attention to their brushes before (I didn’t know they had them) but they are as soft as a breath of air on the skin. The bristles are squirrel hair and exquisite! Run them over your hand or cheek, and you’d never want to put them down. I was told that the larger powder brush is used to apply finishing powder and the smaller blush brush, is for blush. I am in love, so I am saving up to purchase these. I did some research and found out that they are made by Chikuhodo, a Japanese brush maker that makes brushes for the likes of RMK and Suqqu. I was in love with the RMK powder brush, but then, this one from Lunasol is a tiny bit cheaper (RM180 or so vs RM220) so I would likely pick this one up instead 😛
I swear the Japanese make the best makeup brushes in the world. I am proven right once again. Even the eye brushes are exquisite! So, I’m going to have to clear out some of my present brushes to make room for these when the time comes 🙂
Have you used anything from Lunasol before? I have some of their eyeshadow palettes but their new ones didn’t quite wow me, until the past two collections. Oh I have their blushes too which I do really like a lot. And their new striped blush is very nice too – forgot to take photos of them, but you can view them on the Lunasol website or at Kanebo cosmetics counters. Just leave me one ok? 😉
Lunasol Three Dimensional Eyes eyeshadow palette comes in 5 shades and retails at RM185 each
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Very sexy! Thanks for the pics!
Thank you Jamilla! *flattered*
I wish to get one good eyeshadow palette. Due to budget constraint, I limit myself with just one – Lancome or Urban Decay. But with this review, I have added another into my list..LOL… Not sure how to choose now.. Cos this one looks really great especially on you! Bigger eyes and the color is not so strong! Oh my, how am I going to decide…Ahha…
Hey Stephy, before you get a palette, decide if you prefer something more pigmented, or if you like something sheer. Have you used Japanese shadows before? They are quite different from brands like Urban Decay and Lancome. They tend to be more sparkly with sheerer colour. These Lunasol ones are like that. So, that would have to be your first decision before you decide on the brand to go for 🙂 In the alternative, check out Kate. They have good quality shadows too and aren’t as pricey 😉
I bought one Kate before and it had a lot of fall out. =( Couldn’t stick on my eyelid. It was few years ago, not sure it has improved now. =)
But I like your look with this Lunasol!
Hmm… To be honest, I only really had much luck with the Kate Gradational Quads. The rest didn’t wow me. Although the new round Dual coloured ones aren’t bad too! I have one of them but have forgotten to review it 😀
oooh! the brushes are very tempting, any idea how much is the blush brush?
i guess the reason why lunasol’s brushes aren’t that popular is due to it being overshadowed by shu uemura and mac? i think brushes under those 2 brands are easiest to get internationally 🙂
i have 1 blush and 1 e/s, and am very much in love with it! 😀 i had always love Japanese makeup! 😀
Sorry I didn’t ask the price for the blush brush 🙁 I remember the powder brush being RM180 because I said “Oh that’s cheaper than RMK!” Haha… I think Lunasol brushes aren’t known because they are just too pricey for the average person. Most people cringe at prices for brushes whether from Shu Uemura or MAC and Lunasol’s are even pricier! But I think for me, ultimately more fulfilling 😀 I had their 1st generation eyeshadow palette and its since hardened so I was disappointed. but their previous Ocean Eyes palette is very very nice!
I like this one even more than this morning’s Lancome quad! *pouts*
You truly are the #evurl enabling empress, PB. 😛
Well I do have a reputation to live up to! 😉 The Lancome is more subdued while this one’s a little more bling so it depends on which you prefer for the eyes 😀
Omg!!! Can you get any more beautiful, PB??
I will see if I have any colors in my stash, heh heh, to replicate the look as best I can. ^.^ just for the heck of it.
*blush* Thanks Hanny LOL! 😀 All you’d need are light sparkly shades for the eyes and liner and you’ll be good to go!
Omg… The brushes! And deep beige!! I’m so gonna get them 🙂
I think they are good buys – all of them 🙂
Very pretty! Thanks for showing us this!
Now I just wish Lunasol wasn’t as darn expensive as it is…
Yeah, Lunasol is rather pricey although to my surprise, its cheaper here than it is in Japan or online. I’m really glad for that of course! 😀
PB! I love your look and I love your semi-full body shot! HOT HOT HOT! And I’m excited to see this “hot” girl soon! *winks*
I have tried Lunasol e/s (thanks to my dear friend who sent it to me) and I’m loving the pigmentation. I have never tried Lunasol brushes though but base on pictures alone, they look really GOOD!
Lol Nikki, soon soon hehe!
I think you’d fall in love with the Lunasol brushes but they are strictly meant for your own use only! 😉
I would like to pick up Deep Beige! Love your neutral and elegant look with the palette!
I totally agree with you about Japanese makeup brushes, they are simply the best! I compared these two LUnasol brushes with those of RMK at SOGO when I was in Taiwan, and decided for RMK at last, since they felt even softer!
Oooh is that so? RMK is even softer? Darn! I wanted RMK but the pricing is so much more competitive for Lunasol. Would be too greedy to get both eh? 😛
Sorry for getting back to you so late (I totally forgot to sub to follow comments, oops…), but YES!
The RMK brushes are definitely softer than the Lunasol (comparison of RMK vs. Lunasol took me about 10 minutes, and the SA was already like #°%?x§!, haha…).
Now that I have splurged on the SUQQU Face and Cheek Brush, I have to say, RMK’s blush brush is actually almost as soft as the SUQQU one! Can you believe that? So, if SUQQU is 100% then the RMK one will be 95%. 🙂
Haha no problems Jess. I ended up with the Lunasol blush brush because the RMK one at the RMK counter felt scratchy compared to the Lunasol one. I don’t know if its from lack of care, but I didn’t want to risk it 😀
Wow! You look great! Loving the Lunasol *expensive!* squirrel hair brushes too!
Thank you milktea 🙂 I am making it my goal to get those Lunasol *expensive!* squirrel brushes hehe… Jess above said that RMK was even softer. I wonder how that’s even possible! 😀
Great post from your Vancouver fan! Very informative!
Do you think I can achieve similar effects w/ the new Guerlain 4-coleurs eyeshadow, or any other western brand palette? Lunasol is not available here.
Thank you and welcome Lisa! 😀 I have found that the texture of eyeshadows in brands like Guerlain quite different from the Japanese brands. Japanese branded eyeshadows tend to have this shimmer to them that is pretty but some find over the top. Shadows from Guerlain from my experience tend to have more colour and less sheer shimmer. That said, if you pick a light quad, you could replicate this too – define your eyes and go light with the colours and you might just get it 😉
Aaaaah I love brushes, and reading your review of them… I want one! 🙁
The palettes look beautiful, though, and you look gorgeous after your makeover! Your eyes really do look bigger 😀
Ah Stephanie – this isn’t even a review yet hehe… 😉 I will get them for sure. I just have to wait a bit so my wallet builds up some buffer before I do LOL! Thank you for the compliment. I was impressed at how large my eyes looked too! From a small eyed girl, its a big thing 😉
Hehe I love brushes and am always on the lookout for a good brush 🙂 Will give these a check and get one if possible too 😀
You’re welcome, I understand! It’s really impressive how your eyes look bigger, though to me reading your blog for so so long I’ve never once considered you to have small eyes 🙂
Mmm… good angles I guess. Ok I suppose I don’t have teeny tiny eyes just your regular asian almond eyes 😀
Very nice! I think you look fab with this defined eye mu.
I have a lunasol palette, but it was so powdery compared to my coffret d’or one. I wonder why lunasol is so expensive! Later on I got esprique precious and found another butter soft palette that blends seamlessly, so I never gave lunasol a 2nd look.
Thank you Shay 🙂 If you ask me, I didn’t think much of Lunasol’s earlier offerings too. I bought one palette from their first collection but I didn’t like any of the others. Their Ocean Scene palette is much better quality in my view though. I haven’t tried Esprique Precious. I’m not sure why! :O
Now, they changed the name to just Esprique. I think higher tier Japanese drugstore brands (eg esprique, coffret d’or and maqualiage) gives the most bang for the buck.
Hmm I guess I’ll have to take a look – Esprique’s by Kose aren’t they? I never paid attention to Kose – that’s probably why I overlooked these 🙂 I used to think highly of Coffret D’or too but the recent releases have really disappointed me so I’ve stopped paying much attention to them for now. Its like Kanebo has gone to focus on Lunasol and left Coffret D’or aside. Nothing beats T’estimo – darn them for discontinuing it! That said, I rather like Kate too which I think is very good, for the prices we pay 🙂
Yup! EP is from kose.
I have limited items but I like all that I’ve tried.:
1. Coffret d’or powder foundation
2. Coffret d’or 2009 spring E/S
3. EP’s powder foundation
4. EP’s 2010 spring E/S
5. Maqualiage 2009 face creator
6. Maqualiage 2008 blush
mmm… I think I’ll take a peep into Esprique 😉 I don’t have many things from Maquillage either, because of my previous sensitivity to Shiseido makeup. But I hear the new Maquillage powder foundation is very nice so I’m going take a look at that one (in the jeweled case)
Oh wow I’ve been wanting one of these palettes ever since I saw it on fuzkitty’s channel! I’ve asked a friend in KL to pick one up for me now I wonder if I should get the blush brush too… I hate MAC brushes and still searching fir the perfect blush & powder brush!
Petrina, if you hate MAC you may really love these then LOL! I’m not sure where you are, but if you have access to Trish McEvoy, you can cop a feel of their brushes (also pricey). I have a Trish McEvoy blush brush which is lovely and very soft too but its less “fluffy” compared to the Lunasol or RMK ones. But it will give you an idea of softness 🙂
For blush brush, I don’t prefer fluffy ones. Stiff ones give more precision for me. 🙂
Then you’d love the Trish McEvoy one. Precise to the button! 😀
You look AMAZING! (I was genuinely stunned for a moment there) Your eyes are huge yet not over the top – I really need to learn how to do this!
I’m terribly flattered Lynne 😀 But it was mostly thanks to the Makeup Artist. All I know is that he used these flicks of brushes to colour and voila he was done! But to try this at home, I suggest using some light colours preferably with shimmer to give dimension. Apply a light color over the lid. At the lash line, use a liner brush to apply a dark matte shade. Tightline with pencil or liquid liner (he used both). Using a shimmer dark shade, line the lower lashline from the outer part of the eye to about three quarters of the way. For the inner portion, use a light shimmer shade. I’m going to experiment myself and see if I can do it myself – not that I have much hope of that LOL! Good luck! 😀
your eyes look fabulous! its been a while since i’ve really felt compelled to buy any japanese makeup but this might be it. i’ll wait for your review of the deep beige first to decide which though 🙂 and those brushes…your description of them is so enabling 😛
Thanks Blue 😀 I will be sure to review Deep Beige once I pick it up. I hope it lives up to expectations because I wasn’t quite thrilled with it when swatched. The brushes though are sublime. Positively sublime!
Sue Lynn says
ONE word for the palettes: “LOVE”