Lunasol has themed their Spring 2013 collection Vivid Colour Purification Makeup inspired by a colourful butterfly. However, I can tell you that the most colour you get in this collection will come from the nail polishes. I’m not all that into nail polish, but I was itching to give them a go, because they look lovely and bright and so colourful! I’m going to show you a close up of the Vivid Blue Green one below, and you can tell me what it reminds you of ;)
Colour, as we all know, has the power to lift our spirits and mood and so with Spring in the air and for our friends in the temperate countries, that promise of warmth and sunshine just around the corner, the idea behind the collection is to lift the mood from the cold dark winter. This is reflected also in the Vivid Clear Eyes eyeshadow palettes that you see in the picture above.
Truth to tell, I didn’t think them very vivid in the true sense, because like previous Lunasol eyeshadow palette releases, they don’t go all out bang on with colour. Texture is shimmery and generally sheer but you may be interested to know that the colour will show up quite well on deeper skintones, if you manipulate the deeper shade in each palette and use a little imagination :) I’ll run down most of the collection for you, with swatches where possible and tell you my thoughts on them.
Vivid Clear Eyes – RM185
This is one of the more vivid and brighter colours in the Vivid Clear Eyes eyeshadow palettes – 01 Blue Green. You get a 4 pan palette with one dark colour, 1 light base shade, 1 highlight and 1 split pan with a lighter and darker shade. This is the same in all 5 colour variations. You can see the overview of the 5 palettes above and I’ve got the swatches of each of them for you below. The quality isn’t top notch thanks to poor lighting but it’ll give you an idea of colour and texture… I hope :P
Vivid Clear Eyes 01 Blue Green
All colours have shimmer in them and pigmentation is light. I wouldn’t say its sheer per se, as it is pretty pigmented, just that the colours are light. The shimmer white is a highlight, while the shimmer yellow serves as a base or even a highlight. The black makes a good base to bring out the other colours layered over it. The green is a pale seafoam which isn’t very inspiring and the deepest shade goes on my skin blue. This isn’t a palette I’d have chosen for myself, but I have to say that when worn, it looks a heck lot better than when swatched.
Vivid Clear Eyes 02 Pink
Again, the light colours are generally less pigmented and rather sheer, with the brown and pink showing up best on skin. I wasn’t too sure about this one. The pink does look rather vivid but I think someone who can pull off pink shadow, maybe as a touch of colour, layered over the brown, will give off a nice young vibe. Just don’t overdo it or risk looking like you’ve been crying.
Vivid Clear Eyes 03 Orange
More of the same. The light shades are less pigmented and more shimmery, while the darker shades have better pigment and are less shimmery. I didn’t take to this one because orange doesn’t look very good on my skin.
Vivid Clear Eyes 04 Khaki Beige
Truth to tell, I liked this palette best. All the colours, even the lighter ones were more pigmented, and there were 3 good pigmented colours in there – dark brown, gold and light brown. I would likely pick this one up in future because it makes a nice neutral palette that I know I can pull off for everyday. Not very vivid its true, but nice all the same.
Vivid Clear Eyes 05 Pink Beige
This one is another one I quite like. It is a rather more “rose gold” version of the Khaki Beige palette and all colours swatched well and easily with 1 swipe.
On an overall basis, as much as I love Lunasol, I think I prefer their 3 Dimensional eyeshadow palettes (Deep Beige and Mysterious Beige). I think the quality of the Vivid Clear Eyes palette is nice if you go for the Khaki Beige or Pink Beige palette. The Blue-Green, Pink and Orange does falter somewhat in terms of delivery as I did not feel the quality as as good as the beige ones. That said, despite the name, don’t expect really “vivid” colours and you won’t be disappointed.
The lip products in this collection are rather subdued which isn’t unusual for Lunasol but unusual when the collection is named Vivid Purification. That said, I do love the texture of the Lunasol Full Glamour Lips and the Full Glamour Lips lipstick. I say it always and I say it again that the only reason I am a lipstick fan and not a lipgloss fan is thanks to Japanese lip products. They go on sheer yet glossy and shiny with nice natural colour, and are never sticky or heavy. Lunasol lip products are like that. Not terribly exciting if I’m to be honest, but the quality can never be faulted.
Full Glamour Lips – RM111
Full Glamour Lips Left-Right: 12 Light Coral Pink, 13 Light Pink, 14 Beige Coral, 15 Soft Beige, 16 Beige Pink
There is no shimmer in the product, but as you can probably tell, the texture is not fully opaque. The colour I’d pick for myself would be Light Coral Pink only because its the most intense shade. Intense of course, being relative. I wouldn’t complain because I like these sorts of texture (I know you see me in strong opaque shades all the time but in reality, I wear a lot of these sheer glossy lipsticks :D ) and I’m still labouring away at my T’estimo lipsticks – anyone remember and love those too? :D
Full Glamour Liquid Lips – RM104
Full Glamour Liquid lips left-right: EX08 Shining Clear Pink, EX09 Shiny Pink, EX10 Pure Coral, EX11 Red Beige, EX12 Shiny Coral Pink
Despite coming in a liquid form with a doe foot wand, this isn’t lipgloss. It isn’t quite liquid lipstick either. I peg these as something in between – more pigmented than gloss, less pigmented than lipstick. It imparts a lovely shine to the lips, doesn’t look strong or heavy, gives a tint of colour and is not sticky or goopy. I like these. I dislike the price, but I like them. My personal pick is EX11 Red Beige because it is, again the strongest shade of the new limited colours.
Coloring Cheeks N – RM90 (case sold separately)
Here’s my favourite category – blush! :D I love Lunasol blushes (please give me a swift kick up the butt if I don’t tell you about the ones I have soon!) and shown here are Coloring Cheeks N of 01 Light Pink, 02 Light Coral and 03 Soft Beige Red. I believe they are existing shades released to compliment the collection.
You can also see the Brow Styling Compact N (RM138) that comes in 2 shades for natural looking brows. I’ve personally never quite got the hang of a brow powder so I stick to pencils.
Nail Finish N – RM56
As I told you right at the top, the most vivid part of the Vivid Color Purification range is the nail polishes that come in 5 beautiful bright shades. It is very easy to apply, with a smooth, almost gel-like finish. Very pretty and quite easily the most eye catching item (and most affordable!) of the whole range.
There is also a mascara and a treatment gloss, which is a lip treatment that has a hint of colour. I’m told the latter is very popular so some day I’ll give it a go :)
In a nutshell
The Lunasol Vivid Color Purification makeup collection for Spring 2013 incorporates bright shades into its point makeup, but the colour does fall short of the vividness promised. The stars in terms of colour are the nail polish. I was very impressed with their colour and texture and I don’t impress easily when it comes to nail polish. I like the bright shades and I’d love to pick up the yellow or red or even that dusky pink. The rest of the collection is very typical of Lunasol. The textures tend to be on the sheer side, with light colours. This doesn’t do it for everyone. I am a fan of Japanese makeup so I do quite like some of them. The lip products for one always get me and the blushes. The Vivid Clear Eyes eyeshadow palette is a bit hit or miss. I’d go for the neutral shades in this one. I felt the texture and colour were better than the brighter coloured versions. But ultimately, I’d say that this is a collection for fans of Japanese style makeup and not for everyone and even then, fans of Lunasol may be a little underwhelmed.
Pros: Lip products impart a lovely shine and glow to the lips without looking too heavy and opaque, Blushes give skin a very lovely glow and can be used for colour and highlight, Eyeshadows can make eyes look brighter with a sheer natural vibe but it will not appeal to everyone
Cons: Pricey, Texture and colours are sheer and light and may not suit everyone’s tastes, Eyeshadows may be too shimmery for some
Who will like this: Anyone who enjoys using Japanese makeup and appreciates their texture and sheerer pigment and light colours
I was going to include a quick look I did with some items from the collection along with some thoughts on a couple of individual items, but I think this post is too long already so I’ll show it to you in a separate post. If you’ve already come this far, gosh! *applause* :D
But I wanted to share with you the nail polish in Vivid Blue Green. Tell me, what does the colour remind you of? ;)
Do you like using Japanese makeup? Does anything from the Lunasol Spring 2013 collection grab you?
Japanese style makeup isn’t for everyone. I personally like it a lot but I know many people find them too light, too shimmery, too underwhelming. I don’t – I find them far less easy to make a mistake with than with very strong pigmented shades, but again, it comes down to personal preference :)
Lunasol Vivid Color Purification makeup is available at Kanebo counters and salons at major department stores locally. Prices are as set out above in the post.