Sunday, January 12, 2014

Make Up For Ever Arty Blossom (Spring 2014) palette swatches!

Arty Blossom is a fun collection of 8 shades ranging from browns to orange and bronze, to Powerpuff Girl colors of blue, pink and green, as well as an ivory.

The main thing you want to note is that this isn’t exactly a palette for people who are shy of color. Most of the colors are not your typical “everyday neutrals”. Even the 2 browns are very strong shades (unless you have darker skin, in which case those are really beautiful for everyday).

IRONICALLY, pink, blue, orange, and green look very strong in the palette but they’re quite luminous and pastel on the skin.They’re translucent so they can be worn on deeper skins without looking too chalky white, but this also means if you want any intensity, you will need to use them wet.

There’s a fair amount of fallout, which is to be expected for pigmented shadows. If you’re using the stronger shades, it’s better to do your eye makeup before applying your base.

The makeup pictorial above is to let you take a closer look at the colors and textures! (I did not wear any primer or base under the shadows and I used them dry, so that is the payoff to expect.)

Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Bijoux Collection Overview and Swatches! (Excluding Powder Highlight/Blush)

Pearl, pearl, pearl! That’s the one word that sums up the entire collection.

For the first time, Shu Uemura has come up with a collection that is almost entirely composed of cream products. All of these come in delicious creamy pastel tones that swatch on paler than they look in the pots.

The collection includes:

  • 4 cream shadows
  • 2 cream blushes
  • 2 limited edition premium lashes (only one shown here)
  • 1 blush/highlighter compact (not available for swatching at this time)

While I love all the super smooth textures and colors (these shadows have a suede-like consistency and go on more evenly than the typical MACs, Make Up For Evers and Maybellines, which can be a bit streaky or patchy. I am pretty sure the cream blushes and shadows would be quite popular.

I do want to especially highlight the 2 lipsticks, because it’s easy to pass them over when you see them on the display. These 2 nudes come in a concealer nude tone (Topaz Beige) and a pink nude (Opal Pink), and what’s special about them is they feel like cream lipsticks but go on in a pearl-matte finish, so they subtly highlight the lips and create a natural ombre effect, making your lips poutier looking.