I first heard about this brand in Canada, from one of the Toronto Beauty Bloggers (TBBs), and didn’t know that it had arrived in the Philippines, just a few months ago. I saw a review on their best selling Lash Expander Frame Plus: a mascara that claims to provide Dynamic lengthening and eyeliner effect that is sweat, sebum, tear and waterproof! It has scored 4.3 out of 5 in beauty Reviews and is a fave for Asians with short stubborn lashes (like mine). As if that wasn’t enough to intrigue me to go for a closer look, the pretty packaging and Ad campaigns were all over SM Makati’s (Department store) Cosmetics Department, AND I found out that the line is by Shiseido.
Here’s a pic of my mini haul from SM Makati, with thanks to Beauty Advisors, Arlene Ambrocio and Macybelle Cambil (pictured):
The eyeshadows were a bit too shimmery for my own personal (wear) taste, but I like the texture and blend-ability. Don’t be afraid to blend well with a sable brush to disperse the glitter particles and to achieve a more subtle glow. You can see the effects of the shadows on their own (on Kristel’s lids) and on top of a black cream shadow base (I used Laura Mercier’s Black Caviar Smoky Liner) for a more dramatic smoky look (on my eyelid). I really like the Red pearlescent Automatic Liner’s precision and glide (Php695) Available in 7 shades with a bold black base and subtle metallic hues. The blush was fresh, pretty and both Kristel and I can wear it easily with our different skin tones. I chose my fave shades (from last season) from the 12 non glittery quick Drying Nail colors -in Violet and Orange (Peachy Coral) since I’m almost out of my Essie shades. Loved how easy they were to apply and dried very quickly! …Last but by no means least… TheMascara base and Expander. It will take some minor adjusting to their comb-like applicators, coming from my trusted teardrop/tapered mascara brushes! But… Take a look at this Before and After of Kristel’s lashes when Arlene showed us the difference after using the Super lengthening Lash Expander in Black. (I was disappointed that none of the brands used disposable mascara wands in store, so we just did one eye. Take note pls DMs- Disposable wands are A-MUST please) :
I mentioned my PA (all around helper and supernanny) Kristel, earlier. As you’ll see for this post’s BEFORE and AFTER shots, I decided to use her as my hair & Makeup model (with her full consent!) as she was having a bad day missing family and friends and needed reminding of how beautiful she is. (Psst! 4 words Kristel:) Focus. Attitude. Thank you!)
I’m sorry about the image quality! I need a better camera, and it’s on my shopping list already…
Go Check out Majolica Majorca’s Sweet Sugary Trap counters, and look for Arlene and Macybelle at SM Makati. Enjoy!