Subscribe via Email!

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner


If you need my help with Gmarket or otherwise PLEASE EMAIL ME!

Please note: Sometimes I need some days to reply as I get really a looooooooot of emails daily. If you have a super urgent question please mention that in your email. Thanks!

If you are interested in advdertising on my blog or if you would like to provide me with products to test and review please email me! I am located in Europe.

Blog Archive


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ettusais Fall 2008: Aquatic Shimmer

Ever since I saw the new Ettusais (a Shiseido drugstore brand) collection for fall 2008 on my friend's blog Rouge Deluxe I was interested in trying some of the items out as they looked quite promising.

The collection consists of 3 nail colors, 3 lip color duos and 2 eyeshadow trios.
I purchased the eyeshadows and glosses from one of my favorite eBay sellers for a bit below the original retail prices.

Aquatic Shimmer Gloss: (from top: beige, pink, red)

This comes in 3 color duos: Beige, pink and red. Each duo has a lip color (like liquid lipstick) on one side and a clear glitter gloss on the other side.
The liquid lipstick side is quite pigmented and feels very light when I am applying it. It dries to a powdery finish, similar to those 2-step long-lasting lip colors (which I haven't seen from Japanese brands before btw) but without the extremely drying feeling.
When it is set then it doesn't really transfer and can be topped with the gloss coat. I have to say it doesn't seem to be 100% kiss-proof it's a very long-lasting lip color duo and leaves minimal stains.
The finish of the color is a pearly velvet. Not really shimmery and not glossy. The gloss contains glitters and is very glossy and slightly sticky like the normal range of Ettusais lip glosses so it gives a very shiny and gleaming finish.
Beige: Light peachy nude beige and a transparent gloss with green and orange glitters.
Pink: Orange pink/clear gloss with pink and green glitters.
Red: Reddish brown/clear gloss with ivory and green glitters.
Please note that all colors darken on lips after application of the gloss.
From left to right: Beige, Pink, Red

Overall a nice item
Retails for 1680 Yen for 9g

Aquatic Shimmer Eye Color:

I was mostly interested in the trio in color #I as it's the cooler-toned combination but finally decided to get both palettes.
I have tried Ettusais eyeshadows before and they're lovely and quite silky with sheer-medium pigment.
Each palette contains 1 cream and 2 powder shadows.
I am disappointed. The cream shadow is super sheer and very greasy which means it will crease if used as a base on me. It's not really pigmented enough to make a good brow-bone highlighter so it's pretty useless.
One of the powder shadows is very sheer and glittery. A combination I am not fond of. It's very silky but doesn't show up well.
The darkest shadow has good pigment and a slightly shimmery finish with a silky texture so this one is fine.
Please keep in mind that these are my first thoughts after swatching the shadows but sometimes the result on the eyes is different.

#I: Sheer pink cream shadow, silver glitter shadow and navy pearl shadow.

#II: Cream-colored cream shadow, golden beige and warm medium shimmery brown.

Retails for 2625 Yen for 3.6g.

All in all I am not terribly impressed... this was the first Ettusais collection in long time that caught my fancy and know I know why I wasn't really into that brand before. They do nice lipglosses and the eyeshadow singles are worth a 2nd look but the Aquatic eyeshadow trios are definitely no must-haves.


Anonymous said...

how much did you pay for the palettes?

Kathi said...

around US$20/each

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Shop for Cosmetics, Skin Care and Hair Care products from Japan and Asia Artie Style

Search Lotus Palace (this is the better search engine than the one on top of the page!)

Lotus Palace Sales

About Me

My photo
Love all kinds of scented wax and handmade body care products. =)

Talk to me!


Beauty Blog List

Recent Visitors

Template by: Free Blog Templates