Aube Couture (revamped Aube line) puts out 2-in-1 eye makeup EVERY summer. You typically get a liner and an eyeshadow in all sort of forms (pencil/cream/liquid/gel/loose powder/pressed shadow etc.).
I believe they want to offer no-fuzz summer eye makeup that's easy to apply and offers a simple but polished eye look.
I was mighty disappointed with last year's Gel & Shine Eyes. I actually had sworn off falling for Aube's summer collections but now we have Aube Couture so they should be better/different/advanced, right? (Tried to convince myself hehe).
I always liked Aube's lip products, so the new Designing Glosses looked very appealing and very well worth a try.
-Cream & Shadow Liner (2835 Yen):
When I spotted first pics of the new Cream & Liner Shadow duos I somehow had the idea stuck in my head that the liner was a gel liner and the shadow a cream. I was somehow astonished when I received my 2 colors and found the liner was a normal powder shadow pan rather than a gel liner.
The pot these come in is really pretty with a shadow brush dangling from the cover.
In the bottom there is a the cream shadow and a smaller pan of powder liner is on top of it.
The liner powder is very pigmented and silky with a lustrous finish. It stays on very well and applies/blends perfectly.
The cream shadow is the biggest surprise for me. I was sure it'd crease as soon as I saw it in the pan. It looks greasy but after it sets (takes about 2 minutes) it stays in place and doesn't crease a bit on me.
The only little thing I would improve is the amount of fine glitter. The glitter is finely milled but still chunky enough to show up which gets a little on my nerves. I would have preferred a more metallic or pearly look.
The colors I got are:
Pink cream shadow and burgundy liner shadow. This looked more like mauve/purple in the swatches. The burgundy isn't a color that works particularly well with my eye and skin color.
Pale golden cream shadow and deep khaki shadow. The shadow has a metallic finish and looks great worn as a lid-color or liner.
All in all I am so happy to report that the Cream & Liner Shadow duos are well worth purchasing and will be a great little tool for sizzling summer eyes.
-Designing Gloss (2310 Yen):
The Designing Glosses come in quite pretty clear/silver polygonal tubes with a little pink crystal on top of the cap.
The applicator is one of the best I found to date. It's a flat fuzzy spatula with a slight curve to follow the shape of your lips perfectly. I love it! It packs on the right amount of gloss!
The gloss is rather sticky and long-lasting with sheer but noticeable pigment. The finish is very glossy and shimmery so the lips look very full and plump.
There is no scent detectable at all.
#903: Beautiful light pink with shimmer. Pretty much a standard lipgloss color.
#905: Gorgeous milky peach beige. I like this color really a lot especially with a darker eye look.
Admittedly Aube Couture has done quite well with their collection for the earlier Summer. I am sure they'll come up with more stuff for later Summer as they always do.
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