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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Summer 2009: Majolica Majorca Innocent Pleasure

After posting a teaser of the new Majolica Majorca collection I got a lot of response. Seems all you ladies are eagerly awaiting my review/thoughts/swatches!

So despite not having actually worn all palettes yet I decided to review the collection to help you decide if it's worth picking up some goodies or not. I will update with new EOTD pics daily (or every other day, depending if I wear makeup daily..I sometimes take a day off).

I'll start with the Majoerotica glitter perfume and then proceed with the Jeweling Eyes palettes.

-Majoerotica Glitter Perfume:

The Majoerotica perfume comes in a small plastic jar with a tree printed on (with a snake swaddled around it). This fits with the Adam & Eve theme, as well as the strong apple scent of this.

Now describing a perfume is always hard especially for a non-perfume wearer like me. I only rarely wear it as I am so sensitive to smells that I will end up with painful headaches if I sniff the wrong stuff. So in general the only fragrances I can wear are light, fresh, crisp smells (with citrus notes etc.).

To me this smells like apple gummy bears. It's a sweet scent that's neither sexy (why is it called Majoerotica??) nor very elegant. It's a cheap scent that young teenage girls can pull off but not me (at age 28!)

5g cost 945 Yen (about US$10)

-Jeweling Line (nail art polish) GR444:

This is a nail polish with a fine brush used for nail art (stripes etc...for other things the brush isn't really fine enough). I hoped this would be an opaque bright apple green but it's a super sheer glitter polish. I don't like it. Period!
Costs 380 Yen for the small 3ml bottle.

-Jeweling Eyes:
I think this is the review you're waiting on. The Majoerotica and nail colors are after all not as interesting as the whopping 8 new eyeshadow palettes!

I collected nearly all MM palettes (but removed several from my stash as the colors just didn't work for me at all).

The first eyeshadow palettes were the Majewel palettes in Spring 2006, followed with the original Majolooks in Summer (and Illuminators for Xmas).

In Spring 2007 MM released their Majolook Line Impact series (the least impressive line) with 2 new colors released for Xmas 2007.

2008 saw the pretty new Majolook Trick on Eyes, with 2 new colors released for Fall 2008 (so far my favorite MM palette range).
For Xmas they came up with 2 new Majolook Illuminator palettes and now we see a brand new range called Jeweling Eyes.

The Jeweling Eyes come in the cutest compacts. They are a bit more princessy and elaborate than the previous compacts.
Each palette comes with 4 powder shadows like the Trick On Eyes while the older Majolooks contained a crappy white cream base and the Line Impact palettes had a really bad cream liner).

The texture is quite silky and fine. The biggest shadow (top left corner) has a little glitter and is sheerer than the other colors. The pigment in general is about sheer-medium, the liner shades have the highest amount of color density (about medium and buildable).

The shadow finish depends on the colors. The darkest shades are generally matte-slightly shimmery while the 2 colors are pearl-metallic and the lightest shade is sheer with fine glitters.

I honestly expected a bit more breath-taking shimmer and pigment from the quads. They're supposed to give jewel-like shimmer to your lids but all in all the result is more muted and subtle due to the sheerness and rather pearly than shimmery finish.
Please note: The colors look more shimmery in the swatches on my arm than in real life. That's due to the flash I used.

I really like the palettes though! They're sheer but offer a refined and pretty look and the shadows blend very well!
I can build color without wiping off what I already applied (as the texture is not overly powdery) so it's nice to be able to control the color depth.

I picked up all 8 colors as they all looked very pretty and wearable and I am a die-hard fan of Majolica Majorca ever since I started with Japanese brands over 4 years ago.
I don't often pick up the complete line of an eyeshadow series as there are always colors among them that I won't use but I couldn't help but picking up all Jeweling Eyes!

Now on to the colors:


Even though this looked quite warm at first this turned out to be one of the most attractive Jeweling Eyes palettes. This is a very feminine quad for a subtly defined eye look.

The colors are a pale ivory (with fine glitters), pale flesh color (pearl), rosey apricot (iridescent pearl) and deep warm brown (matte with some scattered shimmer bits).


This is the brightest palette (and possible my least fave).

The colors are pale pink (with fine glitters), warm orangey pink (pearl), strawberry pink (pearl) and deep reddish brown (pearl).


The softer pink palette is really pretty and feminine. It's not loud and very wearable.

The colors are off-white (with fine glitters), pale pink (pearl), medium muted pink (pearl) and dark cool brown (matte with some scattered shimmer bits).


This is another fave palette of mine. It's a pretty purple quad that's very flattering.

The colors are off-white (with fine glitters), pale lavender (satin), deeper lilac (pearl) and deep grayed purple (matte with some scattered shimmer bits).


I think I normally wouldn't choose a palette like this (warm bronze gold!) but I still purchased it and it's pretty and neutral enough to wear it without a problem!

This is a more pigmented palette. The colors are:
Ivory (with fine glitters), light yellow (pearl), bronze gold (metallic) and deep neutral brown (pearl).


This is my 3rd fave palette. I just love those fresh grayish greens. I can't wear warm golden or grassy greens so this muted sage-green quad is a welcome addition to my eyeshadow selection =)

The colors are: White (with fine glitters), pale mint green (satin), light sage green (pearl) and deep sage green (satin).

PS If you like those greens but want more pigment, a vibrant and shimmery finish then I highly recommend Kate's Deep Trap Eyes GN-1.


This is another interesting palette. One of the colors is quite bright whereas the rest is more muted.

The colors are:
Silver white (with fine glitters), pale baby blue (satin), bright violet blue (satin), deep grayed navy blue (matte
with some scattered shimmer bits).


This is the most metallic palette in the lot. Silver/pink combos always work for me so this palette is definitely a pretty staple. It's not unique but it's cute and the colors are flattering.

The colors are: White (pearl with fine glitters), baby pink (pearl), light silver (metallic) and deep silver gray (metallic).

All in all I admittedly am very pleased with the new palettes and would approve them for purchase. You have 8 colors to choose from so I am sure everyone will find a palette suitable for her.

The palettes retail for 1575 Yen in Japan.
I purchased everything from Ichibankao.


plue said...

Thanks Kathi for the swatches!

I especially like the Green palette!

I might just go nuts and purchase all 8 palettes! Major damage, but they are so pretty! ^_^

Bijin Blair said...

Thank you for this review!!!

Initially, I was lemming for VI782 and SV887. But I'm liking other palettes after looking at your swatches haha - PK785 & RD784 look fabulous!

Which one do you prefer if you had to choose between PK785 and RD784? Thank you, I look forward to your reply ^^

Anonymous said...

i am not a fan of MM because of allergy. but i think i can use that glittery perfume??? i really like that idea. OMG! don't know when it may reach here!

Anonymous said...

woohoo! thanks for the review!!

apple gummy bears! haha such cute description! i'm getting it anyway~ it looks cute! :P

it seems like im gettin RD784 for sure! and the green, purple and perhaps the blue quad! HAHAHAHA *very excited*

thanks again for the swatches! XD

Haru said...

Hey Kathi,

Thanks for the very detailed review and clear swatches! You make the palettes look so pretty! I'm still in two minds about these as I think MM really went the safe route with these so I'm a bit disappointed. Then again, at least there are no weird or garish colors like in previous Majolook palettes. Your EOTDs look gorgeous as always!

CHERRING said...

hey there, thanks for the nice review! May I know what eyeshadow brush you used for this application? thanksss =)

eki said...

great swatches!! love the colors! thx!

ilovepink said...

thanks so the review! its so pretty... i love all the colors.. i gotta go get one =]

Jenn said...

Thanks for all the swathes! I had gotten green and silver, but I may go back and order the PK383 since I want a brighter palette for the summer =)

Catherine said...

Thanks for the reviews and swatches! That gold/bronze palette is totally calling my name.

Whitepiano555 said...


for review and swatch and nice pictures.

I think Majolica eye shadow all look the same b/c its color is very flattering.

Even I have many of them, I still wanna try one from this collection.
Thanks again for swatch. ^_^

Bomi said...

I absolutely LOVE the gold GD886 pallete. it is so pretty! If I had money I would get it. I think gold and bronze looks good on anyone! Thank you so much for the swatches!

Kathi said...

Hi Plue,
get all 8 so I am not the only freak here haha!

Hi Blair,
I like PK785 and RD both a lot. I think I like the result of Pk a little better as it's a bit cooler than RD. But depends on your skintone I'd say!

Hi Jojoba,
the glitters don't really show up though! It's a quite thick balm and you will prolly only get a few scattered glitters to show up!

Hi Miss Hazel,
yea, apple gummy bears lol! Very sweet!

Hi Haru,
yea MM definitely went safe and the color combos are not overly unique or outstanding. I think the palettes are really nice though and as I love MM so much I couldn't resist haha!

Hi Cherring,
I use a rounded shadow brush from CLinique (for lid/crease) and some random Laneige brush for the highlight. I also use Sasa's super deep crease definer brush for the outer corners and deep crease definition. No fancy brushes but the work really well!

And thanks to everyone for their comments!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an awesome post. Thank you so much for sharing all this info with us! I think the purple quad is the most dramatic, it makes your brown eyes pop! And the sage green quad could be good for work since it's subdued and make the golds and greens in your irises stand out. :)

Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

i like MJ's palattes too but there aren't much choices here... I just purchase a GY1 from KATE and not too bad...

fuzkittie said...

I like the silver one a lot, but I'm not sure it'd look as nice against my skin tone as yours!!

snownatsumi said...

I love MM as well, i think i am going to get all 8 cause i cannot decide which ones not to buy!

But i use the foam applicators included in the eyeshadow palettes to apply the colors...
Do you think it makes my eyeshadow palette work less well in that case?

Are your brushes the reason why your EOTDs look so pretty?
Can i achieve the same result with the included applicators? Thanks so much!

♥sormui♥ said...

woah! jealous! u got all the palettes!! *droolz*!! whered u get them all?

Kathi said...

Hi Innerchild,
thanks!! Yea the purple and sage palettes are really gorgeous! I also was suprised that the GD quad came out rather light and neutral rather than orangey-copper!

Hi Snownatsumi,
I personally believe that a few good eyeshadow brushes are a key to get nice looking results. However there are many girls who are very skilled with the foam applicators so I am sure you can achieve a pretty result with them,too.

I personally use sponge applicators for getting sheerer colors to show up more vibrantly as the applicators are better in packing on shadow than brushes.
Also Japanese brands give good applicators, the quality is soft and usable.

Hi Sormui,
I got them from ichibankao. Adambeauty will stock them soon, I am sure of that!


Natty said...

haha.. i'm also actually thinkin of getting all 8 swatches.. cuz so pretty.. am wondering if the colour actually stays on for long and if it's suitable for sensitive eyes... :D

♥Christine♥ said...

all of them look so pretty and I want to get all 8!! how much would that be?

Anonymous said...

i love your website and reviews ^^ thanks a lot for sharing!

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