This year they came up with some cuter stuff, especially their lovely new eyeshadow quads called "Rainbow Grade Eyes".
I got all the items from Mihokoshop who offered really excellent service as usual =)
I ordered 2 of the Rainbow Grade Eyes but decided to only use 1 of them as the 2nd one was just a bit too warm for my liking.
I also got 2 of the new Diamond Star Rouge lipsticks and the Sakura Drop Essence, a lip care/base.
The Rainbow Grade Eyes come in small cases and cosist of 4 powder shadows and a creamy base arranged in the cutest way as you can see on the pics.
The cream base is very dry so it almost feels like a powder but this means it´s a great base as it´s not greasy. It has a gorgeous pearl sheen without any shimmer and is also a really pretty highlighter to use on the inner 1/3 of the eyes.
The 3 powder shades in the heart shape are quite silky and smooth but not powdery and they blend nicely but don´t smudge easily. They all have good pigment and a nice metallic and shimmery finish, but finely milled shimmer so it´s very pretty.
The striped shade at the bottom left is a sheer glitter shade which is nice to add an extra bit of sparkle to the lids or below the brows. Still I am not much a fan of glitter shades so a nice regular highlighter or maybe a bright contrasting color would have been nice instead.
The shadows wear well and neither crease nor fade on me in this cool dry weather. I can´t predict if they will hold up so well in humid and hot weather.
BR701: Definitely the palette that caught my eye first. A combination of cool taupes and beige with an off-white cream base and a slightly blue-tinged white rainbow powder. Love this palette and have been using it several times already!
BR302: A solid palette in neutral browns, though a bit too warm for my taste so this remained untouched and unswatched =) This will be listed on my sale blog soon I guess.
I might get the purple and green versions later...let´s see =)
The new Diamond Star Rouge lipsticks are very good lipsticks as they are smooth, moisturizing and have a very nice luminous finish (aka shimmery an glossy). They are sheer but with a few swipes they show up really well. Lasting power is average since this is a range of glossy and smooth lipsticks one can´t expect a very long wear.
These are neither fragranced nor flavored. Retail price is about 1575 Yen for (only!) 2.2g.
PK333:The standard light nude pink
RS771: A brownish mauve shade
The Sakura Drop Essence is a lip balm in a squeeze tube. It has a very light pink tint (almost not visible on lips) and a texture like vaseline. I love the slightly sweet taste this has (very subtle and soft) and the thick texture which is great as an overnight treatment. I also love using a super thin layer of this under my lipsticks and glosses as a base.
The Sakura Drop Essence gives a glossy finish so it´s also pretty to wear it on its own.
Retail price 840 Yen for 7g.
Overall definitely a great little collection and very worth checking out! =D
Rainbow Grade Eyes:4/5
Diamond Star Rouge: 4/5Sakura Drop Essence: 5/5