Shiseido has launched new makeup collection which has been both appealing to the eyes as well as to the skin with lightweight skincare-like texture, lasting finish, and impactful colors. The products are classified in four reimagined textures – gels, dews, Inks, and powders instead of the traditional categories of face parts such as eyes and lips. The collection theme is ‘Visible Feels Invisible’ and the packaging is themed on ‘Modern Japanese’ with slim componentry and a lacquered red line.
I have used these products many times and I am really loving the textures, shades, ease of use, and performance of them. Let me start with the cheek products first. I have InnerGlow Cheek Powder and Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush. I have been literally obsessed with these two, they are so amazing, look so natural and the texture is amazing. I have been using this to work every single day since last two weeks.
InnerGlow Cheek Powder blush and highlighter hybrid seamlessly enhances, highlights, and contours with an airy, weightless finish. The formula is very lightweight and airy, blends in
Minimalist Whipper Powder Blush is an air-whipped cream blush transforms into a long-lasting, weightless, breathable powder with a soft matte finish. The mousse-like texture transforms into an ultra-thin, featherweight powder with a soft matte finish. The blush last for over 6 hours on my skin. As I mentioned, I am so much into both the cheek products. I have shade 01 Sonoya which is a warm pink shade. This blush looks so beautiful on my medium tan skin tone, gives a beautiful hint of color, making me look alive and fresh even in this harsh winter. ‘Apply sparingly with fingertips or dab onto cheeks using the gel blending tip of the DAIYA FUDE Face Duo brush and buff out with the red, diamond-cut brush head. A little goes a long way: Pat a small amount across your skin for a natural flush or layer to increase color intensity. ‘
Moving on to the lip products, I have LacquerInk LipShine, VisionAiry Gel Lipstick, and Crystal GelGloss.
LacquerInk LipShine high-intensity pigmented blend of oils which offers the shine and comfort of a gloss, while smoothing polymers provide the durable, hydrating color of a lipstick. It is a full-coverage fluid that deposits inky color with a vivid, vinyl finish. The concave applicator hugs the contours of the mouth and dispenses the perfect amount of pigment that can be worn alone or layered over other lip products for extra dimension and sheen. The formula does not leave the lips dry or sticky, it is comfortable to wear. The shade 302 Plexi Pink is a natural pink shade.
VisionAiry Gel Lipstick is a long-lasting, weightless, full-coverage lipstick that glides on the lips to deliver bold, high-impact color in a single stroke. The shade 210 – J-Pop is a spiced pink shade and perfect for everyday wear. It is very comfortable to wear and last for over 3-4 hours.
Crystal Gel Gloss is an ultra-clear, hydrating gloss provides a Lucite-like finish that leaves lips looking wet and ultra shiny. The non-drying formula boasts a superior refractive index that boosts color vibrancy when worn as a top coat and creates the illusion of fuller lips. It is weightless, moisturizing, glides on nicely, does not have any shimmer, just clear gloss. ‘Apply directly to bare lips and/or cheekbones for a dewy sheen, or use as a top coat to lend a lustrous effect to any product underneath. ‘
Coming next to the eye products, I have been really amazing at the formulas and shades of these. I have Essentialist Eye Palette, Kajal InkArtist
Essentialist Eye Palette has featherlight powder shadows which glide on smoothly and evenly, with a really good staying power. The four harmonizing colors—available in satin, matte, and shimmer finishes to create a multitude of looks—are enclosed in a super-sleek compact developed by the brand’s premiere packaging design architect. There are 8 shade combinations inspired by Tokyo’s iconic streets, I have 01 Miyuki Street Nudes and 03 Namiki Street Nature.
Kajal InkArtist is an all-in-one liner, kajal, eyeshadow, and brow filler. The formula is lightweight and nicely pigmented. The soft tip provides a thin, smooth band along the waterline that is just wide enough to be easily swathed across the entire lid, while the detachable sharpener keeps the integrity of the tip intact up until the very last swipe. The sponge blender can be used to create a diffused finish, allowing to achieve precise application or course correct. The finish is matte, comfortable to wear, very pigmented, and has a really impressive staying power. I have swatched shades 04 Azuki Red and 05 Plum Blossom.
Coming on the to brushes, the next generation makeup brushes of Shiseido, made with 100% synthetic fibers and handcrafted in Japan, with ergonomic handles for precision and control. With the three brushes I have been using for a few weeks, I have not experienced any shedding of the bristles. They work effortlessly and there is no streaking or caking of the products while using these brushes – Hasu Fude Foundation Brush, Daiya Fude Face Duo, and
Hasu Fude Foundation Brush is a uniquely angled foundation brush which offers a flat surface to evenly distribute foundation. The foundation applies perfectly, without any streaking or caking on the face. The synthetic bristles glide on gentle and effortlessly on the skin. ‘Buff product from the center of the face outwards or use a stippling motion for extra coverage. ‘
Daiya Fude Face Duo is a double-ended tool features a gel tip that mimics the effect of fingertips, while the red, diamond-cut brush was built for blending. The red, diamond-shaped synthetic brush head looks and feels fluffy but contains a large number of dense fibers at its core to maintain the tool’s shape and provide the perfect balance of strength and flexibility. This ergonomic brush is compatible with creams, powders, liquids, and gels. Each intricate brush is hand-crafted in Japan by a team of seasoned artisans. ‘Use the gel blender to dab liquid or cushion formulas onto the face and the red, diamond-cut brush to buff and diffuse pigment for a soft-focus finish.’
Along with the products I mentioned above, I reviewed the ModernMatte Powder Lipsticks here in the past which I still adore.
Overall, I am really loving the textures, colors, and the range of products. Shiseido definitely did a great job with this new makeup collection, I will keep the products in the rotation since I am really enjoying them in my everyday routine. Shiseido Makeup Collection is available Sephora Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Murale, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.*Press samples
Like me, you should be thinking of why, when, and how about this brand and the hero product – Erasa XEP 30 I mentioned in the title of this post. Erasa is a new and luxurious skin care concentrate which is clinically proven to help erase not some but all visible signs of aging including the smoothing of deep frown and expression lines and crow’s feet previously only available by injection. This is all the official definition and everything sounds so intriguing.
I am in my mid-30s and with consistent skincare routine and care, I do believe that it is going to be beneficial for the long run. One one side, I am concerned about skin aging and wrinkles, but on the other side I am still struggling with acne and dark spots. I was double minded before starting to use this serum as usually the anti-aging products are too rich for my combination skin. From the first use, I could notice the difference in my skin texture. Using this for few weeks on and off, I am quite liking it in my skincare routine.
I have noticed an improvement on my pore size, the quality and texture of the skin, skin looks more even, firm, and clear. The serum is hydrating and still does not cause any breakouts. I use it on my clean skin day and night, 2-3 pumps of the serum are good to cover the face, neck, and decollete. The serum quickly absorbs into the skin. I follow with my night moisturizer for the night routine and I do have an SPF in my
The main ingredients of the serum, courtesy of the official website:
XEP30, a biomimetic neuro-peptide which helps relax deep lines, wrinkles and frown lines. We co-developed this powerful new material with
X50 Myocept is an exclusive, targeted delivery system of two neuro-peptides that directs actives specifically to the skin cells that help to relax lines and wrinkles.
Argireline – Acetyl hexapeptide-3 is a widely used synthetic neuro-peptide anti-wrinkle cosmetics ingredient
Proprietary Whey Protein stimulates skin cells to produce NEW collagen and has moisture-retaining properties.
Anti-aging, skin firming, collagen boosting and skin renewal
Niacinamide –Form of Vitamin B3.
97% Pure Glabridin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and skin lightening ingredient found in Licorice Root Extract. We are able to make this purity via a specialty engineering process developed by our Skyler Affiliate supplier.
Anti-inflammatory and evens skin tone, reduces age spots
Magnolia, Boswellia and White Birch –Erasa
Creatine –Creatinine provides energy to cells, promoting the health and metabolism of cells which in turn assists in building more collagen.
Anti-wrinkle and collagen boosting
Proprietary polymers & microspheres – Erasa helps skin look fabulous immediately by featuring polymers and microspheres that even skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Evens skin tone and reduces wrinkles
Erasa’s exclusive, patented technology with the line reducing the power of non-invasive XEP 30 neuropeptide is combined with 3 other powerful neuropeptides to create the ultimate peptide complex. XEP 30 is a biomimetic molecule that mimics the peptide found in cone snail venom. This complex works gently beneath the skins’ surface day by day, helping to relax forehead and facial areas, smoothing lines and wrinkles. There are some more interesting information and results of clinical tests on the official website here.
To summarize, Erasa XEP 30 is a rich concentrate targeted to address all visible signs of aging. It works to minimize the appearance of age spots, under eye circles, pore size and the appearance of wrinkles while calming skin and evening tone. It is definitely worth checking out. Erasa XEP 30 is available at erasaskincare.com and VioletGrey.com*Press samples
Giorgio Armani Beauty – Lunar New Year 2019 collection has some amazing products and packaging this year. I have two products from the collection to share with you guys. Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick in 104 Nude Excess and Giorgio Armani Beauty – Armani Beauty Discovery Set.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick in 104 Nude Excess is a high-shine lip color which has a balm’s texture with intense color. This vibrant packaging and the formula of the lipstick moisturizes lips like a balm while applying weightless, bold, and vibrant lip color with the shine of a gloss. The formula offers high shine with the most comfortable cream texture and keeps the lips hydrated for a long time after it has worn off. It is one of the softest lipstick’s I have tried with a wet and shiny finish. The shade 104 Nude Excess is a nude shade for me and is like my lips but better. It adds a slight hint of color to the lips and is comfortable to wear every day, even for work. The limited edition packaging with the magnetic cap is beautiful.
Giorgio Armani Beauty – Armani Beauty Discovery Set is an exclusive set of Armani essentials with all the products you need if you are either in the discovery phase of the brand or trying from the brand for the first time or even if you are looking for mini sample sizes of the products to keep in the bag. The set contains:
– 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Mini Lip Maestro 500 – It is a velvety stain and Lip Magnet offers up to eight hours of high-pigment wear with a no-makeup feel.
– 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Mini Lip Magnet 400
– 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Mini Ecstasy Shine 503 – It delivers extreme shine, a balm’s texture, and intense color in one swipe.
– 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Mini Eyes To Kill Mascara – It imparts lush volume, length, and definition while leaving lashes soft and flexible.
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Mini Fluid Sheer #2 – It illuminates and highlights with a weightless fluid texture and sheer coverage.
– 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Mini Rouge d’Armani Matte 102 – It is a full-coverage lipstick for a matte, suede finish and an intense pop of color.
Both Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick in 104 Nude Excess and Giorgio Armani Beauty – Armani Beauty Discovery Set are available at Sephora and Sephora.ca*Press samples