After a brief bout of obsession, I thought I was over the fling with obsessive-swatch-searching for Shiseido's limited edition Eye Bar ($50 retail, I found online at Nordstrom). Nope. One swap later, it was in my hands. I was first afraid of committing to such a "colorful" palette. After all, it has plenty of vibrant looking colors that only the bold could wear on a daily basis.
On the contrary, I found it to be very subtle, sheer, and versatile. Not to mention small. It's a sleek cardboard package barely bigger than the palm of my hand and includes a decently sized mirror and magnetic closure. The gimmick with this is that you can use any of the colors alone, or add the "magic" shimmer shades on top for more depth and dimension. The colors are, in the words of Dick Page, supposed to represent ingredients a bartender would use to mix up drinks.
|All shades are swatched sans primer, with two coats. Yup, two!|
|Another look at swatches.|
I haven't tried layering them deliberately, but you can take a look at my makeup here and see for yourself what happens when you apply everything on your eye just to test out the colors.
For me, it's a great steal for nine Shiseido eyeshadows, but the individual colors don't impress me as much as the trios. I'm glad I skipped out on purchasing, but it's still a fun palette to own if you like color but don't want to look like you're attending the rave that is your office cubicle. It's a very classy palette, but only if you're already a fan of Shiseido eyeshadows.
What's your Xmas looking like? I'm finally heading home for the holidays, after two years! And now that I'm legally allowed to imbue alcohol in public, it's time to hit up Santana Row for some klassy adult entertainment.