September 24th, 2018
THREE Cosmetics seems to have taken an interesting turn in its makeup aesthetics, moving ever farther away from the generic girlie cuteness that most Japanese brands are prone to, setting the pace with graphic editorial looks. The latest feature look for the Wild Cosmic Child A/W 2018 collection looks futuristic and mod, with a distinctly British vibe, which is neither cosmic nor wild. Regardless, if you consider the ability to transcend different genres, and stride boldly in an ever-challenging urban society, then you have finally found the mark.
October 23rd, 2013
I started my introduction to THREE Cosmetics earlier this week with the #11 palette (reviewed here), and today I’m bringing you full circle to the palette that started it all – the campaign look for AW2013…
And the eye palette responsible for it – THREE 4D Eye Palette #9 Star Guitar.
By the time I got to meet #9 Star Guitar, I was decidedly all purpled-out for the season. But this was no ordinary purple-themed palette, and it had me at first swatch.
The shades, clockwise from top left corner, are as follows:
Here are the swatches to give you a better idea of the individual shades (left to right corresponding to the shades in the pan clockwise from top left):
I played the shades in #9 Star Guitar the way Rie Omoto had rocked them on the campaign video. For your reference, here is an instructional schematic in pictorial form.
First, I applied the medium burgundy cream shade all over the lid, focusing more on the outer V. Thereafter, layer on a wash of the medium chocolate brown, particularly on the inner half of the lid. Highlight the inner eye corner with the sparkley light brown, followed by the crease with the light mauve-pink.
Once again, when all 4 shades are blended together this way, the resultant EOTD strikes out boldly and quite differently than I could possibly imagine from examining the pan! I love the way the brown and burgundy mix together to create a complex score that changes under different lighting. I also tried wearing the palette a few different ways. Depending how you mix the shades, very different looks can be achieved. However, I again faced difficulty wearing the burgundy cream shade on its own along my lash line as it never quite settles down but creases and spreads out quite a bit. Regardless, I did not experience any fallout or fading from these shades throughout my long day.
As you can see, I am starting to fall quite hard for THREE Cosmetics, and this #9 Star Guitar 4D Eye Palette did not disappoint. Have you had a chance to check out anything from THREE?
July 23rd, 2018
Happy Monday! The lovely folks at THREE Cosmetics in Singapore sent me a wonderful package last month, and I’ve been waiting to share it with you. THREE Cosmetics is a lifestyle brand from Japan which prides itself on a holistic approach towards beauty and living. The range is almost exclusively sold in Japan, and so it was a major coup when it launched in Singapore last year. I had reviewed several pieces from their makeup line in the past [see here], and am excited to explore their latest base products and several pieces from their Summer 2018 point makeup range.
July 29th, 2015
Before Summer fades into Fall, I really need to show you a few more items that I’ve been meaning to discuss for a really long time! I picked up a couple of THREE Pressed Eye Color Palette Duos when I was in Bangkok, Thailand last year, and one of them is this very interesting bronze and lime palette named Love Evolution!
April 28th, 2015
I’ve recently been digging through my makeup stash, and trying to get some little loved items back into play. I’m not a big blush junkie, and unlike eye or lip color, I find that subtle nuances in blush shades seldom show up well. So in order for me to love a blush, my prerequisites are – smooth formula, easy to blend, interesting color. The THREE Color Veil for Cheeks are not easily accessible outside of Japan, and they have their share of raves out there on the Internet. I thought I’d offer up my own views just in case you are considering an online purchase, something to mull about.
October 21st, 2013
I have only recently delved into the world of Japanese cosmetics proper, by which I mean, those out of the well-trodden Western path. THREE is one such hip Japanese brand that I’ve only gotten to admire from afar via Instagram, and when I was in Bangkok recently, I made it a point to visit the counter to experience the products for myself. And boy was I impressed!
THREE cosmetics breaks from the stereotypical Japanese mould of pastel / muted neutrals and frilly packaging, with bold pigmented colors and minimalistic industrial packaging. I find the brand’s attitude to be really refreshing, even its website is a sensory journey, and something that I’ve yet to encounter (although admittedly my makeup knowledge is still quite limited) anywhere else.
For my first foray into THREE, I picked up two of its 4D Eye Palettes from the FW2013 collection. Today, I shall introduce you to #11 Sister Midnight.
Each THREE 4D Eye Palettes consists of 4 different eyeshadow shades in varying textures. Here is a close-up on the pan:
Clockwise from top left of pan:
The swatches, left to right, correspond to the descriptions above from top (i.e. clockwise from top left of pan):
Obviously, there are numerous ways to wear these gorgeous shades. The way THREE recommends it, is to first build a base using the dark purple, concentrating on the outer “V”. Then go over with the medium olive shade, concentrating on the inner half of the lid. Highlight the inner corners of the eye using the glittery blue, and finally highlight the crease using the beige-brown shade. If it sounds confusing, just think of a figure “X” starting from the top right corner of the palette.
And here is the resultant EOTD following the THREE methodology:
It’s uncanny how purple + green = slate blue! I actually took about a million photos and then stared and restared at myself in the mirror close-up just to be sure. I think if you wanted to go more purple, you would have to be extra heavy handed on that and go extremely light on the green or skip it entirely. Likewise with any other colors in the pan, because I tried mixing the beige & green, and they turned out very close to the blue shade…go figure!
I am absolutely in love with THREE 4D Eye Palette #11 Sister Midnight! It is completely unexpected, the shades are all individually complex and interesting, and the textures are amazing! There isn’t a shade in this palette that I can find fault with (having tested out palette #9, I found the purple cream shade in this palette to kick up quite a bit although it doesn’t bother me)! And as an unexpected bonus, the brushes contained in this palette are well made and decent enough that I actually created the EOTD above using nothing but just them!! Together with the slim packaging, THREE palettes are truly made to go with you wherever your journey takes you!