I am rather excited to be able to share this post with you today… When I first started blogging, I wanted to be as broad as possible, introduce as many interesting and new brands as I could, as quickly as I could. But over time, I find my personal tastes getting narrower, and with an ever-burgeoning collection, storage is becoming a real issue. For me, it has never been about wanting to own them all, but to choose the best of them… and sometimes the cutest of them all! And this season, the most adorable award has to go to RMK’s 2016 Christmas Collection that is mysteriously themed “Once Upon a Dream“.
Up until now, I have not had the opportunity to experience much of RMK makeup. Even though there are a couple of counters that are easily accessible to me, it just was not a brand that I naturally gravitated towards as the brand’s aesthetics is what I personally consider to be classically Japanese, filled with pale pastels and shimmers. However, as with most other Japanese brands, I had no shred of doubt that the quality will be amazing. And so, when this collection landed on my doorstep, I let out a real squeal, especially when I saw the beautiful illustrations by artist and fashion designer, Idoia Montero; and when I opened up this palette…
RMK Christmas 2016 Makeup Kit [SGD$123] features a very special limited edition eye and cheek palette that comes adorned with an illustration of a starry night on the cover, and a magically bedazzling navy blue eyeshadow filled with various shimmery-a-ding-a-ding. It doesn’t hurt either that the cheek pan contains a tie-dyed melange of 4 shades melding from gold to pink to crimson and yellow. The palette also comes with a small but proficient cheek brush, eyeshadow brush, and a sponge-tipped applicator. I’m not sure if the brushes are made of natural bristles, but they sure do look and feel good. What is even more clever, is that the palette is magnetic, and everything is removable, and hence customizable!
The Makeup Kit also comes accompanied by a beautiful fabric pouch bearing one of my favourite illustrations from Idoia Montero within this Once Upon A Dream collection. The Japanese never lets a single detail slip, even the zipper tab on the pouch is shaped as a crescent moon with stars hovering over it.
Here is a closeup on the makeup palette:
And the corresponding swatches are:
RMK has labelled the shades A-D on the back of the palette, so that’s what I’m going with here. For your information, the shades are:
This is my first time using RMK eyeshadows, and I have to say that their pigmentation is lighter than any of the other Japanese brands that I’ve tried so far (mainly Shu Uemura, SUQQU, Lunasol, Shiseido, etc). Having said that, both shades A and B showed up well when I go at it with a brush, I do have to use a heavier hand with these, but it did not require much more layering or effort to achieve a visible effect. In that sense, I found this palette did not lend itself well to the classical placement of thirds to achieve a smoky eye. However, true to the Japanese makeup style, these shades layer well with each other, the combination of A+B+D surprisingly turned into a rather pretty bluish-purple… and you can pull it in either direction by varying the proportion a little. As such, it is easier and rather pretty to just layer the shades one upon the other starting from the lash line and working upwards. The eyeshadows do tend to have a little bit more bling, which I don’t mind and I kinda like that it stuck true to the dreamy, starry night theme of this collection.
I was quite taken by the beautiful tie-dyed ombre cheek pan in the palette, and set out to swatch each of the strips of colors. At the onset, I knew Japanese blushes are traditionally sheer and not very pigmented, and so I was nicely surprised by how well the relatively small strips of colors showed up. For lack of a better point of reference, I just decided to number them starting from the top. What appears to be a yellow strip turned out to be a gorgeous pale gold highlighter with a semi-sheer base. The largest pink stretch swatched a little chalky on my skin tone, but it wears beautifully when blended with the others. The most intense is the smaller dark pink strip that looked redder in the pan but swatches beautifully on me. I found it impossible to swatch the miniscule little bit of yellow at the bottom and left it out. As far as I can tell, it is very similar to #1. The pan is a good enough size for any regular cheek brush to pick up – I like to first concentrate my brush on the middle 2 pink strips for most of my cheeks, then go back for the upper half of the pan to highlight the tops of my apples. I also sweep this on parts of my face that I’d like to highlight.
The RMK Christmas 2016 Makeup Kit also contains a rather pretty pink lip gloss that is full-sized. It is a warm-toned coral pink with some gorgeous but subtle multi-colored micro-shimmers for added dimension. The gloss itself packs a decent dose of pigmentation, but as with all glosses, it sheers out and goes away easily with eating and drinking. I found it a very pretty shade for daily wear when layered over a liner, and it sits comfortably on the lips without leaving a sticky sensation.
The included nail color surprised me. It looks purple in the bottle, but applies very sheer. In the swatch above, I had applied 3 generous coats, and the effect is a barely-there pink with a subtle bluish-cast under fluorescent light. There is plenty of micro-shimmers packed in there, but they are so tiny, it only leaves a pearlescent effect when applied. This is perhaps best worn layered with a darker base, but I wore it on its own on a business trip recently, and I found it wore incredibly well – 4 days without chipping, and even when worn off at the edges, it was not noticeable in the least!
And here is a full makeup look featuring the RMK Christmas 2016 Makeup Palette and Lip Gloss (worn over a liner used to fill the entire lip):
In addition to their color makeup, RMK is perhaps best known for their base makeup, and there is no better time to try it out than with the RMK Base Kit for Christmas 2016 [SGD$123].
The RMK Base Kit features a full-sized RMK Basic Control Color in purple, which is one of their latest base makeup releases this year, and helps to correct for sallowness, perfect for perking up our yellow-based Asian skintone. The kit also contains deluxe sizes of their Makeup Base, Liquid Foundation, their cult-favourite Gel Creamy Foundation, and Airy Powder Foundation. There are 2 foundation shades available – 102 and 103 – for you to choose from. Don’t be fooled by their cute sizes, each of the liquid base products contain 15ml (half of the usual 30ml), and the pocket-friendly powder foundation contains 4gm! There is of course another covetable makeup pouch designed by Idoia Montero, which makes this kit all the more worthwhile!
The Japanese really know how to take care of themselves, and having a pair of well-groomed hands is one of the first signs of a lady. So it is no surprise that RMK has released the RMK Nail & Hand Cream Kit 2016 [SGD43] which contains a trio of hand creams bearing the whimsical illustration of Idoia Montero. The hand cream is a lovely lightweight fluid that is readily absorbed and does not get in the way of your regular activities. They are generously sized at 40gm, and comes in 3 uplifting scents – lemon mint, fresh floral, and bergamot vanilla. There is even a super adorable nail file shaped like a crescent moon with tiny stars on it!
This has been a fun introduction to the wonderful world of RMK. The various kits make for wonderfully thoughtful gifts, and I think any makeup lover will fall irrevocably for the beautiful illustrations and design. They are all out in stores now, so be sure to check them out for yourself!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.