Shiseido Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015

November 17, 2015

Every year, Shiseido releases something special and unconventional for the holiday season, and this year it has really outdone itself!  In collaboration with Yohji Yamamoto’s Y’s brand, Shiseido has launched a truly unique eye and cheek palette titled Festive Camellia.

Shiseido x Y's Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015

To be completely honest, I was a tiny little bit disappointed when I opened up the box and discovered the Shiseido Y’s Festive Camellia Palette is made of carton packaging.  I’m not very careful with my palettes, and my nails have been digging into the sides when prying it open that they have already left marks.  Also, I’ve been known to drop my palettes and smash them to smithereens.  Very unladylike, I know.  But on a positive note, this palette travels exceptionally well, especially given how lightweight it is, and the magnetic closure keeps the palette perfectly shut at all times.

Shiseido x Y's Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015

Regardless, I couldn’t stay disappointed for long because just look at how beautiful the print is!!!  The cover is padded (there is a nice bouncy tactile feel to it!) and covered by a very special silk printed in Kyoto, and designed by famed Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and is the same quality used on the clothes for his Y’s label.  It features the beautiful camellia that has long been a symbol of Shiseido.

“The camellia flower is always beautiful… at the moment when it blossoms with its greatest energy, and even at the moment when it dies. It does not die away by losing its petals like other flowers, but instead ends its life in its full blossom and form.By depicting this beautiful camellia, filled with dignity and vitality until the end of its life, I have related the camellia’s most beautiful moments to those of a woman.”

—Yohji Yamamoto

 Shiseido x Y's Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015

Apart from the gorgeous design, the palette is also given a funky asymmetrical shape, the modernist touch consistent down to the shape of the generous-sized mirror inside as well as the layout of the shadows.

Shiseido x Y's Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015

The 6 shades in the Shiseido x Y’s Festive Camellia Palette have been specially curated by Dick Page to be useable both on the eyes and face.

Swatches of Shiseido x Y's Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015

Please click on image to enlarge.

 From left to right, the shades are:

I have created a couple of makeup looks with Shiseido x Y’s Festive Camellia Palette here for you.

Shiseido Y's Festive Camellia Palette natural makeup look

In the look above, I applied Japonica to the outer half of my lid followed by Petal on the outer half.  After that, I dabbed on a bit of Heart to the center for a soft pop of color.  I am also wearing Winter Rose on my cheeks and Tom Ford First Time Lip Color Matte [reviewed here] on my lips.

Shiseido Y's Festive Camellia Palette makeup look

And in this next look, I applied Winter Rose to the inner half of my lid followed by Velvet on the outer half.  Thereafter I dabbed a bit of Japonica to the center of my lid for some dimension.  You can’t see it here, but I lined my lower lash line with Velvet and added a dash of Snow to the inner corner of my eye for a pop.  Finished with Winter Rose on cheeks again.

The palette is generously sized with 6 x 2gm of products, and each square is large enough to fit a small cheek brush (such as the Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura cheek brush).  This is my favourite holiday palette from Shiseido in all the years that I’ve been following the brand!  All the shades are incredibly wearable, the textures are sublime, and they wear well on the lids.  It is, however, priced a bit more expensive this time at SGD120 but contains the most amount of product by far!  Shiseido x Y’s Festive Camellia Palette for Holiday 2015 is limited edition, and out in counters now.

xo Linda

This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.