Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio

August 26, 2014

Shiseido is a brand that is very near and dear to me as I had grown up on their products. My very first “proper” foundation and lipstick were both from Shiseido. And so I was very excited to be able to preview the new FW2014 makeup collection, starting today with the Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio.

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio

This Fall, Shiseido introduces 3 new eyeshadow trios. These are true to Shiseido’s makeup formula and quality – buttery soft textures that are a breeze to apply and blend. I also noticed these were more pigmented than the Shiseido Eye Color Bar from their Holiday 2013 collection (reviewed here). The colors are also more dramatic than I’ve ever seen from the brand, and have the versatility to be used for both softer daytime use and bolder looks.

OR316 Floracouture

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio OR316

This is my favorite out of the 3 new palettes, I love the juxtaposition of shades. The placement of a warm orange between a babydoll pink and warm burgundy was unexpected and provides for a striking eye look.

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio OR316 swatches

The shades are all satin, although the pink has a tinge of frost to it (just enough for a luminous look without being too icy). I appreciate how each shade is equally pigmented, and there is no space-wasting highlight or base shade (which I have plenty of from other palettes).

The challenge, of course, is in trying to wear all 3 shades together in 1 eye look, without the orange clashing out on the others.

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio swatches OR316 EOTD

It is nice to find the orange goes well with the burgundy, and when blended with the pink, it actually turns cool-toned. For this EOTD, I applied pink all over the lid in a gentle sheer wash of color. Then I took a flat brush and dabbed just a dash of orange onto the outer third of my lid. Finally I applied the burgundy as a liner, emphasizing the outer third of my upper lash line and most of the lower lash line, and then smudging outwards to elongate the eye and to blend in with the orange and pink. I’m really digging orange on my lids these days as I find the color quite refreshing!

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio swatches OR316 EOTD

And for a more dramatic look, I applied the burgundy with a heavier hand along my lash line, taking up to about mid-way up the lid. Blended the pink over and up til the socket. Finally I lined my lower lash line with the orange, deepening it quite a bit by applying with a damp brush.

I also had the chance to swatch the other 2 palettes:

GR716 Vinyl

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio GR716 swatches

Vinyl is a more “typical” sort of color story, with a focal green shade, a lighter blending yellow and a deepening black. However, to make things a bit more interesting here, the blending shade is a little bit sheer, whilst the deepening black contains some sparse multi-colored glitters!

BL215 Static

Shiseido FW2014 Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio swatches BL215 swatches

This is a trio of luminous, translucent pale tones. Individually, they don’t translate well on my skin, except as a highlighting shade. Also, I can’t quite see all 3 working together in 1 look. However, Static works its magic when layered with the shades in either of the 2 preceding palettes. This is similar to the transformative shades “Soda” and “Champagne” in the Holiday 2013 Eye Color Bar. There is no prescriptive way of using this palette, but you could for example add a bit of the pale pink over the pink or burgundy shades in OR316; pale blue over black in GR716; or pale green over the green in GR716 or orange in OR316.

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I love the soft, buttery texture of Shiseido eyeshadows, and appreciate the ease of wearing them. These palettes really do not need too much thinking, and are able to offer some interesting creative looks and versatility with just 3 shades. However, I do wish the shades were a little more complex like SUQQU or even the newly reformulated Chanel Les 4 Ombres. Having said that, I think Shiseido’s shades are designed to be easy to use, are flattering on most Asian skin tone and work well on our smaller eye areas. Of course, the pricing is also more accessible at SGD51 or USD33 for 3gm (interestingly it is much cheaper in the US than here in Singapore!).

Does any of the palettes catch your eye? xoxo