April 17th, 2017
Seems like the Japs are bringing their A-game this year in a bid to outshine their K-pop neighbours, which means all the more fun for us beauty lovers! After stunning us with their gorgeous powders [see here], Shiseido has completely revamped its Maquillage makeup line and released a beautiful collection of everyday wearable colors for Spring 2017!
Shiseido’s Maquillage Makeup Line gets a facelift this year with a stunning bejewelled surface in a brilliant metallic rose gold hue complete with a touch of sexy red. And to celebrate the occasion, Shiseido has unveiled a 12-piece collection to cater to every makeup need!
After the gorgeous 7 Colors Powder Revival Centennial Edition and the 7 Lights Powder Illuminator, I didn’t it would be possible to fall in love with yet another illuminating powder, but Shiseido had me enraptured yet again. The Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood Veil (Silky) is my latest obsession, and falls nicely between the 2 earlier predecessors in terms of color tone. If you were lemming for the Centennial powders but was unable to get a hold of the ultra limited box sets, you really should not miss out on this. Composed of 5 silky powders, each of the shades work to highlight and sculpt, and also as a finishing powder. The powder is ultra fine, and does not cling onto my dry patches – highly recommended!
For the cheeks, Shiseido Maquillage has released 2 new limited edition Cheek Colors (Clear). As with most Japanese beauty brands, Shiseido sells their palettes as refillable pans and case separately. This applies to all the products discussed today except the lipsticks. I like the ability to save on casings which can be bulky and quite expensive, but these are so exquisite I really want to see each of my powders in their own cases. Nonetheless, each of the refillable palettes come in a sturdy plastic case that is really quite hardy so you can breath easier, and do the world some good at the same time.
The 2 new shades this season are in spring-appropriate pink hues. RD444 is a bright salmon pink that is somewhat warm-toned, though the warmth helps to make this more natural on the cheeks preventing it from becoming a glaring fuchsia. Despite its intensity, it is so smooth it blends out easily to a beautiful flush. PK222 is a light pink with a creamy lightness that makes it unobtrusive for daily wear, and buffs into the apples of the cheeks to a pretty flush-from-within healthy hue.
For the eyes, there are 2 new Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood eyeshadow palettes, BR616 shown above is permanent and there is another blue-themed BL727 which is limited edition. These palettes feature a shimmery base color, 2 complementary eyeshadows, and 1 cream liner shade. They come with 2 dual-ended applicators, and 1 of them is designed with an angled brush tip on one side and a sponge tip that is placed on a 14-degree include which you can use to create a balanced winged liner.
The shades in BR616 are (as swatched from left to right above):
Here is an eye look featuring Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood BR616 Eyeshadow palette:
For this look, I started by buffing the medium-light taupe all over my lid, followed by the medium-dark brown on the outer half. Next, I lined both the upper and lower lash lines with the cream shade, and finished by dabbing the pale shimmery champagne on the middle of my lid and the inner corner. There is an instructional diagram showing another color placement on a fold-out sheet of plastic included with the eyeshadow palette that you may check out as well.
Shiseido makes some of my favourite lipsticks for daily wear, and the Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Melting Rouge tops my list. The formula is incredibly moisturizing on my lips as it contains plant-based oils to nourish and coat the lips with a glossy shine. The colors are all beautiful, wearable shades that particularly flatter Asian skin tones. On me, they last about 3-4 hours with constant sips of water and coffee/tea, and need to be retouched after a meal. If left on their own, Shiseido promises 6 hours’ wear time.
There are 3 new shades:
Liquid lipsticks are trending at the moment, and Shiseido Maquillage Watery Rouge should not be missed from your consideration! These are clear dupes for the Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge [reviewed here] as they have the same lightweight, fluid texture and hydrating feel on the lips. However, they are a fraction of the price, and they also leave a light stain that lasts longer than the CdP ones.
The 3 new shades this season are:
All 3 shades sheer out easily, but are buildable to opaque. They all contain some level of micro-shimmers, though they are not immediately visible, but serve to give a lustrous shine and depth to the lips.
Lastly, Shiseido continues to refine its base makeup offerings with the Maquillage Flat Change Base. This is a balm that transforms into a silky cream upon contact with the skin, and goes to work filling in pores. It is designed to be used on selected areas of the face where pores are a concern, and works as a makeup primer to prevent oil from creeping up and breaking down foundation. Proven to last up to 13 hours, it is also formulated with SPF15/PA++ to protect against the sun.
And to put all the various pieces from the collection into context for you, here are a couple of makeup looks:
In this look, I am wearing the Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood Eyes BR616 as shown earlier. Next I applied Cheek Color RD444 and paired with Dramatic Melting Rouge in PK722 on lips.
For this next look, I am wearing Shiseido Maquillage Cheek Color PK222 paired with Watery Rouge in RS505 on lips. The same Dramatic Mood Eyes BR606, finished with Dramatic Mood Veil (Silky).
Lots to check out and play with, but every one of them is so good! Out in counters now…. have you seen them yet?
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.