August 14th, 2017

Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color & Inkstroke Eyeliner

I’ve never been as big a fan of cream eye color singles as I am this season… there seemed to have been a fundamental technological change that has made them better than ever before.  Shiseido makes a bold statement with its new Paperweight Cream Eye Color and Inkstroke Eyeliner, both inspired by the Japanese art of calligraphy.  Both are formulated as cream shades, but so unlike anything else in the market.

Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color & Inkstroke Eyeliner

Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color is a new range of single eyeshadows that is inspired by Japanese washi paper.  The beautiful semi-frosted glass jar and lid with its crisp matte feel is a perfect representation of washi paper, and embodies the texture and finish of the product contained within.  As their name implies, these Paperlight Cream Eye Colors have a super lightweight texture and a soft matte finish that sits smoothly on the lid without emphasising lines and creases, and is flattering even on my matured eyes.

Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color for Fall 2017

For this initial launch, Shiseido has released 8 pastel shades, and I have swatched 6 of them here:

Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color swatches

It is actually very rare that soft pastels translate well on my lids, and I can almost never achieve such color with powder, and so it is really incredible to be achieve such lovely colors as swatched with just a single swipe.  From left to right, the shades are:

  • Usuzumi Beige Gray (GY908) is my favourite of the bunch because it is an unusual purple-tinged grey that is much more flattering than a flat cold grey
  • Sango Coral (OR707) is a surprising powdery orange that has a strong white-base to it, and is much more wearable and even brightening
  • Asagi Blue (BL706) is a mid-toned sky blue that has just a little yellow to it to make it suitable for Asian skintones without pulling green
  • Hisui Green (GR705) is a lovely shade of green that manages to show up and still stay fairly pastel
  • Nobara Pink (PK201) is universally-loved baby pink that could also double up as a soft blush for those who are really fair, or for spring times

Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner for Fall 2017

The perfect counterpoint to the soft pastels above is the Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner.  These are designed to replicate the intensity and glide of traditional calligraphic arts, and the glass jar features a v-shaped protrusion in the middle inspired by Japanese inkstone called Suzuri, against which you can slide to smoothen out your brush tip for the finest cateye.  Shiseido has also created a special Inkstroke Eyeliner Brush with a curved neck that sits on the lip of the pot to enable greater control during dipping.  Personally I found the bristles to be a little too stiff and scratchy for my undereye, but they have the right flick and pick up just the right amount of product for a smooth single stroke without redipping.

Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner swatches

There are 6 shades of the Inkstroke Eyeliner, and from left to right:

  • Empitsu Gray (GY902) is a dark graphite with an almost-steely finish, can be blended out for a less harsh smokey base, but no less dramatic
  • Kon-ai Blue (BL603) is a cool midnight blue that is inspired by Japanese indigo
  • Shinrin Green (GR604) is a dark emerald
  • Nasubi Purple (VI605) is a plummy burgundy that is not too red, really lovely and wearable!
  • Kuromitsu Brown (BR606) is a dark, rich chocolate brown
  • Shikkoku Black (BK901) is a deep, rich black

I love how intense and dark each of these shades are, making every one of them interesting yet wearable. They have just enough slip to glide on without irritating my delicate lash line, and yet they set quickly and then are essentially bullet-proof.  I was thoroughly blown away by how well these Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliners last on my lower lash line, which is all day long, well past 12 hours on my oily eye area, without smudging nor fading!!

Before I go, here are a couple of makeup looks to inspire you!

Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color makeup look

For a bit of pastel fun, I wore Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color in Usuzumi Beige Gray all over my lids, followed by Hisui Green in the center.  Finished with Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner in Kon-ai Blue on both upper and lower lash line (not that you can see!).

Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner makeup look

Next, I started with Inkstroke Eyeliner in Nasubi Purple on my lash line, smudging it outwards and upwards.  Then I patted a mix of Paperlight Cream Eye Color in Nobara Pink and Sango Coral all over the lids.

I find the Shiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color to be a breeze to apply and I don’t have to worry about creasing or fading.  The matte finishes make them great bases for eye makeup, and they are wonderful for those of us who have trouble with pastel pigments.  I am completely in love with the Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner, and have been using every shade ever since I got them!  If you like a dark smokey liner, just grab these and never look back!

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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  • Julia_Augusta

    I’m getting these cream shadows in Tokyo next month. I love Shiseido cream eyeshadows. I have oily lids and Shiseido cream eyeshadows never crease on me.

  • SO I’M NOW ADDICTED TO CREAM EYE COLORS. Oh, I how I wish I never went there! LOL – I did get all the Burberry ones a while back but they aren’t creamy. They are a dry formula. Now, that I’ve tried cream shadows, I want to explore more. Dangerous.

    • Hahaha…. oh Janine, you went for the best! TF is definitely a big lure… i went down the same path as you. These Shiseido ones are drier, more mousse-like than the TF ones. The finish is also different, so I’m curious to know what you think.

      • The TF ones are so deeply pigmented and these are much lighter but the eyeliners are dark. I have to wait a while to do anything since this month I bought so much. I kind of got in trouble.

  • Christina

    It’s interesting that Shiseido would choose to release pastel shades for this launch, but they’re lovely colors. I often incorporate similar shades into my looks, and am hoping that these would make great bases. The eyeliners also look pretty awesome! I like that there’s something to wipe the excess gel off the brush and not having to use my hand or the lip of the container.

    • Yes, that was my knee-jerk reaction as well. But the makeup looks Dick Page designed for this collection are so fabulous and wearable, I’m inspired. The eyeliners are my favorite!!!

  • I’ve been loving cream products lately, but haven’t tried too many eyeshadows that last well without creasing. I love the soft look of the pastel shades! That coral shade looks perfect for late summer and transitioning into fall 🙂

    Mili | sharmtoaster

    • I tend to stay away from cream eyeshadows precise as you said, not many last well, especially since I have oily and hooded lids. So it always impresses me when I find budge-proof cream products!

  • Lily

    The eye liners do not budge you say? I was just looking for a black pot of liner and was thinking of getting Bobbi Brown’s. Might have to look at this 🙂

    • Yes. I think these are as good as BB’s if not better. 😉

  • The pastels look beautiful, although they aren’t for me really. What I think I’ll love is those ink liners, they remind me of the Bobbi Brown ones. And the Japanese calligraphy inspiration is just something different, isn’t it. Definitely worth taking a look at this when they come to the UK :).

    • Hi Elena, yes the eyeliners definitely are reminiscent to the BB ones…. but I find the textures of these better.

      • Then I should definitely give these a go 🙂

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