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on 5/9/2008 2:09:00 PM
More reviews by krys
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
It's hard to top the excellent reviews already here, especially fleckenschnitte, who gave a very thorough critique (one I agree with totally.) However, I thought I'd toss my two cents in because this palette is really just that lovely, and extra reviews might tempt people to take the plunge!I have 01- Shiny Sand Beach, which is a great collection of neutrals in a purse-friendly gold compact measuring 4.75 x 1.5 in. (12x3.5 cm). The palette comes unassembled, with two groups of three shadows in plastic cartridges that you place in the pretty, brushed-metal case adorned with filigree engraving. I did deduct one lippie from the "packaging" ranking because I really do think this case should have come with a mirror, and because the sticky goo on the bottom of the two cartridges is a little unnerving. But once inserted, the cartridges stay in place, and the case latches very securely - no chance of it popping open in your purse.The individual shadow pans are pretty tiny. The white cartridge holds three very shiny shades, intended for highlight and sparkle: A pale gold glittery shade (this was so sparkly that at first I thought it must be overspray - YAY! It's not) a copper frost and a pearl-toned shimmer. The dark brown cartridge holds two very similar taupe/brown shimmers (one slightly darker, intended for crease) and one neutral mid-brown intended to be used as a base. It's advertised as matte but does have a faint sheen. I had a hard time getting this one to show up, honestly. But overall, I found the colors very flattering on my NC25 skin - even the copper, which I had concerns about. The glitteriest shade will probably be reserved for evening.The palette comes with two double-ended sponge-tip applicators, each with a narrow end and a wide end. They look pretty sturdy.I ordered my palette from Ichibankao, and I found the price quite reasonable - $27.50, which included super-fast shipping to the US from Japan.Overall, I found this palette to be extremely versatile. I could see myself choosing it as the only palette for a trip where I have to pack light. I have already obtained a variety of looks from it and expect I'll use it frequently!
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on 5/1/2008 10:47:00 AM
More reviews by fleckenschnitte
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
***Please click continued to view (lots of) pics***When I saw Lavshuca's new summer collection promo pics online I got really excited. Especially the 2 new palettes - called Summer Gradually Compact - looked soooo yummy! As soon as I spotted them for sale online I had to purchase them. =OBoth palettes come in huge boxes with the empty case and 2 e/s trios to insert into the palette so there is a total of 6 colors per palette. This way you can mix and match but I kept the original color combos.The cases are slim and long and made of a thin and lightweight but sturdy matte brushed metal. One compact comes in silver and one in gold. They have the typical Lavshuca logo and some pretty pattern embossed. The case is not mirrored but I honestly don't use such small mirrors anyway.Each case comes with a white trio palette with 3 light color and a dark brown palette with deeper colors. The color on the very left is very glittery and the color on the very right is almost matte while the other 4 colors are all metallic.The texture is great. The 4 metallic shades are quite pigmented and blend like a breeze. The glittery shade is a bit rougher and the matte shade is very very sheer.Each of the Summer Gradually Compacts contains 5.5g of shadow and costs 1800 Yen RRP in Japan (about US$17).I don't have any problems with irritations or creasing and I didn't notice any fading.As mentioned there are 2 versions available:01 - Shiny Sand Beach: This comes in the golden case. Contains a glittery gold, warm copper, light cream ivory, taupe beige, neutral chocolate and matte muddy brown. When I saw the first pics I was convinced this would be too warm to wear but the palette is pretty neutral so it's very pretty even on cool-toned ppl like me. I used it the following way: Applied the darkest brown shade in the crease and on outer 1/3 of my lids, then used the taupe beige shade on the inner 2/3. Then I applied the copper and the matte shade just above the crease area and smudged it upwards. Highlighted with the light ivory shade and dabbed a bit of the glittery gold on my lids. Lined lower lids with the darkest brown and the gold and used the light ivory shade on the inner corners of my lids.02 - Windy Aqua Beach: Comes in the silver case. contains a giltter silver, light seafoam green, ivory (a bit lighter than the one in 01), medium blue with a touch of green (it's not a baby blue but not an aqua either), medium fresh blue and muddy brown matte shade (same color as in 01).I applied this the following way: Darkest blue in the crease and on outer 1/3 of lid. Lighter blue on the middle of the lid and the seafoam green on the inner 1/3 of my lid. Then applied the matte color just above the crease area and blended upwards. Highlighted with the ivory shade. On my lower lids I used the dark blue to line the outer 1/3, then the blue on the middle and the green and ivory shades on the inner 1/3 and corners of my eyes.I am a cool-toned PPP/NW15/MQ OC-00/Kate OC-A/Lunasol OC-1/SK II OP-1 with brown eyes.01:02:EOTDs using palette 01 and 02: continued >>
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on 4/30/2008 2:03:00 AM
More reviews by AManDaX
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
The review below has done a great job at describing the packaging etc so I won't go over that again. But I am impressed by the texture of these palettes! Both the lighter 3 shades (highlighter) and darker 3 shades are finely milled and very smooth to touch and apply. The shimmer in the 3 highlighter shades are fine and pretty. I didnt have any problem with shimmer sparkles dropping all over my face etc which I normally experience with other Japanese drug store eyeshadows. The colours are nicely coordinated and when used together provide a nice finish, natural yet brings out the colour in my eyes. All in all, I'm impressed!
on 4/29/2008 8:48:00 PM
More reviews by tideray
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
This is a review for both versions 01 "Shiny Sandy Beach" and 02 "Windy Aqua Beach". Limited edition 2008 Summer release. This is quite different for Lavshuca, past seasonal collections have always been rather uninspiring even for an avid LE cosmetic collector like me.This year's release is rather sensational relative to the Lavshuca standards. The packaging itself is very elegant, comes in a flat oversized box which lays out the case and palettes separately. You have to take out the palettes and place them into the casing, so you have an option of mix and match if you buy both versions.Upon closer inspection, and once I cooled down from the excitement of something so fancy, I realised that again like many Lavshuca releases, there is just something that doesn't quite do it for me to get the 5/5! The colour selection is safe and mundane, to the point where I feel like I've just doubled up on several neutral shades - they feature just a little too repetitively across both palettes.As for the colouring and texture, it is so-so when used against bare skin. I usually use a shadow primer like UDPP or Too Faced Shadow Insurance which does intensify pigmentation slightly. There aren't many darker shades that I can use as the base to create a nice gradient for a smokey eye.Overall, a very nice release for Lavshuca, and for the price and target consumer population it is a decent LE release.click "continue" to see picturesCases, long narrow - reminds me of the Bobbi Brown packagingPalettes continued >>
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