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on 9/8/2013 7:46:00 PM
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I received GN-1 (green clear color) from a friend in Japan, and purchased BR-3 (misleadingly it's a pink clear color, not actually brown) personally. These stained-glass window designs were a Fall 2013 release from KATE, and are essentially limited edition since they are phased out by newer packaging designs every year and a half, though the formulas seem to be consistent from season to season.First of all, the packaging for these shadows, as with most of the KATE eyeshadows, is absolutely astounding and quite unique, especially considering that these are actually drugstore cosmetics. The compact contains a dual-ended sponge applicator for shading and lining, 4 shadow colors (highlighter, lid, "clear color" that adds a glowing hue when patted over shadows/into the crease, and a dark liner shadow) and a "glow color" which is a gently shimmering, white, creamy primer that dries clear. I greatly appreciate that many Japanese eyeshadow palettes include a primer, and Real Create Eyes' primer is exceptional; I never have to reach for separate primers, and this primer does not let my shadows crease, making this compact product great on the go.The shadows themselves are also quite impressive for a drugstore product; they are silky soft to the touch, and have great color pay-off. The clear-colors are on the sheerer side compared to the other shades, as this was meant to be layered over the other shadows to give the eyes a subtle pop of color. That said, these are great color palettes for day-to-night wear; they are appropriate for work, and can still be used later in the day to for a more dramatic, smokey look. It should be noted however that all the shadows have a soft shimmer to them (maybe a little micro glitter at most in the glow- and clear-colors).The only issue I have with this product is that the lid/crease and liner colors have significantly smaller pans than the glow/clear colors or highlighter. While it's part of the stained-glass design, these small pans make it a little difficult to pick up more product in a single swipe, especially without accidentally swiping some of these darker colors onto the highlighter or glow color pans. Luckily, there is practically no fall-out in these products! Yay for clean shadows almost every time!Although these are drugstore eyeshadows, they are comparably priced like boutique items at around $16 in Japan and $20 in the USA. There are plenty of drugstore eyeshadows for a lower price around the world that can stack up against this palette, but if you don't mind shoveling out a little more for great, novel packaging, KATE eyeshadows are some of the most modern, beautifully-designed palettes. Even if you miss Real Create Eyes, there are plenty of reincarnations of the same shadow formulas every season, in packaging that is just as stunning.
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