Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Beach Grass RD299

I think you know already I am loving my two new eye shadow singles in Alchemy and Serpent.  With a big gift certificate in my hand, I went the Shiseido counter where a really fantastic SA showed me the new items from Spring as well as sharing the inspirations for the collection.  During this trip, I also picked up the new Perfect Rouge and the Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer, but I also got my hands on the new eye shadow trio introduced for Spring, Beach Grass.



In the pan, the shades kind of look more suited for a Holiday collection and definitely has some passing resemblance to the Guerlain eye shadow quad Turandot.  I passed on that one thinking it was much too close to a Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope that I own.  You can see Turandot there, too.

So why did I get Beach Grass?  Beach Grass has a very delicate sensibility that I thought was so well suited for Spring.  While my Silk Road is super pigment dense and rich, Beach Grass brings a color story that is executed with a much softer hand.

The trio has three shades, and all have varying levels of shimmer.  The first color, is a warm eggplant purply mid depth color.  The middle shade is truly spectacular; it looks a warm gold that has a lighter shimmery overlay on it.  Actually it is a glorious sophisticated duo chrome.  The white is a smooth warm creamy white with subtle golden shimmers.
What really struck me using this was really how delicate these colors were and also how soft the actual shadow was.  Be gentle with them!  I fear my inherent clumsiness will lead to eye shadow breakage!

Some swatches to show this really pretty trio.  I don't think these pictures do justice to this special palette.  Look at the middle gold.  Do you see how the top is a brighter gold and the middle to bottom is a golden purple?  That's that amazing duochrome shimmer effect of this shade.

I think the picture below shows how soft the shimmer texture is on these shades.  The white is such a soft white that provides a very subtle contrast to the colored shades. 
Unlike my LMdB Silk Road, everything in the Shiseido Beach Grass trio is light as air and has such a soft (but still spectacular) gleam.  Oops, am I raving?  I've tried a few placements based on the expert advice on Makeupalley (hi guys!).  I think my favorite is the dark purple applied on lid up to crease and lower lash line.  Then applying the golden color on the crease and blended slightly into the purple.  The white was placed on the brow bone to softly highlight.  It's a pretty nifty and flexible palette, each shade can be used individually in other looks, worked in  pairs or easily used with all three shades.

If you think Shiseido is too boring, I urge you to check out your local counter!  So far, I've really been enjoying my items from Shiseido and Beach Grass is no exception.

Is Shiseido is a mainstay in your collection?  I'd love to hear about it!

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  1. These are so gorgeous! I especially love the center shade.

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  2. I did have one Shiseido trio - Opera - and while I liked it, I didn't find it as versatile as my other eyeshadows. I found they became more muddy when layered, and they are a bit soft and - crumbly, almost. That one just wasn't my thing. This one is beautiful and really unique, though!

    The Shiseido lipsticks, though - don't get me started on how much I love them. That's my favorite part of the line!

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    1. The other trios never interested me because I found most of the colors not easy for unartistic me to figure out the placements. Like Fire is beautiful, but I would have zero clue on how to place the colors. Beach Grass practically places itself!!

      Have you tried the new PR's yet??

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    2. Yeah, that was another thing - Opera has a light blue shade. I was *never* going to wear that. Only using 2/3 shades in a palette gets me nervous. (Somehow 3/4 or 4/5 I can justify, though!)

      I have not - can't imagine them being better than the old! but apparently they are - but I have Titian on my shopping list just waiting for Sephora's Chic Week... (If it's not here by the end of March I'm just going to order.)

      And I was considering Sweet Pea, but it might be too strong for work (it looks reddish?)

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    3. I got Sweet Pea. If you are more into lighter tones, it was a surprisingly more vivid color than I thought it would be. Very pretty on the lips though.

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  3. I love that the colour in the middle and on the left seem to have reversed base colour/shimmer -- I can see an eggplant shimmer in the gold, and a gold in the eggplant! It probably makes blending really easy (not that Shiseido's lovely texture hasn't already got that covered).

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    1. Aren't the colors so gorgeous? Yes the blending is dreamy with these shades.

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  4. I am always super terrified of marigold but so intrigued by the mauve cast this has. *iz torn*

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    1. Hiya! It's so worth a play at the counter.

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  5. Woohoo.. A shiseido product! I have to admit that I don't really check out this brand as I find it rather boring. I know they have awesome stuffs like the shimmering eye color (I have a few of them) and I heard the lip products are amazing too. Glad that you have positive experience with this eyeshadow! :D

    xx Meryl @ Memoiselle

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    1. Hi Meryl!!!
      I thought it was my mom's brand and/or way too artistic. The singles are fantastic and this trio is <333!!!

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  6. Oooohooohoooo--sooo pretty!!! :P I have been eyeing this one and especially the new Starfish Luminizing Satin Face Color. Both are soooo gorgeous and I bet they would look AMAZING paired together. I did just receive Turandot though so maybe I will play with that/swatch it before buying the Shiseido if they really are that similar. If they are, no biggie--I will just get Starfish :D Ahh love Shiseido's powder formula so much--it's crazy that I don't own more from them!

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    1. Ah!! Beautiful Shi! I'm turning into a fangirl.

      Starfish is beautiful, too. Definitely play with Turandot and decide, Becca. Even though I purposefully didn't buy Turandot, I have to admit it made me twinge a bit with regret. I love love plum and gold tones so much!

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