Tuesday, November 12, 2013

THREE 4D Eye Palette in 09 Star Guitar


You know what's funny?  In bright light, it's pretty much impossible to take bad pictures of this eye shadow quad.  Even in the very weak sunlight of these past few days, Star Guitar truly twinkles on like a star.
It looks even better with the case open. 
Some thoughts on the weather… the day light hours are scant.  The sunlight is weak and when it is bright, it's at some odd angle throwing off the color or coming through the trees casting odd shadows.  And it's really cold.  I might turn to more indoor swatching so perhaps some of the picture quality may suffer a bit.
In short order the leaves turned brown and then a big windy day knocked all the leaves into the streets.  And this morning, snow flurries!  I'm not ready.  I shall turn my attention soon from makeup to nest making and burrowing to blankets.

But before that, some pictures of a most rosy and delightfully colored Star Guitar for your enjoyment:
 Please click to enlarge the pictures because the intensity of the shimmer and the smoothness of each pan are really something to behold.  Look how beautifully glowing the pans are in the natural light.
And this is the essence of the multi-colored shimmer glinting most beguilingly:
In this quad is a dusty rose of some silky incarnation, a burgundy cream shade with that amazing multicolored shimmer, a cool grey-brown satin, and finally a pewter colored glitter shade.  While my Mystery Girl had an oddly dried cream, the burgundy cream in this quad is silky and easy to work with.  Another friend mentioned over email how these quads practically blend themselves and they pretty much do!

Swatches?

This picture below is in indirect light, but shows the textural differences of the colors applied well, as well as the varying levels of the intensity.  I've applied the colors clockwise from the top left.
Each color fits in so well in the context of the palette.  I love the color variation, the balanced depth among the shades, the levels of shimmer as well as going the spectrum of fully opaque like the cream to a translucent but still powerful glitter shade.

Here's a picture in direct natural light.
And last of the swatches, my arm held at an angle which I think always best show how eye shadows "sit" on the skin:
As I mentioned in the other THREE palette post, the included cream is a wonderful feature.  I think the ultra smooth and easy to apply nature of the cream is more representative of the THREE quality than the weird dud I had with Mystery Girl (here).  In addition to the ultra silky quality, it adds a level of versatility that I think a lot of people will enjoy.  It makes an excellent base layer upon with to layer the other shades and adds a smokiness to a look, or can also be used to added a featured eye line, like a wing.  I have eye lids that tend to break down and crease most eye shadows, so I always wear my Nars primer underneath.  Even so, the cream shade will fade and slightly crease after extended wear.  If you have really oily lids, the I would say this may likely crease.

Two recent looks I've done, to show off a more precise look using the cream as a liner and then a layered smoky look (which I'd already posted).  I've been using my new Chikuhodo Artist Series Red and giving them a try in this first look!
I used the wee little 6-1 to apply the liner (cream shade)
I used the 8-8 to apply the main lid shade (pink) and I used the 8-8 again to apply darker shade (brown) for contour & crease.  I used the flat 8-1 to pat on the glitter shade.  Like so:

This is going to end up somewhere in google, I know it!
Other products used:
Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Chamomile, Ellis Faas concealer, Guerlain Perles du Dragon (dragon ballz!) to beautimousfy.  Guerlain Madame Rougit blush.  Burberry Earthy to counter (applied with brand new Chikuhodo Z-3).  Suqqu Bright Up lipstick in 02 Hanabeni.

Soft  but still defined.  The cream has enough body to actually sculpt into wings.  Detail on the eyes.  There's a fair bit of delicate shimmer.
Delicate and defined is all very nice, but I love a good muddled looking smokey eye.

Second look uses the cream shade as a base that is built up on the outer third of my upper lid.  The other shades were layered over it.  Rouge Bunny Rouge Orpheline blush on cheeks, and some mysterious lip color Burberry Lip Cover in Deep Burgundy that has been well blotted down.
Excellent posts from Drivel about Frivol here, on her seriously amazing THREE 4D quads for your to noodle and drool over and see her wearing Star Guitar here.

This quad is definitely a star from the Japanese autumn collections.

Did you also pick up Star Guitar?  What are your experiences so far with the brand THREE and their eye shadows?

23 comments :

  1. I love this palette so, SO much. I'm addicted to that soft brown satin as a wash and crease shade, and I've had to force myself to ignore my two THREE palettes so my old Suqqus would get some loving. I do plan to pick up Mystery Girl at some point though, and I hope I won't run into the same issue. :/

    And your hair. HOW do you get it so shiny and bouncy and curly?? Tutorial? XP

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    1. It's such a pretty pretty palette. And I adore Art of Parties. The purple shade is so bright and happy! I don't know why the cream in Mystery Girl is so weird! I also see from Julia's comment below that she has an inssue with her Star Guitar cream.

      My hair is a pain. It's tendency is to be flat and stick straight. It doesn't want to hold a curl. In my perm happy days, I've said HOURS with the solution in to no avail. The only curls it will hold is a flat-iron curl, or recently, I've been using the Calista Tools Ion Curlers (based on the Beauty Professor's review). EVen those curls eventually loosen into waves. :)

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  2. You're really rocking that palette. So pretty and your skin looks amazing.
    I would love to see a hair tutorial :P At least some tips on tools and products to help.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I SO want to buy some more of the new duos and some of the older ones! I'm going to be GOOD.

      Seriously, nothing special about my hair except its inherent super straightness. I flat-iron curl or use Calista Tools curlers for long hair. I don't heat curl often because it dries my hair out.

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  3. Hey girl, gaaah I need this! I've never tried anything from THREE though I've heard great stuff about it (mostly from you and Kate)! This quad packs shades that I'd wear very often, and the texture looks soooo lovely. You look gooooorgeous! Bright-eyed and sultry at the same time!

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    1. <333 flatterer! Three is amazing. I'm so happy to try these out. I wish we had access to play with them in person.

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  4. This is a gorgeous palette - I really wish THREE & other Japanese brands were easier (read: cheaper - Ichibankao is easy enough) to get in the US.

    I'm also super jealous of your actual seasons - it's going to be 91 F here today, ugh.

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    1. omg, Emi. It was 23 here in the morning. I was O.o What the hell, weather??!! But, uh, I may prefer that to the 91. That's a little hot for me.

      Ichibankao does make it so easy to buy. Too bad so freakin' expensive. Even at the counter in Japan, without the markup, THREE is very pricey!

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  5. you look beautiful! these eyeshadows are so pretty! all of them! I might actually check out this palette

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    1. Let us know how you like it. This is such a pretty palette! Some of the best textures I've tried in eye makeup to date.

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  6. You look truly beautiful in this quad, especially paired with exquisite tweedy/marled grey things :*
    I remember a while ago you were favouring bright pink-tinged lips to ward off the autumn blahs, and this palette seems to ping that same bell. PLEASE remember what lip that is in the 2nd look though! :O

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    1. I remember now! A blotted down Burberry Lip Cover in Deep Burgundy. It is a beautiful color, but the formula no likes me. Applied full strength, a deeper browner shade.
      Star Guitar is really so pretty. I'm making dips in the cream! I really really want to buy some more eye shadows from THREE. Really truly do. :/

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  7. Oh...kaaayyyy....now I understand! I have this palette, and the burgundy "cream" shade is not a cream at all. Maybe it dried out?
    Waaaah!

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    1. !!! that was my issue with my Mystery Girl. What is the texture like? My Mystery Girl would barely pick up with a stiff brush and would form little rolls when worked and blended onto the lid.
      my creams in Star Guitar and other THREE stuff is silky and blendable. Still feels dryish, but easy to work with.

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  8. OMG!!! These eyeshadows are so pretty. Love the colors and they def look great on you. I'll def check on them personally and try some to see if it looks great on me too =)

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    1. Thanks Julie! It's a wonderful line. I hope you enjoy checking it out in person.

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  9. This beautiful quad and departure are on my 2014 wishlist- please say its not LE?!

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    1. sighing in relief! I missed out on suqqu xmas but bought the Three set - my first Three products - hope I love them!!

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  10. Apage, you and your Japanese temptations! But seriously, how pretty... maybe I should stop eating cake and save that money for THREE? But then - cake <3

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  11. damn u bellllllllllllyyy
    damn u !!!
    those sparklies need to get on my eyeballs nao !!!
    ughhhhhhhh

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  12. I am so glad I bought this. I was reading your post and patting myself on my back when I first got it in Japan in December. If Belly likes it, it must be good. :)

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    1. J, I hope you love this one as much as I do. This and Art of Parties are really my favorites in the quads.

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