Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Visée Blend Color Cheeks in RD-2

I like blush well enough for a makeup lunatic, but it wasn't really my thing.  I notice that I am developing a pretty big pile of blushes.  I like stripey blushes, like the limited edition Guerlain ones (Madame Rougit & Sakura).  The products themselves are lovely, but the stripes are just so stinkin' pretty!  Maybe blush is getting to be a thing for me now.

Look at this blush from Japanese drugstore brand Visee!  It doesn't have to be Guerlain to be gorgeous!  This is jump up and down so pretty!  It reminds me a little bit of the very ornate case designs of Anna Sui with it's metallic scrolly botanical motif on the case.  The case is surprisingly hefty and sturdy with a little window showcasing the pretty stripes.
The product itself is further enhanced with the pretty engraved designs. 
The product pan flips up to reveal the enclosed brush.  The brush is surprisingly soft and dense.  I don't know what the hairs are, but it does feel natural.  Actually, I think it feels softer than the enclosed brushes in the Guerlain limited edition blushes.
Nifty, right?  This would make a very reasonable thing to carry around and reapply during the day.

Except, the thing is really well pigmented and I don't really need to reappy during the day.  Whoop whoop whoop!
One thing that always make me go "duh" with striped pans like this is to wonder if I should swirl all the colors and wear the shade blended or try to do something more sculpted with each shade used individually, OR wear one shade at a time.

The flat brush is actually flat enough to get one color in the pan.
Look at how much product this brush picked up.  Look how PINK it is!  My squirrel brushes also will pick up a large amount of product.  I found it's important to tap off excess before applying to face.  You may not want to have clown face like me.
Only thing I am not so keen on about this product that it really kicks up a lot of dust when I use a brush.  The finish of the blush is also slightly dry on my skin.  I'm not sure if it's because I am generally drier with my skin (because of my big change in skincare routine) or if the product itself is dry in finish.  And actually, the powder is very soft and finely milled and rivals many other higher end blushes I own.
Some swatches to ponder.  RD-2 is one of the brightest of the color offering.  There seems to be a nice assortment of pinks and beige-toned blushes.

RD (for red) -2 is lovely.  I've swatched the individual stripes and then the blended shade (L to R).

  • A pale peachy mostly matte nude
  • warm satin pink
  • warm matte red
  • pale warm satin pink
  • then the blended shade
Pretty, right?  The only issue is that Visee is very limited in distribution.  I believe their distribution has shrunk to be only in Japan. 

You can purchase it on Ichibankao, where there is a markup (which also includes shipping).  Or on eBay.  The prices at either source appear pretty comparable.  I was very fortunate that a lovely friend in Japan was kind enough to send this to me.  Price-wise, it's definitely less expensive than luxury tier or high-end products, but more expensive than western drugstore products.  To me, quality wise, it doesn't work into my skin as incredibly well as Burberry or Edward Bess, but I think it's a very good value for the price.
I'm wearing it here.  I'm wearing it really heavily and it barely shows.  Stupid picture!  I've blended all colors in this application.

Can you recommend some of your favorite drugstore products that you love for the quality?  Have you tried any Visee products and what impression did it make on you?

It's been awfully fun exploring this brand.  Yup, and Creamy Lipstick RD401 is still well loved!  Have you seen Driveller Kate's (post) and Lisa's (posts) new posts on this brand and their experience with the Creamy Lipstick, too?  I'm always amazed how so many things work so differently on each of us.  Go, run.  Check those out.

I'm thinking if you have a real curiousity for Japanese beauty, but hesitant to spend the super-serious moolah, this might be a great introduction to the textures and quality.

39 comments :

  1. Ah, so gorgeous!
    For me, Japanese drugstore brands are like the most complicated maze/bottomless pit! There are so many sub-brands and more with so many pretty stuff. It seems the price range and quality widely vary compared to the U.S. drugstore brands, too.
    I actually like blushes with no stripes better, but the colors in this blush really make sense with the thoughtful packaging. There are couple drugstore blushes I like (like the ones from Milani) but nothing is this fancy! <3

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    1. I agree with the maze of the J ds brands! All falling under those giant cosmetics conglomerates. The packaging of the Visee is really thoughtful! exactly and the quality of the presentation is really gorgeous! So, you already own Milani Luminoso to go with your new Nars Orgasm I suspect? ;)

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    2. I actually have the former version of Luminoso, Luminous and it is even better. I just did a comparison swatch and Luminous and Orgasm are indeed similar but wear differently. (Thank God, right? ;p)

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    3. oh! I didn't realize there was an earlier version of the Milani!!! Yes, but all our babies are each unique and slightly different from each other, no? RIGHT??!!!

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  2. Gorgeous, and you're bringing back my lemmings for Visse -I just visited Driveller's blarg who killed them- lol. I guess I should probably just embrace my near French organic makeup available just around the corner instead of lemming what I can't get, right??? ;)

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    1. *evil cackle* *cackle*

      Oh you know how I like things that are impossible to buy. It's a thrill for me to get a hold of them. But I think there is much to be said about beautiful and accessible quality stuff nearby. Heck, go get your organic makeup. Just don't forget to post about it! :D

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  3. Hey Belly, oh what a pretty blush! I really like the lid of the compact ;)

    Hmm drugstore products I really love for the quality? Is it OK if they are not Japanese? I still adore Maybelline Color Tattoos (wore Bad to the Bronze the other day and gave myself a pat on the back for having it sent from the US), Wet n' Wild Comfort Zone, and this Marcelle lipstick Tracy sent me! Blush-wise not so much. I have swatched some, but the textures don't seem comparable in general.

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    1. I don't think I've found many good western drugstore blushes either! But I liked many WnW & also mascaras! There are so many great mascaras out there seems to be a good one for everyone's preference.

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  4. Ooooh such a pretty blush (and brush and compact!)
    I go and buy some drugstore makeup when I spent all my money but can't hold back my makeup buying monster.
    I usually love them when I buy (nail polishes, creme eye shadows, pressed pigments) then I end up not using them. I have the feeling though that our drug store products here in Germany is not as nice as the ones in Japan nor US.

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    1. Nail polishes are definitely good in the drugstore, especially when dupes of HE eventually make it there! I think you have Catrice, which we don't have in the US. I've heard that's a fab brand for consistently good quality. :)

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  5. Beautiful. Japanese cosmetic regulations are tougher than EU and most certainly than US. Their drugstore products are much prettier and better quality than the ones we have in US. It looks like we all have to go to Japan just for cosmetics shopping. Maybe a little sushi too. :) XO

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    1. I guess it's hard to generalize the quality across all the products in Japanese ds offering, but I've had some good successes. One of my favorite brow products is from K-Palette, another j brand. So many goodies to explore, right? We need a sushi date over there. xoxoxo

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  6. So cute -- I'd buy it.

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  7. It looks great on you! I always debate between swirling or carefully getting just one color. Although usually I 'my lazy and just swirl. It's well-thought out that they designed the brush to pick up individual colors. I wish American companies did that more.

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    1. Normally these things with multiple colors are hard to use individually. I'm surprised the brush was designed to do that. :) Kind of a cool feature.

      And Rosie! I am really enjoying your beautiful blog. And thanks for commenting.

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  8. It's so easy to jump to Visee since it is relatively cheap compared to other Jap-brands. Sadly, I didn't see Visee anywhere in Taiwan/Singapore when I was traveling (not that I was actively looking either). Definitely worth checking out this line, thanks for the lovely reviews.

    Speaking of DS-range cosmetics, you know what else I'm waiting to show up in the U.S: Kiko. I heard rumors that they are expanding..

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    1. I think Visee pulled back in Asia and only in Japan now. The inventory in adambeauty/sasa/etc are the older things prior to the relaunch of the new stuff that recently came out.

      I saw Kiko pictures in Cilucia's recent post! How exciting!!!
      http://cilucia.blogspot.com/2014/03/kiko-now-stateside-o.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cilucia+%28Spaz+%26+Squee%29

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  9. That blusher looks wonderful on you! For some inane reason, I like my higher end products to be packaged subtly and by drugstore goodies to be all out on the bling! I have the same sentiment about Guerlain brushes... it's like they use wire bristles or something. Sadly the only places I have access to Visee is from professional haulers' shops or yahoo bid, and its so marked up there's no point. I do have one precious smokey brown eye palette from them, and it was much loved until I stopped doing panda eye makeup.
    My go to contour powder is from Canmake as well as their jelly blushers, eye pencils and liners from CLIO, and I'm recently rediscovering my love for Bourjois blushers.

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    1. :) I do also appreciate a bit of tackiness in some things. There's something so terribly *whispers* boring about say that sleek black Suqqu packaging, or the gold/black Chanel lipsticks. This Visee is kind of sleek but ornate at the same time. I like.
      I like the Canmake cream blush, too! *thanks driveller for all these lemmings*.

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  10. Now that's pretty! I think atm the only ds products I use and love are Rimmel concealers and Essie nail polishes. I haven't had much success with anything else really.

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    1. Helene, not even a good drugstore mascara? I also really like CeraVe and skincare stuff from the drugstore, too. I don't see good displays of Rimmel so much. I'm glad you were able to buy a replacement for your concealer the other day. :)

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  11. You know what I like instead of stripey ones? The 4 squares of colors in a Jill Stuart blusher! I'm a die hard JS fan and I'm already dying over their summer LE blushers

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    1. with the little attached brush? squeeee! those are really really pretty. I'm trying hard not to get into another brand and lose more marbles. :) But I'm going to look for some images of the LE ones, but only for self torture. :))

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  12. Of *course* it's an RD blush. :D I've imposed a blush moratorium on myself this year. Whenever you write a blog post about a new, beautiful blush, do bear in mind my noble suffering when I read it. :P

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    1. Of COURSE it is. :D They have nice PK ones, too. Hey it is quite noble to bear the slings and arrows of pinky red blush you can not haz. :) I shall think endless of your suffering while I slather my face with blush. :PPP

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  13. I absolutely LOVE this blusher on you. It is REALLY a natural/healthy glow on you (mauve-y brightening pink).
    And beautiful packaging!

    I checked out the prices on Ichi Witchy, and they're not bad. Trouble is, I'm already feeling guilty for a small Fyr haul. Good to know for the future, however.

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    1. thank you so much, blooooo! These pinky shades are very easy to wear for me. I probably already have a few similar ones already. But I won't think of it because the case is so pretty. :) I've been feeling very YOM over your recent Fyr. I need to break them out again and try some more. I am rather useless with loose shadows.

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  14. Wow that blush is a beauty and yes has a strong Anna Sui vibe to its casing. I love the embossed pattern in the gradient colour. I do see it does kick up a fair bit of dust, but no less still gorgeous dust and all. Thanks for sharing and it looks beautiful and gentle on your cheeks, but then again what blush doesn't. Have a wonderful day:)

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    1. I don't mind the dust all that much. I wish the finish on the skin was less powdery (although not bad). I just can't tell if it's my recent dry skin or the actual product.
      Thanks for stopping by Betti! Have an awesome day!

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  15. I LOVE the soft sheen in this blush! You look wonderfully glowy. How easy is it to pick up a single strip of colour, using your other brushes?

    I think I will need to do a Visee update post. Me not likey the creamy lipstick as much as I first did.

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    1. I did what the Suqqu SA did when she was trying to pick up her unpigmented product. Squish the brush head between thumb and index/middle finger and then pick up one shade. Honestly, I don't imagine using the colors individually all that much. I think the shade blended all the colors is pretty nice. :)
      Our visee balm conversation has me thoroughly re-testing RD401 again. :DD

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  16. What a pretty blush!

    As for drugstore favorites, where to start? :) There are so many products I love. Overall, I think it's easy to find excellent mascara, eyeliner, and lipsticks at the drugstore. It's possible, but not necessarily easy, to find good eyeshadow, blush, and foundation.

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    1. I agree with your assessment Emi! I think I will also take a peek at the Revlon SL, too. Maybe not the spiderman gloss you just posted about. That one was disappointing..

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    2. yep, that spiderman one is pretty in the package but not special in the application. I definitely recommend the SL line, very nice quality.

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  17. SO PRETTY i wanted to try their spring launch stuff but i've been waiting for you guys to review them first lol

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    1. Step to it, Jenn! We need you to review some for us, too! :DD

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  18. I must say, you certainly have peaked my interest in the Japanese makeup. I was totally blown away by a green eyeshadow quad, I think made by Suqquo? (recent post) I have never heard of these brands. So now you have me hooked on finding out more. I can just tell my husband that when I buy some, I'm just learning about a new culture! ;) (All in the name of learning and expanding, right?) Love your blog!

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    1. That green/lavender/brown quad is very elegant. The Japanese high end brands are not all the same in terms of product quality or finish (especially for powder stuff like eye shadows). It's a kind of a hit and miss situation. But of the brands I've been playing with Suqqu has some of the most lovely textures, especially if you are ok with less pigmentation for more complex shimmer and skin-flattering finishes. :)
      I agree, you are exploring a brand new culture, right? That's a good one. I shall put that in my back pocket to have a more compelling conversation with my husband. :DD Thanks for your comment, Erin!

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