Spring 2008 Seasonal Top 10 (Part 3)

by PJ on Thursday, March 20, 2008

in -Coffret d'Or, -Dior, -Kanebo, -Lunasol, 2008 Spring, makeup, seasonal makeup top 10

(continued from Part 1 and Part 2)

3rd: Dior

(image from www.dior.com)

Dior’s makeup collections tend to capture the trend very well, and this season’s release has done it again, with gorgeous pinks, lilacs, and warm neutrals to add depth.
(Dior spring 2008 collection)
(image from www.joseishi.net/voce/)

Visually stunning as well as wearable, the collection is a feast for the eyes. I always like a seasonal collection with a strong identity, and all the variation of pinks, along with the ad campaign, create a distinct look for this collection.

Dior’s eye palettes have been getting more and more shimmery. (Almost all the shades in this season’s two palettes are very shimmery.) Even though I am not sure I like this direction, the finishes of these shades are still flattering.

2nd: Coffret D’Or

(part of Coffret D’Or’s spring 2008 collection)
(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/coffretdor)

Like EST, Coffret D’Or‘s spring collection is another sublime debut collection. I know some people were not looking forward to seeing T’Estimo being discontinued and replaced by Coffret D’Or. But I simply chose to see Coffret D’Or as the same line (plus base makeup products) being marketed under a new name and new packaging.

I do like the new packaging. It looks more gown-up than T’Estimo and I like the jeweled details on the eye palettes.

The 3D Lighting Eyes palettes are definitely the core of this collection. I have read more reviews where people choose not to buy the spring 2008 palettes from Maquillage or Aube (both of which are similarly priced) and go for Coffret D’Or instead (than the other way around). Even though the color combinations are not particularly unique or striking (see one of my other Coffret D’Or posts for the image of the five palettes), the texture, finish, and lasting power are what make them stand out. (Please check out my review on 3D Lighting Eyes in 04.)

Overall, this is a very exciting debut collection, and Coffret D’Or has probably already created many future loyal followers.

1st: Lunasol

(Lunasol Full Glamor Lips G)
(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol/)

Since Coffret D’Or is already so good, why makes Lunasol’s spring 2008 collection even better?

It is the core concept, which is what makes a collection memorable. It is also the visual impact of the whole lineup and how it translates to daily wear.

The colors of the sea and the shades of coral reefs provide the inspiration for this collection. The five Sheer Contrast Eyes palettes are simply gorgeous.

(Lunasol Sheer Contrast Eyes palettes)
(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol/)

While the Sheer Contrast Eyes palette in Blue Coral (above, bottom left) is used for Lunasol’s main ad campaign and is heavily featured in Japanese beauty magazines, I chose Lavender Coral, which I reviewed earlier. The superb quality has consolidated Lunasol’s position as one of my favorite cosmetics brands.

With a distinctive concept and a beautifully wide range of vibrant yet wearable colors, this is the best collection for me in spring 2008.

This concludes my seasonal roundup for spring 2008. What about you? Which spring 2008 collection/item is your favorite?

More Thoughts on Spring 2008

When I was doing my “seasonal top ten” features in the last few seasons, I did feel that the brands I talked about might be a little repetitive for my readers. Since the top-ten countdown is only meant to reflect my own preferences, I never intend to feature a widely varied selection of brands from season to season.

But it is very refreshing to see Eprise, Clinique, Clé de Peau, and Maquillage come up with appealing collections. Also, Coffret D’Or‘s and EST‘s strong debut color makeup lineups prove to be serious competitors.

On the other hand, for me, the spring 2008 collections from Chanel, YSL, Jill Stuart, and Lavshuca are relatively disappointing. But I am sure these favorite brands of mine will wow me later this year.

Related Posts:

Coffret D’Or’s Spring/Summer 2008 Base Makeup Collection
(The loose powder is on my shopping list.)

Foundation Face-Off – Lunasol vs. Coffret D’Or
(Is Lunasol still winning?)

Loving Japanese Brand – Lunasol

(my personal take on Lunasol)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

parisb Friday, March 21, 2008

Wow! I love reading all your info on Japanese cosmetics :) If only I was half as resourceful as you are! ;) I can’t wait to see what you have in store for summer.


Gloria Friday, March 21, 2008

Even though it may be repetitive, it is your blog and your blog should reflect your personal tastes. That’s why I read your blog vs another blog, because I like your taste in make up, and I’m familiar with what you like.

Does that make sense? It’s like, we all write blogs showcasing who we are and what we like. Our readers in turn gets to understand us and our preferences, and readers (me) come back to your blog to see what YOU think is the best.


Cosine Friday, March 21, 2008

Hey there sweetie!

Ever since reading ur post on the Lunasol palette, I’ve been dying for it to arrive in Singapore! I love purple eye shadows a lot u see (and the pink and yellow looks great with it!)… and I have the Coffret D’or purple palette too! Now that u make the Lunasol palette to be the winner, I’m more determined to get mine!~ =D

However, for some very odd reason, it still hasn’t arrived here yet. I was looking for a new stick concealer to replace the Jill Stuart one because online purchase is just daylight robbery (I bought it in Japan last december and I realise how fab it is! The coverage is great, its packaging is to die for, it is portable plus easy to apply and there is SPF protection, unlike most stick concealers!) when I was out last weekend and I couldn’t find the new palettes at the Kanebo counter where Lunasol is being sold at.

Anyways, regarding my whole drama with the stick concealer, I settled down for Anna Sui’s one. It has a light fragrance, a fresh idea for me because my past concealers (MAC, Covermark, Jill Stuart, Loreal, Bobbi Brown) never had fragrance to it. It is smoother but the coverage isn’t good and the sales people don’t even know their own stuff! I asked if the stick concealers have sun protection and both girls said no. I looked around at the other counters (but most do not have stick concealers, they have the brush form which is not thick enough for my dark eye circles or the pot one which I am so sick of sticking my finger into) and came back to Anna Sui and bought it. Then I went home and I realise that it HAS sun protection! It’s written on the bottom of the tube! The staff there are so lousy!

I don’t think I’ll buy the Anna Sui one again if I can help it but with no suitable substitutes, its not really much of an option. Sobz…

Great post by the way!!!!! Love the whole 3 part review concept!!!!! Whets my appetite for the next post u see… =D


BeautyTalk Friday, March 21, 2008

The Dior spring collection is selling out so fast :( I did a review of some products today.



PJ Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hi Paris,

Great to hear from you again!

Thank you very much for your very kind words. I am looking forward to all the summer collections as well and I hope I will be able to keep you updated!

Thank you for visiting my blog and posting your comment again! :)


PJ Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hi Gloria,

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. It is very kind of you!

On my blog, I try to have a balance between discussing what I personally like and what I think my readers would enjoy reading about. I hope I am doing okay on this.

What you said makes good sense. I do like blogs with more of a personal touch, and I hope my blog has a little bit of that as well.

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts again! :)


PJ Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hi Cosine,

I think, in terms of the whole spring collection, Lunasol wins it for me. But, the two purple eye palettes by Coffret D’Or and Lunasol are very close and I am not really able to pick a winning purple palette between the two. The Coffret D’Or one is exceptionally wearable and the way the colors and the shimmering particles work together is so flattering. But Lavender Coral has a wonderful color combination and really captures the theme of the collection. I do like both equally! :)

Thank you for telling me about Jill Stuart’s stick concealer. The packaging is indeed really pretty. It is great to know that it performs well as well.

It is surprising that the Anna Sui SAs don’t know what they are selling. There are a lot of details to remember about all the products, but I suppose the basics like SPF should be things they know by heart…

I do hope you’ll find a great alternative to the Jill Stuart stick concealer. Let me know if you discover a good one! (By the way, Coffret D’Or’s base makeup range includes a stick concealer (in two shades). Maybe it is worth a look…)

Also, hope you will get to see the Lunasol palettes soon!

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts! :)


PJ Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hi Beautytalk,

The Dior spring 2008 collection is a very strong collection with many on-trend and wearable items, so I am not surprised that they are selling well. :)

Thank you very much for your comment again and for letting me know about your review! :)


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