Coffret D’Or 3D Lighting Eyes in Gold Variation

by PJ on Tuesday, May 6, 2008

in -Coffret d'Or, -Kanebo, 2008 Spring, all about Japanese cosmetics, makeup, makeup - eyeshadow, stash focus

(Kanebo Coffret D’Or 3D Lighting Eyes
in 05 Gold Variation)

I like a bit of variety in my makeup collection. I tend to pick up one shade from an eye palette series and that is it. No matter how much I like what I have, I often look elsewhere for my next gem. There usually has to be a compelling reason for a second purchase.

I have quite a few eyeshadows in blue, purple, turquoise, and pinks. But when it comes to neutral tones, what I had were mostly either very pale or quite dark. It didn’t bother me before, since I like a bit of color. But, sometimes, to go with what I wear, soft neutrals are by far the best choices. So, weeks ago, I finally decided not to make do with dusty pink and soft peach and get some nice neutrals.

The color I decided to look for is a medium gold with subtle shimmer (not overly metallic shimmer) that is not bronze or orangey, and I planned to pick up a palette with the shade and other coordinating ones.

As I was looking through my recent Biteki and Voce seasonal makeup catalogues, I remembered that, when Coffret D’Or was launched last December, I was allured by the 3D Lighting Eyes palette in Gold Variation used on Tokiwa Takako. (The full-page ad appeared on Biteki (February 2008) and showed the makeup look a lot more clearly than the (same) image below.)

(Tokiwa Takako for Coffret D’Or)
(image from

Also, the texture and the finish of my Purple Variation appealed to me so much that I thought it would be great to pick up a second one. So I did.
(The sun was out, so I decided to take a few more shots.
Later I found that this photo shows the actual shades a lot better.)

From left to right:

The top two:
– a sheer off-white with fine sparkles
– a moderately pigmented pearlescent white with fine shimmer

The bottom three:
– a medium gold with smooth shimmer and fine sparkles (moderately pigmented)
– a very shimmery sheer pale champagne gold with slightly larger sparkles
– a subtly shimmery well-pigmented medium brown with some fine sparkles (which goes on a little cooler than it looks in the pan)

(All the sparkles and shimmer are multi-colored.)

The texture of the powder is wonderfully soft and silky. The application is effortless and blending is a breeze.

The look it creates is just like what you see in the ad above. The soft gold and the coordinating pale champagne enhance the dimensions of the eyes very effectively, but the whole look is still elegant and understated. (The soft gold is exactly what I wanted. It is a subtle but effective shading color.)

The colors from 3D Lighting Eyes are very long-lasting. Once I wore Purple Variation (without any eye primer) and my eye makeup surprisingly more or less survived heavy wind and rain (the kind where an umbrella is basically useless…well, it’s the unpredictable British weather…).

I am very pleased that I got this palette so that I can enjoy all the great things about 3D Lighting Eyes when I am not wearing lilac for the day!

(For the clear instructions on where each shade is applied, my thoughts on the eye-sculpting concept of the 3D Lighting Eyes series, the look of the palette case, and the other color variations, please refer to my post on the Purple Variation.)

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kng Suan Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thanks for ur review on Coffret D’Or, now you’re making me want them as well. I prefer the previous set that you reviewed though… am still testing around brown eyeshadows in making them work for me.

Btw, would like your input on sunscreens. What sunscreens do you use? I know there is not really a need for sunscreen in “sunless” UK, but would like to know if there is any particular product that you like.



lDeelDee Thursday, May 8, 2008


I’ve been a reader of your blog since I stumbled upon it and refer to it often while making my decisions on what to order online. Your reviews of Japanese makeup products has been a great help to me because I live in the US and cannot test these items out before purchasing them. I’ve learned a lot from reading your blog =]

This entry came in good timing for me. I was debating between the 01 and 05 palette, but I’m leaning more towards 05 due to your post because I fear the 01 may be either too bright or too light from the photo comparisons I’ve seen.


PJ Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

If you are looking for a good beige-brown palette, I think the upcoming Coffret D’Or’s Trance Deep Eyes in Beige Variation might be a good choice. You have probably seen the swatches that I linked to. I will also be talking more about the collection next week.

The daytime sunscreen product I am current using is Olay’s Multi-Radiance Daily Illuminating UV Fluid, which I have talked about earlier. I have been using this for a while and I really like it. It should suit many skin types, from slightly dry to slightly oily.

Thank you for your comment again. Have a good weekend! :)


PJ Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hi lDeelDee,

Thank you very much for visiting my blog. Choosing what item to get from photos can be quite difficult. I am glad that my blog can be of some help for you! :)

Based on the photos I have seen, I think 01 is probably slightly lighter than 05. The pink in 01 seems to go on lighter than the gold in 05.

What I am interested in is one of the palettes from Coffret D’Or’s upcoming Trance Deep Eyes palettes. You might have seen the swatches that I linked to. At the moment, I am liking the look of 01 Rose Variation. It seems to be a very slightly darker and more muted version of the 01 from spring. I will be talking a little bit about this new series of palettes in a couple of days.

If you decide to try either 01 or 05, do let me know what you think. :)

Thank you again for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. Hope to hear from you again soon! :)


paperdollrevenge Sunday, November 30, 2008

I LOVE that Coffret D’Or in gold! It’s so gorgeous, and the packaging is beautiful as well. Thanks for blogging about it! Might I ask how much it cost you?


PJ Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hi Paperdollrevenge,

You are very welcome! This is definitely among my favorite eyeshadow palettes.

I purchased this palette from, which cost about 15 GBP at the time.

Thank you for your question! :)


Jen Adams Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oooohhh, I like this gold collection. It will definitely compliment my tan. :-) Thanks for this!


PJ Friday, May 15, 2009

Hi Jen,

Yes, I think the colors in this palette should go well with a tan. I hope you will like it if you have a chance to try it!

Thank you for posting your comment! :)


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