Stash Focus: Lunasol Ocean Scene Eyes in EX01 Shelly Ocean

by PJ on Tuesday, July 5, 2011

in -Kanebo, -Lunasol, 2011 Summer, all about Japanese cosmetics, makeup, makeup - eyeshadow, stash focus

Kanebo Lunasol Ocean Scene Eyes EX01 Shelly Ocean Summer 2011 Makeup 1


For the last few summers, Lunasol has been releasing two eyeshadow palettes as an extension of the spring makeup themes. They usually consist of a neutral-toned palette and a more colorful one, and they are usually limited editions. I never went for these summer palettes until I decided to try Ocean Scene Eyes in EX01 Shelly Ocean for summer 2011.


Kanebo Lunasol Ocean Scene Eyes EX01 Shelly Ocean Summer 2011 Makeup 2


The colors in this palette are (clockwise from bottom-left):

pale white gold, softly pigmented, with pearly shimmer
cool beige, moderately pigmented, with pearly shimmer
light orange peach, softly pigmented, shimmery with a hint of sparkle
very dark medium-to-cool brown with a hint of olive green, very pigmented, gently pearly with a hint of sparkle

(All the shades have multi-colored shimmer. The staying power of all the shades is good. The letters on the colors are spray-ons. I am trying to keep them as much as I can.)

There are many things I like about this palette, but I will start with one thing I don’t like. I have played with the cool beige (the shell beige, as in the name of the palette) in different ways, but it always shows up grayish on me, which is a little disappointing for me. (Grays generally don’t like me. Dark grays as eyelining shades are fine (I prefer browns, violets, and dark blues though), but medium grays (for shading) usually look muddy on me and they make my eyes look tired.)

I have tried laying the peach over and underneath the beige (and both over and underneath it), but the beige still looks gray. It is a pity, because, when swatched on the back of my hand, I can see hints of warm beige and  mauve, which are almost completely lost when worn on my eyes. For me, the best way to wear it is to apply it very gently along my upper lashlines to frame the eyes subtly. It doesn’t suit me as a shading color on the eyelids.


Kanebo Lunasol Ocean Scene Eyes EX01 Shelly Ocean Summer 2011 Makeup 3


But there are many things I do like about this palette. First of all, the texture of the powder is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Among all the Lunasol palettes I have (Scent Form Eyes (fall 2006), Sheer Contrast Eyes (spring 2008), Layer Bloom Eyes (spring 2009), and Aurorize Eyes (fall 2010)), the texture of this palette is the creamiest.

I also love the general finish of the colors. I said in my review of Aurorize Eyes in 02 Light Variation that I would prefer its overall finish to be more pearly and without iridescence, and Shelly Ocean is exactly that. All the shades have flattering pearly shimmer, and only the orange peach is a tiny more sparkly, which looks equally pretty.

Shade-wise, my favorites are the lightest and the darkest shades. I was worried that the bottom-left shade would look too white-ish, but it actually shows up with a hint of soft pale gold, which goes well with my skin tone and doesn’t look too white or silvery at all.

The cool dark brown is another surprise. The fact that the shade is dark, well-pigmented, and very smooth in texture makes lining the eyes very easy. I don’t always like very intensely dark lining shades (I very rarely line my eyes with blacks or dark grays), but the dark brown in this palette is intense but not severe. I think the subtle olive-green undertone takes away the harshness of the color.


Kanebo Lunasol Ocean Scene Eyes EX01 Shelly Ocean Summer 2011 Makeup 4


I also like the limited-edition case. The letters add a touch of vibrancy to the otherwise low-key (but very sophisticated and elegant) design. I also like the thicker lid, which accommodates the raised eyeshadows in the pan and makes the palette look and feel more substantial. (I think the Ocean Scene Eyes palettes from spring 2011 also have the thicker lids.)

Despite the unmissable drawback, I do still like Shelly Ocean for its great texture and finish and for a couple of the colors.  But I think, in most cases, I would replace the cool beige with the warmer beiges and light browns that I have in many of my other neutral-toned palettes.


Related posts:

The Kanebo Shimmer

Lunasol Fall 2011 Makeup Collection

Lunasol Summer Kit 2011

Lunasol Skin Modeling Eyes Kit

Lunasol Summer 2010 Makeup Collection

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Paris B Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I was thinking of getting the Lunasol summer palettes but I might pass in favour of Fall :) This was on my list but I wasn’t too keen on the colours. I’m cool toned so I should be able to pull these off but still… I do like the texture. As you said, its the best that’s come out of Lunasol!


PJ Monday, July 11, 2011

Hi Paris,

Sorry for my late reply!

If you are cool-toned, then I think it is very likely that you will wear this palette better than I do. Yes, the texture is really gorgeous. There is almost no powdery or gritty feel, even though all the shades contain quite a bit of shimmer.

Thank you very much for stopping by again! :)


Ahleessa Friday, July 15, 2011

Gorgeous palette!


PJ Friday, July 15, 2011

Hi Ahleessa,

Thank you very much for stopping by! :)


Petrina Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This palette is so pretty!! I have to wait for my annual trips to kl to haul all my Asian makeup goodies and by then all seasonal stuff will be gone :(


PJ Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hi Petrina,

That’s one of the reasons why I don’t always like limited-edition items. I feel that I have to make a decision relatively quickly. Also, sometimes my tastes and preferences change and things I now want are not available anymore.

Just for your reference…on my FAQ page, I have listed two websites that carry Japanese beauty products. (They deliver internationally and I have been pleased with their services.) If there is ever a limited-edition item that you think you have to have, perhaps those sites could be helpful.

Thank you very much for posting your comment! :)


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