With purple, green, blue, and orange paired with brown, silver and gray, RMK‘s spring 2012 Sprinkling Colors makeup collection has bursts of color as well as touches of neutral hues. Today I am reviewing three items from the lineup: Sprinkling Eyes in 01 Brown, Ingenious Natural Eyes N in 07 Purple, and Sprinkling Cheeks in 03 Brown.
The new (and limited-edition) Sprinkling Eyes features three variations. 01 Brown is a wearable neutral palette with an orange for added vibrancy.
The four shades in this palette are (anti-clockwise from top):
- medium-to-warm medium brown, moderately pigmented, velvety with a creamy sheen
- dark brown, pigmented, velvety with sparse shimmer
- cream white with a yellow tone, sheer, with shimmer and fine sparkles
- muted orange, moderately pigmented, softly shimmery
All the shimmery particles are multi-colored, and all the shades have a good staying power.
According to the application instruction (enclosed with the palette), the cream-to-powder base shade (on top of the palette) is applied all over the eyelids and then one of the three powder-based shades is layered on top of the base shade. The idea is that each of the three shades will add a different color and finish to the base shade. (The “base” in this palette series does not refer to the usual off-whites in many other eyeshadow palettes.) In the case of the medium brown in this palette, the dark brown intensifies it, the cream white lightens it and adds shimmer to it, and the orange adds warmth and vibrancy to it.
However, it is of course much more interesting to use all the four colors at the same time. The cream-to-powder medium brown is exceptionally blendable and adds natural depth to the eyes. (I’ve noticed that it has a water-resistant quality.) The cream white highlights the brow bone areas, and the dark brown lines the eyes. The muted orange provides a pop of color. I use the powder side of the double-ended brush in this palette (which is relatively soft and fluffy) to apply a subtle veil of the orange to bridge the medium brown on the eyelids and the cream white under the eyebrows to complete the color depth gradation.
Depending on how you play with the four colors, this versatile palette can go from natural and sophisticated to rich and vibrant.
Ingenious Natural Eyes N in 07 Purple is a new addition to the existing five variations. The four shades in this palette are (anti-clockwise from top-right (in the photo above)):
- warm peachy pink, softly pigmented, shimmery
- medium purple, softly pigmented, velvety with subtle shimmer
- light blue, softly pigmented, softly shimmery
- medium-to-dark gray, moderately pigmented, shimmery
All the shades have multi-colored shimmery particles and a generally decent staying power.
The colors in this palette are generally on the sheer side. The medium-to-dark gray is not as intensely pigmented as the lining shades in most of the other eyeshadow palettes that I have tried. Between the two lighter shades, the peachy pink is slightly sheerer and the light blue is slightly easier to layer. As the key shade in this palette, the purple is almost disappointingly sheer and is difficult to layer.
The palette creates a gentle and airy look, but I do wish that the purple were a lot more pigmented to inject a sense of color into the palette.
Available in three variations, the limited-edition Sprinkling Cheeks combines an off-white designed to be the base and a blusher shade. 03 Brown features an off-white pale beige and an orange-toned brown. Both shades contain multi-colored shimmer and have a decent staying power.
The shimmery particles in the pale beige create a very reflective glow. Even though the orange-toned brown is less shimmery than the pale beige, it also creates a glowy finish. Apart from a base, the pale beige can also be used as a highlighter on top of the orangy brown or on other parts of the face. Overall the duo creates a healthy sun-kissed glow for the cheeks.
The product will certainly appeal to those who like a very glowy finish. Those who tend to have issues with oily cheeks or large pores should use this product very sparingly.
(The products featured in this article are provided by RMK.)