Aube Couture Designing Impression Eyes in 555 Brown (Spring 2012)

by PJ on Saturday, November 17, 2012

in -Aube (Couture), -Kao, -Sofina, 2012 Spring, all about Japanese cosmetics, makeup, makeup - eyeshadow, stash focus

Kao Sofina Aube Couture Designing Impression Eyes 555 Brown Spring 2012 Makeup 1


In my own little world of makeup discovery, 2012 is probably the year of Sofina Aube Couture. Designing Impression Eyes in 553 Purple is the first item I purchased from the line since its revamp from the original Aube. I have then picked up three more variations, one of which is the limited-edition 561 Purple from fall 2012, and today I am sharing my thoughts on my second purchase, 555 Brown (released in spring 2012).


Kao Sofina Aube Couture Designing Impression Eyes 555 Brown Spring 2012 Makeup 2


The five colors in this palette are (from the lightest to the darkest and then the shade at the bottom):

1. off-white cream, moderately pigmented, highly pearly and glowy
2. light-to-medium golden brown, moderately pigmented, pearly with shimmer
3. dark brown, moderately-to-well pigmented, softly pearly with fine sparkles
4. soft brown black, moderately-to-well pigmented, velvety with fine sparkles
5. pale peach (cream-t0-powder consistency), moderately pigmented, softly pearly and glowy

All the colors have multi-hued light-reflective particles. They all have a smooth texture and a good staying power.

(Please see my review of 553 Purple to see Aube Couture’s suggested placement of each color.)

Like I do with the off-white pink in 553 Purple, I need to be slightly careful with the off-white cream, which can look frosty if I am heavy-handed with it. Used light-handedly with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, it creates a flattering finish.

My favorite shade in this palette is the light-to-medium golden brown. (It shows up lighter and peachier in the second photo.) It has a nice amount of warmth to suit my skin tone and I like its shimmery finish.

The dark brown is dark enough to be a soft eye-lining shade. While it certainly adds definition to the eyes very effectively, I think it is too similar to the soft brown black in terms of color depth. I think the palette would be more versatile if the dark brown were lighter. Also, just to be a little picky, I would prefer it to be slightly warmer as well.

On the whole, I do like this palette, as it creates a natural yet defined look for the eyes. Also, like 553 Purple, I like the varied finishes of the shades and the dimensional look they create. But if I have to compare the two, I think I slightly prefer 553 Purple as its color gradation is slightly better coordinated.

Based on my experience with this palette, I decided to try 552 Brown, which is overall warmer. I will be reviewing this palette later on. Do check back later!


Related posts:

Aube Couture Spring 2013 Makeup Collection
(featuring Designing Impression Eyes in 565, 566, 567 & 568)

Aube Couture Summer 2012 Makeup Collection
(featuring Designing Impression Eyes in 558 & 559)

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