From the category archives:

2010 Holiday

RMK Gloss Lips N P-03 Rose Brown 2

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RMK‘s Gloss Lips N was launched in Japan on December 3rd last year (and later that month in the UK) to replace Gloss Lips, which was among the brand’s best-selling items. Could the new version be just as popular?

Gloss Lips N is currently available in 20 shades in 4 finishes (CL (Clear), P (Pearl), H (Holographic), and SH (Shiny)), and today I am highlighting P-03 Rose Brown. (The three limited-edition lip glosses in RMK’s spring 2011 makeup collection are simply called Gloss, which is a different product.)

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Each year, Japanese beauty magazine Biteki publishes results of its annual survey of its readers’ favorite beauty products in various categories. I am usually particularly interested in all the makeup categories, and, this year, I noticed that three of the eye palettes that I bought in 2010 are among the top 10 eye palettes. (This is surprising to me, as the eye palettes I tend to go for are not usually the most popular ones.)

Here are some brief thoughts on the three palettes (the numbers indicate their rankings in the top 10, and see links for my reviews):

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1st: Lunasol Aurorize Eyes in 02 Light Variation

Kanebo Lunasol Aurorized Eyes 02 Light Variation Fall 2010 Makeup 1

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I know that top finishers in the eyeshadow categories (singles/palettes) are usually neutral-toned and I expected a Lunasol palette (possibly from the Aurorize Eyes series) to top the chart (again), but I didn’t expect that it would be this one. (I thought it would be between (the more airy) 01 Nuance Variation and (the more intense) 05 Contrast Variation.) It seems that the combination of ultra-wearable light warm-toned neutrals and the beautifully dimensional shimmer Lunasol is known for has captured the hearts of many makeup fans in Japan.

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Sofina Primavista Website January 2011 1(image from www.sofina.co.jp/primavista)

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The following posts have been updated with additional information:

Maquillage 5th Anniversary Makeup Collection

Primavista Spring/Summer 2011 Base Makeup Collection

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Kanebo Lavshuca Star Decoration Eyes BR-1 1

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Kanebo Lavshuca‘s Star Decoration Eyes series is from the line’s winter 2010 makeup collection. As soon as I came across images of the palettes, I thought I would definitely get one of them. The choice was between BR-1 and PU-1, and, because I don’t really like purple paired with grey (greys are usually too cool for me), I went for BR-1.

The case has the same length and width as those of Eye Color Select palettes, but it is a little thicker, which I like.

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3rd: Magie Deco

Kose Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Holiday 2010 Makeup Top 10 1(image from www.biteki.com)

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Since Magie Deco was launched in fall 2007, it has been releasing lovely makeup coffrets for the holiday seasons. This year, Magie Deco Coffret IV includes a beautiful eyeshadow  palette, with plum, light dusky pink, and light cool lilac. I like the eye palette for holiday 2009, but I think this year’s is even prettier.

(See the 2007 coffret here and the 2008 one here, and have a look at photos of the 2010 coffret on Autumn Masquerade.)

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6th: Maquillage

Shiseido Maquillage Holiday 2010 5th Anniversary Makeup 1(image from cosmetics-medical.com/mcs)

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Maquillage’s holiday 2010 makeup collection celebrates the line’s 5th anniversary. The Powder Celebration set includes a 7-shade loose powder (pictured above and below) and a pressed powder. The loose powder is certainly a one-off creation that we don’t see every year.

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10th: NARS

NARS Holiday 2010 Makeup Top 10 2(image from www.narscosmetics.co.uk)

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NARS’ holiday 2010 makeup collection has got some of my favorite makeup colors: violet, lilac, gold, beige and cool pink. Also, I like the look (and the name) of Trio Eye Shadow in Okinawa, even though the colors might not necessarily work particularly well for me.

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Kanebo Lavshuca Holiday 2010 Makeup 7(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca)

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I received my Lavshuca Star Decoration Eyes in BR-1 (left in photo) from the line’s holiday 2010 makeup collection a few days ago. I will try it very soon and share my thoughts later on!

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Elemis Enriching Body Treats Holiday 2010 1(image from www.elemis.com)

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For the holiday 2010 season, Elemis has released a collection of seasonal gifts as well as a seasonal candle collection. (See all the items here.) Today I am highlighting the Enriching Body Treats.

The set includes five body cleansers and one body moisturizer (from left to right in the photo above):

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Sonia Rykiel Holiday 2010 Makeup 7(image from www.soniarykiel-cosmetics.com)

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My post on Sonia Rykiel’s holiday 2010 makeup collection has been updated to include information on items that will be released in Japan on December 1st.

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