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2010 Summer

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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Paul and Joe Lip Gloss G Summer 2010 Makeup 1

(image from www.paul-joe-beaute.com)

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Paul & Joe released Lip Gloss G a few months ago as part of the brand’s summer 2010 makeup collection. It is available in 10 shades, and today I am highlighting 07 Tangerine.

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Paul and Joe Lip Gloss G 07 Tangerine Summer 2010 Makeup 1

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Kanebo Coffret D'Or Beauty C Curve Eyes Peach Beige 1

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This is the first Stash Focus article since the blog move, and today I am bringing you my thoughts on Kanebo Coffret D’Or‘s  Beauty C Curve Eyes in 04 Peach Beige.

The Beauty C Curve Eyes series is part of Coffret D’Or’s late summer/ early fall 2010 makeup collection, which was released in Japan on June 16th. The series features five variations. With the absence of a purple palette among them, I decided to go for 04 Peach Beige.

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(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca)

I have received Coffret D’Or Beauty C Curve Eyes in 04 Peach Beige and Lavshuca Eye Color Select in BR-1. I will be sharing my thoughts on them later on!

In the meantime, you can see my posts on Lavshuca Eye Color Select in PK-1, BU-1 & PU-2.

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(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/coffretdor)

Do have a look at the update of my post on Coffret D’Or’s early fall 2010 collection swatches for more links to swatches of Beauty C Curve Eyes palettes.

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3rd: Dior

(image from www.dior.com)

(5-Colour Iridescent in 659 Crush Glow)
(image from www.joseishi.net/voce)

Dior’s summer 2010 makeup collection is the only collection from a western brand in my top ten for this season. Besides Addicted to Dior, the two 5-Colour Iridescent palettes, 649 Ready-to-Glow and 659 Crush Glow, are also highlights of the collection. (I prefer the warmer Crush Glow (above).)

2nd: Magie Deco

(image from www.cosmedecorte.com/magiedeco)

(image from www.cosmedecorte.com/magiedeco)

I actually didn’t pay too much attention to Magie Deco’s summer 2010 collection until I saw images of the collection on the official website. I was fascinated by the cheerful and summery (as well as chic and glamorous) Shadow Brilliance II in LC034 Latina Beauty. Interestingly, the color combination looks somewhat similar to that of Dior’s Crush Glow (above), with yellow gold, salmon pink, and chocolate brown.

1st: Lunasol

(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol)

(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol)

Lunasol’s summer 2010 collection continues the Nature Purification theme. The two new Nature Color Eyes palettes, EX01 Nature Summer Blue and EX02 Nature Summer Beige, draw inspiration from the hues of the sand and the sea and turn them into shimmery and stunning eyeshadows. The rest of the items in the collection complement the two palettes beautifully, and the peachy-orange items reflect the recent makeup trends.

Related posts:

Dior Fall 2010 Makeup Collection

Lunasol Fall 2010 Makeup Collection

Magie Deco Shadow Brillinace II in Foxy Lady

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(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/coffretdor)

If you are interested in Coffret D’Or‘s late summer/ early fall 2010 collection, there are (finally) some swatches of the items at Iswii.net.

Among the five variations of Beauty C Curve Eyes, I am more interested in 02 Rose Pink and 04 Peach Beige. The swatches are very helpful, although they are not really making the decision easier for me.

All the colors in the two palettes other than the lining shades are quite light. I usually base my decision to purchase an eyeshadow palette on the medium (shadowing) shade, and neither of the two palettes has one. (01 and 05 are not really my shades and I seldom wear dark grey (like the one in 03).)

At the moment I am leaning towards 04 but I will probably make the decision after seeing more photos. (I have at least one palette from each eyeshadow palette series from Coffret D’Or and I am not planning to leave a gap in my collection…) I will include other links to photos in this post if I come across any.

Updated on June 29th 2010:

See swatches of 04 Peach Beige at Makeup And Life. Also, see swatches of 01 Gold Brown here and swatches of all the palettes here and here. I still think I will be going for 04…

Other posts with links to swatches:

Lunasol (Nature Color Eyes for Spring 2010) & Addiction

Lunasol Eyeshadow Palette Swatch Galore

RMK Ingenious Powder Eyes & Ingenious Jelly Eyes

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6th: Paul & Joe

(image from www.paul-joe-beaute.com)

(image from www.paul-joe-beaute.com)

(image from www.paul-joe-beaute.com)

While the limited-edition Finishing Powder and Lipstick S from Paul & Joe’s summer 2010 makeup collection are probably getting the most attention, I am more interested in the new Lip Gloss G. I like the two Paul & Joe lip glosses I have (including Lip Gloss N in Black-Tie), and the new range also has some lovely colors. For a change, the chrysanthemum motifs are embossed (and not printed) on the tubes. Very pretty!

5th: Elégance

(image from www.elegance-cosmetics.com)

(image from www.elegance-cosmetics.com)

From lip glosses from Paul & Joe to those from Elégance. The new Glam Up Gloss features a nice variety of shades, including a blue-tinted one, which I am slightly tempted to get. (The Glam Up Gloss range is not a limited edition so I will have time to think about getting the blue one.) Apart from the lip glosses, I also like how the whole collection is visually presented on the brand’s official website.

4th: Lavshuca

(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca)

(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca)

The first product from Lavshuca’s summer 2010 collection that grabbed my attention is the new Mix Color Cheeks, with one highlighter and two gradational blusher shades in each of the four variations. The new Melting Eyes range has some wearable neutrals, peaches, and pinks. Among the five variations, OR-1 is perhaps the most on-trend one.

The countdown concludes in Part 3.

Related posts:

Lavshuca Cheek Color in PK-1

Japanese Cosmetics Focus: Elégance

Loving Japanese Cosmetics (3 of 7): Paul & Joe

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10th: Sonia Rykiel

(image from www.soniarykiel-cosmetics.com)

(image from www.soniarykiel-cosmetics.com)

(image from www.soniarykiel-cosmetics.com)

It doesn’t seem that long ago when Sonia Rykiel released a beautiful blue-themed collection for summer 2009. For this summer, the brand focuses on slightly warmer shades. I like the vibrant hues of Gloss D’Été as well as the golden-sun color of the packaging.

9th: Majolica Majorca

(image from www.iswii.net)

(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/mj)

(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/mj)

In contrast to Sonia Rykiel’s warm colors, Majolica Majorca’s summer 2010 color scheme is a lot cooler, With cool pink and lilac, it is a girlie and romantic collection. The eyeshadow palette with pale pink and soft lilac is quite appealing to me.

8th: Jill Stuart

(image from www.jillstuart-beauty.com)

I really like my Mix Blush Compact (in 01 Baby Blush), and Jill Stuart has released many variations to satisfy Jill Stuart fans. The two limited-edition variations for summer 2010 feature soft colors and floral prints on the powder, and they just look so pretty.

(Jill Stuart will release a new range of blushers for fall 2010. See images on the Voce blog.)

7th: Anna Sui

(image from www.annasui-cosmetics.com)

(image from www.iswii.net)

Anna Sui’s summer 2010 makeup collection features colorful psychedelic patterns on the packaging. I very nearly bought Glittering Eye Color in 002, but I decided not to in the end. (I do like the cute packaging, but the cream texture is not really my preferred texture for eyeshadows (or for most makeup items).)

The countdown continues in Part 2.

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Addicted to Dior Jeweled Lip Gloss Duo is the limited-edition star item of Dior’s summer 2010 makeup collection. I first saw it in Harrods and then in my local John Lewis, and I got it with my Boots points after the collection was finally launched in Boots. (Its retail price in the UK is 42 pounds.)

The front of the palette is engraved with the Dior logo and the address of the House of Dior (30, Avenue Montaigne Paris). There are decorative jewels on the Dior logo and on the four corners. The palette comes with a drawstring velvet pouch.

The palette contains two lip glosses. Two variations are available, and I went for 002 Addicted to Pink, which includes a medium bronze with soft shimmer and a vibrant pink with no shimmer. Both shades go on quite sheer. (001 Addicted to Coral includes a warm gold and a coral.)

(I tested the colors at the counter. I am pretty sure I will keep my palette in an unused condition.)



Even though I decided to get it as soon as I saw the image of it on-line, I don’t think it is among my favorite limited-edition star items from Dior that I have. It is not as glamorous as Lady Dior or Cristal Boréal and it is not as princessy as Dior Princess Ring.


I mentioned earlier that I thought it was slightly on the small side when I saw it in person for the first time. I was mainly comparing it with Dior Sparkling (in the photo above), which is the limited-edition star item from Dior’s holiday 2003 makeup collection. (I can’t quite believe that it is from nearly seven years ago.) Even with the delicate engravings, I think I prefer Dior Sparking. I like the fact that it is bigger and chunkier, and I like the beautifully glimmering pink decorative jewels on the Dior logo.

Having said that, I still think Addicted to Dior is certainly worth collecting. Dior’s limited-edition items that double as accessories almost always get extra points from me, and I do prefer Addicted to Dior to items like Poudrier Dentelle from Dior’s spring 2010 makeup collection. I am probably going to display it alongside some of my other limited-edition items from Dior on my dressing table.

(See images of 001 Addicted to Coral on My Women Stuff.)

Related posts on Dior:

Night Diamond (Holiday 2008)

DiorLight (Holiday 2007)

Diorissime (Fall 2007)

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