REVIEW & LOTD: MAQuillAGE True Eyeshadow BE323
Hi there! First of all, Gong Xi Fa Cai!! Here’s wishing you a properous and wonderful year ahead!
This is the first time I’ve ever brought my MacBook Pro along with me on a vacation, with the hope of getting a few blog posts out, so here I am. Wanted to do a few LOTD features while I’m here with my new Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage but my face looks horrendous right now. All thanks to broken capillaries around my eyes from feeling sick and throwing up in the middle of the night. I guess it’s the pressure of the purging that burst all my capillaries.. Sigh.. since when did I get “blessed” with such unnatural dark red cheeks and eyes? I blame age!
Anyway, enough blabbering.. Here’s a review and LOTD that I have been wanting to share for a while now. The photos were taken some time back and I only had time to edit them now.
The palette I’m going to talk about today is the MAQuillAGE True Eyeshadow Palette in BE323 Stylish Beige. This is the first MAQuillAGE eyeshadow palette I own and I was surprised by the quality of the eyeshadows, especially with it being an Asian brand.
I have experienced a number of Asian eyeshadow palettes and they all have one similarity – shimmer is a big part of the eyeshadows and the pigmentation is usually less intense when compared to western brand eyeshadows such as Urban Decay. When I first got this palette, I was using it non-stop for a couple weeks. Main reason? The color palette is beautiful. It’s got the right amount of shimmery shades, all over lid type colours and also a deeper shade to smoke out or intensify any look, making this a very versatile palette.
There are 5 shades in the palette, 4 shimmery and 1 matte. The palette also comes with instructions to create the perfect look using every shade in the palette. Yup, the instructions are in Japanese, but seriously, you wouldn’t need to read it to figure out where to place each colour.
I really adore this palette’s packaging, it is very lightweight but doesn’t feel “cheap” if you know what I mean. The size of this palette is great to fit into any makeup bag – I’ve brought this out to the spa, gym and yoga because I can easily look refreshed using colours from this little palette.
Colours & Quality:
1 – This is a shimmery champagne colour with a slight yellow gold undertone. This colour is the least buttery of the bunch and does have very slight fall-out but nothing drastic. This is great for highlighting the inner corner of the eyes, lower eyelid to create that Korean “eyebag” puppy eyes. It would work really well to highlight the brow bone if the rest of your eye look is pretty matte.
2 – This is a shimmery taupe shade that leans more brown than grey. It is great as a transition colour or all over lid colour. I sometimes dab this all over my eyelids after showering at the gym just to freshen up my eyes and not look so sleepy and listless.
3 – This is a beautiful pearly olive shade that is extremely pigmented and buttery. Very untypical of an Asian brand eyeshadow and I LOVE IT! Ok, I do have a weakness for olive or green shades because I personally think it works best for Asian skin with yellow undertone like mine.
4 – This is a deep brown with slight mauve tinge as the undertone. Very pigmented like the olive shade, making this perfect as an eyeshadow liner or used to deepen the outer V for a night time smokey look.
5 – This is the only matte creamy shade in the palette. I think this shade completes the entire palette because you can’t possibly work up a look with all shimmery and pearly shades without looking like a disco ball. I always think that all eye looks should have a mix of matte and shimmer shades so they don’t look too flat (all matte) or bulgy (all shimmer).
Here’s a very quick and easy everyday look that is suitable for work and school or any occasion where you don’t want to look overly made up.
- First, I applied the champagne shade all over the eyelid as a base, being careful not to go too high up the eyelid so that my eyes would look swollen.
- Next, I applied the shimmery taupe brown shade along my eyelids over the champagne colour but staying closer to the lashline so that I can still see the champagne colour peaking out from the top.
- To give my eyes a little bit of dimension, I applied the olive shade along the outer V and blended it into the taupe and champagne colour.
- Given that the eyelids were mostly made up of shimmery shades, I highlighted the browbone with the matte creamy shade.
- Finally, finish off the look with the deep brown shade as eyeliner, using it to dap along the tightline and close to the lashline.
- Apply some mascara and we’re done.
On the face…
- Base – YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
- Powder – Cle De Peau Translucent Powder
- Brows – Shu Uemura Hard Pencil
- Blush – Illamasqua Excite
- Contour – Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder
- Highlight – Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight
- Lipstick – MAQuillAGE True Rouge RS583
Hope this has been helpful for you 🙂