It hasn't been very long since I reviewed my first Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in BE213 Nude
, and now, via a passed-on PR sample gifted by a blogging friend, I have a second one to show you: a delicate pastel trio in BL215 Static ($33 for 3g/0.1 oz)
, which is part of Shiseido's Fall/Winter 2014 Collection.
Yes, I know: pale pastels for Fall. I'm really not sure where Shiseido was going with this combo, as the rest of the collection is decidely more autumnal; check out Larie's review and swatches of the Floracouture trio here
. Given their mostly Asian customer base and the usual cold season trends, I can't see Static being a huge hit at the counters - quite undeservedly so, as this trio is beautifully executed in its own right. Once you get over the dark A/W palette, Static shines with its understated elegance, evoking wispy, cotton candy clouds lit by a sunrise, or the polished mother of pearl glow on the inside of a seashell.
In terms of texture/formula of the eyeshadows in this trio, I find it very similar to Nude - meaning excellent: soft, dimensional, easily blendable. In my experience, pastel eyeshadows are tricky to get right: either sheer and patchy, or pigmented and chalky, looking forced and unflattering on the lids. Static somehow manages to meander these obstacles, adhering to the skin evenly, and giving eyes a subtly luminous, fresh quality; mind you, Shiseido's formula isn't the most pigmented, but I have no problems whatsoever getting these to show up on me. All three shades have a soft opalescence (mint green, pale violet and light purpley pink respectively) and a strong white base, which manages to cover my veiny lids without looking too heavy. I don't have any comparison swatches for you this time as I don't really own many comparable pastels, but for reference sake, the shades in Static remind me strongly of the Fyrinnae 'Ghost' eyeshadow series
, only with less duochrome and sparkle.
I concocted a simple eye look using the light pink on the lid, the beige brown from the Nude trio in the crease, and the mint green in the inner corners and along the lower lashline. This is inadverently a very similar placement to the one suggested by Dick Page himself (here's a link to his 'Soft Look' tutorial
using the Static trio), only substituting the light blue in/above the crease with a more neutral shade. I also used a warm blush on the cheeks (Laura Geller in Boysenberry
) and the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine in PK331
in on the lips - but I like the sheer mauve worn by Shiseido's model much better than this light pink.
Not much more to say about the awesomeness of Static; if you like pastel eyeshadows, I strongly recommend you check it out. I know that for some of you, especially of the darker and warmer complexions, pastels are extremely hard to work with; but for those who have similarly cool/neutral fair skin, the pastel shades in Static make for a beautiful accent on the eyes, in case you're not into using all three together. For some more ideas on using pastel eyeshadows, check out some of my other looks featuring Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H Eyeshadow in Evermore Lilac here
, bareMinerals Eyecolor in Celery here
, and a general lower lashline accent placement here
Have you picked anything up from the Shiseido Fall collection? Do you ever wear pastel shades on the eyes?
I actually have this on my wish list -- not because I like pastels, but because these are meant to be transformer shades over other shadows! Try it over different matte bases and be amazed. :DReplyDelete
I was just thinking that a cream base would work great with these - haha, in this case they're the exact same concept as Fyrinnae Ghosts :)Delete
These shades look beautiful on you. I don't think they would do half as good on me though ;-)ReplyDelete
Your skin looks a lot more olive than mine, but I think these could work as an accent, or like Liz said, layered over other bases - I'm thinking a dark base would probably make them a lot easier to wear for darker skintones!Delete
somehoe these pastels worked out REALLY well. its so easy for pastels to be chalky but in so far as eyelids can glow, those pastel shades glow so prettily. and hello! inner corner highlight awesomeness.ReplyDelete
Haha, yes, I think Shiseido eyeshadows DO make eyelids glow. Such a pretty, luminous finish they have. Thank you Jenn!Delete
I love pastels, they always look so ethereal ;)ReplyDelete
I never really got into pastels, but these look so ethereal on you! The whole look is glowy and angelic :-)ReplyDelete
I adore Shiseido eye shadows! I love how they are in no way chalky looking and for me that is a pretty big feat with such pale pastel shades.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the link love, Monika. I wanted this palette but wasn't sure I was up to the layering and such, so I skipped for now. But the mint green is beautiful. And yes, it totally reminded me of Fyrinnae's ghost series!ReplyDelete
Ha, I'm glad I can still use it without having to layer - but I think anyone could as an inner corner highlight. I do love the mint green, but used the light blue with violet shift yesterday and I think it's my favorite shade in the trio :)Delete
Hi Monika! You look pretty incredible in pastel eye shadow! I am pretty fair skinned, but I never bought pastel shadows, because I just assume I'll look terrible in them. I think it's got to do with an eye structure a lot, and I diagnosed myself with a hooded eye.ReplyDelete
Hi Tanya! I'm sure you could rock some pastels, especially as an accent in the inner corners, or to brighten up the middle of the lid!Delete
This looks similar to the ELF transformer palette!ReplyDelete
Oh, I haven't thought about that - good to know there's a cheaper dupe around!Delete
These look so wonderfully ethereal on you, Monika! I love a good, glowy pastel, but I'm afraid I don't have very many in my stash -- though I might have to do something about that, now. :PReplyDelete