This Shiseido The Makeup Multi-Shade Enhancer is my first venture into Shiseido's international makeup line. Yes, I know, I really really need to get with the program. I've used a ton of other Shiseido stuff in addition to the Japan-only products like Pureness, SunCare, and I'm currently using the Benefiance Creamy Cleansing Foam, but I don't know why The Makeup hasn't had any draw on me! I don't find their products any special, and their packaging is kind of...ugly...
And then I got into this phase when I just love everything that was in stripe, patterns, gradations, and this Multi-Shade Enhancer matched the interest so I picked one up. It came in a round dome top compact that is dark brown with golden pink shimmers spilling across the lid. Inside, there is a mirror, and lifting that up you'll see a compartment for a flat rounded brush, much like the Maquillage ones.
So that means I can sort of expect the same quality as the Maquillage stuff, right? Sigh...sadly, no. The powder itself is rather hard and chalky and I was really dismayed when I first touched it. The only redeeming points are that it's unfragranced and doesn't produce much dust with a brush sweep.
The shade I have is Sunset Glow, consisting of 5 stripes of 5 different colors (from top to bottom):
- Burnt copper: medium intensity, subtle shimmers, looks more red in the picture but goes on a coppery orange.
- Bronzey brown: low intensity, matte, goes on with a bit of a yellow undertone
- Muted salmon pink: very sheer, matte, goes on more of a peachy pink
- Very pale peach: beyond sheer, almost translucent, subtle shimmers, matches my skin so well it disappears!
- Very pale fleshy pink: very sheer, subtle shimmers, a brightening color
When swirled together, I get a very natural color, a matte peachy nude cheeks that looks like I got just a touch of sun. The shimmers disappear and don't show at all! On a cloudy day, however, it has no effect whatsoever and I barely notice any color! I guess it's the sunlight that makes the powder work. But for $25 for just the refill, I think it's not worth it. It could be that I don't know how to use the powder too, so if you have any tips, please send a few my way :D
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