Redid the swatch photos for this palette as well, in better lighting and with a slanted shot to show the sparkling top wash's opacity when seen from an angle.
Original post Sunday, February 1, 2015.
This Lavshuca Light Mix Eyes in GN-1 was on clearance at Adam Beauty and ended up as a cart filler along with a recent order. I didn't care for these palettes much when they first came out. The color combinations just look so... boring! Thankfully, when the order arrived both the compact and the colors look much better in person.
All pictures taken in natural light without flash.
This palette falls short of the usual Lavshuca quality when it comes to texture, although this may very well be because it's old stock. It's not as buttery soft and silky as some of the other Lavshuca palettes I own, my absolute favorite being the Star Decoration Eyes. Within this particular Light Mix Eyes GN-1 palette there's actually a gradation of softness, with the base/highlighter at top left being driest, then the top wash at bottom right, then the lid shade at top right, and the liner shade at bottom left being softest and silkiest.
To my pleasant surprise, this palette is quite decently pigmented where it counts - the lid shade and the liner shade! I ended up enjoying it enough to go back and grabbed the BR-2 palette from e(vil)Bay for a really decent price, I mean, these are super old and discontinued after all... ^.^" I guess I'll have to compare these two palettes when BR-2 arrives.
- GN-1: despite the obvious gold theme in this palette I feel it's pretty neutral. The top wash at the bottom isn't your typical sparkling top wash, in that it doesn't sparkle but rather leaves a glistening wet finish, quite pretty in my opinion. You're supposed to wear the lid shade all over the lid (well, duh), and then dab a circle of the top wash right in the middle of the upper lid, right above the iris.
Clockwise from top left:
- Base/highlighter: shimmer, very sheer. An off white that's really dry to the touch.
- Lid shade: semi metallic, medium intensity. A pigmented faded khaki green with a semi metallic gold sheen.
- Top wash: semi metallic, low intensity. Why is this shade low intensity and not very sheer, despite not appearing in the swatch photo below? Because as explained here, in my humble opinion sheerness denotes pigmentation and not finish. Yes, this top wash has an almost completely transparent finish when viewed directly, but at angle its semi metallic sheen will come to life with a glistening wet finish that it can be built up to medium intensity. So no, despite having an almost transparent finish when viewed directly, it's not sheer at all when it comes pigmentation. Sorry, I really should have taken another angled photo with the swatches to illustrate this particular top wash. Will retake the swatch photos with direct and angled shots when the BR-2 palette arrives.
- Liner shade: shimmer, high intensity. A gorgeous deep olive green liner with gold and white shimmers. And holy hell it's pigment!!!