On a different occasion when J. and I were browsing Three Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil (will post that soon!), I also stopped by the Lunasol counter and swatched the newly released Sparkling Eyes. There are 2 quints available, 01 Gold Sparkling and 02 Rose Pink Sparkling.
***Screencap from Lunasol JP.
Sadly, despite the fact that these are quints with super smooth and silky texture and excellent pigmentation, I'm going to have to call meh on them both. Why? Because the colors are meh, the color combinations are meh, and even the finishes are meh. I'm so disappointed I don't even know where to begin! In short, these are repetitive and derivative, without a shred of attempted complexity. Lunasol, what's going on with you?
Let's start with 01 Gold Sparkling. How many times have we seen this exact same color combo from Lunasol (and every other Japanese brand)? Fine, so neutral colors sell well at every level, drugstore, mid-range, or high-end, I'll grant them that. But how is this quint any different? The answer is: there's no difference. There's no metallics or semi-metallics. These are satiny, shimmery finishes that are totally flat and boring.
The second quint, 02 Rose Pink Sparkling would be more interesting if it's not a total derivative of Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow 22 輝杏蕾 Kikyoutsubomi. Okay, I don't actually know which came first or who copied who, but without the complex layering or intricate shimmers, it pains me to say this but Lunasol comes off as the bland copycat. The only color that catches my eyes in this quint is the peach with peach, gold, and a few greenish shimmers.