Mika for Shu launches this May, so I figured i’ll share my thoughts on these with ample time for you to make up your lists and be prepared ;-)
As you probably already know, a while back I attended a fun event put together by the lovely girls at the Shu Uemura Singapore office. It was a carnival themed candy infested ordeal.. and boy did we have fun! Possibly the best event I have attended in quite some time. And of course I was sent home with a giant goodie bag filled with Mika goods to review and share with you! Thank you Shu Uemura! :-D
So this collection consists of these candy inspired spiral eye shadows, base products (Dual fit powders & UV under bases), exotic lashes, nail stickers, Tint in Gelato (already in store and reviewed here) and the iconic cleansing oils, all adorned with the mystical and colourful graphics created by Mika Ninagawa renowned photographer and film director.
So today let’s start with a closer look at the Spiral eyeshadow duo.
In the left pan you get a swirl of bright medium orange, bright sparkly yellow and frosty white; and in the right, a swirl of muted almost magenta pink and light pearly pink. I love that there are so many colour options making it good value for money!
The packaging on the other hand was a bit of a let down as it’s plastic, and feels very flimsy when handled. As much as I love the cute Mika graphics, my expectations are always high when it comes to packaging and clearly in this case, it was not met.
But I am happy to report the product itself was an A+.
I got impressive payoff with these. I particularly loved how the orange shade applied. It had the right amount of shimmer and was noticeably better pigmented than the pink. The yellow shade was also as pigmented but had more of a sparkly finish and both combined together was just beautiful. The pink and the light pink gave medium colour payoff as it felt a little bit harder. But without too much effort I got good opacity with layering, as these are buildable to true-to-pan intensity.
I also used a smaller brush and picked up some of the colours individually to use as accents for inner eye highlighting and lining and they all come together well, to create a complete, balanced eye look.
Here’s what I created using this palette.
Personally I prefer it worn very soft and lightly blended for a flattering day look. No liner.
And here’s one with more lid action ;-)
I also took another option with very thin liner.
These eyeshadows wore very well and are quite crease proof. I managed to wear this look yesterday for around 10 whole hours (used over a primer) and only saw minimal fading.
Bottom line, if you enjoy sugary shades, this palette is definitely worth a look.
The Spiral duo palettes come in two versions- Orange and pink as seen here, as well as a white and brown version for those who prefer to take the ‘safe’ colour route (which excludes me of course!).
You get 3g 0.1 oz for SG$ 55 and will be sold at all Shu Uemura counters island wide.
Launch date – 1st May.