Maquillage's spring 2009 collection focuses on bringing out the ideal shape of the face that most women in East and Southeast Asia achieve to have through makeup.
The star items in this collection, Eye Creator 3D, Face Creator 3D, Moisture Rouge Sheer Type and Moisture Rouge Color On Type, are created to help achieve the ideal facial proportions, with big round eyes, well-defined nose, full lips and small sculpted face.
This collection features revamped packaging designs, which looks more appealing to me than the old packaging. You can check out the swatches of this collection in this post.
Face Creator 3D from Maquillage's spring '09 collection is available in 11 Nuance Red, 22 Nuance Beige, 33 Nuance Coral and 44 Nuance Pink. Each palette features five coordinating shades. The refill and case for this face palette are sold separately. The one I have is 22 Nuance Beige.
22 Nuance Beige
(Top shade) White with gold iridescent shimmer: as a highlighter shade for the upper cheek bones and bridge of nose
(Center shade) Off-white with sparse gold shimmer: as a highlighter shade for the T zone and under eyes area
(Middle right shade) Peachy with subtle gold shimmer: as a blusher shade
(Middle left shade) Beige with subtle shimmer: as a contouring color for the jaw bone, cheeks and forehead
(Bottom shade) Brown with subtle shimmer: as a contouring color for the jaw line and sides of forehead
The texture of these powder is silky smooth. The powder is firmly pressed. So it doesn't fall off easily. All the colors are light-pigmented, which works well for me because I could slowly build up the level of intensity I desire.
Every shade in this collection contains shimmer. Overall, the shimmer of the palette is not the finest I have tried, but it is not too chunky nor too metallic.
The center shade imparts a soft gold iridescent shine when applied with a light hand. It gives a metallic sheen when overdone, however.
The top shade(highlighter shade) goes on clear with sparse gold flecks on my fairly light skin. The shimmer looks too obvious for my liking. I wish the shimmer were more refined for an effortless look. Thus, I would dust a little of matte loose face powder or powder foundation over the shimmer to make the shimmer look less noticeable.
The shimmering particles of the shading and contouring colors are subtle, and create a light, muted sheen on the face.
The lasting power is fairly good.
This face palette packaging is well-designed. The enclosed dual-ended brush, with short bristles on one end and long bristles on the other end, are very practical to use. The bristles are relatively soft. The diagonal shape brush is in good size and easy to apply.
I am satisfied with Maquillage Face Creator 3D Palette in 22 Nuance Beige. The colors work together to define the cheeks as well as the face nicely. Although I don't really like the overpowering shimmering effects of the highlighter shades, I still think the well-coordinated colors, dual-ended brush and big mirror in this compact makes it very easy to apply and travel-friendly.
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