I stumbled upon these eye shadows, when I was on my quest to get a good icy lavender shadow that I would use on the go without a brush or meticulous planning. These captured my attention after I purchased Decorte PU 120, a limited edition eye crayon.
|My first Decorte purchase|
This is a Japanese brand that is well rounded, they have makeup, skincare, nail polish, and perfume. It kind of reminds me of Dior for some reason. I can find a few items that I love, but others that seem overpriced. I use their cotton, their toners, and the Phytotune Foaming Wash at the moment. When I used to wear more makeup (pre-covid) I reached for these eye shadows a lot. Their emulsions and lotions are ok, but I like to buy them during sales. Their lipsticks are creamy, but nothing memorable for me. I like their sales a lot, and their gift with purchase offers is what pushed me to get more eye colors from this type.
|The lids are clear, which make it easy to see the colors;|
they each come in beautiful boxes
|Containers are acrylic (plastic) but look like glass|
|Summer selection at Honey & Butter|
In fact, they look like macaroons when they're brand new. These are the first 4 I purchased. I was so fascinated by these little pots.
These are shimmery, there is no way to sugar coat it (pun intended). I know some will probably say that they are glittery, but being a nail polish blogger, I am able to make that distinction. Trust me, these are frosty and shimmery, but the pigments are so fine and elegant that they could never be categorized as glitter. at most, I would describe it as grown up microglitter. Would I use these on my brow bone? probably not.
|current stash - swatches in the sun|
|current stash - containers|
Application wise, I like to pick up a smidge with a Q-tip or an applicator or my pinky nail, and spread it across the eyelid. I think these are meant to be used by rubbing the top directly with the fingertips. I would use that method as a last resort. As a second option, I would use a cream shadow brush. I used a ruler in this pic for scale, to show the approximate amount that is required for one eye. At this rate, these will last me a long time.
|on the left is the amount required for the swatches on the right|
The good thing is that they are very forgiving. If I accidentally take it too far past the outer edge, I can use a clean finger and erase it. Which brings me to the removal process, these are quite easy to remove with any facial soap, no need to do double cleanser or use any special oil-based remover.
|swatches in the shade|
Top to bottom: GR 781, PK 884, GD 082, PK 885, BR 383, BL 981, BL 980, and PU 981
They are really convenient for me. Of course the staying power is not as good as powder shadows or waterproof cream shadows, but I like the way they fade. On me, they do not crease at all. The color range is pretty good, although there are too many neutrals that look alike. That being said, I plan to get a few more colors soon.
|Color range - Image source|
Ingredients listed on their website are as follows:
CYCLOMETHICONE･ DIPHENYL DIMETHICONE･ SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE･ DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER･ ISODODECANE･ TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE･ DIMETHICONE･ CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE･ CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT･ JASMINUM SAMBAC (JASMINE) FLOWER EXTRACT･ ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER EXTRACT･ TOCOPHEROL･ ALCOHOL･ ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE･ BUTYLENE GLYCOL･ CELLULOSE･ CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE･ DEXTRIN ISOSTEARATE･ HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE･ HYDROGENATED LECITHIN･ ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE･ MINERAL OIL/PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/HUILE MINÉRALE･ PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE･ POLYETHYLENE･ POLYPROPYLENE･ SILICA･ SQUALANE･ STEAROYL INULIN･ TIN OXIDE･ TRIETHANOLAMINE･ TRIETHYLHEXANOIN･ WATER/AQUA/EAU･ PHENOXYETHANOL･ FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)･ MAY CONTAIN (+/-):BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)･ IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)･ IRON OXIDES (CI 77492)･ IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)･ MICA･ TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)･ ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)･ YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)
The thing I like about these eye shadows is the smoothing effect. For some reason, they make the eyelids look younger and rested. Maybe it's because they have some sort of silicone. I hope my swatches are helpful. Michele Wang has a great video review of the shadows at minute 7. There are a few swatches with descriptions in English here and here. And a swatch review in Japanese here.
|swatches in the sun with descriptions|
GR 781 is a peridot, leaning lime. This has gold undertones, but also silver, so it somehow ends up looking cooler on the arm swatch. However, on my lids, since they are sometimes tired and darkened, all it does is neutralize the redness, and make me look more awake. The golden tones are pulled in and it just makes for a great base color, which blends well with the natural browned edges. PK 884 is a light pink with gold undertones. This one is my go to, because I love baby pink eye shadow and I equally love gold, and sometimes I cannot make up my mind on which one to wear, so I reach for this one. It is definitely warmer than PK 885, but the shimmer is so similar that they both end up looking cool toned on me.
|Top to bottom: GR 781 and PK 884|
GD 082 is a neutral cool toned gold. Nothing too over the top, and it performs as expected. Just by looking at the color on the pot, that is what will translate onto the eye. It is sheer, just like most of them, but it provides a really nice smoothing effect. It can be used to enhance corners too. PK 885 is super girly and loud. Even though the pictures here don't do it justice, I think this one is very buildable. Depending on skin tone it can look a bit 80s, I mean it will lean bubblegum pink on me some days, depending on lighting. So I try to not over do it. This is not one that I use as a monoshadow, I feel like I have to add something to deepen it.
|Top to bottom: GD 082 and PK 885|
BR 383 is a golden brown, and it leans really dark on me, so I have to be careful not to use too much of it. I mainly got it for the crease, as it gives a nice depth, but if I'm using my fingers, this is kind of a task. My favorite way to use it is as a thick smudged liner over the other shadows. I love that this brown is not muddy, it just looks like an expensive copper eyeshadow that brightens the eyes. BL 981 was a disappointment for me, because this blue is so silvery on me. It's very metallic, so I have to tread carefully, again, to avoid that frosty 80s look. I wanted it to be purple, but it was just a basic medium denim color. Moreover, worn by itself, it tends to look patchy on my tired skin. I like it only on one third of my eye, blended with a lighter shadow, like PK 885. I will have to try it with a primer or over concealer. I think it will look better for someone with naturally fair eyelids or perhaps with heavy black eyeliner and some falsies.
|Top to bottom: BR 383 and BL 981|
BL 980 is a navy dark blue with some violet undertones. This one looks stunning, but I am not sure if I can use it for a mono look either. Again, outer corner for me, just to be safe. I do love the color, and this one leans more purple in certain lighting situations. It almost has like a duochrome effect going on, which is rather unique. This is the most pigmented of the bunch, and it doesn't really fit that macaroon description I was talking about earlier. Last but not least, PU 981. This one is stunning, it has a grey, blue-toned pink microshimmer throughout, which reminds me of my favorite MAC pigment, called Lark About. It's quite a stunner. Think of it like an iridescent nail polish topper. It's very white so I definitely need to wear an eyeliner when I use this.
|Top to bottom: BL 980 and PU 981|