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KATE TOKYO Spotlighting Shadows: Swatches and a Pictorial on How To Use Them!

KATE has been the best-selling drugstore makeup brand in Japan for 11 years running, and I’ve always loved their edgy style and wearable colors. (It’s not “Pastel-Land”.)

They’ve updated their name this year to KATE TOKYO to identify more strongly with their roots (a la Rimmel London, Maybelline New York, L’oreal Paris). 

That aside, they’ve also launched the Spotlight Eyeshadow series, of which 5 palettes are available in Singapore. I admit I initially thought “oh no, more unflattering pale glitter-mania” i.e. not the kinda colors that I’d wear to work or even on most days.

My experience with these?

When I swatched them and put them on, I was actually pretty impressed. The bright shades aren’t the unflattering pale pearl shades common to a lot of Japanese makeup palettes. They are made with a high-translucency pearl to give your lids a veil of sheen. And the medium and dark shades are rich and pigmented enough to define the eyes.

The images above are self-explanatory; swatches of all 5 palettes (S$27 each) and how you can apply them. To put it to the test in the pictorial, I used nothing but my fingers and the fine sponge-tip applicator for lining.

The broad sponge-tip is kinda crap. Just use your fingers and be done with. A lot of Japanese drugstore eyeshadow textures are made with a pigment-and-lipid blend so they have a creamy feel and often work better applied with fingers than with brushes. Brilliant when you’re in a rush.

I still recommend applying primer first if you want these to last all day without fading.

Palette used in pictorial: BR-2

Mascara used: Benefit They’re Real

False Lashes: Diamond Lash “Little Devil” half strips

My Favorite Palette here?

OR-1, the soft grapefruit-coral pink and bronze palette. 

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