Hello again everyone!
It's already 2013 (Happy New Year!!) and here I am still harping on Autumn Winter releases from 2012. Apologies about that and do bear with my very belated mentions on these!
I had received some pieces from KATE Cosmetic's Autumn Winter 2012 Collection a good while ago (and did a brief mention here) but I don't know what took me this long to give it an official mention on here.
While the mention is late, I did get a chance to play around with some of them before my whole makeup abstinence period. More pointedly, I was thrilled to give the foundation a shot but... I shan't ramble too much in the intro, let's take a look at the items!
With this collection, KATE looks to get us all set and glammed up to be in the spotlight, perfect for the festive seasons that just passed. Though you don't always need a festive occasion to be glammed up!
Be enchanted with the multitude of jewel-like shiny shades and deep shimmering hues that add an edgy touch to the look. To complete a glammed up look, the collection also contains key products to accentuate your features for that final touch!
Though to kick off the feature, let's start with the basics of having a flawless natural base.
KATE Powderless Liquid Foundation (30ml) — S$34
Formulated with a Thin Film Fit Powder, the magic of this is that it turns from liquid to powder within 15 seconds of application (spreading and blending) and eliminates the typical need of setting your liquid foundation after!
Housed in a handy-sized (and rather adorably squat) bottle, this was something I looked forward to trying after the buzz about it online before it was stated to arrive on our shores.
I have given it a couple of tries, amidst my detour from the liquid foundation world, and must say that I am seemingly impressed. I will save my thoughts, swatches and information about this for a more indepth review entry to come (fingers crossed I find time!).
KATE Slim Create Powder — $27
What's a glammed up look without a little contouring?
I am a pretty huge fan of contouring such that it is a habitual thing for me and I do it everytime I put a full face of makeup on. Even if I am in a rush and could only do 1 cheek application, I would choose this over using a blush. Don't ask me why, it just became habit.
Thus, this compact little contouring and highlighting kit from KATE is actually a very useful thing to have. Mainly for the ease of having 2 items in 1 and also the compact size to tote around.
The powder comes encased with a diagram on coutouring and highlighting tips, along with a flat brush that was surprisingly very soft to the touch. It may not be the most plush (which I prefer for contouring) but if you were on-the-go, this would do the job just fine.
The contour powder is mostly matte with a very very faint sheen to it. I am pretty sure that is a slight glint and my eyes are not deceiving me but the glint and sheen is definitely more prominent in the highlight shade.
Though sadly for me, I don't entirely like the contour shade for my cheek area, just because it doesn't differ too much from my skintone. Thus, I really have to work at it for any true contour effect to show up.
However it is also this 'lightness' and 'foolproof-ness' of it that makes it perfect for mildly sculpting and defining my nose area, just because I know I can't really go wrong with it.
Don't get me wrong, this would contour my cheeks just fine if I work at it but given my rush hour mornings, I'd rather do a light dab and blend of my current contour shade than go back and forth this mini pan.
KATE Limited Colour Super Sharp Liner — S$17
Yes, the previously showcased red eyeliner!
KATE's Super Sharp liner is one of the more popular items from the brand and with this collection they have released 2 Limited Edition colors — Night Red and Night Blue.
What I have on hand is Night Red and as the name goes, it is a red (with a slight brown inkling) liquid liner.
The press information mentions that with a 0.03mm tip, this is one of the thinnest liner finds in the Japanese market. While I can't be totally sure of that with K-Palette's Micro Liner around, I wouldn't deny that KATE's Super Sharp Liner does draw a thin line regardless of the brush tip size.
I am quite intrigued with the shade of this while feeling stumped on how to best use it. Thankfully it leans a wee bit brown and is not an intense out-right red but a part of me feels I still can't entirely use this on its own.
Either ways, I'll find a way and perhaps showcase it when I do, if it looks decent!
KATE Deep Shiny Eyes (in GY-1) — S$23.50
Taking care of the shine and shimmer portion of the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection is KATE's Deep Shiny Eyes.
Available in 6 different shades, these jewel-inspired trios have a 'Brilliant Color' (Center color) that is formulated with 'Gloss Jewelry Pearl' for a lustrous and transparent shine.
The other 2 shades within the trio are formulated with a special 'Black Star Pearl' for a deep color tone that still enhances and glow with a jewel-like radiance.
In all, I find the Deep Shiny Eyes trio falls in the same family as KATE's usual offering of shimmery and translucent-ly radiant shades, except maybe a tad darker, smokier and more suitable for glammed up looks.
At least this shade is in comparison with the other KATE palettes that I own.
Despite the fact that it is packed with shimmer and sparkle, the shadows feel smooth to the touch. I would not call the texture creamy but they feel smooth enough and defintiely not gritty.
If smokier shades like GY-1 isn't your cup of tea, here are the other color variations available covering the spectrum of neutrals, pinks and more!
I have played around with these products prior but never got to snapping shots of them on, which is increasingly harder to do now. While I can't promise an immediate look or feature of these products, I will try when I get the chance to!
KATE's Autumn Winter 2012 Collection is available from November 2012 at selected BHG, Guardian Pharmacy, OG, John Little, Metro, Nishino Pharmacy, Sasa Cosmetics and Watsons.
Spying anything from KATE's latest collection? Did the Powderless Liquid Foundation catch your eye?
Thanks for reading!
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