I've been really slow with color makeup reviews since it requires so many more photos and good lightings for swatches, but here it is finally! Again these are purchased during my holiday in Japan last year, "Kose Visee Glam Nude Eyes" eyeshadow palettes.
I purchased shades "N-2" which is "Brown-Beige" and N-5 which is "Smoky Beige"
N2 on left and N5 on the right. The compacts are brown plastic with nice wavy designs on surface, there's no mirror inside, however I like the clear window which shows you exactly the shades in the palettes. They retail for 1800 Yen full RRP but you can find them in Japanese drugstores for 30% off RRP quite often, which translates to just 15-16USD per palette.
Back of compacts:
There are some basic instructions behind with recommended application techniques.
Basically shade A is top right corner color, shade B is top left hand corner, (basically anti-clockwise), shade C is left middle, shade D is bottom middle, shade E is right bottom corner.
Again, N2 Beige Brown on left and N5 Smoky Beige on right.
N2 Brown Beige swatches below:
A is a dry-ish cream base shade, it feels a bit slippery but still dry to touch. It's meant to be an eye primer. It's a very light vanilla beige. You can see it blends into my skin quite well with just a sheen left behind.
B is a shimmery beige, a tiny bit darker than A but still quite light.
C is a medium brown wheat shimmer shade, it's a warm shade but not overall warm as to turn red on the eyes, it's almost a brown with a tiny touch of plum.
D is a chocolate brown shimmer, it's just dark enough to be used as a liner, but sometimes I still use a separate dark brown liner to give more depth. It is certainly dark enough for a more dramatic crease shade.
E is meant to be a sheer pale beige shimmer that you "dot" in the middle of the eye to add some dimension and sparkle. It is more shimmery than other shades but essentially it's shimmers and does not have too much base color.
Here's what the palette looks after a few uses already- it is not super soft or loosely pressed so it doesn't "dent" that easily compared to like some of the Majolica Majorca eyeshadow palettes.
Again from left to right, shades A B C D E:
A is again an eye primer shade, it has a light sheen which just brightens the eye area a bit.
B is a neutral beige-brown shimmer. It's brown enough and not really 'gold'.
C is a brown taupe, neutral or slightly cool toned.
D is a greyed-black shimmer, the shimmers seem more sparkly and slightly larger compared to other shades.
E is again a sheer sparkly shade to be pressed in the middle of the eye after all other colors.
N2 on left and N5 on right:
N2 on top row, N5 on bottom row.
The N5 "A" shade is more pronounced than N2 and for me it felt a bit more slippery and smoother to touch. N5's A shade has more sheen to it.
N2's B shade is more flesh toned beige while N5's B shade is more browned.
Comparatively N2's C shade is warmer and almost seem a bit redder compared to N5's C shade which is more true taupe.
Shade D between the two are quite different, N2 has a true chocolate brown liner shade while D has a smoky grey black shade and certainly darker.
Shade E in N2 is just a touch pinker than shade E in N5 which is more silvery.
Another angle- left column is N5 and right column is N2.
Overall I LOVE these palettes- for a tiny 15-16USD each they are as good as many other high end Japanese brand eyeshadows I've tried. They have a nice texture that doesn't have much fall-out issues, they are so versatile for everyday use, between these two palettes you are quite complete with all neutral brown based shades.
I'm now really tempted to collect all the other shades in the collection- the Glam Nude eyes are really worth trying. They have a buildable coverage and medium pigmentation (apart from shade A and E which are meant to be base or topping shades and they don't meant to have much pigmentation), I know a lot of people dislike Japanese eyeshadows since they are generally a bit more sheer compared to like MAC, but I love the versatility of these since I can do a total 'nude' no-makeup look eyes or a more dramatic smoky brown.
They are easy to use on the go, there's a dual ended applicator (1 brush side and 1 sponge side), between this and my fingers I can do my eye makeup for everyday office in about 2 minutes.
Apart from shade E which I certainly don't need both shades of, the rest are all well worthwhile.
5 out of 5 ratings for both of these!