Shiseido has released a limited edition blush called the Camelia compact (Macy’s exclusive, $36). The compact itself and the powder within “feature Shiseido’s cherished camellia motif in celebration of Shiseido’s 140th Anniversary”. It features a small amount of red powder, a small amount of white, and a larger amount of pink. Despite appearances, it’s actually all matte finish.
I was actually surprised to see the gold shimmer when I opened my new compact. The tester I’d been shown at the store hadn’t looked shimmery. And the sales assistant who was wearing it hadn’t had shimmer on her cheeks. It turns out that shimmer is just an overlay for presentation purposes. It barely even translated to my arm in my swatches here, which was the very first time I even touched the powder.
This is how the powder looks after you’ve played with it a little bit.
Shiseido’s website recommends that you wear the pink and/or red as blush and the white as highlighter. I’ve found you can also mix the white in with the blushes if you want more sheer coverage or a very light color.
- The red is a warm orange red, almost a tomato soup color.
- The pink is a neutral light-medium pink.
- The white is a neutral paper white. Because it’s matte, it’s an extremely subtle highlight.
- Red and pink blended together becomes either warm pink (if you use more pink) or a slightly cooler red than the tomato soup color (if you use more red).
- Red and white together becomes more of a light peachy color.
- Pink and white together form a neutral light pink.
So there are a few ways to go with this palette – it’s actually pretty universal if you don’t mind blending the colors. It’s like having several blushes in one, unless you’re so light or dark skinned that only one color or combination of colors will work for you.
The texture of the powder is velvety – it goes on smoothly and is easy to blend or even sheer out. It wears for a good long time, and when it does fade, it fades evenly. The pigmentation is superb on the red and pink powders. The white is a bit sheerer, which works well as a very subtle highlighter. It applies very evenly in a way that unintentionally sheer products don’t, so I believe the sheerness was intentional on Shiseido’s part.
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