Shiseido’s Strata Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio (BR307) ($33) is a brown-gold eyeshadow palette that will flatter most skin tones. The formula here is a remarkably smooth and finely milled powder that melts into the skin. As “satin” as the formula looks in the pan, there’s a hint of shimmer suspended all through it when you see it on the lid. It’s pretty stunning, but the question is how it performs?
These glide on like butter, and are very easy to work with because they don’t do anything unexpected and the color payoff is terrific. They don’t sheer out too easily. Putting a darker color over a lighter one doesn’t lighten the darker color. You can just paint these on exactly the way you’d expect, and they just work.
I get very good wear time with these shadows. Without primer, I see some minimal fading and creasing by the end of the day – with it, everything’s terrific until I take it off.
The finishes here are all satiny with a suspension of shimmer. The colors are: a deep, cool brown with the slightest hint of a green undertone, a medium warm golden caramel, and a pale beige with a gold-white sheen. You can see how evenly they apply, with each color having very much the same texture and level of pigmentation.
Even on the lid, you can see the richness of these colors. There’s just something special about the finish that I really like.