Shiseido’s Boudoir (PK 403) Eyeshadow Trio is, well, PINK. Just in case you thought (as I did), “This is the sort of color scheme I always think I can’t pull off but maybe I can”, I have to say this little palette is not just pink, but actually fully qualifies as PINK. Also, RED.
The colors may be bright and not right for everyone, but the quality is superb. I find it hard to describe Shiseido’s shadows with the same words as I use for other high quality brands. They have a totally different texture than most shadows I’ve used (maybe it’s an East v. West thing?). They’re creamy but also velvety, and the finishes are just this lovely satiny thing that’s almost more like crushed velvet catching the light than like satin. It’s not shimmery, but it’s not matte either. The pigmentation and color payoff are both excellent, and yet these blend easy as anything.
As with Strata, a brown-gold-almost-green palette I reviewed not too long ago, with primer these wear until you take them off. This set actually does equally well without primer. I have no budging, creasing or other issues from morning ’til night. If you’re drawn to the PINK but find it doesn’t quite work for you, just dust another eyeshadow closer to your skin tone over it. Dust a little more if needed – this will tone them down but leave enough of that lovely warm pinkishness shining through.
I actually thought this trio might work on me because I have slight warm undertones but I’ve seen women with warmer skin tones carry off colors like this. I think these would look good on cool skin tones, but I’m not sure about warm at all. The red can definitely make your eyes look tired/allergic, and the pink has definite blue undertones that could clash with warmer skin. I’m just not at all confident guessing who these look good on. I’m sure they work for somebody or Shiseido would have discontinued it!
While I really don’t look good in this trio by itself (the photos look fine but only because I had really good lighting, which I can’t guarantee as I go about my day), I do like having it on hand to “warm up” other colors. I don’t have another red quite like this one.
See what I mean? Color 1 is a bold blood red with that luminous satin-ish finish these shadows are famous for. Color 2 is a vivid magenta satin with definite blue undertones that came out stronger on my lid (as do blue undertones in gray shadows). Color 3 is a pink-white that’s a little more frosty than the others.
Even in the careful lighting of my little studio, I think you can see this clashing with my mild warm undertones a bit.