Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Majolica Majorca Jewelling Eyes GR791

When I first saw the product line-up in the Majolica Majorca "Queen of Decoration" fall collection, the Jewelling Eyes GR791 immediately caught my eye for its interesting combination of teal, dark olive and pale gold. It's not your typical pastel palette or smoky eye palette.

This is the palette used on the model in the ad visual for this baroque-themed collection. The good news is that GR791 is permanent, so there's no need to rush to get it before it sells out. This usually retails for S$27.90 at Watsons stores in Singapore but I got it for a few dollars cheaper during Watsons' recent 20% sale.

After prepping with Urban Decay Primer Potion, I used the fat sponge applicator to apply the pale gold shade in the outer half of the crease and along the lower lashline; and the pinkish white shade over the browbone area and inner corners. Next, I used the thin sponge applicator to apply the dark olive shade along the upper lashline and outer corner of the lower lashline, and the teal shade at the inner half of the lid. Then I finished by applying Canmake Gokunobi mascara over Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base and Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Liner along the upper lashline.

The colour payoff of the eyeshadows in GR791 is much better than the Jewelling Eyes BL711 from the "She Was a Doll" spring collection. They are still not crazily pigmented, like say Urban Decay, but they do show up well when used over a good primer. The texture is as usual quite silky and easy to blend with a delicate micro-fine shimmer. Do also check out Kathi's review of GR791 on Lotus Palace.

The other products that I used today were: Dior X4 Control Compact Foundation 012 over Shiseido Pore Smoothing Corrector, Cosme Decorte AQ Face Powder N 001, Benefit It Stick, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow 24h 01, MAC Hot House lipglass and Jill Stuart Blush Blossom #3 Lady Amaryllis.

I adore the new Jill Stuart Blush Blossoms as the blush shades are well pigmented with good lasting power. The 'shimmer tint' powder on the left half adds a lovely glimmer without any frostiness when layered over the 'blush glow' powder on the right half. But I'm always scared to death that I'll drop the compact and cause the powder to spill out. I love the gorgeous packaging but it can be a bit of a hassle to use. #3 Lady Amaryllis is my third Blush Blossom after #1 Romantic Sweet Pea and #4 Seductive Rose.

The Benefit It Stick is a concealer that came free with the July issue of UK Glamour. It applies quite smoothly and was easy to blend out. This was a good match for my skintone but it seemed to work well only on my under eye area. When used on my cheeks, it turned cakey but that could be because I used it over foundation. I think this has since been discontinued as it's no longer listed on and


Kathi said...

The palette works so much better with your skin-tone than mine! As always you look gorgeous!

eunice said...

hi iris,
it's amazing how u apply drugstore eyeshadow.. i compare this eotd with the one u did with cosme decorte but can't see the difference in quality. how do u blend so evenly? is it with brushes or applicators? btw which one of the 3 blush blossoms is ur fav? tia!

Haru said...

hi eunice,
I used the sponge applicator that comes in the Majolica palette. What really helps is to always use a good eyeshadow primer because these help the eyeshadows last long and also apply true to how they look in the pan. Some people hate these small sponge applicators but I actually find them good for applying the eyeshadows, building up the colour and blending them. Majolica is also a good quality brand as it is made by Shiseido.

My favourite Blush Blossoms are #3 and #4. #1 is a bit too pale for my liking whereas #3 and #4 both have good payoff and look lovely.

eunice said...

i see, now i know which ones to ask for cps.. i also find it easier to apply with applicators cos less fallout.. but my colors tend to appear in patches on the skin. thanks for e tips!

Jess said...

This is a gorgoeus look, Haru! Very fresh and bright!

Ling said...

Hi Haru
I agreed, this GR 791 is a must have for this fall. the rest is kind of repeat either too pastel or common shades that's re-promote.

I found you look best in this FOTD. the rest, frankly sometimes appear rather dark in appearance and gives an impressions of "oxdizied" makeup but serious, your combi use of Dior X4 with Shiseido base + AQ face powder Powder N 001 makes you look radiant and fairer. Maybe you can consider looking into this combi more because you look greater with these:)

ashura said...

ok i know the focus should be your eyes but i like your lipstick best!

Cheryl said...

hi Iris

what would you recommend for foundation(Liquid,Powder),primer,Blush(w shimmer)?
my skin is oily/combi and sensititve too,such tat i do get bumps and acne if pdts are not suitable.Thanks.

Haru said...

hi Cheryl,
For powder foundation, do check out Lancome Maquicake Infinite UV, which has good oil control and a lovely finish. A number of readers have left comments saying that they liked it too. For liquid foundation, you can try Teint Miracle which does not have very good oil control but it has a very light texture so there's less risk of clogging pores.

For primer, I love Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer and Paul & Joe Protective Primer UV. Do try them out at the counters first to see if you like the texture. As for blush, I like the Body Shop's Baked-to-Last Cheek Color #2 Coral.

If you have sensitive skin, you should try to see which are the ingredients that tend to break you out so that you can avoid products containing those ingredients.

Anonymous said...

i loved this palette the moment i saw it!...i thought the texture is abit drier in comparison to the majolooks palettes?...either way u're sweet as usual. :]

Haru said...

Thanks! I didn't gind the texture to be drier than usual. The eyeshadows felt as soft as previous releases to me, without any grittiness.