Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Esprique Precious Dual Gradation Eyes and True Black Mascara

Last week, I received a few Esprique Precious goodies from Kose Singapore to review. These are the Dual Gradation Eyes D3, Heart Graphical Rouge PK833 and True Black Mascara WP (Volume Separate) BK001. The first two products are from Esprique Precious' Spring 2011 collection while the mascara is part of the permanent range.

Embossed with an adorable clover motif, the Dual Gradation Eyes (S$46) are designed to create a gradational effect on both the upper and lower lids. The palette consists of a cream Highlight Base, an Accent Colour (A), a Deep Colour (B), a Tear Shine Colour (C) and a Tear Charm Colour (D). Using the pearly Tear Shine and Tear Charm Colours on the lower lids helps to add dimension and sparkle.

After applying the Highlight Base all over the lid, I used the fat sponge applicator to line the upper lashline with the dark brown shade, the medium brown shade in the crease and the thin sponge applicator to line the lower lashline with the pearl beige shade. I also used the thin sponge applicator to add a dab of the pink shade in the middle of the lower lashline and at the inner corner of the upper lashline. Next, I used a brush to apply the pearl beige shade as a wash over the browbone area.

I found the Dual Gradation Eyes to be a good improvement over the Symphonic Eyes that were released in 2010, especially in terms of the colour payoff. The cream Highlight Base had just the right consistency, not too emollient and not too dry. I did still experience a bit of creasing after 10 hours of wear but most of the eyeshadows remained intact.

The medium brown shade may be too red-toned or warm for some ladies but otherwise, it has a nice metallic glimmer. The eyeshadows had a smooth texture and applied without any powdery fallout. Do also check out Kathi's review of this palette and D4 (a beautiful taupe/grey combo) on Lotus Palace.

The True Black Mascara WP (Volume Separate) BK001 (S$31) was another winner. Previously, I was worried about having to replace my current Holy Grail, Visee's limited edition Lash Wide Impact (Curl Long) BK002. My main problem with most mascaras is that they do not keep my lashes curled after drying. Like the Visee mascara, True Black Mascara WP keeps my lashes curled the whole day even without using any mascara base. (Both Visee and Esprique Precious are made by Kose.)

True Black Mascara is fibre-free and has an interesting curved applicator. Instead of the more common flat comb design, the applicator has a broader base lined with a few rows of short "teeth" while the under side is ridged. The applicator was well-suited to short sparse lashes like mine, and added volume and length easily without clumping. The mascara also wore well over 10 hours without flaking or smudging. As it is waterproof, it was quite tenacious and best removed with a cleansing oil.

The Heart Graphical Rouge PK833 (Blossom Pink) (S$39) is a limited edition shade. The fragrance-free lipstick was comfortable to wear with good colour payoff and a creamy finish. There is a cute heart motif on the tip but this is quickly eroded with just 3-4 uses.

Here's the finished look!


elainie said...

Happy New Year Iris!
Like your EOTD! The colors compliments well.
Definitely going down to the Kose counter to check out the mascara as I liked mascara that holds curl well too!

Anonymous said...

This look is nice and simple. Thanks!

I love Esprique Precious palettes!

This mascara doesn't seem to have any fibers. Does it?

Haru said...

Hi elainie,
Thanks! Happy new year to you too!

Nope, it does not contain fibres.

Anonymous said...

The colours are really pretty!

Anonymous said...

the lippie looks gorgeous on you!

Ahcapp said...

Happy new year Iris! :)))

Wishing you and your family good health and lots of good wishes in the new year! :)))

kuri said...

I love that lip color on you! I'll have to go check it out.