Monday, 19 November 2012

The Body Shop Smoky Moonstone Palette, Dazzling Rocks and Slanted Kabuki Brush

Recently, the Body Shop UK website had a 40% discount promotion so I took advantage of it to pick up the Smoky Moonstone palette, Dazzling Rocks in Golden Copper and Slanted Kabuki Brush from the holiday makeup collection.

I loved the two Smoky Eyes Palettes released last year so I had high expectations for this year's new offering. Unlike last year's version which included a cream shade and three powder shades, Smoky Moonstone contains four powder eyeshadows, plus a slanted eyeliner brush and an eyeshadow brush. Made in Thailand, it contains a generous amount of product with each of the eyeshadows weighing in at 1.8g/0.06oz.

The pair of brushes work nicely for applying the shades, blending and lining. Like the Body Shop's other brushes, these cruelty-free brushes are synthetic and feel soft against the skin with no scratchiness.

However, the eyeshadows didn't impress me as much as last year's palettes. When swatched on bare skin without any primer, these required 2-3 layers to show up well. The taupe grey and pale gold shades were less pigmented than the other two shades.

For the first look, I applied the taupe grey shade from the lash line to the crease, the shimmery brown shade in the crease, the muted medium gold shade at the inner corners and along the lower lashline, and the light gold over the browbone area.

For the second look, I applied the shimmery brown shade at the inner half of the upper lid, the taupe grey shade along the upper lashline and outer corners, the medium gold shade in the crease and the light gold over the browbone area and along the lower lashline.

Used over a good primer, the eyeshadows lasted well throughout the day without smudging or creasing. However, the shades just lack a certain intensity and richness that would have made this a truly stellar palette for creating smoky eyes. They need to be paired with a dark eyeliner for a more dramatic effect. It's still a nice enough combination for the daytime, just that it didn't knock my socks off. In that respect, I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. It retails normally for £14 in the UK and S$39.90 in Singapore.

The Dazzling Rocks 01 Golden Copper (60g, £16) are a mix of shimmery brown and pale gold balls.

I swatched the brown and gold balls individually on the left side of the pic below, and used the brush to dust a light coat on the right side.

When applied with the brush, the pearl shimmer is ultra refined and sparse. This would work well if you prefer a very subtle sparkle. The Sparkler in the glass bottle provides a much more glittery effect.

The Slanted Kabuki Brush (£16) is limited edition and well worth snapping up, if you were to pick only one item from this collection. It's ultra soft against the skin (but not floppy), densely packed with a well cut shape that makes it perfect for use with finishing or highlighting powders for the face and body.


The Lacquered Lady said...

They just got rid of my Body Shop at the local mall, so in some ways I am glad to not be disappointed. The colors in the palette look so pretty, but it is good to know they weren't as great on texture. As for the Kabuki brush, I have a couple different versions from TBS and they are all lovely!

Kas said...

the brush looks good! I have and love the kabuki from the previous minerals collection - I use it everyday to apply powder :)

Yumeko said...

hi babes! what lipstick are u wearing in this pic?

Haru said...

Hi Yumeko,
It's Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous. Have you tried any of them yet?

Silver said...

The brush is tempting me. I wonder whether any sort of kabuki brush can be used with the newest RMK gel creamy foundation?

So Lonely in Gorgeous said...

Hi Haru!

I love the kabuki brushes from the Body Shop. I'll definitely have to pick up a few of the slanted brushes.

Thank you for the post ;)

Haru said...

hi Silver,
For the RMK gel creamy foundation, I would recommend using a brush with synthetic fibres and that isn't too big.

Anonymous said...

Haru, the orangey lipstick and i believe peach orange type of blusher suit you alot. Make you look very fresh!