Ever since my introduction to Japanese palettes, I have developed an insatiable appetite for multi-colored glimmers. While browsing on Weibo (my favorite source of beauty related lemmings/the bane of of existence for my bank account), I noticed these glitter balls from Topshop...
With further research from "blog-blogs" in English speaking circle (apparently many Chinese girls in the e-worlds loves excessive photoshop, falsies and flamboyant lenses, which I find distracting), I concluded that these were the new shiz therefore I needed them in my life... Topshop has its own website in US but I decided to take a look in store anyway, since it's on my way to my defaut hang-out place in the city (the Carnegie Hall). As the visual confirmation is well worth the sales tax.
I managed to snatch Shuffle the Cards (last one in stock!) and Wax & Wane. I have seen another green one featured on those UK-based blogs but it appears to be discontinued.
I am totally confused about the highstreet definition since the items in the store seem rather pricey(a thick blouse was 80 bucks). These eyeshadow are 12 dollars a pop (more than 13 when tax is included)and have the same package quality as elf. One of the baked pan also fell off the second day I got it (which was also observed in weibo posts).
For 14 bucks, I can already get a decent palette from the drugstore, which designs packaging that are much more durable and pleasant. Luckily the actual product is redeeming enough for the price tag.
Shuffle the Cards is described as a rose gold. Unlike many shadows bearing this description, it's not a glimmering pink or a blush like shade resembling Nars Orgasm. It's a strong peachy gold with a cool pink flash. There isn't much of a base color as the whole thing is composed of fine glimmer (with peach and gold being more prominent).
As expected with a product like this where there is no powdery base underneath, the texture is somewhat dry and doesn't have a creamy spread. The intensity of the sheen also makes the glimmer appear chunkier than it really is (the particles are actually very fine). It's very easy to apply with finger and it's not difficult to control (it doesn't end up on my brow).
Wax and Wane is a mauve rose that flashes lilac (but the lilac also turns teal in certain angles so these are more than duo-chrome). The glimmers in Wax and Wane is more subdued than Shuffle the Cards so there is more base color (pink) and less flashy glimmer, resulting a smoother texture. Both shades work wonderfully by themselves, for that really strong sheen and can be added on top other shadow (which I rarely bother to do).
They are actually really nice for the price as I can't find anything similar at this price range. Mac released something like this (Disco shadow?) for around 20 bucks during summer and I completely missed it out/never saw it in store). Do give them a look (and gentle shake to make sure the pans doesn't come off like mine) if you are in the store.
Fuzzy swatch during sunset. No more eye ball swatch because thanks to the shorter days/sun tilt, I only get 10 minutes of direct sunlight into my living room in the afternoon(if I actually get home to catch it). Maybe I should start swatching during lunch break and hope it doesn't get too cold or suspicious in the parking lot.