Friday, April 25, 2008

Review: Coffret D'or 3D Lightning Eyes

One of the palettes my bf got me from Japan was the 3D Lightning Eyes palette in 02 (blue) by Coffret D'or. Its another brand by Kanebo, but a more mid-range brand. This cost about $35, while the Lunasol palette I reviewed earlier falls into a more expensive price range ($55-ish).


I love the exterior of this palette - the shiny mirrored finish and the touch of pink.

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Too bad the bottom part has to be black plastic. I guess you get what you pay for - the more expensive Lunasol palette was a metallic finish all over.

Inside it has two shades for the eyelid, one for lining/smoking out the eye, and two highlighting shades. The lining shade could also be used for the crease instead if you prefer your own liner.

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Swatches:

The colours are shimmery, but not glittery at all. The one exception is the lighter highlighting shade on the left - it does have some bigger sparkles in it. The other shades are mostly shimmery and more on the sheer side.

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I just did my regular subtle stuff with this....I could have gone more dramatic with this I know, but it wouldn't have been appropriate for where I was going.

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With flash the shimmer is more apparent:

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The box does come with a suggested method of application - see diagram below. I like how you don't even need to know how to read it because they provided pictures and numbered the shades accordingly.

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I find it interesting that they suggest you use the highlighting shade to brighten the undereye area. I tried it and although it doesn't cover as much as a proper concealer would, it does help reduce dark circles a bit without giving a cakey/crepey look. I'm having problems finding a concealer that won't crease on me so this will help me out for the time being.


Another thing I like is how it offers 2 dual tip applicators, shaped appropriately for their intended purpose. The applicators are quite sturdy and I didn't have to use my brushes for the eyeshadow shades. I also like how the brush side can be used to blend as well as apply :) I don't think I've ever seen palettes with brush applicators except MAC, and even then they only come with 1 brush, while this has 4 applicator ends.

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However, if you use the darkest shade as a liner, you would probably want to use your own brush, because there isn't an appropriate applicator for it. I tried using the tip of the smallest sponge to line, but it could't apply the colour very well. Or you can just use it to darken/define your crease.

Overall, if pigmentation matters to you, you might want to consider something else. But I like it because its a versatile everyday palette - I can use it for day, and add the darkest shade later for a smokey night look. Also, I think the sheerness of the colours makes the blue/green colours more wearable for those who normally avoid blue.


Other colours that the palettes come in are pink, purple, gold, and gold/silver. NicNic has done a review on the pink one, and other bloggers like A Touch of Blusher and My Women Stuff have covered the purple variation. My Women Stuff also has the same blue one.

11 comments:

jie-jie said...

What a pretty palette! Thanks for doing a review on this. I just want to get an idea on japanese eyeshadow more, even though this is totally sold out.

IchigoBunnie said...

that palette looks sooooooo prettyy!! I don't understand why over here in N.America they can't create palettes that look like these. And i LOVE how Asia always provides such detailed how-to steps. It's almost like they try their best with instructions so that all their women look beautiful. Then over here in US it's like "hey we just want profit off of you so once you get this product you're off on your own girl. We don't care what you look like--we just want your money!"....arg, if only America could be as dedicated as Asian ;.;

ilurvemakeup said...

I'd love the site link if you can :) You find such gorgeous palettes :O

Nic Nic said...

The palettes are def great for every day, though it definitely works better with a primer!! i love the case too.. more than eyeshadows itself haha.

klaudea said...

I never like using brushes that come with palettes.

I love the japanese compacts though. They always look so gorgeous. I'm so tempted to try out some, we've got a huge hk-style mall in my city with a Daiso (the japanese toonie store) and a couple of japanese makeup boutiques. But I"m always so intimitaded because the chinese sales ladies are so stereotypical hk sales personalities.

Anyways, just wanted to say that for sheer eyeshadows you really make those colors pop! I think it has a lot to do with how nice and white your skin is!

*^^*Klaud.

psychoexgirlfriend said...

Great review, blu3! If only we could have better, easier access to Japanese cosmetics in Canada. :-/

Paris.B said...

That was a really nice review of Coffret D'or. I'm still liking mine though I know of people who find them too sheer. Thanks for linking my reviews :)

ilurvemakeup said...

Hmmm, I don't mind sparkle, but can't be too much (if that made any sense). I have it on my wishlist atm :)

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

very pretty. i really like the packaging. the colors remind me of milani's blue quad... but a tad more sheerer. i actually have a problem with blues, i feel like they wash me out... but i have so many blues. hahaha. :P i should start experimenting to find something that works, huh? :P

Her.Peachieness said...

I love how you do tons of reviews on Japanese cosmetics. This palette is really pretty and for the price, I would buy it if I didn't already have similar colors.

theChas said...

Very nice and subtle. You do Japanese makeup so well.

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