I just realised I posted the Lavshuca palette in my eBay haul post, but I actually got it from Ichibankao instead. I keep thinking it came from eBay because I was deciding between getting it from them, or from an eBay seller.
Anyway, this was the first time I had ordered off that site, and I'm satisfied with the service. The lady informs you when they receive your order, and also when the order is shipped. Processing time is fast as well. However I do wish it came via registered mail, after all their prices are higher than other places like Adam Beauty which have a flat $2 fee for shipping via registered mail. The packaging method is the same - bubblewrapped in a regular envelope.
Lavshuca Summer Gradually compact in 02 Windy Aqua Beach:
(why they made the name so long I have no idea :S)
I've been lemming this mostly because the case looks sleek and pretty :)
The size of this is tinier than what you might think from pictures! The size of the case is about the same as this summer's Stila Kitten palette. However Lavshuca palette contains less product since it needs to make room for two sponge applicators. You can see each shadow is smaller than a MAC or NYX single eyeshadow.
The eyeshadows as you can see are packed separately so you can place them in the palette yourself. They come with glue already on the back. My original idea was to get rid of that glue, and put magnets instead so I could reuse the metal palette for other shadows.
Unfortunately the palette isn't magnetic - it feels like a light aluminium alloy...or something. I haven't decided what to do, since I don't want those palettes stuck in forever. Perhaps I'll stick a magnet strip at the bottom of the pan to make it magnetic anyway. We'll see.
Anyway, the colours are shimmery and vary in terms of pigmentation.
A: Silver, very glittery, hardly shows up.
B: Pale cool green, fine shimmer, sheer
C: Beige, fine shimmer, sheer
D: Medium blue with a green undertone, fine shimmer, moderately pigmented
E: Dark blue with multicoloured shimmers, moderately pigmented
F: Tan (brown) shade, satin finish (not shimmery), hardly shows up
A guide is provided on the back of the box to give you an idea which shade to wear where. It also shows a diagram which explains most of it without you having to read it.
I'm too lazy to try and decipher the Japanese text right now, so I can't tell you where A and B go. However I found A works best if applied on top of the other colours, in the centre to create a glittery look if so desired. B works well as an eye brightener in the inner corners of the eyes. [Edited the last paragraph: I typed A and C earlier by accident but meant to refer to A and B]
I did try following the diagram but I don't like the result. Most of the time, blending shadows horizontally doesn't look right on me.
I prefer using them vertically. Note these two, and the above are washed out by flash. I don't know why my skin looks red like a lobster here :(
Some pictures sans flash with other settings. Its still hard to capture the shimmer and colour payoff though.