New in 2011! Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeshadow Compacts Swatches & Review

Gosh – I remember the days when the pound was so strong against the dollar that I could roll on to adambeauty and buy an eyeshadow in every shade. Those days are gone, for sure.

Nevertheless, when I saw Kanebo Kate’s newest gel eyeshadow offering I couldn’t resist picking up 4 shades. I love cream and gel eyeshadows!

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Kate’s previous offering of gel eyeshadows were more of a dense mousse texture and came in a pot. They were EXCELLENT in terms of texture, pigmentation and durability.

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These eyeshadows obviously vary from the old gel eyeshadows because these are compacts and have quite a solid texture. They’re not as rich as creams but not as light to touch as a mousse or jelly.

The packaging for these eyeshadows are cute and handy, a bit cheap feeling but perfectly acceptable.

Here are the shade range:

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BR-1 is a chocolate brown with lots of gold sparkle:

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GY-1 is a grey sparkle but very pale:

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GN-1 is a mint green:

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PU-1 is a medium purple:

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My opinion on the texture of these is that they are quite hard (you need to really swirl to get the product on to your finger) and it’s a little on the waxy side which I do not like.

They’re all glittery – they will all leave you looking sparkly so really, it’s more of a extremely sheer colour wash with shimmer, more than anything. I’d say this works better as a top coat than a base.

Also the waxy texture means it won’t set – over the day it does crease although because there is barely any texture, it looks ok.

Swatches:

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Hmm. See how sheer they are? Apart from BR-1 the rest are just slightly pigmented with lots of fine shimmer.

These are easy to blend but why would you want to spread the glitter around anyway?

Verdict:

These eyeshadows are good…for nothing.

Not great as a stand alone colour, bit rubbish as a base, not much of a interesting top coat, doesn’t set to a crease free finish. Blah.

Good job these didn’t cost too much and I bought them from adambeauty.com. Not really worth it but if you must have one, just buy ONE they all practically look the same anyway.

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