Shiseido Summer 2012: Sand, Sun and Sky

Shiseido’s Summer Makeup Collection is simply lovely. My worship of  artistic director Dick Page aside, I’m loving these summer shades that recall sun, sand and surf. They are inspired by  photographs taken by Mr. Page in his travels. 

Shimmering Rouge Lipstick ($25)– New Shades 

  •  PK214 Opal – a pale, luminous pink with a silvery violet glow
  • PK415 Sorbet – a very pale icy pink
  • OR316 Mango – a vivid golden orange
  • BR317 Butterscotch – a rich warm beige
  • RD718 Sugarplum – soft grayish red with an unusual hint of verdigris
  • RS619 Venus – a deep reddish violet
  • RD320 Temptress – a deep reddish brown with a hint of copper
I’ve added OR316 Mango and PK214 Opal to my collection which was started with my love affair with Temptress.  These hybrid lipstick/glosses are creamy, moisturizing and long wearing.  With one swipe the coverage can be sheer, a few more and lips are drenched in glossy color.  Most sheer lipsticks are lacking in pigment, but not Shiseido Shimmering Rouge!  The ‘shimmering’ description refers to the tiniest bit of shimmer that serves only to make lips look fuller and have some dimension. It’s juuuuust the right amount.  The extra lightweight texture makes it very comfortable to wear. The formula with it’s subdued shimmer and moisturizing abilities is perfect for over 40 women!
Mango is a coral with the slightest bit of gold shimmer–very, very beautiful and ideal for summer. A few extra swipes across the lips takes this from coral to a brighter orange if you prefer (I love bright lips in summer). Opal is aptly named, it is a pale pink with a stunning silvery/violet sheen. The shade really does remind me of an Opal gem stone. It does lean cool but I can wear it and I look best in warmer shades so I say it’s pretty universal. Many of us like a more natural subdued lip in the warmer months and this one is perfect.
The Collection also includes three new Shimmering Cream Eye Shadows ($25):
  • OR313 Sunshower
  • PK214 Pale Shell
  • BL215 Ice

I have OR313 Sunshower, GD803 Techno Gold and  BR709 Sable.   These are lightweight cream eye shadows with a lustrous finish that stay put and look fresh for 16 hours without smudging or creasing.  I wore the shadows for a good 12 hours without a primer and no creasing or smudges in sight!  You can apply them easily with your fingertip or use a synthetic or concealer brush–I’ve applied them both ways with equal success.  What I like most about these shadows (other than the glorious colors) is the soft creamy texture. It seems some brands can’t get cream eye shadows to last unless they make them dry and “set” within a few seconds–this tends to show off my creapy lids and  scaring little children is not my intent!!!   Shimmering Cream Eye Shadows hydrate skin with Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE and they feel Mah-vel-ous!



Sunshower is a delightfully sunny peach shade ideal for summer days, Techno Gold is a bright yellow gold and Sable is an elegant mink taupe.

 For this look I used:


Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 (I use it everyday, click for review!)

SENSAI Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation


Techno Gold as a wash from lash line to the brow bone, layered Sunshower on the lid and used Sable in the crease. Two coats of Benefit They’re Real Lashes and Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Laos finished the eyes.


Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Espiégle and Tarte Park Avenue Bronzer


Shimmering Rouge Lipstick in OR 316 Mango

I know, not very inspired but I liked the overall look anyway.  I want more and more of the Shimmering Cream Eye Shadows–they apply beautifully, have just the right touch of sparkle are silky smooth and last for-evah!

Have you purchased anything from this collection? Do you a more inspired idea of how to use these colors?

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