Review: Majolica Majorca Extreme Makeover Reshaper Cheek Blush in RD255

Here is my long-overdue review of Majolica Majorca Extreme Makeover Reshaper Cheek Blush in RD255. I bought this when I brought the Customize Brow Powder that I reviewed two weeks ago. I also bought a little compact that can fit a blush in it or two eyeshadows.

While the compact is really cute, I think I may save it for eyeshadows because I find the slide packaging of the blush really cool already, here it is in action:

The one issue with it is that if you are disorganised and keep a bunch of your make-up crammed in a box (which, obviously, I don’t…) the lid for the blush can just slide off leaving it exposed. There’s no ‘click’ mechanism to keep the lid in place, just the idea that you’re not going to be an idiot and store it sideways…

Ok, review time!

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RD255 is a peach pink shade, emphasis on the peach part. It has golden shimmer in it but it’s not glittery, in fact it’s quite subtle (which is good – I’m not usually a fan of shimmery face products). At first I thought it was similar to Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush but it is actually much warmer than the Illamasqua – its undertones lean brown-red. I’ve heard people say it’s a dupe of NARS Orgasm blush but I can’t vouch for that; if you’re looking for a dupe though, check this out. Here’s a swatch of it on my arm to give you a vague idea of the shade.

The red-tone visible in the right-hand swatch is very difficult to replicate on the face. Many people I’m sure wouldn’t want their cheeks looking so red but I bought this blush in the hopes of getting a deep red flush that many people with red hair naturally have…but I don’t.

To get a proper idea of the blush, here it is on my face.

As you can see it gives a nice peachy flush and the red is kind of non-existent. Not a big deal, still a nice shade, but it’s not going to become one of my all-time favourites I don’t think.

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This blush is really easy to apply: be careful not to overdo it because it is quite pigmented, it’s better to apply a little and then add more. Saying that, if you do apply too much it’s not the end of the world because this blush is super easy to blend. It gives a real soft-focus finish because it blends so seamlessly into the skin, no lines or obvious transition areas.

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This blush lasts really well, better than any of my others in fact (most of which cost about three times as much, go figure). After applying it at about 7am, then going on two hot 40 minute cycle rides, and basically getting through the day in the Kyoto heat, I come back at 8 and see that this blush is still there, visible, and has hardly faded at all. Seriously impressive.

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Majolica Majorca is a very affordable brand, you can buy this blush from adambeauty for $80 HKD which is £6.50 or $10.30. The blush is a little small (3g, MAC is 6g, Bobbi Brown is 3.7g) but it still works out as good value. Also the packaging is really cute for such a cheap product – that’s one thing I love about Japanese cosmetics, even the cheapest brands can have really nice packaging.

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Overall I would recommend this blush formula to almost anyone. I say ‘almost’ because after wearing this blush every day for review purposes I started breaking out a little on my cheeks. Nothing major but enough to make me stop wearing it. I may still wear it now and then but obviously I’m not as keen on it as I was.

Also the shade is not my favourite. This blush only comes in four shades and I haven’t swatched the others (though if you drop me an email or leave a comment requesting swatches I would be happy to) but I didn’t find them all that inspiring. I’ve found some swatches here if you’d like to check them out. If you do find a colour you like then that’s great but they’re not exactly unique. I’d highly recommend this blush formula but as it is I don’t think I’ll be buying another one unless they release new shades.

Friday Round-up

Ok so I’m working on a pretty mammoth post right now so it’s taking up a lot of time! But I don’t like getting slack on updates so I thought I’d do a round-up of the past week.

Okay so everyone always talks about ‘shopping your stash': looking through all the products you own and seeing them with fresh eyes. This week I rediscovered Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Lily-Rose. The Illamasqua Sheer lipglosses are the least sticky lipglosses I’ve tried. They still have a little ‘tackiness’ to them but I can actually wear them without getting my hair glued to my face. I can’t say the same for the Intense Lipgloss formula – I find that pretty sticky. I would use lipgloss a lot more if someone could invent one that wasn’t, in effect, tinted glue. In fact I thought that Japan would have a bunch of perfect lipglosses considering that glossy lips seem to be pretty important in most Japanese looks. Alas Alack, no such luck. But I’ll keep trying!

I have a very low patience threshold – I like my make-up to be low maintenance, I don’t want it to actually make my life worse. For example, fake nails. I’m sure there have been many times when someone’s fake nails have been so natural that I haven’t even known they were fake, but one instance comes to mind every time I see them in shops. I used to work for a cinema, selling hot dogs, popcorn, cleaning up sick – you know, rewarding kind of stuff. Anyway I was on the retail counter one day and witnessed a lady leaning down to get a bag of sweets and being physically unable to pick them up. Her fake nails were so crazy that she actually couldn’t perform simple movements like…um…grasping. That, to me, is too much. Make-up should be fun and should make you feel good, not impaired.

Oops, that was a little longer than I had intended. I just have a lot feelings (Is it wrong to quote Mean Girls on your blog?). Anyway so it was Illamasqua’s new collection that made me dig out Lily-Rose again, this picture to be exact.

I love this look. Ok I wouldn’t exactly wear the eyebrows out but I still think they are pretty cool. It makes me think of a grown-up version of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies (I used to love those books! The iris fairy was my favourite).

Reading a look breakdown, I  saw that Lily-Rose was used on the lips, so I immediately fetched mine. It’s not quite the colour I wanted (like the one in the picture) but I do have a renewed appreciation for it. Also it looks great over liner to make a 50s red lip (I use MAC’s Cherry liner under it).

The pictures aren’t great (not sharp enough for my liking) but you get the idea. Also I look a bit like Tobey Maguire in the 2nd one. Is this a look I should cultivate?

So here are some interesting posts I’ve found this week: some aren’t very recent, but I’m posting them because I like them.

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Deconstructing Winged Eyelinera thorough and I’d say scientific post on the uber difficult  (for me anyway) winged eyeliner.

September Favourites – Matryoshka Doll beauty has a post of her september favourites, I’ve always meant to do one of these but now I guess I’ll have to wait until next month!

Tubing Mascara Info – packed with information on Tubing Mascaras, I thought it would be particularly useful after my post on Mascara Smudging – check out the tubing mascara reviews as well!

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For the grammar lovers – my boyfriend introduced this post to me, and I’m so glad he did: this entire blog is amazing.

A catchy internet meme – I’m not usually such a fan of internet memes (especially when people say them in real life) but I actually find this one funny. Even my mum likes it.

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Here’s Matsujun advertising Fasio mascara. I wonder if it’s any good – or tubing…

Don’t know who Matsujun is? Then you should be watching more Japanese TV shows!

Check out Hana Yori Dango!

And for another drama that everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved, check out Hana Kimi – it’s beyond amazing.

So that was my week! I hope you’ve had a good one!


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Foundation Swatches for Pale people (Paler than MAC NW15)

So I’ve been meaning to do this ever since I started this blog. People are constantly asking for recommendations for pale foundations, so I thought I’d take some swatches of the ones I use.

My skin is pale – I say I’m NW10 but I could be NW5, I’m not really sure. All these foundations work on my skin. Some are a little darker, but not dark enough for me to worry about tidemarks around my jaw – they still all look natural on me.

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So from right to left:

Shade 15 in Makeup Forever Mat Velvet +

Buff in Graftobian HD Glamour Creme

584 in Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Liquid

Alabaster (00) in Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

584 in Shu Uemura Nobara Cover Stick

So Mat Velvet doesn’t look so pink when put next to Graftobian (which  is VERY cool-toned) but it is. Many warm-toned people complain about the coolness of this foundation so if you have yellow undertones you may want to give it a miss. This foundation is my 2nd palest and it suits my skin well.

Graftobian HD Creme is very cool-toned but Graftobian also caters to warm and neutral-toned people as well. This by far my palest foundation, it is a really good match for my skin and I wish more foundations came in this shade.

Shu Uemura Face Architect looks quite dark here and I’m not sure why. It is darker than the Mat Velvet and Graftobian and it is not a perfect match for my skin. However like I said, I don’t get marks around my jaw line as Face Architect blends quite well. It is also only in some lighting that I notice this is a little dark for my face – but it still looks very natural and not like I’m wearing the wrong foundation. This is the coolest tone (that comes this pale) produced by Shu Uemura, but I would say it is neutral at best. There are some slight pinkish (I’d say salmon pink) tones to this foundation as you can see in the swatch but it is  still not cool enough for my skin.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick is more neutral than my other foundations. While Bobbi’s foundations usually run warm, Alabaster is the most neutral of all the shades.

Shu Uemura Nobara Cover Stick looks quite similar to its Face Architect brother in this swatch, but when I put them on my skin the Cover stick looks a little darker. Perhaps I’m imagining things. They do have the same salmon undertones, but again, I would still say they come up more neutral than cool-toned.

All of these are paler than NW15, Graftobian I would say is NW5 and the rest NW10/N10. As I don’t own this foundation I didn’t swatch it but I’ve tested Illamasqua foundations and their palest shade is about N5 – it’s almost white but as I remember it had neutral undertones.

Raview: Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

You may have noticed my nifty misspelling in the title and if you’re feeling embarrassed on my behalf, quit it. You see what I’ve done is combined the words ‘rave’ and ‘review’ to make a better, ‘super word’: ‘raview’. A review which is really just me raving about something. Aren’t I clever?! Even I, dear reader, must often stop to marvel at my razor sharp wit and cutting edge intellect. I really should have coined this for the Shu Uemura review but, my friends, you can’t force genius.

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush is a product most likely made by angels (with equal employment opportunity and health insurance), and every day I have the opportunity to bestow upon my face the honour of wearing this blush. Egh what a mouthful. Rude, much like a poison dart frog, tries to scare people away with its bright colour in the pan (not that frogs live in pans…). It’s the shade of faded orange highlighter on school notes: a pinky orange that, though not fluorescent, is very there.




However, on skin (especially my pale skin) the orange julius colour of the blush actually comes out as a peachy coral. It gives the wearer a Rory Gilmore, peaches n’ cream complexion. Usually I steer away from orangey shades (especially in bronzers etc.) because they just look silly on my skin, but this blush is actually a cool-toned orange. It can warm up the skin slightly (but not in the way sales assistants say it when they apply a foundation 3 shades too dark) but it still suits cool skin tones and doesn’t look like you’re wearing the wrong product.

Lasting power is quite good, I do find that it fades a bit but as I apply it with my finger it’s not difficult to touch up during the day. Its fading may also have something to do with my overzealous blending – by the time I’m done there’s not much product left to fade! I must say though, it’s very easy to blend. If you’ve used the MUFE HD blushes you’re in for a surprise with this one, Rude kind of melts on fingers (but in a good way) so it blends very well.

If you’re not a fan of cream blushes then there is a powder blush in the exact same colour and it’s called Excite. Unfortunately for me Illamasqua powder blushes break me out but luckily I have no problems with the creams.I also love this blush because it’s so different from anything I own. To be honest I think Illamasqua’s ‘dare to be different’ code of honour is a little tired, but in this case it stands true. The blush is totally different from my usual but in my opinion, it works.