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If you're a fan of Asian beauty products, then I am more than certain that you're familiar with Japanese brand Koh Gen Do. So far I have tried the Maifanshi Moisture Concealer which was a hit, and Fresh Face blush, unfortunately a miss. For reference, Koh Gen Do's products are devoid of artificial colors, fragrance, petroleum and mineral oil; they are also cruelty-free.
Not too long ago, HauteLook (invite here) featured Koh Gen Do. Half-awake, the impulsive side of moi triumphed and purchased Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow Palette N 302, a limited edition released last year. (regular retail $59, net wt. 0.18 oz/ 5g).
According to the website, these eyeshadows possess anti-aging properties for a softer and smoother eye area. While it might be true, I wasn't primarily swayed by its promise. You know my stance; aging is inevitable and the fountain of youth remains a myth.
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Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow Palette N (302) is housed in a clickable, sleek, lacquer-type case. The stunning red top with KGD initials adds a luxurious feel to the palette. The mirror is almost the size of the palette, big enough to use when there's no decent mirror around a.k.a quick touch-ups. It has two double-sided applicators, they're cheapo quality (as to be expected) so straight to trash, no bueno. This particular palette has four shades: copper-bronze, brown, purple, light gold.
Now that you know the nitty, let's unravel the gritty.
Right off the bat, these eyeshadows are sheen and moderately-pigmented so for a more intense look, I recommend applying them wet. The texture is soft and smooth, it's a bit powdery from the pan but still applies seamless. Worn over an eye primer, it lasted nine hours and was completely budge-free. If you're into classic and neutral shades, Koh Gen Do is a nice addition to your stash.
For my eye makeup below, I used all four shades: copper-bronze on eyelids, light gold on brow bone, brown on crease, and purple on outer corner and lower lash line. The barely-there lipstick is also from Koh Gen Do (Maifanshi BE02 Coral Beige).
Do you own anything from Koh Gen Do?