Brush brand Japonesque is branching out… to makeup. They’ve released a massive collection, including foundations, concealers, shadows, blushes, and lip lacquers. During a recent launch party, I got to sample the goods. I have to say, they’re pretty good.
I came away with the pressed translucent powder, which is the considered the collection’s Crown Jewel. I also got two blushes (#1 an #4), two lip lacquers, and a solid brush cleaner. Oh, and that fantastic little makeup bag.
Each pattern on the tops of the containers are unique… no two are alike. I thought that was a lovely touch.
The pressed powder actually works on my warm skin. There is NO flashback (and for my first try, I went in heavy with a dense brush). It reminds me a lot of the NARS version, without any discernible shimmer. This is totally matte, and milled to HD standards, so it literally just sets the makeup without adding any color.
The blushes are a surprise. I actually didn’t expect them to be as pigmented as they are, or perform as well as they do. #1 is a warm pink, and #4 (my favorite) is a cooler rose tone. It reminds me of NARS Mata Hari in the pot, but isn’t as plum on the skin. It’s more of a distinct pink color on me.
I have the lip lacquers in #5, which is a very strong baby-doll pink, and #1 which is an awesome golden nude. Application is tricky… I’m still working on it. This formula is very thick, and very opaque. I recommend a light touch on well moisturized lips. Otherwise you just kind of end up with a hot mess. Once on (properly) this formula doesn’t move though. It’s just getting it on that takes some getting used to.
So far, I’m lukewarm on the brand. The blushes are amazing, and I really love the illuminators they’ve come out with (like the MUFE Uplights… but in much bigger containers), and I’m a big fan of pressed powder and blushes. The foundation color is okay… not amazing. And I’m still trying to make up my mind on the concealers. I’ll get back to you on those.
For now, you can find the collection at ULTA.