On Saint Patrick’s day, I won a giveaway from the brand Japonesque. I’ve used a few things from the brand before and was super impressed.
When I won the giveaway for the primer, I was so excited. I spoke to the brand for my details, they said they couldn’t wait to send over “goodies” and oh my GOSH, I can’t believe how much they sent me!
I am SO so so grateful and excited to use all this fun new stuff. I’ve tried most everything from this big ol’ package and I must say, v impressed.
The box itself was so high quality. I know, it’s such a weird thing to be wowed with, but wow, I can’t wait to store things in it!
I was most excited to try out the color correctors. I’ve actually never color corrected before!
I tried the primer first since that’s what I actually won. It’s actually not the primer I thought it was. I thought I won the Radiance Primer, one that I’ve tried in travel size and love. Oh well, this one’s cool, too. It reminds me a lot of the original Smashbox Photo Finish primer, but leaves much softer of a finish to the skin and actually absorbs better into my skin. The name stands true: velvet touch. I can dig it.
Next, I tried the Velvet Touch Face Palette. Everything in here is beautiful. The blushes blend out to a soft rose and the highlight was just perfect. It reminded me a lot of my MAC Contour and Sculpt Yourself Palette but for so much better of a price and somehow more wearable for the everyday. Big fan. I applied the highlight in that palette with the brush set. That brush (not the sponge on a stick) is arguably the softest brush I’ve ever felt.
What I love most from this palette is the highlight. It’s so soft and subtle, but gives a nice shine. I usually prefer liquid highlights for fear of texture, but this did not bring out any texture. I felt the blushes were buildable, rather than jam packed with pigment, which I prefer. After swatching the Velvet Touch palette, I swatched the finishing powder next to the bronzer shade. They’re pretty much identical, the finishing powder is a little warmer. It is far too dark for me to use as a finishing powder, but I’m definitely on board with trying it as a bronzer. I really don’t have many bronzers.
Like I said, it reminded me of the MAC Contour and Sculpt yourself palette that came out a little while back, so here are some comparison swatches.
It’s more different than I was expecting, but I can assume if you have one, you can skip the other. The main difference here was that the highlight shade was far more highlight-ey than just the finishing powder in MAC’s set. Also, it’s more buildable than it is pigmented (the Japonesque set). Personally, I already prefer the Japonesque one just for the more travel-friendly packaging and ability to blend more. Below is my work-from-home face. I used the primer, blush, highlighter and bronzer from the Velvet touch face palette. Big fan.
I actually have a few more of the Japonesque brushes. I use the crease brush for my eyes every day. But, I found that the one they sent over that was in the color correcting set is 1). the softest brush I’ve EVER felt and 2). the perfect size for highlight that has small pans (i.e Kat Von D’s Alchemist palette). It is definitely about to see some heavy use.
The next exciting thing here was the brush cleaner. After I finished trying everything, I cleaned every last one of my brushes with the cleaner. It smells great and my brushes were cleaned of all prior product. I picked them all up this morning to feel them after they have dried. Maybe I’m not used to using a brush cleaner (right now I use soap or a cleansing bar) but they feel more…conditioned? I don’t know how to describe it other than day two hair on a person. They’re definitely clean, but they feel like they have been cleaned with a product, does that make sense (no, Tara, it doesn’t).
Shamelessly crushing Shameless in the background. All day.
Lastly are the color correctors. I was very skeptical of the stick form. I know it’s probably not true at all, but I picture all stick concealers, foundations, anything stick form, to be incredibly dry and draggy and hard to work with. These were not! Maybe that’s just some weird bias I have, having used some pretty bad stick concealers in my life, but these were creamy as anything. I’m interested to see how they last for a full 8 hour work day, so I’ll use them some more to report back. First impression: creamy, blendy, and nice!
There you have it. I’ve never won so much in my life! I am so humbled that they sent me all of this stuff! In the past, I’ve tried the Japonesque Strobing kit, 10/10, would buy again, and some brushes here and there. I’m eager to try more from this brand now!