Of all the Japanese drugstore brands, Esprique comes across as the most classy in terms of packaging and quality. It’s not extremely cheap but I think it’s worth paying more even if this is not a counter brand.
Esprique was very clever to use pop icon Namie Amuro to show off different looks, and at the shelf, the looks have all the product codes used on her gorgeous face and this just makes you want to have what she has.
In one of the looks, she had on the Mellow Rouge 422, a chic rosy shade â€” I love the way this lip rouge looks. I quite liked the Esprique Precious packaging already but their new Esprique image is even more elegant.
It is super soft and melty so it’s not a full-on lipstick per se. I think it’s more lip stain than lipstick but the plus point is that you don’t even need lip balm to let this glide on like a dream.
My lips with 422 and only 422. The colour looks much darker in the tube but on the lips it is this gorgeous healthy rosy nude tint.
I couldn’t help but get this neutral palette, Blend Dimensional Eyes B-1, even though I’ve got a few neutral palettes in my stash (I’ve also got an Esprique Precious grey/silver palette I bought some time ago). What I don’t have is that coppery burnished brown shade that would make your eyes pop.
The only thing I don’t really like is that the shades are not separated by dividers. I know eventually the colours would sort of go over their delineated lines and not look as nice but this is a drugstore brand so I can’t have everything.
I never used to gravitate to neutrals, gold, copper, brassy type of shades but they really do look better on me than pink, blue, or purple.
On a separate occasion (after thinking about it for a while), I bought the Blend Dimensional Eyes B-4 palette with the mossy green shadow which I had been eyeing. I don’t have many warm greens in my stash so I thought this would be a great addition…
The middle and third shades swatched beautifully â€” they felt buttery soft and were so pigmented. I have a feeling I’ll be using these two palettes very often in the fall. They are so wearable and elegant…
What is your fave Japanese drugstore cosmetic brand?