Product Review: Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes BE-5

Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at Ichibankao.com
Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at Ichibankao.com

Another Kose product I picked up lately.

First thing, if you haven’t used many Japanese brand eyeshadows, you may not know that they aren’t as pigmented as most of the western brands here; the shadows tend to be sheer. I love and hate it at the same time, because for the lighter shades, I wanted more pigments; for the darker shades, it’s nice not having to worry about being too dark at the first swipe.

Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at Ichibankao.com
Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at Ichibankao.com

Another thing is, if you frequently check the seasonal shades each of the main brand comes out with (e.g. Coffret D’Or, KATE, Lavshuca by Kanebo, Maquillage by Shiseido, Lunasol, etc.), they aren’t that much different from the seasons past…all you are getting is different packaging and a slight (very slight) variation of the same color schemes offered. Good and bad, because with the Japanese eyeshadow quads, you get very wearable shades that suit Asian features and skin tones very well. But the down side is that it’s not horribly exciting to get a new season’s eyeshadow quad because it probably looks very similar to everything else the brand already puts out in their lineup.

Anyhow, this is a review for Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, which is one of the 5 beige-tone (neutral) shades available in Visee’s revamped lineup. The packaging is cuter, nicer than before. I am a sucker for cute packaging so this doesn’t hurt; I mostly want a nice champagne base eye shadow with a bit of darker shades to add depth and definition. I got this from Ichibankao.com since I haven’t seen this new revamped line being offered at Adambeauty or Gooddealer yet. It retails at ¥2150 JPY which is about US$22. It’s not really that cheap but still cheaper than the higher end lines from Kose.

Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at Ichibankao.com
Kose Visee Nudy Rich Eyes in BE-5, ¥2150 JPY at Ichibankao.com

The top shade, which is a metallic ivory color, was what I really wanted and needed in this eyeshadow combination. I always use a similar color shade as a base and under the brow bones. But to my disappointment, this shade BARELY registers on my lids, if at all. It only gives a tiny bit of shimmer and lacks any pigmentation a decent eyeshadow should have. This is more sheer than I expected.

Anti-clockwise the shades go darker in terms of intensity. The second lightest shade on the left was just slightly more pigmented than the top one, but still, it is very sheer as well. It’s not until you hit the bottom and then the darkest color that the pigment was somewhat decent (still, not strong).

Usually, to counteract the lack of pigmentation, a sponge-tip applicator works better to apply sheer shadows than an eyeshadow brush. But even with the sponge-tip applicator (the one that comes with the eyeshadow, by the way, is too small and pretty useless), the lightest shades did not show up on my lids. The 3 shades that worked ok (just ok) are the salmon pink one clockwise from the top and the two on the bottom (clockwise). The salmon shade is shimmery and is meant to use on the inner corner of the bottom rim. It’s not the most pigmented of shades, but it’s ok as is, just because you don’t want to have a stark, glittery shade there.

The shadows did not crease, but then again, with so little pigmentation, I am not sure if it’s just not enough color to show the crease. It does stay all day but nothing impressive to write home about.

For the price, I thought this was a bit too expensive for the lack of pigments. It’s the second Kose item I was disappointed with…initially I was going to get another Visee eyeshadow but I am glad I didn’t. If you are a pure makeup junkie who loves the color payoff, this is definitely not for you. If you want just a bit of pigment and color, there are much cheaper eyeshadows at the drug store that will work just fine at half the price.

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