So I think I will finish up the entire review in this post - having Part 3 will just kill it totally; plus I'll probably end up repeating some stuff, being the rambler that I am. HAHA!
For convenience sake, here are the links to other parts of my review:
Part 1 - Swatches and Initial Observations
Part 2A - VIOLET EOTD and Observations
BLUE EOTD + OBSERVATIONS
Here is how the BLUE palette looks on the eye - again, the entire eye look (in terms of the eyeshadows), was done using the ZA palette. The eyeshadows were applied wet, with a brush over MAC Paintpot in DELFT. I am using my own black liquid eyeliner, and if anyone is interested, I've used the DODO BROW MASCARA in 02 on my brows (although, I managed to get some eyeshadow stuck on it, how I don't know); I'm also using it in the VIOLET EOTD - you can check out a brief review on the BROW MASCARA here.
So what do you think of the BLUE palette?
Personally, I find that the whole palette takes on a grey-toned blue character once on the eye (the base, DELFT, is a bright teal-blue shade). Like the VIOLET palette, the sparkles and the glitter is not quite noticeable once on the eye; the cobalt-blue micro-glitter was visible on my brush, but I can't quite see it. In terms of pigmentation level and lasting power, I would say that the BLUE palette is similar to the VIOLET one - the intensity can be built up in layers as you desire (it doesn't seem to cake up and get splotchy) and it lasts for a good number of hours with hardly any fading or creasing with the use of a good base.
Like in my VIOLET EOTD, I did not follow the instructions on the back of the box. I felt that the 2 medium shades (the baby blue and the grey-toned blue) were too light as lid colours on my skintone; given that the deepest shade in navy blue was so pigmented, I thought, why "waste" it by just using it sparingly? Hee hee. But I think that the instructions might be good for someone who's looking for application ideas.
Also, in comparison to the older ZA eyeshadow trios, EYES VIBRANTE, the pigmentation and quality of the new DRAMATIC EYE COLOUR is definitely stronger and smoother; while the old version comes off as being a matte, chalky-like texture as seen in my swatch below (taken very covertly, paparazzi-styled! LOL!).
Swatch of the blue-trio - no base
Like I mentioned in my other post, some people may like this palette for the convenience it offers too, given that an entire eye look can be created from just 1 palette. Also, the eyeshadows seem to suit a range of skin tones which is a good good thing. At SGD$19.90 a palette of 4 gms each, it does offer an option for you to consider, if you like these type of finishes and shades.
That said, I just wished there were 1 highlight shade, 1 light shade and 2 deeper shades in the palette (as opposed to just 1 deep shade) for more DRAMA - they are DRAMATIC EYE COLOURS ya? Maybe, its because I'm used to (and prefer) stronger, deeper shades that holler "HOWYA DOIN???!!!" rather than those that offer a polite "pleased to make your acquaintance".
The other downside I noticed was that the palettes got a little messy after use, as seen in the 2 pictures below - admittedly, I used a wet brush, but since the texture is a little on the soft side, they sort of blended into the other colour strips. I notice that I am not the only one with this observation - Makeup Stash noticed that the palettes on display at the store looked "smeary". I reckon with regular usage, the smeary-ness may worsen if one does not make a conscious effort to be careful.
I'm not going to quibble on the packaging much - the plastic casing is a nice shade of pink but I think it might have looked more chic if the casing was opaque pink (like the cases for the powder foundation?); it would have looked more sturdy. Nonetheless, I'm really more interested in the product than the packaging so its not an issue for me. As with most palettes, I usually have little use for the teeny foam applicators that come with it; I prefer to use either my fingers or a brush for application =)
WIDE EYE MASCARAS
In my BLUE EOTD pictured above, I'm also using the ZA WIDE EYE Mascara in BLUE. Having looked at it on my eye in person and then in the photos, I think it actually photographs much brighter - when the flash hits it and in strong light, the BLUE mascara looks rather bright. Otherwise, I think it takes on a little lighter, perhaps grey-toned blue shade. I think you might be able to see the subtle nuances in the 2 EOTDs above as only 1 pic was taken with flash.
Ok, so you've seen the BLUE mascara. The other one in ROSE, is a different story. Personally, I'm a little unsure about the wearability of this one. When in the tube and given the name, I expected it to be a plummy shade. However, once on the eye, I feel it actually looks more red-brown. I tried it on its own (without eyeshadow) one morning and was a little stunned at how it turned out. When I did the eyelook pictured below, I actually was a little at loss as to what eyeshadow shades to pair it with - I'm not sure if I got the shades right anyway. I was thinking of pairing it with a chocolate-gold shade but then, I thought that the mascara might "blend" in with the chocolate shades - the point is for you all to SEE what the mascara looks like! I'll be happy to hear any of your suggestions as to what eyeshadows I can wear this with =) Also, as you will see in the 2nd picture, the disadvantage of using a strongly coloured mascara with a black eyeliner is that if you're not meticulous enough (or in this case, didn't check properly), the mascara can actually show up on your eyeliner. Sigh. I have to be more careful next time.
I wanted a further shot so you can see how it looks from further away; say like if someone is talking to you, this is what they would see. But pardon the Nose; I'm still getting used to the camera =)
I think both mascaras are well-pigmented - coloured mascaras can be a little tricky sometimes; they look blue, purple or green but once on the eyelash (and dry), they end up looking dark brown or black. So I think ZA got it right with the colour / pigmentation formula. However, I think the mascara only separates (and perhaps lengthens) the lashes - I don't quite detect any volumising effect. It could be due to the fact that the comb-type brush separates the lashes so you get more of a spindly effect as opposed to a lush one. To their credit, ZA does not tout this as a volumising mascara - it promises a "wide-eyed look" thats "bold" with "no fiber-clumps". But it would have been great if it volumised as well =)
You can actually see the product through the cloud-shaped window! That's a nice touch!
The mascara combs - I wonder if the effect will change if you use a different wand? I ran out of spoolies but shall try when I get hold of some
I just read Amyrleex's comment that she's interested in purchasing the mascara soon! Wow! Anyways, I read from Rouge Deluxe that Watsons has a promotional set for the mascara that reportedly includes a mascara shade of your choice, a deluxe sample of their Cleansing Oil and an eyelash curler, all packaged in a pink box for SGD$19.90. You might want to check that out =D Enjoy!!!
I think that pretty much concludes my review of the ZA DRAMATIC EYE COLOURS and the WIDE EYES MASCARA.
What do you think? Do you like what you see?
DISCLAIMER: The products featured here were sent to me by the company for review purposes. I did not pay for the products and I am neither affiliated to, nor is this a sponsored / paid advertisement by ZA or Shiseido.