Saturday, 9 November 2013

First Impressions: Japonesque Makeup

Beauty tool experts Japonesque have just launched a full makeup range. I'm guessing this move has been in the works for years, as they've been a household name in the beauty world, especially in the US, for a long time.
I got the chance to take a sneak peek at some of the products this week and wanted to share my thoughts with you all.

First of all, it's impossible to ignore the beautiful packaging. I'm so happy that they put some effort and artistic flare in to the design of the packaging and not opted for the go-to 'professional' plain black look (boring!)
The quality of the packaging seems really nice too. Although the outer cardboard is very thin and cheap-looking. This doesn't bother me. It's what's inside that counts!
As for the formulation, I was really blown away by the lip products in particular. 
The Pro Performance Lip Lacquer (Shown in Shade 7, £15) is heavily pigmented, smooth, creamy and totally non-sticky, with a pleasant fruity scent. Although the shade I tried out wouldn't be one I would EVER wear, I'll definitely be checking out the other shades when I get the chance to see the whole collection on-counter. 
The Pro Performance Lipstick (Shade 10, Also £15) is a similar story: nicely pigmented, smooth, with a pretty, satin finish. It feels really light on the lips, moisturising but not too 'slippy' (it doesn't feel like it's going to smudge on to your face!)
The Velvet Touch Blush (£18, Shade 3) is really beautiful, smooth and I personally love this peachy, pink shade with subtle gold shimmer. I love that the packaging is compact compared to the amount of product inside, with no useless mini-brushes, you can tell the line has been designed with professionals and makeup obsessives in mind rather than your average woman.
As for the Velvet Touch eyeshadows (Shown in Shade 5, Duos £18, Quads £24) the formula, especially of the matte shade, was buttery soft and nicely pigmented. I thought the dark blue could have been slightly better in terms of pigmentation, but they both blend nicely.
Overall, I'm really impressed by my first look at these products. I think Japonesque have totally met my high expectations for their first makeup line. I'd definitely recommend checking out the full range, which is online and in John Lewis Kingston & Oxford Street stores now.

These products were PR samples sent for consideration.
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76 comments

  1. They looks great! Love the second lip product!

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  2. They look amazing! I love the bright red lipstick! Great for Autumn/Winter! :) XX.

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  3. The lip products look amazing! I especially love the red :) ♥

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  4. Fleur, their foundation is beautiful too!!!

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  5. They look so good! Love the red lipstick<3

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  6. I love that you show pictures of you with the product on! Great review.

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  7. Me gusta mucho el labial, pero el packaging parece de poca calidad para una marca como esa.

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  8. the lipstick looks lovely on you, it also sounds like an ideal lipstick, especially for a/w! x

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  9. I like the blusher and the red lipstick. Not certain on that nude gloss but it would suit medium to dark skin tones :)
    Essence of Jess

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  10. These products look amazing, especially the lip products. Really want to try them xx

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  11. The packaging reminds me of Korres!

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  12. The lipstick shades are gorgeous! The packaging is lovely too. xx

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  13. Gorgeous, especially the lip products!!

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  14. oh, wow. looks an amazing brand. will definitely try to find some website where i can order it.

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  15. Looks amazing
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  16. The pro performance lipstick in that red is a beautiful colour! Thanks for the awesome review you always give such honest opinions which is hugely appreciated!
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  17. Love the look of these products!

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  19. This looks lovely! I love the nude lipstick! <3

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  21. Interesting. I might check some of these out.

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  22. The blush packaging is so pretty, I definitely want to try it out :)

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  23. Oh wow, that's an awesome line and I'll definitely will be checking their products out. So glad it's not ridiculously priced either!

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  24. oooo these look great! wouldnt mind trying them

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  25. Gorgeous colours, I love the red lippie! x

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  26. Their blush packaging is so cute. My Ulta carries their brushes!

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  27. shade 10 is so gorgeous on you!

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  28. Love the colours of the duo eye shadow! xx

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  29. The lipstick looks so pretty!

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  30. i think im in love! i want everything

    Hannah Heartss xxx

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  31. The lip color is gorgeous! Love the colors of the palette. Great post!

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  32. The blush and that packaging is GORGEOUS! Very unique and eye catching, love them!

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  33. Will have to check the range out!

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  34. Never heard of this brand! Is that bad? I love lip lacquers, so I'll be checking those out! :)

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  35. So pretty! Now my Christmas list has expanded...

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  36. The packaging is stunning!!

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  37. Absolutely LOVE the colour of the second lipstick! The packaging is so cute! Definitely something I would be drawn to in the shops!

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  38. I've never heard of this brand before, but it looks amazing!

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  39. I love the look of that duo! :0

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  40. these look lovely, must try out this brand sometime!
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  41. Love the post,Great photo quality too ! Looks great Fleur! :)
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  42. that lipstick looks amazing!!! will have to check this line out!!

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  43. Shade 10 has my name all over it! It looks fantastic! Great review!

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  44. The red lip looks lovely!

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  45. The red lip does look so nice! All look nice though, great post:)

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  46. Japonesque looks promising and the prices seem reasonable too. Thanks for letting us know they've come to London!

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  47. I need to try this out!! looks amazing!! :)
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  48. Thanks for these swatches. I hope they become available in Australia soon ❤

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  49. Loved this post :))

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  50. These products seems to be great!!! Never tried Japanese products!

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  51. That red lipstick looks amazing on you!
    Definitely need to check out this line, thanks for sharing.
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  52. The lipstick looks great! :D

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  53. I love Japonesque brushes so excited they have make up
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  55. Beautiful!
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  56. I love that bright lipstick color!! Fleur is a really cool name and I'm a new follower ;)

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  57. The packaging looks sooooooo pretty! As well as the colors/shades/swatches! ^^

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  58. Really love the pink shade lip colour, looks great

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  59. Such beautiful colors! Thank you for sharing all of this prettiness!

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  60. The packaging is super cute! Loved all the swatches/colors!

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  61. I love the lipsticks and the packaging! & your photos are always so amazing :)

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  62. Looks great... :)

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  63. interesting ! i didn't know this at all before...
    the products look nice though !

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  64. They eyeshadows are so so pretty and the lipsticks look stunning!

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  65. the packaging is gorgeous!
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