Smoky Mountain High: Kanebo Sensai Eye Shadow Palette in Shiro Nadeshiko
I have swatched my favorite smoky eye palette from Kanebo. The Sensai color collection was inspired by the practice of Kasane. This is the layered colors used in silk kimono of the Japanese aristocracy during the Heian Period. The Kasane color patterns were influenced by nature and were worn in specific combinations according to the season and occasion.
Kanebo created a color collection with this practice in mind. There are layered cheek blushes and lipsticks. This pictured eye shadow palette was also part of this collection. According to Kanebo, the colors chosen for the Shiro Nadeshiko palette were drawn from the "quiet winter landscape".
I swatched three of the shades from the palette. The shade starting from the left is a cool pigeon gray. The middle shade is an ice queen silver. The last shade is a smoke stack with shimmery disco charcoals. The shadows have great texture, pigment and lasting power. I never suffer through any flaking or disappearing issues. The quality is very high.
The palette retails for $50 and is available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations, Bergdorf Goodman, select Barneys and Takashimaya New York. Visit http://www.sensai-cosmetics.com/