I love good questions. I love asking them, more so when it comes to answering them! Some insightful readers asked two cool questions: the first is, how does the Kate Blendzone Eyeshadow duos compare to the Majolica Majorca palettes? Second, how does the Revlon lipstick in Siren compare to Revlon Coral Berry?
Japanese drugstore cosmetics, from what I've tried so far, seem to be at par with more expensive American and European brands. These two eyeshadow palettes from Majolica Majorca and Kanebo Kate are proof. But when it comes down to a choice, which one should you blow your money on?
The palettes are the same size, roughly have the same amount of product, and priced closely. The Majo Majo palettes go for P795 while the Kate Blendzone goes for P780. Both eyeshadows have the same rich pigmentation and fine finish, as you can see in the swatches. I didn't use a base!
Left column is Majolica Majorca, right is Kate Blendzone
First two on the left is Kate, the remaining ones are Majo
In the end, however, I think the Majolica Majorca Trick-On Powder Palettes give more value for your money. They come in four coordinated colors, as compared to Kate's two (or three once you blend the two colors together). If you have P800 to spare for eyeshadows, I suggest you go for Majo, unless you want a specific color that only Kate has.
Moving on, it seems that I convinced a lot of girls to get the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren when I reviewed it a few months back. :D Well, it IS a pretty and standout shade you won't normally find in other brands! My heart broke when I thought I lost it a few weeks back, but I managed to find it again just a couple of days ago. So, whew.
The Revlon lipstick in Coral Berry is a newfound love - it's in the same orangish/coral color family as Siren but it's more appropriate for everyday use. It seems that some girls found Siren too strong (although a sheer layer will solve that dilemma, y'know!), so if you're one of them, I'm sure you'll love Coral Berry.
Coral Berry and Siren
Coral Berry (top) is coral pink while Siren (bottom) is a coral/orange on the red side
I love both shades, but if you really must pick, Coral Berry is a safer choice. If you already own Siren though, I have a tip! Apply one layer, then blend in a sherr layer of pink on top. I'm sure you'll get something close to Coral Berry! ;)