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New Shiseido Spring 2012 Shimmering Cream Eye Colors Rise To The Top

If you’re looking for evidence that less can, in fact, be more, just check out the Shiseido Spring 2012 Makeup Collection, an extremely well-edited collection that, while smaller than some of its predecessors, manages to pack just as much sex appeal for beauty-starved consumers. The new collection consists of 7 new Shimmering Rouge Lip Colors and 3 new Shimmering Cream Eye Color shades($25 each at Nordstrom.com and Macys.com) that, together, add up to a perfect 10.

As you might remember, for Fall 2011, Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page tread into cream eye shadow territory, unveiling the brand’s twelve introductory Shimmering Cream Eye Color shades, all inspired by the photographs he snapped during his many travels. For Spring 2012, this family of long-wearing, crease-resistant, luminous cream eye shadows welcomed three new members: Ice, a misty, light sea foam blue color with gray undertones and silver micro pearls to lend it a fresh, cool quality reminiscent of the sea spray released when ocean waves crash against the shore; Sunshower, a coral-tinged copper shade with gold and bronze shimmer; and Pale Shell, a light, opalescent pink with white and silver shimmer.

The three new Spring 2012 Shimmering Cream Eye Color shades($25 each at Nordstrom.com and Macys.com) were formulated with Shiseido’s proprietary Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE complex, which helps them hydrate the skin so that they look all the more vibrant and the area on which they’re applied remains smooth and crevice-free.

I raved about the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors in the fall, and this season has only helped to intensify my amorous sentiments. Not only do the colors look fresh, alluring, complex, and luxuriously multi-dimensional, but the formula is so airy that the makeup glides onto skin almost effortlessly, all the while managing to cover the desired surface area and leaving behind no patchy, streaky, or sparse areas. Even better, the cream color doens’t feel thick and lumpy on the lids, allowing you to blend and diffuse the pigment with ease. Hours after the initial application, the color will still retain its dewy luster — an impressive feat.

After the jump, you’ll find swatches of the Ice an Sunshower shades, along with photos of a look created using the latter. Here’s hoping you love these creamy concoctions as much as I do!

Below, you’ll find swatches of the Ice and Sunshower shades. As you can see, the Ice shade is a very cool, slightly moody, glacial light blue. It has a frosty feel thanks to the clear and silver micro pearl particles in its formula, which lend the pale blue hue an arctic sheen, and yet there’s a kinetic energy to this color that makes it feel more appropriate for summer, when we all dream of aquatic scenes, as opposed to the snowy winter season. The Sunshower shade, meanwhile, feels earthy and warm thanks to the bronze-tinged coppery hue, the coral undertones incorporated into the shade, and the sprinkling of clear and golden pearl particles to add a sensual glistening finish.

Next, you’ll find two photos that show how the Shiseido Shunshower Shimmering Cream Eye Color looks on eyelids. In these photos, the cream color is worn on the lids without any additional eye shadow, primer, or base color — just a hint of Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liquid liner in Mat Black 0L.

Ready to shimmy your way to more shimmering lids?

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