Friday, January 4, 2013

Sofea Eyeshadows

When I was in China, we had to take dance classes, and we were told to do some makeup for the performance. Unfortunately, I hadn't brought any eye makeup stuff so we went to the shops to get some. There was a good range of brands at the mart, like Maybelline, Garnier, The Face Shop and a few Chinese brands. Although my friend chose everything from Maybelline, I only really wanted to get a Color Tattoo cream shadow in Bad to the Bronze and they hadn't been released in China yet! The prices are standardised so it would have cost the same as buying it from Priceline back home. I didn't like the look of any of Maybelline's other eyeshadow offerings so I wandered off to check out the other brands. I ended up choosing a quint from Sofea, and threw in a baked single eyeshadow after swatching it while waiting for the salesgirl to take the order. 




I bought the 'Glaring 5C Eye Shadow' in 01 and the 'Colorful Single Eye Shadow' in 07. The eyeshadow quint contains a white highlight, a warm chestnut brown, a shimmery gold-bronze which was the clear stand-out and the reason I chose this quint, a cool taupe-brown and a gunmetal grey. All five shades are shimmery and have incredible pigmentation. Unfortunately they're so soft that they almost rival the Wet n Wild Color Icon shadows in fragility. The white shade broke a little after I swiped at it with the sponge applicator. This was a real bargain- around 29 yuan, which converts to a little under $5 AUD. For the quality of the shadows and the pigmentation, I'm not looking back. :)




L-R: Sofea 07, WnW Comfort Zone Left Eyelid Shade

The single baked eyeshadow is a gorgeous peachy champagne shade and it's such a pretty swirled dome in the pan. It's also amazingly pigmented and the packaging is reassuringly sturdy. It may be a bit too shimmery to wear on its own though. This one was about 15 yuan, which converts to about $2.50 AUD. I thought the shade resembled MAC All That Glitters, which I don't have, or the Eyelid shade from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette, but the WnW Eyelid shadow is darker and leans more pink than the apricot Sofea shadow. 

Fun fact, I didn't end up using these in China at all, because I was sick and didn't take part in the dance performance. The lack of any of my eye brushes put me off trying them out until I got home, but I'm glad I bought them. :) Hope you're all having great starts to the new year, and remember to wear sunscreen! (I'm learning that the hard way after a beach trip today.) :p xx

9 comments:

  1. The colour pay off for these eyeshadows surprised me, it is quite impressive! I'm quite loving the gold and bronze shimmery shades from the palette. Shame that you didn't even end up using them for the dance though!

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    1. I was so surprised when I swatched them for the first time! The gold is such a pretty colour! :) x

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  2. The colours are shimmery and gorgeous! It's a shame that they break so easily. When my shadows break, I attempt to salvage them by depotting it into another container then turning them into a pigment of sorts! xx lilstephh.blogspot.ca

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    1. It's not quite there yet- it's still intact, just breaking off on the surface. That's a good idea though! I've pressed a broken shadow before and it worked quite well! :) xx

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  3. Ooh, I love looking at the local brands when I'm on holiday. Those are great picks, I'm sure you'll get good use out of those neutrals :P xx

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    1. This was the first time I've checked out local brands- and I'm so happy they turned out okay! I had my friend come over to help me conclude that they weren't about to break me out from dodgy ingredients! Hehe these will keep me happy for now, but the NAKED palette will be mine soon enough! ;) xx

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  4. Wow they look really pretty :)

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  5. Aw, hope you're feeling much better now! I'm not surprised you'd find make up brands like this which are probably local and not heard off at real cheap prices. But as you went ahead to buy them, there's no harm in trying, especially when they turn out to be so pigmented! :)

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  6. These look so lovely and pigmented! I love the shades.
    x

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