If you’re heading out for a spot of retail therapy today…what? It’s Saturday and a couple of days after payday, after all…then head down to John Lewis on Oxford Street to the new Japonesque counter. Yes, we all know and love Japonesque for their range of perfect brushes and beauty tools but now they have launched a colour collection (exclusive to John Lewis) that’ll make you fall in love with them all over again. Once you’ve got over all the oohs and aahs, you’ll be wanting to delve in and swatch every single thing in sight.

The Velvet Touch Foundation is the can’t do without from the range. Eight shades for a fresh, flawless dewy finish, it promises (and delivers) skin that looks like skin with the lightest of touch. If you prefer a liquid formulation, the Luminous Foundation comes in 10 shades (I’m crushing hard on the second darkest shade) and literally lasted on the skin for a good eight hours. A Finishing Powder and a Concealer (available in 5 shades) complete the complexion offering.

6 beautiful blushes, 12 highly pigmented lipsticks and 8 fabulous lip laquers add that essential pop of colour, but my heart lies with the wonderful array of eyeshadows. 5 singles, 10 duos and 3 quad palettes, and not a shade duplicated amongst them. Richly pigmented, micro-finely milled, these go on a dream, just like a cream and are supremely long-lasting. You’ll find just about every finish you might want, pearlised, suede matte or metallic if you’re getting into party mode. And to finish off, there are a couple of eyeliners and two very wonderful mascaras – my money’s on the Lash Loading formulation for high volume, false lash effect lashes.

But the real reason you’ll be hankering the new collection? The absolutely beautiful, covetable and collectible packaging. Each compact cover is literally a work of art – no two are the same.  Created by a unique gel beading/melting/melding process, they are bound to make you the envy of all around you.

Currently available at John Lewis Oxford Street, Kingston and Milton Keynes, you can also buy it at John Lewis online too. 

I’ll be having a play with some of the products very soon, so check back for a full review AND some exclusive tips from Kim Douglas, Japonesque’s Pro Make-Up artist.


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