One of my more indulgent purchases when I visited my parents back in Japan this winter was this Lunasol Skin Modelling Eyes in Beige Beige 01. Every year, the Japanese beauty magazine (think Allure but in Japanese), Biteki ranks Lunasol's eyeshadows as one of the best in the country, and cosme.net (think MakeUpAlley's Japanese equivalent - slightly more institutionalised) is also always on the Lunasol eyeshadow bandwagon. Despite the monstrous price tag of 5,250 yen (coming up to about £40), I had to get me some, and Beige Beige 01 has been Lunasol's most popular eyeshadow quad since its launch almost 5 years ago (6? 7? I don't remember but it's been pretty friggin' long..)
Am I in love? I am. The shades are just so perfect, and exactly what it says on the tin - beige (..beige). It's the best selection of nudes (not neutrals!) that emphasise the eyes without giving it too much colour. There's only one dark colour which is quite useful for me because I tend to like lighter shades anyway, and have enough of the ones with two light colours, one medium and one dark shade. I mean, look at that highlight! It's not even that light, but the way it catches the light is just stunning. The common way of applying eyeshadow in Japan (creating a gradient up from the lashline) really brings out the best in this quad.
My only sticking point is that the staying power isn't superb. For 5,250yen you kinda expect better! That being said, eyeshadows naturally dislike my eyelids so it might not be a problem for everyone else. I still continue to use it though, because it actually wears away nicely as opposed to settling in the crease.
So from a practical point of view - perhaps not the best way to spend your money. But the shades are gorgeous, the packaging is just luxurious and for me, outweighs the issue of staying power. It was also a lot about finally trying something that's been raved about loads and seeing how trends differ over in Japan! If you have a few pennies (or a mountain load) to spare, do give Lunasol's eyeshadows a go :)