Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Kanebo Sensai Eye Shadow Palette (ES02 Kaede Momiji)

I don't know what "Kaede Momiji" means in Japanese, but I suspect it could be "pretty and elegant", because that's how I'd label this Kanebo Sensai palette. As you can see, the colors are warm browns with a light shimmer, offering the full range from a highlighter to a dark chocolate liner.

There's nothing new or revolutionary here, just very wearable in a subtle, classy way. It's a go-to palette for a well put-together everyday look that can be lightened down or intensified, according to need. I usually skip the warmest color in the palette because it's too orange for my skin tone, but the other ones are very flattering.

Like every Kanebo Sensai product I've tried to far, the quality is the highest possible. The eye shadows are finely milled, the texture silky, smooth and blendable, and the staying power is very impressive. I use it over a primer and my eye makeup survives from day to night with no touchups, even after a short walk in the rain.

Kanebo Sensai Eye Shadow Palette ($50) is available from Bergdorf Goodman. Mine was provided by the brand's PR.

All photos by me.


  1. "Kaede momiji" is Japanese for "maple leaves", which is perfect for a pretty autumn palette like this!

  2. I LOVE it. Must have it. Need to do "lotto dance" to entice the Gods to smile on me.

  3. Their creme foundation is my HG, and love their lipstick as well (i only have problems with the colour choice...). So yes, I most probably will go for the eye shadows as well.

  4. Thank you for the translation, Jeanne. And thank you, Gaia, for spotlighting this treasure. Maple leaves, indeed! What a beautiful name for such a beautiful palette. The colors and finishes look so very elegant. It looks like I'll be making a trip to BG today to check it out.


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