Review: Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow in Violet Visions & Green Exotique

By Voxy  

Another from the Great Sephora Haul of 2010 (Part the First). And no, that is not a phallic representation of eyeshadow there in that photo. It’s not. Don’t even think about it.

Again: MUFE Aqua Creams, eat crow. You might argue that it was unfair of me to have compared you to the Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eyeshadows. You might have said, “Yes, but those products come in squeezie tubes. We come in little tubs! Of course we are a different texture! It’s unfair to even compare the two. Apples and oranges! Chalk and cheese! American version of The Office vs. British!”

To which I say: that’s as may be, but now I’m looking at the Shiseido Hydro-Powder eye shadows, which come in the exact same kind of packaging you do (although, if I may point out, quite a bit classier), and they still kick your collective tuchuses out of the park. So I repeat: Pthhhhhhhbt.

Of course all of the neutral colors were sold out on when I was buying, but Voxy is not afraid of a little color, so purple and green it was.

Like the MUFE creams, these come in little jars, except the packaging is sturdier and there aren’t any issues with cheap plastic or poorly threaded tops. (Minor annoyance: the sculptural lid is cool and all, but it pretty much prevents you stacking them on top of each other, so storage is a little inefficient.) The colors apply true to how they look in the jar: that green really is that green. They are both shimmery, almost verging on metallic.

Neither one of these shadows would be a good choice for a whole-eye look. They’re too intense, especially for daytime/work. However — they do a bang-up job acting as bases for other colors. I really like applying the green one over my whole lid (after primer and MAC Painterly paint pot, and on the lid only — not getting into or above the crease) and then doing the innermost corner of the eye with a pale gold, the outer corner with a bronzy brown, and the crease with a chocolate brown, blended just slightly up towards the brow. The green peeps out above the iris of the eye and looks really very cool. Finish with brown, black, or olive green liner and mascara. I’ve been using the lavender color in cool purple and icy blue looks. Let me know if you want photos of these.

I’d definitely consider buying more colors, especially the browns/neutrals. I do wish I could see them in-store first, but they’re online-only in the US.


Left: Violet Visions; Right: Green Exotique


Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadows in Violet Visions and Green Exotique: $25 each

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. $25 is pricy.

Purchase again? Yes — would love to try the neutrals.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    I knew you’d like these. I’d like to see pictures as well!


  2. avatar a biologist
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would love photos of the purple and blue eye looks! I’m all about purple this year.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      But of course. The next time I use the purple in a look I will be sure to post it.

      I used the green today but didn’t have time to snap a pic on my way out the door this morning and have since taken off my makeup.

      (By the way, speaking of purple, I am also *loving* the LORAC Starry-Eyed baked eyeshadow trio I picked up during F&F. I got it in the “Starstruck” shade, which is various shades of berry/plum, which might be too warm for you given your eye color, but there is a cool purple trio that also looks quite nice. Review to come shortly, but that might be something to look into.)


      • avatar a biologist
        Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I do have my new 20% VIB coupon, I will check out the LORAC colors. I need a present! It has been a very tough week. Let’s just say that I haven’t been wearing mascara because I wasn’t sure I wouldn’t cry at work, and leave it at that.

        Berry looks good on me in clothes, but I am finding that I can wear more dramatic color if I choose cool shades for my eyes.


        • avatar Voxy
          Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

          “Let’s just say that I haven’t been wearing mascara because I wasn’t sure I wouldn’t cry at work, and leave it at that.”

          I know *exactly* what you mean. Really, you couldn’t find anyone more sympathetic to that than I am.

          I have the LORAC trio in Starstruck, but you might find the Starlet trio better — it’s also purples, but cooler. (I almost bought them both, but restrained myself at the very last second. However, with the VIB sale… well, let’s just say all bets are off.)


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