The brand 4U2 is a Thai manufactured brand licensed by BEL AIR cosmetics in the U.S.A. As you will see in a moment, this buy is really good find. Here it is in its packaging, and yes I do have hand swatches and eye tests of this ^v^. The pigmentation, blendability (word? tsk tsk) and texture of this set of eyeshadows is even stronger and more buttery than the Elianto ones I raved about, although I do not lessen my praise for Elianto, these happen to be good on the metallic end. I wish this range had a matte collection.
The palette is heavy-ish, as mom said when she lifted it "It feels serious!". It's really solid when you pick it up. You don't feel any parts of the palette moving about, it feels tightly assembled. You know how crystal CD cases shatter to pieces the very moment you drop them? I absolutely hate that so I'm glad this does not feel like it will even crack after your first, careless fumble. No I will not test that haha! The finish is a semi-matte textured plastic. The edges of the plastic palette are tapered so a you can see below there aren't any hard corners, it has a smooth roundish feel to it when you hold it. Ok, enough about that, onto the product! Sorry, I already swatched them so you can see where my fingers swiped the pans. I was too excited.
You know what is even more awesome? The swatches above are only 1 dab each into the pan, upon 1 swipe on your hand that's exactly what you get, then after I did the above swatches,
I needed to remove what was left on my fingers right? So I swiped them on the other side to clean my fingers...look how much was left, all that after 1 dab each in the pan!
So I thought this blog entry wouldn't be this long, I'll only show you my FOTD with the most metallic of all the shades, the last one I mentioned. I have a funny profile picture below because I wanted to be able to show the finish of the makeup base and the light in my room just wasn't working for the frontal picture, so that's this. See the piece of MAC 109 brush hair left on my cheek? I thought that was funny...brush fail! That brush really tends to shed. On my face, Pixi Flawless beauty primer on my cheeks then Clinique Super Balanced Foundation in Cream Chamois, Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder, and on my lips Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited 908 never fails. Eye makeup 4U2 shadow, mascara Rimmel Sexy Curves.
and the one below is the eye test I did last night with the metallic bronze shade and the highlighter on the inner corners ^v^. What I did below is a monolid, just 1 color but it look like I've got something else in my crease, right? You betcha, I discovered these metallic shades have a two-tone effect! It looks like you're wearing 2 colors because they define your eyes depending on where the light hits. So here where my brow bone hangs over my lids, the deep bronze of the shade comes out, and on the lids the golden part gets hit by the light making it look like a lighter shade. Sorry it's a bit dark,the lighting in my room sucks.ShareThis