Koh Gen Do recently released two limited edition Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow Palettes in 301 and 302 ($59 USD each), perfectly coordinated for the Fall season. The ultra soft shadows contain anti-aging ingredients to deliver benefits for a smoother and revitalized eye area. They are also created without artificial colors, fragrances, petroleum-based mineral oils or parabens, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Check out the swatches after the jump!
Koh Gen Do's eyeshadows easily glide over the eyelids for a smudge-proof application with long-wearing results. They work best over a thicker, creamier base such as my beloved By Terry Eye Primer. When used with brushes, the powders will kick up a little dust but it never, ever looks powdery on the eyes.
--301 has a classically neutral theme and is overall, the more pigmented palette. The matte Mauve Brown and Ivory White layer well for full coverage color. I was impressed with the white at first swipe because it is finely milled and incredibly silky (unlike many chalky white matte shadows on the market). I experienced a hint of fall out with Mauve Brown since it has a drier texture, so it is best used with a flat shader brush like the MAC 239 or the Tom Ford Eye Contour Brush. The Champagne Gold and Light Pink are fairly pigmented and apply beautifully. Champagne Gold is a very natural lid shade and ideal for daily use while Light Pink looks great in the inner corners as a highlight. The palette is an essential 'basics' staple, one that every woman can appreciate.
--302 has a more colorful theme, but the pigmentation is less consistent. The Lemon Chiffon and Copper are nearly as smooth as 301's Ivory White. I love how Lemon Chiffon can brighten up my whole eye in one step, so I sweep it all over the lid and under my brow bone. Copper has been touted as the eye color of the season by Into the Gloss for its perfectly pigmented, burnished look, and the praise is well deserved. It has a gorgeous pearly finish that contrasts well with the sheer satin colors, Midnight Blue and Deep Coffee. Deep Coffee applies more intensely on the eyes than in the swatches below, but Midnight Blue is much sheerer than I expected and leans more violet on my skin. I like to run it across my lower lash line for a pop of color when I'm feeling motivated to use all four shades.
In the swatches below, the top set was photographed in natural light while the bottom set was photographed under artificial lighting.
These eyeshadows were designed specifically for the High Definition realm, which makes a noticeable difference when worn on the eyes. They are especially fabulous on mature skin. Not only do the varying powder shades reflect the light naturally and give off a soft focus to diffuse fine lines, they blend effortlessly together. The Maifanshi Mineral formula may not appeal to everyone's pigmentation preferences, but they are texturally unique and the application fool-proof.
Bottom Line: Both of these Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow quads are silky, soft and supremely wearable, but I recommend 301 over 302.