The Korean craze seems to be very well alive and still going on strong in Singapore, with the opening of many Korean makeup and skincare stores around.
When Nature Republic opened at my neighbourhood mall a few months back, I couldn’t resist browsing and trying out one product.
The Olive Cooking Dual Shadow in 03 Cooking Beige.
Yes. Everyone go HUH? What’s a Cooking eyeshadow?
It came boxed (box has been chucked out) and retails at SGD$16.50 in what looks like a baked eyeshadow form. No applicators were included in the purchase.
INGREDIENTS: Mica (ci 77019), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), talc, iron oxides (ci 77499), glyceryl ethylhexanoate/stearate/adipate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, neopentyl glycol diethylhexanoate, diglyceryl sebacate/isopalmitate, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, nylon-12, glass, sorbitan stearate, iron oxides (ci 77491), dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate, magnesium myristate, boron nitride, isostearyl neopentanoate, phenyl trimethicone, phenoxyethanol, zea mays (corn) starch,sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, magnesium aluminum silicate, chlorphenesin, titanium/titanium dioxide, polysorbate 80, methylparaben, triethoxycaprylylsilane, isohexadecane, manganese violet (ci 77742), iron oxides (ci 77492), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, xanthan gum, tin oxide (ci 77861), dimethicone
Mystery solved? The “Cooking” refers to the use of olive fruit oil in the ingredients. The green and gold is a good pairing.
The texture is pretty soft and somewhat powdery with fall out, as you can tell from the swatch on bare skin. The glitter is on the chunky side too, though that didn’t irritate my eyes when worn. With the slight fallout, it’s best used over a primer. The colour payoff for this eyeshadow is quite typical in Asia, where there’s a preference for sheered out looks. So most Asian eyeshadows aren’t pigmented, unlike their Western counterparts.
Ease of usage: 7
Overall score: 6.3