Shiseido MAQUillAGE 5th Anniversary Powder Celebration set

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m going to show you the Shisedo MAQUillAGE 5th Anniversary Powder Celebration set in detail. It took me a lot of time and effort putting this post together, so please no hot link or use without permission.

To Celebrate MAQUillAGE’s 5th anniversary, Shiseido released this Powder Celebration set on 21 November in Japan, at a hefty price of 12,600 yen (around $150). I got mine from BonBonCosmetics last week. They’re selling it for $219.99 right now. The price is a little higher than retail, but considering the high shipping cost, the price is reasonable.

First let’s take a look at the outside packaging.

A special face powder to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of MAQUILLAGE, your beauty partner. SHISEIDO

After undressing the white sleeve cover, a luxurious looking gold box reveals.

The box has two tiers underneath the top. The first tier holds the glass lid, instruction card, a powder puff and a spatula.

The second tier holds the glass jar base, the powder compact and a brush.

The design is very smart and compact. Everything’s well packed and secured in place.

A closer look of the brush, spatula and the puff.

The card.

There’s a brief introduction for the set on one side.

It teaches you how to use the powder and the compact.

On the other side of the card.

It shows you the functionality of each part of the glass jar and how to place your brush and spatula.

So the glass container will look like this.

The set includes two products, Extra Beauty Compact and Extra Beauty Powder. The compact was packaged inside the powder jar.

There’re two plastic seals around the inner container of the powder to make sure it’s never used or opened.

Originally the compact sits on the plastic lid of the powder.

After removing the compact, the holder becomes the handle of the container lid and the holder for the brush and spatula.

I’m assuming the brush is made of natural hair because it feels really soft. The spatula is nothing fancy though.

They goes onto the holder like this.

Both top and the base of the jar are made of glass.

A side view of the jar.

On one side, it says “MAQUillAGE”.

On the other side, it says “Powder Celebration”.

Due to transit there’re some powder spillage on the bottom of my jar.

Apparently the foam sheet around the inner container didn’t do much as it supposed to.

The bottom of the base says “Powder Celebration”.

This foam divider was under the inner lid to separate the powder and protect it from spillage. Apparently this wasn’t good enough for air transit as well. The good thing is I don’t need to swatch the powder anymore. So should I call it a “swatch foam”?

Moving on to the real deal, the Extra Beauty Powder. I admire Japanese for giving interesting product names, Extra Beauty Powder and Extra Beauty Compact.

Anyways there’re a total of seven (7) shades of powders. I wonder why they made eight (8) slots and there’re two (2) slots for the white powder. The middle slot is the blending space for mixing the various shades.

The powders has a slight floral scent which I like.

Pink and Orange (indoor natural lighting).

Cream Yellow and White.

Beige and Violet.

Green and once again White.

This shows how they looks like under direct sunlight. The colors are a little washed out due to strong lighting.

As you probably noticed, only White, Green and Violet are shimmery. The rest four (4) shades are matt.

The following information is quoted from Shiseido MAQUillAGE website.

1. White (shimmery): For illuminating and adding glow, can be used as highlighter and eyeshadow base.
2. Pink: For a healthy glow and correct skin dullness, can be used as eyeshadow and blush.
3. Orange: For a healthy glow and correct skin dullness, can be used as eyeshadow and blush.
4. Cream Yellow: For covering up skin redness and dullness around the eyes, can be used as eyeshdow base.
5. Beige: For covering up uneven skin color and for a natural, elegant finish.
6. Violet (shimmery): For correcting skin dullness and adding radiance, can be used as eyeshadow.
7. Green (shimmery): For covering up skin redness and acne scars, can be used as eyeshadow.

Blend all seven (7) colors with equal amount will get you a Lucent Beige color. It corrects all skin problems and adds radiance.

For Face Color:

Apply Lucent Beige (blend 7 shades of powder equally) to achieve a radiant look or use single powder to address specific skin problem. Tap the access powder in the middle slot.

For Eyeshadow:

Apply single powder, two powders gradation or blending of two powders. Use a fingertip to press and blend, layering two to three times for more intensity.

For Cheek and highlight:

Use single powder or blending of two powders for blush. For highlighting, apply single powder (white) around T-zone, under eye area and chin.

The glass jar itself is great for holding various items such as jewelry. Part of the lid was painted by hand using pure gold paint.

After talking about the powder, let’s take a look at the compact, Extra Beauty Compact.

The white case is really sleek and pretty. Compared to other MAQUillAGE compacts’ bulky design, it’s the right size for the hand and it should be great for on the go as well.

The compact is the mixer of seven (7) shades of powder, in a ‘Lucent Beige’ color.

The gold overlay should be wiped off with one use. It resembles the same design as the case.

The compact is only 4g but luckily I’ve seen refills on MQ website. That means this item is totally usable or else I’d be really sad to see the beautiful overlay disappear.

The puff that comes with the compact. I haven’t touched it yet so I can’t show you the swatch though I’m guessing it’d be really sheer to show up anyways.

This picture was taken under direct sunlight.

My thoughts:

Needless to say, the whole set is absolutely beautiful and luxurious. It definitely adds weight to any vanity table. Just by looking at it, I feel like a princess.

The powders are super finely milled with light floral scent. It’s so refreshing and relaxing. By smelling it, I feel like being in an aromatherapy spa. I also love the seven shades of powders, it gives me the control of blending and playing around. With that blending power, my imagination can run wild. Each and every time, I could end up with a new shade.

The brush applicator is super soft. It feels like heaven. I don’t see it that often in western makeup brands. They always give you the crappy brushes.

All those are love, now it comes to the nasty part, my rant.

Though the design is compact and smart, they didn’t consider the brush gets squeezed when the glass lid closed. See the picture below. I’m afraid over time the brush will be out of shape. Or rather even before that, the jar would be used for storage. The powders are so little. With daily usage, I’d say it probably won’t last over two months.

For something this expensive, I was expecting better packaging design or better enclosure for the loose powders. As you can see, mine was all over the place. Maybe Shiseido only wanted their customers to buy this set over the counter instead of shipping. In that case, it’d be OK. But still they should consider their customers get the set over to their house. Why didn’t they put the powders in separate containers or even make the refills for later? I guess Shiseido only cared about how it looks on the outside. Also the plastic inner container looks fairly cheap. It’d be so much better if it’s glass material as well.

Overall, I still love this set. It’s truly a Collector’s Edition. I wouldn’t suggest you to wait for too long to order this set if you’re a MAQUillAGE fan.

10 Responses to Shiseido MAQUillAGE 5th Anniversary Powder Celebration set

  1. ~Lisa December 13, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Wow! I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into this post! My eyes nearly bulged out when I saw the price. Definitely pricey but oh-so luxurious!!

    The packaging is beautiful! If I ever dropped this, I will have a heart attack. It’s also a very interesting powder, I have never seen any powder before that is separated into different colours. Thumbs up for creativity!

  2. AnnaYJia December 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    OMG It looks so beautiful ! What a nice packaging ^^ But the price is really scaring me off ! haha… But I think it’s worth for a collection ^^

  3. Jennifer December 14, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    that multi-colored powder is crazily expensive $_____$ it looks very gorgeous tho!

  4. Dina (XYYan) December 14, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    This powder set looks incredibly beautiful!

  5. billi December 14, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    wow lovly

  6. Ahleessa December 14, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Oh wow that’s all I can say *mouth opened*!!!

  7. Cherry December 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    The powder looks really cute, but I think it’s a lot of work to mix it too, haha^0^. The packaging is SUPER cute though~

  8. Mandy Kookie December 17, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    oh wow the set is pure love! Gorgeous!

  9. Jess December 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    This set looks so pretty but so expensive.

  10. Nic nic December 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    looks very interesting – thanks for sharing, never knew what it looked like inside! i hope you had a nice xmas. Happy holidays!


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