Mon. Aug 19th, 2019

Kaja Beauty Glowing Guava Beauty Bento Eyeshadow Trio Review & Swatches

Glowing Guava

Kaja Glowing Guava Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio ($21.00 for 0.09 oz.) includes two matte shades with a pop of shimmer. The curated trio works well as a standalone set of shades, and as it is more on the neutral side, it could also pair well with a slew of other eyeshadows in one’s stash. All three shades performed well with good pigmentation, blendability, and long-wear.

Kaja Smoky Sepia Matte Eyeshadow

Kaja Smoky Sepia Matte Eyeshadow

Smoky Sepia

Smoky Sepia is a soft, pinky-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, a little powdery in the pan, but silky-smooth and blendable on my skin without sheering out too readily. I can definitely see it working as a nice transition shade for some skin tones. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied well and stayed on nicely for eight hours on me.

Makeup Geek Rose (LE, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar).Sydney Grace Payton’s Puppy (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Shell Peach (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Labyrinth (P, $4.50) is darker (90% similar).MAC You My Everything (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar).Chanel Légèreté et Expérience #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Bad Habit Cirrus (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).LORAC Hot Toddy (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar).Milani Always Pink of Me (PiP, $5.99) is lighter (90% similar).NABLA Cosmetics Middle Karma (PiP, $8.00) is darker (90% similar).


Talc, Mica (Ci 77019), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Octyldodecanol, Carmine (Ci 75470), Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Methylpropanediol, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Dimethiconol Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methicone, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Aqua/Water/Eau.

Kaja Sparkling Frose Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Kaja Sparkling Frose Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Sparkling Frose

Sparkling Frose is a medium, plummy brown with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation when applied with fingertips, as recommended by the brand, but I was also able to achieve mostly opaque, buildable coverage with a brush (my preferred method as it gives me more precision!). The eyeshadow had a denser, smooth consistency that wasn’t too firmly pressed nor too thick/heavy on my lid. It had a smidgen of fallout when I blended around the edges, and then it had very little fallout over the eight and a half hours it lasted well for.

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #10 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Mademoiselle (LE, $4.50) is lighter (95% similar).MAC Star Violet (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Inglot J403 Ethereal (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar).Anastasia Rose Gold (Norvina) (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Dollhouse (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Revolution (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Colour Pop Posh (LE, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar).MAC Nude Model (PiP, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Too Faced Sugar Plum (I Want Kandee) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “uniform shimmer in every swipe” that is best applied “with your fingers.” They have a dimethicone-heavy feel (unsurprising given it was typically the first ingredient in each shade), so there’s a velvety slip that is lightly emollient but not truly wet or cream-like to the touch. I found them to be more powder-like than cream-like, but they had the binding and hold of a creamier formula. They applied well to bare skin without the need of primer, adhesive sprays, or glitter glue for pretty stellar wear–they often lasted between eight and 10 hours on me with slight fallout. I more often saw faint creasing after eight hours than much in the way of fallout.

Fingertips will definitely yield the most pigmented the quickest, but I didn’t struggle to use brushes (my preferred method for precision) and found that brushes often packed semi-opaque or opaque coverage as well. I also tried them wet and didn’t find that to cause issues to the pan, and it did give some shades a smoother, shinier finish but wasn’t necessary to use them (more like a bonus). I didn’t have issues with fallout whether I used my fingertips or brushes to apply; I pressed and gently pulled the brush across my lid area to distribute the product (same technique I use for high-shimmer/metallic shades). They were impressive; they were magical–if you love sparkly, shiny eyeshadows, they’re well worth a look!



Dimethicone, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica (Ci 77019), Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Distearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Silica, Carmine (Ci 75470), Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol.

Kaja Velvety Mauve Matte Eyeshadow

Kaja Velvety Mauve Matte Eyeshadow

Velvety Mauve

Velvety Mauve is a muted, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety consistency that had enough substance to apply evenly without sheering out too readily. The color was easy to work with and wore well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

Dose of Colors Wanderlust (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Sydney Grace Pipers Piping (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar).NARS Temptress (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).MAC Flaming Femme (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Louvre at First Sight (PiP, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).LORAC Spice (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Supreme Harvest (PiP, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Realness (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Underworld (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).


Talc, Mica (Ci 77019), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470), Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Methylpropanediol, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Propanediol, Dimethiconol Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin.

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