Kaja Orange Blossom Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio Review & Swatches

Orange Blossom

Kaja Orange Blossom Beauty Bento Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio ($21.00 for 0.09 oz.) includes three, ultra-sparkly “cream-powder” eyeshadows that are explicitly recommended to be applied with fingertips. The good news is that for those who prefer brushes, they work well with denser brushes (think shader brushes), and they were easy to use with dry brushes but could be amplified further with a wet brush. They were pigmented, sparkly, and shiny with good adherence to bare skin, minimal (sometimes none) fallout during application, and slight fallout during wear. I found they were more prone to slight creasing by the eight-hour mark rather than lots of fallout.

Though it’s not the easiest packaging to see all the shades at once, it is compact, lightweight, and travel-friendly. Each shade is 0.03 oz., which is smaller than the average full-sized eyeshadow but still plenty of product to work with (they don’t feel mini!). The price point is a sweet spot for mid-end, I think, and this type of product is great for augmenting one’s stash with its type of product (super sparkly!) and size.

Kaja Sandy Peach Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Kaja Sandy Peach Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Sandy Peach

Sandy Peach is a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and flecks of gold and pink sparkle and finer shimmer. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer when applied with fingertips, as advised (so that’s what the ratings are based on!), though I was still able to get nearly opaque coverage using a dry brush. Fingertips tended to apply the product more smoothly to the lid more quickly, almost as if it was applied wet with a brush.

The texture was smooth, emollient, and had that silicone slip I’d expect based on the ingredient list (dimethicone is first in line). I was impressed by how well the eyeshadow adhered to bare skin and how there wasn’t fallout when applied with a fingertip and barely any when I used a brush. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before creasing faintly on me.

PIXI Beauty Antique Rose (PiP, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).MAC Last Dance (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop The Most (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).MAC Flashbeams (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Drizzle (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).NARS Singapore #1 (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Perfectly Wretched (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar).Sephora Glazed Donut (365) (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).bareMinerals Custom Made (LE, ) is lighter (90% 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!

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Silica, Aluminum Distearate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Carmine (Ci 75470), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol.

Kaja Sun-kissed Tan Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Kaja Sun-kissed Tan Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Sun-kissed Tan

Sun-kissed Tan is a bright, medium-dark coral with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation applied with a fingertip and had only a few stray sparkles drop during application. If brushes are preferred, I found them manageable but this shade was a bit sheerer and chunkier to work with, so there was a little bit of fallout during application but nothing deal-breaking, in my opinion.

The eyeshadow had a smoother, more emollient feel to it, but it was thin and held together well so it did feel a bit like the cream-powder it was described as. It stayed on well for eight hours with slight fallout over time and a bit of creasing toward the end.

Huda Beauty Coral #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Morphe Little Lady (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Viseart Marmalade (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Pink Pepper (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 2) #22 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).Smashbox Bikini Scene (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Viseart Coy #12 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Too Faced Sugared Strawberry (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!

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica (Ci 77019), Phenyl Trimethicone, Carmine (Ci 75470), Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Aluminum Distearate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Silica, Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol.

Kaja Baked Cinnamon Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Kaja Baked Cinnamon Bounchy Shimmer Eyeshadow

Baked Cinnamon

Baked Cinnamon is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a sparkling, shiny finish. It had opaque pigmentation when applied with fingertips (as recommended), and it had mostly opaque coverage applied with a dry brush (rating isn’t based on that). The texture was smooth to the touch, emollient without feeling that sparkly, and it adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin without fallout. It wore well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly but had very, very little fallout.

MAC Bamboo-zled (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Colour Pop Pancakes Please (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar).Anastasia Streak (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar).MAC Omigaud (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Ritz (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Jouer Champagne Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Hourglass Exposure #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).PIXI Beauty Brilliant Bronze (PiP, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) 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!

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Mica (Ci 77019), Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Phenyl Trimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Aluminum Distearate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Silica, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol.

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