Originally Posted by liba
I wouldn't get down on Yuki too much. If you google-translate the page, she apologizes that she could only do really quickie bad swatches and couldn't do any wet or with base, plus she only had some toilet paper to do her paper swatches with. It seems like she usually only gets to test stuff at press events, which aren't the best spots to swatch everything - she probably saw all these along with a bunch of other collections and just holds back on releasing the photos until the press embargo is lifted. I'm OK with what she does because she doesn't go all crazy with ads and other ways of making money off her blog, plus heck, she IS usually the first out the gate with full collection swatches - what's not to like?!
I DO think her close up photos are really great here - especially the MES. You can tell very easily how the swirls are different colors and different textures, including some swirls that are almost matte and some that are super glittery, with sheen-style swirls (like Semi-Precious sheen) mixed in.
As my MA said, half the blushes and MSFs are glittery and the other half are new, improved sheen, as good or better than SP. The eyeshadows are broken down into glittery, sheen-y and more matte. From Yuki's swatches, it seems like if you want more or less glitter, you just have to swirl hunt for ones with the thinnest or thickest swirls of the colors/textures you want. That's rough for people who are stuck ordering online, but hey, if it's very important, I bet there are Specktrettes who would be happy to do a little extra personal swirl hunting and mail you the spoils. Last year I bought the ENTIRE collection of MES for a friend of mine out of state and believe me, I picked through everything for her.
In honor of these swatches, I wore Hint of Sapphire today, highlighted with Young Venus, and I felt like I had fairy tale eyes all day. It was very cute with Weekend Getaway on the lips and a little Sakura blush on the cheeks. 'Had to wear happy makeup, because I had a cracked tooth drilled the hell up for prep for my first crown.