Friday, April 29, 2011

Review by Joeybunny - Blushes You Can't Have #4, Inoui ID PK-1

It’s the end of April, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for our monthly installment of Blushes You Can’t Have!

If you remember, last year Elvira and I undertook the most sadist blog project known to mankind: Taupes You Can’t Have. For twelve months, we featured some of our loveliest taupes, knowing damn well that most of you could never have them. We’re straight bitches! Well, this year we decided to do something similar, but this time we would feature blushes. Once again, we get to revel in your misery and anguish. WOO!

Elvira kicked off with Chanel Joues Contraste in Poesie. In February, I brought you MAC Powder Blush in Afterdusk. Last month, Elvira showed us Shu Uemura Glow-On in Sakura.

For April, I bring you Inoui ID blush in PK-1, a blush that has deep sentimental value to me.

Inoui ID was a gorgeous line produced by Shiseido back in 2002, with Dick Page as the creative director. Of course, this was only found in Japan. Despite the hard-to-find quality of the makeup, Inoui ID was greatly sought after by collectors and users who knew that the products were seriously among the best on the market. When I started on Makeup Alley on 2005, even I had already known about Inoui ID. Dick Page’s work with the line was just...stunning. And for some reason, Shiseido discontinued the line in early 2007. The makeup community mourned, and hard. I remember I had been incredibly sad about this; I had always wanted to try the line, because I was (and still am) a huge Dick Page fangirl. I mean, I obsessed over the man and his work. I had collages in my room of makeup he had done for Allure Magazine!

Well, lucky me got a chance to meet Dick Page back in March of 2008. His sister Vicki is a large presence on Makeup Alley, and when she told me she was coming to NYC for a visit, I asked to spend the day taking her around and having drinks. Surprise, surprise - she dragged Dick along to say hi!

(me and Dick Page!)

Let me tell you, I had a near breakdown when I met him. What a treat Vicki had allowed me! I met the master himself, and he even complimented my makeup. The proverbial icing on the cake was when Vicki gifted me with an assortment of Inoui ID eyeshadow quads and the blush I’m about to write about. Years later, I still marvel at the generosity and love that Vicki and Dick showed me that day. At some point, I must photograph and swatch the quads for the blog!

Ok, about PK-1: Inoui ID used to sell blush duos, and PK-1 is one of the loveliest pairings I have had the opportunity to come across. One side is a pinked ivory highlighter, softly shimmering and not in the least bit obvious. The other side is a stunningly pigmented raspberry pink color. Together, the two colors lend my face a vibrancy and glow that is both sophisticated and fun.

The texture of these powders is silky smooth to the touch, and one only needs the tiniest amount of both due to the high level of pigmentation. It’s always hard for me to find blushes that show up on me, but this can look downright clownish on my NC40 skin if I’m not careful - that’s impressive!! I have no idea how much these retailed for; I really can’t remember. If there’s any way for you to swap or find any Inoui ID products, then please do; you won’t be sorry about it!


  1. What a wonderful story, and a beautiful blush!!!

  2. You met Vicky AND her brother?? Wow I'm jealous!

  3. I love this story. I also remember that Mr. Page complimented you on your red eyeliner that you were wearing. That was the coolest! This blush is so beautiful and I dare anyone to find its equal...because I'm sure it does not exist.

  4. Jbrobeck, thank you very much =) PK-1 is quite beautiful, yes!

    Marie, yes!! Vicki is HILARIOUS in person and just so pretty and sweet. Dick was...awesome!

    Elvira, it was Urban Decay Gash liquid liner, yes! I love that you remember that =D xoxo and I have actually tried to find a dupe to this blush (I had a BU but I gave it to Becca) and it's freakin' impossible.

  5. Nice! One of a kind huh! I jealous you met Vickie and her brother T_T.


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