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Tsumori Chisato for shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Jupiter Brown Review, Swatches & Lip Shot

October 26, 2009

Tsumori Chisato for shu uemura ‘Rouge Unlimited’ Lipstickicon ($25) is, at least for me, one of those items that any serious makeup collector will feel the compulsion to own. I purchased mine sight unseen at the counter at Nordstrom as the testers were all missing and there was just one of these little darlings remaining.

While I thought the packaging was super kawaii online, it’s nothing compared to the cuteness this lippie exudes in person! The ‘Lucky Cat’ peeking out at you from the cap, the gold star and paw prints and the overall color scheme make this Tsumori Chisato for shu uemura ‘Rouge Unlimited’ Lipstick in Jupiter Brown such a delight to look at and own.

More review plus and hand and lip swatches and close-ups after the jump!

This Tusmori Chisato lipstick comes in one loan shade, Jupiter Brown, and while I wasn’t too into the pinky brown shade at first glance, it’s actually pretty beautiful on the lips. If you check out the close-ups down below you’ll see that this lipstick is heavy on the gold shimmer housed within a rosy pink base with some barely there brown undertones.

On my lips this turns into a sheer, glossy pinky brown shade with a generous helping of gold shimmer (this really does look pretty pink on me) and while I was expecting to love the packaging and to just tolerate the lipstick shade itself, this one is actually pretty gorgeous. It’s not the muddy brown that I’d feared (I don’t know who came up with the name Juptier Brown but I’m not a fan) but more a fleshy rosy shade lightened up by all the gold shimmer – really a beauty!

Of course the top lip shot was taken with flash, the bottom without. It was ridiculously hard to get a good representation of this shade on camera for some reason, so the bottom shade shows the gold shimmer whereas the top showcases the color a little more accurately. The shade actually has a little more gold to it in person, but it is beautiful and, being a Rouge Unlimited, the formula is of course glossy and wonderful.

What do you think?

I purchased this product myself. Just couldn’t resist the star, pawprints and cute cat calling to me from the aisles of Nordstrom!

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Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura – Quite Possibly the Cutest Makeup Collection There Ever Was!

October 22, 2009

Japanese fashion designer Tsumori Chisato collaborated with Shu Uemura to bring us a ridiculously cute collection of cosmetics and accessories that I guarantee you’ll be hard-pressed to resist. Inspiration for the collection from “The Little Prince” and the cosmos and the collection’s packaging definitely reflects this with its plethora of glitter, shimmer, stars and playful renderings of cats.

See more photos and check out collection details and pricing after the jump!

The Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura collection includes:

I want it all but since I’m trying to be a little more responsible about my beauty spending, I may just go for the Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Jupitor Brown. I’m not entirely crazy about the shade (anything that has the word brown in it is generally a no-no for me) but I’m gaga over the cute packaging!

What will you be picking up from the collection?

shu uemura Limited-Edition Tokyo Kamon Cleansing Oil

July 8, 2009
In collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno, shu uemura introduces playful new packaging. The oils remain the same; the bottles are more beautiful than ever.

Moyoko created the Tokyo Kamon Girls, a series of five sophisticated yet modern characters that adorn the Cleansing Oil range. Inspired by kamons (Japanese family emblems), each signature cleansing oil features unique designs and meaningful kamons that describe individual female characteristics.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier – Fresh’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)

A lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. Cute motifs drawn in pink adorn the bottle of Fresh Cleansing Oil which is designed with an image of the pure and innocent Tokyo kamon girl, Sakurako. The delicate chrysanthemum adorning the Fresh Cleansing Oil is one of Japan’s most symbolic flowers that is used as the kamon of the emperor. While the flower is most common in shades of yellow and white, Moyoco adopted a pink palette to give the image cuteness and elegance. Inspired by the cherry extract in the Cleansing Oil, she also created a cute cherry blossom kamon.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)

The original shu uemura cleansing oil. Expressing sparkle and happiness, vines and shimmering heart-shaped flower petals adorn the bottle of Balancing Cleansing Oil which is designed with an image of the fulfilled Tokyo kamon girl, Tsuruha. Leaves and vines playfully intertwine in the design of the Balancing Cleansing Oil, which also features heart-shaped flower-petal icons shimmering in delicate pink.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)
A rich cleansing oil that leaves dry, dehydrated skin clean and nourished. An eye-catching checkered pattern adorns the bottle of Cleansing Oil, which is designed with an image of the strong-willed Tokyo Kamon girl, Tamaki. The energetic pop of orange color on the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil is enhanced by a color mix of monotone checkered patterns and beautifully arranged black kamon. Checkered patterns are often used in kimono textiles. Inspired by the orange shade of the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil, Moyoco drew Tamaki in the mandarin leaf kamon.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno White Recovery EX+’ Brightening Cleansing Oil ($75)

This gentle cleansing oil leaves the skin appearing more even-toned, translucent and smoothed. An audacious combination of noble purple and vivid green adorns the bottle of Brightening Cleansing Oil, which is designed with an image of the coquettish Tokyo kamon girl, Katsura. Inspired by the color of the Brightening Cleansing Oil, Moyoco chose the combination of alluring purple and fresh green, which is common in traditional Japanese designs. Fresh green expresses young leaves and purple expresses beautiful wisteria.

shu uemura ‘Skin Purifier’ Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil ($75)

shu uemura’s #1-selling Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil, an anti-aging and antioxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with aging. An exquisite contrast of dynamic pine trees in an eye-catching bright red color adorns the bottle of Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil, which is designed with an image of the elegant Tokyo Kamon girl, Matsuno. Moyoco’s first creation for the range is intended as a harmonizing image, taking inspiration from her immediate surroundings. A magnificent Japanese pine tree inspired by the deep, austere green of the Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil dominates the rest of the image in an eye-catching shade of red.

I’m so loving these limited edition shu bottles, but at $65-$75 a pop they’re painfully expensive, especially when I don’t love shu uemura’s cleansing oils nearly as much as I do other ones. Either of those first two bottles could easily tempt me over to the dark side though! Which are your favorites?

Fantasizing About My Own Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Bar

June 8, 2009

So I’m sitting here at work feeling stressed and fantasizing about lashes–is that normal? It suddenly occurred to me that while I have a good number of false lashes, I don’t really have any that would qualify as whimsical or just pure fun. Which then brought me to this thought: How amazing would it be to have your own Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Bar in your powder room?

Here are my choice to start off my ‘fantasy’ Lash Bar:

Slant Back False Eyelashes ($20)
Flirty yet functional, this full set of dramatic lashes with alternating lengths and delicate wispy lashes adds a touch of subtlety for a voluminous and feminine finish.

Premium Velvet Feather False Eyelashes ($50)

The extra-long design of these premium, hand-crafted, soft feather lashes creates a bold, unforgettable statement reminiscent of J-Lo’s mink eyelashes a la the 2001 Oscars.

Premium Velvet Feather Deep Forest False Eyelashes ($50)

Go for glamor and drama with these hand-crafted, soft feathered premium eyelashes in dark green and black. These would have looked amazing with my Wicked-inspired Halloween look.

Premium Black Gown False Eyelashes ($50)

These uniquely elegant falsies are made with black lace to cast mysterious shadows on the eyes. I know there aren’t many occasions that call for lashes like these, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting them!

Lucent Rainbow False Eyelashes ($27)

These multiple loops of translucent rainbow-colored wires lined next to each other are admittedly crazy and verging on unattractive, but I’d get them for the sole reason that they make me smile :).

Swirl Couture False Eyelashes ($95)
I just about fell over when I saw the price on these falsies, but then again they are from Shu’s collaboration with Viktor & Rolf and I guess you’re paying for the designer name. The Swirl Couture lashes come encased in a luxurious white box complete with a masquerade eye mask, blending Viktor & Rolf’s artistic and conceptual approach to design with shu uemura’s avante garde vision.

Mini Indigo False Eyelashes ($18)

Subtley accent your eyes with this subtlely playful mixture of indigo blue, sandy yellow and black.

Mini Star Glitz False Eyelashes ($22)

Small-sized, night sky-colored eyelashes are adorned with small stars to quite literally bring a twinkle to your eyes.

Dazzling Sapphire Diamante False Eyelashes

Black and blue eyelashes bejeweled with dark blue crystals, these lashes are classic with a twist. And much easier than attempting to glue crystals directly onto your eyes!

What lashes would you include in your own Fantasy Lash Bar? It’s nice to do away with all things practical for awhile and to indulge in silliness! 🙂

shu uemura Handcrafted Natural 18 Goat Foundation Brush Review

May 19, 2009
shu uemura Handcrafted Natural 18 Goat Foundation Brush ($39)

Handcrafted by Japanese artisans, this natural goat foundation brush is designed to apply foundation evenly with a high-coverage effect. The perfectly shaped #18 brush uses ultra-fine, uncut goat hair tips to create a smooth application with a professional finish.

The natural hairs are uncut and hand placed so they are very comfortable on the skin. The shape and size are perfect for applying and blending foundation in quick strokes.

Use one side of the brush to apply foundation to your face, then flip the brush to the other side to blend the foundation across your face. Use the tip of the brush to blend in the more difficult areas, such as under the eyes and around the nose.

If you forced me to choose the five makeup items that I currently couldn’t do without, three of them would be Shu; pretty impressive considering that I’ve only tried a few of their items, but it’s truly a testament to the quality of their products. So what are these three items? Well given my mascara obsession, my Shu Uemura eyelash curler is necessarily a definite must-have (and has been for years). The other two are newer acquisitions, purchased during Bergdorf Goodman’s latest gift card event (see my haul HERE): the extra large Shu Hard Formula Brow Pencil (read my rave review HERE), and this itty bitty little foundation brush.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I think goat, I think scratchy–goats and soft & cuddly just don’t seem to go hand in hand. But the uncut and hand-placed bristles on Shu’s #18 foundation brush contour beautifully to the planes of your face and never feel rough or itchy. Happy sigh!

I wasn’t too crazy about the Shu technique for applying foundation using this brush (described above), but when I used just the tip of the brush to apply my foundation, the magic happened. The small brush head gives me amazing control and I find that I can use less foundation that I normally would. Using light, quick strokes I can achieve a flawless finish in a matter of seconds and applying my foundation has seriously never been so easy.

While I was always a fan of my MAC 187 for applying foundation, lately the floppiness has been bothering me a little. Because the bristles are so bendy, I don’t get nearly as much control as I’d like, plus stippling away can get to be rather time-consuming. Now don’t get me wrong, I still really like my 187 for blushes and other powders, but the Shu definitely outshines it for foundation application.

There are complaints out there that application using this can be a little streaky, and I’ve found that if you do use the sides as the Shu people instruct, you will see a few streaks. Instead, I only use the top of the brush (the end part), dab it in my foundation, and then apply using light circular motions. I really can’t say enough good things about it! The #18 accompanied me to Korea, Boston, Connecticut, and it’ll be going many many more places with me in the future.

Shu Uemura’s 18 Goat Foundation Brush was designed to smoothly apply thicker cream foundations, but I absolutely love it for any and all formulas. I’ve used it with my super runny Guerlain Parure Extreme foundation and it picks up and evenly distributes this runniest of foundations with the greatest of ease; same with my medium-thickness Guerlain Parure Pearly White, and my super thick La Mer Treatment Creme Foundation. I know $39 isn’t exactly a bargain for such a small foundation brush, but this is one of those few times that I can say that the product is a great investment and was well worth it! I’m totally loving my little impulse buy!

Shu Uemura Hard Formula Long-Lasting Brow Pencil Review & Swatches

April 30, 2009
Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil ($22)
Natural finish and shape. This unique eyebrow pencil only releases color pigment when it interacts with the oils in the brow hairs. The result is natural, defined brows. Smudge-proof and long-lasting.

Shu Uemura’s Hard Formula Long-Lasting Brow Pencil is my new HG brow product. While I thought that I loved my Anastasia brow pencil, the Shu has made me realize that that was mere puppy love–but this my dear readers is the real thing!

First of all check out my “swatch” of this product. No I haven’t lost it, that’s really the swatch! In the center of the photo you’ll see an ashy kind of reddish spot-that’s from vigorously rubbing the pencil on my skin. The cool (and great) thing about Shu’s Hard Pencil is that the color is only released by the natural oils in your face, and you therefore don’t have to worry about ending up with drawn-in looking Sharpie brows!

This long-lasting oily-skin resistant pencil provides a natural, soft look that never looks drawn in while providing great definition. Starting from the center of your eyebrow work outwards, then go back and fill in the inner portion of your brows, working in short feathery strokes, and voila instant gorgeous brows that never look over done no matter how over-zealous you may get with the pencil.

I’m wearing the pencil in shade Seal Brown, which is basically the default shade for all skin and hair tones. It quite literally works for everybody, so if you have a chance do check it out, it’ll rock your world!

My Bergdorf Gift Card Event Haul!

April 27, 2009

I’ve literally been waiting months for Bergdorf’s gift card event. You get $25 off your purchase of $100 or more and most SA’s will split up your purchases so that you get $25 off every $100 if they can, plus Bergdorf has the best GWP’s. Bergdorf’s event was going on last week, so I definitely got my shop on!

I had zero intention of picking up anything Guerlain, but they had free engraving on their new Rouge G de Guerlain lipsticks (see a few swatches HERE) and I just couldn’t resist picking one up so that I could get my name on it. Silly I know!

You’ll get to see photos of it in a few days. I also stopped by the Shu counter and picked up their #18 foundation brush and their Hard Eyebrow Pencil (at the suggestion of Nicole). Now I’ve been a devoted Anastasia eyebrow pencil user for years and never thought I’d stray, but this pencil is seriously awesome and blows my Anastasia pencil out of the water. Plus it’s so ridiculously long. See a photo of it on me at the end of this post!

And my Shu Uemura GWP. What’s great about Bergdrof’s GWP’s is that the samples are always much much larger than the samples that come in the gift bags at Bloomingdales, Saks, etc. I got a sample of cleansing oil, Depsea Water in Bergamot (I love these–I have a review of them somewhere on the blog), Phyto-Black Lift Night Cream, and (not picture) Phyto-Black Lift Eye Cream.

I’ll be making an official announcement in a separate post at some point, but I’m leaving for Korea on Wednesday and I’ll be gone for 10 days. I’m planning on taking all these great samples with me so that I can keep my complexion in tip-top shape while I’m away. Plus the Shu Depsea Facial Mists are fabulous for in-flight use; they keep your complexion from succumbing to the dryness of the recycled airplane air.

And as promised, a photo of my brows after having used the Shu Hard Pencil. I know it doesn’t look all that impressive, but keep in mind that I have very very sparse eyebrows that need a lot of TLC. (And please excuse the fact that I’m not wearing any makeup other than the eyebrow pencil.)

I’ll be doing an in-depth review of what makes the pencil so great pretty soon so stay tuned for that. All in all I had a pretty stellar Saturday. The SO even surprised me by getting me an early birthday gift from Louis Vuitton!!! ❤ But you'll have to wait until I'm back from Korea to see photos of that.

Our Shu Uemura Pink Lippie Mystery Solved!

April 13, 2009

Thanks to Nicole and her very helpful Shu MA at Neiman Marcus, we no longer have to wonder what gorgeous shade the model is wearing in the promo image for Shu Uemura’s Summer 2009 Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection. She’s wearing the Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection lipstick in Opaque Hot Pink (PK369) layered under the Gloss Unlimited Pink Collection lipgloss in Sheer Rosy Pink (PK325N).

How fabulous is this pink lippie???

shu uemura Summer 2009 Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection

April 8, 2009

shu uemura introduces the Pink Collection, 9 new shades of Rouge Unlimited and 5 new shades of Gloss Unlimited formulated with an innovative pink hybrid pigment developed for the first time ever, to deliver unprecedented pureness of the color pink.

Thanks Nicole for bringing this collection to my attention! The shade of pink on the model in the promo image is just unbelievably beautiful–I MUST know what she’s wearing! It’s that bright, clear, luscious shade of pink I’m always looking for but can never quite find.

Shu Uemura Spring 2009 Mirage Spring Mode Makeup Collection

January 8, 2009

Shu Uemura’s Spring 2009 Mirage Collection utilizes the techniques of light and shadow to bring out the pure and natural beauty in every woman. I’m loving the whimsical nature of this collection, and of course the dreamy, wood nymph-esque nature of the girl in the promo photo. And while orange blushes don’t appear to me in the least, the model above can most definitely pull it off!


Check out additional product images, collection info, and my picks after the jump!

Spring Mode Makeup Eyeshadow Palette in Fantasia and Utopia ($40)
Eye shadow palettes consisting of delicate shades of “light” and “shadow” colors. The foggy pastel and pearly “light” and “shadow” colors create an illusion-like, unforgettable makeup image that gently and gradually arises like a mirage.

I usually avoid eyeshadow palettes like the plague because I inevitably ended up liking one or two of the colors and disliking the rest, but Shu Uemura’s Spring Mode Palette in Fantasia has me drooling like Chloe during Thanksgiving dinner! Shu Uemura has managed to package three of my favorite eyeshadow shades into one compact package, but I am a little worried from the description that these will be ridiculously sheer and not worht my $40. Plus it’s not like I don’t have very passable dupes of all of these =X.


Spring Mode Makeup Defining Cheek Palette ($38)
A palette with new cream and powder blusher to achieve outstanding dimension. Creamy translucent shadow color shapes the cheek definition and together with a dash of vivid blush creates a long-lasting, beautiful finish.

Has anybody else noticed that Nordstrom’s photo of Misty Glow (top) looks completely different from Shu Uemura’s photo (here)? The Nordstrom’s stock photo has a rather frightening looking muddy brown as its creamy contour shade and a hot pink as its coordinating blush, whereas the Shu site’s Misty Glow consists of a tangerine orange shade paired with a soft mauvey pink blush. Either way I’ll probably be passing on these.


Spring Mode Makeup Lip Duo Tint & Gloss ($32)
New, double-deck lip duo with rouge color and gloss in one.The vivid rouge color provides a healthy tint to your lips, while the pale pink gloss wraps lips with shine.