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November 24, 2008

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My Recommendations? Anything and everything from their 2008 Holiday Collection designed by Mika Ninagaway, like this limited edition version of their Rouge Unlimited formula (photo below). Other items you may want to check out are their legendary eyelash curler, Depsea Water Facial Mists, and cleansing oils. Plus pretty much everything else! It’s all beautiful beautiful quality.

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine in PK 357 S: Review and MAC Comparison

September 5, 2008
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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine ($23)

I received this Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine lipstick in PK 357 S from Nicole as part of her amazing RAOK package to me. I’ve been using this non-stop since I received it, but haven’t had the chance to review it until now–sorry Nicole!

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PK 357 S (Shimmering Melon)

I love Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shines because they come in a rainbow of vibrant hues that gives your lips gorgeous shimmer. PL 357 S is a bright pink with pink shimmer, reminiscent of MAC’s Tropic Glow Slimshine from Cool Heat (comparison below). The texture is pretty smooth considering how much shimmer is packed into this little tube, and the packaging is great! The tube is nicely weighted, crystal clear, and relatively compact making this great to travel with.


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Oooh Pink!

I will admit that the formula can be the tiniest bit drying on my lips, but pretty much any and all lipsticks make my lips feel dry after a few hours. The color payoff on these is very nice-not too sheer, not too bright. I’ll definitely be purchasing more Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shines in the future. Thanks Nicole! ❤

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PK 357 S on me


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MAC Slimshine in Tropic Glow


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Tropic Glow on me

Tropic Glow has a smoother, more gel-like consistency than the Shu Uemura lipstick, but I prefer the Shu lipstick to the MAC simply because it’s a prettier color on me. I really love that the Shu lipstick has pink flecks, as opposed to the silver ones in Tropic Glow, and one light coat of it makes for a just-bright-enough pink shade that I love.


Related Posts:
See the rest of my wonderful RAOK package here.

Loved coloring as a kid? Check out my review of Shu Uemura’s Tri Color Eye Pencil here, accompanied by a pretty EOTD.

Read my review of Shu Uemura’s Depsea Waters here, then see how they stack up to more affordable facial mists here.

Shu Uemura Tri Color Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow: Review and Swatches

July 11, 2008
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Shu Uemura’s Tri Color Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow was one of the few items that tempted me during their F&F event a few weeks back. Yes I know it’s past season and all, but I’m often slow to jump on the product bandwagon! What can I say-I’m a contemplative purchaser!

But I decided to abstain since finances were kinda tight and I’m so glad that I did since Taryn included this as part of her package to me!

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Doesn’t the Tri-Color Pencil remind you of those multi-colored coloring pencil/crayon thingamajiggers you had as a child?

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Aqua Flow consists of a cool sky blue, a chartreuse (yellowy green), and a cool gray

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Swatches! 🙂

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Green on the inner third, blue blended with green on the center, and gray on the outer corners-isn’t is pretty? No brushes involved, no mess-Shu has given us optimal makeup on-the-go!

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While the colors may seem a little bright for the tame of heart (and for those not really into blues and greens), these shares are surprisingly wearable. The formulation is quite creamy (I had some problems with it feeling dry and tugging at first, but once I warmed it up it was great) and blends really well, and depending on the look you’re going for pigmentation is buildable from relatively sheer to an intense pop of color!

Since I’ve been cursed with the oiliest eyelids known to man, shadow primer of some sort is always a must for me, and this eye pencil is no different. The creaminess of the pencil makes it a prime target for creasing, and without base I found that it had collected in my folds within a half or so of application (which is pretty much what happens to me with almost all shadows). But with base the look held strong all day!

Now for the cons: When it isn’t softened I find it a little tough to work with, but that’s pretty easily remedied. My only real concern is that more than half the product is concealed under plastic, and so once I’ve used the top portions of the product, how exactly am I supposed to use the bottom half? It seems ridiculously wasteful to throw it out, but there really isn’t a way of getting to it short of sticking in some kind of spatula and scooping it out.

But overall with the cuteness factor and its extreme portability working for it, I’d say that once again Shu has given us another great (and limited edition) product!

What do you think of my EOTD? The Tri-Color Pencil? Have you tried it for yourself?

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Curious about what other amazing goodies Taryn sent me? Click here to take a look!

Shu Uemura makes some great products, including this Depsea Water Facial Mist.

And if you’re interested in how the Shu measures up to other facial mists, click here for my comparison.

Three Facial Mists Compared: Avene Thermal Springwater, Shu Uemura Depsea Water, and MAC Fix+

July 7, 2008
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Left to Right: Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist, MAC Fix+

Given my recent review of Shu Uemura’s Depsea Water Facial Mist (in the Yuzu scent), I thought I’d do an overview of the facial mists currently taking up residence in my beauty arsenal.

My favorite of the bunch (at least until I find a better one :D) is, of course, Shu Uemura’s Depsea Water ($24 for 150mL). I won’t bore you with the details since I already raved on and on about their facial mist here, but suffice it to say that it’s a great toner and mid-day refresher. While I’m not 100% sold on all of its purportedly miraculous properties, it does calm my skin while lightly moisturizing it, and the fact that it comes in a plethora of yummy scents only makes it that much more appealing. And how cool is it that these mists are pumped from ocean depths of 200 meters and bottled at the source?

A very close second is Eau Thermale Avene’s Thermal Spring Water ($11 for 5.29oz). As the name indicates, this product is spring (rather than ocean) water, and again it’s bottled at the source. A favorite drugstore product in both the US and Europe (I get mine at Apthrop Pharmacy but I’ve seen it at CVS recently), it’s been clinically proven to soothe/calm irritated skin thanks to its unique composition (see here for more details), and like the Shu makes a great toner and facial refresher.

How is it different from the Shu? It’s spring not sea water, low in minerals (better for super-sensitive complexions), unscented, has a great misting nozzle, and best of all is less than half the price of Shu’s Depsea Waters. My only real complaint with the Shu (well other than the price) is that it doesn’t provide a fine mist since it’s packaged with a conventional spray nozzle, but Eau Thermale Avene has remedied that issue with a spray-mechanism that provides a light mist.

And as for my least favorite facial mist-that would be MAC Fix+ (at $16 for 100mL it’s cheaper than the Shu Uemura but more expensive than the Eau Thermale Avene). I know so many of my lovely readers love Fix+ but I just can’t get it to work for me. I’ve tried it so many different ways (I’ve even used it mixed with pigment) so many different times but to no avail. As a pre-makeup spritzer it makes me really oily, and as a post-foundation skin finisher (the way many MAC MA’s use it) it creates a MASSIVE oil slick. I’m talking fry-an-egg greasy here! Absolutely gross. And on top of that, Fix+ irritates my skin to no end. It causes minor break-outs and hives, and despite the fact that it’s supposed to be hydrating, my face feels ridiculously tight and itchy post-application. In a last ditch attempt to use this product I’ve tried spritzing it on an eyeshadow brush to help my eyeshadows adhere better, but a combo of MAC Paint Pots plus shadow works better for me so it’s just an all-around no-go for me.

I know there are a multitude of other facial mists out there (La Mer, Amore Pacific, the list goes on and on)-what’s your favorite and why?

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Interested in further info on Shu Uemura’s Depsea Water Facial Mists? Click here for a review.

Have I piqued your interest in Eau Thermale Avene’s Thermal Spring Water? Check out some more great (and not so great) drugstore products below:

  • While I’ve never been all that into drugstore brands, I was seriously impressed by Revlon’s limited edition blushes. Check out my reviews here (A Golden Affair blush) and here (A Floral Affair).
  • Did you have the opportunity to play with Carmindy’s collection for Sally Hansen? See my reviews and photos/swatches of the line here and here.
  • See swatches of Wet n Wild’s gorgeous i-sparkle palettes here.
  • Is Wet n Wild’s Bronze Berry a good dupe for Chanel’s Glossimer in Blizzard? Click here to find out why my response is an emphatic no.

Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mists Review

June 25, 2008
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From Nordstrom: “Unique Depsea water contains over 60 minerals to help enhance skin’s moisture balance. Skin is hydrated and enhanced, free from arepsicial color and lightly scented with natural extracts.” ($24)

Shu Uemura’s DepSea Water is pumped from ocean depths of 200 meters, where sunlight doesn’t reach, and bottled at the source, where the Shu Uemura manufacturing facility is located. These deep sea waters are rich in minerals and are known for their skin-soothing properties (supposedly the water even soothes eczema!).

That all sounds pretty cool to me, no?

The deep sea waters are then scented with natural aromatic extracts, resulting in the myriad of yummy scented Depsea Waters that we purchase from department stores (and of course it comes unscented as well).

I initially purchased this for my mother as a hydrating mid-day skin refresher, because I would never have spent $24 on what’s essentially a spray bottle of water for myself. But having officially stolen it from her, I’m in love!!

I have this in the Yuzu scent, which although decent isn’t my favorite (it was LE anyway so not like I’ll be getting it again), but it’s been amazingly gentle and hydrating for my complexion. Although I have oily skin, some foundations tend to try it out (especially in the winter), making my skin unbearably tight and itchy. Products like MAC’s Fix+ only make me greasy and oily (I’ll be doing a comparison review later), whereas Shu Uemura’s Depsea soothes any skin irritation and basically calms my skin, returning it to its normal hydrated state.

I’ve also started using this straight out of the shower, and my skin’s really loving it. Basically I shower, stick my hair in a towel, spritz this stuff on, do the rest of my stuff and then apply my moisturizer after it’s had a chance to absorb.

I also love to stick my Depsea Water in the refrigerator for a refreshingly cool mist of moisture on a super-hot day.

One thing I do wish were different is the spray nozzle. I’d much prefer a finer mist, but oh well.

Yes $24 for a 5 oz. bottle of water may seem a little pricey, but unlike many other “water” sprays I’ve tried this one actually makes a difference with my complexion, plus it’s going to last me forever.

Now all I need to do is find a scent that I love. The best way to do this may be to try Nordstrom’s exclusive Shu Uemura Depsea Water Set ($40) which includes Bergamot, Hamamelis, and Chamomile).

Save 20% on all your Shu Uemura purchases through June 29th. Find out how here!

Curious about other Asian skincare lines? Check out my reviews of SK-II’s Cleansing Oil (which I’m obsessed with) and their Air-Touch foundation here.