The newest Shu Uemura Pastel Fantasy Collection for Spring/Summer 2016 is to die for! These pastel colors are so pretty!!!! To be honest I thought when I bought the products I was going to end up with chalky eyeshadows, but nooope I was totally wrong. Anyways, I hope you guys will enjoy this Shu Uemura Pastel Fantasy makeup tutorial, and if you haven’t please do subscribe to my Youtube Channel! I upload 2 videos every week for you guys! If you have any request just leave me a comment.
Since the Lunar New Year is just around the corner, I’ve decided to create this Chinese New Year makeup inspired by the year of the Red Monkey! This look is filled with gold and red which represent wealth and luck! I know that there’s a lot of different cultures who celebrate the Lunar New Year, so I’ll be referring it as Lunar New Year instead of Chinese New Year. I wrote Chinese New Year on the title for SEO purposes. I hope that’s ok with everyone!
You all know my love for Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Holiday Colection, yes? And as promised, here’s my review and swatches on the Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura Beauty Remix palette in Indigo. This Maison Kitsune Indigo palette review is based on entirely my own honest opinion and experience with the palette. I bought this palette myself, and I’ve done 3 tutorials using it. Please check out my tutorials if you want to see how the shadows look like on my eyes.
Why do I choose the Maison Kitsune Indigo palette over the Plum? Well, that’s probably because I prefer the colour selection on the Indigo over the Plum. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Plum palette is gorgeous, but I’m more attracted to the shadows in the Indigo palette. The difference between the Indigo and the Plum palettes is that the Indigo palette leans towards the cooler tones, while the Plum palette is a lot warmer compared to the Indigo.
“Sharpen up for a night of clubbing and electro beats in a “new classic” Maison Kitsuné style with the beauty remix smokey eye & cheek palette. Inspired by Western smokey eye and Tokyo street girl’s high cheek. Be bold and chic French style, or subtle and modest nipponesque, two opposites create a new harmony. Play with accent colors on smokey eyes for a fresh, spirited twist. A happy collision between effortless French style smokey eye with navy and pink blush under eyes inspired by a youthful Tokyo spirit.”
This collection is all about East meets West! Bringing the French chic and Japanese street style together, this palette is the perfect combination of East meets West vibe. This Maison Kitsune Indigo palette consists of stunning shades from smoky navy to sparkling gold, and pink blush to top it all off.
As you can see from the first picture on this post, the Maison Kitsune Indigo palette comes in plastic package. The front cover is a pretty artwork, and it’s very colourful. Open the palette up, and you get a huge mirror inside, 7 eyeshadows and a blush. You also get 2 makeup brushes along with it. I don’t use the brushes that come with the palette, just because I find them too small.
Shades & Finish
7 eyeshadows and 1 blush.
Top row (L-R):
- #1 pressed eye shadow P navy – navy blue (metallic)
- #2 pressed eye shadow IR black 985 – gunmetal grey (metallic)
- #3 pressed eye shadow P soft blue – sky blue (shimmers with white glitter)
Middle row (L-R):
- #4 pressed eye shadow G gold – yellow gold (glitter)
- #5 pressed eye shadow IR white – white (glitter)
- #6 pressed eye shadow G soft green – lime green (glitter)
Bottom row (L-R):
- #7 pressed eye shadow G deep pink – pink (glitter)
- #8 glow on blush in pink (matte)
All the eyeshadows and the blush blend easily, and they last for a good while, especially if you use primer underneath. Who doesn’t use primer nowadays, right?!
The only issue I have is that some of the eyeshadows, even though they might look highly pigmented on the palette, on the eyes they aren’t that great. In my case, I think the Gold, Green and Pink shades look pretty, but don’t really show up on my eyes. As you can see from my tutorial #1 and #3, the Gold and Pink are very sheer, but it still looks very chic. The glitter shades are very pretty as highlighter, to be placed on top of other eyeshadows (like in my tutorial #2).
The Navy and Black eyeshadows are gorgeous, and very pigmented. The shades are beautiful on its own but I have to say, if you layer a colored base underneath it, the shades pop even more especially the Navy. Absolutely gorgeous. My Navy smoky eyes tutorial show just how stunning the blue eyeshadow is.
CAD$85 from Shu Uemura website
- Beautiful palette
- Gorgeous eyeshadows and blush
- Eyeshadows and blush have a great pigment pay-off
- Lots of sparkles on this palette
- Eyeshadows with sparkles/glitters are quite sheer, but in a way it makes wearing glitter very chic and not tacky.
- Eyeshadows with sparkles/glitters are quite sheer, so in terms of pigments pay-off it’s not that great.
- The lighter shades might not work for darker skin tone
Another day, another look using Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Holiday collection 2015! I’ve done 2 smoky eyes using Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Indigo palette (Grey Smoky & Blue Smoky), and this will be my third look. I’ll try to do a review and swatches of the Indigo palette next week.
For this look, I wanted to create a simple soft smoky liner makeup, which is an alternative way to glam up your party makeup. If you are not comfortable doing smoky eyes, give this look a try. For the rest of my face, everything is simple, no contouring. Most of the products used are Shu Uemura products, which I’ve been loving lately. It’s a really great line, especially for Oriental skin. Anyways, please scroll down for more pictures and product details.
- Base – Shu Uemura cream eyeshadow “Ivory”
- Eyelid – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Deep Pink”
- Outer third/crease – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Glow On Blush Pink”
- Upper lash line – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Black”
- Lower lash line – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Navy”
- Waterline – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Play & Remix Drawing pencil “Indigo”
- Lashes – Ardell falsies “Demi Wispies”
- Brows – Shu Uemura Brow Sword
- Base – Shu Uemura Tsuya Bouncy-Fine Cream
- Foundation – Shu Uemura Lightbulb foundation
- Concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Foundation “Custard”
- Setting Powder – Laura Mercier “Invisible Setting Powder”
- Blush – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Glow On Blush Pink”
Another look using Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura Indigo eye/cheek palette! This time, I really wanted to showcase the gorgeous blue eyeshadow fron the palette, so I created this blue smoky eyes look! This look is super easy to recreate, and it’s a really fresh take on a non-black smoky eyes.The only product that is black is my mascara, even my eyeliner is blue (surprise, surprise..lol).
We’ve all seen black smoky eyes, brown smoky eyes, grey smoky eyes, well why not an all blue smoky eyes? This blue smoky eyes will bring out those with brown, or green, or grey eyes! I love how the blue shadow from the palette looks almost jewel like. It’s not too dark, yet still have a rich deep blue hue.
For the lashes, I decided to apply the Maison Kitsune Jewel-Fur-for-a Wink falsies since I thought it was going to add a bit of fun to the whole look. Very extravagant, perfect for Holiday party makeup! Of course, you can skip this special falsies and wear the regular ones, but I think this falsies are amazing! Also, if you want to know what else I’ve bought from this collection, check out my Instagram account!
- Base – Shu Uemura cream eyeshadow “Ivory”
- Eyeliner – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Play & Remix Drawing pencil “Indigo”
- All over eyelid – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Navy”
- Inner corner – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “White”
- Center of lid – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo Palette “Soft Blue”
- Brows – Shu Uemura Brow Sword
- Mascara – NARS Audicious mascara
- Falsies – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune “Jewel-Fur-For-A-Wink” false lashes
- Primer – Bobbi Brown “Vitamin Enriched Face Base”
- Foundation – Shu Uemura Lightbulb foundation #754
- Concealer – YSL Touche Eclat
- Setting powder – Shu Uemura Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder “Colorless”
- Highlighter – Guerlain Meteorites Powder
- Blush – Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Indigo palette glow on blush “Pink”
- Lip lacquer – Shu Uemura lip Lacque Supreme “CR1 Chu Chu Coral”
Couple weeks a go, I bought some stuff online from Shu Uemura, which include these Shu Uemura Metal:ink Liquid Liner. I cannot stop raving about these 2 liners! My new obsession is the red liner, such amazing color which I never thought I could pull off! What makes it even better, is the fact that I was chosen as Shu Uemura 4th week and last winner for “Haute Couture” Instagram competition, after I posted a picture of my eyes with these liners!
As you all know, I have been a huge fan of Shu Uemura products, and have a great relationship with Shu Uemura Indonesia. I’ve participated and was chosen as one of their top 10 winners in the Brave Beauty competition last year. During that competition, I was given a wide range of products to try. I did not get to play with the liquid eyeliners, but I did get to play with their Calligraphy:ink liner. I was in love with the Calligraphy:ink liner so much that I decided to buy it after.
Knowing how great the Calligraphy:ink liner is, I have high expectation for the Shu Uemura Metal:ink Liquid Liner. Of course, that expectation was met above and beyond! Both the Metal:ink liquid liner and Glitter liquid liner are heavily pigmented. There was no need to layer the liner, 1 swipe and you get the intensity needed.
I find, personally, that the liquid liners are very easy to use. Although, there are people who find that this liner is hard to use (from the review on Shu website). The trick, I think is to wipe excess product on the side of the tube and getting just enough on the tip. Talking about the tips, the metal:ink liner comes with a felt tip whereas the metal:ink glitter liner comes with a brush tip. Both are very thin, yet sturdy, making it, as I’ve said before, easy to apply. I didn’t have any issue with the application whatsoever.
The metal:ink liquid liners have the right consistency to make it easy to apply, and it’s very smooth. It does not have weird texture, just a pretty metallic finish. The metal:ink glitter liner is slightly runnier than the metal:ink, it dripped on my canvas. However, when applying to my eyes, I didn’t notice if it was too runny, I find that it has just the right consistency. The Metal:ink Glitter Liquid Liner, also, does not feel sticky. I don’t know if you know what I mean, but I’ve tried another brand which left me with a sticky eyelid and the glitter was hard to remove. This metal:ink glitter liner is not sticky at all, and the glitter removes pretty easily even with a wet wipe.
I do find that the liquid liners are not waterproof nor smudge-proof. It does stay pretty well on the eyelids, though. I have quite oily lids, but the liners didn’t budge for the whole day. However, I can remove it easily just by using water or wet wipes. The swatches I did on my hand were easily removed just by rubbing my fingers on it. The other downside is probably the price – CA$38/each, but then again it’s Shu Uemura, a luxury brand, I quite expect the price to be quite premium. I don’t really mind it, though, since I know for that price, I get a high quality. Not to mention, last time I bought a glitter liner from drugstore brand, I had a bad reaction to it. So, I definitely rather pay a bit more as long as I get a great quality for it.
- Heavily pigmented
- Beautiful metallic finish
- Glitter can be removed easily
- Applicators are sturdy and easy to use
- Smooth consistency, making it easy to create a clean line
- Metal:ink liquid liners come in 10 shades
- Not waterproof
- Not smudgeproof
As mentioned in my Yaz Bukey for Shu Uemura post, I purchased Yaz Red lipstick during the event. I wanted to give it a try, so I decided to pair the red lipstick with this navy blue eyeliner. During the making of this tutorial, my eyes were so watery for no reason on the outer corner, and I couldn’t stop it even after wasting so much q-tips. I think my eyes were dry. Anyways, for that reason, you’ll see a bit of a mess on the bottom outer-corner part of my eye in the step-by-step picture.
For the eyeliner, I used the eyeshadow called Midnight from my Smashbox Double Exposure palette. I used the eyeshadow wet to create an intense and cleaner line. Talking about eyeliner, I posted a quick video on my Instagram on how I create my winged liner using liquid liner, so check it out! If you prefer a pictorial, I have 2 posts – Winged Liner tutorial (using Kat Von D Trooper liner) and How-to (gel/cream) winged liner (using brush and cream liner).
- Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion “original”
- Eyelid/Brow Bone – Smashbox Double Exposure Palette “Veiled” (applied dry)
- Crease – Smashbox Double Exposure Palette “Espresso” (applied dry)
- Winged Liner – Smashbox Double Exposure Palette “Midnight” (applied wet)
- Lower lash line (inner corner) – Smashbox Double Exposure Palette “Blanc” (applied wet)
- Waterline – MUFE Aqua Liner “0L Matte Black”
- Eyebrows – Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Colour
- Mascara – Cover Girl Lash Blast “Very Black”
- Falsies – Gwiyomi Boutique #3
- Primer – Kat Von D face primer
- Foundation – NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation “Punjab”
- Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear concealer “NC25”
- Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector “Moonstone”
- Setting powder – CoverFX translucent powder “Light”
- Contour – MAC “Sculpt” powder
- Blush – Smashbox Halo Blush powder “In Passion”
- Lipstick – Yaz Bukey for Shu Uemura “Yaz Red”
As most of you would know, I’ve recently attended a beauty event held at Hudson’s Bay Toronto (downtown) with my friend, Lynn! She invited me to join her to attend the Yaz Bukey for Shu Uemura live appearance. Of course, I couldn’t missed this chance! I’ve shared some pictures in regard to this event over on my Instagram, so don’t forget to check them out! I’ll be posting more videos, especially the pro tips by Ludovic Engrand (Shu Uemura makeup artist and PR Manager) over on my Instagram account. So, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!
Paris-based artist and jewelery designer, Yaz Bukey, collaborated with Shu Uemura to release her makeup collection. From the live appearance q&a session hosted by David Lackie, Yaz mentioned that her collection is about “becoming the woman you want to be“. Her collection consisted of 4 different character of Yazettes – pink, blue, yellow and green. The idea behind her characters were 4 girlfriends with different personalities who are having fun, and each one of them received something special from a secret lover, Mr. Shu Shu. Yaz said “we all need Shu Shu in our lives…every women need their Shu Shu“.
Ludovic Engrand worked alongside with Yaz Bukey for more than a year! They also created a special Yaz’s signature matte red lipstick. Ludovic did say during the q&a session, that the 34 items in this collection is the most they have so far for a Shu Uemura’s collaboration. They created different textures and finish to create a palette that is suitable for all skintone and for women to have choices, to compliment Yaz’s theme of “becoming the woman you want to be”, and that “beauty has no limit.”
David Lackie asked Yaz and Ludovic what is the must-have product from this collection, and Ludovic answered with the cult’s favorite Shu Uemura cleansing oil! Not only the cleansing oil is great for your skin, for this collection, Yaz specially designed the cleansing oil bottles to look like “4 girls in front of their mirror talking about makeup, and they come alive.”
For me, I think the must-have from this Yaz Bukey for Shu Uemura collection is Yaz’s matte red lipstick. This red lipstick is matte, and has a blue undertone. Ludovic mentioned that it’ll work for every skintone. It’s a beautiful color, and I can’t wait to swatch it for you guys! I’ll try to do a tutorial with that red lipstick soon.
I only bought the palette (which was signed by Yaz!), and the red lipstick from the collection. I have used Shu Uemura’s eyeshadows before during the Brave Beauty competition, so I know that the products will be pigmented. Pro tip from Ludovic: if you are having issues with Shu Uemura’s eyeshadow, try applying the UV base on the lid to bring out the pigments from the eyeshadows.
I am having quite a busy week this week, and since I’ll be out of town, I thought I’d share how I feel about Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo Pact foundation which I received couple months a go. Anyhow, I do have to say, this foundation is pretty good. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but I did ended up liking it a lot.
I won’t be able to get into in-depth review since I only wore this once for a tutorial, and I didn’t wear it for the whole day. I will, however, give you my honest first impression of this foundation. Keep in mind that I was NOT asked nor endorsed to write this review. I was given this foundation as part of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty after-competition relationship. Whatever I wrote here is purely my honest opinion. You may or may not agree with me.
Ok, first thing first, the Shu Uemura lightbulb oleo pact foundation comes with a dome-shaped sponge. This sponge will make you change your mind about sponges that come with the foundation. It’s dome-shaped, to mimick your fingertips, so there will be no streaking. I applied my foundation using this sponge in a stippling manner, and it gives quite a full coverage effect.
The foundation comes in a black plastic compact, with a mirror on it just like any typical compact foundation. The compartment for the sponge, however, is between the lid and the mirror, instead of at the bottom.
I was given 2 shades – 376 and 774. For this post, I find the 376 has quite a pink undertone, while the 774 is yellow. For this post, I’m wearing the 774 shade. I was quite worried that the 774 would be too pale for me since I’ve gotten quite tanned in Jakarta, however, it matches my neck and chest quite well (I’m lighter on my chest and neck).
For your reference, I’m an in-between MAC NC25 and NC 30, and MUFE HD 120. I would say if you’re an NC 30, the 774 would probably be too light for you. I managed to match this to my skin by applying most of the color on the center of my face and blend it outwards – this a good trick for those of you who’re like me, darker on the face and lighter on the neck/chest).
- It comes in 16 shades (in the USA website) – not sure how many they have in Indonesia.
- It comes in a variety of undertone – yellow, pink, neutral.
- Great for combination to oily skin.
- Medium to full coverage – buildable.
- Does not feel heavy/cakey at all.
- Natural finish – not too dewy, not too matte.
- It has SPF 25
- Smooth and creamy.
- Easily blendable.
- Dome-shaped sponge does not cause any streaking.
- It clings to dry skin
- Those with dry skin might want to either hydrate skin really well or stay away from this foundation.
- Needs to be set with powder
- Especially if you have oily skin. This foundation tends to move if you don’t set it.
- Packaging feels cheap.
Hello everyone!!! Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog this week. I was busy since I entered Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Competition. So, if you haven’t been following me on Instagram (you should, btw..what are you waiting for? Go check out my Instagram to get the latest update!), I’d just do a quick recap of what happened. Last month, I was browsing on Instagram, and saw Shu Uemura Indonesia was organizing a makeup competition. I actually didn’t want to join for many reasons, but first and foremost because I’ve a case of stage fright. N, my sister, and Franky (fellow blogger) kept encouraging me to do it, since I’ve nothing to lose anyways. This was my first makeup competition!
So, I submitted my face chart, portfolio and went on my merry ways. I actually didn’t even remember I entered the competition. Couple days after Eid, I received an email and a call notifying that I was one of the top 10 finalists for Shu Uemura Brave Beauty competition. Fast forward couple days later, I had to attend a briefing for the competition (Monday, Aug. 11), and the competition itself was on the following day (Tuesday, Aug. 12). The other 9 finalists were nice and friendly. They’ve entered makeup competition prior to this one. So, really, I was the only one with no prior experience. Oh well, there’s always a first time for everything right?!
Makeup station at backstage
Photo above is my makeup station back stage. We were given 2.5hr to do the models’ complexion (skincare, base, foundation), hair, nails, and wardrobe. Nails were provided by Feliz Nail Art, and wardrobe was provided by Tex Saverio. My model is Juanita Haryadi and she’s amazing!
For the competition, we are not allowed to bring our own makeup products, except for our makeup brushes and lashes. All makeup and skincare products are given by Shu Uemura. So this competition was interesting since I don’t actually owned any Shu Uemura eyeshadows. I entered this competition without having any knowledge on how the eyeshadows going to blend and such. On the briefing day, we were given times to know the products and play with the colors. However, swatching and looking at colors are quite different from actually using it on the eyelid. Not to mention, there was no eyeshadow primer at all from Shu. That was quite a concern amongst the finalists.
Standing (L-R) – Suzi, Vony, Catherine, Irwan, Mirtha (Grand Prize Winner), Stephanie (Best Makeup Show winner). Sitting (L-R) – Shanti, myself, Sari
I, personally, was happy to actually join the competition. I am not a competitive person to begin with, and as I’ve mentioned before I’ve a case of a stage fright. I was like super nervous about this competition. I’ve never entered a competition before, so this was my first experience. I’m glad I did it because I managed to meet amazing makeup artists, and became friends with them. They are a bunch of great people, and we talked, shared and laughed together. We had tons of fun, and no one was mean to anyone. It was wonderful!
Also, we get to meet the legendary Kakuyasu Uchiide (Shu Uemura International Artistic Director), as well as internationally acclaimed Fashion designer Tex Saverio. Why is Tex Saverio there? That’s because Tex Saverio collaborates with Shu Uemura! 2 legendary people, and I was in between! Mr. Uchiide was like “oh come, you should stand in the middle”..OMG I ALMOST DIED!
I’ve met Rae Morris, now I’ve met Kakuyasu Uchiide! Dreams do come true! Master makeup artists! They are so friendly, humble, down-to-earth, and passionate about their work.
(L-R): Tex Saverio, myself, Kakuyasu Uchiide
Mr. Uchiide’s interpretation of Brave Beauty on the models
So, we were given 30 minutes ONLY to finish up our eye, lips and cheeks makeup. I barely had enough time to complete the look. My hands were shaking throughout the entire time. I think at one point I wasn’t even sure what I was doing. I was too nervous! Stage fright I tell ya! Anyways, 30 minutes was up and that was it!
The winners were announced – Stephanie won 2nd place (best makeup show), and Mirtha won 1st place (grand prize). I didn’t feel much disappointment. I thought they deserved to win since their makeup results were quite elaborate. I knew I wasn’t going to win because I think I have a different interpretation of what Brave Beauty was.
Anyways! I was very happy I entered this competition. I’ve made new friends, I gained experience, and I’ve definitely learn to manage my stage fright. I’ve met great people, and for me it was more than enough! I didn’t even expect to be in the top 10, so that in itself was already quite amazing!
So, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who have cheered and supported me throughout the whole time!
(L-R): myself, Juanita, Dara, Mirtha.
Juanita Haryadi in Tex Saverio
Top 10 Finalists with their models (L-R) – Felita, Irwan, Stephanie, Sari, Jilly (me), Mirtha, Catherine, Shanti, Vony, Suzi
Juanita & me at backstage