Sunday, May 5th, 2013

shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine
shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine

shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine ($30.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a softened orange with warm, peach and tangerine shimmer and a glossy finish. Clarins Sunset Rouge is a bit darker, less opaque. Chanel Sari Dore is a bit brighter, redder in tone. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is also redder in tone. I think Chanel La Pausa comes the closest–if you applied gloss over it.

For as creamy and lightweight as this feels and as glossy as this looks, it was very pigmented. It covered most of my natural lip color with just a hint of translucency. The texture is slick and creamy, but it has a tendency to settle somewhat into lip lines. This formula is supposed to have “high color pay-off” with a “double moisture system for supreme moisture.” They nailed the color payoff, and it’s an incredibly rich and hydrating lipstick. It actually felt more like a thin gloss applied but with the color more expected of a lipstick. The only downside was the wear time was two and a half hours, which is shy of my average of four with lipstick, as this slips around more.

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OB Dream Orange

B+
The only downside was the wear time was two and a half hours, which is shy of my average of four with lipstick, as this slips around more. I think the color is a great way for someone to wear orange who has been put off by some of the bolder orange shades on the market.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Olive Green Eyeliners
Olive Green Eyeliners: MAC Black Karat, MAC Black Line, MAC Buried Treasure,
MAC Rosemary & Thyme, MAC Uniform, MUFE #5L, Stila Moray, shu uemura ME Khaki 09,
UD Stash, bareMinerals 10AM, TT Sparkling Ammunition, Chanel Khaki Dore,
Shiseido Black Sand, BB Hunter, D&G Stromboli

Olive Green Eyeliners: Your Guide

You might think that the color I have the most shades for is olive green, but you would be wrong, even though there are quite a few! The nice thing here is that we have more than a few dupes/similarities. I like that, because then you can select based on what formula works best for you and still get the shade you want.

  1. MAC Black Karat is a brownish-black with an olive-brown tone and gold shimmer. (LE)
  2. MAC Black Line is a black with brown undertones and an olive green shimmer. (LE)
  3. MAC Buried Treasure is a cool-toned brown with olive green shimmer. It is a little darker than MAC Uniform.
  4. MAC Rosemary & Thyme is a light-medium olive green with green shimmer. It is similar to MUFE #5L (darker) and shu uemura ME Khaki 09 (less sparkle).
  5. MAC Uniform is a cool-toned brown with olive gold shimmer. It is slightly lighter than MAC Buried Treasure.
  6. Make Up For Ever #5L is an olive green with a soft sheen. It is a touch darker than MAC Rosemary & Thyme and shu uemura ME Khaki 09.
  7. Stila Moray is a darkened olive green with an olive brown shimmer/sheen. It is a bit greener compared to UD Stash but not as green as bareMinerals 10AM.
  8. shu uemura ME Khaki 09 is a warm olive green with brown undertones. It is a touch darker than MAC Rosemary & Thyme but lighter than MUFE #5L.
  9. Urban Decay Stash is a darkened olive green with a subtle sheen. It is browner than Stila Moray and bareMinerals 10AM.
  10. bareMinerals 10AM is an olive green with strong green pigmentation compared to the other shades here. It is greener than Stila Moray, UD Stash, and TT Sparkling Ammunition.
  11. Tarina Tarantino Sparkling Ammunition is a darkened olive green with subtle shimmer. It is a bit lighter than Stila Moray but greener than UD Stash and browner than bareMinerals 10AM.
  12. Chanel Khaki Dore is a warm-toned, olive brown with gold sheen.
  13. Shiseido Black Sand is a green-tinged black with gold shimmer.
  14. Bobbi Brown Hunter is a green-tinged black–against all these other eyeliners, it is so, so dark.
  15. Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli is a deep black with olive shimmer.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #6 (quality, pigmentation), #7 (pigmentation), #9 (longevity, quality), #11 (quality, pigmentation)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner
shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner

Try a Shimmering Eggplant Eyeliner with a Neutral Eye

shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner ($25.00 for 0.098 oz.) is a darkened eggplant purple with very fine purple and burgundy micro-shimmer. In pencil form, Urban Decay Crash and Urban Decay Rockstar are both similar. Bobbi Brown Black Plum is a bit darker. Maybelline Plum is a dead-on dupe.

It’s creamy and has good pigmentation, so a single pass of product (I used MAC’s 208 brush to apply) yielded mostly opaque color coverage without skipping or tugging.  When I tested it, the shade lasted eight hours without fading or migrating. It might seem a little intimidating, because it does have red in it, but there’s a lot of purple, some darkness, and that faint shimmer that makes it easier to wear than other red-toned purples.  I think it works particularly well with neutral eyes or to accent gold or copper eyeshadows.

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shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner Review, Photos, Swatches

A
Blackish Satin Purple is nicely pigmented, creamy, and long-wearing--all the desirable traits of a gel eyeliner delivered in one Mon Shu-decorated pot.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette
shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette

Karl for Shu – The Smoky Velvet Palette

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.245 oz.) consists of two silky smooth eyeshadows, three pressed eyeshadows, and one glow-on blush.

1 is described as a “glitter black” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s a soft black with very small silver glitter particles. It had a creamy but a very thin consistency–it was soft and just barely creamy, enough that it felt more like a really thin, cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It had good color payoff despite the thin consistency. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is a bit softer, less glittery. Buxom Black Lab is similar but has multi-colored sparkle.

2 is described as a “deep khaki” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s an olive green with a soft, olive shimmer. This shade was creamier than #1, but it had a similar lightweight and thin feel. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is darker, greener. Lancome Designer is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive is warmer, browner.

3 is described as an “elegant light silver” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a sparkling silver-tinged white with a glittery, sparkly content that gives it a very sheer appearance. Cinderella Midnight Hour is less metallic. MAC She’s Got Class is similar both in color and texture. MAC Forgery is also quite similar.

4 is described as an “mint green” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale green with soft yellow undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture. Cinderella Cinderelly is darker. Too Faced Fantasy Island is yellower. bareMinerals Wicked is also yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar.

5 is described as an “glitter beige” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. The color payoff was so-so. Buxom Poodle is less yellow. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Gold is yellower. MAC Treasure Hunt is similar but has more of a sheen.

6 is described as an “dusty rose” and is part of the “glow-on blush formula.” It’s a brightened, dark pink with gold shimmer. It packs plenty of pigment, so it can be used on all skin tones. The texture is incredibly finely-milled, so it is extremely blendable on the skin, so even pale complexions will be able to adjust the intensity to their liking. MAC Supernova is a bit redder. Tom Ford Wicked is pinker, more blue-based. Worth noting is it’s a pain to apply as a blush, since the pan is the size of an eyeshadow.

The palette is remarkable for its texture; the two cream eyeshadows had a beautiful, velvety-creamy consistency that felt like butter and silk came together, while the blush was finely-milled and easy to blend, despite its rich color.  The really sparkly white eyeshadow, though, while soft, did not apply as smoothly. I found it was best applied as a layering shade over another eyeshadow.  I experienced some fall out when applied alone, and significantly less (but still a little) fall out when patted over one of the cream eyeshadows. Shu can do incredible glitter eyeshadows sometimes, but the white in this palette wasn’t quite it. The gold shade was way, way less sparkly (and better bound together), so I didn’t have problems with that shade.  The cream eyeshadows wore well for six hours, but after eight full hours, they was some faint creasing.  The blush lasted eight hours without fading.

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shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The fall out from the two glittery shades along with the faint (but still there) creasing from the two creamier shades really hurt this palette overall. I'm still amazed by the textures of the products, but I wish the wear was better.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, November 12th, 2012

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick
shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

Something Beige and Coral for the Holidays

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-medium orange with a soft beige tint. It has a glossy finish and subtle shimmer running through it. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker. Bobbi Brown Guava is similar, slightly more muted. MAC Jazzed is lighter. MAC In a Heartbeat is noticeably lighter.

The Rouge Unlimited formula is supposed to have “rich moisture and long lasting comfort” with “high color payoff and fidelity.” It has such a slick consistency–like a lipstick-lipgloss hybrid–yet delivers nearly opaque color coverage. There’s a subtle translucency that keeps it from looking too thick or heavy. The creaminess enables it to apply to glide on effortlessly, and it is a very hydrating formula. It doesn’t last longer than three hours on my lips (an hour shy of my typical four-hour average), which wasn’t completely unexpected, given the slickness of the formula. It’s lightweight, though, and it is comfortable to wear.

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shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
Celebrity Beige glides on easily, feels comfortable to wear, and is very hydrating while it is worn. Not your expected shade for the holidays but not everyone wants to wear red and berry!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler
Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler

How Many Eyelash Curlers Does One Person Need?

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler ($24.00) is shu’s famous eyelash curler with a vibrant red curling pad and mon shu charm attached to the handle. The charm is completely removable, and I’d recommend doing so–but shu said as much saying to “take this lovelyc harm along in your favorite bag.” If the red curling pad and the charm don’t do it for you, the original curler is $4 less. Either way, I’m a huge fan of shu uemura’s curler, and I have been for years! I’ve given it an award for being the best for the past three years.

What I like is the way the handles are shaped, so the grip is comfortable, while the curler is wide and gently curved to fit around all my lashes. It doesn’t pinch the skin, and it doesn’t crimp my lashes either.  While I can’t vouch for this particular unit, I’ve owned two shu’s in my lifetime, and the only reason I bought the second was because I needed the curling pads.  They’re well-made, and I’ve never felt that the spring has lots its power over time.

Eyelash curlers may be the most fun product to photograph, if only because they always look a bit like torture devices.  And I’m sure to anyone who hasn’t been around one or used one often, they do look strange.  No torture here, just prettily curled lashes, which make eyes appear larger and more awake.

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