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Exclusive Gift with Purchase from shu uemura for Temptalia Readers!


Exclusive Gift with Purchase from shu uemura for Temptalia Readers!

In honor of the 2012 Editor’s Choice Awards, where shu uemura won for Best Cleansing Oil and Best Eyelash Curler, shu uemura has put together a special promotion. With any $65 purchase, you’ll receive both products in a miniature size so you can try two of my favorite shu uemura products–both products I’ve used over the years and have repurchased. Use the code TEMPTALIA at checkout, valid 1/23 through 1/27 at shu uemura.

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Holiday Color


Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Holiday Color

As promised, here is the next installment of our most comprehensive gift guide to-date! This post features my top picks from various holiday color collections that have launched this year.  There are a few more holiday shades I haven’t reviewed or swatched, so there might be a few more of my favorites to come.

Eyes

Cheeks/Face

  • NARS Miss Liberty ($27) gives cheeks a really glistening glow, very apropos for the holidays.
  • Guerlain Parure de Nuit ($67) is the one product I’d recommend above all others for the holidays, and I say that because it’s a product I keep reaching for (to the point that I had to forcibly remove it from my reach).

Lips

  • MAC What Joy! ($15.50) is a berry-red with subtle micro-shimmer and healthy shine with good color coverage.
  • Illamasqua Belladonna ($20) is a fierce magenta pink with opaque color and lots of shine.
  • Bobbi Brown Party Alice ($24) — super pretty pink-coral, perhaps not seasonally appropriate but divine anyway.
  • NARS Joyous Red ($24) is a muted orange-red that’s workable on cool and warm-toned skin.
  • Chanel Triomphal ($32) is a pinky-red with great vibrancy and glossy shine; and Chanel Empire is perfect for those who love a brighter pink with yellow undertones.
  • Dior’s holiday lip colors ($32 each) were my surprise hit for lips this season–they’re so pretty on and wear well.

Nails

  • China Glaze Let It Snow ($3-4 each) is a perfectly festive set of twelve polishes, and all of them are available individually, so you can pick your particular poison.
  • Zoya Gems & Jewels ($8 each) is short and sweet with beautiful shimmers and extra-fun glitters (because they’re horizontal!).
  • Dior Merveille is a festive orange-red with golden shimmer that will work well on warmer skin tones.

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo
shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

shu uemura for WKW: Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo ($32.00 for 2 x 0.168 fl. oz.) is a set of polishes that can be used together or alone. The first shade is a rich, midnight blue cream that’s opaque in two coats. It has just a hint of purple, making it nearly royal blue. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter but similar in hue. Orly La Playa is a bit darker but similar as well. The second shade is a multi-colored glitter with large, hexagonal glitter suspended in a clear base. It similar to China Glaze Snow Globe and MAC Unconditionally Fabulous. Together, the two are stunning–multi-colored glitter with larger, hexagonal glitter over such a rich backdrop? It was designed to be lovely.

The application was nice; the formula had a good consistency that allowed for even flow across the nail, good color intensity for each coat, and never felt too thick. I tested out wearing the two layered (the blue as a base, the sparkling shade layered on top), and I didn’t experience any wear issues–the two wore for a week with minor tip wear and no chipping.

I’m a bit stunned at the price tag, though. I believe the full-sized shu lacquers are $16–the two shades together are the equivalent of a single bottle and yet the price tag is double. The smaller bottles are cute to look at but less functional than full-sized polishes because of the smaller, shorter cap, which can be less comfortable to use, depending on the size of your hands.

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

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shu uemura Rouge Luster Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

shu uemura Rouge Luster Lipstick
shu uemura Rouge Luster Lipstick

shu uemura for WKW: Rouge Luster Lipstick

shu uemura Rouge Luster Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “deep, tender red with delicate gold shimmer.” It’s a medium pink-tinted red with golden shimmer and lots of shine. CoverGirl Burn is more vibrant and intense. MAC Extended Play is deeper and less pink. MAC Digna is deeper and sheerer. MAC New York Apple is a bit darker and doesn’t have gold shimmer (ruby instead).

The color coverage is mostly opaque with very little of my lip freckle still visible (and even less visible from afar). The Rouge Unlimited formula has an excellent glide and creaminness that allows for easy application but not so much slip that it becomes prone to bleeding or feathering. This deeper shade wears a solid six hours on me, and then it begins fade and needs a reapplication after seven and half hours. It doesn’t quite reach the “up to eight hours” of wear that the Rouge Unlimited formula touts, though. I did not detect any scent or taste while wearing or swatching.

shu uemura Rouge Luster Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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shu uemura Glitter Fuse Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

shu uemura Glitter Fuse Lipstick
shu uemura Glitter Fuse Lipstick

shu uemura for WKW: Glitter Fuse Lipstick

shu uemura Glitter Fuse Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as an “innocent beige shade with a heavenly splash of golden dust full of hope.” It’s very slick and shimmery with a rosy beige base color (that’s barely visible) with soft golden shimmer and a shiny finish. MAC Gel is frostier and less beige. MAC Quietly Please is a little pinker.

On my lips, it adds warmth to my otherwise corpse-like lips (cool-toned, grayish mauve) along with plenty of golden shimmer. The shimmer is noticeable but feels smooth on the lips, even as it wears away. It seems like the sheerness of the lipstick does make it prone to wearing away quicker than the average lipstick–I managed two and half hours of wear. The Rouge Unlimited formula is marketed to wear for up to eight hours, though. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though, and I really appreciated that it didn’t feel gritty after awhile.

shu uemura Glitter Fuse Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

C+
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
3
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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