Saturday, June 4th, 2011


shu uemura Ethnocolor Scope Tokyo Lash Bar for 2011

shu uemura consistently challenges the boundaries of expression with unparalleled expertise and vision. In1968 founder Shu Uemura introduced the world to “mode make-up”, a make-up collection of cutting-edge design and concept that led the world to new trends and elevated make-up to a state of art. Eyes embellished with shu uemura’s iconic false eyelashes broadened the possibilities of expression and were often used as the means to express the concept of “mode”.

tokyo lash bar is a modern lash play-space providing total eye make-up service enabling customers to freely explore unique eye designs with make-up and beyond. The first tokyo lash bar opened in 2004 and quickly expanded to become an international beauty staple, providing a stage for shu uemura’s annual false eyelash collection. 2011’s tokyo lash bar collection, “ethnocolor-scope” features the beauty of intricate decoration inspired by handicrafts. A signature fusion of fashion trends, art, and innovations catapulted shu uemura into an industry vanguard. Discover the innovation emboldening women around the world.

Ethnic Charm ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Lively and charming eyelashes trimmed with yellow, green and orange beads. The vivid décor on the tips of these lashes gives a fun, youthful look.

Tribal Patch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Wear these cheeky lashes to accent a casual look. Inspired by patchwork designs, they dazzle with striking colors, adding a rich graphic accent to your eyes.

Green Folklore ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Intricately layered eyelashes with an accent of luscious feathers. This extraordinarily elaborate design creates a refreshing verdant gaze. The green-feather mini eyelashes.

Oriental Arch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

The elegance of Asia inspires eyelashes with a rare splendor. A silky woven thread forms a unique arch shape to accentuate your oriental beauty.

Mini Fancy Bonbon ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

The delightful bonbons on natural brown lashes add a festive and candy-sweet flavor to your gaze.

Mini Violet ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

Purple cotton threads and a delicate flower motif enhance an adorably girly look.

availability: June 2011, shuuemura-usa.com

You can also vote for your favorite look in their The Beauty Art Make-up Competition–the challenge is Birds of Paradise!

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


shu uemura Color Atelier Collection

Style your own palette. Mix, match, and customize your colors for infinite make-up possibilities. Freedom of color choice. Choose your make-up as you do your wardrobe. Personalize your make-up palette to meet your every desire. 46 shades of Pressed Eyeshadow and 18 shades of Glow On Blush.

Pressed Eyeshadow Refill ($15.00)

M = Matte, a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. P = Pearl, a silky shimmer of light for a luminous radiance. IR = Iridescent, captivating shades offer glimmering reflectiosn of changing colors. ME = Metallic, smooth like liquid with a metallic glow. G = Glitters, abundant sparkles for glistening glamour.

  • Highlight (Light): P 910, M 907, ME 906, IR715, IR 911, M 813, P 812, IR 811
  • Base Color (Soft): ME 336, P 140, ME 270, P 540, ME 432, IR 370, P 645, P 851, P 832, ME 735, ME 655
  • Define (Medium): ME 862, ME 785, ME 686, ME 472, ME 761, ME 471, ME 885, ME 856, IR 675
  • Accent (Vivid/Glitter): M 280, G Gold, G Bronze, G Silver, M 776, G White
  • Eye Line (Dark): M 895, P 781, IR 985, M 980, IR 690, P 995, ME 996, P 861, P 696, P 595

Glow On Blush Refill ($18.00)

M = Matte, a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. P = Pearl, a silky shimmer of light for a luminous radiance.

  • Highlight (Light): P Light Peach 510, P Light Pink 315, M Light Peach 520
  • Blusher (Soft): M Soft Mauve 225, M Soft Coral 345, M Soft Apricot 521, M Soft Pink 325, M Soft Pink 326, P Soft Peach 530, M Soft Pink 335, M Soft Pink 336, P Soft Amber 740
  • Shadow and Accent (Medium/Vivid): P Vivid Pink 385, P Medium Peach 560, M Medium Amber 761, M Medium Peach 561, P Medium Peach 550, P Vivid Orange 571

Mono Case ($8.00)

Available in black or white.

Duo Case ($9.00)

Available in black or white.

Quad ($14.00)

Available in black or white.

availability: June 2011, shuuemura-usa.com

See more photos! Continue reading →

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

shu uemura Shusu Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner
shu uemura Shusu Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner

shu uemura Shusu Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner

shu uemura Shusu Sleek Shampoo ($45.00 for 10 fl. oz.) and Conditioner ($55.00 for 8 fl. oz.) is a duo of products designed for “coarse and unruly hair.” The big deal behind the product is the usage of black cumin oil, which is supposed to provide “deep nourishment” and “discipline the hair fiber with a fluid touch.” There is also a Smoothing Treatment ($65.00 for 6 fl. oz.), which seems like a deep conditioner, in the line.

The first time I tried out this set, all I could do was marvel at the scent–it’s very earthy, spicy, and masculine. It was reminiscent of my favorite scent–Tom Ford Oud Wood–in how I reacted. It’s heady, and it lingers, though I don’t find myself smelling it constantly, I do catch whiffs of it periodically during the day that I washed it. The brand says the scent is “gardenia with green leaves,” but I get more of the black cumin oil coming through. (I’d love a bottle of eau de parfum of this scent!)

I liked both products a lot, and they do a fine job of giving my hair a straighter look (it is slightly wavy in places as a result of years of putting it up), assuming I leave it down to dry or blow dry.  I’ve been using the set since the beginning of March, and I definitely have noticed it keeping my hair soft, hydrated, and less fly aways.   I noticed that I was able to achieve better results–really sleek, soft falls of hair–when I blow dried my hair (I used a T3 Evolution). The results were good when left to air dry, but everything just seemed a little straighter and shinier with the blow dryer.

The shampoo lathered well and left my hair feeling clean but not stripped, while it had a thicker consistency.  I actually used just the shampoo a few times alone, and my hair still felt soft and silky without conditioning afterward.

I love that the conditioner comes with a pump (wish the shampoo did, too!), because I always find myself pouring on the conditioner to get enough coverage on all of my hair, so it’s nice to be able to get a feel for how many pumps and be more consistent. The conditioner smoothes on easily, and it does a fabulous job of re-hydrating hair.  For a conditioner, it has a thinner consistency, but I think that makes it easier to smooth on with less excess used.

These are rather rich formulas, though, and so I don’t think they’re the most appropriate for my hair type and as much as I love the scent, I’m not sure I’d make these my go-to personally–but I do think they will help those who are looking to tame fly aways and frizzy hairs, because this product did so well for me in those areas.  I readily admit, however, that I don’t find my hair overly fussy, so I can only review based on my experience with my relatively easy-to-deal-with hair.

See more photos! Continue reading →

Friday, December 3rd, 2010


Green Eyeliner: MAC Tealo, Korres #4, MUFE #16L, MAC Jade Way,
UD Mildew, shu uemura #07, UD Graffiti, tokidoki Sandy, MUFE #17L, CoverGirl
Green Glow, NARS Parrot Cay, Korres #12

Green Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes

I’m always surprised by the sheer variety you can have within a single color.   You have deep, muted, cool, warm greens.  You have undertones.  You have finishes.  It’s just incredible how even a slight alteration to a color can change it.

  • MAC Tealo Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a darkened green-based teal with a creamy matte finish.
  • Korres #4 Eyeliner Pencil is a muted medium-dark green with a creamy matte finish.
  • Make Up For Ever #16L Aqua Eyes is a muted medium green with green shimmer. It is a lighter version of Korres #4. (Review)
  • MAC Jade Way Technakohl Liner is a dark teal with a softly blackened teal base. It is a tealer version of Urban Decay’s Mildew.
  • Urban Decay Mildew 24/7 Liner is a dark forest green. It has a blacker base, and less teal and more green than MAC Jade Way. (Review)
  • shu uemura ME Green 07 Drawing Pencil is a light-medium green base with a soft golden sheen.
  • Urban Decay Graffiti 24/7 Liner is a medium grassy green with cool undertones. (Review)
  • tokidoki Sandy Glitter Eyeliner is a medium grassy green with warmer undertones and gold glitter. It is yellower and a little brighter (plus has gold flecks) compared to Urban Decay’s Graffiti. (Review)
  • Make Up For Ever #17L Aqua Eyes is a pale chartreuse green with strong gold sheen. It is a much lighter, paler version of CoverGirl Green Glow. (Review)
  • CoverGirl Green Glow Liquiline Blast is a bright pop of chartreuse green with a lighter chartreuse sheen. (Review)
  • NARS Parrot Cay Eyeliner is a pale sea foam green with a creamy matte finish. It is similar to Korres #12 but leans greener. (Review)
  • Korres #12 Eyeliner Pencil is a pale aqua with a creamy matte finish. It is similar to NARS Parrot Cay, but it leans a little bluer.

Thoughts

SIMILARITY ALERT! (I don’t think any of these are close enough to call a true dupe, but there are a couple that are quite similar.) The general feel of Korres #4 Eyeliner Pencil and Make Up For Ever #16L Aqua Eyes are very similar, but Korres is a shade or two darker and has less shimmer. MAC Jade Way Technakohl Liner and Urban Decay Mildew 24/7 Liner also seem similar at first glance, though MAC Jade Way has less black in its base and is tealer, while Urban Decay Mildew has a blacker base and leans greener. Make Up For Ever #17L Aqua Eyes and CoverGirl Green Glow Liquiline Blast are both chartreuse greens, but CoverGirl Green Glow is much darker and brighter–less gold. NARS Parrot Cay Eyeliner and Korres #12 Eyeliner Pencil are also similar, but NARS leans greener while Korres leans bluer (but they are close!).

Product Formulas/Wear: All of these wear all day long on me except NARS Eyeliners, which migrate and smudge terribly on me. I urge you to check out the NARS review and comment section, because some readers had similar experiences while others had great ones! I have not tested shu uemura’s formula at this time. CoverGirl tends to need a second pass for true color intensity. I’m not a fan of tokidoki’s Glitter Eyeliners, because their texture is rather rough from the gritty glitter, but they wear fine.

See more swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, December 3rd, 2010


Khaki Eyeliner: Shiseido Black Sand, MAC Buried Treasure, Make Up For Ever #5L,
Urban Decay Stash, shu uemura ME Khaki, MAC Rosemary & Thyme, Chanel Khaki Dore,
Stila Moray, Urban Decay Mildew

Khaki & Olive Green Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes

I love antique golds/tarnished greens, and as a result, I do tend to gravitate towards these shades, especially in eyeliners.  I find they pull out the warmth in my hazel eyes–Urban Decay’s Stash is a total go-to liner for me.  Other green shades will be compared separately.

  • Shiseido Black Sand Smoothing Eyeliner is a black base with green and tarnished gold shimmer. (Review)
  • MAC Buried Treasure Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a blackened olive brown with soft green and dark gold shimmer. It’s similar to Shiseido’s Black Sand, but the base is browner and less true green shimmer; seems warmer.
  • Make Up For Ever #5L Aqua Eyes is a khaki green with a tarnished gold sheen. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Stash 24/7 Liner is a dark tarnished gold with sheen. (Review)
  • shu uemura ME Khaki 09 Drawing Pencil is a khaki green with a tarnished gold sheen. It is a hair darker than Make Up For Ever’s #5L.
  • MAC Rosemary & Thyme Eye Kohl is a khaki green with antique gold shimmer and sheen. It is greener than Make Up For Ever #5L and Shu Uemura’s #09. (Review)
  • Chanel Khaki Dore Crayon Yeux is a warm khaki brown with subtle gold and green hints. It is significantly less green than the others here. (Review)
  • Stila Moray Smudge Stick is a deep tarnished green with antique gold shimmer and sheen. It’s most comparable to Urban Decay’s Stash, but the green base is much stronger in Moray, making them noticeably different. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Mildew 24/7 Liner is a dark forest green. It almost seems like an olive green initially, but it’s far too cool and lacks the golden sheen of the rest in this comparison. (Review)

Thoughts

DUPE ALERT! If you like khaki green-golds, Make Up For Ever #5L Aqua Eyes, MAC Rosemary & Thyme Eye Kohl, and shu uemura’s ME Khaki 09 Drawing Pencil are all very similar. The shu shade is a little greener than the other two.

Product Formulas/Wear: I have no wear issues with any of the formulas here, with the exception of shu uemura’s, which I haven’t tested. Stila Smudge Sticks and Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye wear best on the water line for me (but I do not know whether either are tested for the water line). MAC Eye Kohls are the creamiest, with Urban Decay right behind it.

What are your favorite khaki/olive green eyeliners?

See more swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Shu Uemura Gem Glam

Shu Uemura Gem Glam Collection for Summer 2010

Gem Glam Flawless Glow Powder ($55.00)

A gorgeous multicolor face duo for the perfect complexion. Achieve a flawless, glowing, multidimensional finish. The fine powder minimizes the look of pores and evens skin tone. Upper set highlights the luminous transparency of the skin while the lower set enhances the natural contours of the face. Set in a luxurious compact inspired by the brilliance of gemstones.

Gem Glam Glitter Pressed Eyeshadow ($24.00)

Dramatize eyes with gem-like sparkles. A limited-edition pressed eyeshadow texture to create captivating, dazzling, jewel-like eyes. Use on its own or layer over cream and pressed eyeshadow colors to create an infinite number of multidimensional eye looks.

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Rainbow

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

See more photos! Continue reading →