Since the opening of the first Beauty Boutique in Tokyo in 1983, each year a limited edition Boutique Birthday Collection of the season’s most festive beauty items is created in celebration. This year, to mark the 25th anniversary, Mr. Uemura created the most special and unique collection yet, one which truly embodies shu uemura’s core values of nature, science and art. Three 100% natural origin fragrances formulated with Despea Water and spectacular makeup products packaged in the designs of Tokyo-based artist Gwenael Nicolas.
Today, Mr. Uemura would have celebrated his 80th birthday. To celebrate, for summer 2008, shu uemura introduces a limited edition collection called HANA-BI, which means fireworks, to celebrate the season full of energy, excitement, and festivals. The HANA-BI collection is inspired by three fundamental elements of nature: terre (earth), rose (flower), and source (water). Each element has its own fragrance ($85.00), and each element also has its own limited edition palette ($65.00). You can view the full collection here.
Shu Uemura | Summer 2008 | ROUGE UNLIMITED CRYSTAL SHINE
shu uemura introduces Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine, the first lipstick to incorporate a blend of light-reflective pearls together with shu uemura’s groundbreaking hybrid pigment to create professional caliber brilliance for lips. Through the innovative fusion of multiple light-reflective pearls, together with shimmering “spectral booster” oils, shu uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine embellishes lips with a shimmering dimensional effect. For the first time, shu uemura has encapsulated its hybrid pigments that break the boundaries of color creation, with multi-shine pearls to achieve an exquisite, luminous lipstick with a luscious texture. Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine will be available in 17 new lip colors in a unique formula that comprises of water-capturing molecules that help retain natural moisture in a delicate veil of comfort.
17 shades, priced at $23 a pop, and here they are…
- RD 174
- WN 254
- BR 770
- BG 901
- BG 950
- WN 246
- PK 301
- BG 916
- BG 941
- PK 313
- OR 531
- OR 563
- BR 755
- BR 775
- PK 357
- RD 165
Availability: www.shuuemura.com; shu uemura boutiques in San Francisco, Boston and Costa Mesa; select Neiman Marcus stores; select Saks Firth Avenue stores and Barney’s New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills.
Jason Hoffman, a principle makeup artist for Shu Uemura, created this look JUST for Temptalia readers using Shu Uemura’s REBIRTH spring collection (which is gorgeous–I am sure everyone remembers the lovely promo with the wind blown hair and vibrant green eyeshadow!). The look is called “Earth.”
Face | Matte looking skin with a subtle highlight around eye and brow with Glow On.
Eye | Rocket Eye Pencil Energy Flow: mix coral and white from lash line to crease. Rocket Eye Pencil Energy Flow: place yellow pencil in the corner of the eye. PES Sunstream: dust all over eye lightly on bottom. PES Earth Brown: blend on the outer corner of the eye close to lash line. Basic Black mascara: apply to top and lightly on bottom.
Cheek | Glow On Harmonious Orange on the cheekbones.
Lip | Rouge Unlimited Serene Pink applied to top and bottom of lips.
Get REBIRTH at www.shuuemura.com!
Temptalia wishes to extend condolences to Shu Uemura’s family, friends, and fans. We are sorry to hear this sad news about such a fantastic person who created an amazing cosmetic line and had such an impact on the industry itself.
TOKYO – Shu Uemura, the Japanese makeup artist who won acclaim in Hollywood and built an international cosmetics brand under his name, has died. He was 79. Uemura, who gained acclaim working with actress Shirley MacLaine on the 1962 Hollywood film “My Geisha,” died of pneumonia in Tokyo on Dec. 29, according to a statement released Tuesday by his company, also called Shu Uemura. Its products were mentioned in the more recent film “The Devil Wears Prada.”
He is survived by his wife and a son. Uemura’s family and friends attended a funeral Friday, according to company spokeswoman Ami Nakano. Uemura was working as a beautician in Hollywood when he was called to work on MacLaine’s makeup for “My Geisha” after the staff makeup artist fell ill.
His transformation of MacLaine into a Japanese beauty catapulted the young Uemura to renown within the U.S. show business community. He soon became a favorite among top actresses as well as the likes of singer Frank Sinatra and actor Edward G. Robinson, according to his company’s Web site.
In 1960, Uemura developed his first cosmetics product, a cleansing oil that remains popular today. He later opened a school to train makeup artists in Tokyo. In 1983, amid Japan’s economic boom and just as Tokyo was establishing itself as a fashion trendsetter, Uemura launched a cosmetics boutique in the capital. It drew crowds for its gallery-like interior. Uemura gradually expanded his brand to include handmade makeup brushes, perfumes, and voluptuous fake eyelashes. The company’s eyelash curlers were mentioned in the 2006 movie “The Devil Wears Prada” starring Meryl Streep. The company, which has stores in New York, Paris, London and Hong Kong, was acquired by French cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA in 2004. Source
Revitalize your look this spring with shu uemura’s REBIRTH collection. Inspired by the purity, energy and innocence of the spring season, Mr. Uemura designed the 126th Mode Makeup collection to celebrate its 40th anniversary using a combination of soft and vivid hues embellished with a unique and graceful leaf motif to communicate the revitalization of nature occurring at this time of year.
Tri Color Pencil | This limited edition tri-color pencil is a combination of cool blue and green tones that represent the calm flow of fresh spring dews.
Pressed Eye Shadow
- Spring Breeze
- Earth Brown
- Sun Stream
- Yellow Elation
Precise Volume Mascara Black
- Mauve Cascades
Rouge Unlimited | The ultimate lipstick with rich texture and ultra-smooth application!
- Pink Bloom
- Dewy Beige
- Srene Pink
Glow On Blush
- Harmonious Orange
- Tranquil Pink
- Innocent Beige
- Gold Zest
See some product photos… Continue reading →
shu uemura presents the MUSE Holiday collection created by Gina Brooke, celebrity makeup artist and Artistic Director for shu uemura in the US. Candlelight. Luxurious Atmosphere. Golden-hued Ambiance. This collection is inspired by a “MUSE” – a woman so poetically enchanting, she is admired as a supreme symbol of all women. Her elegance and sophistication radiate through her beauty. Discover an enlightened beauty for a sophisticated soiree with a harmony of warm and luminous gold shades.
- Dignified Grace Pressed Eyeshadow Palette: warm shades that create a natural look with glamorous contrasts.
- Enchanting Charisma Pressed Eyeshadow Palette: soft shades that enhance any feature for a subtle look.
- Rouge Unlimited Gold Beige Liptstick: a warm nude-beige.
- Rouge Unlimited Pink Beige Lipstick: a soft pink-beige to enhance natural looking lips.
- Rouge Unlimited Chocolate Brown Lipstick: a rich and elegant brown for an alluring look.
- Limited Edition Chocolate Brown Nail Enamel: a rich warm brown with metallic effects for classy and glossy nails.
- Limited Edition Gold Beige Nail Enamel: a natural and elegant touch, tinted with subtle golden sparkles for an elegant expression.
- Glitter Mascara: a subtle silver glitter worn to create sparkles of crystals on the eyelashes.