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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette
shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette (blush ONLY, nothing else from the paeltte)

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What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette, Buxom Sculpt Mascara, Urban Decay Mainline Eyeliner. On cheeks: (your left) NARS Debbie Harry Blush/Highlighter, (your right), shu uemura G6-1 Glow-On Blush. On lips: shu uemura Celebrity Beige Lipstick

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22 thoughts on “shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. But the textures! //flails

    I’ve been running around with the Prestigious Bordeaux palette more than this one, recently — have you tested it out? It has a lot of the same pitfalls as this one, but I find the colours & textures just a little bit better in terms of pigmentation & application!

    • I only have this one, and while the textures are beautiful, the wear on the two creamier shades and the really glittery white shade is less impressive :( I agree that the textures are incredible, though!

      • Yeah, I know what you mean :( I’ll go to pretty drastic lengths for a wet-finish glitter like this one, but the wear and fallout are such a pain to deal with! (Mainly just the fallout, for me — everything creases on my lids, so this one wasn’t any worse than normal, but getting all that glitter off your face is pretty much a losing battle.)

  2. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    I find the colour combinations to be a bit… odd. I can’t put my finger on why exactly. I think it’s the mint green that is throwing me off somehow. Also, regarding the eye look, is the single eye photo from Bare Escentuals and the one below it from the Shu palette? The description of everything you’re wearing says Bare Escentuals but under that photo it says Shu. Whichever one it is, I think that, in MY hands, the dark green colours you used would have turned out to be a muddy mess. To be honest, I’m not super crazy about it on you even.

    • The close-up is the shu palette – in the full face photo, I’m wearing a whole slew of products, but the cheek product on one side is the shu blush.

  3. Love the olive colour in the palette but creasing with creamier shadows is my nemesis. But, what the hell with the blush? That has got to be the most ridiculous size of blush pan I’ve ever seen.

  4. Gaaaah, that khaki! /swoons.

  5. Avatar of Anne Anne

    That olive green shade looks FANTASTIC!

  6. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I like the 2nd shade described – the “deep khaki” but the others don’t appeal to me or aren’t unique so this is an easy ‘pass’.

  7. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Christine, just a quick question. In the photos, it says you’re wearing the Shu palette on your eyes (the look is gorgeous, by the way) but in the “What Makeup Are You Wearing” box, it says it’s the Bare Escentuals Star Treatment palette. I love the look and would like to replicate something like it and I’m just wondering what it is you are actually wearing.

    • Hi Mariella,

      The “What you’re wearing” section applies to the full face photo – I’m just wearing the shu blush there :)

      • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

        The eye shadow look you’ve done is so beautiful even though the shadows don’t seem to be the best. You’ve made it look like a desirable palette just for that eye look!

  8. Audrey

    The first eye look you made was way gorgeous, love the deep green.

  9. I absolutely love the textures of Shu Uemura shadows…but some of them do have their pitfalls. Such a shame considering the price point (and again, the amazing textures).

  10. Hmn, for the price point I expect eyeshadow perfection. Maybe Uncle Karl needed the shades for his drawings.

  11. Avatar of Karen karen

    there are two versions of this palette: this is the US version and it is different to the palette pictured and described on the shu websites – including the US website – and widely online. the US palette has a white color instead of white-silver (gray), a yellow gold instead of glitter beige (pale gold), and a sea-foam green instead of mint green (more turquoise). this may be why the palette looks a bit ‘off’. also the silk smooth eyeshadows are not cream shadows but a new texture – shu cream shadows are different again. i think the non-US websites explain the formulas a bit better than the US one does. the other shu palette – prestigious bordeaux – appears to come in only one version :D

    • I bought this palette and returned it because shadow colors were different with the promo picture.
      I thought mine was defective one, but reading your comment now i figure out it’s the whole US version thing… how come they never mentioned there’s such a thing as US version? at least, they should have used a different promo photo then.. so disappointed.

  12. Love the diversity of the colors, though I’m sure the pink would look awful on me.

  13. Caroline

    What an appalling hotch-potch of colours!! Seriously, who wears pale green eyeshadow these days? And that white eyeshadow is very clown like. What a load of rubbish!!!!

  14. Yin

    For that price? Definitely a “leave it”.

  15. Sara

    I’m totally in love with the deep khaki green color, since I have green eyes and red hair. I dug back to the L’Oreal Golden Emerald post and it looks like that one is pretty close dupe of the UD Bender… which I have! I picked up a UD BOS IV when I was in the Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago. So if anyone has that lying around and loves that particular color, you likely already have it.