11 February, 2013

Shu Uemura: Karl for Shu Prestigious Bordeaux Eye & Cheek Palette (post Xmas sale purchase)


I've probably said this before - well I know I've been saying it to myself and chastising myself - but I'm so behind with my posting at the moment that some of the products I'm finally getting around to posting are no longer available.  Damn you Limited Editions!!! Oh well, shall we appreciate this post as a bit of eye candy perhaps then??

I'd been eyeing the LE Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Eye & Cheek palettes for a while, and decided they were extremely cute BUT a bit out of my price range.   Of course good friend Ling, renowned for her bird of prey's eye for a bargain, spotted them on sale, and tempted me from afar while I was on holiday... Then of course she offered to make the purchase for me before they were gone forever.  With an offer like that I couldn't/wouldn't refuse!

All of the products in the Mon Shu line bear the cute but edgy image of the Mon Shu girl designed by Karl Lagerfeld in collaboration with Shu Uemura's artistic director Kakuyasu Uchiide.   There were two eye & cheek palettes to choose from:  the more cool green/grey/blue toned Smoky Velvet palette and my choice, the gold and plum toned Prestigious Bordeaux palette.  The colours are quite shimmery and theatrical so I was a little nervous but I guess I'm up for a bit more of a colour challenge these days.

Once you open the palette you get a sense of the wonderful theatrical possibilities inside - I remember how excited I was when I first swatched it in store.  I was initially puzzled by the red shade but this is the cheek colour in the palette.   Anyhow, just look at the cuteness:  the Mon Shu outline in the mirror;  the vibrant colours and textures.  Very photogenic isn't it?...



According to Kakuyasu Uchiide the palette is best used as follows:  "...The...two [right] shades combined help to create a beautiful contour and gradation around the eyes. The left shade in the middle section can be applied on top of it for blending. Although the shades look classic and luxurious at once, the texture is very modern. The glitter shadow in the [left] creates an accent. My recommendation is to apply...[it]in the inner corner of the eyes or lower lash line. The red is meant to be used as blush.".


Top row swatched left to right:
inner highlight, lid highlight/blending shade, contour/liner

Bottom row swatched left to right:
blush, lid/blending shade, contour

I haven't done a full road-test on this yet (I feel like I need an occasion to take it for its first outing) but I can see possibilities for some exotic after dark looks - I love the combination of shimmery blackened purple with sparkly gold!  If there's one drawback with this palette it's the tiny blush pan - a small brush runs the risk of heavy coverage and a larger brush could inadvertently pick up the surrounding shades.  Oh well, I'm well enough enamored with the eyeshadow colours in the palette to make up for that little difficulty.

Overall:  I'm happy with this little LE.

That's it for now.

Vita :)

16 comments:

  1. the colours are amazing! i almost thought the blush shade was a really pretty matte eyeshadow! i'll have to check this out on Wednesday when i go to the city :)

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    1. Good luck with your shopping Olivia! It is a lovely palette :)

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  2. this is cute, love all these colors

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    1. Great aren't they? I can't wait to have a proper play with them!

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  3. As soon as I saw 'Mon Shu' and Shu Uemura, I knew that enabler Ling had struck again! Hahha...what an incredibly stunning palette though, this is actually the one that I liked most out of the whole set!

    Having said that, it somehow escaped my notice that one of the shades was actually a blush! Thanks for a fantastic review, I really enjoyed it! The shades look very pretty on your skintone, particularly that coppery brown and the metallic purple.

    xx

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    1. YES IT WAS MEEEE :)
      HAHAHAH I was like hey it's on sale, did you want it? I'll buy it for you.
      Enabler 101.

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    2. Thanks you two!!! Thanks to Ling The Enabler - I've given you FULL credit girl - and thanks Nalini for your lovely comment on the post. It's good to know if I've hit it or not in my reviews! xo

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  4. Oh, these are definitely your colors! Would love to see you do a look with them! :)

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    1. EOTD you say Larie? I must do one!!!

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  5. I don't think Shu ever goes on sale around here. Lucky you! :)

    At first I thought the colours were a little strange but now love the look of them. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Liz xo

      I guess these were on sale because they were LE? I admit I was a bit hesitant about the colours at first - until I swatched them!

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    2. Nope, LEs never go on sale here! They just disappear. lol

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  6. Sigh. I'll be honest, I hadn't thought much of this palette until I saw this post. I think you could create so many beautiful looks with this, and I can't wait to see them!

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    1. See my comment to Liz above. I was unsure too - sometimes the proof is really in the swatching (and wearing)!

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  7. I keep seeing these on blogs and being awfully tempted! :p The purple colour is super pretty :)

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    1. The purple shade is definitely my favourite in the palette. I love the blackened undertones!

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