March 18, 2013

Spring Sakura ob for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine - Princess Coral

First of all - how awesome is it that Shu Uemura finally has a Canadian e-commerce site?? They do carry Shu at some Holt Renfrew locations and at the Sephora in the Toronto Eaton Centre, but it's so nice to have an easy ordering option for those that are Shu-obsessed and not geographically-blessed. My own experience with the brand was sadly limited, with only a palette, some eyeshadows and an eyelash curler under my belt. All things I love, by the by, so when I was sent a few things to try out from the new limited edition collection, I about fell over from excitement.

Today I want to show you one of the items, a lipstick from the ob for Shu Uemura collection. If you've read Tracy's post over at Beauty Reflections (and if you haven't, go take a gander), you might be familiar with the concept behind the collection. If not, this blurb from the site should give you an idea:

"On a constant quest for innovation and beauty, shu uemura invites you to a magical world for spring 2013. Inspired by Japanese artist ob and the young creators of her generation comes a limited-edition collection that celebrates the rise of a new era in art. in-between reality and a dream beckons you into ob’s creative universe, a world that appears normal at first sight but is filled with fantasy and delight; a world that showcases the emerging vision of a generation of creators who came of age in a radical new digital world."

I love the idea of makeup (itself a form of art and expression) and art being interlinked, and I almost always enjoy artist-themed collections. This one is no exception, a dreamy wonderland of pastel shades and whimsical design. The packaging (especially for the Cleansing Oils, review coming soon!) and colour scheme is so perfectly suited to spring.

The Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine in Princess Coral:

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ob for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine Princess Coral

ob for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine Princess Coral

Princess Coral is, true to the name, a light coral pink, with milky undertone taking the brightness of the coral down a notch. This is beautiful on fair skin, and would look fantastic on tanned skin - a modern take on the 60s California Beach Girl lip.

The pigmentation is about medium, with substantial though not fully opaque coverage on the first pass. I was surprised by how closely the swatch on my arm matched up with the shade on my lips, since my natural pigmentation tends to mess with a lot of lipsticks. (The tube colour actually looks a lot darker in the pictures than it does in real life, especially the middle picture. The last one is closest to the way it actually looks.)

This is a very creamy, slick-feeling lipstick with a hydrating effect. It feels incredibly smooth upon application, gliding so easily that my tendency was to over-apply and get smeared out borders. The best application method is to dab it on the centre of my lips, and then finish off the edges with a lip brush. The look then is soft, shiny and precise. The lasting power is shorter than average for a lipstick due to the ultra-creamy, glossy finish.

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Availability: At the Shu Uemura website. Price is 36$ CAD and 30$ USD.

Pros: Adorable packaging, beautiful springtime shade. Cream/gloss finish that is easy to wear and flattering across the board. Comfortable, hydrating formula.

Cons: High slip factor may require some initial care in application, with longevity being less than average.

(This item was sent to me by the brand to consider for review. This post is not sponsored or compensated.)


  1. Anonymous19.3.13

    I seriously need to go an swoon over this collection - it looks so fresh & fun - it's great when makeup doesn't always take itself too seriously, lol! Love this colour on you - so curious to see if it'll suit my skin tone!

    1. It's so pretty - the lipstick and the collection! Not my usual style, but I agree with you, sometimes makeup really needs to remind us that's it's basically the adult version of fingerpainting. :P

  2. LOVE this shade on you Maggie! It will look different on me for sure, but I'd love to find my own version. I am so damn happy we finally have a Canadian online site, as I've only gotten to a Shu counter maybe once in real life, so YAY for one more online outlet I probably should avoid but won't! LOL

    1. Aww, thank you. =)

      It's about time, right?? Damn the easy convenience of online shaping. :P

      (The worst is when they actually save your credit card info on file. You don't even get the two-minute "wait, do I really need this?" delay that can save your wallet.)


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