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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Shu Uemura eyeshadow swatches part 3: neutrals

This completes my swatches of all the permanent Shu Uemura Colour Atelier eyeshadows. Please see part 1 for ingredients, prices and swatches of the 100's-300's. Part 2 shows the 400's and 500's (green/olive), 600's (blue) and 700's (purple/plum).

800 BROWNS and BEIGES
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow IR811 IR 811, P812 P 812, M813 M 813, P822 P 822, ME825 ME 825, P832 P 832, M851 M 851, ME856 ME 856, P861 P 861, ME862 ME 862

artificial light + flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow IR811 IR 811, P812 P 812, M813 M 813, P822 P 822, ME825 ME 825, P832 P 832, M851 M 851, ME856 ME 856, P861 P 861, ME862 ME 862
IR Light Beige 811 iridescent white gold
P Light Beige 812 pale lemon yellow satin
M Light Beige 813 matte ivory
P Light Beige 822 peach satin with cool gold micro shimmer
ME Light Beige 825 smooth metallic warm rose gold
P Soft Beige 832 warm copper-brown satin
M Soft Brown 851 matte yellow-based brown
ME Medium Brown 856 smooth metallic neutral taupe
P Dark Brown 861 yellow-based brown satin with golden sheen
ME Medium Brown 862 warm metallic bronze 


800's BROWNS and BEIGES, and G GLITTERS
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow M863 M 863, P875 P 875, ME885 ME 885, M895 M 895, G Gold, G Silver, G Bronze, G White Gold, G White Rainbow

natural light, full yellow sun
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow M863 M 863, P875 P 875, ME885 ME 885, M895 M 895, G Gold, G Silver, G Bronze, G White Gold, G White RainbowM Medium Brown 863 demi-matte warm yellow-based brown (darker and warmer than 851, with more of a sheen)
P Medium Brown 875 neutral dark brown with red and bronze shimmer
ME Medium Brown 885 smooth metallic red-based brown
M Dark Brown 895 demi-matte neutral blackened brown
G Gold neutral gold glitter shot through with lime and peach
G Silver various shades of grey-through-platinum glitter
G Bronze neutral bronze glitter shot through with red and gold
G White Gold cool gold glitter shot through with pink and silver glitter
G White Rainbow white holographic glitter

900's WHITES and BLACKS
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow ME906 ME 906, M907 M 907, P910 P 910, IR911 IR 911, ME935 ME 935, IR985 IR 985, M991 M 991, P995 P 995, ME996 ME 996, P997 P 997
artificial light + flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow ME906 ME 906, M907 M 907, P910 P 910, IR911 IR 911, ME935 ME 935
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow IR985 IR 985, M991 M 991, P995 P 995, ME996 ME 996, P997 P 997
ME White 906 sparkly white with slight holographic effect
M White 907 smooth matte white
P White 910 off-white satin
IR White 911 ivory satin with yellow sheen
ME Light Silver 935 light silver-grey sheen
IR Black 985 dark neutral metallic taupe
M Black 990 demi-matte cool blackened brown
M Black 991 matte yellow-based brown-black
P Black 995 matte warm black with sparse silver shimmer
ME Black 996 smooth metallic cool dark brown
P Black 997 blackened brown satin with cool gold and bronze shimmer

Friday, 28 October 2011

Friday free association

The contents of this post have been rattling around my head for a while...originally they were going to form a Monday Miscellany, then Tuesday/Thursday Traipsings, then Wednesday Wamblings (yeah, dodged a bullet there). As they're semi-fermented by now I'm just going to spew them forth today because I suspect Saturday/Sunday will mainly alliterate with sleep.
And flying to Japan :D But you can't hate me because, well, just look at the cesspool that is my brain!

oh brave new world that has such...creatures in it

composed of:

You would think I'd become acclimatised to drugstore random but some things become even more bemusing at a closer glance.
duck/frog-pout maker 

honesty in advertising: she looks genuinely pained!

I'll stick with my virgin's-blood baths and leeches, thanks

Remember those L'Oreal One-Sweep eyeshadow palettes? Canmake's version dispenses even with the hoof applicator. Hey, fingers were good enough for your neolithic forebears...

Korean brand Tony Moly valiantly resists this minimalist-packaging trend:
And of course, these lipbalm/glosses retailing at HK$88 for 7ml each. Which I've now swatched upon request :)

Strawberry, Plum, Mangosteen, Peach, Pomegranate, Cherry, Apple (all seven are scented in a very sweet candied version of their names). Plum, Peach and Apple are very sheer jellied bases with shimmer (fuchsia, pink-and-lilac and pinky red respectively). All of these swatches took around 3-4  swipes.




















All things considered, I think my drugstore hauling has been fairly restrained.
fancy sunscreen

blinged-out sponge applicators for swatching and falsies-applicator

various moisturising, depuffing etc. eye masks from Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese brands

hand and foot sheet masks, and more konjac sponges for face and body

(although I found it hard to resist this whole display of scrubbies *high-pitched squeals*)

more face masks. We'll see how the firming ones work on my new double chin...

Speaking of which, more food pics, anyone?
yet another froyo place
where I may already have a 'usual': matcha-flavoured and tart Hokkaido yoghurt with oreo crumbs and blueberries OR sweet adzuki

And for a change, an ice cream parlour, again using milk from Hokkaido (the next edition of Terry Pratchett's Where's My Cow? should just consist of one page with the word 'Hokkaido' on it...)
They have many flavours but I began with *Purple* Taro (as advertised), Hokkaido Milk (the ice-cream version of Werther's Originals) and Guava (so light and refreshing, almost sorbet-like).

Some recent fusion-pastries-OTD
adzuki mochi danish

Earl Grey, caramel, apple and edible gold layer cake

matcha, chocolate, orange and vanilla cake

Worry not, I'm supplementing my diet with salty snacks too
pizza, roast-chicken, roast-squid and sugar-snap-pea crisps

an abomination known as Korean Volcano Bread -- brioche with kimchi and mushroom filling

you can even have rock salt and cheesy foam in your tea/coffee (this is surprisingly delicious)
(that shop is called Happy Lemon, a Taiwanese chain which sells delicious bubble tea

Another coffee shop from which I have now been banned is called Cowboy SeVen. But maybe other filthy minds can work out why my hysterically giggling-and-pointing self was asked to leave.
My first view of the display board:

Well this IS the continent of various placenta goods. And I had been primed by other shops, like

and this popular bedding and sleep-wear chain

and of course

My customary expression resembles this barstool
Night-night, any lovelies who made it this far :) Rest up your scrolling hands and sleep tight :*

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Shu Uemura eyeshadow swatches part 2: greens, blues, purples

Please see part 1 for ingredients, prices and swatches of the 100's-300's. Part 3 features neutral shades in the 800's and 900's.

400's-500's GREENS and OLIVES
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow ME432 ME 432, IR435 IR 435, ME471 ME 471, ME472 ME 472, M495 M 495, P520 P 520, P540 P 540, M565 M 565, ME575 ME 575, ME580 ME 580, P595 P 595

artificial light + flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow ME432 ME 432, IR435 IR 435, ME471 ME 471, ME472 ME 472, M495 M 495, P520 P 520, P540 P 540, M565 M 565, ME575 ME 575, ME580 ME 580, P595 P 595
ME Soft Yellow Green 432 sparkly chartreuse
IR Soft Yellow Green 435 lime satin
ME Medium Olive 471 smooth metallic pewter-olive with golden shimmer
ME Medium Olive 472 drab olive base with silver and gold shimmer
M Medium Olive 495 demi-matte browned olive
P Light Green 520 pearlised pale golden green
P Soft Blue Green 540 cyan satin
M Vivid Green 565 matte bright green
ME Medium Green 575 smooth shimmery green, between emerald and spring green
ME Medium Green 580 iridescent forest green
P Dark Green 595 blackened green with green and silver and copper microshimmer

600's BLUES
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow P611 P 611, P645 P 645, ME655 ME 655, M665 M 665, IR675 IR 675, M685 M 685, ME686 ME 686, IR690 IR 690, P696 P 696

artificial light+flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow P611 P 611, P645 P 645, ME655 ME 655, M665 M 665, IR675 IR 675, M685 M 685, ME686 ME 686, IR690 IR 690, P696 P 696
P Light Blue 611 frosty cool blue-grey
P Soft Blue 645 sky-blue satin with silver micro shimmer
ME Soft Blue 655 v pigmented smooth metallic blue
M Vivid Blue 665 matte cerulean
IR Medium Blue 675 bright  smooth sheen
M Medium Blue 685 dark navy-teal
ME Medium Blue 686 smooth metallic indigo
IR Dark Blue 690 blue-black satin
P Dark Blue 696 midnight blue base with medium blue micro shimmer 


700's PURPLES and PLUMS
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow IR715 IR 715, ME735 ME 735, P755 P 755, ME761 ME 761, M776 M 776, P781 P 781, ME785 ME 785, ME786 ME 786, P790 P 790, IR795 IR 795

artificial light+flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow IR715 IR 715, ME735 ME 735, P755 P 755, ME761 ME 761, M776 M 776, P781 P 781, ME785 ME 785, ME786 ME 786, P790 P 790, IR795 IR 795
IR Light Purple 715 smooth shimmery cool lilac
ME Soft Purple 735 smooth shimmery warm pink-purple
P Soft Purple 755 dusty lavender satin with sparse silver micro shimmer
ME Medium Plum 761 pigmented metallic bronze-plum with copper shimmer
M Vivid Purple 776 matte magenta
P Dark Purple 781 blackened dusty plum base with silver glitter
ME Medium Purple 785 smooth metallic pink-based purple
ME Medium Purple 786 smooth satiny lilac with pearly pink duochrome
P Dark Plum 790 plum-toned brown with red and copper microshimmer
IR Medium Purple 795 smooth warm purple satin

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Canmake Cream Cheek blush swatches

These are some of most popular 'cult' drugstore products across Asia and having swatched them I can see why. Cute, jewel-like clear plastic packaging and a highly blendable packed-with-cones gel-cream texture that sets to a powder and is famed for lasting power even in humid Japanese summers.

These swatches are all one heavyish swipe onto a bare arm but they are very easy to blend and sheer out if need be. No. 8 was noticeably sheerer than the other shades. HK$72 each, or ¥609.

bright artificial light
swatch Canmake cream cheek 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

artificial light with flash
swatch Canmake cream cheek 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
If you want a laugh, check out the extremely specific shade descriptions on Canmake's English site. My own usual rambly drivellings follow:
2 Cherry Pink v sparkly warm pink
3 Strawberry Whip sparkly cool candy pink
5 Sweet Apricot warm  coral-red with gold microshimmer
7 Coral Orange peachy pink with sparse gold shimmer
8 Marshmallow Pink sheerish shimmery baby pink
9 Pinky Rose cool cherry-blossom pink satin
10 Sweet Orange subtly shimmery bright orange
11 Heavenly Heart neutral pink with gold microshimmer
12 Milky Orange bright pastel coral with sparse gold shimmer

Shades 1 Peach Dream, 4 Vitamin Orange and 6 Nut Cream (*snicker*) were discontinued earlier this year. Shade 12 Milky Orange was limited edition from Summer 2011 but you may still be able to find some in drugstores.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Shu Uemura eyeshadow swatches part 1: red to yellow

As requested by a record number of readers and MUAers: Shu Uemura colour atelier eyeshadow swatches!

Hong Kong has the full range available on on the Japanese Shu site and I'm swatching them in numerical order starting today with the 100's (red/pink), 200's (orange/copper) and 300's (yellow/gold). Part 2 shows the 400's and 500's (green/olive), 600's (blue) and 700's (purple/plum). Part 3 features neutral shades in the 800's and 900's.

Each 1.4g single refill retails for HK$110 in Hong Kong, or ¥1890 in Japan.


100's REDS AND PINKS
 natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow P 125 P125, ME 126 ME126, P 131 P131, P 140 P140, ME 155 ME155, P 156 P156, ME 166 ME166, M 170 M170, ME 175 ME175

artificial light with flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow P 125 P125, ME 126 ME126, P 131 P131, P 140 P140, ME 155 ME155, P 156 P156, ME 166 ME166, M 170 M170, ME 175 ME175

P Light Pink 125 cool lilac-mauve satin
ME Light Pink 126 smooth shimmery neutral pale pink
P Light Peach 131 peach satin with sparse shimmer
P Soft Pink 140 shimmery cherry-blossom pink
ME Soft Pink 155 metallic fuchsia pink with a lot of silvery glitter
P Soft Rose 156 warm rose with gold shimmer
M Vivid Pink 165 matte semi-pigmented warm pink-red-coral (like MAC's Bite of An Apple blush)
ME Soft Pink 166
frosty Barbie pink
M Vivid Red 170 very pigmented matte neutral red
ME Medium Red 175 very pigmented warm metallic carmine


200's ORANGES and 300's YELLOWS
natural light
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow M260 M 260, ME270 ME 270, ME280 ME 280, P310 P 310, ME335 ME 335, ME336 ME 336, M360 M 360, IR370 IR 370

artificial light with flash
swatch Shu Uemura eyeshadow M260 M 260, ME270 ME 270, ME280 ME 280, P310 P 310, ME335 ME 335, ME336 ME 336, M360 M 360, IR370 IR 370
M Vivid Orange 260 pigmented matte bright orange
ME Soft Copper 270 shimmery warm rose with copper glitter
ME Medium Copper 280 smooth metallic copper with gold shimmer
P Light Yellow 310 cool pale yellow satin
ME Soft Gold 335 smooth shimmery neutral gold
ME Soft Yellow 336 smooth metallic acid yellow
M Vivid Yellow 360 pigmented matte school bus yellow
IR Soft Gold 370 smooth metallic warm peachy gold

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