For fall 2015, Shu Uemura released volume two of their Vision of Beauty collection, named Haute Street. Inspired by street art as a means of artistic expression in a modern city, this collection was designed by Shu Uemura’s International Artistic Director, Mr. Kakuyasu Uchiide, in collaboration with the artist Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter. I previously reviewed the two Eye Shadow Palettes, and today I’m reviewing the rest of the collection.
In addition to the two Haute Street Eye Shadow Palettes, there are also four new Tint in Gelato lip and cheek tints (C$28) that are packaged in squeeze tubes rather than the usual lip gloss tube with a doe foot applicator. The two colours I have are Graffiti Orange, which is a bright orange that looks more coral on the cheeks; and Street Rose, which is a vibrant cool-toned fuchsia. I previously reviewed the Tint in Gelato formula, but I found these to be different from the formula in the regular collection. The Tint in Gelatos released in the Haute Street collection have more of a whipped, almost moussy texture, whereas the ones in the regular collection are more creamy liquids.
The Haute Street Tint in Gelatos are pigmented but hard to overdo as they blend in so seamlessly in the skin. When worn on the cheeks, I layered this quite a bit to get a more concentrated look, but it can definitely be worn sheerly for a healthy glow. For a cream blush/cheek tint, these didn’t wear as well as I had hoped – fading around the 8-hour mark. I have way better luck with the regular collection of Tint in Gelatos, for some reason, as they wear closer to 10 hours.
There are four new Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks released with the Haute Street collection, including two colours in the Supreme Shine formula . The two colours I have are City Neon, a bright cool-toned pink; and Avenue Sunset, an orange-based red. Although they look scarily bright in the tube, both colours are those moist types of lipsticks that have very glossy finishes, and easily be worn sheerly. The Rouge Unlimited Lipstick feels very comfortable on the lips; it’s lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky or slick at all. Wear time isn’t great though, because they are so glossy; it needs to be reapplied after eating or drinking.
Shu Uemura introduces new Dual-Ended Eye Color Pencils with the Vision of Beauty Vol. 2 Haute Street collection. The two shades are warm x vibrant, which contains a yellow end and a bright pink end, and cool x chic, which contains a lime green and baby blue. I’m not gonna lie – I haven’t used these very much. The colours aren’t super wearable, particularly for someone who works in an office. They are super fun for the weekend though, and aren’t like anything on the market today. In terms of texture, they are on the dry side, but still relatively creamy. It tugs a little bit when applied, but not enough to bother me or cause irritation.
In summary: I’m a bit disappointed by the Vision of Beauty Vol. 2 Haute Street collection, particularly because of how blown away I was by the Shu:Palette. The colours aren’t for everyone, but if you are happy with the bright colours then you will feel right at home with this collection.
Haute Street Tint in Gelato in Street Rose and Graffiti Orange
Haute Street Dual-Ended Eye Color Pencil in cool x chic and warm x vibrant, and Haute Street Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks in Avenue Sunset and City Neon.
On eyes wearing Shu Uemura Haute Street Eye Shadow Palette in warm x vibrant, on cheeks wearing Shu Uemura Haute Street Tint in Gelato in Graffiti Orange, on lips wearing Shu Uemura Haute Street Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Avenue Sunset (reviews to come for the Tint in Gelato and the Rouge Unlimited Lipstick)