In recent years, Shu Uemura has been doing incredible collaborations for its holiday releases. This year, Shu has collaborated with La Maison du Chocolat, a popular Parisian chocolate house. The collection contains some super cute products to create perfect fall / winter looks.
The products that got me the most excited are the Ganache and Praline Eye Palettes (C$115 each). It comes in two variations: Framboise Berry (top) and Dark Cacao (bottom). These are palettes of eight shades that come in an adorable chocolate bar package. I thought that my palettes have a subtle ganache scent, but other people haven’t reported the same so it could just be my mind playing tricks on me since the eyeshadow is packaged like a chocolate bar.
Framboise Berry is a reddish-pink palette that is my favourite of the two. It’s very warm, but would look amazing for the holiday season. At first glance, it reminds me a bit of the recent Urban Decay Naked Cherry combined with the earlier Naked Heat palettes – these red-orange palette are quite popular at the moment. That being said, I prefer Shu Uemura eyeshadow formulas, and the Framboise Berry has a similar quality as the Shu Uemura Shu:Palette, which continues to be one of my all time favourite eyeshadow palettes.
Dark Cacao is a cooler-toned palette that is fantastic for creating a neutral smokey eye. While I don’t love this palette as much as I do the Framboise Berry, this one is definitely way more wearable for most skin tones because it’s not so red or warm. The quality of this palette is fantastic as well – it’s smooth, pigmented, and wears very well. Again its giving me Shu:Palette vibes, and I can see this as a great palette to take on vacation when you want something versatile.
My only concern with these palettes is that the packaging is made of relatively flimsy packaging. Shu Uemura is a luxury brand and these palettes are very pricey at $115 each, so I expected something way more hefty. The lightness definitely makes them more travel-friendly, but if I didn’t know these were Shu Uemura, I probably would have guessed that these packaging was made for drugstore brands.
No new collection is complete without new lipsticks. The lipsticks in this collection come in two formulas – the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte (C$36, the darker brown packaging) and the Rouge Unlimited (C$36, the dark red packaging). I received three shades total, two in the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte formula, which are the shades Ripe Cherry (middle) and Deep Cranberry (far right). I also received one shade in the Rouge Unlimited formula, which is Hazelnut Ganache (far left).
I love Shu’s Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte formula. It’s an ultra comfortable satin-y matte lipstick that pigmented to wear but isn’t drying. The shade Ripe Cherry is a darkened cherry red, and Deep Cranberry is a gorgeous dark pink. Both are very wearable. There are four other shades of the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte formula in the limited edition packaging, including a beautiful raspberry, and an easy-to-wear nude beige.
The Rouge Unlimited formula is a glossy lipstick that has medium pigmentation. It is comfortable to wear on the lips, but it’s not a formula I tend to reach for because I find it a bit heavy on the lips. The shade Hazelnut Ganache sadly is also not a shade I would reach for as it is a dark reddish brown.
Of all of these shades, I like Deep Cranberry the best as it is the most wearable for every day, as well as the most comfortable on.
The holiday season is all about sparkle and Shu Uemura has two Shimmery Powders (C$40) for offer. These are multi-purpose shimmer powders that can be used on your cheeks, to highlight your eyes, or anywhere on the body. You can even sprinkle some with your body lotion and give yourself a beautiful subtle glow. It comes in two shades, Luster Gold Dust, which is a champagne gold and what I first opened which made me go WOW, and then I saw Luster Rose Dust which is even more gorgeous as I love anything rose gold. It does come with a little puff application, but I find the application to be too intense and patchy when using the puff. I prefer to use a fluffy brush and lightly dust it on the skin.
While I personally don’t love loose shimmer powders, they are a great way to liven up any outfit (I can see myself bringing mine to Vegas with me next Spring to jazz up my club outfits…). Loose shimmer powders can also easily shimmer up any body cream so that you don’t have to buy shimmery body creams on their own.
Of course, the holidays call for a limited edition Shu Uemura lash curler (C$25). This one is in a beautiful shimmery dark brown colour instead of the usual silver. It also comes with a super cute metal tag that you can take off and use as a key chain or bag chain. Shu curlers are the only lash curlers I use because they are so good at curling and the curl really holds all day. If you’re in the market for a Shu curler, the holidays are the best time to get them because they usually come in really adorable limited edition designs.
Of this collection, I recommend picking up the Ganache and Praline Eye Palette in Framboise Berry, the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in Deep Cranberry, and the super cute lash curler.
Product provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.