Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura | Mon Shu Rouge Unlimited Lipstick reviews, photos, swatches

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

karl x shu luxe burgundy, mon shu red, celebrity beige

The product: karl lagerfeld for shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Luxe Burgundy, Mon Shu Red, and Celebrity Beige

While working on a shu uemura Blossom Dream post (Spring 2013), I was hit by a rather startling realization: in all of the holiday bustle, I completely forgot to post about shu’s Holiday Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks.

Seeing as they were my absolute favourite part of the collection, you can see why that might have been a bit of an issue for me.

karl lagerfeld x shu uemura rouge unlimited lipsticks

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks in Luxe Burgundy, Mon Shu Red, and Celebrity Beige

The formula: You always hear about shu’s lipsticks: at first, it was the packaging (anyone else remember those clear twist-up bullets?), then it was the shades (there are some ridiculously gorgeous ones), but in reality, it’s all about the formula.

Comfortable and smooth, the Rouge Unlimited formula wears well on my dry lips, and applies without a hitch even over dry patches. It’s less pigmented than I was expecting–not quite opaque–and wears with a natural shine. Because of the formula (glossy and moisturizing,) the wear is a little on the shorter end of the spectrum, but it’s very comfortable within that timeframe.

And (here’s the part that really sells me) the formula is completely scent- and taste-free. I love a scent-free lip!

karl x shu rouge unlimited lipstick packaging

Karl x Shu Luxe Burgundy, Mon Shu Red, and Celebrity Beige (L-R)

The shades: All three of these shades have microshimmer in them, adding to the glossy effect. It’s most evident in Celebrity Beige (I think it’d be stellar as a creme finish) and least in Mon Shu Red, but it is present in all of them.

shu uemura rouge unlimited lipstick swatches

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick swatches in Luxe Burgundy, Mon Shu Red, and Celebrity Beige

Celebrity Beige

The most natural of this collection, Celebrity Beige is a surprisingly wearable nude. Despite its peachy undertones, I find it fits well with my cool-toned complexion, and it translates just as easily on warmer skintones — Christine (Temptalia) has it reviewed and worn here.

shu uemura celebrity pink rouge unlimited swatch makeup look

Luxe Burgundy

I love a vampy lip, and Luxe Burgundy is an absolutely gorgeous varient thereof. A medium-opacity wine with plenty of brown undertones to keep the colour looking muted (but still bold), it has a little more shimmer than I’d like (still much less noticeable than that in Celebrity Beige), and leaves a bit of a stain as it wears away.

Like many semi-opaque dark shades, it can apply a little patchily, but I don’t find I have too many problems once I give a few minutes to “settle in.” Be sure not to slide your lips together overly much and you should be good!

shu uemura rouge unlimited swatch luxe burgundy

Mon Shu Red

The most attention-grabbing of the Karl for Shu lipsticks, Mon Shu Red has the least noticeable shimmer… and the most noticeable pigment. It’s a bright strawberry-red, a little slippery and hard to catch on film. Against my skin, it’s almost fluorescent, and I can see it as a standout summer shade.

The same rules apply to Mon Shu Red as to Luxe Burgundy for wear.

shu uemura mon shu red swatch makeup look

The verdict?

At $30 USD/$31 CAD, I probably should not love these as much as I do. After all, they’re not fully opaque, and the wear isn’t perfect… but it is very good (if a little short and slippery), and the shades are absolutely stunning.

If you’re on the market for a great scent-free lipstick–which can be so hard to find,–be sure to check these out. The Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Holiday 2012 collection is still available on the shu uemura website, and even once these shades are gone, I still think the formula is worth a look!

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New 29/01/13 from NARS, Clinique, Marcelle, & more

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just a few things that caught my eye this week. The Clarins Double Serum sounds amazing (I’ll be testing it out as soon as I can find time to do so), and I’ve heard amazing things (from Café Makeup) about the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, but the product I’m most excited for has to be–of course–the new Clinique Chubby Sticks.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

$16 US/$19 CAD and available (here) in 12 shades, from a smokey lilac to a lush moss green, I’m curious to give them a try. As a die-hard Chubby Stick fan, they sound like they’ll be right up my alley, but I’m a little hesitant about how well they’ll hold up to my stubborn lids. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

In Canadian beauty this month…

Marcelle Spring launches

Marcelle Cosmetics, another of my beauty loves, is coming out with a Twist Push-Up Mascara (whose wand literally twists or untwists for more or less volume) and sheer Velvety Eye Shadow + Primer this month. They’re not online yet, but should be on shelves soon!

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil review, photos | Unmask Limited Edition

Monday, January 28, 2013

Shu Uemura Ultim8 Cleansing Oil

The product: shu uemura ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil (unmask edition packaging)

The collection

To celebrate a classic (and one that’s been on shelves for 46 years, at that!), shu uemura have released their top-selling cleansing oil in limited edition “unmask” packaging — a far cry from the minimalist bottles in the permanent range.

Shu Uemura Unmask

From left to right, we have the ultim8 cleansing oil (reviewed here), the fresh pore clarifying gentle cleansing oil (for pore concerns), the high performance balancing cleansing oil (for all skin types), the cleansing beauty oil premium A/O (for ageing skin), and finally, the whitefficient clear gentle cleansing oil (for brightening).

ultim8 cleansing oil

Shu Uemura - Ultim8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

Created to target global skin concerns, the ultim8 cleansing oil is something of the crème de la crème of cleansing oils. Its eight oils are infused with botanical ingredients to fight any of the skin concerns you may have, and shu uemura describe it as a “cashmere-like cocooning oil.”

I’ve tried two of shu’s cleansing oils so far  (the other was their A/O formula), and this one has been my favourite. Lighter than the A/O while still feeling comforting and a little weighty, I much prefer the scent of this one — and, of course, its cleansing powers don’t disappoint.

Shu Uemura Ultim8 Cleansing Oil Unmask Skin Purifier

As a blogger, one of the things I struggle with the most is getting super-pigmented swatches off of my forearms on swatch days. It doesn’t sound like much of a feat, but trust me: with very pale, dry skin, my arms pick up colour like crazy.

Cleansing oils aren’t my favourite way to remove makeup from my arms (you need a sink, and I’ve yet to find one that’s truly cost-effective), but when I have a lot of products to go through in very little time, the shu oils have been my go-to. Without even needing a cleansing cloth to scrub with, they remove product more quickly and gently than anything else I own — including bi-phase makeup removers and micellar waters!

Shu Uemura Unmask Skin Purifier - Ultim8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

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Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose | On Our Radar

Sunday, January 27, 2013

As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of the Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum (review here; seen also here and here). With key notes of violet and patchouli, it’s a dreamy, fresh-cut scent with a smooth, grounded base — particularly as a scent from a fashion house, this 2010 Olivier Polge creation always takes me by surprise.

Balenciaga L'Eau Rose

Balenciaga L’Eau Rose EdT, the second flanker in this line, comes out everywhere March 2013 (though it’s already available at Nordstrom). Described as a “sparkling violet fragrance” with notes of blackberry and musk, I’m a little concerned (does that not sound like your typical celeb perfume?), but I’m curious to smell this one in person!

[I’m a little less sold on the bottle, though — I feel almost as if the matte black top and airy rose base glass are a little too discordant, but think I’ll have to see if it fits the olfactory aesthetic first.]

Tips for Beauty Bloggers | Don’t forget about colour management!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Did you know that around 35% of computer users browse the internet on Chrome? And in some cases, of that 35%, exactly zero are viewing the same image that you spent so long getting internet-ready: Chrome doesn’t fully colour manage, and there’s no add-on or extension you can download to get it to do so.

Colour profiles

Above image: a Chrome-friendly rendition of YSL’s Spring creme blushers

Below image: what happened the first time I uploaded this image to theNotice!

There’s no perfect fix for this problem, I’m afraid, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Colour management lets users see more or less the same colours in an image despite differences in colour profiles, devices, etc., so when a fair few of your readers are seeing something totally different from what you’re seeing —

Well, you might want to double-check your colour settings when you save!

P.S. This is a great page for checking your browser for colour-management!

YSL Arty Stone (Spring Look 2013) | Collection Overview & Preview

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent Spring Look 2013

With a pretty serious cold (the kind of serious wherein the cold virus means business, not the kind where it glares grumpily at everything though that, too) and spotty sunlight at best, my progress photographing and testing out the new YSL Arty Stone collection is plodding along pretty slowly.

Here’s a collection overview to get you started — I’m most excited to test out the Rouge Pure Couture Vernis à Lèvres in Pêche Cerra-Colla, Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise Craquante, and the Crème de Blush formula. While I’m not much of a nail girl, La Laque Couture in both Jade Impérial and Bronze Pyrite will be coming up as well!

On counters this January & online now at Nordstrom, for those of you who’d rather not venture out into the cold.

YSL Arty Stone Spring 2013 preview

The inspiration

YSL Spring Look 2013 Arty Stone

Gems fascinate with their magnetic beauty and their mysterious power of attraction. The Spring Look 2013 is a palette of mineral and crystalline colors, inspired by the brilliance of precious stones.

“After an acid pop trend in 2012, the Spring Look 2013 is a return to calm. I wanted a palette of colours in halftones, pastel but intense, fresh and powdery, almost milky. To use as a play of harmonies for a chic Parisian look or contrasted to show-off a rock attitude.”

Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-up Yves Saint Laurent Beauté

The collection

YSL Y Facettes Eye Collector Palette - Pure Chromastics No 14, Face Collector Palette

Y Facettes Palettes

Face Collector Palette, limited edition ($70 CAN)

Eye Collector Palette (Pure Chromastics No. 14), limited edition ($74 CAN)

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Frosted Mint, Tasty Raspberry, Griotte Mocha

Volupté Sheer Candy ($38.00 CAN)

No. 11 Frosted Mint, limited edition UK exclusive

No. 12 Tasty Raspberry, new permanent shade

No. 13 Griotte Mocha, new permanent shade

YSL Rouge Pure Couture Vernis a Levres N-27, 28, 29, 30

Rouge Pure Couture Vernis à Lèvres ($34.00 CAN)

No. 27 Pêche Cerra-Colla, new permanent shade

No. 28 Grenat Acrylique, new permanent shade

No. 29 Rose Forreau, limited edition

No. 30 Mauve Fusain, limited edition

YSL Creme de Blush Red Agate, Baby Doll, Rose Quartz

Crème de Blush ($52.00 CAN)

No. 7 Rose Quartz, new permanent shade

No. 8 Red Agate, new permanent shade

No. 9 Baby Doll, new permanent shade

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