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.

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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!

karl x shu rouge unlimited lipsticks

karl x shu lipstick box packaging

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shu uemura rouge unlimited lipstick ingredients (click to expand)

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10 Responses to “Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura | Mon Shu Rouge Unlimited Lipstick reviews, photos, swatches”

  1. I got the same exact shades! :) Which one is your favorite?
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  2. Luxe Burgundy, hands down! Which one's your favourite, Carina? :)

  3. Celebrity Beige looks really pink! I love the shade on you Rae!
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  4. You make basically any lip product look amazing, Rae. Luxe Burgundy is definitely my favourite of the three though!
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  5. Does not matter, all shades look good on you. You and your cute face, sigh.

  6. It was a lot more pink than I was expecting! It has a really good balance of both pink and peach, if you ask me — the makings of all great nude lip shades ;)

  7. Haha, thank you, my dear :p It's my favourite, too!

  8. Pfft. You're one to talk, Kelly! Your face is practically the poster child for cute. :D

  9. Toss up between Luxe Burgundy and Celebrity Beige! :)
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  10. toyarosie, on February 3rd, 2013 at 7:09 am said:

    Definitely loving that these are scent-free, Rae! I have one of the old twist-up Shu's that I got in a swap (so cute!), and I suspect the shimmer in it is similar to what you're describing here. I don't mind it but I find it can take away from the opacity of a lipstick, which is typically what I go for. However, Luxe Burgundy looks lovely!
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