shu:palette review, swatches, photos | A shu uemura eyeshadow palette made just for Asian eyes

shu uemura shu-palette review photos - 16 neutral eyeshadows

The product: shu:palette pressed eyeshadow palette

The palette: What makes the shu:palette special is that, unlike almost everything else available here, all 16 eyeshadows included in it have been specifically selected to work well on Asian skintones, which is — I mean, pretty darn exciting. (Plus, all of the application suggestions are designed to accent monolids, not disguise them!)

shu palette eyeshadow review

Included double-sided synthetic brush

The eyeshadows: I was very, very happy with the formulas here, as always. Yes, shu products are rather pricey, but you always get what you pay for — which is more than I can say for some other brands (ahem, MAC).

That said, I wish there were more light/medium shades in here. For some reason, it contains six highlighters, which seems a little excessive to me? Like, they’re all great, but… that’s a lot of highlighters in one palette.

Top row

shu palette swatches review shu uemura neutrals

shu:palette top row swatches – indirect sunlight; over primer

G beige 821 – A sparkling, transparent yellow gold glitter. (I do love the way shu uemura does their glitter eyeshadows — they’re wonderfully flaky and sparkly.)

M soft beige 814 – A sheer yellow nude; great for neutralizing any lid redness.

ME light beige 825 – A beautiful, peachy metallic shade.

ME medium brown 856 – Taupe lovers, unite! This is a gorgeously buttery taupe with a warm red base and a cool silver sheen. The more of this you apply, the cooler it will look (and vice-versa).

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shu:palette top row swatches – indirect sunlight; over primer

M soft brown 851 – Matte camel brown. (The texture of this one is just fantastic.) Not too warm, not to cool.

ME medium brown 862 – Metallic copper. Simple, but lovely!

IR light beige 811 – Medium-pigmented butter yellow frost.

IR dark blue 690 – Functionally, this one reads as a cold, satin-matte black — not a dark teal, as it appears in the pan.

shu uemura neutral eyeshadow palette review photos

Synthetic double sided brush (included). This is the point/liner end.

Bottom row

M light beige 813 – Matte bone shade with sparse microshimmer for depth (reads as a medium-sheer matte white.)

P soft beige 823 – A very pretty, sheer shimmer with a very fine particle size. Can lean either pink or yellow, depending on the light. I’m quite fond of this one!

S light beige 815 – Creamy, satin-finish light beige.

P light beige 822 – Peachy and medium-sheer with very fine, uniform shimmer.

shu palette swatches for asian eyes

shu:palette bottom row swatches – indirect sunlight; over primer

P medium brown 875 – Warm (orange, not red) brown with distinct gold shimmer and an absolutely gorgeous texture. (You can really see the gold shimmer in the swatches below).

M dark brown 895 – Dry matte brown with very good pigmentation. This one is actually very neutral/cool, and doesn’t warm up as it sheers out (which is a rare find!)

ME medium olive 471 – Cool grey with a strong metallic finish and green (!) undertones.

M black 990 – A very, very neutral, dry black. Good pigmentation, but not the blackest black to ever black.

shu palette swatches review 16 neutrals

shu:palette bottom row swatches – indirect sunlight; over primer

shu eyeshadow palette for asian eyes review

The verdict?

It took me a horrifyingly long time to test each and every one of these shades to finish my review, but if you can still get your hands on this palette, do. Each and every one of these eyeshadows is up to snuff, and with 16 full-sized pans, you’re only paying $6.56 per eyeshadow — which is less than a lot of drugstore eyeshadows out there, and far less than shu’s usual $19 CAD price tag.

The only thing that I’d change? I’d love to see a version 2.0 with more light-medium shades!

Availability: $105 CAD at shu uemura counters in Holt Renfrew.

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  • Thanks so much for this review, the shades are all crazy gorgeous! <3 These really are 'my' kind of colors, love the look of the whole palette. I doubt it's available here though. Otherwise I'd be VERY tempted.
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  • There are a lot of highlighters indeed. The concept of this palette is great though – made for Asian skintones – that's fantastic :-)

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  • lulle79

    The finishes look fantastic. Not overly frosty but some nice shimmers and mattes that look buttery soft. I'm sure they look very flattering on the lids.
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    • Yes!! Shu Uemura do the best mix of finishes — the mattes always just melt into the lid, and the shimmers hit just the right balance between glossy and pearlescent.

  • Caroline

    Hi! Do you know if these shades are available separate?

    • I don't believe so, but I do have the individual shades listed (so you can search for them individually!) Their eyeshadow availability really tends to vary by country, so it's possible that they'll be available where you are!

  • ugh, I had just put this out of my head, and now you go and put it back there again, Rae. Why. Why would you do that?? I don't even know if it is still available on Shu's US site. Off to look.
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    • Hahahaha oh god Larie I'm so sorry

      (Also not sorry?? For reasons of pretty, of course.)

  • Leticia

    This palette looks gorgeous! I love all of those pretty neutrals.
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  • The colours look gorgeous, and makes a very tempting present to a great Asian skin toned person I know (ahem self). I agree that the number of highlight shades in this palette is excessive- always wonder at how there are always far too many highlight shades in palettes in general.n

    • So so so many! I was helping a friend of mine look for a matte eyeshadow palette the other day, and I noticed the same phenomenon in almost everything we looked at. (She ended up with the #tartelette palette, which looked really nice.) It's such a weird thing to encounter, when you really stop to think about it!

  • Alison

    I have this palette, and it's the only warm toned palette I own. Everything else I have is cool (unless it is green) but for some reason this palette works on my pale olive skin. I looked at every swatch on the internet before buying, but yours are the best. Thank you.

    • It's the whole "catered to Asian skintones thing," I bet! I find that these shades are a bit of a warm/cool mix, but all of the undertones play nicely with olive skintones.

      Thank you, lovely. I'm so glad that you like your shu:palette. <3 <3

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