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Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné collection reviews, swatches, photos

Maison Kitsune for Shu Uemura Beauty Remix Smokey Eye and Cheek Palette review Indigo Plum

The collection: Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné (Holiday 2015) including the Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palettes in Indigo and Plum, and the Laque Sparklers in Fleur Shine, Persimmon Glow, and Plum Shimmer

Today’s review is a bit of a phone-in, because there are so many gorgeous products that I want to share with you guys, but I don’t want this post to get too long. It has a lot of gold and a lot of glitz, though, so I hope you enjoy!

shu uemura x maison kitsune collection review photos

To begin, I found some swatches of the Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palettes ($85 CAD) on my camera that I had totally forgotten about, and I just had to clean them up and post them. I wore both the Indigo Beauty Remix Palette and Plum Beauty Remix Palette in this makeup look, but honestly… I don’t think these ones are worth the $85.

shu maison kitxune beauty remix palette indigo swatches review

Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura Indigo Beauty Remix Palette swatches

shu kitsune remix palette plum swatches review

Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura Plum Beauty Remix Palette swatches

I really appreciate that the cost of these palettes hasn’t gone up in the past few years, but at $85, I just don’t think these two are worth the price. Both of them are still really well-formulated (Shu Uemura never disappoints), but there are four iridescent/glitter shades per palette, and they’re all pretty much interchangeable. They look different swatched, but when applied, the effect is very much the same.

All Shu Uemura palettes are priced as luxury items, but most of the time, you know what you’re getting. The neutral shu:palette, for instance, is $105 CAD, but it’s worth every penny. It has a great range of beautifully pigmented colours, and there’s only one glitter shade, so you’re paying for 16 eyeshadows and actually getting all 16.

shu maison kitsune taupe plum remix review swatches

I’m obsessed with this purple from the Plum palette, though. What a beauty!

shu maison kitsune laque sparkler review fleur shine

While I was testing the Shu’s holiday collection, I surprised myself by falling in love with Fleur Shine, a limited edition  Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura Laque Sparkler ($35 CAD) shade.

The Sparklers wore more evenly on me than their shimmer-free counterparts, and Shu actually managed to achieve a wet look with this shimmer — which is a difficult feat! Fleur Shine is hydrating and easy to wear, and it like the rest of the Laque Sparklers, it’s softly floral-scented and lasts for about three hours before I feel like I need to reapply.

The Sparkler formula is the same as the original (save for the added shimmer), so expect a little bit of staining from them. It has a thick, comfortable gloss finish that keeps your lip colour & glitter in place.

shu uemura laque sparkler plum shimmer swatch review

Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura Laque Sparkler in Fleur Shine swatched

shu uemura plum glitz nail review maison kitsune

Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura Nail Laquers in Plum Glitz and Indigo Glitz

If you’re a fan of Maison Kitsuné, I think the Shu x Maison Kitsuné Party Mixer Glitz Nail Enamels ($25 CAD) are worth checking out, too. I have both Plum Glitz and Indigo Glitz, and they are beautiful — dimensional and really eye-catching, with the most adorable fox decals on the packaging!

shu uemura nail enamel indigo glitz review maison kitsune

Also in the collection…

shu x maison kitsune review holiday 2015

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné Cleansing Oil for Hair ($56 CAD/$57 USDread my full review here)

Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil ($48 CADreview here)

Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69 CAD) — this one contains camellia oil, just like the Tatcha products that I reviewed on Tuesday!

shu uemura play & remix drawing pencil reviews

shu uemura play & remix drawing pencil silver gold plum

Play & Remix Drawing Pencil in M plum, G silver, and G gold ($28 CAD/each)

shu uemura tricolor in a blink lashes maison kitsune

Tricolor-in-a-Blink false lashes ($35 CAD)

shu uemura jewel fur for a wink lashes maison kitsune

Jewel-Fur-for-a-Wink false lashes ($35 CAD)

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Stage Performer Glow Creator in Pure Glow ($45 CAD; contains silicones but looks soooo pretty!)

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  • Zoe

    Those polishes look soooo pretty! Well everything is. Shu Uemura really knows how to put together a collection!

  • esharp1978

    The polishes are cute. I like the color story for the most part but I agree, it's overpriced on the shadows.
    My recent post Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume

    • Definitely! If you're gonna charge luxury prices, I think you should still have to deliver on those prices, you know? Like, their false lashes are pricier than most too, but they're really unique — you wouldn't be able to find them anywhere else.

  • Kat

    I don't know if it's me, or what, but recently most palettes only have like one or two colours that I really want to have…Like here I'd grab at the midnight blue and the lilac purple! But not the rest…
    The pencils look interesting though, not shades you usually see I supposed (which means YAY! for me, the weirdo)

    • I definitely feel that, Kat! I loved the lilac purple and that pink blush, but the other shades didn't drive me wild.

      And the pencils are super gorgeous! I'm not crazy about the Drawing Pencil formula (it's too fragile and draggy for my tastes), but I love how unique the colours are. The gold is buttery, not dark yellow, and the purple is totally matte — something that I feel doesn't happen enough for eyeliners in the violet family.

  • silvermoon3

    Huh. I see what you mean; the paler shades seem different but even swatched on your arm the lighter ones appear fairly interchangeable.

    Pretty lip gloss on you, but wouldn't entice me for the price, honestly.

    I, too, really like the eye pencil shades. Have been looking for a shimmery white-silver that's not sparkly, but subtle – and also not too subtle, haha! Figured it'd be my favoured UD liners in the shade Yeyo but it's shown as out of stock online at Sephora for ages… Maybe reformulation??

    But this Shu x Kitsuné might fit the bill. Wonder if they stay like the UD ones tend to?! And that plum… Oooh, pretty! Now am wondering if I could wear around eyes without the dreaded "No, I'm not sick!" Look developing?! :/

    Can't wait for your next posts, as always!

    ~Lisa

    • Yeah, I don't think I'd re-buy at that price. It would be a great option if you love Maison Kitsune, though, or if you had the cash to spoil yourself with.

      Hmm… I'd be surprised if they reformulated just the one shade. Are you looking for a pencil liner specifically, or any liner at all? The Annabelle Glitterama liner that I reviewed in (I think) January would totally fit the bill — it's shimmery and subtle, but not TOO subtle. It definitely still has impact.

      The trick to wearing red and plum liners is to create a bit of separation between the liner and the whites of your eyes! Just tightline your lashes in black and you should be set ;)

  • silvermoon3

    PS Umm… What's with the faux lashes with little French flags or whatever?! Seems not very wearable, even for holidays and parties?? Or am I just old and hopelessly uncool? Probably. :P

    • Hahaha nope, Shu just does wild false lashes when they put out a new release ;) I kind of like it — it's something that other companies RARELY do, and if you do a lot of really wild makeup, they'd be a huge asset to have in your kit. (Perfect for makeup artistry!)

      PS (unrelated to your PS) I have another two products on the way to help find the perfect one-and-done toy for you! I decided that the Leaf and Tango both had too many failings, so more reviews are coming. Hopefully one of these will be perfect!

  • silvermoon3

    Lol, no, I get the funky artistic lashes for editorial and similar uses… I just was thinking it didn't really "go" with the makeup, haha. But didn't know they always release fun n funkies w a makeup release. Fun!

    BTW, thanks so much for the suggestion of the Annabelle; I'll definitely go check it out! Girl, you're so prolific, I must have missed that one! Only Christine/Temptalia is busier, methinks (or as good, IMHO!). :)

    And YESSSS!! Bring ON those toy reviews! Sweet! You're amazing. <3 ya!! Cannot wait to read all about it.

    • Ah, my apologies! I can totally see what you mean, now — they are a weird pick for this collection! (I think the feathery ones totally fit, though.)

      Aww, that's really sweet of you to say! I actually think I update very sparsely for a beauty blogger, so it's nice to hear :P

  • Jayne Lim

    I think you have a good point in that both of these palettes have one or two shades that are MUST HAVE and the rest we can live without. Although I have been fairly pleased with most of Shu's palettes, I probably wouldn't purchase all of them at almost $100 each with taxes (though I really liked Plum!)

    • Thanks, Jayne! <3 (Plum looked GORGEOUS on you, by the way. I am so obsessed with your face right now :()