REVIEW: Mika Ninagawa for Shu Uemura
Hello from Blue Mountains, Australia!
This is an extremely late feature of the latest collection from Shu Uemura which was recently launched on 1 May in Singapore. This collection is a collaboration between Shu Uemura and renowned photographer/film maker Mika Ninagawa. She created this collection to be mysterious and enchanting, where she lets her imagination run wild with striking colors, butterflies and flowers.
I was very fortunate to be invited to one of the most fun and interesting event I’ve ever attended. The theme was a whimsical, magical carnival smacked in the middle of an enchanted forest. We were first introduced to the collection and then given “Shu Dollars” to spend at the carnival and win prizes while we play. Here are some snippets of the event:
This collection consists of Cleansing Oil, UV Under base mousse, eyeshadow spiral duo (New), tint in gelato (New), compact powder, nail stickers and eyelashes.
POREraser UV under base mousse
This is the famed mousse base with pore erasing properties. It is formulated to provide a soft focus effect to make the skin appear smooth and pore-less. It also has pretty good oil control and shine control properties and works very well as a makeup base and primer to allow makeup to last longer. I find this slightly drying when used on my normal to dry skin so I only use it on my nose where I have some visible pores and it works wonderfully to blur my pores and keeps my nose shine free all day. Yup, I do get a little bit of oil around my nose… just a little but it’s enough to “dissolve” some foundation like my favourite YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation which does not have very good lasting power. This POREraser works really well to hold the foundation in tact all day.
I would rate this A based on my experience so far. This is available for $65.
Mika for Shu Dual Fit Pressed Powder Compact
This is a beautiful limited edition compact case for the well-loved dual compact powder which is silky smooth and perfect for on-the-go touch ups. Personally, I never bring any compact powder with me for touch ups since I almost never ever require any touching up – thanks to my lack of sebum production 🙂 But I do find this compact of the perfect size for the makeup bag. It is light, compact and has a nice big mirror. My only issue with it is that it’s a little too “plastic” for my liking. I am paranoid about dropping my compacts or throwing my bag around and having the plastic chip off the corners.
If you however already use the compact powder, I would recommend getting this just because it is limited edition 🙂 The case is going for just $20.
Eyeshadow Spiral Duo
Yup! You guessed it, the spiral pattern of the eyeshadow duos were inspired by the lollies, in line with the colourful, enchanting theme of the collection. There are 2 duos available, one with orange and pink eyeshadows and another with champagne and brown eyeshadow as shown above. The colours of this duo is pretty good for a simple eye look where you can use the brown as an all over lid colour and then deepen the crease with the darker brown swirl. Finish off the look with the champagne shade as a brow bone and inner corner highlight.
Though the colours are pretty and very practical, I was slightly disappointed with the pigmentation. The swatch above was done heavily with multiple passes because the colours are very sheer. Perhaps this could be because the brown shade is a little too similar to my skintone? Just maybe…. The packaging was also pretty filmsy which makes it seem as if it might break with frequent opening and closing of the lid.
I would rate this a B-. It is available for $55.
L to R: AT01; CR02
Tint In Gelato
This is probably the most popular item from the entire Mika for Shu collection. These can be used on both the cheeks and lips. They are very pigmented creams/tints that come in a lipgloss-like packaging with a nice heartshaped doffer applicator. There are 12 shades in the collection and these are meant to provide you with soft flushed cheeks and dewy stained lips.
I have yet to try them on my cheeks but I have since worn AT01 out on several occasions. Will post a LOTD soon. As for texture, I find these to be very similar to the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in that it gives a velvety finish. CR02 was not a good colour for my lips as it accentuated the lines and caused my lips to peel a little. AT01 on the other hand was a pretty lovely red that glided on so smoothly and had no problems with drying out my lips whatsoever. The product did however sit into the lines after a couple hours of wear but that is easily fixed by blending it out with my fingers.
I would rate this an B+ Along with this collection, Shu Uemura also launched a new set of pencil eyeliners called Drawing Pencils. because whilst AT01 worked well, CR02 did not and I guess it’s a little of a hit and miss for me. It’s available at $38.
The event was made better with these ladies: Sarah, Michelle and Sophia. Check out their blogs for more beauty reading.. all amazing bloggers 🙂
Remember I mentioned above that there were carnival games? Here’s some of the prizes we won from the game stations 😉 Kudos to Michelle for being the lucky girl at “Spin The Wheel” hehe..
Overall Thoughts on the collection:
I think it’s a really fun and vibrant collection for the vanity. The Tint-In-Gelatos are really nice so do pick a couple up since they are multi-purpose. They are available at all Shu Uemura counters so check them out. Psst.. Did you know that Shu Uemura has a counter at Sephora now? That means you can utilise your White Card discounts when you purchase there. 😉
Was going to continue with the drawing pencils but because I love them so much, I have decided to dedicate a whole post to those instead. 🙂