The 60s were all about expressing creative freedom, and nowhere was that more evident than with eye makeup. The limited edition shu uemura triplecolor eye shadow refills with their trio of shades, each channel that retro vibe: 2 main colours (one metallic and the other pearl), and an accent (glitter). Each refill offers so many colour combinations at your disposal – metallic + pearl/metallic + accent/pearl + metallic + accent/all 3 swirled together – that releasing your inner Andy Warhol will be a piece of cake. Or a soup can. *insert lame attempt at an art reference here*
Note that the refills in this post are being shown in the limited edition ‘fuchsia-fusion’ custom palette (which will be reviewed in more detail in an upcoming post).
shu uemura – limited edition fuchsia-fusion palette (in full sun to show the glistening effect)
shu uemura – limited edition fuchsia-fusion palette
shu uemura – limited edition fuchsia-fusion palette (opened & ready to be customized)
shu uemura – triplecolor eye shadow refill in gypsy brown (top) & allure mauve (both limited edition)
shu uemura – triplecolor eye shadow refill in gypsy brown (left) & allure mauve (both limited edition)
allure mauve – limited edition (CAN $42.00) – From left to right: an icy baby pink (main shade/pearl finish), deep amethyst (main shade/metallic), and an iridescent white (accent/glitter). This trio is definitely cooler toned, although I find the darkest hue to be flexible enough colour-wise to be worn by all skin types.
There was some fallout experienced with the accent shade – that one is best applied by patting on and can be either worn over the other shades to add some extra dimension & sparkle, or used as a highlighter (brow bone, inner eye, even tops of cheeks – but be warned that it is quite glittery). The powder on the other two shades was extremely finely milled, and while I had some kick-back when I swirled my brush through the shades, that’s easily solved by tapping your brush first to remove any excess. The deepest colour of the three, also naturally yielded the highest pigmentation, and blended so incredibly smoothly.
shu uemura – allure mauve (in sunlight)
shu uemura – allure mauve (indirect light)
gypsy brown – limited edition (CAN $42.00) – From left to right: shimmering lemon yellow (main colour/pearl finish), rich earthen brown (main colour/metallic), and a brilliant ivory (accent/glitter). Of the two trios, gypsy brown is definitely warmer-leaning, although the selection of shades as well as their pigmentation levels means that they can easily be worn by all skin tones.
As with allure mauve, there was fallout experienced with the accent shade and even though I noticed some powdery kickback with the other two colours, they still applied effortlessly and blended like a dream. There’s this beautiful iridescence seen in the 2 darker shades of this trio, that lends them such depth.
shu uemura – gypsy brown (in sunlight)
shu uemura – gypsy brown (indirect light)
shu uemura – allure mauve (left) & gypsy brown in the LE fuchsia-fusion palette
I was surprised to find that it was relatively easy to pick up each shade individually, but be warned that you need to use small-headed brushes for the job as the swirled surface pattern doesn’t give you much elbow room. There could also be some “cross-pollination” of colour (easily remedied by blowing upon the surface to clear any debris) as a result of the powdery texture – something to be aware of as well. I loved discovering the many layering options with each trio and seeing how easy it was to created a “gradient” eye thanks to these finely milled powders. The glittery shades in both trios, are quite sheer – a plus in my book, as it means you can wear them without looking like you’ve gone overboard.
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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration