Shu Uemura Shu:Palette Edition 1 for Spring 2015

Shu Uemura Shu Palette Close Up

This spring, Shu Uemura will introduce Shu:Palette (Edition 1), an eyeshadow compact with 16 neutral colours.

Comprising existing shades, it doesn’t have a single limited-edition hue. That said, the choice of colours—albeit a tad tired—is complementary and undeniably useful for natural to smokey eye looks. They aren’t soul-stirring but I appreciate the composition of different textures to give dimension. It’s Urban Decay Naked all over again but with fewer shimmery shades.

Shu Uemura Shu Palette Edition 1 Swatches

The swatches are named according to their placement in the palette; just picture my arm rotated to the left! ;)

Top row, from left to right: Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadows in G Beige 821, M Soft Beige 814, ME Light Beige 825, ME Medium Brown 856, M Soft Brown 851Medium Brown 862, IR Light Beige 811, IR Dark Blue 690

Bottom row, from left to right: Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadows in M Light Beige 813, P Soft Beige 823, S Light Beige 815, P Light Beige 822, P Medium Brown 875, M Dark Brown 895, ME Medium Olive 471, M Black 990

The Shu Uemura eyeshadow code, for your reference:

G: glitter
IR: Iridescent
M: matte
ME: metallic
P: pearl
S: shimmer

As with the regular eye colours in their permanent range, these are made in Korea. Do note that the shadows aren’t easily removable from this ready-made palette – you’ll have to pry them out if you’d like to replace them.

Shu Uemura Shu Palette Edition 1

The compact comes with a dual-ended synthetic brush that’s quite functional. Its synthetic make is unusual, given Shu’s fame for natural-fibre brushes…but necessary, for the brand to market this palette in China – apparently it would take forever for the authorities to approve the palette for sale if it held a natural-hair brush. I’m not sure if the brush is manufactured in Korea or Japan, though I’m fairly certain it’s not made in China.

At S$160 for 16 colours, you’re paying S$10 for each full-sized pan, minus the cost of the palette and the brush. Shu Uemura eyeshadow refills are S$22 here, so you’ll be saving close to S$200! If I didn’t already have several of the shades, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it.

Shu Uemura Shu Palette and Box

The first of its kind, the brand plans to release a similar artist palette each year from now. I hope that the future palette editions would offer rainbow selections. ;)

Shu Uemura Shu Palette Open

In Singapore, this limited-edition palette will be available from March 2015.

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