Love Colour And Sparkle? Wong Kar Wai for shu uemura burning in water palette Is For You.

Forget neutrals and golds for the holidays, shu uemura’s idea of holiday makeup is bold hues with lots of sparkle. There is nothing safe or classic about this holiday collection called rouge et bleu, a collaboration with movie director Wong Kar Wai.  By the way, the inspiration of the collection is a short film called ‘Mask’, and will be released on October 18.  For now, you can watch the trailer on the shu uemura website.

burning in water ($85) is one of two beautiful eye and cheek palettes in the collection. It contains four eyeshadows, two blushes, one double ended sponge applicator and one double ended brushes.  Both the powders and creams are very smooth and give excellent colour payoff.

shu uemura burning in water palette

The cover of the palette is a cool hologram of the eye makeup from the promo images.  Here’s a short video since it was difficult to photograph:

shu uemura burning in water palette – cover artwork

Cool, eh?  Now, how about some swatches?

shu uemura burning in water palette swatches (natural light, no flash)

shu uemura burning in water palette swatches (with flash)

Delicious, right?  As much as I love all these colours though, I wish they switched up the texture with a matte eyeshadow shade.

shu uemura burning in water palette

The cream cheek colour reminds me of Giorgio Armani’s cream blushes; they blend easily and dry to a powder finish.  The powder cheek colour is a light beige with slight shimmer, which would make a stunning cheek highlight.  I do wish the cheek colours come in bigger pans so I can fit a blush brush in there.

shu uemura burning in water palette – box

Is It Too Bold For Holiday, Or Just Right?

What do you think? Do you tend to favour the safe classics of golds and reds for holiday collections, or do you like the bright colours from this palette?

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  • Danielle

    O-M- Gorgeous! Stunning for the holidays! If I knew I would wear the blues more I would totally get it. But alas, I’m not much a blue eyeshadow gal. Though, these look much more wearable than other blues I usually see!

    • Aww really? Blues would look awesome against your brown (?) eyes. I dig blues on my eyes, just maybe not in huge quantities. 🙂

      • Danielle

        Yes, brown eyes 😉
        I should try it more. I just don’t like blues that are too pigmented and more like Miss Piggy than like Miss Has A Day Job xD

  • I love that dark blue! I realize that I might look like Mimi from Drew Carey with it on but I still think it’s pretty on its own. This is a really nice departure from season faves. Always nice to try something new once in a while. It sure has enough sparkle to justify the holidays, no?

  • Sure is different for a holiday palette! Kind of wish that the navy was a matte, but I likey!

    • Oooh a matte navy would be HOT. Good thinking Tracy! 😉

  • I must hustle to the Shu counter, no doubt about it!!

    • Hahaha you likey eh? 🙂 The glitter is pretty awesome. No fallout!

  • Woww!!! The colours are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I can’t wait to see a look using this palette!

    • I hope to do two looks: 1 wearable and 1 absolutely ridiculous with this palette. 🙂 Crossing my fingers to get some time this weekend.

  • While I do think red and gold for holidays are class all the way (gold shadow, black winged liner, bold red lip….come on December!), I always tend to prefer blue and white decor. I’m totally on board with the colors individually for the holidays but I do wonder about putting blues and reds in one look. Can’t wait to see what you come up with to see it in action.

    • Oooh blue and white is gorgeous!!!

  • The colors are interesting, to be sure. But I have absolutely no idea how i’d wear them!

  • I LOVE Wong Kar Wai – I NEED this! Awesome as the only thing I ever owned from Shu Uemura was the famous lash curler!

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  • OMG! You’re on my twitter feed but I didn’t even know how or what…but I never checked out your beauty blog till today! Wowweee!!! So far, first impressions, love your piccies and swatches!!!! And love your clean layout!!

    • Thank you Ling! Welcome 🙂

  • makeup is too fun to play it safe!! i loove the dark water color blue, i’d wear that all day long!

    • I totally agree with you Jenny Sue. Life is too short to wear boring makeup. 😉

  • This is a stunning palette, but just too bright for me personally. Beautiful swatches!