Some items from shu uemura Chocolat-Donna Collection
I’m really surprised that shu uemura Chocolat-Donna Collection is the first chocolate-inspired makeup collection I’ve come across. As a whole I think all this collection is very well executed; the gorgeous shades and stellar formulas make this collection a winner in my books.
The Choco-lash False Eyelashes ($32) are hilarious. If somebody groomed a brown kitty and refashioned the furs into half lash strips, these false lashes are exactly what you’d get. This pair calls for a full-on cray cray look (challenge accepted!).
shu uemura False Eyelashes in Choco-lash
The Nail Colors in Dark Chocolate and Icing Glitter ($20 each) suit their names perfectly. Dark Chocolate is a creme finish dark, slightly cool brown. It is thicker and more gloopy than other cremes I’ve tried. Icing Glitter contains gold and silver glitter, and is great for layering. You can really appreciate the combination under direct sunlight.
shu uemura Nail Colors in Dark Chocolate and Icing Glitter
shu uemura Nail Colors in Dark Chocolate and Icing Glitter swatches
I’ve forgotten all about this amazing blush formula (see another shade and review here). Glow On in Framboisier and Apricot ($21.50) both get top marks in pigmentation, finish and application. These berry pink and pale orange shades illuminate the cheeks with a beautiful glow and blend in seamlessly. These two are great basic shades to have in your personal makeup collection. The blushes can fit into the eyeshadow palettes below; they are 3 eyeshadows wide.
shu uemura Glow On in Framboisier and Apricot
shu uemura Glow On in Framboisier and Apricot swatches
shu uemura Eye Shadow Palette in Mint & Vanilla ($85) contains sparkling gold, sparkling mint green, matte light mint green, pearl dark beige, matte light earth brown and creamy dark brown. The darkest shade is identically to the one in the Orange & Pistachio palette. The gold design is an overspray and goes away after one use. To me this palette suits a pale, cool skin tone. Those who look great in pastels will probably like this palette. Two glitter shades might be a bit overkill, though. The four neutral shades make a great everyday eyeshadows. Absolutely no issues with the regular eyeshadows, but the glitters tend to go all over the place without a proper sticky base. Try a cream eyeshadow or a tacky glitter primer to keep them on your eyes and not on your cheeks.
shu uemura Eye Shadow Palette in Mint & Vanilla
shu uemura Eye Shadow Palette in Mint & Vanilla swatches
shu uemura Eyeshadow Palette in Orange & Pistachio ($85) contains sparkling copper, pearl pistachio green, pearl cream beige, pearl light reddish plum, matte earth brown and creamy dark brown. The darkest shade is identically to the one in the Mint & Vanilla palette. The gold design is an overspray and goes away after one use. This is my favourite palette of the two. The orange glitter shade is wicked and multi-dimensional; purple and green flecks make it such an interesting shade. The shades are perfectly pigmented and easy to work with, but make sure to layer the glitter over a cream or tacky primer to avoid fallout. Again, the four neutral shades are great for everyday use. You need this.
shu uemura Eye Shadow Palette in Orange & Pistachio
shu uemura Eye Shadow Palette in Orange & Pistachio swatches
As for my picks from the collection, you can’t go wrong with any (or all) of the eye shadow palettes and Glow On blushes. I am really impressed with these products, and because the eye palettes are refillable, you are free to pop in a blush to replace 3 eyeshadows. Wouldn’t that be great to take in your bag for touch-ups?
shu uemura Chocolat-Donna is available now at Holt Renfrew.