Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura

Sunday December 13, 2015 comments   

shu uemura logo for maison kitsune collaboration

Shu Uemura teamed up with Maison Kitsuné for this year’s holiday collection. While the collection itself at times made me go, “…hmmm,” the cheek and eye palette was too eye-catching for resistance. So I purchased it. Used a promo code for the free makeup bag which is really nice, sturdy, and fits a ton.

the maison kitsune plum palette
maison kitsune shu uemura plum palette
maison kitsune makeup bad from shu uemura

I have a lot to say about this palette and the collection as a whole. Some of the promo shoot photos are a bit… obnoxious. The east meets west concept just sort of washes over me at this point. But with that said if anyone was going to do it Maison Kitsuné at least makes sense. But man some of the official promo photos make me side-eye. There were much better Youtuber collaborations and blog posts that made this palette desirable and in the end the main makeup looks were what made me consider really buying the palette.

I especially loved this look below.

maison kitsune shu uemura promo image

The Plum Eye & Cheek Palette looks very colorful but I’m here to tell you it’s extremely sheer. I don’t wear bold colors outside of neutral tones very often. I was surprised by just how wearable these shades are. They’re sheer especially when using fiber brushes. If you want more of the pigment you’ll need to use the sponge applicator provided or your finger…

The top 3 shades in wine and plum are the most pigmented and go on easily with a fiber eyeshadow brush. The rest of the eyeshadows are varying forms of glitter. The silver and gold are shimmery glitter. If you’ve gotten these colors in past holiday palettes they do not compare. These are just glitters, with sheer pigments. The pink and orange are big chunky glitters that you’ll need to use something more sturdy to really pack them on. And yes, there is fall-out. A lot of it. I have glitter on my upper cheeks still from packing on the pink yesterday even with an eyeshadow base.

The blush is one of the nicest shades of orange I’ve ever used. I had tossed all my old orange blushes because they washed me out. But this one doesn’t. It works more like an orangey bronzer. I was pleasantly surprised! The eye colors really do compliment the blush shade. It’s a fun take on what was my everyday look of neutral neutral neutral.

The formula is much different than past palettes. I had 2013’s Shu Uemura x Takashi Murakami palette which was creamier in texture and much more pigmented than this year’s. And I had the infamous 2010 Aya Takano x Shu Uemura collection which, hands down, was the best formula of shadows and blushes I’ve ever owned.

All-in-all I’m happy with my purchase! I like the color choices and the easily wearable looks I can get from the palette. It feels more future-forward than a lot of the other popular palettes out there this holiday season and it’s a fun to wear. Plus deep down I’ll always be a sucker for anything paris-tokyo mashup (gamine style for life.) The formula could have been better or the price less. I probably won’t be purchasing another of Shu Uemura’s palettes for a few years. I keep finding that they don’t work with any other brushes but their own and the formulas keep having a low-quality feel to them.

I was hoping to take some photos of the palette on but I’ve been very sick lately. I just wanted to get these up and my thoughts about it out since I took the photos in early November. It’s long overdue.


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A Few Favorite Cheap Makeup Brushes

Thursday November 05, 2015 comments   

I had Labor Day off and I took the time to catch up on sorting through my current lot of brushes while giving them all a full clean. I decided to part with some while others I realized how happy I’ve been with them and wanted to share.

makeup brushes

ELF face brush

First up this elf cosmetics complexion brush. I bought it while visiting family this summer to go with a bronzer I picked up while there. I just needed something to hold me over until I could use my IT Cosmetics face brush. Well, to my surprise, I found myself reaching for this a lot even after getting home. It’s really nice for applying bronzer, highlight, face powder, anything. I hadn’t planned on keeping it but I really like it for travel and for using when I want to apply a heavy bronzer look.

Morphe makeup brushes

I posted on Instagram when I ordered a bunch of Morphe brushes after finding recommendations on YouTube. These 3 were instant stand-outs.

The G14 oval shadow brush is fantastic. I use it mostly as my eyeshadow base brush or if I’m only applying a single color. It’s large and soft and does a good job of both aplying color and blending out the edges a bit while you apply. It was my immediate favorite.

The G17 blender brush I like for blending my concealer. It didn’t do much on my eyes. My lids are very plump and textured hoods. I need something harder for blending eyeshadow. But for concealer this has been fantastic for airbrushing over zits and blending out around the under eyes and nose.

Lastly the M500 is a nice versatile face brush. I got it because the shape reminded me of my Paul and Joe travel blush brush which I love. It’s a bit softer and thinner than that though. It does a great job with bronzer when you want to slowly build up color (office look) and I use it for highlighter and blush as well. It’s for soft application. I use it every day I do makeup now. It works really well for me as winter approaches and I’m grower ever paler. I can easily apply too much color as I transition to vampire pale

small Sephora blush brush

This thing is what I use for contouring. Sephora’s Classic Mini Multitasker. I went through so many brushes looking for one to do my contour just right and this has been it ever since I ordered it on sale months ago. Contouring on pale skin leaves very little room for mistakes. Angle brushes often cut “outside the lines” when I used them (I had to be too precise.) The soft medium stiff round brush here was perfect. It runs $14 full price but I got it for $6.99. Hopefully it goes on sale often.

That’s it for now. I have a few others that I only sort of like or am still experimenting with. A few eco tools brushes and a new elf mini blender brush for eyeshadow.


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