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Spring Collecton 2009: Shu Uemura Mirage Collection

You won’t hear me ranting about dark colors and unusual shades when you see the new Shu Uemura Mirage Collection for Spring 2009.

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Spring is an unusual time for cosmetics and you never know quite what you’ll get when new collections launch. Ideally I love softer, pastel shades for the Spring however that’s doesn’t always happen and sometimes bolder comes into play. However, this year I couldn’t be more excited about the Shu Uemura Mirage Collection which contains an array of softer colors that are most flattering to embrace the warmer weather when it breaks through the bleakness of Winter.

The collection is launching in Japan as of January 23rd however it’s arrival is already gracing the pages of Evil-bay! I got these images mailed to me this morning from an E-bayer whom already has a majority of the collection, at ridiculously jacked up prices, available for sale.

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The collection includes four liner pencils in an array of softer, delicate shades such as pastel pink and purple. Also releasing are two limited edition eyeshadow trios which I’m quite excited about considering I haven’t seen a release of trios such as this since I picked up some released with the Shu Uemura Prism Collection. Also included are three new Glow On duos which include two contrasting shades of blush and finally a limited edition lip duo!

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Whether the US will see any of these releases remains to be seen but at the moment it will release shortly in Japan to what the Muse expects to be great excitement as the collection is quite stunning.

All in all I can’t help but feel very Easter-like about the entire collection. Don’t get me wrong it’s extremely appealing but the shades remind me of fluffy yellow baby chicks and pastel dyed eggs……

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Now is a great time to stock up on the Holiday Collection or staples at 20% Off!

Happy Shopping!

Be sure to stop back and tell me what you haul! The Muse is thinking of a few items she needs! Tell ya later about ‘em!

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Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup Review

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Shu Uemura Instinct Collection has my heart for the upcoming Fall season. The palettes in particular are so versatile and unique you can’t help but fall in love and lust with them!

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I’ve been testing out some of the Shu Uemura Instinct Collection this week and I’m excited to finally tell you all about. I did a look a day for the past week using the shadow duos and I can probably get a week more of different looks from them. The palettes are interesting little pieces that you can get a nice array of eye looks from. You’d think two colors wouldn’t offer much in the way of variety but in fact they do indeed offer a good deal of selection.

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Each palette consists of a heavily pigmented powder shade and a cream base which doubles up as a liner. The powders are extra silky and have a similar consistency to many popular Japanese eye shadows I’ve come across which is a cross between a cream and a shadow. The texture is wicked smooth and blends extremely well. Pigmentation is amazing, simply amazing even better than a MAC shadow. The finish is cross between a stunning shimmer and a beautiful metallic.

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The cream base is smooth and creamy. The cream base can work as a prep for your shadow or as a liner. I was very impressed with how easy it was to blend these onto my lid. I normally hate using MAC paint pots or any cream shadows in general as you may have read in my prior posts however this particular base has just the right consistency to create a sheer layer that you can build up without fearing the shadow will dry before you can put your second coat on. The base adheres wonderfully to the eye and allows a perfect prep for the shadow. It allows the shadow to glide effortlessly onto the eye while preventing major fall out plus it deepens the powder shadow and morphs the color lending an air of mystery to the color. I noticed the base intensifies the shadow in a particularly beautiful way.

I’m partial to these new duos because as I mentioned above I love how versatile they are. I can easily get several looks from two shadows.

Some looks you might attempt with your own palette:

Eye Look 1: Cream Shadow on Lid
Creates an air of mystery and a uniquely goth look that’s both elegant and fun.

Eye Look 2: Powder Shadow on Lid
Beautifully rich and pigmented color on the lid creates a beautiful daytime and evening look for Fall!

Eye Look 3: Powder Shadow on Lid plus Line bottom and lower lash line with Cream Shadow
A great evening look for eyes!

Eye Look 4: Prep lid with Cream Shadow and Blend Powder Shadow onto lid!
This morphs the color of the shadow and deepens it allowing the look to go from simple to stunning!

Eye Look 5: Powder Shadow on Lid and Cream Shadow Used as a Liner on lower lash liner!
This opens the eye up and gives a simple yet unique look to your eyes!

Looks I created using the Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Collection:

Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mystifier (Cream Base with Powder Shadow Layered on Top)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Pulse
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Brown Dazzle
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Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mesmerizer (Powder Shadow on lid and cream shadow used as a liner on upper lash line)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Pulse
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Brown Dazzle
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Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mystifier (Powder Shadow on lid and Cream Base used as a liner on lower lash line)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Lust
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Brown Dazzle
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Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mesmerizer (Cream Base with Powder Shadow Layered on Top)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Lust
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Crimson Dazzle
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These are just some of the ways I’ve used my palette this week and I must say I’m duly impressed with the many looks I’ve created with it so far.

The two palettes I tried out were Mystifier and Mesmerizer. Out of the two Mesmerizer was my favorite which is a beautiful blend of purples. Mystifier contains a hunter green cream base and a beautiful brassy bronze shadow.

As for the blushes in this collection I really love Shu’s Glow On Blushes and I’m particularly pleased with the two shades released with the Instinct Collection. The colors are both very pretty peach shades which offer cheeks a warmth for the Fall season. Each shade goes extremely well with the eye palette duos and offer the perfect contrast of color to cheeks against the back drop of such an intense eye look. I got both Lust and Pulse. I was slightly worried about Lust as it appears quite sheer and chalky but I quickly realized it would soon become my favorite of the two colors. Lust is actually quite a natural peach that gave my cheeks just a hint of color without overpowering the rest of my look. Pulse is a deeper shade of peach and offers a bit more pop when compared to Lust but still remains quite natural. Both are truly gorgeous shades. Each blush is embellished with a shimmering gold floral design which quickly disappears with one swipe of the brush! Le sigh! Oh well all good things must one day come to an end I guess!

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Now another favorite piece for me in Shu Uemura Instinct Collection were undoubtfully the Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine. I’ve tried these previously and was quite excited about them but I must say that the colors I tried were nothing like the two shades released with Shu’s Instinct Collection!

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The shades are Crimson Dazzle and Brown Dazzle. Now the formula is outstanding! It simply glides on leaving pigmented, moisturizing lip color behind. It’s like having a gloss and lipstick all in one tube! You can wear gloss on top for a bit of extra pop but the finish has enough of a shiny, glossy look to it that you may just want to skip on the gloss. Beautiful! Crimson Dazzle is particularly beautiful with touches of both red and a little tinge of orange and faint traces of golden shimmer. Brown Dazzle is just as nice with similar traces of tiny gold shimmer and deep, off chocolate coloring. Each shade is truly flattering for the Fall.

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I had so much fun creating different looks with the entire collection. I can’t help but label the Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup Collection another favorite of mine for the upcoming Fall season!

With touches of brown, peach, and popping shades of shadow it’s a unique selection and combination of colors that no other collection has yet duplicated this season.

Instinct is made up of several other pieces that I do not have available to review for you sadly but I see myself buying more of the collection soon so keep your eyes peeled for another review shortly! Click on over to Shu’s site for a visit and a peek at the Shu Uemura Instinct Collection as there are several other awesome items that are part of this Muse Approved collection!

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I love this one and I see myself making proper use of it all season long!

Tried any of the Shu Uemura Instinct Collection?

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Check out some other great Fall Collections reviewed by the Muse!

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Clinique Modern Matte Sneak Peek (Review coming soon!)

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Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil Review

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Remember how excited I was when I originally introduced you to Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil?

White….pale….milky skin..yes very Muse-like I’d say!

Strangely enough Summer brought about some dull skin for me this year. Normally I get dullness in the Winter, I imagine we all do. Stuffy, stale air, cold weather, plus a combination of both is definately hell on the skin. However, this year Summer somehow took it’s toll on my skin. Although perfectly clear and blemish free my skin was feeling kinda blue. I’ve had some dull spots, some darker spots (which I HATE), some dry spots, some oily spots, and generally some nasty shadowing that just made my skin go from bright and dewy to dull and uneven. Foundation saves the day but what about the days I just want to moisturize and go?

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First of all I think Shu Uemura Cleaning Oils in general are pretty awesome to have in your beauty arsenal. What’s not to love about one step cleaning? These remove pretty much your entire face plus everything in between! That goes for waterproof mascara too my dears! I’m quite partial to the “green” version as it’s known to it’s lovers. It’s pretty strange how everyone has taken to calling Shu oils by little nick names…the pink one, the green one, and so on and so fourth. I guess we can start calling Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex, the whitening one or the lavender one. Whatta ya think?

So you might wonder why I’m so hyped about cleansing oils. Fact of the matter is Shu Uemura is one of the very few select companies that does a cleansing oil within the US. Cleansing Oil in Asia is fair game and can be found in pretty much all drugstores and if you desire a higher end oil you can hop over to a counter to nab one. However, here in the US we do not have as many options in the drugstore category and maybe two high end companies, one of which is Shu, sells cleansing oils. Sad little country aren’t we?

I’ve tried hundreds of cleansing oils from all over Asia. Japanese ones, Korean ones, Etc…but honestly the hassle of getting them, shipping them over, etc..is a pain in the neck. So we have Shu Uemura to provide us with great cleansing oils until the rest of the cosmetic world catches up! Plus it’s local! Yay Shu! Thanks for bringing us all the good things about Asian makeup removal and sticking it into a cool bottle with a pump!

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About that Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing…I got sidetracked didn’t I?

Does it work?

Yes. It does.

It’s a weird little formula that does whiten up your complextion and takes dull skin back to dewy and fresh. I didn’t feel it was fair reviewing this as soon as I got it so I’ve been using it over the course of a few weeks actually it’s been nearly a month now I think. I wanted to see for myself if I was imaging the change or if it was really there.

The change is there. My skin is not so light you’d take notice but it’s more the fact that the oil gave back a freshness to my skin and removed the dull areas and unevenness of my skin tone do to the heat, hours in the sun, etc…

It could be me but the formula appears to have a certain illuminating factor to it that you can almost clearly see results right away upon your first washing. It’s rather interesting how good a job it does bringing your skin back to some normal level. Over time you may experience some signs of lightening however I don’t believe it’ll bring your skin down a shade or two. I feel like it’s more of a treatment for erasing damage and removing any dull areas, brightening them up and creating more of a fresher appearance.

Although price wise Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil and any of the other oils are an indulgence however when you add it up the fact is that using two pumps a day of the oil, twice a day and you’ll notice that a large bottle will last you a year. In my humblest definately worth it.

I like this one. It gave me back my skin again.

I’m slapping a Muse Approval on it. If you’re a Shu cleansing oil user already this will be a nice item to replenish your dwindling bottle that you already use and if you’re new to Shu cleansing oils you’ll be happy to try out a remover that makes makeup removal simple again. One step cleaning is always in fashion plus the benefits of taking your skin from icon sad to :)!

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Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup

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Ahh leave it to our beloved Shu to create an outstanding Fall collection shrouded in mysterious and sensual colors.

Shu Uemura Instinct consists of several interesting pieces. Of course the shadow palettes are what caught my eye first. Each palette is a duo that consists of a powder shadow and a cream base that can also double up as a liner. The palette is housed in the standard slick, clear Shu compact and sports a gorgeous design on front. The combination of doubling up a shadow and a base is an interesting concept and is sure to be loved and hailed by those who fancy using MAC Paint Pots as base prior to shadow.

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Turns out, for once, we get the better end of the collection as the Japanese release actually sells the base and the shadow as single pieces ranging in prices from 2,940 yen and 2,415 yen where as we get the entire palette for $36 USD. I find this particularly interesting because I think the design of our palette is actually quite gorgeous in comparison to buying a single shadow and a potted base. I’m unsure how many other countries will have the palettes available to them but I do know for a fact that Singapore and the UK has the palettes for purchase and not the singles. Although purchasing the singles turns out to be a bit cheaper I rather like the idea of having both in one palette.

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The collection also consists of an array of flattering, Fall shades of blush, highlighter, and lipsticks which all compliment the shadow palettes beautifully.

I think they did an outstanding job with this one and it’s definately on my favorite list this season! I’ll be reviewing some of the Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup collection later this week for you. Excited?

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