December 9, 2010

Shu Uemura Lip Duo & Tint Love Apricot Harmony Pink Review, Swatches, Photos

I couldn’t resist the new Shu Uemura Lip Duo & Tints from the Shu Uemura Takano Abracadabra Fantasy Collection for Holiday 2010. I admit I had my doubts they wouldn’t work because my lips are pigmented plus they just appeared very nude (I can’t do nudes) but I wanted to try them out anyway since the promo images really made them look darling.

Did they work?

Check it!

A stackable duo of lip tint and gloss!

Props for packaging! Love the sweet stackable jars that contain the lip tint on the upper level and the gloss on the lower. They just scream cute!

Pink Harmony contains a nearly transparent shade of pink gloss and a matching rosy pink lip tint. Love Apricot contains a shimmering transparent white gloss and a fleshy peachy shade of lip tint.

The lip tint formula is a tad on the disappointing side. This is a very hard texture balm that has decent color pay off but makes for a bit of drama applying due to the dense texture. I’d have loved something a bit more creamy and hydrating but for the most part it feels like a densely packed lip concealer (both shades give off that vibe of lip concealer).

The glosses are quite nice however not nearly as nice as Shu’s regular line of lacquers but regardless they do leave behind a nice layer of shine and have a thick, gooey texture that will give a fuller lip look.

For the most part, as pretty as they appear, I do think many will have a hard time pulling off the shades of lip tint. Maybe I’m delusional here but the nude shades of both pink and peach are highly unflattering and aren’t nearly as gorgeous looking as they appear on the models in the promo image. The shades look chalky, have a rather ugly creamy finish, and just seem to act as a lip concealer rather than a tint. Perhaps those that have paler lips might be able to work this look well but I sadly could not. They look AMAZING in the pot but after trying them on for size I knew I’d look ghastly going out in them (corpse bride-like).

  • Anyone with farier skin and less than pigmented lips will find the joy here!
  • Those who like darling little pots of gloss and tint (cute packaging seals the deal every time).

  • Those weirded out or disgusted by “dipping” their fingers into a pot of lip product.
  • Anyone with pigmented lips (you’ll probably get a bit of a chalky finish if your lips are pigmented).
  • Anyone with dry, cracked lips (they do not apply well on a less than perfectly smooth lip).

I really wanted to love these as the shades of candy hued pink and peach were highly appealing however I did have to snap back to reality when I realized I couldn’t do such nude shades of color. Some may find these work well but I think most will agree they aren’t the easiest lip product in the world to pull off!

What did you haul from Shu Holiday 2010?

Did you try these out?



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  • Risu

    I almost got those… o.o

    Anyways I got the brown palette from the Shu holiday 2010 collection.
    Got it for about 2 weeks by now but I haven’t had the courage to dip my brush in and ruin it!!
    So I can’t tell you if I love it or not.. but it does look so so SO gorgeous in the box.

    Oh I also got the silky makeup bag, it’s got additional little zipper compartments inside so it is awesome!!

    • the Muse

      same here risu, loving it ;-D I dove in lol!!!! ;-D I was all about trying it on the double hehehe. I really wanted the makeup bag but I was good ;P

  • aretha

    I purchased the Love Apricot but have not used it yet! I found Love Apricot easier to work with compared to the Harmony Pink. The Harmony Pink looked very ‘katy perry’ on me lol And like you said they look nothing like what the models had on in the promo images!

    • the Muse

      oops sorry just asked this aretha lol! Yes same here ;-D wish I could pull either off 🙁 but they seem to look chalky on me, maybe my lips are too dry!? and no 🙁 the promo models look amazinggggggggggggg the lip colors are gorg but I do wonder if they used these at all in those images 🙁

      • aretha

        hmm you know what? i have the same problem too! but if you look closely at the promo video, the makeup artist actually used a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply the lip tint onto the models’ lips? he used a fluffy brush similar to MAC 217? it looked as if he was actually gently brushing the color onto the lips rather than packing it on with a lip brush! I havent tried that method but i will do and i will update you! 🙂

        • the Muse

          interesting aretha I didn’t notice that…maybe I’ll try that too! keep me posted ;D!

  • Erica

    I got one from a few collections ago, and I applied it with my fingers and just dabbing the color on my lips. I agree with you on the texture part, but I guess with dabbing motion and moisturized lips it should work finie! 🙂