I've never really been a Shu Uemura aficionado, and I think it has a lot to do with the lack of exposure on YouTube. Yes, that is where I tend to lust after makeup, so if it's not on there, I'm somewhat indifferent most of the time. However, I've used their eyelash curler for years, and was very happy with it until it lost its spring and I switched up to Chanel. And I've used a lipstick or two which I've been very happy with, but never eyeshadow.
And then this happened:
Someone on YouTube who is as much of an eyeshadow junkie as I am hauled their holiday palettes and my soul died a little because they weren't in my collection. Amazing packaging and the excellent quality of their pressed eyeshadows aside, we need to talk about their silk shadows. Honestly, they are just unbelievable! When she swatched them, she mentioned that she felt like nothing would show up because they didn't feel like colour was transferring to her finger, but when she looked at it the pigment was insane! I thought that was a little weird because it seemed like something that didn't make sense, so I went to swatch them for myself!
They are so amazing that my greatest concern right now is the fact that they don't make silk shadows individually! What madness is this?!
Anyway, back to the palettes!
There are 2 different palettes released with this collection and the names are rather odd. Enchanted Black Parallel Palette and Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette. I don't know why, but it's okay. Between the packaging and how awesome the products are, I really can't find fault with it.
On my first trip to Shu, when I swatched the silk shadows for the first time, I picked up just the Enchanted Black Parallel Palette because I was trying to have some self-control.
[Enchanted Black Parallel Palette Box]
[Enchanted Black Parallel Palette]
In the palette, you get a massive mirror, 4 full-sized pressed eye shadows, 3 full-sized silk shadows and 1 full sized blush. It also comes with 2 brushes - 1 dual-ended sponge tip applicator and a small dual-ended shader brush. The awesome thing about this palette is that you can actually replace the pans with shades from their regular line once you run out, which I find fantastic!
[Enchanted Black Parallel Palette]
Really, just look at this palette! Isn't it gorgeous! I've used it quite a bit since I've gotten hold of it and the colours are incredibly pigmented, with no fall out.
[Pressed Eye Shadow: BK4, BK3, BK2, BK1]
These are the regular shadows and they are really quite good. They show up very well even without a base and they're quite smooth and creamy. I don't know why I've never explored Shu's shadows before!
[Silk Smooth Eye Shadow: BK5, BK6, BK7]
These swatches were made with me barely touching the pans. They are insanely smooth and silky and they make me want to cry with happiness. It's definitely true that you cannot tell product is going to transfer when you swatch it because they are just so amazing! If you've never felt these, you need to go right now! JUST LOOK AT THEM!!!
When I was choosing between the palettes, this won out because the blush was more of a mauve-y pink than that in the Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette. I figured it would suit my skin tone a little better, and it's definitely made me very happy. There is excellent colour payoff and it lasts quite well too.
I'm so very happy with this palette that I actually take it out to stare at it sometimes. Love love love!
While I was standing in the store and staring longingly at my new found loves, I had to choose between the two because these aren't exactly cheap. And then I met Eddy! Who is Eddy? He might just be my new best friend. He's actually from the Mid Valley branch of Shu Uemura, but he was in 1Utama because they were having a roadshow thingy. So, I asked him about the cleansing oil which has been raved about since time immemorial. I wanted a sample, but he let me try it out on my hand in store, and I had to buy it. It's not like I had a choice! It's amazing stuff!
[Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil (RM270)]
Yes, I ended up buying the 400ml bottle because it's just that good! The fact that you can use it as a cleanser even without makeup justifies the price completely, and a bottle of this size should last between 5-6 months with regular use. The pink cleansing oil is formulated for combination/oily skin, and I think the fact that they produce different oils for different skin types is fantastic! I'll be doing a full review of this, but it's definitely worth all the hype. Also, if you're a Citibank cardholder, you will get RM25 off the price of the cleansing oil (everything but the cleansing oil and limited edition products receive a 10% discount), which is as good a reason as any to get it! It also comes in a smaller size should you not be a hoarder.
He also threw in 2 extra little bottles of the stuff because he's nice!
And, because I spent RM500 (I know, problems!), I got a free pouch from the holiday collection.
It's a little too cutesy for my liking, but the design is fantastic so I will probably use it. It's two different coloured pouches, with two separate zips fused together! I adore that!
What happened next was somewhat inevitable. I used the palette and I went onto the Shu Uemura site to check on the silk shadows because they are just so amazing. When I found out they weren't available separately, you cannot imagine my distress! If you have found the perfect formula for eyeshadows, why would you not produce an entire line of them? This is madness! So, of course, I had to go back and get the other palette!
[I HAD TO!]
As they were having a roadshow, they had a photobooth there, so I had to camwhore a little! It's always nice when the Enabler contributes to my madness by encouraging me to buy things and then posing in the documentary evidence of the fact!
[Camwhoring with the Enabler]
The wonderful Eddy was there once again, and he gave me another little bottle of the cleansing oil! I love it!
[More travel sized gifts!]
By the way, for those of you interested in trying the stuff out, they do have little sample sachets of the stuff for trial purposes, and I suggest you go for it!
And the palette!
[Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette Box]
[Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette]
This is definitely a far more neutral palette that's decidedly pink-heavy (as the name would suggest).
[Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette]
[Pressed Eye Shadow: PK4, PK3, PK2, PK1]
These shadows are very smooth as well and they're all rather similar to each other. The reason I didn't pick the palette up initially is because these shades aren't extraordinary. I definitely have dupes in my collection. However, they have very good pigmentation and blend nicely, so I'm not unhappy with them, just not particularly excited.
[Silk Smooth Eye Shadow: PK5, PK6, PK7]
These, however, are so absolutely worth it! OMG! I think I need to write a long mail to Shu demanding that they make a whole line of these!
As for the blush, it is decidedly more of a light pink, but it's still extremely pretty and actually suits me fine! Happy days!
With most palettes, I toss out the sponge tip applicators immediately. I hate them! And the little brushes they provide are usually pointless inclusions. Definitely not the case here! Both ends of this brush are so soft and so effective at blending that they are just an absolute bonus!
[Source: Shu Uemura Facebook]
This has definitely been a road to discovery for me and I'm all too happy about it! Each individual eye shadow runs at RM70, and I'm not sure about the blush. Without a doubt, you're saving a minimum of RM100 with each palette, so they're definitely worth the splurge if you're even somewhat inclined towards them!