I choose you, Pikashu!

November 12, 2019

I don’t know who was more excited in my household when the latest Shu Uemura makeup collection arrived… I remember being extremely puzzled when my husband made it a point to inform me there was something from Shu Uemura waiting for me on the dining table.  When I finally opened it up, I squealed so loudly, I barely held onto it before my son appeared and snatched it out of my hands.  Hold onto your hats ladies, because here comes the cutest and most electrifying collaboration ever… Shu Uemura x Pokémon: Pikashu!

Shu Uemura x Pokemon Pikashu collection for Holiday 2019

Playing on the best of both brands, Pika stands for electric sparkling sounds in Japanese and everybody’s favorite character from Pokémon, and Shu for Shu Uemura of course.  The Pikashu collection features a very special limited edition golden Pikachu with a heart-shaped thunderbolt tail that enchants the packaging of all the pieces of the collection.

Shu Uemura x Pokemon Pikashu

As with every Shu Uemura holiday release, there is always a limited edition Ultime8∞ Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil available in 2 sizes – 150ml as shown, and a larger 450ml.  There is also a golden Eyelash Curler with a Pikashu tag hanging off it.  My favorite Hard Formula brow pencil makes its way into this year’s festivities in a cool golden packaging featuring frolicking images of Pikashu… it is going to be hard to shave this pencil down!

Shu Uemura Pokemon Rouge Unlimited swatches of Scarlet Fire, Orange Thunderbolt

For the collectors, you definitely cannot miss the Rouge Unlimited.  This is a relatively new lipstick release (review coming very soon!!) in an updated rectangular black casing starring… you guessed it, Pikashu in varying modes.  There are 8 limited edition shades to choose from and the 2 that I received are Orange Thunderbolt (a warm-toned bright orange) and Scarlet Fire (a fraction less red than Orange Thunderbolt, with a creamier base).

Shu Uemura Pikashu Eye Palette in Brick Blast

The eyes are transformed with the Shu Uemura Pikashu Eye Palette in Brick Blast.  The orange tones in this palette are unusual this time of the year, but made fully wearable by the experts at Shu Uemura.  Though undoubtedly warmer-toned than most others, all the hues are Asian-friendly, and can be worn very elegantly for the office.

Shu Uemura Pikashu Brick Blast Palette swatches

The shades are:

  1. Pale pink champagne with a shimmery finish
  2. Medium-dark russet brown with a satin finish and sparse golden flecks
  3. Light warm-toned gold shimmer with a translucent base
  4. Medium duo-tone burnt sienna with a generous overspray of gold shimmers
  5. Medium-light duo-tone copper with a vermillion base
  6. Light rose gold with a dual pink-golden shift tilt
  7. Medium warm-toned salmon pink filled with golden micro-shimmers
  8. Medium brightened vermillion with a matte finish
  9. Dark plummy brown with a matte finish and sparse violet micro-shimmers

In general, I found the pigmentation of this palette to be somewhat lighter than what I had remembered of Shu Uemura in the past, but it has been a long time since I last picked up any Shu Uemura eyeshadows.  The texture is a little more packed and less creamy, but easy to work with and does not suffer from fallout.  I am most intrigued by the 3 duo-tone shades in the middle of the palette, as they did not swatch the way they look in the pan and have the potential to transform any of the other shades!

Here is a quick makeup look featuring Brick Blast palette on my eyes, Hard Formula in Seal Brown on my brows and Rouge Unlimited Scarlet Fire on my lips.  Please pardon the messy flyaway hair!

Shu Uemura Pokemon Pikashu makeup look

Shu Uemura x Pokémon: Pikashu collection for Holiday 2019 is out in all Shu Uemura counters and boutiques in Singapore now.  Have you seen it yet?  Are you a fan of Pokémon?

This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.