I’m feeling a little nostalgic lately… the end of the year does that to me, and especially when old favourites return with fresh collections. Shu Uemura has collaborated with Takashi Murakami again this Holiday 2016, 4 years after the 6 Hearts Princess Collection [reviewed here], to release the Cosmic Blossom Collection featuring the iconic Murakami Flowers. Shu Uemura can always be relied upon for a comprehensive and covetable makeup collection, and here are some to get you started.
The Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura Cosmic Blossom Collection is a full 24-piece release encompassing makeup and skincare. Decked in the iconic Murakami Flowers against a black background, the collection is a cheerful one and has options for both warm- and cool-toned gals.
Shu Uemura produces some of my favorite eye and cheek palettes and I always look forward to them every Holiday season. This year is no exception, and there are 2 Cosmic Bloom Eye & Cheek Palettes [SGD98 each] to choose from.
The Cosmicool Palette that I have here is the cooler-toned of the 2 palettes on offer this season, and it is very similar to the Enchanted Black Palette from the 6 Hearts Princess from the 2013 collaboration with Murakami [reviewed here]. There are minor variations in tones, most notably the inclusion of a deep navy instead of green; but these hues are generally safe and one can’t go wrong with these for parties and evening events.
The Cosmic Bloom Eye & Cheek Palettes contain 7 powder eyeshadows and 1 cheek blush, and are accompanied by 1 dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator and 1 dual-ended brush. There is a good range of tones (from light to dark) and finishes (matte, satin and glitter) in this Cosmicool Palette.
The swatches from left to right are:
The textures of all the shades are all excellent, as one can expect from Shu Uemura. I do wish the palette did not contain this many glitters, but perhaps had 1-2 more other mid-toned shades to allow a greater range of looks. The pigmentation is softer than some of the other Shu Uemura eyeshadows that I’ve worked with in the past, especially in comparison with the smaller eyeshadow trios that are also part of the same collection; and is better when used with a primer.
There are a couple of ways you could wear Cosmical, this is just one example. I started by laying down the light lavender over most of my lid, focusing on the inner corner. Next, I layered on the medium purple on the outer half of my lid, and added the dark navy on the outer corner to define. I lined both upper and lower lash lines with black, popped some of the pale lilac glitter on the center of my lid and a dash of silver glitter to the inner corner.
Here is the full look in context:
In case large palettes are not your thing, Shu Uemura has also prepared 2 Blossom-Nova Eye Trio [SGD55 each] which attempt to capture the color stories and represent them in handy pocket-sized 3-shadow pans. I have Cosmikawaii, which is the warmer-toned of the 2 variations available.
The Blossom-Nova Eye Trios come with a clear acrylic cover bearing the Murakami Flowers, and the tray is removable to allow customisation of shades. If you are not feeling very strongly about the trios, or already have similar dupes in your stash, you could also purchase the Bloom Your Way Custom Case [SGD14 each] and fill it up with your own Shu Uemura eyeshadow singles.
The Cosmikawaii Blossom-Nova Eye Trio consists of variations from the top row of the Cosmikawaii Cosmic Blossom Eye & Cheek Palette.
The shades from left to right are:
Cosmikawaii bear hues that are trending this fall season, and in contrast to the others, the tones here are much easier to wear and friendlier on the Asian skin tone. The textures also feel smoother and easier to blend than the larger eye & cheek palettes, and pigmentation is better.
Here is the full look in context:
In both the makeup looks shown thus far, I’ve worn the same Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine in Rouge Bloom [SGD33].
I had reviewed the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine lipsticks before [see here] and really enjoyed them as they generally carry good color intensity, were buildable in opacity, and extremely comfortable on the lips. Rouge Bloom is 1 of 2 new limited edition shades this season, and feels somewhat sheerer than the others from the permanent range that I tried before. It is a warm-toned red and pairs beautifully with the Cosmikawaii eyeshadow options.
The last item from the Cosmic Blossom Collection that I wanted to show you is this Deepsea Hydrability Moisturizing Lip Balm [SGD48]. This is 1 of 2 skincare products this season that come dressed in the Murakami Flowers, but the formula itself is available permanently. It is a soft fluid lip balm that melts upon contact with my lips and is rapidly absorbed, leaving very little trace on the lips. I carried it around with my during my 2-week long trip to Australia, and it really helped to keep my lips soft and protected from the cold winds.
There are lots more to choose from, including haircare and beauty tools. Everything is dressed in the adorable Murakami Flowers of course, and guaranteed to bring you joy for as long as they remain in your arsenal. The Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura Cosmic Bloom Collection is available now, so check them out for yourself!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.