Thursday, May 23, 2013

Trying Out a New Brand // Shu Uemura

Trying out a new brand for the first time is such an exciting moment, especially for someone who spends so much time in the beauty world. Previous to these products I had tried the Shu Uemura Skin Purifying Cleansing Oil (pink bottle) and enjoyed the small sample bottle, but apart from that I had only gazed in awe at the luxurious lashes at the David Jones counter on Bourke St Melbourne, and not actually tried my hand at any of the colour products available. I know of so many bloggers who are big Shu fans, and I was elated when a package full of this makeup (and a cleansing oil) landed on my desk.
I used all of the makeup in a single look in order to showcase them all, and it just so happened that all of the shades worked well together. The Glow On blush refill in Soft Orange (M 542) is quite a pastel shade, and when compared to something like Cream Soda from MAC is really is orange. Though I applied the cheek shade heavily in order to take these photos, I think a lighter flush would work well on my pale skin tone and be a nice change to my usually orange (which tends to be Stila Gerbera more often than not!) I still prefer some of the other blush shades from the brand though, so though I like the formula this colour isn't 100% in my book.

The Drawing Pencil in Pearly Gold was surprisingly my favourite product from this package, and I love the way that the pale gold looks as an inner corner highlight. I have used this pencil quite a lot for that task, and though it isn’t a shade I would normally pick out I think it has made me rethink my choices when I head to a makeup counter. Often I reach for the typical ‘exciting’ products (blush, anyone?) but pencils like this can slot so well into an everyday routine to perk it up a bit!

 
Working with the warm toned theme, Shu Uemura kindly sent me a Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Bright Orange, and I think the sleek modern packaging really stands out amongst my black MAC and gold YSL lipstick tubes. I love the way this glides on without accentuating any dryness on my lips, and I think I really needed a shade like this to stand as a true orange in my collection, as opposed to the bountiful coral oranges I tend to collect like Pokemon! I also love the way this photographs, though I think a bit of mascara would have balanced it out a little bit. I was trying to branch out and see how I fared without a bit of definition on the lashes, but I am definitely in camp three-coats-at-least on this one.
So now it is your turn- when was the last time you tried a new brand out for yourself?

 

*Products were provided for consideration. Opinions are my own. Honesty, always.

19 comments:

  1. I try new brands once in a while. Bad things usually happen when I do though, lol.

    Anyway, I love the color of the lipstick. And your hair! I love it!

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    1. @Aislinn bad things, oh no! I guess trying out a brand you might not know poses a risk, but I hope next time you do you score a winner :) Thanks for the compliment, my hair hardly ever sits the way I wanted to so I take advantage and schedule FOTD's when it does ;P

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  2. SO PRETTY you are in orange love! I love Shu Uemura. Most of the things I've tried are just DIVINE.

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    1. @Tracy thank you lovely!! You have me intrigued about Shu, always posting new pretties for me to lemm ><

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  3. Wow!!! Love your look. Love the lippie and the blush. I like the shade and how it blends with your skin. For now, I haven't tried something new but upon seeing these, I think I wanna try it out too =)

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    1. @Jess thanks so much, I quite like the orange tones on my fair skin. Trying new brands out can be a bit daunting, but is lots of fun :) Let me know how you go and what you try!

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  4. Hmmm...that is such a dangerous question. I actually just tried a new brand this week! The Skin Physics BB Plus. And you look different Emma. You look...younger! And it's meant as a compliment..not that you looked old then but just different! :)

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    1. @Norlin ooh I have been wanting to try that brand, have seen a few mentions of it around and like the look of them. I'll take the young comment as a compliment, so thanks Mumma Norlin ;P I agree I look a bit fresh faced in these photos haha

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  5. found your blog through sleep and water when she commented about you on my newest post :3 i love shu uemura make up. i wish i could pull off orange but i think it definitely looks better on fairer skin!

    à la foliee

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    1. @Chloe_e So glad to have you as a follower, welcome aboard! sleep and water is such an amazing blog =)

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  6. Such a lovely look sweetie :) The orange lipstick looks so lovely :)
    I really love that blush too :)
    I have never tried anything from Shu Uemura but I have only heard very good things about the brand :)
    It is a LONG LONG time since I tried a new brand... I don´t even remember when that was :)
    Okay, I will promise you that next time I go out shopping for makeup I will buy the intended products from a brand that I have never tried before :)
    hugs
    xx

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    1. @shortylegs Thank you beautiful, I am loving the orange shade right now. I see a lot of 'new to me' brands on your blog, looking forward to the day when I come over to your side of the world and shop up a storm ;P

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  7. Bright Orange really makes your green eyes pop!

    I recently tested Flower Cosmetics -- it's proven to be a great budget beauty brand.

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    1. @Nicole I quite like bringing out the green with orange colours, glad that you noticed :) I have heard great things about Flower Cosmetics, that is the Drew Barrymore brand isn't it? Such a pretty brand name

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  8. You look radiant, Emma, this really suits you!

    Um, I try new ones all the time, so it's a bit tough! I get loads through the sampling boxes, so it's a good way to try a brand I'd never heard of before. :)

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    1. @Nalini Aw thank you I appreciate that. It is good to hear that you try new brands out all the time, I think that the sampler boxes are definitely a great way to step outside your comfort zone and find new brands to enjoy :)

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    1. @Kri thanks so much for your comment!

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  10. That lipstick color really makes your eyes pop!

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