Shu Uemura x Murakami Holiday | Impressions & Beauty Look

Bright, colourful and inspired by the magic of the cosmos, this holiday season Shu Uemura reunites with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for a limited edition beauty collection bursting with creativity and Murakami’s iconic floral motifs. Key pieces in this release includes two all over face palettes and a series of sheer to light finish lipsticks.


  • Cosmic Blossom Palette | Cosmicool (Cool tone)*
  • Cosmic Blossom Palette | Cosmikawaii (Warm tone)*
  • Nova Eye Trio | Cosmicool (Cool tone)*
  • Nova Eye Trio | Cosmikawaii (Warm tone)
  • Block Booster Primer | Fresh Pink*
  • Block Booster Primer | Natural Beige*
  • Rouge Unlimited Lipstick |
  • Rouge Unlimited Lipstick |
  • Cosmic Drawing Pencil | ME Navy*, M Black, M Purple Black, ME Comet Brown
  • Essence Absolute Beautifying Oil*
  • Wonder Worker Leave-in Spray*
  • Eyelash Curler*
  • Makeup Brush Set with Pouch
AVAILABILITY: Shu Uemura online, Sephora online / in-stores and select Shu counters worldwide.
With this collection, you get the familiarity of classic Shu products but updated with Murakami’s whimsical artwork and curated colour selection. As far as I know, none of the product formulations are new so take this as a chance to try our new colours and stock up on limited edition packaging of products you already love.

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

At first glance, this could easily be a spring or summer collection as the unusual vibrant pairings are a breakaway from the common smokey muted shades this time of the year. Yet this is absolutely the kind of twist that I would expect from a brand with such a deep rooted creative history as Shu Uemura and anything less than a pop art-esque feel would not be Murakami. 

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to colour pairing and at first I was overwhelmed as I lifted the mirrored lid of the face and eye palettes but if there’s anything I’ve learned from Shu over the last few years, its to trust and just put it on. While its not something that can be said for all rainbow coloured makeup, there is something about the subtle tonal nuances curated into a Shu collection that melds together beautifully on the skin.

The Drawing Pencil eyeliner is undoubtedly one of my favourite formulas and the navy is a fun shift away from your everyday neutrals, however the glitter can be a little gritty so avo
id this in the waterline and use it above the lashes instead of tight-lining.

The Block Booster Protective Primer is lightly tinted and provide just the subtlest tinge of sheer colour wash that has no real coverage but does impact the overall complexion when you put foundation over top. It feels very lightweight and similar to the Paul & Joe primer or the Laura Mercier however the SPF50 can leave a slight cast if photographing in artificial lighting so either go down a shade in your foundation or skip this altogether. For those already with pretty decent skin, this will not be your make it or break it product.

Now the palettes are of course the star of every Shu release and both the Cosmikawaii and the Cosmicool option offer a lot of fun. As always, the shades themselves stand out for their translucent, buildable quality and I think you have to use them differently than other products that may have one swipe opacity. These allow you to layer endlessly for a variety of intensities without every looking heavy on the skin so if anything I would say you need a little more patience when working with them but they give a little more creative fluidity.

Looking at the palettes as a whole, it could have done with just one glittery option versus three as the colours look very close when applied and only the most discerning eyes would make a fuss about it being a subtle pink glitter or a subtle gold glitter. I don’t recommend the glitter shades on their own but they do add a visual interest and snazz up the base colours.

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

Shu Uemura Murakami Holiday 2016 Makeup//

For my own look I decided to focus around the blues in the Cosmicool palette; rimming my eye area in shades of lavender and navy then finishing off with an ombre lip. While blue eye shadow is certainly not an every affair in my routine but even I was swooned by how pretty the colours looked together. In the debate between wearable or dramatic, I challenged myself with a bolder interpretation.

I started off with a halo of light purple all over the eye contour down to the tops of my cheek bones then began layering with navy over the lid and a touch of smokey charcoal at the outer edges for definition. Playing up the cosmic vibes, I swept the bright candy pink blush quite high on the cheeks and in a horizontal zone across the bridge of my nose as well. A coral lipstick acted as a base for an ombre pout and is given more dimension with the deeper sheer wine in the center of the lips. Glitter butterflies? Well, those are completely optional….

Stay sparkling,

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