Monday, August 29, 2011
Shu Uemura Fall 2011 Collection - Novadiva
"In the complete silence and darkness, her single gesture breaks the tension with her aura. They see the diva. Suddenly the stage lightens, the spotlight shines on her from different angles, her "face" and "role" diversity: coquettish, sweet, sensual, even evil, driving the audience to a different time and space.", states the Shu Uemura website when describing the overall collection.
Here is the Novadiva collection...
Prima Palette Quad Custom Case - For 4 Eye Shadow refills or 2 Glow On Blush refills or 2 Eye Shadow refills and 1 Glow On Blush refill. Refillable empty custom quad, decorated with a delicate pattern of shimmering lace. Play and customize the palette to create infinite looks, just like the diva diversifies her face on the stage. An eco-concept, seeking a design without glue, plastic frames, or other elements that may end up in a landfill. Shu Uemura's refillable palette is like a game, with one small movement you can change your eye shadow selection to match your every desire.
Shimmer Eye Liner - Accentuate the eye contour with a glittery line in a waterproof formula.
- Silver - light gray with silver shimmer
Tutu Laceflare False Eyelashes - Tutu-inspired lashes with waving layers of black lace. With a touch of gold glitter, these lashes give sparkling winks.
Pressed Eye Shadow Refill - Experience infinite choice for your ever-evolving style. Truest color-payoff and a non-fading finish. Blends effortlessly for ideal coverage control. The powders capture light, absorbing and reflecting it for a multi-dimensional effect. Full color spectrum, 5 different textures. Matte: a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. Pearl: a silky shimmer of light for luminous radiance. Iridescent: captivating shades offer glimmering reflections of changing colors. Metallic: smooth, liquid-like with a metallic glow. Glitters: abundant sparkles for glistening glamour.
- P Dark Blue 696 - pearl midnight blue
- ME Medium Olive 472 - metallic golden khaki
- P Light Pink 125 - pearl delicate pink
- IR Light Beige 811 - iridescent nude
- IR Dark Blue 690 - iridescent midnight sky
- ME Medium Plum 761 - metallic reddish plum brown
- G White Rainbow - sparkling rainbow
- M Soft Brown - matte golden brown
Cream Cheek Refill - Glow On Blush in a extra smooth, creamy texture. Capture the light and shadow to create a multi-facet dimensional face as if you are in the spotlight.
- Gentle Amber - tawny medium nude
- Radiant Pearl - iridescent pearl
Nail Color - Embellish your fingertips this fall with this rich colored nail polish.
- Coquettish Brown - deep plummy brown shimmer
- Mysterious Green - deep forest green shimmer
Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte - The debut of extremely matte yet comfortable lipstick. A range of distinctive shades reveals the many facets of your personality.
- Evil Pink - light matte blue pink
- Angelic Pink - deep berry pink
- Darling Beige - neutral medium beige
Hang on, why is Evil Pink the lighter of the two shades and Angelic Pink the darker of the two shades? I feel like most companies would reverse the names of the two shades. My thinking is the Shu Uemura would pair the lighter of the two shades with the dramatic eye makeup that is shown on the model in this picture, making that the "evil" look and that the deep berry shade would be paired with minimal eye makeup, making that the "angelic" look. That is only my theory though... However the model looks as though she is wearing the darker of the two shades with the dramatic eye makeup. I don't get this...
That being said, I like many products from this collection but find the model's look totally unwearable and the false eyelashes way too out there for me to ever pull off. I really wonder how many of these lashes get sold and how people pull them off. I love the Medium Olive and Medium Dark Plum shades, the others are nice but I already own something just like them and I don't need another version of the same shade. Neither of the blush shades appeal to me so it looks like I will be skipping over these and the only Nail Polish shade that I like is the Mysterious Green. However, Mysterious Green is not all that unique so I will skip it since I could find one close to it from China Glaze or O.P.I. (who really knows what it is going to look like in person anyway?). I really hate not being able to see any of these shades in person since it is such a hassle to return product through the mail...
photo courtesy of Shu Uemura