Shu Uemura Spring 2012 Celestial Garden Collection Swatch and Review

A garden high up in the sky that is so dazzling and celestial that it is beyond imagination. The colors all exert out positively bright rays. Shu Uemura is finally here for Spring 2012. His collection known as, “Celestial Garden,” is one that will take your breath away.

Eye Shadow Trio in Air ($39)

Shu Uemura’s eye shadow trio is one of fun and exquisite in color. We got to take a first look at the Air trio. The colors match each other perfectly with an array almost depicting a lavender with the sky as the background and the earthy ground.

After taking out the eye shadow, the clear top case’s floral design brings Spring into full effect with its white casing. Who doesn’t like bright colors after a cold winter? The press powders are all 1 g in weight with 3 in total.

After opening up the top, you see a shimmery sky blue with a faded sunset lavender, and last but not least a gentle earthy brown. The lavender brings back memories of a trip I took to Hokkaido (Northern most part of Japan), where there was an area for sight seeing that was full of Lavender. These colors bring that memory back.

The casing was the best part of the palette, next to the shadows of course. I finally figured out that you need to push the side closing tab down to release the mechanism so that each shadow could be taken out. If you are adventurous, you could swap the colors around for fun. Anyways, to refill Shu Uemura made it easy by just replacing the shadows of your choice. No tools needed as well.

Here are a few extra pictures of the product in direct sunlight for you to see.

The colors were very easy to apply and the spectrum of colors were a very soft choice for the spring. The sparkly sky blue (left) is full of shimmers and seemed to be a very good highlighter bringing an overall eye color to life. The faded sunset lavender (middle) is somewhat iridescent and bright. Finally the gentle earth brown (right) is the darkest and most pigmented shadow out of the 3 giving a refined contour look.

Creamy Dome Blusher in Fairy Pink ($25)

The dome blusher is a newly made design that I have not seen before. It almost looks like an ointment cream for back pains that I saw years ago. However, while I was playing with the design, it seems to be easy and fun to use.

Fairy Pink comes in 8.5 g of blush with the ability to retract back and forth for maximum usage. So what that means is that you are not stuck with just the dome that is sticking out of the case but rather, the dome can be elevated out until it is all used up. As you can see there are rail marking, that is where twisting and turning it makes the dome come out or go back in. The easiest way to utilize the mechanism is with the clear cap on.

Here are some more pictures of the dome in direct sunlight. Notice how bright and smooth the dome is.

The dome proved to be very creamy and literally with only two back and forth applications the color was done and complete. There wasn’t any traces of dryness at all.

Here is the look thus far with the eyeshadow trio and the blush. It’s like the garden not only has lavenders, it also has pink roses now.

Eye Crayon in Misty Brown Earthy Brown ($24)

The eye crayon is a double sided finely made crayon that can enhance an overall look on the eye. It can create two very different looks or create a blurring that is like the border between earth and sky.

As you can see this is a evenly made eye crayon with clear caps on both sides to preserve the freshness of the eye crayon. The colors on both sides depict the image of a lustrous gray that is infused with light brown and a darker earthier brown. The whole pencil comes in at 3.2 g.

Starting with the gray infused with light brown, you can see the details in up close on the lead. It isn’t a pure light brown color but rather with the gray infused inside. On the other side is the darker earthier brown that proves to have iridescent filling.

Here are more detailed shots of the eye crayon in direct sunlight. Notice how bright, and vibrant the colors look.

I decided to draw hearts to show you the color of each in a mass area. The colors are also able to be created in different shadings with the blur effect. All you need to do is use your fingers to soften for that gradation look. Also the crayon can create an extra smoky blended effect look as well.

Gloss Unlimited in Blooming Pink ($23)

With a soft pop colored pink look full of shimmers shining brightly with the reaction of light, this gloss exploded with positive energy.

The lip gloss gives us a shiny reflective look that is flowing with hot pink. If you open the lip gloss for the first time (and every subsequent time for use), you might smell a faint smell of sweet lemon. It is both refreshing and something different. Its applicator is a straight thin rod that is different from the usual doefoot or brush type, but it applies very smoothly. The lip gloss weighs 5.4 g.

Here are some extra photos from direct sunlight to show you. The second picture is where the shimmers can be easily seen with direct sunlight.

The lip gloss is not only very glossy and shiny, it is also very smooth as well. After application, you could see the shimmers all embedded into the gloss providing a shine each time light is reflected. The formula is also superb, there is zero stickiness while providing unbeatable care and moisture.

Here is a different angle shot depicting the glossiness of the lip gloss.

Shu Uemura’s Spring 2012 brings us to a celestial garden with all the colors depicting what spring should be. The colors range from the sky to the flowers and finally the dirt on the ground. Each of the products is very easy to apply and the combination of colors align with each other quite well. To me, the eyeshadow stood out the most bringing a piece of my cherished memory back to life.

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR. All reviews are expressed with complete honesty. For more information, please read my full disclosure here.

22 Responses to Shu Uemura Spring 2012 Celestial Garden Collection Swatch and Review

  1. jamilla January 2, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    The dome blush is for me!

    • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      That dome blush is one of my favorite especially how creamy it feels. Twisting it up and down is like a manual motor.

  2. pinkybear January 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    OMG you are like the only one with this collection. After seeing your pix I am drooling for that dome. When does the whole set become available for order?

  3. Rinna January 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Simply Amazing~~~ The lip gloss is a smoochers heaven.

    • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      I laughed reading your comment. I love the way you put the word smoochers. It does look quite nice for smooching on the cheeks.

  4. Yuya January 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    HOw to buy this?

  5. Kimmie January 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    The eyeshadow looks very unique in color. It is a bit darker for Spring. Looking at Dior and Chanel’s collection they are a lot brighter in color.

    I do want that dome though. It does look like my EOS lip balm.

    • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      For Shu, the ability to change shadows and refill them is tremendous. It is like building your own eyeshadow colors out of scratch. It is indeed a little darker though compared to Dior and Chanel.

  6. Sheila January 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I like that dome blush! =D

    • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      MADDY!!!! I knew you would pick the dome blush! :OP

      • Sheila January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        you know me too well =)

        • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

          I’ve known you for quite a while of course I would know what you like. ~!!~

  7. rabbit7325 January 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    How’s the quality on eyeshadow individually? Do they even sell shadows invidiually? I am quite surprised that Shu would let you refill without the need to purchase a brand new palette. That is like less profit for them at the end of they day.

    • rabbit7325 January 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      I meant “Individually” on that second question^^. No edit option…

      • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        Haha, I figured as much.

    • admin January 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      The shadows are sold individually at $15 a piece on the site. I think they started it with the Novadiva Collection from last Fall / Winter. Shu probably did this strategy so that it gives the end user the ability to built something from scratch. Hey you are like customizing you own palette that’s like “Created and Owned by .”

  8. LittoMokaa January 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Happy New Year dear! <3 I think that I fell in love (at first sight) with the dome blush =P I love the color and usually blushes don't attract me that much 🙂

    • admin January 4, 2012 at 2:26 AM

      Hey LittoMokaa! Happy New Year to you too! The dome blush is a very nice addition to the Spring 2012 collection.

  9. Angie March 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Love these swatches! You had me at the heart swatches with the eye crayon. How do you like the eye crayon for lining?

    • admin March 19, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      It’s quite easy to use. I would say that the extra vibrant factor along with the smoky look really pulls through.


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