Shu Uemura Holiday Collection 2011: WKW (Wong Kar Wai) for Shu Uemura

by xin on November 28, 2011

With the Christmas bell ringing, decorations are up in the shopping malls, and various Christmas collections from major brands have been launched.

Shu Uemura WKW Drowing in Flame Palette

This year, Shu Uemura has collaborated with a famous movie director in Hong Kong, Wong Kar Wai (WKW) for the holiday collection.

For the Chinese, Wong Kar Wai is not an unknown name. In fact, he is famous for his artistic movies, I am not very familiar with the directors but I remember a movie (Happy Together)  by him, with Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung. It was a very controversial movie as it was a story about a homosexual couple.

Anyway, that’s my impression with WKW – dare to be different.

Shu Uemura WKW Holiday Collextion

With this WKW Holiday Collection, it is unusual from the cutesy packaging as it is leaning towards the art side with the cinematic effects on the packaging. In the collection, there are 2 eye & cheek palettes (Burning in water, Drowing in flame), 3 lip colors, a brush set, 2 pairs of false lashes, glow powder and 2 sets of polishes.

WKW for Shu Uemura hologram packaging

All the product packaging is in hologram and you are able to see the moving images when you hold the product. However, I failed to capture the special effects on my camera.

WKW Holiday Collection Eye and Cheek Palette

We had the opportunity to have a live demonstration on how to work on the palettes – 2 looks created by different palettes.

The colors on the pan didn’t impress me much at the first glance, but they actually look better on the skin than on the pan.

The red in the pan is actually a blusher, it’s definitely the case of less is the better as it’s very pigmented.

2 Palette look

Burning in water has brighter colors for the bolder look, especially when paired with the outrages lashes.

On the other hand, Drowning in flame is a softer palette for the demure look.

Lisa with Models

The very experienced Shu Uemura makeup guru – Lisa and the models.

Burning in Water look

My makeover with Burning in water and Rouge Luster on my lip. The lip color is alright but if on its own, a little too drying for smooth application.

False Lashes - dancing in glitter

A close-up look of the false lash – dance in glitter.

Definitely only for party-use, and if you were to trim it, advice is start trimming from the front.

Overall thoughts:

I think WKW Holiday Collection will make a nice set of gifts with the glamorous packaging and colors.  Texture and the price are alright and not overly expensive.

Drowing in Flame Palette and Mini Nail Duo Festive Rouge

I have the Drowning in Flame and the nail duo to try out, I am not familiar working purple/pink on my eyes but I will try to show how it looks on me in the coming post! 😉


To win a custom-made couture evening gown worth RM3000 by Jonathan Cheng, check Shu Uemura Malaysia’s Facebook for more details!


Eye & Cheek Palette – RM198
False Lashes – RM250 (Premium Edition – dance in glitter), RM80 (jeweled love)
Lustrous Glow Powder – RM140
Rouge Unlimited (lipstick) – RM80
Brush Set – RM190

There are currently some promo going on, eg RM10 voucher with every RM100 spent; 6-pc free gifts with RM350 spent.

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lyn November 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Those lashes look so pretty and the blue / silver eyeshadows look so good on you!!! I tested the lipsticks from this collection and you’re right, they are slightly drying and a little gritty too. I can’t wait to see the looks you’ll do with Drowning in Flame (what a dramatic name!) 🙂
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xin November 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

It’s quite sad that the lipstick isn’t creamy smooth. I like the contradicting names of the palettes! So dramatic and artistic 😀


Nikki November 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Wow, you’ve tried the lashes !!!! Gosh are they so dramatic and long and i can’t imagine you walking outside the store with those lashes! did you try? 😀 😀 😀
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xin November 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

i didn’t walk out the store with the lash! it wasn’t the right size for my eye so i had problem opening my eyes fully 🙁 bummer for small eyes!
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rinnah November 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

The lippies aren’t creamy smooth? Darn. I wanted Rouge Lustre. 🙁
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dom November 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

WHOOOOOO…love the lashes! I wouldn’t mind getting the brush sets but lately the Shu brush sets (not individual ones – I still like those) have been craptastic.
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plue November 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I thought the texture of the lipsticks were quite alright though, but when rubbing it a little it does a little gritty.
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gio November 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Love the makeover! the lashes are so beautiful and dramatic!


Stephanie/Yukaeshi November 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

This is actually one Shu Uemura collection I’m quite interested in 😀 I mean, the others previously were too, but this just caught my eye more than usual 😛 I really wanna get the brush set but like Dom said, the brushes in sets are usually pretty crappy so I don’t wanna risk it 🙁

Love the makeover and especially the eyelashes on you haha 😀
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