Nailing It! Shu Uemura Festive Rouge Festive Nails and some Festive Nail Ideas

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PB Says: Peach_’s first post here is a review on the Shu Uemura Festive Rouge nail polish duos which were released in the Wong Kar Wai Christmas collection. We unfortunately do not get the nail polishes here in Malaysia. However, they are an idea of how you can paint your nails for the coming year end festivities using your own colours and glitter shades.

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For Christmas 2011, Shu Uemura, together with filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, made it easy-peasy to adorn ourselves with party-ready nails. Part of their collaborative collection (introduced by ParisB here) includes nail polish duos with a solid color and a glittery companion, and I excitedly played with a red and gold combination, appropriately named Festive Rouge.

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The 5ml mini bottles in this set are Shiny Rouge, a shimmery burgundy red, and a sparkly gold in a clear base with silver shimmer and large hexagonal silver glitter, simply named Gold.

I have to admit, I don’t have the talent for nail art (I’ll leave that to fellow nailer, Xin) and I normally avoid glitter for fear of pain-in-the-you-know-where removal. But even for me, the duo was a breeze to create fool-proof festive nails.

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Shiny Rouge is a gorgeous polish, even without its glittery partner-in-crime. The photo above is taken in the shade when the shimmer is at rest. It’s a bordeaux wine red with sophistication, reminiscent of an alluring holiday party or a romantic Christmas eve for two, instead of a Santa red with presents and laughing children, if you know what I mean. icon razz Nailing It! Shu Uemura Festive Rouge Festive Nails and some Festive Nail Ideas

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The shimmer peeks through for an incredible glow outdoors and under the light. There’s no teetering about it anymore; it’s such a sexy color, don’t you think? It took just two coats, and I’m not kidding when I say it’s possibly the smoothest polish I’ve ever applied with a brush that’s dense, yet thinly and precisely cut and easy to control. Color me impressed!

Ok, but since they did include a glittery polish, why not spruce it up a bit? Painting the entire nail with glitter only covered up the red underneath, so I tried my hand at some accent designs instead.

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I attempted a triangle, ombre/gradient, random curve (inspired by the nails in this collection’s promotion photos and film), and a classic French. I suggest doing a design on one accent nail and leaving the rest red, but of course I won’t stop you from blinging out all 10 digits! The brush made it easy to draw straight lines, and the clear base makes mistakes less noticeable, hence fool-proof! icon biggrin Nailing It! Shu Uemura Festive Rouge Festive Nails and some Festive Nail Ideas

My only qualm about the duos is that they’re double the price of one full size 10ml Shu Uemura polish, yet only 5ml each. However, this was my first experience with Shu Uemura polishes and I’m now convinced they’re highly underrated with buttery smooth formula. They don’t release polishes too often, so I hope they’ll keep making more!

What do you think? Have you tried Shu Uemura polishes?

A big thank you to ParisB for allowing me to share my first contributor post in her space! :)

Peach_

peachavatar Nailing It! Shu Uemura Festive Rouge Festive Nails and some Festive Nail IdeasPeach_ is a lovely young lady based in Japan, whose blog I discovered one day from a comment she left. I was intrigued enough to hop over to her blog which is all about nails, nails, nails! I’m not into nails but something about her blog, her beautiful pictures and her posts resonated with me. Peach_ will be contributing nail polish reviews and we might even catch a glimpse of something Japanese in her posts! icon smile Nailing It! Shu Uemura Festive Rouge Festive Nails and some Festive Nail Ideas Peach_ blogs at alapeach.com

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Tracy@Beauty Reflections December 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

These pictures and your nails are OMG so amazing. That gold glitter polish is really pretty! I didn’t even know that Shu made polish! I learned something new today!

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Tina
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December 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

Holly crap I gasped when I saw this post – I NEED THEM NOW!!!!

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Stephanie December 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

I was so sad when I found out these nail polishes weren’t available in Malaysia! This red color is gorgeous! I must find a way to get them to me… hehe :P

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milktea December 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

What….?! How could they (Shu) do this to us??? major :(

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xin
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December 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

Her nails and fingers are really very very beautiful! ( i have said it but i just had to say it again) love the beautiful finish after 2 coats!
/soaks hands in lotion
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Applegal December 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

I heart the red nail polish!!

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rinnah
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December 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

New lemming created! I wish I could paint my nails that perfectly. Must try more! :D
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Jamilla December 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

Your nails look STUNNING in this combo!

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Michelle December 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

Het nails are so niiiiiiiiice. Advert worthy. I think it will make any nail polish look gorgeous :) having said that, this duo is a gorgeous one. With the glitter on it might just last through Xmas and new years without chipping. Smart!

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Natalie December 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

Love the photos!! I saw this and the blue set and I am definitely getting both!

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Monstro December 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

Amazing photography! The glitter on dark nail polish is the perfect combo for this holiday season-thanks for the review! A++++!

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Kahani December 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

OMG great review and sooo pretty! Dammit thought I was safe from WKW and his hooker makeup collection (sorry the blue eyeshadow and red lips plus big glitter lashes just don’t do it for me).

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Larie December 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the gold accents – so beautiful!

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Cas December 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

Wow your application and photo quality is amazing. Gorgeous color and great review!
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Ling
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December 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Wowee! STUNNING!!! Want want!
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beetrice
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December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

The pictures are GORGEOUS! I’ve gotta take lessons from you on how to take those kind of shots – and the colour combi is lovely as well. :)
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Nirah December 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I love that red- Shiny Rouge. Love!!

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Jean December 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

so pretty!!! love the glittering gold!!!

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Marina(Makeup4all) December 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

These colours are simply gorgeous!
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peach_ December 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thank you girls for your kind words! I loved reading all of your comments. :D I really wish these were available in Malaysia so I don’t have to be a tease!

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lyn
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December 22, 2011 at 12:10 am

OMG… So gorgeous I can cry! I thought I saw the nail polishes available locally but I may have been dreaming? Sigh, I was gonna give the whole Shu collection a miss but now I want these polishes real bad.
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shopaholic December 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

O M G I was so tempted to buy them during black Friday! I’m glad to see the expert’s review on it. Thanks peach_! I love your nail art. It looks so effortless and elegant. Some folks do really complicated design with tiniest brush strokes, which is a big no no for me since I have no artistic skills. Did you apply a top coat? I’ll be experimenting during the holidays.

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plue
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December 26, 2011 at 2:55 am

sigh, should have nab this when i was in Taiwan! >.< was half hearted as the SA wasn't very eager to serve me and i wonder why :(
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Nicole December 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Gorgeous! I will definitely get them when they are available in Malaysia.

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Fanny January 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

hmmm…sorry to put up a request here, anyone knows where can I get this set of nail colours? Malaysia doesn’t import these nail colours and my friend tried getting for me in HK but it’s out of stock! :(

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Paris B
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January 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

You can try Singapore but as its limited edition worldwide, chances are its all gone by now.

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Fanny January 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Haha…being “kia su” and to be sure, I just bought it from eBay yesterday!! The seller is from Taiwan, estimated to reach me more or less in 2 week’s time. :)

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Paris B
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January 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

nice! :D

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Kellie December 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Where can I get this?

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Paris B
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December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

This was a limited edition nail polish duo from Shu Uemura Christmas 2011.

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