When Shu Uemura unveiled to us their Iconic 5 products, I could not help but stifle a most impertinent giggle. You see I’d used or am still using 4 out of 5 products already! What does that tell you about Shu Uemura’s marketing eh? 🙂
The only product I’d not tried was the Shu Uemura UV Under Base – a makeup base which I’m told can also be used daily even without makeup to counter external aggressions. Personally, I wouldn’t quite because it did not do much to either offer coverage or even out skin tone. It makes a lovely base for makeup though so if you’d like something light, apply this mousse base and then use some loose powder over and you’re good to go!
One item I’d been using for years and years is the Shu Uemura Eyelash curler. Of all the eye lash curlers I’d tried, this is the best to suit my eye shape. I like the eyelash curler and yes, I’d say its an iconic product and well deserving of its title. I will not venture to say that it will suit everyone because I know of some people who do not like it or for whom it pinches due to their eye shape. Eye lash curlers are a personal thing.
The other product I’d been using for years also is the Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow pencil. I finally learnt to sharpen it the way they do at the boutique (after almost destroying my own pencil at home!) but it’s not quite something I’d advise you to try at home. Best just take your Shu Uemura Hard brow pencil to the boutique or counter and get the girls to sharpen it for you – its a free lifetime service 😉 You can read my earlier review of the Shu Uemura Brow pencil for more in depth thoughts.
Another product most of us would be familiar with is Shu Uemura’s Cleansing oils. How many of us cut our teeth on Shu’s oils? I bet most of us did! I never did review the Shu Uemura cleansing oil but I did post up some tips a while ago on how to properly use cleansing oils. I did not know there are now 6 types of oils available!
I had 2 sachets of the new Anti-Inflammation (A/I) Cleansing Oil which is formulated for sensitive skin and contains liquorice. I tried it and its not bad – a bit thick but rinses off well and leaves my skin fresh and clean. However, its proven beyond doubt now that I can’t handle Shu Uemura cleansing oils because I promptly broke out with little bumps on my skin upon using it. 🙁
Its a little beef I have with Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils iconic though they may be. Every single one breaks me out and despite what I was told, its nothing to do with my cleansing technique. I’ve got it down pat and I always clean all oil off PLUS I double cleanse with another cleanser after the oils so it can’t be that. I’m not sure if its the formula or the mineral oil (though I’m ok with other products containing mineral oil I think) but Shu Uemura cleansing oils just do not work for me. 🙁
That said, I too know many who swear by these cleansing oils so as always, we’re all different.
The final product I was reminded of is the Shu Uemura Deep Sea Water mist. I’d used this before too – I bought my first in Hong Kong. Its nice although I do think a 150ml bottle is a bit hard to tote around to use regularly. Wish they’d kept the smaller 75ml bottles – cuter and more practical though a tad more expensive. The fine water mist is lovely on the skin though as is the scent.
How its different from the thermal spa water face mists I love is that the water used is deep sea water found 320 meters below the sea and rich in minerals as opposed to thermal spa water which is found on land. It is nice and come in various scents – my fave is Bergamot – so relaxing!
Have you tried any of the Famous Five from Shu Uemura? The reference is of course, a nod to Enid Blyton and a favourite childhood series of adventure books – The Famous Five 🙂