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Holiday 2012: Mon Shu Girl Collection by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura (Collection Information, Photos and Swatches)



Each year, Shu Uemura celebrates the spirit of art and beauty with its artist collaborations - for Holiday 2012, Shu Uemura collaborated with legendary fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld to create a colourful collection with a unique edge, giving rise to the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Mon Shu Collection.

The Mon Shu collection is a symbol of Mr Lagerfeld's personal brand of finesse and Shu Uemura's Tokyo flair - a marriage of Euro Chic and Japanese Pop which is an ode to the mutual admiration and friendship of over 2 decades between the brand and Mr Lagerfeld. 

Mon Shu Uemura means "My Darling Shu Uemura" - she is indeed Mr Lagerfeld's little darling given how he personally hand-sketched her using Shu Uemura products and even outfitted her in his iconic white shirt and black tie. The animation below depicts how Mr Lagerfeld created little Mon Shu

And once created, Little Mon Shu escaped from his sketch book to bring beauty and holiday cheer to girls the world over ... I love the electro-swing music used as the background score! 


Let's take a closer look at the Mon Shu Collection, starting off with the 2 main attractions - the Eye and Cheek Palettes (SGD$98 each)

Each palette comprises 6 pans of product - 2 Silk Smooth Eyeshadows, 3 Pressed Eyeshadows and 1 Glow On Blush. The palettes are in 2 variations - a cool and a warm combination.

The Smoky Velvet Palette has Little Mon Shu Girl against a striking red background and she hints at the shades within - she has on a mossy green eyeshadow. The palette features shades of glitter black, green, icy aqua, silver and sparkle gold beige eyeshadows with a dusty rose pink blush.

The Prestigious Bordeaux Palette on the other hand features a warm, rich colour combination. Little Mon Shu Girl sits againsts a silver background but this time, sports a purple eyeshadow look. This palette features a glitter wine-purple, deep coppery brown, pastel purple, soft cocoa, rich bronze gold sparkle eyeshadows and a deep coral rose blush.

I've played around with the palettes and I will try to post a look soon. What I appreciate in these palettes is that the quality of the eyeshadows is very much similar to the regular singles available in the Shu Uemura Colour Atelier collections - rich, smooth, with good colour payoff. Without doubt, my favourite shades in both the palettes are the 2 sparkle eyeshadows in gold beige and bronze gold - beautiful payoff that glimmers on the eyes. 


Next up, the Painting Eyeliner in Blackish Satin Purple (SGD$36)

I think Shu Uemura couldn't have picked a better name for this creamy gel eyeliner - it does indeed have a satiny appearance to it. The shade, rather than blackened, has a touch of coppery micro-shimmer in it. The formula glides on very easily and dries down budge-proof.


A Shu Uemura colour collection wouldn't be complete without the false eyelashes they are renowned for. As is the norm, the collection features 2 different eyelashes - a mini and a premium set.

The Karl for Shu Premium Eyelashes (SGD$125) features a pair of tailor-made eyelashes with small red crystals on black and white jacquard-esque fabric.

The Karl for Shu Mini Eyeslashes (SGD$35) are very wearable and very festive with that little splash of red and the sparkly touch of silver sequins on the lashband


I love the Shu Uemura eyelash curler - it's a perfect fit for my eyeshape and lasts and lasts for years. This year, Shu Uemura dresses up their iconic eyelash curler with a Mon Shu Girl hanging charm and replaces the traditional black pad, with a more festive looking red pad. The Shu Eyelash Curl and Karl (SGD$28) also comes with a replacement pad in red. 


The Mon Shu Collection features 4 Rouge Unlimited lipstick (SGD$33 each) in varying hues from statement reds to coy nudes to suit different moods and looks - all 4 lipsticks are ultra glossy and glide smoothly on lips.

Mon Shu Red is one of my favourite shades in this collection - the super bright red is made a touch more wearable given the shiny, juicy look it imparts.


This is not the first time Shu Uemura has released Nail Colours and in keeping with the theme, the Nail Colours created for the Mon Shu Collection feature a striking red called Shu Shu Red, a glittery black called Karl Black and a neutral beige called Royal Beige (SGD$28 each). Each bottle of polish comes with a little strip of nail stickers featuring the spotted-jacquard design of the Mon Shu theme, the SUKL logo and of course, Little Mon Shu Girl herself.

Here is a closer look at Shu Shu Red ... I love the name! :P

The brush is a little slim but the polish flows easily across the nail so polish application is not difficult. 

The striking red has the slightest touch of orange in it, making it a very bright scarlet shade. The polish has a slight jelly finish to it - very squishy and super shiny and takes 2 thick coats or 3 thinner coats for full opacity. With 2 thinner coats, I could see a little of my nail line. 

Swatches are with 1base coat of China Glaze Nail Strengthener and Growth Formula, 3 thin coats of Shu Shu Red and 1 coat of Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat (pardon the little bits of henna peeking through on my palms).

I liked the red a lot and decided to savour the colour without the nail stickers but you can view the nail art creations by the Shu Uemura team on the Shu Uemura FB HERE


There are other products outfitted with the Mon Shu Girl motif in this collection

Tsuya Skin UV Under Base Youthful Radiance Mousse (SGD$65) in a peach hue.


The Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced (SGD$130) - this cleansing oil is one of Shu Uemura's most popular and is infused with Green Tea extract and Gingko Lead extract.


The Mon Shu Mini Brush Set (SGD$125) is adorable - it features 4 silver-silver handled brushes - 1 goat hair cheek brush, 2 eyeshadow brushes in nylon and sable and 1 lip/eyeliner brush - all encased in a silver brush case.


And finally, a hand-crafted makeup box - the Karl for Shu Shu Baby (SGD$500) is a professional makeup box


The Shu Uemura Mon Shu Girl Collection is already available at all Shu Uemura counters island-wide. If you're keen on watching the Mon Shu collection in action, there will be a live demonstration at the Shu Uemura counter at Metro Paragon, this Friday 23 Nov 2012 during the Metro Ladies Night - the demonstration will take place at 7.30pm.

Also, have you seen Little Mon Shu Girl? The folks at Shu Uemura are giving you a chance to bring Little Mon Shu Girl home - simply make a purchase FROM ANY FRAGRANCE OR COSMETIC BRAND at Metro during the Metro Ladies Night and you will receive an auction coupon. Bidding for Little Mon Shu Girl starts at SGD$20 and rises in multiples of SGD$5.

And like me, if you're wondering why her eyes are red, here's the answer from the folks at Shu Uemura .... her red irises against the whites of her eyes are actually symbolic - they represent the flag of Japan. 


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead - just 1 more day to TGIF! 

If you haven't RSVPed for the Metro Ladies Night, you can do so HERE - I'm interested to see to whom and for how much Little Mon Shu Girl will go! :)


Disclaimer: This entry contains information and some images extracted from the press kit provided by the brand. All opinions expressed are my own and are unbiased.

posted by

I'm totally getting the second set of lashes even though I probably won't wear them. Too cute to resist. The Prestigous Bordeux palette is so pretty.

posted by

Jacqueline: I heard from the folks at Shu Uemura yesterday that the mini lashes is OOS in many counters. I was at Metro Paragon yesterday and they still had stock. You might want to call and check which counter has it and make a reservation. I wore the lashes yesterday and several people were very intrigued! It's definitely a cutesy piece! Both palettes are really nice actually - I just wished the icy aqua in Smoky Velvet was a little deeper. The sparkle shades in both are wowza!

posted by

This reminds me.... *ahem... I did buy the Prestigious Bordeux palette! *lol
I like the purple & glimmering bronz-y gold.. :p

posted by

Elaine: the silk smooth eyeshadow in purple is very pigmented! I just used it last week and looooove the sparkly bronze too much :D

posted by CloudyAly

My dad bought me the Prestigious Bordeaux one last Christmas and gosh it was sooo lovely! It was the silkiest eyeshadow that I had ever own. It glides on your skin like butter and also the colours are very pigmented! Also it has my favourite colours- namely the purples and the gold!!

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