Shu Uemura Égérie Eye Shimmer Duo — Like Stardust For Your Eyes
I've been swept off my feet, plopped onto a flying carpet made of a slithery liquid eye shadow, and transported into a magical fairy dust universe where everything shimmers with interstellar grandeur — and it's all thanks to Shu Uemura's new Egérie Eye Shimmer Duos.
Each set contains a liquid shadow in a neutral shade (such as brown or gray), packaged inside a lip gloss-shaped squeezable tube bearing a feminine, leaf-like print. The idea is to squeeze a tad of the liquid shadow onto a brush (or your fingertip) and then apply onto the eyelid. The shadow isn't creamy, and it won't clump or crease on your lid, but it can be a bit messy when you first apply it (as is the case with any liquid-based eye makeup), so make sure not to use too much of it: a pea-sized amount should more than suffice. The liquid color dries in a matter of seconds, so there's no need to worry about smearing (and again, it should stay in place for as long as you desire). The shadows are, in and of themselves, lovely shades with an intriguing metallic glint that's a bit rock-n-roll flavored.
The real magic, however, happens when you apply the powder shadow. Each Eye Shimmer Duo contains one base liquid shadow and one color powder eye shadow. The powder shadows are packaged in sleek mini gloss-like tubes, also bearing abstract prints that seem to allude to spring foliage. When you twist open the tubes, you'll find an applicator wand jutting out from the cap, featuring a sponge-like tip (much like what you'd find in a tube of MAC Lipglass). But the twist, of course, is that the substance inside the tube isn't glossy or creamy but, instead, consists of a dry pigment with a fascinating, esoteric sheen. To apply the powder shadow, you simply dip the wand inside the tube and then glide it over the liquid shadow already applied to lids. The liquid shadow absorbs the powder pigment quite well, so you won't make the type of mess you would if you used other eye glitters or loose pigments. You can add just a thin veil-like coat of the powdery shimmer or go for a real Ziggy Stardust effect by layering on more coats and opting for maximum wattage. These powder shadows come in pastel hues like silvery blue, rose-tinged lilac, and champagne rose — and, when layered atop the darker, moodier liquid shadows, they make beautiful music.
The Eye Shimmer Duos are available in three shades: Glint Blue (pictured at top), which features a brown liquid eye shadow base and a silvery blue powder eye shadow; Starry Violet (pictured second from top), which features an olive-tinged gray liquid eye shadow base and a rosy violet powder eye shadow; and Shiny Mint, which features a mint green liquid base shadow and a champagne rose powder eye shadow. Having tried the Glint Blue and Starry Violet Eye Shimmer Duos, I'm completely smitten.
Take a look at the swatches below to see for yourself!
Shu Uemura Egérie Eye Shimmer Duo in Starry Violet:
Shu Uemura Egérie Eye Shimmer Duo in Glint Blue:
Me Wearing the Shu Uemura Eye Shimmer Duo in Glint Blue:
Shu Uemura Egérie Eye Shimmer Duo, $42. Visit ShuUemura-USA.com
** Product samples were submitted for editorial review purposes and utilized in order to write this piece.