I've been interested in trying some more Shu Uemura products for a while and once I heard about the 25% off code before Christmas, I couldn't resist placing an order. I had originally ordered three eyeshadow but unfortunately P 860 was out of stock once my order was processed.
One of these is a winner for me and the other was a bit of a surprise. ME 850 Brown, is often discussed as the replacement for the very popular and discontinued ME Silver 945. I can't comment on whether or not ME 945 is a dupe for MAC Satin Taupe but I can say that ME 850 isn't similar enough to be a dupe to my mind. I don't know why I didn't think to add a swatch of Satin Taupe as a comparison. I think ME 850 is quite similar to the limited edition Style Snob but the Shu eyeshadow has a much smoother finish. I will do an updated taupe comparison if anyone is interested? I think it's about time I include some cheaper brands too for colour comparison. Anyway, I digress...
ME 850 is lovely. It has great pigmentation and is smooth and easy to apply. It has good staying power too. It's a metallic silvery brown and although frosty, it's not overly so. This looks equally nice as a lid colour or crease colour. I'm going to get a lot of use out of this, especially as it's simple to use as a wash of colour using a buffing/crease type brush when I'm short of time.
IR 800 is described on the www.shuuemura.co.uk website as an iridescent beige. I thought this would make a change from the satin finish beiges that I often use. When it arrived it took me a while to realise that this was the 'beige'. To me, this looks and swatches as a pale gold. It's quite yellow based and had I seen it in person, this is not something I would have picked up. Athough this colour isn't for me, the eyeshadow texture is the same pleasure to apply as the ME 850. It's so easy and creamy to use. I have included a picture of it applied to my lid so that you can see how it translates on the eye (apologies for the lack of mascara).
I'm keen to try more Shu Uemura products, in particular the blushes and maybe more eyeshadows. I intend to have a browse and swatch at a counter next time as I struggled to find many swatches online. Let me know if you have an favourites or colours you think I should take a look at.
I should mention there were a few issues with ordering from the website. The order took a long time to be dispatched and I didn't realise that one of the items was out of stock until my order arrived. An email had been sent but I never received it and I'm aware that this happened to a few others. There was no invoice in the package either for me to check. However, I was very impressed with their customer services department. They dealt with my query really quickly and in a very helpful and pleasant manner. Based on my experience with their customer services I'd be happy to use the website again (once I've checked out the colours in person).