Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette 01 and Blackish Satin Purple review and photos.

Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette 01.

Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette 01.

Three weeks ago Shu Uemura sent out a lovely email announcing a 40% sale on selected items. Fascinated by this promise, I casually clicked on the site and discovered a makeup trove of limited-edition items that had been marked down.  My selection consisted of the Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette 01 ($65 US/6g) and Blackish Satin Purple liner ($25 US/2.8 g).  Before placing my order, I also came across a 10% coupon code, eligible to be used on any purchase.  Could I, would I, give up such a juicy deal?  Never in a million years 🙂


L-R:  Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette dry swatches vs. damp swatches.

Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette 01 consists of six (1 g. each) warm neutral shades.  I had my eye on this palette for a long time, but was always hesitant to purchase an eyeshadow palette blindly online. However, for $32.50 I was willing to take a leap of faith.  The first color M895 is one of Shu’s best sellers the rest of the colors are new to the palette.  These colors do not contain any parabens, wear very well, blend beautifully and the packaging is very travel friendly.  Shu names the shadows from left to right W1-W6:

  1. W1:  M895 is a dark tone matte purple brown color.  Great pigmentation, no fallout, smooth and wonderful to use in the outer “v” or with a damp brush as a very subtle eyeliner.  Part of the permanent collection in the 1.5 g pan.
  2. W2:  Matte base warm chocolate brown with gold sparkles.  The gold sparkles are in abundance and will fall down throughout the day.  I prefer to use this color with a damp brush to contain the fallout.  Nars Galapagos is very similar.
  3. W3:  Rose gold highlighter shade.  Very similar in color to my Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).  I prefer to use this color with a damp brush.
  4. W4:  Copper/bronze frost color, very similiar in color and texture to Urban Decay in Half Baked (buttery and smooth).
  5. W5:  Gold Sparkle shadow.  I assume this is a topper shade.  The texture is chalky and hard.  I lightly pat a small amount with my dampened finger on top of any matte shade.
  6. W6:  White/silver sparkle with a smoother consistency than W5.  Great as an inner corner highlight color.  Similar in color to MAC Crystal Avalanche (frost and has a smoother texture than W6).  I prefer to apply this color with a damp brush.
Shu Uemura Blackest Stain Purple.

Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple.

Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple ($12.50 on sale) was part of a limited-edition Karl Largerfeld Collection for Holiday 2012. The color is a deep plumy purple with multicolored micro-shimmers running throughout the formula.  The texture is smooth, creamy and long wearing– making this color an excellent candidate to be used as an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base.♥ After careful examination of the formula, long-lasting wear, amount offered, ingredients and packaging I have concluded, Shu Uemura uses the same manufacturer as YSL.

Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Plum swatch.

Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple swatch.


L-R:  Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple vs. YSL #7 Gold Star/Ingredient list. 

Some looks I was able to create using the Tokyo Lights Palette and Blackish Satin Purple:


Shu Uemura Tokyo Palette 01:  W4 all over the lid, W1 smudge on the above lash line, W2 on the bottom lid, W5 patted lightly over W4, Blackish Satin Purple in the waterline, W3 used as an inner corner highlight.


Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used on the waterline and as an eyeshadow base w/W2 layered on top, W6 used as an inner corner highlight, W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line.


Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow and on the waterline, W2 mixed w/W4 on lower lash line.


Blackish Satin Purple mixed w/YSL #7 Gold Star creme liner all over the lid. BSP used on the waterline.  

Colors similar to Shu Uemura Blackest Satin Purple would be Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow or MAC Macroviolet Fluidline.  Shu Uemura Cosmetics are sold only online in the United States at

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette 01 and Blackish Satin Purple liner are worth every discounted penny I spent on them.  Shu Uemura does put out some really stellar products and their online promotions are wonderful.  It is worth signing up for their emails and getting in on sales and liquidations. Rarely have I been disappointed by a Shu product, my HG eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown 02 has lasted for two years.  These products may be sold out, but do try their other liners and eyeshadows and always be on the look out for deals from this fantastic company.  Be well and stay safe.


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