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A sweet reader, Faye, emailed me quite some time ago about how she visited the L’oreal Company Store and spotted two GREEN Shu Uemura nail polishes that I just had to have. I was floored and flattered that she thought of me and was kind enough to send them my way. The generosity of strangers, I tell you!
One of the polishes is a dark green creme a la NARS Zulu and the other is such a unique hue, words fail me to describe it. Take a peek after the jump!
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|What’s On Your Nails? is a new series focusing on my fellow beauty bloggers and industry insiders, their favorite nail polish and other hot nail topics.For this week’s What’s On Your Nails, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite people, Sara from Bit By The Beauty Bug. I adore Sara because she’s a great friend with an innate sense of style and a quick, witty personality. She doesn’t pull any punches and is one of those people that will tell you if there’s spinach between your teeth. Everyone should have a Sara in their life.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sara a little over a year ago during a trip to New York with the brains behind Total Beauty. We connected during an uber-packed, day long beauty tour and have become great pals ever since via numerous IM and phone chats.
If you aren’t familiar with Sara’s blog, her blunt, no holds barred attitude bleeds over into her product reviews. She’s not one to wax poetic about the latest beauty goody unless it truly deserves praise. Passionate about mascara, her recent Drugstore Mascara Showdown series has saved me from being sucked in by commercial claims. She’s also a big Shu Uemura fan and shares her latest discoveries from the Boston Shu boutique.
Of course, we couldn’t be friends if Sara didn’t have a love and appreciation of polish. See what’s on her nails now and find out what other polishes she considers “must haves” after the jump!
After my Givenchy post from last week, I’ve been on a major purple kick. Next to green, it’s my favorite nail color. I know I’ve been all about about grays this fall but it’s a passing fancy. Purple has a perm place in my heart.
So while shopping with a gal pal at my local Nordies a couple weeks ago, I was stopped in my purple lovin’ tracks at the sight of Shu Uemura’s Mika holiday collection. Famed Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa worked with Shu Uemura to create a vibrant, beautifully packaged collection with an AH-MAZING burple (blue purple) polish.
Tanzanite Aquarium was described as blue by a Shu rep but I think it falls somewhere in between blue and purple, thus the use of burple above. Not only is it a gorgeous shade but it’s packed with holographic micro-glitter as well. It doesn’t create a holographic effect on the nail, just multicolored sparkles in the light. In fact I’d call it a blued version of China Glaze Grape Crush, which is much more red based and warm toned.
The application was smooth and easy. The brush is long, dense and firm yet it splays out nicely to give even coverage. Two coats achieved bottle color but the micro-glitter gives a slightly bumpy finish so I recommend using a thick quick drying top coat like Seche Vite or Poshe. Oh and it wears like a dream. Seriously, this formula is like iron. I went chip free for six days with very little tip wear.
Fun fact: During a recent visit to the Shu Uemura offices, I learned that their polish bottle’s unique shape was designed to fit between your fingers while you polish. No need for a bottle holder here.
The Mika holiday collection is on counters now and available online at ShuUemura-USA.com. The collection’s nail lacquers, Tanzanite Aquarium and Sparkling Garnet Aquarium, retail for $16 US.
So last Friday I met up with Annie and her Cleveland shopping gang to check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives and gab over dinner. Of course I had no time the night before to do a mani so I arrived bare nailed while they were all perfectly polished. Though having naked tips ended up being ideal for swatching since the first thing out of all of their mouths was about the Fall collection Shu Uemura tester display and the polish I just HAD to see.
I beelined past all the exclusives, straight to our brand new Shu counter to witness the magic. OMG you guys, it’s sooo gorgeous! I immediately did a swatch to the sound of oohs and ahhs. A luscious browned berry vamp with gold flecks of glitter, I’m wondering if this may be a twin to fan favorite, the long discontinued Pomegranate Pom Pom from FingerPaints. When the bottle I pre-ordered arrives, I’ll do a full on dupe search.
Since our Shu counter is so new, details are sketchy at best. The MUA didn’t know the release date or price though I’m assuming it will cost $16 like other Shu polishes. And can you believe I didn’t even write down the name? It’s PA and some number which totally doesn’t help but look for it with a display of four stunning shadow duos, including an amazing blackened green/bronze combo.