Emancipate yourself from the land of bland, chalky eyeshadows with Shu Uemura’s Fleur de Rose Palette! With soft, velvety textures and rich, intense colors, the seven pink, purple and neutral shades combine easily to create several different looks. The palette’s great for makeup neophytes as well as eyeshadow experts, and from now until June 29th you can get it online for 20% less (Shu Uemura friends and family online sale).
Here’s a close-up of the palette (the numbers correspond with the swatches to make it a lil’ easier to follow).
- Gold shimmer
- Dark purple shimmer
- Silver-white shimmer
- Light pink-coral shimmer
- Maroon shimmer
- Beige matte
- Brown-gold shimmer
My favorite shade is the brown-gold shimmer. Doesn’t it bear a striking resemblance to MAC Soba, but on shimmer steroids? I think it’d make a great crease color or a base for either simple or complicated eye looks. I can actually see myself hitting the pan with this one!
While playing with the palette, I used the brown-gold shade in the crease to do a soft purple and pink eye.
(Side note: Just as I finished this eye the Fed Ex guy rang the door bell. When I answered, I had my right eye done, but the other eye was bare. The poor guy looked at me like I was nuts, LOL. Perhaps in some ways I am.)
The shades are shimmery yet natural — still appropriate for work or play.
Here’s how I did the look…
- Applied the matte beige shade on the browbone.
- Added the brown-gold shade into the crease.
- Smoothed the light pink-coral shade onto the inner two-thirds of the lid.
- Added the maroon shade onto the outer third of the lid.
- Applied the dark purple shade into the outer V and the lower lash line.
Numbers refer to the palette above…
Fleur de Rose Palette Shortcut
There are several steps involved in the eye look above. If you’re new to eyeshadow, well, don’t freak out. You don’t have to go as far as I did to create pretty looks with this palette.
Start by exploring the brown-gold, beige, gold and silver-white shades — they provide great basic neutrals to begin a look with. From there, add pops of color with the pinks and purples.
Here are six beginner-friendly ways to use the colors in Fleur de Rose…
A Simple Look for Work
Apply beige shade (6) over the entire lid and brown-gold shade (7) in crease for an easy, neutral look.
A Subtle Pop of Color, Numero One
Add a pop of concentrated color to the Simple Look for Work above by wetting a stiff angled brush like the MAC 266. Use the wet brush head to apply the maroon shade (5) as a liner on the upper lash line. Wetting the brush amplifies the color as it’s applied.
A Subtle Pop of Color, Numero Two
Follow the same steps for A Subtle Pop of Color, Numero One but replace the maroon shade (5) with the dark purple (2).
Silver and Purple Night Look
Apply the silver shade (3) over the entire lid. Use a stiff-angled brush (either wet or dry) to apply the dark purple shade (2) on the upper and lower lash lines.
Daytime Smokey Purple Eye
Apply the beige shade (6) to your brow bone. Add the brown-gold (7) shade into the crease. Line the upper and lower lash lines with a creamy black pencil eyeliner like MAC Smolder, and then smudge the dark purple shade (2) over the liner with a pencil brush.
Pink-Coral and Maroon Eye
Apply the gold shade (1) to the brow bone; then add brown-gold (7) into the crease. Smooth the pink shade on the inner half of the lid, just barely into the crease. Finish by adding maroon shade to the outer half of the lid and just barley into the crease. Apply the purple shade (2) to the lower lash line. This is a variation on the coral and brown eye I did a few weeks ago.
Just imagine all of the palette combinations out there to discover! What looks would you create with Shu Uemura’s Fleur de Rose palette?