Yazbukey for Shu Uemura Will Bring Out the Colorful Badass in Anyone

Not to mention this might be the best-feeling matte lipstick I've ever tried.
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Not to mention this might be the best-feeling matte lipstick I've ever tried.

I’m all for minimalist, modern packaging. But sometimes you just wanna liven up your vanity, you know? So when I first spotted the Yazbukey for Shu Uemura collection, I was drawn right in. I mean, what in this collection isn't interesting to look at? With vibrant packaging and phrases like “I need my Shu Shu!” Yaz Bukey has created something totally unique yet again.

Don’t know who Yaz Bukey is? She’s the designer behind some of the most interesting jewelry and accessories offered this side of the decade. You might have spotted her designs most recently on on the fearless Lady Gaga (Yazbukey x Linda Farrow Eye See You sunglasses pictured below). Often pairing up with other brands, any Yazbukey collaboration always results in products that are off-kilter and totally in-your-face. It’s her unapologetically out-there aesthetic that I love. I mean, you really have to not give a f--k to pull these off. 

Getting some serious Gorey/Lichtenstein vibes. [Images via the Yazbukey instagram account.]

Getting some serious Gorey/Lichtenstein vibes. [Images via the Yazbukey instagram account.]

She definitely brought that attitude to Shu Uemura, and it resulted in the makeup collection for the colorful badass in all of us.

1. Nail Color in Daring Burgundy. 2. False Eyelashes in Flip Color Yaz. 3. Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in Yaz Red. 4. Cleansing Oil in Anti/Oxi.

1. Nail Color in Daring Burgundy. 2. False Eyelashes in Flip Color Yaz. 3. Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in Yaz Red. 4. Cleansing Oil in Anti/Oxi.

I own almost exclusively matte lipsticks, nearly all of which are red or its varying shades. So duh, I was super-excited to try out the red offered in the collection, a Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte appropriately titled “Yaz Red.” 

Yaz Red in the tube.

Yaz Red in the tube.

And swatched.

And swatched.

And on me. This girl approves.

And on me. This girl approves.

This lipstick is powdery soft, but incredibly vibrant. It might be the best feeling matte lipstick I’ve ever used. If you love matte reds, I can’t recommend this one enough. If red isn’t your thing, there are three other shades offered in the collection: Noble Pink, Sunshine Orange and Daring Violet.

Green packaging doesn’t mean green product. This oil runs clear.

Green packaging doesn’t mean green product. This oil runs clear.

I can tell you right now, when this cleanser runs out, I’m coming up with a way to repurpose this bottle. I never want it to leave my countertop. 

This big green bottle of Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil is my new favourite staple. It smells light and citrusy, and doesn’t leave an oily residue after rinsing. Take note though, It’s far more runny than traditional oils, so be careful when you go to pump it out! 

It claims to remove pollutants from the skin and brighten complexion. I’ve found it helps speed up healing on any dry patches and doubles as an amazing makeup remover!

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I’m not huge on nail polish, mostly because I’m still growing out my nails after biting them for 20 years, but I swiped some of this Daring Burgundy on and I have to say, it’s significantly pigmented. If you’re huge into limited-edition polishes, be sure to pick one of these up.

Black on top, pink on the bottom.

Black on top, pink on the bottom.

There are two types of fake lashes offered in this collection. The first will always remind me of Jennifer Lopez, for some reason, with short and long lashes spread throughout. These also have crystals along the base, which definitely wouldn’t be out of place at such an event. 

The second style is all about volume and unexpected colour. I think of the two, this is definitely my favourite. The top layer is traditional black with bright pink lashes peeking through. These are heavy-duty; the pink peeking through is actually an entire extra layer of lash, just situated underneath, so when you look up, your admirers will get a quick glimpse of unexpected colour.

It’s pretty safe to say this collaboration is everything I’d hoped it would be, and this isn’t nearly all of it. The collection features even more products, including gel liners, eye and cheek palettes, makeup base, primer and a pressed powder compact. All packaged to perfection. Obsessed yet?

  • What products from the Yazbukey for Shu Uemura collection are you itching to try out?
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