Review: Shupette By Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura

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Do you have a paper bag handy? You might hyperventilate.

Get ready to swoon, ya'll. The much anticipated Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura Shupette Collection has finally pounced into the beauty world--and it's a sparkly, fluffy sight to behold.

shu uemura karl lagerfeld shupette makeup collection

Can we take a minute to hyperventilate over the adorable packaging?

Considering my obsession with felines, it's not surprising that when the collection was announced, I was pretty darn excited. Shu Uemura? Karl Lagerfeld? A collection inspired by a cuddly white cat with piercing blue eyes? Sign me UP, Karl.

The collection contains 15 pieces, including the Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette, two eye trios, two rouge trios, blush singles, eyeliners, face powder, and a glitter set. Also included in are faux lashes, nail polish, cleansing oil, a brush set, and an eyelash curler.

All in all, it's a pretty comprehensive set, and the color scheme, as you'd imagine, is very soft and feminine. Think milky pinks, powdery blues, soft golds and plenty of glitter. Prices start at $18 for the nail polish, with the most expensive items being the palette ($89), cleansing oil ($90), and trunk ($400). The prices are pretty in line with what you'd expect from both brands, and I'm overall very impressed with the quality.

shu uemura karl lagerfeld shupette makeup collection

The Shupette Collection is su-purr-b.

I sampled a few of the items, including the Has-It-All Palette and the Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in Parisienne Chic. The palette was enclosed in a super soft, white makeup bag with blue gem eyes designed in the image of Choupette (Karl's cat).

shu uemura karl lagerfeld shupette eye need shu liner

I also received the Eye-Need-Shu liner in midnight black, a black pencil with lots of deep, blue glitter. Those paw prints: OMG.

Before I get into my makeup tutorial, let's do some swatching.

shu uemura kar lagerfeld shupette has it all eye and lip palette

The pre-swatched Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette, also with paw prints. 

eye shadow swatches on arm

The left quadrant and the three lippies below it applied to bare skin without a primer.

lip color swatches on arm

The right quadrant and three lip colors below.

As you can see, the colors are quite soft and smoky. The formulations are really easy to manipulate and blend, as well, allowing you to go sheer or build up intensity. The lip colors are very pigmented, and a little goes a long way. I'd call them a mix between a liquid and a solid and would recommend a nice lip pencil for precise application.

makeup swatches on arm

Parisienne Chic Rouge Bonbon Trio and the Eye-Need-Shu liner in Midnight Black

The Parisienne Chic Rouge Bonbon Trio is on top and the Eye-Need-Shu liner in Midnight Black is on the bottom (note the blue glitter). Personally, I think the palette lip colors/rouge bonbons can be used both as lippies and blushers. You could even get creative and try a wet and glossy eye.

A Wearable '70s Inspired Tutorial

applying light blue eye shadow

Start with light blue shadow on the lids. 

After applying an eye shadow primer, apply the light blue shadow across the lid and up to the crease. For more color payoff, pat the shadow into the lid versus swiping back and forth.

light blue eye shadow

Darker blue to the socket line.

Using a crease brush, apply the darker blue color across the socket line. Blend it out really well. I like to go back in with a clean, bushy brush and blend the edges.

cat eye makeup

Add in the cat eye. 

Create a cat-eye with your favorite inky black liner or gel. For a more dramatic look, you can take the wing out further. I think that what I'm wearing is an ideal flick size for everyday.

applying black eyeliner

Drawing on the sparkly Midnight Black liner.

Line the outer three-quarters of your lower lash line with the Midnight Black liner. The sparkly blue bits add the perfect, subtle touch, if you ask me. They're definitely more noticeable in person.

smudged eyeliner

All lined up, with mascara. 

Smudge out the liner with the darker blue color from the palette. This softens the look and gives a smokier effect. Also do two to three coats of a super black mascara.

light pink lipstick

Now for the blush and lips. 

I used the palest shade from the Parisienne Chic trio for both my blush and lips. The blush was blended into the apples of my cheeks. I also applied a touch of highlighter to the top of my cheekbones and just above the center of my lip.

bright pink lipstick

Blowing a Shupette kiss. 

If you wanted something more dramatic, opt for the bright pink shade in the trio. That's a ton of color payoff, agreed?

shu uemura karl lagerfeld shupette makeup collection

My life motto: Give me cats or give me…kittens. But seriously, though, give me cats and kittens.

  • Who else is as into this makeup as I am? 
  • What do you think about a cat being the sole inspiration for an entire beauty collection? I demand more!