Shu Uemura Eye Color Palette in Midnight Winter Sakura Review and Swatches

Another palette that caught my eye from the Holiday 2008 Collection is Shu Uemura Eye Color Palette in Midnight Winter Sakura ($65).

This is my first Shu Uemura palette and thanks to my awesome friend (you rock Janet!), I was able to snatch one even though it was sold out everywhere in the US.

The palette is part of the Mika Loves Shu Uemura collection that is designed by famous Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa. Not only does it come in a super cute compact with a picture of sakura flowers on the cover, it contains seven shimmery eyeshadows in neutral and bright colors and a black cream liner with red flecks.

The eyeshadows all apply smoothly with decent pigmentation and lasting power. The diverse color range also means you can create endless combos. The cream liner works great but it tends to come out slightly lighter than it looks. I also *love* the double-ended applicator! It has a sponge tip on one end and an eyeliner brush on the other and they are both made with good quality. They feel sturdy and are great for applying the product. The huge mirror on the inside is another plus. I am really glad I got this palette!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Oooh, I’m so jealous you got the Winter Sakura palette. I wanted that one so badly! I did manage to snag the Luscious Rose palette though and I believe some of those colors are similar to the Winter Sakura one, however, the packaging isn’t quite as pretty. Cherry blossoms are beautiful.

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