Coming Soon: Shu Uemura X Pokémon Holiday Collection | Clozette


Shu Uemura is back again with another exciting launch! Fresh from their collaboration with French fashion label Maison Kitsuné, the beauty brand now introduces a new makeup collection starring one of the most adorable Pokémon species of all time.  



Wittily named Pikashu, this electrifying holiday collection (which will be released next month) features the iconic Pikachu donning a new look that's never seen before. The story goes that on 'a holiday night', Pikachu gained special colour powers from Shu Uemura and turned into Pikashu, an evolved version that wears festive makeup complete with cheerful orange cheeks, bright red lips, lovely purple eyes, and has a thunderbolt heart-shaped tail. So cute, right?


Pikashu Shu Uemura Pikachu

Photo: ©2019Pokémon


This collaboration includes Shu Uemura's hero products like their beauty cleansing oils, facial brushes and top-rated eyelash curlers. Ahead, our favourites from this charming collection.


ultime8∞ sublime beauty cleansing oil


Pikashu Shu Uemura Pikachu

SGD165/~USD120 (450ml) and SGD65/~USD47 (150ml) Photo: ©2019Pokémon


We doubt that you'd ever want to skip double cleansing again when you have this dressed-up version of the cult classic ultime8∞ sublime beauty cleansing oil on your vanity. It's the same beloved formula consisting of eight oils that work together to cleanse and hydrate skin, but made more fun.


Eye palettes


Pikashu Shu Uemura Pikachu

pikashu eye palette thunder shock, SGD98/~USD71 Photo: ©2019Pokémon


For this collection, Shu Uemura will be releasing three limited-edition eyeshadow palettes (thunder shock, which is the most versatile of the bunch; mythical purple, which emphasises plum and berry shades; and brick blast with the gold and bronze colours) featuring hues inspired by Pikachu. Of course, that includes yellow and purple but complementary neutral colours are also included so you can create a broad range of looks. 


electric gold pikashu premium eyelash curler


Pikashu Shu Uemura Pikachu

SGD30/~USD22 Photo: ©2019Pokémon


How can something look so sophisticated and cute at the same time? This premium limited-edition sleek gold version of Shu Uemura's award-winning product is a must-have collectable piece for any beauty lover who's a big fan of Pokémon. We know you won't be able to resist the super adorable Pikashu keychain!


Lippies


Pikashu Shu Uemura Pikachu

rouge unlimited lacquer shine in rosy shot and rouge unlimited amplified in flame thrower, SGD42/~USD30 each Photo: ©2019Pokémon


It's not a Shu Uemura special collaboration without the repackaged rouge unlimited lippies. For this batch, our eyes are on the rouge unlimited lacquer shine in rosy shot (perfect shade for everyday wear) and the rouge unlimited amplified in flame thrower (for showstopping beauty looks). 



catch'em all pikashu premium makeup box


Pikashu Shu Uemura Pikachu

SGD580/~USD422 Photo: ©2019Pokémon


Keep all the Pikashu goodies you 'captured' safe in this mini-sized premium makeup box designed with Pikashu doodles. It has all the necessary compartments where you can securely store fragile beauty goodies for when you're travelling or attending a special event. In Singapore, this special item will be exclusively available at ION flagship boutique and Bugis boutique.


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Only five years after its launch, Thai skincare brand Namu Life SNAILWHITE is slowly becoming a vanity staple for beauty junkies in the Philippines. With their products enriched with a signature formula called the Snail Potion, SNAILWHITE promises to unlock your healthy glow. And it seems that they really do deliver, based on the rave reviews their products receive on local beauty e-commerce sites.  Burning with curiosity, I’ve decided to try Namu Life SNAILWHITE products and see whether or not they are worth the hype.


In my years of trying out skincare products, I’ve found that ones with snail extract agreed with my skin the most. That’s why I really had high hopes for the best-selling Namu Life SNAILWHITE products, especially since they are a bit pricey. Both the Namu Life SNAILWHITE Moisture Facial Cream and CC Sunscreen with SPF50+/PA+++ comes at a price of Php995/~USD19.31. The Whipp Soap, on the other hand, costs a bit lower at Php295/~USD5.72. Let's see if they're worth these investments after a few weeks of usage.



Packaging and appearance


I was sceptical before using the Whipp Soap. I thought it would take me a few minutes before I can build up a foam as fluffy as they show in the pictures. But, once I fished it out of its resealable foil packaging, I saw that it included a handy net pouch, which helped create a luxurious lather. Also, because of that pouch, I didn’t need to worry about melting the bar with excess water. Instead of placing the soap after use on a tub holder, I simply hung it to let it air dry. 


Namu Life Snailwhite Whipp Soap


The packaging for the other two SNAILWHITE products is also pretty and straightforward. Unlike the soap, they were in a box with minimal designs that stuck to their signature white-pink-and-grey colour scheme. But what they perfectly achieved on the outside, they overdid on the inside. Their boxes had unnecessary flaps inside that made the products quite a task to pull out.


Namu Life Snailwhite Moisture Facial Cream packaging


But the struggle didn’t end there. I was expecting the SNAILWHITE Moisture Cream to be a regular tub of moisturiser, but what greeted me when I removed the cover confused me. Maybe it’s just me, but it probably took me around five minutes to figure out that I was supposed to push the top to dispense the cream. A short note on the box really would have been helpful. Additionally, it took me around three more tries before I perfected the amount of pressure I applied so it would dispense just the right amount.


Namu Life Snailwhite CC Sunscreen packaging


Thankfully, the CC Sunscreen was far easier and more convenient to use. It came in a pump bottle — exactly what liquid bases should be in. The pump was great in that it helped me control the product I dispense easier.




Texture, scent, and application


The SNAILWHITE Whipp Soap was definitely a blast to use. In a matter of seconds, I had more than enough soft lather in my hands to cover my face with. To further exfoliate my skin, I lightly scrubbed the net-covered soap onto my skin, which wasn’t the best idea as it wasn’t really made of a soft material. The soap has a floral fragrance. It was alright with me but it can be a bit overwhelming for others with a sensitive nose, especially when it covers the whole of your face.



Though we didn’t get on quite well in the beginning, SNAILWHITE Moisture Facial Cream quickly made its way up to my favourite moisturising creams. Because even during the times I accidentally got too much cream, I’m pleased to say that none of the product went to waste. No matter how thick of the gel-cream product I applied, in a matter of minutes, the stickiness would be gone, leaving my face smooth. Of course, a pea-sized amount was more than enough, but I was glad that it didn’t leave me feeling heavy and greasy unlike when I apply other moisturisers too much. Not to mention, it had a citrusy scent which is refreshingly gentle.


Namu Life Snailwhite Moisture Facial Cream swatch


The SNAILWHITE CC Sunscreen, sad to say, didn’t quite meet my expectations. To be fair though, it was creamy and easily blendable. I was also glad that it was lightweight and didn’t feel oily despite leaving a dewy finish. I think it would have been great if its shade just fit my brown skin tone. 


Namu Life Snailwhite CC Sunscreen swatch




Results and overall thoughts


The Whipp Soap was enjoyable and convenient to use. Not to mention, it left my face oil-free but not squeaky clean and dry after use. However, I found that it doesn’t really thoroughly cleanse because when I apply my toner afterwards, my cotton pads still end up lifting up dirt. But I’m thankful that, despite that, it never caused me any breakouts. 


As you’ve probably have guessed, out of all three Namu Life SNAILWHITE products I used, I definitely loved the Moisture Facial Cream. It went beyond what I expected. My face was never greasy in the morning, and it made my skin plumper after use. Also, despite the hassle in the beginning, I ended up loving the way it dispenses the cream. I realised it was more hygienic than dipping my hands into a tubful of cream.


Namu Life Snailwhite products

Best-selling Namu Life SNAILWHITE products



But I wasn’t happy at all with the CC Sunscreen. As you can expect from a shade that’s too light for my skin tone, the tinted sunscreen left a white cast on my face no matter how thinly I spread it. It was unfortunate that it’s only available in that one shade. Aside from that, it also wasn’t great with coverage and only lasted for less than six hours. 


Still, despite the issues, I figured the trio does a decent job of giving your face a nice glow. Continued use of the Whipp Soap and Moisture Facial Cream made my skin softer and smoother. And the CC Sunscreen leaves a dewy but non-greasy finish — maybe I’ll try it again if they released it in more shades. But the star for me is definitely the Moisture Facial Cream. It comes with a price, but it’s a hydrating gem I’d be willing to pay for.  


(Cover photo from: @snailwhitephils)



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With social media making product reviews available at their fingertips, Filipinas are always on the hunt for great beauty products. Good news: On 26 September in the El Nido Villa of Okada Manila, the launch of Shiseido Philippines opened new doors to the beauty world.


Shiseido Asia Pacific President & CEO Jean-Philipp Charrier, PH Ambassador KC Concepcion, Shiseido Philippines Managing Director Koji Nakata

From left to right: President and CEO of Shiseido Asia Pacific Jean-Philipp Charrier, Shiseido Philippines Ambassador KC Concepcion, and Shiseido Philippines Managing Director Koji Nakata.


While Shiseido, the brand, has been present in the Philippines for years, this exciting moment in the beauty world gives Filipinas access to more beauty innovations from across the globe. Aside from Shiseido and Shiseido Men skincare products, prestigious cult-favourites such as NARS and Laura Mercier and new entries like Senka are now more available to the Philippine market. This announcement was accompanied by naming actress KC Concepcion as the new Philippine ambassador for Shiseido.

With this, we entered the Shiseido Beauty Mansion to discover the different brands they’re bringing into the country. Each room was dedicated to a specific brand, their pioneering and best-selling products, and even some holiday collections to watch out for.


Laura Mercier Room

The chic bedspread and vanity set-up inside the Laura Mercier room.


We first explored the chic bedroom set-up in the Laura Mercier room. Filipinas will now be able to enjoy the world-renown skin-perfecting makeup brand’s best-selling products such as their Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation.



Shiseido Room  

The Shiseido room featuring the Shiseido photo wall.


Of course, there was also a Shiseido suite where guests got their photos taken in front of the Shiseido wall. Spread throughout the suite were Shiseido products, including their new Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing collection. Their cleansing range was appropriately placed in the en suite bathroom.


NARS Cosmetics

Getting ready for the holidays in the NARS room.


Next, we entered the glittering world of NARS Cosmetics. The well-loved brand's upcoming holiday collection was the centre of attention of the room, and we cannot wait to test them out once they launch.



Senka Room

The cloud-like foam decor in the Senka room.


As we approached the Senka room, we were able to get glimpses of a cloudy and foamy décor. We tried out their Perfect Whip Cleanser, which held to true to its name. They demonstrated how to ‘whip’ the cleanser to the perfect consistency that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Senka products will be available in Duty Free and Watsons starting this October, with nationwide shipping coming later on this year.


Narciso Rodriguez and Issey Miyake Fragrances

Left: Narciso Rodriguez fragrances. Right: Japanese fragrance brand Issey Miyake.


Lastly, we also got to see an impressive line-up of fragrances. The assortment includes brands like the popular Dolce & Gabbana, Japanese brand Issey Miyake, and sensual perfumes from Narciso Rodriguez.


You can purchase Shiseido products on BeautyMNL, Lazada, their boutiques, and partner beauty counters nationwide.
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