Shu Uemura's winter collection, in collaboration with the much-loved fashion designer Tsumori Chisato, is the cutest Christmas collection released this year. The "Wish Upon a Star" Collection features eye palettes, false eyelashes (this is Shu, afterall), highlighters, lipsticks and glosses, makeup tools and pouches, all in ultra-adorable, kitty packaging. To be honest, I had no interest in the actual makeup part of the collection since all the products came in warm tones but the cat motif and design of the packaging spoke deeply to the cat-lady in me, so I reserved the Duo Color Highlighter in Golden Snow and the Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Venus Pink.
The Duo Color Highlighter in Golden Snow ("Stardust" in Japan) contains a light, peachy-pink powder and a pale yellow-gold shade that both contain fine white shimmer and are mostly sheer. On my skin, the two pressed-powders work better as a very subtle bronzer or blush than an actual highlighter. Golden snow adds a slight warm glow and some sparkle to my face but other than that, however, I cannot really say much about the actual makeup aspect of the highlighter. As I said before, I really only purchased this product for its packaging and doubt I will be using it in the future. The case design is very whimsical and cute but the case itself is made out a chunky, sort of cheap kind of plastic and for 5,040 yen (including tax), I was hoping for something thinner, sleeker and of better quality.
The Rouge Unlimited in Venus Pink (an Asia-exclusive shade) is a bright, almost-coral pink lipstick full of gold shimmer. Though it is fairly pigmented, it is also slightly drying and accentuates the cracks in my lips even after they have been moisturized. I find that adding a sheer gloss over the lip color improves its lasting power and appearance but without any help, Venus Pink does not evenly distribute across my lips and looks very unnatural. It is definitely better suited for someone with a warm skin-tone and pale lips. But I am not completely disappointed with the lipstick because it does come in a really cute case (though it is also that cheap chunky plastic) and I do not have a shade like Venus Pink in my lip makeup collection. 3,465 yen (including tax).