Inspired Lashes

I had such a fun time the other evening. I attended a delightful shu uemura cocktail party at their San Francisco boutique. It was a birthday celebration of the first shu uemura boutique that opened in Tokyo 26 years ago. The event featured the stunning new Lashes in Nature Collection. shu uemura comes out with the most amazing false lashes. They take lashes to the next level and then some, with brilliant creativity and high-impact drama.

Lashes in Nature Collection

The Lashes in Nature Collection includes nine sets of lashes designed by four makeup masters inspired by flowers, forests, oceans, and sky. The showstoppers are the four extravagant “premium” sets – works of art that definitely make a statement. Each pair is $79.

Fleur-Ever (top) emulates the tail of a bird with exotic purple plumage accented with white flecking. There are petal-like forms inside the lashes meant to evoke a bouquet of peonies. The designer says these “exude feminity and are the ultimate expression of one’s individuality.” This set is one of my favorites. These reminded me of both flowers and butterfly wings.

Goldglam Leaf (second from top) is handcrafted with real skeleton leaves drenched in glimmering gold (how cool is that?). This set features transparent crystals evocative of droplets of morning dew. This is also one of my favorites. I love how they put the lashes just on the bottom and accented the model’s skin with lots of gold and bronze.

Marine Tide (second from bottom) features a unique curl design to echo the undulating roll of the ocean’s tidal cycle. These lashes are woven with a variety of shades of blue – from sky blue to deep turquoise – and accented with a sprinkling of white foam.

Snow Twist (bottom) includes delicate clusters of tiny, translucent crystals evocative of snow. Each lash is made from thin, milky white wires. There are frosted pink teardrop crystals along the lower lashes.

The five other sets in the collection (three are pictured below) are more affordable ($18-$29) and less dramatic but still highly unique. They include decorative “statement” and everyday “accent” lashes. My favorites are the Lavender Bloom ($29, below on left), which are purple-toned lashes made of soft, fur-like materials, and the Farfallina ($29, below in the middle), which have triple layers of brown and black tones with different levels of curl and longer lashes toward the outer edge. I also love the super cute Mini Star Glitz set ($22, below on right) with its twinkling stars.

The collection is available at shu uemura boutiques and counters nationwide, and at

For a Limited Time

Each year, shu uemura introduces a beauty item to celebrate their anniversary. This year they’ve come out with a limited-edition compact (in center of display shown below) that fits four eye shadows or two eye shadows and a blush, or two blushes.

The compact is complimentary when you purchase the products to fill it. There are 75 shadows and 30 Glow On Blushes to choose from. The special compact is available at shu uemura boutiques in Boston, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, and online at This special appears to be available at other stores. I saw it at a Nordstrom in San Francisco, too.

Do Tell

Do you have any shu uemura lashes? What do you think of the new collection? Where would you wear them? Do tell.