Mini Haul: Shu Uemura Pressed Shadows & How to depot Shu Uemura Eyeshadows

On a recent trip to London I went to the Shu Uemura shop (the website selection is poor and so is my local concession) in Covent Garden.

It was my intention to pick up some new shades that I don’t already have. Shu Uemura released some new shades in 2009 but since then it’s been quite quiet for new solo pressed shadows (they seem to be focusing on the palettes for new collections instead).

I also noticed that a LOT of the classic Shu Uemura solo pressed eyeshadows had disappeared – some really amazing ones so I hope they replace them very soon!

This is what I bought:


These shades are some of the ‘newer’ ones although they aren’t that new. P stands for PEARL.

ME stands for METALLIC.

P Green 595 is a dark dark forest green with tons of sparkles. It’s beautiful.

P Purple 781 is a deep aubergine purple-grey. I think the grey really comes through which is what I liked about this shade and it has lots of silvery sparkles.

ME Olive is a rich taupe-silver-oilve. Really stunning.

ME White is a super duper soft and pigmented rich white that’s very metallic but not ‘glittery’.



Not much to add other than these four shades are absolutely stunning. Each one is beautiful in its own way and I have been using the white + one of the other colours for me eye make up every day. They’re highly pigmented and soft. (I did pay £14.50 each for these colours so they very well should be!!!).

How To Depot Shu Uemura Eyeshadows.

It is completely easy peasy but a few people have asked me so just to clarify.

All Shu Uemura eyeshadows and blushers come with a pre-set hole underneath. Use a pin, pen, something sharp and relatively narrow to pop it out.

Shu Uemura products have a fantastic glue underneath and it will come out easily. Give it a wiggle – do not slam it out or you will crack the powder.


Older Shu Uemura products (and I mean 5+ plus old) can be harder to remove. The older ones have a hole but that hole is covered by the label which means you have to peal it back and ease it out.

Anyway use the glue provided to stick it into your palette. You don’t have to use ALL OF IT. You should save some for future resticking if possible because it is the best glue for eyeshadows:


Ta da!


This is an old Shu Uemura LE palette I used for these four shadows. I have tons of Shu Uemura palettes lying around but I wanted something compact.

What do you think of Shu Uemura eyeshadows? Do you depot your colours?

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  1. Jen says

    I was soooooo tempted to buy the Morphorium eye palette today, but in the end I couldn’t decide which set to buy so I procrastinated and ended up buying nothing! I have a few of the single eyeshadows, I probably should attempt to depot them into their own palette as I tend to forget about them when they’re on their own lol

  2. Patty says

    Isn’t it terrible how slowly, but steadily more and more Shu stuff are made in Korea/Italy instead of Japan? Don’t get me wrong, I like Korean cosmetics,too, but when I am buying (and paying so much money for) japanese make up I want it to be japanese, likewise when I buy Korean make up.

    • Row says

      Hi Patty

      It’s pretty naughty. I mean as you say, Japanese made products = Higher Price, because people believe in Japanese quality. I agree I expect Korean make up (which is fab) to be made in Korea, Japanese make up to be made in Japan – cos let’s face it they make amazing stuff!

  3. Shu says

    It’s really sad and frustrating how loreal is treating shu like s**t. First by pulling shu counters off the us and now they’re shifting its manufacture base to Korea. Korean cosmetics are okay but would you buy a Chanel palette made in china? I bet you wouldn’t. For the money I pay I expect to have the very best, not mediocre products. Anyone agrees?

  4. says

    Thanks for this post! I was trying to find out how to depot Shu eyeshadows and didn’t know about the hole in the back :)