review: chocolat-donna collection – shu uemura 2012 fall collection

i’m always so excited when shu uemura comes out with a new collection! each collection is always designed with art, beauty and quality in mind. from the packaging, the colours and the textures to the intricate details of the false lashes, everything is always so beautiful with a story to tell.



this fall season, talented international artistic director mr. kakuyasu uchiide came up with an elegant collection called chocolat-donna featuring two glamourous nail polishes, three eyeshadow palettes, two blushes and a set of partial lashes. when i was in paris with uchiide-san, he explained that he wanted to design a collection that would be a gift to women. what better gift to give to a lady than beautifully fashioned chocolates? uchiide-san was inspired by chocolate and champagne pairings and used his favourite flavours to come up with the unique chocolate palettes: orange & pistachio, raspberry & mocha and mint & vanilla.

these palettes are also refillable with any regular sized shu uemura pressed eyeshadows.



orange & pistachio:

this palette includes a glittery orange shade, a pearly pistachio green shade, a pearly peach shade, a cool metallic brown, a matte light brown and deep matte brown.

the textures are always amazing. highly pigmented and glide on smoothly. i can’t ever go back to using any other brand of eyeshadow! other makeup artists can surely agree.


raspberry & mocha:

this palette has shades of glittery brown, metallic pink, pearly pink, metallic plum, matte light brown, deep matte brown.

this one is my personal favourite!



mint & vanilla:

this palette has shades of: glitter gold, glitter mint green, matte beige, metallic warm brown, matte light brown, deep matte brown.


nail polishes:

celebration always calls for a bottle of bubbly; perfect pairing for chocolates. this collection has two shades of nail polishes: dark chocolate & icing glitter:

simply apply two coats of the rich chocolate shade to your nails, then apply the glitter polish to the tips the perfect diy manicure. it’s like having a glass of champagne with some dark chocolate truffles.



raspberry and abricot glow ons:


these pearly glow ons are like the rest of shu uemura glow ons: perfectly smooth and finely milled so they create the most natural glow. you can wear these shades alone (i particularly love using apricot shades of blush on deeper skin tones) or wear them together. i suggest applying the raspberry shade to the apples of the cheeks then softening buy applying the apricot shade over top.





of course, to complete the collection, a pair of dainty partial lashes with golden detailing. these lashes are so easy to apply and make lashes look instantly fuller because of the feathery finish. when eyes are open, it adds fullness to the edges of the eyes and when you blink, there a glimmer of gold – so pretty!


the chocolat-donna collection is perfect for creating simple daytime looks that easily transition to glamourous evening looks. i love this collection because it’s extremely wearable and i absolutely love that all of the palettes come with a lighter and a deeper matte brown eyeshadows which is perfect for contouring. i’m also a sucker for collections, so the fact that the palettes are reusable/refillable with the  regular shu uemura pressed shadows is a bonus! this collection is available as of august 2012 in holt renfrews locations across canada so pick it up before it’s gone!

i’ll be creating some looks on myself using the palettes and lashes; remember to check back!

thanks for reading!

  1. Anna said:

    Really, really torn. I can’t get ALL the palettes (well, I could, but I want to limit my choice to only one), which would you ABSOLUTELY consider your #1 choice?


    • I personally love the raspberry & mocha one – it’s the most practical. For most fun palette, I love the orange and pistachio because it has some pops of colour – ones that are hard to find and that compliment so many skin tones. Have fun!


  2. Will you do any looks using the orange and pistachio palette or do you have any suggestions? I ordered that one because I wanted to go with something less safe than the raspberry and mocha…it’s my first leap in to this brand only because there is no actual retail place to see the products in person so I’ve avoided ordering despite liking things in the past. I’ve also avoided it because I didn’t want to get my clients used to me using the brand only to find myself not replenishing my supply due to the lack of a pro program (it can definitely become expensive for a freelance artist) so for now I’ll try this out and refrain from using it with clients until I decide if I want make a commitment to using the brand.


    • Hi there 🙂 Thanks for the comment! I totally understand where you’re coming from. Personally, I would do the same and invest in the orange & pistachio because the colours are more unique. I’ll definitely do a look using this palette so that you can see what it looks like. I’ll have the post ready for next week. If you ever have any questions regarding any of the other shu uemura products, don’t hesitate to send me a message / email. Thanks!


    • Lori, that’s a beautiful look! Great job! Good luck on the competition. I hope to see more of your looks 🙂


      • Lori said:

        Thank you so much, I’m really glad you like it! I can’t wait to see your looks next week! The matte browns are my favorites and the choco-lashes are to die for! 🙂


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