My friends know that I am never without a lipstick bullet in my pocket.

Frustrated from trying to pack light for the big move to London, I asked my Facebook friends “How does one pack her life away?” I got funny random answers from “make sure you have instant noodles in there” to “ok to be naked but never hungry!”

Funny because when I thought about my “can’t live withouts”, I only thought of three things: a shaver, Olay Regenerist moisturizer, and a lipstick.

I have been using Shu Uemura’s CR 330, a pinkish coral shade. I got frustrated when my Rimmel London Shocking Pink lipstick reached its last swipe. It was so hard for me to re-order since it was not available in the Philippines. I loved that product because it was matte and long-wearing.

Do you know how hard it is to find good matte lipsticks in this country?! I have searched high and low for a replacement for my matte hot pink shade to no avail.

But one fine day, my dear friend Patrick Alcober of Shu Uemura posted on Instagram a photo of 2 ladies wearing MATTE LIPSTICKS and to say I was intrigued was an understatement.

I literally hyperventilated! I bombarded Patrick’s account with questions! The next day, I trooped to the Rockwell branch and tried the heavenly smooth (yes, you read that correctly) MATTE lipsticks!!! I know, how can a matte lipstick be oh so smooth?!

So I found out this latest lipstick line called ROUGE UNLIMITED SUPREME MATTE LIPSTICK from Shu has ceramide that makes the application smoother than most matte lipsticks. It doesn’t feel cakey or dry at all. But the color is highly-pigmented and long-wearing. It is indeed a delight!

I am very hard to impress when it comes to lipsticks but this one made me love the entire collection!

Makeup artists, you are all gonna love these shades!!!

Sorry for the overdose on exclamation points but this has really gotten me excited with a capital Eeeee!!! I am so excited, I am blogging about it now here at the Shu Uemura counter.

Look at the shades!!! (Pardon the unruly hair and foundation-less face! Told you, excited! Didn’t even get to fix my face first! Hahahaha)


Thank you so much, Patrick!!!


The glorious matte Shu Uemura lipsticks:


The line has 44 shades which you can view on Right now, the Philippine branches carry 5 colors: hot red, hot pink, pink, light pink, brown, and nude. Each bullet is PHP1,195 / USD 29.

Let me share with you how I choose lipsticks:

1) Do the one swipe test. If with one swipe, you already got the vibrance you wanted, then the product has just the right amount of moisture you need.

2) It has to cover the darkest area of your lip usually around the edges.

3) It has to feel comfortable. Try to wet or top it off with a clear gloss in the middle of your lower lip. If it still looks good, buy it!

Hoard now,

Shu Uemura
Add makeup specialist Patrick Alcober on Instagram and Twitter for product updates and questions: @patrickalcober
Patrick’s mobile: +63916-6961705



Hi, I'm d. My blog, Cool Detour, is all about refreshing breaks from the usual. Follow me for travel, makeup, and lifestyle stories. :)

6 thoughts on “SHU UEMURA

  1. I love lipstick too! I think I need to do a post on lipsitck. I’m not a fan of matte finishes in general, but I love cream/matte finish. Or a gloss over a cream lipstick. And, like you, I always carry at least one lipstick on me, usually 4. LOL.

    1. I didn’t appreciate matte finish before too. But when I tried the Rimmel, I got hooked. So now I’m more partial to using matte. I just top it off with gloss when it’s necessary for the look I’m gunning for. 🙂 Yes, do write a lipstick post!

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