Shu Uemura is another one of those brands that seems almost nigh impossible for Americans to get their hands on, let alone get on their tips. I think this brand is predominantly sold in Asia. Good thing I have high friends in low places – and sometimes you can take that literally.
ME083, the dark grey, had a slightly metalic finish with minimal silver shimmer. PA236, the orange, was like a cross between glass flecked and foil – not quite either but a fantastic hybrid. Spirited Green is a great iridiscent that flashes green on green. Out of these, I like the PA236 for finish and the Spirited Green for the color.
When I first started dealing with Asian polishes, their numbering schematic was maddening difficult to remember. But after I started dealing with it more, I realized that for most polishes, the first letters indicated the color range based on color name. So… PK is Pink, RD is Red, OR is Orange, BE is Beige, BL is Black, BE is blue, PU is Purple, GD is gold, GR is green. Isn’t it interesting that it’s based on the English words?
So what is ME and PA? Well, unlike the other Asian polishes, Shu Uemura starts off their numbering with finish type. C is Creme, PA is heavy shimmer, P is a pearl with light shimmer and ME is Metallic. Now don’t ask me why Spirited Green is a name istead of a number. I think Shu Uemura is just messing with us OCD gals.
It’s also interesting to note that Shu Uemura is owned by Loreal. I don’t know about you, but I was rather disappointed to find that out.