Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shu Uemura Primal Mix Blush- Rhythm

There is a lot to love about the new(ish. It's a fall 2009 release and has been out for a couple of months now) Shu Uemura Primal Mix Blush: The velvety texture, the ability to mix and customize the two shades in the compact, the colors themselves- vibrant and flattering. But the size and shape drive me crazy. It's a small stripe of color which limits the shape, size and movement of the brush. I like using big and fluffy brushes and lightly swirl them over the blush for natural looking application, but it's utterly impossible here. The Shu Uemura compact is only slightly bigger than your average single eye shadow, so I'm using smaller and narrow brushes, like the Sephora angled blush brush you see in the picture, and make sure to carefully blend the color with the other face products I apply to avoid that streaky 80s look.

The Shu Uemura Primal Mix Blush comes in three shades. There's a peachy option and a brownish one that I liked but found to be too dark. My color of choice was Rhythm, a warm medium pink with the golden/light bronze supplement. It adds just the right amount of perkiness to one's face, but I can't help thinking it would have served me better if it came in a round or even square compact.

Bottom line: Very pretty, flawed design.

Shu Uemura Primal Mix Blush ($24) is available from Barneys, Bergdorf and Neiman Marcus.

All photos are mine.


  1. I have this one and it's gorgeous! The perfect healthy pink :) I agree with you on the other two, but still couldn't resist so I bought them all. Thanks for your great pictures!

  2. I love the consistency and color range of Shu Uemura blushes and have worn M Pink 31 as my "go to" winter blush for several years. But, the size and shape of the blush (3/4" x 2") is definitely a problem. Like you, Gaia, I had to switch to an angled blush brush to pick up product from the narrow strip of blusher. After I apply the blusher, I then go back over it with a fluffy powder brush to soften and blend the edges. I guess it shows how much a like my Shu that I'm willing to bother with an extra step.

  3. I totally agree, Gaia! I bought the same one. Like the color combo (although I didn't find it particularly innovative), but think the little pan stingy. I like my big fluffy blusher brush, and it just doesn't work well with this little blusher.

  4. You are so right for bringing this up, that packaging looks so unpractical...!



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