Shu Uemura first came to my attention when I was desperately seeking falsies – eyelashes that is. For as well as offering a range of delicate and intricate lashes, this iconic Japanese make-up brand also have sets of partial or individual lashes to add natural volume to your own set. If you don’t want to commit to full-blown eyelash extensions, the Shu Uemura’s partial lashes are the next best thing.
Talking of commitment and lashes, I’m a bit of a flirt when it comes to mascaras. From top-of-the-range to bargain buckets, I’ve tried a few in my time (the electric blue variety in the mid-90s) but none quite like Shu Uemura’s Tokyo Lash Mascara.
Lacquer up those lashes
Available in one colour only lacquer-black, Shu Uemura’s Tokyo Lash loads up your lashes with a Kapow effect. The formulation is dark, jet black so perfect for creating the drama from root to tip. You also don’t get that clumpy effect of some mascaras.
One sweep is all you need
It was the brush that really the mascara to me. In fact, Shu Uemura say the brush is inspired by Kirenaga (which means according to Google “duration of sharpness”) beauty so you can expect a certain attention to detail and coverage of individual lashes to make them appear thicker and fuller. You can even coat those hard-to-reach outer and bottom lashes. All you need is one (or maybe two) sweeps and you lashes are coated for the day.
Perfect for all weathers
Unlike other mascaras that either melt during the heat-wave or smudge in a downpour, this mascara doesn’t budge. This can be a good or a bad thing. While it coats your lashes with what feels like an almost rubber-like texture, the formula is also very difficult to remove by ordinary methods. I still wake-up with specks of remnants on my face after removing it the night before, which is also not great for my pillowcases. If I had any complaint, this would be it.
Purse-friendly or big spender?
At £20 a tube, this mascara is at the higher end of the spectrum. That being said, it certainly stays put and also makes my eyes appear bigger and brighter.
I think this mascara is the perfect introduction to the rest of the Shu Uemura range. Despite the fact it has strong staying power, it is also quick and easy to apply. I also like how it looks and doesn’t clump my lashes together. It’s a thumbs-up from me.
If you’re in London, make sure you head to Shu Uemura boutique on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, the staff there are fantastic and offer many a beauty masterclass for you to experiment with their amazing range of products.