Lash Lust: Fall 2009 Shu Uemura Lashes

23 July, 2009

Anyone who is severely into makeup, ie me, either knows about the Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Bar, or owns a pair or two of these fabulously luxe lashes. These are not your mother’s false eyelashes-these are the most extravagant things you could ever put on your eyes! We’re talking crystals, leaf metal, feathers, you name it! And for the fall, there are a number of new sets that have just come out. If you love false eyelashes, I suggest hiding your wallet, credit cards, and any forms of payment right now to avoid going broke here!

There are four pairs of premium lashes, each retailing for $79.

Goldglam Leaf

Goldglam Leaf

First up we have the Goldglam Leaf, which is designed by Kakuyasu Uchiide. The lashes are made up of real skeleton leaves (I believe that means the structure of the leaf) that have been dipped in gold, and painstakingly adorned with a few crystals. The inspiration behind the lashes was the forest-how it provides shelter for its residents, and I can definitely see that here. The price tag is definitely justified for the premium lashes, mind you, because they are all hand-crafted, and with a lash like this one, we’re talking extremely delicate materials!

Marine Tide

Marine Tide

The next lash is the Marine Tide, which creator Yuji Asano took inspiration from the sea and the crashing waves in order to create these beauties.. The lash itself is a mix of blues, from a more royal blue at the inner corners to a turquoise at the outer corners, with accents of white-and then at the outer corners, a long curly section of white fibers that was meant to evoke the look of a wave itself. These are definitely a creative lash, and if I was doing a mermaid costume for Halloween I would definitely go for these puppies in a heartbeat.

Fleur-Ever

Fleur-Ever

Next up is the Fleur-Ever lash, created by Gina Brooke, who used flowers as her inspiration, due to their uplifting powers. The lash itself is a feather lash with top and bottom pieces, and it is designed to look like the plumage of an exotic bird with white flecking. It also says that “petals are hidden inside” and as you can probably see it’s not just a white-spotted lash. It is probably the wildest of the lashes, as it’s long, dense, and makes you look like your eye is the center of a flower. Definitely not an everyday lash, although some people could rock the top parts on a day-to-day basis (ie, me, if I knew how to put on falsies).

Snow Twist

Snow Twist

Finally, in the premium range, the last one is the Snow Twist lash, and in my opinion, the most beautiful of the lashes. Mina Matsumura used the sky and the way that light plays off things as her inspiration for these lashes, which are made from very fine milky-white wires. These, admittedly, could be an everyday one for the ballsiest of makeup addicts. I would definitely rock these, as it’s a very interesting dichotome between black lashes and then white wire falsies. These also come with a lower piece-this one being accented with pale pink crystals. I’m so in love with this one it isn’t funny…if I only I had the $158 plus tax to get these and Goldglam Leaf. (le sigh)

Farfallina

Farfallina

Moving into the more everyday lashes, this Farfallina is three layers of brown goodness, designed to look somewhat natural but still amped up. There is a little bit of criss-cross action, as well as more curl and length towards the outer corners. These are $29 apiece, and good for people who like a little bit of edge but still like to keep it natural.

Lavender Bloom

Lavender Bloom

This next one, the Lavender Bloom, is similar to the Farfallina, except it’s more criss-crossy, and it’s a soft “fur-like” material, designed to give a wispy look that moves when you do. I absolutely love this idea, it’s very soft and delicate, but here we go again-I can’t apply falsies to save my life. These, along with the Farfallina’s, are $29 apiece.

Rainbow Flare

Rainbow Flare

Single lashes, on the other hand, are good for wimps like myself. There are 60 lashes on total-10 each of fuschia, lavender, green, blue, red, and orange-so perfect for those teensy pops of colour. These are the mini-rebel lashes, it’s almost like the girl who always wears a white shirt and black pants wearing khakis…as in a tiny thing that is a bit rebellious. These are $18 apiece, and I totally have them shortlisted as I gotta have a tiny bit of colour for the outer corners for neutral days.

Lucent Rainbow

Lucent Rainbow

(sorry about the larger image; I could only get a large one of the LR’s)

The Lucent Rainbow is one that I could be all over like a fly on stink. It features loops of translucent rainbow coloured wires designed to look like a rainbow on the eyes. It’s a lash that will be very popular around Halloween, I predict-it’s a fun way to pop up the neutrals or if you want to really be bold. These require no other eye colour, as the lashes speak for themselves, however I do not encourage the no-makeup look under any circumstance. These are $27 a pair.

Mini Star Glitz

Mini Star Glitz

Finally, we have the one that most people are wanting-the Mini Star Glitz. These are outer-corner lashes with three little star-shaped crystals adorning the midnight-blue tips. These are, for some people, an everyday lash, or a nightclub lash (ie, a lash you wear when out clubbing. For others, they may be too intense, but there’s no better way to get over fears of too intense makeup than actually, I don’t know, wearing some! These are $22 a pair, and I would say that these, moreso than the Rainbow Flare, will get the most buyers.

All images are from the Shu Uemura website, and you can buy the lashes online right now. You also get free standard shipping with a $50 purchase, which is one pair of the premium lashes!

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