Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Lipstick Swatches and Pics

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Lovely ladies, I’d like to introduce you to my latest lipstick obsession: Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine lipstick!


Falling in love with these $23 lippies was easy. They make my lips shine brighter than a glazed doughnut (mmm… doughnut) yet still feel feather-light on my lips. They pack tons of color, and there are a bunch of shades to choose from — 17 in all!

Here are eight of my favorites…

Beige shades

BG 941S

BG 916S

BG 901S

From left to right: 901S, 941S, 916S

Pink shades

PK 357S

PK 313S

PK 301S

From left to right: PK 301S, PK 313S, PK 375S

Red shade

RD 174S

Brown shade

BR 755S

From left to right: BR 755S, RD 174S

The shine these deliver and the amazing colors available aren’t the only reasons I’m obsessed with Crystal Shine. I just found out that Madonna wore PK 301S on the cover of her new album, Hard Candy. Madge and I are now lipstick twins (or so I’d like to think)!



To say that I’m a Madonna fan would be an understatement of epic proportions. I can’t believe PK 301S graced the lips that belted out all those hits from my youth.

You can actually view and purchase the entire line of Shu Uemura makeup used on her Madge-esty’s cover on the Shu Uemura website! SO rad!

I’ve got computer backups galore to do at work today (fun). Whatcha been up to? And more importantly, what’s going on tonight?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. KK says:

    OMG PRETTY! Did you buy them all girl? I have GOT to see a pic of your entire collection!!!!!!!!!

    They are really pretty!

  2. Anna says:

    You did it again Karen !!!!!

    Those are boooootiful !!! especially the beige shades ! I’m a sucker for nudes. Do they taste, smell of anything at all ?? The only lippies I have managed to be able to use are the MAC ones !!

    I agree with KK….we have to see you collection in its entirity soon and your daily make-up bag is another intriging thing I’ve always wondered about !! Nosey cow arent I !! Hehe

  3. TUPRNUT says:

    Wow – those colors are gorgeous! Maybe I’m alone on this one, but I really don’t like the packaging. It just looks kinda cheap.

  4. Dao says:

    I wish Shu has names for their stuff instead of secret-coding them. And so are MAC brushes. My memory can’t register numbers that well πŸ™ The colors look very tempting but no Shu for me!

    Girl, you made my broke down and went to Target to get that flat top brush. It is divine y’all! All of you should own it, for real! I used it to buff mineral and it does a much better job than the kabuki although it takes more time. Also got myself 3 Milani eyeshadows => feel much better already. If all sickness can be cured by makeup πŸ™‚

    Oh, I bought a square vase that’s supposed to be used for flowers to house all my brushes. You have different brands in different jars that means you have a whole lotta brushes, right? I want to see them all! My brushes are not that brand-name or anything but they sure last for a very long time.

  5. Nikki says:

    the pink tones look great on you!!!! lovely lips!

    Nikkis last blog post..Askmewhats Version: Smokey "Octopus Ink" Look

  6. Shiny says:

    I love the colors and likely will buy one, although like TUPRNUT I do feel the packaging looks cheap… esp since their lipstick packaging is often gorgeous. Still, love the colors.

  7. Glosslizard says:

    Madge looks hot, but I like the PK 375S! I’m still riding the bright lip trend with great glee! πŸ™‚

  8. Karen says:

    Hi KK,

    No, I got the hook-up from a friend who works for Shu. One of these days I’ll take a pic of the whole collection… but right now I need Advil and TV (bad migraine, oy)!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    All the Shu lipsticks I have are taste- and smell-free (yay)!

    One of these days I’ll get around to doing that. Right now I can’t find half of it, LOL.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    Yah, I’ve heard that same thing from other girls too. It’s def. a different look… to me it’s more functional rather than elegant (not like Chanel and Estee Lauder).

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    I am so glad you got that brush. It’s life-changing isn’t it? And it’s a mere $14.99 to boot.

    Smart idea to put the brushes in a pretty vase. πŸ™‚ I might get a few in different, complementary colors. That would be really pretty. I only have a few lines of brushes – mostly MAC, some Billy B., and then random ones from different lines. Oh but I love ’em all, they are my weakness.

    Good to hear you’re feeling better. I’ve got a bad headache right now so I’m going to get some rest.

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Nikki,

    Thanks girl! Do you like Shu, too?

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Shiny,

    If it’s any consolation the plastic is cheap and sturdy (it better be for $23)!

    Which one do you think you’ll pick up?

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    And it is a very good trend! Love the bright lip. πŸ™‚

    Madge is going on tour! HOORAY!

  15. KK says:

    Feel better girl!
    Get your reality TV fix on and go to bed! (at least thats what I am on my way to do)

    nite! πŸ™‚

  16. Glosslizard says:

    Coolness! Maybe you can interview her when she comes through here! πŸ˜€

  17. Marisol says:

    These are gorgeous! Oh man… every time I read your blog all I want to do is shop.

  18. lindsay says:

    they look so pretty! i would think it applies like a lipstick, but looks more glossy to me. i think i’m gonna have to stop by a neimans to get one!

  19. Rowena says:

    Hey Karen

    I have this lipstick obsession too, then got into the Unlimited Glosses, then I moved on to RMK lippies…then last week I found the Shu Uemura Colour Changer lipsticks. Green! Blue! They work so well with exisiting lippies!

    Rowenas last blog post..Dior Goldfever

  20. carla says:

    shu uemura makes great lipstick in such great colors I loved the wine and pink shades thanks for postin’ sweet (:

  21. Julia says:

    Which color is in the bottom right of the group photo (medium pink lippie)? I’m new to your website – discovered it in the last week or two – and you are now my favorite site!! Your posts are so detailed. I love how you do swatches, and tutorials. And you absolutely crack me up!! We seem to have a lot in common – an obsession with Madonna, reality t.v., oh… and makeup. πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

  22. Miss QQ says:

    LOL! I agree that shu uemura should name them! All the numbers are getting me confused so much so that I can’t point out which is the one I like. Hey, maybe that’s the trick of making each customer buy more than one lipstick each time. Haha!

  23. Megan says:

    These are pretty. How’s the staying power?

  24. Amanda says:


    those are so pretty! I wish I had tried on more shu lippies when I was at the counter. oh well. but i”m enjoying my OR 538 today.

    I LOVE BG 916s-that one is soooo pretty. (all are pretty, but I’m really drawn to the pink-corally)

  25. Shiny says:

    Like you I like pinks, so maybe PK 357S, although I also want to try 174S on in the store. Did you wear liner with these?

  26. amy says:

    did you just put the lipsticks on bare lips or did you line with nude liner first?

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