Cupid Better Swatch Out for These Shu Uemura Egerie Nail Enamels

Published in: Makeup, Nails

As an English Lit major back in school, I spent A LOT of time reading flowery fiction and pulling symbolism outta my arse. Showers weren’t merely showers; they signified rebirth. 🙂 Missing the bus didn’t simply mean I’d be late for class; it foreshadowed a late dinner, which in turn was my hungry soul’s cry for real life experience! LOLZ…


Perhaps this underlying need I have to find great significance in everyday things is why the two new nail enamels in Shu Uemura’s Egerie collection (Pink and Black, $18 each) remind me of the sweet and sour sides of this crazy thing we call love.

I blame Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Are you and Cupid on good terms this year? If so, consider warm Pink, a salmon with a touch of pearl. It’s a sweet, innocent pink, like the gooey rush of getting to know someone new.

Patience is a virtue when it comes to Pink. It goes on thick and a touch streaky, but less so when I apply it slowly using thin layers until I reach an opacity I like (I used three layers for the swatch above).

Now, however, if you and Cupid are on the outs this V-Day, keep your chin up (been there, done that, homie!), and reach for Black to show the world that LOVE BITES!!

I actually don’t know why they named this color Black because it looks more like a deep gray with dainty silver sparkles to me.

I guess “black” has a better ring to it than “deep gray with dainty silver sparkles,” ha!


Semantics aside, I think the color rocks, and I really like the finish — sort of a hybrid of a jelly and a matte polish. Oh, and you know how most glittery polishes tend to feel and look gritty once they’ve dried? — Black doesn’t (the silver glitter is incredibly fine). 🙂

And it doesn’t take much to get full coverage, either. I used just two coats for the picture above.

Overall, I’m sold on both of these polishes. They seem right at home with Egerie’s ’80s rock-in-roll vibe, but if I had to choose just one, it would have to be Black. I thought it was easier to use and more unusual than Pink (but it’s a tough call!).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rae says:

    Ooh, I jut love the black polish! Very funky, but without looking like it’s trying too hard.

    (Also; you almost never do nail swatches like this… I like! Your nails are adorbs ^^)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The Grammys happened. These looks did not. =-.

    • Sarah says:

      Ohhh… I’m definitely feeling the Black this year!

      I love the way you and Rae describe it! I think I need to buy this tonight – snow storm be damned! (I have to go out anyway…)

  2. Tavia says:

    I’m so happy that you swatched these 🙂 I liked the black nail polish better and I love the model makeup, since last year when I’ve made a post about Shu Uemura’s Spring / Summer 2010 collection. 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Coral Spring Makeup inspired by Cabana Coral Collection by Bobbi Brown =-.

  3. Paris B says:

    I’m leaning towards that black polish and I like how you said that it does not feel gritty. Too many polishes with glitter have that horrid feel that makes me want to wipe it all off and start again – with something smoother 🙂
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Go Red for Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year =-.

  4. amy says:

    I love pink polishes but I can do without this one. I love the black though, the silver sparkles make it look like a million stars sprinkled throughout the night sky.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC Lillyland Cremeblend Blush Joie-de-Vivre Product Picture, Review and Swatch =-.

  5. Jen says:

    I’m digging the black… fierce.

  6. Karen B says:

    Black looks great! Really fine glitter? I’m on it! 🙂
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… L’Oreal Products =-.

  7. Vonvon says:

    Not into nail polish but I like the Pink, more wearable for daily look.
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Review: L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Long Lasting UVA/UVB Protector SPF 50/PA+++ =-.

  8. E.D. says:

    I really like the black, but I don’t think I’ve ever spent $18 on one bottle.

  9. Pinch says:

    I love the black shade, it’s so pretty! 🙂
    .-= Pinch’s last blog post… Nails: OPI Over the Taupe =-.

  10. Devs says:

    The pink looks absolutely gorgeous!

  11. NINA says:

    I always say I will be good about taking care of my nails … but ive slacked big time so far.

    Maybe these will motivate me to hie off to the nail salon … I am loving both colors!

  12. Tiffany says:

    oooh, I love the black shade! too bad it’s kinda spendy…

  13. gio says:

    I love the black, it’s so pretty and fierce!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Soft Icy Winter =-.

  14. Glosslizard says:

    The pink and black look so amazing together, I always think about doing some cool combo (maybe pink nail with a black reverse-french?) but I never do!

  15. OOo I like black! Sometimes black glitter polishes stink because the glitter gets kind of hidden by the black, but this doesn’t seem to have that problem!
    .-= Never Enough Nails’s last blog post… China Glaze Up and Away GIVEAWAY!!!! =-.

  16. Christy says:

    I’m liking the pink more so than the black.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… FOTD: Taupe & Gold with Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II =-.

  17. emma says:

    ack i NEED the gray one!!!
    .-= emma’s last blog post… Kitchen Sink =-.

  18. yasmin says:

    Can you also share how you keep your nails looking so nice?? Mine are dry and ripped to shreds this winter – ew!

  19. diane says:

    These shades are so cool. sweet and glam 😛
    .-= diane’s last blog post… Why do we hate the 90s fashion? =-.

  20. IIntan says:

    Oh yeah that is an unusual color, in a nice way.

  21. Marce says:

    Bring on the black! Yah!!! 😀
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… A look at the Grammys =-.

  22. marisol says:

    Both of these are goooooorgeous!
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang =-.

  23. joey says:

    the black one similiar like OPI My Private Jet
    .-= joey’s last blog post… Wanna Quickie?! =-.

  24. Jyoan says:

    The shimmer black is real nice!
    .-= Jyoan’s last blog post… Nail Polish in FRD303 by Nature Republic =-.

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