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Shu Uemura Travel Palette Review & Swatches

shu uemura travel palette

Shu Uemura GWP Travel Palette / Art of Travel Palette

Recently, Shu Uemura online offered a travel palette as a gift with purchase. The required purchase was pretty steep – $100 – but since I needed to repurchase my favorite cleansing oil, which is $67 and lasts me about a year, I decided to add some false lashes to my order and go for it!

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This palette is an incredible value; the palette itself is reusable as a freeform eyeshadow palette, and it contains four eyeshadows (each half the size of Shu’s regular eyeshadows), two cream eyeshadows/eyeliners, and a full-sized glow-on blush.

Additionally, it appears from googling that this exact same palette has been sold as the Art of Travel palette for around $50 in airport duty free shops (reviews here & here).

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I believe that this palette does not have Shu Uemura’s current eyeshadow formula (known as the 3rd generation of Shu eyeshadow); instead, it has the previous eyeshadow formula (the 2nd generation formula). Unfortunately, the shadows are nameless, but I have checked with some lovely people who own some Shu eyeshadows, and to the best of my knowledge, from left to right, the eyeshadow shades are:

  • ME800 (beige with slight pink sheen; satin/shimmer)
  • Unknown (pink; satin/shimmer)
  • ME850 (taupe; satin/shimmer)
  • P990 (black; matte with sparkle)
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Shu Uemura ME 800, Unknown, ME850, P990

The eyeshadows all have a really lovely texture – very soft, smooth and creamy.

The eyeliners are also quite nice. I was surprised to realize that the black eyeliner/cream shadow has a subtle purpley-pink sparkle – it doesn’t show at all when used as a liner, but is slightly visible when used as a cream shadow. The other cream shadow looks white in the pan, but is a soft, shimmering gold when applied. Unfortunately, I did experience some creasing after about 5-6 hours when I used it as a base.

shu uemura travel palette swatches The blush is soft and silky, but not a great shade for my skintone; it was very difficult to get the swatch to show up in a photograph! It did show up on my face, but was quite subtle. It would be a good everyday / easy shade for a fairskinned, cool-toned person, but I don’t see it working on anyone even a touch darker than I am.

shu uemura travel palette swatches-3 In the following photo, I’m wearing the blush – it was more visible in person, but if you look carefully you can see it in the photo. I’m also wearing the taupe eyeshadow.

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And here’s a closeup of my eye; I have the beige eyeshadow in the inner corner, the taupe eyeshadow on the lid, and I’ve lined with the black liner, then gone over the line with the black eyeshadow. I then used Burberry Trench to blend out the edges; the one fault of the palette is that it doesn’t have a matte highlight / blending shade, which I consider essential.

shu uemura travel palette applied

Overall, I think it’s a really lovely palette.  I’ve seen it offered as a GWP on two occasions on the Shu website, and if they offer it again, I think it’s worth a purchase to get it! It’s not a standalone travel product for me – I need a separate blush and a separate blending/highlight shade, not to mention the rest of my makeup – but the eyeshadows alone make the palette worthwhile.   I may, however, decide to take it apart; I’d use the palette as a freestyle eyeshadow palette, keep the eyeshadows, and give away, swap, or sell the blush to someone with a lighter complexion.

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DIY – Using an ELF Compact as a Travel Eyeshadow Palette

DIY Freestyle compact – with 4 Inglot shadows and one WnW


I’ve recently had good luck with several ELF products, but I do find the brand hit-or-miss. However, even when I have a miss with a product in a compact, I’ve figured out a way to repurpose the compact that makes it worth the $1.50 to $3 that I paid!

Take this translucent mattifying powder that I recently purchased – it looked fine at first:


But, after a swipe or two with the sponge, this was revealed:


Very lumpy, bumpy, and not my kind of powder! So, I took a knife and pried it the pan out of the compact; I wasn’t careful, because I was planning to toss the powder. However, ELF pans are very loosely attached with glue, so if you are careful, you can remove them without harming the powder – or you can do the second step (show below) first, then use heat to loosen the glue.

After the pan was removed, I was left with this:

ELF compact – no pan

Then, I took my knife again, and pried the insert out of the pan, which left me with an empty pan with just a tiny spot of glue in it:

Empty ELF Compact

And you’re done! This whole process takes less than five minutes, and you are left with a sturdy, small compact with a mirror. You can glue in a magnetic sheet to make a magnetic freestyle compact; use doubleside tape to stick in pans, or just glue in the pans. I made my mom a small compact of eyeshadows and glued in the pans with the first one I did, and haven’t used the second one yet – I’ll probably end up using double-sided tape.

Here’s the first photo again, as an example of how you can fill the compact. These pans aren’t attached, I’ve just placed them in the compact to demonstrate. Four Inglot eyeshadows fit in really nicely, leaving a little bit of space for a Wet n Wild or similarly sized eyeshadow.



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