A Cat Designs Makeup? Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Shupette’ For Shu Uemura

If there’s one thing that’s well-known about the much loved but secretive and mysterious Karl Lagerfeld, it’s that he totally and utterly adores his pet feline Choupette. So famous has this fluffy white cat become that it not only has its own loyal fanbase, Twitter account and suite in Karl’s apartment, but now her own collaboration with makeup master Shu Uemura. Launching just in time for the festive season, the collection is inspired by Paris and the fluffy pampered feline’s own perfect cat-eye look. Apparently the King of Fashion actually sketches with Shu Uemura cosmetics (who knows why he doesn’t just use an HB pencil,) so this makes it a ‘natural collaboration’ – especially as the range is adorned with Karl’s very own sketch of Choupette.

The full line-up includes lip and eye trios, cheek stains, eyeliners,
face powder, glitter pots, an under-base mousse and cleansing oil, as
well as accessories that include eyelashes, an eyelash curler and a
brush set. It’s a vast and fun collection that will no doubt appeal to
fans of Karl, his fashion creations and cat lovers alike. I’m not 100%
sure, but my assumption is the mastermind behind the collection has
combined the ‘Shu’ from Shu Uemura and the ‘Pette’ from Choupette to
offer a name that combines the two creative minds – it’s slightly
confusing, but I’ve no doubt it will do incredibly well… There are a
lot of cat fans out there!

In terms of product quality,
the eyeshadow trio is incredibly soft and provides a good buildable
pigment that can be blended with ease. The golden base shade is great
for covering dull tones on the lid, while the dark brown is the perfect
daytime colour that can be build up from the lashline. I’ve never been a
fan of pink eyeshadow and think only a small minority of people can get
away with the shade, so it’s disappointing to see it in the trio –
however, it’s obviously there to continue the pink story of the
collection and will no doubt come in handy as a cheek colour. The lip
trio is super cute and contains three wearable shades that are actually a
lot more transparent when applied to lips; they’re much more of a
tinted balm than a lipstick, but are nevertheless comfortable to wear. I
do find lip colours in palettes a bit annoying, not helped by the fact
that the casing doesn’t contain an applicator brush, but the cuteness
does slightly override the inconvenience.

Although I’ve only got a few products to see for myself, the eyelash curlers are definitely worth a look. The Shu Uemura
curlers are well documented as some of the best in the business, so
there’s no better excuse to splurge than the addition of a Shupette
charm. Although it’s totally impractical and needs to be removed as soon
as you open the box (unless you want to have something flapping around
your hand while you’re attempting an incredibly precise and
nerve-wracking task,) it is cute and is calling out to be added to my
keys. The bonus is that it’s no more expensive than usual (£20.00)
meaning you can get your hands on this cute limited edition version for
not a penny more.

I love the idea of this collection
and have no doubt it will be incredibly successful, but the products
themselves could have been a bit more thought through. The makeup in
particular is very expensive for what it is (£29.00 for each of the trio
palettes,) and you can no doubt get products the same or better quality
for a fraction of the cost. However, for fans of Karl, cats and makeup
this may be too much to resist come payday. What do you think of the
latest collaboration – is it the cats pajamas, or just a stray? (Sorry,
couldn’t resist.)

The Shupette for Shu Uemura collection is available now, via Selfridges and Shu Uemura counters nationwide. (Although a lot is already sold out!) 



  1. Anonymous
    October 31, 2014 / 9:53 am

    I may get flamed for saying this but I can't help but feel the collection looks incredibly cheap! Cute but the sort of cosmetics I'd get for an 8 year old's present. No doubt the quality of the actual product is hell of a lot better but the packaging just looks… hmmm…. no. Sorry!

  2. Anonymous
    October 31, 2014 / 10:29 am

    Unfortunately, I must say I don't like this collection. To me, it look like a cheap kids makeup.My Beauty Blog

  3. Julia
    October 31, 2014 / 10:30 am

    This looks so cute but apparently there's very very little product in each thing 🙁 So you're paying big bucks for, basically, deluxe samples… Not sure it's worth it, tbh x Julia | Wing me a dream

  4. Jodie Pride
    October 31, 2014 / 11:17 am

    There are insanely cute – much like the cat herself. I'd love to get my hands on that eyelash curler!Madame Raptor x

  5. Laura Black
    October 31, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    This is the most gorgeous packaging ever! As an avid cat lover, I know I NEED this, I better snap some up quick! Thanks for the great review :)Laura @ Blog With Laura

  6. chloe
    October 31, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    As a cat lover I must have it!chloeofc.blogspot.com

  7. Amy
    October 31, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Cats and makeup combined? I'm sold!x

  8. Tash
    October 31, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    Lovely story behind the product but I agree that the packaging is terrible 🙁 I'm not sure how they could make it much worse really– what were they thinking?!

  9. Katherine Joan
    October 31, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Super cute!www.thebeautycandle.blogspot.com

  10. Dannie - Famous in Japan
    November 1, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    I have mixed feelings about this collection. Yes it's cute but the trios are small and apparently you don't get a lot of the product in it, making it quite expensive for what you truly get.. I won't be buying any of the range :)Dannie xwww.famousinjapan.co.uk

  11. The Style Rawr
    November 10, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    I'm dying to try the glitter face powder but the £30 price tag is putting me off a bit. Love the packaging though! J

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