Shu Uemura Matte Supreme in #RD03 #WN03 | Review

With the festive season just about to end, I was simply going through my makeup bag to review my lip makeup collection I needed to switch out for more wearable colours in the upcoming months.

I had to admit that I’ve gotten myself a number of red lipsticks recently so I’m going to share about Shu Uemura’s signature shade of red along with a shade of wine that I loved to wear especially  for dinner parties. 

What I love!

Now this line of lipsticks from the brand Shu Uemura called the Matte Supreme consists of matte liquid lipsticks with a lightweight texture which glides onto lips in a single sweep. The smudge-resistant formula supposedly delivers deep, intense colors with a long-lasting matte finish.

There are the original 15 different shades of reds, wines, pinks, corals, browns, beiges even black and these colours would surely flatter any skin tones or any occasion.

Aqua, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Benzyl Benzoate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Citronellol, Aluminium Hydroxide, Geraniol, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Parfum


The lip products come in their respective white paper boxes with simple packaging design. There are English ingredients list printed at one side of the box for your reference. There’s also official distributor stickers where the Japanese product description is printed on.

These lip products can be used up to 12 months after opening; a shorter period compared to other types of lip products simply because these are liquid products. The brand manufactured their products in their country origin – Japan.

These lip products come in medium, transparent tubes with black gradation and you see the shade of the liquid lipstick towards the bottom. It’s easy to spot which is which but of course there is the product label at the bottom of the tubes respectively for your convenience; if you were to put these horizontally in clear acrylic makeup organiser like me. 

I’d like to point out here that even if I were to placed these lip products horizontally in the acrylic drawers for a long time, I don’t see any leaks whatsoever coming out of the tubes which means it is tight enough to prevent oxidation therefore a huge plus point for me.

These liquid lipsticks come with slightly bent doe-foot applicators that just glides on my lips smooth and easy on the wide surface. Twist it a little and you can line out your lip lines rather carefully which is something I love doing as I don’t like bringing separate lip liners or lip brush for neat application.


As you can see, both lip colours are bold yet deep enough for my medium skin tone, probably even for those with skin deeper than mine. Do you see the pigmentation? You can almost apply for a sheer lip colour with the littlest amount of the liquid lipstick or you can actually layer a few layers (let one layer dry and then swipe on another layer) for a much bolder look. Both swatches on upper hand are made with one swipe from each colour.


After several tries for both lip colours, I found that the best way to apply them is by using the applicator itself as it’s rather sufficient than carrying a lip brush with you although you might want to remove some of the excess product on the inner rim of the tube before running the applicator tip on your lips.

Now, as the colours are already bold and edgy, I’d say there is no need to apply lip liners beforehand so just line the outer lips first before filling out the inner area of the lips. You can definitely use concealers to make the colour ‘pop’ even more.

The finishes might seemed satin-y at the beginning as that just gives you some time to properly blend with your choice tools; tip of my fingers for me so it’s easy to smooth over the lip lines but once it dries, the finish will be proper matte and it is very much possible to layer another application of the lip product for a more intense look.

Shu Uemura Matte Supreme in #WN 03
Shu Uemura Matte Supreme in #RD 03

Overall, 5/5. I love everything about these matte lip colours but it goes without saying that I  just need to prep my oftenly dry lips properly by applying ample of lip balms prior these lovely lip colours. It is common for any liquid lipsticks to dry out the lips but I think I can get still get away with smooth lips without prepping with these sometimes. 

I have to point out that the high pigmentation of these liquid lipsticks is just so beautiful! They glide on smoothly on lips and stays on for many hours with minimum drinking and eating. 

Although the brand released a special lip makeup remover for this line of lipsticks, I’d say any lip makeup remover will do including one that I have reviewed previously.

The recent festive occasions definitely called for long-wearing lip makeup as I inevitably spend more time attending to my friends; I’d go for more matte lipsticks and comfortable base makeup. Unlike during wedding receptions where I’d be fixing my makeup for most of the time especially with flash photography and excessive selfies, I’d go for cream lipsticks and subtle highlighters to bring out the glow appropriate for the events more likely.


Shu Uemura Matte Supreme 13 Colours

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