Shu Uemura's eye shadows are grouped into 3 categories: IR stands for an iridescent finish, ME stands for metallic finish, and P stands for pearl finish.
IR Beige 800: This is a gorgeous shimmery golden beige shade that looks great by itself or paired with darker shades (green in particular looks amazing with it.) It reminds me a bit of Stila's Lamé shadow but not as warm, so I think it would work on pretty much any skintone. Like other Shu shadows this is pigmented with silky-smooth texture and works great wet or dry.
IR Green 512: This is a very pretty pale cool green. The iridescence is very subtle. This is particularly gorgeous with ME Blue 638 but it would work with a darker green as well. My only complaint is that it hardly has any pigment when applied dry, I had to really wet the brush to get it to show up on me. Nevertheless it's a beautiful shade and I think it would compliment most skintones and eye colors.
ME Green 400: Another winner from Shu's ME shadows! This is a beautiful bright shimmery pale yellow green. It looks almost identical to MAC Metamorph (from the 2005 Madame B. collection) but just slightly paler. I was afraid it might be chalky when I applied it, but was happy to see that I could apply several layers and it remained silky and smooth. It's bright but since it goes on relatively sheer any number of skintones could pull it off. It's great as a wash with black liner, and it can be paired with darker greens or blues. Perfect for spring!
ME Green 500: This is a gorgeous vibrant shimmery aqua, ideal for "mermaid" eyes! This is a metallic shadow but the shimmer isn't over the top so it's more wearable than it seems in the pan. And while it looks green in the pan it's more blue-green on. I love it wearing this on the outer half of the lid with ME Green 400 in the inner half, but it would be great with pale blues or can be used as a wash with darker blues or greens in the crease. And of course the texture is excellent, as with all Shu ME shadows.
ME Green 550: This is definitely one of my favorite green eyeshadows. It's a medium neutral/slightly cool green with shimmer. The texture is fabulous, very silky and highly pigmented. I love to pair it with golds or a darker green, but it would also work with a dark blue or teal. Applied dry it provides a nice wash of color but it can also be used wet to make a really bright shade.
ME Olive 480: This is a beautiful metallic olive-green shadow with a gold sheen, not too dark or bright. It seems to be a bit greener and less brown than Stila's La Douce but not as green as MAC Lucky Green. I love pairing it with IR Beige 800 or Stila Lamé in the inner corner and Clinique Egyptian to line, but I could see using darker green or brown shadows with it too, or even layered with a black shadow for a smoky eye. As with all Shu ME shadows the texture is silky and smooth and works great wet or dry.
ME Purple 780: This is a gorgeous shimmery violet shade, not too dark or too light so it can be worn on its own as a wash or with a darker purple in the crease (I love MAC's Entremauve pigment with it.) What I like about it is that it's got blue undertones rather than red so I don't end up looking bruised, although I guess if you're very warm-toned this may clash since it's a cooler purple. While it's not as metallic as some of the other ME shades, it's got the same silky, non-chalky texture.
ME Silver 950: This is a basic silver with a touch of blue. It reminds me of Stila Twilight but without the frost overload. I prefer my silvers to be more taupey and less blue, so I give this a four out of five. But the texture and pigmentation are great, and I like using it wet for a really metallic effect. All in all it's a nice simple silver.
ME Yellow 330: Gorgeous bright shimmery yellow, exactly what I was looking for! You can use it dry as a wash or wet for a more intense effect. I especially love using this on the inner corner with a pale blue on the outer corner. This works pretty well on fair skinned people like me (didn't think I'd be able to pull it off!), but I think it would be absolutely exquisite on dark skin!
P Black 960: I love this shadow, beautiful gunmetal shade. It's got shimmer but isn't glittery. The texture is smooth and silky, so it blends really well. It's especially excellent when used for a smokey eye!
P Orange 240: This is another gorgeous shade from Shu. Applied dry it's a nice sheer coral, applied wet it's a bright vibrant orange. I love to use this with a peach shade on the inner half of the lid. I think this would also be beautiful with a bright blue turquoise liner, something like Stila Peacock or MAC Blue Peep fluidline.
P Turquoise 555: This is a beautiful teal with a tiny hint of shimmer. It's actually not so turquoise, it's definitely on the green/teal side. It's not too dark or too light and can be used wet or dry. I love pairing this with golds and light purples, and it makes a great liner too.
P Yellow 327: The secret to this is applying it wet. Dry, it just shows up as a mustard yellow, not really flattering for most skintones - made me look a little sickly. But dampen your brush and voila! It turns to a beautiful shimmery lemon color. You can use it this way all over the lid with a fun liner (I like bright green) or just in the inner half of the lid with a dark gold on the outer half. Definitely one of my fave Shu shadows.
Gold eye jelly*: Love, love, love this product. It's a very unique, airy texture unlike any other cream or mousse eyeshadow I've tried - doesn't feel nearly as thick. It goes on very light and sheer but can be built up, and this color (pale subtle gold) is perfect for highlighting the brow bone or used as a wash. I'm not sure if these jellies last without a base, but I've used it under Benefit F. Y. Eye and Urban Decay Primer Potion and it didn't budge either time, although I found it went on more smoothly when used with the Primer Potion. I'm really hoping Shu releases more of these, particularly a green or purple shade. Some tips for applying: use your finger, not a cream eyeshadow brush (makes it very difficult to adhere to the lid), apply eyeliner after you put it on, and if you're going to use a powder eyeshadow use it on top instead of the other way around; otherwise you risk messing the powder eye shadow you put down first. Also make sure the lid is closed tightly - as these are water-based they may dry out easily if the lid isn't on all the way.
White eye jelly*: This shade isn't as versatile as the gold or brown eye jellies but so pretty. I can't see much use for it beyond higlighting the browbone, but for that it gives the most beautiful, ethereal pale sheen. I guess if you have other white highligters this isn't a must-have, but if you love the texture of eye jellies this is definitely worth getting.
* limited-edition item and no longer available at counters