Comparison and Review: Shu Uemura ME 850 vs Shu Uemura ME 856

Hello my loves!  I got a lovely package from the beautiful Chrissa a few days ago.  It was a complete surprise and I am humbled by her extreme generosity.  She sent me some items that she knew I was wanting.  It was like Christmas came a couple weeks too early.  One of the items she included in my package was the Shu ME 856.  When Shu released their summer collection Color Atelier, they also came out with these new refillable palettes and pressed eyeshadow refills.  The pans are shaped differently than the old pans.  
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Top view of the packaging.  Shu ME 850 on left Shu ME 856 on left. 
Me being the “card-holding taupe haux” that I am I immediately was drawn to a specific color, ME 856.  There was a lot of buzz surrounding this color and I think it is mainly due to the fact that everyone is still on the hunt for Shu ME Silver 945 look-alike.  I have never seen that color in person so I am not in such awe of its beauty as others.  I am quite happy settling for the “dupes”, even though several people say that the two shades I am comparing today are not dupes at all.  

Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Shot of the name.
I am a huge fan of the Lucite packaging of the original Shu eyeshadows but I must say that I am sort of depot-crazed at the moment so Shu selling the pan version is really nice as well.  It also drops their price point quite a bit.  I love it when brands do this sort of thing because so many people don’t like having a billion individual eyeshadows, they would rather create palettes.  It is very smart for them to do this as well because many people just want a bargain–the cheaper price point will allow more people to feel free to try the brand out.  
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Shot of the back of the packaging.  
 As you can see in the pans below, the colors look very similar.  The only major difference in this shot is the usage.  ME 850 is quite used where ME 856 is untouched and pristine.  
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Shot of the color in pan taken indoors in a well lit room, no flash
 The next shot is similar to the last shot, except it was taken outside in direct sunlight.  Same description of the colors in the pan.  There is perhaps a slight inclination that the 856 is less purpley-taupe but almost undetectable… 
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Shot of the color in pan outside in direct sunlight, no flash.
 These finger swatches below really show you how different they are in texture.  Shu ME 850 glides on like a dream and I never noticed it before but in comparison to the Shu ME 856 it looks like the rougher older brother.  
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Finger swatches, taken outside in direct sunlight..  Shu ME 850 on left and Shu ME 856 on right.  
 Once they were blended out onto my arm the texture was the same.  They both melted like a dream right onto the arm.  Here is where you can really see the difference though.  Once blended out Shu ME 850 looks like a metallic brown taupe and Shu ME 856 looks like a purple-rosy-brown taupe.  Much more comlpex.  I believe that ME 856 was released to replace ME 850 but I don’t find them simliar enough to completely replace.  I actually think that they should still both exist.  (AND SHU–IF YOU ARE READING THIS–BRING BACK ME Silver 945!!!)
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Swatched on my arm, taken outside in direct sunlight.  Shu ME 850 on left and Shu ME 856 on right.  
 The ‘ME’ in the name description is actually one of the codes for the finish of the eyeshadow.  ME stands for metallic.  Shu Uemura’s definition is “smooth like liquid with a metallic glow.”  And man, are they right.  It is stunning how metallic they are.  Brings a brightness to the eye even when you are using a darker tone like these.
Shu Uemura ME 856 ME 850 taupe high end swatch comparison review
Shot of finger swatches after transferring to arm and smoothing out.  Shu ME 856 on left and Shu ME 850 on right.


My Newest Addiction Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (5 out of 5)
I give this rating to both of the shades.  Shu knows what they are doing when it comes to making eyeshadow.  The formula is unparalleled a and only improved upon by its own brand.  I was in awe at the quality of Shu ME 850 but completely blown away by ME 856.

Chrissa has a different skintone than I do and I believe she owns both as well.  Go pester her for swatch comparison’s as well! <3  If you would like more reviews from me, let me know in the comments below.  If you would like, you can find me on YouTubeTwitterFacebook.  If you don’t already, follow me here.  Thank you for all of your support!


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I'm Laura!I am a Navy wife and mother of two.I am passionate about all things beauty.I am a freelance makeup artist and because I am a mommy I am also a list of other things, including: chef, maid, chauffeur, dry cleaner, and I could go on.I am currently in Florida but who knows where I will be in a year's time!So grab a drink and read through my beauty tips, swatches, reviews, and other crazy parts of my life!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07968242406303947684 Edie Cochetti

    i have not tried Shu Uemura, except for a skincare product years ago. the shades are so beautiful. you could really see the difference between the two on your swatched arm. thanks Laura for reviewing this beautiful product!

  • Charisse

    856 is indeed gorgeous! You’re making me want so many things LJ, stop it! :p

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01207876274926374666 Jessica

    Never heard of them the color is gorgeous though.

  • LauraJean396

    Shu is amazing! Get your hands on them NAO!

  • Red lips, Black hair

    Wowowowowowowow!!! Love them both omggg! *System overload*