For those who aren't familiar with the shade names, the shade finishes are denoted by their names - M stands for Matte, ME for Metallic, IR for Iridescent, P for Pearl, and S for Satin. Generally ME shades have the most shimmery finish, followed by P shades and IR shades, followed by S shades (which are pretty close to matte, in my opinion), and lastly, with no shimmer at all, the M shades.
Anyway without further ado, let's move on to the swatches!
Shu Uemura Eyeshadow Swatches: The Beiges
M814 is a matte light beige shade, very useful as an all-over lid brightener.
M816 is also a light matte shaded, similar to M814, but is a pink-based beige instead, and would serve a similar purpose.
M818 is basically a matte white shade. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be white, or some sort of off-white shade, but it pretty much swatches white on me.
M828 is a matte pink-beige shade, a hair darker than M816.
M845 is a gorgeous, gorgeous shade of brown-based taupe. This is a great neutral shade that I could imagine seeing on a variety of skintones.
ME853 (yes I know it says M853 in the original photo - I made an error!) is a metallic warm tan-brown shade that has an orange lean.
P858 is quite similar to ME853 when swatched on me, except less orange. It's also a light tan metallic shade, like a copper penny.
Shu Uemura Eyeshadow Swatches: The Browns
M874 is a lovely neutral shade, a brown-grey deep matte.
M882 is a matte deep neutral brown. Like M874, these are good workhorse shades for a crease colour. This particular shade could also work for filling in brows.
ME883 (oops another error - this is what happens when you edit a whole bunch of photos at once) is a metallic deep neutral brown with a chocolate undertone. This is gorgeous, I tell you, absolutely gorgeous!
IR892 is a lovely brown shade with a green irisdescence. This shade is sort of similar to MAC Club, if Club was lighter. The iridescence is also less obvious in this shade, and is just a hint.
M894 is a deep brown matte, less red than M882, and more grey. And like M882, it also works for a variety of uses - crease colour, brow colour, and so on.
ME896 is a shimmery deep brown with a neutral undertone and a metallic finish. This is quite similar to ME883, but I think a hair darker.
M935 is a matte light grey shade that reminds me of concrete. Unlike a lot of greys, this one doesn't pull too blue on me.
ME960 is a stunning, metallic silvery gunmetal medium grey shade. It looks so nice with the silvery foiled finish!
Shu Uemura Eyeshadow Swatches: The Greys
P983 is a shimmery deep grey, that looks more black in the pan than it swatches on me. On my skin, this looks like a deep grey, but not a blackcend grey.
M988 is a cooltoned deep blue-grey.
ME996 is basically a shimmery black. Or at least, it looks like black to me - it could be an almost-black grey shade, but when swatched alone, it just looks black.
As usual, the pigmentation on these shades was generally excellent across the board. Shu Uemura eyeshadows are something of a cult product from the brand (along with their cleansing oils), so I'm not surprised that the quality is good. Shu Uemura's eyeshadows work on a modular system - you buy the individual pans, and can buy palettes to put your eyeshadow combinations in. For the launch of these eyeshadows, the Shu Uemura website has a pretty cool function where you can upload any photo of your choice (from your computer, Instagram, etc.) to their site and get a recommended colour palette to recreate the key colours and moods in the photo, so you can check that out and play around too.