SUQQU Summer 2014 Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan

June 17, 2014

I am so excited I’m literally bouncing off the walls to be able to bring you today’s post!  SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan was the highly-coveted Summer 2014 offering from the Japanese brand, and was sold out in Japan and Selfridges within hours of launch.  I had actually wanted to pass on this beauty, because I thought… well, pink and brown (but as it turns out, it’s not brown!)……hmm.  But when a dear friend made a trip to Bangkok last week, and this was in stock, I couldn’t resist.

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-20 Natsubotan

Natsubotan (loosely translated: Summer Peony) is a true lady’s palette.  From its special limited edition white casing, to the shades in the palette, it all spells femininity.  And perhaps for that reason, I did not quite fall head over heels with it based on promo pictures.  I need some zing in my palettes….

It was only when I finally laid hands on my own, and swatched it that the magic came alive…

SUQQU EX-20 Blend Color Eyeshadow Natsubotan swatches

The swatches from left to right, correspond to shades on palette in clockwise direction starting from bottom left:

Even on the most uninspired of days, Natsubotan creates some mesmerizing eyes…

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-20 Natsubotan LOTD

Guerlain Super Aqua BB Cream all over face, set with Koh Gen Do UV Powder. SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan on eyes, Guerlain Cils d’Enfer mascara. Guerlain Rouge G Rose Grenat on lips.

Here’s a close-up on the eye….

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-20 Natsubotan EOTD

I applied the pale beige pink all over as base, followed by the chocolate plum along the lash line taken midway up the lid.  Applied more of the chocolate plum along the outer half of the eye and in the crease.  Then patted the pink on the inner 3/4 of the lid, focusing on the center.  Finally, finished by adding a dab of frosty pearl pink to the inner corner.  Lined lower lash line with chocolate plum followed by mascara to complete.

Since Natsubotan was so elusive, I thought I would compare some pinks and plums for posterity’s sake.

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-20 plum comparison

This was really an exercise for my own purpose, because at first sight, the bottom left shade in Natsubotan looked distinctly brown, yet clearly it turned plum when swatched.  And the swatch comparison above clearly illustrates this metamorphosis.  When stacked against other similar palettes with reddish browns – YSL Pivoine Crush and Chanel Charming, neither were good dupes.  Instead, the true purples were better matches – in particular THREE Star Guitar if applied with a light hand.

SUQQU EX-20 pink swatch comparison

As we had earlier established that the pink shade in Natsubotan is special due to its sheer quality, it is almost futile looking for dupes.  But I am optimistic that with a light hand and perhaps a loose squirrel brush, we can achieve the same effect.  In the course of this exercise, I surprised myself by how many pinks I own.  Clearly YSL Ballet Russes is not a good match here, but somebody had asked and so here it is.  Surprisingly, Chanel Rose Des Vents was a close enough match despite looking much darker and more red in the pot.  But the closest in terms of color and finish had to be another Japanese palette from Shiseido – Maquillage PK732.

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan is a beautifully curated palette that is a breeze to blend, and lends instant glamour to an otherwise everyday ladylike look.  This is still available at the SUQQU counter in Bangkok, Thailand; and elsewhere online for a premium.  Alternatively, I hope the above has convinced you that there are workable dupes residing amongst your stash, and we can just let Natsubotan rest.


8 responses to “SUQQU Summer 2014 Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-20 Natsubotan”

  1. Sil says:

    What a gorgeous palette! I thought that bottom color would be plum, but after I read that you thought it was brown, I had a moment of fear (the closer a dark brown would get to my face it’d be in chocolate form lol), so I’m very relieved after seeing those swatches.
    I’ve read so many good thing about SUQQU! I think I’ll have to try to get my hands on one of their palettes as soon as I get the chance!

    And I have to say that you look really beautiful in that picture! (and your skin looks perfect! I’m always in awe of girls with perfect skin).

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you dear, you are so super sweet! :* I don’t have perfect skin at all… it was the Guerlain BB + powder, and a very flattering camera + lighting! 😛
      Oh yes i thought it was brown but i’m so glad it’s plum! You’re so right… chocolate on the eyes is not usual for me, unless they come up with a chocolate eye mask or something! Yes, you need to try SUQQU!!!

  2. Suqqu always has a place in my heart, I just love their quality. Natsobotan looks beautiful on you Linda.

    • silverkis says:

      Yes you’re right, Jacqueline. SUQQU definitely has one of the finest quality… so easy to work you can apply eyeshadow with eyes closed!

  3. selphia says:

    Linda, the palette looks amazing on you, thank you for the lovely swatches! *one could fly to Thailand and back with those evilbay prices lol

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks, Linda. Yes, those evilbay prices are a total ripoff!!! This was a lovely palette, completely taking me by surprise given how uninspired those promo picts were. I really lucked out in having my friend pick it up for me on a whim! I just wished it was much more accessible for the rest of us!!!

      • Selphia says:

        I picked one up from evilbay, it is a lot warmer than I expected from pictures, your pictures are fairly accurate!

        • silverkis says:

          Hi Linda, gosh i hope you didn’t pay too much of a premium for it! Thanks for letting me know… i’m never too sure how the pictures turn out on other peoples’ screens! The pink is cool toned though, and it should help tone down the plum. Look forward to seeing your EOTD!!

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