SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 Murasakisuishou

September 16, 2014

This Fall, SUQQU has departed from its usual classical looks, and brought us something completely different. Firstly, if you thought their quint-in-a-quad (for example EX-17) palettes were interesting, SUQQU has managed to one-up us with an oct (octuple? octet?)!

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21

In a simple compact that would normally have housed 4-5 shades, EX-21 gives us 8 whopping shades in a variety of colors!  And more importantly, SUQQU departs from its usual reserved aesthetics to give us really blinging jewel tones!  The amount of shimmers vary from sparse to packed multi-tonal… but all really fine and more than wearable.  Here are a couple of off-focused shots to bring out the shimmers.

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 shimmers

As you can see, the bottom left pair of shades have the most amazing multi-tonal shimmers… I see green, yellow, pink, gold, purple!  The top left pair also have some pretty shimmers although the contrast is not as distinctive… still very pretty regardless!

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 palette - shimmers

The top right pair also contain some sparse shimmer… still multi-colored and fine so they wouldn’t be flat if worn on their own.  Even the bottom right pair are not completely without shimmers although they are all completely whited out by the sun in the photos above.  They are very soft and due to the pale nature of the color they almost appear frosty as you can see in the close-up swatches below.

And is the complete set of swatches, left to right corresponding to shades on palette clockwise from top left:

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 swatches

The shades are:

I think I ran out of adjectives for those shimmers… after awhile of staring my eyes went color-blind. But the point remains the same – EX-21 is a highly shimmery palette. You will be relieved to know though, that SUQQU has maintained its taste level with very fine unobtrusive shimmers. So pack away with them without fear of turning your eyes into disco balls!

If staring at the 4 split pans as they are arranged is making you feel kind of stumped like I am, it helps to think of them in the way SUQQU has prescribed, i.e as 2 separate quads comprising of shades in the “outer” versus “inner” ring.

“Outer” ring:

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 outer ring swatches


“Inner” ring:

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 inner ring swatches

There is also the possibility of wearing the entire palette as a quad by mixing up each duo split pan, in which case this would be the resultant set of swatches:

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 blended swatches

The thing to note though, is that these shades are all somewhat sheer… each shade has been swiped numerous times for the swatches to show above. And this is perhaps a more important characteristic to note than the unusual design, because the only way to get any color to show up is to (1) use a good primer, (2) really pile them on, and/or (3) layer. If you, like me, were expecting a pretty pink and navy, or orange and brown eye look when I first laid eyes on EX-21, you may be left disappointed.

Notwithstanding the above, once you get used to the whole idea behind EX-21, it is possible to create some pretty looks!

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 EOTD

I first applied the blackened navy close to my lash line, smudging it past my folds.  Then I added medium cool-toned brown over it , taking it to mid-lid.  Next I dabbed pink on the inner half of my lid, really packing it in.  Finally, I dabbed the orange/copper on the outer half, and blended the crease with the pale shimmery beige.  Despite all the heavy packing, the overall look is still soft, almost glimmery… which fits the jewel theme of this season.  The look has a shimmery element to it, which unfortunately cant be completely captured by camera, but it is certainly there when you look closely.

Due to the small size of the shades, it is very important to use the right brushes.  When I first started using this palette, I used my usual fluffy brushes, and it was simply impossible to pick up enough pigments, and the whole process proved to be rather frustrating.  After many tries, I finally decided that a flat narrow brush like Hakuhodo J004G (reviewed here) or a pencil like brush would be really the best for packing on the colors.  Basically something small enough to fit in the slivers of color, and dense enough to pick up sufficient pigment.  The enclosed brushes are perfect actually.

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 Murasakisuishou is certainly a unique offering, and veers somewhat away from what we have seen from the brand to date.  For SUQQU lovers, the lack of pigmentation may be a little alarming at first, although I believe it is by design.  I love SUQQU shimmers which was what made me fall in love with this palette to begin with.  But it sure takes some getting used to, and despite the pink and orange, EX-21 invariably ends up looking rather neutral on me.  The eye look above is the most “colorful” I could achieve (will update here if I manage more), and somehow it reminds me of Guerlain’s Holiday 2013 palette (reviewed here).

xo Linda

12 responses to “SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow EX-21 Murasakisuishou”

  1. Sil says:

    I like the idea of having 8 different eyeshadows in the palette, even if I couldn’t tell there were that many from the header pic. Do you know if there are any more palettes like this from SUQQU? Maybe others would be more pigmented?
    Bummer that the colors were not that intense. Specially if you have half the amount of every color. You would think that, in that case, the shadows should be more pigmented!
    Even so, I liked the look you made!

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sil, this is the only 8-pan from SUQQU, which is why it was so highly anticipated. I found the usual quads more pigmented, although it seems some other people felt the reverse was true. In any case, these are all shimmery, so that might be something to keep in mind.

  2. bellyhead says:

    I’ve been playing around with mine for a few weeks now and I’m alternately pleased and disappointed. Partly my issue is that the finish is so uniformly shimmery and maybe I’ve possibly maxed out on pretty shimmery shades. EGADS! I’ve been able to achieve some really pretty looks with it though and it’s been great fun layering and trying out different combos.

    One things I think that is different in my experience is that I get excellent pigmentation (for a SUQQU, as sara says) compared to some other quads I’ve owned. The darkest pan is slightly less smooth & rich, but for all shades I got great pay off.

    I do love that purply shade though! 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Yes you’re right, they’re ALL shimmery which does become somewhat boring after awhile. Now it’s strange that you and Sara found this to be more pigmented… because my gfs and I were just bemoaning how impossible it is to get any color to show! Perhaps we hadn’t been using the right brushes? My disappointment is more in terms of how apart from that sheer pink, everything else turns out the same taupe on my lids. I’m not a very big fan of neutrals.

  3. Noodles says:

    So much glowy shimmery prettiness! It reminded me of the Guerlain palette too! I’ve still not tried anything from Suqqu, am afraid once I do, I cant stop 😉

  4. Hi Linda,
    I am sorry that it is not the love I have for this one that you feel too. I felt actually that it was very pigmented, I mean in Suqqu terms. I liked it more than the last very hard to get pink palette which was not very versatile in my opinion and this one can manage what pink one from Summer could and it can also achieve natural looks. I can get a very pretty amethyst look one me this won my heart 😉 I hope you like it more as you play more with it.

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sara, yes i’m surprised that you found this more pigmented… my gfs and I all found this to be sheerer than we’re used to. Could there possibly be differences in batch qualities??? Yes, this palette somehow turns out softer looks, and that’s something i’m just not used to. Will continue to play with it more!

  5. Lily says:

    I have 1 Suqqu eye palette, and mostly sucked in because I just want to have at least one. So after that one, I never really wanted another >_< That about sums up what I think of them. They're very pretty, very elusive (the biggest part of the attraction) but I have other eye shadows which perform better 😛

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Lily, the elusive-ness premium is certainly there, and i’m not sure if this particular oct is worth its price tag and effort. After trying it for a bit now I’m starting to come around to the idea and liking it for a barely-there, shimmery smokey look. But I may still destash it later on… god knows i have way too many.

  6. lilian says:

    Hi Linda, the name of the quad is a mouthful! When I look at this quad I am quite confused. Suqqu tried to have a lot of colours in this quads and also with Pearly and shimmery texture. Don’t get me wrong I love shimmer, but this quad somewhat too shimmery compare to the other Suqqu quads but it is surprisingly wearable on your eyes.

    I probably wont try this but definitely other quads which u reviewed.



    • silverkis says:

      Hi Lilian, haha you are right! It is a mouthful, and a confusing palette. I didn’t want it when I first saw the press images, then because it was so super elusive (more so than the other LE palettes before this), and in real life it’s quite pretty… i caved and bought. It is definitely more shimmery than other Suqqus, but not crazy on the lids at all. Takes a bit of work and getting used to, and maybe just too much for the price tag.

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