Suqqu really surprised me this year… it is not often that we find a beauty company turning out something new every season. I’m not just talking about new color palettes, but actual new products and formulas. Last Summer we saw that ethereal semi-transparent shimmer coat in Ex-20 Natsubotan; last Fall was the double whammy of the octet palette featuring 4 split-pans in EX-21 Murasakisuishou as well as the brand new eyeshadow trios; and this Christmas, we have a cream eyeshadow shade nestled amidst the Blend Color Eyeshadow quad palettes!
I was both excited and apprehensive when I first heard the news. On the one hand, I’ve had bad experiences with cream shadows slipping and creasing on my lids. But on the other, I should have known that whatever SUQQU produces is consistently top notch. After all, I loved the creamy eyeliner from Fall 2014 and have been using it both as a liner and blended out as an eyeshadow base.
As usual, SUQQU has slipped us something unique without much fanfare (or perhaps it’s simply my lack of Japanese reading ability, or general lack of news-mongering). But if your eyes are sharp, you’d have noticed that the cream shadow indents inwards whilst the regular powder shades protrude outwards.
You know it’s a SUQQU when everything about the palette is well-made, and thoughtfully planned. The balance of colors here is a work of art, and the elegant shimmers for which the brand is so well-known are present in all the shades except for 1 matte base all-over shade.
Here are the swatches, left to right corresponding to shades on palette in clockwise direction starting from top left:
At first glimpse, before any swatching, I had thought Ex-23 looked very similar to other SUQQU palettes. And in particular, that dark purple-brown cream shade appeared quite dupeable. I took it on a swatch fest and went through every eyeshadow that I own, and the answer is yes – and no.
This SUQQU cream shade is much denser than other cream eyeshadows I own, certainly much denser and more pigmented than Chanel Illusion d’Ombres (I had thought it’d be similar to Diapason but the 2 aren’t close at all hence I did not swatch them side-by-side here), the later being much airier and mousse-like. It also feels “wetter” than the THREE cream shadows that I own (none close in color), and from experience, this SUQQU cream shade stays in place much better than THREE cream shades. And as it turned out, only Japanese are able to create such complex brown shades, with the Shiseido pulling just a tad more purple, whereas the SUQQU 11 Himesango being very close when the 2 split pans are combined. But neither offered the dual-chrome and sparkling complexity that the EX-23 cream shade possessed.
Since I was already at it, I decided to do a swatch comparison of the other “color” shade (because my mind automatically skips over highlight / base shades… *bad blogger*). I had assumed this is a typical peach/coral shade which I am sure to have dupes of… but as it turned out, not quite! I couldn’t find anything that came close in terms of the intensity of the color, most are much lighter, or pulled more peach whilst SUQQU Ex-23 pulled more brown in contrast. It is a really surprising turn of events, one which I was only convinced after going through over hundreds of eyeshadows (here’s the proof). And even more surprising, only SUQQU turned out even the closest siblings, and all limited editions!
Once I combined the shades, it turned out to be a very interesting smokey-brown look which I’ve been loving so much for daily wear.
The trouble with these cream shades is they tend to sheer out too much when applied with a brush, so much so that I lose the complexity of the color and shimmers. And the only way to really get the color to be as true to pan as possible, is to dab it on using a flat angled liner brush, or a finger. For the eye look above, I first applied the bottom right matte ivory shade all over my lid up to the brow bone for a base. Next I applied the cream shade from lash line upwards blending out to the socket and piling on more towards the outer corner. Thereafter, I layered the top right peach-copper shade on top of the cream shade, focusing more on the inner part of the lid. Lastly, I dusted some of the top left shimmery champagne shade on the inner corner, blending along the socket. I also lined part of the bottom lash line with the cream shade, finishing towards the inner corner with the shimmery champagne.
Apart from the Blend Color Eyeshadow quad palettes, the 2 SUQQU Christmas 2014 Kits contain this cute little lipstick compact – SUQQU Creamy Glow Moist Lipstick Compact EX-13 Beniaka. This is a re-promote of an older lipstick in a tube form, and I kind of wished it were a mini version of a tube lipstick instead of a compact. But I suppose if you so desired, you could use this as a cream blush too. It is a very sheer but somewhat buildable color with a high shine finish.
Also included in the kits are the same SUQQU Reset Cleansing Cream and Refining Foam from last year’s Christmas kits, both are still sitting squarely in my monster warehouse.
With the 2 combined on my face, here is a final look for SUQQU Christmas 2014 Kit B.