August 11th, 2016
I am trying to get these reviews out to you before the full #SUQQU #Fall2016 #makeup collection launches tomorrow in Selfridges (followed by Harrods and Fenwick shortly after). There are a few items that I ideally would have liked to be able to test for a little longer, but knowing how these items tend to sell out pretty quickly, I’d like you to at least be able to see some swatches and get my initial thoughts asap. There are lots of new products to covet, and a whole family of new limited edition cream eyeshadows to check out!
SUQQU Fall 2016 makeup collection consists of a new family of Deep Nuance Eyes, which are cream eyeshadows individually housed in glass pots. These are soft and airy, more mousse-like than the heavy creams of Tom Ford, closer to the texture of the old Chanel Illusion d’Ombres but not as bouncy. There are 5 limited edition shades, and I have 2 of them to show you…
Suqqu Deep Nuance Eyes EX-02 Tsuyahonoka is a creamy beige with a strong sheen and some subtle shimmers. It is the more opaque of the 2, and is very close to my natural lid color so it works almost as a base shade for layering other powdered eyeshadows over.
Suqqu Deep Nuance Eyes EX-05 Yakou is a deep blue-grey with micro shimmers in all sorts of hues. Yakou is markedly less pigmented than Tsuyahonoka though, and I found it quite difficult to build up to a decent level of opacity using a brush, and ended up dabbing it on using a finger. There seems to be some sort of invisible coating at the top of the pot which you can remove by gently swiping a finger over the surface, after which it becomes easier to pick up the pigments. Regardless, this probably works better as a darkening base than as a smokey eye on its own.
In the swatches above, it took me about 5-6 swipes to get EX-05 Yakou to show up to this level of pigmentation and opacity. In contrast, I only applied 2 swipes of EX-02 Tsuyahonoka for the swatch photo above.
I started out with the idea that Yakou would be much deeper and darker, and Tsuyahonoka to be sheerer… as it turned out the reverse was true! Hence this placement was a little tricky because Yakou obliterated Tsuyahonoka the moment I applied it over, so I had to go back and blend more Tsuyahonoka into the outer lid afterwards. What is interesting to note is that these Deep Nuance Eyes do not set, but stay suspended in a mixture of light oil and silicon gel, which is designed to keep the lids moisturized and prevent settling into fine lines. However, on my oily and heavily hooded lids, this formula smudges and settles into my eye folds within the first couple of hours and gradually fades as the day progresses. I will try again with different primers over the next few days and report back if I find a magic combination, but those who frequently experience such problems with cream shadows do approach with caution.
Turning to the product that caught the most attention so far, SUQQU Pure Color Blush is a a new collection of ombre cheek colors that are here to stay! There are 5 permanent shades in the collection and 1 limited edition to celebrate the launch. This Pure Color Blush replaces SUQQU’s Balancing Cheeks N blush family, and contains more product than before. They feature a darker, more pigmented cheek color on the left side of the palette and a sheer, shimmery highlight on the right side. I had a wow moment when I opened it up for the first time to reveal the super sleek cases with a golden reflective back and smooth rounded corners!
SUQQU Pure Color Blush 01 Tsubomizaki is a stunning medium-light cool-toned pink that transitions into a pale shimmery coral. There are shimmers throughout the pan, but more so on the right coral end. I was surprised by how well this blush applied because my previous experience with Japanese blushes are a general lack of pigmentation. SUQQU’s Pure Color Blush could be considered by die-hard J-beauty fans as being “very” pigmented, but this by no means puts it on par with the likes of Tom Ford Narcissist or Chanel Joues Rouge Profond. For me, it is exactly the right balance that makes applying color to my cheeks a breeze, allowing for that natural glow without much work.
SUQQU Pure Color Blush 04 Urushibi is an interesting rose-colored pan, in fact I can imagine rose petals with this exact gradation. However, it swatched more salmon pink and icy baby pink on my skin, which was a surprise but in a good way. Urushibi feels more pigmented than Tsubomizaki, although the difference is marginal and so buttery smooth that it is a dream to blend. I like to first sweep my brush over the left side of the palette to pick up the color then sweep along my cheek bones, then I dab the brush on the right of the palette and pop that on the top of my cheeks for highlight.
And here are the swatches for your reference. These are going straight up to my favorite blushes from now on because they wear beautifully and lasts well through the day.
SUQQU has made the juicy lip a signature of theirs for a long time, and now they have taken it up a notch with the new SUQQU Extra Glow Lipsticks. These are formulated with a blend of 7 oils and feature a good douse of color to be fully functioning lipsticks with a lip-conditioning element that I love. There are 10 permanent shades and 2 limited editions with this launch. Interestingly, the 2 limited editions are completely sheer and are meant to be balms rather than lipsticks.
From left to right, the swatches are:
The lipsticks have a lot of slip to them, and could break off the tip if you apply too much pressure, so I suggest not twisting up more than you need. Of course, that also means they do not last very long on the lips, but do wear off as you eat and drink. But with such a luxuriously comfortable formula, I would happily slather them on throughout the day!
And before I leave you, here is a full makeup look featuring some of the items discussed today…
For your interest, I am wearing the upcoming SUQQU Treatment Primer and Extra Rich Cream Foundation as base… loving these to bits, will review soon! Deep Nuance Eyes in EX-02 and EX-05 on the eyes; Pure Color Blush 01 on cheeks; and Extra Glow Lipstick 07 on lips.
As I already mentioned, SUQQU tends to sell out quickly, and many of the items often don’t make their way to the online store at all. So if you see something that you absolutely need to have, you may want to reach the Selfridges London store at +44 (0)20 7318 3956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.