September 5th, 2016

SUQQU Treatment Primer, Extra Rich Cream Foundation & Brush

You know the season’s changing when the colors change, and base products turn richer.  This year we didn’t quite see too many super sheer, natural skin-like foundations; instead, the cushion technology has taken the world by storm.  Much as I like some of them, I still find myself reaching for my foundations; and with my recent bout of breakouts, prefer something with higher coverage and a cream texture that is able to smoothen out the bumps and accompanying dry flakes.  And so, it was perfect timing when I received SUQQU’s latest base duo – comprising of a Treatment Primer and Extra Rich Cream Foundation!

SUQQU treatment primer, extra rich cream foundation and brush

As I age, I find myself switching over from mattifying primers to those that offer more hydration and luminosity.  Those with dry/dehydrated skin and/or dealing with the change in weather may also benefit from the new SUQQU Treatment Primer.

SUQQU Treatment Primer

Housed in a slender pale pink squeeze tube, this unassuming primer does so much more than just keep the oilies at bay and extend the wear of makeup.  It is a lovely multi-tasker that packs in some much-needed skincare benefits as well as SPF20 sun protection.  A blend of 4 intensely moisturizing oils seals in moisture and smoothens the skin surface:

  • Safflower Oil is high in linoleic acid which is able to unclog the pores, reduce rashes and acne, and facilitate the regeneration of skin cells;
  • Apricot Kernel Oil is a lightweight oil that gently moisturizes and rebalances skin, and is especially good for oily skin;
  • Evening Primrose Oil is high in antioxidants, and is able to both calm flare-ups and sooth irritations; and
  • Camelia Seed Oil is high in oleic acid and has a composition that closely resembles our skin, allowing it to be readily absorbed, helping to moisturize, heal and prevent pre-mature aging of skin.

SUQQU Treatment Primer swatch

For all its power-packed ingredients, SUQQU Treatment Primer comes in a delicately-light fluid texture that does not leave the skin feeling greasy at all.  Instead, it sinks into the skin immediately, and leaving the skin feeling smoother, plumped and more luminous.  The slight pink tint disappears once applied, but does leave my face looking brighter and more radiant.  I definitely felt my dehydrated skin feeling better hydrated throughout my long days when I apply a thin layer of this Treatment Primer before my makeup.  What is more important, is that it does not feel too much at all even when layered with SUQQU’s new Extra Rich Cream Foundation!

SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation swatch

I have not been reaching for a cream foundation in a very long time, partly because the trend has been moving away for the past couple of years, and also I grew to prefer letting my own natural skin show through.  So I was curious to see how I would like the new SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation… and I fell in love!  Unlike any other foundation I’ve tried, this unveils throughout the day according to the skin conditions.  When first applied, it leaves skin with a healthy glowy finish.  A few hours into it, the foundation starts to emit a warmer glow due to rose and champagne pearl powders, to give a brightening boost just as fatigue starts to creep up.  It is also intelligent enough to control excess sebum, keeping the makeup looking as fresh at the end of the night as at the beginning.

SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation is a smooth thin cream that is easy to blend with your choice of fingers, sponge or brush, and leaves a flawless natural finish.  What I love about this Extra Rich Cream Foundation is that it feels as luxurious as any cream foundations I’ve ever tried [and trust me, I’ve tried some of the best like this and this], but it applies like a fluid foundation – smooth, fuss-free, completely devoid of that cakey effect that often accompanies thicker foundations.

SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation before after comparison**Click to enlarge and zoom

To be honest, I have not had a good experience with SUQQU’s Frame Fix Foundation in the past [reviewed here], and was very apprehensive about trying another SUQQU foundation.  The results spoke for the product in ways that I could never imagine though – it was beautiful and glowy, brightening up the dark and sallow spots, and providing adequate coverage for my dark undereye and other red pimple marks whilst still allowing my natural skin to show through!  In the comparison photo above, I had applied SUQQU Treatment Primer all over the face followed by SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation on the right half.  If you click on the image to enlarge and zoom, you will be able to see that the foundation actually minimizes the appearance of pores on my cheeks, without any caking or creasing.

According to SUQQU, this Extra Rich Cream Foundation contains a blend of 12 oriental herb extracts to moisturize, protect the skin and promote natural healing.  What is impressive is that all this is achieved with a relatively lightweight texture, and also wears incredibly well all day.  I recently wore this on my trip to Germany, and even onto the plane on the way back.  In spite of the extremely dry conditions I was exposed to, SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation wore better than I expected, with minimal fading and absolutely no creasing!

SUQQU foundation brush

To accompany the release of its latest cream foundation, SUQQU has also designed an innovative dual-ended foundation brush.  SUQQU’s infamous brush collection has a cult-like following, and until very recently, had a long waiting list (I was part of that waiting list for their highly coveted cheek brush for a very long time!).  The new SUQQU Foundation Brush comprises of an angled brush and a domed sponge end, designed for swirling the foundation on broader parts of the face and buffing into smaller corners respectively.

SUQQU foundation brush closeup

The brush is made of synthetic bristles that are as soft as any squirrel-haired brush I’ve ever tried, and is easier to clean than natural hair.  It is quite unlike any other foundation brushes I own, as the bristles are quite pliable and loosely packed.  On the other hand, I found this to be a perfectly brilliant way of sheering out the foundation, giving it that perfect skin-like quality.  The other domed sponge end has a bouncy texture and is small enough to work well for dabbing out extra coverage under the eyes and around the nose / lips.

Overall, I am really in love with this season’s base products from SUQQU!  Both the SUQQU Treatment Primer and Extra Rich Cream Foundation are absolute godsend for those of us with dry/dehydrated skin, and I highly recommend you check them out if you can!  In case you are trying to order this online, I am using shade 202 for the Extra Rich Cream Foundation, which is just a little bit on the fairer side for me because I’ve gotten a wee bit tanned lately, but still looks good on me.  The SUQQU Foundation Brush is an interesting one and very affordable compared to its other siblings.  All 3 are now available in Japan, and will be released on Selfridges website from 22 September!  These are permanent though, so there is time to enjoy!

xo Linda

This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol. 3: Nude Atelier for Fall 2016
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Vinyl LipColor & Hi-Lustre Lipstick

  • Hmm, I love a good foundation in a jar… and the brush sounds really cool! I wish we could see suqqu in person here!

  • Lily

    Wow, all raves! I’m curious, very curious. I can forget about point makeup, but when it comes to base, I LOVE! Too bad though. I’m very picky when it comes to foundations and I have to make sure I try them on before buying. Otherwise, I’ll be all over this one 🙂

    • yes finding a match is tricky i think… and if you’re ever in Bangkok, definitely check it out!

  • clidre vandijk

    Hello, have you tried the original foundation from Suqqu (U.K. Exclusive)? It’s my current fav and I was wondering how does this compare with that one…

    • Do you mean the previous cream foundation? I tried it briefly once, and found it did not last very long on my skin, but my skin was different then and it has been many years. This one feels lighter in texture and lasts all day. Definitely try this out if you’ve liked the previous one!

  • Bellyhead

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this primer and foundation! I’m so glad you’ve had the same experience. My skin gets so dehydrated that this feels so much like a rich skincare treat more than just makeup. And of course, that it performs and looks so amazing on is beyond great! I can’t wait for this to launch because I am HOPPING on the websites and buying my shade!

    • oh what’s your shade?! When I first saw this I thought it’s much too dark, but it actually applied light! Hope you get your right match soon!! Yes so much love!

      • Bellyhead

        I’m a 002 most of the year! Much love for this foundation.

  • Sounds very interesting for dry skin and this brush is absolutely fab ♥♥♥ Have a great week Linda ! xoxo

    • It really is great for dry skin! Thanks have an equally fab week Kedidja!!

  • Anne Sanderson

    Thank you for your review. This foundation sounds great. Which do you prefer Suqqu’s or Guerlain Parure Gold and which one provides more coverage? Parure Gold is my favourite at the moment but in winter the lightest shade available in the UK will be too dark but Suqqu’s shade 101 may be a better match.

    May I also ask if the brush is made in Japan?

    Many thanks. 🙂

    • Hi Anne, wow that’s a tough choice…. I like both equally for different reasons. The Parure Gold I love for its texture, but unfortunately the one I have is a little off in terms of base tones for me right now, so I hadn’t been using that one lately. I’m currently addicted to this Suqqu, mainly also because I find the cream texture to be more flattering with bumps and dry flakes. Having said that, this shade i’m wearing is 202, which sounds dark but is slightly light and can turn me ashen if I’m a little bit tanned. So you will need to be color-matched in person!

      Yes the brush is made in Japan. 🙂

  • Alison

    I almost never get foundation but this is definitely the dryer season– and this looks so nice on you. A few questions– do either of the two products contain alcohol anywhere? And my second question is how far down on the list are the fine oils and botanical ingredients? The reason I ask is that I ordered a few products from Missha (emulsions and skin creams for the dry and winter season) and they do have all this good stuff but it is way down the list– after butylene glycol and propendiol and all the usual suspects. Even though I give a Hail Mary to makeup, less so with skin products and foundations which cover more territory.

    • Hi Alison, unfortunately I do not have the English ingredient list on these. The boxes were in Japanese, and I threw them out. I don’t expect the skincare components to feature highly as these are makeup items.

  • EV

    Which do you prefer – this Suqqu foundation or the Cle de Peau that you reviewed?

    I am going to Japan in October and will try this Suqqu primer and cream foundation. It looks so good on your skin!

    My skin is becoming more dehydrated, too and I need more moisturizing properties in my base makeup.

    • Hi EV, definitely this one! I wasn’t crazy about the CdP….
      Definitely give this one a try when you can…. and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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