review: suqqu aw16 + christmas exclusive lipsticks

September 29, 2016  |  Product Reviews, SUQQU  |  No Comments

As the title indicates, this post is a bit of a mash-up between a couple of different SUQQU lipsticks: two Extra Glow Lipsticks from their autumn/winter 2016 collection and one Creamy Glow from their UK-exclusive Christmas collection.

SUQQU extra glow lipstick

The Extra Glow Lipsticks are a new, permanent line that are (you guessed it) super duper glossy and hydrating thanks to a blend of 7 different oils in their formula. The range includes 12 shades, of which 10 are permanent colours are two are limited edition:

01 KURUMIBENI – nude
02 AKIBARA – rose
03 SUITOU – pink
04 AYASANGO – coral
05 SAEANZU – orange red
06 BENIAKANE-brightred
07 SYUNAKE – true red
08 FUKABENI – crimson red
09 YOIKAJITSU-berry
10 HAEBANA–red pink
EX-01 MITSUICHIGO – sheer pink balm
EX-02 MITSUGAKI – sheer coral balm

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I was sent 05 Saenzu and EX-02 Mitsugaki to test, and can quite safely say I’m in love with both of them. As someone who has the driest lips on the planet, I find the Extra Glow lipsticks so comfortable and moisturising that I carry them around with me everywhere and treat them as really fancy tinted lip balms (which they essentially are). Arm and lip swatches are at the bottom of this post.

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I was also sent a Creamy Glow Moist Lipstick in EX-03 Awa Momoka, which is one of three limited edition colours created for SUQQU’s UK-exclusive Christmas 2016 collection. The other two colours are EX-01 Sae Bara, a true red (see the lovely Belly’s review here) and EX-02 Kan Botan, a cool red. EX-03 Awa Momoka is described as “peach blossom”, and is a beautifully versatile nude.

I’ve actually been calling it my goes-with-everything nude, since I find it works equally well with natural and bold eye makeup. And despite its slightly warm undertone, it seems to play very well with both cool and warm makeup looks as well. Here are some swatches of all three lipsticks. As you can see, the Extra Glow lipsticks are extremely glossy compared to the Creamy Glow Moist formula.

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And here are some lip swatches. The top left picture is of my bare lips, so you can gauge how much pigmentation each shade has.

SUQQU extra glow lipstick swatches 01

I hope this post was helpful to anyone thinking about picking up either of these lipstick formulas! Between the two, my favourite by a hair is the (thankfully permanent) Extra Glow Lipsticks because I’m a huge sucker for anything even remotely resembling tinted balms, but EX-03 Awa Momoka is such a perfect nude colour that on days when my lips are smooth enough for lipstick it’s always the one I reach for.

Pricing & Availability: SUQQU Extra Glow Lipsticks (£23) are already available online and at SUQQU counters, but the Christmas collection of 3 Creamy Glow Moist (£27) colours will only be launching on October 6 with the rest of the UK-exclusive collection. Due to the high demand for the UK-exclusive Christmas collection, SUQQU UK will be taking early reservation requests via this website, which goes live on 29th September at 9:30am GMT. Please note that filling out the Reservation Form does not guarantee a confirmed order; if stock is available, SUQQU UK will confirm the reservation within 3 working days, after which you will be contacted separately by SUQQU Selfridges London to place your order. For enquiries and feedback, you can email suqquuk@eqpuk.com
 
 
 
These products were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: suqqu ex-35 yuki tsubaki

September 28, 2016  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  No Comments

Oh man do I love this quad.

I want to wear it day after day because it makes me feel equal parts badass and beautiful like nothing else I own.

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I love it so much I’m actually worried about how SUQQU will ever be able to top this. I mean, I’d buy whatever they release next anyway because I’m just one of those crazies, but will I love it as much? Um…I just don’t know.

Ex-35 Yuki Tsubaki, you are going to be a tough act to follow.

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The placement I went with here was very basic: pale matte pink all over as a base, shimmer shade over my mobile lid, brown in the outer V, fuchsia heavily through the crease and a mix of brown and fuchsia along the lower lash line. Knowing that this quad was designed to be bold made using it very intuitive, and this look came together in 10 minutes or less; I’m sure trying to coax a subtle “everyday” look from this would have been much trickier.

I anchored everything with winged liner, but chose to skip falsies for this FOTD to better show off the shadow. For my next post with this quad (and there IS one coming) I think I’ll go all out!

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PS I was surprised to discover what an awesome match SUQQU’s Creamy Glow Lipstick in EX-21 Sen Ka was to this eye look.

In other news, I’ve been wearing the heck out of Sen Ka all summer and am now panicking about it being limited edition and possibly on the verge of selling out. I hate the idea of buying back ups of makeup because I seldom finish anything, but I think I might have to make an exception for this beauty…or perhaps drop some hints about it to my *ahem* doting husband *ahem* should he need to get some early Christmas shopping done.

*AHEM*

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Face: SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation (review here), Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory, Cle de Peau Beauté Loose Powder // Cheeks: SUQQU Pure Colour Blush in 03 Sumiasayake (review here) // Eyes: SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow in EX-35 Yuki Tsubaki (review here), Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Lips: SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in EX-21 Sen Ka

 

Pricing & Availability: SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow in EX-35 Yuki Tsubaki (£45) launches with the UK-exclusive Christmas collection on the 6th of October. However, due to the high demand for the UK-exclusive Christmas collection, SUQQU UK will be taking early reservation requests via this website, which goes live on 29th September at 9:30am GMT. Please note that filling out the Reservation Form does not guarantee a confirmed order; if stock is available, SUQQU UK will confirm the reservation within 3 working days, after which you will be contacted separately by SUQQU Selfridges London to place your order. For enquiries and feedback, you can email suqquuk@eqpuk.com
 
 
 
These products were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

review: suqqu ex-35 yukitsubaki

September 28, 2016  |  Product Reviews, SUQQU  |  No Comments

SUQQU fans around the world (myself included) just about lost their minds when the first photos of EX-35 Yukitsubaki were shown on makeup artist / quad mastermind / colour wizard Jorge Balzaretti’s Instagram. SUQQU has made some bold colour advances this summer with bright blues and oranges, but this is definitely its most daring quad to date.

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It’s also the most contemporary; the inclusion of that unapologetically rich fuchsia puts this quad squarely on trend this season. The mix of colours call to mind Anastasia Beverly Hills’ insanely popular, sold-out-everywhere Modern Renaissance palette and it’s very exciting to see SUQQU not only acknowledge but start to own and set mainstream beauty trends. It’s groundbreaking stuff from a brand that has really marched to the beat of its own beautiful but restrained drum for so long.

For the record, I do realize that SUQQU has done bright pink before with EX-16 Benichagasane. But while Ex-16′s sliver of pink was obviously intended only as an accent in an otherwise very neutral palette, it’s clear that the fuchsia of EX-35 is the star.

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Aside from that rich matte fuchsia pink, Yuki Tsubaki includes a peachy pink with a golden frost, a dark matte brown and a matte lavender-pink-white base shade. All the colours were smooth and very pigmented, including the shimmer shade which makes it more of a conventional metallic rather than the translucent, multi-dimentional SUQQU shimmers that are intended to be layered over colours.

SUQQU EX-35 Yukitsubaki swatch

As you can see from the swatches, Yuki Tsubaki is comprised of 3 mattes and 1 shimmer shade. The high ratio of mattes to shimmer in these quads is a direct response to the local customers’ requests for more matte shadows.

SUQQU mattes are some of the best on the market so I don’t blame them for asking, but 3 mattes to a quad means that these aren’t ideal for mixing colours on skin as you would with traditional SUQQU quads. The shadows do blend together effortlessly on the lid, but for the most part are just so pigmented that they almost cancel each other out when you layer them on top of each other. They’re best when applied in a more distinct placement and allowed to shine as individual hues. I’ll be posting a FOTD with this next to illustrate my point!

By the way, none of what I’ve mentioned above should be taken as a negative; I’m simply comparing the textures of Yuki Tsubaki to older SUQQU quads so that anyone “buying blind” internationally is aware that these are quite unique in their formulation. Swatches and even descriptions can never tell the whole story, but I hope this was helpful to anyone thinking about buying this quad.

Pricing & Availability: SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow in EX-35 Yuki Tsubaki (£45) launches with the UK-exclusive Christmas collection on the 6th of October. However, due to the high demand for the UK-exclusive Christmas collection, SUQQU UK will be taking early reservation requests via this website, which goes live on 29th September at 9:30am GMT. Please note that filling out the Reservation Form does not guarantee a confirmed order; if stock is available, SUQQU UK will confirm the reservation within 3 working days, after which you will be contacted separately by SUQQU Selfridges London to place your order. For enquiries and feedback, you can email suqquuk@eqpuk.com
 
 
 
These products were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.