I can’t tell you how excited I was to finally get my hands on SUQUU EX-36 Fuyusumire. When the collection first launched, I wasn’t sure that I wanted it – I already had EX-35 Yukitsubaki, and struggle with cool pastels – but I changed my mind when I saw that it could be layered into a smokey purple eye.
Then of course there was a mad, mad scramble to get my hands on this limited edition palette. At the end of the day, it wouldn’t have happened without the help of a lovely friend in the UK and her SUQQU sales associate, who held my order despite all kinds of nonsense like problems with my international credit card. I was quite sure that by the time I got my bank details sorted, my prize would been sold off and I’d be told “too bad”, but nope. I received really good, really honourable customer service which I am very thankful for!
Ex-36 Fuyusumire was designed by Jorge Balzaretti as part of an exclusive SUQQU UK winter collection. It’s comprised of 3 mattes and 1 shimmer shade: a light periwinkle, a cool dark brown, a light blue, and a frosty peach. I won’t go into too much detail about it since it’s sold out and I don’t want to be a tease, but here are some photos of it in pristine condition before I got down to business. Good reference photos have helped me dupe discontinued SUQQU quads in the past, so hopefully you will find these useful!
And here’s a swatch pic. I apologize for the quality but there seem to be some exposure issues with the iPhone 7 cameras. Fingers crossed an update will come long soon and fix it.
As you can see, the dark brown is really dominant whereas the other 3 colours are very light and sheer. I don’t feel that this necessarily limits the quad, but to appreciate Fuyusumire you have to understand that you will most likely be using it towards some variation of either a smokey brown or purple look.
I did find the mattes this quad a bit stiffer than my earlier SUQQU mattes, but they were still very smooth and blendable, and not at all dry feeling like other pastel mattes I own. Tonally, Fuyusumire reminds me a little of my favourite SUQQU quad to date, #19 Awafujisujashi. Texturally I prefer the latter, because shimmer is a lot more forgiving on my uneven eyelids and the duochrome shade in that palette really elevates every look I create with it, but I have to say that my first go with Fuyusumire was an overall better experience.
I can tell that the colours were very carefully chosen to ensure a polished look without much thought or effort, and I value that in a quad. Unlike Awafujisujashi, the two mid-tone shades in this quad (pink and purple) aren’t in competition with each other due to their different finishes, and are complimentary colours that blend together well.
Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation (Y225), Cle de Peau Concealer (Ivory), Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder // Cheeks: Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Sculpting & Candlelight, Milani Baked Blush in Bella Rosa // Eyes: SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow in EX-36 Fuyusumire, Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in #30 // Lips: YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in 29 Opera Rose
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