fotd: suqqu designing colour eyes #104 natsusango

April 27, 2017  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  1 Comment

This is the second of two looks I created with SUQQU UK’s exclusive Summer 2017 collection designed by Jorge Balzaretti. You can see the first look, in which I used Designing Colour Eyes #103 Kisui here. I also posted a review with swatches here. For anyone interested, the collection launches at Selfridges today (Thursday, 27th April) and I have ordering info at the bottom of this post.

The Designing Colour Eyes quad I used for this look – #104 Natsusango – is a pretty easy sell. So far everyone I’ve spoken to who plans to get something from the collection has this on their wishlist, and I’m not surprised. It has a matte nude blending/base shade, matte warm brown, a matte black and an iridescent pink topper…essentially, 3 foolproof neutrals and one transformative shimmer. You just can’t go wrong with a combo like this one.

I paired it with Pure Colour Blush in #102 Tsuyakagerou and Extra Glow Lipstick in #105 Hamadaidai, both of which are also part of the UK-exclusive Summer 2017 collection.

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I started with the lightest shade all over as a base, and worked the warm brown through my crease with a fluffy brush. Then, I patted the matte black over my mobile lid with a flat eyeshadow brush, and blended it out using a mix of black + brown that I picked up on the same brush I used for my crease. To finish the look, I dabbed the pink glitter shade all over my lid, focusing on the inner corners a bit more.

Applying the iridescent pink shade over everything really changed the colours and morphed otherwise basic neutrals into beautiful dusky purples. It was magical transformation that reminded me of beloved earlier quads like Awafujisukashi, though less subtle since the shadows in this quad are very pigmented/glittery rather than sheer/shimmery.

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While overall application was a cinch, I must confess that the extreme pigmentation of the matte black shade threw me off initially. I picked up way too much on my brush and ended up with a smokier eye than I’d initially intended. Thankfully, the shadows all blended like a dream so it wasn’t hard for me to cover up my “mistake”, but I’ll have to remember to be more gentle when picking up colour next time if I want a more subtle look!

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As you can imagine, the colour combo was extremely intuitive to use, and I’m pretty sure anyone who picks up this quad is going to be able to execute beautiful looks with it right off the bat. I really, really wish SUQQU would make Natsusango (or something similar) a permanent offering because it’s just so versatile. I love that it can deliver everything from work-appropriate neutral looks to flirty date night looks to ultra-smokey looks with very little effort. I’m so glad I brought it with me to LA, because I can already tell it’s going to be a completely indispensable workhorse quad.

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Pricing & Availibility: Designing Colour Eye quad (£46) #104 Natsusango, Pure Colour Blush (£30) in #102 Tsuyakagerou and Extra Glow Lipstick (£25) in #105 Hamadaidai, will launch as a limited edition, UK-exclusive summer collection on the 27th of April at Selfridges and on the 11th of May at Harrods and Fenwick.

The collection is available online at Selfridges, but keeps going in and out of stock so if you are able to go down to a counter in person, I recommend doing that. For international purchases, I suggest emailing emailing SUQQU UK directly at suqqu.london@eqpuk.com or suqquuk@eqpuk.com for product information.

 

This post features products that 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 designing colour eyes #103 kisui

April 23, 2017  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  No Comments

Here’s my first look with SUQQU’s UK-exclusive summer collection, focusing on the eyeshadow quad in #103 Kisui. I am also wearing Pure Colour Blush in #102 Tsuyakagerou and Extra Glow Lipstick in #104 Tsuyazakuro.

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If you read my initial review, you’ll remember I said that this quad in particular reminded me of the discontinued Blend Colour Eyeshadow quads in its textural variety and the more complex shimmer finishes of the two dark green shades.

Now that I’ve played around with it a bit more, I can say that it still does remind me of my BCE quads visually but texturally is not a revival of the old formulas. There is less slip and slightly more pigmentation in these shimmers, which means they are a touch better for oomph than they are for sheer layering.

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Of course this is just my opinion, and something you should take with a grain of salt in this case because of the way I prefer to wear my greens. It’s one of those colours that look better on me in rich jewel tones, hence my building it up like crazy here. But before I scare you off it, let me just clarify that this isn’t out-of-the-pan intensity: in the inner and outer corners, I used SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes in EX-05 Yakou as base to deepen the colours, and foiled the bronze-gold shade on the centre of my lids with a damp brush.

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Also, I made a new discovery with this quad! I always thought my eyes looked best with warm tones, but Kisui’s deep jungle greens have made me regret overlooking this colour family for years. If you have hazel eyes as well, you are probably going to love these shades.

I’ll be back soon with a look from the other quad in this collection – #104 Natsusango – but in the meantime, I know a lot of you have been asking how to get a hold of these products outside of the UK so please see below for purchasing information.

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Pricing & Availibility: Designing Colour Eye quad (£46) #103 Kisui, Pure Colour Blush (£30) in #102 Tsuyakagerou and Extra Glow Lipstick (£25) in #104 Tsuyazakuro, will launch as a limited edition, UK-exclusive summer collection on the 27th of April at Selfridges and on the 11th of May at Harrods and Fenwick.

The collection is available online at Selfridges, but keeps going in and out of stock so if you are able to go down to a counter in person, I recommend doing that. For international purchases, I suggest emailing emailing SUQQU UK directly at suqqu.london@eqpuk.com or suqquuk@eqpuk.com for product information.

 

This post features products that 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: updated jewel eyes

April 13, 2017  |  Face of the Day, Josie Maran, Urban Decay  |  1 Comment

This is actually a recreation of an old FOTD, which I felt compelled to updated because the main product I used – Josie Maran Watercolour Eyeshadows in Maui Teal – was limited edition and no longer available. Although the Watercolour Eyeshadows don’t seem to be carried at Sephora anymore, you can still get them here at QVC, and the permanent shade Forest Green is a decent stand-in for Maui Teal.

I wanted to tweak this do-over slightly to be more sparkly, so I based this look around another awesome liquid eyeshadow: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega.

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I love liquid eyeshadows because they’re so versatile. You can be really imprecise and finger-paint them on for a sheer wash of colour, or heap them on and combine them with powder eyeshadow for a punchier look as I did here. I think you can tell which I prefer! I added a bit more sparkle to the look by patting more Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in (solid) Lightyear over (liquid) Vega.

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I know this very bright, very glittery look isn’t going to be for everyone, but take it from a person who has been living in neutral shades lately: it can be really cathartic to just go crazy once in a while! I hope you’ll be inspired to break out your loud colours and glitter this long weekend and have fun playing with your stash too.

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Face: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Frost // Eyes: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow in Vega, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Lightyear, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackheart from the Naked 3 Palette, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M228 Eggplant and ME912 Orchid, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown // Lips: Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Lip Lacquer in #15

 

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