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.

suqqu summer 2017

April 2, 2017  |  Product Reviews, SUQQU  |  3 Comments

I’m so excited to be able to share SUQQU’s UK-exclusive summer collection with you!

Before I start the review, I’d just like to let everyone know that this collection launches on the 27th of April. Consider this an early warning: the two Designing Colour Eye quads here were designed by Jorge Balzaretti, who has a bit of a reputation for creating SUQQU palettes that cause international shopping frenzies. For reasons I will get to in just a little bit, I believe these are going to be extremely popular palettes so hopefully this gives you enough notice to start making enquiries with your favourite SUQQU sales associate prior to the launch.

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But on to the review! First, let’s look at the Designing Colour Eye quads. According to Jorge, these were inspired by the colours of the jungles and beaches in southern Japan. As someone who essentially grew up in a rainforest, I can definitely see the jungle in #103 Kisui (translation: splendorous blue-green) – it makes very happy actually, because I’ll be leaving for LA soon and I just know that this palette will remind me of home every time I use it.

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Here are the swatches from this palette. As you can see, it’s comprised of a matte greenish yellow, a glittery light bronze, a metallic emerald green and a satin green-black.

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And here the “hidden colours” you can find by mixing various shades together. I wasn’t expecting much from this exercise since this palette had quite an analogous colour scheme, but lo and behold! My efforts were rewarded with a pale grey-green, a sparkly green-tinged taupe, a beautiful dark metallic emerald (my favourite) and a dark grey-green with bronze flecks that reminded me of polished granite.

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My first impressions of #103 Kisui are good. I like that it has bold colours (unlike the fairly staid tones of the permanent quads) and I’m thrilled that we’re finally seeing some textural variation within a palette. The greenish yellow shade reminds me of the acid green from EX-30 Hekikai, though the latter is a shade darker and ever so slightly more pigmented. The sparkly bronze shade is reminiscent of the one in EX-02 Natsuyuuka – the glitter texture and intensity is very similar. Like its predecessor, this glitter shadow feels rough in pan but applies very smoothly on skin.

But even though I love me some sparkle, it’s the metallic emerald green and the dark green-black shadows that excite me the most. Swatching and playing around with them, I feel like the SUQQU shadows I fell in love with have finally been resurrected. They are silky-smooth, layer and blend like a dream, have tonal complexity/complex shimmer, and just overall feel like they could have come from a Blend Colour Eyeshadow palette. If you’re one of those fans that haven’t been thrilled with the uniformly frosty direction SUQQU took with their new Designing Colour Eyes quads, then #103 Kisui is going to give you all the feels.

I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts to share once I use it in a FOTD, but for now let’s look at #104 Natsusango:

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Unlike #103 Kisui, #104 Natsusango (translation: summer coral) echoes the ratio of Jorge’s previous quads and features 3 mattes + 1 shimmer shade. It is comprised of a sheer matte nude, a glittery and slightly iridescent light pink, a matte terracotta and a matte black.

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The hidden shades in this palette are very beautiful. I was pleasantly surprised by the peachy, rosy hues that emerged. I ended up with a warm dusty rose, a shimmering peach-pink, a shimmering burgundy and – amazingly – sort of a shifty pink/dark purple shade.

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My first impressions of #104 Natsusango were actually better than that of #103 Kisui. The mattes in this palette are buttery and pigmented, and I love that the pink shade has a pink shift to it. The iridescence wasn’t apparent to me till I layered it over the matte black, but when I did, BAM. That feeling of discovering a magical shade hiding in a normal-looking quad was so wonderfully nostalgic – this high is exactly what made me jump down the SUQQU rabbit hole in the first place.

And it’s back. It’s finally back! I could cry, I’m so happy.

Needless to say, I really hope SUQQU continues making more quads like these and adds some to their permanent collection. I promise I’ll weigh in more on this quad after I’ve played with it more, so in the meantime let’s move on to the Pure Colour Blush in #102 Tsuyakagerou.

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#102 Tsuyakagerou (translation: dazzling sunlight) is a pretty unique blush in my opinion. It looks and behaves like a deconstructed bronzer: you can swirl both colours together in varying proportions to create the perfect all-over face bronzer for your skintone. A little more orange if you want it warm, a little more tan if you want it cooler. As someone who struggles constantly to find an bronzer that isn’t too orange, this is pretty intriguing.

That said, I actually quite like the sun-kissed look of orange blush (applied just on my cheeks as opposed to all over) so I do plan to wear it that way too. I also think the tan shade could work as a contour, so there’s really quite a lot of versatility here. I see myself getting a LOT of use from it this summer…though if our flight path takes me through Tokyo, you’d better believe I’m picking up Pure Colour Blush in #04 Urushibi too! I made a valiant attempt at it when I was in Bangkok recently, but they were sold out. Le sigh.

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And last but not least from the Summer 2017 collection, we have Extra Glow Lipsticks in #104 Tsuyazakuro (translation: beautiful pomegranate) and #105 Hamadaidai (translation: beachy orange). The Extra Glow formula lends the perfect juicy finish to these bright and summery shades. Compared to last summer’s limited edition pink and orange lipsticks these are glossier, brighter and warmer.

They’re also very pigmented, so if you like for punchy, clear colours you’ll love these. I’ve already worn these and am happy to report that the glossy formula kept my lips well hydrated throughout the day. I need to test them more thoroughly, but my initial thoughts are that #104 Tsuyazakuro on its own would be a lovely, easy-to-wear summer colour and that #105 Hamadaidai would make a very harmonious pairing with blush from this collection.

I hope this has been helpful! I plan to create some FOTDs with these next and get back to you with my thoughts once I’ve gotten to know the products better. Expect lots more feedback in the next week or so!

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Pricing & Availibility: Designing Colour Eye quads (£46) #103 Kisui and #104 Natsusango, will launch as a limited edition, UK-exclusive summer collection on the 27th of April, first at Selfridges and then followed by Harrods and Fenwicks. Though they will be available for international purchase, SUQQU does not have any control their stockists’ websites so you might want to try emailing them directly at suqquuk@eqpuk.com if you live outside of the UK and need more information. I will update this post with purchasing details if I can.

 

 

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.