fotd: piling on the pink

March 24, 2017  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  No Comments

Nothing says spring makeup to me like a face full of all pink errthang, and even though we don’t actually get seasons in Singapore I’ve found myself drawn to pink makeup even more than usual lately.

My favourite pink palette of the moment is probably SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes in 04 Ayanadeshiko. It has the ability to sheer out to a chiffon haze of pink (as per my review look, here) or build to up…well…this!

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Paired with my favourite-ever SUQQU Lipstick, Creamy Glow Moist in EX-21 Sen Ka.

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A friend of mine recently pointed out that, when at its full intensity, 04 Ayanadeshiko actually gives you more of a burgundy than a pink look. I’m on the fence about this because while I can definitely see what she means, the pink hues are quite distinctive to me when they catch the light. As with all SUQQU eyeshadows, you can really only appreciate their multi-dimensional nature in real life so please forgive me if these photos aren’t exactly backing up my claims.

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I will say that now that I’ve played with it more, 04 Ayanadeshiko is definitely a palette that yields a warm pink finish despite its cooler in-pan appearance. Perhaps its warm undertones explain why I’m so drawn to it, since I have a tough time pulling of cool hues. I still wish this quad had a tiiiiiiiny bit more textural variation within its shades – a glittery topper would have made me so happy – but overall I think they are still gorgeous colours with a stunning combined effect (whether you see them as pink, red or burgundy!)

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y225, Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory, Cle de Peau Loose Powder // Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta // Eyes: SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes in 04 Ayanadeshiko, Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Long Volume Dynamic Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown // Lips: SUQQU Creamy Glow Moist Lipstick in EX-21 in Sen Ka.

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 04 ayanadeshiko and 05 aoshizuku

February 6, 2017  |  Face of the Day, SUQQU  |  4 Comments

This post took me a little longer than usual because I wanted to do a more detailed follow-up review of these quads once I’d worn them a few times each. You can find my swatches and first impressions of the eyeshadows here, and of the blush and lipsticks here.

In my first review of SUQQU’s Designing Colour Eyes quads, I mentioned their pigmentation was stronger than the average Blend Colour Eye Shadow quad. This is evident in swatches, but not quite so on the eyes – I’ve found that the shadows actually sheer out quite a bit in practical application (ie when picked and applied with brushes rather than a fingertip in a firm downward swipe).

So although they swatch quite differently than previous SUQQU eyeshadows, they actually go on very delicately as a default, in an opacity more reminiscent of the older shadows than you’d expect. Here’s a soft, springtime look with Designing Colour Eyes in 04 Ayanadeshiko. You can easily build intensity with this quad, but I chose to just let it do its own thing and this is the result I got:

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I wouldn’t consider the shadows in this quad to be complex, but they are still texturally superior to most shimmers in terms of silkiness and slip. Like the older shadows, these seem to be designed for foolproof application, though I feel the de facto final effect is less “foolproof-subtle” and more “foolproof-contemporary”. These new shadows strike me as being particularly well-suited to people who can appreciate the artistry and aesthetic of bolder makeup looks but are more comfortable wearing a toned-down, more elegant version themselves.

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Again, save for the lack of shimmer complexity, this quad makes me very happy. Bear in mind that this has a lot to do with personal style and application techniques, and that I much prefer eyeshadow looks that are visible rather than barely-there veils of shimmer that only the wearer really appreciates.

PS I’m wearing SUQQU Pure Colour Blush in 07 Tsyuatsatsuki and Extra Glow Lipstick in 102 Sumibara here. If you plan on picking up quad 04 Ayanadeshiko, I highly recommend getting this lipstick to match as the pink tones are very similar. I often struggle with lip pairings for pink eyeshadow looks, but Sumibara has really taken the guesswork out of Ayanadeshiko for me, which I’ve noticed makes me reach for it more.

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Next up, I tested out #05 Aoshizuku. I’m wearing it with SUQQU Pure Colour Blush in 07 Tsyuatsatsuki again, and Extra Glow Lipstick in 11 Hanautsugi which is described as a nude but is actually quite warm and peachy on me.

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I used a heavier hand with this quad, and made another discovery – though these new shadows make it easier to go darker, you can’t actually go all THAT much darker than you could with the old shadows. Essentially, they are buildable but not to the panda-eyed point that say, MAC or Urban Decay of NARS shadows would be.

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Interestingly enough, the wearably-smokey potential of 05 Aoshizuku is also what I’d consider “foolproof-contemporary”. I feel like SUQQU has expanded the parameters of what you can accomplish with their shadows, while helping one safely explore the middle ground between “why even bother” and “let’s go clubbing”.

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What you’re seeing here is as dark as I could go without using damp brushes or a black cream base, and as you can tell the results are not so out-there that they would alienate existing fans of the brand. To sum it all up, these new quads are indeed different, but not to the degree that we all feared after seeing everyone’s super-bold swatches. In my opinion, they are still excellent shadows and worth trying out if there is a quad that appeals to you.

Pricing & Availability: SUQQU Designing Colour Eyes (£46) eyeshadow quads are available in-store and online at Selfridges. I’ve been notified that they’re sold out of their Spring 2017 collection right now, but that they’ll be restocking soon.
 
 
 
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 spring 2017

February 2, 2017  |  Product Reviews, SUQQU  |  4 Comments

The introduction of SUQQU’s revamped eyeshadow quads might have been the most talked-about aspect of their recent releases, but there’s definitely more to see (and love) in the spring 2017 collection. You can find my in-depth review of the eyeshadows here; this post is dedicated to the Pure Colour Blush and Extra Glow Lipsticks and a separate FOTD post will be up next.

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SUQQU introduced their Pure Colour Blushes last summer (my intro post is here) with 5 permanent shades and 1 limited edition one, so this season’s offerings continue from that with:

06 Harusumire – Dusty Rose/Violet
07 Tsyuatsatsuki – Azalea Pink/Light Pink
101 Kasaneyamabuki (limited ediion) – Bright Coral/Golden Orange

Note that last summer’s limited edition – EX01 Akedaidai – still followed the old style of numbering and used an “EX” prefix to denote limited edition status, whereas the new style of numbering uses a “10″ prefix instead. This applies to lipsticks and eyeshadows as well.

The blush colour I had the pleasure of trying is 07 Tsyuatsatsuki, and here it is in its full ombre glory. The ombre pan is so beautiful and eye-catching that even my mom – who is not into makeup at all – oohed and aahed over it when I opened up the case.

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The ombre design is meant to either swirled together in one colour or, according to SUQQU, “separately with the lighter shade as a wash of colour and the darker shade as a pop of colour on the apples of the cheeks”. In the case of 07 Tsyuatsatsuki however, I find the lightest colour too pale to be used as anything but a highlighter so my preferred technique is slightly different: I swirl all the colours together to use as a wash, and then use the darkest colour to add more pop.

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The 5 lip colours released as part of SUQQU’s Spring 2017 are all Extra Glow Lipsticks, 3 permeant and 2 limited edition. Per SUQQU UK’s descriptions, they are:

11 Hanautsugi – A flattering, warm nude
12 Yuridaidai – Vivid orange
13 Saeazami – An eye-catching raspberry
101 Sumimomo (limited edition) – A clear pink tint
102 Sumibara (limited edition) – A clear deep rose

The ones you see here are 11 Hanautsugi and 102 Sumibara.

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SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick Swatches 102 11

I am particularly fond of SUQQU’s Extra Glow Lipstick range because of the hydrating, jelly-like texture. My very, very dry lips look (and feel) best with this type of balmy lipstick and I love that these are clear rather than pearly because they don’t emphasize flakes. While I’m fortunate enough to be in warm and humid Singapore right now, the soft, hydrating colours in this range seem perfectly designed for for cold spring weather.

11 Hanautsugi and 102 Sumibara are both beautiful colours, but I find the latter more brightening, and have been carrying it around in my purse in lieu of my regular Fresh tinted lip treatment. If you’re a fan of tinted balms but enjoy the user experience of high-end makeup, you won’t be disappointed with these. I’ve already earmarked 13 Saeazami for my next purchase.

I’ll be posting two different FOTDs with this collection next, so do check back in a day for that and in the meantime if you had any questions I’d be happy to help where I can!

Pricing & Availability: SUQQU Pure Colour Blush (£30) and Extra Glow Lipsticks (£23) are available in-store and online at Selfridges.
 
 

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.