Saturday, April 30, 2016

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE Loves Lights Highlighting Powder - in Goddess and Sweet to Touch

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It's an embarrassment of riches when a parcel arrives from Rouge Bunny Rouge.  Sometimes I wonder if with my long-term obsession with the brand, some sort of a Belly Brain to Bunny connection has been established.  Often what lands in my mailbox are things released from the brand I've been scribbling away on my wish list or (even weirder), thing I wish they would release.  

In this case, I want to feature things that have been on my wish list, the two shades of the highlighting powder.  In the brand's recent activity of repackaging their products, their pan highlighters were also given a luxurious facelift.  
The cases are now held closed by a magnet and have a much heavier and solid feel than the old ones. 
Goddess in the foreground; Sweet to Touch in the background
Yes, the pans themselves have also been given a nice design uplift.  They now feature the "Crap!  How am I ever going to mar this thing?" embossment with a small RBR logo.  These do definitely wear away with time, but for me nothing is untouchable.  All must be touched.  :)

I know Rouge Bunny Rouge liquid highlighters well (here).  I like liquid highlighters in particular because they are multipurpose.  I can use them just to highlight or also use to mix into my base products for an allover complexion brightener.  While I love embossed pans from brands like Chanel or Dior with their limited editions, I find myself preferring the liquid ones like the RBR ones.

Even knowing my own personal preference, I couldn't help be tempted by these.  First, Rouge Bunny Rouge's powders are some of the most delectable.  I'm on my second tub of the Diaphanous Finishing Powder (here) and their eye shadows (here) make up a bulk of my collection aside from my SUQQUs.  While languishing on my wish list, that weird Brain to Bunny connection must have triggered an incoming parcel and well... here they are.

In addition to the packaging update, the formula itself has been reformulated.  I haven't tried the original powder highlighters but this new version contains anti-aging and hydrating ingredients.  While it's hard to say if these skincare benefits can be effective in a makeup product, but I have to say, these are some of the SWEETEST textures I've ever experienced:  soft but not powder kicking, silky without a hint of dryness and the way it adheres to my skin is beautiful!  One thing though is even when applying heavily, I don't think it's possible to get a very intense gleaming application.  (Maybe applied with a damp applicator?  Anyone tried that yet?)
  • Goddess - which looks a pinky beige in the pan applies as a pale cream with a slight pink tone and a warm glow. This is more subtle out of the two highlighters.  It's possible to use this as an all over powder and enjoy the very soft glow all over.  It is subtle but incredibly pretty on the skin.
  • Sweet to Touch - an amber base shade with a warm golden shimmer.  This one is slightly more pigmented as well as more shimmery.  It still remains very subtle.  This one looks gloriously beautiful now that I picked up some more color on my skin.

Hope this shows how refined these powders are on the skin.  

Handy Comparisons

I thought it would be useful to compare to some other Rouge Bunny Rouge products.  In particular, I thought you'd like to see how these powder highlighters compare to the more popular liquid highlighters.  The liquid ones also have a very fanciful name: Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid.  I'm comparing the powder Loves Lights in Goddess with the liquid Sea of Tranquility.  I thought the pan would apply more pink on the skin and thought it would be close to SoT, but they are not close at all!

Sea of Tranquility is much more pink, as well as more sparkly in comparison.  It's kind of funny that SoT appears that way because it is actually a very subtle shimmer product in its own right.  It's that the Goddess is so smoothly glowing and so much more refined in comparison.  It's almost impossible to pick out any individual shimmer particles in Goddess in these photos.

Now the color of the Sweet to Touch powder highlighter has several close cousins from RBR.  I'm showing you (L to R) StT, Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay and the Liquid Bronzer.  I've neglected to pull out the liquid Sea of Showers.  Alas!

The Sweet to Touch powder has a strong warm gold shimmer that pulls the overall color warmer.  The base shade in the powder is fairly close to the Bronzing Glow Powder.  As an aside, the Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay is something I'm using a lot of lately.  Its a great bronzer for paler skin tones and is not overly warm.  It adds color without adding any orange and has a more neutral undertone.  It has "Glow" in the product name, but aside from a very silken finish on the sheen, it doesn't add any shimmer or sparkle.  The bronzing liquid has a more straightforward warmer color.  It also has more overt sheen compared to the bronzing powder, but not as noticeable as the golden sparkles in the Sweet to Touch.

Really and truly Rouge Bunny Rouge has some of the nicest textures around for face products.  These newly reformulated and elegantly packaged highlighting powders are some of the nicest ones I own.  If you love subtly glowing highlighters that just make your skin look enhanced, one of these might need to make a home with you.  Man, it's going to be a pleasure wearing down these pretty pans with much loving use.

Have you tried any of the highlighting or bronzing products from RBR?  Which are your favorites?

Disclosure: this post features product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own! Yes indeed! Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here. 

SUQQU Summer 16 Collection - Few Looks

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I consider myself a person of average makeup application skills.  I enjoy the application process in general because the transformational process is just so darn fun.  I like neutral colors because they tend to be less goof proof but do enjoy a nice and bright something to feature.  I do indulge in bright colors but rarely have the practiced skill to execute a color-intensive look or the eye to coordinate a bunch of colors together.  I imagine that was some of what went so wrong when I tried wearing EX-30 Hekikai.  I actually wore this palette in different placement over many days, but haven't yet found a look I liked.  

Here is one to prove I'm cool plastering my unfinished and subpar look with Hekikai.  Not sure why this foundation looks so light.  I think I would have looked better with some blush and some lip color but I kind of look ghastly.  I don't these blue- and green-toned and high-contrast shades are my thing. Theoretically, this palette can be vastly more wearable by wearing the bright tones as accents such as by wearing the aqua or dark navy just on the lash lines, too.

On the much more wearable end of the spectrum, here is one of the limited edition Eye & Cheek Color Compacts.  This is EX-01 Rikkakou.  I am also wearing the Color Balm crayon in EX-01 Suzubeni.
It's a very subtle and overall wearable take on neutrals and pinks with shimmer on the eyes and gleam on the cheeks.

Of the two Eye & Cheek Color Compacts, I prefer the EX-02 Natsuyuuka.  I like that the dramatic and deep shade of the two eye shadows is enough to just define the eyes a bit (as I did in the look below) or go full on as a smoky eye.  The peachy tones in the blush pan and the coordinated soft tone of the Color Balm Crayon in EX-02 Tsuyasango are nicely flattering on the yellow tones of my skin.

The UK-exclusive EX-31 Gyoukou is probably my favorite of all of these.  I didn't shy back from going whole hog with the placement or the colors and used a very extended wing of the brown and orange shades.  And I used the gold to dust some textural interest to the inner corners and sweeping slightly up and outwards.   I don't recall the blush shade, but I probably used a very nude shade so I can keep the interest on the eyes and lips.  The lip color is the limited edition Creamy Glow Moist lipstick in EX-20 Hyakudaidai.
I believe the words out of my kids' mouths when they saw me wear this last weekend were: "Wow, mom.  That's bright."  And they were right!  I found that all the UK products look much better on me with more tanned skin.  I picked up quite a bit more color in just a few weeks of soccer mom-ing and softball spectatorship and from my first application on my pasty winter skin to warmed up spring skin, the looks appear less stark and much more wearable.
Many thanks to SUQQU for providing all these products for me to play with and try.  Online Selfridges is out of stock of the UK exclusive products.  The online folks seems to pre-maturely release goods (without fanfare) and immediately sell out causing all sorts of ire among people trying to order online (like all of us not living in the UK!).

The launch happened this week and there's still availability at the counters.  International orders can be made at the London Selfridges.  You can email to inquire about availability or call the counter directly: +44 (0) 207 318 3956.

Have you picked up any of the new collections this summer?  How are you wearing these brights and new textures?
Disclosure: this post features product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own! Yes indeed! Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

SUQQU Summer 2016 Collection - the non-UK exclusive one

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled radio silence with some words and photos.  I am awful slow on the blog side of things and not particularly better on the Instagram side.  I do post more frequently there so if you are so inclined, please head on over.  Oftentimes, I keep on topic and on makeup related posts.

In addition to receiving the UK exclusive products of the SUQQU Summer 2016 collection, I received a few more items.  These items are available where SUQQU is available (Japan, Bangkok, Taiwan and UK).

In this collection, the brand has mixed things up again but changing the format.  They introduced two limited edition Eye & Cheek Color Compact and two limited edition Color Balm Crayons.  Ah, I see my depot-crazy pointed stabby tools will need to give it a rest because I'm not sure I have a good solution on how to put these pans into my free-form palettes.  *twitch*
Maybe as a concession to those of us with no sense of color coordination abilities, the usual sleek black cases have a band of gold or silver on it as well as a coordinating one for the color crayons.  And the crayons do coordinate very nicely in a complimentary manner to the palettes.
First I'd like to show you the crayons.  You probably have tried several from other brands.  I myself currently own one of the Sisley ones.  At a Sephora, I usually go play with the Clinique ones as well. The SUQQU version don't need to be sharpened and can be twisted up and down.  The shades are very wearable.  No eye-searing brights in these.

EX-01 Suzubeni is a sheer watermelon shade.  It is warm and sheer and imparts a slightly shiny sheer wash of color.  The pigmentation is fairly light but can layer for a bit more intensity.
EX-02 Tsuyasango is a much more sheerer shade.  It is a soft neutral peach shade.  My lips is a mauve shade, and Tsuyasango cancels out the mauve tones and appears to be a sheer nude shade.

The nicest part of these crayons is a really lovely formula.  I love many of SUQQU lip color formulations.  This is the sheerest of the existing range, but has a smooth thin balmy feel without any heavy stickiness.  While the color only lasts a scant 2 or so hours, reapplication requires no mirror and is a breeze.  It feels more like a lip treatment than a color product.

Now let me show you the Eye and Cheek Color Compacts.  Only one applicator comes in this one, as opposed to the usual two in a eye shadow quad.  I have to admit, I was a bit befuddled on how to wear them and with what applicators.  I was also amazed that SUQQU introduced yet another new formulation.  Never ones to rest on their laurels, the blush is a cream to powder formula.
EX-01 Rikkakou is a rosy pink bloom all around, with one dark brown satin shade for depth.

There's a lot of sheen and shimmer going on in this compact, but it is very wearable.  Here's swatches:

 The upper eye shadow color is a mostly shimmer on my skin.  It is a pale cool petal shade.  It mostly works its magic when layered over the cool brown satin shade.  The swatches show the top pink glitter shade, the satin cool brown shade and then the two layered.  I've had no issues with fall out during application and had slight mess of a fallout at the end of the day.  The longevity is nice on these shadows.

The blush shades are so pretty in this compact.  It's very much a perfect set of pinks.  I used my fingers to apply each shade and then to layer the two.  The top shade works more as a highlighter on my skin and gives a shimmery effect.  I actually had a good few days of trying to figure out what kind of brushes to use to apply, but ultimately found that using my fingers was as good as any.  I can control how much pigment is applied and it blends easily too.  Eh, maybe fancy brushes are overrated?  Anyway, the darker shade is also not very richly pigmented; it would be difficult to over apply the color.

Now EX-02 Natsuyuuka is less confection pink and more dramatic.

In this compact, the upper sheer shimmer shade is a warm taupe and the bottom shade is a deep dirty teal.  I love the colors of this one and love how complex it looks when layered.
The warm taupe also has enough pigmentation to stand on its own instead of just to layer, but does look extra gorgeous layered on the dirty teal giving the teal a warmer dimension.
The blush shades complement the sultry shades of the eye shadows well, I think.  The light shade is a very sheeny icy peach.  The middle shade is a coral with a golden sheen.  Layered together the resulting shade is a bit cooler and icy looking.  This is fairly lightly pigmented overall.  On my NC20 or so skin, I was able to get the shades of appear well, but nothing vibrant no matter how much I slathered with my fingers.
I've been wearing these and the UK exclusive products for the past few weeks now and have taking a million photos.  Unfortunately, the light has been weak and my sleep deprived face is tough to post on the blog. :D  But I was able to cobble up some photos, so more to come.

Do you like these compact type things that have multiple product in them?  I kind of like the thought of streamlining when I travel.

SUQQU Summer will be available in the UK on April 28th, but I see some of the UK exclusives are currently available on Selfridges online (here)!

Disclosure: this post features product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own! Yes indeed! Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

SUQQU UK Exclusive Summer 16 Color Collection

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Today I'm excited to share some product photos, swatches and comparisons.  SUQQU is releasing a capsule of summer bright delights that is exclusive to the UK.  Hmm, perhaps SUQQU has heard all the clamoring for saturated color and more mattes because with this collection, it is here in full.

Some information for you.  You can refer to the post I made that had some press information regarding color inspiration and product information.  These are all press samples and very generous ones at that.  I am excited to see all these bright shades and also excited to give you this preview.  You can find the collection at Selfridges on April 28th.  Best bet would be to give them a ring at the counter (if you are want to order) or visit the counter.  They are having an event on the 28th to launch this new collection.
Of the collection, I received the two Limited Edition Blend Color Eye Shadow palettes, EX-30 Hekikai and EX-31 Gyoukou and two of the Limited Edition Creamy Glow Moist lipsticks in EX-20 Hyaku Daidai and EX-21 Senka.

First up, I'd like to show you the limited edition shades of the lipsticks.  The Creamy Glow Moist lipsticks from SUQQU are known for their plush balmy textures AND their sheer colors.  The finish varies from softly glossy to slightly matte, but these ones for Summer have amped up pigmentation without sacrificing that lovely balmy feel on the lips!

When they say more pigmented, they are totally serious.  One swipe of the bullet creates a near opaque swatch.  EX-20 Hyaku Daidai is described as a vivid coral shade, but I think it is more of a straight up orange.  Juicy and vibrant for sure.  I don't think you can see in the swatches because of the light reflecting so strongly, but it has a near metallic finish on me.  I don't think I've ever used a metallic finish lipstick from SUQQU before.  The finish kicks up the impact of the color on my lips to a whole 'nother dimension.  I'm not sure I'm a big fan of this color or the finish.  The formula itself is superb as always and plush and comfortably balmy on the lips.  I can't actually feel any grit from the shimmer particles either.  It's a shade that looks much better blotted down on me.

EX-21 Senka is much more my jam.  Jam.  Now I'm hungry for toast and jam.  Medium pink that's slightly blue leaning without being searingly cool.  It has just enough translucency to be a easy wearing mid-pink shade (unlike say, Kyoganoko).  Gorgeously brightening and of course the lovely Creamy Glow Moist formula with more oomph from the pigmentation. 
I feel like I'm looking at a hot weather tropical cocktail.
I know you've been waiting for a good long look at these eye shadows and I am here to do your evil bidding.  I have many mixed emotions about these eye shadow quads.

The Good:
  • When we said we wanted more mattes, SUQQU delivers!  Each of these palettes feature 3 matte shades and one high shimmer one.
  • We said we like things that are pigmented and holy crap, they gave us some more pigmentation!
  • We like bright shiny colorful things we said, so they LIT up the makeup vanity with super bright summer colors!
The Bad (or the Difficult):
  • Woah bright.  I like how eye-candy appealing everything looks.  It's very easy to be lead to buy because ZOMG bright!  But when I think about how often I'd get wear out of EX-30 Hekikai and EX-31 Gyoukou, I'm pretty sure I am a neutral(ish) person at heart.
  • The quality of these two palettes varies AND within the palette.  Hekikai, which is the one that stole my heart isn't consistently smooth and easy to apply or blend.  The orange-dominant Gyoukou is much more strongly and consistently pigmented and smoother in feel.

EX-31 Gyoukou
First lets show the orange cream soda version, which is EX-31 Gyoukou.  This is a consistently beautifully made palette.  The white, orange and brown are smooth and richly pigmented mattes.  The brown is slightly drier than the other two, but overall are silky.  That warm bright orange is out of this world bright.  The warm golden shade is packed with pale gold shimmer which applies sheer with the initial application but easily built up.  

While not easy to wear, this quad has impressed me with its vibrancy and richness.  You can see though, that the warm dark brown requires a bit of patience to apply smoothly.
This quad has enough depth and variety as well.
Warm toned eye shadow palettes are not unusual for the brand.  I picked out two other quads to compare with Gyoukou.  15 Mitsucha (here here and here) and 03 Matsukasa (here).
The yellow gold and the orange are particularly unusual compared to the others.  Gyoukou also has the most intense pigmentation of the three swatched here.  Mitsucha is all shimmers and applies more sheerly overall so that the general finished effect on the eyes is more of a wash than a statement.  And lovely, special Matsukasa has that perfect texture balance across mattes, satin and high shimmer (with depths of colors) for incredible versatility.
I'm still playing around with Gyoukou, so I will post looks later on.  Suffice to say, if impact is what I want, impact is what I get!  I'm trying to master a glowing warm summer sunset look.  That's my plan.

Oh Hekikai.  You broke my heart a little bit.  EX-30 Hekikai has a bright cool color mix.  Again, like the other palette, this one has three matte shades: a white, a deep cool navy and a citron yellow.  Here's what kind of made me sad: the navy was kind of chalky and applied unevenly.  It does have the same smooth feel as I would expect from SUQQU mattes.  It took a few swipes to lay down the swatch evenly in the photos below.  I kind of feel like white is a non-color and use them as a smoothing base before applying other colors.  I don't really have any thoughts on it.  The citron yellow shows up on my skin, but my skin seems to drain all the green out of it and make it appear a more straight forward yellow.  The bright turquoise is a star.  Like the yellow gold in Gyoukou, it can be applied from sheer to near opaque with incredible vibrancy.
Stunning shades.
Why you not all smooth?!
Other fellow beauty lovers, equally and visually awestruck may also feel a feeling of deja vu.  Have we seen this dinosaur before?  Have we Addicts seen a dinosaur 80's artist version of this color combination before?  (yes and yes)
In 2013, Addiction released a few limited edition palettes including Soda Lunch.  That palette pretty much sold out in the blink of an eye.  But with my so-fast-nearly-invisible PayPal skills, I nabbed that on Ichibankao.  Pretty close looking, don't you think?
Not dupes, but for any of you that really only wear neutrals, if you have Soda Lunch, I'd say you have filled your makeup collection niche for turquoise / yellow / white / purple(blue) quads.  Maybe.
They are not identical colors and the individual shades do not have similar finishes either.  The Soda Lunch turquoise is matte, it's white is a warmer and shimmered shade.  The purple is a gorgeous blurple and the yellow is a sweet bright canary yellow unlike the citron of Hekikai.

Really you got to be a makeup nut and look at these two palettes and call them different, but they are DIFFERENT (ish).  I can still totally see how this palette will be a total collector's item.  Regrets may become stifling if you do not pounce, and I mean this in the kindest and gentlest way.
SUQQU has brought out a really fun and vibrant collection that captures Summer in a few sleek black cases.  Have they caught your eyes as well?

I'm still playing and experimenting with placements.  It's not like I wear non-neutrals very often so I will play play play and then post post post some more photos for you.  You can check our Sara's post on the UK Exclusive collection here.  She's posted swatches and some looks!

Disclosure: this post features product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own! Yes indeed! Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here. 

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