Thursday, February 19, 2015

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Sakuraori 18

>>Product featured in this post was provided free of charge by the brand / PR for consideration<<

I find that eye shadow palettes, even with their beautiful selection of colors don't always easily lend themselves to an intuitive application.  This was the case with SUQQU's new permanent quad, Sakuraori.

It is absolutely beautiful in the case.  The genius of the brand is often how colors are composed and selected to be in one palette in a way I would never put together.  It let's me run on auto pilot and not have to wrack my pitiful little brain about what colors would play nicely.

As seen in the more recent permanent releases from the brand, each of the shades have some level of shimmer.
Here are swatches clockwise from the top left:
  • very pale, near-white pink with scattered bright white, pink and green shimmer.  On my skin, this shade has a lot of translucency and applies on my lids as just bright shimmer.
  • warm satin pink with very fine pale golden shimmer.
  • strongly pigmented dark peach with intense, fine coppery shimmer
  • deeper neutral to cool brown that is fancied up with lots of shimmer - gold, green, pink and yellow
All the shades, even the higher intensity shimmer ones have exquisitely smooth textures that apply and blend easily.  Much more so than the limited edition Haruhinata EX-25 (here), this one has a much more vibrant look and pigmentation.
I found that with the textures being more or less uniform (either very shimmery like the pale color, or slightly satiny sheen like the pink), these colors don't layer in a manner that is particularly useful to me.  Complex shimmer it has, yes, but the resulting colors don't make me giggle like a school girl.
Do click on any one of the pictures to get a closer look.  You'll see all sorts of hidden glints of shimmer, texture of how they sit on the skin and when you click on a face picture all sorts of random hairs.  Goody.
A quick look at the two palettes, Haruhinata and Sakuraori.  The intensity of Sakuraori is clearly a few notches higher than the more subtle Haruhinata.
L to R: Haruhinata, Sakuraori
Regarding certain palettes not having intuitive placements that jump out at me as soon as I crack open a palette...  Sakuraori got me scratching my noggin because the pink and deep coppery peach (let's say "orange" as shorthand) are not normally colors I would put together.  I've only just recently gotten over my fear of pink eye shadows.
The old 2nd generation SUQQU palettes (01-06) are easy for me because I have a default layering placement which has a foundation of the dark matte that is always in those palettes.  Sakuraori has no mattes and the dark brown isn't all that dark.  *scratches head some more*
Take #1:
Here's a placement I tried, which I didn't really like.  I had used the dark brown around the upper and lower lashlines to define.  I used the pink as the main lid shade up to the crease and in the inner part of my lower lash line.  And then I used the orange as a crease shade.  The pale white-pink was patted into the center of the mobile lid.
other stuff: Tom Ford Foundation Stick, SUQQU Nuancing Blush 03*, SUQQU Bright Up in Akaanzu 07, Tom Ford Espresso pencil
Not that it looked bad, but there was something a little deflating and tiring about this placement of shades.
Here's another view of my face with more direct natural light.  I think the dark brown and orange were making a bit draining looking.

"I'm so tired!"  *yawn*  "or my makeup makes me look tired!"
Take #2:

I thought taking a more aggressive placement stance with the orange would either make or break this other placement.  In this case, I used the orange much much judiciously, as the main lid shade as well as on the lower lashline.  I used the pink this time as the crease color and the darker brown in just to define the outer section of my upper lid and the outer portion of the lower lashline.
Some other tweaks that made this look fresher: a more defined lashline via a dark gel liner (also waterline) with SUQQU liner in Jet Bordeaux, a more contrasting echo to the orange eyes by using a cooler pink on the lips which further echos the orange/pink of the palette.  Lipstick is a SUQQU Bright Up in Barairo (here).

I actually thought this would be more of a slam dunk easy palette, but it ended up being a bit more thoughtful placement of the colors on the eyes as well as on the lips.
I am really happy to have discovered a way to wear this palette that looks very fresh!  This palette is absolutely unique among the others I own and it is very welcome in my collection.   I have already started to think about depotting and rearranging my Z-Palettes, of course.

What do you think of this one?  I think many of you passed on the limited edition and purchased this one.  Have you had a go at different placements?  I would love to know what worked well for you!

I have a few more bits of the SS collection including the blush* shown in this post to share with you, so please stay tuned. :D

SUQQU is available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Harrods, Selfridges and Selfridges on line. This quad is available now on Selfridges (here). My friend Sara recently posted a detailed review here.  Many thanks to SUQQU from sending me this palette to try out.

Disclosure: this post features a products(*) 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, February 16, 2015

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Haruhinata EX-25

>>the product featured in this post was provided free of charge by the brand/pr for my consideration<<

SUQQU's Spring / Summer 2015 Collection is inspired by the airy texture and feel of chiffon.  The items in the collection feature alluring bright shades and mimic the way sheer panels of soft chiffon float about and combine in soft layers.  I was fortunate to receive a few pieces from the brand to try them out.

Here's the limited edition eye shadow quad EX-25 Haruhinata, the Balancing Cheeks in 03 Yawakohaku and 18 Sukuraori, one of the two permanent quads from this collection.
Today I am featuring the limited edition quad from this collection, EX-25 Haruhinata.
Haruhinata has a very appealing candy-like look to the yellow, peach and pink shades.  They remind me of the Necco Sweethearts candy you'd (okay, I) eat and overdose on Valentine's Day.
source: here
I think based on knowing this collection's inspiration of chiffon, I was expecting some sheer translucent colors and that was the case.  What looks like bright candy in the pan apply on the skin as light draping of glowing color for the three light colors in the quad.

Here are swatches, clockwise from the top left of the quad:
  • Pale lemony yellow with scattered light yellow shimmer.  This one, though pretty sheer, shows up quite well due to the strength of the shimmer.
  • Pale peach shade with satiny pale golden shimmer.  This one is quite close in depth to my own skin and apart from the swatches, doesn't show up on its own on my skin.  For reference, I'm ~NC15-20.  
  • An orchid pink, with a lovely pale golden sheen that shows up more as I angle my arm.
  • A shimmery, medium pigmentation cool brown.  This one is really beautiful.  Of course I'm keen on the one neutral in the palette.  *smacks forehead*  It actually has a beautiful set of cool toned shimmers (greens, silver, etc) that gives a beautiful complexity to this shade.

One of the aspects that makes this palette of candy shades so wearable is that even though they look so pastel, the yellow, peach and orchid pink are not white based.  Its translucency allows the skin to show through with a glow that can be very beautiful on the skin.  And that lovely brown does add to the definition of the eyes.

The unfortunate thing for me is that since the peach is so close in tone and depth to my skin tone as I mentioned earlier, it only works to add a smoothly illuminated glow to my skin and not really any color.  The yellow has to be used very sparingly because the intense shimmer can quickly overtake a look.  So for me, the working shades of this quad are that pretty orchid pink and the brown.

In any case, I thought you would also be interested in seeing the shades layered together.  My skin masterfully desaturates everything into TAUPE. >:(  What the hell?  
As I was playing with Haruhinata EX-25, I kept on thinking that I've seen these colors from SUQQU before.  As yes, the infamous octet from the recent EX-21 Murasakusuishou (here).  Well with eight shades it is probably close to a bunch of other palettes, wouldn't you think?
While not dupes, exactly, kind of close enough, right?  I also think that the two quads have similar sheen when applied on the skin as well as a similar level of less intense pigmentation.
Let me show you how Haruhinata EX-25 looks on me.
Very subtle, indeed.
Rest of products on my face:
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in 02 Pale Dune, Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Loose Finishing Powder, Surratt concealer 04*
  • SUQQU brow powder and pen in Moss Green, SUQQU Haruhinata EX-25*, Tom Ford pencil in Espresso, Lancome Hypnose Drama WP mascara
  • SUQQU Balancing Cheeks in Yawakohaku 03*
  • SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick in 03 Barairo

While Haruhinata is a beautifully composed palette of pretty soft shades, I don't think it is a complete must for me based on the fact that I already own Murasakisuishou.  I am however, very glad to own that brown. <--- it's not like I'm low on brown eye shadows.
What do you think?  Have you checked out the new SS 15 releases from SUQQU?  Any of the products catching your eye?  I hope to feature 18 Sakuraori and the blush Yawakohaku soon, too.

SUQQU is available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Harrods, Selfridges and Selfridges on line.  This quad is available now on Selfridges (here).  My friend Sara recently posted a detailed review here.

Disclosure: this post features a products(*) 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.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Am Turning Yet Another Another Year Older

For all of you romantic, sentimental folks gearing up to enjoy the chocolates, red hearts, and red lipsticks of Valentine's Day, I hope you enjoy!  And all the others feeling iffy about a contrived Hallmark holiday, may this Saturday be like any other: full of beer, burps and burritos.  Wait, that's my usual Saturday.

I'm not quite sure what your normal Saturday is, if I'm being honest.  I can guarantee when you see a Peeping Tom in your bedroom window, it's not me!  Honest!  *slowly backs away from window*

It's not MY regular Saturday tomorrow, rather it is my birthday!  While I would normally hope for beer, burps and burritos on most Saturdays, I plan on enjoying it with my family.  *looks sullenly around*  I hope there is beer?

The sucky thing about my birthday being on Valentine's Day is that it is nigh impossible to get a dinner reservation and it's always some over-inflated (price-wise) prix fixe menu.  So in honor of day before my birthday, my husband is taking me out tonight, where I can order a la carte to my hearts content.

Here's my face for the day.  I was hoping it would last until this evening.  It's like -20F with windchill this morning and on the way to work, I kept on tearing up and pretty much all my makeup dissolved off my face.  Must reapply clown face this evening.

I'm on a serious spate of love addiction for these duochrome LE palettes from SUQQU from a while back.

Eyes: SUQQU Ex 11 Sumiredama, THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner in 08 Eye On, Lancome Hypnose Drama WP mascara.
Cheeks:  SUQQU Momoshuiro blush
Lips: SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in 06 Umegasumi
Base:  the usual (Tom Ford Stick, RBR powder, Surratt concealer)
I've actually worn this more than one day this week.  (three times, achtuallree)  I get stuck into "ruts."  This picture shows the duochrome shifty goodness of Sumiredama better, don't you think?  With so many high-sheen, duochrome shades in this palette, with not a single matte to ground it down, I find this palette kind of tricky to use.  With no thoughts of refined placement, I basically used a simple vertical gradient (dark to light, some of the pale shade to highlight the center of lid) over a black liner.

And then yesterday, I broke out Sumiredama's sister palette, EX-12 Hisuidama.  I defined the eyes with my trusty, handy dandy, Tom Ford liner in Espresso and applied the brown around the upper and lower lashlines and used the green on the mobile lid and under the lashline.  I then applied the pink above the green and towards the brows.  I used the white on the inner corner.  (SUQQU Usuzakura blush & SUQQU Bright Up in Hanabeni)

And Coming Up:
I am trying to show you some recent goodies from SUQQU Spring 15.  Unfortunately, the endless snow, the clouds, the lazy... *throws up hands*  Those to follow soon, too.

In the Meanwhile:

Please help me celebrate my birthday!  Yes, I had no idea 42 can be full of so much beer and gas.  It's all downhill from here.  *soft rumbly burp*

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone!  And hope each a wonderful, fun and restful weekend.

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