Saturday, August 27, 2016

SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick - 01 Kurumibeni, 06 Beniakane, 09 Yoikajitsu

Featuring products provided without charge by the brand/PR for my consideration

I am feeling all this pressure to get these AW 2016 Color posts up quickly, but I move really slowly!    I stress at the thought that any limited editions go out of stock while I do my blogging duties.  Most importantly, I want to be able to try everything a few times and take them through a normal day of wear before I declare anything.  While I keep on playing with the other eye shadow palettes that are releasing early October, I want to show you some lipsticks.

These are permanent new lipsticks that have been released, the Extra Glow Lipsticks.  I am pretty darn irate that my favorite Bright Up lipsticks are going the way of the dodo bird.  Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the discontinuations and potential axes.  It's extra sad when favorite formulas and shades go.  I am still sad about it, but I am glad that this new range of lipsticks, the Extra Glow Lipsticks are wonderful ones.  They feel somewhere in between the slippy original Creamy Glow and the creamier texture of the Bright Ups, with a dose of squishiness from the Creamy Glow Moists.
They are a bit clunkier looking than the either the Creamy Glow variations or the Bright Ups, in a blocky black tube and a shiny gold bottom.
I have a nude, a red and a berry!  All three of these colors are permanent so don't rush.  But they feel great on the lips.  Like I mentioned above, it feels like a nice amalgam of some nice qualities of each of the older lipstick ranges from SUQQU.

If you found the old Creamy Glows a little too slippy, the Extra Glows have a bit more grip on the lips when you apply.  It also has a smooth cushion texture that feels very emollient that never veers to greasiness.

It's not very long-wearing and about par to my expectations for colors with this level of juicy finish.  While not incredibly rich in pigmentation, it can reasonably be built up.  I would caution not going over-board and just enjoying the slight translucency because building up too many layers causes a thick layer on the lips that can be squished by pressing down the lips and is generally unappealing.

Swatches Ahoy!

Slightly different lighting here.  The finish of these lipsticks are undeniably plush and juicy!

01 Kurumibeni is a warm yellow toned nude.  My tanned arms is amplifying the golden undertone because of its translucency, but it applies more neutrally on my lips (very mauve).  This is the sheerest of the three I have, but can definitely be seen on the lips.
06 Beniakane is a bright warm red. Again, like the nude lipstick, appears warmer on my skin but less so on my lips.  Not a very unique shade, but the brightness is very welcome!
09 Yoikajitsu is a cheerful berry.  It is a warm berry midtone pink.  This is probably the most opaque compared to the other two, but not in the least bit really opaque.

All the shades in the line up are non-pearl.  The shimmer is from the juiciness of the finish.

Turns out I've accumulated a giant hoard of SUQQU lipsticks in various formulas, so I'm putting them to good use and comparing these three Extra Glows to other similar shades.

Comparisons for 01 Kurumibeni.  It is a clearer, more translucent version of the old Creamy Glow Hiwada.

Comparisons to Extra Glow 06 Beniakane.  I have an embarrassing number of reds!  When did this happen?!  Note I've mislabelled EX-01 Saebara as a Creamy Glow Moist.  It is not, it is a Creamy Glow (so says my tube).  This one is from the upcoming UK color collection in October.

And for the Extra Glow 09 Yoikajitsu, our lovely berry.  It's a duskier version of the recent CGM Senka from this past SS16 collection.

Ahoy!  I am wearing each of the colors in the same order is I've reviewed.    

They feel amazing on the lips in many beautiful and wearable shades.  I'm loving these bright shades in the color range and also a soft wearable nude.    Anyway, I am also wearing the new Extra Glow Foundation and Treatment Primer which is coming out in September (ahhhhhmazing!) and also one of the dual ended liner pens.  Many more posts to come. ;)

Thanks to SUQQU and PR for allowing me to soothe my angry insides still mad about the Bright Ups with these gorgeous Extra Glow lipsticks.  These are wonderful.

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, August 22, 2016


I recently discovered a feature on my camera which allows a mobile device to be used as a camera remote and also shows the image on the phone screen.  Nifty!  Un-nifty is that I've had this camera for a few years now and just realized I had this feature.  Why it's only in the last year that I can wirelessly send photos from camera to my phone.  Isn't technology grand!

I spent a bit of time yesterday updating my camera's firmware and installing the new remote feature.  While I was playing around with the remote, I took a photo of my face in an unguarded moment.  Talk about no makeup!
This certainly isn't the most attractive photo of me.  This is exactly the type of photo that would never make it onto this blog (usually)!!  I think it's also telling that the first photo I take with this feature is of my mug.

I started thinking about the years I've been operating my blog and the number of photos of my face I've posted online:  likely and literally hundreds.

For each photo that makes it to a blog post, I've probably taken ten others that didn't make it.  If I had to choose between two photos to post, one with color and texture accuracy with an unflattering face OR a good-looking photo of my face with passable makeup accuracy, I would probably have to ponder a long, long time.  You can judge for yourself what I end up posting. ;)

I began to consider the oddity that is this beauty blog.  Aside from the regular beauty blog duties like swatches and writing about color, texture and performance, I spend a lot of time trying to take photos of myself that look the best.  This best is probably a fleeting moment that only exists in digitized photo form and rarely in my real life.

Such an odd box of an imagined life this little beauty blog is!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Looks Featuring SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in EX-32 Rengazome

I did an earlier post that shows fully details the new limited edition eye shadow palette that SUQQU released with their Autumn Winter 2016 collection.  Here are two looks I did with the palette, one a bit better executed than the other.  I find reds a bit tricky in terms of placement and I don't have such an artistic streak that placement ideas come easily or naturally to me!  

First up, I tried to use the red in a less intuitive way and placed in the inner corner.  :D  I wouldn't call it a complete fail, but it does look a bit as if I am suffering from a mild case of eczema or an intense case of conjunctivitis.
Good thing that the colors are so easy to blend and wearable (for a red!) that I still wore it to work and didn't feel too weird.  The khaki olive shade was used as a main shade, all over the mobile lid and on the lower lash line.  The darker brown was used to slightly deepen the crease and also along the lower and upper lash line for definition.  The light shade was placed just in the center of the upper lid.

This second look is more in line with how I would normally wear a palette like this.  Layered but where each shade doesn't completely overlap the others so that I can get all the various complex gradations I love in SUQQU.  These pictures are a bit dark.  Morning getting ready and blog photo taking tends to be a harried affair!
Ah!  I love this quad!  Red was used all over the mobile lid, the dark brown along the upper and lower lash line layering the red.  And then the olive in the crease, slightly overlapping the red on the mobile lid and layered again over the dark brown on the lower lash line.

Did you also pick this up from SUQQU's AW2016 collection?  What placements have you been enjoying?

While it is no longer in stock on Selfridges website, you can still give the counter a ring to check its availability.  I suspect with the high demand, it may be out of stock there.  In the UK, you can also contact Harrods and Fenwick.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes

>>This post features products provided without charge by pr/brand for my consideration<<

I will preface this post by saying that I'm not a huge fan of cream eye shadows.  I think blending multiple shades is much more easily done with powder products, in my opinion.  I use cream shadows generally for a wipe of a simple wash of color, some smudgy liner plus mascara for a simple look.  The other way would be to intensify other powder shades by using it as a base.

All that said, I was super game to try these SUQQU ones because I adore their eye shadows.  Half of my eye shadows are from this brand.  And if there were good swipe and go simple eye shadows from SUQQU, well that would be pretty awesome.

The ones I received from the SUQQU AW 2016 collection are EX-01 Hikarizoe and EX-05 Yakou, very reasonably described by the brand as a shimmering pink and a shimmering grey.  That they are.  The press release describes this new limited edition formulation as such:
New Deep Nuance Eyes are soufflé-like creamy eyeshadows that reflect natural light to create definition and subtle depth.  SUQQU have achieved this soft, airy texture with a delicate balance of light oil and spherical powder. Coating powders in oil helps keep the skin moisturised, allowing pigment and coverage to remain as full as when it has first been applied. The Deep Nuance Eyes also contain silicone gel that has a cushion-like texture, this forms a flexible veil over the eyelids that moves with skin rather than sitting on top and settling in fine lines.
For me, it's actually much less souffle like than the Tom Ford creams, which are soft and easily dented with a finger poke.  The SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes feel solid, though creamy enough to pick up with a brush or finger.
EX-01 Hikarizoe (L); EX-05 Yakou (R)
SUQQU Limited Edition Deep Nuance Eyes
They are straight up, magically gorgeous in their pristine state, no?
Product ships with a small rounded brush.  I've found it a little flimsy for actual application uses.  The fibers were a little soft for picking up product, applying and blending.  I tried to use the brush for my swatches (below), but gave up and used my fingers.  I don't think these were super handy for application on the lids either.  These synthetic fibers are very smooth and do not pick up product well and were not great for evenly depositing it on the lids.  I had much better luck using finger tips (for the easy breezy method) and by using a stiffer natural hair brush (like kolinsky, other weasels, goat, etc).
Swatches below.  
  • I had super high hoped for EX-01 Hikarizoe, the shimmering pink one.  The slightly warm pink looks like a great brightening wash, but to show this level of opacity, I had to go back and apply multiple layers. 
  • The grey EX-05 Yakou is a bit more sheer.  Again, these deep shades are usually great bases for smoky eyes or easy washes, but similar to its pink sister, I had to apply several layers to show this level of depth. 

And since I had another dark cream shadow to compare it with, here's Shiseido's version in the color Caviar (reviewed here).  My Shiseido is several years old now and I've only made a small dent.  It is intensely pigmented.
Shiseido in the foreground
Well, Shiseido is a black and SUQQU is a grey and with light one layer swatch, it's easy to tell.
SUQQU left, Shiseido Right
Now all this blah blah aside, the bottom line is that I wasn't impressed with the SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes.  
  • The sheerness is ok, but I found that evenly building up the color on my eyes was not very easy.   
  • The performance was not strong either.  While Shiseido lasts an age when applied over my normal Nars Pro Prime eye shadow primer, the SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes faded away very quickly and I had creasing.
  • When worn (with only the cream shadows themselves), I had fading and glitter fall out.
  • It did work well as a base for powder eye shadows.  It intensified the color and texture of eye shadows and I didn't experience the creasing or fading.

Two-point-five ways worn:

One - both colors worn over Nars primer.  The Hikarizoe as a wash over the whole mobile lid and past the crease and the Yakou grey in the outer corner.  
Two - Yakou worn over the whole mobile lid and on the lower lash line.  Can you see how patchy it looks?  I used fingers and brushes to apply and try to blend evenly.
And Two Point Five - I used Yakou as a base and applied two powder eye shadows over it.  It greatly intensified the effect.  That's Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird and Fire-tailed Sunbird.
The Deep Nuance Eyes are super gorgeous in their pots, but not with the versatility that I was hoping.   This may work best for you if you have drier lids (mine are oily, require primer and many things crease and fade without primer) and also if you enjoy using creams as base for building up powder eye shadows.

These are now available in the the UK at Selfridges along with the balance of the AW2016 collection!

Have you checked out SUQQU's new limited edition eye shadows?  What are some of your favorite ways of using cream shadows?

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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