I was very much looking forward to SUQQU Spring Summer 2018 makeup collection. This collection takes inspiration from “Kindami” a Japanese traditional technique of grazing gold and silver into Kimono garments, the collection gives gorgeous, luxurious sparkles expressed in a serene, understated tone.
I was sent quite a few items from the collection and have been playing with them for a good while. Scroll down for full details on the collection as well as swatches and my thoughts on most of them.
PURE COLOR BLUSH
£32 each, 2 new shades & 1 limited edition shade
08 MOMODAIDAI – Apricot orange & Coral
Pinkish orange combined with coral, designed to go along with any skin tone or makeup. Adds soft warmth evoking spring sun.
09 AYAKAGEROU – Light brown & Sheer beige
Cool, muted brown combined with slightly reddish beige. Adds refined definitions to your face.
106 HANAIROKA (Limited Edition) Limited Edition – Soft red & Cream pink
Red that mimicks the natural colour of cheeks, combined with a softer pink. Healthy-looking, but not too sweet, a blush for sophisticated women.
Below are the swatches for 08 MOMODAIDAI. Doesn’t it scream spring to you! Such a stunning colour gradient. I have been seriously loving it. It has a gorgeous, silky texture with amazing blendability. The powder is light and airy that melts right into your skin imperceptibly. There is hardly any powder kickup. In general, these Pure Color Blushes last incredibly well on my oily skin.
MOMODAIDAI suits my complexion to a T. It instantly brightens up my complexion without looking overdone. Just a hint of vitality!
Then we have 09 AYAKAGEROU. A beautiful cool, muted brown with a hint of red undertone! It would make a perfect bronzer for fair skin beauties. On my medium skin tone, it warms up my complexion while adding a natural and subtle definition. This has to be one of my absolute fave blushes from SUQQU! I think that might be the reason why it lives permanently in my bag! It’s such safe bet to use and suits any looks. I would definitely use it to define my eyes too!
GEL EYELINER PENCIL
£20 each, 2 new shades & 1 limited edition shade
I received shade 05 Grey. Where has this shade been all my life! It is a perfect dark shade but not too stark black for daytime use. I have purchased one of these gel eyeliner pencils before. Truth to be told, I don’t remember it has such a stellar wear time. They won’t budge AT ALL, even on my rather oily lids. I love that it glides on quickly and easily. It doesn’t tug or pull on the delicate skin around my eyes. The eyeliner conveniently comes with sponge tips on one end, so you can smudge them out for a softer, more diffused look. Smudge-proof lines and precisely defined eyes in 60 seconds!
DESIGNING COLOR EYE PALETTES
£46 each, 2 new palettes & 1 limited edition palette
Natural-looking, versatile yellow browns with sophisticated glistening gold that creates a wet-looking finish.
Combination of icy grey, silver with stylish khaki. Cool like the surface of a moonlit lake.
114 HANAAKARI (Limited Edition)
Soft pink bronze accentuated with a vivid sparkling pink.
I have swatches for 08 HIKARIKOGARE below. At first glance, you might think the palette contains such unexciting shades. To be fair, I thought that too. To my wonderful surprise, that yellow shade has such a hidden power! The yellow opens and brightens my eyes up, the other shades give my eyes depth and sophistication. The glittery mink shade has a sheer coverage with a beautiful high shine, you might want to build it up for a more intense finish. This palette is what I would reach for when I want to create a nude and natural look with a hint of shimmer. Very effortless!
The quality of 08 HIKARIKOGARE is just as exquisite as other palettes I have tried. The eyeshadows are finely milled and silky to the touch. They blend and layer well together.
DEEP NUANCE EYES
£22 each, 5 limited edition shades
Single cream eyeshadows naturally define eye contours with tricks of lights. Sheer, delicate colours and lustre perfect for springtime. All seasonal limited edition.
101 TSUYAGINU (Platinum Beige) Limited Edition
102 MAIZAKURA (Shiny Pink) Limited Edition
103 AKAKAGE (Glitter Brown) Limited Edition
104 SUKASHIAOI (Clear Lavender) Limited Edition
105 HYOUKOU (Polarised Silver) Limited Edition
These Nuance Eyes come in weighted glass jars, very luxurious feel. They provide a super sheer wash of shimmery colours. They give you that fresh, natural look with subtle definition. I find that the best method of application is to use your fingers. 102 MAIZAKURA is very sheer and not quite buildable. On my oily lids, unfortunately they don’t last very long 2-4 hours before fading and creasing happen.
I love using them as a base and finish the look with powder eyeshadows. 104 SUKASHIAOI goes beautifully with Designing Color Eyes 117 NATSUKASUMI (reviewed here) whereas 102 MAIZAKURA pairs perfectly with 08 HIKARIKOGARE palette as well as with 118 AKENATSU (reviewed here).
Left to right: 104 SUKASHIAOI, 103 AKAKAGE, 102 MAIZAKURA
FLAWLESS LIP GLOSS
£24 each, 10 new shades & 2 limited edition shades
01 AMECHA (Milky Tea Beige) – Stylish, understated beige
02 AKACHAKOU (Reddish Beige) – All-purpose beige for refined femininity
03 SAKURAZOME (Innocent Pink)– Lovely pink for youthful femininity
04 KIRABENI (Golden strawberry) – Pink red that adds flattering warmth
05 BENISANGO (Tender Coral) – Soft coral that gives natural lustre
06 IROBARA (Dusty Rose) -Classy rose for sophisticated women
07 AKASHION (Deep Berry) – Deep blackberry that can match any skin tone
08 AKAMITSU (Deep Red) – Adds natural redness as if it came from within
09 SHIZUKUBOTAN (Juicy Pink) – Clear pink that complements the natural lips
10 TSUYAANZU (Milky Apricot) – Orange that enhances a healthy impression of the face.
101 TSUYABUDOU (Radiant Purple, limited edition) – Clear purple that adds dewy shine
102 TSUYAREMON (Radiant Yellow, limited edition) – Clear yellow that adds gorgeous glimmer
I received 3 shades from the 12 available: 02 AKACHAKOU, 04 KIRABENI and 102 TSUYAREMON. They all have that SUQQU’s fabulous gloss formula. You can expect a light, smooth consistency that spreads out effortlessly on your lips, blurring out your lip lines – giving you a lustrous and plumped pout. I adore how nourishing and lightweight these glosses feel on my lips. No tackiness or gloopiness is detected when I press my lips together. I get about 1-2 hours of wear before the colour fades away, leaving me with a glossy sheen that still feels very much nourishing and hydrating.
The gold and opalescent shimmers in 102 TSUYAREMON are beyond stunning. This shade is rather sheer on my pigmented lips. I can see myself reaching for this by a poolside for that added radiance.
EXTRA GLOW LIPSTICK
£25 each, 2 new shades & 1 limited edition shade
14 MIZUKAJITSU – Fruity red that brings out the freshness of your complexion.
15 YOINIJIMI – Captivating deep brown that gives a refined glamour with a single stroke.
101 KINDAMI (Limited Edition) – Named after the spring /summer 2018 collection itself, this signature shade adds a glimmering gold evocative of luxury golden radiance of kimono.
As you might know, I adore the formula SUQQU Extra Glow lipsticks and the two above didn’t disappoint me. They glide on my lips effortlessly . Thanks to the seven nourishing oils in the formula, my lips appear fuller, plump and juicy! They both feel extremely hydrating and nourishing on. If you have dry, chapped lips then these will feel heavenly and lush.
14 MIZUKAJITSU definitely brings out the freshness of my complexion and brightens it up at the same time. 101 KINDAMI is simply stunning and luxurious. My pigmented lips fail to reflect the gorgeous gold of KINDAMI:( I tried it on a friend whose lips are of pale pink in colour and oh my, the decadent gold really shone through.
£18 each, 3 limited edition shades
104 TAIYOUKA (Bright Orange) – Healthy red with brightness, passion and vividness like that of the sun.
105 MOUGETSU (Crushed Gold) – Dazzling golden glitters like crushed moon.
106 MIZUYUKARI (Clear Grape) – Red grape shade with translucency as fresh as the fruit itself
Overall, this is such an extensive and impressive collection from SUQQU. Everything screams effortless, freshness and decadence. My favourite picks would be the Gel Eyeliner Pencils, the Pure Color Blushes and the Extra Glow Lipstick in KINDAMI!
The collection will be available exclusively for two weeks at Selfridges counter from 1st February. Available from counters in Harrods & Fenwick Bond Street stores from 15th February.
Are you intending to pick up anything from this collection?
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Much love always,
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