In October 2015, SUQQU released yet another Osaka exclusive limited edition palette to celebrate 3rd anniversary of re-opening Umeda Hankyu department store. If you travel to Osaka, this dept. store has a very large beauty section I can highly recommend! The SUQQU collection was later released in UK, named Murasaki Dahlia (purple dahlia). Today I'm showing you the eyeshadow quad from the collection: EX-27 Hanashion (花紫苑). According to a quick dictionary search, hanashion would translate as a Tartarian aster, which is a beautiful purple flower part of aster genus.
Shopping for Hanashion
I reserved my palette from Selfridges via email and they kindly contacted me by making an International phone call. Confusingly to me, I didn't know Selfridges was selling Hanashion as sets: one paired with a Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist and one with a gel eyeliner. I would have preferred the lipstick but on the phone I understood the palette only came with a gel eyeliner, which I ended up paying for. It was a re-promotion of the limited edition shade 03 Ruby Navy, but the formula wasn't to my liking (dry, clumpy).
Packaging and formula
The palette comes in a velvet pouch with two dual-ended applicators: a sponge and a natural hair one. Two upper shades swatch and apply beautifully, they're silky smooth and sheer to medium pigmented. SUQQU's forte isn't a heavy pigmentation, but sheer and buildable layering of delicate colors. The bottom right shade is a fairly stiff cream, which you can use as a base for the powders. The bottom left purple swatches little stiffer and patchier than the top two, there's little glitter fallout, but the shade is still a decent to work with. I'm not a fan of cream and powder in the same palette as creams tend to catch any powder fallout, but SUQQU's formula is so silky the cream has stayed clean!
- a light medium pink (see pink comparison swatches in my earlier post)
- a delicate rosy taupe with pink sheen
- medium purple with golden glitter
- matte white cream shade with a hint of pink undertones
Here's some swatches of colors combined. As you can see, the cream shade may work as a primer or a base, but doesn't noticeably intensify the color. On my hooded eyes this shade doesn't do much anything but crease. The pink and taupe meld together beautifully, but the combination lacks the complexity some other palettes have. I wasn't sold on the purple shade either, but layered with the taupe the pink sheen and gold shimmers work beautifully. I wish there was an interesting shade like pale yellow instead of the cream to give the quad extra complexity.
Hanashion does create a lovely feminine look. Here's my attempt to do an ombré eyeshadow despite my hooded lids. I used the cream shade as a base in the inner corners, but it doesn't noticeably brighten them. Other make up worn: Addiction Skincare Foundation 01, Addiction lip crayon in Paprika, Charlotte Tilbury Swish & Pop blusher in Sex on Fire, highlighter Laura Mercier Matte Radiance 01.
The look of Hanashion is a beautiful quad, like a delicate flowers in a pinky sunset. No wonder it sold out quickly! The colors compliment and meld to each other effortlessly, but lack SUQQU's famous complexity and magical 'it' factor. I don't reach much for this quad, but it does create a pretty look for many occasions.