Guess what signifies a season's change for me? Colors of trees, scent of the air, migratory birds or.. new make up collections rolling in. Like in fashion, there's seasonality and trends in beauty. I especially look forward to Suqqu's new collections and this Autumn there's a lot of new releases and sadly discontinued products. The Suqqu UK team kindly sent me some items of their Autumn collection, which I will test and review for you. Today I'm showing the new limited eyeshadow palette EX-32 RENGAZOME (煉瓦染) that will be released in the UK on 11th of August, exclusively in Selfridges (Fenwick Bond Street and Harrods on 25th).
Rengrazome 煉瓦染, roughly translates as 'brick dye'. The inspiration of Autumnal brick colors is clearly visible in the dark brown and burnt red eyeshadows, contrasted with a lighter shimmer shade and a beautiful greyish green. Suqqu has paid attention to detail by including the brick theme as an embossing on the dark brown shadow and on the lid of the compact. If you're a Suqqu collector, this quad is a nice unique addition to the mix. Otherwise the packaging is similar to the classic Suqqu palettes: it comes with a velvet pouch and two dual-ended applicators, a sponge and a mini brush. The palette retails £45/¥6,800 for 4.2g.
Suqqu is famous for it's complex glitters and layerable, smooth formulations, but in my book the pigmentation has been on the sheer side. However, Rengazome is more pigmented than I've seen from the brand (except for Summer 2016 UK exclusive collection, but I haven't tried them in person). You need only a light hand - especially with the darker shades. All three shimmer shades apply very smooth and effortless, they meld to each other and need little blending whatsoever. I also got no shimmer fallout or excess powder kick off from the pans.
I wish I could say the same about the matte brown shade in bottom left corner. As much as I love the color and intensity, it does skip when applied on my lid and needs proper blending. With a soft squirrel hair brush this was a notorious task. Despite needing more blending, the brown doesn't appear otherwise dry or chalky. One day I got minor fallout on my lower lash line, but it could be me picking up too much product. Formulating dark mattes seems to be difficult as it's a pretty common problem among the most hyped palettes as well. When you're buying a palette a good tip is to pay extra attention to the dark brown mattes and reds when you're swatching.
With an eyeshadow primer the shadows lasted +8 hours on my hooded lids without creasing or fading. An primer is an everyday essential to me, so I felt it was only fair to apply the shadows by my usual method before judging their performance.
SHOPPING FOR SUQQU
If you have no access to a counter and/or you want to purchase the palette from UK, I'd encourage you to reserve the palette by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phoning a counter. I've once emailed my reservation and then gave my billing details on the phone. Suqqu's limited edition don't always come up to the Selfridges online shop punctually and they tend to sell out quite quickly. You can find Suqqu UK contact details here.
- a greyish khaki green with golden shimmer
- a satin medium cherry red with pink undertones
- a warm-neutral, matte dark chocolate brown
- a medium, yellowish champagne with golden microshimmer
The red has become my favorite in this palette, I especially like how it combines with the yellow champagne shade and khaki green. All the shadows compliment each other alone or layered, which is one of the reason I love Suqqu eyeshadows so much. There could be a bit variation in the shimmers to bring more complexity, but like this the shades are beautifully uniform.
Look using Rengazome
Here's one of my MOTD's using EX-32 Rengazome. In this look I used the yellow champagne as a base, brown all over the lid, khaki in outer 'V' with little bit of red. Other make up worn: pink blush, SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick in EX-02 MITSUGAKI and Armani Luminous Silk foundation (2 and 4 mixed). Excuse me odd my Summer hair!
Despite the blending problems with the brown shadow, I enjoy this palette a lot. I said there could be more complexity in the shimmers, but the mix of finishes and depth in the shadows bring it the needed versatility some past palettes lacked. The final result is harmonious and beautiful, and I can see myself reaching for this year around.
How do you like these colors? Are you planing to get this palette?
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