In Spring/Summer17 SUQQU re-promoted their Liquid Eyebrow Pen and Volume Eyebrow Mascara, making little changes in the packaging and adding more colors to the range. To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the original Liquid Eyebrow Pen when I first tried it, but after seeing Lisa Eldridge using it time and time again self-doubt started creeping up on me.. "What if I just used it wrong?". So, when the need came for new brow products, I decided to give SUQQU a go. Rouge Bunny Rouge's Long-Lasting Brow Liners are still my pen liner favorite, you can read more about them here.
SUQQU Framing Liquid Eyebrow Pen and Volume Eyebrow Mascara
SUQQU's brow products come out now in 4 shades: the Eyebrow Mascara is available in Brown, Camel, Clear, Khaki and the Liquid Eyebrow Pen in Brown, Camel, Grey, Khaki (previously there were only 2 shades available). I purchased both in Khaki. They're both priced £22/$31.47/€25.2. The Volume Eyebrow Mascara has 0.2 OZ/5.8g of product and the Liquid Eyebrow Pen 0.02 FL.OZ/0.6 ML. Both made in Japan. The brow mascara is said to add natural volume to the brows without flaking or fading while the liquid eyebrow pen is advertised as smudge-free and water-resistant.
This time I ordered my brow products from Selfridges, but I also recommend Fude Japan if you're in the need of more Japanese beauty products. Selfridges has a world-wide delivery, but it is fairly expensive (£15 in EU). Check for Selfridges+ promotions, I got 1 year free shipping for free!
Using SUQQU's eyebrow products
The caps of these products are nicely color coordinated, making them distinguishable for me and easy to grab, but the color in the cap or wand doesn't quite resemble the actual shade. I haven't seen the other shade options in person, but I guess you need to make the packaging differences clear enough? Despite Khaki's greenish cap I'm afraid this shade isn't a replacement for the cult favorite Moss Green.
The Liquid Eyebrow Pen resembles a skinny eyeliner with bristles, but the color is sheerer and doesn't flow out as opaque. You use the brush pen for natural shaping or filling gaps by drawing individual brow hairs, but it won't give you sculpted, fierce "LA Youtuber brows", if you know what I mean. Sometimes the tip feels blocked and needs a couple of wipes to a tissue to make the color flow smoothly again. I think this was the reason I didn't care much for the original Liquid Eyebrow Pens.. I store my pen horizontally, so there should be product in the tip. The outer packaging had a mile-long user instructions (yes, for an eyebrow pen) inside, but I only glanced it through before recycling. Right now I don't mind swiping the pen after every couple uses as the pen otherwise performs nicely, but these small details matter if I'm going to recommend a product. Khaki's color opacity is still nice (light-medium), smudge-free and natural, everyday brow look fits perfectly my style.
Now let's talk about my favorite, which is the SUQQU Eyebrow Mascara! It has it all: the hold, the color opacity and the wand for easily tidied brows. While I loved Rouge Bunny Rouge's brow mascaras' tiny brush, I felt the gel didn't have enough hold for my fairly long brow hairs. I don't want cemented, crispy brows, I just want the hairs to stay naturally in place, which SUQQU does very nicely. I also find SUQQU's wand the perfect medium length (vs L'oreal's long brow mascara wand, which I hated) and the brush has enough bristles for quick-and-effortless brushed brows. Khaki is only a tiny bit darker than my natural color, so I get some nice sharpness to my look. If you want to tint your brows darker or warmer, I think you can do it with SUQQU. There is also a clear shade if that's what you prefer.
SUQQU Brow Products in Action
My bare brows
I have naturally semi-dark brows close to my hair color, but there's a few gaps and I like to more definition to the tail. I could emphasis the light angle of my brows, but I prefer a straighter shape inspired by Japanese and Korean beauty trends. If you can call that a trend.. I think straight brows were in fashion well before I did my student exchange in Tokyo a couple years ago. Instead of plucking I used to shave the top of my brows to achieve a cuter, more youthful look, but now I mostly let them be. I'm also a fan of (what I call) the British brushed-up bushy brow look, so nowadays my ideal look is somewhere in-between.
+ SUQQU Framing Liquid Eyebrow Pen (Khaki)
I apply the pen with upward strokes, giving the brows more body and filling the gaps. Since my tails are on the sparse side, I sketch more strokes there.
+ SUQQU Framing Liquid Eyebrow Pen + Volume Eyebrow Mascara (both in Khaki)
Finally I brush the brow mascara in an upward motion, from the centre towards the tail. I like how the mascara gives my brows more definition as the color is sliiightly darker than the liquid eyebrow pen or my brow hairs. You could just apply a light layer of the mascara in a horizontal motion, but I like having my brows brushed up slightly. If the hairs are all over the place I comb my brows first with a spoolie.
SUQQU Eyebrow Product Swatches
Framing Liquid Eyebrow Pen (Khaki): a medium brown with slightly cool undertones
Volume Eyebrow Mascara (Khaki): a dark umber with a hint of grey
Both of these products have won me over despite me having minor issues with the Liquid Eyebrow Pen. I do prefer the new version and it's fab for adding faux hairs into minor gaps and polishing no-makeup makeup looks. If your brows are very sparse, I think you might opt for a skinny eyebrow pencil instead. I don't have much bad to say about the brow mascara. The brush and wand length are always a matter of a personal preference, but I can speak fondly of the hold and color opacity. For editorial, brushed-up brows I think nothing may beat a bar of soap (or a glue stick..) in holding power, but I recommend giving SUQQU a go! Once again, the brand delivers well-performing, beautiful and elegant products.
Do you have a go-to brow routine? I've gone from pommades to pens to powders to brushes.. Let me know yours!